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Tuesday May 24, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Hulu: Keeper of the Ashes: The Oklahoma Girl
Paramount+: Yo! MTV Raps
Peacock: Sins of the Amish

Today’s Finales
CBS: FBI at 8p; FBI: International at 9p; FBI: Most Wanted at 10p
Fox: Name That Tune at 8p
NBC: Young Rock at 8:30p; This Is Us at 9p; New Amsterdam at 10p

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IN THE NEWS

Conan O’Brien is selling his Team Coco company, including 10 podcasts, to SirusXM for $150 million. O’Brien inked a five-year deal that includes producing a comedy channel for the satellite radio giant, which will include his hit celebrity interview show, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.” Team Coco’s staff will join SiriusXM along with the big guy.

“Blood & Treasure,” which premiered on CBS in May 2019, is moving to Paramount+ for a pandemic-delayed season two. The sophomore run starts streaming Sunday, July 17.

Next Fifteen Communications has made an offer of about $386 million for M&C Saatchi Group, days after a hostile offer for $50 million less was made by AdvancedAdTV. Next Fifteen maintains its in-house data offering “could be immediately leveraged across the enlarged groups to create significant new client opportunities.” Saatchi’s board of directors rejected the AdvancedAdTV offer, and recommended shareholders seal the Next Fifteen deal.

ITV and PBS Masterpiece’s “Endeavor” will come to an end with season nine, currently filming. Season eight will air in the US starting June 19.

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Roku joins panel alongside Nielsen for ‘Impressions – The Great Equalizer?’ on June 7th

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

UK’s Electric Shadow Company and Rogan Productions are producing and financing the true crime miniseries “Original Sin,” exploring murderer Gerhard Jansen van Vuuren. After violently murdering his girlfriend when she was 25, in front of witnesses and CCTV cameras, and escaping prison twice, van Vuuren evaded the authorities across two continents for years, assumed three different identities and started families with several different women, before he was caught in 2020.

Amazon Studios ordered two seasons of “The Hospital.” The adult animated comedy from Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne’s Animal Pictures follows daring alien surgeons who take on the most challenging cases in the galaxy.

Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, SK Global (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Jeff Sagansky and Florence Sloan have launched content company Jaya Entertainment, focused on premium international series. Kilian Kerwin, previously EVP of International Productions at SK Global, will lead day-to-day operations. “We look forward to digging in with our India and Israel-based collaborators, along with expanding our partnerships along the way,” said the Jaya team. “Kilian’s expansive international, local language work to date, makes him uniquely qualified to lead our efforts.”

Grammy winner Ricky Martin will play the male lead in Apple TV+ comedy series “Mrs. American Pie,” alongside Kristen Wiig, Alison Janney and Laura Dern, who is also executive producing. Abe Sylvia will write, executive produce and showrun.

HBO Max and Cartoon Network have ordered animated preschool series “Scooby-Doo! And the Mystery Pups,” from Warner Bros. Animation. “This show combines everything we love about Scooby – his humor, his loyal friendship with Shaggy, his mystery-loving spirit – all in an innovative and accessible format for preschoolers,” said Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming for Warner Bros. “Cartoonito parents and caregivers will get to introduce kids to their beloved childhood hero in a totally new way.”

Diablo Cody (“Juno”) has joined “City of Likes,” in development with Sony Pictures Television and The Nacelle Company, as executive producer of a series adaptation of the upcoming book. The story focuses on an unemployed writer who seeks a fresh start and finds herself immersed in the world of momfluencers.

Original cast member Lina Esco is leaving CBS’s “S.W.A.T.” after five seasons. “Bringing to life a strong, smart, bisexual character like Chris Alonso has been both a pleasure and a powerful opportunity to increase visibility for diverse women everywhere,” Esco wrote in a message on Instagram. “Five years later, I am leaving S.W.A.T. to pursue new creative endeavors.”

Okieriete Onaodowan (“Station 19”) landed the title role in AMC’s “Demascus.” The comedic sci-fi series follows a Black man on a mission of self-discovery.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Comedian Janelle James (“Abbott Elementary”) will host competition series “The Final Straw,” premiering Sunday, July 10 at 9p on ABC. NFL star Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions has joined as executive producer on the show, which will have teams attempting to pull items from towers of objects without knocking the towers down.

Food Network offers a new take on relationship reality shows with “Me or the Menu,” premiering Thursday, June 30 at 10p. Couples at different stages in the restaurant business are put to the test to make their dreams come true.

HBO reality series “Hard Knocks In Season” will follow the Arizona Cardinals. This in-season edition of “Hard Knocks” will be the first appearance for the Cardinals as part of the franchise, which originally launched in 2001.

Lifetime’s Life & Crime Mondays kick off June 6 with “#TextMeWhenYouGetHome” at 9p and “Sleeping with a Killer” at 10p.

Latin American music competition “La Academia,” a co-production with TV Azteca, premieres Sunday, June 12 on EstrellaTV. The series will be simulcast on EstrellaTV in the US and Azteca Uno in Mexico.

COMING UP

Documentary feature “Elizabeth: A Portrait in Part(s)” will air on Showtime Friday, May 27 at 9p, ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

PBS’s broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert will include a remembrance of General Colin Powell, featuring Dennis Haybert (“24”). Jean Smart (“Hacks”) and Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) will be on hand to honor Gold Star families, and a Generations of Service tribute will star Gil Birmingham (“Yellowstone”), among other segments. The concert airs Sunday, May 29 at 8p.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” will be available to stream on HBO Max on Monday, May 30. The film, released on April 15, is the third in the “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy.

TECH TALK

Penthera, provider of video streaming solutions for OTT providers, announced the release of its 2nd Look product, a cloud product to help AVOD publishers deliver ads more effectively and efficiently using existing infrastructure. By enabling more flexible ad decision timing, 2nd Look reduces common issues with SSAI including decision time-out failures, low bid density, low render rates and expired time-to-live windows.

STREAMING

Hulu whacked the price of its ad-supported tier from $6.99/month to $1/month for the first 30 days. The promotion, for new and returning subscribers, runs through May 27/

Major media companies’ spend on advertising for premium streaming services rose 27% in total media versus a year ago, according to iSpot.tv. The value of streaming services placing advertising on their own media companies’ TV networks was 9% higher, rising to $152.1 million. The biggest individual paid spender over the last two months is Apple TV+, at $29.9 million, followed by Disney+ ($20.5 million); Amazon Prime Video ($20 million); DirecTV Stream $17.3 million); and Hulu ($12.2 million).

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RATINGS

Shareablee Top 10 Streaming Shows for the week of May 16
Program, Platform, Total Actions, Total Content, Actions per Content, Fans & Followers
Stranger Things (Netflix), 2.4m, 19,125,608, 27.5m
Umbrella Academy (Netflix), 2m, 24, 83,087, 4.9m
Get Organized With The Home Edit (Netflix), 1.6m, 27, 60,228, 6.7m
The Boys (Prime Video), 976k, 43, 22,695, 1.7m
Bridgerton (Netflix), 975k, 9, 108,286, 3.7m
Euphoria (HBO Max), 783k, 2, 391,414, 9.4m
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+), 519k, 18, 28,821, 499k
One Piece (Hulu), 237k, 8, 29,640, 4m
Love, Death, & Robots (Netflix), 227k, 15, 15,132, 222k
Gilmore Girls (HBO Max), 199k, 11, 18,129, 4.6m

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Friday, April May 20
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Shark Tank 3.59 (0.5), 20/20 3.02 (0.4)
CBS: Come Dance with Me 2.14 (0.3), Magnum P.I. 2.67 (0.2), Blue Bloods 3.13 (0.3)
CW: Charmed 0.30 (0.1), Dynasty 0.21 (0.0)
FOX: WWE Friday Night Smackdown 2.03 (0.5)
NBC: The Blacklist 2.70 (0.2), Dateline 2.64 (0.3)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.09 (0.3), Hasta que Plata Nos 0.71 (0.2), Pasion de Gavilanes 0.71 (0.2)
Univision: Rosa de Guadalupe 1.29 (0.4), Mi Fortuna es Amarte 1.45 (0.4), El Ultimo Rey: El Hijo del Pueblo 1.24 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Toyin Awesu-Uhuegbu has been named Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at The Africa Channel. Awesu-Uhuegbu joins TAC from Prosper Africa.

CuriosityStream has appointed Peter Westley as Chief Financial Officer. Westley was most recently with Blum Capital Partners, where he served as Partner and Managing Partner.

Meredith Artley, SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is exiting the network in the wake of the merger that created Warner Bros Discovery, and shuttered CNN+.

This Day in History
1956 – In the first Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia won for Switerland.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On which TV series did Pete Davidson make his television debut? MTV’s “Failosophy.” Kudos to: Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Sandy Spiegel/Chicago

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