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IN THE NEWS
The shakeups continue at Fox News, with co-president Bill Shine the latest casualty. In a memo to staff on Monday, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox Rupert Murdoch characterized the exit as a resignation, saying, “I know Bill was respected and liked by everyone at Fox News. We will all miss him.” Shine, who was promoted along with Jack Abernathy after Roger Ailes was forced out amid a sexual harassment scandal, had been with the network since its inception in 1996. Suzanne Scott takes on the role of president of programming; Jay Wallace has been named president of news.
, responding to reports that Shine supporter and Hannity host Sean Hannity was on the way out, said in a statement, “This is completely untrue.” Last week, when rumors of Shine’s impending exit surfaced, Hannity warned that would mean “the end” of Fox News.
preschool net Sprout is growing up. Rebranded to Universal Kids starting September 9 and targeting kids 2-11, programming will include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted shows and live action scripted originals. Anchoring the lineup will be Top Chef Junior. Sprout hasn’t been cut off entirely – the brand will continue within Universal Kids. “
We see enormous potential to grow our audience in this space and create the Universal Kids platform for families to experience together,” said NBCUni president, lifestyle networks Frances Berwick. “NBCUniversal is invested in the kids and family business, and the company believes in working together – we will benefit from promotion across our portfolio of networks and across the company.”
announced on yesterday’s show that pal Ryan Seacrest is her new permanent co-host on newly-named Live with Kelly and Ryan. Seacrest, also an exec producer on the show, will relocate to NYC for his new duties, but continue as host and exec producer of radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest (New York’s ABC7 will house a new iHeartRadio studio to accommodate him). Seacrest will also carry on as host and EP of E!’s Live from the Read Carpet shows, and ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Ripa had been flying solo for almost a year, since Michael Strahan left Live to join Good Morning America.
In more Kelly news, Megyn Kelly’s new morning show will take Today’s 9a slot on NBC, pitting her in many markets against Live with Kelly and Ryan starting this fall. The Fox News transplant also has a Sunday night newsmagazine in the works for June, where she’ll be up against the venerable 60 Minutes team.
yanked You the Jury off the Friday schedule after 2 episodes. The reality show drew 1.5 million viewers and a .38 rating among A18-49 for its premiere, dipping to 1.2 million viewers and .27 in the demo the next week. Lethal Weapon repeats have taken the time slot for the past 2 weeks.
took home the most statuettes at the Daytime Emmy Awards, nabbing 18, and The Bold and the Beautiful’s Scott Clifton made history as the first performer ever to have won in 3 acting categories (Younger, Supporting and Lead). General Hospital won for Outstanding Drama, Jeopardy took the game show category, Good Morning America led the morning program field, The Ellen DeGeneres Show picked up the trophy for Talk/Entertainment and The Dr. Oz Show topped Talk/Informative. For more, go
’s The Last Ship is taking a break from production of season 5 for a few weeks as star Eric Dane takes time off to deal with depression issues. Season 4 has already wrapped, so the delay shouldn’t affect launch.
enhanced its Florida portfolio with the acquisition of ABC affiliates WWSB/Sarasota and WTXL/Tallahassee, which had been owned by Calkins Media. “These 2 operations exemplify the commitment to local news and community service that is ingrained in every Raycom Media station,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media president CEO. “We are pleased to bring their talented teams on board.”
What’s top of mind for TV execs right now? “There is nothing more important to the industry than audience measurement,” industry consultant/measurement guru Brad Adgate tells Cynopsis. “Each year, tens of billions of dollars are invested based on their results. In the upcoming year, there will be a major transformation in audience measurement, as the granularity that data provides becomes more widespread, providing many new insights that will beneficial in developing media strategies and negotiating ad buys.” To help networks, agencies and advertisers get a better handle on what’s ahead, Cynopsis is holding a measurement & data conference in NYC on August 3.
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lost 143,000 subscribers in 1Q17, closing the quarter 13.528 million pay-TV subscribers. Year-over-year, Dish slipped 2.5%.
’s The Profit and Comcast Business are teaming for Small Business Week (April 30-May 6), hosting a series of events in Atlanta, Chicago, Hartford, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Seattle, that will feature panel discussions with members of the local business community, networking forums, and casting opportunities for prospective candidates on The Profit.
It appears we won’t be seeing that Donald Trump-inspired episode of Law and Order: SVU anytime soon. First scheduled for October 12, then postponed several times, the show, starring Gary Cole as a wealthy boor with his eye on the White House, is not on NBC’s program listings for the rest of the season.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Canadian production company Network Entertainment announced TV series The Sessions Project, documenting photographer Norman Seeff’s photo sessions with icons like Ray Charles, Steve Jobs and Joni Mitchell. Derik Murray and Network Entertainment will produce, while Seef, profiled on the April 30 episode of 60 Minutes, will produce and direct.
Power, Starz and Lionsgate have signed Power creator, showrunner and executive producer Courtney A. Kemp to an exclusive multi-year overall deal that expands her relationship with the company to include Lionsgate, and allows Kemp to develop and produce new projects for Starz and other content through her End of Episode production company.
SundanceTV renewed original scripted series Hap and Leonard for season 3. This go round, the genre-bending anthology based on the books by Joe R. Lansdale will take inspiration from “The Two-Bear Mambo,” the third in the book series.
Splash! Travel Channel’s “Dive In” summer lineup of water-themed programs starts Sunday, June 4 at 9p with the premiere of Xtreme Waterparks. New special Pools With a View airs the same night at 11p, while Top Secret Swimming Holes arrives Sunday, July 23 at 9p.
Nashville’s Charles Esten will host the 2017 CMT Music Awards, airing live from Nashville Wednesday, June 7 at 8p. Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett are among those set to perform.
On an hour-long midseason finale of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, the guys manage ride admittance at a theme park and man the information booth, among other misadventures. Bonus content appears during the After Party special at 11p.
Detroit rapper Big Sean will perform his new track, “Jump Out the Window,” at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Sunday, May 7 at 8p. Noah Cyrus will also take the stage during show, hosted by comedian Adam Devine.
Nat Geo WILD marks Mother’s Day with programming showing how wild animals raise their young (like an awww-inspiring scene of a mama sheep comforting her crying lamb). Premieres include a special airing of Safari Live at 9a, and 3-part special Animal Moms at 8p on Sunday, May 14.
Myx TV special My Motto (Veterans Edition), narrated by Maggie Q (Designated Survivor) and telling the stories of 3 Asian Pacific American veterans whose time in the service empowered them to become leaders at home, airs tonight at 8p. In support of the show, Myx TV, in partnership with Got Your 6, is holding a breakfast event at the RealD Theater in Beverly Hills that will include a panel discussion on the faces and experiences of Asian America.
The first round of performers for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards include Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde and Nicki Minaj. More, of course to come….Show airs Sunday, May 21 at 8p on ABC.
VIDEOS IN SHORT
Awesomeness millennial mom network Awestruck launched singer/actress Kelly Rowland’s YouTube channel on Monday, with videos showing Rowland’s life as a working woman and mom. The announcement was made at the Awesomeness upfront, where a branded content deal with retailer Hollister was unveiled. As part of the agreement, the companies are launching an original series, This Is Summer, on May 20, following a group of San Francisco high schoolers.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Hidden figures: Untold stories from NASA geniuses are revealed in 6-part Smithsonian Channel series America’s Secret Space Heroes, launching Sunday, May 14 at 9p. Series premiere shares the story of the team who built the Saturn V Rocket.
Fish tacos, crab cakes, chicken-fried steak…Beach Bites with Katie Lee returns to Cooking Channel Thursday, June 1 at 10p.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his food-blogging wife Audrey scour the country for delicious eats in new series Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams, premiering Monday, June 5 at 10p on Food Network. “For almost a decade now, Audrey and I have been on the road together, and in every city we visited for one of my shows, we would try to find a well-known and locally loved restaurant that had something on the menu which was incredibly memorable for whatever reason,” said Jeff Dunham. “Well, now we get to share that fun.”
TBS’s Wrecked returns for season 2 on Tuesday, June 20 at 10p, with back-to-back episodes.
IFC grabbed Canadian sketch comedy series Baroness Von Sketch Show. Satire about modern daily life will launch in late summer.
A syndicated game show from “Judge Judy” Sheindlin’s Queen Bee Productions, FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury will get a 6-week test run on select Fox stations starting July 10. iWitness (wt), testing contestants’ powers of observation, will be hosted by comedian John Henson (Talk Soup).
Teen horror series Freakish has been picked up for a second season on Hulu. Season 1 of the Awesomeness show is currently streaming.
Television event The Putin Interviews launches on Showtime Monday, June 12 at 9p. Over 4 consecutive nights, Russian president Vladimir Putin talks with filmmaker Oliver Stone; their last conversation was taped in February, post-election.
How do you think Ryan Seacrest will compare to past Live! hosts? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.
All aboard! Hulu and Big 4 holdout NBCUniversal reached a distribution agreement that will bring NBC and Telemundo Owned Television Stations and cable nets to Hulu’s upcoming live TV streaming service. The deal will provide live and on-demand streaming access to networks including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC, NBCSN and more, bringing the total number of channels in Hulu’s live TV service to more than 50. In addition to all 4 broadcast nets, Hulu’s service will include news channels and sports, for under $40/month.
Acorn TV will offer the exclusive U.S. premiere of original series Loch Ness, an atmospheric murder mystery starring Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) and Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey). Streaming starts streaming Monday, June 19.
People/Entertainment Weekly Network’s Scott Hamilton Today debuts today. In the premiere, the Olympic skater, facing his third brain tumor diagnosis, gets alarming news at a routine check-up, and determines to make sure he is as healthy as possible in the event he needs to move forward with treatment.
GRB Entertainment announced sales of a variety of programs over multiple genres to Canada, Asia Pacific, and Spain, among them Showdown of the Unbeatables to Canada’s Game TV, Untold Stories of the E.R. to Discovery Spain and Discovery Asia-Pac, and Mohawk Girls to SBS Broadcasting Australia.
Calling all funny Canadians: Just for Laughs Comedy and Canada’s CBC Comedy are holding an open-forum pitch event on Thursday, July 27 during industry event Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. Five Canadian creator and producer teams will have the chance to present their original concepts to a panel of senior development execs from CBC Comedy.
Y&R introduced its “Whole Story Project,” born from an initiative that began a year ago to help achieve gender equality and empower women and girls. A mobile app and online platform designed with Current Studios enables users to establish virtual statues of notable women to create parity in public representation. “It is no surprise that everywhere you turn, in almost every city, most of the statues in public spaces are men, and the few women are usually drawn from fiction. Many groups, including the UN and Girls Scouts, are working hard to redress this gender imbalance but, realistically it’s going to take millions of dollars and many years before we see even a handful of women taking their place in the public landscape” said Leslie Sims, chief creative officer of Y&R North America. “The Whole Story Project offers a way to create immediate awareness and access to the amazing history women have made around the world.”
Y&R is going all in on making the world a better place – last month the company launched a division, Y&R Inspire Change, using new research and insights to help deepen their commitment to social causes. So it’s no surprise Y&R will be on the panel for the May 23 Cynopsis webinar, How to Program & Market a Winning Social Good Strategy, to help networks and brands determine the best ways to connect to viewers and consumers by doing good. You’ll find more info here.
ION Television inked a deal with Entertainment One for new original series The Detail, giving ION the exclusive U.S. TV rights for current and future seasons of the procedural crime drama from ICF Films, eOne and Canada’s CTV. Production on the 10-episode first season is currently underway.
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The season 3 finale of ABC’s American Crime was up one tenth to a .4 rating among A18-49 and 2.0 million viewers, its largest Live+SD audience since the season debut.
TLC’s This Is Life Live averaged 1.6 million P2+ viewers and was a top 5 Primetime network for the four consecutive nights with W25-54. The series debut on Sunday night ranked #1 in its timeslot with W25-54, helping make Sunday the most watched night in a year and a half with 2.3 million P2+ viewers.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of April 24, 2017
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.) 13033, 107, 122, 138935
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 4707, 217, 22, 25748
E! News (E!) 4125, 791, 5, 29165
Today Show (NBC) 1547, 587, 3, 11618
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 1233, 110, 11, 9020
The Daily Show (Comedy Central) 1017, 104, 10, 14014
TMZ (Warner Bros./synd.) 988, 924, 1, 13061
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 982, 48, 20, 29116
The Voice (NBC) 887, 297, 3, 22861
Prison Break (Fox) 804, 8, 101, 13755
includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers
Top 10 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of April 10, 2017
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.5/4.2/1.7
Designated Survivor (ABC) .9/2.3/1.4
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1.8/3.1/1.3
Scandal (ABC) 1.3/2.4/1.1
Empire (FOX) 2.3/3.4/1.1
Scorpion (CBS) 1.0/1.9/.9
Prison Break (FOX) 1.1/2.0/.9
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) .7/1.5/.8
Chicago Med (NBC) 1.1/1.9/.8
Amazing Race (CBS) .8/1.5/.7
Life in Pieces (CBS) 1.1/1.8/.7
Survivor (CBS) 1.7/2.4/.7
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, April 228, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
Undercover Boss 3.4/7, Hawaii Five-0 5.1/10, Blue Bloods 5.6/11
First Dates 2.3/5, Dateline 2.9/6
The Toy Box 1.7/3, Let It Fall 1.7/3
Rosewood 2.0/4, Lethal Weapon 1.2/2
Rosa de Guadalupe .8/2, Vino el Amor 1.2/2, La Piloto 1.0/2
La Dona .8/2, Guerra de Idolos .5/1, El Capo .5/1
Originals .6/1, Reign .4/1
Friday A19-49: CBS .8/4, NBC .8/4, ABC .6/3, UNI .6/2, FOX .5/1, TELE .4/1, CW .2/1
Discovery Communications promoted James Levitt to the position of Senior Vice President National Ad Sales in the U.S. Most recently Levitt, who joined Discovery in 1999, was VP of National Ad Sales.
Vincent Sollecito was named President, ABC National Television Sales for the Owned Television Stations Group. Previously, Sollecito had been Vice President and General Sales Manager for ABC’s WLS Chicago.
This Day in History: 1952 – The Good Fight’s Christine Baranski was born.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom mom had kids named Kim and Craig? Lucy Carter in Here’s Lucy (1968-1974). Kudos to: Julie Houston-Tom Scott Agency/Boise, ID, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, John Amato-KTTV/Good Day L.A./LA, Andrew Goldman-TVtibi/NYC
Today’s Trivia Question: Which 1980s series finale included a character wearing a shirt that says “fini” in the final scene? (Email email@example.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
Answer to Friday’s Initial This: MC played JM on M = Mike Connors played Joe Mannix on Mannix. Kudos to: Dennis Amino-ABC/LA, Michael Ratliffe-BET Networks/NYC, Mike Avila-AviLand Productions/Miami
Current Show Anagram: Majestic Hen Furor (Email firstname.lastname@example.org; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – TUESDAY MAY 2, 2017
ABC: The Middle, American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, Imaginary Mary, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
CBS: NCIS , Bull , NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie
FOX: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick [f], Prison Break
NBC: The Voice, Great News, Great News, Chicago Fire
PBS: Victorian Slum House [p], Ripley Believe It or Not: American Experience [r], Frontline
Telemundo: El Capo, Guerra de Idolos, LaQuerida del Centaura
Univision: La Reina de la Cancion, Vino el Amor, La Piloto