05/05/17: HBO has four more Thrones to crown; E! is WAG-ing more; Scripps goes for more Snap

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Four, count them, four Game of Thrones spinoff series are in the works at HBO as the tentpole series begins preparations for the final send off after eight seasons. Four writers have signed deals with HBO to join Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin to develop the spinoffs. No details yet on whether they will be of the prequel, sequel or companion series variety. The current GoT creative team are finishing the upcoming seventh season, and laying foundation for the final season 8.
Don’t be #sad. Alec Baldwin will revive his Donald Trump impersonation to NBC’s Saturday Night Live on the May 13 and May 20 episodes; the latter date is the SNL finale.
CBS Q1 numbers bested analyst predictions, aided by a cocktail of one-time tax benefits and writedowns, and rising retrans fees. The company reported a net loss of $252 million, down from a $473 million profit during the same period last year. “Retransmission consent and reverse compensation led the way in Q1, growing 28 percent,” said CEO Les Moonves. Retrans contributed to a 17 percent increase in affiliate and subscription fee revenue, which also benefited from its subscription services, CBS All Access and Showtime OTT, he noted. CBS didn’t break out an ad sales number for the network, but Moonves said he’s looking forward the the Upfront season, “where we’re confident advertisers will once again place great value on the No. 1 television network in an increasingly fragmented media landscape.”
Viacom Q2 earnings topped investor projections, largely on the success of its Paramount theatrical, home entertainment and licensing division, with reported revenue of $3.26 billion vs. an estimated $3.025 billion. CEO Bob Bakish has made moves to turn around the company’s cable business, with a focus on six “flagship” brands: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Paramount.
AMC Networks topped Wall Street estimates for its quarterly earnings. The company reported an expected drop in network ad sales, down 6.2 percent, but CEO Josh Sapan depicted the company as a producer of content as well as an owner of channels – and urged investors to keep both sides of the coin in mind. AMC Studios’ production business “will make us important for the ecosystem,” Sapan said. “Our diversification with a focus on key content is ultimately the way for us to grow, and grow sustainably.”
The Cynopsis Rising Star Awards is the perfect chance to show your colleague how much they are valued by their company and the industry as a whole. Be sure to get your nominations in before June 21 and join is in NY this September as we hold an awards reception for these young trailblazers.
The DGA has lined up its first TV director mentorship and professional development program for guild members. Part of the guild’s Director Development Initiative, the new program pairs early-career directors with veteran TV directors who will serve as their professional guides.
MSNBC confirmed Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are engaged to be married.
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Social good initiatives can be a powerful connector between networks, viewers and brands, but it’s crucial for companies to champion causes and produce social good content that align with their brand values.  Our expert panel, including Young & Rubicam’s: Chief Client Officer, Shelly Diamond , and Chief Strategy Officer, Belle Frank , as well as AT&T’s Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Brynne Dunn Jones , will share insights and case studies on how doing good can be good business.
Telemundo has exclusive US broadcast rights to an authorized TV series based on the life of music artist Luis Miguel. Series will be produced by Gato Grande Productions, a new joint venture between MGM and Mexican entrepreneurs Miguel Aleman Magnani and Antonio Cue Sanchez Navarro. Mark Burnett, MGM president, television group and digital, will help develop the series.
Food Network ordered 26 half-hour eps of new In the Kitchen programming featuring host Giada De Laurentiis. On the menu are new seasons of Giada Entertains and Giada’s Holiday Handbook, plus new Giada’s Summer Entertaining (working title).  The first premieres are targeted to roll out in Q4.
TruTV is the new home of The Chris Gethard Show. The net ordered 16 hourlong episodes of the Funny or Die-produced series, which will be broadcast live from NYC. The show, featuring Gethard trying to woo comedian friends and a live audience to participate in games and stunts, previously aired on Fusion.
This Old House is starting production on its upcoming 39th season, set to premiere this fall. The season will include three apprentices selected to work alongside the This Old House team, as part of the company’s Generation NEXT philanthropic initiative encouraging and empower young people to join the skilled trades.
A&E Network’s docuseries Born This Way returns for a third season with back-to-back hour-long episodes on Tuesday, May 16 at 9p.
Science Channel ’s archaeology mystery series Unearthed returns for a second season on Tuesday, May 23 at 10p. Each hour-long ep unlocks the myths and secrets of a different ancient structure and civilization.
Survival expert Marty Raney, along with his skilled son and daughter, travel to the most isolated locations across the country to help budding homesteaders become self-sufficient and reliable in Discovery series Homestead Rescue, premiering June 14 at 10p.
E! Entertainment is expanding its WAGS franchise with WAGS Atlanta, which will launch in the fall and documents the luxurious lifestyles and real-life drama in the world of superstar male athletes through the perspective of their wives. New series joins WAGS Miami, whose second season premieres Thursday, June 29 at 9p, and WAGS LA, whose season 3 premieres on Thursday, August 24 at 9p.
Revolt this weekend will exclusively live stream the sold-out Rolling Loud Festival, taking place in Miami May 5-7. The net will stream more than 30 hours of interviews and performances including Future, Lil Wayne and Travis Scott.
In anticipation of the premiere of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Sunday (May 7) night at 8p, Freeform is offering up favorite love stories during a weekend programming event starting Saturday that includes A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits, Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s Frozen and more.
On Sunday, May 14 Fuse will air a Diva Day “divathon from 9a-1p,” featuring episodes of Big Freedia and videos from divas including Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and more.
America: Promised Land , a timely look at various US immigrant populations over time that have helped transform the country, is headed to History as a two-day, four-part nonfiction short-series airing Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30 at 8p.
TV One will premiere The State of Black America on Wednesday, May 31 at 8p. The two-hour special will include coverage of a town hall meeting the network and National Urban League held at The Howard Theatre in DC this week to discuss the present and future conditions facing black America, moderated by News One Now Host and managing editor Roland Martin.
Cher will receive the Icon Award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, airing Sunday, May 21, at 8p on ABC.
The MTV Movie & TV Awards, airing this Sunday (May 7) will debut an exclusive sneak peek from New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, set for theatrical release September 8, 2017.
Scripps Networks Interactive expanded its deal with Snap Inc. that will bring new food- and home-related programming to Snapchat’s Discover platform. Food Network was one of the original publishers for Snapchat’s launch of Discover in January 2015; under the expanded deal, Scripps’ nets including Food and HGTV will develop and produce Shows for Snapchat. Food will also continue to curate for Discover. New Food Discover content is includes “Millennial Manners,” scripted videos about the right way to adult at the table; a Skyler Bouchard offering around millennial food entrepreneurs; and a pick-your-own-adventure food treasure hunt with NY-based influencers.
EPIX launched EPIX Cast, a new feature that allows users to cast EPIX content from their Apple and Android devices to any connected TV device without the need for additional hardware.
Oxygen Media launched social storytelling experience Tap by Wattpad, which enables users to immerse themselves in short, chat-style stories by simply tapping for content, to raise awareness for the 20th season premiere of Snapped on Sunday (May 7).
Sundance Now will stream Midnight Return, a doc following the real-life subject of the film Midnight Express, beginning May 15.
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Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
ABC: 3/6
The Goldbergs 3.2/6, Speechless 2.7/5, Modern Family 3.5/6, black-ish 2.5/7, Designated Survivor 3.0/6
CBS : 4.3/8
Survivor 5.0/9, Criminal Minds 4.7/8, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 3.3/6
FOX: 2.9/5
Shots Fired One 2.1/4, Empire 3.7/7
NBC: 3.3/6
Blindspot 2.6/5, Law & Order: SVU 3.3/6, Chicago P.D 4.0/8
Reina de la Cancion 0.8/2, Vino el Amor 1.3/2, La Piloto 1.0/2
TELE: 0.5/1
El Capo 0.5/1, Guerras de Idolos 0.5/1, Il Querida de Centauro 0.6/1
CW: 0.7/1
Arrow 0.9/0, The Hundred 0.5/1
Wednesday A19-49: FOX 1.3/5, ABC 1.2/5, CBS 1.4/6, NBC 1.0/4, TELE .3/1, UNI .7/3, CW .4/2
Source: Nielsen
Cat Gross was promoted to manager, development & current production at Bravo.
The Directors Guild of America tapped Erica Jacquez as executive in charge of government affair. She joins from AltaMed Health Services.

Friday Fun Fact: The shortest song to top the charts so far is Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” which at 1:46 minutes hit No. 1 in 1957.
This Day in History: 1912 – Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda began publishing.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which character in a 1980s series had an electric socket in her armpit? V.I.C.I. on Small Wonder (1985-1989). Kudos to: Elizabeth Corda-Turner/NY; Rick Dascher-Turner Studios/Atlanta; Margaret LaMura-Dara-The CW Network/NY; Jenn Petell-THREE/Saratoga Springs, NY; Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NY; Corinne Waldheim-Pop/NY; Luke Watson-Roker Labs/NY; Mike Wexler-Moroch/Atlanta; Matthew Fera-McgarryBowen/Chicago; Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/Minneapolis; Miriam Stocker-Black Entertainment Television/Detroit; Amy Kessler-Oakland Symphony/Oakland; Renee Kurland -Walt Disney television group/Burbank; Johanna Ramirez-Universal Pictures/LA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank;
Today’s Trivia Question : Which classic TV couple lived at 1164 Morning Glory Circle? (Email [email protected] 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.).
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Kids Show Anagram: Lovely face draws zip war (Email [email protected] ; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)

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INTEGRATION PRODUCER/Scripps Networks Interactive/Knoxville TN: Conceive/ write/produce mult creative solutions that meet advertisers’ goals, while also driving ratings for HGTV and DIY programming. 5+ yrs’ exp TV prod; BA deg broadcast, journalism or related field pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (5/6)

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ABC: The Toy Box, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods [f]
CW: The Originals, Reign
FOX: Lucifer, Lethal Weapon
NBC: First Dates, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose – The Week, Latin Music USA
Telemundo: El Capo, Guerra de Idolos, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Vino el Amor, La Piloto

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