05/08/17: NBC cuts Emerald City; ABC set to pick up American Idol; History president Jana Bennett leaving for new venture

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NBC canceled Emerald City after one season. The Wizard of Oz drama averaged a .7 rating among A18-49 and 3 million viewers in Live + SD Nielsens.
On the bright side, the Peacock net gave series orders to Rise, starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) as a groundbreaking high school drama teacher, and For God & Country, centered on an elite squad of undercover military heroes.
ABC is thisclose to a deal with FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group to revive one-time Fox smash American Idol, reports Variety. A March premiere is being eyed. The idea of resuscitating AI has been kicking around since before the show was laid to rest last year.
Mainstream TV networks declined to run an ad from the Donald Trump 2020 campaign that includes a graphic calling the mainstream media “fake news.” Said the president’s daughter-in-law/campaign advisor Lara Trump on Friday, “Faced with an ad that doesn’t fit their biased narrative, CNN, ABC, CBS and NBC have now all chosen to block our ad. This is an unprecedented act of censorship.” CNN had said on Tuesday, “The mainstream media is not fake news, and therefore the ad is false and per policy will be accepted only if that graphic is deleted.”
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Netflix renewed 13 Reasons Why, based on the YA novel about the suicide of a teenager, for a 13-episode second season. Exec producer Brian Yorkey, who wrote the adaptation, will take over from Diana Son as showrunner. The series has been a critical and social media success, but added content warnings after some mental health experts said it posed a risk to young people with suicidal thoughts.
The FCC is investigating complaints that Monday’s Late Show monologue, during which Stephen Colbert insulted President Donald Trump, was obscene (CBS bleeped a word, but Colbert’s meaning was clear). Since the show airs after 10p, for content to be categorized as obscene it must “depict or describe sexual conduct in a ‘patently offensive’ way; and…lack serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”  While the FCC’s action caused alarm on social media, a spokesman explained to CNN that reviewing consumer complaints is “a matter of standard practice.”
If NBC’s teaser art is to be believed, its Will & Grace revival will premiere this fall. The ninth season reunites the original cast of the comedy, which ended in 2006.
Will & Grace’s Debra Messing was an honoree for excellence in media at the 28th annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing inclusivity and accurate portrayals of the LGBTQ community. The ceremony, held in NYC on Saturday, also saluted ID doc Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, Oxygen reality show Strut, HBO’s VICE News Tonight, and episodes of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show. (Other winners had been announced during an April ceremony.)


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TNT put in development The Collector, from Mark Cullen (Lucky) and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. Drama focuses on a man who has to pay off his debts by working as a collector.
Andrew Davies will adapt Vikram Seth bestseller A Suitable Boy for BBC One. Story focuses on a young woman coming of age in northern India in 1951.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May 5-7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy (Buena Vista) $145.0 million, opening weekend
The Fate of the Furious (Universal) $8.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $207.1 million
The Boss Baby (Fox) $6.2 million (week 6), cume revenue $156.7 million
How to Be a Latin Lover (Lionsgate) $5.3 million (week 2) cume revenue $20.7 million
Beauty and the Beast (Buena Vista) $4.9 million (week 8), cume revenue $487.6 million
The Circle (STX) $4.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $15.7 million
Baahuball 2: The Conclusion (Great India Films) $3.2 million, cume revenue $16.2 million
Gifted (Fox Searchlight) $2.1 million (week 5), cume revenue $19.2 million
Going in Style (Warner Bros.) $1.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $40.6 million
The Smurfs: The Lost Village (Sony) $1.8 million (week 5), cume revenue $40.6 million
Source: comScore


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HGTV ’s Vintage Flip is back for season 2 on Thursday, May 25 at 11p. In the premiere, a 1912 Craftsman-style bungalow gets a makeover.
New game show Emogenius launches on GSN Wednesday, June 7 at 9p, featuring contestants decoding emoji messages. An online version launches in tandem with the TV show on GSNTV.com.
Blind taste tests are back, as amateurs face off against pros in the season debut of Food Network’s Bakers vs. Fakers on Wednesday, May 24 at 9p.
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That’s So Raven spin-off Raven’s Home launches on Disney Channel Friday, July 21 at 10p, a prime perch following the premiere of Descendants 2. The comedy slips into its regular timeslot at 8:30p starting July 28.
Aisle be seeing you? Little Women Atlanta: Monie Gets Married debuts Wednesday, June 7 at 10p. The Lifetime spin-off follows a bride-to-be’s not-so-smooth journey to “I do.”
Catastrophe makes its U.S. cable premiere on Lifetime Friday, June 9 at 10p. Four back-to-back episodes of the comedy starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney will air Fridays in June.
PBS marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with new documentary, Sgt. Peppper’s Musical Revolution, premiering Saturday, June 3 at 8p (check local listing). Film will include recordings of studio chat and isolated instrument and vocal tracks.
Music Choice  will feature exclusive content – music videos, vignettes, interviews – promoting the 2017 Billboard Music Awards across all of its properties including Music Choice On Demand, Music Channels and digital properties starting today, running through Sunday, May 21, the day the show airs on ABC
The premiere of Lifetime movie Menendez: Blood Brothers has been moved to Sunday, June 11 at 8p. Other Lifetime movie debuts include Suite Francaise, starring Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas on Monday, May 22 at 10p, and Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland on Monday, May 29
Reid Scott , who plays an anchor on a fictional version of CBS This Morning on HBO’s Veep, will pop by the real thing today, to talk about what it’s like to play fake anchor Dan Egan.
NOVA: Poisoned Water investigates the science behind the manmade Flint, Michigan disaster. Joe Morton narrates the report, premiering Wednesday, May 31 at 9p.
Ruth Wilson (The Affair) will executive produce and star in BBC One 3-parter The Wilsons as her own grandmother. The true story follows grandma Alison and her attempt to prove her marriage to a British spy is valid.
Austin Basis (E! Online’s “Favorite Funny Guy”) landed a role on season 3 of Hulu’s Casual, launching Tuesday, May 23.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is partnering with EndemolShine Latino for a bilingual, digital reality series, Love Clicks 24/7. The show will offer live 24/7 streaming footage with video challenges and competition playing out across mobile, linear and social platforms. Viewers will be able to watch the series in either English or Spanish, and will have an interactive stake as 3 single men look for love.
Nat Geo film LA 92, about race relations and the Rodney King trial, has been made available for free on online, streaming and VOD platforms, through May 11. The show had a limited theatrical release, followed by its broadcast premiere on Nat Geo on April 30. “National Geographic believes in the power of storytelling to change the world,” explained, president of original programming and production for National Geographic. “The parallels between the racially charged climate of Los Angeles in 1992 and more recent occurrences of racial injustice demands our attention. We hope this film will encourage reflection and debate as the country wrestles with these very real and very relevant conflicts.”
The 7 pilots for short-form series released by New Form’s Incubator “Gold Mine” series include Mourners Inc., about a broke former child star who inherits a mourners-for-hire company; Campus Catwalk, exec produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment; Kate of the Damned, centered on a woman who wakes up to find herself Queen of the Vampires; Anti-Social, about a disgraced model who goes back to high school; Boy ‘Toys’, focused on a group of charming millennial men hoping to woo wealthy women; Good Face, about the secret world of a Korean-American doctor’s assistant, and buddy comedy @TheRealAssistant.
He wasn’t in the original, but Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy) will appear in the 10-minute Love Actually sequel that will be featured during the live Red Nose Day Special on NBC Thursday, May 25 at 10p. Kate Moss will also be sneaking in.
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On Tuesday, May 2, UniMas ranked as the #2 Spanish-language network for the 6th night out of 10 among Total Viewers 2+, and 4th of the last 10 among A18-49, powered by Moises y Los Diez Mandamientos (Moses and the Ten Commandments). 
WE tv drew 1.2 million viewers for the premiere of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition, increasing viewership by 30% over the premiere of season 7 of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, and making WE tv #1 ad-supported cable network in prime on Friday night among W25-54.  
Velocity scored its highest Primetime delivering April in network history among key demos and its best April ever for Total Day. The network posted double-digit year-over-year Prime ratings and delivery gains including increases in M25-54 (+17%), P2+ (+18%) and P25-54 (+15%) rating and M25-54 (+17%), M18+ (+18%), P2+ (+17%) and P25-54 (+18%) delivery.  
Driven by Mega Race, Discovery Channel delivered its highest rated April Mondays ever across  P/M25-54 & P18-49. The network also ranked third among all cable networks in M25-54, fourth in P25-54 and M18-49, and fifth in P18-49.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 4, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 4.6/9
Big Bang Theory 7.7/15, Big Bang Theory 5.6/10, Mom 5.2/9, Life in Pieces 3.9/7,  Amazing Race 2.6/5
ABC: 3.5/7
Grey’s Anatomy 4.8/9, Scandal 3.6/6, The Catch 2.1/4
NBC: 3.0/6
Superstore 1.6/3, Superstore 1.8/3, Chicago Med 4.1/7, Blacklist 3.1/6
FOX: 1.5/3
MasterChef: Junior 2.1/4, The Mick .9/2, The Mick .9/2
Rena de la Cancion .9/2, Vino el Amor 1.3/2, La Piloto 1.1/2
CW: .8/1
Supernatural .9/2, Riverdale .6/1
El Capo .6/1, Guerra de Idolos .5/1, Querida Centauro .5/1
Thursday A19-49: CBS 1.4/6, ABC 1.2,5, NBC .9/4, UNI .7/3, FOX .7/3, CW .4/2, TELE .3/1
History Channel President and GM Jana Bennett is leaving to launch a new venture, splitting her time between New York and London. Paul Cabana, Senior Vice President of Programming, will hold down the fort until a successor is named. Bennett joined A+E Networks in 2013 from the BBC.
Director Ed Sherin, who executive produced over 160 episodes of Law & Order, died at 87. Sherin’s “legacy as a director, commitment to our guild and strength and fervor in his service were an example for us all,” said Michael Apted.

This Day in History: 1963 – Sean Connery stars in his first Bond movie, Dr. No

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