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Iconic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been set as NBC’s next live musical, airing on Easter 2018. The TV version of the 1971 Broadway smash will be executive produced by a crew who know a thing or two about live productions: the original’s Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Casting is in early days, but “we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment.

The clock’s run out for NBC’s Timeless, which will not be back for a second season. Series star Matt Lanter tweeted that the time travel drama is being shopped to other networks.
NBC renewed Dick Wolf dramas Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. No call yet on newcomer Chicago Justice.

ABC’s Last Man Standing took a fall, canceled after 6 seasons. The blue collar comedy averaged a 1.2 rating among A18-49 and 6.4 million viewers this season. On the flip side, ABC’s highest-rated comedy, Modern Family, was renewed for seasons 9 and 10.

Fox canceled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The supernatural drama averaged 3.2 million viewers and .9 among A18-49 in Live+7 its last go-round. Renewed for season fours were the net’s Gotham and Last Man On Earth.
The Originals was renewed for season 5 and iZombie for season 4 on the CW. The net also picked up DC drama Black Lightning, military drama Valor and Life Sentence, starring Pretty Little LiarsLucy Hale.
BET is closing its Washington, D.C. headquarters on July 7 and moving operations go NYC. The move “has been an ongoing transition,” said a BET spokesperson. BET, which launched in 1980, was acquired by NY-based Viacom in 2000.


Tribune Media, reporting a $15.2 million first quarter loss thanks to lower TV ad revenue and rising programming costs at WGN America, is transforming into “a much more streamlined, focused broadcaster with a cable network,” interim CEO Peter Kern told analysts on Wednesday. Kerr called expensive, heavily marketed originals like Underground and Outsiders “kind of islands…the audience wouldn’t stay for the rest of our day,” and promised a more efficient slate of originals that would carry the audience to other dayparts. Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to buy Tribune for $3.9 billion.
ABC Shondaland drama Scandal, currently in season 6, will end with season 7, sources told TVLine. Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly made the call.
DHX Media ’s $345 million acquisition of the entertainment division of Iconix Brand Group gives it an 80% controlling interest in Peanuts and 100% control of Strawberry Shortcake IP. “DHX Media feels like the perfect fit for Peanuts,” said Jean Schultz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz, of the Teletubbies owner. “We respect their innovative and rich history with developing children’s shows and brands.” Deal is slated to close around the end of June.
American Heroes Channel is partnering with People magazine – home of the “Heroes Among Us” feature – for the Red Bandanna Hero Award, given to an everyday hero who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Winner will be featured in People, as well as an AHC special.
Learn How to Program & Market a Winning Social Good Strategy for your brand in  this critical webinar . Expert panelists include corporate marketing visionaries from Young & Rubicam and AT&T.
Bravo Media ‘s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will have a limited test in syndication from June 26  through July 21 on Fox and Sinclair stations, in addition to station groups across the country. The 30-minute show will air in a combination of daytime, evening and late nighttime periods in various markets. 
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FXX placed a series order with Marvel Television and FX Productions for the untitled Marvel character Deadpool animated adult action-comedy adaptation. Atlanta creator Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as showrunners, executive producers and writers.
Fox gave series orders to supernatural comedy Ghosted, workplace comedy LA to Vegas and medical drama The Resident. The net picked up drama The Gifted on Tuesday.
Cartoon Network gave a green light to Unikitty! from Warner Bros. Animation, focused on the character from The LEGO Movie.
Content creator Tongal and Dynamic Television (Z Nation) have teamed to develop an incubator to develop a sci-fi TV series. Writers can submit stories, of which 3 will be pitched to showrunners to present to their network partners.
Netflix ordered family variety series The Who Was? Show, based on the Who Was? bestsellers placing historical figures in context for kids. FremantleMedia Kids & Family is producer with Matador Content.
Fantasy drama Carnival Row, from Rene Echevarra (Star Trek), Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim) and Legendary Television, went straight to series at Amazon. Show is set in a war-torn land with tension between citizens and a growing immigrant population.
Entertainment One has entered into a multi-year first-look TV and digital partnership with writer/director/producer  Brad Peyton ( San Andreas ) and his producing partner Jeff Fierson through their ASAP Entertainment. The deal will bring Peyton’s television and digital projects to eOne.
3Ball Entertainment (Bar Rescue) and tennis champ Venus Williams are teaming for unscripted series Deals in Heels (wt), focused on female industry titans. In addition to scoring on the court, Williams is founder and CEO of design firm V*STARR Interiors and founder of athletic apparel line EleVen. Williams will appear in as well as produce the show.
Animated comedy Billy Dilly’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer premieres with multiple airings on Saturday, June 3 at 7a, 11a, 2p, 5p and 8:30p on Disney XD. New episodes roll out daily through Thursday, June 15.
Retired detective Garry McFadden is back for more true crime on ID’s I Am Homicide starting Tuesday, June 6 at 10p. 
HBO opens the door for anthology comedy Room 104 on Friday, July 28 at 11p. Show set in a motel room got the green light last summer.
White House deputy secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is filling in for Sean Spicer this week. Who does it better? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/
Body doc Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image premieres on Epix Wednesday, June 21 at 8p. Also on the way: the TV premieres of 2016 movies Ben-Hur on Sunday, June 4 at 8p and The Magnificent Seven on Sunday, June 11 at 8p. Epix is also offering a free preview period from June 12-26, when curious non-subscribers can sample originals Berlin Station, America Divided and Graves.
AXS TV celebrates guitar pioneer Les Paul with 2006 concert special Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute, on Sunday, June 18 at 8p.
Handicap International and Fuse are partnering for the U.S. TV premiere of documentary Right Footed on Saturday, May 20 at 8p, about a young woman born without arms who defies the odds. Handicap International will provide additional information and offer viewers th e opportunity to advocate for the U.S. to join the landmark disability treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Univision just launched Univision NOW, a Spanish-language live streaming and on-demand subscription service available to consumers on the Roku platform for $5.99/month.
People/Entertainment Weekly will offer a Mother’s Day themed slate including series Mamarazzi, with guest star Alicia Silverstone, premiering Monday, May 15 at 2p, as well as special Raising Stars, featuring sibs Fred and Ben Savage, on Friday, May 12.
Entertainment One and Hulu announced a new multi-series licensing pact giving the streamer exclusive U.S. rights for more than 240 hours of eOne’s content, including new drama Cardinal
LBI Media announced that its Estrella TV network is now available in San Diego and Phoenix, two important Hispanic DMAs, on Cox Communications.
Discovery Communications is launching Discovery JEET, its first Hindi general entertainment channel in India, starting in late 2017. The new channel will be the flagship for the network’s investment into original local productions in India, targeting young male audiences.
British TV and film production company Shiny Button, specializing in scripted comedy, launched as part of Endemol Shine UK. Behind the effort are Tom Davis, Andy Brereton, and James De Frond (Murder in Successville), whose first project under the banner will be 6-part comedy Action Team.
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With a little help from his friends, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show averaged a 3.1 rating in the 56 metered markets on Tuesday, up +15% versus the week prior, up +41 versus year ago, and the highest regularly scheduled rating since September 22, 2015. Colbert’s former Daily Show comrades Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry dropped in.
Fox News got Trump-ed in the news demo Tuesday night, after the president’s shocking firing of FBI director James Comey. MSNBC was tops among viewers A25-54 with 738,000, followed by 719,000 for CNN and 700,000 for FNC; MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show was first in cable news for the night. In total viewers Fox News triumphed with 3.3 million, versus 2.9 million for MSNBC and 1.9 million for CNN.
In April, ID became the #5 network in prime delivery of W25-54, #9 for HH delivery and #10 for P2+ in ad-supported cable. In total day, ID was the #1 network for delivery of W25-54, and #2 for P25-54. ID grew 20-26% in its key demos, and achieved its best April performance ever in prime for P2+ (1.156 million), HH (943,000) and P25-54 (485,000) delivery on Live+3 viewing. 
ABC newcomer Imaginary Mary grew +12% among total viewers, to 2.9 million, and +29% among A18-49, to .9/3, on Tuesday, a 3-week high in viewers and matching its best rating in the demo.
SHAREABLEE’s U.S. Media Holding Company Cross-Platform Power Ranking: April, 2017
Company/Cross-Platform Actions (millions)
The Walt Disney Company/335.9
Twenty-First Century Fox/304.9
National Basketball Association 259.1
Turner Digital 247
Comcast Corp. 138.3
National Football League 106.7
Major League Baseball 101.6
BuzzFeed Inc. 99.2
Group Nine Medis 98.6
World Wrestling Entertainment 87.4
Source: Shareablee PowerRankings – measuring the cross-platform impact of all media holding companies in the U.S. Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 7.0/13
NCIS 8.4/15, Bull 6.9/12, NCIS: New Orleans 5.8/11
NBC: 3.8/7
The Voice 5.5/10, Great News 2.2/4, Great News 1.7/3, Chicago Fire 3.9/7
ABC: 2.1/4
The Middle 3.2/6, American Housewife 2.7/5, Fresh Off the Boat 2.2/4, Imaginary  Mary 1.9/3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.4/3
FOX: 1.3/2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.1/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine .9/2, Prison Break 1.5/3
CW: 1.1/2
The Flash 1.7/3, iZombie .6/1
Reina de la Cancion .7/1, Doble Vida e Carrillo 1.0/2, La Piloto .9/2
TELE: .5/1
El Capo .6/1, Queruda Centauro .5/1, Querida Centauro .5/1
Monday A19-49: CBS 1.2/5, NBC 1.2/5, ABC 1.0/4, FOX .7/3, CW .7/3, UNI .6/2, TELE .3/1
Fox Networks Group appointed Joe Marchese President of Advertising Revenue. In his new role, Marchese will oversee linear and nonlinear sales, advertising research and advanced ad products for FNG’s portfolio of industry-leading network brands. Marchese was appointed President of Advanced Advertising Products at Fox Networks Group in 2015. 
Dave Kaplan ’s NBCUniversal role has been expanded to Senior Vice President, Strategic Insights & Research – Lifestyle Networks. Most recently, Kaplan has spearheaded research that supported Oxygen Media’s strategic shift to crime and crime-adjacent programming, which goes into effect this summer.
New hires in the National Geographic digital group include Marcus East as Executive Vice President of Product and Technology, Marcelo Galdieri as Senior Vice President of Digital Product, and Jonathan Hunt as Senior Vice President of Audience Development and Digital Strategy.  
Judith Beauchemin was promoted to President of CMJ Productions II Inc. Most recently, Beauchemin was CMJ’s Executive Vice President.
Reality TV star Christopher Boykin died May 9 of a heart attack. He was 45. Boykin starred on MTV’s Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. “He was a longtime and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed,” said a network spokesperson.

This Day in History:  1927 – Louis B. Mayer formed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.


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PBS: This Old House Hour, Home Fires on Masterpiece [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: El Capo, La Querida del Centauro, La Querida del Centauro
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