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There’s a follow-up in the works to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope. The New Pope, a joint production between HBO and Sky, will go into production late next year in Italy. Casting for the title role and additional roles is expected to begin soon.
WOW! , the sixth largest cable operator in the U.S., filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to become a publicly traded company, reports Fierce Cable. In March, papers were filed for an initial public offering, with a potential of raising as much as $750 million. The SEC filing notes that original WOW! investor, Avista Capital Partners, would own 44% of the company after the IPO. Crestview Partners, another private equity firm, would own 29%. In addition to the filing, WOW! has been rolling out a new logo.
Five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning will host the 2017 ESPYS Presented by Capitol One. Ceremony airs Wednesday, July 12 at 8p from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Nielsen announced plans to install nearly 15,000 television audience meters in approximately 7000 homes across the 140 markets currently measured by Local TV paper diaries. The effort is part of Nielsen’s plan to implement universal electronic television measurement in all 210 Local TV markets. “We’ve made great strides to incorporate data from set-top boxes into our Local TV measurement, however, in that process we’ve uncovered significant challenges with the data,” said Kelly Abcarian, Senior Vice President, Nielsen Product Leadership. “To solve for these limitations, especially measuring growing audiences viewing via over-the-air broadcast, we looked at multiple solutions including online recruited panels and quick-query surveys. Ultimately, we concluded that only Nielsen’s proven TV audience meters allow us to address the challenges that come with set-top box data.”
Bravo Media ’s The Real Housewives of Potomac moves to 8p on Sunday, May 21. It will be followed by getaway series Invite Only Cabo at 9p.


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Nickelodeon ordered a six-episode pickup of The Thundermans, which will bring the series total to 103 episodes. The net also greenlit Knight Squad (wt), a live-action comedy set a magical school for knights in training.
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced that Telemundo Network and its entertainment channel, Universo, signed an exclusive content partnership with VICE Media. The partnership includes the co-production of original documentary segments on subjects ranging from music, sports, food, culture and more for Telemundo News and the acquisition of a one-hour hosted weekly show for Universo. Both begin airing in the fall.
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ABC previewed its 2017-2018 programming at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall in NYC. “I’m very proud of this year’s slate of series at ABC,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “We’ve focused on some of the universal themes that unite us – exciting stories, relevant dramas, and of course, lots of laughs. Our goal is to focus on the unique points of view of our show creators, but make shows that have broad appeal.”
Among the big news: Katy Perry was revealed as the first judge on the American Idol reboot. Plus, for the second consecutive year, Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars, airing Sunday, March 4. Kimmel is also teaming with Justin Theroux to produce an untitled live sitcom special that will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts acted out by today’s biggest names in comedy.
Dungey announced that Season 7 of Shonda Rhimes drama Scandal will be its last. “Shonda has decided the series needs to come to a close, and while this is definitely a bittersweet moment for all of us gladiators, I have no doubt what she has in store for the final season will be as powerful as what’s come before,” said Dungey. Rhimes promised the show’s end will leave “nothing on the table… We are going to handle the end the way we like to handle the important things in our ‘Scandal’ family: all together, white hats on, gladiators running full speed over a cliff.”
ABC confirmed an eight-episode reboot of Roseanne featuring original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Fishman and Lecy Goranson. Premieres 2018.
In spinoff news, Grey’s Anatomy is getting another one; this time, revolving around Seattle firefighters. Two reality hits have landed offshoots, too. The Bachelor Winter Games features stars from the franchise competing in winter-themed athletic challenges. Dancing with the Stars Junior has celebrity kids and kids of celebrities pairing up with professional junior ballroom dancers.
Here’s the schedule:


8-10p Dancing with the Stars
10-11p The Good Doctor
8-8:30p The Middle
8:30p-9 Fresh Off the Boat
9-9:30p blackish
9:30-10p The Mayor
10-11p The Gospel of Kevin
8-8:30p The Goldbergs
8:30p-9 Speechless
9-9:30p Modern Family
9:30-10p American Housewife
10-11p Designated Survivor
8-9p Grey’s Anatomy
9-10p Scandal
10-11p How to Get Away with Murder
8-9p Once Upon a Time
9-10p Marvel’s Inhumans
10-11p 20/20
8p Saturday Night Football
7-8p America’s Funniest Home Videos
8-9p To Tell the Truth
9-10p Shark Tank
10-11p 10 Days in the Valley
During the Univision Communications Inc. Upfront on Tuesday, Fusion TV announced the formation of the Fusion TV Creative Board. Led by professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., with founding members including Viola Davis, Ezra Edelman, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, and Residente, the group will work to identify the next generation of creators and build a pipeline of diverse talent that the network can tap into.
TV One ’s “True Crime Monday” lineup is getting a new addition that explores crimes with a deadly connection to technology and social media. #Murder premieres Monday, June 5 at 10p.
EPIX debuts Get Shorty on Sunday, August 13 at 10p. The dark comedy is based in part on the 1990 best-selling novel of the same name by Elmore Leonard.
My Big Bollywood Wedding bows Sunday, June 10 at 10p on Smithsonian Channel. Follows three couples as they create the Indian wedding of their dreams.
Aerial America is going global and local on Smithsonian Channel in all new episodes. The series spends 24 hours in the life of New York City and takes viewers on bird’s eye adventures in Ireland and New Zealand, beginning Sunday, June 4 at 8p.
GSN ’s new emoji-solving show, Emogenius, debuts Wednesday, June 14 at 9p. Hosted by Hunter March (Awesomeness TV), it taps into the popularity of emojis and text messaging.
NOVA investigates how the water disaster in Flint, Michigan brought to light the disturbing truth about the vulnerabilities of water systems across the country. Poisoned Water, narrated by Joe Morton, premieres Wednesday, May 31 at 9p on PBS.
Showtime debuts More Than T, a documentary depicting the daily lives of seven transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals on Friday, June 23 at 7p. In celebration of Pride Month, the film will be available on Showtime streaming service, Showtime On Demand and Showtime Anytime starting June 1.
PBS KIDS will premiere Pinkalicious and Peterrific on February 19, 2018. The animated series encourage kids to engage in the creative arts and self-expression, covering areas like music, dance and visual arts.
Pluto TV launched its free Video on Demand offering. Providers such as Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. will power the new VoD offering with content including 1000s of hit movies and TV shows.
UK-based distributor Banijay Rights acquired Diana: The Truth Behind Her Death. Produced by Tony Comiti for M6 in France, the film features testimony from members of the investigative team and emergency services who first arrived on the scene of the crash in the Alma tunnel.
Entertainment One tapped Nelvana Enterprises as exclusive licensing and branding agent in Canada for preschool series PJ Masks. The multi-year deal covers a wide range of product categories, including apparel, bedding party goods, publishing and more.
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The first week of Live with Kelly & Ryan (2.5 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 19% from the week before) saw the talker take second place behind Dr. Phil. It vaulted over nearest rival Ellen DeGeneres (2.2, down 4%) which dropped to third place.
In access, Extra (1.2, up 9%) scored the strongest increase among the top tier magazines, despite not airing on more than one occasion in the top four markets. Entertainment Tonight (3.0, steady) topped the category as usual.
Ratings for Steve Harvey’s Family Feud (6.3, down 3%) continued to be unapproachable by any of the other game shows.
TV One ’s The Manns experienced a season best, up +12% among households, including a +15% increase among viewers P25-54, and a +23% increase among women 25-54 versus its previous week’s telecast. It marked the second consecutive week of L+3 gains across the board and fourth consecutive week of gains among total viewers P2+.
Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of April 24, 2017
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
FOXN  2363/FOXN 1414
TNT 2317/NICK 1169
ESPN 1914/TNT 961
USA 1567/ADSM* 867
HGTV 1522/HGTV 858
MSNB 1464/DSNY 791
TBSC 1450/ESPN 785
DISC 1397/ NAN* 757
HIST 1240/ID 750
TLC 1108/MSNB 747
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. *  + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream: Preliminary: Live+7. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.
Top 10 Basic Cable Network Live+7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of
April 24, 2017
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
TNT 1125/ ADSM* 530
ESPN 899/TNT 435
TBSC 658/ESPN 417
USA 595/NAN* 388
ADSM 544/NICK 358
DISC 542/TBSC 289
BRAV 523/ID 274
VH1 496/USA 264
FX 448/HGTV 248
AEN 433/TOON 240
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. *  + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24-hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream: Preliminary: Live+7. Primetimes is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.
Top-Rated Cable Shows among 18-48 for the week of April 24, 2017 (000)
NFL Draft (ESPN) 3584
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2541
Chicago/Boston (TNT) 2268
Oklahoma City/Houston (TNT) 2174
Golden State/Portland (TNT) 2152
The Real Housewives of Atlanta (BRAVO) 2122
Better Call Saul (AMC) 2034
Utah/ LA Clippers (TNT) 1764
Street Outlaws (DISC) 1692
Basketball Wives (VH1) 1643
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/1/17 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 7.0 AA
Family Feud (2/D) 6.3 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.8 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.4 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.0 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.8 AA
Modern Family (2/D) 2.6 AA
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2.4AA
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 5/1/17 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.0 AA
Family Feud (2/D) 1.8 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.5 AA
Modern Family (2/D) 1.3 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1 AA
Family Guy (AT) 1.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0 AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 0.9 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.8 AA
The Cleveland Show 0.8AA
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of May 8, 2017
ABC World News Tonight 7,481,000 million total viewers; 1.3/6 and 1.50 A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7,410,000 million total viewers; 1.4/7 and 1.65 A25-54
CBS Evening News 5,862,000 million total viewers; 1.0/5 and 1.22 A25-54
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of May 8, 2017
ABC: Good Morning America 4.32 million total viewers; 1.1/10 and 1,354,000
NBC: Today 4.08 million total viewers; 1.2/11 and 1,498,000 A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.65 million total viewers; 0.8/8 and 739,000 A25-54
Top 11 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of May 8, 2017
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (5/11) 2.7/12
FOX: Empire (5/10) 2.2/8
NBC: The Voice (5/8) 1.9/7
CBS: The Big Bang Theory Special (5/11) 1.8/8
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (5/11) 1.8/8
NBC: The Voice (5/9) 1.7/7
CBS: Survivor (5/10) 1.7/7
CBS: Criminal Minds (5/10) 1.6/6
ABC: Modern Family (5/10) 1.6/6
ABC: Dancing With the Stars (5/8) 1.5/6
CBS: Mom (5/11) 1.5/6


Patrick Van De Walle joins Crown Media Family Networks as Director, Distribution. He joins from Tribune Media, where he was Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Central Region.
2C Creative promoted Marni Wagner and Ben Frank, formerly Supervising Producers, to Creative Directors. In addition, Larry Wiener, who had been Vice President, Creative at Eclipse Creative, was hired as Creative Director.
Betty Nguyen boards PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship TV station, as anchor of PIX11 Morning News. She joins from NBC and MSNBC where she anchored Early Today and First Look.

This Day in History: 1975 – NBC bought the rights to air Gone with the Wind for $5,000,000.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of the fictitious town McKinley High School was located in on Glee?  Lima, Ohio. Kudos to: Art Salisch-Hearst Television/NYC; Tracy Chenoff-BizBash Media/NYC; Eric Emeric-AMC Networks/NYC; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL; John Kukla-KDFW Fox 4/Dallas, TX; Theresa Corigliano/Los Angeles, CA; Elizabeth Wendorf-Blackwood Seven/Los Angeles, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the giant that befriended Xena the Warrior Princess (1995-2001)? (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.)
Answer to Our Last Anagram: Upholster Cop Tee = The People’s Court. Kudos to: Keith Marder-Halstead Property/NYC; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA.
Switcheroo: Charlie Shephard (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)


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ABC: The Goldbergs [f], Speechless [f],  Modern Family [f], Downward Dog, Designated Survivor [f]
Survivor, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders [f]
CW: Arrow, The 100
Shots Fired, Empire
Blindspot [f], Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D. [f]
Nature, NOVA, Food – Delicious Science [p]
El Capo, La Quereda del Centauro, La Quereda del Centauro
Univision: La Reina de la Cancion, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo, La Piloto

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