05/19/17: Industry reacts to death of Roger Ailes; SNL vet heads for earlier pastures; Catherine Zeta-Jones turns to drugs for Lifetime movie

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The passing on Thursday of former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, a TV news pioneer and player in Republican politics who founded FNC in 1996 and resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations last summer, prompted a wide range of responses. Said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, “ A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years.” Weighed in Slate, “We live in the world Roger Ailes broke.” Offered MSNBC’s Joy Reid via Twitter, “So Roger Ailes has died. Lots to unpack in that obit.” Ailes, who was 77, died from complications of a fall in his home. A ticker outside the news net’s midtown Manhattan office said yesterday, “A giant passes.”
Saturday Night Live will have to find a new Drunk Uncle. With his comedy, Me, Myself & I, picked up by CBS, SNL staple Bobby Moynihan is leaving the NBC sketch show after 9 seasons. Season finale airs tomorrow.
The FCC is proposing to do away with the main studio rule, requiring each TV station to have a main studio near its local community. The idea behind the rule, adopted over 70 years ago, was to keep stations accessible to the community, before modern technology made such communication easier. “Broadcasters have shown that the main studio rule is a continuous cost that keeps them from serving their local communities in meaningful ways, like broadcasting additional local programming,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday. “Today’s notice is an important step toward bringing the FCC’s media rules into the digital age.”
Instead of spending money on a “for your consideration” Emmy push, the creative team behind CBS comedy Mom is making a $250,000 donation to launch a public support campaign for political target Planned Parenthood. Series star Allison Janney and co-creator/EP Chuck Lorre broke the news on CBS This Morning yesterday.
Bobby Moynihan’s leaving Saturday Night Live after 9 seasons. Which SNL alum do you miss most? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/
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Lifetime ordered original movie Cocaine Godmother, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as drug kingpin Griselda “Black Widow” Blanco. Crime drama from Asylum Entertainment goes into production this year for a 2018 debut.
ITV America signed Smith Entertainment to an exclusive pod deal through which former NBA star and basketball analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith (Inside the NBA) and his wife and producing partner, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith (The Price Is Right), will create and produce series across a range of genres, under the ITV America banner.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was picked up by Netflix. Fantasy series prequel to the 1982 film starts shooting this fall.
And then there was one. The CW’s presentation of its fall slate at the New York City Center began with Muse playing their new single, “Dig Down,” part of a new network “image campaign,” said Rob Tuck, EVP of national sales. “The CW has evolved from a linear network to a broadcast-digital hybrid to true multi-platform success,” said net president Mark Pedowitz, adding that the lineup is “better and broader than it’s ever been.” 
The fall schedule has new military drama Valor following Supergirl on Mondays. The Flash returns Tuesdays at 8, with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 9p. After Riverdale on Wednesdays is a reimagined and “deliciously decadent” Dynasty, while Arrow and Supernatural go back-to-back on Thursdays. Fridays bring Crazy Ex-Girlfriend followed by Jane the Virgin, moving to a new night at 9p. Life Sentence, starring Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and DC series Black Lightning are set for midseason. A 4-series superhero crossover event will take place in the fourth quarter, and season 13 of Supernatural will include a special animated Scooby-Doo episode.
Digitally speaking, Everwood will be available to stream on CW Seed June 1 and the original Dynasty will be added August 1, ahead of the linear premiere of its reboot. Machina’s Chasing the Cup returns in the fall as part of CW’s quarterly eSports specials.
Bravo’s Real Estate Wars debuts Thursday, July 6 at 10p. Docu-series dives into cutthroat turf battles in Orange County, CA.
Smithsonian Channel takes a swing at telling the story of primates in Amazing Monkeys, premiering Wednesday, June 14 at 8p.
Jane Pauley will anchor a special edition of CBS Sunday Morning’s “By Design” from Amsterdam May 21 at 9a. In addition to tulips, the design-themed broadcast will feature sit-downs with Jessica Simpson and Bette Midler.
Nicki Minaj will open the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, broadcast live on both coasts Sunday, May 21 at 8p ET on ABC. Minaj will be joined by Jason Derulo, David Guetta and Lil Wayne for a 9-minute performance.
AXS TV remembers Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who died May 17 at age 52, with a special broadcast of Sound Off with Matt Pinfield: Chris Cornell tomorrow, May 20 at 7:30p, with encores on Sunday and Monday.
The U.S. advertising market dipped 1% in April, according to Standard Media Index. Among those bucking the trend was social media, up 12%. Another winner: cable news, with Fox News up 12%, CNN rising 16% and MSNBC up 63%.
Vera Bradley is teaming with new TLC reality competition Girl Starter, aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs. Tonight’s episode features the brand’s co-founder and CCO, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, as a guest judge.
The TV Upfront market will be up in the low-to-mid single digits in CPM price increases, projected UBS after interviewing 39 ad execs. The survey points to volume being flat-to-down. “Advertisers indicated that the sports category will see the greatest increases and broadcast prime and news would see declines,” said UBS, which also noted advertiser interest was piqued by upcoming Viacom net Paramount Channel.
A+E Networks and Lionsgate expanded their long-term U.S. home entertainment partnership with a new deal covering worldwide physical DVD distribution rights for A+E’s portfolio of brands. As part of the multi-year agreement, Lionsgate will distribute a range of scripted, factual and movie content from A+E Networks’ catalogue across packaged media platforms around the world. 
Sundance Now will premiere season 3 of French spy series, The Bureau, along with a companion chat show. Streaming starts June 22.
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Part 4 of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion was the most watched (P2+) episode in 2+ years and the most watched reunion in 3+ years, earning 2.4 million P18-49 (up +15% versus the prior week’s episode). Southern Charm delivered a series high among all key demos, including 1.1 million P18-49, up +19% versus the prior week, while Below Deck Mediterranean delivered 889,000 in the demo, up +24%.
The season 20 premiere of Oxygen’s Snapped was the highest rated episode since the season 16 launch in 2015 among W25-54 (228,000), with 507,000 total viewers.
The series finale of CBS’s Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders dipped to a series low 4.1 million total viewers. The spin-off had a 2-season run.
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 time-period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 3.6/7
Survivor 4.9/9, Criminal Minds 3.2/6, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 2.8/5
NBC: 3.5/7
Blindspot 2.8/5, Law & Order: SVU 3.6/6, Chicago P.D. 4.2/8
ABC: 3.2/6
The Goldbergs 3.2/6, Speechless 2.8/5, Modern Family 3.7/7, Downward Dog 2.9/5, Designated Survivor 3.2/6
FOX: 3.0/6
Shots Fired 2.0/4, Empire 4.0/7
La Reina de la Cancion .9/2, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo 1.0/2, La Piloto 1.0/2
CW: .7/1
Arrow .9/2, The 100 .6/1
El Capo .6/1, La Querida del Centauro .6/1, La Querida del Centauro .6/1
Wednesday A19-49: FOX 1.5/6, ABC 1.3/5, NBC 1.1/4, CBS 1.0/4, UNI .6/2, CW .4/2, TELE .4/2

Friday Fun Fact: U.S. Congress voted to pay President George Washington a salary of $25,000 a year, or 2% of the total U.S. budget in 1789.
This Day in History: 1848 – Mexico ended the Mexican-American War, started in 1845 when the U.S. annexed Texas, by signing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
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Undercover Boss [f], The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special, Blue Bloods [r]
CW: The Originals, Reign
Maid in Manhattan
First Dates, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose – The Week, American Masters, American Masters [r]
Telemundo: El Capo, La Querida del Centauro, La Querida del Centauro
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo, La Piloto

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