05/21/15: Wayward Pines recovers with big Live+3 lift; Alfonso Ribeiro dances off with America’s Funniest Home Videos hosting job; Altice SA plans Suddenlink acquisition – is Time Warner Cable next?






Good morning. It’s Thursday May 21, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
FYI: What the Fung?! at 9p
INSP: Brush of Honor at 9p
Sportsman: Shed Wars at 8p
Travel: Mysteries at the Hotel at 10p
WE tv: Braxton Family Values at 9p, Cutting It: In the ATL at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
DIY: West End Salvage at 7:30p



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The premiere of Fox’s Wayward Pines earned a 90 percent Live+3 lift over its soft same day rating, up to 1.9 among A18-49. Total viewership for the limited series ballooned 65 percent, to 6.2 million.


Alfonso Ribeiro is replacing Tom Bergeron as host of ABC Sunday night staple America’s Funniest Home Videos for season 26. Bergeron, who’s had the gig since 2001, made the announcement during Tuesday’s season finale of Dancing With the Stars, which the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum won last season.

Enter Europe. French telecom group Altice SA announced plans to acquire controlling interest in cable operator Suddenlink Communications for $9.1 billion, possibly setting the stage, according the New York Times, for a play for Time Warner Cable. “Our investment in Suddenlink, our first in the cable sector in the U.S., opens an attractive industrial and strategic avenue for Altice in the U.S.,” said Altice chief executive Dexter Goei. It’s “a very, very strategic chess move,” said BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield.

Turner Broadcasting announced a partnership with Spotify to offer video clips from Adult Swim series as well as clips from TBS late-nighter Conan on their new video platform. Full episodes will also be made available to Spotify users in the UK, Germany and Sweden.

Kanye West released a statement via his publicists complaining that he was “grossly over-censored” during his performance on Sunday’s Billboard Awards, broadcast live on ABC. “Non-profane lyrics such as ‘with my leather black jeans on’ were muted for over 30 second intervals,” said the release. “As a result, his voice and performance were seriously misrepresented.”

Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., is set to receive the 2015 International Emmy Directorate Award on Monday, November 23 in NYC. “Richard Plepler is a dynamic and visionary programmer and strategist,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “He has masterfully navigated the bridge between old and new media, and today with HBO NOW, he has made HBO one of the preeminent companies in the OTT space.”


MTV Networks UK ordered new music concept Live Lockdown from production company JJ Stereo. Series featuring pop acts in an underground Colosseum-style set will be distributed by Precious Media.

AMC is setting up writers rooms, instead of ordering pilots, for three scripts. Goliath, from Plan B; The Son, from Sonar Entertainment and Lodge 49, produced by Paul Giamatti, are all using the development model, which could lead to straight-to-series orders.


Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski will each host one hour of tonight’s “fun-raiser,” Red Nose Day. The superstar-studded NBC special, airing 8p-11p, will raise money to help nonprofit organizations working to lift children out of poverty.

HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero launches Sunday, August 16. The period drama set in Yonkers, New York was created by David Simon (The Wire) and directed by Paul Haggis (Crash).

Exclusive: Filling in for host Mark Steines on Home & Family today is Paul Johansson (Mad Men). Tomorrow, May 22, Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan takes the reins; Amazing Race winners Laura Pierson, one of Home & Family’s senior producers  (“We are so happy for her,” said a show rep) and Tyler Adams will guest. Lifestyle show airs weekdays at 10a on Hallmark Channel.

Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper will be simulcast on Discovery and OWN on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21 at 7p. Documentary explores four different programs aiming to change the narrative about young men of color, and addresses President Obama’s challenge to encourage cradle-to-college strategies for improving the life outcomes of all young people.

Docu-series Livin’ Lozada, following the lives of Evelyn Lozada (Basketball Wives) and her 21-year-old daughter, debuts on OWN Saturday, July 11 at 9p. The new show leads into the season premiere of Flex & Shanice, about financially strapped actor Flex Alexander, his singer wife and their family, all living under one roof, at 10p.

The first batch of performers announced for The 69th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, includes nominee Chenoweth and the cast of “On the Twentieth Century,” nominees Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Brad Oscar and the cast of “Something Rotten!,” nominee Chita Rivera and the cast of “The Visit,” nominees Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe and the cast of “The King and I,” as well as the casts of “On the Town,” “Fun Home” and “An American in Paris.” Show airs Sunday, June 7 on CBS.

Centroamerica TV, targeting the Central American community in the U.S, will air the beatification of Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero GaldAmez on Saturday, May 23. Pre-show focused on the bishop’s impact on El Salvador and the surrounding region begins at 10a; beatification will air live at 12p.

GetTV pays tribute to Barbara Stanwyck on two consecutive weeks as part of its “Friday Icons” block, starting July 3 at 7p with a trio of Frank Capra flicks: 1930 romance Ladies of Leisure, 1933 war drama The Bitter Tea of General Yen and 1932’s Forbidden.

Memorial Day weekend on English-language multicultural Asian American entertainment net Myx TV means a “Movie So Good” programming block, featuring cult classic martial arts movies dubbed into English. Films including Undefeatable, Kung Fu Fighter, Lethal Combat, and Kindergarten Ninja air Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25.


Tate Donovan (Damages) will guest on two eps of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Season three premieres Sunday, July 12 at 10p.

Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) has joined the cast of FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson. Greenwood will play LA County District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

CASTING CALL: Jillian Michael’s New Fitness Show for LOS ANGELES LOCALS. Casting active men and women 25-40 yrs old who are ONLY 10-20 pounds away from being SHREDDED! Get paid to go from FLAB to FAB by end of summer! Email NAME, CONTACTS, CURRENT/GOAL HEIGHT and WEIGHT & RECENT PICTURES to [email protected] (5/22)

CASTING CALL: Have you ever thought that you or someone you know could have their own series? Here’s your chance to sit in the director’s chair. Send us your reality TV show ideas. All unscripted TV genres are acceptable, incl competition, dating, makeover, adventure, etc. A legal release doc for your submission first needs to be filed. Accepting apps from age 13+. Email for legal release HERE: [email protected] (5/21)


Discovery Italia acquired Keshet International trivia game Trade Up. The multichannel group is set to launch the show this fall.


A+E Networks Asia launched History Plus, short form video content from History, on OTT platform 4ME through a partnership deal with Brand New Media. “History Plus allows History fans to create playlists of original short form content from their favorite series, providing a deeper dive into the popular franchises from our linear channel,”said Prem Kamath, deputy managing director, A+E Networks Asia.

Cozi TV signed a deal with Media General to add four new markets, bringing its total to 79 affiliates serving nearly 84 million homes.




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Tuesday’s penultimate Late Show With David Letterman broadcast earned a 4.9/12 in metered markets, its best number since 2009, up 48 percent from last week and 145 percent from a year ago.

The head-to-head Tuesday finales of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and NBC’s The Voice were both down from their fall closers. Dancing scored 2.3/7 among A18-49, steady with last spring’s finale but down 23 percent from its season 19 finale in November. The Voice earned 2.9/9 in the demo, a four tenths dip from its December finale.

Telemundo’s weekday primetime ratings ranked as the net’s best ever in total viewers, up 8 percent versus last year to 1.57 million. Among A18-49 viewers, Telemundo had its second-best season, up 12 percent to 790,000. 

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC earned a 2.5/8 rating among A18-49 viewers to top Tuesday, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s The Bachelorette was first at 8p with 1.9/7, followed by 1.6/6 for a repeat of The Voice. Then it was a battle of reality competition season finales, with The Voice rising to 2.8/9 at 9p versus ABC’s 2.3/7 for Dancing With the Stars, and to 3.0/10 at 10p followed by 2.4/8 for Dancing.

A18-49: NBC 2.5/8, ABC 2.2/7, FOX 1.3/4, CW 1.0/3, UNI 1.0/3, CBS .9/3, TELE .6,2, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 7.4/12
Bachelorette 4.9/8, Dancing With the Stars 8.6/14
NBC: 6.4/11
The Voice [r] 5.0/9, The Voice 7.1/12
CBS: 5.0/8
NCIS [R] 5.9/10, NCIS: New Orleans [R] 4.7/8, Person of Interest NCIS [R] 4.3/7
FOX 2.1/4
Hell’s Kitchen 2.2/4, Hell’s Kitchen 2.1/3
CW: 1.7/3
The Flash 2.4/4, iZombie 1.0/2
Amores con Trampa 1.4/2, Imperdonable 1.3/2, Que te Perdone Dios… Yo No 1.3/2
Avenida Brasil 0.6/1,
Tierra de Reyes .8/1, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
ION: 0.7/1?
Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.6/1


Wendi Trilling is leaving as head of comedy development for CBS Entertainment when her contract is up in June. “After more than 24 years at CBS, it’s time to take a breath and look toward a new challenge,” said Trilling.  

ITV Studios America promoted Paul Reaney to Senior Vice President of Development. Reaney joined ITV as Vice President of Development in 2011.

Starz promoted Antonio Pacheco to Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling for Starz and Jim Schubert to Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling for Encore. Pacheco joined Starz in 2001; Schubert came aboard in 2006.

Susan Malfa has been tapped to serve as Executive Vice President of National Advertising Sales and Marketing for Spanish-language net Estrella TV. Most recently, Malfa was a Senior Vice President at NBCUniveral Lifestyle Group.

This Day in History: 1999 – All My Children’s Susan Lucci won a Daytime Emmy, after 19 straight years of being nominated.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who played a character who had his Rolls Royce stolen on Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)? David Letterman. Kudos to: Jerry A. Kapner-Kapner Group/Montclair, NJ, David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Matthew Sharp Fera-McGarry Bowen/Chicago, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of the famous actress (the character) who spent time on Walton’s Mountain when she was out of money on The Waltons (1971-1981)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).
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ABC: 500 Questions, Jimmy Kimmel Live [r]
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Odd Couple [r], Mom [r], Mike & Molly [r], Elementary [r]
CW: iZombie [r], Vampire Diaries [r]
FOX: Wayward Pines [r], Wayward Pines
NBC: Red Nose Day
PBS: This Old House Hour, A Ride Along Lincoln Highway [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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