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Good morning. It’s Thursday, May 22, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
CW: Labyrinth at 8p
Fox: Gang Related at 9p
History: Big Rig Bounty Hunters at 10p
NBC: Last Comic Standing at 9p
WE tv: L.A. Hair at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
Telemundo: Camellia La Texana at 10p
TLC: My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 9p


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Syfy‘s Sharknado 2 will debut in 86 countries within 24 hours of its July 30 premiere in the U.S. "Based on the breakout success of the original – and the instant swell of enthusiasm on social media – we wanted to make Sharknado 2 an immediate experience for international Syfy viewers from Europe and Latin America to Asia Pacific," said Steve Patscheck, VP of programming for NBCU’s Universal Networks Intl.


Netflix is grabbing a bigger slice of Europe, expanding into Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium later this year. The company reports that international customers currently make up 25 percent of its streaming revenue, but anticipates that percentage eventually surpassing the U.S. market.

Pivot launched Pivot Creative Collective, a development initiative offering emerging talent a chance to program for the net’s socially minded Millennial audience. From now until June 9, applicants can submit their work; selected artists will collaborate with Pivot to develop a new show.

AT&T‘s plan to buy DirecTV fueled speculation that Verizon is eyeing Dish Network. "That is someone’s fantasy," said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam at a media conference on Tuesday. "There were not, and there are not discussions going on with Dish. I don’t think owning a satellite company is something I’m interested in at this point."

Networks blocking access to their web sites during distribution disputes is something "we should all worry about," cautioned FCC chairman Tom Wheeler during a congressional hearing. CBS blocked Time Warner Cable customers from their sites during the blackout last summer, and Viacom is currently withholding some of its content from Cable One consumers as the companies argue over fees.

Electus founder and chairman, and former co-chair of NBC Entertainment, Ben Silverman will receive the Award of Excellence in digital innovation at the Banff World Media Festival in June. Electus integrates-producers, creators, distributors and advertisers to construct content across multiple platforms.

Lynn Berry has been named host of HLN‘s Weekend Express, and Brian McFayden was named Sports Correspondent. Berry had been subbing in the slot since December; McFayden has been on sports duty for several months.

E! extended its deal with Giuliana Rancic through April 2016. No need to add to her duties: The TV personality will continue as anchor and managing editor of E! News, as well as host Live From the Red Carpet and Beyond Candid with Giuliana, co-host Fashion Police and appear in reality show Giuliana & Bill. "Giuliana brings not only a wealth of experience to the air, but also a fun, relatable and candid energy that makes her a fan favorite," said Cyndi McClellan, president, network strategy & E! News, E!.

Soundelux, provider of postproduction sound services, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and closed its offices in Santa Monica and Hollywood. The company says it’s a streamlining move in preparation for a sale, and plans to remain open for business. 



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HBO snapped up Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader for a development deal, to create and star in a comedy, reports Deadline. Hader wrote for SNL, as well as South Park.

NPR radio program Snap Judgment has a deal with Kapital Entertainment for a possible TV series based on the personal stories shared on the show.

IDW Entertainment and Entertainment One Television announced that V-Wars will be the first series project developed under their first-look co-production agreement. Tim Schlattmann (Dexter) will pen the pilot.



Velocity‘s What’s My Car Worth launches season five on Thursday, June 22 with back-to-back eps at 8p and 8:30p. What’s the appeal of the network stalwart focused on car auctions? "Viewers gravitate to the expertise of its hosts and love the ‘give-and-take’ over the value of each rare classic vehicle," GM Bob Scanlon tells Cynopsis. "Showing how the car drives in the real world and not just in a showroom setting is what our audience loves to see."

In advance of the season two premiere of El Senor de los Cielos, the first production in Telemundo‘s history to feature a second season, the network is airing a series of specials. On Friday, May 23 at 10p, fans learn where Aurelio Casillas has been hiding in El Senor de los Cielos: El Capitulo Secreto. Monday, May 26 at 7p, comes En La Sombra del Narco on Noticias Telemundo, a one-hour special about the reach of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. A two-hour recap of the first season of El Senor at 8p precedes the second season premiere at 10p. 

The first entry in American Heroes Channel‘s AHC Films series, an outlet for non-fiction filmmakers, is Chosin, about the survivors of brutal combat in the Korean War. "We knew we wanted to share a story that has never been told," filmmakers Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler tell Cynopsis. "Chosin gives viewers an amazing, first-person account of one of the most highly-decorated battles in American history, a story so powerful that it is taught to every U.S. Marine in boot camp."

Culinary artist and confectioner Julia Baker stars in Cooking Channel‘s six-ep series Sweet Julia, premiering Saturday, June 21 at 2:30p. Baker (ha!) is known for dazzling desserts, but will also offer up "unexpected combinations" of sweet and savory.

Season six of A&E‘s Shipping Wars debuts with back-to-back eps Tuesday, June 3 at 10p. Troublesome trucking items ahead include a 40-foot plastic colon, haunted dolls and a Soviet-era MIG jet.

Dr. Oz and Montel Williams will co-host a special Memorial Day edition of Veria Living Live with host Sonia Baghdady. A studio audience of active military members will be treated to military-style fitness workout tips, a BBQ cooking segment and Dr. Oz and Montel having a juice-off demo, on the Veria Living TV Network at 1p. Dr. Oz’s wife, Lisa, has her own show on the net.

Nat Geo commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a two-hour special, D-Day Sacrifice, premiering Wednesday, June 4 at 9p and globally on NGC in June, in 171 countries. The show explores the 80 bloody days between the D-Day landings and the Liberation of Paris.

MOVIES! offers a Marilyn Monroe "icon-a-thon" on what would have been the bombshell’s 88th birthday, Sunday, June 1. The full day of Marilyn films starts with 1952’s We’re Not Married at 8a.

Epix is airing a James Bond marathon on Sunday, June 15, and one 007 film every night Monday, June 23 through Sunday June 29. Faves include For Your Eyes Only, Live and Let Die and Goldfinger.


Amir Arison has been upped to series regular on The Blacklist. He recurred as computer specialist Aram on season one of NBC‘s hit freshman drama.

Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives) will recur on season four of Suits, returning to USA Wednesday, June 11 at 9p.

You don’t want to miss the third annual CynKids !magination Awards breakfast, June 11 in NY. Hosted by Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander, and honoring the best programming, marketing and people in the kids media industry, this year we’ll also feature a roundtable discussion with an elite group of Animation Innovators – Steve Borst & Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele, Co-Creators & Exec Producers of Nickelodeon’s Breadwinners; Peter Gal, Head of Television Development at DreamWorks Animation; Traci Paige Johnson, Blue’s Clues Co-Creator and Co-Founder of Yummico; Joel Kuwahara, Co-Founder of Bento Box; and Cort Lane, VP of Animation Development & Production at Marvel Television. Register here.


MeTV signed an affiliation agreement with WMDT-DT, Salisbury, Maryland. WMDT, owned by Marquee Broadcasting Inc., is launching May 26  and will be seen on over the air channel 47.3, Comcast channel 203, Verizon FiOS channel 462 and Bay Country channel 24.

Canada’s Parallax Film Productions struck licensing deals with Discovery Networks International territories Latin America, Discovery Asia, Discovery Central Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Discovery Italy for Bahama Blue, about fierce natural habitats beneath seemingly idyllic waters.


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Univision Network is leading the way with ratings up 5% since the beginning of the year, while the Big 4 English-Language Networks are down 18% & Top English Cable slipping -20%.


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The finales of NBC‘s The Voice and ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars overlapped for the first time on Tuesday. While The Voice’s 3.3 rating/10 share among A18-49 topped the night in the demo and was up week to week, it was down 25 percent from its 2013 spring finale and down 18 percent from the fall’s. Dancing’s 2.4/7 rating dropped 10 percent from its year-ago closer, but matched its fall finale. DWTS won with night in total viewers (13.7 million), its biggest audience in a year and a half.

The first night of Fox‘s American Idol finale scored a 1.7/6 rating opposite first-hour recap content on Dancing and The Voice, versus 3.0/10 for its two-hour finale on a Wednesday night last year. Post-Idol, new reality show I Wanna Marry Harry debuted with a soft .7/2 among A18-49.

It was all good news for CW‘s Supernatural ninth season finale: with a 1.1/3 rating among A18-49, the drama was up 38 percent week-to-week and up 10 percent from last season’s closer.

Discovery‘s Deadliest Catch at 9p was the number one cable program on Tuesday among HH (2.15), total viewers P2+ (2.8 million), Persons 18+, P/M25-54 and P/M18-49 (excluding sports), the fifth week in a row the series topped the P/M25-54 demos. The net’s Alaskan Bush People at 10PM delivered 1.8 million total viewers P2+ and season highs in all key demos.

Queen Latifah‘s May 20 Carol Burnett Show reunion was a winner. In overnight household ratings, the talker rose 27 percent versus the week prior, to 1.4/4.  In New York, ratings surged 83 percent and in L.A., rose 44 percent.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.9/9, according to Nielsen, winning every hour with The Voice finale. NBC’s The Voice recap pre-finale won 8p with 1.9/7, with ABC recap Dancing with the Stars: Road to the Final and Fox’s American Idol sharing 1.7/6 for second. The Voice rose to 3.3/10 at 9p, versus 2.4/7 for Dancing, and hit 3.4/11 at 10p, followed by Dancing’s 2.5/8.

A18-49: NBC 2.9/9, ABC 2.2/7, FOX 1.2/4, UNI 1.1/4, CBS .9/3, CW .8/3, TELE .5/1, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 9.0/14
Dancing with the Stars: Road to the Final 7.6/13, Dancing with the Stars 9.7/16
NBC: 6.1/10
The Voice 4.6/8, The Voice 6.9/11
CBS: 3.2/5
Judge Judy Primetime 3.8/6, ACM: Salute to the Troops 2.9/5
FOX: 2.7/4
American Idol 4.1/7, I Wanna Marry Harry 1.3/2
De Te Quiero, Te Quiero 1.2/2, Que Vida me Robo 2.0/3, Que Pobres Tan Ricos 1.4/2
CW: 1.1/2
Supernatural [r] .7/1, Supernatural 1.4/2
ION: .8/2
Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Listener .6/1
TELE: .7/1
Impostura .7/1, En Otra Piel .7/1, Camelia la Texana .6/1


Anna Holmes joined Fusion as Editor of Digital Voices and Storytelling. Holmes is the founder of the blog, Jezebel.

Investigation Discovery promoted Nellie Ryan to Vice President, Marketing-Strategy and Garnsey Sloan to Vice President, Marketing-Creative. Ryan had been Senior Director of Marketing; Sloan was Senior Creative Director for ID.

Shandy Media appointed Todd Dufour as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy. Previously, Dufour ran the digital media consulting firm ddot.

Amy Manchester was named Portfolio Entertainment‘s first Director of Factual Development. Most recently, Manchester was responsible for development at CMJ Productions.


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This Day In History:
1992 – Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Name a game show Fred participated in on Sanford and Son (1972-1977. Let’s Make a Deal spoof Wheel and Deal or The Gong Show. Kudos to: Andrew Goldman-HBO/NYC, David Woolfson-Methods, Metrics & Monetization/Westhampton Beach, NY, Robbi Rose-Robbi Rose Productions/NYC, Rich Koz/WCIU/Me-TV/Chicago, Randy J. Ingram-WBTW-TV/Myrtle Beach SC, Dale Warshaw-KMSB/KTTU/Tucson, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

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ABC: The Bachelorette, Modern Family [r], Black Box
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], The Millers [r], Two and a Half Men [r], Bad Teacher, Elementary [r]
CW: Labyrinth [
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, Gang Related [p]
NBC: Hollywood Game Night, Last Comic Standing [p]
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Coming Back with Wes Moore [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
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