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Zach Galifianakis comedy series Baskets got the greenlight for a fourth season on FX. Executive producers include Galifianakis, Jonathan Krisel, Marc Gurvitz, Andrea Pett-Joseph and Anna Dokoza.
Netflix is eyeing a speedy return for Queer Eye. The second season of the rebooted series, which was a hit when it debuted earlier this year on the streaming service, featuring a new “fab five,” is in the works and will debut June 15.  David Collins, creator of the original Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, exec produces under the Scout Productions banner, alongside Michael Williams and Rob Eric. David Eilenberg, Adam Sher, Jennifer Lane and Jordana Hochman also exec produce, for ITV Entertainment.
A documentary exploring singer R. Kelly’s alleged abuse and exploitation of young African-American women is in the works from BuzzFeed News and Hulu, which will exclusively stream the doc. (T)ERROR helmer Lyric Cabral will direct; Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook are exec-producing. Doc is based on original reporting by BuzzFeed with music critic Jim DeRogatis and deputy national editor Marisa Carroll. Linzee Troubh and Shani Hilton of BuzzFeed News developed the project.
CMT is ready to party this summer. The net booked Bachelorette Weekend, a new unscripted series from SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions, the creator of Jersey Shore, and greenlighted a 13th season of docuseries Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Bachelorette Weekend will premiere at 11p Thursday, August 2, and follows the staff of Bach Weekend, a Nashville-based company specializing in creating once-in-a-lifetime bachelor/bachelorette experiences. The new Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team season will serve as lead-in for Bachelorette Weekend, debuting at 10p August 2.
Comedy writer/producer Michelle Nader signed a new multiyear deal with Warner Bros. TV that keeps her at the studio and brings her run there to 10 years. This year, Nader wrote and exec produced I Mom So Hard, which went to pilot at CBS.
Production is under way on the second season of Shaftesbury’s 1920s-set Frankie Drake Mysteries, a co-production with CBC and UKTV and distributed by Kew Media Group.
BYUtv started production of original scripted adventure comedy series Dwight In Shining Armor, slated to premiere in 2019. Sloane Morgan Siegel (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Caitlin Carmichael (Young Sheldon) and Joel McCrary (The Princess Diaries 1 & 2) are set to star in the series, created by LeeAnne H. Adams & Brian J. Adams.

The Break with Michelle Wolf launches on Netflix this Sunday, May 27, with a new episode streaming weekly every Sunday. Half-hour episodes of the variety/sketch series will feature host Wolf, who previously worked on The Daily Show and Late Night w/ Seth Meyers, and guests.
Velocity will return Fantomworks, the series where expert Dan Short turns problem cars into dazzling four-wheel gems, on Tuesday, May 29 at 9p.
Freeform’s Young & Hungry returns for its final season with a two-episode premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 8p. Final season sees Gabi and Josh happily together, but now navigating their new status as a full-fledged couple
New eight-part Smithsonian Channel series The Pacific War in Color traces the epic struggle of the Pacific War using rare and never-before-seen color visuals and first-hand accounts from the home front to the battlefront. Series premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p.
Fox News Channel’s live coverage over Memorial Day Weekend includes a dispatch from the Marine Corps Museum in Virginia with co-anchor Leland Vittert on Saturday, May 26 at noon. Then on Sunday, May 27 at 1p Elizabeth Prann will co-anchor from the Poppy Memorial on the National Mall in DC and present a tour of famous military gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.
Grab your coffee and cherry pie. Showtime will run all 18 parts of the limited series Twin Peaks consecutively beginning Saturday, June 2 at 4:35a. The uninterrupted marathon will air on Showtime 2 and multiple television and streaming providers’ devices, websites and apps.
The royal wedding may be over but things will still be hopping across the pond. The Late Late Show With James Corden will return to London to broadcast four episodes from Central Hall Westminster, Monday, June 18-Thursday, June 21 on CBS. Corden’s guests will include Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and the Foo Fighters.
CNN Films and Oscar winner Roger Ross Williams are behind new film American Jail, which explores what fuels the prison system in the US from a range of stakeholder positions. The doc will premiere at Sunday, July 1 at 9p on CNN.
Cartoon Network is splashing into summer with plans to debut more than 50 new eps throughout the season. Every Monday beginning June 4, fans can watch five new episodes throughout the week all summer long from Unikitty!, Ben 10, The Amazing World of Gumball, Teen Titans Go!, OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Craig of the Creek and more. Additional premieres from Justice League Action and The Powerpuff Girls continue Friday, June 1 and more than a dozen new episodes of Clarence on Sunday, June 10.
In a TV advertising industry first, the Video Advertising Bureau is launching a multi-screen promotional campaign. Television. Be Known., featuring the founders of two digital-native, data-driven disruptor companies, Wayfair and Gwynnie Bee. The campaign will run for at least 11 weeks nationally on over 70 TV networks and in virtually all local TV markets on the major cable, satellite and telco video distributors, utilizing a full suite of premium video platforms.  
How will the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulations affect business for media buyers and planners? Responses to a survey from contextual targeting platform Vibrant suggests an average 43% of clients’ consumer data would become unusable.
Buyers and planners – looking for info on networks and programming as you strategize for the fall season? The Cynopsis Upfronts portal covers Upfront/NewFront is a handy resource: http://www.cynopsis.com/upfronts2018/.
Netflix shares reached $346.73 yesterday, assuming a market cap of $151.43 billion – enough to squeak past (for now) the Walt Disney Co. valuation of $151.36 billion. The streamer’s stock is up more than 72% this year.
As promised, Facebook started rolling out disclosures on political advertising yesterday, identifying who paid for what. “We’re up against smart, creative and well-funded adversaries who change their tactics as and when we spot abuse,” wrote Rob Leathern, director of product management, in a blog post. “But we believe that they will help prevent future interference in elections on Facebook.”
Digital channel Cosmo After Dark, with content including explicit discussion of sex and available through Snapchat Discover, is being discontinued after one edition. Although users couldn’t access the channel if their account was registered as under 18, Cosmo After Dark faced backlash from parents.
NBC is taking viewers beyond the broadcast with the launch of the NBC Entertainment Podcast Network, which includes Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast, American Ninja Warrior Podcast and The Good Place – The Podcast. Podcast eps are available in all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play. American Ninja Warrior Podcast launched yesterday (May 24); the upcoming season of the series debuts Wednesday, May 30 at 8p. The Good Place – The Podcast debuts Friday, June 1, the same date Late Night with Seth Meyers will publish six special edition eps under the banner of The Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast: Summer Fridays.
Weather Group and Tribune Content Agency, the premium news service and syndicated content division of Tronc, are joining to bring local news content to Local Now users nationwide. Powered by The Weather Channel and other content partners, the Local Now app delivers real-time, localized information about current events, weather, lifestyle, sports, business, and traffic to hundreds of markets across the US.
Great Pacific Media’s High Arctic Haulers, a CBC original factual series, will premiere on the network in 2019. Series looks at Canada’s resilient northern communities and the determined men and women who help provide their lifeline to the outside world.
The HGTV Lodge will once again have a presence at CMA Fest, in Nashville Thursday, June 7- Sunday, June 10. The venue will be home to musical performances by Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Lee Ann Womack and other artists.
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The finale of Estrella TV‘s Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento on Wednesday outperformed all TV networks regardless of language among A18-49 in the LA market, on KRCA-62. On a national level in the Hispanic market, Estrella TV ranked #3 in primetime (7p-11p) for the night among A25-54, as well as 8p-10p (Tengo Talento’s time period) among A18-34, A18-49, A25-54 and P2+.

Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 6.81 million
Survivor 7.40, Survivor Reunion 5.64,
ABC: 2.57 million
Toy Story 3 2.72, 20/20 2.28
NBC: 5.33 million
Law & Order: SVU 3.83, Law & Order: SVU 6.08
FOX: 4.60 million
Empire 5.22, Star 3.98
CW: 0.91 million
Supergirl .99, The Originals .84
Univision: 1 million
Rico Y Lazaro 1.10 million, Papa a Toda Madre .96, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.04
Telemundo: 800,000
Mi Familia Perfecta .65, Al Otro Lado del Mur .78, Senor de los Cielos 1.04


Thursday A18-49: CBS 1.3/5, FOX 1.4/6, NBC 1.0/4, ABC 0.6/3, CW .2/1, UNI .5/2, TELE .5/2
John Avlon is on board full time at CNN as senior political analyst. He’ll appear daily on morning program New Day and also will serve as fill in-anchor. Avlon had been editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast since 2013.
AMC Networks promoted Michael Graf to SVP of advertising sales for BBC World News TV. Graf joined AMC Networks in 2015 as VP of advertising sales.
King Features Syndicate, home to characters including Popeye, Betty Boop and Flash Gordon, is ramping up its home team on the heels of the appointment of CJ Kettler as president. New hires include Ricky Li and Christina Nix Lynch as directors of licensing (both formerly at Discovery); Bridgette Bek as senior director of digital marketing (she most recently was at iHeartRadio); Erinn Smart, formerly at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as director of business development; Kristin Conte, formerly at Penguin Random House, as marketing project manager; Stephen Zelin, brand assurance associate; Sam Scholl, licensing coordinator; and Saydee Villarruel, office manager and assistant to Kettler.
The Cynopsis Measurement and Data Conference Has the Answers You Need!
August 2nd | 10:00AM – 3:30PM | Dream Downtown, NYC


Measurement and data can be a puzzle, but Cynopsis is here to help you tackle these challenges. Come join us at our Measurement and Data Conference. Thought leaders from Google, Moxie, Horizon Media, Del Monte, A&E, and more will be on hand to help you examine this complicated, critical issue (click here to view speakers). Their insights and experience will help you and your team move forward successfully.
Friday Fact: The Washington Capitals’ upcoming run for the Stanley Cup against the Vegas Golden Knights marks the first time the hockey team, founded in 1974, has made it to the final round in 20 years. They were beat by the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.


On This Day: 1927 – Henry Ford announced he was ending production of the Model T Ford.


Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV president dissolved the Senate, nationalized the media, and instituted a policy to kill refugees? President Clark, in Babylon 5 (1994-1998). Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL; Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG/AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; John Ferlazzo/London


Today’s Trivia Question: What TV series featured fictional fundamentalist group the United Effort Brotherhood? (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: Torches Bra Bin – Cabin Brothers Kudos to: Charlene White-A+E Networks/Stamford, CT; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA


Today’s Anagram: Ha Tent Is Lie (Email trivia@ cynopsis.com 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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JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/Machinima/California: Resp for driving sales efforts & reaching ad sales targets for Machinima, the premiere digital video programmer of gamer and fandom-focused content. 3+ yrs exp digital media sales w/in a Ent/media or ad agency. Full info/apply HERE (6/1)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MARKETING & PARTNER INSIGHTS/Viacom/Chicago: 8+ yrs in ad sales related media rsrch. Dynamic individual with strong client facing experience to develop strategy & thought leadership pieces, moving ad sales initiatives forward.  Retail & CPG exp a plus. Full info/apply HERE (6/1)


JOB OPENING: PROJECT MGR/Showtime/NYC: Mng dig.initiatives & workflow for Digital Media – in particular, supporting social and display media efforts including mngng all aspects of creative execution process, facilitation of design team’s work, leading creative reviews & delivery to sites for media placement. Apply HERE (5/31)


JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PEOPLE ACQUISITION/A+E/NY: Mng the function to identify, assess & hire the best & brightest. Partner w/Talent Acquisition VP to create an engaging & cohesive employee life cycle. 5+ yrs recruitment exp within media. Strong HR ntwrk of recruiters, talent acq specialists, HR Professionals. Apply HERE (5/31)

JOB OPENING: WHITE HOUSE PRODUCER/MSNBC/DC: Join the NBC News team as a Producer. You will work with correspondents to prepare live reports and field produce. Min 3 yrs editorial exp working in prod at a network/cable news operation. Full info/apply HERE (5/31)
JOB OPENING: DIGITAL PRODUCER, THE STEVE WILKOS SHOW/NBCU/Stamford CT: Oversee daily website, app and digital initiatives and content including video, photos, promotional items, sales, marketing and public relations campaigns. Min of 2-4 yrs exp in online, digital or mktg/post prod. Full info/apply HERE (5/31)


JOB OPENING:  TV POST PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN/TV ONE/Silver Spring MD: Encoding and Duplication, using a variety of videotape formats & digitizing for non -linear editing.  BA deg in communications or video production + 1 yr work exp. Full info/apply HERE (5/31)

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, DIGITAL & SOCIAL SALES/beIN Sports/NYC or Miami: Resp for selling across all beIN Sports Digital platforms within an assigned territory while maintaining/growing th
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JOB OPENING: PROGRAMMING ASSOCIATE/MEB Networks/Springfield VA: Organize/participate in daily screening sessions to evaluate programs being considered for acquisition. BA Deg in TV/Film Prod or Journalism & min 2 yrs hands-on exp TV prgmng/prod.  Proficiency in MS suite. Full info/apply HERE (5/30)

JOB OPENING: MGR, AD SALES PRICING FORECASTING SPORTS/NBCU/NYC: Responsible for the Sports Group Sales forecasting, revenue analysis and financial closes for broadcast sports properties. BA deg finance /accounting. Min 4 yrs exp in financial management & analysis. Full info/apply HERE (5/30)

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JOB OPENING: MGR, AD SALES FINANCE FP & A/NBC Sports/NYC: Responsible for the Sports Group Sales forecasting, revenue analysis and financial closes for the Golf Channel. Min 4 yrs exp in financial managemen t and analysis. Full info/apply HERE (5/30)

ABC: The Last Days of Michael Jackson, What Would You Do
CBS:  The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, Mom, Life In Pieces, S.W.A.T.
CW: Supernatural, Black Lightening
FOX: Terrence Howard’s Fright Club, Showtime at the Apollo,
NBC:  American Ninja Warrior, Hollywood Game Night, Red Nose Day Special
PBS: This Old House Hour, The Tunnel: Sabotage, Antiques Roadshow
TELEMUNDO: Mi Familia Perfecto, Al Otro Lado Del Muro, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, Papa a Toda Madre, Por Amar Sin Ley

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