05/26/15: TLC pulls 19 Kids and Counting in wake of scandal; FX orders Kurt Sutter historical drama; Anne Meara dies at age 85



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Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss at 9p
Esquire: Knife Fight at 10p
FOX: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? at 8p
HGTV: Flipping the Heartland at 11p and 11:30p
NBC: America’s Got Talent at 8p, I Can Do That at 10p
TLC: The Little Couple at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
Food: Chopped All-Stars at 10p
ID: House of Horrors: Kidnapped at 10p

TLC yanked 19 Kids and Counting repeats from its lineup amid reports that oldest son Josh Duggar molested five underage girls, including his sisters, 12 years ago. Duggar issued an apology on Thursday, admitting he’d acted “inexcusably” and saying he had confessed to his parents, “who took several steps to help me address the situation.” According to a 2006 police report, the elder Duggars reported their son’s actions to police; no charges were filed. TLC announced Friday it was pulling the show off the air, saying, “We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”


FX is back in business with Kurt Sutter with a first season order for period drama The Bastard Executioner, after pilot production wrapped in Wales. “From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions. Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions are producing.

Charter Communications is has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, reported Bloomberg on Sunday. Charter’s first bid for TWC failed when Comcast stepped in with an offer in 2014 that ultimately did not win regulatory approval. Altice’s Patrick Drahi met last week with TWC chief Rob Marcus to talk takeover, reports the Wall Street Journal. The French telecom group had just announced plans to acquire controlling interest in cable operator Suddenlink Communications for $9.1 billion.

The pilot for CBS drama Supergirl, set to premiere in November, was leaked online. The episode reportedly does not include watermarks that would indicate it is an advance screening copy, as was the case when season five Game of Thrones eps were leaked April.  

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be participating in Netflix’s reboot of Full House, but “are still very much considered part of the family,” said exec producer Robert L. Boyett. “I support their choice to focus on their fashion brands and various business endeavors.”

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Sister nets HGTV and DIY ordered six new renovation series. HGTV picked up Tiny Luxury (from Bodega), about luxury homes that are as small as 150 square feet; Rehab Addict: Rebuilding Detroit (Chasing Light Entertainment); Two Chicks and a Hammer (High Noon Entertainment) and My Lottery Dream Home (Beyond Entertainment). DIY issued orders for Super Great Rooms (Magnetic Productions) and Raise the Roof (12 Forward Entertainment).


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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: May 22-24, 2015
Tomorrowland (Disney) $31.2 million, opening weekend
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal) $30.3 million, cume revenue $117.8 million
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.) $23.9 million, cume revenue $87.3 million
Poltergeist (20th Century Fox) $23 million, opening weekend
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) $20.9 million million, cume revenue $404.1 million
Hot Pursuit (Warner Bros.) $3.5 million, cume revenue $26.9 million
Far From the Madding Crowd (Fox Searchlight) $2.3 million, cume revenue $5.4 million
Furious 7 (Universal) $2.1 million, cume revenue $347 million
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Sony) $3.6 million, cume revenue $65.6 million
Home (20th Century Fox) $1.7 million, cume revnue $168 million
Source: Rentrak Corporation


Sports fan Joel McHale (The Soup) will host the 2015 ESPY Awards, broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 15 at 8p. “I’m thrilled to be hosting The ESPYS. Just ecstatic,” said McHale. “After my stunning victory in the Iditarod this year by only using six Bichon Frises and a lamb, I think the sports world saw me as the logical host.”

Ahead of the season two premiere of StarzPower on Saturday, June 6 at 9p, the first four eps from season one are available on Starz on Demand and Starz Play as well as select cable, satellite and telco affiliates via linear, on-demand and online platforms. A season one marathon (episodes 101-108) is airing on Starz linear through May 28.

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Spending for the current TV season is down 5 percent, according to Standard Media Index. “SMI’s data reinforces what most commentators are saying, which is that traditional media continues to remain soft as brands expand their investment in digital,” said James Fennessy, chief commercial officer at SMI. “We see large traditional TV advertisers, like retail and financial services, move significant dollars into digital at the expense of their television spend.” In the scatter market, broadcast is up 19 percent and cable popped up 16 percent.


9 Story Media Group licensed the second season of preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood to Disney Junior Latin America. The first season premiered on the Latin American network in 2013.

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The series finale AMC’s Mad Men delivered a best-ever 4.6 million viewers and 2.5 million A25-54 in Live+3 ratings. “While it’s true that AMC’s Mad Men ended with its highest-ever live+3 ratings, we believe the most meaningful metric for this iconic series will turn out to be live+forever,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president. “We hope Matthew Weiner and the many extraordinarily talented people who helped elevate his vision over the last decade are smiling and finding peace like Don Draper at Esalen.”

Part one of E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians: About Bruce special, which premiered Sunday, May 17 at 9p, delivered 2.8 million viewers A18-49 and 4.2million total viewers in Live+3, the most-watched premiere since September 2012. 

With season finale competition out of the way, the second week of Fox Thursday drama Wayward Pines rose 20 percent among A18-49, to 1.2/4. NBC’s Red Nose Day drew a soft .8/3 in the demo, but raised over $21 for children’s charities.

Game 2 of TNT’s Eastern Conference Finals coverage was the highest-rated program of the night across all of cable television, averaging 5.9 million total viewers and a 3.6 HH rating, based on Nielsen Friday fast nationals. Sunday’s Game 3 averaged 7.8 million total viewers and a 4.7HH rating, the most-viewed and highest-rated program of the day across all of television, per metered market ratings.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 1.1/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. An average 1.5/6 for CBS’s Big Bang Theory and The Odd Couple won 8p, versus 1.0/4 for ABC’s 500 Questions. Fox’s Wayward Pines topped 9p with 1.2/4, followed by an average 1.1/4 for CBS’s Mom and Mike & Molly. Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was first at 10p with 1.1/4; the number two spot was shared by CBS’s Elementary and NBC’s Red Nose day, each with .7/2.

A18-49:CBS 1.1/4, FOX 1.0/4, ABC .9/3, UNI .9/3, NBC .8/3, TELE .7/3, ION .3/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, May 21, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.8/7
Big Bang Theory [r] 5.2/10, The Odd Couple[r] 4.0/7, Mom [r] 3.8/6, Mike & Molly [r] 3.4/6, Elementary [r] 3.0/6
ABC: 2.6/5
500 Questions 3.0/5, JFK Presents [r]1.7/3
NBC: 2.2/4
Red Nose Day 2.2/4
FOX: 2.5/4
Wayward Pines [r] 2.1/4, Wayward Pines 3.0/5
Amores con Trampa 1.3/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.2/2, Que to Perdone Dios 1.3/2
ION: 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods 1.3/2, Blue Bloods 1.4/3
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra del Reyes .8/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
CW: .5/1
iZombie [r] .5/1, Vampire Diaries [r] .4/1


Actress Anne Meara died May 24 of natural causes. She was 85. In addition to 1974’s Kate McShane, and a 1986 sitcom, The Stiller and Meara Show with her husband of 61 years, Jerry Stiller, the four-time Emmy nominee appeared on numerous shows, including Archie Bunker’s Place, Rhoda, Alf, The King of Queens and Will & Grace, among others.

Director Marty Pasetta died May 21 after being struck by a car in La Quinta, CA. He was 82. Along with numerous Academy Awards, AFI Life Achievement  and Grammy Awards telecasts, Pasetta directed music specials including Elvis Presley’s 1973 Aloha From Hawaii concert and Big Crosby and His Friends.


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1978 – The first legal casino opened in the eastern U.S., in Atlantic City.

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ABC: 500 Questions, Extreme Weight Loss [p]
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r], Person of Interest [r]
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie
FOX: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? [
p], Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: America’s Got Talent [
p], I Can Do That [p]
PBS: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [r], Frontline
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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