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Good morning. It’s Friday May 27, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
A&E: The First 48: Shocking Shootouts at 9p
Bloomberg: Forward Thinking at 9p
Netflix: Chef’s Table, Bloodline
Food: Buddy’s Family Vacation at 8p

Saturday’s Premieres:
A&E: The First 48: Gangland at 9p
Animal Planet: 911 Encounters at 8p
Nickelodeon: Lost in the West at 8p
Reelz: National Enquirer Investigates at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
AMC: Talking Preacher at 10:30p
Food: Celebrity Food Fight at 10p and 10:30p

Sunday’s Finale:
NBC: The Carmichael Show at 8p

Monday’s Premieres:
ABC: Mistresses at 10p
BBC America: Top Gear at 9p
A&E, History & Lifetime: Roots at 9p
PBS: TED Talks: War & Peace at 9p
MTV: Scream at 11p
Science: How It’s Made at 9p

Monday’s Finale:
TBS: The Detour at 9:30p


A handful of A-listers are on tap to stop by NBC’s new comedy variety show Maya & Marty, headlined by Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, for its premiere May 31 at 10p. Guests Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon and Tom Hanks will appear on the premiere episode of the show, exec-produced Lorne Michaels and produced by Matt Roberts, Erin David, Dave Becky and Marc Gurvitz, along with Rudolph and Short.

The curtain will rise on Cate Blanchett, Carole King, Nathan Lane, Audra McDonald, Patina Miller, Saoirse Ronan and Oprah Winfrey, who will join nominees Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (both of The Bright Star) as presenters for the 70th Tony Awards. The show is slated to air June 12 on CBS; James Corden will host the ceremony live at the Beacon Theater.

Lionsgate told analysts yesterday fans are “clamoring” for more seasons of the company’s drama Nashville, which ABC canceled after four seasons. That’s likely the reason the show’s final ABC airing on Wednesday night felt more like a cliffhanger than a finale. The company also said it is working on stories for a potential next season. The series signed off of the ABC airwaves with a 10-week high, drawing 4.2 million viewers.

As the Viacom turns… In the latest twist in the saga, CEO Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams asked a Massachusetts court to hold the trial “no later than four months from now” to hear their plea to overturn Sumner Redstone’s effort to oust them from his family trust and the National Amusements board. The two are seeking a ruling that 93-year-old Redstone was not competent to make the decision last week to remove them from the trust and board.

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Bravo Media is adding seven new unscripted projects to its development slate. In the works are: Look Who’s Hosting Live, featuring Andy Cohen giving celebs the opportunity to host their own live late night talk show, for one night only; Employee of the Month, starring a fish-out-of-water Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing New York) teaming with under-performing sales reps that deal in anything from cars to seafood to caskets; rival agency series Real Estate Wars; Stripped, based on the hit Scandinavian format where a social experiment tests materialistic individuals who agree to be stripped of everything they own; and I’d Kill for That, a physical game show that tests how far contestants would go to win the likes of a Birkin bag. There’s also State of Affairs, featuring no-nonsense infidelity expert Dr. Lisa Paz; and Invitation Only, a docu-series where one person will invite a handful of their closest friends from different phases in their life to meet for the very first time and embark on an incredible getaway. “With this development slate we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, SVP of development. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”

Alamo Drafthouse and fan-owned entertainment company Legion M are partnering to develop and distribute features, shorts and VR platforms. Alamo will supply Legion M with content and talent; Legion M will offer access to fans and investors.


TV One’s morning program NewsOne Now today (May 27) will focus on History’s Roots remake, and how the original series has shaped the future of the black community. The special episode airs 7-8a and features footage and interviews from the White House’s recent daylong exploration of how American stories are found, and interviews with cast members and producers including Anika Noni Rose and LeVar Burton.

Jamie Lynn Spears steps back into the spotlight eight years after becoming pregnant at age 16, in TLC one-hour special Jamie Lynn Spears: When the Lights Go Out, debuting June 26 at 10p. Spears offers viewers a glimpse of life raising her now 7-year-old daughter Maddie, being a newlywed to husband James Watson and working on her music career.


HBO confirmed drama series Westworld, which had undergone production delays, will premiere this fall. The show is inspired by the film of the same name, is a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin.” Westworld will join HBO comedies Divorce, Insecure and High Maintenance on the fall slate.

American Ninja Warrior launches a new season next week on NBC. Exec producer Arthur Smith talks about the keys to success for summer series in the latest Cynsiders: http://www.cynopsis.com/cyncity/ready-set-summer/.

How to build a better motorcycle: Esquire Network is ready to ride with new competition series Wrench Against the Machine, which will feature new teams and new motorcycle build challenges as contestants will be tasked with building everything from cafe racers to choppers, bobbers and beyond. Hosted by motorcycle aficionados Brian Schaffran and Dani Paja, the series is scheduled to debut this fall.

Wednesday, June 29 at 10p will be the premiere date for the celeb-filled satirical second season of VH1’s Barely Famous, featuring producers, actresses and writers Erin and Sara Foster. Cameos this season include Chris Martin, Chelsea Handler, Kate Hudson, Zach Braff, Cindy Crawford and Joey Fatone.

Showtime debuted a new trailer for upcoming comedy Roadies, its first original series, debuting Sunday, June 26 at 10p. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/bpcn9G7sj5w

With season 3 currently airing in the UK, crime saga series Peaky Blinders received a double order from BBC Two. Each new season will contain six episodes. The show is distributed by The Weinstein Co. in the US.

Starting tonight, IFC is previewing the first episode of Comedy Bang! Bang!, featuring new co-host and bandleader “Weird Al” Yankovic. Show is available for free on IFC.com, the IFC mobile app and on demand ahead of its linear launch Friday, June 3.


DHX Media and Dentsu Entertainment USA struck a deal to develop, co-produce, distribute and jointly manage licensing for new animated series Mega Man, based on the Capcom Mega Man video game franchise.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil will begin its second season Monday, July 11 at 10:30a on Disney XD and the Disney XD app. Eden Sher (ABC’s The Middle) voices show star Star Butterfly; guests for season 2 include Al Yankovic, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.

MarVista Entertainment secured a pan-regional broadcasting deal with Disney XD Latin America for Yo-Kai Watch, the Japanese children’s series. It will premiere on Monday, June 13, across all five of Disney XD Latin American feeds, reaching Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay, among others.


Actor Brian Geraghty is exiting NBC’s Chicago PD, where he’s played the character of Officer Sean Roman.


NBC and FremantleMedia North America will team up again with Dunkin’ Donuts for another season of America’s Got Talent. As part of this season-long partnership, Dunkin’ Donuts will be featured with an extensive on-air presence and across digital and social platforms, including the “Dunkin’ Save,” which provides viewers the opportunity to save their favorite acts from elimination during the live shows, and Dunkin’ Donuts branded cups on the judge desk in every ep. Season 11 premieres May 31 at 8p.


CBC announced its 201617 fall and winter season, featuring a uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, news, documentary, sports, arts and digital content from diverse voices and perspectives. New primetime series include crime thriller Shoot the Messenger, Mennonite miniseries Pure, and comedies Kim’s Convenience and Workin’ Moms. Also new are factual series This Is High School and True North Calling. Returning is Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Thriller series Harlan Coben’s The Five, based on the book from by the New York Times best-selling author, has been sold by Studiocanal to Israel’s Yes DBS. Series will launch May 30.


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TNT’s premiere of The Dunk King, a four-part series set to crown the best amateur dunker from around the globe, reached 10.9 million total viewers and delivered an average of 2.1 million total viewers for Tuesday night’s finale. Viewership grew 19 percent from the debut episode through the final round.
Late Night Shows Weekly Ratings
week of May 16, 2016
NBC: Late Night, 1.41 million total viewers
ABC: Nightline, 1.41 million total viewers
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.17 million total viewers
Source: Nielsen NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of May 16, 2016
ABC: GMA 4.81 million total viewers; 1.3/11 and 1.59 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.66 million total viewers; 1.5/13 and 1.80 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.78 million total viewers; 0.9/8 and 1.11 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.3/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. At 8p, the first hour of ABC’s Finding Nemo movie tied CBS’ The Price Is Right prime time show with 1.2/5, followed by a 0.8/3 tie for CW’s Arrow and Fox’s Rosewood. NBC’s Law and Order topped at 9p with 1.6/6, followed by the second half of Finding Nemo on ABC with 1.4/5. At 10p, NBC’s Chicago P.D. led with 1.4/5, besting CBS’s Criminal Minds and Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos with 1.0/3.

A18-49: FOX 0.9/3, CBS 1.1/4, ABC 1.2/4, NBC 1.3/5, CW 0.8/3, UNI 0.6/2, TELE 0.5/2, ION 0.2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.8/7
Price Is Right 4.2/8, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 3.6/6, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders 3.4/6
FOX: 2.2/4
Rosewood 2.4/4, Wayward Pines 2.0/4
ABC: 2.8/5
Finding Nemo 2.7/5, Nashville 2.9/5
NBC: 4/7
Heartbeat 2.6/8, Law & Order: SVU 4.7/8, Chicago P.D. 4.5/8
CW: 1.3/2
Arrow 1.4/3, Supernatural 1.2/2
Un Camino Hacia el Destino 1.0/2, Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2
ION: 0.7/1
Law & Order 0.8/1, Law & Order 0.7/1, Law & Order 0.7/1
TELE: 0.9/1
Eva La Trailera 0.8/1 La Esclava Blanca 0.7/1, El Senor del los Cielos 1.1/2


TBS and TNT brought in IMC exec Michael Bloom as SVP of unscripted series and specials. Bloom replaces David Eilenberg, who left in March to head up ITV Entertainment. Bloom recently helped develop ELeague, the eSports co-venture between Turner and WME.

Craig Kurland has been named EVP, business affairs at Fox Broadcasting Company. He previously was at Twentieth Century Fox Television, where he served as SVP of business affairs.

The Weather Channel hired Sandra Szahun as VP of ad sales marketing. Szahun joins from shoppable video company Joyus.com, and will be responsible for all aspects pertaining to ad sales marketing for the network.

Whitney Berry joins Bungalow-Storied Media Group as SVP of development and production. Berry formerly was an executive at Invention Studios.

As it ramps up TV operations, Vice News hired Neil Breakwell as London Bureau Chief. Breakwell most recently was at the BBC, where he served as deputy editor of Newsnight.

Gregg Lindner has been promoted at market and consumer data firm GfK MRI to managing director. Lindner joined GfK last year after more than 25 years with Arbitron, later acquired by Nielsen Holdings.

Friday Fun Fact: Surf’s up. In general, it takes about 10 to 20 minutes without sunscreen for a person’s skin to start burning.

This Day in History: 2010 – Universal Studios reopened its backlot after it had been destroyed by a fire two years earlier.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which relationship-challenged sitcom character wrote “The Guide to a Fairy Tale Marriage”? Ronnie Chase in Veronica’s Closet (1997-2000). Kudos to: Synda Kollman, Charter Marketing Group, Deerfield Beach, FL; Cynthia New, Charter, Cape Girardeau, MO; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA; David Westberg, SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, Burbank CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the only character to appear in more than three seasons of UK series Skins? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

Anagram: Online favorite – Crushed Seafood (Email [email protected]; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)
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ABC: 500 Questions, Shark Tank [r], 20/20
CBS: Undercover Boss [r], Hawaii Five 0 [r], Bluebloods
CW: Masters of Illusion [,] Masters of Illusion[r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: The Simpsons [r], The Simpsons [r[, Coupled [r]
NBC: Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon, Dateline
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose: The Week, American Masters, Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
Telemundo: Madagascar, The Expendables 2
Univision: Un Camino Hacia el Destino, Tres Veces Ana

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