06/14/21: “Friends” reunion a win for HBO Max

 

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Monday June 14, 2021

Today’s Premieres
ABC: The Celebrity Dating Game at 10p
Acorn TV: The Real Manhunter
CW: Republic of Sarah at 9p
Food Network: BBQ Brawl at 9p
Netflix: Elite: Short Stories

Today’s Finale
DIY: Maine Cabin Masters at 9p

IN THE NEWS

“Friends: The Reunion” drove more signups to HBO Max its opening weekend than any of Warner Bros.’ new movies this year, according to measurement company Antenna. Films the special beat include “Mortal Kombat,” “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Zack Snyder’s Justice League.” The number one driver overall remains “Wonder Woman 1984,” released in December.

Allen Media Group and Frndly TV have expanded their distribution partnership. As part of the new arrangement, AMG’s The Weather Channel will extend its current carriage agreement with Frndly TV, a family-friendly vMVPD offering live networks and on-demand content.

NBC’s “Chicago Fire” has its first syndication deal. Ion Television has snapped up all nine seasons, and will air the drama all day Tuesdays starting at 11a.

Apple TV+ ordered season three of “See,” ahead of the August 27 premiere of season two. The apocalyptic drama stars Jason Momoa.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

A new series set in the “Castlevania” anime universe was introduced at Netflix’s Geek Week. Project 51 Productions’ Kevin Kolde and Clive Bradley will executive produce; Powerhouse Animation is the animation studio. The fourth and final episode of “Castlevania” premiered in May.

Will Packer Media and Kinetic Content have secured the rights to Tia Williams’ Seven Days in June, and will adapt the novel for television. Chris Coelen, CEO of Kinetic Content along with President and Partner Melissa Myers will team up with Packer and Carolyn Newman, Head of Will Packer Media Scripted Television, to executive produce the project.

Peacock ordered ten episodes of comedy series “Take Note,” following a group of contestants competing in a fictional reality singing competition. The series from Lambur Productions will star Braelyn Rankins (“Doom Patrol,” “Genius: Aretha”), Nadine Roden (“Designated Survivor,” “Murdoch Mysteries”), Aadin Church (Broadway’s “Dreamgirls,” “Sister Act”), and Sebastian Spencer (“Overlord and the Underwoods”).

CASTING

Will Poulter (“The Revenant”) and Lucy Boynton (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) will star in BritBox’s “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”. The adaptation of the 1934 Agatha Christie murder mystery comes from Hugh Laurie (“house”), who will direct and star.

Valerie Bertinelli (“Hot in Cleveland”) will star alongside Demi Lovato in NBC comedy pilot “Hungry,” following a group of friends who belong to a food issues group.

Jameela Jamil (“The Good Place”) has been added to the cast of Disney+ comedy “She-Hulk.” Jamil will play Marvel supervillain Titania.

Also joining the bad guys is Wayne Brady (“Game of Talents”), who will play right-hand man to the Devil on Netflix animated video game series “The Cuphead Show.”

Amazon romantic comedy series “With Love” has added Constance Marie (“George Lopez”), Benito Martinez (“The Shield”) and Vincent Rodriguez III (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) as series regulars.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

The premiere date for Disney+ animated series “Monsters at Work” has moved from July 2 to Wednesday, July 7. “Monsters at Work” follows the story of an eager young monster who graduated top of his class at Monsters University, only to discover that scaring is out and laughter is in.

COMING UP

Nickelodeon special “Nick News: Kids, Immigration and Equality” premieres Thursday, June 17, at 7:30p. Featuring appearances by J Balvin, Samantha Bee, Padma Lakshmi, Nancy Pelosi and Ben Simmons, among others, the special delves into stories of young people and families in search of a better life.

TECH TALK

Tech giants are in the crosshairs of House lawmakers, who introduced sweeping bipartisan legislation aimed at restraining their power. “Right now, unregulated tech monopolies have too much power over our economy. They are in a unique position to pick winners and losers, destroy small businesses, raise prices on consumers and put folks out of work,” said Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island and chairman of the antitrust subcommittee. “Our agenda will level the playing field and ensure the wealthiest, most powerful tech monopolies play by the same rules as the rest of us.” The five bills, if passed, would prohibit the acquisition of competitive threats; end platform monopolies; prohibit discriminatory conduct by dominant platforms; update filing fees for mergers, to ensure the DOJ and FTC have the resources to enforce antitrust laws; and promote competition online by lowering barriers to entry.

Premion has expanded its partnership with IHS Markit to leverage Polk Automotive Solutions to bolster audience targeting and sales lift measurement for CTV and OTT campaigns for automotive advertisers. “Automotive marketers have been among early adopters of streaming TV advertising, which has quickly evolved as a priority customer acquisition and performance marketing channel,” said Dave Marquard, Head of Product at Premion. “With Polk Automotive Solutions, we’re accelerating the power of streaming TV advertising to empower our advertisers to reach high-value audiences and measure true sales performance by matching OTT viewership with verified vehicle sales.”

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STREAMING

TikTok has partnered with COPA90 as the lead content partner to bring football (aka soccer) content to its communities. Football media company COPA90 is working with TikTok, talent and influencers from across Europe to produce innovative formats and original shows.

ZEE5, the streaming platform for South Asian content, will launch in the US on June 22. The platform is currently under beta testing in the market; the US is the final and largest launch for ZEE5.

As part of its multi-platform launch on July 15, Magnolia Network will debut Magnolia Workshops, a collection of courses taught by experts in home design, cooking, gardening and the arts. Magnolia Workshops will be accessible to discovery+ subscribers through the forthcoming MAGNOLIA app.

SeriesFest opens June 24 with a screening of the premiere of Peacock’s “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell,” followed by discussion with the director and executive producers from Blue Ant Studios.

GOING GLOBAL

Amazon Prime Video will stream Ligue 1 soccer in France, in a three-year deal that includes 80% of available games, and 10 top pick matches for the season.

Sixteen South Originals comedy “The Coop Troop,” a co-production with Tencent Kids as a Tencent Video Original in China, France Télévisions in France and Technicolor Animation Productions, is due to deliver starting spring 2022 and is being produced in Northern Ireland, France and China.

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RATINGS

The latest season of HGTV’s “Home Town Takeover,” which ended June 6, averaged an 0.89 Live+3 rating among P25-54, up 73% from year-ago numbers, and a 1.08 rating among W25-54, up 86%. Year-to-date, “Home Town Takeover” ranked as the #1 new unscripted cable series with P25-54, W25-54 and P2+.

“Friends: The Reunion” drew 5.3 million viewers over four viewings on UK’s Sky One, Sky’s most-watched show in two years.

The 2021 CMT Awards, back to a live format, delivered 828,00 Live+SD viewers on CMT, up 10% from last year’s pandemic-impacted production. Across CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network and TV Land, ratings for P18-34 were 0.58, up from 0.44.

Hallmark Channel’s “Good Witch” ranked as the #1 most-watched across entertainment cable in Weekend Primetime among Households and W18+ the week of May 31. On a Live+3 basis, the episode averaged 2.3 million Total Viewers, 1.9 million Homes, and 263,000 W25-54.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, June 10
Show, P2+ 0000s, (A18-49)
ABC: “The Real Rebel: The Erin Brockovich Story” 1.87 (0.5), “Rebel” 2.93 (0.3), “Rebel” 2.74 (0.3)
CBS: “Young Sheldon” 3.71 (0.4), “United States of AI” 3.70 (0.4), “Mom” 2.99 (0.3) “B Positive” 2.26 (0.3), “Clarice” 1.82 (0.2)
CW: “Walker” 1.04 (0.2),“Legacies” 0.44 (0.1)
FOX: “Beat Shazam” 1.87 (0.5), “LEGO Masters” 1.04 (0.3)
ION: “Chicago PD” 1.01 (0.3), “Chicago PD” 1.12 (0.2), “Chicago PD” 1.03 (0.3)
NBC: “Manifest” 2.78 (0.4), “Manifest” 2.55 (0.4), “Law & Order: Organized Crime” 1.60 (0.2)
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos” 0.95 (0.2), “La Suerte de Loli” 1.06 (0.3), “Café Con Aroma de Mujer” 0.90 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay has been named Chief Executive Officer, MediacCo Holding, effective July 1. Lindsay most recently served as EVP, Urban One.

Susan Parker has been named Chief Strategy Officer/EVP of Strategy & Data of Nexstar Media Inc.’s Digital Division. Parker joined the company in 2019 as SVP, Strategy and Business Intelligence.

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This Day in History
1834 – Sandpaper was patented.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who was host of syndicated show “Girl Talk” (1963-1969)? Virginia Graham. Kudos to: David Rubinshohn-American Public Television/Boston; Greg West-WATC/Atlanta; Ken Nice-TeamPeople/Falls Church, VA; Jim Kelsh-U Learn/Audobon, PA; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Dave Sikula-San Francisco State University/San Francisco; Ken DuBow-Access Entertainment/LA;Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
On which comedy did Bill Murray, Cynthia Nixon and Amy Sedaris all have recurring roles? Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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MONDAY JUNE 14
ABC: The Bachelorette, The Celebrity Dating Game
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS: New Orleans, Bull
CW: All American, The Republic of Sarah [p]
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, HouseBroken, Duncanville
NBC: US Olympic Trials, Small Fortune
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, La Suerte de Loli, Café Con Aroma de Mujer
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