06/22/20: HBO renews Betty for season two


Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday June 22, 2020

Today’s Premieres
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us at 9p
Discovery: Diesel Brothers at 10p
El Rey Network: Maria at 7p
Popstar! TV: That’s Awesome! at 10:30p
Telemundo: Enemigo Intimo at 10p
TLC: B90 Strikes Back at 8p

Tonight’s Finale
Brave: Camp Getaway at 10p


Project OAR is ready to make a splash with live market trials. Through a phased approached, members of the consortium of media companies created to establish a common technology for dynamic, addressable advertising management for TV will conduct trials to evaluate how the open standard interoperates with existing sales, insertion and measurement workflows. In the first phase, beginning this month, Fox Corporation, ViacomCBS, NBCUniversal, The E.W. Scripps Company and AMC Networks will begin utilizing OAR to deliver more relevant advertising experiences within linear and on-demand formats on smart TVs. The second phase starts in mid-August, with Discovery, Inc., Hearst Television and WarnerMedia integrating and executing trials throughout the remainder of the summer and Disney Media Networks conducting its trials thereafter. Commercial availability and deployment will begin in Q4 2020 across a subset of 10 million opt-in smart TV devices. “At Fox, we are committed to enhancing TV measurement and increasing ad efficiency and effectiveness,” said Dan Callahan, VP, Audience and Automated Sales, Fox Corporation, the first company to begin the trial. “Together as an industry, we are helping to advance addressable TV advertising, deliver relevant experiences for consumer audiences and unlock new opportunities for advertisers.”

On Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host announced he’s taking the rest of the summer off to spend more time with his family. After a two-week hiatus, guest hosts will fill his seat. Continuing their running joke, Matt Damon entered from a bedroom in Kimmel’s house wearing a bathrobe, saying he’d been waiting for three months to appear on the show.

The WGA West and Disney reached a $5.25 million settlement for interest owed on late paid residuals on American Dad!, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, Futurama and The Simpsons. Disney paid the entire amount due, which the WGA West says is the largest interest-only settlement in its history.

Season 17 of So You Think You Can Dance won’t make it to Fox this summer due to “health and governmental restrictions.” Said the network, “While we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we’ve set for viewers and contestants in light of the show’s unique format, intricate production schedule and limited time.”

Disney Plus has discontinued its free seven-day trial, ahead of the July 3 premiere of the movie Hamilton. “We continue to test and evaluate different marketing, offers and promotions to grow Disney Plus,” said a company spokesperson. “The service was set at an attractive price-to-value proposition that we believe delivers a compelling entertainment offering on its own.”


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HBO renewed comedy series Betty for season two. Starring Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, who all starred in the original film, Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City.

Spotify, Warner Bros. and DC announced multiyear partnership to distribute and produce a slate of new podcasts, providing Spotify with the first look at original, scripted shows that will live exclusively on the platform. In addition to producing all-new series based on existing characters and established franchises from across Warner Bros. and DC, the companies will collaborate on new programming from original intellectual property.

AMC and IFC picked up variety series Sherman’s Showcase for a second season. Created by and starring Bashir Salahuddin (Top Gun: Maverick, South Side) and Diallo Riddle (Marlon, South Side), the series features sketches, cultural nostalgia and original songs. Six new episodes are slated to air in 2021.

Jupiter Entertainment (Snapped, Atlanta Child Murders) struck a partnership with All Def, the a multi-platform media company that features hip-hop, comedy, and social justice programming. Jupiter will work with All Def to adapt the company’s ancillary library of content, intellectual property and social media channels into long-form entertainment.

John Landis (Trading Places, Animal House) has joined Arnold Schwarzenegger and the production team behind Genius Brands’ new children’s animated series, Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten. Landis will direct Schwarzenegger, who lends his voice to the action-adventure comedy series, co-created by Stan Lee as one of his final projects. He also serves as co-producer, along with China’s Alibaba Group, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions.

Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios, has finalized a joint venture with Nick Weidenfeld (The Boondocks) to launch Work Friends, the first primetime TV animation label in ITV Studios’ current US scripted television studio operation. “Launching an animation company is a natural progression following our success in global sales of Japanese anime,” said Adelstein. “I see TV animation as a unique opportunity to grow Tomorrow Studios’ business exponentially worldwide… with an eye for series that resonate globally.”

Nickelodeon landed global rights to The Smurfs, for a new series. ViacomCBS Consumer Products will get in on the animated action with new merch, from toys to home to CPG.

Debmar-Mercury has named producers Katy Murphy Davis (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Red Table Talk) and Matt Strauss (The View, The Dr. Oz Show, Katie) as executive producers and showrunners of the new, nationally syndicated daytime talk show Nick Cannon. Debmar-Mercury also announced the premiere date of the show has moved from September 21 to October 5.

HBO Max inked a two year first-look deal with actress/executive producer Salma Hayek, founder, and CEO of Ventanarosa. As part of the collaboration, Hayek will first bring projects to HBO Max for potential development. Jose Tamez, President of Ventanarosa, serves as her producing partner and Siobhan Flynn is their Head of Production & Development. The streamer also reached a two-year first-look overall agreement with showrunner and executive producer Sam Dean (Love is Blind).

Visual effects company Weta Digital has named Prem Akkaraju as CEO and will for the first time begin producing original content. The company will leverage its VFX business to produce original animation under the banner Weta Animated, and develop original animated content for both cinema and streaming platforms. Majority owners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will write, produce and direct several animated projects for Weta.


TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress kicks off a new season with a special quarantine episode on Saturday, July 11 at 8p, as the bridal team deals with virtual appointments, dresses on lockdown and rescheduled weddings. Celebs during the season include The Bachelor’s Caila Quinn and Big Brother’s Bayleigh Dayton.

ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff and his son, Mack, globetrot in Disney+ series Rogue Trip, launching Friday, July 24. Throughout the six episodes, Team Woodruff will venture on off-the-guidebook tours to Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Ukraine.

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the two Los Angeles-based NFL franchises are teaming up for Hard Knocks: Los Angeles, kicking off Tuesday, August 11 at 10p. The 15th edition of the reality series will have encore plays Wednesday nights and will be available to stream on HBO via HBO Max and other partners’ platforms.

All ten episodes of season three of Amazon’s Absentia drop Friday, July 17. This time around, an international criminal case hits too close to home for Emily (Stana Katic).

TNT is moving up the season premiere of The Alienist: Angel of Darkness to Sunday, July 19 with two episodes airing back to back starting at 9p, one week after Snowpiercer airs a two-hour finale. The series will roll out as a four week event with two episodes airing every Sunday.

Maria, a new political talk show hosted by CNN contributor and public policy advocate Maria Cardona, will debut today, Monday, June 22. The program, airing Monday-Wednesday at 7p and 10p on El Rey Network, will explore issues facing US Latinos as the November presidential election approaches.

Season five of Bravo’s Real Housewives of the Potomac debuts Sunday, August 2 at 9p. Nigerian-American Dr. Wendy Osefo – professor, political analyst, and entrepreneur – jumps into the fray as the newest Housewife.

Showtime’s Desus & Mero returns from hiatus on Sunday, July 5 at 11p. The show, which previously aired Monday and Thursday nights, will now air Sundays and Thursdays.

Comedy United We Fall premieres with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, July 15 at 8p on ABC. The realistic family sitcom follows the trials and tribulations of Jo and Bill, parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family.

From sensational sandwiches to tasty burgers, Food Network stars offer a guide the dishes they love, and recipes for making them at home in All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate, debuting Monday, July 20 at 9p.

Stone Cold and The Jackal, the business venture from General Hospital stars Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson, are teaming with streaming platform Popstar! TV to turn their podcast show, That’s Awesome, into a weekly TV series. The show premieres today, June 22 at 10:30p, with reruns occurring throughout the week.


Court TV’s Black and Blue – A Court TV Special, which looks at the current justice system and how it has seemingly empowered civilians to weaponize the police against African Americans, will air today, Monday, June 22 at 8p on Court TV as well as parent company Katz’s networks Bounce, Court TV Mystery, Laff and Grit.

Feature-length animated Scooby-Doo film Scoob! will have its US SVOD premiere on HBO Max, starting Friday, June 26. Scoob! tells the backstory or how those meddling kids and their dog started Mystery Inc.

As a part of Pride month, Disney Television Studios and FX today will present “Pose-A-Thon,” a commercial-free, one-hour virtual event showcasing the cast and producers of Pose to raise awareness for three organizations that work to support LGBTQ+ education, social change for sexual and gender minority people of color, and transgender equality through legal services and policy efforts. The special, emceed by actor and activist Billy Porter along with co-star Mj Rodriguez, will air Friday, June 26 at 10p on FX and Freeform.

Three-night movie event Obsession “Thrillogy” tells the story of roommates who become lovers, until obsession leads to danger and deceit. First of three intertwined films: Obsession: Stalked by My Lover, bows Friday, July 10 at 8p on Lifetime.

Kevin Hart will host and executive produce E! special Celebrity Game Face, premiering Monday, July 6 at 10p. Hart and his wife, Eniko, will lead teams in a series of ridiculous physical challenges.

Disney Channel original movie Upside-Down Magic, based on the bestseller about friendship, self-discovery and magic class, premieres Friday, July 31 at 8p. The film will be available on DisneyNOW beginning August 1.


all3media international has signed a new deal in Australia with reality SVOD hayu, which now exclusively offers all eight series of USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best. They have also taken rights to The Only Way is Essex.

Banijay Rights announced that crime thriller We Got This has been picked up by AMC Networks in the US, Canada and UK, for its streaming service Sundance Now.

Tubi has launched its free movie and television service in Mexico. Available on VIDAA smart OS on Hisense TVs and mobile devices, the AVOD offers a collection of titles, all localized in Spanish-language, from Latin America and the US.

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Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia together averaged 54,000 total Prime A18-49 viewers, up +45% year-over-year, and 31,000 Total Day A18-49 viewers, a +37% gain year-over-year. Fueled by original production Mexicánicos and true crime titles, Discovery en Español was up +22% in Prime and up +21% in Total Day among A18-49 in May.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, June 18
Show, P2+ 0000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Holey Moley 3.81 (0.7), Don’t 3.36 (0.6), To Tell the Truth 3.16 (0.5)
CBS: Young Sheldon 4.93 (0.6), The Unicorn 3.41 (0.4), Mom 3.73 (0.5), Broke 3.61 (0.5), S.W.A.T. 2.540 (0.4)
CW: Burden of Truth 0.48 (0.1), In the Dark 0.45 (0.1)
FOX: Celebrity Watch Party 1.57 (0.4), Labor of Love 1.04 (0.3)
NBC: Council of Dads 2.73 (0.3), Blindspot 1.82 (0.3), Law and Order: SVU 1.75 (0.3)
Telemundo: Cennet 1.21 (0.3), 100 Dias Enamorarnos 0.84 (0.3), Le Reina del Sur 0.65 (0.2)
Univision: Te Doy la Vida 1.61 (0.5), Amor Eterno 1.81 (0.5), Como tu no Hay 1.45 (0.5)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Peter Faricy is stepping down as CEO, Global Direct-to-Consumer at Discovery Inc., a position he took in 2018. Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav said the decision came “after a few months of discussions.” Avi Saxena, Karen Leever and Lisa Holme will be promoted to take over his responsibilites.

Tiffany Lea Williams was named EVP, Unscripted Programming & Development at BET Networks. She previously served as the SVP of Unscripted Programming and Development at MTV.

The WNET Group has appointed Eugenia Harvey to the position of Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer. Harvey joined The WNET Group in 2018 as executive producer of Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America.

Frank J. Tanki has been named General Manager of AXS TV and HDNET Movies. Tanki, a former GM of TV Land and CMT, has been working with Anthem for several months on the growth plans and strategic direction for the channels.

Vuulr announced the appointment of BAFTA-winning producer Ben Lock as its Head of Enterprise Technology and Strategic Partnerships.

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This Day in History
1963 – Thirteen-year-old Stevie Wonder released his first single, “Fingertips”.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which Sunshine Cab Company employee was written out of Taxi (1978-1982) after the first season? John Burns. Kudos to: Ken Nice-TeamPeople/Falls Church, VA, Charles Lore/NYC, John Carlo-UPtv/NYC, Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY, John Kukla-Fox 4/Dallas, Dan Harrison-Fox Entertainment/LA, Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
Who killed Prue on Charmed (1998-2006)? (Email [email protected] 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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Write and produce promos for VICE TV and all of its programming, including image spots, series trailers and cutdowns, episodic promos, tentpole/event promos, interstitials, brand spots. 5+ years of promo producing experience in a cable network. Full info HERE (7/10)

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Remote for now & eventually NYC office. Exp’d producer for an iconic, high profile preschool series that combines 2D, 3D and live action. 5+ yrs production exp, children’s content exp, animation req’d. Strong storytelling skills w/understanding of preschool audiences. Full info HERE (6/28)

Jersey City, NJ:
Lead/develop, and deploy enhancements to PointsBet’s growth marketing strategies including performance media, SEO, Conversion Rate Optimization, MarTech, and more. 10+ yrs of exp in relevant growth marketing roles, ideally for digital/app based product(s). Full info HERE (6/26)

RNN/Rye Brooke NY: Responsible for growing and managing its Diginet business across all of its TV stations. Minimum of 5 yrs exp in sales in the TV industry and experience in Diginet/multicast/D2 business required. Exp’d networking & establishing new relationships with key players at agencies and advertisers. BA deg Full info HERE (6/25)

Glass Entertainment Group/Philadelphia:
Story producer to help lead a new episodic podcast. You will be involved in episode dvlopmnt, rsrch, interview prep & prod episodes (both during actual record & in post). Background in storytelling & min 5yrs exp making audio, pref w/proven field reporting exp. Full info HERE (6/25)

AccuWeather/State College PA:
Produce compelling live video segments for the national network on a daily and as-needed schedule. Put together the rundown for each individual segment and work with a team. Entrepreneurial spirit & working knwldg of non-linear editing suites req’d. Full info HERE (6/25)

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV/Silver Spring, MD:
Plans, implements, evaluates performance/KPIs of multi-territory subscriber acquisition campaigns; acts as creative lead and agency POC. Spanish fluency required; marketing exp, 5+ yrs. Full info/apply HERE (6/24)

Passionate, innovative & driven candidate to support planning, development & execution of marketing, brand building & PR initiatives for the company’s Football & Basketball clients. 5+ yrs comms, sales, superior marketing & athletic brand building skills a must. Full info HERE (6/24)

Earth Day Network/DC:
Help support the dvlpmnt/ execution of multi-channel, integrated communications and engagement strategies. 3+ yrs of communications planning and execution exp. Superior communication skills a must. Full info HERE (6/24)

ABC: The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, All Rise, Bull
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Penn & Teller: Fool Us [p]
FOX: :9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star
NBC: The Titan Games, The Wall, Songland [f]
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Cennet, 100 Dias Para Enamorarnos, Enemigo Intimo [p]
Univision: Te Doy la Vida, Amor Eterno, Como Tu No Hay Dos


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