06/30/22: “See” to end with season three

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Thursday June 30, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Food Network: Me or the Menu at 10p
Fuse: TallBoyz at 10p
HBO Max: The Bridge
Hulu/Peacock: Madagascar: A Little Wild
Netflix: Bastard! – Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy; Sharkdog
Travel Channel: Fright Club at 10p

Today’s Finales
A&E: Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution at 9p
The Africa Channel: Traffic! at 9:30p
WE tv: Commit or Quit at 10p


HBO Max ranked number one in an SVOD consumer satisfaction survey from Whip Media. According to the Streaming Satisfaction Report, 85% of respondents were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the perceived value of HBO’s content for its price, versus 83% for Disney+; 79% for Hulu; 69% for Paramount+; 68% for Prime Video; 65% for discovery+; 64% for Peacock; 63% for Apple TV+; and 62% for Netflix. Netflix remains the most indispensable service, with 31% of respondents saying they would keep the service if they could only have one SVOD subscription, but that’s a 10-point drop from 2021. Apple TV+ made the most significant gain in customer satisfaction in 2022, with a 14-point surge. “As an industry, we are heavily focused on subscriber counts and market share, but there is less coverage of how consumers perceive the platforms and their offerings,” said Eric Steinberg, Whip Media’s media research and insights lead. “By exploring the satisfaction with specific elements of their product, the platforms, and their suppliers, can understand how to better serve their customers.”

CTV ad revenues are expected to jump 35% this year from upfront sales, to $6.41 billion, and get another 35% lift, to $8.14 billion, in 2023, according to an eMarketer forecast. Linear, prime-time TV upfront ad revenue for the 2022-2023 TV season will tick up 0.9%, to $19.21 billion, and is projected to rise another 2.2%, to $19.63 billion, in 2023. “While these increases show that digital buys are taking a greater share of upfront commitments, the overall upfront TV total will not increase much during our forecast period,” said eMarketer.

CTV viewer growth isn’t about avoiding ads, according to research from Advertiser Perceptions and Hub Research. Instead, most CTV viewers are willing to watch ads if it will save them money, get them access to exclusive content, or both. Among those who consider themselves tolerant of ads, about three-quarters (72%) say they’d watch ad-supported TV if it saved them $4-$5 a month. Even among those who rank themselves the most ad-intolerant, one-third (30%) would choose an ad-supported platform over an ad-free one to save that amount. Additionally, targeted ads are associated with greater enjoyment of the shows they appear in. Among those who had recently watched a show on an ad-supported platform, 44% were highly satisfied – but satisfaction was significantly higher among those who said they saw “ads based on my search history” (56%) or “ads that were customized for me” (60%).


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Rashida Jones and Will McCormack signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate Television through their Le Train Train Productions. First up: “Lovesick,” a comedy in development based on the UK series of the same name.

“Twin Territories,” telling the story of Bass Reeves, the first Black Deputy US Marshall, is in development at Amazon. The series, from Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment and based on the novel Black, Red and Deadly, is not to be confused with Paramount+ “Yellowstone” prequel, “1883: Bass Reeves.”

Showtime set the cast for the comedy pilot “The Wood,” based on the coming-of-age feature film written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (“THE CHI”). The cast includes Vince Staples (“Lazor Wolf”), Xiavier Mills (“Grief”), Karen Obilom (“Doom Patrol”), Melvin Gregg (“Snowfall”), and Essence Renae (“Bosch: Legacy”). Famuyiwa is directing the pilot and executive producing with Justin Hillian (“THE CHI”), who is writing the script. Executive producing along with Famuyiwa and Hillian are Gunpowder & Sky’s Van Toffler and David Gale. The pilot, currently in production in Inglewood, Calif., is a production of Paramount Television Studios. Guest stars Richard T. Jones (“The Rookie”) and Tamala Jones (“Castle”) will reprise their original roles as Slim and Tanya from the film.

BritBox International introduced a commissioning and co-production slate that includes detective series sequel “Beyond Paradise”; dramas “Three Little Birds” and “Karen Pirie”; business series “Make it at Market”; and second seasons “The Crime” and “The Cleaner.”

Kate Winslet is back in business with HBO. The “Mare of Easttown” star will star in and produce a TV adaptation of novel Trust, about a wealthy financier who asks his secretary to ghostwrite his less-than-truthful memoir.

Cameron Diaz (“The Holiday”) is emerging from retirement to star opposite Jamie Foxx (“Day Shift”) in Netflix movie “Back in Action.” Production starts later this year, according to a tweet from Foxx, which also included audio from GOAT Tom Brady advising Diaz on “un-retiring.”

Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”), John Turturro (“Severance”) and Paul Dano (“The Batman”) are onboard Prime Video’s reboot of the 2005 film, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” They join Donald Glover and Maya Erskine.

Joining the cast of Netflix mythological epic “Kaos” are Hugh Grant (“The Undoing”), Janet McTeer (“Ozark”), Cliff Curtis (“Avatar: The Way of Water”), David Thewlis (“Fargo”), Killian Scott (“Dublin Murders”), Misia Butler (“The School for Good and Evil”), Leila Farzad (“I Hate Suzie”), Nabhaan Rizwan (“Station Eleven”), Rakie Ayola (“The Pact”) and Stanley Townsend (“The Current War)”.

Marc Maron (“GLOW”) has joined the cast of Prime Video’s “The Horror of Dolores Roach” in a recurring role. The series is based on the Gimlet podcast of the same name.

Oscar nominee Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”) will star in an episode of the reboot of “Mujeres Asesinas” (“Killer Women”), premiering on ViX+ after the TelevisaUnivision SVOD’s July launch.


NBC has set fall premiere dates, with new series “Quantum Leap” debuting Monday, September 19 at 10p, and “Lopez vs. Lopez” launching Friday, November 4 at 8p.

Apple TV+ drama “See” kicks off its third – and, it turns out, final – season on Friday, August 26. Season two of the post-apocalyptic drama starring Jason Mamoa became the streamer’s most-watched returning drama series the first two week after it was released.

Peacock shared premiere dates for upcoming new original scripted series, including “Everything I Know About Love (August 25), “Last Night” (September 8), “Vampire Academy (September 15), “A Friend of the Family” (October 6), “The Missing” (wt; November 10), “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin” (November 23), “Irreverent” (November 30) and “The Best Man: The Final Chapters” (December 22).

It’s CompliPlated,” hosted by best-selling author Tabitha Brown, tasks chefs with creating dishes that will please judges with tricky food requirements. The competition kicks off Thursday, August 11 at 10p.


The 1993 trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, accused of the brutal double murder of their parents, is reexamined in “Menendez Brothers: Misjudged?”, a two-hour special premiering Sunday, August 7 at 9p on ID. The premiere kicks off ID’s month-long dive into some of the most shocking cases of the 1990s, with specials airing every Sunday in August at 9p.

CBS News and Stations has launched a data-driven investigative series to explore why police are seeing a steady decline in the percentage of homicide cases solved across the country. “Crime Without Punishment,” a collaboration between the CBS News Investigative Unit and the CBS Local News Innovation Lab, is the first joint investigation between the newsgathering teams at CBS News, CBS Stations and CBS News Streaming. CBS News Streaming will premiere a CBS Reports documentary, “Crime Without Punishment: Fighting For Justice,” today, June 30, centered on a case in Mississippi where an arrest occurred after CBS News focused on the case.

Univision’s “Premios Juventud” awards unveiled the first round of performers for the live broadcast Thursday, July 21 at 7p. Taking the stage will be Angela Aguilar, CNCO, Grupo Firme, Kenia Os, Danna Paola, Lenin Ramirez, Mau y Ricky and Prince Royce.

“South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2” premieres Wednesday, July 13 on Paramount+. Part 1 dropped June 1. The TV-movie is part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Comedy Central’s animated comedy.

Kevin Hart and his Hartbeat announced the first of a series of Kevin Hart Nation Web3 experiences with the premiere of Roku Original, “Confessions from the Hart.” The animated anthology is based on Hart’s IGTV series of the same name. The special takes fans inside his virtual universe with a streaming and Metaverse bonus episode release, launching on The Roku Channel on Wednesday, July 6, in honor of Hart’s birthday.

Fox News Media will present its Proud American franchise series with a slate of patriotic-inspired programming, beginning on Friday, July 1 and running through Monday, July 4. Throughout the holiday weekend, Fox News personalities will feature live Proud American segments from major cities across the country.

“Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Filth” premieres Saturday, July 16 at 10p on HBO. It’s the “FBOY Island” host’s first hour-long special for HBO.

Canal 22 Internacional, the cultural channel of Mexico in the US, will be airing a variety of programs to connect with Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and the Latino community. “During these months we’ve selected excellent cultural programs that highlights the best of Latin America,” said Prossa Castellanos, Director of Canal 22 Internacional. “I’m sure these original productions will resonate with the Hispanic audiences.”


Insight TV announced the completion of the rebranded INTROUBLE social media channels, previously the Xtreme action sports social media channels which were acquired from Webedia. The rebrand boosted the Insight TV social network community by over 3,000,000 followers.

SiriusXM’s SXM App is now available to Comcast customers on Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and XClass TV. Users can stream Howard Stern’s two exclusive channels, more than 330 channels of ad-free music, plus podcasts, live sports and sports talk, entertainment, news, comedy and more.


FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has asked that Apple and Google remove TikTok from their app stores, following reports that TikTok’s parent, China’s ByteDance, has been able to access sensitive data from Americans who downloaded the app. “I am requesting that you apply the plain text of your app store policies to TikTok and remove it from your app stores for failure to abide by those terms,” wrote Carr in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Measurement and optimization platform VideoAmp will be integrated into Mediaocean, providing clients with the ability to execute currency transactions at scale within Mediaocean’s workflow automation platforms. “We have had a groundswell of positive feedback from clients about the results of our currency tests, but we’ve also heard the need for VideoAmp to be integrated into existing workflows across the industry,” said Nick Chakalos, Chief Strategy Officer, VideoAmp. “A key difference between measurement and currency is the integration into industry billing systems so transactions can happen at scale through automation, so we’re excited about the integration with Mediaocean because it does just that.”

Adelaide is integrating DISQO’s Brand and Outcomes Lift measurement data into its platform to enhance its AU attention metric. With DISQO’s insights, Adelaide will be able to provide advertisers with full-funnel impact measurement, from brand awareness, to search and visitation, to sales. Additionally, Adelaide will train its machine learning models with those same insights to better predict a placement’s ability to drive attention and impact on advertiser KPIs.

Clinch has struck a partnership with Integral Ad Science to leverage its automated tag wrapping solution. Clinch now offers third-party verification from IAS to advertisers directly within its platform, Flight Control, including a fast way to wrap ad server tags in seconds. Advertisers can now automatically add IAS verification to their video and display campaigns.


Tondowski Films and DARE Pictures have joined Fremantle and broadcasters Sky Germany and Channel 4 for 3-part docuseries “Crypto Queen” (wt), exploring the story of how Bulgarian businesswoman Dr. Ruja Ignatova scammed investors out of billions of dollars in less than three years through her cryptocurrency brainchild, OneCoin.

Abacus Media Rights has sold biology docuseries “Evolve” to Chinese content aggregator Legend Media. The deal also includes “Hitler’s Secret Sex Life.”

Programmatic advertising platform BidMind is expanding the company’s array of services to the LATAM region, allowing its partners to launch programmatic ad campaigns in South and Central American countries.


What’s New This Year?

This year we’re bringing an enhanced show floor with top vendors hosting games, giveaways, and interactive spaces for your enjoyment. We’ve added a welcome reception at MGM Grand’s pool packed with drinks, entertainment, food, and fun competitions!

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The “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26 drew 3.2 million total viewers on BET, BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Pop, TV Land, and VH1, up +34% vs last year. 2.1 million viewers tuned in on BET alone.

Driven by its annual Summer Nights programming stunt, Hallmark Channel concluded the second quarter as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in the Weekend Total Day and Weekend Primetime for the month of June. Versus other original programming on entertainment cable, the average of all four Summer Nights original premieres ranked as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the month among Households, Women 18+, Total Viewers and Adults 18+.

Fox Business Network delivered its highest-rated quarter in 2Q22 in both business day and total day viewers since 2020. With 219,000 business day and 132,000 total day viewers, the network saw double digit year-over-year growth across the board in all key dayparts.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Tuesday, June 28
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Holey Moley 1.95 (0.3), The Chase 1.65 (0.3), Who Do You Believe? 1.22 (0,2)
CBS: FBI 3.63 (0.3), FBI: International 3.01 (0.3), FBI: Most Wanted 3.16 (0.2)
CW: Superman & Lois 0.82 (0.1), Tom Swift 0.34 (0.0)
FOX: Crime Scene Kitchen 0.97 (0.2), MasterChef Junior 0.82 (0.2)
NBC: America’s Got Talent 5.98 (0.6), Dancing with Myself 2.18 (0.4)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.19 (0.3), Amor Valiente 0.87 (0.2), Infiel: Historia de un Engano 0.84 (0.2)
Univision La Mexicana y el Guero 1.22 (0.4), Mi Fortuna es Amerte 1.64 (0.5), Mujer de Nadie 1.30 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages


Walt Disney Television Alternative is adding three executives to its ranks: Jill Chapman as VP, Alternative Series and Content Planning; Alicia Martino as VP, Alternative Series; and Mike Rosen, VP, Production.

Rishi Negi has been appointed CEO of Endemol Shine India. Negi was previously COO of Banijay Asia.

Benny Reuven has been promoted to SVP Entertainment Unscripted Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Reuven had been VP, Development at Oxygen.

Viamedia elevated two execs – Jim O’Neill to SVP of Ad Operations, and Wendell Decker to SVP of IT and Technical Services.

Akira Ishizawa, former Senior Executive Operating Officer of Nippon TV, has been promoted to President CEO. He replaces Yoshikuni Sugiyama who will be taking the new position of Chairman of Nippon TV.


This Day in History
1938 – Superman first appeared in DC Comics’ Action Comics Series.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which sitcom’s main character was born in 64 BC? Jeannie, in “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965-70). Kudos to: Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC; Andrew Goldman-Grooveee/NYC; JoAnn DiNapoli-DeSales Media Group/Brooklyn, NY; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Lois Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
On how many series did Estelle Getty portray the character of Sophia Petrillo? (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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ABC: Press Your Luck, Press Your Luck, Press Your Luck
CBS: Young Sheldon, United States of Al, Ghosts, B Positive, Bull
CW: Walker, The Flash
FOX: MasterChef, Don’t Forget the Lyrics
NBC: Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Organized Crime
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