06/02/15: Ken Howard not ready to give up SAG-AFTRA presidency; Millennials “like” their political news online; Steve Franks joins CBS’s Rush Hour as showrunner



Last week’s Lip Sync Battle was #1 in its timeslot in all of TV with P18-49, W18-49, M18-49, and P18-49, it has
177 Million cross-platform streams, and is the fastest growing YouTube channel.

The show is averaging 2.8 million total viewers per week with a 59% female audience.

LIP SYNC BATTLE, Hosted by LL COOL J with color commentary from Chrissy Teigen

Source: Nielsen, Thursdays 10-10:30pm, 4/2-5/28/15


Good morning. It’s Tuesday June 2, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
AHC: What History Forgot at 10p
ABC Family: Pretty Little Liars at 8p, Stitchers at 9p
Bravo: Secrets and Wives at 10p
Cooking: Junk Food Flip at 9p
ID: Southern Fried Homicide at 9p and 10p
Travel: Trip Flip at 8p
truTV: How to Be a Grown Up at 10p
USA: Chrisley Knows Best at 9p, Royal Pains at 10p

Ken Howard announced he’s seeking re-election as president of SAG-AFTRA. “Despite countless jobs being created in seemingly endless new ways, performers have to work harder than ever to make ends meet,” said Howard. “For many, it’s a real struggle. It’s my mission to make sure SAG-AFTRA protects our members’ ability to do the work they love and to build their lives around it.” Howard was elected president of SAG in 2009 and 2011, then of the merged SAG-AFTRA in 2013. Ballots will be mailed July 21; Howard has already racked up endorsements from George Clooney, Betty White, Octavia Spencer and Bryan Cranston, among others.


Millennials are more likely to stay informed about political news through Facebook than via local television, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. “Millennials and Political News” reports that 61 percent of Millennials get political news on Facebook – about the same percentage of Boomers who opt for TV. The data suggests that “younger and older generations espouse fundamental differences in the ways they stay informed about political news,” says the study, “differences that are of particular interest as the 2016 election campaigns ramp up.”

Monday was a big day for Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner. Vanity Fair posted its July issue cover pic, the first of Jenner as a transgender woman, and ESPN announced Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards, July 15 on ABC. E! docu-series featuring the Olympic champ’s transition journey launches July 26.

What’s more heroic: Jenner’s Olympics accomplishment, or going public with the transgender journey? Vote in the new Cynopsis poll.

Univision Communications launched its annual month-long health and wellness initiative yesterday with “Reto 28,” a 28-day nutritional and fitness challenge. The campaign leads into Semana de la Salud, featuring health-related programming across TV, radio and digital platforms. “It is our goal to educate our community about the long-term benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle while empowering them with the tools to do so,” said Roberto Llamas, EVP for Human Resources & Community Empowerment, Univision Communications.

The third annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition launched yesterday. Aspiring actors or comedians compete for a $25,000 talent deal by submitting a video on https://abcdiscovers.abc.go.com now through June 14.

Multi-platform music video net Music Choice is featuring an Essence Festival category on demand, featuring content from artists who will be performing at the New Orleans event July 2-5, including Kendrick Lamar, Sevyn Streeter, Mary J. Blige and Usher, among others. Folder available free now through July 12.

The winners of Destination America’s third annual “Red, White and You” contest, awarding two communities Fourth of July celebrations, are Waveland, MS and Oroville, CA. “Waveland and Oroville captured our attention with their stories of recovery and resilience [and] their incredible display of hometown pride and American spirit,” said Marc Etkind, GM of DA. “Independence Day is a time to bring communities together, and Destination America is privileged to support these towns as they honor their pasts while working hard to ensure a bright future.”


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Steve Franks, creator/exec producer of Psych, has joined CBS midseason comedy Rush Hour as showrunner. Franks will exec produce with Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick, who wrote the pilot, Arthur Sarkissian and Brett Ratner, from the movie on which the show is based, and Jeff Ingold.

Cynthia Cidre, co-creator of TNT’s Dallas sequel, is now onboard upcoming ABC drama Blood & Oil as exec producer and co-showrunner, with Josh Pate.

UK’s ITV acquired independent production company Mammoth Screen (Poldark). “This move will allow Mammoth to make even more ambitious drama, working with the best creative talent in the business,” said Mammoth’s Damien Timmer, managing director.

Electus is partnering with Marta Kauffman and her production company, Okay Goodnight, to adapt ITV series Doc Martin for the U.S. market. Format was optioned from DRG.

Disney XD ordered season three of Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and season four of Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6. Animated series debut in 2016.

Breakthrough Entertainment and Facet4 Media struck a strategic alliance for the co-development and production of unscripted-lifestyle series.Original factual based programming produced under the agreement will be distributed by Breakthrough for the global marketplace.


I Am Jazz (previous wt All That Jazz), about the everyday life of transgender teen Jazz Jennings and her family, premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 10p on TLC. Docu-series is produced by This Is Just a Test.

Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest offers previously unseen footage and eyewitness survivor accounts of the April 25 disaster that killed over 8500 people. One-hour special produced by Emporium Productions premieres Monday, June 8 at 9p.

Kicking off summer, aka “trauma season” for hospitals, Discovery Life Channel is airing “ER Week,” a marathon of emergency room programming from June 19-28. Stunt launches with the series premiere of Emergency 24/7, following an elite team of doctors in a UK trauma center, on Friday, June 19 at 10p.

Bobby and Jamie Deen search for local delicacies with a side of outdoor adventure in Southern Fried Road Trip, served up by Food Network starting Monday, July 13 at 10p. Prepare for fried bologna sandwiches, tomato pie and Slugburgers.

Disney’s Bunk’d, a spin-off of Jessie, debuts Friday, July 31. Comedy follows live-action movie Descendents, premiering at 8p.

TV One original movie The Summoning arrives Saturday, June 6 at 8p. Thriller focuses on a widow (True Blood’s Paula Jai Parker) who summons her late husband (Switched at Birth’s Terrell Tilford).

Telenovela La Guerrera (Brave Woman) launches on MundoFox Monday, June 8 at 9p. Filmed in Brazil and Turkey and produced by Brazil’s GloboTV, the series tells stories of women who fall victim to human trafficking.

GetTV pays tribute to Rosalind Russell this month, with movies starring the film legend airing every Thursday starting at 7p. First up: The Guilt of Janet Ames on June 4.

Antenna TV celebrates Father’s Day with a marathon of Father Knows Best episodes, starting Sunday June 21 at 7a and running through 2:30a.

The Mindy Project, transported from Fox to Hulu for season four, will “push the envelope in ways we haven’t been able to,” said Mindy Kaling at BookCon on Saturday. Kaling was at NYC’s Javits Center to promote her upcoming book, “Why Not Me?”.


Season two of truTV’s How to Be  Grown Up premieres tonight. Anything new this time around? “We have taken the show to a whole new level,” Michael Agbabian, an exec producer on the show, tells Cynopsis. “In addition to our hilarious returning comics, we have added a new line up of fresh and funny personalities who put a whole new spin to being a grown up. Also, this season we go outside the studio with field pieces and special segments with our comics that are laugh-out-loud hysterical.”

A sophomore run of supernatural crime drama From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series launches on El Rey Tuesday, August 25 at 9p. Filmmaker and network founder Robert Rodriguez will direct the premiere and finale. World premiere runs at ATX Fest Saturday, June 6.

Cry Wolfe returns with back-to-back eps Tuesday, June 16 at 10p on Investigation Discovery. Season two of the true crime series begins with a girl being blackmailed by someone threatening to post nude photos online.

UP reality series Bringing Up Bates is back for season two Thursday, June 4 at 9p. In the premiere, the family celebrates “I Love You Day.”


Alison Wright (The Americans) has joined the cast of HBO movie Confirmation, playing the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Wood Harris and Mack (Tristan) Wilds from The Wire, along with Afton Williamson, David Call and Antoine Harris are onboard VH1 hip hop movie The Breaks, premiering in late fall 2015. 

Sandrine Holt (The Returned) will recur on AMC’s upcoming Fear the Walking Dead. Holt will play a doctor on the Walking Dead companion series.

Luke Mitchell was promoted from recurring to series regular for season three of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Mitchell plays Lincoln, a member of the Inhuman tribe.

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Ad spending on the Internet have an 11.4 percent lift in 2015, to $41.8 billion, while broadcast spending will get a .9 percent boost, to $38.9 billion, projects FTI Consulting, the first time core Internet spending beats broadcast. By 2018, FTI predicts $55.6 will be spent for online ads, versus $45.5 billion for broadcast and $40.0 billion for cable. “Our model suggests that digital substitution is the primary driver contributing to changes in the television ad ecosystem today,” says FTI Media & Entertainment Team Co-leader Philip Schuman.



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Fox’s primetime premiere of Golan the Insatiable, moved from late night, drew .6/2 among A18-49 and 1.6 million viewers, according to preliminary Sunday Nielsens.

The spring finale of ABC Family’s Young & Hungry hit a series high among A18-34 (618,000/.9) for the third consecutive week, and season high among A18-49 (888,000/.7) for the second week.

The season finale of Bravo’s Southern Charm last Monday delivered a series high 1.7 million total viewers, 1.1 million P25-54 and 985,000 P18-49, according to Nielsen Live+3, up 11 percent, 21 percent and 9 percent, respectively, from the prior season closer.

History event series Texas Rising opened to a Live+3 audience of 5 million total viewers and 4.1 million total viewers on May 25 and May 26, respectively, making it the top entertainment cable telecast each night in Live+3 total viewers.

Across its nine nights, Animal Planet’s Monster Week (May 17-25) averaged 951,000 P2+ viewers, an increase of 13 percent over 2014. The premiere telecast of The Cannibal in the Jungle delivered 1.6 million viewers and ranked among the top three non-sports ad-supported cable programs on Sunday, May 24 among M25-54 (#2, 475,000) and M18-49 (#3, 417,000).

TV PLAYBACK RANK, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day rating for the week of 5/11/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
Modern Family
(ABC) 2.7, 4.6
Scandal (ABC) 2.3, 3.9
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.2, 3.6
The Blacklist (NBC) 1.6, 2.9
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) 1.3, 2.5
Black-ish (ABC) 2.0, 3/1
Wayward Pines (FOX) 1.0, 3.1
Family Guy (FOX) 1.3, 2.4
The Goldbergs (FOX) 2.0, 3.0
NCIS (CBS) 2.0, 3.0
Chicago Fire (NBC) 1.5, 2.5
Chicago PD (NBC) 1.6, 2.6
Law and Order: SVU (NBC) 1.6, 2.6
Source: The Nielsen Company DVR playback rankers, based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only).

SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of 5/25/15
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 5102, 52, 98, 74734
Today Show (NBC)
19365, 400, 5, 8058
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.)
1072, 353, 3, 4224
Good Morning America (ABC),
1067, 490, 2, 7340
Game of Thrones (HBO)
1048, 34, 31, 18397
NBC Nightly News (NBC)
639, 351, 1823, 1986
Steve Harvey TV (NBCU/synd.)
554, 101, 5, 6854
Access Hollywood (NBCU/synd.)
494, 183, 3, 1771
The Kelly File (Fox News)
474, 115, 4, 2365
RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo)
472, 126, 4, 2112
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of 5/25/15
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
Scripps National Spelling Bee
(ESPN), 5/28, 4482, 112
Game of Thrones (HBO, HBO Latino), 5/31,
3023, 170
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!), 5/31,
1876, 48
The Bachelorette (ABC) 5/25,
1804, 70
Critics’ Choice TV Awards (A&E) 5/31,
1797, 45
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) 5/25,
1781, 167
2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO) 5/30,
1242, 28
Love & Hip Hop (VH1) 5/25,
1238, 196
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 5/26,
1176, 71
iHeartRadio Country Festival (NBC) 5/27,
793, 30
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. Sports Events include those on Broadcast and National Cable Networks only across all day parts. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Friday A18-49 Analysis: ABC had the most A18-49 viewers on Friday with 1.1/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Univision’s Amores con Trampa topped 8p with 1.0/5, followed by .9/4 for ABC’s Shark Tank. ABC’s What Would You Do? was first at 9p with 1.3/5, versus 1.0/4 for NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos led at 10p with 1.2/4; NBC’s Dateline was close behind with 1.1/4.

A18-49: ABC 1.1/4, NBC .9/4, UNI .8/4, TELE .7/3, CBS .6/3, FOX .4/2, CW .3/1, ION .2/1

Live+Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, May 29, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
CBS: 3.5/7
Undercover Boss [r] 2.7/6, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 3.4/6, Blue Bloods [r] 4.3/8
ABC: 3.0/6
Shark Tank [r] 2.9/6, What Would You Do? 3.1/3, 20/20 3.1/6
NBC: 2.9/6
America’s Got Talent [r] 2.6/5, Datline 3.5/7
Amores con Trampa 1.3/3, Lo Imperdobable 1.2/2, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.2/2
FOX: 1.0/2
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? [r] 1.3/3, Bullseye [r] .8/2
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra de Reyes .7/1, Senor de lose Cielos 1.2/2
CW: .6/1
Whose Life Is It Anyway? .8/2, Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r] .6/1, Messengers .5/1
ION: .5/1
Flashpoint .5/1, Flashpoint .5/1, Flashpoint .5/1


The Walt Disney Company Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo is stepping down. “Jay has been a valued colleague and friend, as well as a vital contributor to Disney’s success,” said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.“I look forward to working with him in this new advisory role, where his strategic acumen and savvy insight will continue to benefit the company.”

Also leaving: Time Warner Cable CFO Arthur Minson is joining WeWork as President and COO, but will remain as an advisor to TWC as it closes its deal with Charter Communications. “I’m grateful that Artie delayed his decision to leave until he was confident that Time Warner Cable’s path forward was established,” said TWC CEO Rob Marcus.

Mashable tapped Eric Korsh to serve as Senior Vice President of Brand Social & Content at DigitasLBi, leading a new division of the company called Mashable Studios. Previously, Korsh was Chief Operating Officer at Scout Productions.

Linda Giambrone has been appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Unscripted Production for Endemol Shine USA. Giambrone had been EVP and Head of Production for Shine America.


Actress Betsy Palmer died May 29. She was 88. Palmer appeared in numerous television shows, including Knots Landing, Newhart and Charles in Charge, and was a panelist on game show I’ve Got a Secret, as well as the original letter turner on Wheel of Fortune.

This Day in History:
1886 – President Grover Cleveland, 49, married 21-year-old Frances Folsom at the White House.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: On General Hospital, who was Blackie’s (John Stamos) roommate at the Port Charles Hotel? Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner). Kudos to: Jennifer Hayou-MMC/NYC, Elizabeth Donovan-CNBC/Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Lisa Iannucci-Sports Palooza Radio/Poughkeepsie, NY, Wendy Logsdon-Tribune Broadcasting/Indianapolis, Patrick McOwen-Comcast/North Wales, PA, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

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ABC: Fresh Off the Boat [r], black-ish [r], Extreme Weight Loss
CBS: NCIS [r], NCIS: New Orleans [r], 48 Hours [r]
CW: The Flash [r], iZombie
FOX: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Hell’s Kitchen
NBC: America’s Got Talent, I Can Do That
PBS: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History [r], Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine
Telemundo: Puss in Boots, Red, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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Monday May 20, 2024 Reddit has partnered with OpenAI for a deal that allows use of its data for training AI models. OpenAI will gain access to Reddit’s Data application programming interface, and Reddit will offer AI features to users and moderators, powered by OpenAI. “Reddit has become one of the internet’s largest open archives […]

Cynopsis 05/20/24: “Young Sheldon” finale hits ratings high

"Young Sheldon" finale hits ratings high

A Cynopsis Message From A+E Networks Unforgettable Stories That Move Audiences to Action Fuel Q3 with Our Original Content… Terry McMillan Presents: May/December | Icons That Built America American Godfathers with Michael Imperioli | BIOGRAPHY: ODB Find My Country House Stories. Solutions. Service. A&E | The HISTORY Channel | Lifetime | HOME.MADE.NATION