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Good morning. It’s Thursday June 4, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Food: Beat Bobby Flay at 10p
NBC: Hannibal at 10p
UP: Bringing Up Bates at 9p

Despite Will Ferrell’s contention in April that his Lifetime movie with Kristen Wiig was canceled after the Hollywood Reporter outed the secret project, Lifetime confirmed to Cynopsis that A Deadly Adoption will premiere on Saturday, June 20. The SNL alums play a married couple whose plans to adopt a baby go awry.


E! announced the name of its docu-series following Caitlyn Jenner’s life as a transgender woman. Eight-part I Am Cait launches Sunday, July 26 at 9p, airing on E! channels in over 120 countries.

The debut of CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert isn’t until Tuesday, September 8, but ColbertLateShow.com, the Colbr App for iOS, and the show’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+ accounts launched Wednesday. “Say what you will about the Internet,” said Colbert, “I think it’s here to stay!” Plus: no more Colbeard. “CBS is making me shave it off,” explained Colbert in a promo video, “because Tom Selleck’s mustache has a non compete clause.”

Showtime is launching a stand-alone streaming service in early July, with Apple as its first partner. Price tag: $10.99/month for viewing on all Apple devices. “Going over-the-top means Showtime will be much more accessible to tens of millions of potential new subscribers,” said CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves. “Across CBS, we are constantly finding new ways to monetize our programming by capitalizing on opportunities presented by technology.” HBO’s standalone service, HBO Now, launched in April at $14.99.

Lorenzo Soria was elected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the 2015-2016 term. Soria previously served as president in 2003-2005.

TiVo’s “State of TV Report” covering 1Q15 notes CW continues to be the most time-shifted network, cable included, at 78 percent. Bravo was next, with 69 percent, and Fox right behind at 68 percent. The report also illustrates TiVo’s True Target Index metric, showing various categories of packaged goods, Rx treatments and vehicle types more likely to be purchased by viewers of particular networks or series.

The Streamy Awards, honoring online video creators and content, get their first TV showcase when the 5th annual event airs live on VH1 and its digital platforms Thursday, September 17 at 10p. “The VH1 audience is connected on every platform. So it’s a natural for VH1 to celebrate the innovators who, like us, entertain literally millions of viewers,” said VH1 presidentTom Calderone. Added Streamy Awards creator Drew Baldwin, “Having the full support of such a major media network validates what we have believed all along – native digital creators are integral to the future of entertainment.”

Want to transform yourself into a consigliore? AMC has an app you can’t refuse. Available on iOS and Android, the “Mobbed Up” app supports event series The Making of the Mob: New York, premiering Monday, June 15 at 10p, by letting users take a selfie and edit the photo using period props, filters and textures from the show. “We wanted to allow our viewers to transport themselves to this world – without the danger of being ‘whacked,’” said Linda Schupack, AMC’s EVP of marketing. AMC’s Walking Dead app, “Dead Yourself,” has been accessed over 90 million times.



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Animated series Tangled, based on the 2010 Disney feature, has begun production for a 2017 launch on Disney Channels worldwide. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi reprise their movie roles.

Game of Thrones is heading for Spain. Part of season six of the HBO drama will shoot in locations including Girona and Peniscola, with Peter Weller Soler and Fresco Film Services, starting in July. Season five finale airs Sunday, June 14 at 9p.

The NAACP and TV One announced that Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin have signed a three-year deal to continue as executive producers for the NAACP Image Awards. The 47th NAACP Image Awards will air live on TV One Friday, February 5.

Beyond Distribution announced the commission of season two of Love It or List It UK by Channel 4. Season one of the series, produced by Raise the Roof Productions, has drawn an average 2.3 million viewers.


IFC original comedy series Documentary Now!, starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader covering fake stories, has a real host. Dame Helen Mirren (The Queen) will presumably keep a straight face as she introduces docs along the lines of “an intimate portrait of socialite mother-daughter feral animal hoarders.” Launch date: Thursday, August 20 at 10p.

Smithsonian Channel’s Aerial America, which set out in 2008 to film every U.S. state from the air, premieres number 50 on Sunday, June 7 at 8p. Preceding Illinois will be a marathon of the other 49 states beginning at 2p on Friday, June 5. Produced by Tusker Television, Aerial America is still in production, with a two-part special on California and an episode focused on Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on the way.

TruTV has new series joining the lineup this summer, including prank/sketch show Fameless, launching Wednesday, July 29 at 10:30p after the season two premiere of The Carbonaro Effect, and Six Degrees of Everything, a comedic look at unexpected connections between various topics, paired with season two of Hack My Life starting Tuesday, August 18.

Two days before the Belmont Stakes, CNBC’s Secret Lives of the Super Rich: The Triple Crown airs tonight at 10p, chronicling the journey of champion racehorse American Pharoah. Robert Frank reports on the rarified world of moguls, mega-parties and hooves worth $20 million.

A documentary about TV legend Norman Lear is on the way from Loki Films and Thirteen’s American Masters, expected to premiere on PBS in fall 2016. American Masters: Norman Lear (wt) will combine stories from Lear’s turbulent childhood with interviews from family, friends and collaborators including George Clooney, Rob Reiner, Bill Moyers and Russell Simmons. “It’s astounding to be a subject of American Masters when in your heart you know you are still only nine years old,” said Lear.

Journalist Nick Watt uncovers surprising things about people and places in Travel’s Watt’s World. Series from Lincoln Square Productions launches with back-to-back eps Tuesday, June 30 at 10p and 10:30p.

GSN’s The Chase picks up with new season four eps, followed a new iteration of word association game Chain Reaction starting Thursday, July 16 at 8p. Chain Reaction reboot is hosted by radio and TV personality Mike Catherwood (Loveline).


Joel McHale (Community) will guest on Fox’s update of The X-Files, as the anchor of a conservative news show. Event series launches January 24.

John Noble (Fringe) joins Elementary as Sherlock Holmes’ estranged father when the CBS drama returns for season four in the fall.

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Grit licensed broadcast TV rights to all eight seasons of Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris, from Sony Picture Television. The network, part of Katz Broadcasting, targets men 25-54and “Chuck Norris, in many ways, is Grit personified,” said Jonathan Katz, President and CEO of Katz Broadcasting.


Telemundo and Kia Motors have partnered on the net’s web series, El Maestro: Unplugged, starring Latin Grammy winner Luis Enrique offering up-and-coming artists advice. Enrique will be featured in the 2016 Kia Sorento in each episode, and the deal includes on-air promotions and digital activations. “Kia’s U.S. marketing initiatives are focused on raising consumer perception and awareness around the brand, and with Hispanics over-indexing on online video consumption, we felt that sponsoring El Maestro offered a tremendous opportunity to communicate and interact with the Hispanic community in authentic and meaningful ways," said Tim Chaney, VP of marketing communications, KMA

Outdoor Sportsman Group is also focusing on online advertiser integration with a custom website designed for RAM Trucks. The site will help anglers find the best places to fish, and include regional weather, fishing tips and gear recommendations, while highlighting the 2015 RAM 1500 Outdoorsmen pickup with models built for fishermen.



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The May 15 episode of TNT‘s Cold Justice garnered a combined audience of 2.2 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for its premiere telecast and encore, up 13 percent over the prior week. With 1 million A25-54, the show was up 30 percent versus the week prior. 

TBS‘s Your Family Or Mine drew a combined audience of 2.5 million viewers in Live+7 delivery for its May 12 premiere telecast and encores, including 1.2 million adults 18-49 and 455,000 adults 18-34. Across TBS’s multiple platforms, the series is reaching an average of 2.7 million viewers per episode.

Telemundo boasts it delivered its best share ever in May, with 38 percent among A18-49 during Monday-Friday primetime, and gaining more viewers in the demo than any other Spanish-language net with an average 812,000.

TV One had its best May delivery ever in key demos, according to Nielsen Live+SD data. In primetime the net grew 35 percent year-over-year among P25-54, was up 25 percent among P18-49, and 26 percent in HH. In total day, the P25-54 gain was 17 percent, P18-49 saw a 22 percent boost and HHs increased 14 percent.

The season premiere of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars reached a franchise high with more than 1.4 million total viewers, nearly 1 million A25-54 and nearly 800,000 W25-54.

Judge Judy ruled May sweeps as the top syndicated strip for the fifth time in the past seven ratings periods, with a 6.7 HH rating. Wheel of Fortune was second, with 6.5. Among talk shows, Dr. Phil was number on for the 11th consecutive major sweep with 3.3, while Live With Kelly and Michael earned 2.9, an eight year household high.

Top 10 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of May 18 ranked in order of HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.6AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.0AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.3AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.2AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.1AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 3.1AA
Live With Kelly and Michael (DAD) 2.9
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 14 M-F Syndicate Strip Series for the week of May 11 ranked in order of A18-49 Rtg
Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.9AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.6AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2AA
Law & Order SVU (NBU) .9
Seinfeld (SPT) .9
Maury (NBU) .9
TMZ (WB) .9
Cleveland Show (2T) .9
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 5/11/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
TNT 1294
/ADSM* 607
ESPN 978/TNT 496
TBSC 770/ESPN 448
USA 689/USA 424
DISC 622/NAN* 398
ADSM 585/NICK 345
E! 495/TBSC 318
A&E 464/TOON 316
HGTV 464/DSNY 282
BRAV 461/DISC 276
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe of 116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performances.

Top Ten Basic Cable Networks Live + 7 Performance among Total Viewers for the week of: 5/11/15
Primetime (000)/Total Prog. Day (000)
TNT 2769
/NICK 1159
ESPN 2105/DSNY 1145
USA 1850/ TNT 1119
DSNY 1742/USA 1116
TBSC 1648/ ADSM* 1064
FOXN 1558/ FOXN 979
HIST 1389/TOON 956
HGTV 1380/ESPN 840
DISC 1306/NAN* 803
ADSM 1163/HGTV 797
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. * + Network broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24 hour day. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7. Primetime is Mon-Sat 8p-11p and Sun 7p-11p. Total day is Mon-Sun 6a-6a for household and demographic performance.

Top Ten Basic Cable Programs Live + 7 Performance among A18-49 for the week of: 5/11/15
Cleveland/Chicago (ESPN) 3359
Houston/LA Clippers (ESPN) 3088
L.A. Clippers/Houston (TNT) 2977
Chicago/Cleveland (TNT) 2974
Keeping Up With the Kardashians (E!) 2962
Golden State/Memphis (TNT) 2714
Memphis/Golden State (TNT) 2641
Golden State/Memphis (ESPN) 2544
Teen Mom (MTV) 2320
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta (VH1) 2309
Source: Turner Research from The Nielsen Company data. All ratings based on Total US Television Universe
116,400,000 homes. Notes: Data based on most currently available Nielsen Data stream; Final: Live+7.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC earned a 2.1/7 rating among A18-49 viewers to top Tuesday, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s America’s Got Talent was first at 8p with 2.3/9, followed by 1.1/4 for Univision’s Amores con Trampa. Talent topped 9p with 2.6/9, versus 1.1/4 for Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. I Can Do That kept NBC in first at 10p with 1.5/5; it was a tie for second between CBS’s 48 Hours and Uni’s Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No with .9/3.

A18-49: NBC 2.1/7, UNI 1.0/3, BS .9/3, FOX .9/3, ABC .8/3, CW .5/2, TELE .5/ 2, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 5.5/10
America’s Got Talent 6.5/11, I Can Do That 3.3/6
CBS: 5.1/9
NCIS [R] 5.8/10, NCIS: New Orleans [R] 5.3/10, 48 Hours [r] 4.2/8
FOX 2.0/3
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 1.9/3, Hell’s Kitchen 2.0/3
ABC: 1.8/3
Fresh Off the Boat [r] 2.1/4, black-ish [r] 1.7/3, Extreme Weight Loss 1.9/3
Amores con Trampa 1.4/3, Lo Imperdonable 1.4/2, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.4/3
CW: .9/2
The Flash [r] .9/2, iZombie 1.0/2
Cine Especial .5/1, Senor de Cielos .5/1
ION: 1.1/2
Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2, Criminal Minds 1.2/2


FremantleMedia appointed Paula Cavalcanti as Chief Executive Officer of FremantleMedia Brazil. Most recently, Cavalcanti was Production Director for TV Bandeirantes and cable channels Bandsports and Bandnews.

Monami Entertainment promoted Stephanie Gayle to overall executive producer of its Love & Hip Hop franchise, which is co-produced with Eastern. Gayle has served on each season on each show of the franchise.

Turner Broadcasting promoted Sandy Padula to Senior Vice President of Research for TBS and TNT. Previously, Padula was Vice President of Audience Insights, Brand and Cross-Platform Research for TBS & TNT.


Visual effects editor Katherine Chappel died June 1 after being mauled by a lion in a Johannesburg safari park. She was 29. In addition to film work, Chappell, who worked for VFX company Scanline, helped create special effects for Game of Thrones. 

This Day in History:
1989 – Chinese troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which John Stamos TV show was based on a hit British series? You Again? (1986-1987). Kudos to: James Ryan-A+E Networks/NYC, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC, Michael Ratliffe-BET/Washington, D.C., Matt Willence-ITN Networks/NYC, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA.

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ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBA Countdown, NBA Finals
CBS: Big Bang Theory [r], Odd Couple [r], Mom [r], Mike & Molly [r], Elementary [r]
CW: iZombie [r], Vampire Diaries [r]
FOX: Bones, Wayward Pines
NBC: Dateline NBC, Aquarius, Hannibal [
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Sandwiches That You Will Like [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
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