06/15/15: Syfy’s Defiance goes interactive; Katie Couric sticks with Yahoo; Starz signs Power showrunner to overall deal


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Good morning. It’s Monday June 15, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
A&E: The First 48: Killer Confessions at 8p
AMC: Making of the Mob: New York at 10p
Food: Top 5 Restaurants at 10:30p
Golf: Altered Course at 9p
ID: Over My Dead Body at 10p and 10:30p

Tonight’s Finale:
Travel: Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern at 9p

Syfy and LG Electronics have teamed for an interactive TV component that brings real-time interactivity to the net’s Defiance. The “Syfy Sync for LG Smart TV” app lets viewers with LG connected televisions participate in polls and receive series trivia and backstory. Season three of Defiance launched Friday at 8p.


A year and a half after joining Yahoo as global news anchor, Katie Couric has renewed her contract, confirmed her spokesman on Friday. There had been speculation that Couric, who was co-host of Today when Andy Lack was president of NBC News, might rejoin NBC now that Lack has returned to the network.

In Sunday’s NY Times Magazine, Michael Woolff says NBC News anchor Brian Williams, suspended for embellished reporting, “is not a journalist, he’s a performer,” and therefore should not be held to such exacting standards. Did Williams get a raw deal? Let us know what you think in the new Cynopsis poll.

Fusion grabbed exclusive broadcast rights to Can You Dig This, a doc about the urban garden movement in South LA. Exec produced by John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co., show is slated to air on the net in spring 2016.

ABC’s Bachelorette might have unwittingly revealed the winner of the dating competition. Kaitlyn Bristowe posted – then hastily deleted – a photo of herself on Snapchat lounging in bed with one of the contestants (we won’t play spoiler and tell you who), which would appear to indicate he is the winner of season eleven. Red herring…or caught red-handed? Show airs Mondays at 8p.

Animal Planet is hosting “Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl,” a free festival celebrating pet adoption featuring stars from the net’s Pit Bulls and Parolees, My Cat From Hell, Treetop Cat Rescue, Dogs 101 and more. The Chicago event is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “largest gathering of adopted pets.”



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Amy B. Harris (The Carrie Diaries) inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Harris will serve as exec producer/showrunner for upcoming drama Wicked City, as well as develop new projects.

Dan Fogelman (Galavant) is jumping from ABC Studios to 20th Century Fox TV with a four-year overall deal to develop, produce and write, reports Deadline.

Starz signed Courtney Kemp Agboh to an exclusive overall deal. The Power exec producer/showrunner will remain at the helm of the drug drama, with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. “Starz have been great creative partners in the development and growth of Power,” said Kemp Agboh, “and I hope to nurture our relationship through the life of this series and beyond.”


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Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: June 12-14, 2015
Jurassic World (Universal) $204.6 million opening weekend
Spy (Fox) $16.0 million, cume revenue $56.9 million
San Andreas (Warner Bros.) $11.9 million, cume revenue $119.3 million
Insidious Chapter 3 (Focus) $7.3 million, cume revenue $37.4 million
Pitch Perfect 2 (Universal) $6.0 million, cume revenue $170.7 million
Entourage (Warner Bros.) $4.3 million, cume revenue $25.9 million
Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.) $4.1 million, cume revenue $138.6 million
Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney) $3.6 million, cume revenue $444.7 million
Tomorrowland (Disney) $3.4 million, cume revenue $83.6 million
Love & Mercy (Roadside Attraction) $1.8 million, cume revenue $4.8 million


Turner Classic Movies will honor actor Christopher Lee with an eight-film tribute Monday, June 22, that includes 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein and 1958’s Horror of Dracula. Lee passed away June 11 at age 93.


Kaitlyn Leeb (Heartland) joins the cast of ABC Family’s Shadowhunters as guest star. Drama is based on fantasy book series “The Mortal Instruments.”

Danny Deferrari (Pan Am) and Stephen Gevedon (Hellbenders) are onboard ABC miniseries Madoff, starring Richard Dreyfuss as Ponzie schemer Bernie. Defarrari will play Madoff’s son Andrew and Gevedon money manager Robert Jaffe.


Universal Pictures blockbuster Jurassic World spent $30 million in TV advertising between November and its July 12 launch, reports iSpot.tv. Syfy aired the most spots, followed by USA, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, E! and MTV.

David Poltrack, Chief Research Officer at CBS Corp., will be at the Advertising Research Foundation’s Audience Measurement conference in NYC this morning to introduce CBS’s new targeting approach, demonstrating how the analytical tools in the net’s Campaign Performance Audit can help advertisers hit their target audience. Poltrack will do the same as a panelist for Wednesday’s Cynopsis webinar, TV Measurement vs. Your True Total Audience, as well answer questions on the state of measurement today. To register, go here.


SinkingShip Entertainment sold live-action kids’ comedy series Odd Squad to BBC’s CBBC. Series will have its UK premiere on June 22.


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Game 4 of the NBA finals on ABC was up 32 percent in viewers (19.8 million) and 27 percent among A18-49 (7.6/26) versus last year. On average, the finals are tracking as the series’ most-watched performance on ABC and the biggest overall 4-game average since 2001.

Against the game, Fox much-DVRed drama Wayward Pines managed to increase one tenth, to 1.2/4. NBC’s Aquarius also saw a one tenth bump in the demo, to .8/3.

The premiere of CNN series The Seventies on Thursday beat the cable news competition at 9p among viewers A25-54 with 291,000, versus 278,000 for Fox News and 94,000 for MSNBC. CNN was the only cable news network to increase (up 29 percent) in the news demo versus last year. In total viewers Fox News was first with 1.95 million, followed by 887,00 for CNN and 647,000 for MSNBC.

Thursday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Thursday with 6.1/22, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen, winning every hour with NBA finals coverage. A 1.8/8 average for Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night and NBA Countdown won at 8p, followed by 1.4/5 for CBS’s Big Bang Theory/Odd Couple combo. The Cleveland/Golden State game earned 6.2/22 to win 9p, versus 1.2/4 for Fox’s Wayward Pines. Basketball scored 8.0/27 to win 10p; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second with 1.1/4.

A18-49:ABC 6.1/22, FOX 1.2/4, CBS 1.0/4, UNI 1.0/4, NBC .8/3, TELE .7/3, CW .3/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Thursday, June 11, 2015  time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 9.6/18
Jimmy Kimmel Live Game Night 2.5/6, NBA Countdown 3.5/7, NBA Finals 11.7/21
CBS: 3.4/6
Big Bang Theory [r] 4.5/8, The Odd Couple [r] 3.5/6, Mom [r] 3.5/6, Mike & Molly [r] 3.4/6, Elementary [r] 2.7/5
FOX: 2.8/5
Bones 3.1/6, Wayward Pines 2.6/5
NBC: 2.7/5
Dateline 4.4/8, Aquarius 2.5/4, Hannibal 1.2/2
Amores con Trampa 1.4/3, Imperdonable 1.4/2, Que to Perdone Dios 1.4/2
ION: 1.2/2
Blue Bloods 1.0/2, Blue Bloods 1.2/2, Blue Bloods 1.3/2
Avenida Brasil .6/1, Tierra del Reyes .7/1, Senor de los Cielos 1.3/2
CW: .6/1
Beauty and the Beast .6/1, iHeartRadio Pool Party .5/1


Actress/singer Monica Lewis died June 12. She was 93. Lewis appeared on numerous TV series, including Marcus Welby, M.D., Remington Steele and Falcon Crest.


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This Day in History:
1969 – Hee Haw premiered on CBS.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom character fell out of an airplane, mistaking the exterior door for the door to the restroom? Chris Peterson in Get a Life (1990-1992). Kudos to:?Rev. Mark Wajda-Catholic Community of St. Paul/Leesburg, FL, Matt Fera-McGarry Bowen/Chicago, Chris Conrad-Golf Channel/Orlando, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA/LA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA.

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ABC: The Bachelorette, The Whispers
CBS: 2 Broke Girls
[r], Mike & Molly [r], Scorpion [r], NCIS: Los Angeles [r]
CW: The Originals [r], Jane the Virgin [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: Stanley Cup Final
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow [r], Independent Lens
Telemundo: Avenida Brasil, Tierra de Reyes, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No

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