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Good morning. It’s Tuesday June 23, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
BET: Road to BETX Awards at 9p
Comedy: Another Period at 10:30p
History: Counting Cars at 9p, Leepu & Pitbull at 10p
Spike: Ink Master at 10p
USA: WWE Tough Enough at 8p

NBC is not picking up Hannibal for season four – but no hard feelings from series creator Bryan Fuller. “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers,” said Fuller. “Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”


NBC announced its fall lineup, starting Thursday, September 10 with NFL’s annual kick-off game, ahead of the start of Sunday Night Football on September 13. Variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris launches Tuesday, September 15, after the finale of America’s Got Talent. The Voice arrives for the official opening of the new season, Monday, September 21, leading into Blindspot. The Mysteries of Laura launches its sophomore season Wednesday, September 23, ahead of the two-hour premiere of Law & Order: SVU. Chicago PD takes up its 10p slot the following week. Thursday, September 24 brings Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist and The Player. Comedies Undateable and freshman People Are Talking bow Friday, October 30; Chicago Med picks up the rear Tuesday, November 10 at 10p, moving to 9p the following week.

Fox NewsMegyn Kelly will anchor a series of one-hour specials debuting next year, each built around a single sponsor, reports Variety. The Kelly Files delivered 3.1 million viewers for a show featuring an interview with 19 Kids and Counting parents Joe Bob and Michelle Duggar.

The first set of performers announced for Univision’s Premios Juventud awards show include Pitbull, Wisin, Mohombi, Chiquis and Larry Hernandez, among others. Trophyfest airs live on Thursday, July 16 at 8p, kicking off with a 7p pre-show.

Leslie Lyndon receives the first Industry Icon Award on Thursday, June 25 at the PromaxBDA Station Summit 2015 in Las Vegas. Lyndon retired this year from FOX Television Stations corporate, where she was Vice President, Advertising and Promotion.

“Bombshell,” the show-within-a-show on canceled NBC cult drama Smash, is being developed as a stage production. “There is still a lot of love for Smash and a rabid fan base out there,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “We’re thrilled to be able to keep the dream alive.” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, exec producers on the series, will lead development of the stage project. The decision follows a one-night-only concert in NYC earlier this month.


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Legal drama Doubt is getting stay of execution. The CBS Television Studios pilot was not picked up to series in May by CBS, but will be reshot this fall, reports Variety. Original writers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Grey’s Anatomy) are reworking the story about a female lawyer who gets involved with a client.

Chris Provenzano signed an overall deal with AMC, where he is working on an adaptation of 1979 Elmore Leonard novel Gunsights. Provenzano is exec producer on the net’s Justified, also born from Leonard’s work.


Animal Planet introduces a maverick ER veterinarian in Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. Docu-series from DoubleAct, set in a bustling animal clinic, bows Saturday, July 11 at 10p.

To celebrate Black Music Month, TV One will air The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House, partnering for the first time with PBSto jointly premierethe special Friday, June 26 at 9p. The broadcast event also includes behind-the-scenes content including a First Lady Michelle Obama-hosted “History of Gospel Music”workshop.

Also on the way from TV One: Will to Love, premiering Saturday, June 27 at 8p, on “Decide to Be Married Day.” Film follows the heir to a toilet paper company (Let It Roll – ha!) who must find a wife before his grandfather passes away.

Spike’s Lip Sync Battle is back from hiatus Thursday, July 9 at 10p. Justin Bieber, Will Arnett and Iggy Azalea are onboard, and Empire’s Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson burn it up for a 2-part season finale August 20.

FYI’s We’re Moving In helps new housemates bring their design ideas to life with an assist from Pinterest. Do-it-yourself series from Magical Elves premieres Tuesday, July 14 at 10p.

Discovery is whetting appetites for Shark Week, starting Sunday, July 5, with Shark Week Sharktacular tonight at 10p. Hosted by film director/producer/writer/actor Eli Roth (Inglorious Basterds), one-hour special features the top five fan fave moments from the past 27 years, fan-submitted videos featuring shark encounters and sneak peek clips. Roth will also be hosting after-show Shark After Dark.

Morgan Spurlock Presents Freedom! The Movie premieres on CMT Saturday, July 11 at 9p. The irreverent two-hour documentary from filmmaker Spurlock, produced by Warrior Poets, stars comedian Billy Wayne Davis traveling the country looking at the cost of freedom – “because freedom isn’t free, even with a Groupon.”

The significance of uranium, from weaponry to medicine, is examined in Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail. PBS doc from Genepool Productions airs Wednesday, July 29 at 10p (check local listings).

On Thursday, June 25, the date of Michael Jackson’s death, Fuse offers an all-day presentation of the King of Pop’s catalog and performances. Events continue on Sunday, June 28 starting at 11a, when Fuse celebrates LGBT Pride Month with Freedia Be You and Me, including 22 episodes of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.


Noah Centineo (How to Build a Better Boy) has joined the cast of ABC Family drama The Fosters. Centineo will be a series regular in the second half of season three, airing in 2016.

Aisha Tyler (The Talk) will recur on season 11 of CBS procedural Criminal Minds, reports EW. Tyler helps fill the hole left by A.J. Cook, out on maternity leave, and pregnant Jennifer Love Hewitt, who is out after one season.

Amber Riley (Glee) landed the lead in Up’s My One Christmas Wish (wt). Film is inspired by the true story of a lonely college student who posted an ad for a family on craigslist.


This year will be a “tipping point in the long-term shift from traditional to digital media,” Magna Global Team’s Director of Forecasting Vincent Letang predicts in a new report. “Beyond the slowdown caused by the absence of global events in 2015,” said Letang, “we believe digital media has reached a stage…where it starts to compete more directly with traditional TV budgets.” No argument from ZenithOptimedia. “The internet is quickly establishing itself as the dominant advertising medium, and on current trends will overtake television by the end of the decade,” said Steve King CEO,Worldwide.


GRB Entertainment sold docu-series Police Women of Dallas to CBS-AMC Networks EMEA Channel Partnership, and season three of Auction Kings to Top TV Limited-Choice TV of New Zealand. Royal Jordanian, Thai and Etihad Airways acquired Fox Soccer series My Beautiful Game.

9 Story Media Group scored deals across Eastern Europe for kids and family content, including Peg + Cat to Pelewizja Polska (Poland), Nerds and Monsters to Disney XD Poland and Wild Kratts and Jerry and the Raiders to Poland’s Minimini+. The Czech Republic’s Ceska Televize acquired Joe and Jack, Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs and Erky Perky.

Beyond Distribution grabbed worldwide rights to Natural Born Outlaws from CMJ Productions II. Currently in production, the ten-part series was commissioned by American Heroes Channel in the U.S.



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ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud got off to a strong start, ranking as Sunday’s number one show in total viewers (8.5 million) and among A18-49 (2.4/10). The game show built from its first to second half hour, according to early numbers, clobbering the year-ago season premiere of Wipeout (1.0). Number two for the night was the net’s BattleBots at 9p, which debuted to 5.4 million viewers and 1.9/7 in the demo, up 27 percent from year-ago Rising Star. Both shows were promoted during the net’s high-scoring NBA Finals.

Exclusive: Bounce TV boasts last week, for the first time ever, it bested BET, a leader in delivering African-American viewers, in P25-54 in total day. Bounce drew 100,000 in the demo versus 96,000 for BET.

The series premiere of AMC docu-series The Making of The Mob: New York on June 15 drew 1.7 million total viewers and 767,000 among A25-54 in Live+3 ratings. Include the two premiere night encores and the number jumps to 2.9 million viewers and 1.2 million in the demo.

Food Network ranked fourth across all cable on Friday, posting a .5 rating (450,000 imp) A25-54. Leading the night, American Diner Revival posted a .6 rating (550,000 imp) among A25-54 to rank fourth at 10:30p, up 14 percent versus year-ago numbers.

The Wednesday, June 17 premieres and encores of docu-series Unsung and documentary A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z delivered a combined reach of nearly 2 Million total viewers 2+ in Live+3. Unsung drew .68 HH (381,000), .54 P25-54 (312,000) and .48 P18-49 (293,000) at 8p, while the Jay Z doc delivered .57 HH (324,000), .41 P25-54 (241,000), and .40 P18-49 (244,000) at 9p.

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 6/1/15
Program/Live+SD A18-49 US AA%/Live+7 US AA
Wayward Pines
(FOX) 11.1, 2.4
The Whispers (ABC) 1.5, 2.5
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 2.4, 3.3
Bones (FOX) 1.1, 1.8
The Bachelorette (ABC) 1.9, 2.5
Hell’s Kitchen (FOX) 1.1, 1.7
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) 1.3, 1.9
MasterChef (FOX) 1.5, 2.0
Aquarius (NBC) .7, 1.1
Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC) 1.0, 1.3
iZombie (CW) .6, .9
Hannibal (NBC) .7, 1.0
Dateline Thursday (NBC) 1.1, 1.4
Island: Bear Grylls (NBC) 1.1, 1.4
I Can Do That (NBC) 1.5, 1.8
American Ninja Warrior (NBC) 2.0, 2.3
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 6/15/15
Program, Date, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
(Warner Bros./synd.) 6153, 50, 123, 76177
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family)
3708, 242, 15, 19354
Today Show (NBC)
1801, 498, 4, 8145
Entertainment Tonight (CBS/synd.),
1411, 444, 3, 4290
Good Morning America (ABC)
1339, 525, 3, 7418
The Tonight Show (NBC)
1264, 192, 7, 9294
The Daily Show (Comedy)
830, 87, 10, 8435
Judge Greg Mathis (Warner Bros./synd.)
649, 12, 54, 2237
NBC Nightly News (NBC)
570, 385, 1, 2020
Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1)
522, 57, 9, 3968
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 6/15/15
Program, Date, Unique Audience (000), Tweets (000)
WWE Monday Night Raw
(USA) 6/15, 2972, 211
True Detective (HBO, HBO Latino), 6/21,
2187, 51
The Bachelorette (ABC) 6/15,
1896, 76
Bellator MMA Live (Spike), 6/19,
1850, 70
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) 6/16,
1716, 135
Ballers (HBO, HBO Latino) 6/21,
A Deadly Adoption (Lifetime) 6/20,
962, 35
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 6/15,
908, 121
The Top 100 Players of 2015 (NFL Network) 6/17,
898, 9
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy) 6/88,
882, 31
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 1.1/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s Shark Tank and Univision’s Amores con Trampa tied for first at 8p with .8/4, followed by CBS’s Undercover Boss with .7/3. ABC was alone at the top at 9p with 1.0/4 for What Would You Do? versus .9/4 for Uni’s Imperdonable. ABC kept the lead at 10p with 1.4/6 for 20/20; Univision was next with .9/3 for Que Perdone Dios…Yo No.

A18-49: ABC 1.1/5, UNI .9/4, NBC .7/3, FOX .6/3, CBS .6/3, CW .3/1, TELE .3/1, ION .1/1

Live+Same Day Household Ratings: Friday, June 19, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
ABC: 3.4/7
Shark Tank [r] 2.7/6, What Would You Do? 2.8/6, 20/20 4.8/9
CBS: 3.1/6
Undercover Boss [r] 2.5/5, Hawaii Five-0 [r] 3.1/6, Blue Bloods [r] 3.9/8
NBC: 2.2/4
America’s Got Talent [r] 2.0/4, Dateline 2.5/5
FOX: 1.9/4
U.S. Open Golf 1.9/4
Amores con Trampa 1.1/2, Lo Imperdonable 1.2/2, Que te Perdone Dios…Yo No 1.3/3
CW: .6/1
Whose Line Is It Anyway? .8/2, Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r] .7/1, Messengers .5/1
Avenida Brasil .5/1, Tierra de Reyes .4/1, Senor de los Cielos .5/1
ION: .5/1
Flashpoint .5/1, Flashpoint .5/1, Flashpoint .5/1


A+E Networks named Edward Sabin its Managing Director, Americas, and Head of Commercial Operations, International. Prior to joining A+E, Sabin was Group Chief Operating Officer for Discovery and TLC Networks, as well as Science and Velocity.

Discovery CommunicationsThe Studio appointed Cindy Kain as Vice President of Current Production. Most recently, Kain was Director of Production at TLC.

Azteca America named Nicole Burri as Senior Vice President of National Sales, a newly created role. Burri returns to the Spanish-language net after serving as Vice President, Sales for Estrella TV.

Raymond Dooley has joined truTV as Vice President of Marketing. Dooley had served in that role at SundanceTV.


Univision co-founder Danny Villanueva died June 18 of complications from a stroke. He was 77. The former NFL kicker was also an active philanthropist.

Publicity executive Barbara S. Brogliatti died June 21 after battling cancer. She was 69. Brogliatti worked for Norman Lear and Lorimar before overseeing communications for Warner Bros.

This Day in History: 1992 – John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What unexpected weather element disrupted Phoebe’s wedding on Friends (1994-2004)? Snowstorm. Kudos to: Bev Wolfe-Fox News/NYC, RT Harris-WideOrbit/Detroit, Katherine Naugher-Scripps Networks/Knoxville, TN, Amy Horowitz-MODCo Media/NYC, Carly Dasso-Saatchi & Saatchi/Chicago, Lisa Jo Lampi-KSTP-TV/St. Paul, MN, Jenna Bellamy-Spectrum Reach/Birmingham, AL, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Melissa Friedman/LA, Kristen Santero-Caesars Media Team/Las Vegas, Adam Deverell-Cox Reps/LA, Cammie Buerry-Station Casinos/Las Vegas.


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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 [r[
FOX: MasterChef Junior, New Girl, The Mindy Project
NBC: America’s Got Talent, I Can Do That
PBS: Roosevelts: An Intimate History [r], Frontline
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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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY Our Primetime Winning Streak Continues… Claiming the majority of P18-49 cable viewing on back-to-back Sunday nights (May 12: 57% | May 19: 66%) – WBD delivered massive primetime reach across iconic sports and entertainment brands, including: NBA Playoffs (TNT, truTV) | NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (TBS) 90 Day […]

Cynopsis Esports 5/23/24: Larian Studios expands; MSI breaks records; Chipotle keeps fighting

Thursday May 23, 2024 Good morning! It’s Thursday, and this is your monthly Esports and Gaming Brief. Larian Studios is doing something few people expect of any game studio in 2024: expanding. Following the commercial and critical acclaim Baldur’s Gate 3 received throughout the past year, Larian has become an example of how talented right-sized […]

05/22/24: Cynopsis Jobs


MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]

Cynopsis 05/22/24: Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Wednesday May 22, 2024 Today’s Premieres Apple TV+: Trying BET: Sistas at 9p Fox: Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars at 9p Hulu: Chief Detective Magnolia: Happy to Be Home at 8p Netflix: Toughest Forces on Earth; Buying London Today’s Finales ABC: Jeopardy! Masters at 8p; Abbott Elementary at 9p; The Conners at 9:30p CBS: Survivor at […]