06/29/16: NBCUni to air a record 6,755 hours of Summer Olympics programming; ABC sets fall premiere schedule; History cancels Top Gear USA


Good morning. It’s Wednesday June 29, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Outdoor Channel: GunnyTime with R. Lee Erney at 7:30p
PBS: SuperNature – Wild Flyers at 8p, 9 Months That Made You at 10p
Velocity: Wheeler Dealers at 9p
VH1: Dating Naked at 9p, Barely Famous at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Food: Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament at 9p
GSN: Skin Wars at 9p



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NBCUniversal will air a record 6,755 hours of Olympics programming across networks and digital platforms this summer, 260.5 of that on NBC and most of it live. In addition to NBC and Telemundo, cable nets Bravo, CNBC, Golf Channel, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network, NBC Universo and USA, plus basketball and soccer specialty channels provided to distribution partners, will all get a piece of the action in Rio. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4500 hours for subscribers via TV Everywhere. Opening ceremony airs Friday, August 5, on NBC, two days after competition starts with women’s soccer on NBCSN and USA.

ABC announced a fall premiere schedule that starts Monday, September 12 at 8p with Dancing With the Stars, and stretches through Tuesday, October 11 with The Middle (season 8) at 8p, American Housewife (series premiere) at 8:30p, Fresh Off the Boat (season 3) at 9p and The Real O’Neals (season 2) at 9:30p. In between:
Tuesday, September 20: Dancing With the Stars Results Show at 8p, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4) at 10p
Wednesday, September 21: The Goldbergs (season 4) at 8p, Speechless (series premiere) at 8:30p, Modern Family (season 8) at 9p, black-ish (season 3) at 9:30p, Designated Survivor (series premiere) at 10p
Thursday, September 22: Grey’s Anatomy (season 13) at 8p, Notorious (series premiere) at 8:30p, How to Get Away With Murder (season 3) at 10p
Friday, September 23: Last Man Standing (season 6) at 8p, Dr. Ken (season 2) at 8:30p, Shark Tank (season 8) at 9p
Sunday, September 25: Once Upon a Time (season 6) at 8p, Secrets and Lies (season 2) at 9p, Quantico (season 2) at 10p
Sunday, October 2: America’s Funniest Home Videos (season 27) at 7p
Monday, October 3: Conviction (series premiere) at 10p

Top Gear spinoff Top Gear USA has been canceled by History after a five-season run. “We’d like to thank the entire Top Gear team for five great seasons on History, however we have decided not to order additional season,” said the network. But BBC Worldwide Productions isn’t ready to hit the brakes. “We are fully committed to the hugely successful Top Gear brand – known all over the world – and have begun exploring new opportunities for the series in the U.S.,” said BBCWW.

The Producers Guild of America is moving from a broadcast season to calendar year for TV series awards categories. In the transition, an extended eligibility period for the 2017 awards stretches from June 1, 2015-December 31, 2016.  Awards show takes place January 28, 2017.

Newly acquired by Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable will be vacating its swank space at Time Warner Center when its lease is up at the end of 2016, reports the New York Post. Destination: Stamford, site of Charter’s HQ. About 350 TWC employees are currently based at Columbus Circle.

A combat medic injured in Iraq will be honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the 2016 ESPYS Presented by Capital One on Wednesday, July 13 at 8p on ABC. Sgt. Elizabeth Marks is now a world-class paraswimmer and four-time Invictus Games gold medalist who discovered a passion for swimming during rehabilitation. The award commemorates the legacy of former NFL player and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman.


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Ruben Fleischer, who launched The District with his producing partner David Bernad in 2014, inked a new overall agreement with Universal Television. Under the deal, Fleischer and Bernad will continue as exec producers of NBC’s Superstore. “Ruben and David have been instrumental in helping shape Superstore into one of the most promising comedies on NBC in the last few years,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal TV. “We’re looking forward to seeing their imprint on the show’s second season as well as their many future projects with the studio.”

Looks like there will be plenty of Summer Olympics coverage this summer. What sport are you most likely to follow? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://www.cynopsis.com/poll/.



Food Network star Guy Fieri jumps to Scripps sib Travel Channel for two summer specials. Guy & Hunter’s European Vacation, following the celeb chef and his eldest son, premieres Tuesday, July 5 at 11p. On Guy Fieri’s Cuban Adventure, the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host explores the emerging restaurant scene in Havana  air date is Tuesday, August 2 at 11p.

Epix airs the TV premieres of two 2015 hits, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on Sunday, July 3 at 8p and 007 flick Spectre on Saturday, July 23 at 8p.

Turner Classic Movies is offering cowboys from sun-up to sundown every Tuesday and Wednesday in July, in “Shane Plus a Hundred More Great Westerns.” Stunt kicks off July 5 with “The Early Years,” including 1903’s The Great Train Robbery.

Attention Trekkies: Weigel Broadcasting’s Heroes & Icons network will air all five of the original live action Star Trek TV franchises, six days a week, beginning Sunday, July 24 at 8p (two days after the launch of feature film Star Trek: Beyond). For the first time on television, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise will air in a programming block, presented as a 5-hour marathon on Sundays and as 5 hours each weeknight Monday-Friday.

Smithsonian Channel is kicking off new “Wild Wednesdays” starting with Hunting the Hammerhead on July 13 at 8p. Programming event closes August 10 with Desert Warriors: Lions of the Namib.


Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell will host CBS’s Boston Pops Fireworks Special on Monday, July 4 from 9p-11p. Event airs live from the Charles River Esplanade on Boston.

RFD-TV celebrates faith and family with a five-hour marathon on Independence Day. Kicking things off: A four-part patriotic special from Country’s Family Reunion, starting at 9a, featuring favorites like Lee Greenwood singing “God Bless the USA.” Event closes at 8p with Classic Tractor Fever: Made in America.

Trauma drama: Discovery Life’s “ER Week” returns Monday, July 4, offering unpredictable medical moments in emergency rooms across the country from episodes of NY ER, Save My Life: Boston Trauma, Trauma: Life in the ER, 911: The Bronx and Shock Trauma: Edge of Life. Event culminates with the U.S. premiere of Trauma Doctors on Friday, July 8 at 10p.


The Amber Rose Show debuts on VH1 Friday, July 8 at 11p. What can we expect from author/actor/feminist/entrepreneur Rose – known as “Muva Rose” to her over 18 million social media followers? “An unfiltered, unapologetic weekly talk show that will dive into the world of pop culture and celebrity from an insider’s perspective,” Rose tells Cynopsis. “I’ve lived this life in the spotlight so I know how to ask the real questions – from tabloid rumors to relationships to sex, my surprise celebrity guests, experts and I, we’re ready to go in.”

Season three of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Melbourne launches Friday, July 22 at 9p. Drama Down Under ensues.

Bounce TV comedy In the Cut is back for season two on Tuesday, July 5 at 9p. Series centers on a “large and in charge” barbershop owner (Dorien Wilson) getting to know his illegitimate son (Ken Lawson).

Animated kids series Fangbone! bows in the U.S. Tuesday, July 5 at 12:30p on Disney XD, with new episodes through Friday, July 15. Developed and produced by Radical Sheep Productions, Fangbone! debuted in Canada in March on Family CHRGD.


Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire) has landed a lead role in six-part limited series Guerilla, slated to air on Showtime and Sky Atlantic next year. John Ridley (American Crime) will write, direct and exec produce; Idris Elba (Luther) will co-star and exec produce through his Green Door Pictures.

James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) is onboard Sky 1 comedy Carters Get Rich, playing an American billionaire. Six-parter is slated for a fall debut.


All seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) will be available to Netflix subscribers globally starting Friday, July 1. Series star Lauren Graham shared the news from the set of upcoming Netflix four-parter Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, slated for fall.

Social media analysis firm Shareablee announced a partnership with KFMB to provide social media growth and engagement metrics to KFMB’s TV and radio stations, aimed at helping the brand fine-tune its social strategy.

New Form Digital announced a new, stop-animation series for Fullscreen, Dr. Havoc’s Diary. It’s the first original production for Fullscreen and the studio’s first full-run animation series.

Mario Lopez (Extra) is launching his personal YouTube channel with AwesomenessTV’s Awestruck, a digital lifestyle entertainment brand for millennial moms. Content focused on family, food, fitness and faith will often include Lopez’s wife and children.

The Cynopsis Digital Model D Awards is back! We want to honor the best in online video content, advertising and talent. If you’re elevating the industry then get started with your submissions (and don’t miss the August 4th deadline!).


AMC Global reached an agreement with KPN in the Netherlands, and will become available in more than 95 percent of the Dutch market’s pay TV homes on July 1.


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Sunday’s season six finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones drew a series-high 8.89 million total viewers, up 16 percent from the week prior and up 10 percent from the season five closer.

Coverage of the Orlando terrorist attack caused numerous preemptions of syndicated shows the week ending June 19. But Live With Kelly held onto a 2.7 Live+SD rating, unchanged from the week prior, making it the top talk show for a third consecutive week. Dr. Phil, in reruns, was down 4 percent to 2.5, while Ellen DeGeneres had a 16 percent bounce to 2.2, rebounding from a season low.

Up 4 percent week to week to 2.4, Hot Bench was in repeats, but still had the greatest improvement over last year among syndicated strips, rising 20 percent.

As the presidential campaigns continue to engage (and enrage) viewers, Fox News is having its most-watched year ever, ending the first half of 2016 as the number one basic cable channel in prime time with an average 2.2 million viewers, and behind only TNT in 2Q16. Versus 2Q15, FNC is up 18 percent in total day viewers and up 23 percent in primetime. Number two cable news net CNN is up 71 percent in primetime viewers for the quarter, to 960,000, and up 46 percent in total day, while MSNBC was up 72 percent in total primetime viewers, with 880,000 for the quarter, and up 61 percent in total day.

Fox Business Network ended the first half of 2016 as the fastest-growing cable news net. Total Day saw gains of 94 percent, while prime time ratings were up a category-leading 133 percent. In Business Day, the net grew 113 percent, averaging 128,000 total viewers.

Family-focused Up announced its youngest quarter ever with a new median age of 48 years, nine years younger than 2Q15. 2Q16 was also Up’s strongest quarter ever in P18-34 (up 78 percent versus 2Q15), P18-49 (tie, up 74 percent) and W18-34 (tie, up 57 percent). “The decrease in median age and correlating increase in viewership indicates that our choice to evolve our program offering is resonating well with the Up audience,” said Amy Winter, EVP and GM.

Hallmark Channel movie The Wedding March grabbed a 2.2 HH rating and 2.3 million total viewers, to become the top HH-rated program on Saturday among cable networks. The movie is part of Hallmark’s second annual “June Weddings” event.

Scripps Networks Interactive’s six cable channels were all up for the quarter on a total day basis. HGTV enjoyed its second highest rated Q2 and third highest rated quarter ever, ranking as 2Q16’s top cable network among upscale W25-54 in prime and June’s top cable network among W25-54 in prime. Travel Channel ratings grew 11 percent among P25-54 in primetime, marking its third straight quarter of year-over-year growth (and eight consecutive months of growth). Both Cooking Channel (up 15 percent) and DIY Network (up 13 percent) experienced their best quarter ever among P25-54 in prime, and with a 54 percent jump among P25-54 in prime, and Great American Country celebrated its best quarter since 2008. The season of Food Network’s Food Network Star to date has been seen by nearly 24 million P2+ viewers and ranks 4th in its timeslot across all ad-supported cable.

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for week of June 13, 2016 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.6AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 5.9AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.7AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.9AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.8AA
Live with Kelly & Michael (DAD) 2.7AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.5AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of June 13, 2016 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 2.3AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.4AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.4AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.1AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.0AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.0AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) 1.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of June 20, 2016
ABC World News Tonight 7.791 million total viewers, 1.4/6 and 1.64 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.696 million total viewers, 1.6/7 and 1.85 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.417 million total viewers, 1.2/6 and 1.45 million A25-54

Top 11 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of June 20, 2016
NBC: America’s Got Talent (6/21) 2.3/9
ABC: The Bachelorette (6/20) 2.1/8
CBS: Big Brother (6/22) 1.9/7
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (6/20) 1.8/7
ABC: $100,000 Pyramid (6/26) 1.7/6
CBS: Big Brother (6/23) 1.7/7
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud (6/26) 1.6/6
CBS: Big Brother (6/26) 1.6/6
ABC: Match Game (6/26) 1.5/5
CBS: Big Bang Theory (6/23) 1.4/6
NBC: Spartan: Team Challenge (6/20) 1.4/5
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: Univision won the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 2.7/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Univision’s Copa America scored 1.1/5 at 7p, versus .8/3 for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Uni’s match surged to 2.4/9 at 8p, followed by 1.6/6 for ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud and CBS’s Big Brother. Uni rose to 2.9/10 at 9p opposite 1.7/5 for ABC’s $100,000 Pyramid. Uni’s Copa America topped 10p with 3.6/12; ABC’s Match Game took second with 1.5/5.

A18-49: UNI 2.7/9, ABC 1.3/5, NBC 1.1/4, CBS .7/3, FOX .5/2, TELE .3/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, June 26, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 4.1/8
America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.4/5, Celebrity Family Feud 4.9/9, $100,000 Pyramid 5.0/9, Match Game 4.2/8
CBS: 2.8/5
60 Minutes 4.9/10, Big Brother 3.3/6, Madam Secretary [r] 1.8/3, American Gothic [r] 1.3/2
NBC: 2.8/5
Olympic Trials Diving 2.2/4, Olympic Trials Swimming 2.7/5, U.S. Gymnastics Championships 3.2/6
Copa America 2.8/5
FOX: .7/1
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life [r] .6/1, Bob’s Burgers [r] .6/1, The Simpsons [r] .9/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine [r] .7/1, Family Guy [r] .9/2, Last Man on Earth [r] .7/1
TELE: .6/1
Voz Kids .7/1, Yaera Hora .4/1
ION: .5/1
Casino Royale .5/1, Die Another Day .5/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: Univision had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with a 1.0/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Uni topped 8p with 1.0/6 for Copa America, followed by .5/2 for baseball on Fox and CBS’s 48 Hours. Uni led at 9p with 1.2/6, versus .7/3 for ABC’s 20/20: In an Instant and NBC’s Olympic Trials. NBC was first at 10p with .9/4 for Olympic trials; ABC’s 20/20: In an Instant was a close second with .8/3. 

A18-49: UNI 1.0/5, ABC .6/3, CBS .6/3, NBC .6/3, FOX .5/2, ION .4/2, TELE .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, June 25, 2016 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 2.2/5
People’s List 1.1/2, 20/20: In an Instant 2.7/6
NBC: 1.8/4
Olympic Trials Diving 1.5/3, Olympic Trials Gymnastics 2.0/4
CBS: 1.7/4
48 Hours [r] 1.9/4, Showtime Boxing 1.6/3
FOX 1.4/3
FOX Saturday Baseball 1.4/3
Copa America 1.3/3, MLS Game 6 .5/1
ION: .9/2
Law & Order: SVU .9/2, Law & Order: SVU .9/2, Law & Order: SVU 1.0/2
TELE: .3/1
Que Noche .3/1, Cine Millonario .3/1


Marc DeBevoise was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Office of CBS Interactive. In his new role, DeBevoise, who had been EVP and GM of CBS Digital Media for CBS Interactive, adds oversight of CNET Media Group, CBS Interactive’s brands in the technology, media and gaming categories, as well continuing to lead the digital businesses of CBS.

Nina L. Diaz has been upped to Executive Vice President and Head of Reality Programming at VH1. Diaz had been SVP of East Coast Production and Development

Piers Wenger is leaving his role as Head of Drama at Channel 4 to take the job of Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Replacing Wenger will be Beth Willis, Deputy Head of Drama at Channel 4 since 2012. C4 Head of Comedy Phil Clarke will serve as Acting Head of Scripted during Willis’s upcoming maternity leave.


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1972 – The Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty could constitute cruel and unusual punishment. 

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ABC: The Middle [r], The Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], black-ish [r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], The Real O’Neals [r]
CBS: Big Brother, Criminal Minds [r], American Gothic
CW: Arrow [r]
, Supernatural [r]
Fox: MasterChef, Wayward Pines
NBC: U.S. Olympic Trials, The Night Shift
PBS: SuperNature  Wild Flyers
[p], NOVA [r], 9 Months That Made You [p]
Telemundo: Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Senor de los Cielos

Univision: Un Camino Hacia el Destino, Tres Veces Ana, Por Siempre Joan Sebastian

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