07/12/19: How to Get Away With Murder ending


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Tonight’s Premieres:
ID: Murder Board at 10p
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Netflix: Blown Away, 3 Below: Part 2, Extreme Engagement, Taco Chronicles, True Tunes
Showtime: Shangri-LA at 9p
UMC: A House Divided  
Tonight’s Finales:
WEtv: Bridezillas at 10p
Saturday’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Hanging with the Hendersons at 9p
AXS TV: WOW – Women of Wrestling at 8p, New Japan Pro Wrestling at 9p
Oxygen: Injustice with Nancy Grace at 6p, Snapped: Killer Couples at 7p
Snap: Deep Creek
Sunday’s Premieres:
BBCA: Top Gear at 8p
Food: Carnivorous at 1p and 1:30p
ID: Evil Lives Here at 9p, Impact of Murder at 10p
National Geographic: When Sharks Attack at 9p
PBS: Grantchester at 9p
Reelz: The Price of Fame at 9p
Science Channel: Unearthed at 9p, If We Built It Today at 10p
Smithsonian Channel: Mighty Trains at 9p
Starz: Sweetbitter at 9p
Sunday’s Finales:
Showtime: Our Cartoon President at 8p
How to Get Away with Murder will end after its upcoming sixth season. The ABC series premiered in 2014 and cemented star Viola Davis’ name in history as the first woman of color to win an Emmy as the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category. “Deciding to end this series was a brutal decision, but ultimately the story tells you what to do — as it did here,” said showrunner Pete Nowalk. “For me, Annalise Keating’s journey has always had a clear ending.”
Get ready to remeet the Flintstones. Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions are collaborating on a new series about the modern Stone Age family. The project is in early development and is being described as a primetime animated adult comedy based on the original idea featuring characters from the cartoon classic, which ran from 1960 to 1966. 
Ryan Murphy gave fans a first look at the cast of the upcoming season of American Horror Story via an Instagram video. The post revealed an ’80s look at the new anthology series’ cast, including DeRon Horton, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Matthew Morrison, John Carroll Lynch and Zach Villa, who join previously announced stars Emma Roberts, Gus Kenworth and Angelica Ross. The video post also solidified that this season will be inspired by classic slasher films.
America’s Got Talent is adding to its judges’ panel over the next four weeks. Brad Paisley, NBA legend Dwyane Wade, Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Jay Leno are set to appear as guest judges on the NBC series. Paisley joins the panel on July 16, followed by Wade on July 23, Kemper on July 30 and Leno on August 6. The series airs Tuesdays at 8p.
Netflix teen series On My Block is scheduled for its first Season 3 table read in about two weeks; however, the core cast of the show — Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diege Tinoco — has yet to complete salary renegotiations. It’s been reported that the two sides are very far apart.
Two-time Emmy winner Randi Clarke Lennon joined new nationally syndicated daytime talk show Tamron Hall as director. The series is set to premiere Monday, September 9.
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills announced the final selection for PaleyLive LA summer season: An Evening in Lodge 49: Season Two Premiere. The program will take place Thursday, August 1, at 7p. “Upon its 2018 premiere, Lodge 49 immediately captivated audiences,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to welcome the cast and creative team and host the season-two premiere of this groundbreaking show at the Paley Center.”
Nielsen and SagamoreHill Broadcasting, LLC reached a multi-year agreement for Nielsen Local TV measurement services for two markets: stations WVNC-NBC and WLTZ-NBC/WLTZ-DT2-CW, respectively in Watertown, NY, and Columbus, GA (Opelika, AL). “We are pleased to be working again with Nielsen,” said Louis Wall, president and CEO of SagamoreHill Broadcasting. “Their local TV audience research, which includes coverage of broadcast-only homes, will enable us to accurately and comprehensively show our value to advertisers.”
NBCUniversal-owned television stations’ pet adoption campaign, Clear The Shelters, returns to communities around the country and in Puerto Rico this July and August. NBC and Telemundo stations in 160 markets are teaming up with more than 1,000 animal shelters and rescues to host Clear The Shelter events. On August 17, organizations will waive or reduce pet adoption fees to help families and individuals adopt a pet. Since 2015, the campaign has helped more than a quarter million pets find new homes. Visit www.cleartheshelters.com to access a list of participating rescues and shelters. 
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Friends alumna Courteney Cox is set to star in and executive-produce a new series for Spectrum Originals from SMAC Productions. The untitled Last Chance U project is based on the life of Brittany Wagner, the breakout character from the first two seasons of Netflix docuseries Last Chance U.
HBO renewed Euphoria for a second season. “Euphoria creator Sam Levinson has built an incredible world with an extraordinary cast led by the supremely talented Zendaya. We are so grateful that he chose HBO as the home for this groundbreaking series,” said Francesca Orsi, executive vice president, HBO Programming. “We look forward to following these complex characters as their journeys continue through the challenging world they inhabit.”
A series adaptation of Sexy Beast from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content was ordered by Paramount Network. Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) is set to write the series and executive-produce the project, which is based on the 2000 film.
Zack Snyder (Watchmen, Man of Steel) and Jay Oliva (Barman: The Dark Knight Returns) have joined forces with Netflix to create an original anime series. The project, set in the world of Norse mythology, is being written by Snyder and Oliva. Oliva will also serve as showrunner, director and executive producer. Snyder will executive-produce.
MASTERPIECE and ITV green-lit Grantchester’s fifth season ahead of its current fourth, premiering on MASTERPIECE PBS in the U.S. this weekend. A co-production between Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK, and MASTERPIECE for ITV, Grantchester is distributed by Endemol Shine International and has sold across 176 countries.  Season 4 already aired on ITV in January, ranking #1 in its slot, with the peak of the series garnering an average audience of 5.46 million viewers and a 22.9% market share.
Dominic Cooper (Preacher) is set to headline Spy City, reports Deadline. The six-part Cold War espionage series hails from Miramax and Germany’s H&V Entertainment and ZDF and is being written by novelist and screenwriter William Boyd. Cooper will play an English spy sent to Berlin in 1961 to sniff out a traitor in the U.K. embassy or among the Allies just before the construction of the Berlin Wall.
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Science Channel digs up new secrets when Unearthed premieres its fourth season on Sunday, July 14, at 9p. The archaeology series uses the latest technology and science to look beneath the surface of iconic structures to unearth ancient mysteries.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team returns with more action and drama on Friday, August 2, at 9p on CMT. Immediately following, the net’s newest original series, Racing Wives, which takes a look into the lifestyles of professional racing’s first ladies, bows at 10p.
AMC released Lodge 49’s Season 2 original trailer in anticipation of its premiere on Sunday, August 12, at 10p.
IFC’s Sherman’s Showcase also dropped a trailer for that new variety sketch series, hosted by Sherman McDaniels, which debuts on Wednesday, July 31, at 10p.
Cartoon Network’s mysterious animated series Infinity Train premieres with a special five-night event beginning Monday, August 5, at 7:30p. Created by Owen Dennis, the series is a wild adventure filled with puzzles and peril at every turn of events.
Molly of Denali, the first national children’s series to feature Native American leads, debuts on PBS KIDS on Monday, July 15.
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Ordinary heroes put their lives on the line to save their neighbors in Cajun Navy. The Discovery Channel special, premiering Tuesday, July 23, at 10p, centers on citizens who came together days after Hurricane Katrina to pull people from the water.

First and only female NBA scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin launched The Weekly Pass on Westwood One Podcast Network. Every Wednesday, Laflin and co-host Adam Copeland will share interviews with prominent athletes and celebrities. Upcoming guests including Lenny Wilkens, Roger Clemens, Shaquille O’Neill, Jerry Rice and Curt Schilling.
Katherine McNamara was upped to series regular for the eighth and final season of The CW’s Arrow.
Facebook announced changes to help users get more information about ads they’re seeing on the platform. Updates will allow users to see more “detailed targeting,” including interests or categories that cause you to see an ad. It will also be “clearer” where the information used to target users is coming from.
Google made real-time triggers available in Display & Video 360 to all advertisers on Wednesday. The automated tool allows advertisers to target display and video messages in response to live-TV or real-world events like baseball and soccer games. Marketers can set predefined triggers across devices that run simultaneously as moments occur. In addition, they can also use Programmatic Guaranteed deals to secure a variety of connected TV sports inventory to build a stronger connection with fans.
Walmart’s interactive video partner, Eko, will fund pilots from FBE, the digital entertainment company founded by YouTube brothers Benny and Rafi Fine, reports Variety. As per the detail struck between the parties, Eko will produce at least 12 interactive pilots that could turn into full series. They will span both scripted and unscripted formats as well as game shows and social-driven experiences.
Nielsen released numbers for U.S. viewing of the third season of Stranger Things, revealing that the series reached 26.4 million unique viewers in its first four days. It marks a record for a streaming show since Nielsen started sharing its SVOD Content Ratings in 2017. The Content Ratings came from U.S. TV sets only, which means mobile, laptop and tablet viewing was not counted.
Netflix is launching Brazilian coming-of-age drama Sintonia from YouTube star KondZilla on Friday, August 9. The drama centers on the links between music, drug trafficking and religion in São Paulo while following three childhood friends in pursuit of their dreams. 
FlixLatino is bringing first-look content from the Spanish-speaking world. The subscription video-on-demand service announced its expansion across the country and enhancement of consumer marketing efforts via digital, in-store advertising, social media and influencer outreach. With more than 250 movies, series and documentaries originally produced in Spanish, the service is available on various platforms within the   U.S. and Puerto Rico.
My Little Pony: The Retro Show launched on YouTube on Thursday. The show features ’80s- and ’90s-inspired videos. In addition, Hasbro’s Retro Rainbow Mane 6 is now available exclusively on Amazon. Fans can acquire their favorite Mane 6 Ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic redesigned with signature colors and a retro twist.
Entertainment One acquired U.K.-based Daisybeck Studios, an independent television company producing factual, factual entertainment and event programming. Daisybeck’s managing director and founder, Paul Stead, will oversee day-to-day operations of the Daisybeck Studios brand under eOne’s ownership. The acquisition continues the planned expansion of eOne’s non-scripted activities in the U.K.
Gusto Worldwide Media is producing a second season of Watts on the Grill. The original series for Bell Media’s Gusto (soon to be CTV Life Channel), hosted by chef Spencer Watts, also airs on Gusto TV in Singapore, SBS Food in Australia and Kitchen TV in Russia.
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Few shows made headway against the FIFA Women’s World Cup in the first week of summer. Ignoring the downtrend, however, was Chicago PD (0.9 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 13% from the prior week), which broke out with one of the largest percentage increases among all syndicated strips.
On the game show front, Family Feud (6.1, down 3%) led the category for the third straight week over Jeopardy! (5.6, down 2%), followed by Wheel of Fortune (5.2, down 5%).
The top three talkers lost ground, too. Dr. Phil (2.3, down 4%) aired reruns all five days but still finished first in the genre for the 147th consecutive week. Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.9, down 10%) aired only taped and repackaged shows but still beat Ellen DeGeneres (1.6, down 6%) for the 18th week in a row.
The season’s top show in household ratings, Judge Judy (5.9, down 3%) was heavily preempted and partially in repeats. Meanwhile, on the magazine front, Entertainment Tonight jumped 11% and Extra shot up 25% in the key W25-54 demographic.
Saints & Sinners Season 4 premiere on Bounce was the number one most-watched program on Sunday night. The show averaged 751,000 Total Viewers, an increase of +10% over the show’s season three premiere, and delivered 590,000 Households (+12%) to set the record as the most-watched program in Bounce history.
My Lottery Dream Home delivered a .68 Live+3D season to date rating among P25-54 on Friday. Since premiering in April, the HGTV series has outperformed year-ago levels by 33% in that demo and garnered more than 14.1 million Total Viewers.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/30/19 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 6.1 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 5.9 AA
Jeopardy! (CTD) 5.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.0 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.5 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.3AA
Last Man Standing 2.2 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.0 AA
Top 13 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 6/30/19 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.4 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.3AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.2 AA
Jeopardy! (CTD) 0.9 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 0.9 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.8 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 0.8 AA
Last Man Standing 0.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.5 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.5 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.5 AA
The Goldbergs 0.5 AA
black-ish 0.5 AA
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, July 10, 2019, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 3.87 million
The 2019 ESPYS 3.87
CBS: 3.06 million
Love Island 2.69, Big Brother 4.09, S.W.A.T. 2.41
NBC: 2.82 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 3.57, Songland 2.04
FOX: 2.70 million
MasterChef 3.03, First Responders Live 2.36
CW: 0.92 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.12, Jane the Virgin 0.72
Wednesday A19-49 Rating
ABC 0.9/5, CBS 0.7/3, FOX 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/3, CW 0.3/1
Comedy Central upped Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen to Co-Heads of Original Content. 
Dan Sanborn was named President of newly launched Wheelhouse Labs and Chief Marketing Officer of Wheelhouse Group. He had been Head of Marketing at Diageo.
Kristen Kliphouse was appointed Head of North America Sales for Google Cloud. She last served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of North America Commercial Sales at Red Hat.
A+E Networks promoted Patrick Vien from Co-Executive Managing Director, International, to Group Managing Director, International.

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1976 — The game show Family Feud, hosted by Richard Dawson, debuted on ABC.
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