07/15/19: Quibi continues its programming roll with new series announcements


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Tonight’s Premieres:
Bounce: The Cut at 9p
Discovery: Aaron Needs a Job at 10p
Food Network: Worst Bakers in America at 9p
PBS Kids: Molly of Denali
VH1: Girls Cruise at 9p
Tonight’s Finales:
ID: Murder in the Heartland at 10p
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta at 8p
In the latest casualty since Disney’s acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets, the FX Plus subscription service is shuttering as of August 20. The service launched two years ago with Comcast and offers ad-free access to more than 1,400 episodes of FX programming including Atlanta, American Horror Story and The Shield for $5.99/month. The shutdown comes as Disney prepares to launch $6.99/month streaming service Disney Plus in November, which will include all past seasons of The Simpsons, among other content.
Chip and Joanna Gaines released a video teaser for their upcoming Discovery net Magnolia Network, slated to debut next summer and replace DIY Network. In the clip the couple tease each other about potential storylines for the new network, whose contents largely have been under wrap beyond generalized focuses on design, food, garden and home.
Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry is on the mend after undergoing surgery on Tuesday to donate part of his liver to his sister. Henry told Fox & Friends, “We feel great. My vitals are good … I’ve still got some aches and pains, but it’s really not a big deal because we’ve succeeded in victory, I think, in winning our goal, which is to get my sister healthy.”
R&B singer R. Kelly, the subject of recent Lifetime documentary series Surviving R Kelly, was arrested late last week in Chicago for federal sex trafficking charges and was expected to be brought to NY for trial. The new arrest comprises a 13-count indictment, some charges related to child pornography and obstruction of justice. Additionally, Kelly received a separate five-count indictment from the Eastern District of NY charging him with racketeering.
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Sci-fi, fantasy and horror awards program the Saturn Awards will be broadcast via streaming this year under a new multiyear partnership with TV producer Justin W. Hochberg. It’s the first time since the awards’ 1978 television airing that they’ll be streamed, with a streaming partner expected to be announced soon. Nominations for the 45th edition will be announced today (July 15) prior to Comic-Con; the ceremony will be held September 13. Additionally, Saturn Awards named an advisory board.
Women in sports are taking center stage with the U.S. National Women’s Team bringing home the 2019 FIFA World Cup, as well as Wimbledon and the WNBA season in full swing. Show your support for women leading the industry forward at the Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards Gala September 9 in NYC. See the full list of Top Women in Media and Top Women in Sports honorees and reserve your table before August 9th.
Unite for Strength, the ruling party of SAG-AFTRA, announced its slate of candidates for the org’s upcoming elections. Michelle Hurd, currently a member of the national board, will be running for president of the LA local; Clyde Kusatsu and Ellen Crawford will be running for VP, and Camryn Manheim will be running for national secretary/treasurer as president Gabrielle Carteris running mate. Two candidates are challenging Carteris for president: Jane Austin and Matthew Modine.
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The Dodo has partnered with Instagram to develop a new IGTV-first series for teens. Six-part You Know Me … Now Meet My Pet, launching July 17, features six young Instagram influencers introducing the world to their pets.
In a timely move, More/Medavoy optioned TrafficKing, Conchita Sarnoff’s book chronicling the Jeffrey Epstein child trafficking case, along with Sarnoff’s life rights, to create a limited series or TV movie. The case involving the billionaire financier is back in headlines following his recent arrest and charges of federal sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy of minors.
Director/producer Sarah Adina Smith and her Everything Is Everything production banner signed a first-look deal with Amazon Studios under which she’ll develop TV series to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Smith directed the first two eps of Amazon’s action thriller Hanna and served as co-exec producer. She also directed the pilot for the upcoming Hulu series Looking for Alaska and is writing a pilot for FX.
WTG Enterprises green-lit eight episodes of adult animated series The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, slated to debut early next year. Based on the classic counterculture comic, series is exec-produced by Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon, with King of the Hill alumni Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland in as showrunners. Silicon Valley creators John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky will write and produce, with WorkaholicsAdam Devine and Blake Anderson providing voice talent and exec-producing.
Short-form steam engine Quibi lined up its first U.K. scripted development project, an adaptation of Harriet Tyce’s thriller novel Blood Orange. ITV-owned World Productions, producer behind The Bodyguard and Line of Duty, is on board for what’s being envisioned as a 12-part series … In more news from Quibi, which has been on a programming roll this month, superhero series “with a twist” Crazy Talented is in the works, directed by Doug Liman and produced by his company 30 Ninjas. Michael Karnow (Alphas) pens the series, based on a short story by Jumper creator Steve Gould.
PBS announced that South By Somewhere, a new six-part culinary series featuring TV host and chef Vivian Howard, is slated to air in the winter/spring 2020 season. Series will delve into the people and dishes defining the New American South.
Indie documentary shingle Transform Films inked a deal with NY production company Kaufman Films to co-develop and produce an untitled crime series rooted in the streets and straightforward portrayals of candid stories of people across the country.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: July 12-14
Spiderman: Far From Home (Sony) $45.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $274.5 million
Toy Story 4 (Buena Vista) $20.7 million (week 4), cume revenue $346.4 million
Crawl (Paramount) $12.0 million, opening weekend
Stuber (Fox) $8.0 million, opening weekend
Yesterday (Universal) $6.8 million (week 3), cume revenue $48.3 million
Aladdin (Buena Vista) $5.9 million (week 8), cume revenue $331.5 million
Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros.) $5.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $60.8 million
Midsommar (A24) $3.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $18.4 million
The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Universal) $3.1 million (week 6), cume revenue $147.1 million 
Men In Black International (Sony) $2.2 million (week 5), cume revenue $76.4 million
Source: Comscore
Bounce will premiere the fifth season of comedy In The Cut tonight (July 15) at 9p with back-to-back episodes. New eps will launch every Monday night throughout the summer and early fall.
Netflix dropped the season two trailer for baking competition series Sugar Rush, which returns to the streaming service with six new episodes Friday, July 26, with Hunter March back as host.
August 16 is the long-awaited return date for Netflix’s Mindhunter, which the streaming service debuted nearly two years ago. Second season reportedly picks up in 1979, a few years after season 1, and will focus on Atlanta, where at least 28 people, mostly children, were thought to have been murdered in a short time period.
HBO set September 9 as the premiere date for the third and final season of porn industry drama The Deuce. The network tweeted out the return date, along with an image of a VHS tape that signals the series’ leap in time from the previous ’70s setting to the ’80s.
The Federal Trade Commission on Friday voted to fine Facebook close to $5 billion for violations of its consumer-privacy rules, which amounts to the biggest privacy-related fine in the agency’s history. That figure represents less than what Facebook reported in net profit ($5.43 billion) for Q1 2019 alone, and Facebook brass in reporting Q1 results had told investors it expected it would have to pay as much as $5 billion as a result of the FTC probe.
YouTube at last week’s VidCon conference trotted out enhancements to the ways content creators can generate revenue on the platform. Among them: enhanced channel memberships, through which creators can set up to five different price points for memberships, each level carrying different incentives; expanded Merch Shelf partners, including Crowdmade, DFTBA, Fanjoy and Rooster Teeth; Super Stickers, which enable fans to purchase animated stickers during live streams and premieres; new feature Learning Playlists, which enable educational video creators to divide videos into chapters; and fundraising tool YouTube Giving.
Tastemade inked a nonexclusive licensing deal with Hulu to deliver 24 shows including hundreds of eps of original food, travel and lifestyle programs. Shows, including Broken Bread, hosted by chef/food activist Roy Choi, who explores social-justice issues in the food system; how-to series Make This Tonight and Heritage, which profiles chefs defying traditional culinary rules, will debut on Hulu throughout the year.
Sundance Now, AMC’s streaming service, acquired season three of drama series The Restaurant from Banijay Rights. Series begins on Peace Day 1945 and centers on a family that runs a prestigious restaurant in Stockholm.
Digital marketing startup SuperAwesome is launching video platform Rukkaz, for kids and family content creators, led by Paul Nunn, previously managing director of games publisher Outfit7. The AVOD platform will not own or produce the kids-targeted content it supports but instead allows creators to share video content and safely engage with its target K7-12-year-old fans. Currently testing with almost 100 content creators, Rukkaz claims almost $10 million of ad revenue committed by major brands. It will be available on iOS and Android devices with a global rollout planned.
Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Alex Morgan and Serena Williams were among the winners at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards, which taped earlier this week and will air Saturday, August 10, at 8p as a simulcast on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons. Event, hosted by Michael Strahan, included a performance by Grammy winner Ciara.
U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 is in the works on Britain’s Master Crafters (working title), a four-part entertainment series from the creator of Masterchef. The Viacom-owned network commissioned Pi Productions to produce.
Former British television host John Leslie has been charged with a sexual offense involving “a woman aged 16 or over.” Leslie, who hosted kids show Blue Peter and ITV’s Wheel of Fortune reboot, is set to appear at Westminster magistrates’ court July 25.
In a recasting move, Nat Geo switched out one of the leads in upcoming scripted series The Right Stuff, based on Tom Wolfe’s best-selling nonfiction book. Colin ODonoghue (Once Upon a Time) will now portray Lt. Gordon Cooper, taking over for Joe Dempsie, who had to exit … Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts franchise) is in for a major role opposite Jude Law in HBO drama The Third Day Kyle Bornheimer (Casual) and Jessica St. Clair (Playing House) scored recurring roles opposite Hugh Laurie in HBO space comedy Avenue 5.
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In more #goals, Telemundo Deportes’ coverage of 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France and 2019 Copa America Brazil (June 7-14) reached 18.8 million viewers, and generated more than 490 million total engagements across all platforms, according to Nielsen data.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Thursday, July 11, 2019, time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 3.17 million
Love Island 2.61, Big Brother 3.99, Elementary 2.89
ABC: 2.87 million
Holey Moley 3.95, Family Food Fight 2.40, Reef Break 2.26
FOX: 2.84 million
MasterChef 3.04, Spin the Wheel 2.64
NBC: 2.82 million
The Wall 3.41, Hollywood Game Night 2.65, Law & Order: SVU 2.41
CW: 0.60 million
iZombie 0.59, The OutPost 0.61

Thursday A18-49 Rating

ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/3, FOX 0.7/4, CBS 0.1/1, CW 0.2/1
Netflix appointed Jackie Lee-Joe, former BBC Studios exec, as CMO. Lee-Joe succeeds Kelly Bennett, who announced his retirement from the Netflix earlier this year.
Intrepid Pictures hired Adam Fasullo as VP television. Fasullo most recently had been in the same role at Paramount TV.
A+E Networks promoted Patrick Vien to group managing director of International. He previously was an executive managing director, international. Edward Sabin, who also had been exec managing director, is departing the company.
Chloe Dan is exiting her role as SVP of drama development at 20th Century Fox TV. She joined the studio in 2014.
Kanica Suy joined Inspire Entertainment as a talent manager. Suy previously ran her Cultivate Entertainment banner.

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2006 — Twitter was launched.
Answer to our last trivia question
Which future sitcom star was originally picked to play NewsRadio’s (1995-1996) handyman, the role that ultimately went to Joe Rogan? Ray Romano. Kudos to: Chris Claro-The Home Office/Port Washington, NY; Andrew Goldman-Fathom Events, NY; Jason Hunt-Figure 8 Films/Carrboro, NC; Carl Mayer-Active International/Pearl River, NY; Sean O’Neill-Downtown Music Group/NY; Rory Rosegarten-The Conversation Company/Roslyn, NY; Charlie Conner-KOKI/KMYT/Tulsa, OK; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Bob Ettinger/Long Beach, CA; Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey, CA; Dave Hammargren-KCPQ/KZJO-TV/Seattle; Len Klatt-The Winning Run/LA
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ABC: The Bachelorette, Grand Hotel
CBS: Love Island, The Code, Bull
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
FOX: Beat Shazam, So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Dateline NBC
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, POV
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, La Rosa de Guadelupe, Por Amar Sin Ley

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