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Comedy Central: This Week at the Comedy Cellar at 11p
History: The UnXplained at 10p
IDGo: Impact of Murder: After the Statement at 11p
Netflix: Saint Selya Knights of the Zodiac, Queer Eye, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
Syfy: Killjoys at 10p
DIY: Texas Flip N Move at 9p
Food Network: Restaurant: Impossible at 9p
FYI: Big Rig Warriors at 10p
TLC: Say Yes to the Dress at 9p
Nat Geo: Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted at 10p
CW: Burden of Truth at 8p
Discovery: Naked and Afraid XL at 8p
HBO: Big Little Lies at 9p
HLN: Death Row Stories at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: Apollo’s Moon Shot at 8p
IN THE NEWS
She’s Gotta Have It won’t make it to season three on Netflix, but the streamer is still in business with Spike Lee. “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods,” said Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will wrap with season seven next summer. The ABC superhero drama, currently in season six, is the longest-running Marvel TV series to date. “Agent Coulson is one of the most beloved cinematic heroes of our time, and we’re so glad to have spent seven seasons with him and the S.H.I.E.L.D agents as they saved the world from countless unimaginable big bads,” said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. ABC canceled Marvel’s Agent Carter after two seasons in 2016, and Marvel’s Inhumans in 2017 after one.
An “outsized share” of former satellite TV customers are either keeping their cable broadband or adding new cable TV service, according to research company Cowen. “We find this of particular interest considering satellite subscribers are typically over-indexed to telco broadband, with our latest survey showing a 56/44 cable/telco mix among satellite subscribers,” said the report, calling it “a compelling share-stealing opportunity considering the ongoing outsized losses with DirecTV and Dish.”
Sesame Street will be the first TV show to receive a lifetime artistic achievement award at the Kennedy Center Honors. The other 2019 recipients will be Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind & Fire and Michael Tilson, co-founder of the San Francisco Symphony. Gala takes place Sunday, December 8 and will be broadcast on CBS Sunday, December 15 at 8p.
The cable industry had a $450 billion impact on the U.S. economy in 2018, up $29 billion from 2017, according to a report from the Bortz Media and Sports Group. Among the 3 million jobs in the industry, cable operators alone employ at least 300 people in every congressional district in the country, said the report.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Mobile viewing platform Quibi ordered Shape of Pasta, spotlighting masters of pasta in Italy. Chef Evan Funke hosts the eight-part docu-series from Ugly Brothers Studios.
While shooting days in LA for feature films and commercials are down, TV dramas increased by 17% and comedies had a 3.2% lift from 2Q18, according to a report from FilmLA. At least part of the uptick can be attributed to the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program. As for lower movie numbers, a lack of vacant sound stages could be a factor in the dip, said the report.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
PBS unveiled a fall slate with a focus on documentary programming. Premieres include eight-part, 16-hour documentary Country Music from director Ken Burns on September 15-18 and 22-25; Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick’s College Behind Bars on November 25-26; and new weekly one-hour magazine format series Retro Report on PBS, Mondays and Tuesdays, October 7-29. PBS will also highlight cultural and thematic programming, including Hispanic Heritage Month with a new film co-presented by American Masters and Voces about the life and career of Raúl Juliá (Friday, September 13 at 9p) along with films for Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month, and “Broadway’s Best” with new performance specials from Great Performances.
A new season of I Was Prey premieres on Animal Planet on Wednesday, August 14 at 10p. Series offers first-person accounts of people who survived life-or-death situations with animals.
ID is ramping up its digital presence with true crime series including Kohlhepp Uncut: The Devil Speaks, companion to Serial Killer: Devil Unchained, starting August 5 at 11p; Valley of the Damned: Digging Deeper, debuting September 3 at 11p; and Caught on Camera: The Untold Stories, launching in November on IDGo.
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South Park is back for season 23 on Comedy Central on Wednesday, September 25 at 10p. Episodes will be available to screen in HD exclusively on SouthPark.com and Hulu.
Look for new additions to the Wolfpack when Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People returns Sunday, August 4 at 9p.
Harvey Weinstein doc Untouchable makes its Hulu debut on Monday, September 2. The story of the rise and fall of the disgraced alleged sexual predator premiered at Sundance.
Discovery Channel is partnering with the Aldrin Foundation for an Apollo event on July 20 to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the moon landing. The Aldrin Foundation will have a recreation of the footprint on the moon in NYC’s Duffy Square. Three different clips from Apollo: The Forgotten Films showcasing the Saturn Launch, Apollo Landing, and One Small Step as well as other Discovery Channel Apollo: Forgotten Films previews will air in Times Square and in London’s Piccadilly Square. Apollo: The Forgotten Films premieres Saturday, July 20 on Discovery at 8p.
Hitsville: The Making of Motown premieres Saturday, August 24 at 9p. Showtime music doc is the first film about the label to have the participation of founder Berry Gordy.
TV One’s month of Love, Lies & Murder movies continues with Loved to Death, debuting Sunday, July 21 at 8p with an encore presentation at 10p.
YouTube Music announced an update on iOS and Android that makes it easier for Premium subscribers to switch between listening to audio and watching a song’s video. Users can tap a button on the screen to use the feature.
TIME has launched TIME Immersive, an augmented reality and virtual reality app to showcase new AR and VR projects from TIME. First up: Landing on the Moon, allowing viewers to experience a scientifically and historically accurate cinematic recreation of the Apollo 11 landing.
The FTC is considering updating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and is looking for input on how to deal with sites that aren’t targeting children but have a large number of young users. “In light of rapid technological changes that impact the online children’s marketplace, we must ensure COPPA remains effective,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons. “We’re committed to strong COPPA enforcement, as well as industry outreach and a COPPA business hotline to foster a high level of COPPA compliance.”
Six-month-old startup InCountry has raised Series A funding of $15 million, for a total of $21 million to date. Amid evolving regulatory requirements for data, InCountry offers multinational companies the infrastructure to store and retrieve data in its country of origin.
The news that Netflix lost about 130,000 U.S. subscribers, and added 2.7 million new subs globally versus a projected 5 million, had the streamer’s shares drop over 10% on Thursday. While the miss isn’t unprecedented, concerns about upcoming OTT services from Disney, NBCU, HBO/Warner and Apple have some analysts on edge. “We do expect consumers to jump on and off these services more frequently, which may lead to more sub volatility over time,” wrote Macquarie Research’s Tim Nollen in a note to clients. On the other hand, other analysts brushed aside concerns. “Did the world change in the last three months?” asked Morgan Stanley in a note. “We do not believe it did. Moreover, layering in the second-half guide leaves our full-year estimates largely unchanged. If it delivers, 2019 will be another year of record net adds and nearly double-digit ARPU (average revenue per user) growth.” Netflix said it expects a return to growth in 3Q19, with a boost from the return of Stranger Things.
Netflix also reports it has a deal for AT&T’s upcoming streaming service. “We recently entered into a new partnership with AT&T in the US to integrate Netflix into their new set-top box,” said the streamer in a letter to shareholders. That’s in addition to ISPs and MVPDs including Comcast, DISH, Verizon, T-Mobile, Charter, and Altice.
Cinedigm announced the addition of digital comics to their CONtv app. CONtv + Comics combines CONtv’s pop culture programming with a library of comics from the former ComicBlitz, acquired by Cinedigm last year.
Ahead of its Mad About You limited reunion series, Spectrum Originals will make all seven seasons of the original available free-on-demand for subscribers, starting August 1. New show arrives in late 2019.
MotorTrend Group, in partnership with Discovery-owned Eurosport, announced a new agreement for the MotorTrend App to become the exclusive live streaming home of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in the U.S., Canada, China, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The streaming service will broadcast live coverage of the remaining 2019 Bennetts BSB events this season including qualifying, race one and race two of the Snetterton 300 on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21.
New on the podcast circuit is BrandoCast, from Hollywood writer (My Boys) and observer Brendan Smith. Smith invites actors, comics and scribes into the studio, where he reads them the history of a band they may not like or even know, and which serves as the thread for varied conversation. Guests include Arden Myrin (Insatiable), and comics/podcasters Dave Anthony (The Dollop) and Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny). BrandoCast is produced by Richard Scheltinga and available on Google Play, iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
all3media international signed new collaborations in Europe for upcoming procedural detective drama Van der Valk. Company Pictures is joined by NL Film and TV B.V. as production partner.
ITV Studios increased its stake in Monumental Television from 26% to a 51% majority. The agreement will see the label become a more integral part of ITV Studios.
Red Arrow Studios International closed a deal with Talpa TV in The Netherlands for social experiment format The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes focused on a group of people living with dementia tasked with helping to run an eatery.
APC signed several major broadcast deals for the second season of drama series Keeping Faith, which is set to air on the BBC in the UK. FOX in Germany, Globosat Brasil, Elisa Viihde Finland, UPC Switzerland and Green Narae Media in South Korea have all picked up the second season, joining Amazon Prime Video in France, Yes DBS Israel, RTP Portugal, Sjuan, TV4 Play and C More for the Nordic Countries and CANAL+ and Ale Kino+ in Poland.
Armoza Formats celebrity interview show How to Be has been commissioned by Italy’s public broadcaster Rai 2. The local adaptation, produced by Zero Stories, will begin airing this week.
Joining Chris Rock in the season four cast of FX’s Fargo are Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman, Ben Whishaw, Jessie Buckley, Salvatore Esposito, Andrew Bird, Jeremie Harris, Gaetano Bruno, Anji White, Francesco Acquaroli, E’myri Crutchfield and Amber Midthunder…Matt Borlenghi (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) landed guest spots on DC Universe’s Stargirl and CW’s Dynasty.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Wednesday, July 17 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 3.41 million
Press Your Luck 3.93, Card Sharks 3.17, Match Game 3.13
CBS: 3.00 million
Love Island 2.51, Big Brother 3.96, S.W.A.T. 2.52
FOX: 2.67 million
MasterChef 3.04, First Responders Live 2.30
NBC: 2.58 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 3.39, Songland 2.07, The InBetween 2.28
TELEMUNDO: 1.49 million
Poquito Tuyo 0.92, Betty en NY 1.56, Reina del Sur 1.99
UNIVISION: 1.06 million
La Reina Soy Yo 1.06, La Rosa de Guadelupe 1.04, Por Amar Sin Ley 1.07
CW: 0.74 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.86, Jane the Virgon 0.62
Wednesday A18-49 Ratings
CBS 0.7/4, FOX 0.7/4, ABC 0.6/3, NBC 0.5/3, TELE 0.5/3, UNI 0.3/2, CW 0.2/1
Jason Ehrich has been named EVP of Audience Development and Strategic Partnerships for FOX News Channel. Ehrich previously served as the EVP of Marketing, On-Air Promotions, Audience Development and Social Media.
Group Nine Media CRO Todd Anderman is leaving the digital media company. Joining the team are Rachel Baumgarten as EVP Marketing; Kavata Mbondo as EVP of Business Operations; and Adam Shlacter as Chief Client Officer.
HGTV has tapped Karen Bronzo as SVP, marketing. The change in title expands her responsibilities to include oversight of brand strategy and development of on-air/off-channel creative for the network
Experiential marketing agency Invisible North tapped David Jacobsen to serve as Head of Production. Most recently, Jacobson was Associate Director at Giant Spoon.
Former DRG SVP of Sales Chris Bartlett has joined the company as Senior Sales Executive. His role will see him oversee sales in Scandinavia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand and French-speaking Canada. Bartlett spent eight years as UK distributor DRG’s SVP of Sales.
Westwood One promoted two executives in its 24-Hour Formats division. George King will rise to Vice President/General Manager from VP/Programming for Country, and Eric Sundstrom has been named Vice President of Affiliate Sales, from Regional Affiliate Manager.
Disney promoted Justin Connolly to President of Media Distribution. “By combining all of our media, affiliate, content and syndication sales, and distribution efforts into the Direct-to-Consumer & International segment, we continue to transform the ways in which we distribute the great stories and characters created by The Walt Disney Company’s studios and media networks,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International unit.
John Ford is stepping down as general manager of NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content, due to potential conflicts of interest arising from the recent sale of Justice Network and Quest Network, where Ford has been head of programming. NPACT Head of Policy & Development Michelle Van Kempen will become interim GM.
Friday Fun Fact
The smell of freshly cut grass is actually the scent that plants release when in distress.
This Day in History
1848 – The first US Women’s Rights convention was held, in Seneca Falls, NY.
Answer to our last trivia question
What was the name George wanted Susan’s cousin to name her baby before she took his favorite name, Seven, in Seinfeld (1989-98)? Soda. Kudos to: Renee Kurland-The Walt Disney Co./Burbank, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, JT Ward/Spark Foundry/Chicago, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg/M and S Entertainment/LA, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Greg Greenwald/Jupiter Entertainment/NYC, Joe Brucia-AMC Networks/NYC,
Today’s Trivia Question
In Syfy’s Defiance (2013-2015), the city-state of Defiance is built on the ruins of which destroyed U.S. city? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
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ABC: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, 20/20
CBS: Love Island, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Master of Illusion, The Big Stage, The Outpost
FOX: First Responders Live, MasterChef
NBC: America’s Game of Games, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line With Margeret Hoover, Big Pacific, Himalaya: Kingdoms of the Sky
Telemundo: Un Poquito Tuyo, Betty en NY, La Reina del Sur
Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, La Rosa de Guadelupe, Por Amar Sin Ley