07/28/21: Amazon sets premiere date for final season of “Goliath”


Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read


Wednesday July 28, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Disney+: Chip ‘n’ Dale, Turning Tables with Robin Roberts
Netflix: Love Is Blind: After the Altar, The Snitch Cartel, Tattoo Re do

Tonight’s Finales
ABC: Match Game at 10p
Bravo: Family Karma at 9p
HGTV: Two Steps Home at 9p
Smithsonian Channel: Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs at 8p


The 42nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards nominations were announced, and PBS led the pack with 52. “Vice News Tonight” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” were the top programs, each earning 16 noms. PBS’ “Frontline” followed with 14, HBO’s “HBO Documentary Films” with 10 and ABC’s “20/20” with 9. CNN ranked second among networks with 41 nominations, followed by CBS (30), ABC (22) and Vice (20). Awards will be handed out over two nights with ceremonies on Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29. Both will be streamed live at 8p at watch.theemmys.tv and on the Emmys apps.

NBCU News Group is undergoing a major expansion of its streaming and digital Operations, adding 200 new positions and several new hours of live original programming on NBC News Now to debut this fall. New offerings will include a daily, primetime news program anchored by senior national correspondent Thom Llamas. Senior Washington correspondent and anchor Hallie Jackson will host a daily evening show as well as a weekly special newsmagazine series, and anchor Joshua Johnson will host an evening analysis program.

The fourth and final season of “Goliath,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, will launch Friday, September 24 on Amazon Prime Video, with newcomers J.K. Simmons and Bruce Dern boarding the series. In the last installment of the drama, Thornton’s character, Billy, will face off against the opioid industry.

Ryan Murphy teased the upcoming installment of his FX horror franchise “American Horror Story” on Twitter, with a poster for “American Horror Story: Double Feature.” The new season will tackle two horror tales; one by sea and one by sand.

The 72nd American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards will take place Saturday, February 26 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. This year’s event is being planned as an in-person, black-tie gala.

Integral Ad Science struck a partnership with The Global Disinformation Index, making IAS the first ad verification company to help marketers avoid misinformation content based on GDI’s standards. Building on ISA’s expertise in brand safety and suitability, the deal protects brands from running ads on sites that GDI had identified for misinformation.

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“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” a new take on Norman Lear’s 1970s classic, has landed at TBS and is in script development. Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek) is developing the project with Jacob Tierney (“Letterkenny”).

FX extended its deal with The New York Times, ordering additional documentary films under “The New York Times Presents” banner. The next project in the series, “Move Fast and Vape Things,” about e-cigarette giant Juul, bows on FX and Hulu in September.

Lily Rabe nabbed a lead in Showtime’s “The First Lady,” playing journalist Lorena Hickock. The anthology series stars Viola Davis, who’s also an executive producer, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson.

Bailee Madison (“Good Witch”) has landed a lead opposite Chandler Kinney and Maia Reficco in HBO Max’s “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.”

Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman are co-directing docuseries “Willie Nelson and Family, currently under production in Austin, Maui, Nashville, Los Angeles and New York. The docuseries from Blackbird Presents and Sight Unseen Pictures is receiving participation and access to archives by the country singer, his family and friends.

Netflix is expanding its animation slate with “Chicago Party Aunt.” The 16-episode adult comedy hails from Chris Witaske, inspired by his Twitter account; Jon Barinholtz (“Superstore”) and Katie Rich, who also stars in the project; Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment; and Titmouse.

WarnerMedia Kids & Family is expanding Cartoonito’s preschool slate, greenlighting animated series “Dylan” and acquisitions “Bing,” “Odo” and “Pocoyo.” The roster will be available on a preschool programming block launching this fall on HBO Max and Cartoon Network.

Heather Mitchell (“Scandal”), “Good Girls” creator Jenna Bans and her Minnesota Logging Co. have boarded the Fox-based “Never Have I Ever,” reports Deadline. The one-hour drama is based on the Joshilyn Jackson bestselling suspense novel of the same title.

Marcus Gardley has inked an overall television deal with Amazon Studios. The screenwriter behind the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic “What’s Going On” started his career with the company, having written on shows like “Z: The Beginning of Everything.” He’ll develop, create and produce series for Amazon.

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Ahmad Rashad will serve as host of “Tug of Words.” The new Game Show Network series tests contestants’ wordplay skills as teams compete to win $10,000.

“Little Women: Atlanta” returns Thursday, August 26 at 8p on Lifetime. Following every premiere, the after show, “Little Women: Atlanta Unfiltered” will take viewers behind the scenes of all the drama.

Acorn TV original series “My Life Is Murder” starring Lucy Lawless, debuts its second season on Monday, August 30.

A&E debuts two new series, next month. “Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America” bows Sunday, August 15 at 9p, weaving the stories of five infamous murderers. “I Survived a Serial Killer” premieres Wednesday, August 18, documenting the harrowing stories of survivors.


HGTV airs one-hour special “What Not to Design” on Thursday, July 29 at 8p. Starring Raven-Symone, the singer, actress and design enthusiast and her team of experts help overhaul home design disasters.


YouTube scored big in the second quarter of 2021, with ad revenue hitting a record $7.0 billion for the period. That’s up 84% from $3.81 billion the prior period, when COVID put a damper on marketing spending. Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reported the news as part of its Q2 earnings.

Also posting huge revenue was Apple, which earned $81.4 billion for the quarter on higher-than-anticipated iPhone sales. The tech giant’s iPhone sales rose to $39.57 billion in the most recent quarter, up 50%. The number beat analyst expectations of $34 billion.

Idomoo has launched new technology that enables consumers to engage with videos much like they do with websites. The platform, called Living Video, is a suite of functionalities that make video evergreen, customizable and interactive. The videos can update in real time based on context and user input.


Banjay Asia is launching a “Survivor India” comeback. Zee Tamil will reboot the title after a 10-year hiatus.

Meanwhile, Banijay Rights announced a new adaptation of “LEGO Masters” for China. Long Qing Media will produce a first run of the competition reality format for Shenzhen TV.

VICE Distribution renewed its strategic licensing partnership with Hulu for over 130 hours of VICE content. VICE and Hulu began their union in 2019, with the new deal seeing most titles already available renewed and 50 hours of new programming added to the platform.

Be Inclusive has teamed with Tiger Tiger Pictures to bring “You Can’t Ask That” to streaming audiences in Asia. Featuring participants from all walks of lives, the unscripted format confronts prejudices, breaks down societal taboos, and addresses topics people are often too uncomfortable to ask about openly.

All3Media International secured presale partners for “Angela Black. The psychological thriller’s broadcast partners include Orange in France, Stan in Australia and North American CBC in Canada.

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Led by George Stephanopoulos as guest host, “Jeopardy!” (4.8 Live+ SD national Nielsen rating, up 2% from the week before) was one of the few primetime access programs going up in the session ending July 18. The game show leader was “Family Feud” (5.5, down 2 %).

The only newsmagazine in positive territory was “Access Hollywood” (0.8, up 14%). It overtook TMZ (0.7, down 13 %). Meanwhile, sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (2.1, down 9%), which entered the off-net syndication universe in 2011, slipped to an all-time low. And of the seven nationally cleared court show, “Hot Bench” (3-week high 1.5, up 7%) got the group’s only favorable verdict.

FOX News Channel completed the month of July as the most watched network in all of basic cable, according to Nielsen Media Research. Between 8-11p, FNC delivered 2.1 million viewers, 333,000 in A25-54 and 199,000 in A18-49. In addition, FOX Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” and “Kudlow” ended July as two of the top 10 rated shows in business news. Kudlow closed out the month marking its first weekly win with 211,000 Total Viewers.

Broadcast Nielsen Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of July 18 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Family Feud (CMV) 5.5 AA
Judge Judy (CMV) 4.9 AA
Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.1 AA
Inside Edition (CMV) 2.1 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CMV) 1.9 AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 1.7 AA
The Dr. Phil Show (CMV) 1.5 AA
Hot Bench (CMV) 1.5 AA
Last Man Standing (DAD) 1.5 AA

TV Shows on the Rise for the week of July 19
Sky Rojo (Netflix) – 95.70%
Hostel Daze (Amazon Prime Video – 95.20%
Marvel Studios: Assembled (Disney+) – 93.80%
Squeezie (YouTube) – 93.60%
The Movies That Made Us (Netflix) – 91.50%
Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Starz) – 84.80%
Touch Your Heart (TVN) – 78.30%
Australian Survivor (Nine Network) – 72.60%
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) – 62.70%
LEGO Masters US (FOX) – 53.20%
Every week, millions of viewers around the world use TV Time to track their favorite series. “Shows on the Rise” is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, July 26
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Bachelorette 3.19 (0.7), The Celebrity Dating Game 1.60 (0.3)
CBS: The Neighborhood 2.81 (0.3), Bob Hearts Abishola 2.44 (0.2), Young Sheldon 2.14 (0.2), United States of Al 1.79 (0.2), NCIS: Los Angeles 1.78 (0.2)
CW: Roswell, New Mexico 0.64 (0.1), The Republic of Sarah 0.30 (0.0),
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen 1.10 (0.3), Housebroken 0.56 (0.1), Duncanville 0.46 (0.1)
ION: Criminal Minds 0.88 (0.2), Criminal Minds 0.93 (0.2), Criminal Minds 0.92 (0.2)
NBC: Tokyo Summer Olympics 13.42 (3.2)
TELE: Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.17 (0.4), Hercal: Amor e Venganza 1.41 (0.4), Café con Aroma de Mujer 0.88 (0.3)
UNI: Disenando Tu Amor 1.50 (0.4), Si Nos Dejan 1.62 (0.5), La Hija Del Embajador 1.51 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages


S&D Marketing/Advertising announced two promotions. Anne Marie Hukriede, formerly Vice President, Client Services, was upped to President, while Kathleen Berry went from Senior Director, Client Services to Vice President.

Nadja Webb was promoted to Executive Vice President, Programming Business Operations at BET. She was previously EVP, Programming Operations & Business and Legal Affairs.

CreatorIQ hired Max Powers as Chief Customer Officer. Powers last served as Senior Vice President, Business Operations at TeleSign.

Hulu tapped Dane Joseph to serve as Director of Unscripted Series. He spent the last four years at ViacomCBS, most recently as Vice President, Development for the MTV Entertainment Group.

Katherine Moncrief takes on the newly created role of Chief Talent Officer at Doner. She last served as Executive Vice President, Director of Talent at Deutsch.

Constance Knight was hired as Vice President, Global Creators at Twitch. She was previously Global Head of Video Curation at Instagram.

This Day in History
2000 – Kathie Lee Gifford wrapped up her run as co-host on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What year were the first Summer Olympics telecast in North America? 1960. Kudos to: Evan Williams-Roger Wilco Productions/New Canaan, CT; David Rubinsohn-American Public Television/Boston, MA; Aymon DeMauro-ADM Media & Marketing/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing, Inc./NYC; Rev. Mark Wajda/Clermont, FL; Charles Lore/NYC; Sandy Spiegel-WTTW/Chicago, IL; Susan Nessanbaum Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; Larry Hutchings-San Luis Obispo/CA.

Today’s Trivia Question
At what school was Ken Reeves the head basketball coach on “The White Shadow” (1978-1981)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)

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