07/19/16: Samantha Bee hosting Full Frontal convention special; Roger Ailes days at Fox News looking numbered; Taye Diggs heads to Empire


Good morning. It’s Tuesday July 19, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana at 8p, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso at 9p, Senora Acero 3, La Coyote at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
CW: Containment at 9p
Food: Chopped Jr. at 8p
FYI: Teenage Newlyweds at 10p
Lifetime: Gold Medal Families at 11p


ABC News will deliver 24-hour live coverage of the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions on Facebook under a partnership with the social giant. Throughout each day and between the primetime speeches, ABC News’ Facebook feed will provide live video of interviews, protests and other breaking news. Facebook will provide ABC News with exclusive, real-time data during major speeches that it will use across TV and digital platforms. Hosts and correspondents will also incorporate viewer comments and questions in its Facebook Live coverage.

Samantha Bee, host of TBS late-night series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, presents A Very Special Full Frontal Special, bowing Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30p. Bee and the show’s writers begin a road trip to Ohio, ending up at the Republican National Convention as Donald Trump prepares to accept the presidential nomination. According to a TBS press release, “The journey is akin to Sam and Frodo heading toward Mount Doom. In this case, Mount Doom is Cleveland. Along the way, they accidentally discover America and the concerned, excited, and largely baffled people who live in it.”

According to a new report Monday by New York magazine, Roger Ailes days at Fox News could be coming to a close. The report, by Gabriel Sherman, said that Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, have decided to remove the exec from his post following the sexual-harassment lawsuit leveled against him by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. Citing unnamed sources, the report suggested the execs, who run Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, were considering different strategies to have Ailes step down. “This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement.

Ron Meyer has signed a contract to remain Vice Chairman of NBC Universal for an additional five years. The veteran executive’s contract was set to expire in 2017.

Page Six TV, modeled after the NY Post gossip column, launched its summer preview on select FOX TV stations on Monday, including New York (7p ET), Los Angeles (6:30p PT), Philadelphia (7p ET), Dallas (11:30p CT), Atlanta (7p), Detroit (11:30p ET) and Tampa Bay (1p ET). The day after airing on the FOX TV stations, each episode of the daily TV series will be available nationally online at PageSixTV.com.

iHeartMedia announced the return of the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina to the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The third annual concert will feature performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull. For the second year, the fiesta will also include a special TV re-broadcast on Telemundo in November and will video stream live exclusively on TELEMUNDO.com for fans across the U.S.. Also planned are live broadcasts on iHeartMedia Spanish-Pop, Tropical, regional Mexican and Spanish Adult Hit radio stations nationwide on Saturday, November 5.

USA Network has moved the premiere date of Shooter to fall. The move comes as gun violence has overtaken the news, with fatal shootings in Orlando, Minnesota, Baton Rouge and Dallas, generating media scrutiny and protests. Production continues on the series, but no specific premiere date has been set. Shooter stars Ryan Phillippe as a sniper and U.S. military vet who tries to clear his name after being wrongly accused of a crime.

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) is set to make her directorial debut with Lifetime movie Story Of A Girl, based on the novel by Sara Zarr. Sedgick’s husband Kevin Bacon (The Following) stars in the project, which centers on a teen who must deal with the ramifications of a sex video that goes viral. Production beginning September in Vancouver for a 2017 debut.

After months of hearing that HBO’s Game of Thrones would consist of fewer episodes than usual and debut later, it was officially announced on Monday that the show’s new season will bow in a summer 2017 and consist of seven episodes. The series usually begins its seasons in April each year, so a shift to summer means Game of Thrones will be out of the running for TV Academy voters next year. According to Primetime Emmy rules, to be eligible a show must run between June 1 and May 31.

Zelda Williams will be the voice behind Freeform’s The Letter, a one-hour unscripted relationship show where friends challenge each other to better themselves through anonymous letters written to one other. Williams, who currently stars as Drew on the net’s Dead of Summer, will also serve as producer on the project. Series bows later this year.

The Mist began principal photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday.Spike TV ordered the series adapted from the Stephen King novella, which tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in a small town. “We intend to see this series develop into a signature show for Spike, and after hearing the pitch for Nova Scotia, we felt confident that the look, feel and the overall attitude of the province were right for this project,” said Sharon Levy, EVP, Original Series, Spike. Series premieres in 2017.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and creator Michael Konyves have inked a deal with CBS Television Studios to develop Pump, a drama based on Schwarzenegger’s bodybuilding youth in Venice Beach gyms. The series was originally sold to Showtime in 2013, but then moved to Hulu. No network is attached as of yet. “The 70’s were such a colorful, transformational time, for me and for our entire country,” said Schwarzenegger. “I look forward to bringing that color to people’s living rooms with the fantastic, deep characters and the multi-layered story lines of ‘Pump.’”

Former Extra host Jon Kelley has joined Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios in a multi-platform content deal. Kelley assumes hosting and producing duties on several ES television properties, including the celebrity interview series Entertainers and the sports profile series The American Athlete.He will also produce content for ES’ video news platform, TheGrio.com, which Allen purchased, last month. "I’m thrilled to join Entertainment Studios, an organization with tremendous creative energy and amazing growth,” said Kelley.

FreemantleMedia North America has acquired Random House Studio and partnered with Meridian Entertainment. FMNA will oversee all television adaptations from Random House Studio, and Meridian will operate and grow the studio’s theatrical slate. The acquisition provides FMNA and Meridian access to authors and the facility to adapt for film and television worldwide.


Science Channel special Rome’s Buried Secrets airs Tuesday, July 19 at 9p. Using underground scanning technology, a team of experts explores the lost relics and treasures that made Rome and its empire the powerhouse of the ancient world.

Sir Richard Eyre‘s new production of Puccini‘s Manon Lescaut comes to Great Performances at the Met, airing Saturday, August 13 at 11p on PBS. (Check local listings.) Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna star.

HDNET Movies celebrates National Lasagna Day 2016 with a special presentation of the 2004 comedy Garfield on Friday, July 29 at 6:35p and 9:50p. Based on the long-running comic strip, the movie stars Bill Murray as everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving feline, whose life is turned upside down when his owner, Jon (Breckin Meyer), brings home a dog named Odie.

AXS TV presents a “Legends of Country” music marathon, starting Sunday, July 31, at 10a. The nine-concert event shines the spotlight on some of the genre’s biggest names and most influential acts. Among those featured: Kenny Chesney, Wynonna Judd and Randy Travis team up for George Jones: 50 Years of Hits; and Martina McBride performs before a sold-out crowd in Martina McBride: Everlasting  Live from The Ryman Auditorium.


NFL superstar Travis Kelce searches for love in Catching Kelce, debuting Wednesday, October 5 at 9p on E!. Some 50 eligible women, including former WAGS (wives and girlfriends of sports stars), sports royalty, social media stars, entrepreneurs, hometown sweethearts and fitness models from across the U.S., will head to Los Angeles to meet Kelcie in hopes of becoming his lifelong teammate.

Investigation Discovery’s leading private investigator, Brian Wolfe, is back for a new season of Cry Wolfe, premiering Tuesday, July 26 at 10p.  Wolfe and his assistant Janine McCarthy hit the streets to decipher fact from fiction.

Chef Michael Symon’s Burgers, Brew & ‘Que has headed back into production for Season 3. The series follows Symon as he takes viewers on a road trip to taste the best American classics at restaurants across the country, meeting up with some celebrity friends along the way. Series returns September 2016 with a new digital companion series.

Pasiones premiered popular Brazilian drama Rastros de Mentiras on Monday, July 18 at 6p. Set against the backdrops of Brazil and Peru, it tells the story of Paloma, a young woman who finds herself conflicted by family relationships. Series airs every Monday through Friday at 6p.


Taye Diggs is headed to FOX’s Empire. Diggs has signed on for a major recurring role as Angelo Dubois, a city councilman from a respected and affluent New York family. He’ll debut in the drama’s Wednesday, September 21 premiere.

Gotham has nabbed The Walking Dead‘s Benedict Samuel to play DC Comics’ Mad Hatter, aka Jervis Tetch. The show’s third season debuts Monday, September 19 at 8p on FOX.

Aaron Diaz (Tierra de Reyes) has landed a recurring role as Leon Velez, a thrill-seeking photojournalist, on Quantico. He’ll first appear on the Season 2 premiere of the ABC drama, airing Sunday, September 25 at 10p.


European pay-TV provider Sky is re-teaming with novelist Harlan Coben on The Four. The crime series follows their collaboration on The Five, Coben’s first original story for TV. A thriller, The Four tells the story of an idyllic family community shattered by secrets, lies, suspicions and misguided trust.

Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros, the parent company of Cisneros Media, will serve as Gala Chair for the 44th International Emmy Awards, taking place Monday, November 21 in New York City. Cisneros will preside over the Gala, during which the International Academy will recognize programming in ten program categories and present special awards to Shonda Rhimes and Maria Rorbye Ronn, Chief CEO and Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

Lifetime and WFTV UK have launched a contest to celebrate the work of women behind the camera. Lifetime Shorts Competition is part of A+E Networks’ global project, Broad Focus, aiming to find and mentor future talent in the entertainment industry, with a specific focus on women. The inaugural competition is open to all UK-based female directors, writers, and producers who have created original content of no more than five minutes’ duration. Entrants can submit their short films via the Lifetime website: www.lifetimetv.co.uk/shorts. Closing date for entries is October 16, 2016.


Netflix and CBS Studios International have struck an international licensing deal for the new Star Trek, making the streamer the exclusive home of the TV series in 188 countries (excluding the U.S. and Canada). Each episode will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere. In addition, all 727 episodes of the iconic Star Trek television library, including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016. New Star Trek begins in Toronto in September for a January 2017 premiere.

Kin Community and YouTube star Kalel have agreed to a multi-year strategic partnership, aiming to grow Kalel’s digital business across all social platforms. Kin Community will represent media opportunities and brand integrations for Kalel’s digital properties, including her hit YouTube channel, which recently surpassed 2 million subscribers. “We welcome Kalel to the Kin family and are excited about the collaboration. The openness and vulnerability in her videos resonates deeply with millennial women seeking genuine, empowering content," said Reena Liebling, Director of Partner Strategy at Kin.

Spike is bringing hit series Lip Sync Battle directly to the fans with an interactive app launching this fall to coincide with the show’s Season 3 premiere. The app will allow fans to create lip sync videos to their favorite songs and battle friends. By sharing the video through social media, fans can accrue ‘likes’ in the app from the Lip Sync Battle community and see how their endeavor ranks on the leaderboard.

Ever wondered how YouTube videos get made? Dwayne Johnson revealed all in a hilarious new video that launched on his YouTube Channel, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, on Monday. The video features a who’s who of top digital creators, including Lilly Singh, a.k.a. IISuperwomanII, Markiplier, Gigi Gorgeous, LaurDIY, Alex Wassabi, Roman Atwood with Brittney Smith, Grace Helbig, Flula Borg and King Bach who share the secrets of YouTube.

Hayes Grier is getting his own comedy docuseries on Verizon’s Go90. According to Variety, Top Grier will feature the 16-year-old Vine star heading home to Moorseville, North Carolina to try his hand at running a farm. The 12-episode, half-hour series begins production this week.


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SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of July 11, 2016
Program, Network, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Post (000), Fans/Followers (000)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform)
3976, 237, 17, 23401
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros./synd.)
3446, 23, 150, 118323
E! News (E!)
2996, 805, 4, 25535
Good Morning America (ABC)
1273, 705, 2, 10039
Today Show (NBC)
1267, 541, 2, 10138
America’s Got Talent (NBC)
874, 350, 3, 5483
The Kelly File (Fox News)
826, 153, 5, 3603
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
746, 180, 4, 258
TMZ (Warner Bros.-Syndicated)
671, 1031, 651, 11624
Suits (USA)
651, 90, 7, 4313
Source: Shareablee Inc. The total actions metric includes the total volume of post-level likes, shares, favorites, retweets and comments. Total content includes all posts, tweets and media posted by each TV property across all platforms. Actions per post metric notes the average e number of actions garnered by each TV property. Total fans/followers includes Facebook and Twitter and Instagram followers.

NIELSEN TWITTER TV TOP TEN for the week of July 11, 2016
Program, Date, Tweets (000)
The 2016 ESPYs (ESPN) 7/13, 674
VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens (VH1) 7/11, 484
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!) 7/17, 220
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1) 7/11, 146
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA Network) 7/11, 144
Premios Juventud 2016 (Univision) 7/14, 125
The Bachelorette (ABC) 7/11, 121
Big Brother (CBS) 7/14, 96
Power (Starz) 7/17, 81
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform) 7/12, 70
Source: Nielsen. Nielsen Social captures relevant Tweets from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Unique Audience measures the audience of relevant Tweets ascribed to a program from when the Tweets are sent until the end of the broadcast day at 5am. The data includes new/live primetime and late fringe programming only and excludes sports events. For multicast events, networks are listed alphabetically and metrics reflect the highest Unique Audience across all airing networks.

Friday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Friday with 0.8/4, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s America’s Got Talent led at 8p with 0.8/4, followed by ABC’s Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey with 0.6/3. At 9p NBC’s America’s Got Talent continued in the top spot with 0.8/4. Tied for the second spot were ABC’s What Would You Do?, CBS’ Hawaii Five-0, and Telemundo’s La Esclava Blanca with 0.6/3. ABC’s 20/20 finished the night at #1 with 0.8/3. CBS’ Bluebloods, NBC’s Dateline, Telemundo’s Esclava La Blanca and Unvision’s Por Siempre Joan Sebastian tied for #2 with 0.7/3.

A18-49: NBC 0.8/4, ABC 0.7/3, CBS 0.6/3, UNI 0.6/3, TELE 0.6/3, FOX 0.4/2, ION 0.3/1, CW 0.3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  July 15, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.2/6
NCIS: Los Angeles 3.0/6, Hawaii Five-0 3.0/6, Blue Bloods 3.6/7
ABC: 2.2/5
Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey 1.8/4, What Would You Do? 1.8/4, 20/20 3.0/6
NBC: 2.4/5
America’s Got Talent 2.5/5, Dateline NBC 2.3/5
FOX 0.9/2
Rosewood 1.0/2, MasterChef 0.8/2
Eva La Trailera 1.0/2, La Esclava Blanca 0.9/2
Un Camino Hacia el Destino 1.0/2, Tres Veces Ana 0.9/2, Por Siempre Joan Sebastian 1.0/2
ION: 0.7/1
Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1, Criminal Minds 0.7/1
CW: 0.6/1
Masters of Illusion 0.7/1, Masters of Illusion 0.6/1, Penn & Teller: Fool Us 0.6/1


Sony Pictures Television has upped Lauren Moffat to Senior Vice President of Comedy Development and Jordan Feiner to Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming. Moffat last served as Vice President, Comedy Development, while Feiner was Vice President of Current Programming.

Crown Media Family Networks has named Erin McIlvain Executive Vice President of Content Distribution and Strategy. She joins the company from Charter Communications where she served as Vice President of Broadcast Relations and Programming. In addition, CFO Andy Rooke will also take on the post of Operations and Chief Financial Officer. Casey Gould, who has served at Crown Media in a series of ascending positions over the last nine years, has been elevated to Vice President of Advertising and Digital Sales.

Up has promoted Terry Holmstrom to Senior Vice President, Client Solutions. Holstrom had been Vice President of Ad Sales Marketing and Promotions and was responsible for the Client Solutions department for Up and ASPiRE. Heather Symmes has been upped to Vice President, Content Distribution and Marketing. She was previously Director, Affiliate Marketing.

Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley/KTLM has appointed Carlos Sanchez as Video Journalist for Noticias Telemundo 40. Sanchez joins Telemundo 40 after working as a reporter for Telemundo El Paso/KTDO,Azteca America network in Miami and Channel 44.


Hollywood publicist David H. Horowitz died Sunday, July 17 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 86. Among his credits, Horowitz crafted successful Oscar campaigns for Best Picture winners The Lord of The Rings: Return of The King, The Silence of the Lambs and Dances With Wolves.

This Day in History:
1960 – The pilot episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show aired.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: How did Nancy’s son Shane kill Pilar, when she threatened his and his brother’s lives on Weeds (2005-2012)? He whacked her over the head with a croquet mallet. Kudos to: Sheena Das/Disney Media/NYC; David Williams-CTV/Knoxville,TN; Steve Limbach-Showtime Networks/Hauppauge,NY; Chris Kalis-Law Offices of Christopher Kalis/Plano, TX; Dennis Aimino-ABC/Los Angeles,CA; Thomas Profit-Babcock Knolls International Entertainment/North Hollywood, CA; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, CA.

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ABC: The Middle, Fresh Off the Boat[r], Fresh Off the Boat [r], The Real O’Neals [r], Republican National Convention
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CW: The Flash [r], Containment [
FOX: Hotel Hell, Coupled
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Republican National Convention
PBS: Republican National Convention
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote
Univision: Un Camino Hacia el Destino, Tres Veces Ana, Por Siempre Joan Sebastian

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06/07/23: Cynopsis Jobs


SR. DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MANAGEMENT SHOUT! FACTORY LOS ANGELES P&L responsibility, ownership over all aspects of a project, standalone releases or a licensed library of titles. Works w/production, publicity, creative services, distribution/sales, digital, finance, legal, acquisitions & licensors to best position the project for success. 7+ yrs of exp. in marketing, business development, or product management. […]

06/07/23: Angry Birds lands at Amazon

Angry Birds lands at Amazon

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM FETV How many of your clients’ upfront deals are delivering? FETV delivers GRPs in flight! Brand-Safe Environment Iconic Content with Loyal Viewers Click here to contact Michael DuPont, EVP Ad Sales for more details or planning costs for review. Wednesday June 7, 2023 Today’s Premieres Bravo: The Real […]

06/06/23: Apple unveils Vision Pro

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Tuesday June 6, 2023 Today’s Premieres A&E: Customer Wars at 9p; Storage Wars at 10p ESPN: 30 for 30: The Luckiest Guy in the World at 8p HBO: Burden of Proof at 9p History: Beyond Skinwalker Ranch at 11p ID: Late Night Lockup at 10p Paramount+: Destination: European Nights IN THE NEWS “To those whose […]

06/05/23: Cynopsis Media Tech Update

Big reveal for "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi

Monday June 5, 2023 Amazon has agreed to payments to settle two federal lawsuits alleging that the tech giant violated users’ privacy through its Alexa voice assistant and its Ring doorbell cameras. The FTC found that Amazon violated children’s privacy law COPPA by keeping voice recordings of children, in some cases failing to honor deletion […]

06/05/23: Big reveal for “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi

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Monday June 5, 2023 Today’s Premieres Fox: Stars on Mars at 8p; Crime Scene Kitchen at 9p Freeform: Cruel Summer at 9p Hulu: Age of Influence Nat Geo: America’s National Parks at 9p NBC: American Ninja Warrior at 8p Netflix: Barracuda Queens IN THE NEWS YouTube will no longer remove content that advances false claims […]