07/28/17: Discovery sole suitor standing for Scripps; TNT still wild about Animal Kingdom; Jennifer Aniston heads back to the small screen

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Jennifer Aniston is heading back to the small screen. The Friends alum and Reese Witherspoon are set to star in a series about TV morning shows, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The untitled series, spearheaded by Michael Ellenberg, former HBO head of drama, is expected to be shopped to premium cable outlets like HBO and streamers like Netflix. Jay Carson (House of Cards) is attached to write the script.
AMC is developing 1990s Chicago drama Gang Leader for a Day from Ben Watkins (Hand of God), Ed Burns and Radar. Based on Sudhir Venkatesh’s best-selling book, the project centers on an ambitious young grad student who enters the nation’s largest public housing project to conduct a survey about what it means to be black and poor in America. Written by Watkins, Burns will EP and act in a supporting role.
Showtime picked up 1990s Boston crime drama pilot City on a Hill, executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and written by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler). “Chuck wrote a pressure cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play – family, blood, betrayal, honor. His take on the ties that bind is handled with a deep honesty and insight,” said director and EP Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant).
DIY Network greenlit Lawn & Order, starring landscaping experts Chris Lambton and Sara Bendrick. The duo helps homeowners tame overgrown lawns and improve tired exteriors to attract potential buys. Series is slated to debut in April 2018.
Van Jones and Charles D. King’s Macro joined forces to produce Indivisible (wt), an hour long drama that takes a fresh approach to Washington dynamics as it follows an unlikely young couple who come to occupy the White House. Production begins in 2018.
El Rey Network ordered martial arts series Bushido Battleground, Showcasing elite fighters in the full contact sports of MMA, submission Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai matches from around the world.
Lifetime greenlit original movie Faith Under Fire, Based on the book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith,  Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Tuff and Alex Tresniowski. Toni Braxton will star in and EP the film, scheduled to bow in 2018.
Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold returns on Friday, August 11 at 9p….AMC’s fourth and final season of Halt and Catch Fire debuts with a 2-hour premiere on Saturday, August 19 at 9p….En Foco, an investigative series presented by journalist Neida Sandoval, bows Thursday, August 24 at 10p on ITN TV. Rebroadcasts air Saturdays at 8p.
Smithsonian Channel airs The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam on Sunday, July 30 at 9p. “The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam plunges us back in time, so that we experience events unfold, unfiltered, as if we were there,” David Royle, EVP of Programming and Production, tells Cynopsis. “There are no interviews, no voice-overs, no reactions; just raw footage. It’s mesmerizing… not simply because it’s about a notorious murderer, but because it evokes the dark, steamy New York of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver – while conveying the indomitable spirit of New Yorkers and some of the larger-than-life personalities of the time, such as newsmen Jimmy Breslin and Geraldo Rivera. Director Tom Jennings does a masterful job. He doesn’t tell the audience what to think, he trusts us to draw our own conclusions.”
Wild Wednesdays return to Smithsonian Channel with two new specials that journey into the depths of exotic habitats. Honey Badger Grit bows August 9 at 8p; Cobra King arrives August 16 at 8p.
CNBC airs special episode The Profit: Marijuana Millions on Tuesday, August 8 at 10p, as entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis goes inside the booming drug industry.
CNN and Volvo are partnering to live-stream the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 as it crosses from coast to coast, via 360-degree video and VR. Covering the once-in-a-lifetime (unless you’re Olivia de Havilland) event makes sense for news net CNN, but what’s the tie-in for the car company? “Volvo’s first 360-degree camera was introduced in the award-winning XC90, and it will be among the best-in-class in the all-new XC60,” said Bob Jacobs, VP of marketing, product and brand communication for Volvo Car USA. “We felt a 360-degree view of the eclipse was a great way to celebrate this feature.”
Another automaker, Jeep, will be one of the sponsors (along with DISH) of The Weather Channel’s extensive coverage of the solar eclipse. The net will have meteorologists fanned out in different time zones broadcasting live, including on an Alaska Airlines flight that will follow the eclipse from 35,000 feet. Using its augmented and mixed reality technology, the net will also take viewers “inside” the event. Programming starts at 6a.
Maria Bello nabbed a series regular role on the 15th season of NCIS, bowing Tuesday, September 26 at 8p… Elizabeth Lail (Once Upon A Time) will star opposite Penn Badgley in Lifetime straight-to-series psychological thriller YouDexter’s Desmond Harrington is boarding season 6 of Elementary on CBSGarcelle Beauvais will recur on the sophomore season of E!’s The Arrangement.
Sister Circle, a live talk show hosted by a panel of four female hosts, premieres Monday, September 11 in 12 TEGNA markets and live nationally at 9a on TV One. It marks the first time TV One will carry original programming from a local station group.
Portfolio Entertainment secured international sales of culinary lifestyle series Best in the World Japan, Cafe Maria and the fifth season of You Gotta Eat Here! to launch in Russia, Poland and the UK.
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Telemundo’s second season debut of Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso delivered 1,835,000 total viewers, 965,000 A18-49 and 436,000 A18-34, according to Nielsen, ranking as the net’s best premiere at 9p in five years.
The premiere of Disney Channel’s Raven’s Home was the top live-action cable TV series premiere in two years among its targeted demographics, Kids 6-11 (1.3 million/5.3 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.5 million/6.1 rating), as well as Kids 2-11 (1.6 million/4.0 rating). It was also the #1 series premiere among all kid cable TV networks in Total Viewers (4.0 million) since Bunk’d (July 31, 2015).
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, July 26, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 4.5 million
Big Brother 6.4, Salvation 3.9, Criminal Minds 3.2
NBC: 3.6 million
Little Big Shots: Forever Young 5.8, The Carmichael Show 3.2, The Carmichael Show 2.7, Law & Order: SVU 2.5
FOX: 2.7 million
MasterChef 3.5, The F Word With Gordon Ramsay 1.8
ABC: 2.2 million
The Goldbergs 2.6, Speechless 2.1, Modern Family 2.5, American Housewife 2.2, Modern Family 2.1, The Goldbergs 1.9
Univision: 1.1 million
Copa MX 2017 0.7, Copa Oro 2017 CONCACAF 1.4
TELE: 1.1 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa e Barrio 1.1, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.2, El Senor de los Cielos 1.1
CW: 0.7 million
Arrow 0.7, Supernatural 0.6

Wednesday A19-49 Analysis:
CBS 1.0/4, FOX 0.8/3, TELE 0.7/3, UNI 0.7/3, NBC 0.6/3, ABC 0.5/2, CW 0.2/1
Univision’s Communications Inc. named Steve Mandala as President of Advertising Sales and Marketing. He had been Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales.
Big Fish Entertainment hired Jordana Starr as Vice President of Development. She was previously Vice President of Programming at Half Yard Productions.
TSL Products appointed Eric Olsson as Director of Sales. He joins from Telemetrics.

Friday Fun Fact: Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.
This Day in History: 2000 – Kathy Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host of Live!
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV detective sometimes kept his car parking in his living room? Dan Tanna in Vega$ (197801981). Kudos to: Linda Kitchens/Sanford, FL; Connie Betro-Carat/NYC; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NYC; Frank Costa-CBS/NYC; John Kukla-FoxTV/Dallas, TX; Rosemary Cunningham-Weigel Broadcasting/Chicago, IL; Robert Teinowitz-Live Action Media/Chicago, IL; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, IL; Colleen Raymann-Disney-ABC/Burbank, CA; Dennis Aimino-ABC/Los Angeles, CA; Jerry Jones-JJ Event Sales/Oakland, CA; Mark Misiano-San Diego Business Journal/San Diego/CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What rocker performed the theme song, Room Enough for Two, on the short-lived sitcom, My Sister Sam (1986-1988)? (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.)  
Classic TV Initial This:  Rise to Gentlemen = Remington Steele. Kudos to: Barbara Potasky-NBC Universal/NYC; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC; Drew Tappon-495 Productions/Burbank, CA.
Switcheroo (two characters one actor): Lila Hansen (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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ABC: Shark Tank, What Would You Do?, 20/20
MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Masters of Illusion, Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
MasterChef, Beat Shazam
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Charlie Rose – The Week, The Great British Baking Show, Food Flirts [p], Food Flirts
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Jose de Egipto, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo, Rosario Tijeras

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