07/29/15: Diane Keaton joins Jude Law in HBO pope drama; Former Mythbusters go for thrills at Travel Channel; The Soul Man renewed for fifth and final season at TV Land



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Source: Nielsen, Live+3 Day P2+(000), Sun 7/19-Tue 7/21 9p airings for 2.2M; Live+3 Day P2+(000) aggregate for all airings from 7/19-7/21 for 11.4M; Adobe Omniture, Youtube Analytics, Facebook Analytics


Good morning. It’s Wednesday July 29, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Cooking: My Grandmother’s Ravioli at 8p
Fyi: Unplugged Nation at 10p
Great American Country: Celebrity Motor Homes at 9p
Lifetime: Little Women: LA at 9p
NBCSN: Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout at 10p
Syfy: Face Off at 9p
truTV: The Carbanaro Effect at 10p, Fameless at 10:30p

Tonight’s Finale:
PBS: Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail at 10p


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Diane Keaton will star opposite Jude Law in The Young Pope, a joint production of HBO, Sky and Canal+ about the fictional Pontificate of Pius XIII (aka Lenny Belardo). Keaton plays a nun in the eight-episode series directed by Paolo Sorrentino.


Don’t hold your breath for Netflix’s stand-up comedy special starring Bill Cosby. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to release that,” said the streaming service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, at the TCA summer press tour, referring to the disgraced star’s ongoing sex scandal. But viewers might see Full House twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on Netflix revival Fuller House. While the actresses are so far not slated to appear, they’re “teetering,” shared Sarandos.

The Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show, a USA staple since 1984, is trotting over to Fox Sports. A 10-year agreement starting in 2017 includes global rights, and gives the canine competition a prime time live slot on Fox Sports 1, as well as Nat Geo Wild and Fox Sports digital platforms with additional coverage, and encore airings on NGW.




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Larysa Kondracki (The Whistleblower) inked a one-year directing and first-look development deal with Starz that includes directing an episode of Power. Kondracki has directed eps of The Americans, Halt and Catch Fire, The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul.

USA greenlit Brooklyn Animal Control, based on the comic created by JT Petty. A co-production with Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment, the pilot will be written and exec produced by Petty.

Horror net Chiller announced the start of production for its first original series, Slasher. Filmed in Sudbury, Parry Sound and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, the psychological thriller starring Katie McGrath (Jurassic World) is slated for a 2016 premiere.

HBO is developing a Western drama set in 1840s Wyoming, reports EW. Untamed is exec produced and directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor); Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) is writer and exec producer. Also in development at HBO: a comedy about a fallen Olympic figure skater from Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell, written by Pell and Michelle Lawler and exec produced by Sue Naegle.


Ex-Mythbusters Kari Byron and Tory Belleci have jumped to Travel Channel for new series Thrill Factor, where they’ll dive into the engineering and science behind thrill rides. “We are thrilled – no pun intended – that Kari and Tory are joining the Travel Channel family,” said Ross Babbit, SVP, programming and development. “As true adventure seekers, they epitomize what travel is all about, and offer a unique scientific perspective.” Not to mention the fans they collected during their years busting myths on Discovery. Thrill Factor bows Wednesday, August 12 at 8p.

Female masterminds are the focus of Oxygen’s Snapped: She Made Me Do It. True crime series launches with a two-parter beginning Sunday, September 6 at 10p, and moves to its regular time slot Wednesday, September 9 at 10p.

Starz Kids & Family is offering “Amazing Animation” Saturdays next month. Lineup each week features two animated films, starting August 1 at 6p with Planes and Planes: Fire and Rescue.

On-air sports talent for Bounce TV’s upcoming Premier Boxing Champions – The Next Round includes Fred Hickman (CNN Sports Tonight) as host, Frank Charles (NFL GameDay Final) calling blow-by-blow action and Super Welterweight World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout serving up insight and analysis. Action starts Sunday, August 2 at 9p.

Fameless launches on truTV tonight at 10:30. Exec produced by David Spade, the sketch/prank show features wannabe stars cast in a reality show.

HGTV renovate-to-rent series Income Property, starring Scott McGillivray, premieres on sister net DIY Thursday, August 6 at 10p, for a run of fresh eps that will last until September 24. And what’s good for HGTV is good for DIY. “Scott is the perfect expert to satisfy the DIY promise to dive deep into the renovation process, so premiering new episodes of his series Income Property is a win for viewers,” Courtney White, VP, program development and production, tells Cynopsis.

Two new series will also launch on DIY this summer: American Rehab: Charleston makes its debut Wednesday, August 19 at 11p, while Attic Gold arrives Sunday, August 30 at 9p.

Ahead of a month-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Law & Order, WE tv started a two-night marathon last night that continues tonight at 8p, with bonus footage and behind the scenes extras. On Monday, stars Dann Florek, Carolyn McCormick, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jill Hennessy got the party started in NYC. In August, the procedural will air on the net Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 5p-11p.


TruTV’s The Carbonaro Effect starts its second season tonight at 10p. Posing as a baker, beautician, and other characters, Carbonaro is deft at “making people believe in the unbelievable,” he tells Cynopsis. This year, the magician promises a push to escalate the hidden camera show’s tricks. Any plans for working some magic on TruTV CEO Chris Linn? “I’m not at liberty to say,” Carbonaro jokes.

When Calls the Heart landed a third season on Hallmark Channel. Ten new hours of the romance series, set in an early 20th century mining town, launch Sundays in February, with a two-hour sneak peek of the first two episodes airing over the holiday season.

Hot In Cleveland spin-off The Soul Man will be back on TV Land for a fifth and final season. The comedy is the net’s highest-rated original series among African Americans P25-54 and African American Women 25-54, averaging a2.2 AA P25-54 rating and a 2.65 rating among AA W25-54 over its four seasons. “We plan to give the viewers something very special this year,” said Keith Cox, EVP of development and original programming. TV Land rebranded with edgier fare this year, premiering shows like Younger and Impastor.


Drew Powell was bumped from recurring to series regular on season two of Fox’s Gotham, launching Monday, September 21.

Lawrence Kao (The Walking Dead), Rebecca Breeds (Pretty Little Liars) and Oliver Ackland (Satisfaction) will recur on season three of CW’s The Originals, says EW. Supernatural drama returns Thursday, October 8.

Damon Dayoub (NCIS) was upped from recurring guest star to series regular on season two of ABC Family procedural Stitchers, returning in 2016.

Lost alum Terry O’Quinn will co-star in season two of ABC anthology series Secrets and Lies, with Michael Ealy and Juliette Lewis.


CBS plans to live-stream national ads in its February 7 broadcast of the 2016 Super Bowl, reports Variety, so sponsors would likely be expected to pony up for both online ratings and TV ratings. In the past, advertisers could opt for one or the other. In February, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves said the goal for a 30-second Super Bowl spot was “north of $5 million”; this year NBC asked for about $4.5 million.

A new report from AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing cites a “direct and positive relationship” between allocation shifts from English to Hispanic media. On average, a 5 percent shift in allocation would generate a 1.75 percent acceleration in U.S. revenue growth rate, says the study.

For its first-ever national marketing campaign, regional telecom U.S. Cellular is promoting its nationwide cell and data service with Scripps Networks. A five-part video series hosted by Andrew Zimmern (Travel’s Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern) takes customers to destinations like San Francisco, Maine and Oregon; the travelers use their U.S. Cellular network to share the trip with friends back home. The first episode is live on ULIVE, TravelChannel.com and FoodNetwork.com.

Baby boomer news net Newsmax TV inked a deal with multi-platform ad sales company WorldLink to oversee paid programming and short-form direct response sales, starting August 3. “We think direct response advertisers will embrace Newsmax TV’s differentiated mix of insightful and relevant programming,” said WordLink founder and CEO Toni Knight.


Banijay Group and Zodiak Media confirmed a merger that creates one of the world’s largest independent production and distribution companies, and the biggest not controlled by a media group. With a footprint in more than 18 territories, revenues close in on the $1 billion mark.

The Asia TV Forum & Market returns December 1-4. The Asian entertainment content event will be held at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands.

Chinese TV producer and distributor IPCN struck an option deal with Global Agency to remake weekly music talent show format The Remix in China. It’s familiar territory for IPCN, which has already brokered deals for China’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance and Sing Off.

ITV reported a 5 percent rise in ad revenue for the six months ending June 30, with total revenues up 11 percent versus the same time last year and pre-tax profits up 25 percent, to $608 million. ITV head Adam Crozier said the company, which purchased Talpa Media, Mammoth Screen and Twofour Group this year, will continue to “look for acquisition opportunities in line with our strategy,” as well as funnel “a lot more money” into drama.

BBC Three’s Thirteen starts shooting this week in Bristol, with Jodie Comer (My Mad Fat Diary) in the lead role. Psychological drama focuses on a woman who starts a new life after escaping from the cellar prison where she’s been held for 13 years.


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E!’s I Am Cait delivered 2.73 million viewers on Sunday, with 1.5 million in the A18-49 demo. Over four plays, the docu-series premiere reached 6.2 million viewers. The first of two May Keeping Up With the Kardashians specials on Jenner’s transformation drew 2.92 million viewers.

The season finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette was up 16 percent week-to-week in total viewers (8.1 million) and 26 percent among A18-49 (2.4/9). Year to year, over its 2015 run the reality show improved 4 percent in total viewers and 20 percent in the demo.

NBC Nightly News was tops in viewers the week of July 20, but ABC’s World News Tonight was first among A25-54 (1.896 million, a 4-week high) and A18-49 (1.330 million, a 5-week high), based on Live+SD data from Nielsen.

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Syndicated Dr. Phil boasted a healthy 2.9 Live+SD HH rating the week ending July 19, up 26 percent versus the week prior and up 7 percent over last year. Live with Kelly & Michael held steady at 2.6 to place second among talk shows in households.

Three weeks into its four-week trial in metered markets, Boris and Nicole was down 36 percent from its lead-ins with .7/2, and 13 percent below its year-ago July time periods.

Sunday’s Food Network Star posted a season high 1.2 rating among A25-54, ranking number 5 among cable for the night, a gain of 33 percent versus year-ago and the series’ most watched telecast since 2013. Food Network ranked fifth among cable for Sunday night and ninth for the week.

Univision Deportes set ratings records in July, ranking as the number two sports network regardless of language for the month, after ESPN. UDN averaged 454,000 total viewers, 279,000 A18-49 and 139,000 A18-34 in primetime. 

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings (week of July 20, 2015)
Nightly News 7.657 million total viewers; 1.5/7  1.841 million A25-54
ABC: World News Tonight 7.44 million total viewers; 1.6/7 and 1.896 million A25-54
CBS: Evening News 6.064 million total viewers; 1.1/5 and 1.344 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of July 20, 2015
America’s Got Talent (Tues.) 2.3/1
NBC: American Ninja Warrior 2.1/2
ABC: Celebrity Family Feud 2.0/3 
ABC: The Bachelorette 1.9/4
CBS: Big Brother (Sun.) 1.9/4
CBS: Big Brother (Thurs.) 1.9/48
CBS: Big Brother (Wed.) 1.8/7
CBS: Big Bang Theory 1.5/7
NBC: Last Comic Standing 1.5/8
FOX: MasterChef 1.5/8
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/13/15 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0AA
Big Bang Theory (WB) 5.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 3.0AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 3.0AA
Dr. Phil Show (CTD) 2.9
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.9AA
Two and A Half Men (WB) 2.7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/13/15 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 2.4AA
Family Feud (2/T) 2.0AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.7AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.6AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.4AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2AA
How I Met Your Mother (2/T) 1.1AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 1.1AA
Maury (NBU) 1.0AA
Cleveland Show (2/T) 1.AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Monday A18-49 Analysis: ABC won the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 2.4/9, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC topped 8p with 2.3/9 for the first hour of the Bachelorette finale, followed by NBC’s American Ninja Warrior with 1.6/6. The Bachelorette kept its lead at 9p with 2.6/9, versus 2.2/7 for NBC’s Warrior. ABC’s The Bachelorette: After the Rose won 10p with 2.3/8; NBC’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls was next with 1.2/4.

A18-49: ABC 2.4/9, NBC 1.7/6, CBS .8/3, TELE .8/3, UNI .7/3, CW .5/2, ION .4/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, July 27, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 5.3/10
The Bachelorette 5.4/10, The Bachelorette: After the Rose 5.2/9
CBS: 3.2/6
Two Broke Girls [r] 2.9/5, Mike & Molly [r] 2.9/5, Scorpion [r] 3.0/5, NCIS: Los Angeles [r] 3.8/7
NBC: 3.1/6
American Ninja Warrior 3.5/6, Running Wild With Bear Grylls 2.2/4
FOX 1.8/3
So You Think You Can Dance 1.8/3
Amores Con Trampa 1.3/2, Imperdonable 1.2/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres .0/2
Telemundo: 1.1/2
Avenida Brasil 0.7/1, Tierra de Reyes 1.2/2
ION: 1.1/2
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.0/2
CW: 1.0/2
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.3/2, Whose Line Is It Anyway 0.9/1, Barber Battle 0.5/1

Sunday A18-49 Analysis: Univision had the most A18-49 viewers Sunday with 2.0/7, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos delivered .9/3 and CBS’ 60 Minutes earned .9/4 to tie at 7p. Univision’s Copa Oro 2015 scored 2.8/9 at 8p, followed by 2.0/7 for ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud. Uni held at 2.8/9 to top 9p; ABC’s Battlebots took second place with 1.4/5. ABC’s Save My Life and CBS’s CSI squeaked by Univision’s Sal y Pimienta at 10p, .9/3 versus .8/3.

A18-49: UNI 2.0/7, ABC 1.3/5, CBS 1.0/5, FOX .7/2, NBC .5/2, TELE .3/1, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Sunday, July 26, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 3.5/7
60 Minutes [r] 5.2/10, Big Brother 3.5/6, Madam Secretary [r] 2.5/4, CSI [r] 2.8.5
ABC: 3.2/6
America’s Funniest Home Videos [r] 2.6/5, Celebrity Family Feud 5.3/10, Battlebots 2.6/5, Save My Life 2.1/4
Futbol Central .9/2, Copa Oro 2-15 2.3/4, Sal y Pimienta 0.9/2
NBC: 1.3/2
Hollywood Game Night [r] 1.3/3, Welcome to Sweden 0.8/1, Welcome to Sweden 0.7/1, American Ninja Warrior [r] 1.5/3
FOX: 0.9/2
Bob’s Burgers [r] .7/1, Bob’s Burgers [r] .8/1, The Simpsons [r] 1.2/2, Brooklyn Nine-Nine [r] .9/2, Family Guy [r] 1.0/2, Last Man on Earth [r] .8/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Cars 2 .4/1
ION: 0.5/1
The Sentinel .6/1, Demolition Man .4/1

Saturday A18-49 Analysis: FOX had the most A18-49 viewers Saturday with 1.1/5, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. Fox’s UFC Fight Night clobbered the competition at 8p with .8/5, followed by .4/2 for ABC’s Battlebots, and won 9p with 1.2/6, versus .6/2 for Univision’s Sabado Gigante. Fight Night won the 10p half hour with 1.5/6; ABC’s Boston EMS and CBS’s 48 Hours each scored .6/3 for the hour.

A18-49: FOX 1.1/5, ABC .5/2, UNI .5/2, CBS .4/3, NBC .3/1, ION .3/1, TELE .1/0

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Saturday, July 25, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 2.4/5
Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.2/5, Crimetime Saturday [r] 2.2/5, 48 Hours [r] 2.8/6
FOX 1.7/4
UFC Fight Night 1.7/4
ABC: 1.3/3
Battlebots [r] 1.0/2, Battlebots [r] 1.1/2, Boston EMS 1.7/4
Sabado Gigante 0.8/2
ION: 0.8/2
Criminal Minds .9/2, Criminal Minds 0.8/2, Criminal Minds 0.7/2
NBC: 0.8/2
Running Wild With Bear Grylls [r] .8/2, Aquarius 0.8/2, Hannibal 0.7/1
TELE: 0.4/1
Futnol Estelar Pachuca .2/0


Animal Planet promoted Andy Weissberg to Senior Vice President, Programming and Erin Wanner to Vice President, Production. Weissberg joined the net in 2009; Wanner came aboard in 2007.


True crime writer Ann Rule died July 26 after suffering a heart attack. She was 83. Several of Rule’s books were turned into TV movies, including The Stranger Beside Me, Every Breath You Take and Never Let Her Go.

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CW: Arrow [r], Supernatural [r]
Fox: MasterChef, Home Free 
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing
PBS: Life on the Reef, NOVA [r], Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail [
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05/26/24: Cynopsis Jobs


MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]

Cynopsis 05/24/24: Paramount+ announces “Dexter” prequel cast

Paramount+ announces "Dexter" prequel cast

Friday May 24, 2024 Today’s Premieres CBS: Lingo at 8p Great American Pure Flix: Destination Heaven IFC: Off Script with The Hollywood Reporter at 10p Magnolia: Diary of an Old Home at 8p Netflix: Jurassic World: Chaos Theory; Mulligan Prime Video: The Test The Roku Channel: The Great American Baking Show WE tv: The Barnes […]

Cynopsis 05/23/24: Apple asks, What If?

Apple asks, What If?

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM WARNER BROS. DISCOVERY Our Primetime Winning Streak Continues… Claiming the majority of P18-49 cable viewing on back-to-back Sunday nights (May 12: 57% | May 19: 66%) – WBD delivered massive primetime reach across iconic sports and entertainment brands, including: NBA Playoffs (TNT, truTV) | NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (TBS) 90 Day […]

Cynopsis Esports 5/23/24: Larian Studios expands; MSI breaks records; Chipotle keeps fighting

Thursday May 23, 2024 Good morning! It’s Thursday, and this is your monthly Esports and Gaming Brief. Larian Studios is doing something few people expect of any game studio in 2024: expanding. Following the commercial and critical acclaim Baldur’s Gate 3 received throughout the past year, Larian has become an example of how talented right-sized […]

05/22/24: Cynopsis Jobs


MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]