07/31/15: Destination America goes live with exorcism; date set for Barbara Walters ID scandal series; Discovery announces Shweekend, featuring you-know-what



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Good morning. It’s Friday July 31, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Disney: Bunk’d at 10p
Lifetime: Bring It at 9p, Atlanta Plastic at 10p
TNT: Cold Justice: Sex Crimes at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
Teen Nick: DeGrassi at 9:30p

Sunday’s Premieres:
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise at 8p
Bounce: PBC – The Next Round at 9p
History: Ice Road Truckers at 9p
SundanceTV: Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter at 11a

Sunday’s Finales:
PBS: Last Tango in Halifax at 8p, Poldark on Masterpiece at 9p


Halloween weekend just got spookier. In a U.S. television first, Destination America is set to air the first live exorcism. Exorcism: Live! visits the St. Louis house, inspiration for 1973’s The Exorcist, where the ritual was performed on Roland Doe in 1949. The cast of Ghost Asylum and world-renowned psychic medium Chip Coffey are part of the fun on Friday, October 30 at 9p.

Investigation Discovery sheds new light on infamous and controversial cases in Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, launching Monday, November 2 at 10p. Featured stories include Jean Harris, Mark David Chapman and Erik and Lyle Menendez. “There is still enormous interest in these sensational scandals,” said Walters. Series premieres Monday, November 2 at 10p.

Because viewers can’t get enough of all things shark, Discovery is introducing Shweekend, a special weekend of all-new Shark Week content on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30. Programming includes  MythBusters vs. Jaws (wt), Shark Alley (wt), Air Jaws: Ring of Death (wt) and Still Alive: Shark Surprise.

Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic and American Heroes Channel have teamed to present Castro: The World’s Most Watched Man (wt). One-hour doc about the life of Fidel is slated to premiere on AHC in 4Q 2015 and on Discovery Networks International’s factual channels in more than 220 countries and territories this fall. “The timely news of Cuba and the U.S. restoring relations, along with Castro’s deteriorating health conditions, opens up a momentous opportunity for us to document this iconic and unfolding story,” said Kevin Bennett, EVP and general manager of American Heroes Channel. Castro… a hero? “AHC is dedicated to telling the stories of not just heroes but all of history’s most legendary characters,” added Bennett.

Who better to host a month full of “pawesome” programming than animal advocate Betty White? The beloved actress will be featured in Discovery Family Channel promos throughout August during a month-long dog-themed programming event. It all begins Saturday, August 1 with 101 Dalmations at 8p.

In advance of Project Runway’s upcoming Season 14 debut, Lifetime and Yahoo TV have partnered to premiere one-hour casting special Road to the Runway online. Special airs on linear Thursday, August 6 at 8p, leading into Project Runway’s return on Lifetime at 9p.

Wendy Williams will host and executive produce Death by Gossip with Wendy Williams, an Investigation Discovery true crime series. “Everyone loves a little dish now and then, but in these cases, guilty pleasure can become motive for murder,” said Wendy Williams. “I’m an ID Addict and I dare anyone not to be intrigued by the real-life stories we tell every week.” The series debuts Friday, October 9 at 10p.

Candace Cameron Bure says she’s flattered that she’s being considered for a co-host spot on ABC talker The View, but serving on the panel is “not easy,” the Fuller House star admitted to Cynopsis at TCA. “It’s a difficult show to do because no matter where you stand or what your opinion is, you’re always going to have people who don’t like you.” Bure would fill one of the spots left open by Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace, out after one season.

El Rey chairman and founder Robert Rodriguez and vice chair Scott Sassa announced at TCA that Michael Mann (Ali) and George Miller (Mad Max) will sit down for the next two installments of El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair, Mann on Sunday, August 9 at 8p and Miller on August 30.

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WGN America has picked up a script from Electus for El Double. Based on the Spanish-language format from Televisa USA and Caracol, the drama features a Mexican drug kingpin who hires a down-on-his-luck American actor as his body double to evade the authorities and his enemies.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network placed a straight-to-series order for Greenleaf, a 13-episode drama from Craig Wright (Lost) that centers on shenanigans surrounding a Memphis megachurch. The Lionsgate-owned series is set for production later this year. “This show is going to be a fun ride and will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their pews week after week,” said Winfrey.

Investigation Discovery greenlit a documentary special and limited series, featuring the reporting of Al Jazeera America anchor Tony Harris. Both projects will be produced by NBC News production arm Peacock Productions. Behind Closed Doors: Shocking Secrets, reporting on the state of domestic violence in the U.S., is set to premiere in October. And Justice for All (wt), showcasing iconic stories from the case files of civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center, bows in early 2016.


TruTV‘s fall lineup kicks off on August 31 with a celebration of Impractical Jokers airing Monday, August 31 to Wednesday, September 2 at 10p and an all-day marathon on Thursday, September 3 beginning at 11a. It all leads up to the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special on September 3 at 7p, hosted by Howie Mandel. Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street returns for season four Thursday, October 8 at 10:30p, with sister net TBS presenting encores of each episode. New series Road Spill bows on Wednesday, September 23, while Adam Ruins Everything debuts Tuesday, September 29 at 10p.

Investigation Discovery introduces three new series in August. Indecent Proposal, premiering back-to-back episodes Saturday, August 22 at 10p and 10:30p, tells the stories of people confronted with life-altering moral dilemmas. Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen, bowing Monday, August 17 at 10p, features the investigative journalist digging into the depths of a killer’s mind and  Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors, debuting Wednesday, October 21 at 9p, gives viewers a peek at shocking crimes that happened inside hotels.

Premier Boxing Champions comes to Bounce TV on Sunday, August 2 at 9p with the debut of  PBC – The Next Round. The new monthly series showcase the sport’s future stars and potential champions. The telecast will also be streamed telecast live on BounceTV.com.

World of X Games: MasterCraft Throwdown, presented by GM Marine, airs live Sunday, August 8 at 2:30p on ABC. The 90-minute broadcast features the world’s top wakeboard athletes competing for medals and prize money, as well as a Guinness World Records attempt for the world Skifly record.

Al Jazeera America’s Third Rail asks: Is public education in the U.S. broken beyond repair? The debate airs Sunday, August 2 at 6p. Guests include former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Peter Cunningham, high school history teacher Jesse Hagopian, and sociologist and author Pedro Noguera
Professional finders Mike Schario and Jesse Brown travel the United States in search of priceless keepsakes in upcoming Discovery Family Channel series Lost And Found (wt). Set to debut in November, the show is part of Project Thank You, the network’s month-long campaign to encourage and empower viewers to express their gratitude to the people in their lives who have made a difference.

American Heroes Channel launches American Titans on Tuesday, August 4 at 10p and Manhunt: Kill or Capture on Wednesday, August 12 at 10p. Special One Giant Leap, set around the country’s journey to the moon, premieres Wednesday, August 5 at 10p.

Science Channel’s Secret Space Escapes details the chilling challenges of space exploration. A premiere date is set for Tuesday, November 10 at 10p.

UP is days away from debuting its first original scripted series, Ties That Bind, a hybrid police procedural and family drama. The 10-parter premieres Wednesday, August 12 at 9p. Last Hope with Troy Dunn, another new series, arrives Thursday, September 10 at 9p. 


Investigation Discovery has released August premiere dates for six returning series. Deadly Devotion bows Monday, August 3 at 9p; Deadly Women debuts Friday, August 7 at 10p; Swamp Murders is back Wednesday, August 12 at 10p; Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda returns Tuesday, August 18 at 10p; Nowhere to Hide debuts Thursday, August 20 at 10p and On the Case with Paula Zahn returns Sunday, August 30 at 10p.


Good Wife alum Archie Panjabi is heading to FOX‘s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Panjabi will guest as
a police officer who has her eye on Detective Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio). The drama returns for its third season on Sunday, September 27 at 8:30p.

Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) is joining the cast of Epix spy series Berlin Station. Drama is scheduled to begin production this fall, headed for a fall of 2016 launch


Leading up to this year’s Emmy Awards, the Television Academy has released its official group of new and returning corporate sponsors. This year’s category-exclusive partners include Audi, Chase Sapphire Preferred, FIJI Water, L’Oreal Paris, Penfolds, PEOPLE Magazine and United Airlines. The 67th Emmy Awards, hosted by Andy Samberg, airs live Sunday, September 20 at 8p on FOX.

Poker Central announced its first group of advertisers, who will be featured on the Poker Central TV channel and the Super High Roller poker series airing on NBC Sports Network:
Amazon App Store, Draft Kings and Dollar Shave Club. In addition to the three core sponsors, MVMT Watches is the official timekeeping partner of the Super High Roller series.

With its acquisition of DirecTV set, AT&T announced the satellite TV company’s advertising sales will be adopted by the AT&T AdWorks family. Rick Weldway, new president of the division, said, “The combination of 12 million addressable DirecTV homes with the 70 million homes in the TV Blueprint audience network puts us in a unique position. We will continue to reduce wasted spend in traditional national TV ad buys and provide best-in-class post campaign measurement to prove it.” The DirecTV Addressable Advertising platform/AT&T Adworks TV Blueprint combo has been dubbed AddressablePlus.


UP TV has acquired the full seven-season run of Gilmore Girls. The net will begin airing the 153 one-hour episodes in the fall.

MeTV entered into an affiliation agreement with WDIV-TV/Local 4 in Detroit, a Graham Media Company station. With the addition, MeTV will be available in 98 of the top 100 markets in the U.S.

Cozi TV is bringing on three new affiliates, offering the network on WHCQ in Greenwood-Greenville, Mississippi, KCVU in Chico-Redding, California, and KBVU in Eureka, California, beginning this fall. With the addition of the three new stations, Cozi TV now counts 82 affiliates, serving more than 84 million homes in 74 percent of the United States.


Discovery Communications has agreed to form a strategic relationship with Doguº Media Group, one of the leading media groups in Turkey, to increase its portfolio to 13 channels and strengthen its ad sales offer. The move reinforces the company’s position as a leading international media company in Turkey. 

Tricon Films & Television has announced multiple sales of its factual and documentary programming, including Banger Films‘ new docu-series Rock Icons, SRP’s Sports Gone Wild and technology driven Get Connected.


BabyFirst launches ABC Galaxy on Monday, August 3. The show, set in space, stars Giggs, a little girl captain who loves to laugh, and Hugg, the playful first mate who loves to give hugs.

Two new series join The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic! three-hour Saturday morning block, upon its return for its season three on Saturday, October 3 at 9a: scripted drama The Inspectors, inspired by real cases handled by the United States Postal Inspection Service, and hidden camera show Chicken Soup for The Soul’s Hidden Heroes, hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet.


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Media Minute: It’s fun and games on TV this summer, reports Brad Adgate, SVP, research at Horizon Media. "So far this summer, 4.05 million A18-49 (Live+7) are tuning in to the Tuesday night telecast of NBC‘s America’s Got Talent, the most of any regularly scheduled program on broadcast television," Adgate tells Cynopsis. "But the most popular prime time activity on the television set with A18-49 has been DVR Playback, with 5.11 million users." After DVR Playback and Talent? "The most popular show/activity in prime time has been using a video game console via the television set – with 3.70 million A18-49," says Adgate.

TV One announced its best July delivery ever in Primetime and Total Day among W25-54. Year over year in Prime/Total Day, the net is up 42 percent/13 percent in W25-54, up 42 percent/23 percent among A18-49 and up 32/15 percent in HHs, according to Nielsen Live+SD.

Bounce TV has been the #1 African-American targeted television network in the delivery of overall viewers and key demos a dozen times in recent weeks reports the net. 

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 20, 2015
NBC: Late Night, 1.46 million viewers and .45/3 A18-49
ABC: Nightline, 1.42 million total viewers and 0.33/2 A18-49
CBS: Late Late Show, 1.21 million total viewers and 0.28/2 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 20, 2015
ABC: GMA 4.32 million total viewers; 1.2/12 and 1.47 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.03 million total viewers; 1.3/12 and 1.54 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.12 million total viewers; 0.7/7 and .886 million A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Sunday Morning News Shows  July 26, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 2.77 million total viewers; .6 and 672,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 2.65 million total viewers; .7/ and 863,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 2.88 million total viewers .6 and 718,000 A25-54
CBS: Face the Nation-2 1.82 million total viewers; .4 and 423,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday 1.25 million total viewers; .3 and 372,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI Total Viewers and A25-54 Live+SD

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC won the most A18-49 viewers Wednesday with 1.6/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s Big Brother topped 8p with 2.0/8, followed by NBC’s America’s Got Talent: Best Of and Fox’s MasterChef, tied with 1.5/6. Talent rose to the top at 9p with 1.8.7, versus .9/3 for Fox’s Home Free. NBC kept the lead at 10p with 1.5/5 for Last Comic Standing; Telemundo’s Senor de los Cielos was second wtih 1.2/4.

A18-49: NBC 1.6/6, FOX 1.2/5, CBS 1.1/4, ABC .8/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .7/3, ION .3/1, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: July 29, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 4.4/8
America’s Got Talent: Beset Of 4.7/9, Last Comic Standing 3.6/7
CBS: 3.2/6
Big Brother 3.4/7, Extant 2.8/5, Criminal Minds [r] 3.3/6
FOX: 2.4/4
MasterChef 2.9/5, Home Free 1.8/3
ABC: 2.2/4
The Middle [r] 2.6/5, The Goldbergs [r] 2.1/4, Modern Family [r] 2.3/4, black-ish [r] 2.0/4, Celebrity Wife Swap 2.2/4
Amores con Trampa 1.2/2, Imperdonable 1.2/2, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.1/2
TELE: 1.0/2
Avenida Brasil .7/1, Bajo el Mismo Cielo .9/2, Senor de los Cielos 1.4/3
ION: .6/1
Ghost Whisperer .6/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1, Ghost Whisperer .6/1
CW: .5/1
Arrow [r] .5/1, Supernatural [r] .5/1


After seven years as chief operating officer at The Weinstein Company, David Glasser has resigned. “It has been an incredible run at The Weinstein Company, but I have decided to take some time and explore my options in the industry,” said Glasser. “I will remain with TWC until November, where I will work closely with our team to set up the incredible slate for 2015/2016.” In a joint statement, Bob and Harvey Weinstein said Glasser “has been one of the best executives we’ve had the privilege of working with and we have had a tremendous run together.”

Nathaniel Wilson has joined Adventr as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Wilson previously worked in sales at AOl On Network, Demand Media and Fox Digital.

Saban Brands appointed Rich Magallanes as Senior Vice President of Development and Production. Magallanes last served as Senior Vice President of Current Series and Production at Nickelodeon.

Digital marketing agency Reason2Be announced two additions to its team. Tim Dingersen, previously Associate Creative Director at Click 3X, has been appointed Creative Director. Morgan Leykam, formerly at Dentsu Aegis Network, joins the staff as Strategist.

Havas Worldwide New York has hired Andrea Gustafson as Design Director in the creative department.

Global Television and Event production company Done + Dusted has promoted partner Melanie Fletcher to Chief Operating Officer. Fletcher will relocate from the Done and Dusted Group UK hub to its US headquarters in Los Angeles.

Friday Fun Fact:
One of NASA’s requirements for its astronauts is to learn Russian.

This Day in History: 1987 E! was originally launched as Movietime, a service that aired entertainment news, movie trailers and event and awards coverage.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What food store did Naomi work for on Mama’s Family? Food Circus. Kudos to: Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/Melville, NY, Rev. Mark Wajda-Catholic Community of St Paul/Leesburg, FL, Jerry Jones/San Francisco, CA, Lindsay Garber-Splash Entertainment/Woodland Hills, CA, Amy Levy-Amy Levy Public Relations, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.

Today’s Trivia: In which paper did Oscar Madison’s sports column appear on The Odd Couple? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).
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ABC: Shark Tank [r], What Would You Do, 20/20 [r]
Elementary [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]
CW: Masters of Illusion, Whose Line Is It Anyway? [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]
FOX: MasterChef [r], Gotham [r]
NBC: America’s Got Talent [r], Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose: The Week, Virtuoisty  The Cliburn
Telemundo: Avenida Brazil [r], Bajo el Mismo Cielo, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Amores Con Trampa, Lo Imperdonable [r], Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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Cynopsis 05/16/24: WBD thinks FAST

WBD thinks FAST

Thursday May 16, 2024 Today’s Premieres Hulu: The Beauty Queen Killer: 9 Days of Terror Peacock: Bronx Zoo ’90: Crime, Chaos and Baseball Max: Home Sweet Rome! Today’s Finales CBS: Young Sheldon at 8p; So Help Me Todd at 9p NBC: Law & Order at 8p; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit at 9p; Law […]