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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Thursday August 4, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Discovery: BattleBots: Champions
HBO Max: Sweet Life: Los Angeles
History: Alone: The Skills Challenge at 10:30p
ID: Dead Days of Summer at 9p
Netflix: Lady Tamara; Super Giant Robot Brothers; Kakegurui Twin
Paramount+: Mike Judge’s Beavis & Butt-Head
Prime Video: All or Nothing: Arsenal
Sundance Now: Good Grief

Today’s Finales
A&E: Accused: Guilty or Innocent? at 9p
ALLBLK: Terror Lake Drive
History: Alone at 9p
truTV: Impractical Jokers at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Sinclair Broadcast Group posted a record second quarter, with 2Q22 media revenues of $366 million, up 11% from a year ago. “Political revenues were not only very strong, but they were the highest second quarter and year-to-date political revenue in our company’s history,” said Sinclair President/CEO Chris Ripley. “We expect political revenue to drive total ad sales for the remainder of the year, resulting in growth over last year. It is important to note that while we’re not in a position to forecast the state of the economy through the end of the year or in 2023, we expect that a strong year of political advertising helps cushion against any possible downturn.”

TV ad impressions were up 7.29% YoY in the first half of 2022, according to iSpot.tv’s “2022 TV Advertising Snapshot.” Additional findings include:
· Spanish-language TV ad impressions are 11% YoY, as Spanish-language networks and shows also grow their share of impressions
· Live sports accounted for 25.5% of TV ad impressions – up from 22.4% in the first half of 2021, thanks to the Winter Olympics, NFL Playoffs and full NBA Playoffs
· The LiMu Emu and “Doug” were the most-seen individual spokespeople in H1 2022, but they were still outpaced by kids, dogs, cats and babies by share of TV ad impressions
Which were the hottest industries in first half of the year? Travel (TV ad impressions up 93% YoY), sports betting (up 81%) and theatrical releases (up 64%).

Fox Corporation inked a multi-year renewal of its distribution agreement with Verizon for Fios TV that includes Fox Weather and Tubi. The agreement also includes the continued distribution of Fox brands including Fox News Media, Fox Sports, Fox Network and local Fox O&O TV stations.

Netflix has canceled teen vampire drama “First Kill” after one season. The series was released June 10, peaking its first week with 48.8 million hours viewed.

SAG-AFTRA and Netflix have reached a tentative deal for a new contract, subject to approval by the guild’s National Board. Negotiations were extended past the original June 30 deadline.

“We are saddened and shocked by the news,” said “Batgirl” producers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah after news broke that Warner Bros. has canceled plans for their high-profile film, originally slated for release on HBO Max and already in post-production. “The decision to not release ‘Batgirl’ reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max,” said a company spokesperson. The studio also scratched plans for “Scoob!: Holiday Haunt.” Warner Bros. Discovery is looking to cut $3 billion in costs in the wake of the company’s April merger.

Season three of animated series “Little Ellen,” originally scheduled to premiere in June, has also been scrapped by HBO Max, reports Deadline. The series is loosely based on a seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Doctor’s orders: Ellen Pompeo will be cutting back on her on-screen “Grey’s Anatomy” duties for the ABC drama’s 19th season to take on a new role a Hulu. Pompeo’s new project: starring in and executive producing a limited series for Hulu based on the true story of a couple who adopt a little girl they believe has dwarfism, then come to believe she is an adult sociopath. Pompeo will appear in eight episodes of “Grey’s.”

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Season two of HBO’s “The White Lotus” will premiere in October. Production in Italy just wrapped, reported cast member Jennifer Coolidge – the only holdover from season one – on “The Jess Cagle Show.”

“Selena + Chef” is back for season four on HBO Max on August 18. The cooking show kicks off with three episodes. Among the featured chefs this go-round are Gordon Ramsay and Rachael Ray.

Ovation TV will air seasons three and four of murder mystery series “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” starting August 11.

First-time homeowners get help transforming their starter homes without breaking the bank in the new HGTV series “First Home Fix,” premiering Saturday, September 3 at 10p.

New A&E series “Move or Improve,” launching Saturday, August 13 at 12p, also gives homeowners a hand, as they decide whether to stay in their current house or relocate.

CBS’ “NCIS” kicks off season 20 with a crossover event on September 19 at 9p, as the team enlists help from “NCIS: Hawai’i” experts. At 10p, the action picks on the season two debut of “NCIS: Hawai’i.”

During a virtual panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour, Disney unveiled fall premiere dates for series including “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (August 18; moved from August 17); “Growing Up” and “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory” (both September 8); season 31 of “Dancing with the Stars” (September 19); and “Super/Natural” (September 21). Ahead of its premiere, “Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory” has been picked up for a second season, which is filming now.

The Bigger Picture,” a new digital series exploring American history through iconic photographs, will launch on the PBS YouTube channel on Tuesday, August 9.

COMING UP

HBO documentary “Katrina Babies,” directed by first-time filmmaker and New Orleans native Edward Buckles, Jr., debuts Wednesday, August 24 at 9p. Buckles Jr., who was 13 years old during Hurricane Katrina, spent seven years documenting the stories of his peers who survived the storm as children.

“Viagra: The Little Blue Pill That Changed the World” premieres August 12 on discovery+. The film uses archival footage and exclusive interviews to look into the revolutionary drug.

STREAMING

Paramount+ will be added as a premium subscription within the Roku Channel this month. Users can subscribe to the Paramount+ ad-supported ($4.99) or ad-free ($9.99) tiers. The guide will allow consumers access to Paramount+ live content from the NFL on CBS, UEFA, CBS News and “Entertainment Tonight,” as well as their local live CBS station.

On demand streaming platform Mometu is set to launch August 19, with legacy films and TV series, along with South Korean feature “The Policeman’s Lineage.”

Streaming aggregator ScreenHits TV and TCL Television have entered into a multi-year deal to offer consumers in multiple territories an icon connecting them to SHTV’s search and discovery app. ScreenHits will deliver and monetize leading services and live linear FAST channels to TCL televisions and Google Play on devices. TCL will upload the SHTV app, which curates aggregated content from the best global and local streamers, onto its smart TV platform.

TECH TALK

Sinclair Broadcast Group has signed a multi-year agreement with Comscore to deploy Comscore Consumer Intelligence across its sales organization. “Comscore has supplemented its local television currency with a consumer-focused, rather than demographic focused offering that provides in-market consumer shopping behavior. This allows television to more effectively compete with digital giants that have siphoned media dollars from television,” said Carol Hinnant, Chief Revenue Officer, Comscore. “We are excited to be partnered with Consumer Orbit to bring this innovated offering to market.”

Customer experience intelligence platform DISQO announced the launch of Outcomes Lift, a product measuring the full incremental impact of cross-platform advertising campaigns on marketing funnel outcomes. “Outcomes Lift illuminates the pervasive blind spots that existed even before the deprecation of cookies and other outdated identifiers,” said Stephen Jepson, EVP, Advertising Effectiveness, DISQO. “Our Brand and Outcomes Lift products are setting the bar in ad measurement because, rather than stitching together workarounds from incomplete data sources, we’ve invited people to share their experiences passively and directly through our platform.”

SPORTS

ESPN’s coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement returns for the 27th year on Saturday, with coverage starting at noon on ESPN, marking a new afternoon time for the annual event. Suzy Kolber will anchor the Enshrinement Ceremony with Louis Riddick and Chris Mortensen. Chris Berman will emcee the ceremony.

ESPN and Omaha Productions are deepening their alliance with the premiere of a new show, “Kyle Brandt’s Basement,” led by NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” host Kyle Brandt. The Monday-Friday series debuts on August 8 and will explore the “ins and outs of the NFL through lively guest interviews with the top voices in the sport and inventive segments unique to Brandt to bring fans closer to the action on and off the field.”

Electronics Arts and LaLiga entered into a multi-year partnership that starts with the 2023/2024 season. The deal will include title naming rights for all LaLiga competitions, a complete rebrand of LaLiga with EA SPORTS including all logos, graphics, fonts and other visual elements, while also delivering new in-game integration, broadcast highlights, and joint commitments to supporting grassroots initiatives. This new partnership will encompass the first and second divisions of LaLiga, LaLiga Promises (the league’s annual youth tournament) and eLaLiga.

The sports world mourned the passing of legendary Dodgers voice Vin Scully, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 94, and a life that included 67 seasons as the voice of the team. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stated: “Vin was an extraordinary man whose gift for broadcasting brought joy to generations of Dodger fans. In addition, his voice played a memorable role in some of the greatest moments in the history of our sport. I am proud that Vin was synonymous with Baseball because he embodied the very best of our National Pastime. As great as he was as a broadcaster, he was equally great as a person.”

GOING GLOBAL

FilmRise has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the holiday-themed comedy “A Christmas Karen,” a modern take on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

UK’s Crime+Investigation has renewed “Murdertown for a fourth season of ten episodes, this time hosted by Emilia Fox (“Silent Witness”).

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RATINGS

Fox News finished July 2022 as the third most-watched network in all of television during weekday primetime, according to Nielsen, and remained as cable’s most-watched network in total day and primetime with both total viewers and the 25-54 demo. In total day, FNC delivered 1.4 million viewers, 194,000 among A25-54 and 118,000 among A18-49. In primetime, FNC netted 2.1 million viewers, 292,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 181,000 with the 18-49 demo.

FOX Business Network marked its fourth consecutive month as the leader in business news, averaging 238,000 viewers, while the market hours (9a-4p) audience grew by 46% year-over-year.

Viewership for Netflix’s “Stranger Things 4” has hit 1.352 billion hours in its first 28 days of release. That’s the most for any English-language series, and second behind 1.650 billion hours for “Squid Game.”

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Tuesday, August 2
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune 2.97 (0.4), Generation Gap 1.82 (0.2), Celebrity Family Feud 1.83 (0.2)
CBS: FBI 3.82 (0.4), FBI: International 3.31 (0.3), FBI: Most Wanted 3.10 (0.3)
CW: Superman & Lois 0.30 (0.0), Tom Swift 0.24 (0.0)
FOX: Crime Scene Kitchen 0.84 (0.2), Fantasy Island 0.75 (0.1)
NBC: America’s Got Talent 6.24 (0.7), Family Game Night 1.98 (0.3)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.45 (0.4), Amor Valiente 1.01 (0.2), Infiel: Historia de un Engaño 1.06 (0.3)
Univision: La Mexicana y el Güero 0.89 (0.3), La Herencia un Legado de Amor 1.25 (0.2), Mujer de Nadie 1.05 (0.2)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Lisa Tucker has joined Al Roker Entertainment as SVP of Development and Production. Tucker spent more than a decade at Picture This Television as an owner and executive producer.

Station 6 Productions has appointed Sara Winter as VP of Development.
Winter previously served as development producer at Lion Television US.

Melanie Fletcher has been promoted to CEO of North America for Done + Dusted. Fletcher will spearhead D+D’s growing US business.

FanDuel Group promoted Andrew Sneyd to EVP of Marketing. He will now oversee the core marketing functions across the company’s full portfolio of brands.

This Day in History
1914 – The US declared neutrality at the outbreak of World War I.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was the first live-action TV series based on Archie Comics? “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (1996-2003). Kudos to: Roger Furman/Greentown, PA; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Megan Manlunas-Paramount/NYC; David Chill-Burnside Mystery Series/LA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
“Cornholio” is an alter ego for which TV character? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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CBS: Young Sheldon, Ghosts, Big Brother, CSI: Vegas
CW: Walker, The Flash
FOX: MasterChef, Welcome to Flatch
NBC: NFL Football
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Broadchurch, In Their Own Words
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Amor Valiente, Infiel: Historia de un Engaño
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