08/30/19: Details set for Dem debate

 

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IN THE NEWS
 
Looks like a one-nighter for ABC News. With the field of Democratic candidates who qualify for the debate stage reduced to ten, the next face-off will be limited to one night, instead of the previously planned two, on September 12. It will be the first time front runners, former VP Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, meet onstage. In addition to Biden and Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang made the cut.
 
Slated to moderate the event, also televised by Univision, are George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey Davis and Jorge Ramos. The debate will take place from Texas Southern Christian University in Houston. Beginning Tuesday, September 10, Muir will anchor World News Tonight from Houston. Stephanopoulos will anchor Good Morning America from Houston beginning Wednesday, September 11, and Byron Pitts will anchor Nightline from Houston on Thursday, September 12.
 
USA renewed Queen of the South for season five. The series is Thursday’s number one cable drama among P18-49, P18-34, P25-54 and P2+ year to date.
 
Garcelle Beauvais (The Jamie Foxx Show) and party planner Sutton Stracke are joining Real Housewives of Beverly Hills for season 10.  Beauvais will be the first African American housewife on this version of the Bravo franchise.
 
Ad tech companies are hiring TV network salespeople to help get a piece of ad budgets moving from TV to streaming video, reports Business Insider, with companies like The Trade Desk, TripleLift, Innovid, and ZypMedia tapping talent from Fox and Viacom and more. “They know the lingo and how to sell,” Kyle Benn, VP of mid-market at SpotX, told BI. “The TV folks can pick up the baton and start holding conversations and translating OTT to the TV side a lot faster.”
 
“Fox News isn’t supposed to work for you,” tweeted FNC’s Brit Hume after President Trump told his Twitter followers, “We have to start looking for a new News Outlet. Fox isn’t working for us anymore!”. Trump aired his displeasure after Fox News polls showed him trailing Democratic candidates.
 
Alex Trebek is back at work on Jeopardy!, after treatment for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  “I’ve gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over,” said Trebek in a season 36 promo. “I’m on the mend and that’s all I can hope for right now.” Trebek was diagnosed in March.
 
We know OTT is really big, and we’ll be covering it BIG at That Big TV Conference. Monday’s session “Winning OTT Strategies” will explore what’s working now, and the greatest opportunities ahead with speakers Rich Calacci (Pluto TV), Domenic DiMeglio (CBS Interactive), Peter Graseck (Tubi), Sahil Patel (WSJ), Blake Sabatinelli (Newsy), and Robert Weisbord (Sinclair Broadcast Group). On Tuesday, catch “OTT: It’s an AVOD World” with speakers from Amazon Fire TV, Gamut, JMP Securities, NCC MediaSimpl.fi, and Viacom take on the hot topic.
 
Disney’s sale of regional sports net YES Network to Amazon, the Yankees and Sinclair Broadcast Group was finalized on Thursday. The $3.47 billion deal was a condition of ESPN owner Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
 
INSP greenlit a seventh season of docu-series The Cowboy Way, ahead of the debut of season six. “This is such a fun and exciting series, it was a no-brainer,” said Doug Butts, SVP of Programming. “Cody, Booger and Bubba are self-reliant true cowboy entrepreneurs with a love for adventure. So rather than keep loyal fans in suspense, we wanted to announce a 7th season.”
 
Canada’s OutTV announced a TV adaptation of the lesbian coming of age novel Punk Like Me, by JD Glass. Glass has teamed up with co-creator and executive producer Kevin Fox (Law & Order: SVU) and executive producer Mike Sword (The Guardians) for the series adaption.
 
Mike Richards (The Price Is Right) will take the reins as EP of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! after the exit of the shows’ exec producer/showrunner Harry Friedman next year. Friedman announced earlier this month that he would step down at the end of his contract.
 
In this market, I don’t believe niche positioning is as important as it once was,” says Brandon Killion, President of Bright Bay Creative. “The single strength formula is tantamount to self-editing, and it just leaves too much work on the table.” Hear more from Killion in the new Cynsiders.
 
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
 
FXX set a premiere for animated short-form comedy Cake: Wednesday, September 25 at 10:30p.
 
Oxygen’s Murder for Hire, the true crime series from EP Dick Wolf focused on contract killings, returns Saturday, October 5 at 6p.
 
Chopped’s high-stakes dessert tournament “Sweets Showdown” premieres Tuesday, October 1 at 9p on Food Network.
 
Animated series Costume Quest, produced Frederator Studios, announced the addition of seven new episodes that will premiere on October 11, as well as a 35-minute holiday special, Heroes on Holiday, debuting November 22. 
 
A New Leaf has been added to NBC and Litton Entertainment’s three-hour Saturday morning “The More You Know” programming block. Host Daisy Fuentes will follow people on the cusp of key life inflection points, using family history, genealogy, and sometimes DNA analysis to guide them on their journey of self-discovery, in partnership with Ancestry.
 
Disney Channel’s live-action comedy Gabby Duran & the Unsittables premieres Friday, October at 9p.
 
Season five of Starz’ Outlander makes its debut Sunday, February 16. Starz also announced the official panel presentation at New York Comic Con 2019, including tars Caitriona Balfe and Sam HeughanDuncan LaCroix, Maria Doyle Kennedy and David Berry. Diana Gabaldon, author of the bOutlander book series, plus Executive Producers Ronald D. Moore and Maril Davis,  will attend with Ginger Zee, chief meteorologist on Good Morning America, moderating the panel.
 
Game Changer, a game show with ever-changing rules and challenges, will debut on streaming service CollegeHumor’s Droput on Friday, September 20. A new episode of the six-episode series will be released every Friday through October 18.
 
COMING UP
 
Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid festival returns to AXS TV in a special live broadcast of Farm Aid 2019 on Saturday, September 21 at 7:30p. Five-hour event marks the sixth consecutive year that AXS TV will air Farm Aid, and the fifth year that the network will air the festival live.  
 
Documentary The Feud, telling the story of the mythic clash between the Hatfields and the McCoys, premieres on PBS’s American Experience on Tuesday, September 10 at 9p.
 
STREAMING
 
Plex is partnering with Warner Bros. Domestic Television to offer a package of films for free via the Plex app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and more. “Plex has always been about solving new media challenges, and our mission is to tame the growing chaos in the media landscape,” said Keith Valory, COE of Plex. “Premium ad-supported movies and shows deserve first-class treatment alongside other content that consumers enjoy daily, as opposed to being orphaned in yet another stand-alone app.” At this point, Plex primarily offers programmatic advertising.
 
Almost a quarter of Americans said they’re “extremely likely” to subscribe to Disney+ when it’s available in November, according to a survey from UBS. That would mean about 30.2 million subs, topping the 30 million Disney projected by the end of 2024. Another 19% respondents said they’re “somewhat likely” to sign on, which would add another 24.2 million households.
 
YouTube is making its move into AVOD territory by putting season one of its original series, Cobra Kai in front of the paywall. It will be free until September 12, one day after season two is available to stream for free. All YouTube originals released after September 24 will be available to watch free with advertising within a window of time.
 
Hulu’s updated live TV grid guide, which lets viewers see what’s coming up and set content to record, is rolling to Hulu live TV subscribers using Apple TV and Roku devices. The updated guide, available on Hulu.com, will be adding support for other devices.
 
LABOR DAY STUNTS
 
E!’s “Literally Labor Day” marathon, which kicks off Monday, September 2 at 6a, deliver a full day’s worth of Keeping Up With the Kardashians baby memories.
 
ID also has a Labor Day stunt planned. The true crime net’s marathon features premieres of seven ID series, starting with a new episode of Deadly Women.
 
Disney Chanel’s three Descendants movie titles are at the center of a programming event, “Descendants 3 Labor Day Weekend Takeover,” Saturday, August 31-Monday, September 2. Stunt includes new interstitials spotlighting the cast during production, behind-the-scenes recording sessions and more.
 
TECH TALK
 
Apple is expected to unveil new models of its iPhones at a media event September 10. Reportedly on the way are three versions of the iPhone 11, with improved camera and video recording features.
 
Cross-media local advertising company Viamedia announced a multi-year agreement with WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone to continue selling advertising on the MVPD’s behalf in 10 markets nationwide. Viamedia has represented WOW! in multiple markets across the country since the company’s inception.
 
PODCAST POSTS
 
A podcast revival of the sketch comedy National Lampoon Radio Hour  will feature actor and comedian Cole Escola (At Home with Amy Sedaris), who also serves as the weekly sketch show’s head writer, and comedian Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) who is senior writer. Escola and Firestone will work alongside an ensemble of fellow comedic talent.
 
Court TV has launched a weekly podcast hosted by network anchors Vinnie Politan and Seema Iyer, with new installments available every Thursday. Each podcast will take listeners behind-the-scenes of Court TV’s coverage of the day’s top trials. 
 
CASTING

Jordan Donica (Blue Bloods) landed a series regular role in season two of CW’s CharmedMarsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us) is onboard the sixth and final season of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder as a guest star…John Dagleish (Mary Poppins) has joined the cast of HBO and Sky drama The Third Day.

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RATINGS
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, August 28, 2019 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
NBC: 4.49 million
America’s Got Talent 7.89, Songland 3.53, Hollywood Game Night 2.04
CBS: 3.02 million
Big Brother 4.20, SEAL Team 2.23, S.W.A.T. 2.65
FOX: 2.60 million
MasterChef 3.21, BH90210 1.98
ABC: 2.08 million
The Goldbergs 2.64, Schooled 1.97, Modern Family 12.01, Single Parents 1.66, Celebrity Family Feud 2.11
UNIVISION: 1.09 million
La Reina Soy Yo 1.28, Juntos, el Corazon Nunca se Equivoca 0.99, Sin Miedo a la Verdad 0.99
TELEMUNDO: 1.05 million
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.14, El Final del Paraiso 1.14, Preso No. 1 0.86
CW: 0.54million
Bulletproof 0.57, Hypnotize Me 0.51
 
Wednesday A18-49 Rating
FOX 0./8/4, NBC 0.7/4, CBS 0.6/3, ABC 0.5/3, UNI 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.1/1
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Julia Phelps has been named Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer of ViacomCBS, effective upon closing of the deal to combine CBS and Viacom. Phelps has served as Executive Vice President, Communications, Culture and Marketing, Viacom since April 2017. 
 


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CBS: Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods
CW: Masters of Illusion, The Big Stage, Hypnotize Me
FOX: BH90210, MasterChef
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music
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Univision: La Reina Soy Yo, Juntos, el Corazon Nunca se Equivoca, Sin Miedo a la Verdad
 

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