08/02/17: Fox to debut 6-second TV ads; Big Bang showrunner shuffle; Lip Sync Battle Shorties to bow on Nickelodeon

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The Big Bang Theory exec producer Steve Holland has been named showrunner of the CBS comedy for its upcoming 11th season, which premieres September 25. The move follows longtime Big Bang showrunner Steven Molaro’s segue to shepherd upcoming spinoff Young Sheldon.
Great American Country renewed its series Going RV for a new season. The fresh 14 episodes will follow potential RV buyers as they shop for their “home-sweet-motor home” to take on the open road. The new season will premiere in January 2018.
TLC is bringing back Four Weddings, and adding a twist – the new season will feature four friends or family members planning to get married in 2017. Four Weddings is currently casting brides who know each other and would like to be considered for the show.
Beginning Sunday, August 20 at 8p, Food Network will air five-week celebrity chef competition Guy’s Grocery Games: Superstars. Host Guy Fieri will give eight chefs – including Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli and Antonia Lofaso – the chance to win $40,000 for their favorite charity.
The Windy City is home base for new six-ep WE tv unscripted series Love Blows, about a Chicago-based matchmaking service LuvBizChicago, run by a dysfunctional (but loving) family. Premiering Friday, August 25 at 10p, the show will air after Million Dollar Matchmaker, starring Patti Stanger, and is exec-produced by Stanger, who also appears in the show.
Same doctors, same procedures, new night. New eps of E! series Botched have moved to Thursdays at 9p.
Nick Cannon will host of Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. The spinoff of sister network Spike’s series will launch with 10 episodes in early 2018; Halloween and holiday specials are set to air later this year. Joining Cannon to provide commentary on each performance is 14-year-old social media star JoJo Siwa. “I’ve been a product of Nickelodeon, as an executive and so many different facets, it was a natural fit being an artist – being a musician and still being able to tap into this world of youth entertainment I never want to leave,” Cannon tells Cynopsis. Cannon has hosted Nick’s HALO Awards and serves as chairman of TeenNick and a creative consultant.
Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson will create a new live-action sketch comedy show for kids called Skoogle for pocket.watch, the  media brand that creates, acquires, distributes and curates content for K2-11. The move sees Thompson reteaming with Albie Hecht, chief content officer of pocket.watch and former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, for the new series.
Bobby Moynihan was at TCA talking about his new CBS comedy Me, Myself & I, and his exit from Saturday Night Live. Noting “I’m an unabashed fan of SNL and would have stayed there forever and ever,” Moynihan said, “I knew my contract was ending. I went to LA and went to a meeting [and realized] I’ve got to make a decision soon” about whether to “hang out at the place I love most, or try and become an adult and move on.”
Multi-cam comedy guru/Big Bang Theory helmer Chuck Lorre told critics spinoff Young Sheldon will be a single cam show because, “It’s more intimate, the pacing is different, and the actors aren’t having to hold for laughs… I also knew we were going to be working with a cast of young children, including one in the starring role,” he added. “It is a more appropriate way for them to do their best work in a closed setting.”
Univision Deportes will broadcast the 2017 MLS All-Star Game live on August 2 from Soldier Field in Chicago on Univision, with simulcast on UDN.
HDNET Movies will honor the life and career of Sam Shepard with airings of two films from his catalog of work. The network will air romance western All The Pretty Horses on August 4 at 7p, and Swordfish on September 3 at 7:15p.
In memory of the life and career of French actress Jeanne Moreau, TV5MONDE USA will air Moreau-starring Jules and Jim on Monday, August 7 at 11p.
Get ready to get comfortable on the couch. The three-hour finale of ABC’s The Bachelorette is set for Monday, August 7. Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay will reveal her pick for leading man, and join host Chris Harrison for the live look back at her journey. The ep will also feature a peek at summer series Bachelor in Paradise.
On Monday, August 21, the mainland U.S. will experiences the first total solar eclipse since 1979. And PBS science series NOVA will air Eclipse Over America at 9p, to share the experience with audiences. Also during the eclipse, NOVA will present a Facebook LIVE event in partnership with PBS NewsHour.
Showtime is expanding its documentary portfolio with the world premiere of two films at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival: Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, directed by Oscar winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush), and Love Means Zero, the story of the celebrated yet controversial tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, directed and produced by Jason Kohn (Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)). Both docs will premiere on Showtime in 2018.
Hallmark Channel’s own Crown Media Productions will produce new original special, Best In Show Shelter Dog Championship, set to premiere on the network Monday, February 12, 2018. The special will feature dogs up for adoption in shelters across America. 
Allison Williams (Girls) will guest star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in five-part limited series Showtime series Patrick Melrose.
Over at ABC, Emma Booth (Underbelly, Gods of Egypt) landed a recurring role on the upcoming seventh season of Once Upon a TimeShaun Toub (Homeland) and Jay Hernandez (Suicide Squad) will recur on the seventh and final season of Shondaland drama Scandal.
Music Choice extended its partnership for the fourth year with The Country Music Assn. Music Choice will continue to feature CMA content through 2017 for events including The 51st Annual CMA Awards and CMA Country Christmas
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IDW Entertainment, the division of IDW Media Holdings, launched the IDW Digital Studio to develop, produce and distribute content with a focus on building franchises.
CBS All Access subscribers this fall will get access to CBSN, the 24/7 live, ad-supported streaming news platform.
Mary Berry, former Great British Bake Off judge, will return to the kitchen for BBC One in new series Britain’s Best Cook, hosted by Strictly Come Dancing‘s Claudia Winkleman.
Starting this fall, CBC News flagship program The National will be hosted by a team of four journalists on a nightly basis: senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, political reporter and host Rosemary Barton, CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang, and host and reporter Ian Hanomansing. The new National will launch Monday, November 6 at 9p.
Bristol based Plimsoll Productions announced the establishment of a Wales office, opening in Autumn 2017. The office will be led by newly appointed head of Plimsoll Wales James Smith.  
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In syndication news, Entertainment Tonight (up 4% to 2.7) hit a four-week high and extended its winning streak among magazines to 51 weeks; TMZ (up 8% to 1.4) saw its best ratings since June; Extra (1.1, up 10% from last year) clocked the most annual growth among magazines; Dr Phil (2.7) grew 17% from last year, and Judge Judy, which was in reruns, and Family Feud tied for first place in syndication overall at a 6.5.   
Scripps Networks Interactive turned up the heat in July 2017, with its portfolio of linear networks seeing viewer gains. The company’s digital division, Scripps Lifestyle Studios, topped 2 billion video views for the second straight month, a 362 percent increase over last year. Among standouts, for the month of July, HGTV ranked No. 1 in primetime among W25-54 and No. 4 among A25-54, Food Network finished at No. 10 among W25-54 in primetime and Travel Channel wrapped July posting 15 percent YoY gains among M25-54.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week ending 7/24/17 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.5AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.5AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.6AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.7 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.7AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.5AA
Modern Family (AT) 2.5AA
Two and a Half Men (AT) 2.2AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.1AA
Live With Kelly & Ryan (DAD) 2.0AA
Es Court Combo (CFE) 1.7AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.7AA
Last Man Standing (AT) 1.7AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 7/24/17 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.9A
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.8AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.3AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 0.7AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.7AA
Dr. Phil (AT) 0.6AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.6AA
Live With Kelly and Ryan (DAD) 0.5AA

Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among
A18-49 ratings/share for the week of July 24, 2017
NBC: America’s Got Talent (7/25) 2.6/11
CBS: Big Brother (7/27) 1.9/8
CBS: Big Brother (7/30) 1.9/8
CBS: Big Brother (7/26) 1.8/8
ABC: The Bachelorette (7/24) 1.7/7
NBC: World of Dance (7/25) 1.6/7
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (7/24) 1.4/6
CBS: Big Bang Theory (7/27) 1.0/5
NBC: Wall (7/27) 1.0/4
FOX: Masterchef (7/26) 1.0/5
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 24, 2017
ABC Good Morning America 3.83 million total viewers, 1.1/10 and 1.23 million A25-54
NBC Today 3.63 million total viewers, 1.0/11 and 1.28 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.22 million total viewers, 0.7/7 and 841,000 million A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of July 24, 2017
ABC World News Tonight 7.55 million total viewers, 1.3/7 and 1.55 million A25-54
NBC Nightly News 7.21 million total viewers, 1.3/7 and 1.59 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 5.57 million total viewers, 1.0/5 and 1.17 million A25-54
Nielsen Social Content Ratings, week of July 24, 2017
Total interactions (000), Facebook Interactions (000), Twitter interactions (000)
Game of Thrones (HBO)  1139, 766, 373
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) 346, 279, 67
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1) 288, 169, 120
Power (Starz) 265, 222, 43
Big Brother (CBS) 260, 168, 92
WWE Monday Night Raw (USA) 253, 172, 81
Big Brother (CBS) 205, 157, 48
Big Brother (CBS) 195, 147, 48 
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 156, 79, 77
Teen Wolf (MTV) 149, 32, 116
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Monday, July 31, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 4.7 million
The Bachelorette 5.76, To Tell The Truth 3.64
NBC: 4.6 million
American Ninja Warrior 5.88, Midnight, Texas 3.29
CBS: 3.2 million
Kevin Can Wait 3.72, Superior Donuts 3,07, Mom 3.24, Life In Pieces 3.25, CBSN: On Assignment 2.73
FOX: 2.3 million
So You Think You Can Dance 2.63, Superhuman 1.81
Univision: 1.0 million
Jose e Egipto 1.3, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo 1.0, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo 0.9
Telemundo: 1.0 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa e Barrio 925,000, Sin Senos Sin Hay Pi 1.07, Senor de los Cielos 1.21
CW: 1.0 million
Supergirl 1.02, Hooten & The Lady 0.91
Monday A19-49 Rating: ABC 1/5, FOX .6/3, NBC 1/5, CBS .5/3, UNI .5/2, TELE .6/3, CW .2/1
Jared Goetz has been named to the newly created post of president of North American television distribution at Lionsgate. Goetz is a 22-year veteran of the Walt Disney Co., most recently serving as SVP, pay television & digital sales/general sales manager, SVOD, for Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution.
Entertainment marketing company 3AM, a joint venture between Ridley Scott’s RSA Films and Wild Card, elevated Chris Ayerman to executive creative director. In addition, the company brought in new staffers Louis Lorenzo as managing executive producer, Brandy Cole as creative director and Nick Burd as associate creative director.
Ownzones Media Network, a company combining content, distribution and technology solutions, welcomes Adam Diep as VP, client solutions. Diep most recently was at Limelight Networks.
Contessa Brewer has been named as a general assignment reporter for CNBC. Brewer joined the network as a contributor in September 2016, and heavily concentrated on the 2016 Presidential election.
Creative agency Eleven appointed Dave Evans head of digital and content production. Evans previously was CMO at Inboard Technology.
Melody Shafir has been named the EVP of IDTV USA, where she’ll work with affiliates IDTV Netherlands and All3Media Deutschland to manage development and production of original non-scripted programs for the U.S. markets.

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Answer to our last trivia question: The name of which 1970s series comes from a nursery rhyme? Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976-1978). Kudos to: Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/ASI/Fort Worth, TX; Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson, AZ; Dale Warshaw-KMSB/KTTU/Tucson

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CBS: Big Brother, Salvation, Salvation
CW: Arrow, Supernatural
FOX: Master Chef, The F Word With Gordon Ramsay
NBC: America’s Got Talent, The Carmichael Show, The Carmichael Show, Law and Order: SVU
PBS: Ireland’s Wild Coast, NOVA
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Jose de Egipto, Futbol MLS

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