08/03/17: It’s (almost) the end for The Middle; NBC developing Miami Vice reboot with Vin Diesel; CW’s Dynasty gets “dirty”

Univision finished July Sweeps as the #1 Spanish-Language network
in primetime and total day, Monday through Sunday.
That marks 99 out of the last 100 sweeps where
we’ve held the top Spanish-language network spot in primetime .
Source : Nielsen , NPM (06/29/2017-07/26/2017) Mon Sat 8 pm -11 pm / Sun 7 pm -11 pm and Mon Sun 7 am -2 am , A 18-49, Live + SD . Total of 100 Sweeps periods based on November 1992 Sweeps through July 2017 Sweeps .
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MTV inked a first-look production and executive producer overall deal with Liza Koshy, best known for her weekly content on YouTube. Under the agreement, Koshy will develop and executive produce original content for MTV, as well as make appearances on the net’s revival of live music show TRL and other MTV programming. TRL is set to premiere on Monday, October 2.
NBC is teaming with Vin Diesel to develop a reboot of its 1984-1990 crime drama, Miami Vice, via Diesel’s first-look deal with Universal Television. Diesel and Shana Waterman (Wayward Pines) will executive produce alongside Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious) and Ainsley Davies.
The A-Team, anyone? With Miami Vice in the works, what other 1980s crime drama you like to see revived? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopis.com/poll/ 
Pilot production in LA fell to its lowest level since 2009, according to a study from FilmL.A., down 14%. With the nationwide average also down 14%, and LA retaining total share from 2015-2016, one likely explanation is the growth in straight-to-series orders, which rose by 14%.
Freeform picked up pilot Then & Now from executive producer Aaron Kaplan. Comedy focuses on old college friends who unexpectedly reunite.
NPACT, the trade organization for producers of non-fiction entertainment content, signed an exclusive partnership with stock-footage and creative-asset company Pond5 that offers NPACT members access to video clips from over 25,000 cinematographers.
At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CW released the dates for the new season’s superhero crossover episodes, two per night: Monday, November 27, features Supergirl followed by Arrow; The Flash mixes it up with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on November 28. Last year’s crossover stunt “was the most successful week in CW history,” said net president Mark Pedowitz.
It appears there’s Hope for The Originals, heading into its last season on CW. Early talks are underway with creator Julie Plec about a possible spinoffs, including one based on the character of Hope. “There have been many discussions,” said Pedowitz. “I’m very interested if [Plec] wants to do it in the Vampire Diaries universe.”
As for Sinclair’s pending acquisition of Tribune Media, CW’s largest station group, Pedowitz was unconcerned. “In the six years I’ve done this job and prior to that, they have been great partners,” he said of Tribune. “Except for some local sports preemptions, they have not preempted us. I expect that to continue.”
Blake Carrington’s young fiancee on CW’s reboot of Dynasty “represents a more current version of what’s happening in America,” said exec producer Josh Schwartz at TCA. The sweet former secretary played by Linda Evans in the original is of Venezuelan heritage (played by Vampire DiariesNathalie Kelley) and a powerful executive. “Part of the fun is taking a character like Krystle and dirtying her up a little bit,” said Schwartz.
With Rebecca having been left at the altar at the end of season two, the theme for season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is revenge, said series creator and star Rachel Bloom– or, as she put it, “funny Fatal Attraction.” Though co-creator Aline Brosh clarified, “If Rebecca tried to boil a bunny, she would take the bunny and bring it home, and a month later she would have 50 bunnies. She is not very good at being a femme fatale.”
CBS All Access announced 3 new original series: No Activity, its first comedy, from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny or Die; mystery/thriller $1; and drama Strange Angel, based on the true story of the double life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons.
Tell us again why CBS All Access’ highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery was postponed from January to September 24? “To justify being on a premium cable service, we knew it had to be huge in emotion and character,” said exec producer Alex Kurtzman. “And to build this world, there was an airdate looming, and we couldn’t compromise the show for the sake of a date.” As for the Klingons, exec producer Aaron Harberts promised that instead of being “the thugs of the universe,” they’d be “sexy and vital and different.”
Audra McDonald will reprise her role as The Good Wife’s Liz Lawrence on CBS All AccessThe Good Fight, and Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi were upped from recurring to series regulars. Season two of the spinoff premieres in early 2018.
CBS programming senior EVP Thom Sherman told a TCA audience Erinn Hayes’ character will be killed off on Kevin Can Wait.  “We will be moving forward in time, catching up at a later date,” said Sherman of the storyline. Hayes’ departure was announced in June; Leah Remini, series star Kevin James’ TV wife on King of Queens, is joining the series after a guest spot on the season one finale. “The chemistry between Kevin and Leah was amazing in the stunt episode we did at the end of last season, and we decided we want to continue that,” said Sherman.
CBS’s new SEAL Team won’t be political, said EP Benjamin Cavell at TCA. “They don’t look at the results of elections,” said Cavell of Navy SEALS on-screen and off. “The work they do, it doesn’t matter who is in the White House.” Series premieres Wednesday, September 27 at 9p.
Asked about diversity on CBS and CW, president of CBS Entertainment Kelly Kahl told TV critics, “We are absolutely moving in the right direction.” Thom Sherman said, “We want our slate to be inclusive, we want it to be diverse, and we believe we will get to that,” but noted that while there has been progress in developing new series with diversity in lead characters, “there is not much shelf space to put on new shows.”
Jeremy Piven explained what attracted him to his role as a billionaire tech innovator hunting for his daughter’s killer in CBS’s upcoming Wisdom of the Crowd. “He’s a human being who is emotionally available and will utterly do the wrong thing for the right reasons,” said Piven. “I pretended I was on the fence [about accepting the role], but I was always in.” Wisdom launches Sunday, October 1 at 8:30p.
The Jacksons will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award at the Black Music Awards, taping August 18 and airing on broadcast syndication September 2-30 and on Bounce TV on Tuesday, October 10 at 7p.
AXS TV celebrates 1967’s “Summer of Love” 50 years ago with Saturday rock blocks every weekend this month. Kicking things off is Rock Legends: The Grateful Dead on August 5 at 7p.
E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special airs Sunday, September 24 at 9p, hosted and exec produced by how-can-he-possibly-have-time-on-his-hands Ryan Seacrest. “Fun and flirty” season 14 of the reality show launches the following week.
What’s coming up – and when – this fall? Check out the Cynopsis Fall Premieres list: http://www.cynopsis.com/cyncity/2017-fall-tv-series-premieres/.
Scream Queen’s Emma Roberts reunites with Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story: Cult….Jean Villepique (Up All Night) landed a series regular on upcoming NBC comedy A.P. Bio….Emily Arlook (The Good Place), SNL’s Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have joined the cast of Freeform’s black-ish spinoff, grown-ish (renamed from college-ish), arriving in early 2018.
Armoza Formats’ prime time game show Still Standing has been commissioned by Greek broadcaster Antenna TV. The studio-based format will make its debut in Greece in September, airing daily during access prime time.
The Writers Guild of America added a new trophy: outstanding achievement in writing in digital news, for text-only material. Awards are February 11 in NYC and Beverly Hills.
Netflix is adding 12 new anime series and an animated Godzilla film, the streaming service announced in Tokyo.  
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ABC’s The View averaged 2.6 million total viewers and 441,000 W24-54, its strongest numbers in 6 weeks. Season to date, it’s the daytimer’s most-watched season in 3 years.
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of July 24, 2017
Teen Wolf (MTV) 3022, 4, 3.1M, 9.1M
Game of Thrones (HBO) 1603, 776K, 19.2M, 1.7M
World of Dance (NBC) 1369, 829K, 20.6M, 870K
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 623, 1.4M, 1M, 3.1M
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 376, 830K, 28.5M, 1.3M
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 356, 108Km 2.3M, 117K
Power (Starz) 301, 146K, 2.3M, 248K
The Jim Jefferies Show (Comedy Central) 262, 71K, 3M, 77K
The Foster (Freeform) 248, 323K, 1.3M, 858K
Adam Ruins Everything (truTV) 229, 111K, 4.8M, 121K
Based on Shareablee’s Video Power Index, which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms and includes the video performance of primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, August 1, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 11.20 million
America’s Got Talent 13.12, World of Dance 7.36
CBS: 5.40 million
NCIS 5.66, Bull 5.16, NCIS: New Orleans 5.39
ABC: 2.09 million
The Middle 2.89, Fresh Off the Boat 2.14, black-ish 2.04, black-ish 2.04, Somewhere Between 1.72
Telemundo: 1.73 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.54, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.71, El Senor de los Cielos 1.95
Univision: 1.73 million
Jose e Egipto 2.20, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.65, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.32
FOX: 1.42 million
Lethal Weapon 1.72, The Mick 1.26, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.00
CW: .69 million
The Flash .77, Legends of Tomorrow .61
Tuesday A19-49 Ratings:  NBC 2.4/10, TELE .7/3, .UNI 5/2, CBS .5/2, ABC .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .2/1
Univision Communications announced a new leadership team to manage its ad-driven platforms. Trisha Pray will broaden her role to serve as EVP of Sales and Client Development; Jorge Daboub is being promoted to EVP of Local Media Sales; Jack Randall is being upped to EVP of Business Development; John Kozack is being elevated to SVP, overseeing New York Network and Digital Sales; John Kelly will expand his role from EVP overseeing Digital and News Sales to include oversight of the New York Network Sales team; and Carlos Deschapelles will continue to lead the sports portfolio as EVP.
FremantleMedia International appointed Katrina Neylon to the role of Executive Vice President, Global Content. Neylon had been EVP of International Sales and Marketing at Studiocanal.
Dascha Bright was promoted to Senior Vice President of Account Management at adtech company Extreme Reach. Bright had been VP of Digital.

On this Day: 1946 – The first themed amusement park, Santa Claus Land, opened in Indiana.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which current series had a character loosely based on Boston gangster Whitey Bulger? Ray Donovan. Kudos to: Gary Moglovkin-CBS TV Studios/Studio City, CA, Steve Field-Imagine That Entertainment/LA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Eric Wright-DS Simon Media/NYC, Jerry Jones-jj Event Sales/Oakland, CA, Ray Giacopelli/NYC, Aaron Paquette-Screen Engine/Fort Worth, TX
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Answer to Yesterday’s Anagram: Soy Nut Hue in Night = Tiny House Hunting. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.
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ABC: Boy Band, Battle of the Network Stars, The Gong Show    
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], Kevin Can Wait [r], Big Brother, Zoo
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is it Anyway?, Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r]
FOX: Beat Shazam, Love Connection
NBC: NFL Football
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], TheTunnel: Sabatoge [f], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Jose de Egipto, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo  

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