08/14/17: Spike Lee developing “black Mark Zuckerberg” comedy; Daphne Oz out at The Chew; HIMYM spin-off, take two


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Amazon Studios inked an overall deal with Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), and signed a first-look agreement with his Skybound Entertainment. Kirkman and Skybound co-founder David Alpert will develop TV projects for Prime Video.
Spike Lee and tech entrepreneur Chad Sanders are developing a dark comedy, Archer (no relation to the FX animated sitcom), centered on a “young, black Mark Zuckerberg-like protagonist,” reports Variety, inspired by Sanders’ life. Sanders is creator, star, exec producer, writer and director. Lee will direct the pilot and exec produce via his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks.
Between them, Discovery Communications-backed Group Nine Media’s 4 brands (Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker) are launching 24 series for Facebook’s new video platform Watch. Titles cover topics from mating animals (Wild Sex) to careers (Job Goals) to the end of the world (Apocalypse NowThis).
Callie Khourie is working on a series set in Miami, the Nashville creator said on CMT’s #Nashchat Facebook show. Khourie described the project as “a song and dance show,” adding, “the performance days on Nashville are always the best days.” Nashville’s season 6 arrives in January 2018.
Alison Bennett (You’re the Worst) is writing a spinoff of 2005-2014 CBS hit How I Met Your Mother for 20th Century Television called How I Met Your Father, reports Deadline. An HIMYM follow-up by the comedy’s creators Carter Bays & Craig Thomas and Emily Spivey 3 years ago didn’t make it to series.
NBC is developing a tech drama, Mosaic, from Wes Ball and Joe Hartwick, Jr., Chernin Entertainment and Universal Television, following the lives of people in a near-future metropolis navigating their lives amid emerging technologies.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 11-13, 2017
Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros.) $35.0 million, opening weekend
Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) $11.4 million (week 4), cume revenue $153.7 million
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (Open Road Films) $8.9 million, opening weekend
The Dark Tower (Sony) $7.9 million (week 2), cume revenue $34.3 million
The Emoji Movie (Sony) $6.6 million (week 4), cume revenue $63.6 million
Girls Trip (Universal) $6.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $97.1 million
Spiderman: Homecoming (Sony) $6.1 million (week 6), cume revenue $306.5 million
Kidnap (Aviron) $5.2 million (week 2), cume revenue $19.4 million
The Glass Castle (Lionsgate) $4.9 million, opening weekend
Atomic Blonde (Focus) $4.6 million (week 3), cume revenue $42.8 million
Source: comScore

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USA picked up a sixth season of Chrisley Knows Best and extended season 5 by 18 additional episodes, for a total of 26. Chrisley is averaging 3.2 million total viewers in Live+7 numbers. Midseason 5 returns on Tuesday, September 12 at 10p.
Telemundo captures the week before the 1997 death of Princess Diana in Diana, 7 Dias (Diana, 7 Days), airing Sunday, September 3 at 7p. Two-hour doc commissioned by the BBC is the first time Prince William and Prince Harry sat for on-camera interviews about that tragic time.
E! reunites castmates Snookie, JWoww, Pauly D, Mike the Situation and Sammi Sweetheart for a trip down memory late on Reunion Road Trip: Return to the Jersey Shore on Sunday, August 20 at 9:30p. It’s the crew’s first get-together in 5 years.
AXS TV will count down the best and worst auditions on The X Factor UK with a marathon of specials on Sunday, August 27, starting with The Big Interview with Simon Cowell at 3:30p.
Brooke Shields landed a major recurring role on season 19 of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, returning Wednesday, September 27 at 9p.
National TV ad revenues dipped 1% in 2Q17, better than the 3% the prior quarter, according to Brian Wieser, senior research analyst for Pivotal Research Group, who projected a 1-2% drop for the rest of the year. “Many of the large advertisers that dominate TV are relatively weak at present,” noted Wieser, “and not enough new advertisers are emerging to replace the old ones.”
Hulu Live added 7 more CBS affiliates, bringing the total number of CBS stations on its MVPD service to 115. CBS has a total of 222.
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Total day cable network C3 Nielsen ratings for the A18-49 demo dropped 9.1% in 2Q17, reported MoffeeNathanson Research; numbers for 55 and younger dipped just 3%. While the top 20 networks from a year ago were down 3% in total viewers from year ago, 4 were up: Fox News, CNN, ID and A&E.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 10, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 5.73 million
The Wall 6.17, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update 6.53, Great News 3.87, The Night Shift 4.52
ABC: 5.13 million
Boy Band 3.44, The Story of Diana 5.9
CBS: 4.80 million
The Big Bang Theory 7.06, Kevin Can Wait 5.77, Big Brother 7.30, Zoo 3.48
FOX: 3.63 million
Beat Shazam 3.74, Love Connection 3.52
UNIVISION: 1.56 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.37, La Doble vida de Estela Carrillo 1.70, Tierra Prometida 1.62
CW: 1.88 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 2.08, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 1.74, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 1.64
TELEMUNDO: 1.76 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.50, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.80, El Senor de los Cielos 2.00
Wednesday A19-49: CBS 1.5/6, NBC 1.2/5, FOX 1.0/4, ABC .9/4, TELE .7/3, UNI .5/2, CW .5/1
LATCOM named Nelson Pena as Vice President, North America. Most recently, Pena served as Director of Business Development at NBCUniversal.
Emmy-winning sound mixer Edward J. Greene died August 9. He was 82. Greene worked on shows and specials including ER, American Idol and Live from Lincoln Center. “The Sound community has lost an icon,” said Cinema Audio Society president Mark Ulano.

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CW: Supergirl [r], Hooten & the Lady  
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Midnight Texas
PBS: Antiques Road Show [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], POV [r]
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