08/17/17: Game of Thrones leaked, but this time it’s an accident; Carlton Cuse returns to “sweet spot” at ABC; USA preps Suits spin-off

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Shonda Rhimes may have departed ABC for Netflix, but Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) is back in the fold. At the close of a first-look deal with A+E Studios, Cuse inked a big, 4-year overall deal with ABC Studios. “I love genre storytelling with a high-quality bar, a compelling twist or narrative element,” said Cuse. “If you look at the shows I’ve done, that’s very much my sweet spot. I think Lost was an example of an elevated genre show that worked well, and I want to continue to work in that arena.”
OWN announced a new series from Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McRaney. The coming-of-age drama, McRaney’s first television series, and inspired by events in his own life, will focus on a 14-year-old prodigy haunted by the death of his best friend. “When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. The yet-to-be-titled series will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television
ABC grabbed comedic hourlong drama Kristy Kottis from Regina Corrado (The Strain), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) and Working Title, inspired by the real-life schoolteacher-turned FBI agent. Studio is NBCUniversal International Studios.
MTV International greenlit production of music game show Crash Karaoke. In each episode, volunteers will be enlisted to participate in a head-to-head karaoke showdown. Production of the series begins this month, with international roll-out beginning later this year.
USA Network and Universal Cable Productions announced that the season 7 finale of Suits (airing 1Q18) will serve as a potential spinoff, centered on lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). The pilot will be executive produced and written by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and directed by Anton Cropper (House of Lies). Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic (Suits) will also serve as executive producers.
USA and Universal Cable are also teaming to develop a TV adaptation of Night Vale Presents podcast Alice Isn’t Dead, following a truck driver as she searches for her missing wife. Alice creator Joseph Fink will exec produce.
Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) will executive produce and serve as showrunner for season 2 of Amazon dramedy Z: The Beginning of Everything.
Tall tales: My Giant Life returns to TLC for season 3 on Sunday, September 17 at 10p, as 6 women deal with the challenges of being 6 feet 6 inches and above.
Season 4 of Starz Survivor’s Remorse arrives Sunday, August 20 at 10p, with Cam visiting his father Rodney for the first time on over 20 years.
PBS’s Nature is back Wednesday, October 4 at 8p (check local listings) with 6 new documentaries. First up: Naledi: One Little Elephant, focused on the rescue of an orphaned baby elephant.
North Carolina was the state chosen via Facebook by fans of INSP culinary travel series State Plate to be added to the show’s itinerary for season 2. NC joins 11 other states making up the 12 episodes added to the sophomore run, which will start airing Friday, January 26 at 8p.
Victoria is back for season 2 on Masterpiece on PBS Sunday, January 14. The series delivered over 16.2 million viewers its first go-round, second only among PBS dramas to Downton Abbey in the last 20 years.
AT&T’s Audience Network is premiering 2 original comedies on Tuesday, October 17. Hit the Road, starring Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as a family patriarch looking for pop stardom debuts at 8p, followed by Loudermilk, following the life of a recovering alcoholic and drug counselor played by Ron Livingston (Office Space).
Science Channel is offering live coverage, and then some, of the total solar eclipse on August 21. “The Great American Eclipse is the Super Bowl of space and Science Channel is giving it the big game treatment,” Marc Etkind, network GM, tells Cynopsis. “We begin with pregame coverage the night before. Game day we’re going live from Madras, Oregon, one of the first places to view the eclipse in the nation. That night, we’ll have highlights and analysis in primetime hosted by former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino.” Bonus? “No glasses needed if you’re watching on TV.”
The Tribeca TV Festival, September 22-24, will include the series premieres of truTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, and SundanceTV’s Liar, the season 2 premiere of ABC’s Designated Survivor, and sneak peeks at FX’s Better Things and Fox’s Gotham, as well as a “special conversation” with the cast and creators of NBC’s Will & Grace revival. “Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival,” said Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro (not sure we agree with that, but…). “Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense.”  
With space mission Cassini-Huygens coming to an end after 20 years, PBS’s NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn explores the images and data from the journey on Wednesday, September 13 at 9p (check local listings).
AXS TV is offering a Labor Day Beach Boys block on Monday, September 4, starting at 10a with a Mike Love sit-down with Dan Rather on The Big Interview, and ending with 2000 miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family at 4p.
Lifetime’s “Twisted Secrets September” movie Ten, based on the teen horror novel, premieres Saturday, September 16 at 8p, followed by teen vampire film Drink, Slay, Love at 10p. Supernatural drama Sea Change, based on the YA novel, bows the following night at 8p.
Altice USA chairman and CEO Dexter Goei will be a featured guest at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference’s Cablefax Breakfast, honoring the most influential minorities in cable, on Tuesday, September 26 in NYC.

Joy Nash (The Mindy Project) joins AMC’s upcoming Dietland in the lead role. Dramedy explored society’s obsession with weight loss. Marti Noxon (UnReal) serves ad EP, writer, showrunner and director of multiple episodes of the series.
Mitsubishi Motors signed on as a exclusive sponsor for ABC NewsThe Great American Eclipse, airing Monday, August 21 from 1p-3p. The carmaker’s all-new vehicle, the 2018 Eclipse Cross CUV, will makes its television debut in NYC that day during Good Morning America.
A study from the World Federation of Advertisers indicates marketers are responding to concerns that they need to improve their control of media activity. Sixty-five percent said they had taken measures to improve transparency, and nearly 40% said they have added or plan to add audit clauses to contracts, about the same number who are developing in-house resources to tackle ad fraud.
Flying high: ABC’s Regional Sports and Entertainment Sales team is collaborating with aerial media and experiential company Remarkable Media to offer ABC advertising clients solutions that enable them to engage consumers over live entertainment and outdoor events. The first products set to be released in North America will combine augmented reality tech and live projection mapping in the sky. 
Apple has plans to buy or produce up to 10 TV shows to run on Apple Music or a “new, video-focused service,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant, which just hired former WGN America President Matt Cherniss, is ready to spend $1 billion on programming in the next year, according to WSJ.
Discovery Communications has struck a streaming deal in Germany and Austria with Amazon that brings Amazon Prime members access to Eurosport’s premium live HD sports content, including Grand Slam Tennis, MotoGP and the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. 
Amazon picked up 6-part The Last Post, starring Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, to be made available later this year. The period drama set in the 1960s and centered on the military police and their families in Yemen, will air on BBC One in the UK.
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VH1’s new Baller Wives earned a 1.14 rating among A18-49, with 2.3 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere and encore airing, making it the #1 non-sports cable program in its Monday time slot.
TVision’s 2Q17 Attention Index for Primetime Broadcast and Cable  
My Big Fat Fabulous Life (TLC) 184.2
Born This Way (A&E) 168.9
Second Wives Club (E!) 156.8
Alaska: The Final Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Animal Planet) 152.5
The Detour (TBS) 151.1
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (NBC) 142.45
Hollywood Game Night (NBC) 139.57
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 132.26
Ransom (CBS) 132.07
So You Think You Can Dance (FOX) 127.1
TVision measures actual eyes on screen attention from an opt-in panel of 7500 people at 2000 U.S. households, second by second with privacy safe facial recognition technology.
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of August 7, 2017
Game of Thrones (HBO) 2976, 1.3M, 36.2M, 2.1M
Teen Wolf (MTV) 1124, 443K, 658K, 3.4M
Shadowhunters (Freeform) 791, 1.8M, 1.6M, 3.8M
World of Dance (NBC) 337, 255K, 6.6M, 332K
So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 322, 254K, 7.1M, 371K
Little Women: LA (Lifetime) 310, 47K, 1.6M, 50K
Orphan Black (BBC America) 303, 248K, 1.1M, 1M
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 297, 81K, 1.9M, 423K
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 233, 71K, 1.9M, 71K
The Fosters (Freeform) 213, 303K, 1.6M, 666K
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 15, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 10.66 million
America’s Got Talent 13.44, Hollywood Game Night 5.10
CBS: 5.31 million
NCIS 5.74, Bull 4.89 NCIS: New Orleans 5.32
ABC: 3.11 million
Bachelor in Paradise 3.88, Somewhere Between 1.58
Telemundo: 1.72 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.52, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.64, El Senor de los Cielos 2.03
Univision: 1.53 million
Emormorandome de Ramon 1.40, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.64, Tierra Prometida 1.55
FOX: 1.41 million
Lethal Weapon 1.74, The Mick 1.19, Brooklyn Nine-Nine .98
CW: .58 million
The Flash .61, Legends of Tomorrow .55
Tuesday A18-49 Ratings: NBC 2.3/9, ABC .8/3, TELE .6/3, CBS .6/2, UNI .5/2, FOX .4/2, CW .3/1
Rogers & Cowan announced Senior Vice President Craig Greiwe will head its R & C Digital Group, a digital marketing division. The group already represents DreamWorks Animation Television, The Weinstein Company and McDonald’s SoCal, among others.
Stella Barrett has been appointed Vice President, Central Region Sales for Spotlight Cinema Networks. Barrett joins Spotlight from TV One, where she was Sales Director.

On this Day: 1945 – Korea was divided into North and South sovereign states along the 38th parallel.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What drama series featured a schoolteacher named Miss Beadle? Little House on the Prairie (1974-1982). Kudos to: Eric Emeric-AMC Networks/NYC, Marni Gold/Westwood, NJ, Andrew Goldman-TVtibi/NYC, Karyn Hecht-Trifecta Entertainment & Media/NYC, Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/Santa Monica, CA, Sandra Mueller-KTLA/LA, Lisa Nordstrom-Compass Point Media/Minneapolis, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Renee Kurland-Walt Disney Television/Burbank, Errol Da-Re-TMT Lab/Toronto, Tim Rank-bluprint314/St. Louis, MO, Heidi Flydal-KFMB-TV/San Diego, Julie Houston-Tom Scott Agency/Boise, ID
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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: The Wall, Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition, Great News [r], The Night Shift
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Secrets of the Dead [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo, La Tierra Prometida  

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