08/21/17: From science to stunts, TV has the Great American Eclipse covered

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Nielsen  is launching a new unit focused on esports, offering global research and consulting services for the exploding industry – in 2017, revenue is projected to increase 41% to $696 million, with a 50% growth in global audience, to 191 million. To learn more about how to get in the game, register for the information-packed event with experts in the esports space AND a VIP/behind-the-scenes tour of ESL One.

NBC issued a put pilot commitment to The Unrequited, from former Pitch EP Kevin Falls. Written and executive produced by Falls, the hour-long drama centers on four adult siblings who return to their mother’s home for the funeral of their father, the former governor of California.
CBS is developing God Friended Me, from Alcatraz co-creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, director Marcos Siega and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. The light procedural explores questions of faith, existence and science.
Comedy scribe DJ Nash, creator of NBC’s Growing Up Fisher and Truth Be Told, sold two projects. ABC nabbed dramedy A Million Little Things with a put pilot commitment, while CBS bought comedy My Other Life In Brooklyn. Nash is writing both projects and executive producing them with Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.
EOne secured the rights to Amor Towles novel A Gentleman in Moscow for adaptation into a TV series. Set during Soviet Union’s turbulent early 1920s, it delves into the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat and sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel across from the Kremlin.
AXS TV’s original music series, Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented by Mercury Insurance was renewed for a third season. Production begins early 2018.
BBC ordered two drama series for flagship channel BBC One. The Three, based on a trilogy of books by Sarah Lotz and adapted by writer Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), focuses on four plane crashes on the same day in four different countries, with three children left as survivors. The Serpent, written by Ripper Street’s Richard Warlow, is based on the true story of con man and escape artist Charles Sobhraj.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: August 18-20, 2017
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate) $21.6 million, opening weekend
Annabelle: Creation (Warner Bros.) $15.5 million (week 2), cume revenue $64.0 million
Logan Lucky (Bleaker Street) $8.1 million, opening weekend
Dunkirk (Warner Bros.) $6.7 million (week 5), cume revenue $165.5 million
The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (Open Road Films) $5.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $17.7 million
The Emoji Movie (Sony) $4.4 million (week 4), cume revenue $71.8 million
Spiderman: Homecoming (Sony) $4.3 million (week 7), cume revenue $314.1 million
Girls Trip (Universal) $3.8 million (week 5), cume revenue $104.0 million
The Dark Tower (Sony) $3.7 million (week 3), cume revenue $41.6 million
Wind River (Weinstein) $3.0 million (week 3) cume revenue $4.1 million
Source: comScore
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The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, and Annabelle: Creation teamed up this weekend to defend the top of the box office, delivering NCM a 6.9 A18-34 rating.

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CBS News delivers a full day of division-wide coverage of the first total solar eclipse since 1979, on Monday, August 21. CBS This Morning kicks things off at 7a with interviews and reports from cities where the event will be most visible.
Telemundo presents multiplatform coverage of the eclipse, too, highlighted by Al Rojo Vivo Edicion Especial: El Gran Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 1p.
MTV is executing a series of activations around the solar eclipse, including a “VMA” x eclipse animated graphic on-air and across social and digital platforms. MTV is also celebrating the event in seven cities across the country, partnering with Fooji to deliver custom VMA eclipse viewing glasses and astronaut ice cream to fans who tweet #TotalEclipseVMA + the female astronaut emoji. Campaign begins at 11a.
National Geographic and AirBnB are hosting a digital live broadcast from coast to coast featuring the network’s science and space experts, images and answers to questions. Coverage is available over Facebook Live, Twitter via Periscope and YouTube starting at 9:30a.
Outside TV is producing a solar stunt aimed at drawing attention to the extreme adventure sports the net covers: Ten professional wingsuit pilots will jump in formation to chase the eclipse when it’s visible in Oregon at 10:20a.
On PBS, hour-long documentary Eclipse Over America at 9p will be NOVA’s most extensive fast-turnaround film ever, including collaboration with local station for eclipse coverage.
Also doing a quick turnaround is Science Channel, which in addition to live coverage during the day from locations including the International Space Station, will offer a recap special, Great American Eclipse, at 9p.
Viceland released its fall lineup. Among its returning series are Epicly Later’d, bowing Wednesday, September 6 at 10p; Bong Appetit, back on Thursday, September 14 at 10:30p; Cyberwar premiering Tuesday, October 3 at 10p; Weediquette, back Tuesday, October 17 at 10:30p; and Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, bowing Tuesday, November 28 at 10p. New weekly comedy/talk show, The Trixie & Katya Show, starring RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova, debuts Wednesday, November 1 at 10p; Most Expensivest, featuring hip-hop’s 2 Chainz taking viewers on a tour of the culture of excess, arrives immediately after, at 10:30p.
Smithsonian announced its fall series debut dates, too. Highlights include a new season of Mighty Cruise Ships, bowing Sunday September 3 at 8p, followed by the series premiere of Mighty Trains at 9p. Air Disasters returns for a new season on October 15 at 8p, while Make It Out Alive launches immediately afterward at 9p.
Smithsonian Channel airs two Princess Diana specials on Sunday, August 2 7. Diana and the Paparazzi bows at 8p, followed by Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye at 9p.
The inaugural BIG3 Champion will be crowned on Saturday, August 26 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The championship game for the 3-on-3 half-court basketball league, founded by Ice Cube, airs live on Fox at 4:30p.
Fuse Media and Complex Network forged a content and advertising partnership to bring content to each other’s platforms in digital and pay-tv environments. The two companies’ ad sales teams will also jointly market and sell unique cross-platform packages to advertisers.
NBC News’ Snapchat show, Stay Tuned, has drawn over 29 million unique viewers since its July 18 launch, with over 60% of the audience under the age of 25. The show airs twice daily during the week, and once each day on weekends. NBCUniversal invested $500 in Snapchat parent Snap in March.
Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders) is joining Season 5 of The CW’s The 100Adrian Pasdar will guest in the sophomore season of Fox’s Lethal Weapon, while Thomas Lennon is returning for a few episodes as neurotic lawyer Leo Getz… Fox’s Gotham is adding Marina Benedict (Prison Break) in a recurring role, as well as Benjamin Stockham (About a Boy).
Kabillion and Mediacom Communications finalized a deal to carry Kabillion and Kabillion Girls Rule! on Mediacom’s VOD service.
Facing a glut of competition, “virtual MVPDs” are scrambling to set themselves apart. And a couple of companies face an added challenge: They’re in competition with their own pay-TV services. But does that really worry them? And does it affect their marketing efforts? Cynopsis Digital dives into those questions in a new article, The Skinny Bundle Marketing War. Read it here.
E! is launching its first post-show podcast. Clap Back: The Official WAGS Podcast bows Monday, August 21. Hosted by Drew Pokorny, it brings fans the latest from the previous night’s episode of WAGS Miama and WAGS LA.
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Fox’s Teen Choice 2017 was up +23% in Teens vs. last year (1.6/12 vs 1.3/8) in Live+3 and steady in Total Viewers (1.8 million). The peak demo was Female Teens (2.4/18), up +26% year-to-year (1.9/10).
Chesapeake Shores is making waves on Sunday nights for Hallmark Channel, with the network ranking as the #1 cable network at 9p among HH ratings and Total Viewer delivery. The Sunday, August 13 episode averaged a 2.2 HH rating and 2.3 million Total Viewers.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, August 17, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.1 million
The Big Bang Theory 6.3, Kevin Can Wait 4.8, Big Brother 6.6, Zoo 2.8
NBC: 4.7 million
The Wall 5.8, Saturday Night Live 5.8, Great New 3.1, Night Shift 4.0
FOX: 2.4 million
Beat Shazam 2.5, Love Connection 2.3
ABC: 2.6 million
Boy Band 2.7, Battle of the Network Stars 2.7, The Gong Show 2.5
CW: 1.7 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.9, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.6, Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1.6
TELE: 1.2 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa e Barrio 1.1, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.2, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3
Univision: 1.0 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 0.9, La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo 1.1, La Tierra Prometida 1.1
Thursday A18-49 Analysis: CBS 1.2/5, NBC 1.1/5, FOX 0.7/3, TELE 0.7/3, ABC 0.6/3, UNI 0.5/2, CW 0.4/2
Carolyn Newman was promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President, Scripted Programming at eOne Television.
Eric Canetz joined AccuWeather as Global Chief Revenue Officer. He has been Senior Vice President and General Manager at Time, Inc
Comedian and filmmaker Jerry Lewis died August 20. He was 91. In addition to numerous film roles, including many with Dean Martin, Lewis starred on a series of television specials, and for over 40 years hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon.

Veteran British entertainer and game show host, Bruce Forsyth, died Friday, August 18. He was 89. Hall had been hospitalized earlier this year with a severe chest infection.


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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which TV character had a friend that was a talking flute? Jimmy, on kids show H. R. Pufnstuf. Kudos to: Rick Dasher-Turner Studios/Atlanta, GA; Clare Taricska-Tribune Media/Cleveland, OH; Jim Kelly-Lee Hecht Harrison/Melville, NY; Dennis Maguire-Apple/Tampa, FL; Robert Teinowitz-Live Action Media/Chicago, IL; Kyle Krebs-KXAS-TV/ Dallas, TX; Wendy Dederich-TDS Telecom/Madison, WI; Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago, IL:John W. Burshtan-Dream of Italy Productions/Denver, CO; Rhonda Stokes-Goode Ski Technologies/Ogden, UT; Greg Stewart/Los Angeles, CA; Richard Quan-Heat/San Francisco, CA; Jim Katz-Radcliffe Road Pictures/Los Angeles, CA; Jack Sugrue-KPIX-TV/San Francisco/CA; Rogin Goret-Corner of the Sky Communication Group/Edinburgh, Scotland.
Today’s Trivia Question: Which future film star guested as the school mascot on Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Classic Drama Series Anagram: Copy Teen Pal = Peyton Place. Kudos to: Ann Kearns-AMK Licensing/Lynbrook, NY; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank, CA; Dennis Aimino-ABC/Los Angeles, CA.
Sitcom TV Anagram: Human Obscurity Ruse (Email [email protected] with your answer; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia will be posted in tomorrow’s newsletter.)
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CW: Supergirl, Hooten & the Lady
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Midnight Texas
PBS: Antiques Road Show, Antiques Road Show, POV
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