08/24/16: TV Land cancels The Jim Gaffigan Show; 20th Century Fox TV strikes a deal with McG; Idris Elba fights for Discovery


Good morning. It’s Wednesday August 24, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
CNBC: Cleveland Hustles at 10p
Discovery: Dual Survival: Untamed at 9p
ID: Betrayed at 9p, Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda at 10p
SundanceTV: Gomorrah at 10p
TLC: Toddlers & Tiaras at 9p

Tonight’s Finales:
A&E: Duck Dynasty at 9p, Jep & Jessica: Growing the Dynasty at 9:30p, Wahlburgers at 10p
Bravo: The Real Housewives of New York City at 9p
Comedy: Another Period at 10p
ID: The Perfect Murder at 8p


Sunday’s season two finale episode of The Jim Gaffigan Show will be its last. “After two great seasons, we have mutually agreed to not move forward with season three,” said TV Land. Noting that he acted in almost every scene and his wife, Jeannie, was showrunner, Gaffigan said of the show inspired by his life, “We worked with an amazing cast and crew, learned tons and laughed so much. However the time commitment to make the quality of show we wanted was taking us away from our most important project, our five children.” While the comedy was well-reviewed, it had been averaging just under 500,000 viewers in Live+SD Nielsens.

Done deal: Comcast closed its acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, which will fold into NBCUniversal’s Filmed Entertainment Group. The $3.8 billion deal was announced in April.

The BBC’s dismissal of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson last year after he assaulted a producer might have been a mistake, suggests Mark Thompson, former Director-General of the BBC, who left in 2012 to become CEO of The New York Times Company. “I don’t think people should punch their colleagues. It’s hard to keep them if they do,” Thompson told Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine. “But I would say his pungent, transgressive, slightly out-of-control talent was something the BBC could ill afford to lose. He spoke to people who didn’t find much else in the BBC.”  Post-Clarkson, the Top Gear season finale delivered an all-time low 1.9 million viewers.

Judge George Phelan granted the request of Sumner Redstone’s granddaughter, Keryn Redstone, to review the settlement between National Amusements and Viacom that resulted in Philippe Dauman’s exit with a $72 million severance package. “Keryn Redstone seeks these documents so that she can review for herself whether the settlement adequately protects Sumner Redstone and the trust beneficiaries, or whether it is a back-room deal between Shari Redstone and others seeking to benefit from Redstone’s media empire,” said Keryn Redstone’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, in a statement. “On Friday, Judge Phelan will also decide whether Sumner Redstone will undergo a mental examination to evaluate his competency and susceptibility to undue influence.”

Former Fox News Channel host Andrea Tantaros filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging FNC executives retaliated against her after she complained about inappropriate behavior from former CEO Roger Ailes. Tantaros claims she was demoted from The Five to daytime program Outnumbered, and advised to cease her complaint. Tantaros’ is the latest allegation to emerge after Gretchen Carlson’s claims of sexual harassment led to Ailes’ exit.

A two-day conference at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood will showcase virtual reality content. “VR On The Lot,” presented by the new VR Society, will offer insights from the PGA, Sony Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros., Oculus and Walt Disney Studios, among many others. “By bringing together Hollywood and entertainment industry professionals with the innovative VR artists, storytellers and technology leaders – we have the opportunity to speed up the exchange of ideas and strategies that will help the industry to deliver quality VR content in significant volume to meet consumer demand,” said Robert Stromberg (Maleficent), creative advisor to the VR society

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills is running a free public exhibit to celebrate the 20th season of Comedy Central’s South Park. The interactive exhibit features life-sized replicas of characters and classic moments, and artwork created by pop culture artist Ron English, today through September 25.


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Director/producer McG, who directed the pilot for Fox fall entry Lethal Weapon, has inked a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television to direct, develop and produce projects through his Wonderland Sound & Vision. “McG is a fantastic director who brings an infectious energy to every pitch and to every set,” said 20th TV president of creative affairs JonnieDavis. “Seeing what he did with Lethal Weapon only reaffirmed that we had to have this amazing talent on our lot working for us. The thoughtful ambition he brings to a project is only surpassed by the flawless execution.”

Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) has been handed the task of directing and exec producing Showtime comedy pilot Mating (wt), about a recently divorced man (SNL alum Taran Killam) unprepared for single life.

Wrestling champion Rey Mysterio signed a first-look deal with El Rey Network. The Lucha Underground star will develop, produce and consult on scripted and unscripted projects.

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Let the games begin. BUZZR celebrates the 95th birthday of game show host Monty Hall tomorrow, August 25 at 8p with new-to-the-network episodes of Hall hosting Let’s Make a Deal and The All New Beat the Clock.

Recently launched science fiction digital broadcast net Comet, from Sinclair Television Group and MGM, landed a license agreement for cult series Mystery Science Theater 3000 from Shout! Factory, to start airing Sunday, September 4. Comet also added Japanese Godzilla films from 1954-1975 to its programming roster.

Toby Keith and Blake Shelton have been added to the slate of performers at the 10th Annual ACM Honors, airing Friday, September 9 on CBS. They’ll join Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban in a tribute to Glen Campbell.

The Costume Designers Guild Awards will take place Tuesday, February 21 at the Beverly Hilton. Submissions for excellence in film, TV and short-form design opens Friday, September 30.

The season finale of Showtime’s Roadies features guest stars who gather to pay tribute to a rock legend. On hand for the Sunday, August 28 ep: Eddie Vedder, Jim James, Nicole Atkins, Robyn Hitchcock, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius, Joy Williams and Gary Clark Jr.

Showtime’s Martin Lawrence Doin’ Time: Uncut premieres Friday, September 9 at 9p. Stand-up special was filmed live at the Orpheum Theatre in LA.

NBC offered a taste of what’s to come when Arnold Schwarzenegger takes Donald’s Trump’s season in a promo for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice (or, as it says in the video, The New Celebrity Apprentice). Season launches in January.

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Season 35 of Nature takes flight with “Super Hummingbirds” on Wednesday, October 12 at 8p on PBS. Patricia Clarkson narrates the opener, which features new scientific discoveries about the tiny birds.

Smithsonian Channel’s Sacred Sites offers scientific breakthroughs and research shedding light on mysterious religious locations. The first of five episodes, focused on Petra and Hegra, premieres Monday, September 12 at 8p.

Milo’s Law premieres on Disney XD Monday, October 3 at 8p. “Weird Al” Yankovic voices the title role in the animated adventure comedy.

Science’s NASA’s Unexplained Files returns for season four Tuesday, August 30 at 9p. This time around, abnormalities caught on camera include a star that could mean a “terrible fate” for Earth.


OWN is acquiring the rights to air talk show T.D. Jakes from Tegna Media and T.D. Jakes Enterprises. Seventy affiliates will premiere the show locally on Monday, September 12, followed by OWN’s launch on September 19 at 6p. “Oprah Winfrey is an icon and a business mogul who has become a national treasure impacting our nation with her creativity,” said pastor/author Jakes. “I consider her a personal friend and I’m honored to have her support of my new show.” Talker is produced by 44Blue Productions, EnLight Productions and T.D. Jakes Enterprises.


Joseph Fiennes (American Horror Story) will play Commander Fred Waterford in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood bestseller.  Production starts in Toronto this fall for a 2017 premiere.

Ryan Murphy muse Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) joins the cast of Murphy’s FX anthology series Feud as Geraldine Page. Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon star as Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Mekia Cox (90210) landed a recurring role on season two of NBC’s Chicago Med, as the daughter of Dr. Robin Charles (Oliver Platt). Drama returns Thursday, September 22 at 9p.

SNL alum Cheri Oteri will guest on season 2 of Scream Queens. Fox comedy returns Tuesday, September 20 at 9p.


Over half of the “Hillary for America” presidential campaign national TV budget so far was spent on the Summer Olympics, reports iSpot.TV – $15.8 million. “Donald Trump for President” hasn’t spent on national TV, but will allocate $4.8 million in battleground states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where Clinton has already spent about  $70 million, with more to come.


Video aggregation company Digital Media Rights announced it will have six subscription-based OTT services by year’s end. Already launched are general entertainment service Yuyu, Midnight Pulp (horror and thriller titles) and Asian Crush (pan-Asian content). The services cost $4.99/month and carry advertising. “It’s a very exciting time for independent publishers. We kind of want to bridge the gap,” DMR CEO Michael Hong told Multichannel News. “We’re not about [filling] programming gaps that are obscure or marginal. We’re talking about huge, impactful genres that the traditional networks are totally missing the boat on.”

Seeso concert special No Place Like Home, from stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, premieres Thursday, September 15. Topics range from global poverty to the Duggar daughters.

Comcast is adding new exclusive programming to its cross-platform video service, Watchable, including thee online series available now: Ballin’ on a Budget, Cholos Try and How to Human. “Over the last year, the trends that compelled us to introduce Watchable have accelerated,” said Jamie Gillingham, VP of strategic development in TV for Comcast. “Digital native video is hotter than ever. In fact, Watchable mobile traffic is increasing 40 percent month over month, and TV viewers are proving to be incredibly engaged – with session times averaging over 30 minutes.”


Actor/producer Idris Elba (Luther) will train to become a professional kickboxer in Idris Elba: Fighter, produced by Shine North and Elba’s Green Door Pictures.  The limited series, which will air on Discovery Networks International factual channels across more than 220 countries starting in early 2017, is part of Elba’s storytelling partnership with DNI.

TVMonde licensed Armoza Formats dramedy Karl & Max. The series will air through its 11 channels across 200 countries globally in spring 2017.

Electus International struck deals to bring The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey to Network Nine in Australia and Prime in New Zealand. The six-hour docu-series premieres in the U.S. on CBS Sunday, September 18.


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NBC’s American Ninja Warrior returned from its Olympics break on Monday to season highs of 7 million total viewers and 2.0 among A18-49.

The week ending August 14 – a week of significant preemptions and lower than normal coverage levels for syndicated shows – Access Hollywood, leading to the Games, was one of the few big winners with a 1.8 Live+SD rating, up 29 percent versus the week prior.

Telemundo and NBC Universo’s multiplatform coverage of the Rio Olympics reached 16.6 million total viewers and 8 million A18-49 for 278 hours of Olympic programming in Spanish through Sunday, August 21, according to Nielsen. Telemundo averaged 456,000 total viewers, increasing the Monday to Sunday daytime time slot by 12 percent versus prior year and by 10 percent versus the prior 4 week average. The Games ranked NBC Universo as the # 1 Hispanic cable network from 4p-7p eight times among A18-49 and 5 times among total viewers during a 17-day stretch, marking its best delivery in the time period since its launch in February of 2015. 

Opposite the Olympics closing ceremony, Sunday’s midseason return of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead drew 3.86 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating among A18-49, still strong but down 12 percent from its last original in May. 

Starz’ Power delivered 2.1 million viewers on Sunday, up 17 percent week to week, making it the second-most-watched episode of any Starz original. Among A18-49 the drama scored 1.0.

Top 10 Broadcast Programs among A18-49 rating/share for the week of August 15, 2016
Summer Olympics Monday (8/15) 7.0/24
NBC: Summer Olympics Tuesday (8/16) 6.9/25
NBC: Summer Olympics Thursday (8/18) 6.1/22
NBC: Summer Olympics Wednesday (8/17) 5.8/22
NBC: Summer Olympics Friday (8/19) 5.5/22
NBC: Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony (8/21) 4.1/15
NBC: Summer Olympics Saturday (8/20) 3.8/16
NBC: Superstore (8/19) 3.0/12
NBC: Rio Gold (8/21) 2.7/11
NBC: The Voice (8/21) 2.7/11
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer, Live + SD Data

Top 12 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/8/16 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.1AA
Family Feud (2/T) 5.9AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 4.9AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.2AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.3AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) 2.3
Live with Kelly (DAD) 2.0AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.0 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.0AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/8/16 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.8AA
Family Feud (2/T) 1.8AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.4AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.3AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.2AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.1AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) .9AA
2 Broke Girls (WB) .9AA
The Cleveland Show (2/T) 0.9AA
Two and a Half Men (WB) .9AA
Source: Nielsen Media Research

Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 15, 2016
NBC Nightly News
9.8 million total viewers, 2.3/11 and 2.77 million A25-54
ABC World News Tonight 7.82 million total viewers, 1.4/6 and 1.66 million A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.28 million total viewers, 1.2/5 and 1.41 million A25-54

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of August 15, 2016
NBC Today
5.1 million total viewers, 1.7/16 and 2.0 million A25-54
ABC Good Morning America 4.12 million total viewers, 1.1/11 and 1.4 million A25-54
CBS This Morning 3.2 million total viewers, .8/7 and 895,000 A25-54

Live + Same Day Household Ratings:  Monday, August 22, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
NBC: 14.1/24
American Ninja Warrior 4.1/7, Running Wild with Bear Grylls 2.5/5
ABC: 3.0/5
Bachelor in Paradise 3.6/6, Mistresses 1.9/4
CBS: 2.7/5
Mom 3.0/6, Two Broke Girls 2.7/5, Mom 2.8/5, The Odd Couple 2.4/4, Scorpion 2.5/5
FOX: 1.7/3
So You Think You Can Dance 1.7/3
Camino Hacia Destino 1.1/2, Tres Veca Ana 1.1/2, Narcos .7/1
TELE: 1.0/2
Silvana Sin Lana 0.9/2, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso .9/2, Senora Acero 3:  La Coyote 1.1/2
CW: .8/1
Supergirl .8/1, Supergirl .8/1

Monday A18-49: NBC 1.8/6, ABC 1.2/5, TELE .8/3, CBS .7/3, FOX .7/2, UNI .6/3, CW .3/1


Pop announced three appointments: Randy Rovegno as Vice President, Content Distribution Marketing; Michael Voice as Vice President, Business and Sales Strategy, and Caroline Wilson as Vice President, Integrated Marketing. Before joining Pop, Rovegno was VP of Content Marketing at Ovation, Voice had been VP of Finance for Betfair U.S. and Wilson was Senior Director of Content Strategy at Initiative.

UK-based Woodcut Media and Duchess Street Productions hired Nicholas Yearwood as Consultant Executive Producer for both companies. Yearwood is a founding member of Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures.


Actor Steven Hill died August 23. He was 94. Hill’s television credits included leading roles on Mission: Impossible and Law & Order. “Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met,” said Law & Order’s Dick Wolf.


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1814 – British forces set fire to the Capitol and the White House.

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ABC: The Goldbergs [r], The Goldbergs [r], Goldbergs [r], Goldbergs [r], Modern Family [r], blackish [r]
CBS: Big Brother, Criminal Minds [r], American Gothic
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is it Anyway? Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r]
Fox: MasterChef
NBC: America’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, The Night Shift
PBS: My Wild Affair [r], NOVA [r], Uranium  Twisting the Dragon’s Tail [r]
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero 3: Lo Coyote
Univision: Un Camino Hacia El Destino, Tres Veces Ana, Narcos

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06/01/23: The start of North America’s League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split will be delayed by two weeks

  Thursday June 1, 2023 Good morning! It’s Thursday and this is your early morning Esports and Gaming brief. The start of North America’s League of Legends Championship Series Summer Split will be delayed by two weeks and might be in jeopardy for the entire summer following a player walkout supported by the LCS Players […]

06/01/23: Lisa Ling joins CBS News

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05/31/23: Cynopsis Jobs


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05/31/23: Fox plans LA pop-up

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A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM REELZ As a Top 25 Rated Network, REELZ is the Solution for Cable Primetime Replacement Impressions Now in 50MM Homes Full Slate of Uninterrupted Original Programming Consistent Delivery for Last 3 Quarters in All Primary Demos REELZ #1 CABLE NETWORK Friday & Saturday Nights Click here for source […]

05/30/23: Cynopsis Media Tech Update


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