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NBC gave a put pilot commitment to Closure, from Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva), John Legend and Sony Pictures TV Studios. Legal drama is based on the story of Serena Nunn, teenaged victim of the mandatory minimum prison sentence for drug crimes.
Travel Channel wants to keep Man v. Food along for the ride. Four weeks into its Monday timeslot the show, with new “Man” Casey Webb, has delivered 3.5 million viewers, prompting Travel to give the series a mid-season green light for a 14-episode season 2.
NBC and The Paley Center for Media are collaborating on an hour-long Will & Grace special, to air Tuesday, September 19 at 10p. The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace will feature clips as well as interviews with the series’ stars and creators; revival premieres Thursday, September 28 at 9p for a 16-episode run.
In more Paley Center news, along with Cartoon Network the center is presenting “Cartoon Network: 25 Years of Drawing on Creativity,” illustrating the creative process from sketch to screen for shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time. Exhibit runs from September 16-October 8 in NYC, and October 14-November 19 in Beverly Hills.
TLC renewed Nate & Jeremiah By Design for a sophomore season. Series produced by Asylum Entertainment follows designing husbands Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent as they help turn renovation wrecks into dream homes.
Reese Witherspoon is sticking with ABC Studios, extending an overall deal via her Hello Sunshine to develop comedy and drama TV projects.
TV One movie Bobbi Kristina, starring Joy Rovaris (Stuck in the Middle) as the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, premieres Sunday, October 8 at 7p. “Krissy, like most young adults, shared one side of herself with her family and another side with her closest friends,” said one of the film’s exec producers, Tracey Baker-Simmons. “This movie is told from that perspective.”
Discovery en Espanol is revving up for Hispanic Heritage Month with 2 new shows: RMD Garage and The Auto Firm Con Alex Vega, premiering September 11 at 9p and 10p as part of the net’s “Lunes de Motores” programming block.
Discovery special American Made Inventors features inventors pitching shoe soles, an ice-fishing tool and a car-catching device, tomorrow, September 1 at 10p. On Tuesday, September 5 at 10p, comes special episode Deadliest Catch: Jonathan Hillstrand Legacy, focused on the retiring Bering Sea skipper. Also on the way this fall: Hot Grease, a Discovery Impact film following an environmentally beneficial industry built around spent kitchen grease.
Before you head for the hills (or beach) this long weekend, take a look at new series and seasons around the corner in the Cynopsis Fall Preview.
Univision Communications and Too Small to Fail, an early childhood initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation, are collaborating on a miniseries, La Fuerza de Creer (The Power of Believing). The show, which includes two hour-long television episodes and three webisodes, as well as digital content designed to encourage activities that boost early learning, is the first time Univision has used dramatic storytelling to promote a social impact message.
Tokyo Project, a short film starring Elisabeth Moss that premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, will air on HBO on Saturday, October 14. Richard Shepard (Girls) wrote, directed and produced the 30-minute movie.
The seventh “Sportsman Channel’s Brotherhood Outdoors Labor Day Marathon” runs Saturday, September 2 from 5-8p, with 6 consecutive episodes focused on the stories of Union members.
Vampirina will premiere on Disney Channel and Disney Junior on Sunday, October 1 at 11a with back-to-back episodes. New eps debut every Monday and Friday in October on both nets. The animated series will also get the big screen treatment, with special screenings at movie theaters on Saturday, October 21, Thursday, October 26 and Saturday, October 28, as part of “Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party!”.
Discovery has a trio of new series premiering this fall (working titles all): hunt-for-a-fortune Escobar’s Millions; true crime spin-off Killing Fields: Isle of Wight; and artisan challenge The Bush League. And coming back in 2017 with a new spin is a “revived and revved up” Cash Cab.
Will E! strike gold with The Platinum Life? We’ll see on Sunday, October 15 at 10p, when the docu-series following leading ladies in music debuts.
OWN’s Queen Sugar doubles up on its midseason premiere, with an episode on Tuesday, October 3 at 10p followed by another in the drama’s regular timeslot on Wednesday, October 4 at 10p.
Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone joins the crew as co-host when Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking returns for season 5 on public television Saturday, September 2 (check local listings).
Season 2 of StarzThe Girlfriend Experience doesn’t officially premiere until Sunday, November 5, but you can catch it as early as September 9 – if you go to the Toronto. And can get a Toronto Film Festival pass. This time around, the anthology series will follow 2 parallel stories, each focusing on new characters, relationships and plotlines, one set in Washington, D.C. and the other in New Mexico.
New daily syndicated show Page Six TV premieres Monday, September 18, announced Twentieth Television. Pop culture program from Endemol Shine North America and the New York Post has been sold in over 98% of the country.
Mark Duplass (Togetherness) landed a series regular role on season 2 of Amazon’s Goliath, as a successful LA developer….Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Jordan Buhat (Summer of ’84) have joined the cast of Freeform’s black-ish spin-off, grown-ish. Singing duo Chloe x Halle will recur on the show, slated to premiere in early 2018….Anna Osceola (Mad Men) landed a recurring role on NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, premiering Tuesday, September 26 at 10p….J. Anthony Pena (Justified) will recur on upcoming Crackle drama The Oath.
Universal Kids acquired the US linear rights for seasons 1-5 of tween series The Next Step, broadcast in over 120 countries worldwide, from Boat Rocker Rights and BBC Worldwide, and entered into a production partnership with Boat Rocker Media for season 6.
Mitu is partnering with Facebook to rework 2 of their viral series into weekly shows on the Watch platform. Unscripted comedic Mom’s Movie Review and What’s Good In Your Hood, an extension of mitu’s original viral video franchise, air on Wednesdays. How did mitu go about adapting the content? “Both Mom’s Movie Review and What’s Good in Your Hood were reworked with the new Watch platform in mind from the inception of development,” Joe Rivadeneira, head of development at mitu, tells Cynopsis. “We had to take into account the type of viewers that watch our content on our platform, digest the analytics of what audiences responds to from the original videos and elevate that to a new level. Another large challenge was taking into account the new mid roll features in the videos based on the length of the content. Our original videos were about 3-4 minutes long and we were challenged with doubling that while still making sure the content was engaging.” For more from Rivadeneira on reworking series for Watch, check out the latest Cynsiders.
Poker Central and Roundhead Creative Group have partnered for 5-episode reality show Major Wager, featuring performance-based prop bets (it’s a gambling thing). Challenges start streaming Monday, September 4 on PokerGO.
Crackle and VR studio Future Lighthouse announced the premiere of 6-minute Snatch HR Heist Experience at the Venice Film Festival. Onboard the immersive experience of a safe-cracking diamond heist are Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens) and Phoebe Dynevor (The Village).
Sales for Singapore-based Bomanbridge Media include John Torode’s Korean Food Tour to National Geographic Asia and Philippines’ ABS-SBN, which also picked up My Floating Home, as well as Top Travel to A+E Networks Asia and On the Go to Thailand’s True Visions.
Facebook docu-series Ball in the Family, following basketball star Lonzo Ball and his clan, premieres on the Facebook Watch platform today.
Amazon revenge thriller Tin Star debuts on Prime Video Friday, September 29. Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) star.
Sundance Now’s premiere date for Rillington Place, starring Tim Roth and Samantha Morton, is now Thursday, October 5, while scripted original Back, created and written by Simon Blackwell (Veep) arrives Thursday, November 3.
From Buffalo, NY to Butte-Bozeman, Montana, DirecTV Now added over 25 local ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates to the streaming service, reports AT&T, with “more channels coming,” said Daniel York, senior executive VP and chief content officer. DirecTV claims upwards of 500,000 subscribers, and about 130 local stations.
Oxygen launched an app for Apple TV devices that will offer episodes of true crime fare including Snapped, Cold Justice, It Takes a Killer and more.
All Girl Band, from Digital Media Studios and We Are Hear, is set to scour the country “looking for the female Rolling Stones,” said songwriter/producer Linda Perry. And the music-driven TV series will offer nothing less than a “massive brand opportunity across a multi-platform ecosystem,” claimed Kerry Mann. Like? “Through linear programming, mobile-first digital platforms and live events, the search will create mass viewership and a network of experiential marketing potential,” said Mann. “There will be numerous opportunities for corporate sponsorship and brand integration into both television and film properties.”
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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.

There was good news all around for cable news nets in August. Fox News topped cable networks in prime time (2.2 million viewers, +6%) and total day (1.3 million, +7%) viewing. MSNBC was up a whopping +63% in prime time (to 1.8 million) and +54% in total day (to 1 million), while CNN rose a big +41% in prime time (to 1.2 million) and +22% in total day (to 832,000).
Telemundo wrapped August as the #3 network, regardless of language, for the month among A18-34 (477,000) during Monday-Friday 8p-11p, and outperformed all cable nets among A18-49 and A18-34 in the daypart.
The premiere of TV One’s When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story drew 1.2 million unique viewers (1.6 million unique viewers for the night), to rank as TV One’s #1 original movie premiere of all time among all key demos: HH: 1.00/598,000, P2+: 0.49/759,000, P25-54: 0.69/409,000. It was the net’s best Monday Prime Performance of all time among P25-54.
The season 8 premiere of UK’s The Great British Bake Off delivered an average 6.5 million viewers/30.4% share on Tuesday, Channel 4’s biggest overnight audience since 2012.
Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows Video Power Index: Week of August 21, 2017
Game of Thrones (HBO) 2913, 2M, 56.7M, 3M
Teen Wolf (MTV) 1454, 388K, 528K, 3.5M
Rickey Smiley For Real (TV One) 451, 107K, 2.2M, 109K
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 405, 60K, 1.3M, 325K
Tucker Carlson Tonight (Fox News) 371, 88K, 2.4M, 91K
Life of Kylie (E!) 277, 336K, 3.4M, 399K
Pit Bulls and Parolees (Animal Planet) 252, 52K, 890K, 155K
America’s Got Talent (NBC) 241, 584K, 21.4M, 1.6M
The Fosters (Freeform) 226, 262K, 1.2M, 562K
Ink Master (Spike) 222, 53K, 993K, 162K
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 29, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NBC: 10.47 million
America’s Got Talent 13.19, Hollywood Game Night 5.03
CBS: 5.42 million
NCIS 6.01, Bull 5.14, NCIS: New Orleans 5.12
ABC: 3.49 million
Bachelor in Paradise 4.32, Somewhere Between 1.82
Telemundo: 1.23 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.14, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.19, El Senor de los Cielos 1.37
Univision: 1.14 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.11, Mi Marido Tie Familia 1.19, Tierra Prometida 1.13
FOX: 1.65 million
Lethal Weapon 1.98, The Mick 1.42, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.21
CW: .82 million
The Flash .86, Legends of Tomorrow .79
Tuesday A19-49 Ratings:  NBC 2.2/9, ABC 1.0/4, TELE .8/3, CBS .6/3, UNI .6/2, FOX .4/2, CW .2/1
20th Century Fox EVP Development Michael Thorn will take the reins from exiting Fox Broadcasting Company President of Entertainment David Madden at the end of September. “As someone who’s worked at the studio, a broadcast network and spent time as a producer, Michael’s had the best possible training for this position. We’re elated he’ll be stepping into this expanded role,” said Fox CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Thorn is reportedly in talks with AMC Networks to replace Joel Stillerman, who decamped in May for Hulu.
Sony Pictures Television Studios upped Karen Tatevosian to Executive Vice President Business Affairs. Tatevosian replaces Jeff Frost, promoted to President of Sony Pictures Television Studios.
Katie Nelson is joining ABC News as Executive Producer, ABC News Content, leading editorial coverage for distribution across web sites, apps, social media, streaming services and emerging platforms. Most recently, Nelson was News Director at HuffPost.
Tennessee Edwards was named Executive Producer, Business Development & Branded Content for ITV America. Edwards previously served as an executive producer under ITVA’s Loud TV banner on shows including FYI’s Tiny House Nation.
Actor Larry Sherman died August 26. He was 94. Among numerous film and TV roles, Sherman played Judge Colin Fraser on Law & Order.

On this Day: 1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: In Diff’rent Strokes (1978-86), who did Arnold want to meet so badly he pretended he was dying and it was his last wish? Muhammad Ali. Kudos to: Melissa Friedman/LA, Jason Olexa-Viacom/NYC, Matthew Fera-Mcgarry Bowen/Chicago, John Baghdassarian-Olympusat/LA, Michael Jaquet-Sports Marketing Collective/Park City, UT, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA
Today’s Trivia Question: How many spin-offs did The Brady Bunch (1969-1974) have? (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.)
Answer to Yesterday’s Anagram:  Mow Front Yard Grows Heat Hid = The F Word With Gordon Ramsay.
1990s Sitcom Anagram: Was Ironed (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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VP CONTENT/FlyQuest/LA: Out of the box thinker who thinks strategically and sets directions aligned to company’s strategy, applying external perspective to meet business needs. 8+ yrs’ exp working in a content strategy & editorial function, pref in the gaming, digital or ent space. Full info/apply HERE (9/5)  

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ABC: Battle of the Network Stars [r], Battle of the Network Stars [r], The Gong Show [r] 
CBS: Kevin Can Wait [r], Kevin Can Wait [r], Big Brother, Zoo
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r], Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r], Whose Line Is it Anyway? [r]
FOX: Beat Shazam [r], Love Connection
NBC: The Wall [r], The Wall [r], The Night Shift [f]
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], Diana – Her Story [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Jennie Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, La Tierra Prometida

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