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AXS TV: Mixtape at 8:30p
FX: Mr. Inbetween at 10p
Netflix: The I-Land
SundanceTV: This Close at 12a
Tonight’s Finales
DIY: Insane Pools: Off the Deep End at 9p
HGTV: Going for Sold at 11p
History: Ax Men at 9p
Oxygen: Killer Affair at 8p
UPtv: Our Wedding Story at 9p, Crazy Beautiful Weddings at 9:30p
WE tv: Beyond the Pole at 10p
News of the surprisingly low price for Apple’s upcoming streaming service sent shares of Netflix, Disney and Roku lower. “The pricing of Apple’s streaming TV service at $4.99 per month is a ‘show stopper’ and a major shot across the bow at the likes of Netflix and Disney among others,” Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives told clients in a research note on Wednesday. “In our opinion with an installed base of 900 million active iPhones worldwide we believe Cook & Co. have an opportunity to gain 100 million consumers on the streaming front in the next 3-4 years.”
Over 95% of Americans are troubled by the state of the media, according to a poll from tech PR firm Bospar. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they believe ethics in journalism will be worse during the 2020 presidential campaign, with 23% saying they think local TV reporters and anchors are the most ethical, and 15% saying national TV reporters and anchors are the most ethical.
Whoopi Goldberg will play 108-year-old prophet Mother Abagail in CBS All Access’ adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. Also onboard are Jovan Adepo (When They See Us), Owen Teague (Black Mirror), Brad William Henke (Orange Is the New Black) and Daniel Sunjata (Rescue Me), along with previously announced cast members James Marsden (Westworld) and Amber Heard (Aquaman).
Tennis star John McEnroe will narrate Netflix coming-of-age comedy series Never Have I Ever, from Mindy Kaling, Lang Fisher and Universal Television. McEnroe shared the news on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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At NewFronts West, SoulPancake, founded by Rainn Wilson, announced its original documentary Laughing Matters, featuring Wilson, Sarah Silverman and Wayne Brady, will premiere on Mental Health Awareness Day, October 10. The company also shared news of a new partnership with PBS to co-produce season four of food series, The Migrant Kitchen; the launch of new Metaphysical Milkshake podcast via a partnership with Luminary; a partnership with Seventh Generation in support of the Participant impact campaign for ROMA; and revealed it is now among the few YouTube independent channels granted full control of its inventory, allowing brands and media companies looking to directly engage with SoulPancake and its audiences.  
The BBC and Quibi announced are teaming to create daily international news programming curated for millennials. BBC News will be the international news producer for Quibi’s curated daily news and information programming, called Daily Essentials. The video news product will offer news from around the world, drawing on the BBC’s global network of reporters. Said Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News, “Since the BBC began life as a start-up in 1922 we have been focused on two things: innovating to reach our audiences in new ways; and providing trustworthy news and entertainment of the highest quality. Technology is changing constantly, as is the world at large and we’re delighted to be working with an innovative new player like Quibi to bring young audiences a daily made-for-mobile global news update of the highest quality from our unparalleled network of international correspondents and experts.”
True crime series Relentless with Kate Snow debuts on Oxygen Friday, October 4 at 8p. In each episode, journalist Show will follow grieving families who pursue justice for their loved ones.
Fox Television Stations game show 25 Words or Less will include a faceoff between Friends alumns Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow, timed to the classic sitcom’s 25th anniversary. The Meredith Vieira-hosted show premieres September 16 in 98% of the country.
Fuse Media is expanding its original digital content line-up by adding 10 new series produced by the Fuse Content Studio. Among the offerings targeting a multicultural millennial and Gen Z audience are Bust It Open, featuring talent opening boxes and attempting to place the items in order of price; Wreckreation, allowing stressed-out people to destroy items with a Louisville Slugger; and Method To My Morning, offering viewers access to the morning routines of stars.
Among the presenters at the host-less 71st Emmys will be Michael Douglas, Angela Bassett, the cast of Game of Thrones, and a trio of late night hosts, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers. Ceremony airs on Fox Sunday, September 22.
The Flintstones debuts on MeTV on Monday, September 30 at 6p, 59 years to the day from its first telecast. In the pilot episode, “The Flintstone Flyer,” Fred and Barney scheme to go bowling with the boys instead of to the opera with their wives.
As part of a Vamos Rams gameday partnership between FX and the Los Angeles RamsMayans M.C. stars Emilio Rivera and JD Pardo will participate in the coin toss of the rematch of the 2018 NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints on Sunday, September 15 at 1:25 PM PT at the LA Memorial Coliseum. 
Three Paramount Television shows are in the works at HBO Max, revealed Paramount CEO Jim Gianopolous at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Communications & Entertainment conference. Gianopolous was bullish about streaming’s effect on the studio. “Our content is more desirable, more unique and more available than others, and that puts us in a really good position,” he said, adding that with all the competition for content, including digital players, finding homes for titles is “going to be a lot of fun.”
The Comedy Dynamics library is now available on The Roku Channel. In addition to movies, series, original content, and specials, the linear channel now offers 24/7 stand-up comedy specials curated by Comedy Dynamics’ staff.
Imagine Communications, provider of ad tech solutions for broadcasters, content owners, MVPDs and vMVPDs, announced that core OTT monetization functionality from its Targeted Delivery portfolio is now available as OTT Monetization Service, powered by Amazon Web Services. The cloud-based, cross-platform managed service features functionality and simplified browser-based management, without requiring local equipment and hosting. Imagine is collaborating with global streaming TV platform provider MOBITV to incorporate content monetization capabilities into live connected TV and OTT video services, to eventually include VOD and cloud DVR. “Video delivery business models have been turned upside down and distributors need every edge they can get to continue offering robust, profitable services,” said David Heppe, Commercial General Manager for Imagine Communications. “Our OTT Monetization Service removes many of the heavy lifts that come with installing, operationalizing and updating next-gen ad tech.”
Data solutions company Lotame announced the launch of Lotame PDX, a private, curated marketplace of high-quality second-party data sellers, as well as niche third-party data providers from around the world. The standard asks data providers to offer “nutrition labels” for their data, informing segment quality, recency, provenance, criteria and beyond. “In today’s transparency-driven and privacy-sensitive climate, finding the right data partner is harder than ever,” said Andy Monfried, founder and CEO, Lotame. “Our post-GDPR world has eroded trust and heightened standards – making the process of vetting partners and understanding data provenance an almost herculean task. Lotame knows that quality and reliability are paramount when choosing a data partner, which is why we have created a venue for highly regarded providers and authenticated sellers.”
OpenVault, a provider of industry analytics and technology solutions for broadband operators, has partnered with TVC Communications to drive increased availability of OpenVault product offerings within the Latin American and Caribbean markets. “The near-term ability of Grupo TVCable to improve user experiences and satisfaction has significantly increased interest in OpenVault solutions,” said George Kassas, founder and CEO of Bireme Systems and an advisor to OpenVault. “TVC’s tradition of excellence in the region will help us augment OpenVault’s market reach and identify new opportunities in a vibrantly growing region.” The agreement follows the announcement earlier this year of OpenVault’s first CALA customer, Grupo TVCable, the largest cable system operator in Ecuador.
Viacom and the producers of Lights Out with David Spade are being sued by the parents of a pedestrian killed by industry accountant Jacob Gralitzer. Gralitzer allegedly was “severely intoxicated” when leaving the premiere party for the Comedy Central show, and the defendants “did nothing” to stop him from driving his car home. The victim was standing on a sidewalk when he was hit by a car that had been struck by Gralitzer’s.
The legal battle’s over between Fox and the creative team behind Bones. The dispute started in 2015, when actors Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, Kathy Reichs, who wrote the novels that inspired the series, and executive producer Barry Josephson alleged they had been defrauded of profit participation; it ended Wednesday with dismissal papers filed in LA Superior Court, and a settlement. “The parties have amicably resolved the litigation,” said a rep for Deschanel, Boreanz and Reichs.
Comcast, Fox, CBS, Disney, A&E, C-SPAN and Viacom are suing Maine and 17 towns in the state over a law, slated to go in effect September 19, that will make cable providers sell channels on an a la carte basis. In the complaint, the companies argue that the law violates free speech, and could adversely affect programming diversity.
The Office stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey will star in Stitcher podcast Office Ladies, launching October 16 on Stitcher’s comedy network, Earwolf. Each week, Fischer and Kinsey will break down an episode of the NBC comedy and share behind-the-scenes stories.
Wondery and The Athletic are teaming to co-produce The Lead, an in-depth daily sports news podcast reporting on sports-driven stories of the day. The first episode is set to debut on Monday, September 16.
Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones) will star in BBC America’s The Watch, based on the Discworld novels…John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) will play Jerry Buss in an HBO pilot about the LA Lakers. He replaces Michael Shannon, who left due to creative differences…Liv Tyler (Harlots) will star opposite Rob Lowe in Fox’s 9-1-1 spin-off, 9-1-1: LonestarUzo Aduba (Orange Is the New Black) landed a lead role in season four of FX’s Fargo.
All3media international has signed its first deal with an OTT VOD platform in Russia, CIS and the Baltics. Ivi picked up rights to 50 hours of premium including exclusive rights in the region to upcoming future-set psychological thriller The Feed with drama Dark Money.
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The September 9 debut of The Kelly Clarkson Show scored the highest first day ratings for any first-run syndication launch (1.9/6 weighted metered marked average) in seven years, and improved its station lineup by 73% compared to its year-ago time periods.
In the national ratings for the week ending September 1, Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.9 live plus same day Nielsen, up 6% from the week before) aired repackaged episodes while on hiatus but still snared second place for the 27th straight week, behind Dr Phil
Season four of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners reached 7.1 million viewers and increased audience versus season three by +11% among Households and +13% in the delivery of Persons 2+. It was also up by +16% in P18-49 and +5% in P25-54.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of August 26 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.41 AA
Family Feud (CTD) 5.8 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 4.4 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 3.6 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.4 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 2.3 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 2.1 AA
Hot Bench (CTD) 2.1 AA
Top 11 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of August 26 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 1.3 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.2 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.2 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 0.8 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 0.7 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 0.7 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 0.7 AA
Last Man Standing (2/T) 0.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 0.5 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.5 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.5 AA
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, September 10 time period averages 
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
NBC: 7.53 million
America’s Got Talent 9.39, Bring the Funny 3.81
CBS: 5.03 million
NCIS 5.69, FBI 4.78, NCIS: New Orleans 4.60
ABC: 3.36 million
Bachelor in Paradise 4.11, The Conners 1.91, The Conners 1.78
FOX: 1.60 million
The Resident 1.48, First Responders Live 1.72
Univision: 1.76 million
Seleccion EE.UU 1.24, Seleccion Mexicana 2.45
Telemundo: 1.12 million
Exatlon 1.24, Final del Paraiso 1.18, Preso No. 1 0.95
CW: 0.59
Pandora 0.65, Roswell: Mysteries Decoded 0.54
Tuesday A18-49 Ratings
NBC 1.2/6, 0.8/4, UNI 0.7/4, CBS 0.4/2, FOX 0.4/2, TELE 0.4/2, CW 0.1/1
BET Networks appointed Amy DuBois Barnett as Senior Vice President and General Manager of BET Digital. Previously, Barnett was Chief Content Officer for theGrio and EVP, Digital for theGrio’s parent company, Entertainment Studios.
Jon Scarlett has been named head of the Fuse Content Studio. Scarlett was most recently GM of All Def Media.
Video platform Dailymotion appointed Gregory Jamet as Global Head of Brand Security. It’s a new position for the company.
Red Arrow Studios International has appointed Maria Arroyo as Senior Sales Manager responsible for Italy, Spain and Portugal, Turkey and Israel. Arroyo joins from Spanish distributor Onza, where she held the position of International Sales Manager.
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Who sang a song during the opening of Saturday Night Live’s 27th season, shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, to honor NYC public officials? Paul Simon sang “The Boxer” with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and members of the NYC Fire Department. Kudos to: John Ferlazzo, London, Pete Hazell, Discovery Communications Europe, London, Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC, Rick Dascher-Turner Studios/Atlanta, Jim Ryan-A+E Networks, David Rubinsohn-American Public Television/Boston, Richard Quan-Heat/San Francisco, John Kukla-KDFW Fox 4/Dallas, Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/Toronto, Cherie Wall-Sandbox Entertainment/Nashville, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Anne Wettig-Fox/LA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Lauren Watt-Alliance Entertainment/Irvine, CA, Charlie Conner-KOKI/Tulsa, Barb Throm-Stealth Creative/St. Louis, MO,
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Which child actress joined the final season of Daktari (1966-69) as an orphan who joined the Tracy household? (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.).
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