09.12.16 Good morning. It’s Monday September 12, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing. Tonight’s Premieres:
ABC: Dancing With the Stars at 8p
Discovery: Sacred Steel Bikes at 10p
ID: JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery at 10p
Smithsonian Channel: Sacred Sites at 8p Tonight’s Finales:
ABC: The $100,000 Pyramid at 10p
Fox: So You Think You Can Dance at 8p
NBC: American Ninja Warrior at 8p
While consumers are still gobbling significant hours of entertainment, 37 percent of global viewers have stopped watching a show they’d enjoyed because it’s simply too complicated and/or expensive to access, according to a new audience insights study from TiVo. Most likely victims of “show dumping” require a premium pay-TV package, are available only through paid OTT and/or are unavailable on OTT services that aggregate content. Close to half of consumers surveyed said that for the amount they pay for video service, it should be easier to find what they want to watch.
In an Emmys first, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who submitted their names jointly for consideration, won the Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Award for co-hosting Saturday Night Live. On night one of the two-part Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, a surprise victory went to Peter Scolari (Girls) for Best Comedy Series Guest Actor. Scolari had replaced Peter MacNicol (Veep) in the category after nominations were announced, when MacNicol was disqualified for appearing in more than 50 percent of his show’s episodes. More awards will be handed out during the Primetime Emmys telecast Sunday, September 18 on ABC. For a complete list of Creative Arts winners, go here.
Saturday Night Live writer Mikey Day follows the path of Tina Fey and others by transitioning to an on-camera role on the sketch comedy next season. Day got a test run of sorts this summer as a recurring player on NBC’s Maya & Marty, also from Lorne Michaels. There’s still room on the SNL roster, given the exits of Taran Killam, Jay Paharoah and Jon Rudnitsky.
Fox placed an order for seasons 17 and 18 of cooking competition Hell’s Kitchen. Grab your torque blanche – auditions start today in LA.
Geraldo Rivera wrote a message last week apologizing for defending Roger Ailes after the then-Fox News chairman was sued by former correspondent Gretchen Carson for sexual harassment. “It became apparent that Gretchen was not alone in alleging abhorrent behavior,” said Rivera in a Facebook post. “Now I am filled with regret for stubbornly discounting their various allegations.” Carlson settled for $20 million, and the company issued a public apology to her. As for Rivera, the journalist said that after an early manuscript of his memoir had been “enthusiastically received,” HarperCollins chose not to publish it “as a direct result” of his support for Ailes.
Greta Van Susteren, who recently exercised a clause in her contract allowing her to leave the net if Ailes did, joined Rivera in expressing regret for not believing sexual harassment claims leveled against her former Fox News boss. “We all regret it,” said Van Susteren, explaining that while the accusations were “inconsistent with what was my experience,” the situation was “hidden from all of us.”
The winner of a real-life dance contest will appear on NBC December 7 event Hairspray Live!. Contestants will perform September 15 at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, where Hairspray is set, in front of judges including Maddie Baillio, who plays Tracy Turnblad.
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The winner of the second annual Red Bandana Hero Award is combat veteran Marine Corps Dog Trainer and Kennel Master Christopher Baity, founder and executive director of Semper K9 Assistance Dogs. A custom “Hero Moment” vignette about Baity is airing on AHC on the network and online at www.AHCTV.com.
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Breaking Bad’s Vince Gilligan will write and exec produce a limited series for HBO. Raven will focus on cult leader Jim Jones, engineer of the 1978 mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Gilligan is exec producing with Bad’s Michelle McLaren and actress Octavia Spencer. Studio is Sony Pictures Television.
Production on season two of SundanceTV’s Hap and Leonard starts September 19 in Atlanta. Brian Dennehy (First Blood) and Irma P. Hall (Soul Food) are onboard as recurring guest stars.
An untitled comedy from Nahnatchka Khan and Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat) and actor/director Fred Savage (Grandfathered) landed a put pilot commitment from NBC. Show centers on the only girl from a mixed race family in a suburban neighborhood.
Comedic drama Women in Black has been put in development at ABC. The ABC Studios project about four widows comes from The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris and Jamie Tarses, Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark’s Bluegrass Fanfare.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: September 9-11, 2016
Sully (Warner Bros.) $35.5 million, opening weekend
When the Bough Breaks (Sony) $15.0 million, opening weekend
Don’t Breathe (Sony) $8.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $66.8 million
Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) $5.7 million (week 6), cume revenue $307.4 million
The Wild Life (Lionsgate) $3.4 million, opening weekend
Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus) $3.2 million (week 4) cume revenue $40.8 million
Pete’s Dragon (Buena Vista) $2.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $70.0 million
Bad Moms (STX Entertainment) $2.8 (week 7), cume revenue $107.5 million
Hell or High Water (Lionsgate) $2.6 million (week 5), cume revenue $19.8 million
Sausage Party (Sony) $2.3 million (week 5), cume revenue $93.2 million
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The season premiere episode of Nat Geo late-nighter Star Talk with Neil deGrasse, featuring Whoopi Goldberg, touches on space exploration, Star Trek and medical marijuana on Monday, September 19 at 11p.
OWN’s If Loving You Is Wrong is back with new episodes Tuesday, September 13 at p. The most recent season of the Tyler Perry drama was Tuesday’s number one original series on all of TV among African-American women and African-American total viewers, and averaged 2.25 million total viewers.
Ed Gordon, Bounce TV’s first news magazine show, focuses on Black Lives Matters movements starting tomorrow, September 13 at 10p. Series will feature interviews, investigative pieces, celebrity profiles and feature stories.
Cooking Channel newcomer UpRooted launches Saturday, October 1 at 9a. Docu-series follows a chef and foodie who moves with her family to rural France. Tuesday, October 4 brings the season premiere of Cooking’s MasterChef Canada at 8p, while Unwrapped 2.0 is back Sunday, October 9 at 9p with host Alfonso Ribeiro exploring the secrets behind snacks and sweets.
RFD-TV’s FarmHer launched Friday, September 9 at 9:30p. The series, telling stories of women in agriculture that range from a goat farmer in Tampa to an alpaca rancher in Colorado, is aimed at raising the profile of female-fronted farms.
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FX is giving up Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll after two seasons, sources tell Variety. The last episode of the Denis Leary comedy, on September 1, drew 450,000 viewers.
ABC summer series Mistresses will not make it to season five. The drama ended season four on September 6 with 2.57 million viewers, down from 4.4 million for its freshman launch.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is being accused of using a script he co-wrote with Bryan Barber (Idlewild) for VH1 years ago as the basis for his ABC hit. “Plaintiff is informed and believes that at some point between the end of 2006 and September 2014, Defendant Barris using Plaintiff’s idea for the Original Untitled Script wrote, developed and shopped the pilot episode for Black-ish without Plaintiff’s knowledge or authorization,” says a complaint filed in LA on Friday. Barber is seeking over $1 million.
Discovery Communications filed a writ of possession against LMNO Productions for the completed episodes of season 2 of 7 Little Johnstons, which the company said it has paid for in full. LMNO countered in a statement that Discovery failed to sign the negotiated contract for the season or pay the agreed-upon price. The legal trouble started in June when an internal audit allegedly revealed discrepancies in LMNO’s accounting, causing Discovery to cancel its agreement. Now, “Discovery should not have to pay a ransom for material it already owns,” said Discovery in its Thursday filing.
Revolt TV VP of Insights and Strategy Jake Katz will be sharing research on the cultural behaviors that influence media users age 13-17 in “Project Z: A Mixed Media Story.” Some findings: YouTube is still king for online video, but Facebook as video utility is growing rapidly, and YouTube is complementing TV use, not cannibalizing it. “The cultural context of a 17–year-old today defies much of what we’ve learned as an industry and put in to practice around Millennials,” Katz tells Cynopsis. “Project Z unpacks implications behind the cultural forces shaping Gen Z, who is a product of diversity, the recession, and coming of age in a post-modern media landscape.” CTAM event streams Wednesday, September 14 at 4p.
There’s always lots of buzz about broadcast shows this month, but there are gems on public television, too. Check out some passion projects in the latest Cynsiders.
Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) will star in Amazon drama pilot Strange New Things, based on the book by Michael Faber. Madden will play a priest sent into space to start a new colony.
Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and ballet star Misty Copeland will guest on episodes of PBS Kids animated preschool show Peg + Cat. Oh will reprise a role she voiced in March, as the president of the U.S.
Anthony Edwards has a guest role on season 18 of Law & Order: SVU, reports EW. Edwards will find at least one familiar face on set: SVU star Mariska Hargitay played a love interest for Edwards’ character during season four of ER. Series returns Wednesday, September 21 at 9p.
Second screens significantly impact viewers’ attention to ads, according to data from the Council for Research Excellence. With no second screen and no other viewers in the room, more than 90 percent of viewers notice ads, a number that drops to 75 percent with a second screen. “Fixation” time, a stricter determination using eye-tracking, was 58 percent for solo viewers, dropping to 25 percent for viewers with a second screen and other people in the room.
The IFC app has launched on Apple TV, featuring a collection of IFC series, comedy shorts and a rotating library of movies. Offerings include Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, Todd Margaret, The Spoils Before Dying, The Birthday Boys, Portlandia and Food Party. Season two of Documentary Now!, premiering Wednesday, September 14 at 10p, will be available the day after air.
Hulu gave a series pickup to Future Man, from Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg and Matt Tolmach. The comedy, set at Sony Pictures Television, follows a janitor recruited to travel through time and save humanity.
Are critics being too harsh on Matt Lauer for his Commander-in-Chief Forum interviews with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Let us know what you think in the new Cynopsis poll.
Season 5 of E.W. Scripps’ The List will reach 25 percent of country, with other station owners airing the program in syndication. The half-hour daily news show is available in 44 markets, airing on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates in various dayparts. New weekly show The Race launches on Scripps stations today, focused on the race for the White House.
Season eight of Dr. Oz starts this week with a conversation with presidential candidate Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka. Among other topics, Dr. Oz addresses why the health of the candidates has become such a serious issue. New on the show this season: True Crime Tuesdays.
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Discovery’s Harley and the Davidsons logged the biggest premiere telecast ratings for a single-network mini-series on cable since History’s The Bible three years ago. In Live+SD numbers the show delivered 3.4 million viewers on Monday, 3.4 million on Tuesday and 3.34 million on Wednesday.
Lifetime’s Little Women: LA on Wednesday drew 1.6 million total viewers, the most in the series’ five seasons. The episode also delivered season bests A25-54 (806,000) and W25-54 (639,000) in Live+SD.
Estrella TV grew 20 percent among A18-34 in prime time during summer 2016 versus the same period last year, and grew 31 percent among M18-34, as it focused on less traditional Spanish-language programming. “We pride ourselves in creating original Spanish language content in the U.S. that is relevant, entertaining and that caters to Hispanics living in this country, not a foreign territory,” stated Lenard Liberman, CEO, LBI Media, Inc., the parent company of Estrella TV.
Hallmark Channel’s Chesapeake Shores on Sunday, September 4 saw increases of 7 percent among W25-54 and 4 percent in Total Viewers, the fourth straight week of boosts in Live+3. Versus the series’ August 14 debut, numbers were up 14 percent in HH, 24 percent in W25-54 and 18 percent in Total Viewer delivery. The drama averaged a 2.6 HH rating and 2.9 million viewers.
Live + Same Day HH Ratings: Wednesday, September 7, 2016 based on time period averages.
Commander-in-Chief Forum 9.2/16, America’s Got Talent 6.4/11, Running Wild With Bear Grylls 3.2/6
Big Brother 3.8/7, American Gothic 1.7/3
MasterChef 2.6/5, MasterChef 2.6/5
The Goldbergs [r] 2.2/4, The Goldberts [r] 1.9/3, Modern Family [r] 2.2/4, black-ish [r] 1.8/3, Modern Family [r] 1.8/3, The Middle [r] 1.7/3
Despertar Contigo .9/2, Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2, Color de la Pasion .9/2
Penn & Teller: Fool Us .9/2, Whose Line Is It Anyway [r] .7/1
Silvana Sin Lana .9/2, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.0/2, Senora Acero 3 1.1/2
A18-49 Ratings: NBC 1.8/7, FOX 1.4/5, CBS 1.0.4, ABC .8/3, TELE .7/3, CW .4/1
As NBCUniversal moves to ramp up its Games and Digital Platforms business, Chris Heatherly has been named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Games and Digital Platforms, effective September 30. Heatherly was most recently SVP & General Manager of Disney Interactive’s kids business.
Endemol Shine Group is beefing up its licensing division. Frances Adams, previously Director of Brand Development, has been promoted to Global Director, Brands and Licensing, Jane Smith joins as Commercial Brand Executive, and Alice Bernardi takes the newly created post of Head of UK Licensing.
Jess Khanom has been appointed Managing Director of Argonon International. Khanom joins the company from Fox Networks Channels and 20th Century Fox, where she was Global Head of Formats.
PES Payroll, a provider of Employer of Record payroll services to the entertainment and advertising industries, announced the hiring of Alex Moreno as Payroll Manager for Live Events. Previously, Moreno spent 10 years at CAPS Payroll.
This Day in History: 1977 – South African black student leader Steven Biko died in police custody.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What kind of beach stand did Hannah Montana’s (2006-2010) Jackson and Oliver open after Rico fired Jackson from Rico’s Surf Shack? A cheese jerky stand. Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Brian Linville-Red Arrow Industries/Knoxville, TN, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
ABC: Dancing With the Stars [p], The $100,000 Pyramid [f]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [r], CBS Fall Preview, The Big Bang Theory [r], Mom [r], Scorpion [r]
CW: Supergirl [r], Supergirl [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance [f]
NBC: American Ninja Warrior [f], Running Wild With Bear Grylls
PBS: Antiques Roadshow [r], Antiques Roadshow [r], POV
Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, Senora Acero: La Coyote
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Tres Veces Ana, El Color de la Pasion
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