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Remarkable, fearless stories of truth have always been the heart of our quality programming.
Daring to look closer has driven A&E to success with five consecutive months of growth,
a 42% increase vs. year-ago, and Emmy wins for Born This Way and
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.




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History ordered scripted drama The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton. Based on Peter Baker’s New York Times bestseller, the series will depict the unfolding of one of the nation’s biggest political scandals.
Showtime picked up half-hour comedy Kidding, starring Jim Carrey. It’s the first series regular role for Carrey since In Living Color (1990-1994) and reunites him with Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is directing the show. Carrey is also exec producer of HBO’s just-renewed I’m Dying Up Here.
CBS gave a put pilot commitment to The Big House, a comedy from former 2 Broke Girls EP Liz Astrof, Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Astrof, the project centers on a newly engaged woman and her son who are settling into life with her fiance, when her ex-con husband gets out of jail.
Sundance TV, UFA Fiction and FremantleMedia International started production on Deutschland86. The second season of the spy thriller drama will film across South Africa and Berlin.
Pond5 has expanded its offerings with the launch of Pond5 Archival collection, a video library from the past 100 years. The licensable royalty-free footage has been digitally converted and restored, and includes material from World War II, the Space Race and other major events, as well as everyday life.
60 Minutes begins its 50th anniversary season on Sunday, September 24 at 7p on CBS with a story from new special contributor Oprah Winfrey. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor the series with a tribute recognizing its contribution to television journalism at its Emmy Award ceremony on October 5 in New York.
The Big Interview With Dan Rather returns to AXS TV for a fifth season on Tuesday, October 10 at 9p. Sharon Osbourne is the first featured guest.
Univision celebrity dance competition Mira Quien Baila bows Sunday, September 17 at 8p, featuring 10 celebs who accepted the challenge to compete for a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
Acorn TV added Doc Martin to its September lineup. Series bows Thursday, September 21, hours after its UK debut. In addition, cop drama 19-2: The Final Season premieres Friday, September 22, while original series Acceptable Risk bows on Monday, October 16.
TeleXitos announced its September programming, too. Shows on the Telemundo Station Group’s national multicast network include The Unit, Law & Order, and the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Noticias Telemundo presents Huracanes y Terremotos, Naturaleza en Furia (Hurricanes and Earthquakes, Nature’s Fury) on Sunday, September 17 at 7p. Hosted by Jose Diaz-Balart, the special explores the causes, impact and nature of natural disasters.
Freeform‘s annual “13 Nights of Halloween” kicks off Thursday, October 19. The net will air Halloween classics including an all-day marathon of Hocus Pocus on Tuesday, October 31 and a Tim Burton marathon on Monday, October 23, featuring Edward Scissorhands, Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas.   
Country superstar Sam Hunt, along with co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, will be honored with the first-ever “Song of the Year” award for hit Body Like A Back Road at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year. Music event premieres Wednesday, October 18 at 8p on CMT.
Michael Stuhlbarg, Freya Mayor, Nikolai Kinski and Griffin Dunne join Netflix’s Gore, the upcoming bio of Gore VidalBrian Letscher (Scandal) and Bryan Craig (General Hospital) nabbed recurring roles in The CW serialized military drama/conspiracy thriller, ValorLiannet Borrego (The Haves & The Have Nots) booked a recurring role on TNT’s The Last Ship.
In episode 3 of Animal Planet’s Celebrity Animal Encounters, on Facebook Watch today at 3p, Rob Corddry tells the story of an unusual transaction while he was on location filming HBO’s Ballers that led to a hedgehog becoming part of his family, while Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn) describes his dramatic highway rescue of a dog. Animal Planet was the first Discovery Comm. Net to premiere a series on Watch.
YouTube and Fulwell 73 teamed on a soccer comedy docuseries. Training Day (wt), celebrating soccer and its biggest stars, debuts this spring.
Production began on a 10-episode, third season of AT&T’s You Me Her, from Entertainment One. Filming is taking place in Vancouver; season arrives on Audience Network in 2018.
Maury, hosted by Maury Povich, begins its 20th anniversary season with NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution on Monday, September 18. To celebrate, Povich will expand the exclusive content that will be developed for its social media platforms. In “Maury’s Social Sit-Down,” Povich will venture outside his typical topics to interview individuals tied to current events and pop culture. Povich will also host weekly Facebook Live sessions.
Time Inc.’s free, ad-supported OTT network is rebranding from People/Entertainment Weekly Network to PeopleTV. The announcement included word of green lights for shows including Entertainment Weekly: Hollywood True Crime; Shelf Life, hosted by Oprah Book Club and Special Projects Producer, Jill Adams; and Sizing Up the Dress, among other offerings.
BET Digital enters the horror genre with the launch of The Last One, centering on four friends who get stranded on the side of the road. Show premieres Friday, October 13 on BET.com. 
Poker Central and DOUPAI.TV signed a licensing agreement to bring the World Series of Poker Main Event to China. The Deal runs through 2021 and includes live broadcasting of the WSOP Main Event final table.
Portfolio Entertainment is heading into MIPCOM with a lineup that includes new animated series Bubu and the Little Owls and Cyberchase, and a second season of CBeebies-commissioned live action series, Do You Know? 
The focus of Cynopsis Digital’s Live Online Event
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  • Explore next-gen tech that engages Gen Z viewers and much more.

Dr. Phil (3.0 Live+SD national rating, up 3% from the previous week) recorded its best Nielsens since mid-June and extended its winning streak in the talk show race to one full year in the session ending September 3. The show surged 30% from last year. Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.9, unchanged) held steady and finished second.
The first week of Steve (1.2/4 average in 54 metered markets), the new version of Steve Harvey’s talk show, made a big impact in several markets, including a 125% surge from its lead-in in San Diego, doubling what the old Steve Harvey show did in the same time period, last year, on KNSD at 2p.
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/28/17 ranked in order by HH Rtg
Judge Judy (CTD) 6.6 AA
Family Feud (2/T) 6.1 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 4.5 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 3.0 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 2.8 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 2.7 AA
Inside Edition (CTD) 2.6 AA
Hot Bench 2.6AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 2.6 AA
Top 10 M-F Syndicated Strip Series for the week of 8/28/17 ranked in order by A18-49 Rtg
Family Feud (2/T) 2.0 AA
The Big Bang Theory (WB) 1.9 AA
Judge Judy (CTD) 1.7 AA
Modern Family (2/T) 1.6 AA
Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 1.2 AA
Family Guy (2/T) 1.1 AA
Jeopardy (CTD) 1.0 AA
Dr. Phil (CTD) 0.9 AA
Entertainment Tonight (CTD) 0.9 AA
Two And A Half Men (WB) 0.8 AA
Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of September 4, 2017
ABC: Good Morning America 4.55 million total viewers; 1.2/11 and 1,490,000 A25-54
NBC: Today 4.52 million total viewers; 1.1/10 and 1.4/12 and 1,676,000 A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.72 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and 978,000 A25-54
Broadcast Evening News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of September 4, 2017
ABC World News Tonight 8,973,000 million total viewers; 1.7/8 and 2,007,000 A25-54
NBC Nightly News 8,741,000 million total viewers; 1.8/9 and 2,228,000 A25-54
CBS Evening News 6,750,000 million total viewers; 1.2/6 and 1,492,000 A25-54
Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of September 4, 2017
CBS: The Late Show 2.89 million total viewers; 0.42/2 among A18-49
NBC: The Tonight Show 2.64 million total viewers; 0.74/5 among A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live 1.95 million total viewers; 0.44/2 among A18-49
Top 10 Broadcast Programs Among A18-49 ratings/share for the week of September 4, 2017
NBC: Sunday Night Football (9/10) 9.1/30
NBC: NFL Thursday Special (9/7) 7.7/29
NBC: Football Night America Part 3 (9/10) 4.7/17
FOX: The OT ((9/10) 4.4/16
NBC: NFL Opening Kick Off Show (9/7) 3.1/14
FOX: The Orville (9/10) 2.7/9
NBC: America’s Got Talent (9/5) 2.6/10
ABC: Saturday Night Football (9/9) 2.5/11
NBC: America’s Got Talent (9/6) 2.1/9
NBC: Football Night America Part 2 (9/10) 2.1/8
Netflix hired Melissa Cobb as Vice President of Kids and Family Content. Cobb joins from DreamWorks, where she last served as Chief Creative Officer and Head of Studio for Oriental Dream Works.
Telltale Games named Pete Hawley as President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaces co-founder and current CEO Dan Connors, who is stepping back to an advisory role, on September 18. Hawley last served as Senior Vice President and General Manager at Zynga.

Friday Fun Fact: The fear of vegetables is called lachanophobia.
This Day in History: 1965 – Lost In Space premiered on CBS.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which actor broke from his original form to play a sex-obsessed amateur screenwriter on Extras (2005-2007)? Patrick Stewart. Kudos to: Keith R. Higgins-Wide Orbit/NYC and Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: Why was Kitty the cat written out of The Closer? (2005-2012)? (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.)  
Competition Series Anagram:  Iron Car Remain Ajar Win = American Ninja Warrior. Kudos to: Jim Bono-Crown Media Family Networks/NYC; Karen Van Vleet-Horizon Media/NYC; LaKendra Kennedy-Sinclair Broadcast Booth/Hunt Valley, MD
Sitcom Initial This: WD played GF in BMW (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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JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER/ASPIRE TV/ATL: Dev. content strategy across digital platforms; understanding of digitl analysis; exp. w/using digitl platforms to drive brand awareness; 4+ yrs strategic content plning & exec.; prof. w/Google Analytics, Photoshp, WordPress. Res: HERE (9/22)


JOB OPENING: AD SALES PLANNER/Baby First TV/NY: Reports to AE & EVP Ad Sales. Home office flexibility. 2-3 Years Direct Response experience required. Detailed & organized. Entrepreneurial environment. Must have Excel experience. Reply to [email protected] (9/22)

MGR SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT/REELZ/Albuquerque: Develop, execute and report social media marketing campaigns for national television network. Engage fans. Relocation offered to Albuquerque, NM. 2 years social media marketing exp. Apply: HERE (9/21)

SR ANLYST RESEARCH & ANALYTICS/SPE/NY: Consumer/Industry/Program insights for SPT Research; supports sales, production and distribution across all platforms of television: Network, Cable, SVOD & Synd. Exp. In TV Research, Nielsen & MS systems. Resume & cover HERE (9/20)


JOB OPENING: MEDIA PLANNER/RPM/NYC: Dvlp overall mktg campaign objectives/strategy along w/internal team members. Monitor, analyze & optimize campaign performance and synthesize into client-facing reporting. 3+ yrs media plan’g exp & digital media planning exp req’d. Client mngmnt exp a +. Resume/cvr HERE (9/20)


JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA CORRESPONDENT TEMP/IMG/6 Locations: Work w/athletic dept social content teams to grow/engage college sports social/digital aud, while dvlpg new rev driving opps. Mng various social media accts daily. Creative story teller w/min 1 yr exp working in creative prod. Full info/apply HERE (9/20)


JOB OPENING: NAT’L SALES ASSISTANT/UP/NYC: Provide support to ad sales by working with AEs, Sales Plners & Pricing/Inv to service clients. Work w/agency buyers. Maintain order entry, inventory moves & allocations. Strong organizational skills and attn to detail. Send res HERE (9/20)


JOB OPENING: SEGMENT PRODUCER/MAD MONEY/CNBC/NYC: Dvlp/Produce live and taped guest segments. Generate orig content ideas daily, tapping into a broad array of sources. 5 yrs exp booking and segment producing in a live TV environment, with demonstrated writing, research and comm skills. Full info/apply HERE (9/20)

JR ASSOC. SALES CREATIVE PARTNER/Pond5/NYC: Seeking an energetic, driven & entrepreneurial talent to work directly w/customers to make most of our library (world’s largest royalty free). 1-2 yrs sales exp in TV/Prod space, can talk to anyone, lives for above/beyond service. Full info/apply HERE (9/19)

SR RESEARCH ANALYST/TV ONE/SILVER SPRING MD or NYC: Assist Sr. Rsrch, Dir w/interpreting media rsrch results & effectively communicating results. Strong knwlg Nielsen software & 3rd party systems. BA/BS deg & 2+ yrs rsrch expe @ media co., agency or advertiser. Full info/apply HERE (9/19)


 JOB OPENING: PROMO WRITER/PRODUCER: Seeking innovative promo producer for nationally syndicated talk show in New York. Candidate must be experienced in a fast-paced environment, demonstrate articulate client interaction and direct high profile talent. Apply at studiocity.com/careers (9/19)


JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE WEB PRODUCER/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Support Sr. Producer with content updates for consumer web initiatives. Experience using Content Management skills and tools. Cable or Digital Web experience. BA/BS req & Min 2 yrs exp. Apply HERE (9/16)


JOB OPENING: SALES SERVICE EXEC/ONE SOLUTION (CROSS PLATFORM)/NYC: Responsible for helping to generate sales revenue, creating prospect lists & supporting sales teams’ efforts. Min 3-4 yrs exp digital, TV & or radio. Highly skilled PP, Excel, Sales force. Very orgnz’d/detail oriented. Full info/apply HERE (9/16)
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Friday September 15
ABC: Shark Tank, What Would You Do?, 20/20 [p]
Big Brother, 11th Annual ACM Honors
CW: Masters of Illusion, Masters of Illusion, Penn & Teller: Fool Us
MasterChef, Beat Shazam
NBC: America’s Got Talent, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Third Rail with Ozy, Ballet Hispanico, Charlie Rose – The Week
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Hoy Voy a Ca mbiar

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