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Much-admired television executive David Lyle died September 22 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67. The one-time geologist and high school chemistry teacher went on to what he said at the time was a “dream job” as CEO of National Geographic Channels, where shows like Wicked Tuna, Brain Games and Bill O’Reilly’s Killing series were born under his watch. Later, as chairman of PactUs, he led a merger with the Nonfiction Producers Association, to create NPACT. “David Lyle was a rare breed, in our industry and in our world,” said John Ford, GM of NPACT. “A true bon vivant, he brought light and life into every room, along with a passion for the creative of this business.”
Nielsen filed a lawsuit in New York on Friday, seeking an injunction to stop the launch of comScore’s Extended TV. Nielsen claims the service uses Nielsen’s People Meter in violation of an agreement between the companies that “explicitly bars comScore from using PPM data for ‘individual and stand-alone services’ like linear television measurement services,” said the suit, adding that if comScore proceeds with Extended TV, Nielsen would “suffer irreparable harm to its business through loss of important customers and decreased market share.” ComScore released a statement saying it plans to “vigorously contest Nielsen’s actions,” adding that it believes its contracts with Nielsen require matters to be resolved through arbitration.
Showtime snatched the rights to adapt to series the upcoming novel The President Is Missing, by President Bill Clinton and bestselling author James Patterson. The thriller, arriving in 2018, tells the story of the disappearance of a sitting U.S. president. “Bringing The President Is Missing to Showtime is a coup of the highest order,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks, promising “a kinetic experience, one that the book world has salivated over for months and that now will dovetail perfectly into a politically relevant, character-based action series for our network.”
The background drawing of a penis that forced Netflix to pull an episode of kids’ show Maya the Bee was an artist’s “very bad joke,” explained production company Studio 100, adding that legal action has “already been started” as technical measures are being taken to remedy the situation.
WAPA America, the U.S. cable arm of the Puerto Rican broadcast net, is making its signal available to all U.S. residents free of charge as it covers Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. The network, which is available on the Hispanic program packages of every major cable, satellite and telco provider in the U.S., is also available for free live streaming on WAPA.tv.
CBS’s The Price Is Right gave away a record $80,000 on the Wheel last week. It wasn’t just luck – in honor of Drew Carey’s 10th anniversary as host, contestants got hefty bonuses if they spun $1.
Some details about NBC’s Will & Grace revival were spilled at the Tribeca TV festival over the weekend. For starters, the reboot won’t pick up where the 2006 finale left off, with Will and Grace parents of grown children (by other people). Shelley Morrison won’t be playing Karen’s maid, Rosario, because the actress has retired. And no more “Just Jack” from Sean Hayes’ character – “I got sick of it for him,” said series co-creator Max Mutchnick. And Will (Eric McCormack) will have a much younger boyfriend. As for Vince, who Will ended up with in the finale? Bobby Cannavale “is magnificent – and expensive and booked,” said McCormack. Cannavale will, however, make a guest appearance. W&G is back Thursday, September 28 at 9p.
Speaking of, Cozi TV, NBCUni’s national multicast network, will be the exclusive digital broadcast network home for the first 8 seasons of Will & Grace. Leading up to launch of the new season on NBC, Cozi will offer the first 4 episodes of season 1 at 7p. W&G will run on Cozi weekdays at 10p starting October 2, after a weekend marathon starting Saturday, September 30 at 9a. Last week, Hulu struck a streaming deal for the red-hot show.
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Fox gave a put pilot commitment to an untitled divorce comedy from Danny Zuker (Modern Family), Trevor Engelson (Snowfall), Jake Kasdan (New Girl) and Dan Farah (The Shannara Chronicles), about an ex who marries into the British royal family, reports Deadline. The project is getting extra buzz since Engelson is the ex-husband of Meghan Markle, who is dating Prince Harry.
USA and NBCUniversal sib Oxygen acquired off-network rights from Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment for NBC’s Chicago P.D. Police drama kicks off with a season 1 marathon on USA on Sunday, October 1 at 9a, before airing as a Friday marathon block starting October 6 at 12p. Oxygen will air the series with all-day marathons on Tuesdays starting October 3. Season 5 of the series premieres Wednesday, September 27 at 10p.
Just call it “Crisis on Earth-X.” That’s the title of CW’s Supergirl/Arrow/The Flash crossover, now in production. “We conceived this year’s crossover to be evocative of the annual Justice League/Justice Society crossovers we grew up with and looked forward to as kids,” said executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg.
NBC bought 2 projects from The Good Place creator Mike Schur, reports Deadline. One is a musical with Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller onboard, the other an unlicensed bar comedy. Both come from Universal Television, Schur’s studio-based Fremulon and 3 Arts.
A series based on real-life attorney Carrie Goldberg, who defends victims of internet abuse, is in development at CBS, reports Variety. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with CBS Television Studios.
Fox expanded its relationship with its MasterChef with an 8-episode order for Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back. Restaurant makeover show comes from Studio Ramsay.
Fox also ordered a script for a series based on the book Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class, reports Variety. The family drama would focus on a Chicago dynasty with a dark secret. Wendy Calhoun (Empire) will write and exec produce, with exec producers Ben Silverman and Montrel McKay. Producer is 20th Century Fox Television.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: September 22-24, 2017
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Fox) $39.0 million, opening weekend
It (Warner Bros.) $30.0 million (week 3), cume revenue $266.3 million
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Warner Bros.) $21.2 million, opening weekend
American Assassin (Lionsgate) $6.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $26.2 million
Home Again (Open Road Films) $3.3 million (week 3), cume revenue $22.3 million
mother! (Paramount) $3.3 million (week 2), cume revenue $11.4 million
Friend Request (ENTMP) $2.4 million, opening weekend
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Lionsgate/Sony) $3.6 million (week 5), cume revenue $70.4 million
Stronger (Roadside Attractions) $1.7 million, opening weekend
Wind River (Weinstein) $1.3 million (week 8), cume revenue $31.7 million
Source: comScore
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Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud returns for season 5 on Monday, October 16. With Aaron Kaufman’s departure at the end of last season, Richard and his crew are entering a new stage at Gas Monkey Garage, setting out to prove the shop is still going strong. 
Season 5 is also almost here for TLC’s 90 Day Fiance, back Sunday, October 8 at 9p. In the franchise original, foreign potential spouses must make it to the altar before their visas run out, or be forced to return to their home countries.
Smithsonian Channel announced a lineup of wildlife programs set to premiere through 2018, including America’s Badlands, The Mountain Lion and Me (wt), Fishing for Giants and The Lizard’s Tale (wt). “We are one of the few channels to commit an entire night of prime time programming, every week, to exploring and celebrating the natural world,” noted David Royle, EVP of programming and production.
BBC America’s 8-part short film series Queers will premiere on Wednesday, October 11, National Coming Out Day. In the series, eight writers respond to the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalized homosexual acts between men in the UK. First film of the day is A Grand Day Out at 10a.
Tamlyn Tomita (Berlin Station) was upped to series regular on new ABC medical drama The Good Doctor….Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe) has been added to the season 3 cast of AMC and Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans….Debi Mazar (Younger) and Michael Maize (Mr. Robot) will recur on Syfy’s new live-action/animated series Happy!.
Deutsche Telekom commissioned its first original series for new TV platform EntertainTV. Shooting for comedy Germanized, co-produced by Bavaria Fernsehproduktion and Telfrance (Newen Group), will start in spring 2018 in France for a 4Q18 premiere
Electus International secured global distribution rights to investigative crime special Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? from producer Critical Content. Show debuts domestically Sunday, September 24 at 8p on Fox.
Compared to last August 2016, which included ad spending for the Olympics, ad spending in August 2017 for broadcast TV networks was down 54%, according to Standard Media Index. Cable networks dipped a mere 1%, and syndicaton slipped 2%. Calendar year to date, national TV advertising is down a much less alarming 4%.
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Viewership of the second week of NFL games was down 4% versus last year, reports Barclays, calling trends so far this year “anemic.” While viewership for some teams, like the Cowboys, remain strong, 9 out of 13 games were down.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, September 21, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.00  million
The Big Bang Theory 7.16, Mom 5.96, The Big Bang Theory 6.10, Mom 5.10, Zoo 2.84
FOX: 3.63 million
Gotham 3.21, The Orville 4.05
NBC: 3.33 million
American Ninja Warrior 3.38, Chicago Fire 3.22
ABC: 2.61 million
Grey’s Anatomy 3.32, Scandal 2.48, How to Get Away with Murder 2.05
CW: 1.34 million
Penn & Teller: Fool Us 1.55, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 1.219, Whose Line Is it Anyway? 1.07
TELEMUNDO 1.11 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio .98, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.12, El Senor de los Cielos  1.29
UNIVISION: 1.01 million
Enamorandome de Ramon 1.00, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.86, Hoy Voy a Cambiar .79
Thursday A18-49: FOX 1.1/4, CBS .9/4, NBC .7/3, TELE .7/3. UNI.5/2, ABC .5/2,  CW .4/2
UK-based production-financing and distribution company Silverlining appointed Rachel Job to the position of Director of Acquisitions. Previously, Job was Director of Programming for History UK and H2.
Janet Shope was tapped by Rural Media Group to serve as Vice President of Advertising Sales for RFD-TV and Rural Radio Channel 147 on SiriusXM. Prior to joining RMG, Shope worked with Sinclair Broadcast Group as a Senior Account Executive.

This Day in History: 1897 – Author William Faulkner was born.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which comedian guested on The Big Valley (1965-1969) in the dramatic role of a con man pretending to be Heath’s real father? Buddy Hackett. Kudos to: Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX, Kurt Howell-Sinclair Broadcast Group/Columbus, OH, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, Matthew Fera-McGarryBowen/Chicago, Matt Huesmann-Matt Huesmann Productions/Franklin, TN, Frank M. White-frankwhitemedia.com/Huntsville, AL, Cynthia New-Spectrum Reach/Cape Girardeau, MO, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Dale Warshaw-KMSB/KTTU/Tucson
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – Monday September 25
ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor [p]
CBS: The Big Bang Theory [p], Young Sheldon [p], Kevin Can Wait [p], Me, Myself &I [p], Scorpion [p]
CW: Supergirl [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance [f]
NBC: The Voice [p], The Brave [p]
PBS: The Vietnam War, The Vietnam War [r]
TELEMUNDO: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Mariso Tiene Familia, Hoy Voy a Cambiar   

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