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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Thursday October 12, 2023

Today’s Premieres
BritBox: Code Blue Murder
E!: House of Villains at 10p
Max: Frankelda’s Book of Spooks; Doom Patrol
NBC: Transplant at 9p
Netflix: The Fall of the House of Usher; Good Night World; LEGO Ninjago: Dragons Rising
Paramount+: Frasier
PBS: Little Bird at 9p
Peacock: Superbuns
Prime Video: Mud, Sweat and Tears: Premiership Rugby
Sundance TV: True Crime Story: Citizen Detective at 10p
WE tv: Keke Wyatt’s World at 9p

Today’s Finale
BET: Welcome to Rap City at 8p


The E.W. Scripps Co. has completed cable and satellite carriage deals that cover about 75% of its subscriber households, reported Scripps President/CEO Adam Symson, and created new value for the company without station blackouts. “In resetting rates for the vast majority of our pay TV subscriber base this year, we reached agreements that reflect the mutual benefit of our relationship with these important distribution partners,” said Symson. “In addition, we successfully negotiated to receive new distribution fees for television stations carrying local and regional sports. As we continue to sign new rights agreements in local markets, we fully expect to partner with distributors and garner distribution fees for the carriage of live sports.”

Amid the Israeli/Hamas war, Elon Musk has been ordered to remove disinformation related to the conflict from X and “diligently enforce” the platform’s policies. “Following the terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas against Israel, we have indications that your platform is being used to disseminate illegal content and disinformation in the EU,” wrote European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton. “Let me remind you that the Digital Services Act sets very precise obligations regarding content moderation.” Replied Musk, “Our policy is that everything is open source and transparent, an approach that I know the EU supports. Please list the violations you allude to on X, so that that the public can see them. Merci beaucoup.”

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg received a similar letter from Breton about a “surge of illegal content and disinformation” on Meta platforms. “I urgently invite you to ensure that your systems are effective,” said Breton, adding, “Needless to say, I also expect you to be in contact with the relevant law enforcement authorities and Europol, and ensure that you respond promptly to any requests.”

“Star Trek: Prodigy,” pulled from Paramount+ in June, will live longer on Netflix. Season one of the animated kids’ series will be released on Netflix later this year, and season two will debut in 2024.

Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing our annual Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out on November 1 and will be sent to all Cynopsis subscribers. If your network has holiday programming airing from November 1 through January 1, please send your listing to [email protected] and [email protected] no later October 16 with the subject line: Holiday Guide. To be included, programs must be listed by date, title of program, and start times, in the following format: “Thursday, November 19: Network Name: My One Christmas Wish at 9a, Paper Angels at 11a, 12 Days of Giving at 1p”. Holiday-related programs only! A confirmation email will be sent following each submission (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

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Marvel Studios’ “Daredevil: Born Again,” which paused production amid the writers’ strike, is moving in a new direction. Writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman have been released (though they remain executive producers), along with the show’s directors. While some episodes and elements of shows already shot will be kept, Marvel is looking for a new team to move the Disney+ project forward.

UK/US producer Lightbox is in production on a three-part docuseries co-financed by Channel 4 and Fifth Season examining the recent controversy around the shock rocker Marilyn Manson. “Marilyn: Behind the Mask” (w/t) charts the musician’s rise to fame, significance and role as a counterculture icon.

Corus Entertainment IP and production venture Waterside Studios has two new development deals. The Canadian studio is set to produce live-action television adaptations of Marcela Citterio’s The Girl who Didn’t Want to be a Princess and Uma Ghost for young adults globally.

Disney Entertainment Television is expanding its Directing Program into unscripted content. For the first time, the program will offer emerging directors guaranteed segment directing opportunities on some of ABC’s unscripted series, as well as shadowing, mentoring and professional development in the genre. From the finalists, CTDI and the Unscripted Programming team selected two directors. First assistant director Rachel Shimko was chosen to shadow Emmy®-nominated unscripted and daytime director Ken Fuchs (“The Bachelor,” “Family Feud” and “Shark Tank”) on the set of “Shark Tank,” and direct a segment of the upcoming season of “The Bachelor.” Long-time camera operator Kerry Clemens will shadow “Dancing with the Stars”’ lead director, double BAFTA-winning Phil Heyes, and direct a segment on ABC’s upcoming season of the show.


Former “60 Minutes” producer Alexandra Poolos is suing CBS for gender discrimination. Poolos alleges she was fired in violation of civil rights laws, after an association producer she supervised accused her of bullying behavior. “Poolos is not aware of CBS firing male ’60 Minutes’ employees based on a single complaint from a subordinate about behavior that was not alleged to constitute unlawful discrimination or retaliation,” states the complaint. “In contrast with its harsh treatment of Poolos, CBS has declined to take any meaningful disciplinary action in response to serious allegations of misconduct against male employees.”


“The Garden: Commune or Cult” premieres Sunday, October 29 at 9p on Discovery Channel. The six-part series explores an infamous off-grid community founded as a cooperative, that causes newcomers to wonder if they joined a commune working towards a sustainable, off-grid way of life, or a mind-controlling cult.

Paramount+’s next “South Park” event premieres Friday, October 27 in the US and Canada. In “South Park: Joining the Panderverse,” Cartman’s deeply disturbing dreams portend the end of the life he knows and loves. The adults in South Park are also wrestling with their own life decisions as the advent of AI is turning their world upside down.

Season two of “Firebuds” premieres Wednesday, November 1 on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+. Season two guest stars on the animated series include Adam Pally, Ariel Winter, Bret McKenzie, Ernie Hudson and Disney Legend Lea Salonga, among others.


Among US adults who watch FAST channels, 40% increased their FAST viewing time over the past year, and for two-thirds of that group it came at the expense of other streaming and linear services, according to Aluma Insights. “While free TV streaming services are generally used as secondary or tertiary sources of content, they are putting a dent in the viewing of primary paid sources,” said Michael Greeson, founder and principal analyst at Aluma Insights. “Given how rapidly the retail prices of paid services are increasing, we expect not only that more viewers will turn to free streaming services for TV content, but they will spend more time watching them.”

Sabio, a provider of CTV platforms, announced the launch of SabioTV, a free, creator-first content streaming platform founded on the commitment to bring multicultural voices to the forefront of the CTV ecosystem. SabioTV will feature unique voices and untold stories while connecting creators and brands to underrepresented audiences.

Crunchyroll and GSN announced a new 24/7 FAST channel for anime. The channel has launched on LG Channels, The Roku Channel and Vizio WatchFree+, and drops on Amazon Freevee on October 17. “The Crunchyroll channel is a gateway to the world of anime where we will guide viewers to discover new worlds, new stories and new characters,” said Rahul Purini, President of Crunchyroll.

Among the most common items in US household budgets are subscription streaming services – Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, Disney+, Max and Apple TV+, according to a survey by Vivent. Topping the list of those most likely to be cut if budgets are pinched were Disney+, Apple TV+, Netflix, Hulu and Spotify.


Mary Lou Retton, the first American woman to win a gold medal in the all-around gold medal in Olympic gymnastics in 1984, has been hospitalized with a rare case of pneumonia and is not able to breathe on her own. Retton’s daughter, McKenna Kelley, shared a link to a Spotfund page on Instagram.

The British Basketball League saw a 70% increase in fans tuned in to watch a game in the opening month of the season on the League’s YouTube channel, in comparison to the same time period at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign. Average viewership of games rose 87%. Sky Sports is the League’s UK broadcast partner.

Toyota has struck a multi-year partnership with the NFL to serve as the league’s official automotive partner. The spot has been open since Ford Trucks ended its partnership with the NFL after the 2021 season.


French animation studio Xilam Animation is partnering with Films Grand Huit to co-produce “My Life in Versailles” (La Vie De Chateau), an animated series commissioned by France Télévisions for kids and families and sequel to TV special of the same name. Xilam Animation will also handle international sales for both the original TV special and the series.

Canada’s Sphere Media announced the international launch of two new animated projects, one aimed at the pre-school market “Moka”) and the other at adult audiences (“Red Ketchup”).

Primedia Studios, the production and distribution division of Africa’s Primedia, will create a new 14-part season of “South Africa’s Got Talent” for public broadcaster SABC.

Newsmax has launched on UK platform Freeview. The channel will be available in 15 million Freeview Connect households.

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After seven days of viewing across linear and streaming platforms, the debut telecast of ABC’s “The Golden Bachelor” jumped to 9.00 million Total Viewers, gaining an additional +4.64 million viewers in delayed cross-platform viewing. “The Golden Bachelor” also rose to a 2.46 rating among A18-49, quadruple its initial Live+SD rating (+297%).


Havas Media Network North America has appointed Molly Hop as Executive Vice President, Market. Hop most recently served as VP of Business Development at CommerceIQ.

A+E Factual Studios has named Jhamal Robinson to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Head of Production. Robinson was most recently VP, Physical Production at Netflix.

Teads has promoted Meg Runeari to the dual post of Chief Experience Officer and Chief Operating Officer, North America and named Mike Dupree as Chief Revenue Officer. Dupree was previously Managing Director, Client Solutions at X.

New media company Estate Media has hired former VP of Buzzfeed and Complex, David Weinstein, as its head of production.


Film and television executive Jonathan Dolgen died October 9 of natural causes. He was 78. From 1994-2004, Dolgen was Chairman of Viacom Entertainment.

This Day in History
1968 – The IXX Olympics, the first held in a Latin American country, opened in Mexico City.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which two cast members played Spartan cheerleaders on “Saturday Night Live” (1975-)? Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri. Kudos to: Heidi Nyburg-Hello Hummingbird/Santa Cruz, CA; Justin Pierce-JP Consulting/LA; Christine Cowan-NBCUniversal/LA; Steve Callahan-Screen Engine/AS?/LA; Aaron Paquette-AccelerateSG/Fort Worth, TX; Sean McLaughlin-KDKA-TV/Pittsburgh; Rachel Hixson, Hixson Farms; Mark Selby-Melbar Entertainment Group/Toronto; Vicki Shipp-Live 5 WCSC/Chareston, SC; Eric Litt-Nextstar/Chicago; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; David Koppelman-Billups/NY

Today’s Trivia Question
In “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006-10), why did New Christine break up with Richard in the season one finale? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four per time zone.)R

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Lead, manage, develop, and grow Ad Sales teams. Attract and retain the best talent. Work with leadership team to set, achieve, and grow revenue targets across OOH, Digital and Experiential. Instrumental in driving the team to exceed all expectations and goals. 15+ years’ experience in advertising, media, and relevant sales management roles. Full info HERE


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ABC: The Golden Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise
CBS: Buddy Games, Big Brother, The Challenge: USA
CW: Son of a Critch, Run the Burbs, Children Ruin Everything, Son of a Critch
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, LEGO Masters
NBC: Law & Order: SVU, Transplant [p], Dateline NBC
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Little Bird [p], Little Bird: Wann Icipus Kupi
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos: All-Stars, Vuelve a Mi, Secretos de Sangre
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