10/06/16: Burnett¹s back for People¹s Choice; NCTA Foundation grants 3 wishes; HBO greenlights new Keshet project




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Good morning. It’s Thursday October 6, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Monsters Inside Me at 10p
Bravo: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles at 9p
CNBC: Make Me a Millionaire Inventor at 10p
truTV: Those Who Can’t at 10:30p

Tonight’s Finales:
Great American Country: Lakefront Bargain Hut at 8p
History: Ice Road Truckers at 10p
MTV: Nick Cannon Presents Wild N’ Out at 10p, Joking Off at 10:30p
We TV: Cutting It: In the ATL at 9p, Jim and Chrissy: Vow or Never at 10p




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MGM Television and Digital chief Mark Burnett is back as executive producer of the People’s Choice Awards 2017, which will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in LA Wednesday, January 18 at 9p on CBS. Voting to determine nominees begins Tuesday, October 25 at www.PeoplesChoice.com.

The NCTA Foundation is providing $325,000 in grants to three DC-area community nonprofits to deliver technology-charged opportunities for personal growth and development, for local families and young people. The foundation of NCTA  The Internet & Television Assn. is partnering with BUILD Metro DC, Byte Back and A Wider Circle. The grants signal a strategic shift in how the association aims to have a direct community-based impact. “The explosion in broadband and digital services generated by the companies we represent has been immensely beneficial to the lives of most Americans. We’re working to continue to extend those benefits to even more groups and individuals, and to harness the broadband revolution for the public good,” said Michael Powell, NCTA president/CEO.

If you work for a media company and you want to reach young users, Snapchat is the place to be. That’s why Cynopsis is offering a Snapchat Boot Camp on October 27. Food Network, Mindshare and others will be on-hand to teach you everything to know about Snapchat, including how to navigate the app, how to use it to build a media game plan, and how to master measurement and metrics. Advanced rates end tomorrow, so purchase your team’s tickets today.

More than a year ago Fox News Channel host Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro for $5 million over the company’s toy hamster that bore her name and supposedly her likeness. Yesterday the two parties “settled amicably,” according to a statement that further reads: “Ms. Faulkner took action against Hasbro because it was selling… a plastic toy named Harris Faulkner. The ‘Harris Faulkner’ toy is no longer manufactured or sold by Hasbro. However, since there still may be ‘Harris Faulkner’ toys or packaging with the ‘Harris Faulkner’ name in the stream of commerce, Ms. Faulkner reiterates that she has not endorsed or approved this product.”

In an unusual twist, The Parents Television Council yesterday chimed in with advice for Fox on how to best achieve success with its new series Pitch. The organization, better known for warning advertisers and viewers about what it views as explicit programming, urged Fox to move the sports drama from its current Thursday time slot to a different day and time to “ensure success,” and began reaching out to advertisers to encourage them to support it.

Sunday’s The Irresistible Blueberry Farm ranked as Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ most-watched program ever among HH, and second most-watched among total viewers. Alison Sweeney, who has segued from daytime star (Days of Our Lives) to reality show host (The Biggest Loser) to producer, served as star and exec producer on the project, roles she also filled on the net’s Murder, She Baked franchise and Hallmark Channel‘s Love on the Air. What’s the recipe for success? "The viewers of Hallmark channels, and the network executives, love rom-com movies and so do I," Sweeney tells Cynopsis. "It has been tremendous fun to partner with them, and having the ongoing relationship in which they trust me to produce and star in these projects. I’m particularly proud of The Irresistible Blueberry farm because 18 months ago I was reading the book from which it was adapted and Sunday the characters came to life on television, and viewers loved them too."


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HBO said yes to an untitled drama it will produce with Keshet International based on the real tragic events involving the disappearance of three teens in Israel two years ago. The network gave a 10-episode order for the series, which will be filmed on location in Israel next summer. Created by Hagai Levi (HBO’s In Treatment, The Affair) and Noah Stollman, it will be primarily directed by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar (Beaufort, Footnote). A co-production of Keshet Studios and HBO, the show will be produced by Movie Plus and distributed internationally by Keshet.

Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys: After Camelot) acquired the rights to Amp’d, the debut novel by two-time Emmy-nominated screenwriter and author Ken Pisani, and will develop it as a half-hour comedy series with Pisani adapting. Amp’d tells the story of Aaron, whose not-very-successful life is derailed after a car accident leads to the amputation of his left arm. Now he has a chance to overcome adversity and become a better man… But he’d rather pop a few Vicodins and smoke a joint.

Z Living is continuing to step up its original programming. The health entertainment net ordered series Popsugar Presents: Conquered and earmarked it for a January premiere. Produced by Popsugar Studios, each half-hour episode will feature people who have conquered obstacles to achieve their goals. "Conquered is a great example of the innovation and creativity to emerge from our partnership with Popsugar, and we’re very excited to share the series’ fresh, moving take on wellness with our viewers,” Z Living’s EVP/head of programming, Tim Krubsack tells Cynopsis.


HBO will debut its two new comedies with serious names  Insecure and Divorce on Sunday, October 9. The former was created by Issa Rae (The Awkward Black Girl) and Larry Wilmore; the latter from Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Symbio Studios will premiere its new series Safari Brothers on NatGeoWild on Friday, October 14 at 10p. Series follows the behind-the-scenes action at a safari company in Botswana, where brothers Brent and Grant Reed navigate the daily challenges of working in the wildest place on Earth  Africa’s Okavango Delta.

FM, Fuse Media’s new network that celebrates the culture of music, ordered 10 episodes of Tiesto’s In The Booth. The first two new original episodes of the docuseries featuring the Grammy-winning DJ/producer will premiere as a simulcast on both FM and Fuse beginning October 17 at 11p. Future new episodes will air exclusively on FM every Monday night at 11p.

Contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes it Right) helps determine the true value of houses on the market in DIY‘s Holmes: Buy it Right. Home buyers learn that all is not always as it seems when the new show launches Tuesday, November 1 at 10p and 10:30p.

WGN America will bring back Salem for season 3 on Wednesday, November 2 at 9p. Fans at NY Comic Con will get a teaser of what’s ahead at the show’s October 7 panel.

Bravo Media’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta season 9 is set to premiere Sunday, November 6 at 8p with cast members Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams – and Sheree Whitfield returning as a full-time housewife.

If faced with life or death, and you had the money, would you buy an organ to save your life? Fusion’s new docuseries The Traffickers poses this question and more as it dig deep to unearth the fine line between the legitimate market and the black market. Eight-part series, hosted by British journalist and television personality Nelufar Hedayat, premieres Sunday, November 13 at 10p.

Those fiery Total Divas will return to E! for their sixth season on Wednesday, November 16 at 8p. Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Naomi (Trinity), Natalya (Nattie) and Paige will continue to give viewers an inside glimpse into their professional careers and the drama of their everyday lives. In addition, season 6 will introduce fans to WWE Superstars Lana and Maryse and announcer Renee Young.


El Rey Network is offering up some “Blood, Sweat & Fears” this month with themed programming including the world premiere of Charles Band’s (Ghoulies) Kiljoy’s Psycho Circus on October 30 at 10p, and three weekend horror marathons.


The show must go on. USA Network 1930s saga pilot Damnation is casting Killian Scott (71) as its new lead, replacing Aden Young, who left last week over creative differences.

Vanessa Williams (Soul Food) joins the cast of Days of Our Lives as Dr. Valerie Grant. The character is returning to the scene of the soap to pick up her story line  which included her being part of daytime’s first interracial couple back in the ‘70s.

Host Matt Blashaw will return to DIY Network for the new season of Yard Crashers, in production now with a premiere date set for April 2017.


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Bravo’s Below Deck episode last Tuesday was the highest-rated in series history among A18-49 and Total Viewers, delivering 1.3 million A18-49 (up 17 percent versus the prior week’s episode), 1.5 million A25-54 (up 14 percent) and 2.4 million Total viewers (up 18 percent), according to Nielsen Live+3 data. Additionally, Sunday’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey ranks as the highest rated Sunday premiere of the season to-date among A18-49 and A25-54; and Manzo’d With Children hit a season high among all key demos, earning 572,000 A18-49, up 15 percent over the prior week.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
CBS: 6/10
NCIS Privileged Information 9/15, VP Debate 3.1/5
NBC: 4/7
The Voice 4.9/8, Decision ’16: VP Debate 3.2/6
ABC: 4.7/7
Dancing With the Stars: The Results 6.1/10, Vote 2016: VP Debate 3.1/5
FOX: 1.4/2
Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.5/3, New Girl 1.3/2
TELE: 1.1/2
Silvana Sin Lana 0.9/1, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.1/2, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.2/2
Univision: 1.0/2
Despertar Contigo 0.9/1,
Tres Veces Ana 1.1/2, El Color de la Pasion 1.0/2
CW: 1/2
The Flash 1.9/3, No Tomorrow 0.9/1

Tuesday A19-49 Analysis: NBC 2.5/8, ABC 1.4/4, CBS 2.2/8, FOX 1.0/4, TELE 0.8/3, UNI 0.6/2, CW 0.9/3


Universal TV chief Bela Bajaria is heading to Netflix as VP of content. Bajaria sold three series to Netflix while at Universal TV: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None and upcoming Gypsy.

TruTV promoted programming executives Angel Annussek and Lesley Goldman to the roles of SVP of development and SVP of original programming, respectively. Both will continue to be based in NY. Annussek joined truTV in September 2004 as an executive producer and was promoted to VP in 2011. Goldman joined truTV in January 2014 as VP of original programming.

Veteran entertainment casting director Penny Perry has been appointed to the newly created post of VP, casting, for Crown Media Family Networks. Perry comes to Crown Media from Larry Levinson Productions, where she cast more than 150 movies of the week for Hallmark Channel, as well as several miniseries for SyFy Channel.

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly, best known for her work in The New Yorker, will join CBS This Morning as contributing cartoonist. Donnelly worked previously with CBS This Morning sketching for the Democratic National Convention and the 2016 Presidential Debate on September 26. She will be present in the studio and greenroom to capture behind the scenes moments with guests and significant news moments.

Hollywood-based strategic branding and marketing agency Troika hired Nuri Djavit as GM. Nuri most recently served as the chief marketing officer at Emotiv, a San Francisco-based tech company, where he worked with brands including Disney, ABC, Lucas Arts and Sony.

This Day in History: 1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to visit the White House.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom character’s maiden name was Caroline Ann Tyler? The Brady Bunch’s (1969-1974) Carol Brady. Kudos to: Helene Castellon-Mediavest, NY; Eric Emeric-AMC Networks/NY; Douglas Hochstadt-ABC/NY; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks, NY; Anthony Salerno-Horizon Media/NY; Tim Rank-Blueprint314/St. Louis; Sheldon A. Wiebe-EclipseMagazine.com/Calgary; Ken DuBow-Bob’s Your Uncle/LA; Sandra Mueller-KTLA/LA; Dale Warshaw-KMSB/KTTU/Tucson.

Today’s Trivia Question: The first script that Robert Zemeckis sold (as a co-writer) in Hollywood was an episode of what television show? (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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ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Notorious, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: NFL Thursday Night Kickoff, NFL Football
CW: iHeartRadio Music Festival: One Night
FOX: Rosewood, Pitch
NBC: Superstore, The Good Place, Chicago Med, The Blacklist
PBS: This Old House Hour, Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Latin American Music Awards
Univision: Despertar Contigo, Tres Veces Ana, El Color de la Pasion

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