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The Irwin family – Terri, Bindi and Robert – are collaborating with Animal Planet to develop and produce projects. “Steve Irwin was a champion for all wildlife, and he and Terri’s excitement and enthusiasm brought viewers from around the world in touch with nature,” said Patrice Andrews, General Manager, Animal Planet. “Their passion for animals, love for their family, and leadership in conservation left a strong legacy that continues today.”
ABC is moving forward with White Dave, a comedy from David E. Talbert (First Sunday, Almost Christmas), LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment. Written by Talbert and based on his real-life experiences, it centers on a young African-American teenager, who’s grown up in an all-white suburb and suddenly moves to an all-black neighborhood.
Zac Brown has joined forces with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propgate on a deal with Brown’s Southern Reel production company to create TV, film and digital that speaks to Brown’s vision of life in the South. Already in development is a reality series focused on Southern Ground, Brown’s lifestyle brand headquarters.
FOX gave a put pilot commitment to an untitled comedy from 20th Century Fox TV, starring Lil Rel Howrey. It marks the first project under Jerrod Carmichael‘s overall deal with the studio.
Deadline reports that a drama series featuring Alfonso Cuaron and Casey Affleck is being pitched to pay cable and streaming outlets and is garnering interest from a few networks. Details are under wraps, but word is it’s a horror genre series that tracks the origins of a cult.
Freeform greenlit a second season of Alone Together ahead of its series premiere. The show, which bows January 10 at 8:30p, stars comedians Esther Povitsky and Benji Aflalo.
Tomorrow is the deadline for Cynopsis’ inaugural Short Form Video Festival (enter here)! We look forward to recognizing outstanding videos, showcasing fresh and inspiring storytelling across a variety of platforms and screening our winning videos this March in NYC. If you haven’t entered year, get started now – the process is quick, easy and done completely online.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Hotel expert Anthony Melchiorri veers off the beaten path in search of extraordinary overnight stays on land and at sea on Travel Channel’s new series, Extreme Hotels, bowing Sunday, November19 at 10p.
Motorcycle mania heads back to Discovery Channel, when father-son duo, Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr., set out to reclaim their preeminent bike brands in a new season of American Chopper, starting in winter 2018.
Freeform doubles down on laughs with a new Wednesday night comedy block. Grown-ish kicks off with a two-episode premiere on January 3, followed by Alone Together on January 10.
Showtime kicks off 2018 with the debut of The Chi on Sunday, January 7 at 10p. Series explores the humanity behind the headlines sensationalizing the South Side of Chicago.
OWN set season premiere dates for three series. New docu-series Checked Inn bows Tuesday, November 21 at 10p. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s returns Saturday, November 25 at 9p, and Home Made Simple debuts Saturday, November 4 at 9a.
AXS TV imports laughs and music from across the pond with variety show Tonight At the London Palladium, premiering Monday, October 30 at 11p.
THIRTEEN’s Cyberchase launches its 11th season on Monday, October 23 on PBS Kids with a Halloween-themed adventure. Check local listings for times.
Nat Geo WILD miniseries Savage Kingdom: Uprising begins airing Friday, November 24 at 9p, exploring survival on the African plains.
Music legend Diana Ross receives the “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement” at the 2017 American Music Awards on Sunday, November 19 at 8p on ABC.
AXS TV celebrates Thanksgiving with Fleetwood Mac specials, featuring concerts, interviews and more, beginning Thursday, November 23 at 10a. The day-long event wraps with a special broadcast of West Side Story at 9p.
OWN is airing Queen Sugar Season Finale Special, Oprah & The Cast on Wednesday, November 15at 10:30p. Special follows the 90-minute extended season finale of Queen Sugar at 9p.
STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson , airing Sunday, October 22 at 11p on Nat Geo, features an interview with Katie Couric.
GetTV presents a marathon of six back-to-back episodes of 1970s action drama S.W.A.T. on Sunday, October 29 at 8p. The series reboot premieres Thursday, November 2 on CBS.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday that while the league wants all players to stand during the national anthem, they wouldn’t force it. What do you think? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://www.cynopsis.com/poll/
PGA TOUR Champions introduced three 30-second commercials on Golf Channel as part of a 2017 Charles Schwab Cup ad campaign. The commercials, highlighted by the return of PGA Tour Champions Ambassador Alfonso Ribeiro, will be featured through the second annual Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs, slated to begin this week in the Dominion Energy Charity classic in Richmond, VA.
Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Good Girls Revolt) joined the cast of FOX’s A Christmas Story Live! airing Sunday, December 17… Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6) nabbed a lead in new live-action series Titans… John Ellison Conley was added as a series regular to Syfy’s Tremors, the sci-fi reboot ordered to pilot in June.
BET Networks launched a new flash briefing skill for Amazon Alexa, featuring the original digital series, Bet Breaks, that offers the biggest news in Black and pop culture. Customers can access dedicated Bet Breaks Flash Briefing on their devices, updated each day with what’s trending.
A&E Networks partnered with China Central Television and China International Television Corporation to co-produce The Silk Road – Reborn, chronicling the reincarnation of the world’s oldest network of trade.
Multi-national producers from China, France, Germany and Australia joined forces to co-create international scripted series Farewell Shanghai. Project recounts the shared destiny of European Jewish refugees and Chinese characters in Shanghai between 1938 and 1945.
All3Media International secured new deals for thriller Liar in Germany’s SquareOne Entertainment, SVT in Sweden, 365 Media in Iceland, DBS Satellite in Israel, TV3 in Ireland and BBCGlobal, covering Africa, Benelux and and the Middle East.
Viasat World launched Epic Drama across key markets and territories in Central and Eastern Europe. Celebrating the greatest current drama series around the globe, it launches on December 14 and will offer over 600 hours of big budget, HD content.
Discovery Communications’ Eurosport and Snap, Inc. struck a strategic advertising and content agreement that will deliver a new partnership for the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang 2018.
Insight TV partnered with CJ E&M, South Korea’s largest media conglomerate, to co-produce two one-hour films that examine how athletes in PyeongChang use technology to maximize their performance.
Global Content Hub by Zee announced its new original programs for licensing. Among them, Khwaabon Ke Darmiyaan, filmed in Dubai and the Ivory Coast.
VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party second season premiere garnered 1.8 million viewers. The show did a 0.97 Live+SD in P18-49, up 17% from the prior four-week time period average.
Tuesday night’s live wedding premiere of Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir: The Mane Event on BET is the #1 cable series premiere of the 2017/2018 season (excluding sports and news). It drew 1.5 million Total Viewers P2+, with 951,000 Viewers A18-49.
TBS’ presentation of the 2017 National League Championship Series presented by Camping World Game 3, the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. the Chicago Cubs, averaged 6 million viewers and ranked as cable’s top program of the night in primetime, based on metered markets. Viewership was up 40% over last year’s LCS Game 3 coverage on the network.
Empire was FOX’s most-watched show of the week, totaling 9.7 million viewers in multi-platform average audience to date, up 64% vs. Live+SD. The Gifted nearly doubled its total audience from Live+SD in its series premiere, becoming the network’s most watched Monday launch in nearly two years. The Orville posted a +126% lift in Total Viewers, while Lucifer was up +5% from its Season 2 finale.
Shareablee Video Power Index: Top 10 U.S. Primetime Shows October 9-15, 2017
Video Power Index/Video Actions/Video Views/Total Actions
Riverdale (CW) 1321/ 1.7M/ 2.4M/ 2.5M
Supernatural (CW) 1046/ 621K/ 1.6M/ 1.7M
The Flash (CW) 946/ 1M/ 2.7M/ 1.5M
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 532/ 237K/ 7.2M/ 636K
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 414/ 144K/ 6.4M/ 303K
Once Upon A Time (ABC) 370/ 220K/ 5.1M/ 452K
American Horror Story (FX) 362/ 161K/ 625K/ 580K
Arrow (CW) 357/ 318K/ 2.9M/ 501K
The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC) 279/ 110K/ 1.2M/ 525K
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 245/ 243K/ 5.9M/ 1.1M
Based on Shareablee Video Power Index which combines viewing, consumer interactions and audience scale across all active platforms, and includes video performance of Primetime TV shows.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Tuesday, October 17, 2017 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
NCIS 12.4, Bull 10.3, NCIS: New Orleans 9.3
NBC: 8.3 million
The Voice 9.8, This Is Us 10.5, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers 4.5
The Middle 5.5, Fresh Off the Boat 3.9, Blackish 4.2, The Mayor 3.0, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World 3.2
Lethal Weapon 3.7, The Mick 2.4, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 1.8
The Flash 2.5 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow 1.6
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio 1.0, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.2, El Senor de los Cielos 1.3
Enamorandome de Ramon 0.9, Mi Marido Tiene Familia 1.1, Caer en Tentacion 1.0
Tuesday A18-49: NBC 2.0/8, CBS 1.2/5, ABC 1.0/4, FOX 0.8/3, CW 0.7/3, TELE 0.7/2, UNI 0.5/2
Francie Calfo was promoted from President to Chairman of Imagine Television Group.
Simon Andrews joined The Media Kitchen to lead the London office under the KBS and MDC umbrellas. He was previously Global Digital Chief Strategy Officer at Mindshare.
Evergreen Trading upped Lawrence Finnegan from Vice President, Video Investment to Senior Vice President, Director Video Investment.
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment named Lou Occhicone as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Distribution. He last served as consultant for Buck Productions and Flame Distribution.
This Day in History: 1988 – The US Senate passed a bill to curb ads during children’s TV shows.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which sitcom character dated men played by Dean Cain, Ray Liotta and Joe Rogan? Maya Gallo on Just Shoot Me (1997-2003)). Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda-St. Paul Catholic Community/Leesburg, FL; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Laurie Shilling/El Segundo, CA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/Los Angeles, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question: What did Penny Robinson name her pointy-eared animal pet on Lost in Space (1965-1968)? (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.)
Answer to Initial This: WM played VC in HIC = Wendy Malick played Victoria Chase on Hot in Cleveland. Kudos to: Michael Strauss-CoxReps/NYC; Matt Meachem-Gracenote Inc./NY; Matt Willence-ITN Networks/NYC.
Western Anagram: Disjoint Nasal Shame (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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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY OCTOBER 19
ABC: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Toy Story OF TERROR!, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: NFL Thursday Kickoff, NFL Football
CW: Supernatural, Arrow
FOX: Gotham, The Orville
NBC: Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, Great News, Chicago Fire
PBS: This Old House Hour, Poldark on Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: Enamorandome de Ramon, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tentacion
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