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Paramount Network and Time Inc. Productions struck a deal for non-scripted series. Currently in pilot production are Sports Illustrated: True Crime (wt), from Sports Illustrated and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, and late night comedy panel/talk show Entertainment Weekly: The Bullseye, a half hour based on EW’s signature column with Conveyor Media. “Time Inc. Productions is thrilled to partner with the great teams at Paramount Network, JBTV and Conveyor, as we continue to develop and produce compelling premium television, bringing Time Inc.’s iconic brands to the forefront of long-form storytelling,” Ian Orefice, head of programming, Time Inc. Productions, tells Cynopsis. 
Hallmark Channel movie The Beach House, starring Andie McDowell (Cedar Cove), Minka Kelly (Titans) and Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter) has started production, headed for a May 2018 premiere. Film is based on the book by Mary Alice Monroe.
Freeform is developing In Case of Emergency, a drama based on the Courtney Monroe book about a work superhero who’s not such a standout in her personal life. Circle of Confusion’s Brad Mendelsohn and Elana Barry will executive produce with eOne’s Carolyn Newman; Fresh Off the Boat’s Camilla Blackett will write.
Endeavor Content has partnered with Chernin Entertainment to finance, develop and create scripted drama series with international appeal. Chernin Entertainment will produce and Endeavor will handle international sales. “This is a new, leaner studio model with state-of-the-art distribution focused on today’s evolving global marketplace,” said Chernin CEO Peter Chernin.
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It’s Jersey Shore all over again – but hotter. Jersey Shore spin-off Floribama Shore, set in the Florida panhandle, debuts on MTV Monday, November 27 at 10p, and internationally in December. Reality show hails from Jersey Shore producer SallyAnn Salsano and her 495 Productions.
Episode 4 of ID series Home Alone arrives Thursday, November 2 at 10p, focused a fun-loving Southern belle who suffers a catastrophic home invasion.
Gangster drama Peaky Blinders returns to BBC Two for season 4 on November 15. No word yet on its U.S. arrival date on Netflix.
IFC promises “more baseball, more booze and even more guest stars” for season 2 of Brockmire. Currently in production for a spring 2018 return, next time around the show will welcome guests Becky Ann Baker (Girls), Carrie Preston (True Blood), Dreama Walker (Doubt) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project).
Season 6 of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules debuts Monday, December 4 at 9p, followed by the premiere of new docu-series RelationShep. In the Southern Charm spin-off, Shep Rose looks for love all over the place.
The sophomore season of animated Regal Academy launches Sunday, November 5 at 1:30p on Nick Jr.
Season 2 of GSN game show Winsanity comes with a new set and new format, along with original host Donald Faison (Scrubs), weeknights at 5p starting Monday, November 27.
Christina Aguilera will pay tribute to Whitney Houston and the 25th anniversary of the film The Bodyguard at the 2017 American Music Awards, performing songs from the soundtrack album. AMA’s air Sunday, November 19 at 8p on ABC.
In a network first, Velocity is offering live coverage of the SEMA (short for Specialty Equipment Market Association) show today through Friday, November 3. Beginning each night at 8p, Velocity Live from SEMA will feature interviews with cars and experts from the auto world. As part of its “Full Throttle Week” stunt, new episodes of Bitchin’ Rides, Wheeler Dealers, Garage Squad, Chasing Classic Cars and Fantomworks will follow on different days of the SEMA action.
Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live for the first time on November 11, joined by musical guest Taylor Swift, who’ll make her third appearance. They’re followed the next week by first-time host Chance the Rapper (who has appeared twice before as a musical guest) and musical guest Eminem, onboard for his seventh stint. This week previously announced Larry David hosts for the second time, with Miley Cyrus on hand to perform for the third time.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS will feature a performance by Kelsea Ballerini, and be anchored by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight. The special, in its 57th year, will also include performances from the casts of Broadway musicals “Come From Away” and “Waitress.”
Four-episode AXS TV Concerts Presented by Mercury Insurance will air every Wednesday from November 1-November 22 at 10p. Lineup kicks off with Steve Winwood offering a soulful set in Saratoga, CA.
Justin Killion, GM, premium content, Complex Networks and a juror for the March Cynopsis Short Form Video Festival (more on that here), offers insights on an exciting emerging space.
Cynopsis: Why is short-form content so hot
Killion: From a creator’s perspective, the shorter clocks allow for different approaches to story-telling that have the potential to break boundaries and push content in interesting, and compelling directions. 
Cynopsis: What was the biggest take-away from a short-form project you’ve been involved with?
Killion: I believe formatting is key in short-form content. If the viewer knows, even subconsciously, where they are in the story with regards to time remaining before the cliffhanger, or reveal, then they seem to maintain engagement. 
Cynopsis: What’s an untapped area short-form producers should be exploring?
Killion: Premium short-form scripted content, both stand-alone as well as serialized, and formatted short-form non-scripted are the areas that I believe have the most growth potential in the short-run.
Loste Films released a short for Halloween that doubles as a proof of concept for a TV series in development. Parody Where Are We?, offering a look at what really happened during the adventures of Scooby Doo, will be available for free beginning at 8a here.
“Sales are brisk” for NBCUniversal’s 2018 coverage of the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl, said Dan Lovinger, EVP of advertising and marketing, NBC Sports Group, in a press call. Ad gains are expected to top $935 million and $350 million, respectively.  For the Olympics, said Lovinger, NBC is using a metric of average viewers 2+ instead of a TV household guarantee, using its in-house Total Audience Delivery measurement to capture viewers on all platforms, and selling special Olympic inventory with Snap. Lovinger also said he anticipates selling 6-second ads in the Olympics, but not the Super Bowl.
About a third of marketers plan to bring programmatic buying in-house, according to a new report from Advertiser Perceptions, and more than 50% of marketers and agencies believe the job will eventually become the responsibility of the brand. While most advertisers recognize the improved targeting, data, time and cost efficiencies of programmatic buying, concerns over fraud, brand safety and verification are still rising. In fact, 39% of advertisers cite fraud  as the biggest worry, up 12% from the October 2016 results.
Telemundo announced the launch of bilingual production studio Fluency Plus, an expansion of its Fluency Studios. “Fluency is now pivoting beyond its origins in Hispanic targeted feature films to incorporate a broad range of bilingual digital programming,” said Peter E. Blacker, EVP of digital and emerging business for Telemundo. “We are uniquely positioned to connect the large scale of the U.S. Hispanic audience with leading brands and partners.” With a target audience of Hispanic millennial and Gen Z U.S. consumers, content will leverage Telemundo’s partnerships with BuzzFeed, Vox, Tastemade and Snapchat.
YouTube TV introduced a new app for smart TVs and connected devices available on Android TV sets, with plans for a rollout to other major distribution partners by year’s end. The new apps will include a “live guide” showing what’s on. After a one-week free trial, subscribers pay $35/month, no contract required.
Amazon grabbed U.S. rights to ITV’s White Dragon, from Two Brothers Pictures. Eight-part crime drama stars John Simm (Doctor Who) and Emilia Fox (Merlin).
Scripps Lifestyle Studio’s Genius Kitchen has extended its on-demand content to Android devices and Android TV. The digital platform is also debuting new special Famous Food Truck, with YouTube star Harley Morenstein. Clearly, these are not your mama’s food shows. “With Famous Food Truck and all the content on Genius Kitchen, we are bringing in social influencers and digital talent who appeal to younger viewers raised on YouTube and social media,” said Rich Lacy, SVP of digital brand creative & Genius Kitchen at Scripps Lifestyle Studios.
YouTube Space, Elizabeth Banks and Banks’ WhoHaHa digital media company are teaming for a global production program designed to empower women through comedy. Creators will be able to use professional sets and get assistance from trained production crews to make female-driven comedy videos over a 12-week period.
Ovrture, the digital and emerging media division of 44 Blue Productions has partnered with TheMachine, a management, advertising and production firm focused on emerging talent, technologies and platforms, for unscripted Busted. The comedy stunt series looks at the backstory of audacious film stunts though history.
Ahead of the freshman show’s return in a new time period on Thursday, November 2 at 8:30p on CBS, viewers can stream the premiere episode of Young Sheldon on YouTube with limited commercials.
Adhir Kalyan (Rules of Engagement) will star in Amazon Studios’ comedy pilot Making Friends, from Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother)….Peyton List (Frequency) is joining the cast of Fox’s Gotham as a new Poison Ivy. “In the continuing evolution of Poison Ivy’s original Story, Ivy Pepper has been transformed once again,” said a statement from the show…. Michael Maize (Gotham) and Ambyr Childers (All My Children) will recur on upcoming Lifetime drama You.
Top of the Lake: China Girl and Blue Murder: Killer Cop lead the TV pack in nominations for Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts honors. Each landed 11 nods.
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Travel Channel’s 4-part special event Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials ranked as one of the highest-rated shows on Travel Channel this year, with over 6.1 million viewers tuning in during the mini-series’ , 76% above the network’s prime average. After-show Expedition Unknown: After the Hunt drew over 3.6 million viewers, generating a 38% ratings increase from its year-ago timeslot levels.
Top 11 Live+7 Playback Rankers by actual gain for the week of October 9, 2017
Live+SD/Live+7/+7 Actual Gain
The Good Doctor (ABC) 2.0/4.2/2.2
This Is Us (NBC) 2.8/5.0/2.2
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 2.9/4.5/1.6
Will & Grace (NBC) 1.8/3.3/1.5
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 2.1/3.5/1.4
Modern Family (ABC) 1.8/3.1/1.3
The Gifted (Fox) 1.2/2.4/1.2
Designated Survivor (ABC) .9/2.0/1.1
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) 1.0/2.1/1.1
Scandal (ABC) 1.2/2.3/1.1
The Orville (Fox) 1.0/2.1/1.1
Based on the difference between Nielsen’s first-reported Live + Same Day and the final Live + 7 Day ratings (for regular, original programs only)
NIELSEN SOCIAL CONTENT RATINGS: Top Series and Specials by Total Interactions for the week of October 23, 2017
Program, Total Interactions (000), Facebook (000), Twitter (000)
The Walking Dead (AMC) 706, 471, 235
WWE Monday Night RAW (USA) 417, 164, 254
Latin American Music Awards (Telemundo) 311, 173, 138
This Is Us (NBC) 242, 150, 91
Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (VH1) 202, 100, 102
WWE Smackdown! (USA) 187, 61, 127
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) 165, 89, 76
Supernatural (CW) 159, 72, 86
The Voice (NBC( 157, 109, 47
Source: Nielsen. Uniques and Interactions are a measure of total relevant U.S. social media activity grossed across Facebook and Twitter from three hours before through three hours after broadcast, local time. Includes primetime and late fringe programming with metrics available across social platforms on Broadcast and National Cable and excludes sports events.
SHAREABLEE SOCIAL TV RATINGS: Top 10 U.S. Shows Overall by Engagement for the week of October 23, 2017
Program, Total Actions (000), Total Content, Actions per Content (000), Fans/Followers (000)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Warner Bros.) 13254, 122, 109, 152089
E! News (E!) 4799, 718, 7, 31104
Riverdale (CW) 3724, 79, 47, 4317
The Walking Dead (AMC) 3036, 90, 34, 49765
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) 1826, 50, 37, 30447
Today Show (NBC) 1409, 598, 2, 12221
Good Morning America (ABC) 1363, 636, 2, 12180
The Flash (CW) 1229, 42, 29, 11170
TMZ (Warner Bros.) 1097, 1126, 1, 13782
The Tonight Show (NBC) 1008, 156, 6, 20944
Source: Shareablee. Based on Total Actions (reactions, comments, shares and retweets).
Live + Same Day Household Viewers (millions): Friday, October 20, 2017 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
FOX: 13.78 million
World Series Game 3 13.78
CBS: 6.74 million
Michael Jackson’s Halloween 5.67, MacGyver 6.9, Blue Bloods 8.12
NBC: 4.63 million
Blindspot 4.08, Dateline 4.9 million
ABC: 2.27 million
Once Upon a Time 2.47, Inhumans 2.13, 20/20 2.21
TELEMUNDO: 1.14 million
Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Barrio .92, Sin Senos si Hay Paraiso 1.17, El Senor de los Cielos 1.35
UNIVISION: 938,000
Rosa de Guadelupe .88, Mi Marido tie Familia 1.04, Caer en Tentacion .88
CW: 600,000
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend .64, Jane the Virgin .61

Friday A18-49:
 FOX 3.4/10, CBS .9/4, NBC .8/3, TELE .6/2, ABC .5/3, UNI .4/2, CW .2/1
Source: Nielsen
Jason Cipriano has been promoted to Vice President, Multiplatform Content and Strategy for Paramount Network, launching in January, and TV Land. Cipriano previously served as Digital Content Director, Digital Content Strategy and Programming for Spike.
Brand experience company Troika appointed Tony Kadillak as Business Development Director. Kadillak was most recently Director of Business Development at Loyalkaspar.


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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What job does The Munsters’ (1964-1966) Herman take on to raise money for Eddie’s college education? Professional wrestler. Kudos to: John Ferlazzo/London, Rev. Mark Wajda/Leesburg, FL, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA, Will Allmendinger-Clear Channel Outdoor/Chicago,
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CBS: NCIS, Bull, NCIS: New Orleans
CW: The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX: 2017 World Series
NBC: The Voice, This Is Us, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
PBS: Finding Your Roots, The Vietnam War [r]
Telemundo: Jenni Rivera:Mariposa de Barrio, Sin Senos si Hay Paraiso, El Senor de la Cielos
Univision:  La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tentacion

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