11/03/23: “Futurama” renewed for seasons 13 and 14

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Friday November 3, 2023

Today’s Premieres
ID: Who Killed Tupac: Confessions of a Killer? at 9p
Netflix: Blue Eye Samurai; Ferry: The Series; Daily Dose of Sunshine; Erin & Aaron
Prime Video: Invincible

Saturday’s Premiere
BBC America: Planet Earth III at 8p

Sunday’s Premieres
Bravo: The Real Housewives of Potomac at 8p; Married to Medicine at 9p; BravoCon Live With Andy Cohen at 10:15p
CW: The Chosen at 8p
Food Network: Holiday Wars at 9p
ID: Lost Women of Highway 20 at 9p
Magnolia: The Mountain Kitchen at 1:30p
National Geographic: JFK: One Day in America at 8p
Paramount+: Lawmen: Bass Reeves


Daytime and late night are prime times for Gen Z, according to a new study from MAGNA Media Trials and Samsung Ads. “Capturing the Attention of our Youngest Generations, The Digital Advertisers’ Guide to Reaching Gen Z + Millennials on Connected TV” explores highest attention to ads by time of day on CTV, average attention spans by content type and their reactions to repeating ads. One finding: Gen Z spends the most time looking at ads on CTV during late-night, locking in for an average 9.63 seconds per spot, while millennials dial up focus during traditional primetime at 9.8 seconds per spot. “Each new generation claims their own unique viewing behaviors, as evidenced by the shift toward CTV and short-form content,” said Kara Manatt, MAGNA’s EVP, Managing Director, Intelligence Solutions. “Our research hints that other trendlines are more eternal, as Millennials, who are raising families and entrenched at work, clock peak viewability being during primetime and Gen Z, still by majority students, having the bandwidth to watch during daytime and late night.”

Hulu renewed “Futurama” for seasons 13 and 14. The Matt Groening adult animated series premiered on Fox in 1999, ran on Comedy Central from 2009-13, and was revived by Hulu in 2022.

Also coming back is Nickelodeon’s “The Tiny Chef Show,” for season two. Produced in association with Imagine Television and Nickelodeon Animation, the 22-episode sophomore run will follow Chef as he embarks new herbivorous adventures.

The upcoming 12th season of “Letterkenny” will be its last. All six episodes of the Canadian comedy’s final run drop on Hulu December 26.

Fox Corporation reported total quarterly revenues of $3.21 billion, up from $3.19 billion for the prior year quarter. Advertising revenues decreased 2% as the broadcast of the FIFA Women’s World Cup at FOX Sports and continued growth at Tubi were more than offset by comparably lower political advertising revenues at the FOX Television Stations and the impact of elevated supply in the direct response marketplace at FOX News Media. Other revenues increased 2%. During an earnings call, CEO Lachlan Murdoch touted Tubi’s success, surpassing 70 million active viewers in September. “Tubi will be the way our audiences primarily engage with entertainment in the future,” Murdoch said. “It’s a core part of our business.”’

Highlights of Paramount’s 3Q23 results: Revenue increased 38% year-over-year; subscription revenue grew 46% to $1.3B, driven by subscriber growth and pricing increases for Paramount+, and revenue from pay-per-view events; advertising revenue rose 18%, reflecting growth from Paramount+ and Pluto TV; and global viewing hours across Paramount+ and Pluto TV grew 46%. Said Bob Bakish, President and CEO, “In Q3, we successfully grew Direct-to-Consumer revenue and Paramount+ subscribers while narrowing DTC losses over 30%. In fact, we now expect DTC losses in 2023 will be lower than in 2022 – meaning streaming investment peaked ahead of plan. Looking ahead, we remain on the path to achieving significant total company earnings growth in 2024.”

NATAS announced the nominations for the Second Annual Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards. “Programming created for children’s and family viewing has a long history of leading the way in innovation and storytelling,” said Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime and Children’s & Family Emmy Awards. “In this year specifically, a year so impacted by artists fighting for fair recognition of their true value, it is more important than ever to honor the excellence of their talents and achievements.” The list of nominees can be found here: https://theemmys.tv/.

HBO and Max CEO and Chairman Casey Bloys apologized to TV journalists for employing fake Twitter accounts to lash out at critics of HBO series. At the start of yesterday’s presentation on HBO and Max’s 2024 slate of shows, Bloys said, in response to a Rolling Stone report detailing the allegation, “I want the shows to be great. I want people to love them. I want you all to love them. It’s very important to me what you all think of the shows. So when you think of that mindset, and then think of 2020 and 2021, I’m home, working from home and spending an unhealthy amount of scrolling through Twitter. And I come up with a very, very dumb idea to vent my frustration…. as many of you know, I have progressed over the past couple of years to using DMs. So now, when I take issue with something in a review, or take issue with something I see, I DM many of you, and many of you are gracious enough to engage with me in a back and forth and I think that is probably a much healthier way to go about this.”

Bloys was less clear on whether the upcoming twelfth season of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” will be its last. “We generally leave that up to Larry,” said Bloys, referring to series creator and star Larry David. “I think he’s thinking about what he wants to do. He knows it’s been an open invitation, so I think he’s going to decide if he wants to do more or whether this is going to be the final season, I would guess before it airs.”

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Season two of “The Last of Us” and third seasons of “Euphoria,”The White Lotus” and “Welcome to Derry” likely won’t premiere until 2025, said Casey Bloys on Thursday. The writers and actors strikes contributed to late starts for the series. On the other hand, season two of “Game of Thrones” spinoff “House of the Dragon,” with a British cast under Equity contracts, will debut in early summer 2024.

Also debuting later than planned is FX Productions’ “Shogun,” an adaptation of the James Clavell bestseller. The limited series, originally expected to arrive in 2023, will premiere in February 2024 on Hulu.

Taylor-made: The second half of season five of Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone” is slated to premiere in November 2024, followed by the debut of spinoff “2024.” Prequel “1944” is on the way, following prequels “1883” and “1923.” “Within five years, we grew ‘Yellowstone’ from a hit US cable show with five million viewers into a global hit franchise with over 100 million fans around the world and multiple extensions – and, we’re just getting started,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime & MTV Entertainment Studios. “Our new planned spinoffs, ‘1944’ and ‘2024,’ will take audiences on a thrilling, new and unexpected journey with the complex and compelling storytelling that has become a hallmark of the franchise and has helped turn it into a worldwide cultural phenomenon – thanks to the creative mastermind of Taylor Sheridan.”

Four series are in development at Magnolia Network, set to debut beginning in 2024. Series include talent competitions “Second Chance Stage” (w/t) and “Human vs Hamster,” social experiment “Back to the Frontier” (w/t), and roller staking competition “Roller Jam” (w/t). “We recognized a white space in Max for fun, family-friendly content with unique formats and imaginative competition shows,” said Allison Page, President of Magnolia Network. “We seized the opportunity to use our storytelling expertise to help bring these concepts to life and are thrilled to partner with Max to build a content offering the whole family will love.”

Kara Swisher has joined CNN as an on-air contributor. The tech journalist, podcast host and co-founder of Recode will offer commentary on tech, culture and media, and appear as a regular panelist on Chris Wallace’s upcoming weekend show.

New Zealand’s Mukpuddy, Canada’s Sphere Animation and the UK’s Cantilever Media are teaming to produce the kids’ series “Badjelly,” starring Miriam Margolyes OBE and based on a story from l comedian Spike Milligan.

A half-hour romantic drama from Ava DuVernay, which had a three-year script-to-series deal with Starz, is not proceeding now that DuVernay’s overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group has come to an end, reports Variety. The show had begun filming but production was suspended due to the WGA strike.

Hulu is in early development on another revival of “Prison Break,” reports Deadline. The series aired on Fox from 2005-09, with a fifth season on 2017. The “new chapter” set in the “Prison Break” universe is written and exec produced by Elgin James (“Mayans M.C.”).


Harlan Coben’s “Fool Me Once” launches on Netflix January 1. The drama follows a woman trying to come to terms with the brutal murder of her husband.

“The Jinx – Part Two” is headed to HBO in 2024. At the end of 2015’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” Robert Durst uttered the words “Killed them all, of course.” Hours earlier, based on evidence uncovered by the filmmakers, Durst had been arrested in a hotel lobby in New Orleans. The filmmakers continued their investigation for the next eight years, uncovering hidden material, Durst’s prison calls, and interviews with people who had never before come forward.

BBC miniseries “The Silence” premieres Saturday, November 11 at 7p on Ovation. The four-parter follows a deaf 18-year-old embroiled in a murder case.

“PATTRN Explores: Powering the Future” premieres on The Weather Channel on Monday. November 6. The three-part series is the fourth installment of the PATTRN Explores franchise, which uses traditional reporting methods and high-end design elements to visualize complicated aspects of the nation’s aging infrastructure, specifically its vulnerability to climate change.

FilmRise has acquired exclusive digital media rights to 1952-1970 series “Death Valley Days.” The restored series will be distributed across streaming platforms as well as on The FilmRise Streaming Network.


“Attack on Titan Final Season The Final Chapters Special 2” arrives on Crunchyroll to over 200 countries and territories around the world on November 4 or November 5 (due to time zone differences). The finale will also be available on Hulu in the US.

In recognition of Veterans Day, MeTV will present its annual special broadcast of “MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale,” Friday, November 10 at 7p.

Jacqueline Bracamontes and Danilo Carrerra will host the 72nd Miss Universe airing live and in Spanish from El Salvador on Saturday, November 18 on Telemundo. The pageant will be simulcast on Universo, Peacock, the Telemundo App, and throughout Latin America on Telemundo Internacional and USA Network.


Fifty-two percent of consumers canceled a streaming subscription due to a streaming service increasing prices, according to data from TransUnion, 29% canceled due to finishing a specific show or movie exclusive to the service, and 28% due to lack of new content on the service. As for password cheats – 17%said they canceled a service when they were provided access to someone else’s credentials.

Insight TV has entered into a partnership with Cineverse that has Insight TV launching three of its FAST channels and introducing a VOD library on Cineverse’s flagship streaming platform. The channels include Infast (lifestyle), Inwonder (science and technology) and Introuble (action and sports).

Fuse Media has secured carriage for its Backstage FAST channel on Samsung TV Plus Mexico. It’s the first time one of Fuse Media’s DEI-focused FAST channels has been dubbed for international distribution. “Backstage has been a success since its launch five years ago, growing substantially in terms of viewership and distribution with each quarter,” said Patrick Courtney, Head of Streaming & Business Development. “Expanding our distribution as a fully dubbed channel to Mexico in partnership with Samsung further demonstrates the popularity of our FAST channels in multiple languages across the globe.”


Captify announced the launch of TV Search Lift, a proprietary TV study that evaluates the success and outcomes of CTV campaigns using authentic onsite search data. TV Search Lift is aimed at enabling brands to measure their campaigns based on shifts in consumer behavior, understand changes in brand perception and sentiment inspired by a campaign and determine the effectiveness of a brand message and how it resonates with target audiences. “In order to understand the impact of CTV campaigns, marketers commonly have to rely on unvalidated and outdated data sources, which can leave knowledge gaps for advertisers,” said Britt Augenfeld, VP of Video and Advanced TV at Captify. “With the largest collection of search data outside the walled gardens, Captify’s onsite search data provides a window into consumer true and authentic attitudes towards a brand, its competitors, and the market overall. Now, advertisers can identify consumer interest and purchase intent based on search behaviors, giving them a true measure of campaign impact and success, helping fill those gaps and enabling better CTV outcomes.”

MediaRadar has acquired Kantar Group’s North American Advertising Intelligence unit, Vivvix, which offers competitive advertising intelligence across digital and traditional media channels. “By combining Vivvix and MediaRadar, we offer a complete view of the entire advertising industry,” said Todd Krizelman, CEO and co-founder of MediaRadar. “Together, our unparalleled market intelligence will enable strategic decision-making, allowing media sellers, brands, and agencies to navigate the dynamic advertising landscape with even greater confidence.”


Telemundo and Chivas announced multi-year and multi-platform media rights agreement calling for Telemundo to continue as the exclusive home of Las Chivas de Guadalajara in the US in Spanish and English. The agreement will include coverage of all home matches and key friendlies in the US across Telemundo, Universo and Peacock, and all Telemundo digital platforms. In addition to the men’s team, Telemundo will continue to carry live and exclusive coverage of the women’s team Chivas Femenil and youth teams across Telemundo’s digital platforms.

Tennis Channel, T2 and Tennis Channel Plus will air the Billie Jean King Cup Finals November 7-12, live from Seville, Spain. Live coverage begins at 5a Tuesday, November 7 on Tennis Channel.

Someone’s in the kitchen with McEnroe: Horizon Sports & Experiences and InsideOut Sports + Entertainment announced the return of the Amateur Slam on February 2-3, with 128 amateur pickleball players competing for a $25,000 purse and the chance to take on Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Maria Sharapova. The tournament will welcome single-gender or mixed-gender doubles teams with a maximum combined DUPR rating of 8.5.


Kabel-TV Lampert GmbH & Co. KG, an Austrian provider of broadband, television, IPTV and telephony services, has committed to deploy through Witke OpenVault’s Profile Management Application (PMA) and Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) solutions throughout its network infrastructure.

Highland Film Group is handling international distribution rights to ViX romantic comedy “A Taste of Christmas,” a love story is directed by Alejandro Lozano (“Control Z”) and written by Jose “Pepe” Tamez (“Monarca”).


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The National Pickleball League has name Paul Bamundo as its first Chief Executive Officer. Bamundo’s experience spans the NBA, IMG, Subway and the Ivy League.

Participant has expanded their Impact Advisory Council with two new members. Baratunde Thurston (“America Outdoors”) and Chi-hui Yang, Senior Program Officer, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation, will join the Council’s existing five members.


Writer Peter S. Fischer died October 30. He was 88. Fischer, the co-creator of “Murder, She Wrote,” wrote for numerous other crime series, including “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “McMillan & Wife.”

New York City investigative reporter Arnold Diaz died October 24 of cancer. He was 74. Diaz was best known for uncovering consumer scams, and confronting perpetrators on segments like WCBS’s “Shame on You.”

This Day in History
1883 – The US Supreme Court decided federal courts had no jurisdiction over the Native American tribal council.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who was the first guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (1993-2009)? John Goodman. Kudos to: Brad Clough-Premion./NYC; Erik Rankin-Locality/NYC; Benjamin Zander-NBC News NOW/NYC; Steven Piluso-Provocation/Chatham, NJ; Mark Selby-Melbar Entertainment Group/Toronto; Justin Pierce-JP Consulting Group/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

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Who narrates ID’s “Happy Never After”? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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