11/04/19: Disney+ to offer Avatar at launch

 

Tonight’s Premieres

Acorn TV: Slings and Arrows
E!: Botched at 10p
Food Network: Holiday Baking Championship at 9p
HBO: His Dark Materials at 9p
ID: The Devil Speaks at 9p, People Magazine Investigates at 10p
Snap: While Black, Phone Swap
 
IN THE NEWS
 
Box office smash Avatar will be available on Disney+ when the streamer launches in the US, Canada and The Netherlands on Tuesday, November 12 – news that director James Cameron announced via video on Friday. Avatar will join a previously announced slate including nearly 500 films and 7,500 television episodes. 
 
USA canceled Pearson after one season. The Suits spin-off was USA’s lowest-rated original scripted series.
 
Facebook is being sued for age and gender bias, accused of withholding ads for financial services from older and female users. The complaint, filed in San Francisco federal court, alleges the company is violating civil rights law. Facebook, which had earlier this year agreed to amend a system that civil rights groups said allowed employers, landlords and lenders to discriminate by age, gender and zip code, said it is reviewing the complaint.
 
And they have a winner! Brady Bunch superfan Lisa Shaw, from Charlotte, North Carolina, has won the grand prize in HGTV’s A Very Brady Contest.” Shaw wil be treated to a six-night stay at the fully renovated Brady Bunch house in LA. HGTV received more than 3,000 video submissions from Brady Bunch fans during its “A Very Brady Contest”; America voted on a winner from nine finalists. 
 
In just two days, our search  for young game-changers to spotlight at the 5th Annual Cynopsis Rising Star Awards will come to a close. Nominate yourself or a deserving 30-or-under colleague by Wednesday night and join us on Feb 6 in NYC for the awards gala. Need help finishing that nomination form? Reach out to Cathy Pearson at [email protected].
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PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT
 
Hot Ones: The Game Show has been given a series order at truTV. The show, based on the Complex Networks web series, features two teams answering questions about pop culture while eating spicy wings. TruTV also licensed episodes of the original digital series, which will air weekly following the new version.
 
American Vandal’s Jimmy Tatro and Christian Pierce are teaming again to create and star in Junior High (wt) for forthcoming digital short form service Quibi. Douglas Banker (Five All in the Fifth Entertainment) will serve as executive producer alongside Kenny Neibart (Step Up: Highwater), Tatro, Pierce and Abominable Pictures’ Jonathan Stern.
 
Sky renewed Tempe for a second season. Medical thriller is based on a Norwegian scripted format.
 
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: November 1-3
Terminator: Dark Fate $20.0 million, opening weekend
Joker (Warner Bros) $13.9 million (week 5), cume revenue $299.6 million
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Buena Vista) $12.2 million (week 3), cume revenue $84.3 million
Harriet (Focus Features) $12.0 million, opening weekend
The Addams Family (United Artists) $8.5 million (week 4), cume revenue $85.3 million
Zombieland: Double Tap (Sony) $7.4 million (week 3), cume revenue $59.3 million
Countdown (STX) $5.6 million (week 2), cume revenue $17.8 million
Black and Blue (Screen Gems) $4.1 million (week 2), cume revenue $15.4 million
Motherless Brooklyn (Screen Gems) $3.7 million, opening weekend
Arctic Dogs (Entertaiment Studios) $3.1 million, opening weekend
Source: Comscore
 
RETURNING SERIES
 
Decorating competition The Great Christmas Light Fight is back for season seven on Monday, December 2 at 8p. ABC also gave a pick-up for season eight, to air in 2020.
 
Location-based digital profiles help drive success, notes Ashwin Ramesh, CEO and Founder of intent-marketing data and analytics company Synup. For insights on what works and why, go to Cynsiders.
 
STREAMING NOTES
 
Ad intelligence and sales enablement platform MediaRadar released a study of AppleTV+’s original content ad spend, from August 1 to October 24. Upshot: AppleTV+ is promoting its original shows across all platforms, including TV and digital, with a heightened focus on premium television spots. Of the eight shows the streamer promoted, the top four, The Morning Show, For All Mankind, See and Dickinson accounted for 84% of total airings and 80% of total ad dollars spent. “Apple did not shy away from high priced ad placements while promoting AppleTV+ prior to launch,” said Todd Krizelman, Co-Founder and CEO of MediaRadar. “In fact, AppleTV+ spent more than any other streaming platform on advertising during the month of September.” 
 
AMC Networks is holding tight to US rights to the third show in its Walking Dead franchise. On the company’s earnings call last week, CEO Josh Sapan said that while a sweet deal was struck with Amazon for overseas markets, in the US, “The series will be used to fuel our own platforms, both streaming as well as linear, as we window it and take full advantage of the opportunities it presents us.” The new zombie drama is set to debut in 2Q20.
 
Showtime will release all six episodes of new series Back to Life to its subscribers for on-demand streaming or download on midnight, November 10, ahead of its linear debut that night at 10p. Series follows a woman who returns home to her coastal town after 18 years behind bars.
 
COMING UP
 
Miss Universe airs on Fox and Telemundo Sunday, December 8 at 7p, live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. 
 
ABC’s The View marks its 5000th show with first-time guest Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, on Thursday, November 7.
 
Freeform kicks off its “25 Days of Christmas” stunt on Sunday, December 1 at 7a with Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish. Making their cable debuts will be Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, on Friday, December 6; a Good Trouble holiday special reunites the cast of The Fosters on Monday, December 16.
 
Court TV will air exclusive interviews with Harvey Weinstein accusers and attorneys in specials tonight and Tuesday, November 5 at 8p (preview: “He’s a sociopath”).
 
Count Selena Gomez in for ABC’s broadcast of the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 24. It will be the singer’s first televised performance in two years.
 
Episodes of The Flintstones that feature Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm air Sunday, November 10 and Thursday, November 14 on MeTV. Fun fact, shares the net: Originally, the plan was for Fred and Wilma’s child to be a boy, until Hanna Barbera received a call from the merchandising division and realized that by making their child a girl, the company could create more lucrative toys. Three million dollars in toy sales were made in the first three months following Pebbles’ birth. 
 
In Cooking Channel holiday special Christmas Chowdown, premiering Monday, December 2 at 9p, Carla Hall sets the table for a food-filled holiday.
 
CASTING
 
Shiri Appleby (UnReal) and Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) have joined the cast of Disney+ series Big Shot...Billy Barratt will star in BBC feature drama Responsible Child…David Wilmot (The Alienist) landed a series regular role in HBO Max limited series Station Eleven…Anna Chlumsky (Veep) and Julia Garner (Ozark) will star in Netflix’s Shonda Rhimes drama Inventing Anna…Emily Bett Rickards is returning to Arrow for the CW drama’s series finale. Rickards left the show after season seven.
30 Honorees Made The Cut…
 
View the impressive inductees on this year’s
and join us for digital media’s ultimate gathering:
 
NOV 8 | Tribeca ThreeSixty | NYC
 
RATINGS
 
Nickelodeon’s reboot Are You Afraid of the Dark? ranked as the most co-viewed show for its three October episodes, with 33% of A18-49 watching with a child age 6-11. It also topped live-action series on cable in all kids’ demos.
 
Discovery’s Gold Rush  finished as October’s #1 series on all of television on Friday nights in M18-49 (excl. sports), and was October’s #1 unscripted TV series on Friday nights (excl. sports/news) across P/M25-54, P/M18-49, and P/M18-34. Total Viewers have improved so far each week this season, crossing the three million mark in weeks two and three.  
 
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, October 31 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
FOX: 10.19 million
Thursday Night Football 10.19
ABC: 4.02 million
Grey’s Anatomy 5.76, A Million Little Things 4.14, How to Get Away With Murder 2.23
CBS: 3.61 million
Young Sheldon 5.76, The Unicorn 3.79, Young Sheldon 4.54, The Unicorn 3.27, Evil 2.15
NBC: 3.04 million
Superstore 3.14, Perfect Harmony 2.45, The Good Place 2.28, Will & Grace 2.62, Law & Order: SVU 3.89
TELEMUNDO: 1.37 million
Exatlon 1.42, Final del Paraiso 1.45, Senior de Cielos 1.29
UNIVISION: 1.13 million
Rosa de Guadelupe 1.23, Cun De Lobos 1.26, El Dragon 1.10
CW: 0.79 million
The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time 0.97, Mysteries Decoded 0.60

Thursday A18-49 Ratings
FOX 2.8/14, ABC 0.7/3, NBC 0.6/3 CBS 0.5/3, TELE 0.5/2, UNI 0.4/2, CW 0.2/1
 
EXECUTIVE MOVES
 
Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Communications for ABC Entertainment. Bulochnikov-Paul joins ABC Entertainment from cable sibling, Freeform, where she served as VP, Communications.
 
IN MEMORIAM
 
Actor Brian Tarantina died at age 60, after being found unresponsive in his NYC apartment on November 2. Tarantina’s TV credits included Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “You can’t describe a guy like Brian, you just had to be there. And lucky for us, we were. We love him and will forever miss him,” said Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.
 
Rudy Boesch, a former Navy SEAL who was a fan favorite in the first season of Survivor, died after battling Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 91. “While your time here has passed, you will remain loved and iconic, dear friend!” tweeted Boesch’s Survivor ally, and the season’s winner, Richard Hatch.
 


This Day in History
1924 – Nellie Tayloe Ross was elected the first US female governor, for Wyoming.
 
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Ralph Nader, Studs Terkel, Gloria Steinem and Art Buchwald made cameos on which political drama? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)
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WHEELHOUSE GROUP/LA: Exp (5-7yrs) attorney versed in unscripted prog negotiations, Prod Svc, Co-Prod, Talent and Dev Agrmts. Plus, practical prod exp overseeing and directing prod personnel on prod issues, rights & clearance, risk asmt, and overseeing watch-downs and assoc legal issues. Full info HERE (11/20)
 
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 4

ABC: Dancing With the Stars, The Good Doctor  
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, All Rise, Bull
CW: All American, Black Lightning
FOX: 9-1-1, Prodigal Son
NBC: The Voice, Bluff City Law
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens  
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos  
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Cuna de Lobos, El Dragon  
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