11/08/21: Dolly Parton reunites with “9 to 5” co-stars on “Grace and Frankie” finale

 

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Monday November 8, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Discovery+: Unraveled: Experts on Trial
GSN: Tug of Words at 4:30p
HGTV: Call the Closer at 10p
YouTube: Best Shape of My Life, Copy That!

Today’s Finale
VH1: Love & Hip Hop Miami at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Lionsgate is exploring its options for Starz, the company said during last week’s earning call. Possibilities include a sale, a spinoff or bringing in a minority investor. The studio paid $4.4 billion for Starz in 2016, and the service now has 20.6 million subscribers.

Hello, Dolly! Dolly Parton will reunite with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, her co-stars from 1980 film “9 t0 5,” on the series finale of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” The final 12 episodes of the seventh and final season will premiere in 2022.

Tegna, in the midst of a retrans agreement dispute with Dish Network that blacked out its stations on October 6, has responded to a complaint filed by Dish accusing Tegna of negotiating in bad faith. “Our response and cross-complaint show that it is Dish which has acted in bad faith, not only by obstructing negotiations over many months but also through the distortions it has presented to the public and the FCC,” said Tegna.

Ad spend in 3Q21 is likely to increase by double-digits year-over-year, according to Standard Media Index. The analysis in SMI’s Pacing Report sees TV making modest gains over last Q4 with growth particularly in the local TV market. Outdoor is forecast to have greater than 50% growth, while digital media, including video, audio, programmatic, search and social, appears set to grow on the order of 20-50% respectively by channel.

The long-gestating spinoff of The CW’s “The 100” isn’t happening, at least not at the network. The prequel had a backdoor pilot during the seventh and final season of “The 100,” and there were discussions about the series being a joint project for The CW and HBO Max .

What is happening is a premiere date(ish) for pandemic-delayed season four of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” At the streamer’s Stranger Things event over the weekend, it was revealed the supernatural drama will return in Summer 2022.

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ON THE MONEY

AMC Networks handily surpassed analysts’ expectations for 3Q21, reporting earnings of $2.68 per share, versus estimates of $1.22. Revenue jumped 24% to $810.8 million, beating the forecast for $706.1 million. Content licensing revenue shot up 60%, due to a higher number of distributed programs, and subscription revenue rose 14%. As for the future, “We are building a streaming business that is sustainable and will be profitable over the long term, and with our owned IP, our library of high-quality content, and our strong legacy channels business, we have the right assets to drive growth and increase shareholder value,” said interim CEO Matt Blank.

The E.W. Scripps Company reported 18% year-over-year, adjusted combined increases in both local core and national networks advertising revenue in 3Q21. Local Media core advertising surpassed third-quarter 2019 levels, driven by significant new business, demand for its CTV advertising products and the rise of the sports betting category. “In a year without a major national election season, we again raised our free cash flow guidance range for this year – from $240 million to $260 million up to $255 million to $265 million– driven by the strength of our local and national brands, sales execution and the rebounding advertising marketplace,” said Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

With “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to end its run, a talk show hosted by “American Idol” alum and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is in the works. From Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures, the show has been developed as a first-run syndicated broadcast daily strip. While “Ellen” producers were involved in the pilot, the Hudson daytimer is being shopped as a new series.

Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”) has joined the cast of Hulu’s “How I Met Your Father” in a major recurring role. In the “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff, Cattrall will play the future version of Hilary Duff’s character.

More casting notes: Former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul will guest star on season two of HBO Max’s “Made for Love,” while Sarunas J. Jackson has been promoted to season regular.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

“The Righteous Gemstones” returns with back-to-back episodes Sunday, January 9 at 10p. Season two of the HBO comedy, delayed by the pandemic, will have the Gemstone empire threatened by outsiders from the past. New recurring cast members include Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”), Eric Roberts (“Inherent Vice”), Eric Andre (“The Eric Andre Show”) and Jessica Lowe (“Blended”).

History Channel’s “The Toys That Built America” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 9p, chronicling the history of classics like Monopoly and G.I. Joe. In addition, through its “Mission To Honor” public outreach campaign, the network is partnering with Blue Star Families to donate toys and educational items to military families during the holiday season.

Season two of “The Challenge: All Stars” makes its debut Thursday, November 11 on Paramount+. Competitors are previous players returning for the chance to vie for a.$500,000 prize.

True crime premieres on discovery+ next month include (best title of the week alert!) “Fruitcake Fraud” on Wednesday, December 1, and “The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler” on Friday, December 3.

The CW has set midseason premiere dates. Dynasty returns for season five on Monday, December 20 at 8p, while “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “Nancy Drew” make their midseason returns on Friday, January 7 at 8p and 9p, respectively. “Superman & Lois” is back for season two on Tuesday, January 11 at 8p, followed by the series debut of “Naomi” at 9p. “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Batwoman” return Wednesday, January 12 at 8p and 9p, and the season three premiere of “Two Second Horror Stories” airs Sunday, January 16 at 9p. Midseason returns also include “4400” on Monday, January 17 at 9p, and “Walker” and “Legacies” on Thursday, January 27 at 8p and 9p.

COMING UP

Comedy showcase “Funny Women of a Certain Age” returns to Showtime on Wednesday, November 24 at 10p, led by Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) in her first comedy special.

Spectrum is observing Veterans Day with an On Demand collection of war-themed films highlighting the major conflicts of the past century, including Brad Pitt in “Fury,” David Oyelowo in “Red Tails,” Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper,” and Tom Hardy and Harry Styles in “Dunkirk.” Beginning November 9 and running through November 15, movies will be available in the Spectrum On Demand portal under the category For the Troops.

Yahoo Finance and crypto news site Decrypt are teaming for a day of live conversations to discuss an agenda ranging from retail and institutional investment, mass adoption, and how to get started. The 1:00p-5:30p event will be streamed online to Yahoo Finance and Decrypt’s combined audience.

STREAMING

Fifty-five percent of US smart TV owners age 18-64 watch ad-supported video-on-demand programming weekly, while 39% of viewers who use less expensive devices watch AVOD programming, according to a study by Vizio and Magid. Which indicates that viewers of means are “not at all resistant to ads even when they have paid options that would allow them to avoid ads completely,” said the report. “In fact, they’re highly receptive to ad supported content, given the right circumstances.”

Tubi has added anime titles from NIS America to its service.Offerings include Toradora!, CARDCAPTOR SAKURA, YURUYURI, PandoraHearts, and more.

AVOD platform Glewed TV announced new programming added to its content library, including Whistle Sports (“Gametime with Boomer Esiason”), food-focused GustoTV, and Charles Mattocks, featuring health-related content.

TECH TALK

Comscore and Univision Communications have struck an agreement for Univision to leverage Comscore’s local audience measurement in three of the Univision’s newly acquired markets, Orlando and Tampa, FL, and Washington, D.C. Univision will begin exclusively using Comscore’s linear audience measurement service as its local audience currency there, and collaborate with Comscore to refine its Hispanic audience measurement capabilities.

GOING GLOBAL

Insight TV has partnered with MContent, the tokenised content ecosystem, to co-produce. “The Blockchain Life,” produced by Netherlands-based Villain Studios, will look at the way NFTs could change the world.

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RATINGS

Food Network’s seasonal Halloween programming reached nearly 25 million P2+ viewers. Sunday’s “Halloween Wars” finale delivered a .7 P25-54 / .9 W25-54 L3 rating, up + 103% versus year-ago timeslot benchmarks.

During October, Discovery Inc. boasted the highest time spent among its viewers (HH, P25-54, P18+ & P2+) than any other competitive pay-TV portfolio. In addition, Discovery Channel accounted for four of October’s top ten unscripted cable series among M25-54 with #1 “Gold Rush,” #5 “Gold Rush: The Dirt,” #8 “Moonshiners,” and #10 “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.”

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, November 4
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Queens Family Singalong 3.51 (0.5), Queens 1.26 (0.3), Queens 1.03 (0.2)
CBS: Young Sheldon 7.12 (0.7), United States of Al 4.83 (0.5), Ghosts 5.94 (0.5), B Positive 4.41 (0.4), Bull 4.54 (0.3)
CW: Walker 1.02 (0.1), Legacies 0.42 (0.1)
FOX: NFL Football 11.65 (3.3)
ION: Chicago PD 1.13 (0.20, Chicago PD (0.2), Chicago PD (0.2)
NBC: The Blacklist 3.09 (0.3), Law & Order: SVU 4.42 (0.7), Law & Order: Organized Crime 3.25 (0.5)
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.27 (0.4), Vencer el Pasado 1.4 (0.4), La Desalmada 1.52 (0.4)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Kelli Rafferty has been named VP of Global Communications for Roku. Rafferty had been EVP ad CBS Corp. before helping former CBS colleagues Joe Ianniello and Marc DeBevoise launch Argus Capital as CMO.

Nathan Gary has been promoted from Annapurna Interactive President to President of Annapurna.

This Day in History
1966 – Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Which actor’s credits include roles on “All in the Family,” “My Favorite Martian,” “The Brady Bunch” and “Magilla Gorilla”? Allan Melvin. Kudos to: Robyn Simensky-Evergreen Trading/NYC; Howard Rosenstein-Meredith Digital Video/NYC; Cory Angerthal-AMC Networks/NYC; Cindy O;Connor-CoxRepx/NYC; Dan Whitford-WTTI/Chicago; John Kukla-KDFW/Dallas; Julie Houston-Tom Scott Agency/Boise, ID; Tom Boyd-WGN/Chicago; Dave Sikula-San Francisco State University/San Francisco, CA; Kevin Moran-Blarney Productions/Pasadena, CA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; Lorrie Shilling/El Segundo, CA

Today’s Trivia Question
On “Modern Family” (2009-2020), which superhero costume did Mitchell where to work one Halloween, unaware it was uncool to dress up? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com 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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CW: All American, 4400
FOX: 9-1-1, The Big Leap
NBC: The Voice, The Lost Symbol
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Parientes a la Fuerza, Malverde: el Santo Patron
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