Amazon: The Man in the High Castle
ID: 48 Hours on ID: NCIS at 9p
Netflix: The Club, I’m with the Band, Llama Llama, The Toys That Made Us
AMC: The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park at 9p
HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher at 10p
Sundance: The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park at 9p
Discovery Family: Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures at 10a
ID: Highway to Hell at 10p
Travel: Ghost Adventures at 9p
Netflix: The Crown
Showtime: Ray Donovan at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: America in Color at 8p, Britain in Color at 9p
TLC: Unpolished at 10p
CNN: This Is Life with Lisa Ling at 10p, Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies at 11p
EPIX: Get Shorty at 10p
HBO: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver at 11p
ID: American Monster at 9p
PBS: Poldark on Masterpiece at 9p
Starz: Leavenworth at 9p
Telemundo: El Secreto de Selena at 10p
IN THE NEWS
Brooklyn Nine-Nine nabbed an early renewal for an eighth season at NBC – three months ahead of its Season 7 debut. Last season, the show averaged a 1.2 rating and 3.2 million viewers overall in Live+SD Nielsens. That marks a total viewer increase of +15% versus its prior season on Fox.
Netflix is facing allegations of institutional racial and pay discrimination from Mo’Nique. It stems from a comedy special that never happened and the fallout that ensued. Lawyers for the actress filed a multi-claim complaint in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday noting that Netflix allegedly made Mo’Nique an offer that “wreaked of discrimination; it perpetuated the pay gap suffered by Black women.” At the center of the claim is Mo’Nique’s contention that the $500,000 the streamer offered her in 2017 for a special was not just an insult but illegal.
Ten candidates officially qualified for the next democratic debate on Wednesday, November 20: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth War ren and Andrew Yang. Julian Castro was shut out, after failing to meet a higher threshold.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway objected when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer ended an interview with her showing an MSNBC clip of her husband, George Conway, giving a scathing critique of President Donald Trump, regarding day one of the impeachment hearings, and insinuating that there are “issues” in the couple’s marriage. Conway asked why CNN wasn’t showing other commentators, such as CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, who had some notes of skepticism over the impact of the testimony.
Alicia Keys will host the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, airing Sunday, January 26 on CBS. The singer/songwriter, who has 15 GRAMMYs, also hosted last year’s event. The Recording Academy announces nominees for the event on Friday, November 20 at 8:20a. The press conference will be live streamed at GRAMMY.com and across Academy’s Facebook and Twitter Channels. CBS This Morning will also simulcast additional categories live with host Gayle King and Keys.
Ciara has been tapped to host the 2019 American Music Awards , airing live Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC. Kesha, joined by Big Freedia, is also set to make her return to the award’s show stag e for her first performance since 2013.
Honorees for the annual Urban One Honors event were announced , including music executive Sylvia Rhone (Lifetime Achievement Award); Jamie Foxx (Entertainment Icon Award); and Pose star Ryan Jamaal Swain (Represent Pride Award). The event, which takes place on December 5 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, airs on TV One on Monday, January 20.
Women of Color Unite hosts the 1st Annual WOCU Auntie Brunch , an event celebrating iconic women in television and film on Sunday, December 8 in Hollywood. The inaugural event celebrates women who are trailblazers and have broken down racial, sexist and ageist barriers in entertainment. This year’s honorees are: screenwriter/author Tina Andrews, recording artist Charo, actresses Telma Hopkins, Liz Torres, Marla Gibbs, Starletta DuPois and Hattie Winston, Tantoo Cardinal (Winner, Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television), Kieu Chinh (Founder, Vietnamese Children’s Fund), and Sylvia Mendez (2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient).
Are you, or is someone you know, a college student or recent grad interested in breaking into the media industry? We are calling college students, or grads within the last 12 months, to enter the Cynopsis Homecoming contest by answering one of these two questions: Do you think sharing OTT subscription passwords is cheating? Or: How can TV advertising be improved? All entries will be reviewed and judged by a Cynopsis editor; the winner will receive a $250 gift card, have their article published in a special edition on Friday, November 29 and be recognized at our awards event in Manhattan in February 2020. Entries should be 100-400 words; content and originality will be judged. Please submit entries to [email protected] . Subject line: Homecoming Contest. Deadline is November 18.
Ready to Roast? The 4th Annual Hungerthon Roast of Jon Stimmel
Join Peter Olsen, Jason Brown, Carrie Stimmel, Irv Schulman, Tim Hill, Stacey Stewart, and Chris Wainer in roasting Jon. Tues. Nov 19, 6-9pm at Carolines on Broadway. Tickets: whyhunger.org/roast
Sponsored by Xandr, XACTV, FOX, Facebook, A+E Networks, AmpersandTV, AMC, CBS, Crown Media, Disney, Discovery, Google, GSTV, Magna, NBCUniversal, PopTV, Roku, Screenvision, SNAP, Tennis Channel, Univision, Viacom and WarnerMedia. Proceeds benefit WhyHunger’s work to end hunger.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Tye Sheridan (X-Men and Ready Player One) is set to headline Wireless, a survival thriller for Quibi , executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. The series is created and executive produced by newcomers Zach Wechter and Jack Seidman, the duo behind short film Pocket. Wireless follows a self-obsessed college student (Sheridan) stranded in the Colorado mountains, whose only hope for survival is his smartphone.
Justin Marks, Counterpart creator and showrunner and The Jungle Book writer, signed an overall deal to create new content for FX Productions . “Justin is a true creative talent and we feel fortunate to be his partners in supporting his vision of bold and ambitious storytelling,” said Gina Balian, FX Entertainment Original Programming President.
Celebrity chefs Carla Hall, Niklas Ekstedt and Heston Blumental are joining forces for new Netflix and Channel 4 cooking competition, Crazy Delicious. The competition series features the trio as “Food Gods,” who will judge three cooks battling out to create the best feast on a set that is totally edible. British comedian Jayde Adams (Good Omens) will serve as host.
Feature documentary WeRiseUp is being turned into a long-form TV series , reports Deadline . Tent City USA director/producer Steven Cantor, via his Stick Figure Entertainment, and Social Construct Films are teaming with doc producer Kate Malone and Storyworks to produce a series titled The World is Ending: Time to Rise Up, which will show organizations and communities working to find solutions to the worlds most pressing problems with the help of a team of experts, resources and connections.
CBS greenlit drama Borrowed Time from writer Amanda Green, Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Prods. and Warner Bros. TV, where Green and Banks have overall deals, according to Deadline. The project centers on a cop who wakes up in the body of a stranger with no memory of who she is. Her search for her identity is complicated by the fact that someone is trying to kill the person whose life she is inhabiting.
Chris Morgan, co-writer and producer of Hobbs & Shaw, inked a three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television , per Deadline. As per the pact’s terms, his Chris Morgan Prods. will develop series for broadcast, cable and streaming. CMP is already pitching two projects to premium/streaming networks – sci-fi drama Half-Life and twisted dark comedy The Ripleys.
As video content continues to evolve, interactive opportunities will redefine viewer engagement. Alex Wallace, GM of News, Entertainment, and Studios at Verizon Media, talks about how the consumer experience will be transformed, in Cynsiders:
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
No Passport Required returns for a second season with a special preview on Friday, December 13 at 9p on PBS. Renowned chef and executive producer Marcus Samuelsson visits six new cities to explore the diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture.
Science Channel turns the spotlight on the lost Kush Empire in Lost Kingdom of the Black Pharaohs. The two-hour special bows Sunday, December 1 at 9p.
Nat Geo Wild airs two family-friendly events over the holidays . Vetsgiving, premiering on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 at 3p, pays homage to the net’s lineup of veterinarian-focused shows. Meanwhile, 12 Days of Pol kicks off Monday, December 23 at 9p and features all-day marathons of The Incredible Dr. Pol.
Learn more about the eight bear species on Nature: Bears , premiering Wednesday, November 20 at 8p on PBS. (Check local listings.)
McCarthy, a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of Wisconsin senator, Joseph McCarthy , bows Monday, January 6 at 9p on American Experience on PBS. (Check local listings.)
Jay Ali joins Amazon’s Carnival Row’s second season as a series regular , per Deadline.
Disney+, which launched on Tuesday, is off to a booming start with 10 million sign-ups, according to Disney. However, it’s too soon to tell how many of those sign-ups will continue paying after their free trials end, next week. It helps explain the technical troubles the service had, which Disney said was due to more traffic than expected on day one.
Apple could soon be following the rebundling trend. According to Bloomberg, who cited people familiar with the matter, the tech giant could begin offering Apple Music, News+ and Apple TV+ as a bundle as soon as 2020. Apple has already experimented with giving away from Apple TV+ access to students who subscribe to Apple Music.
Pluto TV says it now has approximately 20 million monthly active users. According to Viacom CFO Wade Davis, the ad-supported streaming video service, which was acquired by Viacom earlier this year, had 3,500 brands advertise on it during September, marking its highest-ever revenue month. Davis also said the total viewing minutes on Pluto TV tripled year-over-year during the month.
Traditional pay TV providers lost close to 2 million subscribers combined in the third quarter , thanks in large part to a major video subscriber drop off at AT&T. According to Kagan, an TMT research group within S&P Global Market Intelligence, traditional pay TV providers, including cable, telco and satellite operators, lost approximately 1.9 million video subscribers in the third quarter. That’s 25% higher that the previous largest drop in the second quarter of 2019.
The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show bows globally on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, November 29. Narrated by Dan Levy, the special features performances of classic and original holiday songs by Fred Armisen, Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, James Corden and more, as well as a routine by the Radio City Rockettes.
Celebrity news outlet Hollywire is using Wurl to deliver its linear 24/7 news channel content over Samsung TV Plus and other OTT platforms.
In honor of the first episode of Sesame Street’s 50th season on Saturday, November 16 on HBO, Xfinity X1 launched a new interactive TV polling feature that enables fans to vote for their favorite character. Once they make their selection, they can watch a free episode featuring that character.
Instagram is expanding a test that will make like counts private globally. The photo sharing service began hiding like counts for a subset of its users in Canada, this spring, and followed it up in countries, including Brazil, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Last week, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced that like counts would be hidden from some users in the U.S. this week. The reason for the test is that hiding likes could make Instagram less of a popularity contest, and instead lead to healthier conversations. However, it isn’t getting rid of likes altogether.
Verizon Media’s Yahoo Sports is branching into the gambling business, launching a new section that lets fans see betting odd for various sports. For now, only users in New Jersey will be able to place actual bets, via the BetMGM platform operated by MGM Resorts International. Users of legal age in the state can place bets on BetMGM’s app.
PBS is launching its British channel, PBS America, on Freeview, making it available to all homes in the UK for the first time since it debuted in 2011. The move takes the channel into 6 million additional homes and builds on existing carriage deals PBS has with Sky, Virgin, Freesat, My5 and Amazon.
Rare TV received two new commissions from the BBC. Mountain Vets, for BBC Two, is set in Northern Ireland’s ancient Kingdom of Mourne, where animals outnumber people 10 to one. Tagged: Life On Lockdown, for BBC Three, follows the lives of three young people who have been ordered to wear electronic tags
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ABC’s CMA Awards topped Wednesday’s primetime ratings. The three-hour event, celebrating the best in country music, garnered 11.27 million viewers, which was up 12% from last year. However, the show was down a tenth in the A18-49 demographic with a night-dominating 2.0 rating.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Wednesday, November 13, 2019 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
ABC: 11.27 million
The 53rd Annual CMA Awards 11.27
NBC: 6.99 million
Chicago Fire 7.37, Chicago Med 7.16, Chicago PD 6.43
CBS: 4.55 million
Survivor 6.04, S.W.A.T. 3.05
FOX: 3.61 million
The Masked Singer 5.55, Almost Family 1.67
TELE: 1.47 million
Exatlon Estados Unidos 1.61, El Final del Paraiso 1.51, El Senor de los Cielos 1.29
UNI: 1.36 million
La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.55, Cuna de Lobos 1.38, El Dragon 1.16
CW: 0.77 million
Riverdale 0.82, Nancy Drew 0.71
Wednesday A19-49 Rating
ABC 2.0/9, FOX 1.1/5, NBC 1.0/5, CBS 0.9/5, TELE 0.5/3, UNI 0.5/2, CW 0.2/1
Telestream appointed Diana Horowitz as Vice President of Sales for the eastern U.S. She had been Regional Director of Sales at Tavant.
Friday Fun Fact
A mouse can fit through a hole the size of ballpoint pen.
This Day in History
1959 – The murders of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, KS were discovered, inspiring Truman Capote’s book, In Cold Blood.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On which country’s sitcom was Three’s Company based (1977-1984)? Man About the House. Kudos to: Dennis Dorfmeister-Showtime Networks, Inc./Hauppauge, NY; Phyllis McQuillan-MSG Networks/NYC; Michael Gioscia-NBCUniversal/NYC; Rick Dascher-Turner Studios/Atlanta, GA; John Kukla-FOX4/Dallas, TX; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station/TX; Eric Litt-Multicast Networks/Chicago, IL; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago, IL;
Dave Sikula-San Francisco University/San Francisco, CA; David Garber-Loyola Marymount University, Playa Vista, CA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/Los Angeles, CA; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA.
Today’s Trivia Question
How did Becker’s best friend, Jake, lose his eyesight on Becker (1998-2004)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four.)
|MANAGER, AD SALES MARKETING Crown Media Networks NYC
Responsible for developing 360-degree advertiser-driven marketing programs while ensuring that our brand value proposition, network voice and programming priorities anchor every proposal. 3-5 yrs exp Ad Sales Marketing or related field
Full info HERE
MARKETING MGR, MKTG SOLUTIONS >>
Clear Channel Outdoor/NYC: Dvlp strategic & compelling advertising pitches to address client challenges. Drive a collaborative partnership w/Nat’l Sales Group & Clients Solutions Team. 5+ yrs sales or ad mktg exp media sales or ad tech org. Full info HERE (12/3)
COORDINATOR, AD SALES MARKETING >>
Crown Media Networks/NYC: Responsible for supporting the Ad Sales team with client communication materials, event coordination, advertiser sponsorship opportunities, premiums and promotions. Min 2 yrs exp marketing or advertising at an entertainment co. Full info HERE (11/28)
MANAGER, AD SALES MARKETING >>
Crown Media Networks/NYC:
Responsible for developing 360-degree advertiser-driven marketing programs while ensuring that our brand value proposition, network voice and programming priorities anchor every proposal. 3-5y rs exp Ad Sales Marketing or related field. Full info HERE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR >>
UNC TV/RTP NC: Lead the creative dvlpmnt process from setting clear goals, managing capacity of designers & assigning projects accordingly, ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget, and inspiring the team to produce dynamic content that connects with our diverse audience. Full info HERE (11/28)
PR ASST./COORDINATOR >>
BABYGRANDE PR/SANTA MONICA: Support senior team at boutique PR firm; work daily with entertainment & corporate clients and press. Looking for detail-oriented, motivated self-starter for high-paced, fun environment. 1-3 years exp. in PR. Full info HERE (11/27)
PRE/POST GAME PRODUCER >>
NBC Sports Bay Area/San Francisco CA: Build & execute pregame, postgame and digital formats at a high level. Min 3+ yrs exp producer role in top 10 TV market. Full info HERE (11/27)
VP, PROCUREMENT >>
A+E/NY : Build best-in-class procurement capabilities. Lead function to create value, drive improvement, & provide realized savings. Lead strategic sourcing process while developing appropriate risk mgmt strategies. YOU NEED: BA/BS, MBA preferred. 10+ yrs relevant strategic/operational exp in a procurement org. CPM/CPSM/CSCP cert preferred. Full info HERE (11/26)
MANAGING EDITOR >>
KNBC/LA: Exp’d, creative and motivated leader w/10 yrs newsroom exp to partner with the Vice President of News to manage aspects of the station’s News department including daily coverage, long and short-range planning. 5+ yrs exp req’d in mngng role. Full info HERE (11/22)
ASSOCIATE EDITOR >>
Skycastle Digital Studio/NYC:
Specialize in ideating and articulating content strategies in response to client RFPs.Min BA deg & 3+ yrs paid content creation exp or journalism exp, ideally in a full-time writing or editing position with a news publisher or agency. Full info HERE
DIRECTOR, SPORTS INSIGHTS & POSITIONING >>
NBCU/NYC: Drive research innovation, measurement opportunities and forward-thinking sales solutions for NBC Sports properties. 7+ yrs of exp rsrch, measurement or insights within the media industry, ideally with direct exp in linear TV. Full info HERE (11/21)
INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY ENGINEER >>
A+E/NY : Evaluate existing security infrastructure & propose changes that reduce the company’s risk level. Dvlp security standards, procedures & processes. A BS in computer science or IT, 5+ yrs exp in cyber security plus 3+ yrs exp in ntwk & platform security, exp w/firewall design & configuration. Apply HERE (11/20)
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE >>
Tennis Channel/Santa Monica: Maintains existing and forges new relationships with agencies and clients to maximize revenue for the network. Minimum 5-7 yrs advertising sales experience, preferably in the cable or sports television arena . Full info HERE (11/19)
DIR OF INTEGRATED MARKETING >>
REVOLT TV/NY: Seeking candidate to support Ad Sales Integrated Mktg teams in NY. Must be able to creatively write sls deck’s/mktg presentations. Manage execution of sold campaigns from launch to completion. Min of 3.5 yrs Sr Mngr/Dir level exp with a strong affinity/passion for Hip Hop Culture. Full info HERE (11/19)
DIR OF AUDIENCE INSIGHTS >>
POP TV/LA: Seeking self-starter with the ability to initiate and supervise multiple projects as well as collaborate with other team members on day to day operations. Min 7 yrs exp at a network, studio or agency and must be proficiency with Nielsen systems. Full info HERE (11/19)
SR. ANALYST, CROSS-PLATFORM RESEARCH >>
A+E Networks/NY: Provide analysis, insights & reporting to the A+E Distribution Sales and Marketing teams with the goal of maximizing A+E subscribers across traditional and emerging Pay TV platforms. Full info HERE (11/19)
|FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15
ABC: American Housewife, Fresh Off the Boat, 20/20
CBS: Hawaii Five-0, Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods
CW: Charmed, Dynasty
FOX: WWE Friday Night SmackDown
NBC: The Blacklist, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Great Performances,
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos, El Final del Paraiso, El Senor de los Cielos
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe, Futbol CONCACAF Liga de Naciones