11/30/22: AMC Nets braces for ‘large-scale’ layoffs; ‘Wednesday’ is Netflix’s new favorite day; MGM+ lands Damian Lewis spy drama

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Wednesday November 30, 2022

Today’s Premieres
Bravo: Love Without Borders at 9p
CNBC: Money Court at 10p

Today’s Finale
Fox: The Masked Singer at 8p


The startling reports of AMC Networks CEO Christina Spade exiting her post after only three months was just the beginning of the news coming from AMC, which is expected to lay off about 20 percent of its workforce. Shortly after she stepped down company chairman James Dolan sent a memo to staff yesterday forecasting “large-scale layoffs” across every operating area. “It was our belief that cord cutting losses would be offset by gains in streaming,” Dolan wrote. “This has not been the case.” As for Spade, The Wall Street Journal reports she’s set to receive a severance payment of more than $10 million, in addition to benefits associated with restricted stock units and other awards, according to the terms outlined in the employment agreement.

Showtime Entertainment president Jana Winograde added her thoughts to the growing conversation about how the global cost of living crisis will affect the industry. Telling attendees at Content London that “belt-tightening” will continue, Winograde said, “Diversify, diversify, diversify is the basic tenet of economics. The more income streams you have the better off you are. I think others who really went all in on streaming are seeing the glory of various revenue streams. It makes perfect sense.”

“Wednesday” is Netflix’s new favorite day. The “Addams Family”-inspired supernatural series hit a new record for the streamer, drawing 341.23 million hours viewed during its first week and landing the most hours viewed in a week for any English-language TV series on Netflix.

Steve Martin and Martin Short will co-host NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on December 10, with musical guest Brandi Carlile, as the show closes out 2022 with three new episodes. Also on deck are Keke Palmer on December 3, with musician SZA, and Austin Butler on December 17, with musical guest Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer and music and social media influencer JoJo Siwa will host the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, with McBrayer hosting the ceremony on Sunday, December 11 and Siwa hosting the creative arts ceremony on Saturday, December 10. Both ceremonies will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA.

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MGM+ landed Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce-fronted drama series “A Spy Among Friends” after Spectrum halted plans to run with the series. The six-ep spy thriller, a co-production with UK streamer ITVX, is based on the Ben Macintyre book and details the true story of two British spies and lifelong friends, Nicholas Elliott and Kim Philby, a notorious British intelligence officer and KGB double agent.

“Chocolat,” a theatrical hit for Johnny Depp in 2000, is returning as a French-language TV series from Miramax TV and Mediawan. The series, also adapted from the Joanne Harris novel, will feature a woman and a daughter who settle in a local town and disrupt the social balance as they seek to convince the town’s folks to embrace the change they are bringing.

PBS and the BBC are teaming on a docuseries about the rise and fall of disco. “Disco Inferno: The Sound of the Underground” (working title) explores the genre’s continuing musical and cultural legacy. The three-episode series begins in the ‘70s and will “highlight many new or untold stories of the genre,” according to Jonathan Rothery, whom the BBC hired as its first head of pop music TV.

Hulu renewed “Tell Me Lies” for a second season. The original series follows a tumultuous but intoxicating relationship that begins on a college campus as it unfolds over the course of eight years.

Another board game is getting a makeover for the screen. New production house Cobalt Knight, founded up by videogame execs Christopher Kaminski and Christopher Knox, optioned the screen rights to Terraforming Mars, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies. The two are eyeing a series adaptation of the game, in which players use resources and technology to make the red planet inhabitable. Kaminski formerly was a creative leader at Sega of America, where he produced “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

BritBox acquired season 2 of thriller “Irvine Welsh’s Crime” to bring to the air in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland next year. The streamer also announced it’s at work on “Wagatha: A Courtroom Drama,” which dramatizes the celebrity court case in which the wives of high-profile British footballers face off in a courtroom, each trying to protect their reputation over leaked Instagram stories.

Comedian Mae Martin will film their new hourlong Netflix comedy special December 8 at the Vogue Theater in Vancouver, with the All Things Comedy-produced special slated to air next year. Martin made their Netflix debut in 2019, created and starred in the series “Feel Good,” and performed in the “Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration special” recorded at the Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival earlier this year.

Rainmaker Content took a minority equity stake in Saffron Cherry Productions, building on the two companies’ existing first-look deal. During the last year Rainmaker and Saffron Cherry have collaborated on a slate of series, and they’re in development on shows including police drama “Blurred by Ian Winterton” and “The Dales Detective Agency,” based on Julia Chapman’s book series.

UKTV network Drama commissioned its first original scripted series. “Outrageous,” a six-part show from BBC Studios-owned Firebird Pictures, will examine look at the famous British socialite sisters the Mitfords, whose antics in the ‘30s made their family one of the most well known in the UK.

“Miss Scarlet And The Duke” got a fourth season renewal by Masterpiece. The mystery series stars Kate Phillips (“The Crown”) as the first-ever female detective in Victorian London.

“Jane the Virgin” is getting a South African remake that envisions the protagonist as a proud young Zulu woman. Propagate International licensed the rights to Alta Global Media to develop the new version of the series.

UK’s Channel 5 commissioned “Crash Investigators” (working title), a docuseries that will follow the delicate work of the crash investigations teams in North Yorkshire, one of the most dangerous driving counties in the UK.

Casting: Ed Helms (“Together Together”) and McG (“The Babysitter)” are onboard for Netflix body swap comedy “Family Leave”… Christian Svensson joined the cast of Hulu’s “Career Opportunities of Murder and Mayhem”… Ryan Eggold (“New Amsterdam”) and Isaiah Mustafa (“It: Chapter 2”) will star opposite Aldis Hodge in Amazon series “Alex Cross” in series regular roles… David Corenswet has been tapped as male lead in hourlong pilot “The Answers” for FX.


Season 2 of “Acapulco” debuts Friday, December 2 on Apple TV+. The bilingual comedy picks up on the heels of season one, telling the story of 20-something Maximo Gallardo, whose dream comes true when he scores the job of a lifetime as a cabana boy at the hottest resort in Acapulco.

“The Checkup,” a docuseries featuring CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus talking with Ashton Kutcher, Amy Schumer, Nick Cannon and other celebrities about their personal health struggles, heads to Paramount+ on Tuesday, December 6.

“Antiques Roadshow” returns for a 27th season showcasing appraisal events from across the country on Monday, January 2, on PBS.

Real estate expert and designer Christina Hall takes her prowess to the Tennessee countryside in her latest HGTV series “Christina in the Country,” debuting Thursday, January 12 at 8p.

January 19 will be the premiere date for “That ‘90s Show,” Netflix’s latest period teen series that follows to hit sitcom “That ’70s Show.” The streamer dropped a trailer for the show, which returns of “That ’70s Show” alumni Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith as grandparents Kitty and Red, and a new group of teenage buddies.


FETV is adding suspense to the holiday season with “A Very Perry December.” Beginning Sunday, December 4, the network will air “Perry Mason Movies” Sundays through Fridays at 8p leading up to Christmas Day. Since debuting in July on FETV, the movies have averaged 250,000 Total viewers and 32,000 in the A25-54 demo.

Four-night event “Back in the Groove,” hosted by Taye Diggs, kicks off Monday, December 5 with two episodes on Hulu as three single women in their 40s, all stuck in the grind of their everyday lives, check out of their comfort zones and check into a resort in the Dominican Republic. The goal is to rediscover their youth and find love with men—half their age.

New galactic adventures will take flight via two animated Adult Swim specials featuring familiar fan faves. “King Star King!/!/!/” debuts Monday, February 13, with creator JJ Villard returning to his Emmy-winning Adult Swim series for a new installment, featuring Tommy Blacha and Andie MacDowell. “Ballmastrz: Rubicon” arrives Monday, February 20, both at midnight.


Fubo Sports Network, the live, free-to-consumer TV network from streaming platform FuboTV, launched on Amazon Freevee. The increase in distribution makes the channel available on more than 155 million devices across multiple streaming platforms.

“The History of Curb Your Enthusiasm” with Susie Essman and Jeff Garlin leads iHeartMedia’s latest slate of original podcasts, which also includes titles from Rosie O’Donnell and Jason Alexander.

Twitter has ditched its Covid misinformation policy. The platform is no longer enforcing a policy to combat misinformation about the pandemic, per a note on its transparency page.

ViX, TelevisaUnivision’s streaming service, was named Apple TV App of The Year as part of Apple’s 2022 App Store Awards that spotlight the best apps of the year. Launched this summer, ViX exclusively serves Spanish speaking communities with 50,000 hours of free and paid premium content.

The Pinkfong Co., the company behind the Baby Shark phenom, is partnering with Toekenz Collectibles to launch a Baby Shark digital collection and blockchain-based game within the Toekenz app.


Sports entertainment platform DZAN inked a multiyear deal with Anthem Sports & Entertainment to deliver Anthem’s IMPACT Wrestling programming to more than 170 countries worldwide, including the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and Japan, beginning this week. The deal comprises the weekly flagship series plus PPV events and live specials.

The Fox Sports 1 replay of Monday’s Portugal-Uruguay World Cup match cut 32 seconds of game time. The abrupt cut at the 50:33 mark, happened at the exact time a protester took to the field waving a rainbow-colored flag and wearing a shirt with messages of support for Iranian women and Ukraine’s independence.


British TV exports to the US dropped by 11 percent last year, offset by a rise in major European nations, Canada and Australia, according to indie trade body Pact’s latest TV Exports Report. UK distributor revenues from the US still dominated, comprising around one-third of all revenues, but declined from the prior year.

“Love Island” is heading to Israel. The country is the 26th destination to embrace the series, with ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats set to produce a local version for new Keshet streamer Free TV.

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The series finale of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, November 20 became the most-watched episode ever on AMC+. The 90-minute finale drove the highest single day of viewership ever on the platform and saw significant viewership spikes on AMC from previous episodes. In Nielsen L3 ratings, the episode averaged 3.1 million viewers, up 36 percent from the previous ep; 1.5 million A25-54, up 53 percent from the previous ep; and 1.2 million A18-49, up 75 percent from the previous episode.

Week three of “Holiday Baking Championship” ranked as the top non-news/sports program in its timeslot among A/W 18+. Posting a 1.1 A18+ / 1.6 W18+ L3 rating, as well as hitting a season high among A/W 25-54, posting 0.9 and 1.3 L3 ratings respectively, it stands as Food Network’s highest-rated telecast of the year among W25-54.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, November 24
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.34 (0.33), America’s Funniest Home Videos 2.23 (0.33), America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.80 (0.27)
CBS: Young Sheldon 3.14 (0.38), Ghost Thanksgiving 2.87 (0.38), So Help Me Todd 2.17 (0.28), Criminal Minds 2.64 (0.31)
FOX: NFL Thursday Post-Game 21.67 (6.52), The Masked Singer 7.86 (2.20), Lego Masters 2.94 (0.91)
NBC: NBC NFL Pre-Game 10.79 (2.98), NBC NFL Kickoff 18.13 (5.24), NBC NFL Special 24.78 (7.08)
CW: Waltons Thanksgiving 0.46 (0.05)
Telemundo: NFL Telemundo Pre-Game 0.67 (0.22), NFL En Telemundo 0.57 (0.22)
Univision: Rosa Guadelupe 1.00 (0.33), Cine Especial 0.93 (0.32)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Clarence Gilyard Jr., known for roles in TV series including “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Matlock,” has died. He was 66. Gilyard’s more than 30-year career in film, television and theater included his role as Sundown in the original “Top Gun” in 1986, and as an irreverent computer-hacking bad guy in 1989’s “Die Hard.” Later in his career Gilyard took a sabbatical from acting and completed an MFA in Theatre Performance at Southern Methodist University, after which he joined the staff of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts.


Amazon Studios restructured the MGM scripted TV leadership team. Lindsay Sloane is now Senior EVP of MGM Scripted TV and Rola Bauer is now President of International TV for MGM. As part of the restructuring, MGM US Scripted TV will absorb Orion Television.

Courtney Rowe, a veteran of the Obama and Biden administrations, is heading back to the entertainment industry, joining NBCUniversal as SVP, corporate communications. Between her roles in the White House, Rowe was VP, corporate communications for National Geographic.

Julie Choi joined Buchwald as an agent in the Unscripted Talent and Content department. She served for the past several years as an agent at APA.

Scott Rowe has been named communications consultant for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, succeeding Jarryd Gonzales. Rowe recently served for three decades in marketing and communications at Warner Bros.

UK-based content creator Plimsoll Productions, an ITV Studios company, appointed Alan Eyres as head of Plimsoll USA. Eyres for the last decade served as SVP of unscripted production and development for National Geographic Global Channels.

Red Rock Films hired Ally Christos as VP, Global Development. Christos formerly was an executive in the firm’s Johannesburg-based arm.

This Day in History
1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was the name of the shipwrecked boat in “Gilligan’s Island” (1964-1967)? The SS Minnow. Kudos to: Rachel Buchanan-NBCUniversal/NY; Lisa Fallon-GYK antler/Manchester NH; Roger Furman-Sports Marketing Communications/Greentown, PA; Creed Heilskov-ImOn Communications/Cedar Rapids, MI; Douglas Hochstadt-Disney/NY; Brianne Maciejowski-Odyssey Studios/Sarasota, FL; Betsy Rella-New York Interconnect/NY; Mike Boyd-Patina Content Studio/Knoxville, TN; Rosemary Cunningham-Weigel/Chicago; Kathy Kraft-Abelson Taylor/Chicago; Aaron Paquette-AccelerateSG/Fort Worth, TX; Dave Braxton-DaveBVO LLC/Las Vegas; Jon Burk-Al Roker Entertainment/LA; Luke Watson-Bright Moments/LA

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In which other current series does “The White Lotus” season 2 actor Bruno Gouery appear? (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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