11/05/15: Trevor Noah skips Daily Show, but he has an excuse; CBS offers debate details; Muppets exec exits


Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas
Kicks Off and Delivers #1 Movie of the Week

Holiday movies drove weekend viewership –
making Hallmark Channel the
most watched cable network
behind AMC

Countdown to Christmas continues with more original movie premieres:
Ice Sculpture Christmas on Saturday 8/7c
Charming Christmas on Sunday 8/7c

Click here for source.


Good morning. It’s Thursday November 5, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today’s Premieres:
A&E: The First 48 at 9p, Nightwatch at 10p
CBS: Mom at 9p, Elementary at 10p
CMT: I Love Kellie Pickler at 10p
HGTV: Rehab Addict: Detroit at 9p
ID: Murder Book at 10p
RFD TV: Rural Delivery at 8:30a
Travel: Mysteries at the Monument at 9p
UP: Last Hope with Troy Dunn: Live at 9:30p
WE tv: Selling it in the ATL at 10p

Tonight’s Finales:
Bravo: Don’t Be Tardy… at 10p
Lifetime: Project Runway at 9p



Discovery’s GOLD RUSH Is Friday’s #1 Series in ALL OF TV for Men!

Cable’s #1 Unscripted Series of 2015

See what had 5.2MM people talking last week with an all-new episode of GOLD RUSH
Tomorrow 9/8c
On Discovery



A sick day already? Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who took over for Jon Stewart on September 28, underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning. “We’re happy to report the procedure went well,” said Comedy Central. An encore episode of the late nighter aired last night. 

CBS News announced the details for its Democratic presidential debate, to be held Saturday, November 14 at 9p in Des Moines. Joining Face the Nation’s John Dickerson as panelists: CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, KCCI anchor Kevin Cooney and the Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich.Live coverage of candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley making their cases will also be available to users across all leading digital platforms.

Streaming services might have to wait longer for content from Time Warner properties. During a 3Q15 earnings call, CEO Jeff Bewkes said that in the interest of maximizing the monetization of its shows, the company, home of Turner Broadcasting, is evaluating whether to delay the SVOD licensing window for certain programming. “We continue to look carefully at the health of our networks and all of Warner Bros. network partners,” said Bewkes.

Donald Trump’s upcoming hosting gig on NBC’s Saturday Night Live started off as a sketch, according to the GOP presidential candidate. Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Wednesday that when SNL’s Lorne Michaels heard about the bit, “He said, ‘Well, wait a minute. Donald’s agreed to do this skit. Would he do the whole thing?’” Trump, who called the gig “an honor,” hits Studio 8H November 7.

TV execs and viewers may decry a proliferation of TV content that makes it difficult to cut through clutter, but NATPE members don’t think the flow of scripted is slowing down anytime soon. According to a new survey, 54 percent of members said they believe the number of shows will increase over the next two years, with 75 percent predicting SVOD services will play the biggest role in bringing new scripted shows to market. As for what drives tune-in in a crowded field, 58 percent of those polled believe marketing and promotion, versus cast, creators or platform, is the key.

The Television Academy is joining Got Your 6 Storytellers events to put a spotlight on veterans issues. The third annual East Coast event takes place today at the HBO Theatre in NYC, while Paramount Pictures Studios’ Sherry Lansing Theatre houses an LA program Tuesday, November 10. “The Got Your 6 Storytellers events align with the Television Academy’s mission to foster diverse voices and narratives on television,” said Television Academy president and COO Maury McIntyre. “These events represent a dynamic platform on which to connect veterans with the creative community, with the goal of inspiring television that explores the stories of the men and women of the military in thought-provoking and meaningful ways.”


Here they are! The Finalists for the Model D Awards: Honoring the Best in Online Video, Talent & Advertising

Click to see who made the cut. Then come join us on November 13th at the Marriott Essex House for this luncheon celebration!


Co-creator and exec producer Bob Kushell is out at The Muppets as the revival readies for a refresh, reports Deadline. The ABC comedy premiered to a 2.9/11 A18-49 rating, but is now averaging 1.4 in Live+SD. ABC recently added 3 episodes to its 13-show order; Kermit, Miss Piggy and crew are expected to return from midseason hiatus with a new attitude.

Amazon confirmed a series pickup for Sneaky Pete, from Bryan Cranston and David Shore and starring Giovanni Ribisi. The pilot for the drama, originally developed for CBS, can be found on Amazon Video. “Sneaky Pete is an incredible addition to Amazon’s expanding drama slate,” said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price.

Fair and Balanced, about an NPR reporter tempted into working at a conservative news channel, is in the works at ABC. Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar, the White House) will exec produce with Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment, and Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz through Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions.


USA comes out swinging in 2016 with the premiere of two-hour WWE SmackDown on Thursday, January 7 at 8p. The show’s relocation from Syfy makes USA the exclusive cable to WWE’s two marquee properties, which also includes Monday Night Raw. New drama Colony, starring Josh Holloway (Lost) arrives Thursday, January 14 at 10p and season five of Suits returns Wednesday, January 27 at 10p.

Celebrity chef/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich entertains a diverse group of guests on PBS special Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays on Friday, December 11 at 9p (check local listings). Bastianich will be setting places for childhood friend Christopher Walken, Rita Morena, Ann Curry, Padma Lakshmi, chef Marcus Samuelsson and conductor Carlo Ponti, Jr.

American Heroes Channel expands Veteran’s Day with its second “Duty, Honor, Courage Week,” featuring seven nights of patriotic programming honoring the people who served their country. Salute starts with three installments of Against the Odds on Monday, November 9 from 8p-11p.

GetTV features Columbia Pictures film noir classics in a 15-movie “Noirvember” block on Thursdays during November, starting at 7p. Stunt opens tonight with a Humphrey Bogart triple feature.

TV One is also presenting a T-giving marathon, offering all 99 episodes of signature series Unsung from Thursday, November 26 at 8p until the premiere of episode 100 on Tuesday, December 1 at 8p. Unsung: Top Ten That Changed the Game is hosted by Donnie Simpson.

Syfy knocks the stuffing out of Thanksgiving weekend with a three-day James Bond marathon, featuring eight films starring Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Dr. No kicks off the 007 stunt Thursday, November 26 at 6:30a.

Who’s your favorite James Bond portrayer? Let us know in the new Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/.


Fusion picked up Unreported World, following intrepid young journalists reporting from dangerous areas ignored by mainstream media. Ten-episode series premieres with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, November 11 at 9p.

Hip-hop artist Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and his family circle the globe in Travel Channel’s 16-part Rev Runs Around the World, premiering with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, December 2 at 10p. First stop: Jamaica.

Speaking of hip hop, five young artists, age 12-16, will be mentored by producer Jermaine Dupri in unscripted series The Rap Game, starting New Year’s Day at 10p on Lifetime. Queen Latifah and partner Shakim Compere will executive produce under the Flavor Unit umbrella along with Dupri.

The premiere date for FYI’s Kocktails with Khloe, starring the youngest Kardashian sister, has been moved from December 9 to Wednesday, January 20 at 10p. While FYI didn’t explain the postponement, the reality star has been in the news as she deals with the health crisis of her estranged husband, former pro basketball player Lamar Odom.


Chelsea Handler will guest on The Muppets, reports EW. The comedian/late night host plays herself on Tuesday, November 17; comedy airs at 8p on ABC.

Ken Marino has joined the season two cast of Marvel’s Agent Carter in a recurring role, reports Variety. The Marry Me star will play a mob boss when the series’ sophomore run launches in 2016.

Cynopsis is now accepting entries for the Cynopsis Social Good Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations who give back to the public through innovative and impactful linear TV, digital and marketing campaigns. Want to shine a light on your team for promoting diversity, environmental issues, animal rescue, anti-bullying and more? Start your entry here.


Viewers of Fox Networks Group shows on Hulu now have the option of choosing one 30-second ad instead of sitting through two-and-a-half minutes of traditional spots. “Digital video is an on-demand, non-linear medium, and having an ad format that fits this experience is a win for advertisers, publishers, and viewers alike,” said Joe Marchese, president, advanced advertising products at Fox Networks Group. Ads are powered by 21st Century Fox subsidiary true[X], headed by Marchese. Early taker: global snacking brand Mondelez International.

All-Star Gingerbread Build, a one-hour competition pitting HGTV and Food Network stars against each other to create life-sized gingerbread houses, is sponsored by Sears, Kerrygold Butter and Pillsbury. Simulcast on both nets Saturday, November 28 at 8p, the special features Food’s Ron Ben-Israel (Cake Wars) and HGTV Property Brother Jonathan Scott going head-to-head against Food’s Duff Goldman (Holiday Baking Championship) and other Property Brother Drew Scott.


Discovery Networks OTT platforms have drawn 200,000 subscribers, a number David Zaslav expects to grow quickly. “We do have target in place which we’re calling March a million,” said the CEO during the company’s 3Q15 earnings call. “If we can get to a million at $6 to $8 a month, we could generate close to $100 million in revenue, which I think gets our whole company’s attention.”

False Flag premiered on Keshet Broadcasting October 29 as the highest-ever rated launch of a scripted show and most-watched program in Israel of the week. Back-to-back eps drew shares of 44 and 45 percent.


For this year’s Christmas show, The Doctors honors “hometown heroes,” with an audience full of people who’ve made a difference in their communities. Cue nifty product giveaways Tuesday, December 1, re-running (of course) December 25.


Tuesday’s The Flash was its most watched (3.87 million, up 13 percent versus last week) episode of the season, its highest rated in A18-49 (1.5/5, up 7 percent) and M18-49 (1.8/6, up 6 percent), and matched its season high in A18-34 (1.3/5, up 9 percent). The show was also the highest-rated in broadcast on the night in A18-34 and M18-34.

Also seeing highs: Without World Series competition, CBS’s NCIS on Tuesday was first in viewers (17.8 million, up 6 percent from last week) and A18-49 (2.3/7, up 10 percent). That’s the procedural’s largest audience and best demo rating since the season premiere.

Discovery‘s Gold Rush hit season highs at 9p and was #1 on cable for the third straight week in all 25-54s, all 18-49s and P18-34 on Friday, Oct. 30 in L+3, with 5.2 million total viewers P2+. The series also beat all regularly-scheduled broadcast programs on Friday in both M18-49 and M25-54. At 10p, Pacific Warriors was the #2 unscripted series telecast on cable across Adults and Men 25-54, M18-49 and Adults and Men 18-34.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: CBS had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.9/6, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS topped 8p with 2.3/8, followed by 1.5/5 for ABC’s The Muppets (1.4/5) and Fresh Off the Boat (1.6/5), and CW’s The Flash. NBC’s The Voice grabbed first place at 9p with 2.0/6, eking out a victory over CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans (1.9/6). NBC kept the lead at 10p with 1.8/6 got Chicago Fire; CBS’s Limitless was next with 1.5/5.

A18-49: CBS 1.9/6, NBC 1.7/6, ABC 1.2/4, CW 1.0/3, FOX .9/3,

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 8.3/14
NCIS 11.0/18, NCIS: New Orleans 8.8/15, Limitless 5.0/9
NBC: 4.6/8
Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris 3.3/5, The Voice [r] 5.2/9, Chicago Fire 5.2/10
ABC: 2.3/4
The Muppets 2.8/5, Fresh Off the Boat 2.7/4, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.5/4, Wicked City 1.7/3
FOX 1.7/3
Grandfathered 2.1/3, The Grinder 1.7/3, Scream Queens 1.5/3
CW: 1.6/3
The Flash 2.3/4, iZombie .9/1
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.2/2, Paison y Poder 1.5/3, Yo No Creo en Hombres 1.2/2
Celia 1.12, Bajo el Mismo Cielo .8/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
ION: .8/1
Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds 0.8/1, Criminal Minds  .8/1


Jessica Driscoll has joined Discovery Channel as Vice President of Communications. Most recently, Driscoll was Director of Media Relations at HBO.

Telemundo appointed Maria Isabel Figueroa to the position of Vice President, Marketing. Previously, Figueroa was Vice President of Marketing for Sony Pictures Latin America & Brazil.

The Weather Company hired Elliott Trice as Senior Vice President of Consumer Product. Trice had been Executive Vice President and Head of Product at VivaKi.

Portfolio Entertainment named Jennifer Bragg as Director, Factual and Lifestyle Development. Most recently, Bragg was Development Associate at Fusion Television.

This Day in History:
1872 – Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in a presidential election.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the name of the foundation that MacGyver (1985-1992) worked for? The Phoenix Foundation. Kudos to: Kelly Harrell-Cox Media/Hampton Roads, VA, James Ryan-A+E Networks/NYC, TJ Healy II-Black Sheep Production Co./Montchanin, DE, Nancy Hall-LogoSportswear/ Wallingford, CT, Dan Whitford-Lakeshore Public Television & Radio/Merrillville, IN, Eric Litt-Tribune Broadcasting/Chicago, Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank, Karen Tobin-Advanced Imaging Society/Encino, CA, Dan Haberer-Creo Entertainment/Playa del Rey/ CA.

Today’s Trivia: Why did Charlotte on Sex and the City (1998-2004) get rid of her first dog? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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CBS: Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom [
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CW: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals
FOX: Bones, Sleepy Hollow
NBC: Heroes Reborn, The Blacklist, The Player
PBS: The This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Mystery! [r], Antiques Road Show [r]
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
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