11/06/15: Carvey makes great First Impression on USA; ABC embraces the 40somethings; TBS obsessed with Angie Tribeca


Good morning. It’s Friday November 6, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Animal Planet: Restoration Wild at 9p
Bravo: Vanderpump Rules After Show at 9p
Fox: MasterChef at 8p
ID: The Wives Did It at 10p

Tonight’s Finale:
Lifetime: The Jacksons: Next Generation at 10p

Saturday Premieres:
RFD: Ray Stevens’ Nashville at 8:30p
Science: Survivorman at 10p

Saturday Finales:
Reelz: Fame Kills at 8p, Behind the Screams at 9p

Sunday Premieres:
Bravo: Untying the Knot at 10p
Food: Giada’s Holiday Handbook at 11a
Great American Country: Endless Yard Sale at 2p
SundanceTV: Behind the Story With the Paley Center at 10a
Starz: Flesh and Bone at 8p

Sunday Finales:
E!: Dash Dolls at 9p
Great American Country: Flea Market Flip at 8p


Hit maker Shonda Rhimes will be the recipient of the 2016 Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. The award honors Rhimes’ nearly two decades as a producer and showrunner for groundbreaking shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Private Practice. The award will be presented at the 27th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 23.

The chorus of those who find Donald Trump’s planned appearance this weekend on Saturday Night Live no laughing matter is growing. Among new developments, civil rights group Color Of Change sent a petition signed by 30,000 to NBC and SNL execs. Group exec director Rashad Robinson, noted, “By selecting Donald Trump as a host, [SNL] legitimizes Trump’s unapologetic racism and fear-mongering and make the real-world violence he incites against people of color a laughing matter.” The Deport Racism PAC yesterday said it will pay $5,000 to anyone on set on in the audience who voices “Deport racism” or “Trump is a racist” during the live broadcast. So far, NBC continues to stand by its host. The Department of Homeland Security assigned Trump and GOP rival Ben Carson Secret Service details.



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Dana Carvey’s unscripted comedy First Impressions got a green light from USA Network. The SNL alum will be the “expert-in-residence,” mentoring contestants on the series, which pits amateur impressionists against each other in a weekly battle of celebrity impression. First Impressions is from Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media. Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will exec-produce.

NBC bought ensemble comedy Poog, which centers around a working mother who abandons her attempt to be the perfect parent and bands together with simpatico friends to celebrate their foibles. Project is from writer Meg LeFauve (The Good Dinosaur) and A To Z creator Ben Queen.

Something for the 40somethings. The yet-to-be-titled comedy project from Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky’s Is Or Isn’t Entertainment and Ryan Seacrest Productions got a put pilot commitment from ABC. The story revolves around four female friends of a certain age who try to shake off their feeling of irrelevance by trying for invincibility. Bucatinsky, Kudrow, Ryan Seacrest and RSP’s Nina Wass exec-produce.

CBS is taking Gulfstream Television and Warner Bros. TV drama Mi-Zero (wt), as a script commitment with penalty. Written by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and Alex Litvak (Predators, The Three Musketeers), the project is a female-empowerment spy show that follows a young American woman who marries the Prince of England and discovers she’s part of a secret society of princesses who use their access to the seats of power to be the best secret agents on the planet.

FX won out for purchase of dark comedy-crime series Caper, which follows the interconnected web of three sets of criminals. Project is from Dutch Southern (Hoof Garrington’s Greatest Hits), writer-director Magnus Martens (Banshee) and Circle of Confusion. Southern will write the pilot; Martens will direct.

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Nat Geo Wild is serving up a smorgasbord of Thanksgiving weekend programming that kicks off Thursday, November 26, at 1p with a best of Disneynature daylong marathon featuring heartwarming and inspiring films. Big Cat Week follows, with the premiere of new series Cougars Undercover on Friday, November 27, at 9p. The week also features three straight nights of Safari Live beginning Friday, November 27, at 11p.

CBS loves Lucy. The network will air a one-hour special featuring seamless back to back eps – The Christmas Episode and the newly colorized Lucy Does a TV Commercial – on Wednesday, December 23, at 8p. The I Love Lucy Christmas Special follows similar holiday specials culled from the classic TV show that CBS has aired the past two years.

Two new National Geographic Channel specials spotlighting a person and event that greatly impacted modern history are on tap for early 2016. Pope Francis is the subject of the biopic Rebel Pope, while Space Shuttle Challenger’s tragic 1986 flight will be revisited on its 30th anniversary via rare footage in Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes. Rebel Pope is produced by Fox Telecolombia; Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes is produced by 1895 Films.

Hallmark Channel original movie A Christmas Melody, directed by and starring Mariah Carey, is set to debut Saturday, December 19 at 8p as the network’s finale feature for its Countdown to Christmas programming event.

Elizabeth Banks and the breakout cast from music biopic Straight Outta Compton – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell have been added as honorees at the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly party, which premieres Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9p.

Season eight winner Sawyer Fredericks will return to NBC’s The Voice on Wednesday, November 11, to perform his new single “Take It All.” Also on that night, the top 12 remaining artists will be announced; all will move to the live performance shows that begin Monday, November 16 at 8p.

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How excited is TBS about its first-ever police procedural, Angie Tribeca? The network is launching the Rashida Jones-starring series Sunday, January 17, with a 25-hour on-air platform marathon, as well as through TBS’s VOD, digital and mobile platforms. Then on Monday, January 25, TBS will begin rolling out seasons 2-11, each of which consists of one episode, giving viewers a season premiere and season finale in one package. The new seasons will launch weekly across TBS platforms each Monday at 9:30p.

Radio personality and stand-up comedian Rickey Smiley returns to TV One in new docu-series Rickey Smiley For Real, premiering Tuesday, November 10 at 8p. The hourlong show takes a humorous look at Smiley’s hectic life as he manages his career, single fatherhood and personal life.


Fans of battling robots, rejoice. ABC OK’d a second season of BattleBots, the series the network rebooted this year. The show, from Whalerock Industries and original franchise creators Ed Roski and Greg Munson, ranked No. 1 in its time period in Total Viewers (5.4 million) and A18-49 (1.7/5).

On November 9 a new season of PBS Kids’ math series Cyberchase debuts. The series, which features the voices of Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried, takes kids on educational adventures involving math, health, and the environment.


Participant Media net Pivot will now be carried by Buckeye CableSystem as a new expanded basic cable channel. The network launched in 2013 and reaches 51 million households.

Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel are in a deal with iHeartMedia for the latter to broadcast the upcoming Republican presidential debates to news/talk radio stations nationwide. The partnership kicks off with the two GOP debates November 10 in Milwaukee, WI.


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The CMA Awards took a tumble from last year’s ratings, dropping .7 in A18-49 (3.8 vs. 4.5) and close to 2.3 million viewers for its Wednesday night airing on ABC.

Destination America’s Exorcism: Live! two-hour special Friday, October 30, scored as the No. 1 non-sports live event on cable for the month. For the A25-54 audience, the paranormal venture earned a .59 in Live+3 ratings.

The CW’s Arrow shot up 13 percent on Wednesday night to match its season high in A18-34 (.9/4), and also gained 11 percent week-to-week in A18-49. The Wednesday night episode averaged 2.57 million viewers.

Chopped Junior proved to be the latest Food Network weeknight win, as Tuesday night’s episode posted a .8 rating (750,000 imp) among A25-54 and a .7 rating (210,000 imp) among millennials A25-34; ranking #3rd in the time period across paid cable for both A25-54 & A25-34.  It was the highest-rated Tuesday 8p ever, with the night ranked #3 among cable, up +42% vs. YAGO and +25% vs. P13W.

NBC’s Days of our Lives delivered its most-watched week in 19 months, averaging 2.66 million viewers for the daytime ratings week of October 26-30, its best since the week of March 3-7, 2014.

Late Night Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of October 26, 2015
NBC: Tonight Show, 3.76 million total viewers and 1.05/5 A18-49
CBS: Late Show, 2.62 million total viewers and 0.59/3 A18-49
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2.40 million total viewers and 0.82/4 A18-49
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Sunday Morning News Shows November 1, 2015
CBS: Face the Nation 3.42 million total viewers; 0.7 and 679,000 A25-54
NBC: Meet the Press 3.35 million total viewers; 0.7 and 919,000 A25-54
ABC: This Week 3.93 million total viewers; 0.9 and 772,000 A25-54
FOX: Fox News Sunday: 1 million total viewers; 0.4 and 365,000 A25-54
Nielsen, NTI

Broadcast Morning News Shows Weekly Average Ratings week of October 26 2015
ABC: GMA 4.88 million total viewers; 1.4/12 and 1.68 million A25-54
NBC: Today 4.38 million total viewers; 1.5/12 and 1.75 million A25-54
CBS: This Morning 3.35 million total viewers; 0.8/7 and 971,000 A25-54
Source: Nielsen, NTI

Wednesday A18-49 Analysis: ABC hit the right note Wednesday night with the CMA Awards, pulling in the most A18-49 viewers with a 3.8/12, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. ABC’s CMAs topped 8p with 3.9/13, versus 2.0/7 for CBS’s Survivor. Fox snatched the 9p hour with 4.6/14 for Empire, while ABC’s awards show drew 4.1/13. But ABC jumped back in the lead at 10p with 3.6/12 for the country crooners; NBC’s Chicago PD followed with 1.4/5.

A18-49: ABC 3.8/12, FOX 3.1/10, CBS 1.6/5, NBC 1.4/4, UNI .9/3, TELE .7/2, CW .8/3, ION .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: November 4, 2015 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
ABC: 8.2/14
The CMA Awards 8.2/14
FOX: 5.2/9
Rosewood 3.2/5, Empire 7.1/12
CBS: 4.7/8
Survivor 5.2/9, Criminal Minds 4.8/8, Code Black 4.2/8
NBC: 4.1/7
Mysteries of Laura 4.5/7, Law & Order: SVU 4.3/7, Chicago PD 4.2/8
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.4/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres 1.2/2
CW: 1.3/2
Arrow 1.5/3, Supernatural 1.0/2
TELE: 1.2/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo El Mismo Cielo .9/1, Senor de los Cielos .9/2
ION: .6/1
Law and Order 0.7/1, Law and Order 0.6/1, Law and Order 0.6/1


The Madison Square Garden Co. brought in Colin Ingram as EVP, MSG Productions. Ingram most recently served as CEO of Colin Ingram Limited, an independent theatre production company he founded 10 years ago.

Havas Worldwide New York hired Jonas Wittenmark and Tobias Carlson as creative directors. Previously, Wittenmark and Carlson were creative directors at Mother NY, where they produced work for brands including Stella Artois.

Rain Management Group upped Anne Damato to a partner at the company. Her clients include Monica Macer (Nashville), Ayanna Floyd, (Empire) and Chris Long (The Americans).

Friday Fun Fact: William Shakespeare is credited with inventing the word “assassination."

This Day in History: 1917 – New York State adopted a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Why did Charlotte on Sex and the City (1998-2004) get rid of her first dog?The pooch ate her shoes. Kudos to: Tracey Y. Smith, The NorthStar Group, NY; Robyn Simensky, Initiative, NY; Tom Moore, Kalt Productions, LA.

Today’s Trivia Question: What was the name of Rufus’ band in Gossip Girl? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

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ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20
CBS: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Reign, America’s Next Top Model
FOX: MasterChef, World’s Funniest
NBC: Undateable, Truth Be Told, Grimm, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Hill, Charlie Rose  The Week, Great Performances, On Stage In America: HONKY
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
Univision: Antes Muerta que Lichita, Pasion Y Poder, Yo No Creo en los Hombres [r]

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