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|Thursday December 5, 2019|
A&E: Court Cam at 9p
Bluprint: Fashion Sewing with Jhoan Sebastian Grey
Bravo: Project Runway at 9:30p
Fyi: Ultimate Rides at 10p
Great American Country: My Lottery Dream Home at 9p
ID: The Interrogator at 10p
MTV: Ex on the Beach at 9p
Netflix: Home for Christmas
Oxygen: An Unexpected Killer at 8p
WE tv: Growing Up Hip Hop at 9p
|IN THE NEWS
The merger of Viacom and CBS concluded after the close of markets yesterday. “This is a historic moment that brings together two iconic companies to form one of the world’s most important content producers and providers,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of ViacomCBS. “Through the combination of CBS’s and Viacom’s complementary assets, capabilities and talented teams, ViacomCBS will create and deliver premium content for its own platforms and for others, while providing innovative solutions for advertisers and distributors globally.” The companies agreed to an all-stock deal in August.
Marketers’ word of the year in 2019 is “personalization,” according to the Association of National Advertisers’ annual survey. Other top choices included “equality and inclusion,” “data,” and “in-house”; last year’s #1 was “brand purpose.”
Lady Gaga will be the featured performer for AT&T’s Super Bowl eve concert on February 1. The event, formerly DirecTV Super Saturday Night and renamed AT&T Super Saturday Night, will be live-streamed at twitter.com/ItsOnATT. Previous performers include Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Lifestyle entertainment company Kin struck a deal with TV One-owned Cleo TV to license lifestyle programming beginning in 2020. Episodes of All Things Adrienne and Heart of the Batter, originally developed and distributed for social platforms including YouTube and Facebook, have been re-edited as half-hour TV formats and will premiere on January 4, 2020 and in May 2020, respectively.
TV winners of the American Film Institute’s AFI Awards 2019 include HBO’s Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, Succession, Veep and Watchmen; FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Pose; and Netflix’s The Crown, Unbelievable and When They See Us, with a special award going to the BBC’s Fleabag. Two Netflix films made the movie cut: The Irishman and Marriage Story. Honorees will be recognized at a private lunch in LA on January 3.
|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
BET original scripted miniseries Uptown will tell the story of Andre Harrell’s NYC record label, Uptown Records. Three-part event, premiering in 2020, will take viewers from the iconic label’s inception to current day.
Stampede Ventures has acquired author Max Seeck’s upcoming thriller The Faithful Reader for a TV series adaptation. Rights to the property, which will be released as The Witch Hunter in the US, have been sold in over 35 countries.
Screenwriter Michael Hirst (The Vikings) has been signed for Endemol Shine Group’s development of a historical saga based on Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy. Tiger Aspect will lead production with newly appointed Head of Drama Lucy Bedford as Executive Producer; Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will direct.
Fox put in development crime drama Silent Witness, starring Melissa Leo (The Fighter), who will executive produce with Joy Blake (Outlander) and Kim and Eric Tannenbaum. Also in development at the net is comedy This Country, from Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). Both are adaptations of UK shows.
David Tennant (Doctor Who) will play Phileas Fogg in an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days produced by Slim Film + Television, reports Deadline. Eight-part drama will air on France Télévisions, ZDF in Germany, Italy’s RAI, Seven West Media in Australia and the BBC in the UK. David Niven played Fogg in the 1956 film adaptation, while Steve Coogan took on the role in a 2004 version.
Sony Pictures’ Affirm Films, focused on inspirational and family-friendly content, is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to dive into the faith-based TV market. Marybeth Sprows, formerly VP Original Programming for Crown Media Family Networks, will serve as VP of the new division, Affirm Television.
showrunner Erica Rivinoja () and the comedy’s writing staff have been let go from the Hulu series due to creative differences with Marvel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. While production has been paused, Hulu and Marvel reportedly remain committed to moving forward with the adult-themed animated comedy.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
YouTube stars Amy and Tammy Slaton share their efforts to lose enough weight to qualify for bariatric surgery in TLC’s new 1000-Lb Sisters, launching Wednesday, January 1 at 10p. Docu-series follows the determined sibs from doctor appointments, to exercise attempts, to giving up treats like bananas dipped in Miracle Whip and rolled in chopped peanuts.
Discovery’s Naked and Afraid takes its survivalist challenge to a new level, dropping series vets alone in the wild, instead of in pairs. New season debuts Sunday, January 5 at 10p.
Also returning to Discovery is Dusty Crum, in Guardians of the Glades. Crum and his crew of snake hunters get back to work on Florida’s python problem starting Tuesday, January 7 at 10p.
In Travel Channel spin-off Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room, the Ghost Adventures team revisit and reflect on their favorite episodes, starting Thursday, January 2 at 9p.
WE tv is serving up a second season of Extreme Love starting Friday, January 3 at 10p. Docu-series looks at real people in unreal (think mermaid couples and role-playing kittens) relationships.
A second installment of Infinity Train arrives on Cartoon Network on Monday, January 6 at 7:30p. In the five-night event, two episodes will air nightly, telling the story of an escaped reflection from the mirror world and a 14-year-old jock from Arizona.
Collector’s Call, starring Lisa Whelchel (Facts of Life), returns to MeTV for an expanded 26-episode season on Sunday, January 12 at 9:30p. Series explores private collections like Batman costumes, Star Trek drawings and signed guitars.
The premiere of Netflix’s Locke and Key, an adaptation of the IDW Comics novels, is set for February 7. Story follows three siblings who move into their ancestral home and discover magical keys that could be connected to their father’s mysterious death.
ABC has a Marvel-ous special slated for Friday, December 20 at 8p. Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee, filmed in front of a live audience in NYC, explores the life of the legendary comic creator via interviews and archival footage.
TV One original film Dear Santa, I Need a Date premieres Sunday, December 8 at 7p. Romantic comedy stars Ray J (Moesha) and Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Cleveland Show).
Film and TV distribution company FilmRise acquired North American rights for the film Driveways, starring Hong Chau (Watchmen), Lucas Jaye (Fuller House), Brian Dennehy (Cocoon) and Christine Ebersole (The Wolf of Wall Street).
Antenna TV rings in 2020 with a marathon of NewsRadio on New Year’s Day, starting at 5a. The 1995-1999 sitcom will air weeknights at 12:30a on the net starting January 2.
Telemundo star Gaby Espino will serve as a judge in the Miss Universe Competition, airing live and in Spanish on Telemundo, and in English on Fox, on Sunday, December 8 at 7p. Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega has also joined the panel.
Comcast and NBCUniversal set January 16 as the date to offer investors details on streaming service Peacock, launching in April. Event will take place at NYC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Peloton is partnering with Amazon to launch a streaming TV app on Amazon Fire TV devices and smart TVs. Pelaton’s 1.6 million subscribers will have access to a variety of fitness content that can be controlled through the Fire TV remote and Alexa voice commands. Existing Pelaton subscribers can access the app for free; it will cost newcomers $12.99/month after a 30-day trial. The move comes amid backlash for a holiday ad for Pelaton’s exercise bike that many considered sexist. “While we’re disappointed in how some have misinterpreted this commercial, we are encouraged by – and grateful for – the outpouring of support we’ve received from those who understand what we were trying to communicate,” said the company in a statement.
The BBC’s streaming service, iPlayer, had 3.55B program requests in 2019 through the end of October, up 10% from the same period in 2018. The BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore broke the news, crediting the addition of shows including RuPaul’s Drag Race – renewed for a second season – for the “extraordinary” bump.
The 9th Annual Streamy Awards will take place Friday, December 13 with presenters including Kalen Allen, Jack Douglass, Joey Graceffa, iJustine, Gus Johnson, Collins Key, Larray, Elle Mills, Nikita Dragun, Brent Rivera, Sierra Schultzzie, and Jay Shetty – but no host this year. Said Streamys founder Drew Baldwin, “As the Streamys continues to evolve, our mission remains the same: to honor the best in online video and to celebrate the accomplishments of our community.” Awards will stream live on YouTube, and can be watched via VOD on the Streamys YouTube channel.
Plex officially launched its free ad-supported streaming service, with movies, TV shows and docs delivered to over 200 countries. Plex said it would serve “about one third the amount of ads you’d expect on cable television,” though until a wider variety of advertisers jump onboard, viewers could find themselves seeing a lot of similar pitches.
“Most of the current conversation around Disney+ has centered around the titles in its library and the shows in its development slate, but I’m more interested in exploring what Disney+’s launch means for the future of the television industry, as well as the effect it will have on competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime,” V. Paul Coyne, CEO of discovery, distribution and monetization management platform Glewed TV, tells Cynopsis. “If Disney plays its cards right, it could end up beating Netflix at its own game – and becoming the industry’s de facto leader.” Coyne offers more streaming insights in Cynsiders.
Rockbot, creator of the smart music platform for businesses, has launched Rockbot TV, a multi-channel streaming TV platform designed for businesses. “Millions of consumers watch TV out of home each year. Nielsen estimates that 11% of sports viewership alone takes place out of the home (OOH),” said Garrett Dodge, CEO of Rockbot. “Rockbot TV is the first OTT platform targeting this $4B industry.”
Grupo Globo and Pixellot announced a partnership to ramp up AI-Automated production in Brazil, expanding the right-holder’s coverage of sports leagues and competitions. The investment in Pixellot and installation of its AI-Automated production systems at stadiums, facilities and sports complexes is aimed at offering fans more live and on-demand matches and events across multiple screens and distributions platforms owned or operated by Globo.
People-based marketing platform LiveIntent announced new data around Black Friday and Cyber Monday ad performance for 2019. Over the holiday weekend, LiveIntent’s data found that phones saw the most traffic (no surprise), but tablets had the best conversion rates, with a 25% higher click-through-rate and 9% higher conversion rate. However, phones saw the most number of clicks at 3x higher and conversions at 2x higher.
Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) will guest star as himself on Spectrum’s Mad About You revival, while Jean Smart (Watchmen) will play a lifestyle guru… Lou Llobell (Voyagers), Leah Harvey (Les Miserables), Laura Birn (Helene), Terrence Mann (Sense8) and Cassian Bilton (A Devil’s Harmony) landed series regular roles in Apple drama series Foundation…Finesse Mitchell (SNL) will appear as a series regular in Fox comedy Outmatched.
Podcast company Cadence13 and PAPER are launching Internetty, a weekly discussion of the “pits and peaks” of the internet, from Twitter revelations to bizarre memes to Instagram-famous pets. Podcast launches tomorrow, December 6, with new episodes available every Friday.
UNICEF and Endemol Shine Brasil entered into a partnership to create and produce content and strategies for the dissemination of the organization’s message and fundraising for UNICEF in Brazil.
Banijay Rights confirmed that Welsh crime series, Bang, will return for a second season, this time with actors Alexander Vlahos (Versailles) and David Hayman (Taboo) onboard. Produced by Joio, Bang, created in both English and Welsh, will premiere on S4C in February next year.
Orange Smarty closed deals across the Nordic territories for over 120 hours of premium factual entertainment. Among the sales are Catching A Killer; The Great Train Robbery: The Hidden Tapes; and Sex, Drugs & Murder to DR Denmark.
Keshet International has acquired Fury, a new multi-language series co-produced by Monster Scripted (Norway) and X Filme (Germany) for NENT Group and ZDF.
Media Ranch closed several format deals in Europe. Among the sales: Big Love was picked up by Imago TV in Germany, and Judge for one Day was sold in Germany (SEO Entertainment/Fish Will Wurm), France (Banijay France), The Netherlands (Tuvalu), U.K. (RDF Television), and Flemish Belgium.
ABC’s World News Tonight won the November sweep in both Total Viewers (8.945 million) and A25-54 (1.754 million) for the first time in 23 years, according to Nielsen. NBC Nightly News was first among A18-49.
Hallmark Channel’s “7 Night Thanksgiving Movie Event” propelled the network to rank #1 in Total Day among W25-54 and W18-49. The event featured seven consecutive nights of original holiday movie premieres, three of which represented the highest-rated non-news, non-sports cable programs of the week. The premieres averaged a 2.7 Household rating, 2.8 million Total Viewers, 469,000 W25-54, and reached 15.5 million Unduplicated Total Viewers.
A&E special Biography – Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On grew +3% in the second night, to1.243 million Total Viewers for Part 2 versus Part 1’s 1.201 million. Part one had been the net’s biggest Biography audience in 15 years.
November marks seven consecutive months of YoY Prime growth among W25-54 for TLC, and the net saw its best November Prime performance in 16 years among P/W25-54. In 2019 to-date, TLC is the #1 cable network among W18-49 and #2 among W25-54, boosted by the launch of freshman series including sMothered.
The premiere of Bounce original movie Every Day But Christmas reached over 1 million Total Viewers on Sunday, December. 1. The premiere telecast at 9p delivered 311,000 Households, 106,000 P18-49 and 113,000 P25-54.
NBC won the primetime ratings week of November 25 with the network’s highest weekly A18-49 and A25-54 ratings of the season and best Total Viewer average in the year since Nov.19-25, 2018, according to Live+SD figures from Nielsen. NBC won the week in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus Total Viewers.
Broadcast Evening News Ratings for the week of November 25
ABC World News Tonight 9.259 million total viewers, 1.5/7 A25-54
NBC Nightly News 9.062 million total viewers, 1.5/8 A25-54
CBS Evening News 6.002 million total viewers, 1.05/ A25-54
Broadcast Late Night Ratings for the week of November 25
CBS: Late Show 3.054 million total viewers, 0.44/3 A18-49
NBC: Tonight 2.375 million total viewers, 0.57/5 A18-49
ABC: Kimmel 1.884 million total viewers, 0.33/3 A18-49
Basic Cable Top 5 week of November 25
Hallmark Channel (2,400,000)
Fox News (2,193,000)
Total Day (P2+)
Fox News (1,331,000)
Hallmark Channel (1,158,000)
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions): Tuesday, December 3 time period averages
Source: Nielsen Live+SD
CBS: 5.71 million
NCIS 7.11, FBI 5.56, NCIS: New Orleans 4.46
ABC: 5.49 million
Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special 6.29, CMA Country Christmas 5.08
NBC: 4.55 million
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas 5.30, How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming 3.87, The Voice 6.39, Making It 2.66
FOX: 3.40 million
The Resident 4.24, Empire 2.55
CW: 1.08 million
The Flash 1.33. Arrow 0.83
Tuesday A18-49 Ratings
NBC 0.8/4, ABC 0.7/4, FOX 0.7/4, CBS 0.6/3, CW 0.4/2
Univision Communications Inc announced that Hilda García will lead and expand Univision’s Digital Local News vertical as Vice President of Digital Local News, and Fernando Mexia has been promoted to Senior Director, Managing Editor of Entertainment.
Angela Steele was promoted to CEO of Carat USA. She succeeds Michael Epstein, who was upped to Global CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Network unit in June.
Marketing intelligence firm MiQ appointed Erin Madorsky as Managing Director of U.S. Northeast. Madorsky was previously Chief Revenue Officer for mobile technology company Verve.
Frontier Communications President and CEO Dan McCarthy has left the company, replaced by Bernie Han, who was brought onboard Frontier’s finance committee as an advisor in October. During his more than 11 years at DISH Network, Han served as CFO, COO and as EVP, Strategic Planning. “I remain a firm believer in Frontier’s future. I look forward to cheering the team on, and I want to thank everyone I have had the pleasure to work with and learn from during my time with Frontier,” said McCarthy.
This Day in History
1933 – Prohibition ended in the US.
Answer to our last trivia question
The dollar values of categories on which game show were doubled in 2001? Jeopardy!. Kudos to: Kathryn Martino-Charter Communications/Stamford, CT, Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NYC, Eric Dunefsky-Crossmedia/NYC, Mark Selby-Toronto, John Kukla-KDFW Fox 4/Dallas, Kathryn Kieser-Haworth Marketing and Media/Minneapolis, Barb Throm-Stealth Creative/Saint Louis, MO, Joy Aronson/LA, Kevin Moran-Blarney Productions/Pasadena, CA, Rich Greene-Casa Del Verde Entertainment/LA, Gary Moglovkin-CBS TV Studios/Studio City, CA
Today’s Trivia Question
Which sitcom’s characters included a morning show host who fell for his show’s hairdresser?
with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).
THURSDAY DECEMBER 5
ABC: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Same Time, Next Christmas