12/06/21: “LEGO Masters” renewed for season three

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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday December 6, 2021

Today’s Premieres
Acorn TV: Under the Vines
HBO: Landscapers at 9p
Netflix: Voir, Our Beloved Summer
Oxygen: Homicide for the Holidays at 8p
Spectrum: Joe Pickett

Today’s Finales
A&E: Hoarders at 8p
Fox: The Big Leap at 9p

IN THE NEWS

CNN fired anchor Chris Cuomo on Saturday. Cuomo was suspended on Tuesday for his involvement in brother Andrew Cuomo’s handling of sexual harassment allegations while he was governor of New York. On Wednesday, an allegation of sexual misconduct against Chris Cuomo surfaced. “Based on the report we received regarding Chris’s conduct with his brother’s defense, we had cause to terminate,” said a CNN spokesperson. “When new allegations came to us this week, we took them seriously, and saw no reason to delay taking immediate action.” A spokesperson for Cuomo denied the new allegations.

Fox has renewed Will Arnett-hosted “LEGO Masters” for a third season. The reality competition was the number one co-viewed unscripted broadcast series of the summer. “I’m excited to be a part of TV’s longest running, unscripted, Danish toy building show,” said Arnett, who also serves as an executive producer.

The Animation Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract last week, but will head back to the bargaining table next year. The guild’s contract, first set to expire in July, has been extended to allow more time to reach an agreement with the AMPTP. Sticking points include better terms for streaming shows, and significant pay increases for writers and lower-paid crafts.

BuzzFeed is going public today through a merger with SPAC 890 5th Avenue Partners, the first digital media property to do so. The deal includes acquiring youth-focused Complex Networks. BuzzFeed will receive a cash infusion of $16.2 million, versus the $287.5 million previously held in trust for it, after many investors withdrew their funds. BuzzFeed also raised $150 million in convertible note financing as part of the SPAC deal. It’s been a bumpy ride for BuzzFeed – a bargaining session is planned for tomorrow with the BuzzFeed News Union, which announced a walkout last week amid contract talks.

The Ad Council held its annual dinner last week in NYC and raised a record-breaking $6.4 million to support the organization and its national social impact campaigns. “Over the past two years we have seen our industry’s most innovative and impactful work yet, as we pivoted to address the significant needs of living through a global pandemic,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “The impact of this unprecedented industry collaboration changed millions of lives and saved even more. We are truly better together.”

Fox Corporation ant the T. Howard Foundation are partnering to offer technology internships in media-related industries to diverse and underrepresented college students and young professionals. The Diversity-TECH (Train, Empower, Connect & Hire) aims to increase the number of diverse students with STEM-related backgrounds who are hired in the media and entertainment industry. The initiative, sponsored by Fox, is slated to begin on January 1.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Peacock gave a full season order for original YA fantasy series “Supernatural Academy,” produced by 41 Entertainment and adapted from Jaymin Eve’s bestselling series. Premiere date: Thursday, January 20.

Pantelion Films and production company The Lift Entertainment have started production of the movie adaptation of telenovela “La Usurpadora,” broadcast in over 125 countries and translated into 24 languages in the late 90’s. The film stars Isabella Castillo (“El Señor de los Cielos,” “Malverde: El Santo Patrón”), who portrays twin sisters Valeria and Victoria.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Bravo limited series “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles: Josh & Josh” premieres Thursday, December 23 at 8p. In the four-part spinoff, two fan favorite frenemies expand their real estate business outside LA city limits.

The third and final season of “A Discovery of Witches” premieres Saturday, January 8 on streaming sibs Sundance Now, AMC+ and Shudder.

WE tv’s “Love After Lockup” is back for season three on Friday, January 7 at 9p. New episodes will be available on streamer ALL BLK the Tuesday following their WE tv debut.

“Tiger King: The Doc Antle Story” drops on Netflix Friday, December 12. The three-part doc focuses on a man “shadier than any of his Tiger King counterparts,” who was indicted last year on wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty charges.

TV One has inked a deal with entertainment company Kin to bring a new home design series “All Things Adrienne Presents House to Home,” starring former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon Houghton, to the network. The series is available on TV One and across social platforms.

COMING UP

Science Channel has two specials coming up that unearth stories from hundreds of years ago. “Valley of the Queens, exploring a long-forgotten necropolis in Egypt, premieres Sunday, December 5 at 8p, while “Secrets of the Celtic Grave” looks at 2000+-year-old grave in the UK on Sunday, December 12 at 8p.

Discovery+ special “The Hillside Strangler” follows the bizarre story of a 1970s serial killer, starting Tuesday, December 28.

TECH TALK

Cinedigm and LiveLike are partnering to deliver new community and gamification elements to Cinedigm’s portfolio of streaming direct-to-consumer subscription services. LiveLike integrates features such as influencer-driven chats, watch parties, loyalty rewards, user rankings, and more, which can be integrated with sponsors.

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RATINGS

UPtv’s 6th annual “GilMORE the Merrier” binge of “Gilmore Girls” was the network’s strongest week of 2021 in W25-54 (29,000) and P25-54 (37,000) delivery. Four million viewers tuned into the Thanksgiving week stunt this year. For the week, UP ranked #42 in W25-54 and #55 in P25-54 delivery.

The season premiere of Food Network’s “Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday” delivered .7 P25-54 / .9 W25-54 Live+3 ratings, ranking as the #3 cable program in its timeslot for both demos. The premiere was up +16% from the prior season launch and up +53% against prior six-week benchmarks.

Discovery accounted for half of November’s top 10 unscripted cable series for M25-54, including #3 “Gold Rush,” #4 “Gold Rush: White Water,” #5 “Moonshiners,” #8 “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings,” and #10 “Moonshiners: Master Distiller.”

OWN was the #1 network on all of TV on Saturday nights in November among African-American W25-54/W18-49/18+ (#1 non-sports cable net for Afr-Amer HHs & P2+).

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, December 1
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Goldbergs 3.15 (0.5), The Wonder Years 2.18 (0.3), The Conners 3.31 (0.5), Home Economics 2.10 (0.3), A Million Little Things 1.94 (0.3)
CBS: Survivor 5.63 (0.9), Tough As Nails 2.83 (0.4), CSI: Vegas 3.95 (0.4)
CW: Beebo Saves Christmas 0.22 (0.1), World’s Funniest Animals 0.43 (0.1)
FOX: The Masked Singer 4.17 (0.9), Alter Ego 1.89 (0.4)
ION: Blue Bloods 1.27 (0.2), Blue Bloods 1.31 (0.2), Blue Bloods 1.13 (0.2)
NBC: Christmas at Rockefeller Center 6.18 (0.9), Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around 4.51 (0.7)
Telemundo: Por Amor o Por Dinero 0.75 (0.2), Hercal: Amor e Venganza 1.10 (0.3), Malverde: El Santo Patron 0.83 (0.2)
Univision: La Rosa de Guadalupe 1.36 (0.4), Vencer el Pasado 1.31 (0.4), La Desalmada 1.55 (0.6)
Source: Nielsen, live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Former Nickelodeon EVP Sharon Kroll Cohen has been named VP, Marketing for Sensical, a newly launched, age-appropriate streaming service for kids 2-10. Cohen had been a senior advisor to Common Sense Networks prior to the launch of the streaming service this past summer.

Elaine Paul is exiting her job as CFO and VP of Finance for Amazon Studios to hop aboard as CFO of ride share company Lyft.

This Day in History
1969 – The Altamount Speedway Free Festival rock concert was so violent – including four deaths – that the Grateful Dead pulled out shortly before they were scheduled to perform.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Odyssey Network was rebranded as what network in 2001? Hallmark Channel. Kudos to: Aaron Pacquette-AccelerateSG/Fort Worth, TX; Joe Leydon-Cowboys & Indians Magazine/Houston; John Ferlazzo/London; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station, TX; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Heather Allen-WWE Corporation/Stamford, CT; Nicole Langella-Two Twelve Direct/Manalapan, NJ; Rob Casalaina-ITN/NYC; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
In which short-lived sitcom did John Lithgow play a character named Pitty McPatpat? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com 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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CW: All American, 4400
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