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CBS gave a straight-to-series order for 13 eps of Blood & Treasure, a one-hour serialized action-adventure series for broadcast in summer 2019. Series centers on a brilliant antiquities expert and cunning art thief who team up to catch a terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure and find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization. Blood & Treasure is produced by CBS Television Studios; Matt Federman & Stephen Scaia, who wrote the script, along with showrunner Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, who is directing, and Mark Vlasic, serve as executive producers.
USA Network is developing an untitled limited series about President Ronald Reagan that’s executive produced by Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis. From former Empire co-exec producer David Rambo, Asylum Entertainment, Primary Wave Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, the project will chronicle Reagan’s early days, his years in Hollywood, and his triumphs and tragedies as President.
Great American Country triggered a 28-ep order of competition series Flea Market Flip, which stars Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer and showcases teams competing to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000.
Cineflix Media, co-producer of the series American Pickers, launched Canadian production company Connect3, focused on scripted and factual series for the North American and international markets, with partner Pablo Salzman. Salzman previously was VP, commercial affairs at Cineflix.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
A new lineup of country and bluegrass artists will be featured in the RFD-TV’s new series Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, premiering Friday, December 1 at 8p.The series features new and returning artists with new songs and stories about how God has influenced their lives.
Cocktail hour is coming back to Travel Channel as a new season of Booze Traveler premieres Monday, December 18 at 11p.
Start your engines. El Rey Network on December 3 at 4p will air the premiere of Baja Desert Championship: Tijuana Desert Challenge, hosted by Baja Champion Tavo Vildosola, professional BMX rider Mike Escamilla and car artist Cherry Martini.
USA Network’s December includes the premiere of original movie Psych: The Movie on Thursday, December 7 at 8p. Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill) open up their new office in San Francisco, appropriately (though perhaps awkwardly) named Psychphrancisco, and are back in business solving a case after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. The net also will air holiday specials Chrisley Knows Best’s A Very Merry Christmas, on December 7 at 7p, and WWE’S Tribute to the Troops, December 14 at 8p.
Season 2 of Beerland, a hybrid travel-competition series featuring Meg Gill traveling the country exploring the many different ways beer impacts our culture and community, returns December 7.
Decades Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, remembers the comedic talent and charm of actor Jim Nabors, who passed away yesterday at age 87, with a multiday tribute presentation of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C beginning Saturday, December 9 at 1p through Monday, December 11 at 7p.
HGTV’s White House Christmas 2017 premieres Sunday, December 10, at 6p. The one-hour special will follow designer and home renovation star Alison Victoria as White House staff and volunteers take her on an exclusive room-by-room tour of the White House holiday transformation.
Powerhouse trio The Tenors will perform Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the Freeform hourlong holiday special Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic, hosted by Allison Holker. The special is slated for Monday, December 11 at 8p.
Original doc I Am Sam Kinson, exploring the life and career of the outrageous comedian, will debut on Spike TV on Tuesday, December 19 at 10p. Spike will air the uncensored version of the special, from filmmaker Derik Murray, one time only, directly following at midnight—the earliest it could air due to the mature content.
Josh Lucas (The Mysteries of Laura, The Firm) scored a recurring role in Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s drama series starring Kevin Costner that’s set to premiere in 2018.
Fox is decorating its A Christmas Story Live!, telecast of the classic holiday tale with new talent. Ken Jeong, David Alan Grier and boy band PrettyMuch joined the cast of the spectacle, slated to air December 17.
CBS All Access announced a new original series order for psychological thriller Tell Me A Story. Series will be produced by Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, with Kevin Williamson serving as executive producer and writer.
Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service showcasing indie films, miniseries, documentaries and originals, will launch all six episodes of the first season of Liar starting Thursday, December 7.
Tobias Sherman, co-founder of new game studio Foundry IV, is making waves in the Esports business. For his take on a fast-growing industry, including the “major clash” that’s about to hit team owners and publishers, check out the new Cynsiders: http://www.cynopsis.com/cyncity/foundry-iv-upping-the-esports-game/
The Fred Rogers Co . received a $3 million grant from The Heinz Endowments for programming related to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The grant will be used, among other things, for production of the series, which airs on PBS Kids; development, acquisition, and production of new programming for educational television; and five new positions and professional development to assist in expanded programming, educational, fundraising, and community outreach initiatives.
CARRIAGE & DISTRIBUTION
i24NEWS reached a carriage agreement with Charter Communications for the launch of the international news and current affairs network to Spectrum Silver customers across Charter’s footprint by December 1.
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Discovery Communications is restructuring and consolidating its Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses, with 17-year Discovery veteran Kasia Kieli elevated to serve as president/ managing director of Discovery EMEA. Additionally, Marinella Soldi will take on an expanded role as chief strategy officer EMEA & managing director Southern Europe, reporting to Kieli, and James Gibbons has been appointed GM of UK/Ireland, Australia & New Zealand and head of commercial development EMEA. Gibbons succeeds Susanna Dinnage, who was promoted to the newly created position of global president, Animal Planet, earlier this month. Discovery has made substantial investments across EMEA in recent years, from its acquisition of Eurosport and premium sporting rights, including the Olympic Games from 2018-2024, to new direct to-consumer digital products such as Dplay, which features popular entertainment and sports programs in Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay is whipping up a Christmas special for UK broadcaster ITV. He’ll star in and produce Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast, a 75-minute special, produced by Studio Ramsay, that also will star TV chef Gino D’Acampo.
Nippon Television Network will bring back quiz format Ultimate Brain for a second season in both Belgium (VRT Ketnet) and The Netherlands (NPO Zapp).
Netherlands-based Insight TV is launching eight-part reality show Thru on December 2 on both Insight TV and Insight.TV.
Up’s premiere holiday movies have reached 8 million viewers thus far, with the network’s total holiday fare reaching 14 million viewers. The net’s GilMORE the Merrier Thanksgiving stunt reached 6 million and earned Up its best Thursday (W/P18-49) and Saturday (W18-49) ever. The combined success of Up Premiere movies and Gilmore Girls during gave the network its strongest week of 2017 in all key demos and its strongest week ever in A18-49 and A25-54.
In syndication news, Jeopardy (6.8 Live + same day national Nielsen rating, up 1% from the week before) rose to a new season high in this session ending November 19 with the final rounds of its annual Tournament of Champions. That was just enough to remain in a first place tie among game shows with usual topper Family Feud (new season high 6.8, up 1%) for a second week. Judge Judy (7.6, steady) stayed on top, and easily topped the entire ratings chart for the 13th time in 14 weeks, growing 6% from last year’s first place finish.
Turning to talk shows, Dr Phil (3.7, down 5%) was in front by a wide margin for a 63rd consecutive week. Ellen DeGeneres (2.4, unchanged), Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, unchanged) and Maury (1.5, unchanged) were next in line. Steve Harvey’s new Steve (1.4) grew 17% from his previous talk show’s final frame in September and matched its highest ratings of the season for a fourth consecutive week.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – FRIDAY DECEMBER 1
ABC: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [p], 20/20
CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods
CW: Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist
NBC: Blindspot, Dateline NBC
PBS: Washington Week, Washington Week, Hamilton’s America, Food Flirts
Telemundo: Milagros de Navidad, Sangre de mi Tierra, Senora Acero 4: La Coyote
Univision: La Rosa de Guadelupe, Mi Marido Tiene Familia, Caer en Tentacion
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