12/17/15: How much is too much? FX counts 409 scripted series; NBC doesn’t have The Best Time Ever anymore; Vin Diesel tackles TV



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FX tallied up the total number of scripted TV series this year, and came up with a whopping 409. In its study, FX reports that’s an increase of 9 percent over last year, and up 94 percent from 2009. Since 2002, the number of scripted series grew 484 percent on basic cable nets (181 versus 31) – and that’s not counting Kardashians, Alaska, sharks or Housewives. At TCA last summer, FX Networks and FX Productions CEO John Landgraf famously noted, “There is simply too much television.”

NBC News anchor Lester Holt will moderate the NBC News/YouTube Democratic presidential candidate debate on Sunday, January 17 in Charleston, SC. “Other NBC News political reporters and journalists” will be on hand as well, said the network.

NBC pulled the plug on live variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris after one season. “I’m proud of what we did – live! – and still believe in variety. Stay tuned,” tweeted Harris Tuesday night.

TV Everywhere may not be everywhere yet, but it’s growing, according to a new study from Gfk that found 53 percent of consumers in pay TV homes have used TVE to watch shows on a computer, mobile device or TV – up 10 percent from 2012. Yet only 25 percent of consumers report having heard the expression TV Everywhere, flat from 2012. What does all this mean for programmers? “Programmers can benefit, along with the people who provide TVE platforms, because they are able to draw more audience in that is not watching regular TV,” David Tice, SVP in Media and Entertainment at GfK, tells Cynopsis. “The bigger the audience – subscription based or ad supported – the more revenue. A rising tide will lift all these boats. The situation is really a bit out of the programmers’ hands, though, because it’s up to the TVE platform owners to get consumers to tune in. If the networks themselves are creating the programs, they have more options to act and help raise awareness but third-party programmers are pretty much at the mercy of the platforms.”

E! News co-anchor Terrence Jenkins is leaving the entertainment newsmag to focus on acting and producing fulltime. Jenkins produced and starred in his first feature film, The Perfect Match, coming out in 2016. “It’s important I grow and I wanted to leave on my own terms and when I was ready,” said Jenkins, who joined E! in 2012.

LL Cool J will be back to host the Grammy Awards, airing Monday, February 15 at 8p on CBS. It will be his fifth time manning the emcee mic.

Syfy has made episodes 1-4 of freshman drama The Expanse available on Syfy.com and on demand. Episode two aired Tuesday; 3 and 4 make their linear debuts December 22 and 29. The pre-linear bow of the first installment was sampled 4.4 million times during its November 23-December 14 digital run. “With the potential to hook a broad audience over the holidays, we hope to debut Episode 5 to a committed, passionate fan base on January 5,” said Sara Moscowitz, SVP, brand and strategic marketing.


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DreamWorksSteven Spielberg, Participant Media, Reliance Group and eOne have teamed to form Amblin Partners, a film, TV and digital content creation company that will develop and produce films using the Amblin, DreamWorks and Participant labels. Amblin Television will be part of the venture. Universal Pictures will handle marketing and distribution. Spielberg’s pact with Disney, struck in 2009, expires in August.

Vin Diesel’s One Race is partnering with Universal Television on a multi-year, first-look production deal with One Race Television. Shana C. Waterman has been hired as head of TV. “I have dreamt about expanding the One Race brand into television and now we’ve found the perfect creative partners,” said Diesel. Waterman had been SVP, event series at Fox Broadcasting Co.

E! makeover show Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian promises to help “the brokenhearted get the ultimate payback” with inside-and-out transformations, led by the popular K sister as well as elite trainers, stylists and glam squads. Six-parter comes from Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television, KhloMoney Productions and (natch) Ryan Seacrest Productions.


The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant, airing on Fox Sunday, December 20 at 7p, will be simulcast in Spanish on Azteca America. Univision, along with NBC, dropped the telecast after offensive remarks by the pageant’s then-owner Donald Trump last summer. What’s the attraction for Azteca, as it expands its programming roster to attract more blue chip advertisers in 2016? “Over the decades, the pageant has become a cultural phenomenon for the Latino community and with five of the last seven crowned winners coming from Latin American countries, it has also become a celebration of determination, dedication and pride,” Manuel Abud, net president and CEO, tells Cynopsis. “This opportunity underscores Azteca’s commitment to delivering high-quality productions that appeal to our audience, drive viewership and resonate with advertisers.”

NBC’s third annual American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World competition is slated for Sunday, January 31 at 8p. Leading the U.S. team is American Ninja Warrior champ Isaac Caldiero.

Who’s wearing what? Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist and Tamron Hall find out as hosts of NBC’s Golden Globes pre-show special on Sunday, January 10 at 7p. Ricky Gervais mans the main event from 8-11p.

AXS TV acquired UK scripted mockumentary series Hoff the Record, starring David Hasselhoff playing a fictionalized version of himself trying to revive his career across the pond. Six-parter, which debuted in June, lands Stateside this spring. “Hoff the Record is what happens when an American superstar meets cheeky British comedy,” said Matt Forde, EVP content production, sales and distribution, BBC Worldwide North America.

ASPiRE made some acquisitions of its own, picking up family drama Soul Food, premiering on the net Friday, January 1 with a three-day marathon, and all five seasons of crime drama Mod Squad, debuting Monday, January 4 from 2p-8p. Soul Food debuted on Showtime in 2000; Mod Squad ran on ABC from 1968-1973.

Syfy’s annual New Year’s Eve The Twilight Zone marathon begins Wednesday, December 30 at 7p and runs until Sunday, January 3 at 12p. The only interruption of the 87-hour Rod Serling event: a telecast of WWE SmackDown on Thursday, December 31 at 8p.

Who do you think came out on top in Tuesday’s GOP debate? Let us know in the Cynopsis poll: http://cynopsis.com/poll/


Up reality series Bringing Up Bates returns for season three Thursday, January 7 at 9p. Ahead of the debut, a marathon of the show airs from 9a-3a on New Year’s Eve.

Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club: Twisted Sisters premieres Tuesday, March 15 at 8p, with four sets of battling sisters moving into the mansion. How did they find these tempestuous teams? Casting special reveals all Tuesday, March 8 at 8p.

Oprah: Where Are They Now? returns to OWN Saturday, January 23 at 10p with a season that includes sit-downs with Dick Van Dyke, Chaz Bono, Sugar Ray Leonard and Naomi Judd, among others.


TNT renewed The Librarians and Murder in the First for season threes and Major Crimes for a fifth run. The Librarians airs Sundays at 8p and Crimes is on Mondays at 9p, while Murder wrapped its sophomore season last summer. Canceled by the net: Legends after two seasons, and freshmen Public Morals and Agent X.

Travel Channel greenlit a season three for Booze Traveler. No surprise there – ratings for the show’s sophomore season, airing Tuesdays at 10p, has grown 55 percent among A25-54 versus season one’s premiere average.

The call for entries is now open for the 5th Annual Cynopsis Sports Media Awards, recognizing the best work throughout the industry. See who took home trophies last year and enter today.


Bring on the mint juleps! Cable TV ad management company Viamedia has partnered with Harlan Community TV to represent ad sales for the Kentucky-based company’s video services, expanding Viamedia’s footprint in the area. Viamedia currently serves ads for 11 other cable operators across the state, and four in Tennessee.


Mark O’Brien (Halt & Catch Fire) and Enzo Cilenti (The Martian) are onboard Amazon Studios drama pilot The Last Tycoon, based on the final, unfinished novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


A+E Networks and Hulu in Japan are partnering to bring A+E programming to Japan.Program will be made available to subscribers in an exclusive section of Hulu in Japan featuring brands such as History, Lifetime, Crime and Investigation and FYI. All of the content will be available in Japanese.



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So far this TV season, broadcast nets have averaged a 3 percent decline in total day viewership. Football-fueled CBS and NBC are flat versus year ago, Fox dipped 2 percent and ABC is down 12 percent, according to MoffettNathanson Research data. While cable has slipped 6 percent, bucking the trend are AMC Networks, up 2 percent and Scripps Networks Interactive and Time Warner cable groups, which are flat.

Whether you were Team Trump or Camp Cruz, there’s no debating the big winner of Tuesday’s GOP contest: CNN. While the event didn’t hit the ratings-buster highs Fox News did for the first debate (25 million) or CNN for the second (24 million), this time around drew a third-best 18 million out of six, the second-most-watched program in CNN’s history. Most tweeted moment of the night: 19,5000 tweets were sent following that exchange between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.

Season six of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York debuted to 4.6 million viewers Monday, with 2.0 among A18-49 to rank as the number one non-sports cable program of the day in the demo.

Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 2.5/8, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. CBS’s NCIS topped 8p with 2.1/7, followed by a repeat of NBC’s The Voice (1.8/6). The Voice finale surged to 2.8/9 to win 9p, versus 1.7/5 for CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans. The Voice grew to 3.1/10 to lead at 10p; CBS’s Limitless was second with 1.3/4.

A18-49: NBC 2.5/8, CBS 1.7/6, ABC .9/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .6/2, FOX .5/2, ION .5.2, CW .2/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
CBS: 7.1/12
NCIS 9.6/16, NCIS: New Orleans 7.6/12, Limitless 4.2/7
NBC: 7.0/12
The Voice 5.4/9, The Voice 7.8/13
ABC: 1.8/3
Toy Story Time Forgot [r] 2.1/4, Shrek the Halls [r] 1.8/3, I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown [r] 1.9/3, Shark Tank [r] 1.6/3
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.0/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.3/2
Celia 1.0/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo .9/2, Senora Acero 1.1/2
FOX: 1.0/2
Grandfathered [r] 1.3/2, The Grinder [r] 1.0/2, Grandfathered [r] .9/1, The Grinder [r] .7/1
ION: 0.9/1
Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .9/1, Criminal Minds .9/2
CW: .6/1
The Flash [r] .8/1, iZombie [r] .4/1

Monday A18-49 Analysis: NBC had the most A18-49 viewers Monday with 3.2/10, according to final primetime national ratings from Nielsen. NBC’s The Voice topped 8p with 3.1/10, followed by 1.5/5 for CBS’s Supergirl. At 9p, NBC’s The Voice rose to 3.4/11; CBS held onto second with 1.9/6 for Scorpion. NBC maintained the lead with 3.0/10 for Adele Live in New York; CBS remained runner-up with 1.4/5 for NCIS: Los Angeles.

A18-49: NBC 3.2/10, CBS 1.6/5, ABC 1.0/3, UNI .8/3, TELE .7/2, FOX .4/1, CW .4/1, ION .3/1

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Monday, December 14, 2015 time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NBC: 8.0/13
The Voice 8.5/14, Adele Live in New York 7.0/12
CBS: 5.4/9
Supergirl 4.6/7, Scorpion 5.8/9, NCIS: Los Angeles 6.0/10
ABC: 2.4/4
Great Christmas Light Fight 2.6/4, Great Holiday Baking Show 2.1/4
Antes Muerta Lichita 1.1/2, Pasion y Poder 1.2/2, Yo No Creo En Hombres [r] 1.3/2
Celia 1.1/2, Bajo el Mismo Cielo 1.0/2, Senora Acero 1.1/2
FOX: .9/2
Gotham [r] .9/1, Bones [r] 1.0/2
ION: 0.7/1
Criminal Minds .8/1, Criminal Minds .7/1, Criminal Minds .7/1
CW: 0.7/1
Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show [5] .8/1, Jane the Virgin .7/1


Daniel Suratt
, former head of Digital Media & Business Development at A+E Networks, has been elevated to President, Corporate Development, Strategy and Investments.Sean Cohan, who leads the A+E Networks International division, is also taking on oversight of Digital Media, and has been upped to President, International and Digital Media, effective January 1.

Maurico Piccone has joined Telemundo as Senior Vice President of Reality Programming. Previously, Piccone was SVP and Co-Executive Vice President at Endemol Shine Latino.

Canada’s Hollywood Suite upped Julie Kumaria to Vice-President, Marketing and Content Distribution. Previously, Kumaria had been Senior Director of Marketing.

Young & Laramore hired Taylor Harruff as a Brand Action Strategist. Previously, Harruff was a PR account executive at BLASTmedia.

Former Megalomedia Development Producer Grant Cross has joined the Original Programming division of AMS Pictures. Cross will report to AMS founder Andy Streitfeld.

ITV America’s Leftfield Entertainment announced four promotions: Gretchen Palek to Senior Vice President, Talent & Casting, Leftfield Entertainment; Simon Thomas to Vice President, Programming, Leftfield Pictures; Caroline Self to Vice President, Programming, Sirens Media and Genevieve Croteau to Vice President, Human Resources, Sirens Media.

This Day in History: 1903 – Orville and Wilbur Wright completed the first successful man-powered airplane flight.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What game show that finally debuted on CBS in 1972 was preceded by black and white pilots in 1968 and ’69? The Joker’s Wild. Kudos to: Chris Ellis-Comcast Spotlight/Philadelphia, Adam Shuler-Nielsen/NYC, John Kukla-KDFW-KDFI/Dallas, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-Generate/Beverly Hills, David Westberg-SAF-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA

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ABC: Disney Prep & Landing, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, Modern Family, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015
CBS: The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Elementary
CW: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Fox: American Country Countdown’s Top 10 Stories of 2015, World’s Funniest
NBC: Michael Buble’s Christmas in Hollywood, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors
PBS: This Old House Hour [r], A Salute to Downton Abbey [r], PBS Preview: The Best of PBS Indies [r], Antiques Roadshow [r]
Telemundo: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Senora Acero
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09/21/22: Cynopsis Jobs

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JR. ANALYST, AUDIENCE RESEARCH FETV NYC Daily email sent to Executives outlining top program performances w/Households & Key Demos, with context. Daily update of excel based network programming grid. Develop a Weekly Schedule Analysis Report with insight into FETV schedule performance, with recommendations of possible changes. A strong understanding of Nielsen concepts & terminology req. […]