Cynopsis 01/29/24: A fresh spin for “So You Think You Can Dance”

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Monday January 29, 2024

Today’s Premieres
Acorn TV: The Claremont Murders
History: History’s Greatest Mysteries at 9p
Netflix: Mighty Bheem’s Playtime
Peacock: Love Island: All-Stars

Today’s Finale
CBS: Yellowstone at 10p

IN THE NEWS

With their carriage agreement set to expire on February 2 and no deal in sight, Cox Media Group sent out a press release last week calling on DirecTV not to block its customers’ access to programming provided by CMG’s local TV stations. “We’re dismayed that DirecTV is trying to force a deal that would harm local journalism and broadcast stations,” said Marian Pittman, EVP of CMG.

Vince McMahon resigned Friday as executive chairman of the board of WWE parent company TKO Group, a day after a former employee filed a sexual abuse and trafficking suit against him and former executive John Laurinaitis. According to several reports, McMahon denied the allegations in the lawsuit and said in a statement he would defend himself “vigorously.” But, he continued, out of respect for the company, its employees and constituents, “I have decided to resign from my executive chairmanship and the TKO board of directors, effective immediately.”

Dancer, singer, author and actress JoJo Siwa returns to the judging panel of “So You Think You Can Dance,” stepping in for departed Nigel Lythgoe when the dance competition series makes its season 18 debut March 4 at 9p on FOX. The new season will have a new format reflecting the experience of building a dance career, with each contestant competing in new challenges each week. Fresh storytelling elements also will be introduced, including a documentary-style inside look at the contestants, following them on their competitive journeys.

Nexstar Media Group has selected Comscore as one of its currency providers for cross-platform audience measurement across its local TV, broadcast, network, and digital businesses in 116 markets. Although Comscore has had a local TV market relationship with Nexstar since 2010, the new multi-year deal expands the arrangement, as Comscore will monitor key metrics such as reach, frequency, incrementality and co-viewing.

Outdoor enthusiasts got another reason to leave the house after MyOutdoorTV launched its streaming service MOTV on Xumo devices, including the Xumo Stream Box and Xumo TV on January 29. MOTV says the launch should expand its potential audience to “millions more consumers nationwide,” adding that its robust library can be viewed in-home or by phone “on a bass boat or a tree stand in the woods.”

Fans of the Disney+ original series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” can get another fix after the season finale with a documentary special, “A Hero’s Journey: The Making of Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” featuring stars from the show as well as author Rick Riordan and the creative team. The eight-episode series, which Disney+ says has garnered more than 26 million views for its first episode, concludes its season on January 30.

AMC Networks dropped the latest trailer for its third “The Walking Dead” spin-off (“The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live”) on January 25 and according to the network it had more than 16 million views across various platforms including its social accounts on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube in its first 24 hours. The new series, which premieres on AMC and AMC+ on February 25, is set in Philadelphia and focuses on the characters Rick (Andy Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) and their love and search for each other.

Winners in television categories for the 26th Annual Family Film and TV Awards include Cedric the Entertainer (“The Neighborhood”) for Outstanding Actor in a Series; “Full House” for Iconic Classic Series; “The Amazing Race” for Entertainment Series; and “The Price Is Right” for Game Show. For a complete list of winners, go here.

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Discovery Channel has added eight new series to its original slate, more than 50 hours of programming set to premiere in the first half of 2024. “Big Little Brawlers” was first out of the blocks on January 9, followed by “Hustlers, Gamblers and Crooks” on January 19. Other shows expected to premiere in the next several weeks are “America’s Backyard Gold;” Caught! Wild & Weird America;” “Eye of the Storm;” “Mud Wild;” “Untitled Expedition Show;” and “Vegas Tow.” “Each of our new series are character-driven stories that tap into America’s mainstream obsessions,” said Discovery Networks president Howard Lee.

Peacock is the exclusive US streaming home for UK reality dating series “Love Island: All Stars,” with the first three episodes premiering today, January 29. Peacock’s “Love Island” library also includes “Love Island USA,” recently renewed for two more seasons; “Love Island Games”; “Love Island South Africa”; and “Love Island Spain.”

Season five of The History Channel’s non-fiction series “The Food That Built America” returns February 25 at 9p with all origin stories of iconic American foods and the pioneers who created them.

Magnolia Network will premiere season 5 of design show “In With The Old” on cable on February 7 at 8p, followed by the cable and streaming premiere of Season 2 of “Artfully Designed” on February 10 at 1p.

VH1’s unscripted series, “My True Crime Story” is back, following ordinary people entangled in extraordinary schemes. Naimah Holmes, President of Hot Snakes Media, offers insights into how to find people with stories to tell, and bring them to the screen, in Cynsiders.

COMING UP

AXS TV will present rock icons REO Speedwagon in a 2010 concert on “Live at Moondance Jam,” February 4 at 7:30p. The channel also is conducting a “Sweetheart Deal” giveaway on its social media platforms from February 4-18, with the winner to receive a prize including two VIP tickets to “An Evening of Hi Infidelity…And More” at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas on May 11.

Ubisoft and Blast released details for the first Blast Rainbow 6 Major esports tournament of season 2024, scheduled for May 16-26 in Manchester UK. Teams from nine regions of BLAST R6 will vie to become one of the 20 clubs that will qualify for the Manchester Major, competing for $750,000 in prize money and points to qualify for the Six Invitational in 2025. The event will be held at Manchester’s B.E.C. Arena.

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RATINGS

Peacock’s “The Traitors” has become the #1 unscripted series in the US across all streaming platforms, according to Nielsen. The reality competition series also ranked as the #9 streaming original series for overall minutes viewed in its first full week on the platform. Streaming reach is up 75% from season 1. That’s on the heels of Peacock drawing an average audience of 23 million for the AFC Wild Card game, setting a record with 30% of all Internet use being used to watch the game.

Season 2 of Hallmark Channel’s “The Way Home” premiered as the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program on Sunday among Households; Total Viewers; Women/Persons 18+ and 55+, according to Nielsen. The premiere was also the #2 most-watched entertainment cable program among women 18+ and 55+, second to Hallmark Channel’s original movie premiere, “Betty’s Bad Luck in Love.” As a result, Hallmark became the #1 entertainment cable network in Weekend Total Day among Households; Total Viewers, Women 25-54; and Women/Persons 18+-55+.

This Day in History
1962 – Peter, Paul & Mary signed their first recording contract.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who played Fiona’s (Lisa Kudrow) mother on “Web Therapy” (2011-15)? Lily Tomlin. Kudos to: David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/Santa Monica, CA; Joni Cohen Zlotowitz-WABC-TV/NYC; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Louis Lewow-TrillerTV/Atlanta

Today’s Trivia Question
Seth and Summer competed to get in which Ivy League university on “The O.C.” (2003-07)? (Email [email protected] 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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Communicate the value and brand strength of the Network to advertisers and agencies as well as create compelling presentations that convey the benefits and features of TV One programming and the TV One viewing audience. Full info HERE

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Manage the delivery and arrival of commercial content working closely with Manager of Commercial Operations to resolve conflicting traffic instructions as well as oversee maintenance of E-faxes and storage of client files. Responsible for entering original account data and revisions into the traffic system. Full info HERE

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Represent FETV & FMC to media community via ongoing communications & relationship building. Maintain & develop strong working relationships w/both agencies & internal departments in support of sales efforts. Work w/sales management, pricing & planning to achieve quarterly revenue goals. 5+ yrs media sales exp. preferably in cable TV- agency exp. +. Full info HERE

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MONDAY JANUARY 29
ABC: The Bachelor, Bad Romance
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, Yellowstone, Yellowstone [f]
CW: Ride, Wild Cards
FOX: America’s Most Wanted, TMZ Investigates
NBC: America’s Got Talent: Fantasy League, The Irrational
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Vuelve a Mí
Univision: Tu Vida Es Mi Vida, Mujer, Minas de Pasión

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