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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 9/28/17)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: How To Get Away With Murder (Premiere) at 10pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: Nathan For You (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING CHANNEL: Late Night Eats (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Premiere) at 9:30pm
NBC: Superstore (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Will & Grace (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Great News (Premiere) at 9:30pm
NBC: Chicago Fire (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Mary Mary (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: The Murder of Laci Peterson: A Closer Look (Finale) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Kiss of Death (Finale) at 9pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way (Finale) at 8pm
PBS: The Vietnam War (Finale) at 8pm
TBS: The Guest Book (Finale) at 10:30pm

One episode in, CBS gave a full season order to Young Sheldon. Monday’s premiere of the Big Bang Theory spin-off averaged 17.21 million viewers and 3.8 among A18-49, making it the most-watched comedy launch on any network since 2011, and the highest-rated new comedy since 2013. Also promising: The show retained 98% of its Big Bang viewer lead-in and 93% of A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Good news on the diversity front: A new DGA report found that more than twice as many first-time minority directors and almost double the number of first-time female directors were hired this season versus last for TV series under DGA contracts. Of the 225 first-time directors in the 2016-2017 season, 56 were ethnic minorities, up from 24 last season, and 73 were women, up from 38. “The move toward inclusion – after years of glacial progress – suggests that qualified people who have previously been overlooked because of their race or gender are beginning to get recognition,” said the DGA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Underground executive producer John Legend hopes to keep the acclaimed series about the Underground Railroad, canceled by WGN America in May, alive for season 3. “The cast, producers and our studio Sony Pictures remain committed to a future for Underground because of a belief that this story is important and invaluable… and it remains our hope that not only is there a future for this show, but for many others like it,” wrote Legend in an op-ed piece he released yesterday. Despite solid ratings, Underground was a casualty (along with Outsiders) of the network’s move away from high-cost programming in the wake of Sinclair Broadcast Group’s agreement to buy WGNA parent company, Tribune Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

If fans were taken aback by the announcement by Chip and Joanna Gaines that season 5 of HGTV hit Fixer Upper will be their last, the couple has the support of the network that made them stars. “It takes a huge amount of time and creative energy to make a phenomenal series like Fixer Upper,” said HGTV. “We understand their decision to spend more time with their family. Like all of their fans, we want only the best for them and they know they will always have a home at HGTV.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will & Grace was just the beginning. Hulu, which inked a streaming agreement last week for the red-hot NBC revival, followed up with an NBCUniversal agreement that will make Hulu the exclusive SVOD home to every episode of 30 Rock, starting October 1, as well as Parenthood in early 2018, Paul Reiser‘s upcoming There’s Johnny, the first 13 seasons of UK reality series Made in Chelsea and the first 10 seasons of Syfy‘s Face Off. Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is a co-owner of Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Walt Disney Studios signed on as the premiere studio partner for National CineMedia’s movie theater pre-show Noovie, launching tomorrow. Also promoting shows on the big screen in October are Amazon (Lost in Oz), Hulu (Future Man), USA (Mr. Robot) and Showtime (White Famous).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nevision and Jigsaw Productions are co-producing documentary Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge, focused on the storied music mag, for HBO and UK’s Sky Arts. The HBO premiere will be in early November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox gave a script commitment plus penalty to Silicon Beach, a drama from McG (The O.C.), Brian Young (The Vampire Diaries) and 20th Century Fox Television. Series focuses on a young woman fighting to make her mark in the world of tech startups.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT ordered 8 episodes of Music City, from The Hills creator Adam DiVello and Lionsgate Television. The docu-series, following the professional and personal lives of a group of emerging artists in Nashville, is slated to premiere in January.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Here Comes the Neighborhood, from Jim Reynolds (Big Bang Theory), Kapital Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, landed a pilot production commitment from CBS. Comedy follows a nice guy from the Midwest who moves his family into a tough LA neighborhood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a competitive situation, ABC has committed to a put pilot for Broken Record, centered on a former superstar girl group attempting a second act. The project from The Mark Gordon Company is executive produced by Grammy winner Meghan Trainor, along with Danny Rose, Drew Comins, and Jenni Ross, who is writing the script. Trainor will also provide original music for the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Will Packer execs Korin Higgins and Monique Nash are teaming to launch independent TV production company Kronicle Media, aimed at developing diverse, female-centric content for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. ABC Signature is already onboard with a development deal for 2 dramas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion TV is collaborating with the teams on its digital properties to develop new programming. Car vs America, premiering Wednesday, October 18 at 8p, is the first TV series produced in conjunction with Gizmodo Media Group. Also on the slate are Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller, bowing Thursday, October 5 at 10p, The Root 100, a special airing Sunday, November 19 at 9; and special The Onion Presents, date TBD.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS dives into unscripted on Tuesday, October 24 with the premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild at 10p, followed by rap battle contest Drop the Mic at 10:30p. The hour-long block will “redefine what audiences have come to expect from TBS,” said Michael Bloom, SVP of unscripted and special event programming for TBS and TNT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 10 of Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles opens big on Thursday, November 2 with a supersized premiere from 9p-10:15p. Season 9 of the high-end real estate series averaged 1.6 million viewers, up 7% from the prior season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SundanceTV original series Liar and Australian comedy Rosehaven launched yesterday at 10p and 11p, respectively. Liar stars Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggat and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four).
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the season 4 premiere of PBS’s Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Bernie Sanders learns an uncle heroically went head to head with a Nazi officer, while Sanders impersonator Larry David discovers one of his ancestors was a slaveholding Confederate in Alabama. Episode airs Tuesday, October 3 at 8p (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Air Disasters returns to Smithsonian Channel for season 9 on Sunday, October 15 at 8p. First up: “High Rise Catastrophe,” focused on the crash of El Al Flight 1862 in the Netherlands.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT’s The Librarians is back for season 4 with a 2-hour premiere episode Wednesday, December 20 at 8p. Noah Wyle recurs in 7 of twelve 12 installments over the season as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT’s movie trilogy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rep. Steve Scalise, shot at a Republican Congressional Baseball team practice in June, gives his first interview since the shooting to 60 Minutes. Scalise and his wife Jennifer recount the attack on the CBS broadcast Sunday, October 1 at 7:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV celebrates an iconic rock frontman in Sammy Hagar’s 70th Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 14 at 1p. The daylong event includes 12 episodes of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, followed by Hagar’s episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The New York Comedy Festival, in association with TBS, announced additions to its 2017 lineup. Among them: “A Toast to the O.G.’s of Comedy,” which will include stand-up from young comedians as well as a conversation with Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer, from upcoming TBS comedy The Last O.G. Festival runs November 7-12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

City of Ghosts, from A&E IndieFilms/Amazon Studios, makes its TV debut on A&E Monday, October 2 at 10p. Directed, produced and filmed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land), the Emmy-winning documentary feature follows anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedic documentary The Problem with Apu premieres Sunday, November 19 on truTV. The hour-long cultural expose explores minority media representation, including the damaging legacy of The Simpsons store owner Apu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon and Volkswagen are onboard as sponsors for Fox Sports coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. As part of multi-platform deals, Verizon will sponsor the halftime shows, one for each of the 64 matches, and Volkswagen will sponsor the post-game shows. “The pace of sales we are experiencing across our networks and platforms reflects the excitement and anticipation of millions of soccer fans across the country,” said Fox Networks Group EVP of ad sales Bruce Lefkowitz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Natascha McElhone is leaving her role as reluctant First Lady on ABC’s Designated Survivor to star opposite Sean Penn in Hulu’s The First, Beau Willimon’s (House of Cards) drama about the first human mission to Mars. The British actress will wrap up her commitment for season 2 on Survivor before making her Mars move.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies) landed a series regular role on upcoming Fox medical drama The Residents….Elijah Kelly (The New Edition Story) nabbed a recurring role on season 2 of Fox’s Star….Courtney Grosbeck (Parenthood) will recur on season 7 of Showtime’s Homeland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is throwing a Will & Grace After Party across W&G social channels, YouTube, the NBC app, Hulu, E! platforms and NBC’s participating Owned and Affiliated Station sites starting tomorrow, September 29. The show, hosted by E! News executive editor Kristin Dos Santos and set in a New York-style bar, will be available the morning after the first 6 episodes are broadcast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s World News Tonight won the 2016-2017 season in total viewers with 8.3 million, a crown NBC Nightly News (8.2 million) had held for 20 years. NBC won the news demo with 2 million A25-54 versus 1.8 million for ABC. CBS Evening News delivered 6.6 million viewers and 1.5 million in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 2 premiere of NBC’s This Is Us was on fire (sorry), hitting a series high 3.9 among A18-49 in Live+SD and 12.8 million viewers. With that lead-in, Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders topped 10p with 1.6 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of MTV’s Teen Wolf on Sunday hit a season high .80 among P18-34. Versus the drama’s season 5 finale, the show was up +122%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A day-long marathon of That ‘70s Show on Laff reached nearly 2.6 million viewers, and set a network primetime record in Household delivery (167,000) and P25-54 (122,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

 

 

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