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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/6/20)
NETFLIX: Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” (Premiere)
BET: Tyler Perry’s Ruthless (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Building Giants (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Summer House (Finale) at 9pm
CW: Riverdale (Finale) at 8pm
HISTORY: Eating History (Finale) at 10pm
IFC: Brockmire (Finale) at 10pm
PBS: H2O: The Molecule That Made Us (Finale) at 9pm

Nat Geo drama The Right Stuff has moved to corporate cousin Disney+, where it will premiere this fall. Produced for National Geographic by Appian Way and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the series is adapted from Tom Wolfe’s nonfiction account of the early days of the US space program. “The wonderful team of storytellers at National Geographic, Warner Horizon Scripted Television and Appian Way have crafted a compelling and entertaining tale and we are honored to give it a global home as the first scripted Disney+ original series from National Geographic,” said Ricky Strauss, President, Content & Marketing, Disney+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season seven of NBC’s The Blacklist will end with a twist – an episode that’s a hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. The season’s 19th episode was midway into filming in New York when production was halted due to COVID-19, so producers decided to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes. Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes, as editors and animators complete their work remotely. The finale airs Friday, May 15 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS will hold a virtual upfront for advertisers on May 18-19. “I planned to be – and frankly, I’d rather be – writing to you this time of year to invite you to one of our intimate upfront dinners or our annual celebration at Carnegie Hall,” wrote ViacomCBS sales chief Jo Ann Ross in a note to advertisers. “Clearly, the current climate is different, but as they say at Carnegie, the show must go on!” A series of short virtual presentations will cover the company’s Entertainment & Youth and Kids & Family divisions, as well as Pluto TV, on May 18. CBS and CBS All Access will take the (virtual) state on May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and other top NBCU execs will take a 20% salary cut, while 2020 salary increases for those making over $100,000 are being rolled back as part of a cost saving effort launched as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. “At NBCU, there is no question that the current environment is having a significant impact on our company’s performance,” wrote Shell in a memo to employees. “While many parts of our television operation are enjoying increased ratings, most segments of the company are operating in a very difficult environment. Our theme parks are closed, most of our scripted film and television productions have ceased, sports programming (including the 2020 Olympics) has been delayed, and advertising revenue is starting to fall….Getting through times like this remind me of what a great company we have and, with your help, I know we can emerge from this even stronger.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC Owned Television Stations has launched a call-to-action campaign, #BeLocalish, to help support local businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. ABC’s owned stations are telling the stories of small businesses on the frontlines, showcasing resilience, ingenuity and compassion as well as offering practical ways that local businesses can continue to thrive. “Now more than ever, our role as a news organization is expanding beyond delivering critical information to also serve as a resource to the communities in which we live and work,” said Jennifer Mitchell, SVP of content development for ABC Owned Television Stations. “The #BeLocalish campaign is a way for the entire station group to make a positive impact and rally support around struggling businesses at the heart of their communities.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewership was significantly up for AMC Networks brands as stay-at-home orders took effect, but ad revenue was down 11% in 1Q20 versus the same period last year. Distribution revenue fell 6% during the quarter impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Streaming offered a bright spot: between Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC, the company expects to generate 3.5-4 million paid subscribers by the end of 2020, two years ahead of the original target. “Our continued investment in key areas – creating strong content and valuable IP; growing our targeted SVOD services; and maximizing the value of our linear channels – is enabling us to navigate this challenging time and will continue to serve us well when this environment stabilizes,” said CEO Josh Sapan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Big Four TV networks were graded on their inclusion of Asian Pacific Americans in the annual Asian Pacific American Media Coalition report card – and unlike last year, all of the passed. For the 2018-19 season, ABC scored a B, CBS rated a B-, and NBC drew a C, all on par with their marks for the prior season. Fox was at the bottom of the class with a C-, but that’s up from an F last year. “While we continue to advocate for the networks to feature more APAs in leading roles, the Coalition applauds the increased inclusion of APAs in other venues,” said APAMC chair Daniel Mayeda. “We recognize that many of these programs and films would not have been possible without the training and opportunities created by the networks’ diversity efforts. But the networks themselves need to redouble their efforts to avoid slipping behind their streaming and cable counterparts in representing APAs.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz is suing MGM for breach of contract, alleging MGM unlawfully licensed shows for which Starz held exclusive rights. The situation “has caused at least one major distributor to question Starz’ value and significantly damaged Starz’ relationship with that distributor,” said the Lionsgate-owned company. Responded an attorney for MGM, “Starz is pretending that a routine licensing dispute with MGM, that had no meaningful financial impact, is the cause of Starz’s failure to win in the marketplace. We will vigorously defend against these claims.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Charter Communications announced the creation of Spectrum Scholars, a two-year educational program for eligible rising juniors with financial need. Charter and national non-profit organizations focused on supporting the needs and aspirations of underrepresented students will select 20 students who will each be awarded a $20,000 college scholarship to be used over the course of their junior and senior years. Students will also receive a Charter mentor and the opportunity to explore an internship at the company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max gave a straight-to-series order for a cooking series starring and exec produced by Selena Gomez for July Moon Productions, along with EPs Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of Intellectual Property. The ten-parter, slated for a summer debut, features the “Come & Get It” singer working to improve her cooking skills while stuck at home in quarantine.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max also gave a series order for a comedy starring Jean Smart (Designing Women) from Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky (Broad City). Michael Schur (The Good Place) is exec producing the Universal Television project, about the mentorship between a Las Vegas diva and an entitled 25-year-old outcast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Authentic Brands Group and 101 Studios have launched Sports Illustrated Studios, with plans for several scripted or unscripted films, TV series and podcasts per year adapted from the magazine’s content. “Sports Illustrated has covered every major story in sports since the 1950s and, before the Internet, they were often the only publication covering the most famous and memorable stories in depth,” said 101’s David Glasser. “Through this new partnership, we have the chance to bring these archival and current stories to life in ways people have never seen before.” First up: Covers, a look at SI’s top cover stories of all time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former President of Worldwide TV Distribution & Co-Production at Gaumont, Vanessa Shapiro, has launched a new LA-based distribution and production company, Nicely Entertainment, serving as its CEO. In addition to a 2020 movie slate featuring romance and holiday movies and a young adult drama series, the company is also in development on three new television series, which will be announced later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond is “set to go” as planned, launching in the fourth quarter despite the health crisis, said AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll during the company’s earnings call. The spin-off had originally been slated to launch April 16, but the debut date was moved in March.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Skydance Television has entered into an exclusive multi-year overall agreement with writer-producer Nick Santora (Scorpion, Prison Break). Under the deal, Santora, who currently serves as showrunner and executive producer on the studio’s series Jack Reacher for Amazon Prime, will create, develop and produce original scripted series for the studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) were confirmed as two of the directors for season two of Disney+ Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian. “I am truly humbled to say I have now had the very rare privilege of directing the biggest star in the universe,” tweeted Rodriguez on May 4 (Star Wars Day), posing with Baby Yoda. Production for the season has wrapped, and season three is in the works.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SaberSpark is launching his own animated content. Drunk ReCap, with a drunk Saber trying to recall the plots of animated movies, is being produced with an assist from Channel Frederator Network’s $1 million creative fund. The pilot episode debuts today, May 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add former President Obama and Michelle Obama to the A-Listers delivering virtual commencement speeches for the Class of 2020. They join Lady Gaga, Condoleeza Rice, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and more on YouTube on June 6. Facebook has another senior send-off, led by Oprah Winfrey, on May 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s Siesta Key is back for season three on Tuesday, June 16 at 8p. This go-round, the crew believes that keeping secrets and telling lies will maintain peace – but the truth comes out, of course, and “nothing will ever be the same.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kingdom of the Mummies starts a four-episode run on Tuesday, May 12 at 10p, following a team of archaeologists as they open four sealed, 2600-year-old sarcophagi from the age of the Pharaohs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series Isolation Stories debuts exclusively on streaming service BritBox on June 23. Produced by Jeff Pope (Philomena, A Confession) and his Factual Drama label, the four-parter was filmed under the rules of lockdown, by members of actors’ families.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital Media Rights reached a new agreement with Fuji Creative Corporation to acquire the rights to a variety of original series, encompassing more than 6,000 hours of programming. Titles including Daughter of Lupin, Absolute Boyfriend, A Girl & Three Sweethearts and Nodame Cantabile will be making their US premiere when they debut on DMR’s portfolio of streaming and linear free advertising-supported television channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV fans voted on Brother vs. Brother for the next “Fan Favorite Friday” marathon, running May 8 from 12-6p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Sportsman Group is introducing Backyard Ready presented by Exmark, focusing on the backyard – from grilling, deck improvement, lawns and gardens to swimming pools. “With spring in full bloom and the anticipation for better days ahead, Backyard Ready will soon be on all outdoor lovers’ minds,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group EVP Advertising Sales, Jason Brist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery has set a lineup of special programming that spotlights the global pandemic and illustrates why connections between people and the natural world are so important. “We took this unprecedented time in the world as an opportunity to re-think how we bring our talent and their stories and voices to audiences around the world,” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual. In addition to repeats of relevant episodes will be the debuts of Gold Rush – The Dirt From Home, premiering Friday, May 8 at 9p; Moonshiners: “Quaranshine,” date TBD; and Diesel Brothers: Hunkered and Bunkered on Monday, June 1 at 9p, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daytime TV actors will come together – virtually – on Saturday, May 9 at 8p for Daytime Cares: A Live Event, a variety show aimed at honoring soap opera fans during the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by Daytime Emmy Award winner Laura Wright and The Locher Room host Alan Locher, the show is presented in partnership with Daytime Cares, spotlighting non-profit organizations offering COVID-19 support and resources. StreamYard.com is sponsoring the event, which will be live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir had the four the most-watched program in all of broadcast and cable the week of April 27, topped by 11.228 million viewers on Wednesday, based on Live+SD Nielsens. For the first time in 24 years, the show was also the country’s #1 newscast in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49 season to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET’s Tyler Perry’s Sistas delivered 1.6 million total viewers P2+ during last Wednesday’s premiere (simulcast across BET and BET Her on 4/29/20), and was the #1 program in its timeslot for African Americans P18-49, 25-54, and P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Major League Fishing reeled in viewers as the top program on Outdoor Channel during 1Q20 with households, total viewers, and M25-54. It was MLF’s fifth consecutive year as the #1 series on Outdoor Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the week of April 27, Univision ranked as the #2 broadcast network in primetime among A18-34, with 253,000 in the demo, and finished as the fifth most-watched broadcast network with 613,000 viewers A18-49 and 1.6 million Total Viewers 2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.2 Live+SD Nielsen, steady with the week before) topped talk shows for the fifth week in a row the week of April 20. Preemptions for news reports on COVID-19 and the NFL draft hurt other shows, like season-to-date talk leader Dr. Phil (1.8, down 10%) and Ellen DeGeneres (1.7, down 11%). Family Feud (7.1, down 1%) broke a tie with Jeopardy (6.3, down 13%) to claim sole possession of first place among the game shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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