|NEWS OF NOTE
ABC to Focus on “American Idol” and “Roseanne” Reboots
From PromaxBDA: Citing her first upcoming development season, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey followed in the path of her network counterparts by touting the value of multi-platform viewership at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
“We have a number of shows here that go up in triple-digit percentages over seven days,” began Dungey. “And many of our shows double in the ratings from all the multi-platform viewing that is taken into account. We are the biggest network gainer from live plus same day to live plus seven, and we are the most social network.”
“Our viewers make an effort to watch and because they make that effort, they are more engaged when they do,” she added.
Season to-date (through July 30), and based on the first 45 weeks of this current season, however, ABC ranks third in total viewers, with 5.94 million and a loss of 11% year to year, according to Nielsen (based on live + seven day data through July 16; and live + same day for the most recent two weeks). In adults 18-49, ABC is fourth with a 1.5 rating/6 share and a loss of 17% year to year. For more, clickhere
ABC Celebrates 20 Years of “The View” with Pilot Rebroadcast
ABC daytime talk show “The View” will mark 20 years on the air this Friday with a rebroadcast of the inaugural episode, originally telecast on August 11, 1997. The original hosts were Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira, Joy Behar, Star Jones and Debbie Matenopoulos. For the original promo, click here
Tanika Ray Returns to “Extra”
Tanika Ray, who was a host and correspondent for “Extra” from 2004 to 2009, is returning to the syndicated entertainment-themed news show as co-host, along with Renee Bargh and AJ Calloway, and British TV personality Mark Wright. They join Mario Lopez for the 24th season, which premieres September 5.
“Extra” will continue to broadcast from Universal Studios Hollywood, in front of the studio’s iconic globe, and from various locations in New York, showcasing more two-on-one interviews.
FX and Comcast Partner to Launch FX+
Comcast and FX Networks will launch FX+, a new service that will allow Xfinity TV subscribers to upgrade to a platform featuring commercial-free current seasons of every FX and FXX original series and every season of many current and legacy library titles of FX originals. FX+ will launch on September 5th and Xfinity TV customers can add the new service to their video package for $5.99 per month.
In addition to offering complete in-season stacking rights to all of its current original series commercial free, FX Networks is now the first ad-supported cable portfolio to offer all seasons of the majority of its original series library, “American Horror Story,” “Damages,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “The League,” “Legion,” “Louie” “Nip/Tuck,” “Rescue Me,” “The Shield,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Terriers.”
FX+ will feature more than 1100 episodes of original programs spanning the past 15 years. The shows will be rolled out over a period of time and it is expected that the complete FX+ roster will be available in 2018. FX+ subscribers will be able to access the FX+ content via Xfinity On Demand, the Xfinity Stream app and website, and FXNOW. In the future, FX+ will also offer select series in 4K as well as temporary downloads of current season episodes.
Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Named Program of the Year at the 33rdAnnual TCA Awards
The Television Critics Association (TCA) has recognized the top programs and actors from the 2016-2017 television season at its 33RD Annual TCA Awards presentationon Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth, the results were determined from votes cast by the TCA’s membership, comprised of more than 220 professional TV critics and journalists from the United States and Canada.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu took home top honors for Program of The Year and Outstanding Achievement in Drama, while ABC sitcom “Speechless,” also a freshman series, won in the category of Outstanding Achievement In Youth. For the second year in a row, FX emerged as one of the evening’s biggest winners, with two wins for “Atlanta” (Outstanding Achievement in Comedy; Donald Glover for Individual Achievement in Comedy) and Carrie Coon for both FX drama “Fargo” and HBO drama “The Leftovers.”
The TCA also bestowed a Heritage Award to NBC sitcom “Seinfeld.” And Ken Burns for Career Achievement Award. For the complete listing of winners, click here
TV Tuesday with Douglas Pucci
This week, Douglas Pucci of The Programming Insider discusses the “losers” of this current lackluster summer season. To listen, click here
Trump in Late Night: Too Much of an Absurd Thing: Click here
TruTV Keeps Pushing New Comedy Brand Forward: Click here
PBS Forges Ahead Despite Threat of Federal Funding Loss: Click here
“Are Cable Networks Being Shortsighted with Summer’s Breakout Hits?”Click here