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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

NBC’s “Tomorrow Coast to Coast” aired one of the most famous interviews of host Tom Snyder’s career: his sit-down with Charles Manson in 1981, who was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the 1969 murders of nine people…Celebrity Birthdays: “The Waltons” star Richard Thomas is 66; “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen is 64; “The Breakfast Club” star Ally Sheedy is 55; The Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley, turn 31; “2 Broke Girls” star Kat Dennings is also 31.

-Did You Know?:
Although Geri Reischl as “Fake Jan” on “The Brady Bunch Hour” is synonymous with another actor inheriting an established role, there was also a “Fake John Boy.” Three seasons after Richard Thomas departed from “The Waltons, Robert Wightman took over as the eldest Walton sibling in the eighth and ninth seasons. Thankfully, Thomas returned for the reunion movies on CBS.


Highlights from the 2018 PromaxBDA Conference in NYC

YouTube TV Seeks an Easier Way to Watch, Says CMO Angela Courtin
Just last year, YouTube TV, Google’s entry in the market for live TV streaming services, launched in a competitive field that includes DirecTV Now, PlayStation VUE and Sling TV.

The goal was to offer a comprehensive national coverage with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox all included on YouTube TV, so users wouldn’t have to miss out on those “can’t miss” live TV moments. The benefits: Users can watch shows previously only available on YouTube Red, the ad-free YouTube subscription service. YouTube TV works on your TV, desktop, and your mobile devices. DVR space is unlimited. And the plan, according to Angela Courtin, Global Head of Marketing, YouTube TV & Originals, was to “optimize the platform to find the right audience and to understand that finding them could take some time.” 

“There was more freedom to have creative that is about launch, creative that is about audiences that are connecting with your content, and more time to actually just enjoy it,” said Courtin, who joined the digital streamer just last year and also spearheaded the marketing campaign for scripted drama “Cobra Kai” on YouTube Red, a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise. For more,click here

Linear Television Is Still Beneficial, According to Mike Benson of Amazon Studios
“Shows that find a deep core audience that love them, get obsessed with them and talk about them is still what we are really want, on any platform,” opened Mike Benson, Head of Marketing, Amazon Studios at an Industry Close-Up Session: Now/New/Next at the 2018 PromaxBDA Conference.

“If you go back, people love a show like “Modern Family” because they can see themselves in that family, or parts and pieces of it,” he said. “Then you have a show like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which represents this woman, even though it is set in 1958, that is trying to find her voice and I think that is incredibly relevant today.”

Benson, who was EVP, Marketing at the Disney ABC Television Group from 1998 to 2010 (and subsequently Chief Creative Officer at Time Warner, Inc. and President of Hurryback Holdings, Inc.) joined Amazon Studios in early 2015. In his current role, Benson is responsible for overseeing marketing and advertising for Amazon’s original TV series. For more, click here


RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Tuesday 6/12/18

Household Rating/Share
NBC: 6.1/11, CBS: 3.6/ 6, ABC: 1.8/ 3, Fox: 1.3/ 7, CW: 0.5/ 1

-Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening:
Fox: +30, ABC: +12, CBS: no change, NBC: -16, CW: -16

For the breakdown by network and half-hour for Tuesday, June 12, click here

Live+Same Day Data
-Monday 6/11/18: Click here

2017-18 Live+Same Day Season Ratings – Click here

Syndication 2017-18 Season Ratings: “Jeopardy!,” “Inside Edition,” “Millionaire” Increase Year-to-Year – Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research





WGN America Picks Up Comedy “Carter” and Drama “Gone”
WGN America unveiled two new originals: detective comedy “Carter,” starring Jerry O’Connell (“Billions”), Sydney Poitier Heartsong (“Chicago P.D.”) and Kristian Bruun (“Orphan Black”); and crime drama “Gone,” starring Chris Noth (“Sex and the City,” “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife”), Leven Ramblin (“The Hunger Games”) and Danny Pino (“CSI: Miami”).

“Carter” revolves around Harley Mackay (O’Connell), an actor playing a detective on a hit television show until he is forced to retreat to his sleepy hometown after an embarrassing public meltdown in Hollywood.  Now that he’s back, he taps into his acting experience to become a real-life detective, partnering with his two best friends, Sam Shaw (Heartsong) and Dave Leigh (Bruun). “Carter” will make its debut on WGN America on Tuesday, August 7.  Ten episodes have been ordered.

“Gone” follows the story of Kit “Kick” Lannigan (Rambin), survivor of a highly publicized child-abduction case, and Frank Novak (Noth), the FBI agent who rescued her. Determined never to fall victim again, Kick trains herself in martial arts and the use of firearms. She finds her calling when Novak persuades her to join a special task force he created dedicated to solving abductions and missing persons cases. Paired with former Army intelligence officer John Bishop (Pino), Kick brings her unique understanding of a predator’s mind to the team. The series is set to premiere in early 2019.

Pop TV Orders Comedy “Florida Girls”
Pop TV has greenlit a half-hour scripted sitcom called “Florida Girls,” which will head into production this fall. “Florida Girls” follows a quartet of female friends who are partying under the poverty line while navigating very relatable problems as they try to better their situations. Living in a dilapidated beach town full of alcoholics, these street-wise women haphazardly attempt to find self-worth and learn to “adult” in a society that deems poor, uneducated women as valueless. Their backbone ultimately lies within their tight-knit, non-judgmental and loving friendship.

Lionsgate will produce “Florida Girls” alongside 3 Arts and JAX Media (“Broad City,” “Younger,” “Search Party”). Series creator and executive producer Laura Chinn (“The Mick”) will star in the 10-episode series, which is based on Laura Chinn’s real-life.



AT&T Gets to Buy Time Warner in Legal Victory Over Justice Department
AT&T won the right to compete its $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner, which includes various media properties such as DC Entertainment and HBO, after US District Judge Richard Leon declined the Justice Department’s request to block the deal. Leon also didn’t impose any conditions on the deal, giving AT&T and Time Warner what amounts to a total victory in the case.

The merger, which combines one of the largest communications network providers with a major player in the entertainment market, may immediately trigger another deal between Comcast and Fox, which already has an agreement to sell its entertainment assets to Walt Disney.

“We are pleased that, after conducting a full and fair trial on the merits, the Court has categorically rejected the government’s lawsuit to block our merger with Time Warner,” David McAtee, AT&T’s general counsel, said in a statement. “We continue to believe that the pay-TV market will be less competitive and less innovative as a result of the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner. We will closely review the court’s opinion and consider next steps in light of our commitment to preserving competition for the benefit of American consumers.”



-2018 NFL Regular Season Weekly TV Schedule on Fox, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network – Click here
-2018 NFL Monday Night Football Schedule on ESPN – Click here




Starz Renews Drama “Vida” for Season 2
Starz has issued a renewal for a second season of half-hour drama “Vida” just days after it wrapped production on season one. Debuting on May 6, 2018, “Vida” follows two Mexican-American sisters (Melissa Barerra and Mishel Prada) from the Eastside of Los Angeles  who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighborhood, where they are confronted by the past and shocking truth about their mother’s identity.”

The new episode count and return date has not been announced yet. Six episodes aired in season one.



10 Key Highlights From Network Upfront Week – Click here
-Aggressive ABC to Launch 6 New Series This Fall: Click here
-CBS Announces 5 New Series This Fall; 8 in Total – Click here
-NBC: 3 New Shows This Fall; 9 in Total in 2018-19 – Click here
-Fox to Launch Just 2 New Series This Fall, Plus “TNF”: Click here
The CW Expands to Sundays, Adds 3 New Series – Click here
-Turner Networks’ Focus is On Faandom – Click here
-Univision Plans for Future Amid Continued Cost Cutting – Click here
-YouTube Boasts Both Scale and Safety at NewFronts – For more, click here
-Hulu Crosses 20 Million Subscriber Mark – Click here
-Linear Model Still Matters for Optimistic PopTV – Click here
-Connector’s Remain Sony Crackle’s Key Target – Click here
-Nat Geo Combines Science, Exploration Storytelling to Broaden Brand – Clickhere
-“New” Discovery Touts Scripps Networks Expansion at Upfronts: Click here
-With “Portlandia” Done, IFC Renews “Brockmire,” “Documentary Now” – Clickhere
-A+E Celebrates Females in Women’s Upfront – Click here
-Nickelodeon to Reboot “Blues Clues;” Introduce New Version of “TMNT” – Clickhere



“The Real Housewives of Orange County” will open on Bravo on Monday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET. This season, Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador and Kelly Dodd are joined by new housewives Emily Simpson and Gina Kirschenheiter. The logline: As the ladies face life’s ups-and-downs, they find the importance of each other’s support and friendship more than ever before.

Professional race car driver Danica Patrick has been chosen by Nickelodeon to receive the Legend Award at this year’s “Kids’ Choice Sports 2018.” Patrick, who became the first female winner in IndyCar Series history, will receive the award in recognition of her trailblazer achievements and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the racetrack. “Kids’ Choice Sports 2018” is hosted by Chris Paul and airs Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

Animated “Hilda,” which follows the adventures of a fearless blue-haired girl as she travels from her home in a vast magical wilderness full of elves and giants, to the bustling city of Trolberg, premieres on Friday, Sept. 21. It is based on the graphic novels by Luke Pearson.


“Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back” premieres on Fox…Season premieres: “Lucha Underground” on El Rey; “Ozzie & Jack’s World Detour” and “Wahlburgers” on A+E; “The Deed” on CNBC…For the primetime schedule for Wednesday, June 13, click here



Welcome to the “Motel California”

Which one of the following five TV characters had a car he nicknamed the “Motel California”?

a) Al Bundy
b) Phil Dunphy
c) Joe Mannix
d) Buz Murdock
e) Mario “Salami” Pettrino

The answer to yesterday’s question…

Historically, the principal actors in three live action comedies were all awarded with Emmys for their performances. Two of them are “All in the Family” and “Will & Grace.” What is the third one?

a) “Everybody Loves Raymond”
b) “Frasier”
c) “The Golden Girls”
d) “I Love Lucy”
e) “MASH”

…is: c) “The Golden Girls,” which featured Emmy Award wins for Bea Arthur (Dorothy), Rue McClanahan (Blanche) and Betty White (Rose) for Outstanding Leads Actress in a Drama; and Estelle Getty for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, Steve Ellis (2x), Steven Franks, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon,  Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, Synda Kollman, Joe Swaney