Good morning. It’s Friday August 5, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Saturday’s Premieres:
FYI: Tiny House Nation: Unpacked at 8p
Oxygen: Killer Couples at 9p

Saturday’s Finale:
Travel: Ghost Adventures at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Food: Chopped at 9p
Oxygen: Snapped at 9p, It Takes a Killer at 10p
Spike TV: Bar Rescue at 9p

Sunday’s Finale:
Travel: Xtreme Waterparks at 9p


NBCUniversal has sold over $1.2 billion in national advertising related to Rios Olympics broadcasts. “We are exceptionally well sold,” said Seth Winter, EVP of advertising sales for NBCU Sports Group during a conference call Thursday. “We are pretty much sold out of all of our premium inventory.”

The 2016 American Music Awards return on Sunday, November 20 at 8p on ABC. As always, the festivities feature artists honored in multiple musical genres, including pop/rock, alternative rock, country, rap/hip-hop and more.

Lily Tomlin has been named the 53rd recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award. The Grace and Frankie star will be presented with her award at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 29 at 8p. “She has an ability to create diverse and distinct characters that are at once familiar, eccentric and oh so honest  in a way that illuminates life’s hidden corners,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. “From Edith Ann to Frankie, her characters are wholly unique.”

Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews, CBS News’ SVP of News Administration, will be honored by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists with the Presidential Award of Impact on Friday, August 5 in Washington, D.C. during the NAHJ’s annual convention. “Ingrid is an exceptional newsroom leader and a mentor to so many colleagues,” said David Rhodes, President of CBS News. “She’s impacted the lives of countless journalists.”

Need to save some cash? Dish Network is targeting cost-conscious viewers with a new package. The Flex will deliver more than 50 channels for $29.99 a month with other services available for additional fees. The basic package includes AMC, TNT, USA, HGTV, E!, Cartoon Network, History, A&E, CNN, Discovery, TBS, Food Network, FX and TV Land.


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Kyra Sedgwick is heading back to primetime. The Closer star is set to star in Ten Days In the Valley. ABC has ordered 10 straight-to-series episodes of the drama following single mom and overworked TV producer Jane (Sedgwick), whose daughter goes missing in the middle of the night.

HBO greenlit a miniseries based on Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS, the 2016 Pulitzer-winning nonfiction book by Joby Warrick. The project is being developed by Bradley Cooper, who will serve as EP with Todd Phillips via their Joint Effort production banner.

HBO ordered Room 104 from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass. The anthology comedy is set in a single room of an average American hotel.

Nickelodeon, PBS, and Disney are just a few of our Kids !magination Award finalists. Help us to celebrate these outstanding honorees & many more during an awards breakfast on September 27 in NYC. Sign up for the event today!


ABC’s retro game show lineup forges on: the network has picked up all four revivals of Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.

ABC has ordered second installments of ABCd series Forever 31, I Can Find $3000 in Your Home and Newborn Moms for the newly relaunched ABC app. Additionally, the net has acquired two new series. American Koko, from Diarra Kilpatrick and Viola Davis’ JuVEe Productions, follows a satirical agency that solves sticky racial situations. I Like You Just the Way I Am, from New York Times best-selling author and actress Jenny Mollen, chronicles the misadventures of a woman who indulges her inner crazy-person.

ABC network president Channing Dungey fielded cancellation questions at the summer press tour. Asked why the network cut Stana Katic from Castle, only to eventually cancel the show, Dungey responded: “That’s a case where you have things running on two parallel tracks. We were always upfront with the studio and producers that we might not be bringing the show back for Season 9. [The studio/producers] did what they had to do [in case there was another season]. Ultimately, we did not feel like it was the right thing to do to order another season.” Regarding Nashville, Dungey noted that she “personally, really loved” the show. “But there were challenges, there were a lot of things to consider….We had a lot of conversations with (the show’s producers) Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios, but at the end of the day, we didn’t feel like this was something we’d be able to work out.” The exec added that she is “thrilled” the series has found a new home on CMT.

ABC is ditching the #TGIT tagline it used to market its Thursday lineup. Dungey explained that since the marketing strategy is associated “in particular” with Scandal, which won’t debut Season 6 until midseason – “it did feel like it would make more sense to wait to bring #TGIT back” when Olivia Pope, Fitz and company return to our screens in January 2017.

Dungey confirmed that the network is having talks with LucasFilm regarding a Star Wars series.  “We will continue to have conversations with them. It would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand to our programming,” she noted.


The second annual Latin American Music Awards will be broadcast on Thursday, October 6 on Telemundo. The red carpet pre-show, La Alfombra de Latin AMAs, kicks off the festivities at 7p, followed by the three-hour show at 8p. Nominees will be announced on Wednesday, August 31.

Viceland’s Gaycation presents a special episode on Wednesday, August 24 at 10p focused on the aftermath of the shootings in Orlando, Florida. Gaycation Presents: Orlando features Ellen Page and Ian Daniel speaking with a diverse group of individuals affected by the attack. The series returns for its second season on Wednesday, September 7 at 10:30p.


Cheer Squad bows Monday, August 22 at 10p on Freeform. Series takes viewers inside the world of competitive cheerleading.

Oprah: Where Are They Now? returns Saturday, August 13 at 10p on OWN. The new season features celebrity updates with hip-hop legend Sir Mix-A-Lot, former teen heartthrob Kevin Jonas and I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden.

Bravo brings back one of its fan-favorite families on Wednesday, September 14 at 10p with the return of Don’t Be Tardy….


The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow has nabbed Matthew MacCaull (iZombie) to play Henry Heywood, Sr., aka Commander Steel. The show’s sophomore season premieres Thursday, October 13 at 8p.

UnREAL bachelor B.J. Britt will recur on FOX drama Pitch. He’ll play the older brother of the first woman to play in the MLB.

James Norton landed the lead in upcoming BBC One event series, McMafia. Inspired by the bestselling book by Misha Glenny, the project takes a look at global crime and its far reaching influence.

In other BBC One news, Sean Bean has been cast as the lead in Broken, a six-part drama series. Bean will play Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish.


Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop returns with a one-hour TV event on Saturday, August 20 at 8p. The special episode features three all-new original songs performed by XO-IQ and cameos from Nancy O’Dell, dancer/choreographer Chachi Gonzalez, social media star JoJo Siwa radio and TV personality Zach Sang and DJ Maxwell (Nick Radio).

Canal Once, Mexico’s public broadcasting network, premieres science-focused children’s adventure series, Sofia Luna, Agente Especial on Tuesday, August 9 at 1p.


Tricon Films & Television has sold scripted, lifestyle, and documentary series totaling more than 100 hours of programming to Foxtel Australia, NITV Australia, ZNS Latin America/Bahamas, Bell Media Canada and Thaole Vietnam. Among the series sold: Reelside, Inocente, The Restorers, Independence USA, Muscle Car, We Ain’t Terrorists and Hard Rock Medical.

Spain joins the long list of countries developing Deal With It. Keshet International has sold the hidden camera game show to DTT channel TEN. Following the successful run of the U.S. show, TEN has opted to produce a local version, which will air later this fall.

Remedy Productions announced the return of Channel 4’s Fifteen to One. The daytime quiz show will be back with 100 episodes for the UK broadcaster.


Apple’s mom has signed on for a new unscripted series co-produced by Apple and Propagate. Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am and digital entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk will serve as mentors and advisors to app developers on Planet of the Apps. Paltrow and will.i.am. will also EP the project. “Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating,” said Paltrow. “This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples’ lives.”

Netflix is now a co-producer on ITV and Red Production Company’s conspiracy thriller drama Paranoid. The eight-part drama premieres on ITV and on Netflix later this year.

To celebrate what would have been Lucille Ball‘s 105th birthday on August 6, American Masters Podcast will feature Doris Singleton, Fran Drescher and Carol Burnett discussing the comedy icon’s successes and challenges as one of America’s first women media moguls and television sensations. Hosted by EP Michael Kantor, new episodes of the podcast are available biweekly on the In Their Own Words: The American Masters Digital Archive.








The season four premiere of Doc McStuffins was Disney Junior’s #1 series telecast of 2016 among Kids 2-8 (2.8 rating) and the third most-watched series telecast ever in Total Viewers (1.4 million). For its premiere and encores, the episode reached over 11 million Total Viewers, including 4.4 million Kids 2-8 and 3.7 million A18-49.

With its 3-hour broadcast of the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, ABC took second on Wednesday among Total Viewers (5.5 million) A18-49 (1.1/4-tie), while finishing #1 on the night in A25-54 (tie), A18-34 and across key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54). Moving up to take the lead at 9p after CBS’ Big Brother, the show ranked #1 in Total Viewers and A18-49 in each half hour from 9-11p.

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Orange County (7/25) delivered a season high among P18-49 and total viewers, earning 1.6 million P18-49 (up 3 percent versus the prior week’s episode), 1.9 million P25-54 P25-54 and 3 million total viewers (up 2 percent). The Below Deck Mediterranean (7/26) finale delivered a third consecutive season high among P18-49, earning 1.1 million P18-49 (up 2 percent versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 and 2 million total viewers. The Real Housewives of New York City (7/27) hit a season high among P25-54, delivering 1.3 million P18-49 (up 10 percent versus the prior week’s episode), 1.5 million P25-54 (up 11 percent), and 2.5 million total viewers (up 9 percent).


Corus Entertainment has appointed Athena Georgaklis as Head of Development for Nelvana. Georgaklis has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than 19 years, most recently overseeing original productions for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON network.

Fernando Gaston is joining NBC Universo as Vice President of Production and Development. He previously served as Senior Vice President of content for MTV/VH1/Comedy Central Latin America, under Viacom International Media Networks.

Friday Fun Fact: The average American will watch 9 years of television in his or her lifetime.

This Day in History: 1998 – Whose Line Is It Anyway?, starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie and Wayne Brady debuted on ABC.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What was the first multi-camera sitcom to be filmed before a live audience? I Love Lucy (1951-1957). Kudos to: Jeff Erdel-The Erdel Public Relations Corp./Island Park, NY; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consultint/NYC; Tim DeLaney-

Showtime Networks Inc./NYC; Dennis Maguire-Apple/Tampa,FL; Rick Pike-InterMedia Advertising/Woodland Hills, CA; Hava Garber-Linzack Productions/Chatsworth, CA; Ed Horowitz-LMNO Entertainment Group, LLC/Encino, CA; Bruce Starin- Formation Television/Los Angeles, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Which character on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978) was a grownup orphan? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.).

Initial This: AJ played CJC in TWW (Email trivia@cynopsis.com; first three respondents with the correct answer who aren’t in trivia – will be posted along with the answer on www.Cynopsis.com.)

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ABC: Shark Tank[r], What Would You Do?, 20/20

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles [r], Hawaii Five-0 [r], Blue Bloods [r]

CW: Masters of Illusion [r], Masters of Illusion [r], Penn & Teller: Fool Us [r]

FOX: MasterChef

NBC: Rio Olympics [r]

PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose: The Week, The Great British Baking Show, POV [r]

Telemundo: Silvana Sin Lana, Sin Senos Si Hai Paraiso, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote

Univision: Un Camino Hacio el Destino, Tres Veces Ana

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