Good morning. It’s Friday October 28, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premiere:
A&E: Live PD at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
Cinemax: Quarry at 10p

Sunday’s Premieres:
DIY: Barnwood Builders at 9p
Food Network: Farmhouse Rules at 11:30a, Giada’s Holiday Handbook at 12p
HGTV: Island Life at 9p and 9:30p
Nat Geo: Years of Living Dangerously at 8p
Smithsonian Channel: Supercar Superbuild at 9p

Sunday’s Finales:
Bravo: Manzo’d With Children at 9p
Food Network: Halloween Wars at 9p
FX: The Strain at 10p


Yesterday was a big day for Raven-Symone: She started her morning announcing on The View that she’ll be exiting the talk show by the end of the year. “I have an announcement to make. No, I’m not pregnant… We’re doing a That’s So Raven II,” she said on air. She’ll be heading back to LA, where she’ll develop the as-yet-untitled  spinoff for Disney Channel and reprise her That’s So Raven character. The actress also will serve as an exec producer on the series. She and Disney Channel are beginning preliminary casting for the new family sitcom, which will continue the story of her character from the network’s first original multi-camera production, which told the story of Raven Baxter, a teen whose ability to glimpse flashes of the future often got her in hot water. Longtime writer/producer partners Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff (Best Friends Whenever) are also working on the development of the spinoff. As the pilot story goes, Raven is now a divorced mother to two preteen kids, a son and daughter, one of whom has inherited her ability to catch glimpses of the future.

As conversation swirls around her upcoming contract negotiations and her most recent on-air anti-Trump clash, this time with Newt Gingrich, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly will co-host Live with Kelly alongside Kelly Ripa on November 9, the morning after the Presidential election. Kelly is the latest guest host for Live since Michael Strahan left the program earlier this year to join Good Morning America.

The Peabody Awards is growing its advisory board. Joining the nearly two dozen existing board members are: Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer at Turner Entertainment; Zack Van Amburg, president of Sony Pictures Television; Craig Erwich, SVP and head of content at Hulu; and Wendy Clark, CEO of ad agency DDB North America.

In the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, Donald Trump is blaming the Access Hollywood hot mic for catching him boasting about his ability to forcibly kiss and grope women because he’s famous. In an interview scheduled to air last night on Catholic net EWTN, Trump is reported to say, “The microphones, I mean to be honest should, you know, should never have been on.”


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ABC is developing The Zipcovers, a ‘60s-era family comedy that hails from Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions. Written by Marshall Todd (Barbershop), series is about a divorced mother of three who moves her family to Austin, Texas, soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in an effort to be closer to her estranged sister. In Austin, her teenage son forms a Beatles-esque rock band, to the bewilderment of friends and family. Davis and Tennon executive-produce through JuVee, and Todd co-executive produces. ABC Studios, where JuVee has an overall deal in April, is the studio.

Fox has given a put pilot commitment to an untitled project from Ian Brennan, Glee and Scream Queens co-creator, and Juno scribe Diablo Cody that’s produced by Simon Cowell. The comedy centers on Marion Lolo, who has 26 synchronized swimming medals, one restraining order against her and a sum total of zero friends. 20th Century Fox TV is producing with Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

Bravo gave the greenlight to three new and three returning series. New additions include First Family of Hip Hop and Relative Success with Tabatha, as well as a franchise expansion with Southern Charm Savannah. Additionally, the network confirmed new season orders for Real Housewives of Dallas season 2, Southern Charm season 4, as well as Shahs of Sunset season 6 and Million Dollar Listing New York season 6. Season 3 of Southern Charm averaged 1.7 million total viewers, up 18 percent year-over-year.

Freeform picked up a fifth season of its original comedy series Young & Hungry. The new season will kick off production next week and will premiere in 2017. Young & Hungry wrapped its fourth season August 3 with strong season-to-season gains in Total Viewers and A18-49.

Pop ordered a 10-episode second season of its original scripted comedy Nightcap ahead of the series premiere next month. Ali Wentworth stars as an overworked talent booker on a fictitious late-night talk show; each ep features celebrity guests and the antics that go on behind the scenes. The series will premiere November 16 with back-to-back episodes on Pop.


CMT will bring back Director’s Guild of America Award-winning competition show Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge on Sunday, November 13 at 10p. The series stars sports and entertainment icon “Stone-Cold” Steve Austin, and attracted nearly 4 million weekly viewers last season.

AT&T’s Audience Network will debut the series Religion of Sports on Tuesday, November 15. Executive producers for the show are Michael Strahan, Gotham Chopra and Tom Brady.

Season 3 of Rickey Smiley For Real returns to TV One on Tuesday, November 15 at 8p. This season Smiley will continue to struggle to maintain his sanity by juggling his hectic business, family and personal schedules, while the camera also will follow the hijinx of his family and co-workers.

Food blogger Ali Khan will continue his search for the best Cheap Eats for breakfast, lunch, a snack and dinner with the season premiere of his series on Cooking Channel on Thursday, December 1 at 10p. With only 12 hours and $35 in his pocket, Khan is on a different quest each episode.

WE tv will launch paranormal docu-series Ghosts In the Hood on Thursday, January 5. Series blends humor with the supernatural and follows a group of diverse ghost hunters as they investigate unexplained phenomena across LA with their team O.P.O. (Official Paranormal Operations).

Fox is shaking its Bones for a final time. The longtime series, which has seen several schedule jumps in recent years, will premiere its final season on Tuesday, January 3, following the time slot debut of New Girl and premiere of new comedy The Mick.

“Destination Fridays,” a reality-based programming block, launched last week on INSP, includes Cash Cowboys, at 8p, State Plate at 9p, and season 2 of Handcrafted America at 9:30p.


CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will broadcast two live shows during the week of the Presidential election – Monday, November 7 and Wednesday, November 9 at 11:35p. Colbert will host both shows from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NY, and they will air in addition to the previously announced live election night special on Showtime on Tuesday, November 8 at 11p. For the Monday show Colbert will be joined by Don Cheadle, Katherine Waterston and Drive-By Truckers. On Wednesday, he welcomes Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

In other election week live programming news, Lifetime and ABC’s The View are teaming for a live 2½-hour primetime edition of the talker to air November 8 at 9p. The View Live Election Special will feature the show’s co-hosts from their set with a live studio audience, election-themed topics and activities and live reports from Times Square. Lifetime is encouraging voters to be heard through election-themed on-air interstitials made in partnership with theSkimm, the media company behind the popular email newsletter. UnReal star Shiri Appleby conceived, directed and exec-produced the interstitials.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. For the 20th year, Freeform returns with its 25 Days of Christmas programming event, December 1-25. This year’s holiday cheer will include the network television premiere of Holiday Joy and the Freeform premieres of Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups, Snow Buddies and Just Friends.

More additions to the 2016 American Music Awards lineup. James Bay and Fifth Harmony, as well as special duets from The Chainsmokers and Halsey, and Carlos Vives with Shakira, have been added to the show, which will broadcast live on Sunday, November 20, at 8p on ABC.

Halloween-themed episodes of Rosanne air Monday October 31 starting at 8p on Laff, with the show taking its regular Monday-Saturday 9-11p slot starting Tuesday, November 1.


TV Land has found its queen bee. For its TV reboot of the ‘80s cult movie Heathers, the network cast Melanie Field as Heather Chandler, who in the film was the cruel leader of a vicious clique of high school bullies. Brendan Scannel and newcomer Jasmine Matthews also join the cast. Field portrayed Madame Morrible in 1st National Tour of Wicked, among other roles; Scannel’s stand-up has been featured on Funny or Die.

Samara Weaving and Ismael Cruz Cordova joined the cast of Showtime’s comedy pilot SMILF, written, directed and starring Frankie Shaw and based on her film that takes a raw look at life as a single twenty-something whose desires for relationships, sex and a career collide with the realities of being a young single mother.

CASTING CALL: Sean De Simone Casting & QVC are casting F/T Host. Relocation to PA Req.  Should have exp in hosting TV, digital, radio or live events. Intelligent, enthusiastic, commanding & love for products a must. Candidates should be quick on their feet w/ability to improv & engage. Hosts should be friendly, credible, entertaining, sincere & sophisticated with an elevated sense of style & fashion contact  QVChostcasting@gmail.com (11/8)


Nickelodeon signed exclusive licensing partnership deal with JoJo Siwa to develop a line of consumer products inspired by the 13-year-old singer, dancer, actress and social media influencer. Nickelodeon will seek major merchandising and promotional partners, spanning categories including apparel, home furnishings, toys, publishing and more. Siwa is set to make her TV performance debut with her viral hit, Boomerang, at the 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Awards, premiering Sunday, November 27, at 7p.


The shocking season 7 debut of The Walking Dead on Sunday saw a 34 percent ratings growth internationally, marking the highest-rated launch in international distributor Fox Networks’ history. The season premiere’s growth was measured across 28 markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America where performance metrics were available overnight. The domestic broadcast saw 17 million tune into AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is reportedly close to sealing a $61.2 million funding deal with Access Entertainment, the company set up last May by former BBC director of television Danny Cohen. This according to UK trade publication Broadcast.

Hollywood Suite is celebrating its five years on the air this November by offering viewers a marquee of films, including the exclusive debut of James Franco doc F for Franco (November 5) and triple bills from Frank Sinatra (November 3), Josh Brolin (November 4), Franco (November 12), Sean Connery (November 13) and Will Ferrell and Wesley Snipes (November 19), among others.


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The battle between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians is scoring big for Fox. Wednesday’s Game 2 ratings, in which the Cubs avenged their prior night’s loss and tied the game score at 1-1, hit a seven-year high for World Series viewership. The primetime matchup scored 10.2/18, the best Game 2 showing since the Philadelphia Phillies and NY Yankees faced off in 2009.

Live + Same Day Household Ratings: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
FOX: 10.2/18
World Series Game 2 10.2/18
CBS: 4.2/8
Survivor 5.0/8, Criminal Minds 4.8/8, Code Black 3.7/7
ABC: 4.1/7
The Goldbergs 3.8/6, Speechless 3.6/6, Modern Family 4.4/7, Black-ish 3.5/6, Designated Survivor 3.8/7
NBC: 3.6/7
Blindspot 3.4/6, Law and Order: SVU 3.8/6, Chicago PD 3.7/7
Univision: 1.1/2
Tres Veces Ana 0.9/1, Vino El Amor 1.1/2, La Color de la Pasion 1.1/2
Telemundo: 1.0/2
Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1, Sin Senos Hay Par 1/2, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.2/2
CW: 1.0/2
Arrow 1.2/2, Frequency 0.7/1

Wednesday A19-49 Analysis: FOX 1.7/6, ABC 1.7/6, CBS 1.5/5, NBC 1.3/4, TELE 0.4/3, UNI 0.6/2, CW 0.5/2


Telemundo extended its multiyear contract with acclaimed Hispanic journalist María Celeste Arraras as host and editorial director of its afternoon news program, Al Rojo Vivo. The contract extension confirms that the network will continue to feature Arraras, one of the most influential figures in Spanish-language television in the United States, among its top talent.

Production company Tool signed director and photographer Danielle Levitt to its live action roster. Levitt has directed and photographed numerous advertising campaigns for blue chip brands, and recently won a 2016 Primetime Commercial Emmy Award for directing the Ad Council and R/GA’s much-acclaimed “Love Has No Labels.”

IRIS.TV, a video personalization company that enables streaming custom programming to individual users across devices, hired Zecca Lehn as a data scientist. Lehn most recently was an independent consultant and quantitative trader.

Friday Fun Fact: Election Day wasn’t on a fixed day until the mid-19th century. Congress set a uniform day for Presidential elections in 1845 as the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This allowed people to observe the Sabbath, travel to vote, and return home for Wednesday, which was observed as Market Day.

This Day in History: 1636 – Harvard College was founded as the first school of higher education in America. Its original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Which future sitcom and film star and his wife both auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 1995? Steve Carell and Nancy Walls (she made the cut, he didn’t). Kudos to: Claire Hambrick-A+E Networks/NY; Corey Lambert-Showtime Networks/NY; Alejandro Sacasa-Albavision/Miami; Adam Shuler-Nielsen/NY; Gretchen Brady-KTVT/Dallas; Charlie Conner-KOKI/KMYT/Tulsa, OK; Wendell Foster-ABC Entertainment Group/Burbank; Coleen Raymann-Disney ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution/Burbank; Allison Roy-WGN America/LA;

Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the only Angel to last the entire run of Charlie’s Angels (1976-81)? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: A limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.).

Game Show TV anagram: O Yellow Squash Door (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: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Shark Tank, 20/20

CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods

CW: The Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

FOX: 2016 World Series

NBC: Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, Dateline NBC

PBS: Washington Week With Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose – The Week, Bill Murray: The Mark Twain Prize, Eddie Murphy: The Mark Twain Prize

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

Univision: Despertar Contigo, Tres Veces Ana, El Color de la Pasion

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