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Turner Broadcasting might have been focused on its big Kevin Reilly hire on Tuesday, but they couldn’t ignore Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen’s comments during an earnings call about the eight Turner channels dropped October 21 in a carriage dispute. “When we take something down, we’re prepared to leave it down forever,” said Ergen. “Things like CNN are not quite the product they used to be.” In a release on Wednesday, Turner responded, “We are disappointed in the aggressive nature of comments from the Dish Network, particularly given the fact that Dish agreed to our rates and carriage proposal weeks ago….While there were clearly deal points to get done, they were not the type you would usually go dark over. So it is still unclear to us exactly what this dispute is about.”
IN THE NEWS
Back to Kevin Reilly. The former Fox chairman of entertainment’s new position as president of TNT and TBS and chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment not only melds the jobs of former Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin and TNT and TBS programming president Michael Wright, but “is bigger than Steve and Michael’s jobs,” said Turner Broadcasting president David Levy. “There will also be a melding into the business side…in terms of what we are going to do with the programming concepts that we are developing.” Reilly’s not going it alone, though he’s looking for a number two for “the day-to-day buying and running programming.”
CBS beat analysts’ projections for 3Q14, thanks in part to mid-term election ads and Thursday Night Football. While the net acknowledged some softness in the advertising marketplace, CEO Les Moonves said third quarter growth “reflects the success of our efforts to create and monetize our premium content. I am particularly pleased with the CBS Television Network’s encouraging start to the fall season, which has reloaded our owned content pipeline in a big way with Madam Secretary, Scorpion, and NCIS: New Orleans, along with new owned hits from Showtime and The CW.”
Not to worry, Neil Patrick Harris told the WGA East. Responding to the union’s warning that its members would refuse to write the variety show Harris is hosting for NBC in 2015 if they didn’t have a contract, Harris tweeted, “My variety show will absolutely be crafted by union writers. I’ve been assured by ITV that it will be a WGA show. Period.” ITV Studios America has been battling the guild over reality show deals (or lack thereof) since 2010.
Bob Mauro, former CBS VP of network operations and EVP and COO for Leo Burnett Worldwide, has been appointed president of NATAS. Mauro, most recently responsible for the broadcast operation clients at the Empire State Realty Trust, will take over NATAS sales, promotion, marketing, financial management and Emmy program operations.
RLJ Entertainment is launching digital subscription-based Urban Movie Channel, with a free trial period for subscribers through February 4 and an introductory price of $2.99/month. Said RLJ’s Robert L. Johnson, also founder of BET, “UMC was designed so that the African American and urban creative community could directly reach consumers in away that removes many of the restrictions associated with the legacy content development and distribution models. As more video is consumed over broadband, we believe that we can quickly become the preeminent provider of quality entertainment to what has largely been an underserved, yet highly engaged audience.”
Lifetime canceled supernatural drama Witches of East End. Season two’s summer run opened to 1.1 million viewers, down 42 percent from the series debut. Devious Maids is the net’s only scripted series left standing, but there’s more drama in the pipeline.
Fallon has the Edge: Days after the announcement that Metallica will spend five nights on the final week of CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, comes word that U2 will spend the same week, November 17-21, on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. U2 did a weeklong residency on Late Show with David Letterman in 2009.
Fox Networks launches a “Stream It and Dream It” sweepstakes today, designed to increase awareness of TV Everywhere services FOX NOW, FXNOW, Nat Geo TV, BTN2Go and FOX Sports Go. During the two-week promotion, viewers can sign in to any of the apps, using a tool on StreamItandDreamIt.com that links directly to pay-TV providers to secure their personal User ID and Password. Viewers without pay-TV Sign In credentials will be able to access the content using a two-hour temporary pass; content will include a promotion code that can be entered at StreamItandDreamIt.com for a chance to win $25,000.
The Weather Channel is holding a Winter #PrepRally today to prepare viewers for storm clouds ahead. The initiative spans all the net’s programming, with content like cold weather tips, advice for protecting pets and dressing the family for winter (sponsored by L.L. Bean).
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Adam Brody (The O.C.) and Lisa Joyce (A Master Builder) will star in a drama ordered by DirecTV about stepsiblings who fall in love. Written, directed and produced by Neil LaBute (Your Friends & Neighbors), Billy & Billie “is exactly the type of provocative and intriguing programming that [our viewers] have come to expect from Audience Network,” said Chris Long, SVP original content and production at DirecTV.
Turns out American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken wasn’t just running for a seat in the House of Representatives over the last few months – he was starring in a docu-series about the campaign. “This series is a raw and honest look at American politics through an incredibly unique and compelling candidate,” said Matt Hanna, Esquire’s head of original programming. Simon Chinn (Man on Wire) and Jonathan Chinn (American High) from Lightbox had camera crews rolling from the candidate’s announcement in February through his defeat, for a four-hour series premiering in early 2015.
The Perfectionist, based on the young adult book series by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard, is in the works at ABC Family. Drama project from Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Television is being exec produced by PLL’s Marlene King.
Netflix acquired the rights to the 13 A Series of Unfortunate Events novels by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), to adapt as a live-action series. The streaming company is producing the project with Paramount television. “I can’t believe it,” said Snicket. “After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”
VH1 gave the green light to docu-comedy series Barely Famous. Set for a March premiere, the satire stars sisters Erin and Sara Foster (daughters of music producer David Foster) as sibs who insist they would never do a comedy show, as they are being filmed by a camera crew.
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (The Bible) are partnering with writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics, on Faust, a faith-based, modern-day take on the classic legend about a scholar who sells his soul to the devil. Project is set at NBC.
American Heroes Channel is dedicating eight days of programming to veterans during its first “Duty, Honor, Courage” week, Sunday, November 9 through Sunday, November 16. Highlights include the premiere of one-hour special The Real Inglorious Bastards, Tuesday, November 11 at 10p, and a new episode of D-Day to Victory on Saturday, November 15 at 10p.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with UP premiere movie Naughty & Nice. Romantic comedy starring Haylie Duff (7th Heaven) and Tilky Jones (Nashville) as sparring DJs debuts Sunday, November 9 at 7p.
Ovation’s “The Battle of the Nutcrackers” event returns Monday, December 15, with viewers given the opportunity to vote for their favorite of four very different productions of the ballet on Ovationtv.com. Winner is revealed Monday, December 22 at 8p.
Momsters: When Moms Go Bad launches on ID with back-to-back eps on Black Friday, November 28 at 10p. Host Roseanne Barr does a live Twitter chat during the premiere with fans @DiscoveryID @TheRealRoseanne #Momsters, and also mans a “Watch ‘Til You Drop” marathon of her favorite ID episodes leading up to the show; viewers are invited to watch and win a $5000 shopping spree.
On a different note, pilgrimages to some of the holiest spots on earth are followed in upcoming PBS event Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler, launching Tuesday, December 16 at 8p (check local listings). “The most common theme in religion today is that everyone is a journey,” said author/adventurer Feiler. “In this series, we have a chance to experience that firsthand.”
MTV thriller Eye Candy, starring Victoria Justice (Victorious) as a computer hacker, premieres Monday, January 12 at 10p. Series based on the novels by R.L. Stine is exec produced by Jason Blum and Catherine Hardwicke in association with Blumhouse Productions.
It’s all about the furniture in new Spike TV design competition Framework, bowing Tuesday, January 6 at 10p. Hip-hop artist, actor and author Common hosts, as competitors compete for $100,00 and the chance for their work to be sold to a major manufacturer. Series was created by Dwight D. Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media.
USA summer series Royal Pains was renewed for seventh and eighth seasons, eight eps each. The sudsy medical drama from Universal Cable Prods wrapped 13-ep season six September 2, averaging 3.3 million viewers.
ID’s Fatal Vows is back for a third season of love turned lethal on Saturday, November 8 at 9p. First case: A man who ditches his family to marry a waitress, but someone snaps on the night of their wedding anniversary….
Season two of Atlantis premieres on BBC America Saturday, November 15 at 9p, the same day as its UK broadcast. Additions to the cast include Vincent de Jersey (Broadchurch) and Amy Manson (Being Human).
Oscar/Tony/Grammy/Emmy winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story) will voice the grandmother of the title character in Sprout animated series Nina’s World, premiering in 2015. Moreno was an original cast member on 1970s PBS kids’ show The Electric Company.
Minnie Driver (About a Boy) will narrate and play adult Wendy on NBC’s Peter Pan Live, Thursday, December 4 at 8p. “She’s a classy addition to our wonderful cast,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. Driver joins Allison Williams as Peter and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
Sanjay and Craig fan Anthony Bourdain (Parts Unknown) will guest as “a character not too different than myself, but more maniacal” on the Nickelodeon animated series, in an episode slated for 2015. “I’ve seen absolutely every episode,” said Bourdain. “This is a show I wish had existed when I was a kid.”
NBC event series A.D., a follow-up to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s The Bible, announced casting: Richard Coyle (Crossbones), Vincent Regan (The Musketeers), Adam Levy (Borgia), Juan Pablo di Pace (Dallas), Emmet Scanlan (Constantine), Chipo Chung (Sherlock), Jodhi May (The Crimson Field), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias), Greta Scacchi (Agatha Christie), and Babou Ceesay (Luther) are all aboard. Miniseries launches Easter Sunday, April 5.
Jerry O’Connell (We Are Men) will guest on NBC Tuesday night comedy Marry Me, reports EW. The episode is slated for January.
Dylan Baker returns for an episode as Colin Sweeney on season six of CBS’s The Good Wife, and Laura Benati will be back as Sweeney’s estranged third wife, Renata. Drama airs Sundays at 9p.
Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) will guest on season twelve of CBS procedural NCIS, airing Tuesdays at 8p.
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BRANDS AND ADVERTISING
Mercedes is driving away with TV ad effectiveness, according to Phoenix Marketing International research reported in Adweek. Compared to rivals Lexus, Audi and BMW, 30 percent of respondents who watched a broadcast ad for Mercedes said it lifted brand impression, versus a 26 percent average lift for the rest of the group. Among consumers who recalled the brand, 43 percent took additional action after seeing an ad, compared to the 38 percent average.
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DISTRIBUTION AND CARRIAGE
CMJ Distribution expanded its lineup with acquisition agreements for international rights for Superbike Family from Chet Burks Productions, and Gear Heads from Rio Vista Universal.
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The season two premiere of MasterChef Junior gave Fox a big ratings boost in Utopia’s former Tuesday slot, posting 1.8/6 among A18-49, versus the failed social experiment’s .8 average, and up 13 percent versus its series debut. The net’s New Girl got a 33 percent lift, to 1.6/5, versus its last original broadcast, and The Mindy Project saw an 18 percent lift, to 1.3/4.
Freshman grades: NBC’s Marry Me dipped 13 percent week to week to 1.3/4 on Tuesday, while ABC’s Selfie was down two tenths to .9/3 in back-to-back eps.
In election night coverage at 10p Tuesday, CBS had the most viewers in broadcast (5.4 million), while NBC scored the highest rating among A18-49 (.9/3). But the big winner was Fox News Channel, with an average 6.6 million viewers at 10p.
The season two premiere of History’s The Curse of Oak Island delivered 2.6 million viewers, a 4 percent bump versus its premiere earlier this year, and 1.1 million among A18-49, a 21 percent lift.
The return on Tuesday of Nat Geo’s Life Below Zero: The Thaw scored1.28 million total viewersand .6 P25-54,up 33 percent versus its fall 2013 season premiere, markingthe net’s highest rated telecast since the August premiere of Wicked Tuna: North v. South.
Tuesday A18-49 Analysis: FOX won the most A18-49 viewers Tuesday with 1.7/5, according to Nielsen. NBC topped 8p with 2.3/7 for The Voice, followed by 1.8/6 for Fox’s MasterChef Junior. It was a close call at 9p with 1.5/4 in both half hours of CBS’s NCIS, versus 1.6/5 and 1.3/4 for Fox comedies New Girl and The Mindy Project. NBC and Telemundo tied at 10p, for election coverage and Senora Acero.
A18-49: FOX 1.7/5, NBC 1.4/4, CBS 1.2/4, UNI 1.2/3, ABC .9/3, TELE .6/2, CW .5/1, ION .5/1
Live + Same Day Household Ratings: November 4, 2014 – time period averages. Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD.
NCIS: New Orleans [r] 6.2/10, NCIS [r] 7.4/12, Campaign 2014 3.7/7
The Voice [r] 5.9/9, Marry Me 3.0/5, About a Boy 2.3/4, Decision ’14 2.7/5
MasterChef Junior 3.1/5, New Girl 2.2/3, The Mindy Project 1.9/3
Selfie 2.5/4, Selfie 2.1/3, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.2/3, Your Voice Your Vote 2.1/4
Mi Corazon Es Tuyo 2.0/3, Hasta Fin del Mundo 1.7/3, Malquerida 1.1/2
Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.1/2, Criminal Minds 1.3/2
The Flash [r] 1.1/2, Supernatural [r] .7/1
Reina de Corazones .6/1, Los Miserables .7/1, Senora Acero 1.0/2
Visual effects and creative content studio Framestore appointed Alberto Mielgo as Design Director. Previously, Mielgo projects included serving as Art Director and Production Designer for Disney’s Tron Uprising.
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WHAT’S ON TONIGHT – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6, 2014
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder
CBS: Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Elementary
CW: The Vampire Diaries, Reign
FOX: Bones, Gracepoint
NBC: The Biggest Loser, Bad Judge, A to Z, Parenthood
PBS: This Old House Hour, Masterpiece Classic [r], Masterpiece Contemporary [r]
Telemundo: Reina de Corazones, Los Miserables, Senora de Acero
Univision: Mi Corazon Es Tuyo, Hasta el Fin del Mundo, La Malquerida
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