Good morning. It’s Friday November 11, 2016, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Tonight’s Premieres:
Bravo: Married To Medicine Houston at 9p
Disney Channel: Mech X4 at 8:30p
History: The Warfighters at 8p
Viceland: Payday at 9p

Tonight’s Finale:
HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher at 10p

Saturday’s Premieres:
A&E: The Killing Season at 9p
Animal Planet: Pit Bulls and Parolees at 9p, Project Grizzly at 10p
GAC: Texas Flip N Move at 8p
HGTV: House Hunters Renovation at 10p

Saturday’s Finales:
ID: True Nightmares at 10p
OWN: Iyania, Fix My Life at 9p

Sunday’s Premieres:
Cooking Channel: Unique Sweets at 10p
CMT: Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge at 10p
Food Network: Clash of the Grandmas at 10p
Fusion: The Traffickers at 10p and 11p
Oxygen: Snapped at 9p
TNT: Good Behavior at 9p and 10p

Sunday’s Finales:
GAC: Flea Market Flip at 8p
Showtime: Masters of Sex at 10p


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Lesley Stahl will conduct President-elect Donald Trump’s first extensive post-election interview on 60 Minutes this Sunday, November 13 at 7p on CBS. Stahl will also speak to the Trump family, including First Lady-elect Melania, Ivanka, Tiffany, Eric and Donald Jr., at the interview tomorrow in the Trumps’ Fifth Avenue residence in New York City.

Former cast member Kristen Wiig returns to NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 19 for her second time as host. She’ll be joined by The xx, in their musical guest debut.

The Breakthrough Prize will mark its fifth anniversary celebrating top achievements in the fields of physics, life sciences and mathematics, with a ceremony on Sunday, December 4, at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and featuring a performance by Alicia Keys. National Geographic Channel will broadcast the event live.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS will feature performances by Grammy-winning musicians Sting and Miranda Lambert. The special, which will be broadcast Thursday, November 24 from 9a-noon, will be anchored by Entertainment Tonight host Kevin Frazier and The Insider’s Keltie Knight.

Call for submissions: The first edition of Weekender, the Cynopsis weekly eNewsletter highlighting can’t-miss programming news, movies and industry events, comes out Thursday, December 1. If you have a premiere coming out or industry event any weekend in December, please email Lynn@Cynopsis.com with details.

A Donald Trump presidency could be a boon for cable companies. This from Liberty Media chairman John Malone, who yesterday told investors that Trump’s stated opposition to regulations that don’t have a clear economic payoff  “will be favorable.”


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NBC gave a script commitment with penalty to a series based on the 2012 surf movie Blue Crush. Lizzy Weiss, who co-wrote the movie with John Stockwell, will pen the series adaptation and executive produce. The movie’s producer, Imagine’s Brian Grazer, also will executive produce with the company’s Francie Calfo. Universal TV is the studio, co-producing with Imagine Television.

USA Network is jumping on the true crime drama bandwagon with the serial Unsolved. The network gave a pilot order to the scripted series that chronicles the police investigations into the murders of music artists Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. The pilot is directed and exec-produced by Anthony Hemingway, Emmy winner for his directing work on FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

With the explosion of mobile, podcasting has become the hot new way to reach consumers with ads that aren’t easily skipped and feel authentic to listeners. Are you using this remarkably effective new tool to connect your TV shows and brands with an audience Nielsen Scarborough reports as 70 percent between the ages of 18-44, with a household income $12,000 above the national average? Learn more in the November 29 Cynopsis webinar, How to Use Podcasting to Amplify Your Brand. Register here.

Zero Gravity Management optioned A’Lelia Bundles’ bestselling biography On Her Own Ground, the story of African-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will star as Walker and also produce the project, written by Nicole Asher (Coco) and directed by Kasi Lemmons (Shots Fired). The company will develop the story as a limited series and shop it to networks.

It Was Him, a six-part documentary series from Objective Media Group, got an order from Spike TV.  The series examines convicted killer Ed Edwards and will be part of the new Spike Serialized franchise, for limited-run non-scripted series

Entertainment One is partnering with Stolen Sky Productions and LBI Entertainment to co-develop and co-produce a travel series with musician Dave Matthews. An international cultural exploration show through music, the series builds on Matthews’ knowledge for the subject matter following his involvement in a US government cultural mission to Cuba that included the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the National Endowment of the Arts. In each hour-long ep, Matthews will land in a new location and embark on his own mission to explore areas of the world where are there are large cultural divides and misconceptions.

NBC is no longer moving ahead with Endemol Shine Studio project Patient Zero. From The Imitation Game writer Graham Moore and World War Z director Marc Forster and co-developed by Sky, the drama received a 10-ep, straight-to-series order in May 2015. Sky, which was to serve as the series’ UK network, has also dropped it.


Discovery en Espanol will premiere to the US Hispanic market El Mejor Amigo del Hombre (Dogs: The Untold Story), a five-episode series that will reveal how the amazing canine species became human’s closest ally and best friend, beginning Sunday, November 13 at 7p.

Every fall, tourists from around the world descend on “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill, Manitoba. This community of about 800 people in Northern Canada is home to the annual migration of more than 1,000 polar bears that pass through as they wait for the Bay ice to return. New Smithsonian Channel docu-series Polar Bear Town, premiering Wednesday, November 16 at 8p, documents a season in Churchill.

Bravo Media’s first original scripted series, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, returns for season three on Wednesday, January 11 at 10p. The show follows Abby McCarthy (Lisa Edelstein) and her tightknit circle of friends, as they pick up the pieces and explore a newfound sense of freedom.

Season 2 of Syfy’s The Magician launches Wednesday, January 25 at 9p. Viewers can play catch-up on the drama’s first run with a marathon Saturday, November 12 from 9:30a-11p. The Expanse debuts with a double episode on Wednesday, February 8 at 10p.

Three celebrity chefs determined to give back to the community are profiled in Unichef: Uniting Through Food, based on the best-selling book by Hilary Gumbel and airing on TLC and Discovery Family on Tuesday, November 17. Gumbel talks about how the project came together, and why the networks were suchgreat partners, in the latest Cynsiders.


Reelz is lining up Veterans Day programming to honor the holiday. Documentary The Real M.A.S.H airs Friday, November 11 at 9p, tracing the original stories and people that inspired the fictional TV series and movie about the Korean War. Reagan: From Movie Star to President airs Saturday, November 12 at 9p; and American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes airs Sunday, November 13 at 11a, with stories that remind us of who we are as Americans and featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Leslie Odom Jr. and more.

CMA’s entertainer of the year, Garth Brooks, will join ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live for two consecutive nights, November 15 and 16.

RFD-TV kicks off new four-part series A Tribute to Merle Haggard tonight at 8p. The series showcases never before seen episodes of Country’s Family Reunion, and include special appearances with Haggard’s three sons alongside friends, singers, and songwriters who come together to pay tribute to the country music legend. Guest include Ben Haggard, John Conlee and Vince Gill. Episodes will air on subsequent Fridays through December 2.

UP added an additional US premiere movie to its previously announced “We Get Christmas” lineup. In Falling For Christmas, a champion figure skater becomes injured and is sent to a rehabilitation center in the snowy mountains where she meets and falls for a ruggedly handsome local man who shows her there is more to life than competition. The romantic comedy premieres Saturday, November 26 at 7p and stars Leah Renee (Satisfaction), Niall Matter (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Michael Tiegen (TRON: Legacy), Gracyn Shinyei (When Calls the Heart), Lochlyn Munro (White Chicks) and Lisa Whelchel (The Facts of Life).

Nat Geo Wild will air a Wild New Zealand three-fer on Sunday, November 27 at 8p, 9p and 10p, as part of Destination Wild. The special eps will take viewers on a journey that includes majestic mountainscapes, exotic rivers and dramatic volcano plateaus.

PBS will whet viewers’ appetites for the holidays with two marathons of The Great British Baking Show spinoff The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass. Special episodes will air Saturday, November 19 from noon to 6p and Saturday, December 17 from noon to 6p, showcasing Thanksgiving and holiday-inspired recipes from the show’s celebrity chefs Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

In other PBS news, local stations will debut Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes, an uplifting new special co-produced WGBH, on Friday, December 16 at 10p. Acclaimed chef Lidia Bastianich pays homage to the men and women of our military and the life-saving sacrifices they make daily for our freedom.

CNN will debut Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray on Thursday, December 1 at 9p and 11p with limited interruption. The movie, which world-debuted at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival in April, probes motivational speaker Ray’s meteoric rise, jail time and return to the $11 billion self-help industry following his conviction for negligent homicide in the 2009 deaths of three people at one of his events.

CBS wlll air the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized classic episodes of the series, on Friday, December 2 at 8p. Episodes included are “The Christmas Episode,” first broadcast on CBS in 1956, and the newly colorized “Lucy Gets in Pictures.”

Maroon 5 will be joined by Kendrick Lamar to perform their single “Don’t Wanna Know” together for the first time on national television during the 2016 American Music Awards, Sunday, November 20 at 8p on ABC.

Coming off the premiere of docuseries Rob & Chyna, E! will present Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s journey as they start their new family with the Rob & Chyna Baby Special, premiering December 18 at 8p.

Three days before the Super Bowl, ESPN Films will premiere the 30 for 30 documentary This Was the XFL, on February 2 at 9p on ESPN. Directed by Charlie Ebersol, the special chronicles the short-lived, ill-fated pro football league.


Starz is bolstering the ranks for Season 3 of Outlander, now filming in Scotland. Hannah James and Tanya Reynolds will play the Dunsany sisters, Geneva and Isobel, respectively.


Starz and Starz Encore premium pay TV channels and services will be available on the new AT&T streaming service DirecTV Now, when it launches later this month. DirecTV Now will feature 8 Starz Encore channels, with more Starz channels to be added at a later date, including the full Starz and Starz Encore VOD catalogs. The news comes as part of a recently completed multi-year agreement that extended Starz’s longtime relationships with AT&T/DirecTV.


ITV, the British commercial broadcast channel that’s home to The Voice and The X Factor, said during an analyst call yesterday it expects a 7 percent year-over-year drop in Q4 ad revenues due to increasingly cautious advertisers and the current uncertain political climate.


The second season of animated series Sonic Boom will premiere on Boomerang Saturday, November 12 at 6p, following the antics of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks as they take on bizarre cases of mistaken identity, androids from an outlandish land and more.

TV icon Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie) revisits her genie roots and gets animated in a brand-new episode of Nickelodeon’s preschool series Shimmer and Shine. In “The Crystal Queen,” premiering Friday, November 18, at 11a, Eden plays Empress Caliana, a quirky genie empress and mentor to Samira, the genie princess.

On November 23, PBS Kids will premiere a night of ocean adventures, including the brand new Wild Kratts movie Creatures of the Deep! The movie will be followed by the premiere of the network’s newest series, Splash and Bubbles.

Cartoon Network launched MagiMobile, an immersive app that expands the storytelling universe of its original series Mighty Magiswords, which premiered in September. The app is available now for free on iOS, Google Play and Amazon.


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Hillary Clinton’s concession speech Wednesday delivered record ratings to the cable news networks. Fox News Channel scored the largest crowd in its history for the 11a-noon time slot, with 7.9 million viewers tuning in to the network to watch. CNN and MSNBC hit their biggest numbers of the day covering Clinton’s morning speech. Another 5.4 million viewers watched her remarks on CNN, while 2.2 million tuned in to MSNBC.

UP attracted almost 5.5 million total viewers on Saturday and Sunday to its family-focused “We Get Christmas” holiday content, a significant increase, according to the network.

Overnight Affiliate Household Ratings: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated. Live+SD
ABC: 5.6/10
The Goldbergs 3.9/7, Speechless 3.46, Modern Family 4.3/7, black-ish 3.35, Designated Survivor 3.7/7
NBC: 5.0/9
The Voice 5.8/10, Timeless 3.3/6
CBS: 3.6/6
Survivor 5.2/9, Criminal Minds 4.6/8, Code Black 4.1/7
FOX: 2.1/4
Lethal Weapon 4.5/7, Empire 5.0/8
Despertar Contigo 0.9/2, Vino el Amor 1.2/2, El Color de la Pasion 1.1/2
TELE: 1.0/2
Silvana Sin Lana 0.8/1, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso 1.0/2, Senora Acero 3: La Coyote 1.1/2
CW: 0.7/1
Arrow 1.1/2, Frequency .7/1

Wednesday A19-49: FOX 2.4/8, ABC 1.7/6, NBC 1.2/4, CBS 1.4/4, TELE .7/3, NI .6/2, CW .5/2
Source: Nielsen

Overnight Affiliate Household Ratings: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 time period averages.
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated.
NBC: 6.7/10
Decision Night in America 6.7/10
ABC: 5.7/8
Your Voice Your Vote 5.7/8
CBS: 5.2/8
Campaign 2016: Election Night 5.2/8
FOX: 2.4/4
You Decide 2016: Election Special 2.4/4
Noche De Elecciones 1.6/2
TELE: 1/1
La Batalla Final Decision 1/1
CW: .5/1
The Flash .8/1, No Tomorrow .5/1

Tuesday A19-49: NBC 4.4/11, ABC 2.9/8, CBS 2.6/7, UNI 1.3/3, FOX 1.5/4, TELE 0.7/2, CW .3/1
Source: Nielsen


Roger Keating, who joined Hearst Television in 2008 as SVP, digital media, has been promoted to chief strategy and business development officer. Prior to arriving at Hearst, Keating ran a number of regional businesses at Time Warner Cable and led AOL’s health and travel verticals, among other endeavors.

Discovery Communications promoted Jhamal Robinson to SVP, production management and Heather Sokolow to VP, production management for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science. Robinson previously was VP of production management; Sokolow served as production manager and director.

Jamie French has been named VP, programming publicity, for Starz. French joins Starz after most recently serving as VP of communications and talent relations at Esquire Network and VP of communications for Style Network.

Production and distribution company Boat Rocker Media elevated Samantha Traub to COO and Michel Pratte to chief revenue officer. Traub joined Boat Rocker Media, then Temple Street Productions, in 2007 as VP, business and legal affairs; Pratte joined Boat Rocker in 2008 and was promoted to director, strategy & business development.

Friday Fun Fact: 85 percent of Americans said they favor expanding background checks for gun buyers, according to a Pew Research Center poll conducted in July 2015. Both Democrats (88 percent) and Republicans (79 percent) supported the idea.

This Day in History: 1831 – Nat Turner, a slave and educated minister, was hanged in Jerusalem, VA, after inciting a slave uprising.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who guested as daytime talk show host Dottie on Murphy Brown (1988-1998)? Shelley Long. Kudos to: Ed Goode-Connelly Partners/Boston; Andrew Goldman-TVtibi/NY; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Deerfield Beach, FL; Charles Mannino-TE SubCom/Eatontown, NJ; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NY; Eric Litt-Tribune Broadasting/Chicago; Judy Margolis-The Ad Place/Dallas; Paul Blutter-Hollywood Depot Rentals/Burbank; Hava Garber-Garber Gables Entertainment/Chatsworth, CA; David Westberg-SAG AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; John Ferlazzo/London.

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ABC: Last Man Standing, Dr. Ken, Shark Tank, 20/20

CBS: MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods

CW: The Vampire Diaries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, The Exorcist,

NBC: Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon, Dateline NBC

PBS: Washington Week with Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose – The Week, Gypsy

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

Univision: Eliminatorias Copa Mundial 2018

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