Wednesday September 22, 2021
ABC: The Goldbergs at 8p, The Wonder Years at 8:30p, The Conners at 9p, Home Economics at 9:30p, A Million Little Things at 10p
CBS: Survivor at 8p
CNBC: Jay Leno’s Garage at 10p
discovery+: Last Chance Transplant
Disney+: Star Wars: Visions
FOX: The Masked Singer at 8p, Alter Ego at 9p
NBC: Chicago Med 8p, Chicago Fire at 9p, Chicago P.D. at 10p
Netflix: Crime Stories, Jaguar, Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan,
TLC: Dr. Mercy at 9p
YouTube: #1 Chicken
IN THE NEWS
Gary Marsh is exiting his post as President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Branded Television at the close of 2021, ending a 33-year executive run with the company. However, he won’t be leaving Disney. Marsh will be transitioning to a broad production pact with Disney General Entertainment, where he’ll develop content for all Disney platforms from ABC to National Geographic, as well as programs for children and youth. Marsh begins the deal with commitments to develop two new “Descendants” movies, working on a “Beauty and the Beast” prequel and collaborating with producer John Davis on “Witch Mountain.”
A “Quantum Leap” reboot could be on the horizon, according to Scott Bakula. During a guest appearance on Bob Saget’s “Here For You” podcast, Bakula said that the 1989-93 NBC fantasy series could see a new day – but it’s complicated. “There are significant conversations about it right now going on,” Bakula told Saget. “I don’t know what it would be. I don’t know who would have it. The rights were a mess for years. I don’t know if they’re even sorted out now. That’s always been the biggest complication.”
Nielsen announced an “Impressions First Initiative” to support the move to impressions-based buying and selling in local markets. The move to impressions will occur in conjunction with the integration of broadband only homes into Nielsen’s local measurement metrics in January 2022, and lays the groundwork for implementing Nielsen ONE across local, national, and digital measurement. “Impressions are the great equalizer across all screens, programs, listeners and viewers,” said David Kenny, CEO of Nielsen, “Nielsen’s move to prioritize reporting impressions will help standardize the way it measures ads and content, enabling greater comparability across National, Local and Digital and is in line with Nielsen’s initiative to drive comparable metrics which are foundational to Nielsen ONE.”
The 2021 “BET Hip Hop Awards” return to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, October 1. The festivities will be broadcast on Tuesday, October 5 at 9p on BET, and simulcast on BET Africa on Wednesday, October 6. The annual celebration brings together hip hop stars, who pay homage to the best in hip hop culture. Cardi B, Lil Durk and Megan Thee Stallion lead this year’s nominations with nine nods each.
Influencer marketing platform CreatorIQ has acquired influencer marketing analytics platform Tribe Dynamics. The deal brings together Tribe Dynamics’ analytics and benchmarking solutions with the ability to make those insights actionable through CreatorIQ’s Creator Intelligence Cloud. The combined company will extend CreatorIQ’s position as the largest influencer marketing SaaS platform in terms of revenue growth, data authority and global expansion with over 450 customers, 250 employees and $90 million in funding.
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|PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT|
After a strong freshman performance, HGTV has renewed “Bargain Block” for a 10-episode second season. The Detroit-based series starring home renovation experts Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas is slated to debut in 2022.
Kathryn Hahn (“Mrs. Fletcher,” “Transparent”) is set to play Joan Rivers in “The Comeback Girl,” a limited series in development at Showtime. The project is being produced by Warner Bros. Television, Atlas Entertainment and Berlanti Productions. Cosmo Carlson will write and executive produce alongside Hahn, who will executive produce, and Greg Berlanti, who will direct and executive produce.
Cleve Keller and Dave Noll have inked a first-look deal with Boat Rocker. The duo, who created Food Network’s “Chopped,” will develop and produce unscripted shows for the “American Rust” and “Invasion” producer via their Keller/Noll banner.
WarnerMedia Kids & Family greenlit “The Amazing World of Gumball: The Movie” (wt) and “The Amazing World of Gumball: The Series (wt), the first projects under the recently re-branded Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. Both will be coming to HBO Max and Cartoon Network soon.
A+E Studios struck a multi-year overall deal with producer and literary manager Ross Fineman (“Big Sky,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”). Under the pact, Fineman will develop and produce project for A+E Studios for sale on all global and domestic television platforms and services.
Stephen Colbert is expanding his relationship with Comedy Central, reports Deadline. The “Late Show” host has two new animated projects in the work at ViacomCBS, where he once hosted “The Colbert Report,” and is set to executive producer half-hour comedy series “Fairview” and feature “Washingtonia.”
“Ana” has been renewed for a second and third season by Amazon Prime Video, according. The bilingual comedy, created, produced, written and starring Ana de la Reguera, is based on her life. It tells the story of an aging actress trying to find her place in the world and Hollywood as she approaches her 40s.
Apple has ordered a dark comedy starring Sharon Horgan, who’ll also co-write and executive produce, reports Variety. The untitled project follows the lives of the Garvey sisters, bound together by the death of their parents and a promise to protect each other. It is adapted from the Flemish series “Clan,” created by Malin-Sarah Gozin.
Peacock issued a straight-to-series order for a TV spin-off of “Pitch Perfect,” headlined by Adam Devine, who starred in the first two movies. Devine will reprise his role as Bumper Allen. The series hails from Universal Television.
Johnny Gould has set up his new production company, Superluna Studios, a joint venture with 3BMG. Some 20+ projects are already in active development across docuseries, lifestyle, history, competition and nonfiction spaces, including a feature documentary set up at a major streamer.
Casting notes: Netflix’s “Firefly Lane” has added four major cast members for season 2: Ignacio Serricchio (“Lost in Space”) joins as a series regular, while Greg German (“Grey’s Anatomy”), India de Beaufort (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) and Jolene Purdy (“The White Lotus”) will recur.
The Esports Business Summit is happening next month! This conference connects the entire industry ecosystem for three days of learning, networking, and deal-making. Don’t miss your chance to hear cutting-edge insights and strategies from Bud Light, TSM FTX, NBA2K, Lenovo, Comcast, McDonald’s, Vindex, G Fuel and more! Lock in your pass today.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
“The Hot Zone: Anthrax” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 9p on National Geographic and Hulu, during a three-night event over Thanksgiving weekend. Inspired by true events, the episodic anthology series follows Matthew Ryker (Daniel Dae Kim), an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, who risks his career to convince his superiors that, just three weeks after 9/11, the U.S. is under attack again.
America’s fastest street racers are back. “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings” bows Monday, October 11 at 8p on Discovery and streams on discovery+.
BET and BET+ unveiled their 2021 Fall programming lineups. “American Gangster Presents: Big Fifty: The Deirhonda Hood Story” bows Wednesday, October 6 at 9p. Season 3 of “Tyler Perry’s The Oval” bows Tuesday, October 12 at 9p, followed by the premiere of “Twenties,” from EP and creator Lena Waithe, on Wednesday, October 13 at 10p and “Twenties After-Show with B. Scott” at 10:30p. The second season of “Games People Play” returns Tuesday, October 19 at 10p, while “Tyler Perry’s Bruh” is back for a sophomore run on Thursday, October 21.
Tubi debuts “Meet, Marry, Murder” on Wednesday, October 6, as part of its original content rollout. Hosted and executive produced by Michelle Trachtenberg, the true crime docuseries explores the stories of people who were murdered by their partners. Tubi will unlock a special preview of the series on Amazon Fire TV, from Friday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 5.
“Manhunt: The Night Stalker” returns for its sophomore season on Monday, October 18 on Acorn TV. Martin Clunes (“Doc Martin”) is back as real-life detective Colin Sutton in the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and serial rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands in Southeast London living in fear.
Sundance Now premieres “One Lane Bridge” on Thursday, October 7. In Season 2 Detective Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) tries to save his boss from attempting suicide and inadvertently triggers a cataclysmic chain of events.
The Kennedy Center at 50 bows Friday, October 1 at 9p on PBS. The anniversary celebration concert is being hosted by Audra McDonald with special guest Caroline Kennedy, and will feature the National Symphony Orchestra.
Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music as Midnight, featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, bows Saturday, September 25 at 7p on Ovation TV. The concert special features performances by cast members Chantel Riley and Sharron Matthews.
Discovery+ announced its October programming slate. Among the highlights: documentary “Introducing, Selma Blair,” debuting Thursday, October 21, follows the actress’ battle with multiple sclerosis. Ghostober Halloween-themed series and specials will span paranormal and unexplained, home and true crime.
Interested in watching the “Global Citizen Live” concert this Saturday, September 25? Coverage of the show kicks off at 7a on ABC News Live, Apple Music, Apple TV, GlobalCitizen.com. Time.com, Twitter and YouTube. Meanwhile, FX will begin coverage at 9a, followed by iHeartRadio at 10a and ABC at 1p.
Call for Submissions: Cynopsis is producing our annual Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out on October 28 and will be sent to all Cynopsis subscribers. If your network has holiday programming airing from October 28 through January 1, please send your listing to Lynn@Cynopsis.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later October 15 with the subject line: Holiday Guide. To be included, programs must be listed by date, title of program, and start times, in the following format: “Thursday, November 19: Network Name: My One Christmas Wish at 9a, Paper Angels at 11a, 12 Days of Giving at 1p”. Holiday-related programs only! A confirmation email will be sent following each submission (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).
Redbox has launched two free ad-supported streaming TV channels. Redbox Rewind offers favorite movies from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s, including “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Rudy” and “Earth Girls Are Easy.” Redbox War and Westerns features all things action-packed and is currently streaming the movie “The Quick and the Dead” as well as “Bonanza.”
WAVE.tv is now available on Atmosphere. Already a sports partner to Snap, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, the deal expands WAVE.tv’s distribution footprint to reach Atmosphere’s 25 million viewers.
Steann Media and CatapultX have joined forces to bring content providers a new way to monetize content through non-intrusive programmatic ads. CatapultX’s technology uses AI to power contextually relevant and non-interruptive video ads integrated directly within video content.
NBC is collaborating with Pinterest to mark the premiere of the network’s “Ordinary Joe,” a drama about the choices people make. For the first time, Pinterest is combining an immersive experience with Creator Idea Pins to help Pinners explore their “what if” journey. The personalized quiz experience features a series of questions related to users’ passions resulting in a Pinterest board of Creator Idea Pins.
Endeavor Content has acquired global rights to “Hope,” its first ever Russian-language series. Produced by START, the action drama stars Victoria Isakova as Nadezhda (“Hope” in English), a ruthless assassin for the Syndicate, a criminal organization she was forced to work for as a teenager in exchange for getting out of prison.
BBC2 commissioned “Inside Dubai: Playground of the Rich.” The three-part series from Spun Gold TV explores the architecture and lifestyles of the wealthy inhabitants and people who work for them in Dubai.
Looking for more on The Fab Four? Abacus Media Rights has sold “The Beatles and India,” a historical chronicle of the enduring love affair between the premier rock group and the Subcontinent, to a slew of platforms and broadcasters. The project has been acquired by Channel 4, UK; BritBox North America for exclusive rights in the US and Canada; HBO Max in Latin America and more.
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The Weather Channel continues to be America’s go-to source for weather news and information on TV, after ranking as the #1 cable network amid Hurricane Ida’s landfall (August 29) for Total Day among A25-54, according to Nielsen data. The channel was ranked the #1 cable network for reach with 28.3 million+ viewers tuning in over the first three days of Hurricane Ida’s strike on the Gulf Coast (August 28-30).
FOX News Channel ranked as the top network in all of basic cable with Total Day and primetime viewers, during the week of September 13-19. FNC secured 72 of the top 100 cable telecasts of the week in Total Viewers. In primetime, FNC earned 2,659,000 viewers, 417,000 in A25-54, and 256,000 in A18-49 in primetime.
Hallmark Channel’s original movie premiere of “Raise a Glass to Love” was the top-watched entertainment cable program of the day and movie of the week among Total Viewers, Women 18+ and Households. It averaged 1.8 million Total Viewers and 197,000 Women 25-54.
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Monday, September 20
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Picturestart named Samie Kim Falvey as President. Falvey joins from Imagine Entertainment, where she most recently served as Chairman of Television.
WildBrain announced three key appointments. Damon Berger, a former executive at Mattel, Fullscreen and 20th Century Fox, has joined the company in the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer. In addition, Stephanie Betts was upped to Chief Content Officer, and Deirdre Brennan was promoted to Chief Operating Officer.
Maestro has expanded its team. Cameron Kelly was named Vice President, Marketing and Brand, while Graham Gill was appointed Vice President, Customer Success, Ryan Lee was hired as Vice President, Partnerships, and Rachel Basoco was added as Director, Community.
Big Spaceship hired Chris Huban as Executive Creative Director. He joins from Spotify Advertising, where he served as Global Design Lead.
|This Day in History|
1994 – NBC began airing “Friends.”
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Today’s Trivia Question
|WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 22|
ABC: The Goldbergs [p], The Wonder Years [p], The Conners [p], Home Economics [p], A Million Little Things [p]
CBS: Survivor [p], Big Brother
CW: Riverdale, In the Dark
FOX: The Masked Singer [p], Alter Ego [p]
NBC: Chicago Med [p], Chicago Fire [p], Chicago P.D. [p]
PBS: Muhammad Ali [f], Muhammad Ali
Telemundo: La Casa del los Famosos, Hercal: Amor e Venganza, Café con Aroma de Mujer
Univision: Disenando Tu Amor, Si Nos Dejan, La Desalmada