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Monday March 15, 2021
A&E: “Intervention” at 9p
Acorn TV: “Bloodlands”
CW: “Bulletproof” at 8p
discovery+: “Expedition: Back to the Future”
Fox: “America’s Most Wanted” at 9p
Fox Nation: “America’s Most Wanted Overtime” at 10p
Netflx: “The Lost Pirate Kingdom,” “Zero Chili”
IN THE NEWS
HBO Max and HBO will count 120-150 million subscribers by 2025, up from a target of 75-90 million projected in 2019, said AT&T on its investor day. An ad-supported tier of HBO Max will launch in June – the same month the platform launches globally – and already has $80 million in upfront advertising commitments. HBO original series in the ad-supported offering will not have advertising, and theatrical day-and-date premieres from Warner Bros. will not be part of the package.
“We believe we are already the No. 1 revenue-generating stand-alone subscription video-on-demand service in the US,” said Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia. “We earn 90% in margin from each retail subscriber that we add.” Kilar added he anticipates HBO Max/ HBO to more than double revenue over the next five years, and break even in 2025.
Discovery Inc. notified employees the company’s back-to-the-office date is September 1, moved from June. In a memo to employees, Chief People and Culture Officer Adria Alpert-Romm said a survey indicated people weren’t sure about returning to the office yet. While some offices could open sooner “where it makes sense,” she added, employees can choose to WFH until September 1.
Roku acquired Quibi’s library in January; now it’s picking up some of the shuttered short-form service’s former content executives. Colin Davis, Quibi’s comedy head, and Brian Tannenbaum, who will lead alternative content, are both onboard. “Quibi built a talented team to support the development of really fantastic programming,” said a Roku spokesman. “We were thrilled to welcome a number of them to the Roku team in recent weeks and their deep expertise will help ensure the successful launch and growth of the Quibi content on The Roku Channel.”
Chris Harrison is being replaced in the next installment of “The Bachelorette” by former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Harrison stepped aside from his duties after defending a contestant accused of racist behavior in the past; he admitted it was a mistake and apologized. “As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion with ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, we are dedicated to improving BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” said Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment.
Last Wednesday’s episode of CBS’ “The Talk” is “under internal review,” said the network. During the show, co-host Sharon Osbourne was accused by Sheryl Underwood of appearing to give “validation or safe haven” to racist comments by Piers Morgan. “We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace,” said CBS. After the broadcast, Osbourne tweeted an apology; Morgan demanded an apology from “The Talk” for “their disgraceful slurs against ME” for slamming Meghan Markle.
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Non-profit marketing education organization Marketing EDGE is expanding its diversity and inclusion efforts by aligning with American Advertising Federation and its Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism, The LAGRANT Foundation, and Pi Sigma Epsilon. Programs which will enable students exploring careers in marketing and advertising to develop stronger skills and have broader opportunities in the business industry.
CNBC Business News made some changes to its Washington DC bureau: Eamon Javers will move into the role of Senior Washington Correspondent; Kayla Tausche will serve as the network’s Senior White House Correspondent covering the new administration; and Ylan Mui will continue her work reporting on Capitol Hill and economic policy as Senior Congressional Correspondent. “For more than three decades, CNBC has had a unique place in covering the nation’s political landscape – our audience demands we expose and explain connections between policy, the markets and business,” said Dan Colarusso, SVP of CNBC Business News. “Now we have a dual mandate to drive deep, original reporting on economic issues for Business Day and attack sharp, new angles on the day’s critical politics stories for ‘The News with Shepard Smith.’”
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HBO Max is reviving game show “Tattletales,”
hosted and executive produced by author Ayesha Curry and husband, NBA star Stephan Curry. The Fremantle production will feature celebrity couples competing for charity. “Ayesha and Stephen put a fresh new spin on a classic game show to really shake things up for these competing couples,” said HBO Max Non-Fiction EVP Jennifer O’Connell.
Whatever will be, will be: Kaley Cuoco’s Yes, Norman Productions (“The Flight Attendant”), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television are developing a limited series about Doris Day, based on the 1976 biography, Doris Day: Her Own Story. Cuoco will play the “Pillow Talk” star. She could have some schedule shuffling ahead – Cuoco’s “The Flight Attendant” was renewed for season two, set to launch in spring 2022.
Will Forte will star in and produce “Expiration Date,” a “dark suburban soap” in development at Peacock. The project from Harry and Jack Williams (“The Missing”) follows a grief-stricken man who finds a life insurance policy that covers suicide as long as the person doesn’t carry it out within one year.
Apple ordered “The Jet,” about Pepsi’s 1990s “Drink Pepsi, Get Stuff” campaign that led to a lawsuit from someone who tried to cash in their game points for a fighter jet. The docu-series comes from James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte (“McMillions”), who will direct and produce through their Fun Meter Productions.
MRC Television and Civic Center Media have entered into an overall deal with writer Liz Hannah (“The Post”). Under the deal, Hannah will develop and produce television projects through her newly formed company, Happy Friday Productions.
Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”) will star in crime drama “Ragdoll,” slated to premiere on AMC in the US and Alibi in the UK later this year.
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NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Baking competition “Baketopia” premieres on HBO Max Thursday, March 25. Hosted by social media star Rosanna Pansino, the 12-episode series has bakers fill their carts with unique ingredients to create delectable desserts.
The fifth and final season of Syfy’s “Van Helsing” launches Friday, April 16 at 10p. The fantasy drama’s remaining 13 episodes lead to “an epic final showdown between the Van Helsings and the Dark One.”
The season premiere of “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” airs Monday, March 29 at 9p on Nat Geo, followed by the series premiere of reality competition “Race to the Center of the Earth” at 10p.
A+E Networks is celebrating Women’s History Month with on-air creative campaigns across the portfolio. Rooted in the theme “What if?”, Lifetime features the legacies of influential women, while History focuses on the courage and bravery of trailblazing women, demonstrating that there’s “more to women’s history.”
Discovery+ has acquired documentary “Introducing, Selma Blair,” ahead of its world premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival. Directed by Rachel Fleit and set to air on the streaming service later this year, the film follows actress Selma Blair (“Hellboy”) after she is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
PBS Kids shows,”Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” and “Hero Elementary” will premiere stories that shine a spotlight on characters with Autism Spectrum Disorder during April, Autism Awareness Month.
Japan’s Nippon TV will produce and globally distribute the Joe Hisaishi & World Dream Orchestra 2021 concert, to be held in Japan on April 27th at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater.
ShortsTV has acquired worldwide exclusive rights to “The Kicksled Choir.” Directed by Torfinn Iversen, the Norwegian short film touches on issues surrounding xenophobia and Europe’s influx of refugees, through the story of a 10-year-old.
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President Joe Biden’s first primetime national address on Thursday delivered 18.7 million viewers across ABC, CBS and NBC. ABC (6.48 million total viewers) and CBS (5.82 million) had ratings of 0.85 and 0.77 among A18-49, respectively, while NBC (4.19 million total viewers) and Fox (2.18 million) each scored 0.52 and 0.47 in the demo. Former president Trump drew 17.7 million for his first address.
Fox News was the highest-rated among cable news nets during Biden’s speech, delivering 4.08 million total viewers and 670,000 among A25-54. CNN drew 2.588 million viewers and 650,000 in the news demo, while MSNBC landed 2.87 million/389,000.
Comedy Central reports its “South Parq Vaccination Special” was the #1 cable telecast of 2021 in P18-34 Live+SD, with 1.74 million total viewers for the premiere and 3.47 million across the night.
The week of March 1 in Prime, the Discovery portfolio had 4 of the top 8 non-news cable networks among P2+ (HGTV #2, Discovery #5, TLC #6, Food Network #8) in Live+3 Nielsens, as well as the #1 cable network (no exclusions) among W25-54 (TLC). In Total Day, ID, Food Network, and HGTV were the top 3 cable nets among W25-54 (no exclusions).
Sunday night’s premiere of “Tournament of Champions” on Food Network posted a .9 P25-54/1.0 W25-54 L3 rating, up +52% from season one last March. The premiere of “The Great Food Truck Race Alaska” posted a .6 P25-54/.7 W25-54 L3 rating, nearly doubling prior six-weeks’ timeslot benchmarks (+93%).
Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, March 11
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Cheryl Odoardi has been named SVP of Finance and Accounting at Cinedigm. Odoardi has held financial leadership positions at NBCUniversal, Biogen and RB Media where shewas CFO.
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|MONDAY MARCH 15
ABC: “The Bachelor” [f], “The Bachelor”
CBS: “The Neighborhood,” “Bob Hearts Abishola,” “All Rise,” “Bull”
CW: “Bulletproof” [p],“Black Lightning”
FOX: “9-11,” “America’s Most Wanted” [f]
NBC: “The Voice,” “Debris”
PBS: “Antiques Roadshow,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Independent Lens”
Telemundo: “Exatlon Estados Unidos,” “La Suerte de Loli,” “Busdandoa Frida”
Univision: “Vencer el Desamor,” “Te Acuerdas de Mi,” “La Hija del Embajador”