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CynopsisMedias First Morning Read
Tuesday January 17, 2023

Today’s Premieres
BritBox: Stonehouse
NBC: Night Court at 8p
TV5MONDE+: Ce que Pauline ne vous dit pas at 11:30p

Today’s Finales
FOX: The Resident at 8p
NBC: New Amsterdam at 10p


“Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches” has dethroned “Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.” Now the top new series premieres ever on AMC+, “Interview with a Vampire” – the second series in the growing Anne Rice Immortal Universe – delivered 1.7 million viewers within three days on linear networks in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. The linear performance secured “Mayfair Witches” as a top 10 cable drama for the 2022-2023 season among A25-54 and A18-49.

Bryan Cranston is onboard for a “Malcolm in the Middle” reunion. The Emmy-winning actor confirmed there have been discussions about the original cast reprising their roles for a reunion movie. “Oh, that would be fantastic to explore what happened to this family 20 years later,” said Cranston, currently starring “Your Honor.” Frankie Muniz, who starred in the show’s titular role, also said he “would be down, 100 percent.”

And Just Like That: Carrie and Aidan, reunited? The old flames were photographed holding hands in Manhattan for the second season of the “Sex and the City” HBO Max reboot “And Just Like That…”. The return of John Corbett, who plays Aidan Shaw, to the franchise was confirmed back in August, and has since reignited the Team Big vs. Team Aidan clash among fans.

Season four of “Snowpiercer,” which has completed production, will not air on TNT. “This was a difficult decision…We have been working collaboratively with the producers since last year to help the series find a new home where fans can continue to enjoy the compelling story and exceptional visual experience,” said a network rep. “We look forward to working with them on future projects.” The fourth and final season of the post-apocalyptic series was allegedly cut due to tax write-offs for Warner Bros. Discovery content.

Netflix has canceled “Dead End: Paranormal Park” after two seasons. The animated series about talking dogs based on Hamish Steele’s graphic novels, featuring the voices of Emily Osment and Zach Barack, launched in June 2022.

Also cut from Netflix: “Uncoupled.” In season one, the comedy series starring Neil Patrick Harris tapped out at #6 on the streamer’s Top 10 rankings.

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“Nancy Drew” executive producer Lis Rowinski has signed with CBS Studios. Under the overall deal, Rowinski will produce her own projects and source material for creatives at the studio.

PBS KIDS announced two new animated series, “Lyla in the Loop” from Mighty Picnic and Pipeline Studios, and “Weather Hunters,” from Al Roker Entertainment, with Al Roker voicing one of the characters in the show.

PBS and American Experience are offering two new documentaries exploring the mixed legacy of America’s efforts to racially integrate public schools. “Boston School Battle” (wt) captures the class tensions and racial violence that met the city’s decision to use busing to end school segregation, while “The Harvest” is a personal look at Leland, Mississippi’s attempts to desegregate its schools. Both films will premiere in fall 2023.

Ryan Reynolds will produce and narrate National Geographic’s “Underdogs.” In collaboration with Reynold’s company Maximum Effort, the natural history series will reposition nature’s supporting actors in leading roles. The series debut is slated for 2025.

Amanda Seyfried and Evan Rachel Wood are collaborating on a musical adaptation of “Thelma & Louise.” The idea for a remake has been discussed since 2021, with screenwriter Callie Khouri, Haley Feiffer and songwriter Neko Case. After last week’s Golden Globes, no-show Seyfried seemingly confirmed speculation about the project when she posted a video to Instagram saying, “I had to miss it because I am doing something that is magic and it’s musical.”

Disney’s Onyx College gave a straight-to-series order for a “Black Twitter” docuseries. From “Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny, the three-part series will be based on the WIRED article “A People’s History of Black Twitter” by Jason Parham. Onyx also picked up a pilot for the scripted comedy “1266” starring Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe..

A “Phineas & Ferb” sequel is in the works. Creator Dan Povenmire signed an overall deal with Disney Branded Television that will include a 40-episode revival of the TV series, spread out over two seasons.

Going off the grid: The Outdoor Channel’s “Life on the Edge” docuseries will spotlight people who live in some of the most remote and extreme conditions on the planet. The original series is set to air in September of this year.

Sky is developing a docuseries about Spanish King Juan Carlos I. The untitled four-episode series will follow the king’s rise and fall, ending with his abdication in 2014.


“History of the World Part I” will have a Part II. The Mel Brooks film will have an eight-episode sequel from Brooks and Nick Kroll, to debut on Hulu on March 6. Cast members include Brooks, Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, Quinta Brunson, Danny DeVito and more.

“The 1619 Project” premieres on Hulu on January 26. The six-part limited docuseries from Nikole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine will examine the legacy of slavery. The streamer will release two episodes each week, beginning with “Democracy” and “Race.”

The seventh and final season of “Riverdale” premieres March 29 on the CW. The network will debut the new season of “Nancy Drew” on May 31, and both series will conclude on August 23 (“Nancy Drew” at 8p, followed by “Riverdale” at 9p).

Season two of PBS’s “The Great American Recipe” premieres Monday, June 19. “The first season of ‘The Great American Recipe’ was a multiplatform success, attracting younger and more diverse audiences to PBS,” said Zara Frankel, Senior Director of Programming and Development, General Audience Programming at PBS. “Viewers rooted for and connected with our wonderful home cooks from around the country.”


President Joe Biden will deliver a State of the Union address to Congress on February 7. Biden will highlight the White House agenda and respond to the discovery of classified documents in his possession, which is currently under investigation by a special counsel.

A docuspecial with U2 and David Letterman premieres March 17. The Disney+ production “Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming, with Dave Letterman” follows Letterman on his first visit to Dublin, where he experiences the city and a concert with Bono and The Edge. The special coincides with the band’s upcoming album release (“Songs of Surrender”).

AppleTV+ musical competition series “My Kind of Country” kicks off on March 24. Featuring Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, who also both serve as executive producers, the eight-parter will hand-pick a roster of upcoming artists in the search for country music’s next big star.


Netflix has taken CBS’s Upfront presentation position on May 17 at 5p in New York. CBS, now part of Paramount Global, had held the Carnegie Hall slot for years, but last month announced it is opting instead for more intimate gatherings for major agency partners and their clients.


Morgan Freeman is onboard Taylor Sheridan’s “Lioness” as a fictional United States Secretary of State. The Paramount+ original series also stars Zoe Saldaña and Nicole Kidman, who will both executive produce, and Laysla De Oliveira.

Jack Cutmore-Scott will play Frasier’s son in the “Frasier” sequel. The “Kingsman” and “Deception” actor will star as Freddy alongside Kelsey Grammer in the Paramount+ sequel sitcom, in which Frasier moves to a new city.

Emma Roberts and Tom Ellis headline and executive produce “Second Wife.” Hulu’s romantic dramedy from “Tell Me Lies” creator, executive producer and showrunner Meaghan Oppenheimer will follow a blended family when Sasha (Roberts) marries a recently divorced father (Ellis).

Nicholas Galitzine (“Cinderella Story”) has joined “Mary & George” alongside Julianne Moore. The AMC period drama surrounding Royal Court intrigue, set in England under the reign of King James I, has begun filming in the UK.

Gloria John will star opposite Christoph Waltz in dark comedy “The Consultant.” The actress will play a grieving mother struggling to deal with the loss of her son. The Amazon Prime series from creator Tony Basgallop premieres on the streamer on February 24.


ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” delivered its most-watched season since 2019. The weekly program was up 7% year-over-year and up double-digits in young adults. “Monday Night Countdown,” “NFL Live,” “NFL Rewind” and “NFL Matchup” all saw increases in audience pace from the 2021 regular season, while “NFL Primetime” on ESPN+ remained the leader of the pack.

The MLB is looking to end local market blackouts. The current blackout only allows live games to stream on services that provide local stations, meaning fans living outside of their team’s city would either have to watch on linear or at the ballpark. The current restrictions are in place to protect local television partners, but as streaming becomes more popular, it will be up to new MLB hire Billy Chambers to mediate the issues.

Damar Hamlin has returned to the Buffalo Bills’ practice facility in Orchard Park, New York. Bills linebacker Matt Milano posted an Instagram story that showed Hamlin smiling and shaking hands with teammate Dean Marlowe on Saturday,12 days after suffering from cardiac arrest on the field.

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No help needed for “So Help Me Todd:” The series hit a viewership high for the second consecutive week, totaling 4.82 million viewers on January 12, following its midseason premiere the week prior. “CSI: Vegas” received 3.38 million viewers and “Ghosts” drew 6.33 million viewers, while “Young Sheldon” took the night’s top spot with 6.98 million viewers, according to Nielsen fast nationals.

Fox News late-night program “Gutfeld!” has been the highest rated late-night program in all of television since August and finished 2022 as the second most-watched host in late-night television. The show averaged 2.045 million viewers (+28%) and 345,000 (+12%) in A25-54.

“Alert: Missing Persons Unit” was this season’s highest-rated series debut. The Fox police drama is television’s top drama launch in nearly two years, and is the network’s top-rated and most-streamed drama debut in three years – since “9-1-1: Lone Star.” With a 1.1 Live+3 rating among A18-49 and 6 million multiplatform viewers, the scripted series earned 851,000 total viewers across three days of streaming.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, January 12
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Celebrity Jeopardy! 3.97 (0.55), The Parent Test 1.98 (0.35), The Chase 2.02 (0.25)
CBS: Young Sheldon 7.20 (0.58), Ghosts 6.47 (0.57), So Help Me Todd 4.90 (0.39), CSI: Vegas 3.43 (0.32)
ION: Chicago P.D. 0.84 (0.1), Chicago P.D. 0.87 (0.1), Chicago P.D. 0.83 (0.1)
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen 2.08 (0.45), Welcome to Flatch 0.92 (0.24), Call Me Kat 1.20 (0.24)
NBC: Law and Order 4.64 (0.48), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit 5.13 (0.62), Law and Order: Organized Crime 3.39 (0.46)
Telemundo: Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars 1.17 (0.32), La Reina del Sur 0.93 (0.29), Amor y Traición 0.74 (0.18)
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia 1.47 (0.42), Mi Camino es Amarte 1.61 (0.46), Cabo 1.41 (0.43)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


“X-Factor” EP Andrew Llinares is the new director of global entertainment at Fremantle. The “Britain’s Got Talent” showrunner succeeded Rob Clark, who will retire at the end of February after 20 years with the company.

Beth Bednarski was promoted to CFO at Imagine Entertainment. Previously the EVP of finance and operations, Bednarski has been at the production company founded in 1986 by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for over six years.


Gordon Edward Burns (“Country Boy Eddie”) died at 92. The Alabama TV personality who gave Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Emmylou Harris and other up-and-comer country musicians airtime on “The Country Boy Eddie Show with Country Boy Eddie,” which ran from 1957 until his retirement in 1993, died “peacefully at his home” on January 13, according to a statement by his family.

This Day in History
1997 – The NBA suspended Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking a cameraman.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
What was Sarah Jessica Parker’s first TV role after “Sex and the City” (1998-2004)? Isabelle Wright on “Glee” (2009-2015). Kudos to: Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./New York, Sandy Spiegel/Chicago, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

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REELZ/ALBUQUERQUE, NM: Develop strategic approaches and tactical planning for on-air promotion, guiding the creative process from creation through post-production, and managing the execution of consumer marketing programs for on-air promotion and off-air advertising. Responsible for full on-air presentation and format management. Min of 8-10 yrs exp. Full info HERE (1/31)


Lead production on campaigns for cable’s biggest shows across on-air, print, design, GFX projects from inception to completion on time and on budget. Campaign and project budgets planning, workflow, and reporting. 3+ yrs in a fast-paced, highly collaborative agency creative team. Exp. in project management of a variety of cable TV campaign assets. Full info HERE (1/28)

NYC, Hybrid, Remote

Strategically sells linear & digital properties to drive Ad Sales revenue. Works with agencies & clients to develop unique advertising solutions for their brands. Requires 3+ years of sales experience with established agency & client relationships. Seeking a motivated, self-starter with strong negotiation, communication & presentation skills. Full info HERE (1/28)

NYC, Hybrid, Remote

Provides workflow support to ensure effective campaign delivery for advertisers. Verifies order and schedule accuracy and entry. Monitors accounts while booking and maintaining inventory. Works closely with Account Executives and Sales Planners. Seeking a motivated, self-starter with strong communication, analytical & problem-solving skills. Full info HERE (1/28)

Manage development of revenue-generating partnership solutions. Responsible for developing multi-platform media sales materials and partnership proposals for prospective partners including brands, non-profits, and high-net-worth individuals. Create and update sales materials. 5+ years of relevant marketing experience required. Full info HERE (1/28)

CHICAGO, NYC, Hybrid, Remote

Supervise & train copy coordinators & log editors for accuracy & attention to detail of building a commercial log & reading agency instructions. Monitor employee performance & output; provide back-up for all desks including log editing, added value insertion & continued communication with marketing for all custom creations. Min of 3 yrs of exp. Full info HERE (1/27)

Create monthly programming grids for 12.1 and 12.3. Update programming grids when schedule changes are made. Prepare daily logs & submit to Centralcast Joint Master Control. Work w/WHYY Traffic Specialist who creates programming grids for 12.2 and logs for 12.2 and 12.3. 3-5 yrs of management exp. & working with data or traffic systems. Full info HERE (1/27)

Build a steady stream of new business, constantly recruit to grow the sales team, developing client solutions with account executives using digital and television products. Generating a weekly forecast of revenue, regularly attend sales calls with account executives. Skilled negotiator and problem solver. Proven history of developing new business. Full info HERE (1/26)

Remote, must be licensed in NY or CA

Negotiating and drafting development deals, shopping agreements, amendments, talent deals, above-the-line contracts, PSAs, production release templates, trade-out agreements, specialty releases and other necessary documents. Shaping corporate and production legal policies. 5-10 yrs of entertainment legal exp. working with a law firm or production. Full info HERE (1/26)


Manages pre-sale process in partnership with senior sales team to drive multi-platform revenue growth with advertisers. Sales mktg exp, 3+ yrs. Home improvement, & tv exp a plus. Digital experience a must. Full info HERE (1/25)

HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Provide S&P notes on unscripted Educational/Informational series in development, production, and post, ensuring all content adheres to FCC regulations, HMPG’s internal standards, and network mandates. Contribute to bringing HMPG’s diverse slate of family-friendly series and positive programming to millions of viewers each week. Full info HERE (1/25)

SILVER SPRING, Hybrid, Remote

Lead the Consumer Marketing media, promotion and marketing campaigns by prioritizing shows & campaigns across the brand, and support for each of those priorities. Work with internal research and marketing analytics team to gather and organize past performance and insights, construct goals and objectives, and develop target definitions. 7+ yrs exp. Full info HERE (1/25)

Operate and analyze ad tech stack, optimizing on the partner level as well as overall enterprise level. Onboard and manage new programmatic (SSP and Ad Network) partners and assist in any troubleshooting around SSP setups, partner integrations and ad delivery. 7-10+ years of ad operations experience in the programmatic ad tech ecosystem. Full info HERE (1/24)

Frequently liaise with senior level internal & external contacts, screening & prioritizing all forms of incoming communications, dealing with routine issues & coordinating more complex responses ensuring these are delivered in a timely and effective manner. 3+ yrs of exp. providing administrative assistance at Executive level in the Media industry. Full info HERE (1/24)


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VEVO/Remote: Harness the power of Vevo’s data to provide better experiences for Vevo’s end users, advertisers, artist & label partners, along with deep insights for internal business groups. Full info HERE (1/22)

VEVO/NYC: Play a vital role in the success of the Ad Operations group by helping to drive revenue across key business initiatives. Responsible for helping to lead the technical ad implementation strategy across our ever growing distribution landscape. Full info HERE (1/22)

VEVO/NYC: Develop and position Vevo’s B2B brand among the advertising and buying community. Responsible for planning and executing strategic marketing initiatives that drive sales and further Vevo’s brand objectives. Full info HERE (1/22)


Lead strategic design and user-experience vision for the current website, INSP.com. Make front-end and back-end design recommendations and evaluate the potential for a reimagined user-experience for the site. Manage multiple project timelines and executions simultaneously for maximum efficiency. 5+ yrs exp. leading management of a website property. Full info HERE (1/21)


Responsible for all elements of the creation, pre-production, production, and post-production of all on-air promotion videos, off channel ads, digital/social video content and other video projects created for other departments. Manage Creative Marketing & Promotion department. Min 10 yrs exp. at a broadcast or cable entertainment network. Full info HERE (1/21)

HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Lead promotion and brand management for our national marketing and digital content strategies. This role will interface with the management team, show producers, our national network and streaming partners, and program sponsors. Full info HERE (1/21)

HEARST MEDIA PRODUCTION GROUP/CHARLOTTE, NC: Support with audience and consumer information related to our national programming. This role will compile and analyze linear, digital and OTT cross platform viewership for the purposes of strategic planning and to create actionable internal insights and client presentations. Full info HERE (1/21)

MATTER OF FACT WITH SOLEDAD O’BRIEN/WASHINGTON, DC: Must have highly developed program production skills, a keen eye for visual and graphic show elements, and an editorial commitment to amplifying diverse voices in the conversation about the nation’s future. The Senior Producer will assist with production scheduling and budget. Full info HERE (1/20)

TEXAS TECH UNIV./LUBBOCK, TX: Practitioner/teacher with min. 5 yrs. exp. In VR/AR/MR, virtual production, digital world-building, interactive media, human-computer interaction, motion graphics, VFX, etc. Apply by Dec. 1. Full info HERE (1/20)

STARZ/SANTA MONICA: Identify and successfully pitch programming to media, including long leads, dailies, weeklies and online publications; as well as secure electronic bookings; respond to media requests timely for information and interviews. Develop and maintain close working relationships with members of the press. 3+ years of entertainment exp. in public relations. Full info HERE (1/20)

ABC: The Rookie, The Rookie: Feds, Will Trent, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
CBS: FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
CW: The Winchesters, Mysteries Decoded
FOX: The Resident [f], Alert: Missing Persons Unit
NBC: Night Court [p], Night Court, New Amsterdam, New Amsterdam [f], The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., American Experience
Telemundo: Al Rojo Vivo, Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars, La Casa de los Famosos, El Señor de los Cielos
Univision: El Gordo y la Flaca, La Rosa de Guadalupe, Vencer la Ausencia, Mi Camino es Amarte, Cabo


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