|Tuesday January 17, 2023|
IN THE NEWS
“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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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
“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.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
“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
“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
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
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|TUESDAY JANUARY 17
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