TLC Tackles Arranged Marriages, Doubles Down On Weddings, Babies, Fashion Disasters – Upfronts
TLC wrapped up a year in which it dumped Honey Boo Boo and welcomed back Stacy London, with 30 series averaging more than 1 million viewers, including 19 Kids and Counting’s highest rated season premiere, and a Top 5 ranking among cable’s most social networks for reality programming in 2014 according to Nielsen Social rankers.
This year, TLC & Animal Planet Group President Marjorie Kaplan promised, TLC would “dig deeper into our brand to deliver bigger moments and… Read
Discovery Family, Velocity & More Unveil New Series – Upfronts
Discovery Communications unveiled its upfronts slate today that included plans for new and returning series on Discovery Family Channel, which was rebranded from The Hub in October making 2015-2016 its first upfronts season under the new moniker. It also revealed slates for sibling networks Velocity, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
Discovery Family as previously announced broadening its programming focus to serve families in primetime, while continuing to… Read
Animal Planet Looks To Vodka, Bigfoot, And More Muscular Conservation – Upfronts
"The more we live apart from the wild world, the more we crave authentic experiences that bring us closer to that sweet spot where humans and animals coexist," says Marjorie Kaplan, Group President of Animal Planet, TLC and Velocity describing Animal Planet’s programming plans this morning.
"'Living wild' is a big part of our network's underlying ethos and is our North Star when commissioning content," chimed in the channel’s GM and EVP Rick Holzman. They touted… Read
Rich Ross Unveils First Discovery Channel Programming Plans – Upfronts
Rich Ross is having his first upfront as chief of Discovery Channel since taking over and promising No Fake Stuff and a broadening of programming types to return Discovery Channel to the No. 1 brand for the whole family – not just for men.
To that end, Discovery’s next scripted series will be about the history of Harley Davidson.
Also, Ross introduced Elevation Weekend, with mountain climbing series and documentaries featuring film Valley Uprising; detailed a push on… Read
Discovery Takes Controlling Interest In Eurosport France
Discovery has been busy today on the international front, earlier saying it has big plans for its overseas and digital businesses driven in part by a new initiative to sell subs for its Eurosport app. The company now says it has completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in Eurosport France to further consolidate Europe's leading sports entertainment group. As part of a larger strategic partnership with France’s TF1, which it began in 2012, Discovery has… Read
‘Grace And Frankie': First Photos From Netflix Comedy Starring Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin
It’s a long journey from Barbarella and Laugh-In to Grace And Frankie, and now we get our first look at Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the upcoming Netflix comedy. The two acting titans and friends square off as longtime nemeses whose husbands announce that they’re gay and hit the bricks. From there the aging rivals are forced to bond amid a wide-open future that includes challenges “from joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness” (well played, Netflix… Read
‘The Voice’ & ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Ratings Steady, ‘Scorpion’ & ‘Night Shift’ Down
The battle of reality TV saw a steady result for both NBC and ABC's Monday offerings last night. In the final round of its Knockouts, The Voice (3.2/10) had contestants singing and fighting to get those precious slots on Team Adam, Team Pharrell, Team Blake and Team Christina heading into the live shows. There, of course, was a steal, but it wasn't in the ratings. Compared with last week, last night's two-hour Voice slipped 6% among adults 18-49 to hit a Monday season low… Read
Nicole Kidman, Jill Soloway Among 2015 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Honorees
The Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards have named their 2015 honorees who will be lauded at the org’s June 16 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Nicole Kidman will be receiving the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. She recently appeared in Weinstein Co./Dimension’s Paddington which has made over $250M at the worldwide B.O. and will be starring next in Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang, Strangerland, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, Genius and the English… Read
Stephen Dorff Will Put On ‘Leatherface’ For Millennium’s ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Prequel
Exclusive: Stephen Dorff is taking the lead role of Hartman in the Millenniums Films’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. The film centers around a violent teen who one day will become Leatherface. He escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnaps a young nurse and takes her on a road trip from hell. Along the way, they are pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.
Leatherface was written by Seth M. Sherwood and will be directed by… Read
NBC Takes Total Viewers, ABC Dominates Demo As Evening News Ratings Kerfuffle Concludes
For NBC Nightly News‘ final week of Wee Hour Viewer Melding, the broadcast averaged 8.71 million viewers, leading ABC’s World News Tonight by 112,000 viewers (and CBS Evening News by 1.97 mil).
Neither NBC nor Nielsen is releasing stats detailing how many viewers NBC is adding by factoring in those pre-dawn repeats of NBC Nightly News; one conservative estimate suggested it was about 70,000 viewers. Nielsen has not broken out that information, nor has NBC. ABC’s David… Read
Adaptive Studios Signs Viral Blogger-Dater To Book Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Adaptive Studios, which recently rebooted HBO's Project Greenlight with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, has signed an overall deal with actress-writer-blogger Amy Main to develop and adapt her viral blog 40 Dates & 40 Nights into a book, with possible expansion into other media.
L.A.-based Main started the blog following a breakup. She relied on Tinder to find her 40 dates in 40 nights, setting rules to ensure she didn’t jump into anything too quickly. The blog… Read
Charter Acquires Rival Bright House For $10.4B
Charter Communications shares hit a 52-week high earlier this month when it was reported that the nation’s fourth-largest cable operator was in talks to acquire rival Bright House Networks. Now the deal is official, with Charter saying this morning it has made the deal for $10.4 billion for Bright House’s 2.5 million subs concentrated in Florida, California, Alabama, Indiana and Michigan.
According to Charter, business will be conducted through a new partnership of which… Read