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Destination America Tries to Scare Up Viewers With a Live Exorcism

July 30, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Discovery may have gotten out of the outlandish-TV-stunts business, but its sister networks didn't get that memo. Destination America will televise what it's calling the first live exorcism in U.S. history, airing Exorcism: Live! on Oct. 30. A house, not a person, will be the subject of the exorcism, which will take place at the same suburban St. Louis home where an exorcism was performed on Roland Doe in 1949. That event inspired William Peter Blatty's 1971 novel The Exorcist and its iconic 1973 film adaptation, which starred Linda Blair. During the telecast, paranormal investigators the Tennessee Wraith Chasers from the network's Ghost Asylum, along with psychic medium Chip Coffey, "will explore each crevice of this terrifying home, from the attic to the basement, to find whatever or whomever has scared Americans to death for decades," said Destination America in a release.

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Australia’s Ten Network Hires Paul Anderson As Sixth CEO In Five Years

July 27, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Australia’s troubled free-to-air TV broadcaster Ten Network has appointed Paul Anderson as its sixth CEO in five years.

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TLC Cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’

July 16, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TLC has canceled one of its most successful reality shows nearly two months after it was revealed one of the stars of the show had molested several underage girls. Josh Duggar, one of 19 children of an Arkansas family documented by TLC since 2008, admitted to molesting five underage girls in 2002 and 2003, including four of his sisters, when he was a teenager. "After thoughtful consideration, TLC and the Duggar family have decided to not move forward with 19 Kids and Counting. The show will no longer appear on the air," TLC said in a statement. The network is partnering with advocacy groups to "raise awareness and educate parents and families about the issue." It will also produce a one-hour documentary featuring Jill and Jessa Duggar who were victims of Josh Duggar. The commercial-free documentary will air later this summer. "TLC has been especially concerned for the victims in this situation, including the Duggar family, and it is our hope that this effort will help those in need learn where to turn for information and help." Duggar parents Jim Bob and Michelle sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly in early June saying what happened was "not rape" because Josh's victims "didn't know or understand" what was happening to them. Their responses seemed to downplay the seriousness of the abuse, leaving TLC in a unpredictable position. As the story broke, TLC went ahead airing a 19 Kids and Counting marathon on the night of May 21, but shelved the show the following day.

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How the Creator of Jersey Shore Ended Up Working for CNBC

July 15, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

If Mark Burnett is the king of reality TV , then SallyAnn Salsano is certainly its queen. Salsano, a former Howard Stern Show intern, has produced dozens of reality shows for her company, 495 Productions, including MTV's mega-hit Jersey Shore and its various offshoots. She's worked on series for HGTV (Design Star), Oxygen (Dance Your Ass Off), TLC (Wedding Island), VH1 (Tool Academy), TV Guide (Nail Files), Spike (Repo Games) and Syfy (Fangasm), and she's spent the last year as showrunner of the syndicated daytime talk show The Real. Salsano's latest reality creation is Blue Collar Millionaires, which premieres Wednesday night at 10 p.m. on a seemingly unlikely network for her: CNBC. Blue Collar Millionaires, which she described as "Dirty Jobs meets MTV Cribs," spotlights entrepreneurs who made money by getting their hands dirty in professions like pest control, hazmat services and waste management

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Why Shark Week Is Sinking Its Teeth Into July

July 6, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In this year's promos for Shark Week , Discovery is calling it "The Most Wonderful Week of the Year"—and that's not just hyperbole. The network owes much of its success over the past three decades to the franchise, its annual weeklong programming celebration of all things sharks, which enters its 28th year with a bigger bite than ever. Last year's Shark Week was Discovery's highest rated yet in adults and women 25-54, making it the week's No. 1 cable network in adults, men and women 18-49 and 25-54, while coming in first in all of television in men 18-49 and 18-34. "Shark Week is our Super Bowl," said Ben Price, evp, ad sales, Discovery. "Who doesn't love Shark Week?" As Shark Week has evolved from a mere programming block into a full-blown phenomenon (its dozen-plus returning partners include Cold Stone Creamery, Southwest Airlines and Dunkin' Donuts), competitors have jumped into the fray, hoping to siphon off a portion of Discovery's audience for themselves. Syfy is bringing back Sharknado Week for the July 22 premiere of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, while Nat Geo Wild's new promo for SharkFest (returning for Year 3) gleefully admits that it hopes to lure away unsuspecting Shark Week viewers: "We want you to confuse the two, and you will!" This year, Discovery is fighting back. The network has moved Shark Week earlier than ever to put its stamp on summer. It kicks off July 5, a full month earlier than last year (and two weeks ahead of this year's Sharknado Week). In addition to 19 hours of prime-time Shark Week programming, its most ever, Discovery is also bookending the summer with an additional Shark Weekend of shows in late August. As Shark Week dominates, Syfy dove in with its own Sharknado Week. "Shark Week is synonymous with summer, and to me, the holiday that is synonymous with summer is July 4," said Rich Ross, who is overseeing his first Shark Week as Discovery president, of this year's early start. "Our advertisers and promotional partners got it in a millisecond

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NBC Dumps Trumps’ Beauty Pageants, Keeps ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

June 29, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC has cut its lucrative business ties with Donald Trump following Trump's comments about the United States' relationship with Mexico during his announcement for president on June 16. "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems," Trump said. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." NBC responded with this statement: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.

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Fox Sets Empire’s Return for Sept. 23

June 25, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Fox won't be wasting any time this fall, debuting its hottest show, Empire, on Sept. 23—the thick of premiere week. The network said last month that Empire—which debuted in January—would be moving from midseason to the fall. It became official today when the company announced its fall premiere dates for the 2015-16 season. Empire was a surprise hit when it arrived in midseason, and now the network hopes the show will provide a big lift to its fall schedule, and help prevent it from finishing No. 4 next season in adults 18-49. Most of the Fox's shows will launch in the days after it airs the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards (hosted by Andy Samberg) on Sept

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TV Land Cements Its Gen X Rebranding With a New Logo

June 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

TV Land has been giving its channel a Generation X-themed overhaul, and now it's done the same with its logo, which debuted on the network today. Its first new logo in four years is meant to represent what the new TV Land is all about: "quality, cleverness and truth," according to the network. More accurately, the network is no longer catering to the older audiences that watched its multicam sitcoms like Hot in Cleveland, Retired at 35 and Kirstie. It's going after Gen Xers. "Our new logo, look and editorial voice are a part of a major overhaul of the TV Land brand itself," said Kim Rosenblum, evp, marketing and creative. "The majority of our audience in prime time and weekends are now Gen Xers—vibrant, working adults who grew up on MTV and edgier shows.

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Could House Hunters Be HGTV’s Gateway Drug?

June 22, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Usually by the time a TV franchise hits its 16th year, it has begun running on fumes. But not HGTV's House Hunters, which is going stronger than ever, with the franchise's ratings up 8 percent this year. "House Hunters represents everything that people love about HGTV, all wrapped up in one show, which is buying and loving homes," said the network's president, Kathleen Finch. The show, which follows homeowners-to-be as they tour three properties and settle on one to purchase, "is appealing to both people who have not yet bought a home and people who have bought a home," said Brian Balthazar, vp, original programming, who oversees the series. "It's that voyeuristic, fly-on-the-wall feeling and lets you live vicariously through a set of homeowners." HGTV gets a regular influx of new viewers.

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To Promote Its New Scream Series, MTV is Killing Its Audience

June 19, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As MTV continues its huge promotional push on social media for the upcoming series Scream, the network has unveiled its latest method for hooking potential viewers—killing them. In the spirit of Scream, a series based on the hit horror-film franchise that debuts June 30, MTV has launched Choose Your Own Murder, an interactive online game that places users in the middle of their own horror movie scenario, which unfolds from their POV and asks them to select from various options a way to escape a killer that's pursuing them. As the game begins, the user is about to have sex with a half-naked woman when there's a noise outside the bedroom. The action pauses while the user has 10 seconds to choose between two options: "Go check it out" or "Ignore it." As in the Choose Your Own Adventure books, the story unfolds differently depending on the path users take. (Later options include "Run for door"/"Hide & call someone" and "Stay where you are"/"Go out window.") The end result, however, is always the same: users are murdered, and in a variety of different ways—sometimes right after their first selection.

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