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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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This Hilarious Promo for SharkFest Bites Shark Week Where It Hurts

June 23, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Nat Geo Wild is taking an unapologetic chomp out of a Discovery Channel summer staple. The network, a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Fox, has released a promo that all but admits it's stolen the idea of multiple nights of shark-infested programming from its cable competitor. Discovery Channel's 28th Shark Week begins July 5 and features 19 hours of sharktastic shows—the most ever. Nat Geo Wild also kicks off its SharkFest on July 5. "It's the same friggin' sharks anyways," the promo blares. "Sharks cannot sign an exclusive contract with a network ... we're pretty certain on that." Want even more sharks?

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Brian Williams Gives Interview to Matt Lauer to Begin His ‘Comeback’

June 18, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Brian Williams will be permanently pulled from the anchor chair of NBC Nightly News but will remain with the network, according to multiple reports. NBC News is not commenting as the details of Williams' role have not been finalized. CNN, which was first to report the news last night, now reports Williams has taped an interview with Matt Lauer, describing it as a "comeback attempt." Williams, who'd just signed on for another five years with Nightly News in December, saw his job come to an abrupt end a month later when it was revealed he had been fabricating stories about his coverage during the early days of the Iraq War. An investigation revealed other tall tales Williams told mostly on late-night talk shows. "By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News," NBCUniversal president Steve Burke said as he suspended his multi-million dollar anchor for six months. "His actions are inexcusable, and this suspension is severe and appropriate." While the suspension has become permanent, Williams will stay with the network, likely returning to MSNBC in a role that hasn't been defined yet

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Sponsors Line Up for BET Awards, ‘the Biggest Entertainment Weekend in Black America’

June 17, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

A number of major brands—Coca-Cola, Cricket Wireless, Domino's, Macy's, McDonald's, Nissan, Samsung, State Farm, Verizon and the U.S. Army—are signed on for the 15th anniversary of the BET Awards and the weekend-long BET Experience, or what sales chief Louis Carr calls the "biggest entertainment weekend in black America." The three-day festival of music and comedy takes place June 25-28 at Club Nokia and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and is capped by the awards, airing 8 p.m. ET June 28 on the cable network. "However you cut it, looking at numbers or the social media, there is no other weekend where African Americans engage with this type of scale," Carr says. "The sponsors continue to grow, and we're just super excited about next week. "The preeminent brand in black media," as Carr calls it, even has the country's two biggest wireless companies sponsoring different parts of the weekend. AT&T-owned Cricket Wireless will sponsor a new category called the FANdemonium Award along with the live After Party Post Show, while Verizon will sponsor a red carpet Periscope livestream. "They both live in the same neighborhood, and they've been able to function without any conflicts in the past," Carr says. And if you check out the live stream, you'll notice Nissan's new 2016 Maxima parked front and center. Domino's is sponsoring the countdown clock during the Red and Ready Pre-Show. "When you look at the BET Awards in our 15th year, and look at the success we've had over the years, it really makes advertisers very attractive," Carr said. Coke has been associated with the BET Awards since the beginning. This year the company is sponsoring a user-generated contest. The winner of the #BETInstaStar contest will be flown to Los Angeles to attend the show and present the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award on-air. State Farm will once again sponsor the Humanitarian Award.

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‘Catastrophe’ Makes Its American Debut on Facebook, Not Amazon Prime

June 15, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

British comedy Catastrophe will make its American debut this evening on Facebook. While the first season will be available Friday on Amazon Prime, the 24-minute debut episode hits Facebook at 7 p.m. ET today and will be available for 48 hours. The "virtual screening party" is also expected to include engagement with the series' stars and writers, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. The episode will include the hashtag bug #CatastropheTV.

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Billboard Music Awards Gives ABC a Sunday Night Win

May 19, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

ABC won Sunday night with the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, the most-watched BBMAs in 14 years. The three-hour telecast averaged 11.1 million viewers, a 4 percent jump in viewers versus last year. The show also took the adults 18-40 demographic with a 3.7 rating / 12 share, its best in 12 years. On social media, Kendall and Kylie Jenner introducing their brother-in-law Kanye West as well as his performance were the most-tweeted moments, which might have been due to the boos the Jenner girls received, and the bleeps Kanye got. The Family Guy season finale on Fox was the highest-rated scripted show, with a 1.3 rating among adults ages 18 to 49. The BBMAs were also up against the series finale of Mad Men on AMC.

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Harry Shearer, the Voice of Iconic Simpsons Characters, Is Leaving the Show

May 14, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The voice of some of the most recognizable and beloved animated characters of the last 30 years is going silent. Harry Shearer confirmed on Twitter that he won't be back for the 27th season of the hit Fox show The Simpsons after he could not come to terms with producers on a new contract. The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean wrote on Twitter, "The show will go on, made by people who love it and see in it the most wonderful vehicle for satire ever." Shearer has been the voice of Ned Flanders, C. Montgomery Burns, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, Seymour Skinner and dozens of other characters. The one-time Saturday Night Live cast member (remember his Mike Wallace impression? ) wrote on Twitter: "I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work." Thanks, Simpsons fans, for your support. — Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) May 14, 2015 The Simpsons was mentioned in 21st Century Fox's third-quarter earnings report on May 6—specifically, the cost of re-airing the show on FXX. "The expense growth at the new channels was led by increased rights fees ... and increased programming costs at FXX led by The Simpsons." But it was a Simpsons mega-marathon last summer that all but saved the cable channel.

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AMC’s Plan for Life After Mad Men

May 4, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

As Charlie Collier, president, gm of AMC, makes the rounds during this year's upfronts, one question keeps popping up over and over again: "What do you have for me now?" While it's a typical upfront query, the question has taken on an added urgency as AMC looks ahead to life without Mad Men, the series that put the network on the map—establishing it as a home for quality drama that rivaled anything on premium cable—when it debuted in July 2007. Yet Collier has no concerns about losing momentum after Mad Men airs its series finale on May 17. "It's a welcome question because AMC's never been stronger, both in terms of critical acclaim and ratings," said Collier. "It feels really good." In other words, AMC will avoid the pitfalls that have plagued other networks who lose their signature shows. When The Sopranos signed off in 2007 (a month before Mad Men's debut), HBO flailed for years with mediocre offerings like Tell Me You Love Me and Hung, until Game of Thrones, Girls and Veep finally righted the ship starting in 2011. In contrast, AMC has TV's most popular series in adults 18-49 to fall back on: The Walking Dead, which averaged 9.4 million viewers in that demo this season. Thanks to Walking Dead and its popular postshow, Talking Dead, AMC was the No. 1 cable network in February in adults (and men) 18-49 and 18-34. Even better, as Walking Dead follows the blueprint of Robert Kirkman's comic book series, it already has stories banked for seasons to come. "How many other guys can say, 'Wow, we've got the hottest show in town, and it's already written for the next four years?'" said Maxim Group analyst John Tinker. "That takes away some of those pressures." As does the arrival earlier this year of critically acclaimed Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul , which became the next prestige drama AMC had been searching for. Though Collier says he's "equally proud" of lesser performers Turn (now called Turn: Washington's Spies) and Halt and Catch Fire, which help fulfill AMC's "eclectic by design" mission, Better Call Saul gave AMC some much needed critical cachet that helps cushion Mad Men's loss. Drawing 3.7 million viewers 18-49 in live-plus-3 during Season 1, Saul also enabled AMC to expand its original programming to a third night, Mondays (most of its shows air on Sundays, but western Hell on Wheels has turned into a solid Saturday entry for fans of AMC's western movies). "We'll expand original nights beyond that, that's what we're talking about with advertisers during the upfronts," said Collier. "So you'll see Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Saturday." Collier hopes spinoff lightning will strike twice when AMC's upcoming Walking Dead companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, debuts in late summer. Set in Los Angeles with new characters and storylines, its six-episode first season (the series has already been renewed for Season 2) will lead in to The Walking Dead's return this fall. The network's biggest challenge will be to nurture Fear without damaging its ratings golden goose.

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Step Aside Super Bowl: This is 2015’s Craziest Sports Weekend

May 1, 2015  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

This weekend, audiences will assemble in record-breaking numbers to cheer on an unprecedented assemblage of larger-than-life champions. And no, we're not talking about Avengers: Age of Ultron. After all, not even Iron Man, Hulk and Thor can match the combined sports powers that have converged for this weekend: a perfect storm for sports fans. There's the 2015 NFL Draft, which kicked off Thursday night and runs through Saturday on ESPN, ESPN 2 and NFL Network. Saturday brings the 141st Kentucky Derby (NBC and NBCSN). The rest of the weekend includes a Boston Red Sox/New York Yankees baseball matchup (MLB Network and ESPN), NBA first and second round playoff games (ESPN, TNT and ABC) NHL Stanley Cup second round playoff games (NBC and NBCSN) and World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play (NBC and Golf Channel). And overshadowing them all is one of the biggest sports events of all time : Saturday night's welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.

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