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TV/Critic's Notes (Streaming)
Is Netflix Cancelling Shows Before People Have a Reasonable Amount of Time to Watch Them?
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - Jun. 24, 2019

When Netflix cancelled Chambers earlier this month, was your first reaction, “Already?” Or, “What is Chambers?” And when it was announced that Santa Clarita Diet‘s latest season would be its last, was your initial response, “Wait, Season 3 came out?!”

In other words: Is Netflix giving its audience enough time to A) become aware of, B) find, and then C) binge-watch its original fare — and in expedient enough a manner to be counted by the streaming giant’s renew/cancel metrics?

As told to Vulture about a year ago, Netflix renew/cancel decisions are largely based on the amount of people who complete a season within four weeks of its release. And the numbers appear to bear that out. Looking at seven of its most recent cancellations, the bad news came anywhere from within four weeks of premiere (in the case of Santa Clarita Diet’s abrupt axing after three seasons) to seven (as with one-and-doners Chambers, The Good Cop and Everything Sucks!). Similarly but on the happier side, Lucifer was renewed for its second Netflix season less than four weeks after its debut on the service.

But ask yourself, based on your own TV consumption habits: Is four weeks a reasonable enough span of time to find and binge something in full?

Let’s first talk about AWARENESSS. Like any outlet (be it broadcast, cable or streaming), Netflix will announce a series order… trickle out casting news… eventually release teasers, trailers, key art/posters and first photos… and then announce a premiere date — each step of which typically spawn news stories that let you know, “Something is coming.” Reviews embargoed for release ahead of the premiere might also remind you of an imminent release.

But whereas a broadcast or cable series that releases episodes on a weekly basis will also generate preview pieces, sneak peek releases and post mortems all season long, all serving as reminders that such-and-such show is now airing, a “binge” release doesn’t enjoy commensurate coverage. That’s because it’s tricky to highlight/preview any episode beyond the premiere, since you can’t know where any given reader is at with their binge. Recaps and post mortems are a bit easier, as TVLine for example has demonstrated with Fuller House, The Haunting of Hill House, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Lucifer, to name a few, because you can warn readers to “steer clear!” unless they have reached that episode.

Now, let’s say you have become aware of a new series/season. That’s great! But unless you sign onto Netflix with the specific mission to hunt it down, do you trust that you will be able to easily FIND IT? Personally speaking, I have oftentimes scratched my head that a brand-new release is not on my home screen, and sometimes is even buried deeeeep in the New Releases scroll. (Ask me about the time I went to watch Maniac and COULD. NOT. FIND IT.) Fact is, Netflix doesn’t want you to quickly find what you came for, binge it and then move along. Like the grocer who positions the milk in the back of the store, they want you to meander and be exposed to other things. They want that person who logged on specifically to watch Luke Cage Season 2 to instead get distracted by a 32nd viewing of the Lost pilot. (Guilty as charged.) They also apparently want you to watch a lot of auto-playing trailers, oy.

I need not remind you, Netflix has a “mind-boggling amount of programming” (as chief content officer Ted Sarandos himself put it for Vulture). Per one report, we’re talking 700 original shows worldwide, plus 80 original films. As Sarandos summed up his strategy there: “More shows, more watching. More watching, more sub[scriber]s. More subs, more revenue. More revenue, more content.”

So, you heard about a show and you’ve sought it out or stumbled upon it on Netflix. Now be honest: More often than not, will you have the TIME to watch all of the episodes within that most important first month? Sure, we all have our occasional, purposeful “binges” — see: Stranger Things Season 3, coming July 4! — but in the name of giving Netflix the data they need to “vote” for renewal, is that something you can reliably pull off on the regular? Knowing just how much other stuff you are going to watch in total?

Or, said differently: Should you have to binge an entire season in so fixed a time frame, as if it is some sort of cockamamie race?

If streaming is famously about “watching what you want, when you want,” we shouldn’t feel so pressured to plow through a season within a month. Netflix factoring in six (if not eight) weeks would set a far more realistic goal, recognizing that any given person is not only about any “one” show. Them old-timey broadcast-TV shows typically get at least 13 weeks to state their case, to open well and hold onto enough of that audience that they hopefully see another season, all while benefiting from regular reminders in the form of previews, interviews and TVLine’s world-famous What to Watch alerts.

“Binge” shows, though, only get that one big promotional push (if they’re lucky) at launch, and then… well, it’s in the TV gods’ hands.

Out of 31 Netflix renew/cancel decisions reported on by TVLine in the past 12 months, 74 percent were a thumbs-up (if we generously count all five powered-down Marvel shows as a package of “one”); Sarandos meanwhile has said he aims for an 80 percent renewal rate.

Maybe allowing audiences a better chance to build would help close that gap?

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‘Curfew,’ the Zombie Plague-Death Race Mash-Up You’ve Been Waiting For
A new series from Spectrum Originals has all of its genre elements in place, including Ned Stark in a muscle car.
By Mike Hale, The New York Times

The new British series “Curfew” sounds as if it were created in an infernal lab where horror fans are strapped to gurneys and hooked up to pleasure receptors. It imagines a plague of fast zombies running around at night, forcing the government to institute a permanent 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. (Even worse things have happened to Scotland.)

Then it adds what you never realized a zombie story needed until now: an ultraviolent cross-country road race whose winner is to be whisked away to a peaceful island where scientists are working on a cure for the undead.

So: “28 Days Later” and “The Walking Dead” meet “Death Race” and “Mad Max,” with bits of “The Purge,” “The Terminator,” “Escape From New York” and “Children of Men” thrown in. With an evil pharmaceutical corporation lurking in the background.

And we haven’t even gotten to the cast. Sean Bean is the angry guy in the muscle car with the much younger and pregnant girlfriend played by Rose Williams. Miranda Richardson is the stressed-out mom in the big truck. Billy Zane, with a cowboy hat and a bottomless martini shaker, leads the crew of wannabe Merry Pranksters in the beat-up Volkswagen van. Waiting for them on the island is the mandatory sinister American corporate type, played by Adam Brody of “The O.C.,” or perhaps just a hologram.

It’s a genre sundae with several extra helpings of cherries, and while it’s not as wildly delightful as it sounds in outline — what could be? — it’s not a bad binge for viewers who don’t mind B-movie production values and dialogue, and who like their zombie heavy-metal shoot-em-ups grounded more in sentimental family drama than blood-spattered excess.

If they can find the show, that is. “Curfew,” whose eight episodes premiere Monday, is the second series under the banner of Spectrum Originals (the first was the cop show “L.A.’s Finest”). That means it can be seen only on the on-demand channels of Spectrum cable systems. The company is pointing out that the shows are “free on-demand” — no Netflix or Hulu subscription needed — but that’s true only after you’ve paid for Spectrum cable service, which is what this whole cord-cutting thing was about in the first place. The idea is to reclaim video-on-demand from the streaming companies, turning their own original-content strategy against them as a way to persuade people to keep paying for cable. Best of luck.

“Curfew” isn’t a reason to keep the cord intact — maybe that will be Spectrum Originals’ “Mad About You” reboot with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser, promised for later this year. But it has some appealing characters and it’s sufficiently tongue-in-cheek to keep you engaged. It was created for Sky in Britain by Matthew Read, who as a former commissioning editor for the BBC has an impressive list of producing credits on other people’s distinctive TV series: “Happy Valley,” “Peaky Blinders,” “Taboo,” “Doctor Foster,” “McMafia.” He’s clearly learned things along the way about pace and plotting — “Curfew” has its mysteries, which are gradually revealed through flashbacks, but it’s always clear who’s who and what’s happening.

Read has also developed a thick skin when it comes to killing off characters, or perhaps it’s just a producer’s trick: Save money by putting your most expensive actors on short contracts. The major characters — preponderantly heroines, rather than heroes — are played by less well known performers like Phoebe Fox, as a level-headed paramedic who enters her ambulance in the race at the last minute, and Ike Bennett as a digital-native teenager trying to navigate the course using handwritten notebooks compiled by his father.

The various crews rumble through the night, alternately hindering and helping one another and being picked off by the extremely mobile undead. There’s a lot of collateral damage, but there are frequent respites, during which someone’s concerned mother is liable to announce, “I’ve got egg mayonnaise, or cheese and pickle.” There’ll always be an England. Well, probably.

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Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jun. 25, 2019

TIANANMEN: THE PEOPLE VS. THE PARTY
PBS, 9:00 p.m. ET
DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE:
Thirty years ago, a demonstration from Chinese students seeking democratic reforms from their Communist government leaders led to a seven-week occupation of Tiananmen Square in the central heart of China. Then, tragically, a bloodbath, with the Chinese Army surrounding and invading the city and opposing the protesters with troops, guns, and tanks. Three decades later, this documentary establishes the context, explains the calls for reform, presents news and amateur footage of how it all went wrong – home video cameras were relatively new – and new eyewitness interviews to put China’s biggest pro-democracy movement in perspective. Check local listings.

YELLOWSTONE LIVE
National Geographic, 9:00 p.m. ET

Let’s see. On Sunday, the first day of this four-day live TV look at the flora and fauna of Yellowstone National Park, I made a geyser pun. Yesterday, continuing the tradition, I made a bear joke. But tonight? The last thing I want to do is buffalo you…

DRUNK HISTORY
Comedy Central, 10:00 p.m. ET

Tonight’s installment of Drunk History tells, in inebriated form, the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s relocation to the United States, when they claimed New York City as their home – and were almost deported by J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon and a resentful U.S. government. The real John and Yoko Ono Lennon are shown here; tune in tonight to learn who plays them, in this televised, inebriated ballad of John and Yoko.


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TV Review (Streaming)
The Hits Keep Coming – Literally – on 'Grand Hotel'
By Mike Hughes, TVWorthWatching.com's 'Open Mike' - Jun. 25, 2019

Stop and think about the weddings you've attended.

Now do a calculation: In what percentage did the bride and groom say "I do" and become married?

My own figure is 100 percent, but I might run with a dull crowd. In the TV world, excluding finales, it seems closer to 50 percent.

One Party of Five character was a runaway bride twice in one season. On One Day at a Time, the bride ended up marrying the best man. In Ellen, the minister foolishly asked if anyone knew a reason these two should not be united; every hand in the room shot up.

But in the entire TV history, I don't think anyone has attacked the wedding singer. Until now.

Grand Hotel (10:01 p.m. ET, Mondays, ABC) closed its first episode (June 17) with the wedding. At the altar, the bride said some nice things. Then the groom denounced her and rushed out to hit El Rey, a music star who was going to sing at the reception.

(A little context: The night before, the bride had sex with El Rey. But she had a good reason: Her sister had been with El Rey, and since the bride was the "pretty one" in the family, she felt she should, too.)

That brought chaos to the wedding and the hotel. Its owner (the bride's stepfather) owes big money to crooks and planned to resolve that by selling the hotel to the groom's family. Now the deal is off.

There are lots of sub-plots here: The worker who disappeared; her brother, working undercover at the hotel; the owner's son, forever concocting stories about his missing leg to seduce women, and the owner's daughter, fresh from her MBA and unaware that the hotel she loves is aswirl in schemes.

Yes, this is adapted from a telenovela. "This was a format from Spain," producer Eva Longoria, who will be a guest star in four episodes, told the Television Critics Association. "It was a period piece, and we contemporized it to modern-day Miami."

The show, Longoria said, has a majority of its key jobs – director, writer, director of photography – handled by women and minorities. Her previous production, Devious Maids, took the usual approach – Latinas working for wealthy WASPS. This one is different.

"You often see those underrepresented groups playing the housekeeper, playing service-industry jobs," said Brian Tanen, the Grand Hotel writer-producer. "So it was special for us to be able to represent the (owners) as people of color, which is very true of my hometown of Miami."

That's important to actors like Demian Bichir, 55, whose first crack at Hollywood went nowhere. "There weren't many things for Latin American artists," Bichir recalled. Now, by comparison, "there are a lot of people responsible for this beautiful time that we're having, and Eva is one of them."

After those early rejections, he retreated to Mexico and became a movie and TV star. In the last decade, he's been back in the U.S., starring in The Bridge, co-starring in Weeds, and getting an Oscar nomination for A Better Life.

And now he runs a glamorous hotel, where life looks splendid. "It's blue skies," Tanen said. "It's gorgeous beaches (and) incredibly beautiful people."

It's a happy place – except for the lies, the schemes, the mobsters, the missing worker, the money crisis, and the groom attacking the wedding singer.

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TV/Production Notes (Cable)
Anthony Jeselnik Snags Comedy Central Talk Show
By Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 25, 2019

Anthony Jeselnik is getting into the talk-show business with Comedy Central.

The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered six episodes of Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik, a weekly interview series in which Jeselnik sits down with a friend from the comedy world. The show is set to premiere Sept. 6.

The series grows out of a multi-platform deal Jeselnik signed with Comedy Central in 2018, which included the early plans for Good Talk. His is one of several deals the cabler has signed with comics in the past year; others in the network fold include Jim Jefferies, Chris Distefano, Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. and Bill Burr. Comedy Central also recently launched its own studio with overall deals for several key creators.

Good Talk will find Jeselnik swapping his trademark acerbic style for tongue-in-cheek interviews with fellow comics about their careers, influences and "what it's like to live in his massive shadow." The half-hour conversations will center on stand-up, bits and stories and also include "unconventional" studio segments.

Guests for the initial run are David Spade — whose daily late-night series Lights Out debuts in July — Kristen Schaal, Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, Nick Kroll and Tig Notaro.

Christie Smith and Meaghan Rady are the executive producers of Good Talk, with Rady serving as showrunner.

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15 Fantasy Adaptations We’re Excited to See on TV Soon
By Devon Ivie, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Jun. 25, 2019

With Game of Thrones and its monstrous ratings officially as dead as the Mother of Dragons, it’s reasonable to assume that every network executive is currently sitting in their office, laptop out, and Googling “oh my God, please give me a fantasy adaptation that can sustain itself for eight seasons.” Actually, that’s more than reasonable — looking back at the past year in terms of ambitious projects in development, it’s clear that all the big network players are hoping to recapture that Westeros magic in any way possible, green-lighting dozens and dozens of adaptations to fill the void.

But there’s a long road between a green light and a series actually making it to air. For every Thrones — which itself took more than four years to make it to TV after HBO first acquired the rights — there’s a Dragonriders of Pern, the Anne McCaffrey fantasy series that’s swerved in and out of development hell for over two decades. Sometimes, patience really is a virtue.

Given that there’s no shortage of (very exciting) announcements, Vulture decided to pick 15 of the TV fantasy adaptations we confidently feel will be premiering in the near(ish) future, as opposed to a one-and-done press release that hasn’t come to fruition after a few years’ time. Hell, some of them even already have a premiere date. So here’s what you should be keeping your eyes open for in 2019 and beyond — sorted, for your convenience, by how soon we’re likely to see them.

Watchmen (HBO)
Damon Lindelof is out here comparing his “remixed” Watchmen adaptation — based on Alan Moore’s graphic novel about superheroes being treated as outlaws — to the goddamned Bible. It’s officially done shooting its first season and has a teaser, with Regina King, Jeremy Irons, and Don Johnson confirmed as leads. “The reason that I’m doing this is these are dangerous times,” Lindelof explained, “and we need dangerous shows.”

What’s the production status? It’s upon us very soon! HBO confirmed that the show will debut in fall 2019, with other actors, such as Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, James Wolk, and Louis Gossett Jr., among the cast, and original music from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the soundtrack.

The Witcher (Netflix)
Three words: Legolas Henry Cavill. (The hair, anyway.) Andrzej Sapkowski’s saga revolves around a malaise-prone monster hunter with a great name (Geralt of Rivia!) who “struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.” He eventually teams up with a princess and sorceress with the same ideals, who might be able to help him find meaning in this dark, cruel world after all — and also kill a bunch of monsters.

What’s the production status? We’ll get it alongside Watchmen, most likely. Netflix confirmed that the eight episodes will debut in fall 2019, with other cast members including Eamon Farren (that creepy guy from Twin Peaks: The Return) and Freya Allan.

His Dark Materials (BBC, HBO)
James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen, and Lin-Manuel Miranda are attached to lead this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — which netted a second season before filming even began. (Just look at the spooky trailer!) Keen, whom you probably remember from Logan, will be the orphan hero who lives in a parallel universe and gets into all sorts of misadventures, mostly alongside Miranda’s balloon adventurer.

What’s the production status? The networks are going in on this one. A second season has already been commissioned well before the first season even airs, which will come Stateside sometime in “late 2019,” per HBO. That means we’re already confirmed for 16 episodes.

Cursed (Netflix)
13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford is taking the lead in Netflix’s Cursed, which is based on the Lady of the Lake, the Arthurian legend. In a reimagining of the tale, Langford’s teen heroine and her “mysterious” gift are destined to become the Lady, and she unexpectedly teams up with “a young mercenary” named Arthur, after her mother dies, to find Merlin and give him his sword. This is less of a buddy comedy and more of a life-or-death quest.

What’s the production status? It’s chugging along! It’ll be filming until September, and other confirmed cast members include Devon Terrell and Gustaf Skarsgård. (Yup, those Skarsgårds.) Frank Miller (Sin City) and Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots) are spearheading the adaptation.

Untitled Game of Thrones prequel (HBO)
Unsurprisingly, the first (of apparently many) intended Game of Thrones spinoffs is up and running after Thrones’ very divisive final season. George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service) will be helming the pilot, which takes place about 10,000 years before the events of the original series, near the end of the Age of Heroes. “From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’s history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend, only one thing is for sure,” HBO teases as the log line. “It’s not the story we think we know.”

What’s the production status? The full cast list has been unveiled, which we’ll include in full due to interest: Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Miranda Richardson, Marquis Rodriquez, John Simm, Richard McCabe, John Heffernan, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp, Toby Regbo, and Dixie Egerickx. As of mid-June, the prequel has begun shooting in Northern Ireland. The network has not confirmed a tentative premiere date.

Lord of the Rings (Amazon)
In an astonishing $250 million deal (as well as an even more astonishing reported $1 billion budget), this Lord of the Rings original series is being described as a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring, with Amazon getting the full support of the Tolkien Estate and Trust. (The deal also includes the option for spinoffs.) Set in Middle-earth — duh — the adaptation is spearheaded by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, perhaps best known for their Star Trek 4 and Jungle Cruise scripts.

What’s the production status? Amazon gave the series a “multi-season, straight-to-series commitment,” and the showrunners were selected last year. The writers room is also in full swing, and reportedly has one hell of a security protocol for everyone involved.

The Watch (BBC America)
With Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens debuting on Amazon last month, we have another adaptation of his work to look forward to — only this is a little more punk rock. Based on his Discworld novels, The Watch follows a group of ragtag cops as they try to protect their city from “normalized wrongness” from the past and future, whatever that may entail. Death will be a character, obvi.

What’s the production status? Early stages! BBC America only announced this pilot order last October, so the writers room, lead by Simon Allen (The Musketeers) is in full swing with no casting announcements yet. There will also be eight episodes in total.

The Chronicles of Narnia (Netflix)
It’s the Chronic — WHAT! — ’cles of Narnia! Netflix is funneling ridiculous amounts of money to create a bunch of “classic stories from across the Narnia universe” for viewers, which will be explored with “new series and film projects.” It’s unclear what that exactly translates to — anything from a short film to a mini-series could happen, really — but all seven of C.S. Lewis’s books have been acquired for the very first time, so opportunities abound.

What’s the production status? Netflix confirmed the deal last October. Given that each Narnia project would involve a different showrunner and writers room, they’ll all be developed at different speeds.

The Wheel of Time (Amazon)
After gestating for a few years in development hell, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time will finally get to tell its story of a world where magic exists and is part of daily life — but the twist is, only women can use it. Amazon will be going all-in on the viewpoint of Moiraine, a member of a shadowy organization with other young men and women, one of whom she believes might be a reincarnation of one of the most powerful beings to ever grace the earth. If that doesn’t break the group apart, who knows what can.

What’s the production status? Amazon confirmed a series order last October, saying each episode would be an hour long. Rosamund Pike will be starring as Moiraine, the lead, as well as serving as a producer.

Conan the Barbarian (Amazon)
Not to be confused with the equally iconic Disney series Dave the Barbarian, Amazon’s Conan is teasing that its take on Robert E. Howard’s books will find the titular lead wandering the “mysterious and treacherous world of civilization, where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage,” after being banished from his homeland.

What’s the production status? Amazon confirmed last February that the series was in development, with a mix of creatives from Game of Thrones, Colony, and Fargo taking the reins.

Foundation (Apple)
Isaac Asimov’s science-fiction trilogy is one of the many projects Apple’s new streaming service has in development, with Foundation chronicling the thousand-year saga of “The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.” Sounds neat.

What’s the production status? With Apple still remaining pretty coy about what exactly to expect from all of its shows (at least we have a name!) what we know is that Foundation has a ten-episode, straight-to-series order for a first season. David S. Goyer (a DC Universe VIP) and Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) will be sharing showrunning duties.

Vampire Chronicles (Hulu)
Just what the doctor ordered, sexy vampires! The Anne Rice–penned novels will be taking the form of one cohesive narrative by revolving around noted hero, antihero, and narrator — and did we mention vampire? — Lestat de Lioncourt, as he lives his best life and tries to hide his fangs from the general populace.

What’s the production status? Rice and her son, Christopher, will be executive producing. Hulu confirmed last July that Bryan Fuller was originally planned as the showrunner, but this new development stage will have the Rices primarily spearheading the series. It will reportedly begin shooting in Budapest in September, although no cast has been announced.

The Sirens of Titan (Undisclosed network)
Comedy juggernaut Dan Harmon is going all-in on adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel for the small screen. (Everyone loves a good Vonnegut joint, after all.) The novel deals with the richest man in 22nd-century America, the humorously named Malachi Constant, who believes he possesses “divine favor” due to his remarkably good luck — luck that brings forth a journey to outer space and back in preparation of an interplanetary war. Not all goes according to plan.

What’s the production status? Kudos to Harmon, who, despite not having any network attachment yet, is hard at work writing the entire show. In a terrific GQ profile from last year, Harmon described it as a “miniseries.”

Consider Phlebas (Amazon)
Not content with its Lord of the Rings and Wheel of Time acquisitions, Amazon is hoping to tantalize you with the first book in Iain M. Banks’s Culture space-opera series — a winding journey that’s best described as how a “highly advanced and progressive society” ends up at war with “a deeply religious, warlike race intent on dominating the entire galaxy.” Artificial intelligence, technology, and rogue agents are all woven in for good fun.

What’s the production status? The streaming network is working on a pilot to accompany its “sizable script-to-series commitment,” which will be written by Dennis Kelly (Utopia) and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.

Ringworld (Amazon)
After Syfy failed its own adaptation attempt, Amazon stepped in to green-light Larry Niven’s seminal Ringworld sci-fi novel, which follows an apathetic man celebrating his 200th birthday “in a technologically advanced, future Earth.” You know what that means: journey time! He joins a young woman and two aliens on a voyage to Ringworld, a “remote artificial ring” that happens to contain a multitude of mysteries. Let’s hope they all come back from their mission (relatively) unscathed.

What’s the production status? This one we’re a bit less optimistic about, if we’re being honest. Despite Amazon teasing the development stages about two years ago in a big announcement, no other updates — such as showrunners or actors — have subsequently emerged.

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Joel Silver Out At Silver Pictures, CEO Hal Sadoff To Steer Ship
By Mike Fleming, Deadline.com - Jun. 24, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: A shakeup has occurred that leaves Joel Silver exiting Silver Pictures, the production company named for him and which he founded. Silver resigned from the company, sources said. There will likely be more to this, but tonight, when contacted by Hal Sadoff, the former ICM Partners agent who joined Silver several years ago as CEO, said: “Joel Silver recently indicated that he intends to leave Silver Pictures and go out on his own. We are working with him to define a productive way forward, given his ongoing contractual obligations to the company. Meanwhile, we are continuing to move ahead with our slate of exciting projects and have had very positive discussions with our studio partners around town.”

Silver has always been a provocative figure with hits that include the Lethal Weapon, The Matrix and Sherlock Holmes franchises as well as The Book of Eli, RockNRolla, Unknown, Non-Stop and The Nice Guys.

The company has been working on a third Sherlock Holmes movie, and a remake of Logan’s Run, among other percolating projects.

No comment from Silver at this point.

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TV/Production Notes (Streaming)
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman to Star in Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Prom’ Musical Movie at Netflix
By Jennifer Maas, TheWrap.com - Jun. 25, 2019

Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman are set to lead the cast of Ryan Murphy’s “The Prom” at Netflix, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

James Corden, Ariana Grande, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells also joining the movie, which is an adaptation of the hit musical of the same name, which made it to Broadway last year.

Streep will play Dee Dee Allen, a two-time Tony winner who partners with Barry Glickman (Corden) in a musical about Eleanor Roosevelt that turns out to be a flop. After disastrous reviews, the pair decides — along with fellow Broadway vets Angie Dickinson (Kidman) and Trent Oliver (Rannells) — to get behind a cause in order to revive their careers. They rally behind Emma, an Indiana teenager who is banned from attending her high school prom with her girlfriend.

Also Read: Everything We Know About Ryan Murphy's Netflix Slate: From 'The Politician' to 'The Prom'
Grande will play Alyssa, a popular girl who is the daughter of the head of the PTA. Key is set as Principal Hawkins, an advocate for Emma and Dee Dee’s love interest. Awkwafina will play Ms. Sheldon, the publicist behind Emma’s cause.

The role of Emma has not yet been cast.

“The Prom” will be produced by Murphy and Alexis Woodall, along with the Broadway musical’s producers, Bill Damaschke and Dori Berinstein. More of the show’s creative team is coming over to help on the TV movie adaptation, with Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin writing the script and Beguelin and Matthew Sklar handling music and lyrics, which are based on an original concept by Jack Viertel.

Murphy will direct the film himself, with shooting set to begin this December.

The film’s soundtrack will be produced by Murphy, Grande and her manager, Scooter Braun.

“The Prom” is one of several projects the “American Horror Story” creator has set at Netflix since he signed his huge overall deal with the streaming service last year, including the film “The Boys in the Band” and the series “Ratched,” “Hollywood” and “The Politician.” You can read more about his slate here.

Deadline first reported the casting news.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
The CW sets return dates for Riverdale, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl
By Marcus Jones, EW.com

The CW has announced its fall 2019 premiere dates, mixing two new shows in with some returning favorites.

First, though, the network will kick off its fall schedule by exclusively airing the IHeartRadio Music Festival from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 3.

The following week, the network will continue to air shows on Sundays, with the new CW superhero series Batwoman launching at 8 p.m., right before the fifth season of Supergirl at 9 p.m. on Oct. 6.

Monday, Oct. 7, and Tuesday, Oct. 8, will see the second season premiere of All American and the fifth season premiere of The Flash, respectively at 8 p.m., followed by an encore of the Batwoman premiere at 9 p.m. both days.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the season 4 premiere of Riverdale will lead into the series premiere of Nancy Drew, with newcomer Kennedy McCann playing the iconic sleuth.

Thursday, Oct. 10, will first have the premiere of the 15th and final season of Supernatural at 8 p.m., and then the season 2 premiere of the Vampire Diaries spin-off Legacies.

On Friday, Oct. 11, expect the season premieres for reboots Charmed at 8 p.m. and Dynasty at 9 p.m.

The following week will first air an encore of Nancy Drew on Monday, Oct. 14, after a new episode of All American, and the final season premiere of Arrow on Tuesday, Oct. 15, after a new episode of The Flash.

The network will finish its fall premieres the following Monday, Oct. 21, airing the third season premiere of Black Lightning at 9 p.m. after a new episode of All American. The CW announced with its new schedule that shows like Legends of Tomorrow and the new Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene will air midseason.

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TUESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Jun. 25, 2019

ABC:
8PM - The Conners
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8:30PM - American Housewife
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9PM - Modern Family
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9:30PM - The Goldbergs
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10PM - Modern Family
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10:30PM - Black-ish
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* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Kumail Nanjiani; journalist Jim Acosta; Himesh Patel)
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12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother (Season Premiere)
9PM - FBI
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10PM - Blood & Treasure
* * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Zendaya; NFL player Julian Edelman; Jenny Lewis performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Bill Hader; Anna Chlumsky; Ally Brooke and Tyga perform)
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NBC:
8PM - America's Got Talent (120 min.)
10:01PM - Songland
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV host Trevor Noah; comic Sebastian Maniscalco; magicians Penn & Teller)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Tom Holland; Jenny Slate; SOAK performs; Jon Wurster sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Stephanie Beatriz; Talos performs; writers Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld)
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FOX:
8PM - Spin the Wheel
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9PM - 9-1-1
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THE CW:
8PM - The Flash
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9PM - The 100

PBS:
8PM - Secrets of the Dead: World War Speed
9PM - Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party (120 min.)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Reina Soy Yo
9PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
10PM - Por Amar Sin Ley

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Un Poquito Tuyo
9PM - Betty en NY
10PM - La Reina del Sur

UNIMAS:
7:45PM - CONCACAF Copa Oro 2019: Jamaica vs. Curazao (LIVE)
10:15PM - CONCACAF Copa Oro 2019: Honduras vs. El Salvador (LIVE)

CBSSN:
7PM - WNBA Basketball: Minnesota Lynx at Indiana Fever (LIVE)

ESPN:
7PM - 2019 College World Series, Game 2: Vanderbilt vs. Michigan (LIVE)
9:45PM - MLB Baseball: Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants (LIVE)

A&E:
8PM - The First 48: Teens on the Edge
9PM - The First 48: Teens on the Edge (62 min.)
10:02PM - Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole (63 min.)

FREEFORM:
8PM - Good Trouble

NAT GEO:
8PM - America's National Parks - Saguaro: Super Bloom
9PM - Yellowstone Live: Predators and Prey (LIVE)
10PM - Wild Alaska: Arctic Summer

USA:
8PM - WWE SmackDown! (120 min., LIVE)
10PM - Chrisley Knows Best
10:31PM - The Radkes

BET:
9PM - Games People Play (Season Finale)
10PM - Ladies Night (Season Finale)

BRAVO:
9PM - The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
10PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (TV personality Teddi Mellencamp; Michael Rapaport)
10:30PM - Texicanas (Season Finale)

FOOD NETWORK:
9PM - Chopped Junior (Season Premiere)
10PM - Chopped

OWN:
9PM - The Haves and the Have Nots
10PM - Ambitions

TRUTV:
9:30PM - Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
10PM - Paid Off With Michael Torpey (LIVE)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
10PM - Drunk History
10:30PM - Alternatino With Arturo Castro
* * * *
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Olivia Munn, 36 min.)

FX:
10PM - Pose

HBO:
10PM - REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel

TNT:
10PM - Animal Kingdom

TV ONE:
10PM - The DL Hughley Show (Melanie Comarcho)

WGN:
10PM - Pure

TBS:
10:30PM - The Detour
* * * *
11PM - Conan (Kathy Bates)
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TV Notes (Streaming)
The Office will leave Netflix in 2021
By Julia Alexander, TheVerge.com - Jun. 25, 2019

The Office, one of the most popular shows on Netflix, will stream exclusively on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service beginning in 2021.

Netflix’s deal with NBCUniversal ends in 2020, giving NBCUniversal back the rights to stream its own show. The new arrangement makes The Office one of the biggest shows that NBCUniversal will have exclusively on its streaming service as it prepares to go head-to-head with numerous companies launching their own competing services.

It’s an important show to have, too. The Office is widely considered the most popular show on streaming services like Netflix, with more than 52 billion minutes watched in 2018, some 3 percent of all Netflix minutes watched in the US, according to The Wall Street Journal. Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, called it a “staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before” in a press release announcing the move.

Netflix tweeted about the news shortly after it became public:

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NBCUniversal executives have spoken about bringing The Office exclusively to its streaming service in the past. Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertisements and partnerships at NBCUniversal, told an audience at the company’s Upfront event May that NBCUniversal’s most adored series were “coming home,” according to Deadline. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke also said they would “try to reclaim titles like The Office once the service launches,” according to that report.

Having pop culture staples like The Office is going to become increasingly important as the streaming wars gear up. Disney decided to end a wide-ranging contract with Netflix early to ensure all of its releases were exclusive to its Disney+ service, which launches this November for $6.99 a month. WarnerMedia is expected to pull Friends, one of its most popular series, from Netflix once its streaming service launches in 2020, which is expected to cost between $16 and $17 a month. Netflix paid WarnerMedia $100 million to keep Friends throughout 2019, proving just how much value the series had for the platform.

Networks removing their content from Netflix is a facet of the streaming wars that Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, has spoken about many times before. Both Sarandos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings view the competition from other companies as healthy, mentioning in investor calls that they’ve both pushed to add more original exclusive programming to Netflix to counter those companies who are pulling their titles out.

“Nothing that’s on Disney+ is going to be on Netflix and nothing that’s on Netflix is going to be on the [Comcast and WarnerMedia services],” Sarandos said at a recent media event, as reported by Deadline. “They’re going to be very unique.”

What that means for us: to access The Office and Friends, two popular shows that are extremely popular on Netflix, we’ll soon have to subscribe to two totally different new services.

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TV/Washington Notes
Robert Mueller to Testify Before U.S. House in Open Session in July
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Jun. 25, 2019

Political junkies, mark your calendars: Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify before a pair of U.S. House committees in open session on Wednesday, July 17, the committees announced on Tuesday.

Mueller, who authored the Mueller Report that investigated Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election (and President Trump’s alleged connections to those efforts), will testify pursuant to a subpoena, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced in a joint statement.

“Pursuant to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence tonight, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before both Committees on July 17 in open session,” the statement read.

“Americans have demanded to hear directly from the Special Counsel so they can understand what he and his team examined, uncovered, and determined about Russia’s attack on our democracy, the Trump campaign’s acceptance and use of that help, and President Trump and his associates’ obstruction of the investigation into that attack,” the statement continued, before concluding: “We look forward to hearing his testimony, as do all Americans.”

Mueller’s televised testimony joins an already crowded week of TV, with Emmy nominations coming out a day earlier on Tuesday, July 16 and San Diego Comic-Con kicking off that Thursday, July 18 and running until Sunday, July 21.

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TV/Production Notes (Broadcast)
‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Series From David E Kelley in the Works at CBS
By Reid Nakamura, TheWrap.com - Jun. 25, 2019

A TV adaptation of “The Lincoln Lawyer” from David E. Kelley has been given a series production commitment at CBS, TheWrap has learned.

Based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling series of novels, “The Lincoln Lawyer” centers on Mickey Haller, who is described as “an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his law practice out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car as he takes on cases big and small across the expansive city of Los Angeles.”

The “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” creator will write and executive produce.

Connelly and Ross Fineman, who also produced Kelley’s Amazon series “Goliath,” will serve as executive producers on the drama from A+E Studios, in association with CBS Television Studios.

Matthew McConaughey previously starred in a 2011 film adaptation of the “Lincoln Lawyer” book series from director Brad Furman. A subsequent TV adaptation was set up at ABC shortly thereafter but never made it to series.

The project is one of many in the pipeline for Kelley, whose other projects include “Goliath,” the currently airing second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” “Mr. Mercedes” on Audience Network, the upcoming HBO limited series “The Undoing” and “Nine Perfect Strangers” at Hulu.

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Nielsen Notes
Syndication Ratings: Sports Preemptions Drive Shows to New Lows
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Jun. 25, 2019

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup ran over virtually everything in syndication in the week ended June 16, causing many shows to drop to season and series lows.

CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench was the sole gainer in first-run syndication, adding 5% to a 2.2 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, and ranking as the third-highest daytime strip behind only CTD’s court leader Judge Judy and talk leader Dr. Phil.

Everything else in first-run syndication was flat to down with several series hitting new season and series lows as the soccer tournament caused massive preemptions on Fox stations on four out of five days and created stronger than usual competition. The World Cup, along with games five and six of the NBA championships between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, and game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.

In addition, shows were bumped in top market New York on June 10 for news coverage of a fatal helicopter crash in Manhattan.

Against this backdrop of heavy preemptions, many shows -- including Hot Bench -- were partially or completely in reruns.

In access, the spotlight was on the first full week without trivia savant James Holzhauer, leaving CTD’s Jeopardy! with no answer for Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which returned to the top of the game pack. Feud held steady at a 6.1, elbowing aside Jeopardy!, which dropped 15% to a 5.8. That marked the first time Jeopardy! has been out of the game lead since the week of March 31.

Jeopardy!’s weekly ratings with Holzhauer peaked in the week ended May 5 at a 14-year high weekly household ratings average of 8.3, although the individual day rating for the superstar contestant’s stunning defeat on June 3 was a stratospheric 9.0.

Rounding out the game show category, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 9% to a new season-low 5.2. Further back, Disney’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which will end its 17-year run after this season, remained at its season-low 1.5 for a third consecutive week. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask was flat at a 0.5 for the 14th straight week.

Meanwhile, Disney’s viral video show RightThisMinute moved down 8% to a 1.1.

Magazines were mostly on par with the prior week against the strong sports competition. CTD’s Inside Edition eased 4% to a 2.6, matching its season low. CTD’s Entertainment Tonight came right behind at an unchanged 2.5. NBCU’s Access held its ground at a 1.1, to take third place, breaking a tie with Warner Bros.’ TMZ, which tumbled 25% to a new series-low 0.9 due to preemptions across the Fox stations for World Cup coverage. Warner Bros.’ Extra and CTD’s DailyMailTV both delivered a steady 0.9, tying TMZ for fourth place.

Twentieth’s Page Six TV, which lost key time periods due to RuPaul’s three-week talk tryout, slipped 17% to a new series-low 0.5. Trifecta’s Celebrity Page was unchanged at a 0.2.

Speaking of RuPaul, the second full week of the daily test talker averaged a 0.5 rating/1 share weighted metered market rating in households, down 17% from its lead-in and even with its year-ago time periods. Among women 25-54, the second week averaged a 0.2/1, off 33% from both lead-ins and June 2018 time periods.

Back in national households, none of the talkers improved on the week. Phil aired repeats on all five days and slipped 4% to a 2.3, but still managed to lead the group for a 145th straight week with five ties. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, Phil also led with a 0.9.

Disney’s Live with Kelly and Ryan receded 5% to a new season-low 2.0, but still ranked as talk’s second-highest rated show for the 16th straight week.

Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres declined 5%, even with a week of all originals, to a 1.8. NBCU’s Maury stayed at its season-low 1.2 for the second week in a row. Also airing encore episodes for part of the week was NBC’s Steve, which is nearing the end of its run. The talker starring Steve Harvey gave back 9% to fall to a new season-low 1.0.

NBCU’s Steve Wilkos sagged 10% to a new season-low 0.9, tying CTD’s Rachael Ray, which held steady.

Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz descended 11% to a new series-low 0.8, tying reruns of Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams, which were retitled as Wendy Williams World Cup, and slumped 20%. Retitling the show means the week’s average won’t count in its overall season ratings average.

Warner Bros.’ The Real registered a series-low 0.5 for a second straight week, tying CTD’s The Doctors, which remained at its series low for a fifth straight week. Disney’s Pickler & Ben stayed at a 0.4 for the 21st consecutive week, tying NBCU’s out-of-production Jerry Springer, the syndication run of which held steady for the 40th week in a row.

Among the rookies, CTD’s soon-to-conclude Face the Truth fell 14% to a new season-low 0.6, while Debmar-Mercury’s freshman court show Caught in Providence lost 20% to a new season-low 0.4.

Judge Judy was heavily preempted and slipped 17% to a new season-low 5.4. Following the aforementioned Hot Bench, Warner Bros.’ People’s Court sank 20% to a new season-low 1.2. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis eroded 11% to a new series-low 0.8. Twentieth’s Divorce Court dropped 17% to a new series-low 0.5.

NBCU’s Dateline backtracked 8% to a 1.2 but led the field for a 40th straight week. SPT’s off-A&E Live PD Police Patrol skidded 11% to a new season-high 0.8. Off-Investigation Discovery’s True Crime Files was unchanged at a 0.3.

Syndication’s lone off-net scripted strip, NBCU’s Chicago PD, posted a steady 0.9.

Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory dipped 2% to a 4.0 to lead the off-net sitcoms. Twentieth’s Last Man Standing slid 5% to a 2.1, while its Modern Family was flat at a 1.7. SPT’s The Goldbergs stayed at a 1.4. Twentieth’s Family Guy stood pat at a 1.3 for the fifth straight week. Warner Bros.’ Two and a Half Men dropped 8% to a new series-low 1.2. Disney’s Black-ish broke even at a 1.1. Warner Bros.’ Mike & Molly softened 9% to a 1.0. SPT’s Seinfeld retreated 10% to a 0.9, tying Warner Bros.’ 2 Broke Girls, which weakened 10%, and Warner Bros.’ Mom, which held steady for an eighth straight week.

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Robocall 'crackdown': FTC blocks more than a billion illegal calls, but problem festers
By Nathan Bomey, USA Today - Jun. 25, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it had blocked more than a billion illegal robocalls in a "crackdown" coordinated with the Justice Department as well as state and local law enforcement agencies.

The agencies collectively took 94 actions against robocallers touting bogus services such as credit card interest rate reduction and medical alerts. The actions included seven new FTC cases, including four settlements.

Consumers get "tens of billions" of illegal robocalls annually, according to the FTC.

So, the latest enforcement action is admittedly a "drop in the bucket," said Andrew Smith, the FTC's Consumer Protection Bureau director.

But the agency will continue its "coordinated effort to stem the scourge of illegal robocalls" by pursuing individual cases and coordinating with policymakers, he said.

In 2018 alone, the agency received 3.8 million complaints about unwanted robocalls, which have proliferated in part because technology advancements have enabled perpetrators to impersonate other phone numbers.

"Nearly all" robocalls are illegal, Smith said.

If you receive a robocall, the FTC's advice is:

1. Hang up.

2. Block the number.

3. Report it at FTC.gov/complaint.


Examples of the latest attempt to combat robocalls:

• The FTC filed a complaint in a Florida federal court against First Choice Horizon LLC and three individuals working for the company for allegedly concocting a "maze" of operations to target callers, including many seniors. They allegedly offered dubious credit card interest rate reduction services. The FTC is seeking a temporary restraining order, asset freeze and the appointment of a receiver.

• The FTC filed a complaint in a California federal court alleging that a company operating as 8 Figure Dream Lifestyle, Online Entrepreneur Academy and four related individuals used robocalls and other illegal marketing to lure people into bogus money-making opportunities. The FTC is seeking an asset freeze and temporary restraining order.

• The Department of Justice filed a complaint seeking to enforce a settlement that would ban Florida resident Derek Jason Bartoli from calling phone numbers listed on the federal government's Do Not Call Registry or engaging in deceptive caller ID practices known as "spoofing." The case also imposes a $2.1 million civil penalty on Bartoli, though it will be suspended because he cannot pay the fine.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
‘Euphoria’ Ratings Steady In Week 2, ‘City On a Hill’ Slips, ‘Big Little Lies’ Viewership Continue To Grow
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 25, 2019

While the lion share of Euphoria’s viewership is coming from delayed/on-demand viewing, HBO’s provocative new series starring Zendaya also held up well in its linear ratings. The second episode of the teen drama averaged 574,000 viewers at 10 PM on Sunday, in line with the premiere’s 577,000.

Meanwhile, Euphoria’s lead-in, Big Little Lies, continued to grow its linear audience. The third episode of the series’ second season drew 1.62 million viewers for its premiere airing at 9 PM, up from 1.47million last week and 1.42 million the previous week.

Over at Showtime, the linear audience for new drama series City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, slipped 16% in Week 2 to 446,000 for the premiere 9 PM airing.

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Sebastian Maniscalco to Host MTV Video Music Awards
By Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 26, 2019

Sebastian Maniscalco is set to host the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.

The announcement was made during Tuesday's episode of The Tonight Show.

The comedian, actor and best-selling author will host this year's edition of the VMAs following the hostless ceremony in 2018.

"We’re thrilled to have the incredibly talented Sebastian Maniscalco as this year’s VMA host," said Bruce Gillmer, MTV VMAs executive producer and global head of music and talent, Viacom, and co-brand head, MTV International, in a statement. "Sebastian is on FIRE right now and his comedic spin on relatable topics will make this year’s show truly unforgettable."

Maniscalco was named the Billboard "Comedian of the Year" in 2018 and was included on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid comedians in 2017 and 2018.

Additionally, he published his memoir Stay Hungry in 2018, which was followed by the Stay Hungry comedy tour.

He has also appeared in numerous films, including the Oscar-winning Green Book. Maniscalco will next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

The VMAs honor the best music videos of the year and will feature performances from the night's nominees.

The 2019 VMAs will take place Monday, Aug. 26, from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The ceremony will be broadcast on MTV.

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Netflix’s ‘Undercover’ Gets Second Season, With a Story on Illegal Arms Sales
By Stewart Clarke, Variety.com - Jun. 26, 2019

A second season of Netflix’s first Benelux original, “Undercover,” is in production, and the story will move from focusing on the illicit drugs trade to the illegal arms business.

Non-English-language drama is finding a global audience on streaming platforms, and “Undercover” has ranked as one of Netflix’s most popular series in that category in the U.K. and fared well in Latin America and elsewhere.

The first run followed the a pair of cops from the Dutch and Belgian police forces going undercover to bust a drug ring manufacturing Ecstasy. Belgian pubcaster VRT aired it locally and Netflix launched it in the U.S. and rest of the world, with the exceptions of France and Germany.

The second season, like the first, will comprise 10 installments. It is set a year after the events of the first run and will again follow Kim De Rooij, played by Anna Drijver, and Bob Lemmens, played by Tom Waes.

Kim is now working for a human rights organization and Bob is still a cop. After they trace an illegal arms operation that started out in Syria back to Belgium, Bob goes undercover to find out more. Meanwhile, the drug kingpin from the first season, Ferry Bouman (Frank Lammers), is in jail and trying to find out the identity of the undercover agents who busted him.

Jan Theys (“Salamander”) produces and Nicol Moolenaar returns as the showrunner. The show is made by Newen-backed Belgian producer De Mensen and France’s Federation as a co-production with Netflix, VRT and cabler Proximus.

Beta Films-backed producer Good Friends was a partner on Season 1, but the show’s German broadcaster, ZDF, opted out of Season 2 before the first had aired on its Neo channel. Netherlands-based DFW, which has moved into sales, struck the Netflix deal. In France the show was picked up by Canal Plus and, separately, there is talk of a French version.

The season 2 shoot wraps in September and the new season is expected to bow next spring.

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Syndication Ratings: Sports Preemptions Drive Shows to New Lows
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Jun. 25, 2019

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup ran over virtually everything in syndication in the week ended June 16, causing many shows to drop to season and series lows.
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Robert Mueller to Testify Before U.S. House in Open Session in July
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Jun. 25, 2019
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'Outside the Lines' host Bob Ley announces retirement from ESPN after 40-year run
By Tom Schad, USA Today - Jun. 26, 2019

Bob Ley, an iconic sports broadcaster who was the longest-tenured employee at ESPN, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the company after nearly 40 years.

The "Outside the Lines" host had been on a sabbatical for the past 10 months. He announced on social media that he is leaving the company permanently next week.

"To be clear, this is entirely my decision," Ley wrote on Twitter. "I enjoy the best of health, and the many blessings of friends and family, and it is in that context that I'm making this change."

Ley, 64, joined ESPN two days after the network was founded in 1979. As the network has blossomed in the four decades since, he has filled a variety of roles — working as a host on "SportsCenter" and, most notably, leading the network's investigative efforts on "Outside the Lines." The show earned 11 Sports Emmy Awards during Ley's tenure.

"The standard of excellence that has become a hallmark of ESPN began in the early days when we were a start-up with a bold vision," ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement. "Bob was there for all of it and, over the years, his unwavering commitment and unparalleled work ethic drove our journalistic ambitions. The best way we can thank Bob for what he's meant to ESPN and to sports fans is to continue to uphold the journalistic integrity and principles he's instilled in ESPN for nearly 40 years."

ESPN executive vice president Norby Williamson said in a statement that Jeremy Schaap and Ryan Smith "will handle the bulk of anchoring duties" on "Outside the Lines" moving forward.

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Beth Chapman, Wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ Dies at 51
By Rosemary Rossi, TheWrap.com - Jun. 26, 2019

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s wife, Beth Chapman, died on Wednesday morning after suffering from throat and lung cancer. She was 51.

Chapman confirmed the news of his wife’s death in a tweet, writing, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

On June 22, Chapman’s family released a statement to Hawaii News Now saying that she had been admitted to the ICU at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma.

“Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you,” Duane asked his Twitter followers the following morning.

Duane posted two more updates on Twitter prior to his wife’s passing–one was a photo of her sparkly, rhinestoned acrylic fingernails, the other was to tell fans to be wary of any premature or inaccurate reports about Chapman’s condition. 90% of what you’re hearing is fake news. I don’t mean to be nasty but some are filling in the blanks. @wgnamerica will be releasing an accurate update soon. Please keep prayers coming!” Duane wrote.

Beth announced she was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017, but just two months later during a two-hour A&E special “Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives,” Dog received a call from a pathologist saying his wife was cancer-free. In November 2018, she underwent emergency surgery to remove a blockage in her throat, at which time it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

Born Alice Elizabeth “Beth” Smith in Denver, Colorado on October 29, 1967, she and Dog met in 1986 when she was 19. Their on-again, off-again romance continued for the 10 years that followed, with them each marrying others during that time.

In 1995, she and Chapman’s relationship took both a personal and professional turn when they moved in together and joined forces in business. She became the youngest licensed bail bondsman in Colorado’s history (at 29) and ran their bail bonds office while Dog went bounty hunting. They married in 2006.

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012, and its spinoff “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” aired 2013-2015. WGN America will launch a new series “Dog’s Most Wanted” in 2020.

Beth Chapman is survived by her husband, sons Dominic and Garry, and daughters Cecily and Bonnie.

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‘Maniac’ Creator to Helm ‘Made for Love,’ ‘Station Eleven’ for WarnerMedia
By Erin Nyren, Variety.com - Jun. 26, 2019

“Maniac” creator Patrick Somerville has signed on to helm two new series, “Made for Love” and “Station Eleven,” for WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service.

“Made for Love,” which will be executive produced and directed by S.J. Clarkson, is a 10-episode, straight-to-series adaptation based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting.

The half-hour comedy follows Hazel Green, a 30-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to an unstable tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has already implanted a revolutionary monitoring device — the Made for Love — in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive.

Somerville will serve as showrunner and executive produce alongside Clarkson, Nutting, Liza Chasin and Dean Bakopoulos. Paramount TV will produce.

“Station Eleven” will be directed by frequent “Atlanta” and “Barry” director Hiro Murai, who will also serve as an executive producer.

A postapocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, the 10-episode limited series is based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel and tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.

Scott Steindorff, Scott Delman, and Dylan Russell will also executive produce alongside Murai and Somerville, with Paramount as the studio and Somerville as showrunner. Nate Matteson will co-executive produce.

Murai also serves as an executive producer on “Atlanta” and directed Donald Glover’s “This Is America” music video and “Guava Island” film for Amazon Studios. Murai is also under a first look deal with FX Productions.

In addition to creating, writing, and co-producing “Maniac,” Somerville also wrote and produced HBO’s “The Leftovers.” He’s represented by Alan Fischer and Brian Steinberg at Artists First.

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Heidi Klum/Tim Gunn Amazon Fashion Series Gets Title — Naomi Campbell and Nicole Richie Among Judges
By Ryan Schwartz, TVLine.com - Jun. 26, 2019

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are ready to “make it work” at Amazon. On Wednesday, the streaming service revealed new details about their long-gestating Project Runway follow-up, including a title and a timeframe for release.

Making the Cut, which is set to debut in 2020, will bring together “12 talented entrepreneurs and designers from around the globe who are competing to take their fledging brands to the next level in becoming the next big global phenomenon,” per the official logline. Designs will be shoppable on Amazon, and the winner will walk away with $1 million to invest in his or her brand — which is quadruple the $250,000 prize awarded on Runway.

In addition, Amazon has revealed a first look at Making the Cut‘s judging panel, which consists of supermodel Naomi Campbell (who also serves as a consulting producer), former Vogue Paris EIC Carine Roitfeld, designer Joseph Altuzarra and actress/fashion icon Nicole Richie. The photos below (click to zoom) show Klum, Gunn and the judges as they filmed their first runway challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on Tuesday.

Klum and Gunn departed Project Runway following Season 16, which marked its last season on Lifetime before returning to its original network, Bravo. The revamped Runway debuted in March and featured supermodel Karlie Kloss as host and Runway champion Christian Siriano as mentor.

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‘Coyote’ U.S-Mexico Border Drama Starring Michael Chiklis Gets Series Order At Paramount Network
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - Jun. 26, 2019

As the United States’ southern border continues to be the focal point of political debate centered around immigration, Paramount Network has given a 10-episode series order tow Coyote, a one-hour scripted drama series, starring and executive produced by Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, from Emmy-winning executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad), Dark Horse Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV. It’s slated to premiere in 2020.

Written by David Graziano (American Gods), Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert (Mr. Woodcock), Coyote is the story of Ben Clemens (Chiklis), who after 32 years as a border patrol agent, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black and white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

Graziano also will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Carnes, Gilbert, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg (The Umbrella Academy) and Rebecca Hobbs of MacLaren Entertainment.

“The powerful, timely setting and complex characters are a perfect fit with the rest of our growing scripted slate,” said Keith Cox, President of Development, Paramount Network and TV Land.

This is the latest new scripted series order at Paramount Network, which has been ramping up its slate. It joins recently greenlighted Southern saga Paradise Lost (working title, fka Heaven of Hell), a co-production with Spectrum Originals, and 68 Whiskey, from Imagine Entertainment.

“David Graziano, our whole creative team, and I are excited to make a show with Paramount Network and Sony that will dramatize a conversation between Mexico and America,” said MacLaren. “I have wanted to work with Michael Chiklis for a long time and am thrilled he is playing such a complex character whose journey will expose multiple points of view on this relevant and complicated issue.”

This marks a return to Sony TV for Chiklis, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his signature role as corrupt LAPD detective Vic Mackey on FX’s The Shield, co-produced by the studio, and for MacLaren, who was executive producer on Sony TV’s AMC series Breaking Bad, sharing in its two drama series Emmy Awards and earning a directing nomination.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with this creative powerhouse of a team and beyond thrilled to have Michael Chiklis back in our Sony family,” said Jason Clodfelter, Co-President of Sony Pictures Television. At Paramount Network, the studio also has anthology series Accused in development with David Shore.

This is a rare non-comic book-based series to come out of Dark Horse Entertainment, the film and TV production arm of comic book publishing company Dark Horse Comics.

“While most of our shows and movies come from our own library, in Coyote, we found an original idea and character that were undeniable and attracted this incredible creative team,” said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment’s President and Founder.

Paramount Network’s scripted roster also includes flagship drama Yellowstone, now in its second season, and the upcoming Darren Star series, Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins.

Chiklis recently played Captain Nathaniel Barnes for two seasons on Fox’s Gotham and was seen in AIDS drama feature 1985. MacLaren also has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Walking Dead.

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'Myst' Film, TV Universe in the Works from Village Roadshow
By Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter - Jun. 26, 2019

Who's ready for an adventure?

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has acquired the film and television rights to the classic adventure puzzle video game Myst. The production company will mine the game's deep mythology of the Myst franchise to develop a multi-platform universe across film and television (both scripted and unscripted).

Village Roadshow will develop and produce the projects alongside Myst co-creators and brothers Rand and Robyn Miller, as well as Delve Media's Isaac Testerman and Yale Rice. Village Roadshow will take on a "full-scale approach" to developing Myst content, utilizing its entire creative team to adapt the properties across film and TV.

Myst was first released in 1993 by Cyan Productions, the video game development company co-founded by the Miller brothers in 1987. The first game sold over six million copies, making it the top-selling PC release for years until The Sims unseated it in 2002. Over the years, the franchise has grown to include nearly 10 individual titles which have cumulatively sold more than 15 million copies. There have also been a number of novels based on the game published by Hyperion.

The franchise features a deep canon spanning thousands of years of mythology and history, though the primary saga follows Atrus, the grandson of a woman named Anna who sets off a momentous series of events when she discovers a mysterious civilization, the D'ni, in a cavern deep beneath the New Mexico desert. The D'ni possess a unique ability to pen books that connect distant worlds, which serves as the catalyst for the Myst games and novels.

The move to adapt Myst comes shortly after a new mandate by Village Roadshow following the appointment of CEO Steve Mosko last October to make the company into a "broad-spectrum content creator" focused on television, streaming and other distribution platforms to complement its development of feature films such as the Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker, to be released by Warner Bros. on Oct. 4.

Streamers, networks and cablers alike are all looking for major franchises to turn into multiple series/film universes in a bid to help cut through the clutter and draw subscribers. Recent deals include Magic: The Gathering and The Chronicles of Narnia, with Netflix landing deals for both.

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Acorn TV Available on The Roku Channel, Apple TV App
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Jun. 26, 2019

British-themed streaming service Acorn TV has expanded its distribution outlets to include The Roku Channel, The Apple TV app and Android TV, according to service officials.

Acorn TV is now available for purchase directly through Premium Subscriptions on The Roku Channel, as well as through the Apple TV app and on Android TV Smart TV’s and digital media players, according to the service.

In addition, Acorn is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels for Canada, adding to the service’s distribution on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S.

“Acorn TV is now available in more ways than ever before so customers can watch its addictive international mysteries and dramas on whatever device or platform they prefer,” said Mike Pears, President of U.S. Distribution for RLJ Entertainment and Acorn TV in a statement. “With millions of drama and mystery fans worldwide, we’re thrilled to work with these key distribution partners to continue to evolve the service and expands its distribution in North America as well as worldwide.”

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Philo Launches Apps for Android Mobile Devices and Amazon Fire Tablets
By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News - Jun. 26, 2019

Skinny bundled virtual pay TV service Philo announced the debut today of apps for Android mobile devices, as well as Amazon Fire Tablets.

The San Francisco-based start-up offers a selection of 58 live-streamed entertainment-focused cable channels, including AMC, A&E, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, HGTV, MTV, Nickelodeon and Food Network, for $20 a month.

It was already available on the open internet via popular browsers like Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox, as well as through OTT devices including Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

Philo is privately funded to the tune of $83.2 million, with its content suppliers—Viacom, Discovery and Scripps among them—being the backers.

The virtual MVPD has not disclosed how many subscribers it has at this point.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jun. 26, 2019

MY COUSIN VINNY
AMC, 8:00 p.m. ET

This 1992 comedy is such a funny, enjoyable legal comedy, it’s easy to overlook how dependent it is on the broad comic talents of its two stars, Marisa Tomei (who won an Oscar for her portrayal) and Joe Pesci (who perhaps should have). He plays the title character, a newly minted New York lawyer defending his cousin, who is accused of murder in rural Alabama. Oh, and give credit, too, to Fred Gwynne, who plays the judge who has a problem with Vinny’s wardrobe, attitude, and accept. “Yutes?”

YELLOWSTONE LIVE
National Geographic, 9:00 p.m. ET

All this week, National Geographic Channel has been filming in Yellowstone National Park, augmented freshly filmed pieces with live telecasts, and following different creatures at different parts of the park. Some of the more breakout natural stars, all week, have been hidden inside a beaver lodge: a quartet of young, weeks-old kits, photographed with their mother with an infrared camera mounted inside the lodge itself. All this week, I’ve been making animal puns – but for this final day of this fascinating live documentary miniseries, rather than strain for one more Yellowstone joke, I’ll just leave it to beavers…

2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE
NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo, 9:00 p.m. ET

The numbers for this year’s field of Democratic hopefuls competing for the party’s 2020 nomination for the presidency is so swollen, the Democratic National Committee and the NBC family of networks established an unprecedented series of stipulations and guidelines for these first debates of the 2020 election process. The 20 hopefuls who met the guidelines, regarding either percentages in certain polls or political donations in a certain number of states, get to take place in a televised either tonight or tomorrow night – with the participants for each night selected randomly. That’s why, of the top five politicians in the current polls, only one of them, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is on stage tonight. Luck of the draw. She and nine other hopefuls, including former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, will be fielding questions from the moderators. And there are five of those, including Chuck Todd, Lester Holt, and Rachel Maddow.


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Binge-Watching Is a Sugar Rush — and It’s Good for You
By Alex Strachan, TVWorthWatching.com's 'TV That Matters' - Jun. 26, 2019

Back when people watched TV the old-fashioned way, the term "binge-watching" hadn’t become part of the public lexicon yet. This was ages ago, mind you — all the way back in 2014.

True, we had entire seasons of TV shows in DVD box sets, and AMC, HBO, and other premium-cable channels were doing a healthy business in marathons of ongoing and soon-to-retire programs. Turner programming boss Kevin Reilly, then entertainment president of the Fox Network, said at the time — only half-jokingly — that the real reason a new Fox program he was proud of hadn’t found an audience was that he’d had the misfortune to premiere it opposite a last-minute Walking Dead marathon on AMC.

Mad Men writer-creator Matt Weiner insisted at the time that Mad Men be shown once a week, and not more than that. Mad Men was a slow burn, justifiably recognized for its slow-moving character arcs and attention to emotional detail. Fans would appreciate Mad Men more, Weiner reasoned, if they had a whole week to mull over the show’s subtle shades and ever-shifting emotional landscape. The problem with watching episodes back-to-back, he said, was that a lot of that character detail would go overlooked in the rush to click onto the next episode.

It’s tough to have a communal conversation around the water cooler, after all, if everyone’s watching a show at different times, and at their own pace.

Game of Thrones — despite its final season proving a profound disappointment to many of its more ardent fans — is being called TV’s last true communal conversation starter, precisely because HBO insisted on parceling episodes out one at a time, rather than releasing them all at once.

That meant fans could argue all week long over how wretched the previous week’s was, only to start the argument all over again the moment the next wretched episode aired a week later.

Game of Thrones ended for good little more than five weeks ago, but hardly anyone, aside from a handful of still-embittered fans, cares anymore.

Aside from reality TV — broadcast-network shows like Survivor and The Amazing Race, which concludes Wednesday, remain immune to binge-watching, because of their in-the-moment vibe — Game of Thrones may well have been the last true water cooler show, even as water coolers themselves have gone the way of the kerosene lamp and cast-iron stove.

Now, and not just thanks to Netflix, most of us prefer to watch TV all in one go than to pace it out in weekly installments.

A Radio Times survey in the UK last week found that 80% of respondents admitted they’d lost sleep binge-watching a show. But wait, there’s more. Half those who responded — 50 percent — admitted to watching more than eight hours of a show in a single sitting. (Perhaps Weiner was onto something there: that’s an awful lot of Mad Men to digest in just one sitting.)

Eight hours also happens, not to put too fine a point on it, to be how long it would take you to binge-watch the entire final season of Game of Thrones, even taking into consideration the episodes’ longer running times.

Binge-watching is satisfying not only because you can pick and choose when you want to watch something, but also because you no longer have to put up with TV shows playing games with you.

Cliffhangers are still a valid, fun way to end an episode, but now you can decide for yourself when to learn whether Capt. Kirk outran the giant yang-yang, or whether Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon was going to char-burn that scruffy bearded loser with the dagger. People lead increasingly busy, crowded lives; they shouldn’t have to wait an entire week to find out how and if an existential TV crisis is resolved. Binge-watching means they no longer have to.

Similarly — and I do this often — you can stop in the middle of an episode and pick it up the following day or week, without worrying about missing the ending.

Despite what Weiner said, binge-watching can make one appreciate the effort and thought that went into mapping out an entire season of stories. The flaws show more readily, but so do the fine points of well-crafted story arcs, when they’re carefully thought out. The Good Fight, one of my favorite programs of the moment, is assiduously constructed into self-contained, hour-long episodes, but to binge-watch it — as I have done every season so far — is a dazzling experience. The episodic stories are compelling in their own right, but a lot is going on, too, from one episode to the next, in terms of theme and subtext. The Good Fight, to my eyes, just might be the most underrated, unfairly overlooked drama in all of television right now. (As noted earlier by Mike Hughes here at TVWW, CBS is showing early, first-season episodes Sunday nights, for the next several weeks. It’s as a binge-view, though, on CBS All Access, that one realizes it’s in Netflix and HBO territory. Yes, The Good Fight is that good.)

Those who don’t care for binge-watching — and the detractors are out there — complain that spoilers are even more annoying in the era of binge TV because major plot twists are public knowledge the moment an entire season goes online. (This is an unwinnable fight either way, in my view; when I was writing a column for my local newspaper chain, a reader in the UK complained bitterly that I had ruined a Walking Dead plot twist from a season finale that had aired in the US three years earlier. Three years! That did not, however, stop the reader from calling me a terrible journalist.)

The ship has sailed on the whole issue of spoilers in any event: More and more media outlets are demanding live-blogging and live tweeting, tweeting about TV as it actually airs, which means the outrage over who ended up sitting on the iron throne was out there in a matter of seconds.

Binge-watching is often accused of spelling the end of TV watching as a communal experience, but as anyone who’s sat through a family Thanksgiving dinner will tell you, communal experiences are, generally speaking, overrated.

Watching a complex drama week by week allows us time to concoct elaborate theories about what’s going on, but binge-watching affords us the same opportunity. Just because you can watch eight straight hours of anything doesn’t mean you have to.

And watching in weekly increments does have its place, as Weiner argued. I still have fond memories of Lost, and while it likely still works as a binge-view, the weekly wait was one of the reasons I kept watching to the end. (To be fair, I never had the issue with Lost’s series finale that others did, but that’s an argument for another day.)

That said, had Lost debuted today on, say, Netflix, I suspect it would have proven just as popular with audiences as, say, Stranger Things.

Similarly, who’s to say The West Wing, if released as entire seasons on Netflix, wouldn’t have proven as compellingly watchable — and talked about — as House of Cards.

The broadcast networks have always argued, with good reason, that network dramas like NCIS and This Is Us have to be shown one week at a time because production schedules — six to eight working days, on average, for each hour-long episode — and the large number of episodes required for a single season (18 to 24 episodes on average, vs. streaming services’ preferred eight to 10 episodes), make it impossible for showrunners and series producers to keep up.

That doesn’t mean complex, labor-intensive, costly-to-make series like Game of Thrones and Stranger Things can’t be made in advance, though. The Sopranos proved that audiences are willing to wait a long time between seasons if they find a series compelling enough.

And that’s arguably the last and biggest thing in binge-watching's — and streaming services’ — favor. You have the power of life and death. You know ahead of time how many episodes have been made, and the time commitment required. You don’t have to worry that you’ll try a new series and find yourself enjoying it, only to have it yanked away after just two or three episodes.

Likewise, if a new series is impossibly bad — and Netflix has had a few of those — you can walk away, on your own terms. Thanks to the streaming services, which base their entire business model on binge-watching, the tired network argument, “It didn’t find an audience,” just won’t wash anymore.

We can all argue whether Arrested Development really needed more development. But at least, this way, thanks to Netflix, we have the power to watch or not watch all at once or incrementally.

Truth is, Arrested Development was never going to get a second chance on a broadcast network — let alone a third.

Like it or hate it, binge-watching is here to stay.

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WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Jun. 26, 2019

ABC:
8PM - Press Your Luck
9PM - Card Sharks
10PM - Match Game: Joel McHale, Rachael Ray, Jason Biggs, Caroline Rhea, Donald Faison and Vanessa Williams
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders and Jacob Batalon ("Spider-Man: Far From Home"); Vampire Weekend performs)
(R)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Big Brother
9PM - The Amazing Race (Season Finale, 120 min.)
* * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (LIVE: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.); Incubus performs)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Rob Lowe; Elle Fanning; Blood Orange performs)
(R)

NBC:
8PM - Ellen's Game of Games
(R)
9PM - 2020 Democratic Candidates Debate: Night No. 1 (120 min., LIVE)*
*
(Simulcast in English on MSNBC)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Daisy Ridley; comic Colin Quinn; Little Big Town performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (LIVE: TV host Terry Crews; comic Anthony Jeselnik; Jon Wurster sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Kim Dickens; HalfNoise performs; Harvey Guillen)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
9PM - First Responders Live (LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(R)
9PM - Jane the Virgin

PBS:
8PM - Rivers of Life: The Amazon
9PM - NOVA: First Man on the Moon
(R)
10PM - POV - Bill Nye: Science Guy (90 min.)
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Reina Soy Yo
9PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
10PM - Por Amar Sin Ley

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Un Poquito Tuyo
9PM - Debate Demócrata: Día 1 (120 min., LIVE)

UNIMAS:
8:30PM - Fútbol Central (LIVE)
8:45PM - CONCACAF Copa Oro 2019: Panamá vs. Estados Unidos (LIVE)*
*
(Simulcast in English on FS1)

C-SPAN 2:
6:45PM - Congressional Baseball Game (3 hrs. 15 min., LIVE)

ESPN:
7PM - 2019 College World Series, Game 3: Michigan vs. Vanderbilt (LIVE)
10PM - SportsCenter (LIVE)

DISNEY:
8PM - Just Roll With It

FREEFORM:
8PM - Grown-ish

HBO:
8PM - True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality (Documentary Premiere, 105 min.)

MTV:
8PM - Catfish: The TV Show
9:01PM - Are You The One? (123 min.)*
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(Simulcast on MTV2 and VH1)

NAT GEO:
8PM - America's National Parks - Gates of the Arctic: Life on the River
9PM - Yellowstone Live: Land of Fire and Ice (Finale, LIVE)
10PM - America's National Parks

SCIENCE:
8PM - BattleBots (120 min.)

VH1:
8PM - Basketball Wives

ESPN NEWS:
8:30PM - USL Soccer: El Paso Locomotive FC at San Antonio FC (LIVE)

BRAVO:
9PM - Southern Charm
10PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (Singer Chaka Khan; singer Adam Lambert)
10:30PM - Best Room Wins

OWN:
9PM - Queen Sugar

FXX:
10PM - Archer (32 min.)

PARAMOUNT:
10PM - Yellowstone (64 min.)

SYFY:
10PM - Krypton

TV LAND:
10PM - Younger (37 min.)

TV ONE:
10PM - The DL Hughley Show (Roshon Fegan)

TBS:
10:30PM - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
* * * *
11PM - Conan (Bill Hader)
(R)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - World War D: Let's Get Ready to Ramble, Part I (36 min., LIVE)

POP:
Midnight - Big Brother After Dark (Season Premiere, 3 hrs., LIVE)


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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
Primetime Ratings: Growing ‘AGT’ Leads NBC
By Michael Malone, Broadcasting & Cable - Jun. 26, 2019

NBC won the Tuesday ratings crown, summer staple America’s Got Talent leading the Peacock to a 1.4 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 7 share. That doubled runner-up CBS, at 0.7/3.

America’s Got Talent, which saw an exuberant contestant erroneously hit the golden buzzer, ticked up 7% for a 1.6. Songland lost 10% for a 0.9.

CBS had the premiere of Big Brother at 1.2, down from last summer’s 1.5 debut. An FBI rerun led into Blood & Treasure at a flat 0.4.

ABC, Fox and Telemundo scored a 0.4/2. ABC and Fox had comedy repeats throughout prime.

Telemundo had Betty en NY at 0.5 and La Reina del Sur at 0.6, same as last night.

Univision did a 0.3/2.

The CW did a 0.2/1 with a Flash repeat and The 100 at a level 0.2.

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they even use it before “and”, but I thought that was discontinued a long time ago.
It's become popular to omit the comma, but I'll never let it go. The whole point of using a conjunction is to combine two sentences into a single sentence with independent and dependent clauses, e.g.

I went to the store, and I bought milk.

The comma is required before the conjunction, because it signifies that you have combined two complete thoughts (i.e. sentences) into one:

I went to the store.
I bought milk.


To omit the comma, you must use a compound verb, instead:

I went to the store and bought milk.

In this case, the conjunction joins the verbs "went" and "bought" into a single sentence with two actions, so no comma is required.

I went to the store and I bought milk.

is a run-on sentence and is incorrect.

In addition:

I went to the store.
And I bought milk.


is also incorrect, because "And I bought milk," is not a complete thought: it leaves the question, "And what?" You cannot start a sentence with a conjunction, as there is nothing to join at the beginning of a sentence. This mistake has become infuriatingly commonplace.

tl;dr

The comma is your friend when used correctly.
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