Apr 21, 2017
4:44 pm

NFL Releases 2017 Schedule of Games to Be Carried on CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, NFL Network and Amazon Prime (TVWeek)

The full schedule of televised games for the 2017 NFL season has come out, which includes coverage on CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, the NFL Network and Amazon Prime.

  • Click on the link below to see the full announcement from CBS Sports on its 2017 NFL schedule, including “The NFL on CBS” on Sundays along with “Thursday Night Football.”

CBS Sports Leads the Way Into 2017 NFL Season With Most Games of Any Network

  • Click on the link below to see full details and schedule from NBC for its 2017 NFL lineup.

From Kickoff to Super Bowl LII, NBC Bookends the 2017 NFL Season & Is Home to a Record 28 Regular Season and Postseason Games

  • Click on the link below for details on the Fox NFL lineup in the announcement from Fox Sports.

FOX Sports Owns the Fall: Network Announces 2017 NFL Schedule Following Powerhouse Super Bowl Season

  • Click on the link below to see the full lineup of ESPN “Monday Night Football” preseason and regular-season games.

ESPN’s 2017 ‘Monday Night Football’ Schedule

  • Click on the link below to see details and the full schedule for NFL Network telecasts, with additional info about streaming on Amazon Prime.

NFL Network to Televise 18 NFL Games in 2017

Apr 21, 2017
4:41 pm

What’s the Most Tweeted-About TV Show of 2017? (Variety)

The TV show that has been the most tweeted-about of any show this year is one that does not have ratings, meaning that the Twitter data stands as a unique measure of the show’s popularity.

Variety reports that the show is “13 Reasons Why,” which airs on Netflix. The streaming service does not release ratings.

“’13 Reasons Why’ has amassed more than 11 million tweets since its launch on Mar. 30, according to Twitter data exclusively obtained by Variety,” the story reports. “The teen series, based on the YA novel of the same name, revolves around the suicide of a high school girl, Hannah, played by newcomer Katherine Langford, who co-stars with Dylan Minnette. The show is executive produced by multi-hyphenate superstar Selena Gomez, who happens to be the most-followed person on Instagram.”

The report notes that No. 2 in tweets is “The Vampire Diaries,” followed by “The Walking Dead” at No. 3.


Apr 21, 2017
4:33 pm

Will Bill O’Reilly Retire? Here Are Some of His Options (AP)

At 67, Bill O’Reilly is old enough and rich enough — walking away from Fox News Channel with what has been widely reported to be a severance package worth about $25 million — to retire gracefully. But veteran TV writer David Bauder writes for the AP that it’s unlikely viewers have seen the last of O’Reilly.

“He’ll have options, and retirement seems unlikely,” Bauder writes. “At least three conservative news outlets are eager to speak with him. O’Reilly, the top cable news personality for two decades until Fox News Channel fired him this week following harassment claims by women, would be a game-changer for any company trapped in Fox’s shadow.”

The report quotes Chris Ruddy, CEO of the Florida-based media company Newsmax, saying of O’Reilly: “He’s an incredible, unparalleled, unchallenged talent and I would be very eager to discuss the possibility of him on Newsmax. I think he has been unfairly treated.”

Newsmax’s television operation is in 10 million homes, Bauder notes, while another right-leaning outlet, One America News Network, is somewhat larger at 35 million homes. One America “has been inundated with emails from O’Reilly fans who want their hero back on television, said Robert Herring, Sr., the network’s founder and CEO,” Bauder notes.

Still, either operation would be a step down from Fox News, which is in 90 million homes.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze said Beck — who also made an abrupt exit from Fox News, back in 2011 — would be interested in speaking with O’Reilly, according to the report.

O’Reilly’s representatives weren’t commenting today on his plans.

Apr 21, 2017
2:11 pm

Sony Increases Profit Estimate (Variety)

Sony said today that it anticipates net profits for the financial year ending in March 2017 to be $620 million. “That represents a tripling of the Japanese corporate giant’s previous forecast of $222 million but is still only half of the $1.26 billion (JPY148 billion) it made in 2015-16,” Variety reports.

Full results for the year are expected to be announced at the end of next week. The company issued its revised forecast today after previously issuing guidance in February.

“The company left its gross revenue forecast unchanged at $65 billion,” Variety notes. “The company said that, since February, it has anticipated improvements in all divisions, with the exception of its components business.”

Apr 21, 2017
12:44 pm

FCC Relaxes Rules for TV Station Ownership — Is a Wave of Consolidation on the Horizon? (Recode, TVWeek)

The Federal Communications Commission continued deregulation efforts under the stewardship of the panel’s new Republican chairman, Ajit Pai, relaxing two key rules Thursday affecting TV stations and telecom companies.

Both moves were approved on 2-1 votes by the currently undermanned panel, with Pai and the panel’s other Republican, Michael O’Rielly, voting to approve over the dissenting vote of  Mignon Clyburn, currently the FCC’s only Democratic commissioner.

The agency’s approval of Pai’s order on TV station ownership “changes the way those stations calculate their footprints. In effect, Pai’s move makes it easier for TV station groups to grow without tripping a federal cap on their size — and as a result, it could set off another wave of industry consolidation,” Recode reports.

“In strongly opposing that proposal, Clyburn cited comments from CBS Corporation CEO Leslie Moonves, who signaled earlier this year that he could ‘buy some more stations’ if such a cap was lifted,” Recode notes. “She also highlighted recent comments by Sinclair Broadcast Group, which told the FCC something similar in a private meeting. Democrats in Congress have raised their fears with the commission that more consolidation could harm consumers.”

As we reported separately, Sinclair was quick to take advantage of the relaxed rule, announcing today the acquisition of 14 TV stations from Bonten Media in a deal that until the rule change would have put Sinclair over the cap.

In a separate ruling, “Pai successfully removed restrictions on the likes of AT&T and Verizon, which now have more leeway to raise prices for businesses that rely on dedicated links to their networks,” Record adds. “That includes hospitals and schools, for example, which tap this so-called ‘business data services’ market — a different pipe than, say, your usual home Internet — to transmit large quantities of data quickly and reliably.”

Apr 21, 2017
12:31 pm

Sinclair Wastes No Time Jumping on New Rule, Buys 14 TV Stations (TVNewsCheck)

The Sinclair Broadcast Group has added 14 stations in eight markets to its lineup of television stations. TVNewsCheck reports that Sinclair acquired the stations from Bonten Media for $240 million.

Sinclair announced the acquisition today.

“The deal takes advantage of the FCC decision yesterday to restore the UHF discount in calculating station group coverage for purposes of the FCC’s national ownership cap on station group coverage — 39% of TV households,” TVNewsCheck reports.

Sinclair said the acquisition adds about 1% to its total reach.

With the UHF discount in effect, Sinclair remains well below the cap at about 25%, the report notes. Were it not for the discount, the deal would have put the company above the cap at 39.6%.

Among the stations included in the deal are NBC affiliate WCYB-TV and Fox affiliate WEMT-TV in the Tri-Cities DMA in Tennessee-Virginia; ABC affiliate WCTI-TV and Fox affiliate WYDO-TV in Greenville-New Bern-Washington, N.C.; Fox affiliate KCVU-TV and ABC affiliate KRCR-TV in Chico-Redding, Calif.; ABC affiliate KTXS-TV in Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas; and ABC affiliate KAEF-TV and Fox affiliate KBVU-TV in Eureka, Calif.

Apr 21, 2017
12:17 pm

Viacom Names New Senior Executive (TVWeek)

Viacom appointed a new member of its senior executive team, adding the position of senior vice president, Communications & Culture, and promoting Julia Phelps to the role.

Phelps has been overseeing communications for the company’s international business as Executive Vice President of Communications at Viacom International Media Networks. She will continue to report to Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.

“Phelps will serve on the company’s senior executive team and lead corporate communications, corporate marketing and culture,” the company said in today’s announcement.

Said Bakish: “Julia has been an indispensable partner for me in developing and articulating Viacom’s strategy, while keeping us true to our values and responsive to our employees. It is absolutely critical that both our external stakeholders and our people understand and embrace our new vision for Viacom, and Julia’s insight, empathy and forward thinking make her uniquely suited to this task.”

The announcement adds: “Phelps will oversee Viacom’s Corporate Communications, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Responsibility and Special Events teams, as well as its internal creative agency, Catalyst.”

In her previous role, Phelps “led VIMN’s internal and external communications efforts for Viacom’s international brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, COLORS and Channel 5,” the announcement notes. “Previously, Phelps served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for VIMN and as VP of Corporate Communications for Viacom.”

Phelps joined Viacom in 2005.

Julia Phelps

Apr 21, 2017
11:53 am

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr., the Father of Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Found Dead in Car (AP, TVWeek, YouTube)

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who had a couple of big hits in the 1970s as the lead singer of the soul group the Main Ingredient, has died.

“Authorities say the 72-year-old singer and father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. was found dead in a car Thursday in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles,” the AP reports. “Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter says the cause of death is under investigation, but drug paraphernalia and alcohol were found in the car parked on a busy street.”

Gooding fronted the Main Ingredient during its peak period, when the band chalked up its signature hits “Everybody Plays the Fool” in 1972 and “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” in 1974.

“Cuba Gooding Sr.’s own father fled Barbados and went to Cuba — hence the name of his son — before becoming a taxi driver in Manhattan,” the AP notes.

Apr 21, 2017
6:19 am

Who Knew NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and the ‘Alien’ Movie Franchise Had So Much in Common? (TVWeek, IFC, YouTube)

IFC hit it out of the ballpark when it came time to create a promo clip for the channel’s “Alien” marathons, which are continuing all this month.

The sweet spot as far as the audience for the promo would be anyone who’s a fan of both the “Alien” movies and NBC’s “The Voice,” but we think in this case the sum is even greater than the total of the parts.

Here you go …

Apr 21, 2017
6:17 am

TV Takes a Close Look at the Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Later (TVWeek, Smithsonian Channel)

It’s been 25 years since Los Angeles erupted in rioting in the wake of the verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial, and a number of new documentaries are revisiting the event, starting tonight with “Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn,” which premieres on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“The Lost Tapes: LA Riots” premieres on Smithsonian Channel April 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992” opens in theaters April 21 and airs on ABC April 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

TVWeek Open Mic writer Hillary Atkin interviewed a number of the filmmakers behind the projects — Jeanmarie Condon, executive producer of “Let It Fall”; Sacha Jenkins, director of “Burn, Motherf*cker, Burn”; and Tom Jennings, director of “The Lost Tapes: LA Riots.”

Please click here to read Hillary’s in-depth interview.

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