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Old 04-03-2017, 05:40 PM   #31
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THE HOLLYWOOD INSIDER

YTN UPFRONT PREVIEW: WHAT WILL YTN RENEW? WHICH PILOTS ARE HOT?
Less than a month away from its upfront, its time to evaluate the chances for the remaining bubble series on YTN, and take our first look at their pilots.

As of today, the network has renewed thirteen series: Behind the Scenes, Blended, Call Girls, CIA Files, Cops of New York, Full Time Mom, The Hughes Family, Life Lessons, Looking for Love, Mother & Daughter, TAKEN, TAKEN: Phoenix, and Virus. The network also announced this is the final season of Secret Service. Now, let's dig into those bubble shows...

AMAZON - The freshman drama has one of the best timeslots on YTN, airing post-CIA Files, but has yet to capitalize on the lead in. After an impressive start in January (2.4), Amazon is averaging 7.83 million viewers and a 1.65 A18-49, retaining about 40% of the CIA Files audience. The series will get its second tryout in a different timeslot (Tuesday at 9, tomorrow), allowing YTN to get a sense of what audience is really watching Amazon. The numbers don't warrant cancellation, but do they when it has the networks second biggest lead in? Cancellation odds at 60%.

BOSTON GENERAL - For the second straight year, Boston General finds itself on the bubble late in the season. Down 22% year-to-year, Boston General inherited the Wednesday 8 o'clock lead off spot and is averaging a 1.36 A18-49. While that number is still pretty great for the timeslot, it does not tell the entire story. The half hour numbers show a typical two tenth growth at the half hour (likely due to its massive lead out, CIA Files). In either case, YTN cut the cost over the last season with the two main stars departing. So given those circumstances (new timeslot, new cast, etc.), a 22% drop isn't that terrible. Is YTN hoping for more in the timeslot? Renewal odds at 50/50.

GROWING UP AT 30 - During the first seven weeks of the season, Growing Up at 30 seemed like a sure-bet for renewal. Since returning from its three week hiatus at the beginning of March, the freshman comedy has hit a new low in each consecutive episode - not a good sign. The most recent episode notched a 1.6 A18-49, retaining only 57% of The Hughes Family audience. The show is still averaging a solid 2.05 A18-49, but have the declines stopped? In either event, its unlikely the show doesn't return for another season. Renewal odds at 80%.

SERVE AND PROTECT: DETROIT - In the fall, the freshman drama had the Wednesday 10 o'clock timeslot and averaged a 1.47 A18-49, finishing its run in the timelsot with a series low 1.2 A18-49. YTN shifted the series to Friday night, where it was expected to die off in a less-viewed timeslot. Since then, however, has averaged a 1.00 A18-49 and has grown its audience by about 2 million viewers. The move is all the more impressive given the show went from a lead in of 3.0+ to 0.6/0.7. Serve and Protect is one of the few shows to benefit from a move to Friday, and has yet to be rewarded for its stability. Renewal odds at 75%.

SUBURBIA - Now in its eighth season (it began its run on TCN) is cheaper than most other comedies at this point in their run, but it is getting more expensive. Airing on Sundays at 830, the veteran comedy is averaging 7.37 million viewers and 1.53 A18-49 - in line with its last two season averages (1.58/1.59). Finding that stability over the course of three seasons is nearly unheard of, but YTN still hasn't renewed Suburbia. Maybe YTN was hoping for numbers better than that of when it aired in the summer? It seems very unlike YTN to cancel a comedy after eight seasons with no proper final season announcement. Renewal odds at 50/50.

TAKEN: GLOBAL - The fourth series in the venerable TAKEN franchise finds itself in an odd spot. The third in the series (New Orleans) was cancelled after only three episodes, while TAKEN and TAKEN: Phoenix will be heading into their ninth and eighth season, respectively, next season. Does TAKEN: Global become the first to be cancelled after one season, or will it join the ranks of the more successful ones? Maybe it has its own path forward. Currently averaging 8.5 million viewers and 1.44 A18-49, the average is well below that of TAKEN (10.8 million / 2.04 A18-49), and slightly behind Phoenix (9.9 million / 1.63 A18-49). Two weeks ago, TAKEN: Global fell to a series low 6.38 million viewers and 1.0 A18-49. The typical TAKEN viewer hasn't latched on to this new series yet, and it still seems to be finding its groove. There are rumors of a possible reboot in season two, although nothing has been confirmed yet. Renewal odds at 90%.


THE PILOTS!
YTN has ordered eleven pilots this season. The network doesn't have a ton of schedule space to fill, so the network may go light this year with new series and order 3-4 new ones, at most. Our insider buzz is listed below.

BURGERS AND FRIES - The 30 minute single-camera comedy has some love from executives for its real look at the fast food world, but others say it lacks the typical feel of a YTN comedy. Reviews have been surprisingly positive from the pilot, with the network refusing to make changes to it. Right now there is quite a bit more buzz than we expected so it could earn a spot on the schedule.

COPS OF BALTIMORE - The episode will air a backdoor pilot on Cops of New York this Friday. Until then, we remain silent...

DAY IN THE LIFE - A unique concept drama for the network, it is surprisingly quiet. We hear the network is making some tweaks to the pilot and hoping to re-film at least two major scenes in the pilot. YTN's still-suspended president Vargas is the biggest supporter of the series, so with her fate in doubt, is the same for this pilot? Likely.

DEEP TIES - Some of the worst buzz for any fall pilot is attached to this pilot. One insider tells us, "All the executives were stunned at how poorly the pilot turned out given the high expectations. I can report Vargas walked out halfway through the pilot."

FAMILY BUSINESS - YTN is very (very) high on the multi-camera comedy and believe it is the perfect occupant for the Thursday 830 timeslot (even though Blended) is holding up well in the timeslot. Audience reports from the pilot filming were more positive than any comedy pilot from last season. Insiders tell us the network has put out hiring notices for writers, which bodes well for a series order.

I'M REBECCA - High concept, serial drama. The pilot was screened by network executives and we hear they are making changes to make the series "less confusing". Creative differences are being exposed by both the network and creator. If anything, this one is held for midseason after some major re-tooling.

MARRIAGE BY DEFAULT - Comedies like this one typically fit right in the wheelhouse of the standard YTN family comedy. For some reason, however, this one is universally panned by audience reports. Many of those reports indicated confusion on if the comedy was 'family' or 'relationship' and that long term it did not make much sense. We also hear that during the pilot filming, there was little to no laughter from the live audience - yikes.

NOT OUR PLAN - The pilot is being compared to Roommates, which ended its run on YTN a few years ago. Some of the audience reports are positive, while others are negative. There really does not seem to be a consensus on the pilot. A few network executives are reported to want changes, while others are skeptical that changes could work. Possible midseason pickup?

SOCCER, USA - If any YTN comedy is taking the unique route this season, it is indeed Soccer USA. The single camera comedy is rare on YTN (just The High Times of Denver), but is also a family comedy. Would it break the mold of all multi-camera comedy blocks, or would it fit right in with the others? Reviews are slowly trickling in since the pilot just finished filming Saturday afternoon. Audience reports are mixed.
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YTN UPDATES SUMMER SCHEDULE

YTN has made updates to its upcoming summer schedule.

The most noticeable change is game show night on Wednesdays, with the addition of Locked in the 9 o'clock hour. It will lead in to the previously unscheduled fifth season of serial drama Serial.

Thursday nights have also received a complete makeover, becoming the new summer comedy block. Top-lined by veteran Extended Family in the lead off timeslot, Raising Teenagers returns for the rest of its fifth season at 830. At 9 o'clock, Friends of Mine will lead off the tentpole hour, with freshman comedy Upselling rounding out the comedy block. Upcoming docu-series Life in Prison will air at the end of the night.

Previously scheduled for Thursdays, four episodes of Outdoor Renovation will now air on Fridays, from 8 to 10pm. Once the season for XXX: My Life Story finishes up at 10, Outdoor Renovation will air six episodes a night.

Paul Johnson, Interim President of YTN, says, "The addition of Locked and Serial to the schedule allowed us to, in the process, build our comedy block on Thursday night. The summer schedule has a much better flow to it as a whole with these changes. We now have a full weeknight schedule for the summer season two years in a row. I think we can proudly say we have accomplished the goal of year-round programming."

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Here is the latest in pilot and development news from Gen-TV:

"The Hot Pilots":

Right now, the two hottest pilots at Gen-TV seem to be comedy pilot "The Glam Life" and drama "Degree of Guilt". The comedy pilot, "The GLAM Life" focuses on a party planning company for the ultra-rich, staffed by a group of quirky and eccentric individuals struggling in their personal lives. It comes from Michael Schur (Parks & Recreation; The Good Place) and reportedly is the highest tested pilot Gen-TV has had in years, as it has earned universal support in focus groups.

The drama pilot, "Degree of Guilt" featuring Riz Ahmed in a supporting role has gained traction in recent weeks; especially when Ryan Phillippe joined the cast in the lead role earlier this week, replacing Jason O'Mara who left for creative differences. This pilot has gained a lot of support internally and initial intell suggests that the writing is excellent.


"Latest Castings":

Laura Dern, fresh off the buzzy-hit "Big Little Lies", has joined the cast of "The High Life" (formerly The High Class), which focuses on a family run pharmaceuticals company on the verge of collapse. Dern has snagged one of the leading roles; as the founder of company. She will be joined by David Lyons (Game of Silence; Revolution) who has snagged a lead role as well.
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Sunday, April 2nd Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Mother & Daughter inched up to 8.22 million viewers and 1.7/5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.696

At 830pm, a new episode of on-the-bubble Suburbia held with 7.03 million viewers and 1.4/5 among adults 18-49, even with last week. Unrounded: 1.424

At 9pm, a new episode of Full Time Mom eased to 8.74 million viewers and 1.8/6 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.786

At 930pm, a new episode of Life Lessons rose to 8.18 million viewers and 1.7/5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.684

At 10pm, a new episode of Virus slid to 6.95 million viewers and 2.9/7 among adults 18-49, down two tenths for a new season low, but still ahead of everything from the last three seasons (excluding last season premiere). Half hour: 2.742/2.978



Monday, April 3rd Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Revolution garnered 5.61 million viewers and 1.4/6 among adults 18-49, even for the third week in a row. Half hour: 1.398/1.467

At 9pm, a new episode of Call Girls jumped to 14.06 million viewers and 5.7/11 among adults 18-49, up three tenths from last weeks season low. Half hour: 5.713/5.738

At 10pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver ticked up to 4.75 million viewers and 2.0/7 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Retention from its lead in was 34% among total viewers and 35% in the demo. More below. Unrounded: 1.954

At 1030pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver eased to 3.42 million viewers and 1.5/6 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last weeks 1030 episode. Still no word on a fifth season. Unrounded: 1.539



Tuesday, April 4th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Looking for Love scored 8.43 million viewers and 2.5/7 among adults 18-49, even with last weeks season high. Half hour: 2.510/2.451

At 9pm, a special episode of Amazon amassed 7.11 million viewers and 1.5/4 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from its regular Wednesday 10 o'clock episode. It also marks a four tenth improvement compared to the four week timeslot average (1.15 for TAKEN: Global) Half hour: 1.617/1.386

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN (and part one of TAKEN crossover) slid to 11.95 million viewers and 2.2/7 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last weeks 200th episode. The 2.2 is the highest demo for the show (excluding last weeks number) since October 4, 2016 (2.3). Half hour numbers: 2.195/2.245
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Saturday, April 1-Tuesday, April 4, 2017:


Saturday, April 1:

Gen-TV's original programming returned to the air on Saturday night, after taking a month-long (scheduled) hiatus. Ratings across the board were down over the previous original episodes, which aired in February 2017. "Sisters" was the strongest in terms of retaining previous viewership levels; netting a 2.9 in demos; while "Code of Ethics" dropped to a 1.3 in demos. Among total viewers, "Law & Order: New York City" was the #1 rated scripted program on TV, with 14.2 million viewers, and overall, second only to NCAA coverage on CBS.

8pm: Sisters (New): 12.3 million/2.9 18-49

9pm: Code of Ethics (New): 11.8 million/1.3 18-49

10pm: Gen-TV Original Movies (New):

"Ramona's Romantic Valentine's Day" (held over from a planned February airing due to scheduling issues): 7.5 million/6.2 18-49

11pm: Law & Order: New York City (New): 14.2 million/4.1 18-49

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Sunday, April 2:

Ratings were more stable on Sunday with "The Bidding War" and "Food Showdown" holding court as the series with the least viewer erosion on Sunday night. "Threesome" returned with respectable numbers, while "Intrusion" basically imploded.

8pm: Food Showdown (New; Season Premiere): 10.3 million/4.4 18-49

9pm: Threesome (New): 8.5 million/3.4 18-49

930: Threesome (Rerun): Ratings Not Available

10: The Bidding War (New; Season Premiere): 12.2 million/4.8 18-49

11: Intrusion (New): 4.5 million/2.1 18-49

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Monday, April 3:

Gen-TV's Monday line-up continues to be one of its strongest assets; returning with only a negligible amount of viewer erosion. "Magic School" is the clear favorite once again, out-ranking "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS by a wide margin in demos. "Hart of Family" continues to climb upwards, earning its early renewal and "Blood Relations" was on TV, but viewed by nearly nobody.

8pm: Magic School (New): 15.5 million/6.5 18-49

830: Zendaya (New): 12.5 million/5.8 18-49

9pm: Hart of Family (New): 14.8 million/5.9 18-49

930: Outside The Lines (New): 11.1 million/3.1 18-49

10: Trauma Center (New): 15.9 million/4.5 18-49

11: Blood Relations (New): 3.1 million/.98 18-49
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Tuesday, April 4:

Tuesday was a surprisingly strong night of programming for Gen-TV; considering new episodes haven't air in a month. Series premiere of "Ask Alyssa" at 10pm is a surprise success, netting nearly 10 million viewers out of the gate with very little promotion. "Sisterly Love" clearly benefitted from the last month of controversy surrounding its ratings, as those ratings nearly doubled in demos. Series premiere of "Places We Go" debuted strong; especially in female demos.

8pm: Making It Work (New): 13.3 million/4.3 18-49

830: Peretti Rules (New): 7.3 million/4.4 18-49

9: Every Other Weekend (New): 12.3 million/5.3 18-49

930: Sisterly Love (New): 28.4 million/10.4 18-49

10: Ask Alyssa (New; Series Premiere): 9.94 million/4.4 18-49

11: Places We Go (New; Series Premiere): 13.8 million/6.4 18-49
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Here is the latest in pilot and development news from Gen-TV:

"The Hot Pilots":

Right now, the two hottest pilots at Gen-TV seem to be comedy pilot "The Glam Life" and drama "Degree of Guilt". The comedy pilot, "The GLAM Life" focuses on a party planning company for the ultra-rich, staffed by a group of quirky and eccentric individuals struggling in their personal lives. It comes from Michael Schur (Parks & Recreation; The Good Place) and reportedly is the highest tested pilot Gen-TV has had in years, as it has earned universal support in focus groups.

The drama pilot, "Degree of Guilt" featuring Riz Ahmed in a supporting role has gained traction in recent weeks; especially when Ryan Phillippe joined the cast in the lead role earlier this week, replacing Jason O'Mara who left for creative differences. This pilot has gained a lot of support internally and initial intell suggests that the writing is excellent.


"Latest Castings":

Laura Dern, fresh off the buzzy-hit "Big Little Lies", has joined the cast of "The High Life" (formerly The High Class), which focuses on a family run pharmaceuticals company on the verge of collapse. Dern has snagged one of the leading roles; as the founder of company. She will be joined by David Lyons (Game of Silence; Revolution) who has snagged a lead role as well.


Gen-TV's Pilot Season:
News and Rumors

A Hollywood Insider Report

Rumor Alert:

Much like a planned 2011 reboot, the current "Designing Women" redo seems to be running out of steam. Sources in Gen-TV tell our reporters that "casting is not coming together, and we seem to be at an impasse with this one. " Another source says "The script is a big mess and that is part of what is hindering the reboot from gaining any traction."


Also, a reboot of "E.R." that was ordered to script only a few days ago seems to be running into trouble as well; this time the issue is about the licensing fees that Gen-TV would have to pay the studio which owns "E.R.", which is Warner Brothers. Sources tell us that talks about a price are not going well and that the project may be dead in the water.


"Adjustments & Changes:"

Gen-TV is apparently changing the title of pilot "The Palm Life" to "Private Lives", as they felt the original title was a bit bland. Sources indicate that Gen-TV also is asking producers to change the setting of the series from Palm Beach, Florida to another sunny location, possibly Hawaii.

Our insiders tell us that Gen-TV "desperately wants a new nighttime soap on their schedule, but right now is having a difficult time finding a script they like enough to order to series." Apparently, neither "The Palm Life" or "Blue Waves" is gaining enough support to go forward to series.
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Gen-TV has finally announced an airdate for the second season of "The Plain Land Murders"; a popular crime anthology that become a massive success in its 13-week run back in January 2016. The long-on-the-shelf second season will air in Fall 2017, and will apparently garner a prime spot on the networks fall schedule.

The series debuted as a six-week limited series back in 2016 and was so popular that Gen-TV ordered an additional six episodes before the third episode had even aired. That season chronicled a decades long search for a notorious serial killer that was terrifying the plain land states of the USA. It had an all-star cast headlined by Sandra Bullock and Gerard Butler. Only Bullock returns for the second season, reprising her role as FBI Agent Lesley Travers.

The second season will tackle an entirely new case, as Lesley deals with finding a copycat killer who is killing in the manner as the original killer, but in different states. Additional casting details are being kept under wraps for now, but is said to include several high profile stars amongst the principal players.
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It looks like Gen-TV is running into serious problems this development season, specifically that they are unhappy with the majority of the current pilots they have on-tap. In fact, Ross Chin, Gen-TV's President acknowledged this fact yesterday when a asked by a reporter about the state of the development season and he said "We need to take a much closer look at the pilots we have and at the series we have on the bubble, because as things stand right now we are not in a good place." "We need something very big to happen to save this development season."

Today the network ordered a whopping 50 new pilots, split equally between comedy and drama, reality is not a priority this season as the network has several successful reality series already that they can rely on. Series like "The Bidding War", "Ask Alyssa" and "Celebrity Cooking Battles" do decent numbers and are fantastic utility players for filling scheduling holes. The problem lies in their crop of dramatic and comedy series; which as of now are unstable at best. The crop of pilots currently being reviewed are not netting the kind of results the network would hope for in testing, and they are desperate to find some that will potentially work in the long-term as series.

Here is the rundown of just some of the pilots ordered today; which run the gauntlet of styles, tones and genres:

"Drama":

"Highly Functioning Adults": This one-hour, single camera dramedy (in the same vein as FX's Atlanta or Netflix's Orange Is The New Black) is uncharted territory for Gen-TV and combines several different genres. The focus of the pilot is on, a Pittsburg drug dealer identified only as "X" who unexpectedly learns that he has a 10-year old son with special needs. The series would focus on his attempts at gaining custody of his son and the issues he and his son face in their lives. Ross Chin describes this pilot script as "one of the best I've ever read; coming from a novice writer who has no previous professional credits and that expertly combines two distinct worlds; the drug trade and the world of caring for a special needs child."

"Fishermen's Wives": This nighttime soap opera focuses on the lives of four best friends since childhood, who are all in their 30's and live in the same town and are all married to professional fishermen. The outrageous and ballsy pilot focuses on the personal lives of these very complicated ladies and the various lies, deceits, affairs and entanglements they find themselves in.

"Call & Response": This drama pilot focuses on the high stakes world of Emergency Responders (aka, EMT's/Paramedics) and takes a "Law & Order" approach to the drama, by splitting the series into two parts; the first part features the emergency call and the response of the paramedics to the call and the second half featuring the outcome of the call; either medically at the hospital or in a professional sense for the paramedics or doctors involved.


"Malpractice": This drama pilot focuses on medical malpractice cases and focuses on a law firm specializing in these sorts of cases.

"Private Lives of Pretty Faces" (working title): This drama pilot focuses on the personal lives of residents of a gated community in L.A., all of whom happen to be A-List actors, athletes, models and entertainment agents.

"Basketballers's Wives": This drama pilot focuses on the personal lives of five wives who are married to professional basketball players.


"Comedy":

"Fish Out of Water": This pilot is for a fantasy/children's series about a mermaid named Meredith who finds out on her 16th birthday that she is actually half-human and has a human father up on earth. She is given the chance to explore this half of herself as she is able to live on earth as a human until her 21st Birthday when she will have to make a choice between living as a human for the rest of her life and never returning to the sea or returning to the ocean and giving up her human self forever. This pilot is being aimed at the 10-15 year old audience.

"The Special Classroom": This unique comedy pilot is for a children's series which would presumably occupy a portion of the networks schedule alongside "Magic School" and "Zendaya" and focuses on a special needs classroom and the children in it. The unique part about this series is that it would utilize puppets from Sesame Workshop instead of child actors. It is being aimed at the 3-10 year old audience, and would be the networks first foray into this type of children's programming, aimed at a much younger audience than "Magic School" or "Zendaya".
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Rumor Alert:

Much like a planned 2011 reboot, the current "Designing Women" redo seems to be running out of steam. Sources in Gen-TV tell our reporters that "casting is not coming together, and we seem to be at an impasse with this one. " Another source says "The script is a big mess and that is part of what is hindering the reboot from gaining any traction."


Also, a reboot of "E.R." that was ordered to script only a few days ago seems to be running into trouble as well; this time the issue is about the licensing fees that Gen-TV would have to pay the studio which owns "E.R.", which is Warner Brothers. Sources tell us that talks about a price are not going well and that the project may be dead in the water.


"Adjustments & Changes:"

Gen-TV is apparently changing the title of pilot "The Palm Life" to "Private Lives", as they felt the original title was a bit bland. Sources indicate that Gen-TV also is asking producers to change the setting of the series from Palm Beach, Florida to another sunny location, possibly Hawaii.

Our insiders tell us that Gen-TV "desperately wants a new nighttime soap on their schedule, but right now is having a difficult time finding a script they like enough to order to series." Apparently, neither "The Palm Life" or "Blue Waves" is gaining enough support to go forward to series.


Gen-TV Pilot Updates:
--Most Recent Development News

"First Official Passes":

Gen-TV has made their first official passes of pilot season, announcing that they will not be moving forward with the following pilots "Grow Up, Ginny", "E.R." or "Designing Women." In the case of "E.R.", the reboot of the popular medical drama fell victim to an issue with licensing fees Gen-TV would have to pay Warner Brothers, sources say "the two parties were too far apart on numbers to come to any agreement."

As for "Designing Women", the reboot fell apart in the writing process and completely deteriorated in casting when Gen-TV Executives could not come to agreement with producers on a cast for the series. Lastly, "Grow Up, Ginny" is being passed over because as one Gen-TV Exec put it "that pilot just didn't live up to its potential, it really isn't very interesting at all."

Sources close to Gen-TV tell us that at least two other pilots "Say Uncle" and "Capital Defense" are thisclose to being passed over as well, and that decisions on those two will likely be made within the next two weeks.


"Name Changes and Rewrites:"

Gen-TV is indeed going forward with plans to rewrite and rename the pilot "The Palm Life." The series title has been changed officially to "Pretty Big Lies" and the format of the show is changing as well. Though it will still be a nighttime soap, it will be retooled to be more upscale, and closer in tone to HBO's "Big Little Lies" instead of being more like "The OC" or "Melrose Place" as originally intended. Sources tell us this decision was made by Ross Chin who was a big fan of the HBO program and wanted something of that calibre on his network.

"Casting News:"

Michael Strahan (Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael) has landed the lead role in the sitcom pilot "Homefield Advantage".

Lena Dunham has been cast in "Highly Functioning Adults", a Gen-TV pilot in which she will play the "baby mama" of the lead character; a drug dealer who discovers he is the father of a special needs child. Due to her casting the age of the special needs son character is being shifted from 10 to 8, so that Dunham's casting makes more sense. The two male leads are still being cast, and Gen-TV is apparently seeking a name performer for the adult lead.
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Wednesday, April 5th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Boston General slid to 7.35 million viewers and 1.2/4 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Half hour: 1.093/1.269

At 9pm, a new episode of CIA Files amassed 14.29 million viewers and 3.4/12 among adults 18-49, even for the third week in a row. Half hour: 3.411/3.428

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN: Global (part two of the TAKEN crossover) scored 8.41 million viewers and 1.5/4 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from its most recent episode, and its best performance since January 31st (1.6). Retention from its lead in was 59% among total viewers and 44% in the demo. Half hour: 1.700/1.374



Thursday, April 6th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Behind the Scenes eased to 8.01 million viewers and 2.0/7 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.964

At 830pm, a new episode of Blended inched up to 6.99 million viewers and 1.7/5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.695

At 9pm, a new episode of The Hughes Family garnered 10.14 million viewers and 2.8/8 among adults 18-49, even for the third week in a row. Unrounded: 2.812

At 9pm, week eleven of Growing Up at 30 ticked down to 6.08 million viewers and 1.5/6 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week to a new low for the third straight week. Unrounded: 1.531

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN: Phoenix (part three of the TAKEN crossover) jumped to 10.67 million viewers and 1.8/6 among adults 18-49, up three tenths from last week for its best performance since October 13th (1.8) - and one tenth shy of its season high (1.9 - season premiere and week two). Half hour: 1.823/1.845



Friday, April 7th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Secret Service rose to 4.86 million viewers and 0.8/3 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week for its best performance since January 27th (0.8) . Half hour: 0.726/0.821

At 9pm, a new episode of Serve and Protect: Detroit perked up to 8.74 million viewers and 1.1/3 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week to tie its Friday high. Half hour: 1.156/1.158

At 10pm, a new episode of Cops of New York (and the backdoor pilot for possible-pickup Cops of Baltimore spiked to 10.61 million viewers and 1.4/4 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week. Half hour: 1.401/1.310
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Gen-TV Ratings Report:
Saturday, April 1-Tuesday, April 4, 2017:


Saturday, April 1:

Gen-TV's original programming returned to the air on Saturday night, after taking a month-long (scheduled) hiatus. Ratings across the board were down over the previous original episodes, which aired in February 2017. "Sisters" was the strongest in terms of retaining previous viewership levels; netting a 2.9 in demos; while "Code of Ethics" dropped to a 1.3 in demos. Among total viewers, "Law & Order: New York City" was the #1 rated scripted program on TV, with 14.2 million viewers, and overall, second only to NCAA coverage on CBS.

8pm: Sisters (New): 12.3 million/2.9 18-49

9pm: Code of Ethics (New): 11.8 million/1.3 18-49

10pm: Gen-TV Original Movies (New):

"Ramona's Romantic Valentine's Day" (held over from a planned February airing due to scheduling issues): 7.5 million/6.2 18-49

11pm: Law & Order: New York City (New): 14.2 million/4.1 18-49

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Sunday, April 2:

Ratings were more stable on Sunday with "The Bidding War" and "Food Showdown" holding court as the series with the least viewer erosion on Sunday night. "Threesome" returned with respectable numbers, while "Intrusion" basically imploded.

8pm: Food Showdown (New; Season Premiere): 10.3 million/4.4 18-49

9pm: Threesome (New): 8.5 million/3.4 18-49

930: Threesome (Rerun): Ratings Not Available

10: The Bidding War (New; Season Premiere): 12.2 million/4.8 18-49

11: Intrusion (New): 4.5 million/2.1 18-49

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Monday, April 3:

Gen-TV's Monday line-up continues to be one of its strongest assets; returning with only a negligible amount of viewer erosion. "Magic School" is the clear favorite once again, out-ranking "The Big Bang Theory" on CBS by a wide margin in demos. "Hart of Family" continues to climb upwards, earning its early renewal and "Blood Relations" was on TV, but viewed by nearly nobody.

8pm: Magic School (New): 15.5 million/6.5 18-49

830: Zendaya (New): 12.5 million/5.8 18-49

9pm: Hart of Family (New): 14.8 million/5.9 18-49

930: Outside The Lines (New): 11.1 million/3.1 18-49

10: Trauma Center (New): 15.9 million/4.5 18-49

11: Blood Relations (New): 3.1 million/.98 18-49
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Tuesday, April 4:

Tuesday was a surprisingly strong night of programming for Gen-TV; considering new episodes haven't air in a month. Series premiere of "Ask Alyssa" at 10pm is a surprise success, netting nearly 10 million viewers out of the gate with very little promotion. "Sisterly Love" clearly benefitted from the last month of controversy surrounding its ratings, as those ratings nearly doubled in demos. Series premiere of "Places We Go" debuted strong; especially in female demos.

8pm: Making It Work (New): 13.3 million/4.3 18-49

830: Peretti Rules (New): 7.3 million/4.4 18-49

9: Every Other Weekend (New): 12.3 million/5.3 18-49

930: Sisterly Love (New): 28.4 million/10.4 18-49

10: Ask Alyssa (New; Series Premiere): 9.94 million/4.4 18-49

11: Places We Go (New; Series Premiere): 13.8 million/6.4 18-49


Gen-TV Ratings Report:

Wednesday, April 5-Monday, April 10, 2017:

Wednesday, April 5:

It was a true mixed bag for Gen-TV on Wednesday, with "The Heist" series premiere drawing a record low for the network in demos and returning drama "Boston Homicide" shedding nearly 50% (in households) of its audience over its previous original airing, and drops nearly 30% in demos.

Returning series "Unlikely Family", "Running In Circles" and "Cop City" return steady to previous numbers. "Selling Out" is the only Gen-TV series on Wednesday night to grow over its previous airing.


8pm: Unlikely Family (New): 39.5 million/6.8 18-49

830: Running In Circles (New): 15.4 million/4.5 18-49

9: Selling Out (New): 41.8 million/14.1 18-49

930: The Heist (New; Series Premiere): 10,000/.14 18-49

10: Boston Homicide (New): 8.95 million/5.0 18-49

11: Cop City (New): 23.4 million/4.3 18-49
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Thursday, April 6:


Gen-TV had a solid night on Thursday; "Raising Grandma" and "The Mallory's of Jefferson County" return steady over previous original episode. "Mama Knows Best" and "Cooking For Dummies" return slightly down from previous airing, but still in the "solid hit" range. "The Malones" however, returns down from an already previous low. Meanwhile, season premiere of "Nicki J's World" returns down nearly 40% from season 1.

8pm: Raising Grandma (New): 23.9 million/6.8 18-49

830: Mama Knows Best (New): 23.2 million/9.6 18-49

9pm: Nicki J's World (New; Season Premiere): 5.4 million/3.4 18-49

930: Cooking For Dummies (New): 12.1 million/2.5 18-49

10: The Mallory's of Jefferson County (New): 70.4 million/15.5 18-49

11: The Malones (New): 4.4 million/1.1 18-49

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Friday, April 7:


Friday was a successful night for Gen-TV; all series returned on-par with previous original episode and new reality drama "Soapless: Life After Daytime" debuted to stellar ratings, and sets the record the Best Friday Night Premiere Ratings since 1993.

8pm: The Mulroney Mysteries (New): 40.5 million/8.3 18-49

9pm: Deadly Visions (New): 38.4 million/6.5 18-49

10: ColdFront (New; Final Episodes!): 10.2 million/5.5 18-49

11: Soapless: Life After Daytime (New; Series Premiere): 14.2 million/4.5 18-49

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Saturday, April 8:

Saturday was a huge success for Gen-TV; "Sisters" is on-par with its previous original episode; "Law & Order: New York City' is steady in demos and Gen-TV's Original Movie "The Wedding Reception" aired to positive acclaim and decent numbers.

8pm: Sisters (New): 27.4 million/8.4 18-49

9pm: Code of Ethics (New): 24.9 million/7.5 18-49

10: Gen-TV Original Movie:

"The Wedding Reception" (New): 16.6 million/5.8 18-49

11: Law & Order: New York City (New): 8.6 million/5.5 18-49

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Sunday, April 9:

Gen-TV had a blowout success on Sunday, garnering strong numbers for new seasons of "Food Showdown" and "The Bidding War" and decent returns for strong utility player "Threesome". "Intrusion" is the only let-down as it has been all season long.

8pm: Food Showdown (New; Season Premiere): 19.4 million/4.4 18-49

9pm: Threesome (New): 10.4 million/4.8 18-49

930: Threesome (Rerun): Ratings Not Available

10: The Bidding War (New; Season Premiere): 20.2 million/4.8 18-49

11: Intrusion (New): 4.4 million/1.1 18-49

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Monday, April 10:

The only let-down for Gen-TV on Monday is that "Blood Relations" continues to underperform in its final episodes. All other series were on-par with its previous original airing. "Magic School" outshined "Zendaya" week, taking #1 for the timeslot.

8pm: Magic School (New): 22.4 million/8.4 18-49

830: Zendaya (New): 22.1 million/7.6 18-49

9: Hart of Family (New): 14.3 million/7.5 18-49

930: Outside The Lines (New): 12.8 million/4.1 1 8-49

10: Trauma Center (New): 17.5 million/4.5 18-49

11: Blood Relations (New): 5.3 million/1.5 18-49
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Gen-TV Pulls Comedy After 1 Episode
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Gen-TV has pulled the plug on comedy series "The Heist" after one low rated episode aired this week. The series, a satire of the robbery/thief/heist movie genre was seen by less than 12,000 viewers in it's debut episode on Wednesday night. This airing was the lowest-rated episode of any show Gen-TV has ever aired. Though critical reviews for the series were strong, viewers just didn't tune in.

To replace the series, Gen-TV will burn-off the final seven produced episodes of "Desperately Amy"; a comedy that the network cancelled earlier this season. The series will air episodes that were pulled from the schedule and that were already produced. The series however, is still cancelled.
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Gen-TV Plans UpFronts, despite threat of writers strike


Gen-TV has gone ahead and released details for their planned UpFronts Presentation, which will proceed as planned, despite the looming threat of a writers strike. The annual presentation for ad buyers in which networks present their Fall Schedules and seek ad buyers for their programming will proceed as planned on May 5th in New York & Los Angeles.

In the event of a writers strike, the presentation will be postponed until the strike is resolved; a plan nobody hopes to see happen. The last time writers went on strike was the 2007-2008 season, a strike that delayed the start of the TV season and cost TV Studios and Networks millions of dollars.

Unlike previous years, the Gen-TV Presentation this year is going to be "muted, understated and demure" says Gen-TV President Ross Chin. "We understand that a strike could be disruptive to the industry and out of respect for that we will not be hosting a lavish or glamarous affair." "We want to do a understated and respectful presentation."

Gen-TV President Ross Chin will Co-Host the UpFront Presentation for Gen-TV alongside several of Gen-TV's biggest stars; they include Patti Labelle (Mama Knows Best), Zendaya Coleman (Zendaya); Eva LaRue (Unlikely Family), Justin Long & Rashida Jones (Making It Work) and selected cast members from "Sisters" and "The Mallory's of Jefferson County", which are yet to be determined as scheduling is still being worked out.

In the event of a strike, it is unlikely cast members would attend as they would likely be on the picket line and would not want to cross. In that event, Ross Chin would present the UpFront presentation with Cain Wentworth, who is Chairperson of Gen-TV's Board of Directors.
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Three Gen-TV Series Complete Filming
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Two of Gen-TV's signature dramas and a struggling talk show have completed production. The daytime talk show "That Show with Ty Treadway and Lisa Rinna" was cancelled back in December after ratings fell to unacceptable limits; but the series continued production on its original order until April 11th, when it finished production. The final episode of "That Show with Ty Treadway and Lisa Rinna" airs on Gen-TV Daytime on April 14th.

Meanwhile, the two dramas "ColdFront" and "Blood Relations" were also cancelled back in December and have finally completed production on their final three episodes. Both series are currently airing their final six episodes and will not return in the fall. Both series debuted in 2015 and were instant successes, grabbing huge ratings; critical acclaim and winning a slew of awards; and in both cases creative issues caused viewers to flee and ratings dropped.


The cast of "ColdFront" celebrated their final episode by completing an interview and photoshoot for "Entertainment Weekly" in which they relived the series most memorable moments; including the on-screen death of one character played by Calista Flockhart that remains a low-point for the series. The cast of "Blood Relations", (Sela Ward and Lynn Whitfield) invited the crew to dinner at a L.A. restaurant and celebrated three seasons of working together.


The daytime talk show's final taping was less grand and featured only a small store-bought cake; that was cut by Treadway prior to starting the filming of the episode and he reportedly thanked the crew for their hard work. Lisa Rinna reportedly stayed in her dressing room until cameras rolled and did not thank anybody; sources say her attitude on-set has been horrible in recent weeks as she blames Ty for bringing her on a show that was about to be cancelled. Insiders say "Lisa has been cruel to Ty and has acted cold and distant all season as she realized the show would be cancelled."
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Confirming what was widely expected all along, Gen-TV has finally named a successor for retiring President Suzanne Stefan-Clarke, as they have officially named Ross Chin to assume the role. Chin, a prodigy who spent nearly half a decade at 20th Century Fox being mentored by Dana Walden and Gary Newman was hired by Clarke to fill the vacant role of Vice President following her succession to President last year following the death of Sylvia Wilkes Sharpe.

Chin will assume the role of President immediately, though Stefan-Clarke will officially remain on the payroll until May 2017 when her retirement kicks into effect.

The role of Vice President will remain vacant for the time being as Gen-TV seeks out a replacement. Sources indicate several names are being considered for the role, including one unlikely candidate, Eva Vargas, currently suspended from YTN. Vargas was previously considered for the President role before Sandy Torres took over.

Update On Gen-TV Vice President Search
---Who Will Be Gen-TV's Next V.P.?

It has been about a month since Ross Chin advanced to the role of President of Gen-TV; replacing his mentor Suzanne Stefan-Clarke who retired from the TV Industry and left her role as President. At the time, Gen-TV said that the role of Vice President, which Chin previously held "would remain vacant for the foreseeable future until we can find the perfect candidate to take this role." Seemingly, "foreseeable future" doesn't mean "forever" and a month is adequate time to fill such a role right? Hollywood Now wanted to know where things stand, who they are looking at to fill this role and when an announcement can be made. We did some investigating and got some information:

According to Gen-TV's legal department "We cannot currently comment on the search for our Vice President. This is a legal matter and commenting on such would be to disclose sensitive and privileged information pertaining to on-going legal and financial discussions and would violate the privacy of our candidates."

Basically that is the Gen-TV legal department saving face because the information we uncovered from talking to sources inside Gen-TV and the TV industry say that the search for Gen-TV's next Vice President is "going very slowly as Gen-TV awaits a response from one person in particular who they hope to see inherit this job." "That person is Eva Vargas, currently suspended from YTN Network and who Ross Chin hopes to mentor and turn into an asset for Gen-TV." "However, due to her contract with YTN she cannot legally discuss any future positions until her contract is expired or terminated." "Ross apparently wants to wait and fill the position when she is available to discuss this role." "Even if Eva turns down Gen-TV, she is the top choice and Ross wants her to have first right of refusal."

This is an especially odd choice given the tense history that exists between Chin and Vargas, stemming from a scandal earlier this year that resulted in her suspension from YTN after inaccurately reporting ratings information and refusing to apologize; a feat that made YTN look bad and hurt the reputation of the network as a whole. This lead to Vargas and YTN being fined and censured by various regulatory boards; including the FCC and the National Ratings Board. Some of these fines were eventually overturned but the damage was done. Ross Chin was one of the people who spoke out against Vargas at the time, but sources tell us his comments weren't personal and were only meant to clarify the facts.

However, Vargas is not the only name in consideration; several others are being groomed in case Vargas can't or won't come work for Gen-TV. A former YTN Executive, Taylor Song is being considered for the role and reportedly is "beyond anxious to return to the TV industry"; an industry she hasn't worked for since 2011 when she exited the network in controversy. Another name being considered is Jamie Tarses, a renowned name in the industry who runs one of the most successful production companies in the country. She previously served as President of ABC Network back in the 1990's. Two other names are being bandied about as potential considerations too; Kimberly Vail, a basically unknown development executive from Toronto, Canada is being considered because of a close connection she has with Cain Wentworth, who runs the board of directors for Gen-TV; and Amanda Leigh Green, a former Gen-TV President is also being considered as a possible candidate. Supposedly, this disgraced Gen-TV President has made amends with Wentworth and is being considered as a replacement if none of the others work out; sources say however that "Green is a longshot, a dark horse and very unlikely to get this role."

It looks like the future is still up in the air and is basically up to Eva Vargas to determine. Only time will tell, but for the time being, Doug Bartell, Gen-TV's former President of Programming (among other roles) will fill in temporarily assisting Ross Chin as needed, though he won't be given an official title.
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