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Old 04-13-2017, 01:51 PM   #46
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Sunday, April 9th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Mother & Daughter slid to 7.39 million viewers and 1.5/5 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week to a new series low. Unrounded: 1.486

At 830pm, a new episode of on-the-bubble Suburbia eased to 6.82 million viewers and 1.3/5 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week to a new season low. Unrounded: 1.335

At 9pm, a new episode of Full Time Mom scored 8.89 million viewers and 1.8/6 among adults 18-49, even with last week. Unrounded: 1.814

At 930pm, a new episode of Life Lessons fell to 7.67 million viewers and 1.6/5 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.599

At 10pm, a new episode of Virus jumped to 7.28 million viewers and 3.2/7 among adults 18-49, up three tenths from last week. Half hour: 3.145/3.276



Monday, April 10th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Revolution slipped to 5.31 million viewers and 1.3/4 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week for a new series low. Half hour: 1.285/1.325

At 9pm, a new episode of Call Girls garnered 14.26 million viewers and 5.7/11 among adults 18-49, even with last week. Half hour: 5.693/5.782

At 10pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver dropped to 4.12 million viewers and 1.8/7 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Retention from its lead in was 29% among total viewers and 31% in the demo. More below. Unrounded: 1.810

At 1030pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver held with 3.49 million viewers and 1.5/6 among adults 18-49, even with last weeks 1030 episode. Still no word on a fifth season. Unrounded: 1.513



Tuesday, April 11th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Looking for Love amassed 8.24 million viewers and 2.5/7 among adults 18-49, even with its season high for the third straight week. YTN is pre-empting next weeks episode of TAKEN: Global in favor of a two hour season finale for Looking for Love. The current season is up more than 30% compared to the fall season - wow! Half hour: 2.486/2.525

At 9pm, a new episode of TAKEN: Global returned to its regular timeslot after a special Wednesday airing to 7.46 million viewers and 1.2/4 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from its last Tuesday airing. The series, which still has not been renewed for a second season, will not air another episode before the YTN upfront presentation, due to next weeks pre-emption. Half hour: 1.301/1.142

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN ticked down to 11.21 million viewers and 2.0/7 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Half hour numbers: 1.913/1.996
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What Will Gen-TV's Fall Look Like?


We won't have any official idea what Gen-TV's Fall 2017 schedule will look like until at least May 5th, depending on the outcome of ongoing writers guild discussions which could result in a potential strike. But according to our sources there are some programs with a larger than average chance of getting picked up and some central ideas that seem to be taking place. We discuss all those and more in our preview of what we think Gen-TV's big power moves will be:

"More Comedy":

Gen-TV had major success with it's comedy development last season; even if "Outside The Lines" is an average performer and "Suddenly Single" and "Desperately Amy" were big failures. They managed to create a solid block of programming with "Magic School" and "Zendaya" that dominates Monday nights; they had breakout hits with "Mama Knows Best" and mid-season entry "Selling Out" and strong performers in "Hart of Family" and "Unlikely Family." Sources indicate that Gen-TV isn't going to ignore this trend and will continue to program additional comedy hours. According to industry insiders "Gen-TV will probably have double the number of half-hour comedies on the schedule than they currently have."

Debbie Smith, a Hollywood Publicist says "Based on the calls I'm getting about potential P.R. work, Gen-TV seems to be leaning heavily on sitcoms this development season; and it seems will try programming for the underserved pre-school market for the first time ever."

It seems that the series most likely to get picked-up if this trend is accurate are "Fish Out Of Water", a pre-teen comedy with fantasy elements about a mermaid living as a human for the first time. Sources tell us "Gen-TV is keen on this one because it has a youthful vibe to it and will appeal to young viewers." We also hear that viewers should be on the look-out for "Say Uncle" and "The Glam Squad" to make the cut; though they appeal to entirely different demographics. "Say Uncle" would be a natural pairing with current family comedies like "Hart of Family" or "Unlikely Family", both of which appeal to a broad audience; and "The Glam Squad" likely would be paired with edgier and more adult-oriented comedies "Making It Work" or "Sisterly Love."


The comedy pilots least likely to get a pick-up? According to sources, "Growing Up Ginny", "Designing Women" and "Limited Edition", which our insiders say are trending downward or have already been passed over.


"Balanced Drama Genres:"

Gen-TV has always had a mix of prestige dramas and mass-appeal dramas and this is a trend that will likely continue. Pilots like "Life of Mann", "The September Club", "The High Life" and " Pretty Big Lies" all could easily fit this category of high-end dramas that garner awards nominations and appeal to the most intelligent viewers. Meanwhile, they will likely co-exist amongst more mass-appeal soaps and crime procedurals like "Boston Homicide" and "Sisters." Gen-TV has pilots "Jack of All Trades", "Degree of Guilt" and "Capital Defense" all vying for slots on the schedule; and it wouldn't be surprising to see some nights of programming that include several different types of genres.

"Veteran Drama's Will End:"

Last season, Gen-TV cancelled some long in the tooth comedies (Molly Says, I Said So) and this year it will probably be dramas like "Sisters" or "Mallory's of Jefferson County" that will get the axe. We are hearing that an end date for "Sisters" is imminent and that the fate of "Mallory's" is up in the air as the drama seems to be fading in popularity and skyrocketing production costs might spell the end. A source says "Mallory's is a tricky show as it still gets over 70 million viewers; but that is a massive loss of audience from a time when the series would easily grab over 100 million viewers." "The show is very expensive to produce and has already earned the network syndication dollars; so there is little incentive to continue production while ratings drop and production costs rise." It won't be shocking if the series is given a final renewal and is told to wrap up production within the season.
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"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.

Gen-TV News:
--Network Orders Another Round of Pilots

Gen-TV Network has ordered yet another crop of pilots to contend for their Fall 2017 schedule. This last minute round of scripts and pilot presentations comes as a writers strike seems inevitable and it would seem Gen-TV is hoping to have a stockpile of scripts on-hand to pursue at the time a strike is resolved.


Most of these pilots are for one-hour dramas as that seems to be the focus on the networks development this season; as they are pleased with their current comedy roster and have very few comedies in development; and have ordered no reality pilots beyond one's that were previously in development.

Here is the rundown on the newest crop of pilots:

"By Any Means Necessary": This pilot is for a one-hour crime drama set within the internal affairs bureau of the New York Police Department and follows to Internal Affairs detectives as they go undercover within other police departments to root out corruption and dirty cops. This pilot script comes from veteran TV producer Stephen Bochco; who has produced classic series like "NYPD BLUE", "Hill Street Blues" and Gen-TV series "Code of Ethics", "District Attorney" and "Gone".

"Shortage": This high-brow drama is set in the world of the New York Stock Exchange and focuses on a group of five stock brokers as they go through their daily lives and deal with the high pressure world of working in the financial industry. This pilot script comes from David Angelo Hart (Hollywood Law) and his new writing partners Kelsey Shaw and Sean Stanton.

"Spaced Out" (working title): This space-themed drama focuses on a group of scientists training to be astronauts. It mainly focuses on the professional lives of these five people; but occasionally delves into their personal lives.

"Law of Family" (working title): This pilot is for a spin-off of the Stream-ME series "Law of Death" (which previously aired on Gen-TV before moving to the streaming service now called Stream-Me). It focuses on a family run law office that specializes in family law; mainly cases of divorce, custody and fitness to parent cases.

"Juvie" (working title): This legal procedural focuses on the daily lives of children incarcerated in a juvenile detention center (juvenile prison).

"Newly American": This drama focuses on a family of immigrants who recently became American Citizens and the challenges they face daily.
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Gen-TV Axes Hilary Swank Drama

It's been a rocky road, but Gen-TV has finally determined the fate of freshmen drama "Code of Ethics" which stars Hilary Swank as a female police captain in a homicide unit. The drama which averages 10.8 million/4.2 18-49 has finally been cancelled and will not return in the fall. After debuting softly in the fall, the series managed to rebound and was averaging between 14 and 16 million per episode until a mid-season hiatus saw the series drop nearly 25% in viewership. The chances of renewal were always slim, but had been looking up in recent weeks as Gen-TV development seemed to be lagging.

The biggest sign however that renewal wasn't likely occured last week when Hilary Swank confirmed she was seeking a new TV development deal and that her Gen-TV holding deal was no longer in existence. Swank first signed a Gen-TV development deal in 2015 which resulted in her producing the now cancelled Gen-TV drama "Field of Lilies" and the smash hit drama "The Hardest Goodbye" which returns this summer for its third season. Both series focused on the subject of cancer. Acting wise, Swank's deal produced a five-episode arc for Swank on "Field of Lilies", where she played a breast cancer doctor who refuses treatment for herself and dies; and the starring role in "Code of Ethics", which took nearly two years to get a series order as it was retooled several times before Gen-TV brought it to series. At the same time Swank announced her intention to seek a new TV development deal; the cast of "Code of Ethics" was also released from its contracts with Gen-TV.

This cancellation is also significant in that "Code of Ethics" is the last remaining Stephen Bochco series on TV; following the cancellation earlier this season of Gen-TV's "District Attorney". Prior to these two programs, the veteran TV producers most recent TV entries were, TNT's "Raising The Bar" (2007-2008) and Gen-TV's "Gone" (2010-2014) .
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In a new Hollywood Now feature, we'll be discussing some of the day's biggest news items and today's feature is Big with a Capital B, or rather, a Capital J as in JACKEE. Hollywood Now can exclusively confirm that "Raising Grandma" and former "227"/"Sister, Sister" star Jackee Harry has signed a deal to host and produce a brand new daytime talk show for Gen-TV Studios... But there is a twist.

The new series is actually a sitcom-talk show hybrid, in that it is a scripted sitcom about the host of a daytime talk show. The series focuses on Jackie (spelled with a Kie instead of Kee) Walters, an over-the-top diva who is also a single mother, ex-wife three times over and host of a once-popular daytime talk show who is desperate to get her show back to its 1980's glory days. The kitschy, glossy series will feature lots of celebrity guest stars and a heavy dose of nostalgia as well.

Currently the working title of the series is "Jackie" but that is subject to change. Gen-TV Studios is currently developing the series with hopes for a launch in the fall on Gen-TV's daytime schedule.

Harry, an Emmy-winner for her Iconic role on the 1980's sitcom "227" has also starred in the 90's teen sitcom "Sister, Sister" and is currently starring on the multiple award-winning hit Gen-TV sitcom "Raising Grandma".

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---Gen-TV Orders Jackee Harry Daytime Show

Gen-TV has officially ordered "The Jackie Show" to series. Nearly two months after ordering a script, Gen-TV has officially ordered a full 90-episode first season of "The Jackie Show"; a talk show/sitcom hybrid starring Jackee Harry as "Jackie Walters", a washed up, formerly famous talk show host desperate to reclaim her fame and get her TV show back into the A-List. The glossy, nostalgic and lighthearted sitcom will feature cameos and guest appearances from a wide variety of famous and formerly famous guest stars including recurring roles for former talk show hosts Sally Jesse Raphael, Ricki Lake and Rolonda Watts.

Formerly titled "Jackie", "The Jackie Show" will air back-to-back episodes weekdays at 12 and 1230pm starting this fall.
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Wednesday, April 12th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of on-the-bubble Boston General slid to 6.95 million viewers and 1.1/4 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week to a new series low. Half hour: 1.002/1.156

At 9pm, a new episode of CIA Files garnered 14.35 million viewers and 3.4/12 among adults 18-49, even for the fourth straight week. Half hour: 3.346/3.366

At 10pm, a new episode of Amazon, back in its regular timeslot after a tryout on Tuesday, amassed 6.86 million viewers and 1.4/4 among adults 18-49, even with its most recent Wednesday airing. The freshman series still hasn't been renewed for a second season and is very much a toss-up for season two. Retention from its lead in was 48% among total viewers and 41% in the demo. Half hour: 1.661/1.217 (quarter halves: 1.748/1.479/1.228/1.206)



Thursday, April 13th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Behind the Scenes inched up to 8.48 million viewers and 2.1/7 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 2.134

At 830pm, a new episode of Blended rose to 7.34 million viewers and 1.8/5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week for its best performance since moving to the timeslot back in January. Unrounded: 1.813

At 9pm, a new episode of The Hughes Family dropped to 9.57 million viewers and 2.6/8 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Unrounded: 2.587

At 9pm, week twelve of Growing Up at 30 remained at 6.12 million viewers and 1.5/6 among adults 18-49, even with last weeks series low. Unrounded: 1.521

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN: Phoenix eased to 10.04 million viewers and 1.7/6 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last weeks crossover, but still its best regular-episode result since February. Half hour: 1.730/1.709



Friday, April 14th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Secret Service ticked up to 5.03 million viewers and 0.9/3 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week for its best performance since moving to the timeslot (also a 0.9) . Half hour: 0.879/0.875

At 9pm, a new episode of Serve and Protect: Detroit perked up to 9.41 million viewers and 1.2/4 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week for its best result since December 14th (when it aired on Wednesday nights). Half hour: 1.167/1.178

At 10pm, a new episode of Cops of New York rode the momentum jumping to 11.04 million viewers and 1.5/5 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last weeks Cops of Baltimore backdoor pilot. Half hour: 1.489/1.472
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YTN CORP. PRESIDENT FURIOUS AT NETWORK PRESIDENT VARGAS
The ongoing controversy surrounding YTN President Eva Vargas is now making its way up the chain of command: all the way to the President of YTN Corporation.

Grayson Rogers, the rarely seen or heard from executive, is said to be 'fuming' at the situation and 'raging mad' at Eva Vargas. The last time Rogers made any sort of press announcement, was nearly three years ago when he fired network Vice President Nick Greenway for making inappropriate comments.

One insider at the network said Vargas may be on the chopping block, "You know, this is really serious for Eva, and I do not think she quite understands the extent of how far this has gone. Grayson is furious at the negative attention toward YTN, especially so close to pilot season. She messed up and refuses to admit to that, which is concerning."

Ms. Vargas is in the midst of a three-year contract extension, which was singed in June 2015. She initially became president of the network in October 2011, following the death of Olivia Pavlin. Under the terms, through next June, Eva will earn $2.2 per year, plus contract incentives. There are stipulations within the contract that allow YTN Corporation to remove her from the position, but there is no word on what would allow YTN to fire her.

UPDATE: Eva Vargas has been indefinitely suspended by YTN Corporation President Grayson Rogers. Here is the statement:



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EVA VARGAS RETURNS AS YTN PRESIDENT, EFFECTIVE TOMORROW
YTN President Eva Vargas is officially back to work tomorrow, with YTN Corporation President Grayson Rogers lifting her suspension after one and a half months.

The suspension stemmed to the controversy between the network and GEN-TV in regard to allegations of lying in press releases. The FCC found little wrong-doing, and only lightly fined the network. Insiders tell us Vargas and Rogers had a face-to-face meeting twice in the last week to work out a deal to allow her to return to the network. Until this point, Vargas was rarely involved in controversy and had a strong bond with Rogers. While that friendship is still being repaired, Rogers ultimately decided to keep his long-time network president.

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Over the last month and a half, Paul led YTN with a clear vision and will continue to work closely with Eva to bring our shows to even more viewers,
in even more ways.

The future is bright at YTN.

There was speculation that Vargas was abandoning ship and jumping to her rival, GEN-TV. Vargas went through with her suspension and will continue to run YTN through the length of her contract (June 2018).
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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.

Gen-TV's Vice President Search:
----List narrowed down...

Now that Eva Vargas has officially decline (several) offers to join Gen-TV Studios as Vice President, comes time for the company to make serious efforts to fill the position left vacant when Ross Chin ascended to the role or President. It looks like they have gotten one step closer to doing this, today the shortlist of candidates has been narrowed down to three potential people: Taylor Song, Kimberly Vail and a previously unmentioned candidate, Jason Kinworthy.

Hollywood Now can officially confirm that Eva Vargas has declined offers to join Gen-TV, though she did not respond to our request for comment, we have learned that she did not want to leave her role at YTN to accept a lesser role as Vice President. We also have learned that Jamie Tarses has declined this offer, citing her wish to maintain her status as an independent producer. And as expected, Amanda Leigh Green was not asked to take the role at all.

Sources tell us that the three final candidates each come from vastly different backgrounds and would offer unique ideas, here is a rundown on them:

Taylor Song, Age 33: At 33, Song is the youngest candidate, and has the least experience. She was a development executive at YTN from 2009-2011, and exited that company in turmoil after her involvement in an embarrassing scandal that involved sexual harassment and white collar crimes. She was close friends with Brian Lonze, who was also fired from YTN in 2011 and eventually joined Gen-TV where he worked his way to the role of President of Programming. They remained close friends until his shocking death in 2013 from what was termed "an accidental overdose of methamphetamines" by the L.A. County Coroner's office. Song has not worked in the TV industry since leaving YTN in 2011 and has worked as an executive in the natural foods industry since 2013.

Kimberly Vail, Age 45: Vail comes from Toronto, Canada where she has run Toronto's #2 rated news division since 2014. Prior to that she was the Executive Producer of Canada's #1 rated morning news program from 2010-2014; and previously served as a development executive at Canadian Broadcasting Company from 1998-2010. At that job she was responsible for developing a wide variety of scripted programming and in the 2003-2004 TV season she was responsible for developing ten of the top twenty-five programs airing on Canadian TV; a record that she holds to this day in Canada. Sources tell us that Vail's biggest strength is documentary programming (what we call reality TV); and that she is close personal friends with Cain Wentworth.

Jason Kinworthy, Age 58: By far the oldest of the three candidates; he also has the most direct experience as an executive in the TV industry. From 1980-1982 he was an intern on the "Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson", in 1983 he took a job as a Producer on NBC's "Gimme a Break", becoming the youngest producer in NBC history, at 24. This role led him to Associate Producer job on CBS's "Murder She, Wrote"; a role he held from 1984-1993. In 1993 he was promoted to Supervising Producer on "Murder, She Wrote" a role he held until the series was cancelled in 1996. He left NBC in 1996 for a job as Vice President of Daytime TV at ABC. At this role he was responsible for daily supervision of four soap operas, and was directly responsible for helping develop "The View." He held this job until 2006 when he left for a role as an executive at Ford Motors Company. In 2010 he rejoined the TV industry as a development executive for Turner Broadcasting. In 2014 he took a role as Vice President of MTV Networks Inc., a role he held for fifteen days before resigning over disagreements with MTV's President. He hasn't worked in TV since then.
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THE HOLLYWOOD INSIDER

YTN UPFRONT PREVIEW: WHICH PILOTS ARE HOT? UPDATES!!!

YTN will present its upfront presentation later this week, and the network has ten pilots in contention for pickup. Insiders tell us the network is actively looking at 3 dramas and 2 comedies.

BURGERS AND FRIES - TODAY: After looking good last week, the network is focusing its attention on other pilots now. The network is concerned with the tone, and the fact it is single-camera. There is really no room for it on the schedule, unless it were to double up. It's not considered dead just yet, but its certainly not looking good.

LAST TIME: 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 - TODAY: The backdoor pilot wasn't all that well-received but it did bring a nice boost to Cops of New York (which grew again the week after the backdoor pilot). YTN is in search of another procedural, so a pickup seems likely.

LAST TIME: The episode will air a backdoor pilot on Cops of New York this Friday. Until then, we remain silent...

CROSS COUNTRY - Considered dead in the writing stages, YTN quietly handed the script a pilot order last week. The pilot won't film for at least another month or so, well after the YTN upfront presentation. If anything, this will be a midseason order or pushed to next season.

DAY IN THE LIFE - TODAY: With Vargas back in the drivers seat at the network, things are quickly looking up for Day in the Life. The pilot re-shot some scenes and is garnering better reception from other network executives too.

LAST TIME: 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 - We have a name change! The pilot is now known as The Dark Side of Mr. Douglas and is undergoing some other last minute changes to try and pick up steam. Network executives reviewed that pilot yesterday and we're said to still be 'disappointed with the final product'. Seems like a big pass here.

LAST TIME: 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 - TODAY: More scripts are being written past the pilot episode, with some insiders reporting up to five episodes have already been written. Filming of a second episode has been scheduled for next week, making a pickup look all but certain. As reported last week, audience reports continue to come back very positive. In all 7 screenings last week, at least 85% of the audience was 'very satisfied' by the pilot.

LAST TIME: 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 - TODAY: Those creative differences are putting the nail in the coffin on this pilot. Vargas, and network VP Johnson, haven't met with the creative team for the pilot since our last report a few weeks ago. It's never a good sign to be kept in the dark this late in the game.

LAST TIME: 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 - TODAY: A few script changes were made and 5 screenings took place last week. Those audience reports are being kept under wraps, likely because there was no improvement. The last time they were leaked, it reported a 'very satisfied' rating of 10% - extremely low for a comedy pilot ('very unsatisfied' scored a 30%).

LAST TIME: 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 - TODAY: Things are cooling down a bit for this one. They were never all that hot either, so its likely dead.

LAST TIME: 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 - THIS TIME: With more audience data now available, things show more of the same: mixed reception. There also exists the same problem with Burgers and Fries - nothing else on the schedule really fits. Or does this one somehow sneak into one of the two-hour comedy blocks next season (Thursdays at 930)? If either single-camera were to get an order, it would be this one over Burgers and Fries and those odds are only at 25%.

LAST TIME: 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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--Network Orders Another Round of Pilots

Gen-TV Network has ordered yet another crop of pilots to contend for their Fall 2017 schedule. This last minute round of scripts and pilot presentations comes as a writers strike seems inevitable and it would seem Gen-TV is hoping to have a stockpile of scripts on-hand to pursue at the time a strike is resolved.


Most of these pilots are for one-hour dramas as that seems to be the focus on the networks development this season; as they are pleased with their current comedy roster and have very few comedies in development; and have ordered no reality pilots beyond one's that were previously in development.

Here is the rundown on the newest crop of pilots:

"By Any Means Necessary": This pilot is for a one-hour crime drama set within the internal affairs bureau of the New York Police Department and follows to Internal Affairs detectives as they go undercover within other police departments to root out corruption and dirty cops. This pilot script comes from veteran TV producer Stephen Bochco; who has produced classic series like "NYPD BLUE", "Hill Street Blues" and Gen-TV series "Code of Ethics", "District Attorney" and "Gone".

"Shortage": This high-brow drama is set in the world of the New York Stock Exchange and focuses on a group of five stock brokers as they go through their daily lives and deal with the high pressure world of working in the financial industry. This pilot script comes from David Angelo Hart (Hollywood Law) and his new writing partners Kelsey Shaw and Sean Stanton.

"Spaced Out" (working title): This space-themed drama focuses on a group of scientists training to be astronauts. It mainly focuses on the professional lives of these five people; but occasionally delves into their personal lives.

"Law of Family" (working title): This pilot is for a spin-off of the Stream-ME series "Law of Death" (which previously aired on Gen-TV before moving to the streaming service now called Stream-Me). It focuses on a family run law office that specializes in family law; mainly cases of divorce, custody and fitness to parent cases.

"Juvie" (working title): This legal procedural focuses on the daily lives of children incarcerated in a juvenile detention center (juvenile prison).

"Newly American": This drama focuses on a family of immigrants who recently became American Citizens and the challenges they face daily.


Gen-TV Orders Last Minute Pilots:
---Network gambles with last minute scripts


Gen-TV Network is taking a big gamble on some last minute pilot orders; with the intention of finding some stronger contenders than they've seen up until this point. The pilots ordered today are all drama pilots, and here is the rundown:

"Taking Shelter": This gay-themed romantic drama focuses on what happens to lifelong best friends; Robbie and Mack who become roommates after Mack's wife dies and they realize they are in love with each other. This last minute pilot was ordered by Ross Chin and comes from David Chin; Ross's younger brother. It is based in part on David Chin's life.

"The Sum of Our Parts": This is another gay themed drama; this time focused on a gay teenager named Donnie as he enters his 17th year of life and his junior year of high school and faces the biggest challenge of his life; coming out to his deeply religious family in conservative Florida.

"The Palm Court": This pilot is for a nighttime soap opera about a California apartment building in Palm Beach, California called The Palm Court; whose residents are all Interns for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

In other news, drama pilot "Spaced Out" is being rewritten and instead of being a soap opera about astronaut trainees; the series is being reworked as a kid friendly drama about kids in space camp. This decision was made by Ross Chin who felt that if the series were able to air in an earlier timeslot it would be more meaningful to the Gen-TV schedule. And lastly, the pilot called "By Any Means Necessary" has changed its title to "Excessive Force."
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YTN PRESS RELEASE:

YTN RENEWS MULTIPLE COMEDIES FOR 2017-2018 SEASON

YTN has renewed veteran comedy Suburbia for a ninth season, while freshman midseason comedy Growing Up at 30 will return for its second.

Both series have been given 13 episode orders.

In the 830 timeslot, as part of the new Sunday comedy block, Suburbia is averaging 7.3 million viewers and 1.5 A18-49. The eighth season is on track to be the most-watched season ever and is within 3% of the the demographic average of season five through seven.

Meanwhile, freshman comedy Growing Up at 30 has successfully inherited the Thursday 930 timeslot. Averaging nearly 8 million viewers and a 2.1 A18-49, through ten episodes, Growing Up at 30 is one of the youngest-skewing comedies on the network, behind High Times of Denver.

UPDATE: YTN has renewed The High Times of Denver for a fifth season, its second on the YTN network. Airing on Monday nights, the single-camera comedy is averaging 4.4 million viewers and 1.9 A18-49, in both its 10 and 1030 airings (demographic average is 2.1 A18-49 at 10 and 1.8 A18-49 at 1030).

The long-running comedy is also the youngest-skewing comedy on YTN. In the 18-34 demographic it is averaging a 3.1 - the highest rating for any comedy on the network. It also shows strength in W18-34 (2.2) and M18-34 (3.8).
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Sunday, April 16th Ratings - YTN
THIS WEEK:
At 10pm, a new episode of Virus eased to 6.87 million viewers and 3.0/7 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Half hour: 3.023/3.056

LAST WEEK:
At 8pm, a new episode of Mother & Daughter slid to 7.39 million viewers and 1.5/5 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week to a new series low. Unrounded: 1.486

At 830pm, a new episode of on-the-bubble Suburbia eased to 6.82 million viewers and 1.3/5 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week to a new season low. Unrounded: 1.335

At 9pm, a new episode of Full Time Mom scored 8.89 million viewers and 1.8/6 among adults 18-49, even with last week. Unrounded: 1.814

At 930pm, a new episode of Life Lessons fell to 7.67 million viewers and 1.6/5 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Unrounded: 1.599

At 10pm, a new episode of Virus jumped to 7.28 million viewers and 3.2/7 among adults 18-49, up three tenths from last week. Half hour: 3.145/3.276



Monday, April 17th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Revolution jumped to 5.89 million viewers and 1.5/4 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week. Half hour: 1.421/1.603

At 9pm, a new episode of Call Girls garnered 14.31 million viewers and 5.7/11 among adults 18-49, even for the third week in a row. Half hour: 5.701/5.745

At 10pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver slid to 3.97 million viewers and 1.7/7 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. Retention from its lead in was 29% among total viewers and 31% in the demo. More below. Unrounded: 1.729

At 1030pm, a new episode of The High Times of Denver totaled 3.26 million viewers and 1.5/6 among adults 18-49, even for the third week in a row. While the 10 o'clock episode has slowly lost steam, the 1030 episode has shown there is a solid audience for the comedy. Unrounded: 1.504



Tuesday, April 18th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, the two hour season finale of Looking for Love finished its strong season with 8.94 million viewers and 2.7/7 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week for its best performance since the season eleven finale on December 9, 2014. Growth over the fall season? 43%! Half hour: 2.539/2.635/2.749/2.856

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN bopped up to 12.08 million viewers and 2.2/7 among adults 18-49, up two tenths from last week. Half hour numbers: 2.287/2.193
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"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.

Gen-TV Casting News:
---Strahan Replaced by Cannon; Ahmed adds another role

Nick Cannon; mostly known as a TV host (MTV's Wild N Out, NBC's America's Got Talent) has quietly replaced Michael Strahan in the Gen-TV pilot "Homefield Advantage" which is changing its title to "Homecourt Advantage". The main character, now played by Cannon will be a former NBA player instead of a former NFL player.

Gen-TV reps would not give a reason for this casting change, however sources indicate that Strahan's relative lack of acting experience seemed to be the main cause for this.

In other news, red-hot actor Riz Ahmed, who already has a role on the Gen-TV drama pilot "Degree of Guilt" (in what is presumably a supporting role) has been cast as the lead male character in the Gen-TV pilot "Highly Functioning Adults". This will reunite him with Lena Dunham, whose show "Girls" he recently appeared in on HBO.

Ahmed has an overall deal with Gen-TV, and seems to be a big priority for the network as the moment. Sources tell us that Ahmed was offered choice of nearly every pilot Gen-TV has in development and has been given unprecedented leeway in choosing which projects he wants to be apart of.


In other news, John Stamos has been cast in the pilot "Say Uncle", as single, playboy type who is given custody of his sisters children when she and her husband go to prison for white collar crimes. The role is being rewritten for him from a 20-something to a 50-something.

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Sisters Extended, Lippman Exits


Gen-TV made a very shocking announcement today. The network has renewed veteran drama series "Sisters" for an additional full season of 25 episodes. This will keep the drama on the air through its 12th season. "Sisters" had previously been scheduled to end its run after its 11th season next year. Gen-TV's President Sylvia Wilkes Sharpe confirmed this news by saying "After closely monitoring the ratings this season it became obvious to everybody at Gen-TV that Sisters continues to be a strong performer and a valuable brand for our bottom line." "Discussions with producers about retaining the series for a little bit longer than originally planned began several weeks ago and became a reality very quickly."

With the news that "Sisters" will stay put for another full season comes some other big news, when the series enters its 11th season next year it will do so without Executive Producer/Creator Amy Lippman who has decided to leave her post at the completion of the current 10th season. Lippman who has written every single episode of "Sisters" for 10 seasons straight cites "mental and creative exhaustion" as the major reasons for her exit. Also exiting the series at the end of season 10 is Co-Head Writer/Co-Creator Christopher Keyser. Jennifer Davids-West who is currently a Co-Executive Producer on the series will continue in that role and be joined by Katherine Heigl, who has been a producer on this series since season 1. Monica Firestone, currently a script writer on NBC's "Blind Spot" and Marsha Michaels, currently a producer at Gen-TV's "Blood Relations" will also be Executive Producers on "Sisters" next season. Davids-West, Michaels and Firestone will also fill the role of Head Writer.

Now for some casting news, when the series enters its 12th season it will do so without main stars Sherry Stringfield, Lisa Nicole Carson or Elisabeth Rohm, all of whom have opted not to return for the series 12th season. Maura West will be the only original cast member of the series still present in season twelve. Also returning will be Jennifer Finnigan, Eileen Davidson, Jennifer Landon, Paula Devicq, Charlotte Ross, Chris Diamantopoulos, Esai Morales, Ming-Na Wen, Aisha Tyler, Nikki M James, Sterling K Brown, Telma Hopkins and Rick Fox.

Sylvia Wilkes-Sharpe also confirms that "season 12 will be the absolute and definite final season of Sisters." "It will close out the series for good." Sources outside of Gen-TV indicate that this surprise renewal is mostly a financial decision as the series remains highly profitable in reruns for syndication, cable and streaming and that "Two additional seasons will add a tremendous amount of value for second run."


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Does "Sisters" have life beyond season 12?
Weighing the Pros & Cons of a potential season 13

Gen-TV's longest-running series by far is "Sisters", currently in its tenth season and renewed through its twelfth season. As it happens every time the show is up for renewal rumors spread about the future of this series. Current reports seem to suggest that season 12 will be the final season of the show, but a small fraction of the industry is hoping to see this series continue beyond that timeframe and get at least one more renewal.

Among the reasons some TV insiders hope to see "Sisters" renewed is because of the positive way it portrays female characters; and the fact that it is an inclusive show that regularly features minority characters who are LGBT, Black, Latino or Disable. One TV insider says "Sisters is probably the most socially inclusive show on TV; I don't want to see it end yet." While another TV viewer told us on our forum "There are so few shows on TV that are concerned with the daily lives of female characters; who tell female stories from a perspective that is unique to being a woman; it would be a shame to lose this important series."

The question isn't so much if it deserves a renewal, I'd say any show that's lasted 10 seasons of relatively stable ratings deserves as many renewals as it can get; the real looming question is what benefit Gen-TV might see from another renewal?

The Pros:

Sisters has one big pro going for it and that is name recognition. After airing for 10 seasons, it is one of the most familiar programs on TV to viewers, a show that most viewers have seen at least once; and which a majority of TV polled indicated they "watched on a regular basis." In that poll, 85% of the viewers polled indicated they watched it on a regular basis; the largest percentage received by any of the 22 series featured in that poll.


Sisters continues to be a cash cow for Gen-TV; raking in millions of dollars in ad revenue, syndication profits, DVD and Streaming sales, merchandising rights and other back-end profits. The series is still one of the top 4 rated shows in second-run syndication; and has not left the top 3 since 2013, when it temporarily fell to #5 for two months.

Even more important, Sisters is a rare show that still generates top ad dollars for its new episodes, a rarity as most shows that have been on this long tend to lose some of its ad appeal as they age. Generally, shows this old start to fade in popularity, but Sisters has remained relatively stable in the ratings. Yes, ratings are down from the high of 40-50 million (oftentimes higher than that) viewers they would get per episode in the early seasons; the show currently averages 18.3 million viewers per episode. Not too shabby for a series that is over a decade old.

The Cons:

Even though Gen-TV owns Sisters outright, production costs still escalate with each season; and right now production costs are at the highest they've ever been for this show. This isn't likely to change, even with numerous cast changes that free up some money.

The numerous cast changes are going to wear viewers out eventually; and ratings will drop; especially as the plot grows sillier and sillier by the day. Critical support which was so important in making this show a fan favorite is starting to fade; as critics notice the plots becoming less grounded in reality as the series once was, and becoming more outlandish and soap operaish.

There isn't much space on the Gen-TV line-up, and sources indicate that Gen-TV may be looking to cut some dead weight soon; which very well could mean the end of "Sisters."

Lastly, there is something to be said for ending a long-running series in a even-numbered season, and 12 seems like as good any number to end it.
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Wednesday, April 19th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of on-the-bubble Boston General garnered 7.03 million viewers and 1.1/4 among adults 18-49, even with last weeks series low. Half hour: 1.025/1.201

At 9pm, a new episode of CIA Files slid to 13.85 million viewers and 3.2/10 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week (and the last four episodes) Half hour: 3.196/3.251

At 10pm, a new episode of Amazon eased to 6.29 million viewers and 1.3/4 among adults 18-49, down a tenth from last week. The freshman series still hasn't been renewed for a second season and is very much a toss-up for season two. Retention from its lead in was 45% among total viewers and 41% in the demo. Half hour: 1.433/1.202 (quarter halves: 1.643/1.224/1.205/1.199)



Thursday, April 20th Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Behind the Scenes ticked down to 8.21 million viewers and 2.0/7 among adults 18-49, down tenth from last week. Unrounded: 2.013

At 830pm, a new episode of Blended totaled 7.25 million viewers and 1.8/5 among adults 18-49, equaling last weeks best performance since January. Unrounded: 1.759

At 9pm, a new episode of The Hughes Family amassed 9.64 million viewers and 2.6/8 among adults 18-49, even with last week. Unrounded: 2.601

At 9pm, week twelve of Growing Up at 30 bopped up to 6.39 million viewers and 1.6/6 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last weeks series low. Unrounded: 1.604

At 10pm, a new episode of TAKEN: Phoenix jumped to 10.21 million viewers and 1.8/6 among adults 18-49, up a tenth from last week. Half hour: 1.775/1.728



Friday, April 21st Ratings - YTN
At 8pm, a new episode of Secret Service eased to 4.56 million viewers and 0.7/3 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Half hour: 0.715/0.721

At 9pm, a new episode of Serve and Protect: Detroit fell to 8.95 million viewers and 1.0/4 among adults 18-49, down two tenths from last week. Half hour: 0.985/1.067

At 10pm, a new episode of Cops of New York dropped to 10.02 million viewers and 1.2/4 among adults 18-49, down three tenths from last week. Half hour: 1.206/1.207
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