Alec Baldwin Lands Family Comedy At ABC

NFL Net Suspends Analysts Over Harassment

NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor while it investigates accusations of sexual harassment made in a lawsuit filed by a former network stylist.

Jenna Coleman Returning For Season 3 Of ‘Victoria’

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Disney Deal For Fox Coming Within Days

Walt Disney Co. may announce a deal as soon as this week to acquire a large piece of 21st Century Fox, according to a person familiar with the matter, transferring legendary Hollywood properties to new owners. A trust belonging to Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his family would end up with a small stake in Disney in the transaction, the person said.

Sports Media Rights To Hit $22B In 2021

PwC says North American media rights from TV, radio and internet platforms will climb 5.6% to $20.1 billion in 2018 from $19.08 billion at the end of this year. The company estimates media rights will climb — on a compounded annual growth rate — 4.3% to $22.7 billion through 2021.

Comcast’s X1 Launches ‘Will & Grace’ Companion

Verizon To Pay Over $1.5B For NFL Streaming

The wireless carrier is making a big bet on its pro football deal — but it will no longer have exclusive mobile rights.

SUNDAY OVERNIGHTS

‘Sunday Night Football’ Dips From Last Week

Airing on NBC, the game averaged an 11.6 rating in the metered market households, down approximately 11% from the 13.1 achieved by last week’s game. This week’s game is also currently averaging a 4.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 15.9 million viewers, though those numbers are subject to adjustment later today.

‘Chew’ Co-Host Batali Out Amid Allegations

Mario Batali has abruptly exited as co-host of ABC’s The Chew amid sexual harassment allegations leveled against the celebrity chef and restaurateur. Food Network has also put on hold plans to relaunch the series that made him a TV star, Molto Mario. The online site Eater New York, part of Vox Media, reported Monday that the incidents involve at least four women, three of whom worked for Batali. One of women, none was named in the story, said that Batali groping her chest after wine had spilled on her shirt. Another said he grabbed her from behind and holding her tightly against his body.

HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ Tops Globes TV Nods

The cable drama led the television nominees with six nominations.

‘Kelly And Ryan’: Small Talk, Big Ratings

The syndicated and homey Live With Kelly and Ryan sticks to light banter even as its NBC rival, Megyn Kelly Today, takes on weightier matters.

CW To Rotate Eps Of ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Legends’

Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow are going to be taking turns on The CW in 2018. Following the announcement that The CW’s new superhero entry Black Lightning would be displacing Legends on the midseason schedule, the network has revealed that Legends is moving to Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET in 2018.

SATURDAY OVERNIGHTS

‘SNL’ Ratings Rise With Host James Franco

Saturday Night Live, hosted by James Franco in his fourth time on the show and featuring musical guest SZA, drew a 4.5 household live+same day rating in the metered markets and a 2.1 in adults 18-49 in the markets with local people meters. That was up from the 4.3 in HH and 1.7 in 18-49 for the previous week’s telecast hosted by Saoirse Ronan. The 4.5 in households was the best SNL delivery since Nov. 4.

Search Underway For Amazon Studios Boss

Almost two months after the abrupt exit of founding Amazon Studios head Roy Price over sexual harassment allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the company is slowly going through the process of finding a permanent successor.

‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Sets Season 2 Netflix Premiere

HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ Returning For 2nd Season

Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

TV One Suspends Production Of ‘NewsOne Now’

TeleXitos Diginet Available On Spectrum

The Telemundo-owned Spanish-language multicast network’s programming is now available on Spectrum systems serving top Hispanic markets.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Big Bang Theory’ Rebounds From Series Low

Airing at 8 p.m., the hit CBS sitcom Big Bang Theory drew a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers. That is up approximately 12% from the 2.5 it drew last week. It was also the top-rated and most-watched scripted show of the night.

OTT Programmers Lobby To Be On vMVPDs

Creating and maintaining channel lineups for so-called skinny bundles, or virtual MVPDs, is proving to be a balancing act between quality content offerings and razor-thin profit margins. That dynamic played out on stage Thursday at the TV of Tomorrow Conference in New York, where Sling TV’s Andy LeCuyer participated in a panel alongside execs from OTT programmers seeking wider distribution and, in some cases, carriage fees.

2018’s Hottest New Sci-Fi And Geeky TV Shows

Can Fox Net Survive If Disney Buys Studio?

If Disney’s billions have their way, most of 21st Century Fox will soon move into Cinderella’s Castle. The biggest downside of such a deal for the Murdochs may be the loss of the TV production studio run successfully by Dana Walden and Gary Newman for the last 18 years that has generated hits for the Fox broadcast network like 24, Family Guy, Empire and American Horror Story.

Parsons, Bernhard Back For ‘Roseanne’ Revival

AT&T-TW Antitrust Trial Set For March

Splitting the difference between AT&T’s request for a trial date in February and the government’s interest in beginning as late as May, the judge in the closely watched antitrust battle said the trial will begin March 19.

CBS Cuts Staff In Network, Syndie Groups

CBS Corp. has initiated a round of buyouts and layoffs. The staff reductions, which sources say number fewer than 50, are focused primarily in the broadcast-network and syndication units. The cuts have taken place over the last month.

Marvel Launches ‘Marvel Rising’ Animation Franchise

Q&A WITH CINDY HOLLAND

Netflix’s Holland On The Streamer’s Priorities

The more than 100 new series and specials that Netflix bowed in 2017 alone easily give Cindy Holland purview of the largest originals slate in television (and one that was second only to HBO in Emmy wins this year). With Netflix planning to up its content spend to $8 billion in 2018, Holland’s influence in Hollywood will only continue to grow.

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WMDT Salisbury Adds Ion TV On Subchannel

Marquee Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate WMDT Salisbury, Md. (DMA 143) has expanded its programming options, launching Ion Television as its fourth digital channel (47.4). Ion’s library includes off-net shows Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU and Blue Bloods. It also features scripted original programming, including Saving Hope and the upcoming premiere of Private […]

Nominees Set For Writers Guild Awards