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16 Feb 19
IndieWire
The Sports Emmy Awards may not be the most obvious focal point for the future of television documentary production, but Tennis Channel contender “Strokes of Genius,” which commemorates the 10-year anniversary of a historic match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, provides an intriguing case study. A fast-paced retelling of the nearly five-hour 2006 showdown between the champions of the sport, it marks the first time that the network has produced a nonfiction feature in-house for wide release, with a serious Emmy campaign to boot. (Sports Emmy voting runs February 22 through March 8.) But it almost didn’t happen that way. “We had a lot of outside interest,” said Tennis Channel president Ken Solomon in an interview at the U.S. Open, shortly after the documentary first aired last fall. “Obviously, people knew the story.” However, the decision to adapt L. Jon Wertheim’s 2009 book required access to reams of archival footage and high-profile interviews that major hubs for documentary production — including Netflix — couldn’t access as well as the Tennis Network itself. “We talked to a lot of them and said, you know, you’re just not going to pass the hurdle of all the hand-holding and work you’re going to have to do, so let’s do it ourselves,” Solomon said. “The big thing was storytelling related to compressing the time of this nail-biting match that lasted a whole day. It’s not just a series of highlights.” The Tennis Network airs thousands of hours of matches per year and sometimes plays older broadcasts, providing in-house resources that other companies would have to search for. “You need to know where the libraries are, who the people are, need clearances to go into stadiums,” Solomon said. “It’s so complicated that we would’ve ended up doing all the work for the producers anyway.” The life of the eventual production, directed by British filmmaker Andrew Douglas (“The Amityville Horror”), provides a unique example of media consolidation. While famous tennis showdowns have been revisited in recent cinema through the dramatic reenactments of narrative features “Borg vs. McEnroe” and “Battle of the Sexes,” Douglas’ nonfiction treatment delivers a riveting contrast between Federer’s balletic movements and Nadal’s more aggressive physicality. The footage crystallizes the appeal of the sport — and, by extension, the brand that the Tennis Channel is eager to sell. “The mission was potentially getting to people who didn’t know which end of the racket to use,” said Solomon. That made the prospects of a Netflix deal untenable. “We liked Netflix, we talked to them, but they really wanted to be exclusive,” Solomon said, referencing the streaming platform’s binding licensing deals, which typically last years. “We just wanted it as broadly distributed as possible.” The movie eventually received a platform release, starting on the Tennis Channel and followed by primetime slots on The CW, BBC, and local syndicators. Eventually, the documentary was available on iTunes and the Tennis Channel’s own VOD platform. It’s a notable contrast to many consumer-facing sports documentaries, which often go to festivals and sell off theatrical and home-video rights. By staying in its lane, “Strokes of Genius” has enabled the network to experiment with an avenue for production and distribution that other niche cable entities may explore in the next chapter of competing streaming platforms around the corner. “If you’re a little more flexible, you have a much better chance of being a winner,” Solomon said. “If you’re too rigid, I think that’s risky.” The Tennis Channel previously ventured into original productions with “The Barnstormers — The Birth of Professional Tennis,” a more insider-focused approach to the sport that received less circulation, and has also acquired original productions. But in the wake of “Strokes of Genius,” Solomon said the network has started to consider producing more work for wider audiences. “There is such a tremendous learning curve in the kind of work that we want to do when it comes to documentaries,” he said. “We have no shortage of ambition.” The 40th annual Sports Emmy Awards take place May 20, 2019 at the Jazz at Lincoln Center.
16 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, February 15, 2019 The numbers for Friday: Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions) 8 p.m. Last Man Standing (FOX) 1.1/6 6.12 MacGyver (CBS) 0.7/4 6.42 Fresh Off the Boat (ABC) 0.7/4 3.14 Blindspot (NBC) 0.5/3 2.92 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW) – R 0.2/1 […]

14 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Only one original show adjusted from Wednesday’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings to the finals this afternoon. NBC’s “Chicago Fire” adjusted down from its initial 1.2 to a 1.1, while the CW’s “Riverdale” (0.1) and “All American” (0.1) reruns both ticked down a tenth […]

14 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Wednesday, February 13, 2019 The numbers for Wednesday: Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions) 8 p.m. Chicago Med (NBC) 1.3/6 8.81 The Goldbergs (ABC) 1.1/5 4.77 Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back (FOX) 1.0/5 3.36 The World’s Best (CBS) 0.9/5 5.81 Riverdale (The CW) – […]

14 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 “NCIS” was the only show to adjust from Tuesday’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings to the finals this afternoon. The long-running CBS series adjusted up from its initial 1.3 to a 1.4, while all of the night’s other early ratings carried through. Upward adjustments […]

13 Feb 19
Deadline

Returning from two weeks of preemption, NBC’s This Is Us (1.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, 7.33 million viewers) clocked its smallest demo rating to date. Even so, it handily won its slot and Tuesday night in the 18-49 age bracket. Meanwhile, CBS’ return from hiatus of NCIS (1.3, 13.42M) – and return of Cote […]

13 Feb 19
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Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Tuesday, February 12, 2019 The numbers for Tuesday: Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions) 8 p.m. Ellen’s Game of Games (NBC) 1.5/6 6.01 NCIS (CBS) 1.3/6 13.24 American Housewife (ABC) 0.9/4 4.26 Lethal Weapon (FOX) 0.7/3 3.17 The Flash (The CW) 0.6/3 1.71 8:30 p.m. The Kids […]

12 Feb 19
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Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, February 11, 2019 There were a few notable changes between the Monday finals this afternoon and the preliminary adults 18-49 ratings. On CBS, “Man with a Plan” adjusted down from the 1.1 it received earlier to a 1.0 rating. Elsewhere, the adjustments were positive. “The Bachelor” […]

12 Feb 19
Deadline

NBC’s America’s Got Talent: The Champions (1.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, 10.42 million viewers) neared its season high in viewership and matched its season-best demo number to finish as broadcast’s second highest-rated primetime program Tuesday a tick behind ABC’s steady The Bachelor (1.8, 6.20M). AGT: Champs combined with Manifest (1.1, 6.03) at 10 […]

12 Feb 19
Deadline

A shareholder lawsuit filed last summer against CBS and several of its current and former leaders has been amended to charge that $200 million in stock was unloaded by insiders who knew the company would face serious exposure in the second half of 2018. The share sales were “timed to capitalize on CBS’s inflated stock […]

12 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Monday, February 11, 2019 The numbers for Monday: Time Show Adults 18-49 rating/share Viewers (millions) 8 p.m. The Bachelor (ABC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.8/7 6.20 America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC) (8-10 p.m.) 1.7/7 10.42 The Neighborhood (CBS) 1.3/6 7.04 The Resident (FOX) 1.0/4 5.33 Arrow (The CW) 0.3/1 […]

12 Feb 19
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Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Sunday, February 10, 2019 As expected, the Grammy Awards did adjust up from Sunday’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings in the finals this morning. CBS’ broadcast of the awards show grew from its initial 5.0 to a 5.6 rating, three-tenths below the 2018 show’s 5.9, and marking a […]

12 Feb 19
Soaps.com
New exciting film and primetime roles for former soap stars and another sad passing. Actors might leave daytime, but they’re never far from our screens. Soaps.com has compiled the latest places to find some of your favorite former soap opera actors from All My Children, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, One Life to Live and The Young and the Restless. Soap alum Carmen Argenziano dead at 75 Soaps.com is sad to report that soap alum Carmen Argenziano passed away on Sunday February 10. The actor appeared on Young and the Restless as D.A. Dennis Ellroy on and off from 2008 to 2009. He also played a hitman on Days of our Lives in 2001 and was best known for the series Stargate SG-1 and the film The Godfather Part II. We send condolences to his wife Lisa A. Angelocci and three children. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings Melissa Leo (ex-Linda Warner, AMC) has joined the Netflix anthology series based on the songs of Dolly Parton. The country music legend will kick off every episode with a backstory on the song being featured. She will also appear in some episodes. In addition to Leo, Y&R alum Jessica Collins (Avery), Ray McKinnon (Sons of Anarchy), Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething) and Patricia Wettig (Thirtysomething) have been cast. The series will star different actors every episode and is set to premiere sometime in 2019. Some of the songs to be highlighted include Jolene, These Old Bones and If I Had Wings. More: Reliving Valentine’s Day of soaps past F.E.A.R. Actor Jason Tobias (Bloodlines, Star Wars: Generations) posted stills on Instagram of his latest film F.E.A.R., featuring Marci Miller (ex-Abigail Deveraux, Days). Tobias, who dayplayed on Days in 2016 and 2017, also wrote and co-directed the movie about a family dealing with a “terrifying pathogen” released upon their mountain town, and “a band of marauders, hellbent on revenge.” No release date has been given yet, but Soaps.com will keep you posted as we get more details. Holiday for Heroes Former Y&R and AMC star Melissa Claire Egan (ex-Chelsea Lawson and ex-Annie Novak respectively) has landed a new role. She’ll star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ Holiday for Heroes. In it, Egan plays a woman who exchanges letters with a soldier, played by Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Underground), for a year before finally meeting him. Though she’s shooting the movie now, it won’t air until November. Jupiter’s Legacy Josh Duhamel (ex-Leo du Pres, AMC) has been tapped to star in the Netflix series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on the comic book series of the same name. The story centers on superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s, but in present day must watch their children try to live up to their achievements. Duhamel plays Sheldon Sampson, a.k.a. The Utopian. He is the leader of the accomplished older superheroes, who doesn’t understand the changing world or his family. The series also stars Leslie Bibb (American Housewife) and Matt Lanter (Timeless). More: Refresher of last week’s soaps Reprisal She recently wrapped up the series finale of Timeless with the above’s Lanter, who is co-starring with another of her former onscreen partners Duhamel, but now, Abigail Spencer (ex-Becca Tyree, AMC) has been tapped for the upcoming Hulu series Reprisal. The show is “a hyper-kinetic revenge tale following a relentless femme fatale [Spencer] who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads.” Production will begin later this year and will premiere in 2019. Reprisal will also star Mena Massoud (Aladdin) and Rhys Wakefield (Home and Away, True Detective). Roswell: New Mexico Soaps.com already reported that GH’s ex-Ethan Lovett, Nathan Parsons, is starring on Roswell: New Mexico. The reboot premiered on January 15 with longtime soap fans also recognizing fellow soap alum Trevor St. John (ex-Todd Manning/Victor Lord, OLTL) among the cast. Parsons plays a deputy sheriff in the town of Roswell, where he’s lived for years while hiding the fact that he is an alien. Meanwhile, St. John’s Master Sergeant Jesse Manes works for the government tracking aliens, potentially putting Parsons’ character and his family in danger. The series airs on the CW Tuesdays at 9:00 PM. View this post on Instagram #monday is the start of post. These few stills are just a glimpse of the hustle and hard work, everyone put in. #thankyou #grateful #film #F.E.A.R. A post shared by TheJasonTobias (@thejasontobias) on Feb 4, 2019 at 7:15am PST View this post on Instagram It’s Christmas in February!!!! SO excited to be shooting the Hallmark Christmas movie, “Holiday For Heroes”🎄🎄🎄❤️ And this guy’s pretty rad too. @marcblucas11 A post shared by Melissa Claire Egan (@missyclaireegan) on Feb 8, 2019 at 10:16am PST View this post on Instagram sneak peek of my new character “Doris” from the make up & hair test for #Reprisal pilot created by @bustershontis directed by JVT. DP @larksss A-Cam @steadijew #comingsoon #2019 @hulu 💋#TeamReprisal A post shared by Abigail Spencer (@abigailspencer) on Feb 11, 2019 at 3:10pm PST He won't stop until he has answers. Only 2 days until the series premiere of Roswell, New Mexico. Stream free next day on The CW App. pic.twitter.com/wa8v5JcO2G — Roswell, New Mexico (@CWRoswellNM) January 13, 2019
11 Feb 19
TV By The Numbers by zap2it.com

Final broadcast primetime live + same-day ratings for Friday, February 8, 2019 NBC’s “Blindspot” was the only show to adjust from Friday’s preliminary adults 18-49 ratings in the finals this afternoon, as it adjusted up one-tenth to a 0.6. All of the night’s other shows held onto their initial ratings. Upward adjustments in adults 18-49 […]