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Discovery Rebrands Planet Green “Destination America,” Announces Slate

Published 2 years ago

Discovery Communications is remaking Planet Green, reports the New York Times, calling Planet Green “an underperforming cable channel that has been home to environmental programming for the past four years.” It will be relaunched as Destination America, a channel that Adweek calls a “mom-and-apple-pie network.” The change will take effect on May 28th, over the Memorial Day weekend.

While Planet Green is available in nearly 60 million homes and has turned a profit, the network struggled to make subjects like windpower and organic farming particularly entertaining or powerful in the ratings. Spearheading the change is Henry Schleiff, who let Discovery’s true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, to be the most profitable property in Discovery’s portfolio and a top-rated network among women 25-54.

Destination America will be the “first network to celebrate the people, places, and stories of the United States, emblazoned with the grit and tenacity, honesty and work ethic, humor and adventurousness that characterize our nation,” says Discovery Networks. Destination America will target adults 25-54, will be available in 59.5 million homes and feature original series covering such diverse subjects as American food from Tex Mex to barbeque; American mysteries from Jesse James’ lost fortune to Area 51; America’s heroes from those who embody the values of our past to those who invent the technology of our future; as well as never-before-seen footage of America’s iconic landmarks, including Yellowstone National Park and the Everglade swamps.

“Americans may be divided by politics, but we are united by our love of country,” said Schleiff, who will be president and general manager. “As a network inclusive to all, Destination America will celebrate this connective spirit by curating the common ground among us: the pluck of the worn saddle, the promise of exploring new territory, and the diversity that has made this nation great.”

With a 360-degree experience that spans across digital platforms and social media sites, the company will also launch an original iPhone App, allowing consumers to share favorite destinations and themes across America. Users can browse images by location or in diverse categories ranging from beautiful to nostalgic to restaurants, mountains and more. And for those seeking inspiration, “Only In America” will feature Top 10 activities and suggestions ranging from majestic National Parks to hilarious road signs, food sculptures to outrageous hobbies, patriotic pets to hairstyles.

“Our research, coupled with my own experience developing shows about America over the last 20 years, has shown that viewers have a huge appetite for content focused on our unique culture and spirit,” said Marc Etkind, senior vice president of content strategy for Destination America. “By collecting the very best of travel, adventure, food, home, and natural history into one brand, we’re excited to create a new lifestyle destination for programming that Americans love.”

Destination America’s original programming slate for the summer includes:

BBQ PitMasters
Sneak Peek on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
Regular Premieres Begin Sunday, June 3 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
“We’re going back to the pit for a brand new season of ‘BBQ Pitmasters,’ created just for Destination America! With the larger-than-life personalities of our contestants – and judges Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, and Aaron Franklin – steak isn’t the only thing that’s sizzling as these grill masters face off in the ultimate BBQ showdown for bragging rights and a cash prize. The competition travels to places like Memphis, Mobile, New Orleans, and Austin, as contestants grill dishes from St. Louis pork ribs, to Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork and everything in between. Egos and reputations are on the line as familiar faces and new challengers wage barbeque battle to determine who truly is the best of the best.”

Fast Food Mania
Premieres Sunday, June 3 at 10 and 10:30 P.M. ET/PT
“Our host Jon Hein, a pop culture guru and burger-and-fry aficionado who hosts the “The Fast Food Show” on Howard Stern’s Sirius/XM station, travels across the country and around the globe to celebrate our favorite fast food treats and search for the most unusual fast food items and outposts. From the original Wendy’s restaurant in Columbus, OH, to yuzu spiced fried chicken at KFC in Japan, we’ll see how fast food took root in America and has taken over the world, offering the comfort of familiar favorites alongside local delicacies everywhere you turn.”

Super-Duper Thrill Rides
Premieres Saturday, June 16 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
“Destination America ushers in summer with SUPER-DUPER THRILL RIDES, an hour-long look at the coolest and most extreme roller coasters. Americans have always had a passion for thrill rides, and we’ll hit the best in our country and the world. From Universal Studios in Florida to Six Flags in New Jersey to Cedar Point in Ohio, we’ll hear from the designers, engineers, and enthusiasts who explain and explore the popularity of these mind-blowing, stomach-churning rides.”

United States of Food
Premieres Sunday, July 8 at 9 P.M. ET/PT
“In this celebration of America’s obsession with meat, each episode is consumed by eats that people across the nation can’t get enough of, from bacon to steaks to burgers. Chef Todd Fisher hosts this new series, drawing from the life-long passion for food that first found him working in restaurants at the age of 15 and led him to hold the head chef position at his own restaurant since 2000. Now he’s taking his expertise on the road, where he meets obsessed foodies and the cooks who prepare the most beloved dishes at places like Tony’s I-75 Family Restaurant in Michigan, home of the world’s biggest BLT.”

Cheating Las Vegas (working title)
Premieres Saturday, July 14 at 10 P.M. ET/PT
“Cheating Las Vegas takes ‘get rich quick’ to an extreme as viewers peek inside some of the most fascinating and elaborate scams of modern casino gaming. Experienced cheaters will use anything to push the odds into their favor. From counting cards and marking decks to computer hacking and malicious spyware, nothing is out of their realm or capability to ensure a win.”

Research: Online Radio Booms, Consumers Still Reluctant to Pay

Published 2 years ago

Advertisers will find a strong audience on Pandora and Spotify. And just like old-time radio, listeners would rather it be ad supported than pay for it.

According to an annual study of the consumer music market in the U.S. by market researchers The NPD Group, online radio is the fastest growing music listening option among U.S. consumers. In 2011, 43% of U.S. Web users chose to listen to music via Pandora, Slacker, Yahoo! Music, and other online radio options, which is 9 percentage points higher than the previous year. At the same time listening to music on AM/FM radio stayed relatively steady (84%) in 2011, as did CD listening (74%).

Based on the findings of NPD’s “Annual Music Study,” there were 18 million more online radio listeners in 2011. Listening to free online radio is most popular among young adults age 18 to 25, and strong listener growth is also occurring among the 36- to 50-year-old age segment.

“Licensed online radio services are having two important effects on consumer music listening habits” said Russ Crupnick, senior vice president of industry analysis at NPD. “Listeners are citing these services as a reason to do less file sharing, and they credit online radio with improving their ability to discover new artists.”

Although consumers are overwhelmingly opting for free ad-supported online radio options, consumers’ conversion to paid versions of online, on-demand radio remains low. While 42% of Web users listened to free radio options in 2011, just 3% paid to listen to radio online.

The draw of unlimited online-radio listening and music discovery is also much more compelling to consumers than performing the same activities on social media sites, according to NPD. Just 12% of Web users listened to music integrated into Facebook or other social networks by services like Spotify and MOG. “There’s no doubt that Facebook has helped drive music listening and discovery,” said Crupnick, “but what is not yet clear is the platform’s importance, in terms of ongoing music usage and purchasing.”

NPD’s research is based on online surveys of 5,799 U.S. consumers age 13 and older, between December 14, 2011 and January 3, 2012.

Upfront TV: “Mad Men” Underwhelms | So Does Spitzer | “Dallas” Scheduled | Catch “Wild Tuna”

Published 2 years ago
  • “Mad Men” ratings were a bit “underwhelming,” reports the New York Times. AMC tried back-to-back dramas on Sunday night, with the second season premiere of its murder drama “The Killing” as a 9 P.M. lead-in to “Mad Men.” “The Killing” garnered 1.8 million viewers, down from a 2.2 million last season and 2.7 million for its Season 1 premiere. Viewers were reportedly ticked that the show did not solve the murder at the end of Season 1 (which would negate the purpose of a Season 2). “Mad Men” averaged 2.9 million viewers, down considerably from its premiere the week before at 3.5 million. “So much for the theory that the rising tide of The Walking Dead would lift all ships on AMC,” opined TVbyTheNumbers.
  • Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire,” “Radio”) stars in a new Hallmark Hall of Fame film, “Firelight,” premiering Sunday, April 22 (9:01-11:00 P.M. ET) on ABC. Darnell Martin (Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “Lost Valentine”) directs from a script by Ligiah Villalobos (“Under the Same Moon”). Gooding Jr. plays Dwayne Johnson (“DJ”), a counselor at a youth correctional facility. The incarcerated girls and young women come from troubled, often violent backgrounds, and several were involved with drugs as users or dealers. Salvation for many of the young women comes when they join an elite band of volunteers who battle forest fires, build hiking trails in remote areas and assist during natural disasters. 
  • National Geographic Channel’s Sunday night 10 P.M. premiere of “Wicked Tuna” became the network’s highest-rated Sunday night telecast since New Year’s Day, averaging a 0.6 rating — nearly double the Sunday 10 P.M. average for the past six weeks. More than one million total viewers over age 2, including 584,000 viewers in the key 25–54 demo, tuned in to the premiere.  In Boston, the series was a hit, with a 1.0 household rating; and in Minneapolis, the home state of a thousand lakes, the series earned a 1.5 household rating. This follows the success earlier this spring of the series “Doomsday Preppers” (on Americans preparing for the end of the world as we know it),which became the highest-rated Tuesday night telecasts in the channel’s 11-year history when it kicked off on Tuesday, February 7, with each of two episodes averaging 0.8 ratings among viewers 25 to 54. “Wicked Tuna” takes viewers into the unrelenting New England waters made famous by the novel and film “The Perfect Storm.”

  • TNT has scheduled the premiere of its “Dallas” update for June 13, 9 P.M., with two back-to-back episodes. The Ewings are back, with original stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray returning to Southfork as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing, with a “whole new collection of secrets, schemes and betrayals.” The salacious seniors are joined by the next generation of Ewings, with new rivalries and Texas-sized power struggles within the oil and cattle-rich Ewing dynasty. “Dallas” will air Wednesdays at 9 P.M. (ET/PT), beginning with two back-to-back episodes on June 13.

  • The unexpected Friday night debut of “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer” on Current TV (with Spitzer replacing the ousted Keith Olbermann) drew a “disappointing” 47,000 total viewers and 10,000 adult 25-54 viewers, reports Media Bistro. By contrast, “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” averaged 152,000 Total Viewers and 42,000 adult 25-54 viewers for the month of March. The 8 P.M. Friday timeslot included Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News program which was first in ratings and total viewers, and a CNN town-hall special “Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America.”

“Forbes Life” Relaunch Joins Luxury Race

Published 2 years ago

Forbes Media announced the relaunch of its lifestyle title ForbesLife last November, and has just released its April issue. While for 22 years it was polybagged to 800,000 of Forbes' 900,000 subscribers, it will now be offered on newsstand, and available in replica form for Nooks, Kindles and iPads, providing cross-platform access to what Forbes calles “the best in luxury journalism.”

It will have to be, to stand out. As Women's Wear Daily observes, "It’s only March and four luxury titles have revealed they will launch (or relaunch) to tell the tales of billionaire bachelors, fine Parisian restaurants and the latest antiaging skin procedures." February saw the launch of Bloomberg Pursuits, aimed at its Bloomberg Terminal clientele with their median household income of $452,000, 90% male. Jason Binn, founder of Niche Mediam, will publish Du Jour magazine in September, targeting readers with a net worth of more than $5 million and an average home value of $1.5 million. And Time has resurrected its Time Style & Design after a three-year hiatus. Advertisers include Harry Winston and Bulgari, and the magazine is delivered to 500,000 affluent subscribers.

ForbesLife and Time Style & Design of course share strong journalistic parentage. Forbes has easy access to the world's luminaries, which is the value proposition of ForbesLife. “With personality-driven covers, the new ForbesLife offers personal connections to the world’s tastemakers, with a focus on putting power in the hands of the consumer,” said the company in a release. “The magazine was re-imagined for the social world we live in." The April issue boasts a new modern look, photo-driven editorial content, first-person storytelling, and “unprecedented access to the most important people in the world...focused on giving candid glimpses into the biggest names in business, showing how the rich and ambitious really live."

“In integrating ForbesLife with its parent and introducing a dazzling design courtesy of the great Robert Preist and his associate, Grace Lee, we are amplifying our nearly 22-year-old founding mission of celebrating the rewards of success with flair and style,” said Robert Forbes, President of ForbesLife. ForbesLife readers represent elite influencers, spending more on travel, apparel and accessories, fine watches and jewelry, consumer electronics, home furnishings, and luxury vehicles than readers of any other business publication. 

In the newest issue, Warren Buffett writes about his decision to invest on his own at age twenty five, a choice that ended up netting him over $50 billion dollars.  The cover story takes readers inside the home of bachelor billionaire Elon Musk, South African tech-genius responsible for PayPal, Tesla, Space X, and supposedly was the inspiration behind Iron Man. (A dubious claim: the first “Iron Man” comic was released in 1963, Musk born in 1971, but perhaps ForbesLife is talking about the films.) John Paul DeJoria, cofounder of Patrón and Paul Mitchell hair products, takes ForbesLife for a ride on luxurious private train car, The Patrón Tequila Express. Jay Leno gives a tour of his $20 million garage, equipped with the most sought-after vehicles in the world.    Also showcased in the issue are the lives of philanthropist Susan Dell and car magnate Charles Royce; a wine tour of Paris by world renowned wine writer Robert Parker Jr.; and a satire by P.J. O’Rourke.

Additional highlights of the new ForbesLife include sections on the best in travel, auctions, charities, high-end sporting events and luxury goods as well as party pictures from exclusive Forbes branded events.

Is now the time to launch a luxury title? Absolutely, observes WWD, which observes that year-to-date, luxury title W is up 63 ad pages (20%), and Departures kicked off 2012 with a 22% rise in revenue and 10% hike in paging during Q1.

Upfront TV: “Apt. 23” Preview | “Mad Men” Record | Kimmel Hosts Emmys

Published 2 years ago
  • While its comedy “Don’t Trust the B---- In Apartment 23” doesn’t premiere until April 11 at 9:30 P.M. ET, ABC has released the full episode on Hulu, describes Huffington Post. Lead actress Kristen Ritter plays a nightmare roommate to the small-town-girl-in-Manhattan Dreama Walker, with a cast rounded out by James Van Der Beek (“Dawson’s Creek”).
  • Food Network is claiming its high highest-rated, most-watched quarter ever, posting a .6 among adults 25-54 (up 20% from 2011), watched nightly by an average of 1.3 million total viewers (645k adults 25-54), ranking it 9th* among ad-supported cable networks for the quarter, up two spots from 2011. March also culminated as the 7th consecutive month that Food Network has had “highest-ever” individual, monthly delivery. FN’s Sunday night tentpole programming continues to drive the record-breaking success, beginning with “Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off,” posting a 1.3 adult 25-54 rating for the season, having premiered as the #1 show in its timeslot. Returning series, “Worst Cooks in America” has averaged a 1.1 adult 25-54 rating over its seven-week run, with the upcoming finale to air Sunday, April 1st at 9pm. Other standout primetime performers include “Restaurant: Impossible” which averages a .9 adult 25-54 rating and up 68% over year ago timeslot. •
  • Netflix will not be picking up the canceled Fox dinosaur adventure “Terra Nova,” says Hollywood Reporter. Netflix and 20th Television were unable to come to terms. While the show had strong appeal, the premiere episode of the Steven Spielberg project was delayed twice and cost an estimated $20 million.
  • No surprises here: AMC’s Sunday night fifth-season premiere of “Mad Men” resulted in record ratings, making it the most-watched episode ever from the series. From 9-11 P.M. EST, the network attracted a 2.5 household rating (which would be respectable even for a primetime broadcast network), delivering 3.5 million viewers. This marks a +21% growth from season four’s premiere. Among the core demo of Adults 25-54, “Mad Men” delivered 1.7 million marking an increase of +17% versus the season four premiere. “Mad Men” airs on AMC Sunday nights at 10 P.M. ET/PT.

  • Fox has announced “Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special,” airing April 22 from 8 P.M. to 10 P.M. ET/PT. It will have the curiosity factor, bringing in Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal and David Faustino together to salute “Married With Children”; David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter from “The X-Files”; Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Gabrielle Carteris and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210″; Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; and Patrick Warburton from “The Tick” among other talent scheduled to appear. The network promises “an entertaining look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have defined the network since its first signal transmission on April 5, 1987,” with highlights from iconic series.
  • Now’s a good time to buy. Jimmy Kimmel, star and executive producer of the late-night ABC talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcast live coast to coast, Sunday, September 23, 2012 on ABC. This will be Kimmel’s first time hosting the Primetime Emmy telecast. Renowned director/producer Don Mischer will serve as executive producer for a record 12th time. “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” YouTube channel recently surpassed a half-billion views, becoming the world’s first late-night television show (and only the third U.S. show of any time) to break the half-billion mark. Additionally, Kimmel’s show just generated its most watched February sweeps in five years.

CBS Upfront: Network Reveals Finale Dates for 2011-2012 Season

Published 2 years ago

CBS has announced the dates and storylines for its 2011-12 series’ season finales.

Deadline Hollywood calls the network "first across the finish line." The last finales (for “Rules of Engagement,” “Person of Interest” and “The Mentalist”) air on May 17, a week ahead of the end of the broadcast season and before the end of the May sweeps. CBS has done the same for two years running, but as one insider told Deadilne, airing originals in the earlier months of a season provides more “bang for your buck,” versus spring when viewership typically declines after daylight savings time. 

“The Good Wife” 

9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Lockhart & Gardner faces its biggest challenge yet when Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) returns, joining forces with Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) to drive Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) firm into bankruptcy.

“The Amazing Race”
8:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT THE AMAZING RACE – After traveling five continents, 22 cities and nearly 40,000 miles, the series’ 20th installment concludes in a special two-hour season finale as the final four Teams race through Japan and onto Honolulu where one Team will win the $1 million prize.  Hosted by Phil Keoghan. (Two Hours)

“2 Broke Girls”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) use Caroline’s invite to a Manhattan gala as a means to meet Martha Stewart and present their cupcake business. Martha Stewart guest stars. (One Hour)


10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
On the trail of her sister’s murderer, Carrie (Poppy Montgomery) returns to Syracuse, where the killer may have struck again.
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
When a friend of the Sheriff becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s brutal murder, the investigation’s political fallout reveals the truth behind Russell’s (Ted Danson) troubled history with Finlay (Elisabeth Shue).  Also, an old foe of the CSIs resurfaces and threatens the team.

“The Big Bang Theory”

8:00-8:30 P.M. ET/PT
Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) makes his final preparations to launch into space.

“Undercover Boss”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Jose Mas, the CEO of Mastec, one of the largest builders of telecommunication and energy systems in North America, goes undercover in his own company where he experiences a “jolting” revelation.
9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
When Mac (Gary Sinise) is shot, he finds himself in limbo as he fights for his life.

“Blue Bloods”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Frank (Tom Selleck) races against the clock when he learns there’s solid intel indicating a terrorist attack, but no indication of the place or means.

“Survivor: One World”

8:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
In the two-hour season finale, the remaining castaways vie for the chance to be named Sole Survivor and take home the million-dollar grand prize.  Hosted by Jeff Probst. (Two Hours)
“Survivor: One World Live Reunion Show”

“How I Met Your Mother”

8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
On Barney’s (Neil Patrick Harris) wedding day, his wife is finally revealed, and the gang reminisces about the time they encouraged Ted to follow his heart and go after the one that got away. (One Hour)
“Two and a Half Men”
9:00-9:30 P.M. ET/PT
Jake (Angus T. Jones) graduates from school and makes a huge decision about what to do with his life.
“Mike & Molly”
9:30-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
Will Mike (Billy Gardell) and Molly (Melissa McCarthy) finally make it down the aisle?
“Hawaii Five-0”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Five-0 goes on a manhunt when one of their own is killed in the line of duty.
8:00-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Terrorism shakes the foundations of the Navy and NCIS to such an extent that Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team face surprises that will devastate them.
“NCIS: Los Angeles”
9:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
The L.A. team is drawn into a deadly mind game against a master criminal motivated by revenge. (Two Hours)

“Criminal Minds”
9:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
When a federal bank is under attack, the BAU is called to negotiate a hostage situation.  As events unfold in real-time, tensions rise as one of the team becomes a hostage. Also, Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) says goodbye.  (Two Hours)

“Rules of Engagement”

8:30-9:00 P.M. ET/PT
Jen (Bianca Kajlich) volunteers to throw Audrey (Megyn Price) a baby shower, but puts the wrong date on the invitation; Jeff (Patrick Warburton) takes a liking to Audrey’s maternity clothes; and Russell (David Spade) accomplishes great things when he decides to give up women.

“Person of Interest
9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT
As the clock ticks down, Reese (Jim Caviezel) winds up trapped with his POI in the most heavily surveilled part of the city, forced to rely on the help of Finch (Michael Emerson), Carter (Taraji P. Henson) and Fusco (Kevin Chapman) to fend off the FBI, corrupt cops and a slew of old foes.
“The Mentalist”
10:00-11:00 P.M. ET/PT
After another failed attempt to defeat Red John, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) hits rock bottom, finds a lover and shoots one of his own.

HGTV Upfront: Seven New Original Programs

Published 2 years ago

In advance of its first Upfront presentation in Boston, HGTV announced that it has added seven new original series to its 2012 programming lineup, including "Mom Caves" featuring Beth Stern, aka Mrs. Howard Stern, and "Design Star All Stars" which pits former "HGTV Design Star" runners-up against each other for a chance to win $25,000 and a guest appearance on an HGTV show. In another new series, national sports figures will become part of the real estate action in "Scoring the Deal." And for those who never tire of seeing how others live, the network's newest entertaining options include "Million Dollar Rooms," and "House Hunters": "Where Are They Now?" (working title.) "Our continued success with the 'House Hunters' and 'Selling New York' franchises reinforces the universal appeal of programs that provide a look at how other people live," said Kathleen Finch, General Manager, HGTV. "With the addition of series such as 'Million Dollar Rooms,' 'Living Abroad' and 'Scoring the Deal' in 2012, we're giving our viewers exactly what they want -- more extraordinary access into the world's most spectacular homes."

The HGTV cable network is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website attracts an average of 4 million unique visitors per month. In addition, HGTV's brand offerings include the HGTV HOME consumer products line that features exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

Here is a closer look at HGTV's upcoming series:


"Mom Caves"

Premieres: Saturday, May 12 at 8:30 P.M. ET/PT

In the new series "Mom Caves," Beth Stern, host and owner of her own two mom caves, will incorporate cutting-edge design, fun and glamour into ultimate spaces for moms. Beth, who finds inspiration in such spectacular mom caves as Dina Manzo's New Jersey closet, always creates the ideal sanctuary for a lucky mom. Whether it's a dressing room where mom can get ready for a big night out, or a place where she can kick back and relax with family and friends, a new mom cave is the perfect haven.Competitions

"Design Star All Stars"

Premieres: Tuesday, July 31 at 9 P.M. ET/PT

It's not often that you get a second chance to win first place, but that's exactly what happens on "Design Star All Stars." Six former "Design Star" runners-up compete for an appearance on an HGTV show and $25,000 in cash.


"Buying and Selling" (working title)

Premieres: September 2012

Join the Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott for "Buying and Selling," an all-new series where the brothers help homeowners take their next step up the property ladder. Each episode features two pivotal real estate moments that involve selling one home and buying another. As Jonathan readies a family's current home for a successful sale, Drew hunts down the best options for their next property. As Drew oversees the real estate transactions, Jonathan's renovations turn the family's new place into the home of their dreams.

"Scoring the Deal"

Premieres: October 2012

For over a decade, Jason Abrams has been the Jerry Maguire of real estate, responsible for buying and selling homes worth millions of dollars for pro-athletes. Jason's life provides a behind-the-scenes look into the intense world of pro-sports real estate. A dedicated, 24/7 working machine, Jason is equal parts real estate agent, concierge and tour guide as well as marriage and credit counselor.


"Million Dollar Rooms"

Premieres: Tuesday, April 24 at 8:30 P.M. ET/PT

"Million Dollar Rooms" features the very best in high-end design and luxury living around the globe. Host Carter Oosterhouse gives viewers a look inside the most spectacular, one-of-a-kind multi-million dollar spaces. Money is no object when it comes to these exclusive and expensive homes including one with a full sized train and petting zoo in the backyard and a San Francisco home that features a night club inside the estate.

"House Hunters: Where Are They Now?" (working title) 

Premieres: October 2012

Ever wonder what happens after house hunters select a home and the show credits roll? From incredible renovations, to new additions, to total rebuilds, follow along as we check in on memorable House Hunters families to see what happened after they found the perfect (or not so perfect) place!

"Living Abroad"

Premieres: TBD 2012

"Living Abroad" picks up where "House Hunters International" leaves off, uncovering what it really takes for Americans to make the move and adjust to everyday life in another country. Host Chi-Lan Lieu reveals how others have tackled living abroad--from deciding to buy or rent a house and finding adequate kitchen appliances, to finding good schools and overcoming the language barrier.


MTV Upfront: Four New Series Include Docudrama, Embarrassments, Pranks

Published 2 years ago

MTV has announced four new series, with docu-drama “The Heights,” following a group of friends who are aspiring to succeed, while staying true to their roots in the gritty and diverse neighborhood of Washington Heights, NY; “Epic Fail,” which will embrace the Awkward and embarrassing moments in all our lives; “Totally Clueless” (working title), a new take on a hidden-camera show; and “MTV’s This Is How I Made It,” featuring celebrities who will offer a first-person lesson on how to succeed based on their individual road to success. In addition, the network has picked up the special “Dev,” which will follow the on-the-rise musician as she navigates the music industry, and life as a young mother.

No premiere dates as yet, but “The Heights,” “Epic Fail” and “Dev” are expected to air in primetime, with “Totally Clueless” joining the weekday schedule, and “This Is How I Made It” adding to the Saturday morning line-up.

These series and special join the previously announced new music talk show “MTV’s Hip-Hop POV,” which will premiere at Midnight on Wednesday, April 11, following the premiere of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” (“ABDC”), that night at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT.

Additional show info below:

THE HEIGHTS (Working Title)
“The Heights” is a one-hour docu-drama which follows a group of best friends living, working and playing in the gritty, diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Though fiercely proud of where they come from, the show charts the triumphs and pitfalls as the cast struggle to push past the confines of their upbringing in order to carve out bright futures for themselves. Despite the obstacles that threaten to stand in the way of their respective pursuits (professional baseball, hip hop artist, spoken-word poet), they always have each other’s backs. The Heights is a celebration of friendship, neighborhood pride, and making your way in life while having a good time along the way.

The series is Executive Produced by Cheryl Horner Sirulnick and George McTeague of Gigantic! Productions, along with Executive Producers Beck Hickey, Craig Sloane and Jim Czarnecki. Executive Producers for MTV are Christy Spitzer, Christina Lee and Shannon Fitzgerald. Shane Tilston serves as the Production Executive for MTV. Concept by Beck Hickey, Jonathan Perez, Pedro Pino and Nelson Salcedo.

“Epic Fail” is a half-hour panel show which embraces the Awkward and embarrassing moments of our viewers’ lives. With re-enactments, text messages, status updates and photos all submitted by our audience, the series will share their most cringe-worthy moments.

“Epic Fail” is Executive Produced by Jim Biederman, Evan Mann, Gareth Reynolds and Kara Welker, Brooke Posch and Brent Haynes are Executive Producers for MTV. Shane Tilston is the Executive in Charge of Production for the network.

“Totally Clueless” is the only hidden camera game show where people win cash for figuring out they are on TV. Our team of improv actors puts people into escalating rounds of uncomfortable situations. The sooner they figure out they are on a game show the more money they win.

“Totally Clueless” is Executive Produced by Brian Flanagan, Matt Ostrom and Laura Johnson of Magilla Entertainment and Bob Kusbit and Francis Lyons of One Louder Productions. Tony DiBari and Karen Frank are Executive Producers for MTV. Matthew Parillo is the Executive in Charge of Production for the network. Concept By Bob Kusbit.

“MTV’s This Is How I Made It” is a new series which gives Millennials first-person lessons in how to succeed, straight from today’s biggest stars. Each half-hour episode will feature two celebrities discussing their recipes for success, through stories that are intertwined over the course of each episode. Throughout the show, the celebrities offer viewers direct advice on how to find success in achieving one’s big dreams?

Dave Sirulnick and Ryan Kroft are Executive Producers of “MTV’s This Is How I Made It.” Jonathan Mussman is the Executive in Charge for MTV and Whitney-Gayle Benta is the Executive in Charge of Talent.

At just 22, Dev almost had it all. With her magnetic “what you see is what you get” personality and Smash single “Like a G6,” this small town girl was on the brink of pop music stardom. And then she got pregnant. Now, thanks to the pregnancy, the hesitant label has pushed her debut album back three times. To make matters even more difficult, Dev and her loving fiancé Jimmy’s first child will be born in a high risk pregnancy. With her debut album set to officially drop on March 27 (Indie-pop/ Universal Republic), Dev will attempt to deliver her baby and get back in shape for an ambitious make-or-break promotional summer tour. Backed by the love and support of her family, and producer friends “The Cataracs,” will Dev handle the mounting pressure and move closer to fulfilling her dreams of being a megastar singer, or will a complicated pregnancy take center stage and derail her lifelong goals?

“Dev” is Executive Produced by Jason Carbone from Good Clean Fun. Lauren Dolgen, Jessica Zalkind, Jeff Hevert and Jennifer Russakoff are the Executives in Charge for MTV.

“MTV’s Hip-Hop POV” is an exciting, new weekly music talk show that shines the spotlight on the pulse of what’s relevant to hip-hop fans, giving the audience an authentic perspective on the artists, celebs and topics they love. Within each weekly half-hour episode, the panel of music industry experts will draw from their individual experiences and profound entertainment knowledge to form a unique voice of authority in the world of hip-hop. The series premieres at Midnight on Wednesday, April 11, following the premiere of “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew” (“ABDC”).

“MTV’s Hip-Hop POV” is Executive Produced by Tiffany Lea Williams and Brian Saracusa. Concept by Elena Diaz. Amy Doyle is EVP, Music and Talent Strategy. Matthew Parrillo is Executive in Charge of Production. Concept Developed by Tiffany Lea Williams.

comScore: Hulu Tops in Video Ad Impressions

Published 2 years ago

comScore today released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that U.S. Internet users watched nearly 38 billion videos of online video content, and 7.5 billion video ads, in February. Hulu ranked 9th of 10 for online video content, but for video ads.

For content, Google Sites(driven primarily by video viewing at ranked first, with 147.4 million unique viewers in February, followed by Yahoo! Sites with 60.9 million, VEVO with 52 million, and with 43.6 million. Hulu took a respectable 951 million, with viewers catching up on TV series and watching streaming movies. The average viewer watched 21.8 hours of online video content, with Google Sites (7 hours) and Hulu (3.8 hours) demonstrating the highest average engagement among the top ten properties.

Hulu also delivered a record-high number of video ad impressions, with more than 1.5 billion. Hulu also delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 48, while ESPN delivered an average of 26 ads per viewer. Google Sites ranked second in ad impressions with 1.1 billion video ads during the month, followed by with 706 million, BrightRoll Video Network with 683 million and Specific Media with 611 million. Time spent watching video ads totaled nearly 3.2 billion minutes, with Hulu delivering the highest duration of video ads at 650 million minutes. Video ads reached 50% of the total U.S. population an average of 49 times during the month. comScore in its calculations defined video ads as include streaming-video advertising only, and did not include other types of video monetization such as overlays, branded players, matching banner ads and homepage ads.

Other notable findings from February 2012 include:

  • 83.8% of the U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
  • The duration of the average online content video was 6.2 minutes, while the average online video ad was 0.4 minutes.
  • Video ads accounted for 16.6% of all videos viewed and 1.3% of all minutes spent viewing video online

NBC Unveils Summer Lineup

Published 2 years, 1 month ago

NBC has unveiled premiere dates for three new and returning series for Summer 2012 that include the return of “Love in the Wild” (Thursday, June 7, 8-10 p.m. ET), the series debut of “Saving Hope” (working title; Thursday, June 7, 10-11 p.m. ET) and the return of G4’s “American Ninja Warrior” (Monday, May 21, 9-11 p.m. ET).

Following its special two-hour premiere on June 7, “Love in the Wild” will return in its regular time slot on Thursday, June 14 (9-10 p.m. ET). “American Ninja Warrior” will resume in its regular day and time on Monday, May 28 (9-10 p.m. ET). “Saving Hope” will continue in the Thursday (10-11 p.m. ET) time period.

“American Ninja Warrior” will premiere on G4 Sunday, May 20 (9-11 p.m. ET).

Love in the Wild
The “ever-engaging funny woman” Jenny McCarthy will return to her hosting roots as she joins NBC’s adventure-dating series “Love in the Wild” as the host for the show’s second season that NBC promises will feature even wilder adventures. McCarthy will head to the Dominican Republic to guide contestants through rigorous adventures and relationship tangles.

The Summer 2011 run of “Love in the Wild” averaged a 1.8 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall. In adults 18-49, “Love in the Wild” finished #1 or tied for #1 in its time period among ABC, CBS and NBC with seven of eight telecasts.

Saving Hope
“Saving Hope” is a new, hour-long supernatural/hospital-drama crossover starring Erica Durance (“Smallville”), Michael Shanks (“Stargate Atlantis”), Daniel Gillies (“The Vampire Diaries”), Huse Madhavji (“Combat Hospital,” “Star!” “Daily”), Julia Taylor-Ross (“Rookie Blue”) and Kristopher Turner (“Rookie Blue,” “The Listener”). When charismatic Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Shanks) at Hope-Zion Hospital ends up in a coma, he leaves the hospital in chaos – and his fiancée and fellow surgeon, Alex Reid (Durance), in a state of shock. A comatose Harris explores the hospital halls in “spirit” form, not sure if he’s a ghost or a figment of his own imagination. 

American Ninja Warrior
“American Ninja Warrior” is an obstacle course competition series with a nationwide search to find the ultimate athlete who will be crowned the first true “American Ninja Warrior.” G4 and NBC collaborated with the original Japanese broadcaster, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (TBS), to bring the competitive course over to the U.S., which is being held entirely on U.S. soil for the first time. Following NBC’s highly rated special airing of the “American Ninja Warrior” finale last summer, G4 and NBC have expanded their collaboration this year to take the worldwide phenomenon to the next level with G4 airing the preliminary rounds while NBC will broadcast the preliminary finals and the grand finale. Six regional qualifying competitions throughout the country will determine the finalists who will ultimately have a shot at a $500,000 cash prize and the chance to win the coveted “American Ninja Warrior” title in the national finals in Las Vegas.