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MasterChef (FOX) Up to a 2.0 in A18-49
Rising Star (ABC) Increases by 15% in A18-49
Hotel Hell (FOX) Up 15% in A18-49
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America’s Next Top Model (The CW) Season premiere only gets a 0.5 in A18-49
Bachelor In Paradise (ABC) Down 13% in A18-49
Whose Line Is It Anyway (The CW) Season finale falls to a 0.6 in A18-49
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On Wednesday 13th August, TNT premiered their new drama series, Legends. Coming from 24 and Homeland executive producer Howard Gordon, the show debuted at 9pm and is produced by FOX 21. The series, based on the novel by Robert Littell, follows Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (D.C.O.) division. Martin has the ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job, but after a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be, he begins to question his own identity. The show got off to a slightly underwhelming start for the network with 2.6m viewers tuning in and a 0.5 rating in a18-49, with another 1m viewers for its 11pm airing. The new series also fell short of the channel’s most recent summer drama premieres The Last Ship (5.3m viewers) and Murder in the First (3.76 million), which both got off to a very impressive start.
On Monday 17th August at 10pm, Pivot Network premiered their new hour-long docu-series, The Operatives. The series shows a group of former elite soldiers who have collectively spent decades defending their countries, and now put their expertise to use to defend the nature. Each week the team exposes one of the world’s most deplorable eco offenders, dealing with things like secret Namibian seal clubbing, miners whose work destroys a rainforest and illegal shark finning.
On Wednesday 20th August, at 10.30pm A&E will premier their new original reality series, Epic Ink. The show follows life at a tattoo shop, Area 51 Tattoo, located in Springfield, Oregon. The artists specialize in hyper-realistic tattoos featuring beloved characters and scenes from favorite sci-fi films and pop culture. Produced by Matador, each episode has closet nerds, creative cosplayers or sci-fi fans travel to Springfield from across the country to get tattoos done by the artists.
On Sunday 7th September at 10pm, TLC will be premiering their new series Angels Among Us. The show centers around a wife and mother from Upstate New York, who possesses a special gift that allows her to see, hear and talk to guardian angels. The show will be following the network’s supernatural reality series Long Island Medium. The half-hour 12 part series is produced by Tremendous Entertainment.
Also that night, OWN will launch their new docu-series The Specials, produced by Kada Media. The show follows five housemates with intellectual disabilities living the classic student lifestyle in England. Narrated by the housemates, the series was filmed over 4 years, and all 13 episodes will air back-to-back from 2:30pm to 9pm.
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Coming up in development…
AMC have a period comedy in development, We Hate Paul Revere. The show centers on two brothers living in Colonial Boston who don’t like local industrialist and activist Paul Revere. The show is produced by Dakota Pictures.
Cinemax have a drama in development, Signal. Inspired by true events, the show follows a young man who launches a propaganda business in the Middle East and gets rich on the back of millions of dollars of US Government contracts. The drama is produced by Electus.
WGN America have a drama in development, Ness. Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the show takes a look at Eliot Ness post-Untouchables, when he became the top cop in Cleveland, the most dangerous city in America during the 1930s. The show sees him fighting the mob, his own corrupt police department, and a serial killer on the streets, all while battling his alcoholism.
Amazon have a comedy in development, Just Add Magic. The show follows three 12 year old girls, initially focused on making the soccer team, but they get somewhat sidetracked when Kelly, whose passion is baking, discovers in her attic a strange old cookbook, with recipes for baked goods that also have powerful spells. The show is produced by Amazon Studios.