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Destination America Tries to Scare Up Viewers With a Live Exorcism

Using a house familiar to horror fans

Discovery may have gotten out of the outlandish-TV-stunts business, but its sister networks didn't get that memo. Destination America will televise what it's calling the first live exorcism in U.S. history,…

How Horizon Media's New Specialty TV Practice Will Help Advertisers

Group will vet buying options for clients

As its advertising clients grapple with the latest television advances, from programmatic to addressable, Horizon Media is offering them a lifeline. The media agency has launched HorizonAdvanced—a specialty practice within its…

I Am Cait Premiere Draws 2.73 Million Viewers

On par with Kardashians, but a big drop from Diane Sawyer interview

Sunday's premiere of I Am Cait delivered solid ratings for E!, although the numbers are a big drop from Caitlyn Jenner's other major high-profile TV appearances. The moving E! docuseries, which…

With New Distribution Deal, Comcast and Discovery Kiss and Make Up

Move past Time Warner Cable battle

To paraphrase Taylor Swift, Discovery Communications and Comcast used to have bad blood, but now they've got mad love.  After bitterly feuding last year over Comcast's attempted $45 billion acquisition of…

Showtime Cancels Its Advertising-Themed Comedy, Happyish

Following low ratings and no Emmy nominations

Another advertising-themed TV series is following Mad Men off the air. Showtime has canceled its comedy Happyish, the network has confirmed. The series, about a disillusioned ad exec (Steve Coogan), finished…

Caitlyn Jenner Hits All the Right Notes in the Moving 'I Am Cait'

New E! series premieres Sunday

As I Am Cait premieres Sunday night on E!, no one is feeling the pressure more than the show's star, Caitlyn Jenner. The eight-hour docuseries follows Caitlyn—formerly Bruce Jenner—as she…

Has Sharknado Jumped the Shark? 'Oh Hell No!' Ratings Drop 31%

But there will be a fourth installment

Syfy's Sharknado franchise finally seems to be losing its bite. Last night's Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! drew 2.8 million viewers, including 1.1 million adults ages 18 to 49, according to…

Susanne Daniels Departs as MTV's Head of Programming to Join YouTube

Mina Lefevre, Lauren Dolgen to co-run cable network

Just hours after replacing the head of one music-themed network, Viacom did it again. Susanne Daniels, MTV's head of programming since 2012, has left the company to take on the role…

Bill Simmons Is Headed to HBO, With a New Weekly Series in 2016

His multiplatform deal starts in October

Bill Simmons has settled on his post-ESPN job: He'll be taking his talents to HBO. Simmons has signed a multiyear, multiplatform agreement with HBO, which includes a weekly series launching next…

To Stop Its Ratings Slide, VH1 Taps MTV2 and Logo's Chris McCarthy as GM

Replaces Tom Calderone, who left yesterday

As it looks to turn its slipping ratings around, VH1 is turning to someone who has worked ratings magic for other Viacom cable networks. The network has tapped Chris McCarthy,…

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