Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Friday, November 15th, 2019. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities, where AllYourScreens HQ is running on Nacho Cheese chips and ice tea.
THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF FRIDAY
It's been a long time since Friday audiences were important to linear broadcasters. The audience isn't quite as small as Saturdays, but the list of scripted shows regularly airing on Fridays gets smaller every year. However, it's the exact opposite in the streaming world, where Friday has become the most competitive night of the week.
Netflix, Hulu & Amazon typically launch most of their biggest shows on Friday and as you can see from the list of premieres below, a typical Friday can bring a dozen of more news TV shows and original movies. Beginning today, the competition has gotten even fiercer because both Apple TV+ and Disney+ are rolling out new episodes of their shows on Fridays. So if you've been waiting for another episode of "The Morning Show" or "The Mandalorian," today is the day.
AS IT TURNS OUT, YOU CAN MAKE MONEY WITH PODCASTS
It only took fifteen years, but in 2019 podcasting is a big business. How big? Well, according to Digiday, Slate makes nearly half of its revenue from podcasts:
Slate is now making half of its overall revenue from podcast advertising, with total downloads up 39% this year following a 78% increase last year.
That’s made Slate a relatively large player in the podcast arena, while its site stayed modest in the range of 15 million to 17 million unique visitors per month in the fourth quarter last year, according to Comscore. And now, Slate’s looking for ways to shore up its site audience with its podcast loyalists.
As a comparison, AllYourScreens received just shy of 1.6 million unique visitors in October.
YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN TROUBLE WHEN YOU'RE GETTING SHADE FROM 'NANCY"
I don't want to take any cheap shots at some of our competitors in the industry, but today's "Nancy" comic strip is a bit too close to the truth:
Now if she'll just do a "pivot to video."
It's Friday, which means lots of premieres. And don't forget that the new season of Netflix's "The Crown" premieres on Sunday.
1) A Daughter's Plan To Kill (LMN)
When Katie (Claire Coffee) and Greg Carlyle (Matt Dallas) invited Greg's estranged daughter Samantha (Jordan Lane Price Price) to live with them, they had no idea that they would be inviting jealousy, violence, and deceit into their home to wreak havoc on their perfect life.
2) A Godwink Christmas: Meant For Love (Hallmark Movies And Mysteries)
Multiple coincidences and a chance meeting bring together Alice and Jack, two strangers from very different family backgrounds, for an unexpected Christmastime courtship filled with personal revelations, misread signals, and a very real health scare that will either destroy or strengthen the budding romance.
3) Avlu: The Yard: Part Two (Netflix)
Shocking truths surface as Deniz reckons with intrigue, Kudret tightens the screws and Ecem confronts a growing threat.
4) Christmas A La Mode (Lifetime)
Since her father passed away, Emily (Leclerc) has been running her family's dairy farm with the help of her mother and best friend. But this Christmas, the farm has fallen on hard times so Emily's sister, Dorothy (Ellis)--who is part owner with Emily--and her handsome business partner, Charlie (Cooper) - show up with a proposition to sell the farm. Emily comes up with an ingenious plan to buy out her sister's shares and hold an online holiday ice cream flavor contest that goes viral with the help of a key ingredient, Charlie's amazing apple pie. Christmas à la Mode ice cream is born! Still as the Christmas Eve deadline for the buyout approaches, Emily needs a Christmas miracle to save the farm and her father's legacy in time for a happy Christmas.
5) Dollface Series Premiere (Hulu)
"Dollface" follows Jules (Kat Dennings), a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women and rekindle the female friendships she left behind
6) Earthquake Bird (Netflix)
In 1980s Tokyo, an enigmatic expat is suspected of killing her friend, who's gone missing in the wake of their love triangle with a local photographer.
7) GO! The Unforgettable Party (Netflix)
Mía's vacation with her dad is disrupted by the surprise arrival of Lupe, Mercedes, Juanma and Álvaro as their school drama moves lakeside.
8) House Arrest (Netflix)
A man trapped in his own fears locks himself in his home to keep out the onslaught of modern life. Starring Ali Fazal, Shriya Pilgaonkar and Jim Sarbh.
9) I'm With The Band Nasty Cherry Series Premiere (Netflix)
In an era where there is no roadmap to success in the music industry, global pop star Charli XCX handpicked four women to form the alt-pop band, Nasty Cherry. The latest signing to Charli XCX’s label, Nasty Cherry is an unconventional mix of seasoned musicians and first timers. This six-episode series documents their origin story - from moving in together and their first practice to their first performance and debut single release and everything in between. An intimate look into what it takes to make your dreams come true, I’m With the Band: Nasty Cherry follows the women as they navigate a new age of music, making up their own rules as they go and blowing up Instagram feeds in the process. With Charli’s support and guidance, Nasty Cherry has the potential to really catch fire…or completely implode if they can’t keep their egos and insecurities in check, and in this unfiltered and intimate series, viewers find out what it takes to make - or break - this badass band.
10) Klaus (Netflix)
When Jesper (Jason Schwartzman) distinguishes himself as the postal academy’s worst student, he is stationed on a frozen island above the Arctic Circle, where the feuding locals hardly exchange words let alone letters. Jesper is about to give up when he finds an ally in local teacher Alva (Rashida Jones), and discovers Klaus (Oscar® winner J.K. Simmons), a mysterious carpenter who lives alone in a cabin full of handmade toys. These unlikely friendships return laughter to Smeerensburg, forging a new legacy of generous neighbors, magical lore and stockings hung by the chimney with care. An animated holiday comedy directed by Despicable Me co-creator Sergio Pablos, KLAUS co-stars Joan Cusack, Will Sasso and Norm Macdonald.
11) Llama Llama Season Two Premiere (Netflix)
New lessons, new adventures and new friends living right down the street! Join Llama Llama and his pals for another season of sweet fun and learning.
12) One Fine Christmas (OWN)
Marking the first time they have acted together, Rick Fox and his daughter Sasha Fox star in “One Fine Christmas.” The father/daughter duo join beloved actress Marla Gibbs and fan favorite Vanessa Williams in the ensemble cast. The families on Christmas Street have been busy with their day-to-day lives that they lose sight of the importance of family during the holiday season. Haley (Sasha Fox) comes home for the Christmas holiday, but home has not been the same since her family split up. Haley’s mother Susan (Williams) is working on a new work deal with her client (Rick Fox) which causes her to hardly have time for Haley or her mother Alice (Gibbs). Al (Mark Christopher Lawrence) is too preoccupied with work that he overlooks his wife Matty (June Carryl). Meanwhile, Bob (Rodney Van Johnson) and Diana’s (Eva La Dare) son Jesse (Alfonso Torres Caballero) comes home for Christmas with a very special surprise. This "slice of life" holiday tale shares the individual stories of these neighbors as they celebrate Christmas Eve and find themselves unexpectedly united for the holiday season.
13) Pariah: The Lives And Deaths Of Sonny Liston (Showtime)
Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds that life threw his way, Liston became the heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1962. Just eight years later, his wife would find Liston dead in their Las Vegas home from a supposed heroin overdose. Suspicion as to the cause of death pervaded among those that knew him. "Pariah" explores the many theories behind his untimely demise.
14) The Club (Netflix)
A band of misfit rich kids in Mexico strike out on their own selling ecstasy and quickly run into trouble with other narcos, the law and their families.
15) The Man In The High Castle Season Premiere (Amazon)
The series depicts a parallel universe where the Axis powers win World War II and is based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name. This is the fourth and final season. The series starts in 1962 and follows characters whose destinies intertwine when they come into contact with newsreels and home movies that show Germany and Japan losing the war. The title of the series refers to the mysterious figure believed to have created the footage.
16) The Stranded Series Premiere (Netflix)
18-year-old Kraam survives a devastating tsunami along with thirty-six of his fellow students at an elite private high school on a remote island in the Andaman Sea. As mysterious events start happening on the island, it quickly becomes clear that no one is coming to rescue them and Kraam must lead the students to rescue themselves.
17) The Toys That Made Us Season Three Premiere (Netflix)
The series delves into all of the legendary toys, action figures, and figurines that shaped America's childhoods, and this upcoming season tackles Power Rangers, My Little Pony, Wrestling, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, following prior seasons' dives into Barbie, G.I. Joe, LEGO, Hello Kitty, and more.
For a rundown of all the new episodes of television premiering tonight, click here.
TOO MUCH TV REALLY IS A THING
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