FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 13, 2018

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/13/18)
ID: Dead Silent (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (Finale) at 8pm
SYFY: Nightflyers (Finale) at 10pm

ABC is shuffling its schedule, putting freshman drama series A Million Little Things in a new plum Thursday 9p slot after Grey’s Anatomy for the remainder of the season. Not on the midseason schedule roster for the first time since it debuted is Dancing with the Stars, though it’s expected back in the fall. Instead, The Bachelor will air through mid-March in Dancing’s traditional Monday slot while American Idol will debut its second season on the network Sunday, March 3, and is expected to add a Monday installment on March 18. Meanwhile, three newcomers are headed to primetime. Drama Whiskey Cavalier bows on Wednesday, February 27, at 10p, The Fix debuts Monday, March 18, at 10p and Grand Hotel premieres Monday, June 17, at 10p. Returning drama For the People will debut season 2 on Thursday, March 7, at 10p. And as previously announced, spinoff comedy Schooled also debuts on January 9 at 8:30p. In other notable scheduling moves, 20/20 will expand to two hours on Fridays, and Shark Tank will scoot to the Sunday 10p hour, replacing the canceled Alec Baldwin talk show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) will host the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards January 27 in LA and simulcast live on TNT and TBS. Nominations were announced yesterday, with Netflix grabbing the most noms for the third consecutive year with 15 – almost twice as many as its nearest competitor. Amazon’s Prime Video scored 8, followed by HBO with 6 and FX with 4. By series, Netflix’s Ozark and Prime Video’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel led the way in television categories. Alan Alda will receive the guild’s Life Achievement Award during the ceremony.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered eight episodes of coming-of-age series I Am Not Okay With This, from British director Jonathan Entwistle and Shawn Levy, director/exec producer of Stranger Things. Project, based on a series of self-published Forsman microcomics, is co-created by Entwistle and Christy Hall and is about a teenage girl navigating high school while dealing with her family, her budding sexuality and mysterious superpowers beginning to awaken within her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform picked up Everything’s Gonna Be Okay to series, with a 10-ep order for the project from Please Like Me creator, writer and comedian Josh Thomas. Half-hour comedy follows a neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters who has to step up when his dad becomes terminally ill. It’s produced by Avalon Television and Freeform, based on a concept created by Thomas, who wrote and stars in the pilot and will serve as showrunner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix wants to help you clean up your act. Eight-ep Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, featuring the global organization guru, launches January 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

My 600-Lb Life and Family By the Ton return to TLC on Wednesdays beginning January 2. The night kicks off at 8p with two-hour eps of My 600-Lb Life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Dakota Boys are back for a second season of Gold Rush: White Water, starting Friday, January 4, at 10p Discovery. This season, they’re mining for nuggets in the raging torrents of glacier-fed McKinley Creek.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben and Erin Napier return for season 3 of HGTV’s Home Town on Monday, January 14, at 9p. The husband and wife use their artistic vision and passion to restore worn properties in a small Mississippi town.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Network dropped a trailer for season 5 of Lip Sync Battle, debuting January 17 at 9p, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu secured Anna Friel-fronted British drama Butterfly in a deal with Fremantle and will launch the three-part miniseries January 18. Butterfly, penned by The Secret Agent writer Tony Marchant, follows the relationship between separated parents and their divided opinions over how to support their youngest child. Show is produced by RED Production Co. and Aenon for ITV. Nicola Shindler, Caroline Hollick and Adam Kemp are exec producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! is expanding its original nightly programming lineup with a 20-ep order of new unscripted comedy blind-dating series Dating #NoFilter. Series, from Lime Pictures and All3Media America, will air Monday-Thursday starting Monday, January 21, at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reelz announced new original programming for winter 2019 including four new specials, three new series and three returning series. The dark and messy sides of celebrity take center stage in the three new series – I Lived with a Killer (premiering Friday, January 25, at 8p), Famous Fortune Fights (Thursday, January 31, at 9p) and Notorious (Saturday, March 16, at 10p). Autopsy: The Last Hours Of… leads returning series on Sunday, February 10, at 9p, followed by Price of Fame (Sunday, February 10, at 10p) and Murder Made Me Famous (Saturday, March 16, at 9p). New specials include Donna Summer: Disco Queen (Monday, January 14, at 9p), Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie (Saturday, January 19, at 9p), Slenderman Stabbing: The Untold Story (Saturday, January 26, at 8p) and Mariah Carey: The Diva, The Drama (March 2019).
(Source: Cynopsis)

CentroAmerica TV on Saturday, December 15, at 8p will premiere a special edition of its original production Immigrantes: El Camino Hacia un Sueno (Immigrants: The Road Toward a Dream), filmed on the Mexican/U.S. border in Tijuana.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Primetime annual holiday special CMA Country Christmas will air an encore presentation Saturday, December 22, at 8p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Singing in the new year: Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris are on board to perform live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, beginning at 8p on ABC, from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans…NBC’s New Year’s Eve will feature performances by Diana Ross, Kelly Clarkson, Andy Grammer, John Legend and Blake Shelton, with Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen hosting live from Times Square along with Leslie Jones. Festivities begin Monday, December 31, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Victoria and Albert: The Wedding, a new two-part series hosted by Royal historian Lucy Worsley, will air Sunday, January 13 and 20, at 10p on PBS… Also upcoming on PBS series Independent Lens are two music docs. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World debuts January 21 and follows the trailblazing Native American musicians who shaped American blues and rock. Eugene Jarecki’s The King, a cross-country road trip in Elvis Presley’s Rolls Royce, debuts January 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen will debut two-hour doc Dirty John, The Dirty Truth on Monday, January 14, at 8p as a companion to the Bravo series based on the podcast of the same name.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Milo Murphy’s Law, starring Al Yankovic as the voice of Milo, debuts with a one-hour Phineas and Ferb crossover special Saturday, January 5, at 7p on both Disney Channel and Disney XD. The special, titled “The Phineas and Ferb Effect,” will also be available that same day on DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amir Wilson (The Secret Garden), Ruby Serkis and Nathanael Saleh (Mary Poppins Returns) lead the young cast of Netflix’s coming-of-age drama The Letter For The KingJoel McHale has been cast in the recurring role of Sylvester Pemberton, aka Starman, in upcoming DC Universe series Stargirl. Also in the DC Universe, Ian Ziering (Sharknado) joins the cast of upcoming series Swamp Thing in a recurring guest role… BBC Two’s The Luminaries cast Himesh Patel (The Aeronauts, EastEnders) and Ewen Leslie (The Cry).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Phil McGraw, host of daytime talker Dr. Phil, is launching a new podcast early next year with Stitcher as part of a partnership that also will bring three more shows to listeners throughout 2019. Stitcher will support the launches in and rep the shows for advertising through Midroll, its advertising arm. First up is Phil in the Blanks, which will feature McGraw talking with various accomplished guests.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crown Media Family Networks launched Hallmark Channels’ Official Podcast. Hosted by a rotating panel of Hallmark talent, the program will give listeners an insider’s passport to all things Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, with program previews, exclusive talent interviews, surprise guests and behind-the-scenes stories from the sets of the networks’ productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv’s Love After Lockup returned for its second season Friday, December 7, with double-digit audience growth in Total Viewers and across all key demos. Compared to the series premiere early this year, the season 2 premiere grew by 70% among W25-54, 51% among A25-54, 44% among W18-49, and 16% among Total Viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings, delivering 650,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
To Kill A Mockingbird with Jeff Daniels and LaTanya Richardson Jackson is opening on Thursday December 13, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/to-kill-mockingbird/

Springsteen on Broadway with Bruce Springsteen is closing on Saturday December 15, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/bruce-springsteen/

Celebrity Autobiography on Broadway is closing on Monday December 17, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/celebrity-autobiography-broadway/

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OPRAH WINFREY TALKS ABOUT HER FINAL CONVERSATIONS WITH HER MOM VERNITA LEE BEFORE HER DEATH

December 12, 2018

OPRAH WINFREY TALKS ABOUT HER FINAL CONVERSATIONS WITH HER MOM VERNITA LEE BEFORE HER DEATH
https://www.eonline.com/news/995800/oprah-winfrey-s-final-conversations-with-her-mom-just-gave-us-aha-moments

STEPHEN CURRY DOESN’T BELIEVE THE MOON LANDINGS ACTUALLY HAPPENED

December 12, 2018

STEPHEN CURRY DOESN’T BELIEVE THE MOON LANDINGS ACTUALLY HAPPENED
https://www.eonline.com/news/995685/stephen-curry-doesn-t-believe-the-moon-landings-actually-happened

ELLEN DEGENERES CONSIDERS ENDING HER DAYTIME TALK SHOW

December 12, 2018

ELLEN DEGENERES CONSIDERS ENDING HER DAYTIME TALK SHOW
https://www.eonline.com/news/995678/ellen-degeneres-considers-ending-her-daytime-talk-show

JOSH HENDERSON (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY, BUT POSSIBLY MISTAKEN ID

December 12, 2018

JOSH HENDERSON (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY, BUT POSSIBLY MISTAKEN ID
https://www.tmz.com/2018/12/12/desperate-housewives-josh-henderson-arrested-burglary/

CIARA WANTS TO FORCE FUTURE INTO MEDIATION OVER SON’S TRAVEL SCHEDULE

December 12, 2018

CIARA WANTS TO FORCE FUTURE INTO MEDIATION OVER SON’S TRAVEL SCHEDULE
https://www.tmz.com/2018/12/12/ciara-future-new-travel-custody-schedule-son-court-mediation/

BENZINO (LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA) CHARGED WITH SERIOUS DRUG CRIMES

December 12, 2018

BENZINO (LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA) CHARGED WITH SERIOUS DRUG CRIMES
https://www.tmz.com/2018/12/12/love-and-hip-hop-benzino-drug-case-felony-charges-trial/

2019 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) AWARDS NOMINATIONS: THE COMPLETE LIST

December 12, 2018

2019 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) AWARDS NOMINATIONS: THE COMPLETE LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/994842/2019-sag-awards-nominations-the-complete-list

CELEBRITY NEWS: DECEMBER 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

CELEBRITY NEWS: DECEMBER 12, 2018
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Morgan Eastwood (E!’s Mrs. Eastwood & Company/Clint’s Daughter) – 22 years old
Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory/ Blossom) – 43 years old
Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”) – 48 years old
Regina Hall (“Girls Trip”) – 48 years old
Sheila E. (Singer/ Percussionist) – 61 years old
Cathy Rigby (Gymnast) – 66 years old
Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean” movies/ “Love Actually”) – 69 years old
Dionne Warwick (R&B Singer) – 78 years old
Connie Francis (Pop Singer) – 80 years old
Bob Barker (The Price Is Right) – 95 years old

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ POWERBALL

December 12, 2018

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/12/18)
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games (Premiere) at 8pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: BoJack Horseman (Finale) at 10:30pm

Kathie Lee Gifford, who has co-hosted Today with Hoda Kotb since 2008, is leaving NBC’s morning show in April. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors,” said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim in an internal memo. Gifford announced the news on Tuesday’s show, saying she’d originally planned to work on Today for just one year, but stayed longer “because I love everybody here so much.” A source told People that Today’s Jenna Bush Hager is the frontrunner to replace Gifford, though Oppenheim said only that future plans for the Today hour “will, of course, continue to include Hoda.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carol Burnett will receive the first Golden Globe award for special achievement in television, which will be named after her going forward. Burnett, who will accept the trophy during NBC’s broadcast of the ceremony on Sunday, January 6, is a five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated of all time in the TV category.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Over 10,000 Verizon employees – or 7.3% of the global workforce – accepted a buyout offer. Verizon said the buyouts coincide with its recently announced restructuring aimed at “optimizing growth opportunities in the 5G era.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google has plans for 3.12 million square feet of new and redeveloped offices in Mountain View, CA, as well as residential units and a retail area. Plans submitted to the city include renderings of a community in the North Bayshore area.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more real-estate news, CBS Corp. plans to sell its LA-based Television City studio to Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million. CBS will keep office space on the property for the headquarters of CBS Studios International and other departments and will continue to film shows like the Late Late Show and The Price Is Right on the Television City campus for at least five years. Still in CBS hands is its 40-acre Studio City production facility.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central canceled Detroiters, exec-produced by Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video and Jason Sudekis, after two seasons. But in a tweet thanking fans, co-creator and star Sam Richardson suggested the show could go on: “Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows?”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two shows that did make it to season three are Get Shorty, the Epix dark comedy from MGM Television based in part on the Elmore Leonard bestseller, and Amazon’s Goliath, from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro. Both are slated to return in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC picked up comedy Bless This Mess, starring Lake Bell and Dax Shepard as a newlywed couple who ditch big-city living for life in Nebraska. Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl) and Bell are exec producers and co-creators of the series, a co-production from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fremantle Italian production company Wildside (The Young Pope) is developing a series about the life of Audrey Hepburn. The English-language project will be based on a treatment co-written by the My Fair Lady star’s son, Luca Dotti, and Italian writer Luigi Spinola.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a pilot production commitment to New York Undercover, a new version of the 1994-1999 cop drama from Dick Wolf. Ben Watkins (Hand of God) will write the Wolf Entertainment project, a co-production between Universal Television and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NPR current events radio/podcast game Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is being developed for TV by Wilshire Studios with Storied Media. The adaptation features three celebrity panelists competing for cash for the charity of their choice. “The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms,” said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a scripted series based on the life of Mexican-American superstar Selena Quintanilla. Selena: The Series will be developed and executive-produced alongside the singer’s family, said the streamer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse Media ordered animated series Sugar and Toys and renewed originals Complex x Fuse and T-Pain’s School of Business on Fuse and Big Boy’s Neighborhood on FM. “Our platforms are fast becoming destinations for hard-to-reach, young viewers that demand content that takes a stand by tapping into their passions and values through the musicians and influencers we feature in our series,” said J-T Ladt, Fuse Media Chief Content Officer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp franchise is expanding with the addition of Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition, premiering Thursday, January 10, at 10p. It’s the first time a Boot Camp show will air as part of WE tv’s Thursday lineup.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season five of PBS’s Finding Your Roots debuts Tuesday, January 8, at 8p, with guests George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix/BBC thriller Black Earth Rising, centered on the prosecution of international war crimes, debuts Friday, January 25. John Goodman (The Conners) and Michaela Cole (Chewing Gum) star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Virginian is returning to INSP on Tuesday, January 1, starting with an eight-hour marathon at 12p. “This series is wildly popular with the INSP audience,” said Doug Butts, SVP of programming. “For more than a year, one of the questions most asked by our loyal viewers has been: ‘When is the Virginian coming back to your lineup?’” The 1962-1971 drama will be featured in INSP’s “Weekday Western” and “Saddle Up Weekend” programming blocks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Discovery Family Channel animated series Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy premieres Saturday, January 5, at 9a with back-to-back episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life kicks off season five with a super-sized two-hour episode on Tuesday, January 1, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At Home with Amy Sedaris settles in for season two at truTV on Tuesday, February 19, at 10p. Among the guests will be Rose Byrne, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Juliette Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Fred Armisen, Martha Plimpton, Jessica Walter, Campbell Scott, Billy Crudup and Janeane Garofalo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA powers up its annual WWE Holiday Week on Monday, December 17, with three hours of Monday Night RAW at 8p. Among other offerings are New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered Year End Super Spectacular on Wednesday, December 19, at 10p, and a two-hour Tribute to the Troops on Thursday, December 20, at 9p that will include an appearance by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo climate change doc Paris to Pittsburgh premieres tonight, December 12, at 9p. Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) narrates the film, set against the national debate over the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET original A Throwback Holiday, centered on a woman who wakes up to find she’s eighteen again, debuts Saturday, December 15, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the 10th anniversary of US Airways Flight 1549’s landing on the Hudson River, Smithsonian Channel is airing a documentary about the impact of bird strikes in aviation accidents. Bird vs. Plane: Miracle on the Hudson premieres Tuesday, January 15, at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Love, Gilda, the documentary film about groundbreaking Saturday Night Live comedian and actress Gilda Radner, makes its television premiere on CNN Tuesday, January 1, at 9p and 11p with limited commercial interruption. Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at age 42.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty) and Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless) landed the leads in Storyglass’ inaugural podcast, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Three-parter tells the story of a man on the edge of homelessness….Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Beau Bridges (Homeland), Griffin Dunne (House of Lies), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and Shamier Anderson (Destroyer) will appear in season three of Amazon drama Goliath.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix isn’t big on offering viewing data but, perhaps in the holiday spirit, the streaming service put out a release listing its most-binged shows, measuring global viewing from January 1-November 28. Top ten “shows we fell in binge with this year”: On My Block, Making a Murderer: Part 2, 13 Reasons Why: Season 2, Last Chance U: Indy, Bodyguard, Fastest Car, The Haunting of Hill House, Anne with an E: Season 2, Insatiable, and Orange Is the New Black: Season 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E’s three-night docu-series The Clinton Affair delivered an average of 1.74 million total viewers per premiere episode in Live+7 Nielsens, an increase of 741,000 viewers over Live+SD. That’s the biggest Live+7 lift of any A&E non-series special this year among total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of November 26, Fox delivered a 2.6/11 rating in Live+7 Nielsens, its highest-rated week in nearly three years (excluding weeks with World Series or NFL post-season). Versus the same week last season, Fox was up +37% among A18-49 and +42% in total viewers, averaging 9.1 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndication ratings rebounded after a slow Thanksgiving week. Dr. Phil rose 26%, to 2.9 in Live+SD Nielsens the week ending December 2, while Family Feud rose 17% (to 6.3). Wheel of Fortune (6.3) and Jeopardy (6.4) each rose 16%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel original holiday movie premieres hit highs last weekend. Homegrown Christmas on December 8 averaged a 3.4 HH rating, 3.8 million total viewers and 599,000 W25-54, making it the highest-rated and most-watched non-sports cable program of the week among HHs and total viewers. On December 9, Welcome to Christmas averaged a 3.1 HH rating, 3.4 million viewers and 711,000 W25-54, boosting Hallmark to be the highest-rated and most-watched cable net of the weekend among HHs, W18-49, W25-54, A18-49, A25-54 and total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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