FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ MEGA MILLIONS

January 16, 2018

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

ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 1/16/18)
BET: Mancave (Premiere) at 10:30pm
CW: Black Lightning (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: True Conviction (Premiere) at 11pm
LIFETIME: This Time Next Year (Premiere) at 10pm
OWN: The Paynes (Premiere) at 9pm

Watching TV shows accounts for more screen time than any other form of entertainment, according to a new study from Hub Entertainment. But while respondents across age groups said 40% of their entertainment time was spent watching TV shows, just 19% of entertainment time among A18-24 was spent on TV shows, versus 43% on online videos and gaming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shari Redstone is exploring a merger between CBS and Viacom, which split back in 2006, reports TheWrap. Redstone, president of National Amusements, with controls both CBS and Viacom, reportedly believes the companies need a bigger footprint. Settle down, said Reuters, reporting there’s conversation, but the companies are “not in active merger discussions.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peter Thiel submitted an offer for the remaining assets of Gawker, the online news site the billionaire venture capitalist helped close over a year ago by funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against it. It has been speculated Thiel shuttered the site because it published a story about his homosexuality in 2007; acquiring its assets would give him control over any other stories it had. Former pro wrestler Hogan won a $140 million judgment against Gawker, later settling for $31 million. Univision bought Gawker Media sites Jezebel, Gizmodo, Deadspin, Kalppnick, Kotaku and Lifehacker in 2016 for $135 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan O’Brien is taking his show on the road again – this time, to Haiti. After President Trump reportedly referred to African countries as “s***holes,” the Conan host tweeted, “Still reeling from @RealDonaldTrump’s very negative Yelp review of Haiti, which means I’ll love it. Headed to Haiti later this week to explore and make some new friends. Stay tuned for my report.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel is rebranding of its corporate pet initiative with a new name, logo, and reinforced commitment to educating the public about the rewards of pet adoption. Originally launched as Pet Project in 2012, the campaign has been rebranded as Adoption Ever After, bringing the core call to action – adopt – to the forefront. The initiative includes such programming elements as Kitten Bowl, Hero Dog Awards, American Rescue Dog Show and daily pet adoption segments on Home & Family, as well as off-air elements, grassroots efforts, social media outreach and strategic partnerships.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC Olympics is producing a 2-part series to offer a preview of the Winter Games. Go For the Gold and Meet Team USA will stream on Netflix now through the end of the Games on February 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is developing movie The Crossword Mystery, created by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, about a crossword puzzle editor whose clues are linked to unsolved crimes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

9 Story Media Group acquired children’s content creator Out of the Blue Enterprises. The companies previously worked together on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0), with his 3AD, is developing First Rule of Ten, based on the books, reports Deadline. TV project is set at ITV Studios America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID greenlit true crime (of course) original series The Unsolved, slated to premiere in April. Six-parter follows a former Rhode Island police sergeant and a forensic psychologist as they investigate cold cases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime is developing a TV movie, Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story, following the fairy tale romance of the prince and the American actress who will wed May 19. Casting us underway.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox and National Geographic announced the return of Cosmos, with Neil deGrasse Tyson back as host. Cosmos: Possible Worlds, once again from executive producer, writer, director and creator Ann Druyan with exec producers Seth MacFarlane, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark, is set to premiere globally in spring 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC picked up horror-comedy series Stan Against Evil for a third season, slated to begin in fall 2018. The net’s Brockmire is back for season 2 on Wednesday, April 25 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s Chesapeake Shores returns for season 3 with a 10-episode run this summer. Also coming back, for season 4, is Good Witch, on April 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC announced the renewal of The Walking Dead for a ninth season, to premiere in late 2018. Showrunner Scott M. Gimple is being elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire Dead television universe including TWD, Fear the Walking Dead and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms. Angela Kang, a writer on the show since 2011 and co-exec producer since 2013, is being promoted by to executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead, starting with season nine.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC is also launching 8-part international thriller McMafia on Monday, February 26 at 10p. Based on the book by the same name, the series charts the English-raised son of Russian exiles’ journey into the world of organized crime. Returning to the net are season 4 of Fear the Walking Dead on Sunday, April 15 at 10p; season 3 of Into the Badlands on Sunday, April 22 at 10p; and AMC Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction on Monday, April 20 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In advance of the premiere of TLC home design series Trading Spaces is part 1 of a one hour special on Saturday, April 7 at 8p, reuniting the cast for the first time since the show went off the air in 2008. Part 2 airs April 14. Makeover series Nate & Jeremiah By Design moves back to Saturday nights to follow Trading Spaces, starting April 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet and digital animal brand The Dodo are in production for new series Dodo Heroes, produced in association with Nomadica Films, featuring stories of animals in dire need and those who go to unimaginable lengths to help them. Show premieres in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

El Rey Network greenlit unscripted series Man at Arms: Art of War for season 2, with Danny Trejo returning as host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tarde Lo Conoci, based on the life of Colombian Vallenato superstar Patricia Teheran, premieres on EstrellaTV Monday, January 22 at 7p.
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MSNBC and Vox Media’s Recode are teaming for a town hall event series (name TK) that brings together leading thinkers across technology, business and politics. Series premieres on MSNBC Friday, January 19 at 10p. NBCUniversal invested in Vox Media in 2015 and together launched Concert, a strategic sales and marketing partnership, in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arts net Ovation acquired the first season of The Wine Show from Sky Vision, starring Matthew Goode (The Crown) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marcia Clark, who gained fame during the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial, will lead 7-part A&E docu-series Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48, focused on shocking crimes that were unsolved or had controversial outcomes. “This series feels like a continuation of a mission I’ve been on my whole life,” said Clark. “To discover the truth, bring that truth to light and seek justice has always been a driving force for me.” Series premieres Thursday, March 29 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming to A&E on March 29 is another true crime show, Grace vs. Abrams, at 10p. Shot before a live audience, Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams, accustomed to duking it out on Good Morning America segments, will break down infamous crimes and trials.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SundanceTV renewed Liar for a second season. Psychological thriller returns in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow, from filmmaker Rory Kennedy, looks at NASA and its goals for the future as the agency celebrates its 60th anniversary. Event special will air in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel is taking Kitten Bowl V on the road with a major activation in Minneapolis for 10 days leading up to Super Bowl LII. January 26-February 4, fans who visit can see kittens compete on the field at Hallmark Channel Stadium, tour the Paws of Fame trophy room, take a photo of the Hissman trophy and more. The big (kitten version) game premieres Sunday, February 4 at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel isn’t leaving the dogs out. The net’s inaugural 2018 American Rescue Dog Show premieres Monday, February 12 at 8p, hosted by Rebecca Romijn and Rich Eisen with celebrity judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Linda Blair, Rick Springfield, Brandon McMillan, and Ross Matthews and Larissa Wohl. The mission of the show isn’t to put rescue dogs through formal dog show paces, but celebrate them in a personality-driven competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also going to the dogs is Animal Planet, with its annual Puppy Bowl Sunday, February 4 at 3p. The competition (think sloppy kisses and tail tugs) between adoptable puppies will be played in the new bone-shaped Geico stadium featuring over a dozen cameras. Pre-show starts at 2p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries offering, Morning Show Mystery from exec producer Al Roker (Today), starring Holly Robinson Peete (Meet the Peetes) and Rick Fox (Greenleaf) is on tap, as well as new movies for franchises Fixer Upper Mysteries, Emma Fielding Mysteries, Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Hailey Dean Mysteries. The net has also started running 3 episodes every weekday of USA’s Psych, from 6p-9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

I Am MLK Jr., a documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., premieres Monday, April 2 at 8p on Paramount Network. Film features interviews with key figures in the civil rights movement, from activists to entertainers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

So how is Teresa Giudice’s marriage doing these days? Bravo’s 2-part The Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion starts Wednesday, January 17 at 9p, filled with tension, drama and a surprise guest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Auto auction event Barrett-Jackson Live returns to Velocity and Discovery beginning Tuesday, January 16 through Sunday, January 21. Auction action starts on Velocity, from 6-11p.
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For the person who got dumped right before Valentine’s Day: ID tells the story of a love affair with a twist in 2-part documentary special He Lied About Everything, bowing Wednesday, February 14 at 8p. ID’s 3-part docu-series Love & Hate Crime, exploring cases of violence driven by prejudice, debuts Sunday, February 25 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook is getting more family friendly, with its News Feed giving preferential treatment to items from users’ friends and family. “Over the next few months, we’ll be making updates to ranking so people have more opportunities to interact with the people they care about,” said Adam Mosseir, head of News Feed, in a blog post. “Showing more posts from friends and family and updates that spark conversation means we’ll show less public content, including videos and other posts from publishers or businesses.” Sounds good for users, but stock closed Friday down 4.5%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Over its 11 NFL games, Amazon reached 18.4 million total viewers in 224 countries and territories, the company reported, with an average-minute-audience for at least 30 seconds was over 310,000. According to Amazon, that’s 17% higher than Twitter’s AMA for the 2016 season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX Networks announced FX Skill for Alexa, allowing consumers to connect with FX Networks across an array of devices and providing information and content form FX, FXX and FXM. Golf fan Danny Kaye, EVP and managing director, described the opportunity of watching Jordan Spieth making a tough shot. “You could get a 360 view of that, playing alongside of him,” said Kaye.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu’s TCA news included confirmation of a Catch-22 limited series from George Clooney, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content; its streaming deal for now-available 1994-2009 drama ER; the April 25 season 2 premiere of The Handmaid’s Tale, and the pick-up of March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step to the Hulu Documentary slate. A second installment of National Treasure, titled Kiri, was added to Hulu Originals, with all 4 parts premiering on April 4, and the fourth and final season of Casual will launch July 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Just for Laughs will be back for third and fourth seasons. In 4Q17, the syndicated comedy series gained over 20% in HH ratings and over 25% in M25-54 versus 4Q16 results.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DailyMailTV has been renewed for season 2. The Dr. Phil McGraw produced newsmagazine, which had the highest-rated debut of any syndicated newsmag since 2007, has been cleared by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, Gray Television, Inc., Nexstar Media Group, Meredith, Raycom, London Broadcasting, Graham, Heartland Media, News Press & Gazette, Northwest Broadcasting, Citadel, Scripps and Quincy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andy Allo (Pitch Perfect 3) landed the female lead in Amazon comedy pilot Upload, set in a future where people can make their own choice of an afterlife….Mira Sorvino will guest on season 3 of Sony Crackle thriller StartUp….Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale landed Marisa Tomei as a guest on episode 2 of its sophomore season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pop announced the cast for supernatural comedy pilot The Demons of Dorian Gunn, executive produced by Krysten Ritter and JAX Media. Jeffery Self (Search Party), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2 and Pitch Perfect 3), H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Lateefah Holder (Disjointed, Transparent) and Kyle Harris (Stitchers, High Maintenance) are onboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries tapped Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega (Enchanted Christmas) to star in a new movie from Garage Sale Mystery franchise writer Walter Klenhard, about a photographer who sells footage of breaking stories to local news stations, and a detective on the police force.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story on Thursday earned a 1.4/6 rating among A18-49, up 27% from the prior week’s Waco episode.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 7 premiere of Up TV’s Bringing Up Bates was the strongest launch since the season 2 debut in W/P18-34 and a top 20 program in its time period on the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America had its most-watched year ever in 2017, up +15% in Primetime and +12% in Total Day versus the prior year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s 9-1-1 premiere grew to 14.7 million viewers in 7 day multiplatform viewing, for the net’s largest debut since Empire.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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SIMONE BILES SAYS DR. LARRY NASSAR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER TOO

January 15, 2018

SIMONE BILES SAYS DR. LARRY NASSAR SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER TOO
http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/15/simone-biles-larry-nassar-sexually-assaulted-me-too/

DOLORES O’RIORDAN (CRANBERRIES LEAD SINGER) HAS DIED

January 15, 2018

DOLORES O’RIORDAN (CRANBERRIES LEAD SINGER) HAS DIED
http://www.tmz.com/2018/01/15/cranberries-dolores-oriordan-dead-dies/

DANICA PATRICK CONFIRMS SHE’S DATING QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS

January 15, 2018

DANICA PATRICK CONFIRMS SHE’S DATING QUARTERBACK AARON RODGERS
http://www.eonline.com/news/906433/danica-patrick-confirms-she-s-dating-quarterback-aaron-rodgers

ELIZA DUSHKU’S SEX ABUSE CLAIMS SPUR AGENCY TO DROP “TRUE LIES” STUNT COORDINATOR JOEL KRAMER

January 15, 2018

ELIZA DUSHKU’S SEX ABUSE CLAIMS SPUR AGENCY TO DROP “TRUE LIES” STUNT COORDINATOR JOEL KRAMER
http://www.eonline.com/news/906317/eliza-dushku-s-sex-abuse-claims-spur-agency-to-drop-true-lies-stunt-coordinator

AZIZ ANSARI RELEASES STATEMENT AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

January 15, 2018

AZIZ ANSARI RELEASES STATEMENT AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
http://www.eonline.com/news/906326/aziz-ansari-releases-statement-after-being-accused-of-sexual-misconduct

DENNIS RODMAN ARRESTED FOR A DUI IN NEWPORT BEACH

January 15, 2018

DENNIS RODMAN ARRESTED FOR A DUI IN NEWPORT BEACH
http://www.eonline.com/news/906313/dennis-rodman-arrested-for-a-dui-in-newport-beach

ANNA WINTOUR RESPONDS TO MARIO TESTINO AND BRUCE WEBER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

January 15, 2018

ANNA WINTOUR RESPONDS TO MARIO TESTINO AND BRUCE WEBER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS
http://www.eonline.com/news/906239/anna-wintour-responds-to-mario-testino-and-bruce-weber-sexual-misconduct-allegations

CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 15, 2018
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Sanai Victoria (Little People) – 11 years old
Sonny “Skrillex” Moore (DJ) – 30 years old
Armando “Pitbull” Perez (Rapper) – 37 years old
Young Dro (Rapper) – 38 years old
Drew Brees (NFL Player) – 39 years old
Eddie Cahill (CSI: NY) – 40 years old
Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer) – 44 years old
Regina King (American Crime) – 47 years old
Chad Lowe (Pretty Little Liars) – 50 years old
Mario Van Peebles (“New Jack City”) – 61 years old
Andrea Martin (NBC’s Great News/ “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” movies) – 71 years old

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

January 15, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 1/15/18)
DISCOVERY: Street Outlaws: Memphis (Premiere) at 10pm
FBN: Strange Inheritance (Premiere) at 9pm
NAT. GEO.: Chain of Command (Premiere) at 9pm
SMITHSONIAN: Combat Ship (Premiere) at 8pm
TELEMUNDO: Jose Jose: El Principe de la Canción (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: Relationship (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: The Gifted (Finale) at 8pm

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – $27 million
The Post – $18.6 million
The Commuter – $13.5 million
Insidious: The Last Key – $12.1 million
The Greatest Showman – $11.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)