FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/24/14)
AXS TV: The Big Interview (Premiere) at 8pm
BET: BET Honors 2014 (Premiere) at 9pm
GOLF: Big Break Florida (Premiere) at 9pm
GOLF: In Play with Jimmy Roberts  (Premiere) at 10pm
HISTORY: Cryptid: The Swamp Beast (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Late Night with Seth Meyers (Premiere) at 12:35pm
TNT: Dallas (Premiere) at 9pm
TNT: Private Lives of Nashville Wives (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop (Premiere) at 11pm
TELEMUNDO: Santa Diabla (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Cake Boss (Finale) at 9pm

The Television Academy announced several changes that will bring more nominees – and winners – to the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards table. The Miniseries and Movie category will be split into two separate categories (they were consolidated three years ago); reality shows will be split into Structured (i.e. Mythbusters, Antiques Roadshow) and Unstructured (Pawn Stars, Duck Dynasty) Programs; the Voice-Over category will be split between Narrator and Character performances; the number of nominees for writing, directing and performing in the Miniseries/Movie category will go from five to six; the “2% rule” for close votes will allow for the possibility of seven nominees in the comedy and drama series categories, and Technical/Camerawork/Video for Series will be classified as an area award with the possibility of one or more than one award. This year’s award ceremony airs Monday, August 25 at 8p on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is bringing back Heroes (2006-2010) as a 13-episode event miniseries for 2015. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often, and we thought it was time for another installment,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, adding that creator Tim Kring is onboard. The production “will appropriately be shrouded in secrecy,” said Salke, “but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping in.” Heroes Reborn will be introduced as a digital series ahead of the miniseries launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie will be available to rent or buy on March 14, the same day it’s released in theaters. According the Wall Street Journal, Warner Bros. skirted around the usual 90-day window policy by renting 260 AMC screens for the theatrical release. Said creator Rob Thomas on Kickstarter, “The most important goal was always to make sure that every backer would be able to see the movie as soon as possible.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brooke Burke-Charvet announced via Twitter that she’s been bounced as co-host of Dancing with the Stars. “Weird day… Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS… ME.” Burke-Charvet was the winner of season seven of the ABC dance competition and joined as co-host with Tom Bergeron for season ten. She’s been replaced by Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews, who competed on season nine, reports People. Season 18 launches Monday, March 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dan Rather will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Banff World Media Festival in June. Said the veteran CBS News anchor, “For one who began his life’s work in the print and early electronic era of journalism, to now receive special recognition from an international organization on the cutting-edge of the digital age is both an honor and a humbling experience.” Rather is currently host of Dan Rather Reports on AXS-TV, Mondays at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulk Hogan is coming home. The wrestler/actor/singer/reality star will appear on WWE‘s Monday Night Raw tonight, coinciding with the launch of the WWE’s streaming network; later that night, Hogan will appear on WWE Network‘s WWE Raw Backstage Pass. He’ll also host WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6. Hogan, who started on the WWE in 1979, moved to WCW competitor TNA in 2009.
(Source: Cynopsis)

First Lady Michelle Obama will speak at a screening of Lifetime‘s The Trip to Bountiful today at 4p, as part of Black History Month. The TV movie, based on the Broadway revival of the Horton Foote play, premieres Saturday, March 8 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen has three premieres set for March: season two of Naomi Campbell modeling competition The Face launches Wednesday, March 5 at 10p; docu-series Chasing Maria Menounos makes its series debut Tuesday, March 18 at 10p, followed by new stars-in-disguise show Celebrities Undercover at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E‘s Beyond Scared Straight, a docu-series that tracks the experiences of at-risk teen forced to spend a day in jail, returns for season six on Friday, February 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christian Borle (Smash) will star in NBC comedy pilot Lifesaver, about two opposites bound by a donated kidney, from Universal Television and TBD Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Molly Shannon has been cast in an ABC comedy pilot from Sony Television and Olive Bridge Productions. The Saturday Night Live vet will play the wife of a man who ditches city life to run tourist cottages in New Hampshire.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dominick Lombardozzi (Boardwalk Empire) and Eva Amurri Martino (Californication) have been added to the cast of ABC comedy The Winklers, reports Deadline. The 20th Century Fox Television production is based on star Henry Winkler‘s relationship with his son-in-law.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Winners of the NAACP Image Awards, held Saturday, include Actress in a Drama Series Kerry Washington (Scandal), Actor in a Drama Series LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Actor in a Comedy Series Kevin Hart (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Actress in a Comedy Series Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game), Drama series Scandal, Comedy Series Real Husbands of Hollywood, Talk Series Steve Harvey, Documentary Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic, Writing in a Comedy Series Vincent Brown (A.N.T. Farm), Writing in a Dramatic Series Janine Sherman Barrois (Criminal Minds), Directing in a Comedy Series Millicent Shelton (The Hustle), Directing in a Dramatic Series Regina King (SouthLand), Reality Series Iyanla: Fix My Life and Variety Series or Special Black Girls Rock!.  Other winners are listed here:  http://www.naacpimageawards.net/nominees/motion-picture/
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among those taking home awards from the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Saturday were Caroline McCall (Downton Abbey), Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra) and Tom Broecker (House of Cards).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Behind the Candelabra took home the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing at Saturday’s 50th Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Friday’s U.S. versus Canada Olympics hockey match-up was NBCSN‘s highest-rated hockey game ever, with a 2.7 household rating/8 share and an average 3.9 million viewers, according to Nielsen live + same day fast nationals. The prior week’s U.S.-Russia game scored 2.6; both beat any Stanley Cup finals games in the net’s history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Olympics glow helped NBC Sunday morning show Meet the Press secure its second straight win on February 16. Versus last year, NBC was up 16 percent in total viewers and 28 percent in the news demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox‘s American Idol hit a series low 2.4 A18-49 rating on Thursday, according to Nielsen, down two tenths from Wednesday for the singing competition’s lowest-rated regularly scheduled episode. NBC’s Olympics score of 5.0/15 in the demo matched Wednesday’s number.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon averaged 8.5 million viewers its first week, the NBC late nighter’s best showing since the week of the Cheers series finale 1993.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS This Morning: Saturday was up 9 percent year-to-year among viewers on February 15, according to Nielsen, with 1.9 million viewers in live plus same day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The LEGO Movie – $31.5 million
3 Days To Kill – $12.3 million
Pompeii – $10 million
RoboCop – $9.4 million
The Monuments Men – $8. million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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