FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/3/14)
CBS: Friends With Better Lives (Premiere) at 9pm
JLTV: i24’s Evening News (Premiere) at 7:30pm
MTV: House of Food (Premiere) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN: Secrets of the Third Reich (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: This is Hot 97 (Premiere) at 10:30pm
CBS: How I Met Your Mother (Finale) at 8pm
CBS: Intelligence (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: House Crashers (Finale) at 11pm
FOOD: Worst Cooks in America (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD: Mystery Diners (Finale) at 10pm
FX: Chozen (Finale) at 10:30pm

Chelsea Handler will leave E! At the end of the year when her contract expires as host of talker Chelsea Lately, says The Hollywood Reporter. The show has been on E! For eight years and Handler has made several public statements about her dissatisfaction with the network. She is reportedly considering a radio gig or another late night TV talk show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC yanked Mind Games after five low-rated episodes. On Tuesday the drama, starring Christian Slater, drew just over 2 million viewers and .7/2 among A18-49. Resurrection will keep the 10p timeslot warm for season three of Celebrity Wife Swap, premiering April 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is not bringing back struggling Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, either, describing the Once Upon a Time spin-off’s Thursday, April 3 at 8p ep as its series finale. A Shark Tank special will take its time slot April 10, with encores of Grey’s Anatomy to follow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veep is a little to close to the truth for comfort. Speaking at Paleyfest Thursday, the show’s exec producer, writer and director Armando Ianucci, said, “The worst piece of feedback we’ll get is when we actually think that we’ve come up with the most ridiculous story… and we do it, and then we get a call from Washington where they’ll ask, ‘How did you find out?’”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Elliot is taking on sports full-time. Reports surfaced yesterday that the Good Morning America anchor is departing the show and will now join NBC Sports. Elliot, of course, has a long history with sports, having joined GMA from ESPN in 2011. At NBC, Elliott is expected to cover some of the company’s high-profile sports properties ranging from the NFL to the Olympics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Piers Morgan signed off his cancelled CNN show, Piers Morgan Live, Friday night with an assault on “the absurd gun laws in America,” as well a thank you to the audience, “even those who implacably disagreed with me, or just found my funny accent annoying.” Morgan had made gun control the focus of numerous programs during Live’s three-year run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET launched its first brand app, BET NOW. The app, available for free on iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices, provides access to full episodes of current shows including The Game, Being Mary Jane and Real Husbands of Hollywood, as well as classic series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Chiklis (The Shield) has joined the season four cast of FX’s American Horror Story as the former husband of Kathy Bates’ character. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Chiklis, a Lead Actor Emmy-winner for FX’s The Shield (2002-2008).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dana Delany (Body of Proof) has been cast in Amazon Studios drama pilot Hand of God, opposite Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscar nominee June Squibb (Nebraska) will guest on season two of Lifetime’s Devious Maids as the mother of Susan Lucci’s character, Genevieve Delatour. Show returns Sunday, April 20 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC pilot Feed Me, about a dysfunctional family and their restaurant, has added Andrea Parker (Desperate Housewives) to the cast as a vengeful ex-wife.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast Patrick Brennan (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as villainous Blackout. The ABC superhero drama airs Tuesdays at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal were the top series Thursday night, with Grey’s up 8 percent versus last week and Scandal up 7 percent. Fox’s American Idol was third in its 9p time period in the demo, matching its series low, 1.9/5. The premiere of Fox’s Surviving Jack at 9:30p drew a soft 1.3/4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Noah – $44 million
Divergent – $26.5 million
Muppets Most Wanted – $11.4 million
Mr. Peabody & Sherman – $9.5 million
God’s Not Dead – $9.1  million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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