FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE/ CASTING CALL

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/2/15)
COOKING: Unwrapped 2.0 (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD: Kids Baking Championship (Premiere) at 8pm
GOLF: Big Break Palm Beaches (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Appalachian Outlaws (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Kitchen Crashers (Premiere) at 9pm

HBO is setting sail with six-hour miniseries Lewis and Clark, based on the book Undaunted Courage by Stephen A. Ambrose. Exec producers include Tom Hanks, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly and Adam Leipzig. Casey Affleck (Good Will Hunting) and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone) star as the explorers in the six-parter, to start filming this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast and Time Warner Cable agreed to a six-month extension to the end date of their merger agreement. The companies informed the SEC their new timeline gives them until August 12, 2015 to complete the deal, first announced in February 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO grabbed U.S. rights to 3½ Minutes, a documentary about the 2012 Florida shooting death of black teen Jordan Davis. The film from director Marc Silver will have its TV premiere in the fall, following a theatrical release.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s official: Almost half (47 percent) of people watching the Super Bowl are just there for the ads, according to Horizon Media’s Finger on the Pulse survey. “It’s clear support for why advertisers continue to make big investments in the Super Bowl,” said Kirk Olson, VP of TrendSights at Horizon. “On top of the enormous reach, Americans still very much believe in the event as a sports and advertising tradition.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eddie Murphy will be on hand for Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special on February 15 at 8p. Murphy was a regular on the NBC sketch comedy series from 1980-84; his last appearance was as host in December 1984.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is going for laughs with seven comedy pilots. From ABC Studios: Delores & Jermaine, based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler; a project with the NBA set in the world of basketball; a family comedy based on the life of Johnny Knoxville and The King of 7B, focused on an agoraphobic recluse. 20th Century Fox Television offerings include a comedy centered on a couple surprised when their son turns out to be an athlete, and The Brainy Bunch, about a pair raising a socially limited genius. Warner Bros. Television’s The 46 Percenters tells the stories of couples who choose to stay married.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turning to drama, ABC ordered pilots for Kingmakers, centered on an Ivy League university; Boom, set in oil fields of the Bakken, and The Adversaries, about a troubled legal family, from ABC Studios. The Advocate, about a health care advocate, comes from Vendetta Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot pickups for CBS include medical drama LFE, from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS Television Studios, about second-year residents at an NYC hospital; Sneaky Pete, written and produced by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and David Shore (House), from Sony Pictures Television, and crime drama For Justice, from Tribeca Productions, Rene Balcer (Law & Order) and author James Patterson, who wrote the novel on which the show is based.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production has started in New Orleans for new thriller Zoo, another CBS show based on a novel by James Patterson. Brad Anderson (The Machinist) is directing the episode, a CBS Television Studios production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is going for laughs with seven comedy pilots. From ABC Studios: Delores & Jermaine, based on the life of comedian Jermaine Fowler; a project with the NBA set in the world of basketball; a family comedy based on the life of Johnny Knoxville and The King of 7B, focused on an agoraphobic recluse. 20th Century Fox Television offerings include a comedy centered on a couple surprised when their son turns out to be an athlete, and The Brainy Bunch, about a pair raising a socially limited genius. Warner Bros. Television’s The 46 Percenters tells the stories of couples who choose to stay married.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turning to drama, ABC ordered pilots for Kingmakers, centered on an Ivy League university; Boom, set in oil fields of the Bakken, and The Adversaries, about a troubled legal family, from ABC Studios. The Advocate, about a health care advocate, comes from Vendetta Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot pickups for CBS include medical drama LFE, from The Dan Jinks Co. and CBS Television Studios, about second-year residents at an NYC hospital; Sneaky Pete, written and produced by Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and David Shore (House), from Sony Pictures Television, and crime drama For Justice, from Tribeca Productions, Rene Balcer (Law & Order) and author James Patterson, who wrote the novel on which the show is based.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production has started in New Orleans for new thriller Zoo, another CBS show based on a novel by James Patterson. Brad Anderson (The Machinist) is directing the episode, a CBS Television Studios production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV entries taking home American Cinema Editors Awards on Saturday included HBO’s True Detective, The Normal Heart and Veep, UK’s Sherlock,  CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and PBS documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. For a complete list of winners, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nominations were announced for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing Sunday, April 19 at 8p on CBS. Miranda Lambert earned the most nods with eight; Dierks Bentley followed with seven.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sarah Silverman, Clive Owen and Andre Holland join the celebs presenting at the 2015 Writers Guild New York Ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Freshly-minted late-night talk show host Larry Wilmore presides.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Television Animation was a big winner at Saturday’s 42nd Annual Annie Awards, honoring work in animation, with nine wins. Fox’s The Simpsons took home the trophy for general audience broadcast, and Fox/NatGeo’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey nabbed special production honors. For more, click here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Coming out winners from Sunday’s Art Directors Guild 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards were FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show, HBO’s Silicon Valley, ABC’s 86th Annual Academy Awards, CBS’s Big Bang Theory and IFC’s Portlandia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Geraldine McEwan died January 30 following a stroke in October. She was 82. McEwan was best known to television audiences for her role in Agatha Christie’s Marple.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
American Sniper – $31.9 million
Paddington – $8.5 million
Project Alamanac – $8.5 million
Black or White – $6.5 million
The Boy Next Door – $6.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

CASTING CALL
OXYGEN & Fremantle Media (American Idol) are seeking Entrepreneurs who are ready to quit their day jobs and turn their concepts into millions! If you have invention, new product, or startup – but need financial backing to take it to the next level – our team of investors can help! Contact The Casting Firm to apply at CastMe@thecastingfirm.com
(Source: Cynopsis)

 

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