FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/14/16)
BET: BET Honors (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Tiny House Hunters (Preview) at 9pm and 9:30pm
ID: Deadly Demands (Preview) at 10pm
ABC: The Bachelor (Finale) at 8pm
BRAVO: Vanderpump Rules (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Murder Comes To Town (Finale) at 8pm
TNT: Major Crimes (Finale) at 9pm

The CW has given early renewals to 11 series. “As we continue to further our strategy of more year-round original programming, picking up these 11 series for the 2016-2017 season puts us in a great position of having proven, high-quality shows to launch in the fall as well as midseason and summer of 2017,” said net president Mark Pedowitz. Back for more: Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Flash, iZombie, Arrow, Supernatural, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The 100, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Reign.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Switched at Birth is coming to a close. Series creator and EP Lizzy Weiss announced the news on Twitter, posting, “This season of #SwitchedatBirth will be our final one. We are ending the show after an amazing 103 episodes with pride, love, and gratitude.” The series launched on ABC Family in 2011; a premiere date for its fifth and final season, airing on the rebranded Freeform,  has yet to be announced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cesar Millan was named in a complaint filed against his Santa Clarita, CA, dog psychology center after a potbellied pig was bitten by a dog at the facility. The former Dog Whisperer and current star of Nat Geo WILD‘s Ceasar 911 is fully cooperating with authorities. Explained a Nat Geo WILD spokesperson, “In a recent episode of the Nat Geo WILD series Cesar 911, Cesar works with an aggressive French bulldog/terrier mix named Simon, who has a history of attacking other animals, including his owner’s pet potbellied pigs. A short clip from the episode was shared online and showed Simon chasing a pig and nipping its ear, causing the ear to bleed. The clip caused some concern for viewers who did not see or understand the full context of the encounter.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC has landed the first TV interview with Kate del Castillo, who helped broker the meeting between then-fugitive drug lord El Chapo and Sean Penn. The telenovela star will discuss details of the meeting in the Diane Sawyer special edition of 20/20 airing Friday, March 18 at 10 p. The interview will also on air on Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scream Queens main cast is back for the Fox show’s sophomore season. At PaleyFest on Saturday, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Niecy Nash, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin and Billie Lourd all raised their hands when panel moderator Debra Birnbaum asked who would be returning. Look for the story of the sorority massacre to continue in a hospital.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lilliana Vazquez has joined NBC’s Today show as a regular contributor. The blogger had been a recurring fashion expert for four years. In addition to fashion, Vazquez will cover stories across lifestyle categories, including pop culture, travel, wellness, technology and entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One Music is releasing a soundtrack in conjunction with Bounce TV for the network’s drama series Saints & Sinners. The new album, Saints & Sinners: Original Soundtrack From Season 1, will be out on Friday, March 25 exclusively via digital retailers. Series airs Sundays at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justin Chambers is staying put on Grey’s Anatomy. On Thursday night, the actor took to Twitter to confirm that he will be back as Alex Karev for the ABC drama’s 13th season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nashville has enlisted a trio of singers to play themselves in upcoming episodes of the ABC musical drama. Per the Hollywood Reporter, pop star Kesha and country crooners Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will make appearances ahead of the show’s midseason return. The three stars are slated to make one-episode cameos, but will not appear in the same hour.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC has announced a series order for Maya and Marty in Manhattan, an hour long variety show starring SNL vets Maya Rudolph, Martin Short and Kenan Thompson airing live each week from NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rock. Lorne Michaels will executive produce. “With their cumulative expertise and experience in live comedy, we couldn’t ask for a better trio to deliver what we know will be a fantastic show,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and late night programming. Series bows Tuesday, May 31 at 10p, after the summer finale of America’s Got Talent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Ed Bassmaster Show, starring the YouTube breakout comedy star, arrives Thursday, April 14 at 10p on CMT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LA moms are the focus of Bravo docu-series There Goes the Motherhood, launching Wednesday, April 20 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marvel’s latest Defenders series, Luke Cage, has set its premiere date: September 30 on Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Night Of (formerly Criminal Justice), an HBO limited series and passion project of the late James Gandolfini, will premiere on the cable net this summer. The project, starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, is based on Peter Moffat’s Criminal Justice drama series that aired on the BBC in 2008-2009.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet returns for 12 new episodes on Saturday, April 16 at 9p. 1.2 million P2+ total viewers tuned in to the season one finale in August, a series high, and also a series best among W2554 (239,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

This Old House features an 18th century style farmhouse on the North Shore of Massachusetts when the show’s 36th season premieres in March/April 2016 on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alyssa Milano reunites with Jason Lee in the CBS comedy pilot What Goes Around Comes Around. The pair, who played husband and wife Earl and Billie on NBC‘s My Name Is Earl, will once again play a couple.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justin Kirk (Weeds) and Eric Winter (The Mentalist) have landed series regular roles in Fox drama pilot APB. Kirk will play Gideon Reed, a multi-billionaire who buys a police precinct. Winter will portray Sergeant Tom Murphy, a tough vice cop with a big heart.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Odette Annable (The Astronaut Wives Club) will star as the female lead in CBS medical drama pilot Bunker Hill as Zoe, a forthright and idealistic physician.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ali Larter (Heroes) is replacing Elisabeth Shue in Fox drama pilot Pitch. According to Deadline, Shue’s departure was due to creative differences over the direction of her character.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) has been cast as the female lead in Crunch Time, NBC‘s hybrid game show/comedy pilot. The project, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, focuses on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the host, Toby (Craig Ferguson).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patton Oswalt (King of Queens) is taking on the male lead in Fox‘s untitled Laura Steinel comedy pilot. The project centers on Jane (Judy Greer), the under appreciated head of Human Resources for a plastics molding plant. Milana Vayntrub (Other Space) is playing Alex, a new addition to the HR department.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former American Idol Jordin Sparks is joining ABC pilot Time After Time. Using the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie as a starting point, the project follows the adventures of young H.G. Wells (Freddie Stroma).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sarah Wayne Callie will reprise her role as Dr. Sara Tancredi in Fox‘s Prison Break event series. The nine-episode follow-up to the 2005 series is set to begin production in Vancouver next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Julie Benz (Defiance) has been tapped for a regular role in CBS drama pilot Training Day, a reimagining of the 2001 film. She’ll play Holly McCabe, an unapologetic Hollywood madam.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lionsgate and ABC have cast Shane Harper (Happyland) as Robbie, the womanizing waiter who dates and cheats on Baby’s older sister, Lisa, in special event movie Dirty Dancing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Erik Stocklin (Stalker, Mistresses) joins Netflix comedy Haters Back Off opposite Colleen Ballinger-Evans. Series delves in the oddball life of Ballinger-Evans’ popular YouTube character, Miranda Sings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sam Neill (The Tudors, Jurassic Park) has been cast as the lead in AMC’s upcoming series The Son. He’ll play Eli, the charismatic patriarch of the McCullough family. In addition, Henry Garrett (Poldark) nabbed the role of Pete McCullough, Eli’s eldest son; Zahn McClarnon (Fargo) will portray Comanche war chief Toshaway; Paola Nunez (Reina de corazones) will play Maria Garcia, and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) rounds out the cast as Pete’s tomboy daughter. Production begins in Austin, TX in June. Series is set to premiere in 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marycarmen Lopez landed a series regular role on upcoming OWN drama Queen Sugar. She’ll play Reyna Velez, a school teacher at the local New Orleans elementary school.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC pilot Spark, a drama set in an alternate history where gas and coal fuel the world, has secured two cast members. Antonia Thomas has been tapped as the lead, while Rege-Jean Page (Roots) has landed a male lead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bryce Cass (Battle Los Angeles) has been cast as a series regular in NBC pilot Cruel Intentions, based on the 1999 film. Cass will portray Miles Castillo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Danielle Savre (Hollywood Heights) is set as a series regular role in CBS drama pilot Four Stars about two powerful rival families in the military community of Tampa, FL. She’ll play a decorated combat pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Heroes Reborn alum Nazneen Contractor is continuing at NBC in Chicago Justice (originally titled Chicago Law), the next installment of Dick Wolf‘s Chicago franchise. The spinoff will be introduced in Episode 21 of Chicago PD.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amy Pietz (The Nine Lives of Chloe King) has secured a series regular role in The CW pilot No Tomorrow. She’ll play a boss at an Amazon-like distribution center.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart, averaged a 2.0 HH rating and 2.3 million total viewers on a Live+3 basis on Sunday, March 6, ranking Hallmark Channel as the 2nd highest-rated and the 2nd most-watched network among households, excluding news programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere Saints & Sinners on Sunday, March 6 at 9p has become Bounce TV‘s #1 highest-rated and most-watched program ever, delivering the most Households of any program in net’s four-and-a-half years on the air. Combined with its second airing Sunday night, the show reached 1.3 million unique viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mythbusters’ duct tape special set network records among Persons and Men 25-54 and 18-49 and was Science Channel’s #3 most watched telecast of all time with 910,000 total viewers on Sunday March 6 at 8p in P2+.  Among P25-54 the episode was a top 5 telecast in network history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Quantico jumped to a 2.1 rating among A18-49 in L+3 numbers and emerged as Sunday’s #1 broadcast program, topping Fox’s Family Guy (2.0) and The Simpsons (1.6) and NBC’s Dateline (1.7). In the L+SD numbers, the ABC drama stood two tenths behind both Fox comedies and three tenths behind Dateline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2016 NICKELODEON KIDS’ CHOICE AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Zootopia – $50 million
10 Cloverfield Lane – $25.2 million
Deadpool – $10.8 million
London Has Fallen – $10.67 million
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – $$4.6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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