FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/19/17)
AXS TV: Gotham Comedy Live (Premiere) at 10pm
CNBC: Secret Lives of the Super Rich (Premiere) at 10pm
FX: Baskets (Premiere) at 10pm
GSN: Divided (Premiere) at 9pm
GSN: Idiotest (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: The Detectives Club: New Orleans (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Good Place (Finale) at 8pm

NBC
is reviving Will & Grace for a 10-episode limited run. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally will reprise their Emmy-winning roles, and original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial 1998-2006 run, will direct and executive produce.“We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September, and the fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.“Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will and Grace is one of the best.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another show cutting through the clutter is NBC freshman drama This Is Us, which was renewed for two minimum 18-episode seasons. “We all got our wish that this is a hit show,” said Jennifer Salke. “This Is Us is as good as anything we’ve ever had, we’re thrilled to renew it for two seasons and there’s no doubt it will have a long life on NBC.” Original episodes are averaging 4.6 among A18-49 and 14.6 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Let’s face it, the company needs a little bit of work,” said new Viacom CEO Bob Bakish at NATPE, noting, “We don’t have critical mass at some of the networks. We need to focus on that a bit more.” And that means making sure “flagship networks have the resources, programming, marketing and distribution, that they need.” On the bright side, “There’s a clear path forward,” said Bakish. “We already are starting to see some green shoots.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

When is the episode of Law & Order: SVU about a presidential hopeful with a sordid reputation finally going to air? Yanked from several slots after the 2005 Access Hollywood tape featuring Donald Trump surfaced (talk of groping, Tic Tacs), the show still doesn’t have an air date. “I have not been informed when it’s going to air,” said Dick Wolf during a TCA session. “I suspect it will be this spring, but I don’t know.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal is taking male-skewing cable net Esquire off the air and relaunching it as a digital service, which will continue to feature original programming. The news comes in the wake of a 25 percent plunge in subscribers after the channel was dropped from AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse. Esquire, launched in 2013 in partnership with Hearst Corp., averaged 141,000 viewers in primetime last year, up 18 percent from 2015. “Since its launch, Esquire Network has seen consistent growth among total viewers and key demos and has delivered significant value to our advertising partners,” said Adam Stotsky, president of E! Entertainment and Esquire Network. “Men today consume content on a variety of platforms and it is essential that we follow our viewers….this new strategy sets us up for the future.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News reporter and Donald Trump target Katy Tur has been named anchor of MSNBC’s 2p hour through the first 100 days of the Trump administration, according to a memo from NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Ken Strickland. Fellow NBC News correspondent Hallie Jackson will anchor MSNBC at 10a, and was named a White House correspondent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a politically divided world, The Walking Dead creators “don’t have an agenda we’re pushing,” said exec producer Gail Anne Hurd at NATPE. “It’s a show about moral and ethical choices, and that’s something everyone can embrace.” Not every viewer embraced the level of violence on last year’s season premiere, which is why the AMC zombie drama “did tone it down for the episodes we were still filming,” said Hurd.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New York times alum Leslie Picker is joining CNBC as a reporter covering finance. The appointment becomes effective February 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Don’t count on a May premiere date for CBS All Access revival Star Trek: Discovery, which begins production next week. “This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show,” warned CBS. “We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.” Originally slated to launch this month, the series was pushed to May after showrunner Bryan Fuller stepped down in late October, handing control to executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC ordered 20 more episodes of The Wall, exec produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. “A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset,” said Paul Telegdy, president, alternative and reality group, NBC Entertainment. In its first two regular Tuesday telecasts, The Wall, the second show (after Better Late Than Never) to launch under Universal Television Alternative Studio, has averaged 1.7 among A18-49 and 6.9 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision revealed at NATPE that it is developing a series based on the life of Latin American recording star Luis Miguel. Pedro Torres, a long-time collaborator with Miguel, will exec produce through his Curiosity Media Group. It’s one of two projects in the works centered on Miguel – Gato Grande Productions, an MGM joint venture, landed exclusive life rights to the singer for a bio-series that was announced in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital multicast net Buzzr will air its second “Buzzr Bowl” from January 30-February 3 at 8p, showcasing some of the best athletic talent to hit the game show circuit. Episodes include the Bengals versus the 49ers on Family Feud in 1989, and a Match Game episode featuring Alex Karras as a panelist. In conjunction with the stunt, Buzzr will premiere a new on-air campaign called “Odd Jobs,” parodying the behind-the-scenes roles of support staff (like Gladys, who trained models to perfect their wrist swoosh.) Odd Jobs trailers begin airing February 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Talk – Race in America is slated to air Monday, February 20 at 9p on PBS (check local listings). The 2-hour doc offers six personal stories focused on the conversation parents of color have with their children about how to behave if stopped by police.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New photos that could cast light on a long-ago tragedy are the focus of Smithsonian Channel’s Titanic: The New Evidence. Images that had been stashed in an attic for over 100 years, indicating cost-cutting measures and shoddy workmanship on the soon-to-sink ship, are revealed Saturday, January 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is previewing new series Chicago Justice on Wednesday, March 1 at 10p. The show will follow a crossover event between Dick Wolf sibs Chicago Fire at 8p and Chicago P.D. at 9, that introduces a storyline flowing into the new entry in the franchise. Justice takes its regular slot Sunday, March 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet docu-series The Zoo, filmed over an 8-month period at the Bronx Zoo, offers a behind-the-scenes look at the NYC institution’s animals and their caretakers, as well as the conservation efforts of the Wildlife Conservation Society. First up, on Saturday, February 18 at 10p: Ntondo, a gorilla diagnosed with glaucoma.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s Stranded with a Million Dollars launches Tuesday, February 21 at 10p. In the survivalist reality show, 10 adventurers are dropped on an island with brutal conditions nothing but the clothes on their back and a million dollars, which they can use to buy super expensive supplies …if they can agree on what to purchase.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 5 of AXS TV’s The Big Interview premieres Tuesday, February 14 at 8p. Host Dan Rather kicks things off with a talk with Kid Rock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

West Coast Customs, starring custom car designer Ryan Friedlinghaus, is coming back to Velocity. Encores of fan favorite episodes begin Tuesday, January 24 at 9p, and new Inside West Coast Customs starts in March. “Ryan is an original member of the Velocity family. He was here when the network launched a little more than five years ago,” said Robert S. Scanlon, EVP and GM of Velocity and Automotive Content. “Having him back is a brilliant addition to our lineup.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT renewed Major Crimes for a 13-episode sixth season. The winter premiere of season 5 starts Wednesday, February 22 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN’s For Peete’s Sake returns with new episodes on Saturday, February 18 at 10p. Docu-series follows the lives of actress Holly Robinson Peete, her former NFL QB husband, Rodney Peete and their family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At NATPE, Telemundo offered a sneak peek at upcoming drama Guerra de Idolos, “a battle of love, action and ambition” set in the music industry. Newcomer La Fan premiered on Tuesday in the U.S. on Telemundo and in Mexico on Gala TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Melissa McCarthy will appear in a Super Bowl spot for Kia’s Niro hybrid (tagline: “A smarter kind of crossover”). The Mike & Molly star will also voice two 15-second spots coming out this week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

James Frain (True Blood) is onboard CBS All Access Star Trek: Discovery as Sarak, father of Spock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

America Ferrera’s Ugly Betty castmate Tony Plana will guest on NBC’s Superstore Thursday, March 16 at 8p. Plana, who played the father of Ferrera’s character on Betty, will also play her pop on Superstore.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katie Couric and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) will guest on upcoming episodes of NBC’s This Is Us. Couric will play herself, while Henry will portray a friend of William’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first round of performers for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards include John Legend, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Show goes on Sunday, February 12 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During 4Q16, Netflix attracted 1.93 million U.S. and 5.12 million international subscribers, the most ever added. Forecast had been 1.44 additional U.S. streamers and 3.74 more international.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC reports through 17 weeks of the 2016-17 season, it is leading #2 Fox in primetine among A18-49 by a 35 percent margin (2.7 versus 2.0), the biggest lead at this point in a season for  any network since Nielsen introduced people meters in 1987.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s This Is Us dipped four tenths after a series high in a special post-presidential farewell speech slot last week, but was still Tuesday’s highest-rated show among A18-49 with 2.6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision out-delivered one or more of its English-language broadcast brethren on all seven nights last week among A18-34, and for the fourth consecutive Monday night ranked as the number 2 broadcast net in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMas delivered its second-highest rated week this season during broadcast prime with 689,000 total viewers and 323,00 A18-49. Last week the net had its highest-rated weekly performance in the season so far.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndicated Who Wants to Be a Millionaire hit season highs the week of January 2, growing week-to-week in HHs (6 percent), A25-54 (20 percent) and W25-54 (17 percent), and scored its highest HH rating and most-watched week overall since March 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment Tonight hit a season high 3.7 rating, up 9 percent from the week prior, while The Insider rose 18 percent to match its season high of 1.3. Among talk shows, Ellen DeGeneres rose 25 percent to 2.5 going from repeats to originals, matching Live! With Kelly (down 4 percent).
(Source: Cynopsis)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2017 – WINNERS LIST
http://www.eonline.com/news/822706/people-s-choice-awards-2017-winners-the-complete-list

BROADWAY
Jitney is opening on Thursday January 19, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jitney-broadway/

Oh, Hello On Broadway is closing on Sunday January 22, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/oh-hello-broadway/

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