FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/27/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Premiere) at 9pm
VICELAND: Twiz & Tuck (Premiere) at 10:30pm
BRAVO: Vanderpump Rules (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Alaska Off The Grid (Finale) at 9pm
MTV: Teen Mom 2 (Finale) at 9pm

Cher pulled out of Lifetime movie Flint, scheduled to begin production next month. “This has been a project so near and dear to my heart, and I was truly looking forward to helping tell this story,” said Cher of the film about the Michigan water contamination crisis. “Unfortunately, I will be unable to leave Los Angeles during the scheduled filming as I am dealing with a serious family issue that prevents me from going on location for the April filming.” Cher was onboard not only as a star, but as an exec producer with Craig Zadan, Neil Meron and Katie Couric.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Making the argument that producers earned record profits of $51 billion in 2016 while the average salary for TV writers/producers dropped 23% in the last 2 years, the negotiating committee for the Writers Guild of America voted to recommend a strike authorization vote. Among the issues the union is trying to address are “chronically low pay” for comedy variety writers, an increase in the residual formula for high budget SVOD programs, the “pernicious effects” of short seasons, script fees, and family leave. The current contract for members of WGA West and WGA East with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires May 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC is airing special editions of its Talking aftershow following the Better Call Saul season 3 premiere on Monday, April 10, and finale on Monday, June 12. The series’ cast, producers and celebrity fans will discuss the season and offers viewers a chance to ask questions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO doc Rock and a Hard Place, looking at incarcerated young people given a second chance with a 6-month boot camp, debuts tonight at 10p. Dwayne Johnson, an exec producer along with his Seven Bucks Productions co-founder, Dany Garcia and Rasha Drachkovitch, co-founder and CEO of 44 Blue Productions, will appear in the film. “Rock & A Hard Place is one of the most powerful programs I’ve ever produced,” Drachkovitch tells Cynopsis. “I’ve been producing inside prisons for the past 20 years, and the Miami-Dade Boot Camp is one of the most effective program I’ve seen to combat recidivism.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will viewers of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars be left hanging at the conclusion of the show, heading into the return of its seventh and final season on Tuesday, April 18? “We really wanted these last 10 episodes to be a love letter to the fans,” said PLL creator and showrunner I. Marlene King at a PaleyFest event on Saturday. “All the end games will be end games, but nobody is going to get their super easy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s back to Florence for Food Network’s Giada in Italy, starting a new season Sunday, April 9 at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The TV adaptation of stage play The Lost Souls Cafe airs on TV One Easter Sunday, April 16 at 6p. Film focuses on a restaurant lounge owner (The Carmichael Show’s Loretta Devine) working to save her business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’ll be deja vu for CBS comedy fans when Leah Remini guests on the two-part season finale of Kevin Can Wait on Monday, May 1 and May 8 at 8p, reuniting her with her former King of Queens castmate, Kevin James. Remini will play a cop who goes undercover with Kevin, posing as his wife.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Controversial musician Chris Brown will guest on black-ish on Wednesday, March 29. Brown will play a rapper working on a campaign with Dre (Anthony Anderson) in the ABC comedy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marco de la O (Tanto Amor) has been cast in the role of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in ripped-from-the-headlines drama El Chapo, focused on the rise to power and eventual downfall of the notorious criminal. Series premieres Sunday, April 23 at 8p on Univision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Leguizamo landed a role in six-part event series Waco, based on the true story of the 51-day standoff in Waco, Texas. Series produced by Weinstein Television will air on Paramount Network in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Taylor John Smith (American Crime) joined the cast of HBO drama Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. Eight-part drama is based on the book by Gillian Flynn.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NYPD Blue alum Sharon Lawrence is onboard CBS comedy pilot Me, Myself & I, examining a man’s life over a 50-year span.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel cut away from Monday’s hearing in which FBI Director James Comey confirmed an investigation into attempts by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election, and viewership dropped 29%. MSNBC stayed with the coverage and gained 8%; CNN also stuck with the hearing and had a slight increase. From 10a-1p, when all three news nets were airing the House Intelligence Committee hearing, FNC was first in viewership with 2.2 million, followed by 1.7 million for CNN and 1.4 million for MSNBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of AMC’s Into the Badlands launched Sunday as cable’s #1 returning show for 2017 among A25-54. The season two premiere delivered 4.5 million total viewers, 2.7 million A25-54 and 2.4 million A18-49 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Beauty And The Beast – $88.3 million
Power Rangers – $40.5 million
Kong: Skull Island – $14.4 million
Life – $12.6 million
Logan – $10.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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