FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ ACM AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/3/17)
BRAVO: Southern Charm (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD: Kid Chef Nation (Premiere) at 8pm
OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Hollywood Weapons (Premiere) at 9pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaskan Bush People: Alaskan Grit (Finale) at 8pm
ID: Obsession: Dark Desires (Finale) at 10pm

Neil Patrick Harris will host and exec produce NBC game show Genius Junior, testing the smarts of 12 teams of kids. “The contestants are kids, so they’re destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win,” said Harris. “I kid. #pun.” Shed Media is producing. Harris-hosted variety show Best Time Ever was canceled after one season on the network, but true to their word at the time, NBC and the Emmy winner’s Prediction Productions stayed in business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more NBC news, the net moved the premiere of Jennifer Lopez dance competition World of Dance from May 8 to Tuesday, May 30 at 10p, a comfy perch following the launch of America’s Got Talent. The premiere of Hollywood Game Night was moved to Thursday, June 22 at 8p, while Midnight Texas’s arrival date was changed to Monday, July 24 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW set its summer slate, including the launch of new action series Hooten & the Lady on Thursday, July 13 at 9p. Season 5 of Whose Line Is It Anyway? debuts Monday, May 29 at 9:30p, Masters of Illusion starts season 6 on Friday, June 30 at 8p, and Penn & Teller: Fool Us returns for season 4 on Monday, July 10 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Face the Nation host and CBS News political director John Dickerson has been bumped up to Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News. Steve Chaggaris was elevated to political director.
(Source: Cynopsis)

America’s Next Top Model is eliminating the age limit for contestants. “There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle we say you have to be 27 years old or younger,” said host and producer Tyra Banks in a video soliciting contestants. “You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are, honey. You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel.” ANTM returns for its second cycle on VH1, and 24th overall.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MMA drama Kingdom will end after its upcoming third season on AT&T Audience Network, which launches May 31. “We expect season three to be a great one and appreciate the hard work and dedication from creator and showrunner Byron Balasco, as well as the entire cast and crew,” said AT&T Audience and Endemol Shine Studios in a joint statement. “We could not be more proud to have worked with all of them on such an amazing series.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alec Baldwin is going to do his Donald Trump impersonation on Saturday Night Live’s current season as often as he can – but then it might be time to turn in the orange wig. “If everything stays the same in this country as it is now,” the actor told UK’s Press Association, “I don’t think people are going to be in the mood to laugh about it come September.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A memo from BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee on Thursday informing staff that Zola Mashariki, EVP and head of original programming at BET was leaving, apparently caught Mashariki by surprise. She said in a memo of her own that she was on medical leave, adding, “My job is protected by the Family Medical Leave Act…and I have a contract in place.” Responded BET, “These claims misrepresent the facts and are without merit.” Word of Mashariki’s departure came the same day it was announced that head of programming Stephen Hill was leaving.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YES Network, yanked from Comcast in 2015 in a retrans dispute, was back on Comcast Friday  just in time for the Yankees/Braves pre-season game, and season opener on Sunday. An agreement between Comcast and YES owner 21st Century Fox was struck earlier this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears independent cable operators may have a friend in new FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Speaking at the American Cable Association’s annual summit, Pai said, “We don’t view you as an enemy, but rather someone we can work with to better enable our citizens take advantage of digital opportunity.” Unlike his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, Pai is a proponent of less regulation of the industry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform’s Shadowhunters won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series, while Amazon’s Transparent picked up the trophy for Comedy on Saturday. The awards ceremony, which honors the portrayals of LGBTQ stories, will air on Logo on Thursday, April 6 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS ordered Ambulance, an alternative series based on a UK format that looks at the world of emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers. Endemol Shine North America will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) will direct the first 2 episodes of NBC’s Law & Order: True Crime – The Menendez Brothers, starring Edie Falco. Production is slated to begin this spring in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) announced a joint development deal with South Korean-based Signal Entertainment Group, to develop new formats.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An extended episode of WGN America’s Underground will feature Aisha Hinds (Under the Dome) delivering an hour-long speech as Harriet Tubman. In addition to airing during a special timeslot on Wednesday, April 12 at 8p, the show will have back-to-back encores throughout the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Shark Week is jumping to movie theaters on Tuesday, July 18 with a recap episode of 2016 and special episode for 2017. Ticket will go on sale June 9; Shark Week debuts on the network July 23.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new character, Madame Hydra – aka Viper – will be introduced on the upcoming season 4 o ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was revealed Saturday at WoderCon. Mallory Jansen, who also played Life Model Decoy Aida and Anges Kitsworth, will take on the role. Superhero series returns tomorrow, April 4 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s “Whiz Kids Weel” returns April 10-14, with 6 children vying for a cool million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E!’s Total Divas returns for its midseason premiere on Wednesday, April 5 at 9p, focused on a WWE draft that impacts careers and relationships.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dead Set on Life is back on Viceland for season 3 on Thursday, April 8 at 10:30p. In an episode titled “If It Ain’t Rough, It Ain’t Fun,” Matty ventures into the Everglades under the protection of an eighth-generation Floridian.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rainn Wilson (The Office) will play charismatic con man/intergalactic criminal Harry Mudd on CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery. The remake will go where no Star Trek has gone before, with new characters and new missions. Series gets a linear debut on CBS; all subsequent episodes will be available on the net’s digital service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In “the remake no one asked for,” Late Late Show’s James Corden and Victoria Beckham channel Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall from 1987’s Mannequin (with a touch of Carpool Karaoke). Check it out here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel had its best quarter ever during primetime in 1Q17 in P25-54 rating. The network claimed more top 10 unscripted cable series than any other network across P/M25-54, M18-49, M18-34, and P2+, including 7 of the top 10 in M25-54. And for the second year in a row, Discovery finished 1Q as the #1 non-sports cable network in M25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID closed 1Q17 as the #5 network in prime delivery of W25-54 in ad-supported cable, holding its spot as the #1 network in for total day delivery of W25-54 on Live+3 Day viewing. Among P25-54, ID ranked #2 for total day delivery, behind only ESPN. The true crime net also achieved its best first quarter and best March in network history for prime and total day delivery among all key demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet went out like a lion in March, up +24% in prime time total viewers P2+ (to 668,000) and up +6% in Total Day viewership versus March 2016.The network was also up in primetime ratings for the month in A25-54 (+9%) and +21% among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
http://www.eonline.com/news/840596/acm-awards-2017-winners-the-complete-list

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Boss Baby – $49 million
Beauty And The Beast – $47.5 million
Ghost In The Shell – $19 million
Power Rangers – $14.5 million
Kong: Skull Island – $8.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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