ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/10/17)
AMC: Better Call Saul (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaskan Bush People: Alaskan Grit (Premiere) at 7pm
CARTOON: Ben 10 (Premiere) at 5pm
DISCOVERY: Street Outlaws (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Help My Yelp (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Barnwood Builders (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: House Hunters (Premiere) at 10pm
HISTORY: American Pickers (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Pawn Stars (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: Angie Tribeca (Premiere) at 10:30pm
Steady as she goes: CBS ordered Criminal Minds for a 12th season. It’s the 19th returning series picked up by the network for the 2017-2018 season.
On Friday, Fox, Turner and Viacom hosted an event to fill in some of the blanks about their previously announced consortium. With support from Nielsen and comScore, Accenture will run OpenAP, aimed at allowing advertisers to target messages to specific viewers beyond the traditional demos, with transparency and consistency. The move is “a baby step in the right direction,” said Fox Networks Group’s president of advanced advertising products Joe Marchese. “Dora can finally play with Bart with adult supervision from Anderson Cooper.” President of Turner ad sales Donna Speciale told the group of advertisers, “This is a historical day for all of us. You’ve been asking us to come together…We heard you.”
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, whose show was booted from The Blaze after she made an appearance on The View and said she was pro-choice, sued the right-wing network for terminating her contract and conducting a “public smear campaign.” Tweeted Lahren, “Lay down and play dead really isn’t my style.” Responded The Blaze in a statement, “It is puzzling that an employee who remains under contract (and is still being paid) has sued us for being fired.”
Period drama pilot Monsters of God is not going to series at TNT. The project from Rod Lurie, Plan B Entertainment and Turner’s in-house studio will look for a home elsewhere.
A+E Studios signed a multiyear exclusive overall deal with UnREAL co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. Shapiro will continue as writer and executive producer onUnREAL, the first scripted series fully financed and owned by A+E Studios, while also working with the A+E Studios team to develop, create and produce new original programming for the A+E portfolio of networks, as well as outside buyers.
Karin Gist (Grey’s Anatomy) inked an overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. Gist will join Fox drama Star as exec produce and showrunner.
Netflix is set to produce teen comedy series Alexis & Katie, starring Paris Berelc (Mighty Med) and created by Heather Wordham (Hannah Montana).
getTV pays tribute to the late Don Rickles tonight with a variety block featuring some of the comedy icon’s most memorable Friar’s roasts, starting at 10p. Rickles died April 6 at age 90.
Shakira was honored by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and Hispanicize 2017 with the second annual Telemundo Innovation Award. The singer, the first person to reach 100 million Facebook fans, had big shoes to fill – last year’s winner was Pope Francis.
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills has added One Day at a Time to its 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season, for a session on Thursday, May 4, at 7p.The Netflix reboot joins CW’s Riverdale (April 27), and ABC’s Speechless (May 9) and Dirty Dancing (May 18).
Ricky Martin is joining FX’s Versace: American Crime Story, the third installment of the Ryan Murphy franchise. The singer guested on Murphy’s Glee.
NBC has the announcing team set for season 2 of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. Olympic speed skater/Dancing with the Stars champ Apolo Ohno and ESPN’s Kelvin Washington will deliver play-by-play, while MJ Acosta returns as a sideline reporter with new addition, MLB all-star Nick Swisher, starting Monday, June 12 at 10p.
Big Bad BBQ Brawl returns to Cooking Channel on Tuesday, May 2 at 10p, with Brooklyn pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio hitting the road to see how his Southern bbq concoctions measure up against experts across the country.
With help from Outsiders and Underground, WGN America posted its best monthly audience delivery ever in March among total viewers (+7%, 446,000), and the best month in prime in 7 years among A25-54 (+5%, 157,000) in Live+3 versus a year ago.
The finale of Univision’s Pequenos Gigantes USA on April 6 averaged 2.0 million total viewers and 770,000 A18-49, increasing its audience in the last half-hour compared to the first half hour among total viewers (+11%) and in the demo (+12%).
NBC’s First Dates and ABC’s The Toy Box both debuted with .8/3 among A18-49 on Friday night at 8p. ABC’s Shark Tank returned with 1.1/5.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Boss Baby – $26.3 million
Beauty And The Beast – $25 million
Smurfs: The Lost Village – $14 million
Going In Style – $12.5 million
Ghost In The Shell – $7.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)