ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/17/17)
ID: Killing Richard Glossip (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Teen Mom OG (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: Basketball Wives (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Finale) at 10pm
CBS: 2 Broke Girls (Finale) at 9:30pm
FOX: 24 Legacy (Finale) at 9pm
WGN America canceled Outsiders, its most watched series, ahead of the drama’s April 25 season 2 finale. The news comes on the heels of the net’s best-ever monthly primetime ratings in March among total viewers and its best month in seven years among A25-54, propelled by its two original scripted shows – Outsiders and Underground. Peter Liguori, former WGNA president and CEO, left the company last month. He was at the helm when both series were renewed for second seasons last spring, and had led the charge to relaunch the network as a premium cable net with original programming. Interim chief Peter Kern has emphasized the company plans to expand WGNA’s original fare. Meanwhile, talk has intensified in recent weeks around a potential Tribune sale to rival Sinclair Broadcast Group.
TNT is pulling the plug on its pilot order to drama Let the Right One In, based on the novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project was penned by Jeff Davis, creator of Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf. It originally was picked up to pilot in August. Tomorrow Studios, which developed the project, has two other projects at TNT: series Good Behavior, which was renewed for season 2, and pilot Snowpiercer, which is based on the feature film and has begun casting.
Stephen Colbert continues to skyrocket. The late-night host’s Midnight Confessions comedy segment will get a book treatment, to be published by Simon and Schuster (a division of CBS, network home of The Late Show) on September 5. The recurring bit features Colbert in a confessional, making mea culpas for sins including “I tell people I don’t believe in casual sex, but the truth is I sometimes don’t wear a tie.”
NABET-CWA members employed at ABC’s news, sports and entertainment divisions around the country ratified a new four-year contract that comprises more than 2,700 broadcast technicians, news writers, producers, publicists and other support personnel working at the network and its O&O TV stations in LA, NY, Chicago, San Francisco and DC.
Boston’s Fox affiliate WFXT-TV is dropping the word “Fox” from its newscast branding in an effort to avoid viewers confusing the station with Fox News. This according to The Boston Globe, which reports newscasts will be branded as “Boston 25 News” starting April 24.
Star Wars Rebels will wrap up after its upcoming fourth season on Disney XD. The news surfaced during the series panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, FL over the weekend.
Jeff Varner, the Survivor contestant who got voted off the island last week after outing competitor Zeke Smith as a transgender man, has gotten the boot again. Varner told his local newspaper, Greensboro N.C.’s News & Record, he was fired from his job as an agent at NC realty firm Allen Tate.
AMC renewed Fear the Walking Dead for a fourth season, ahead of its upcoming season 3 premiere on June 4, with a pair of new showrunners. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) will take over showrunning duties beginning with season 4. Additionally, Scott M. Gimple, executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead, will become an exec producer of Fear the Walking Dead. AMC previously announced showrunner Dave Erickson would be transitioning off of the show upon completion of production of season 3 to develop new products for AMC Studios. In the second half of its second season, Fear the Walking Dead averaged 5.3 million viewers per episode, including 3.4 million A25-54 and 3 million A18-49 in Nielsen live+3 ratings.
Beginning today (April 17) at 8p, The Weather Channel will celebrate Earth Day with a week of specials that help educate viewers on the science of weather. Among the fare are Scientists Walk into a Bar, tonight at 8p, which probes the least likely questions about one of the most common weather events – lightning; and Winter Warfare, Sunday, April 23 at 9p, which goes behind the scenes with the US Marines as they prepare for combat in extreme cold conditions.
With host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Harry Styles on board, the April 15 edition of Saturday Night Live jumped +42% and 2.3 million viewers above last year’s April average to deliver the show’s strongest results since February. At press time the episode had averaged 7.88 million viewers overall and a 2.27 rating in A18-49 in Fast Official Live+SD results from Nielsen Media Research. The telecast was the first SNL to air live coast to coast (11:30p ET, 8:30p PT) and with 11:30p encores in western markets.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Fate of the Furious – $100.2 million
The Boss Baby – $15.5 million
Beauty And The Beast – $13.6 million
Smurfs: The Lost Village – $6.5 million
Going In Style – $6.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)