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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 5/1/17)
DIY: Docked Out (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD: Kids BBQ Championship (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: House Hunters (Premiere) at 10pm
RFD-V: Ride Smart with Craig Cameron (Premiere) at 3pm
NBC: Taken (Finale) at 10pm
TV ONE: Justice By Any Means (Finale) at 9pm
VICELAND: Twiz & Tuck (Finale) at 12pm

Negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and studios met over the weekend to try and avert a strike before the contract between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires tomorrow. Earlier this month, an overwhelming majority of the union’s members voted to authorize a walk-out if an agreement couldn’t be reached. Issues include the guild’s health plan, writers being paid less for shorter episodes, exclusivity, workplace protections and paid family leave.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The original talent competition broke the mold (outrageous acts, worthless prizes), and it looks like its reboot will, too. British comic Tommy Maitland has been tapped to host ABC revival The Gong Show, produced by Will Arnett. Or so ABC says – the “comedic legend” is reportedly a fictional character being played by Mike Myers. Maitland is alive, at least, on Twitter, posting on Friday, “This is Tommy and I’m live on the Internets. I’m hosting The Gong Show on ABC next month. Bloody marvelous!” Chuck Barris, who died in March, created, produced and hosted the first incarnation; new version premieres Thursday, June 22 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Political analyst Nicholle Wallace, former communications director for George W. Bush, has been handed the 4p hour on MSNBC, an expansion of a politics-focused block that includes MTP Daily, For the Record and Hardball. Steve Kornacki, who has been hosting MSNBC Live with Steve Kornacki in the time slot, will be part of the new show. Wallace joined NBC News and MSNBC last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Daily Show ’s Hasan Minhaj got a thumbs up from critics for his job hosting the Donald Trump-less White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday night. “Only in America can a first-generation Indian-American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the  president ,” noted Minhaj.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In TBS’s Correspondents’ Dinner Full Frontal special on Saturday, Samantha Bee assured reporters she would treat them well, adding, “At a later date, I will get Mexico to pay for your drinks.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A hacker released season 5 episodes of Orange Is the New Black on file-sharing site Pirate Bay, after Netflix refused to give in to extortion demands. Acknowledged Netflix, “A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.” Release date on the streamer had been set for June 9. OITNB might be just the beginning – the hacker tweeted it also obtained shows from ABC, Fox, IFC and Nat Geo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV canceled well-reviewed but low-rated Sweet/Vicious after one season. The dark comedy was MTV’s lowest-rated scripted series, averaging 180,000 viewers among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Education and entertainment-focused HITN will be the first Spanish-language network in the U.S. to air auto series Top Gear. Seasons 14-16  start Tuesday, May 2, in English with Spanish subtitles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix hopes a month-long immersive exhibit launching Sunday, May 7 will tilt Emmy voters in favor of its offerings. The 240,000-square-foot space will be located in Beverly Hills, open to industry professionals by invitation only. In addition to screenings, events will include panel discussions and special performances.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With over 283 million votes, the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards racked up its best number across six polling platforms. Top winners included Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ’s 1988-1997 hit Roseanne is being shopped as a limited series, with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf among the returning stars. Original exec producers Tom Werner, Barr and Bruce Helford, along with Gilbert and Whitney Cummings, will exec produce. The 20th anniversary of the landmark series’ finale is May 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content optioned the rights to 11 books from Anne Rice’s best-selling series, The Vampire Chronicles. Rice’s son, bestselling author Christopher Rice, will write and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Superstore writers/executive producers Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green landed an overall deal with Universal TV. They will continue as exec producers on the NBC comedy while also developing new projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

David Winning (Stargate: Atlantis) is directing two episodes of Van Helsing for Netflix and Syfy. Second season of the vampire drama is shooting in Vancouver.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime set summer premiere dates for Ray Donovan, launching its fifth season Sunday, August 6 at 9p, and Episodes, returning for its fifth and final run on Sunday, August 20 at 10p. On the flip side, the finale of Showtime’s Twin Peaks will air with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, September 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta debuts Thursday, May 25 at 10p. WE tv reality series spin-off focuses on the kids of hip hop royalty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon renewed Z: The Beginning of Everything for season 2. Bio-series starring Christina Ricci is based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fast & Furious will receive the Generation Award at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. It  will be the first time that a film franchise will be honored instead of an individual actor. Furious star and Producer Vin Diesel will accept the award alongside franchise co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jordana Brewster during the ceremony airing Sunday, May 7 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prince Albert is interviewed for Lifestyle in Monaco, a documentary premiering on TV5monde USA on Thursday, May 18 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery has added to its cast. New recruits include Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful), Rekha Sharma (The 100), Kenneth Mitchell (Jericho), Clare McConnell (Dim the Fluorescents) and Damon Runyan (Suits).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Big Bang Theory ’s Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch set deals for new 2-year contracts, for seasons 11 and 12. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who struck their own agreements in February, each took a $100,000-per-episode pay cut to help get their co-stars a hefty raise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Haircare brand SheaMoisture drew sharp criticism from black social media users (aka “Black Twitter”) for an ad focused on “hair hate.” A video posted on SheaMoisture’s Facebook site was intended to send a message of inclusivity, as it attempted to broaden its reach from its core base of women of color, by including white and light-skinned women. But many found that offensive because, as a writer on BET’s web site points out, “We know good hair is for everyone but that is why companies that cater specifically to Black women need to exist – because so many of the products out there do not.” (“Have a Pepsi,” joked one tweeter, referring to another well-intentioned but tone deaf spot.) SheaMoisture pulled the ad, saying on Facebook, “We really f-d this up. Please know that our intention was not – and would never be – to disrespect our community.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney|ABC Television Group has partnered with FosterMore to raise awareness around and support the work of foster families and others working to improve the lives of young people in foster care, during May, National Foster Care Month. Tent-pole events include #HackFosterCareLosAngeles, dedicated to solving five key challenges with the foster care system; Foster Mother’s Day, an event celebrating foster families; and the premiere of the FosterMore public service announcement, which will feature real kids and adults who have been a part of the foster care system.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Fate of the Furious – $19.4 million
How To Be A Latin Lover – $12 million
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – $10.2 million
The Circle – $9.3 million
The Boss Baby – $9.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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