FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 7/24/17)
HBO: Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: Somewhere Between (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Gone (Premiere) at 9pm
MSNBC: The Beat with Ari Melber (Premiere) at 6pm
NBC: Midnight Texas (Premiere) at 10pm
NICK: Welcome To The Wayne (Premiere) at 5:30pm
TBS: People on Earth (Premiere) at 10:30pm
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (Premiere) at 8pm
MTV: Teen Mum (Finale) at 11pm
TELEMUNDO: La Querida del Centauro (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: Counting On (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: Kate Plus 8 (Finale) at 10pm

Syfy acquired both seasons of short-form web series Con Man, set at fan conventions. The news broke, appropriately, during San Diego Comic-Con. Con Man, from Firefly’s Alan Tudyk, began with a 2015 Kickstarter campaign with Tudyk, his Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion and producer P.J. Haarsma; the web episodes will be combined into half-hour installments for linear broadcast starting in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy was busy at Comic-Con, also announcing the renewal of female-led supernatural action series Wynonna Earp for season 3, expected to launch in 2018. Series airs Fridays at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO revealed a new trailer for Season 7 of Game of Thrones at Comic-Con, featuring Melisandre in the court of Daenerys Targayen. AMC followed suit with its first trailer for Season of 8 of The Walking Dead in which Rick, Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom make preparations for war with Negan and his Saviors. Starz did even better for fans at an Outlander gathering, screening the entire season 3 premiere episode, which has Claire and Frank Randall in 1948 America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vice Media laid off 2% of its work force, approximately 60 people, across several departments. The move in part reflects the company’s shift in priorities toward video operations and expansion in international.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Melissa McCarthy’s run as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live appears to be over. Shortly after Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci was named the new White House Communications Director, the White House press secretary resigned in protest; hours later his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was named as his replacement. Tweeted President Trump on Friday, “Sean Spicer is a wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media – but his future is bright!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV is thinking big with a multiplatform campaign for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards that goes back to the awards shows’ roots. “The year’s VMA campaign looks to the future while embracing the legacy of the VMA brand,” says Thomas Berger, SVP of Brand Creative at MTV. “It all began with MTVs irreverent twist on the moon landing. But outer space is more than a place. It’s a representation of the wonder, creativity and ambitions of the human spirit. It’s inside of all of us as we look to the stars and challenge our limitations. The artists that take the VMA stage embody that spirit as they strive to take us to new horizons of music, performance and creativity.” VMAs touch down Sunday, August 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Don Todd, co-creator of Samantha Who?, inked a two-year overall deal with ABC Studios. As part of the agreement, he’ll serve as EP and showrunner on new legal drama For The People, from ABC Studios and Shonda RhimesShondaland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 5 of History’s Vikings sets sail with a 2-hour launch on Wednesday, November 29 at 9p. “When [creator and writer] Michael Hirst told us his epic plans for the season premiere, we needed two hours to tell it properly,” said Arturo Interian, SVP, scripted programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX set Tuesday, September 5 at 10p as the premiere date for American Horror Story: Cult. It’s the seventh installment of the anthology series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MSNBC launches The Beat with Ari Melber on Monday, July 24 at 6p. The hour fills the slot left vacant by the sudden cancellation last month of the short-lived For the Record with Greta Van Susteren.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a culinary boot camp on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, launching Wednesday, August 23 at 9p on Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo debuts a new season of Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso on Tuesday, July 25 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raycom Sports summer TV series Havoline Football Saturdays begins its 14th season this weekend. Hosted by Tim Brando, the show is syndicated in over 100 markets throughout the US.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The setting for FXX’s Archer shifts from LA to “Danger Island,” a remote beach in the South Pacific, for season 9, it was revealed at Comic-Con. After a dark season 8, things will lighten up with “quicksand, cannibals, and super intelligent monkeys,” said exec producer Matt Thompson. Animated series returns in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW took the opportunity at Comic-Con to flesh out 3 new season 4 characters on The Flash: Danny Trejo (Machete) will play bounty hunter Breacher; Neil Sandilands (The 100) tackles DC villain Clifford Devoe, aka The Thinker, and Kim Engelbrecht (Dominion) has been set as DC character The Mechanic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on CW: James Remar (Dexter) and Damon Gupton (Bates Motel) have joined the cast of Black Lightning, premiering midseason, and Robert Knepper was upped to series regular in Season 4 of iZombie. Crossing paths with Supergirl during season 3 will be Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as a ruthless real estate developer; Carl Lumbly (Alias) as DC character M’yrnn J’onzz, and Yael Grobglas (Reign) as DC character Psi. And Lost alum Michael Emerson was added to the season 6 cast of Arrow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wilson Cruz joins fellow Rent alum Anthony Rapp as Rapp’s character’s love interest on CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery. Rapp plays the TV series’ first openly gay character, Lt. Stamets. The show premiered on CBS yesterday; new episodes will arrive weekly on the streaming service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joseph Reitman (Money Monster) nabbed the lead role in upcoming Syfy series Happy!, while Patton Oswalt takes over voiceover duties from Bobby Moynihan, who voiced Happy the Horse in the pilot. Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) will recur on season 3 of the net’s The Expanse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Neil Jackson (Abesntia) and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) are onboard the sophomore season cast of HBO’s Westworld….Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf) is joining the season 3 cast of Fox drama Gotham….Tom Welling (Smallville) was added to the season 3 cast of Fox’s Lucifer, as a charismatic police lieutenant.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The audience for a Netflix Comic-Con panel on upcoming superhero show The Defenders got a surprise when an entire episode was shown in addition to the trailer (it was a hit) with the crowd. Series premieres on the streaming service August 18. Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb also announced the season 2 renewal of Iron Fist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some 13 million people watched on traditional TV as a Nevada board paroled O.J. Simpson. CBS garnered the biggest numbers from 1-3p with 3.1 million viewers, with 748,000 of them A25-54, while ABC had 2.3 million people tune in, including 544,000 in the news demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel original movie Descendants 2 reached 13 million Total Viewers with a simultaneous premiere on Friday on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and Lifetime Movies. The Disney Channel telecast was Friday’s #1 scripted TV telecast in Total Viewers (5.3 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Deborah Watling, known for her work as Victoria Waterfield on the original incarnation of Doctor Who, died following a battle with lung cancer. She was 69.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Dunkirk – $50.5 million
Girls Trip – $30.4 million
Spider-Man: Homecoming – $22 million
War For The Planet of the Apes – $20.4 million
Valerian And The City of A Thousand Planets – $17 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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