FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/7/17)
A&E: Escaping Polygamy (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: DIY Network’s Ultimate Retreat (Premiere) at 8pm
GSN: Snap Decision (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Tiny House Big Living (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TRAVEL: Man v. Food (Premiere) at 9pm
VICELAND: The Last Shot (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: The Bachelorette (Finale) at 8pm
BRAVO: Sweet Home Oklahoma (Finale) at 10:30pm
FOOD NETWORK: Texas Cake House (Finale) at 9:30pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Combat Trains (Finale) at 8pm

After over 36 years with Univision, Univision News anchor Maria Elena Salinas will leave at the end of the year. “I have decided it is time to change course and begin a new chapter in my career as an independent journalist and producer and dedicate more time to philanthropy, among other things,” posted Salinas on Instagram.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom plans to improve viewer experience at its networks by reducing ad loads, particularly on BET and MTV. “Our ad loads in my opinion were unhealthily high,” said Viacom CEO Bob Backish during an earnings call on Friday. Backish also said the company is increasing original programming at MTV by 60%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Someone didn’t do the math. The number of Emmy nods for NBC breakout hit This Is Us just slipped from 11 to 10, after the Television Academy took back a nomination for Outstanding Contemporary Costumes. “Having reviewed the ‘Moonshadow’ episode of ‘This Is Us,’ the awards committee noted that the entrant unfortunately miscalculated the proportion of scenes that were period versus contemporary,” said a TV Academy spokesperson. “In fact, the episode is predominately period. The entry (and subsequent nomination) are thereby disqualified.” Still in the running are HBO’s Big Little Lies, Fox’s Empire, Netflix’s Grace & Frankie and Amazon’s Transparent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC is launching new series The Job Interview, following real employers conducting interviews, on Wednesday, October 25 at 10p. The show joins season 6 of returning series Secret Lives of the Super Rich (Thursday, September 28 at 10p), season 2 of Adventure Capitalists (Tuesday, October 10 at 10p) and season 5 of The Profit (Tuesday, November 21 at 10p). Greenlights for 2018 were given to Billion Dollar Buyer from Endemol Shine North America, The Deed and The Deed: Chicago from Cineflix, and American Greed from The Intellectual Property Corporation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game were renewed for third seasons, and Celebrity Family Feud was picked up for season 4, with hosts Michael Strahan, Steve Harvey and Alec Baldwin onboard. ABC Studios also inked a two-year first-look deal with Baldwin to develop scripted and unscripted projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA’s Mr. Robot returns for season 3 on Wednesday, October 11 at 10p. The premiere date was revealed via a social media scavenger hunt, courtesy of the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Still in the Game with Roland Martin is premiering in syndication this month. The RLTV-commissioned show focuses on the second careers of professional athletes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bug Juice is back. Production is underway in Maine for a new installment of the Disney Channel docu-series following kids at summer camp, which originally launched in 1998 and ran for three season. New version is slated to premiere in early 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 TCA Award winners included The Handmaid’s Tale for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Program of the Year, Atlanta for Comedy, and This Is Us for Outstanding New Program. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath won for Reality Programming. “I had always hoped to win something for comedy,” joked the King of Queens alum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC former head of programming Warren Littlefield accepted the Heritage Award for Seinfeld. “27 years ago we decided to stiff Bob Hope on a birthday episode and fund 4 episodes of Seinfeld,” he said. “I guess it was a good call.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Dan is very much alive,” revealed ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey at TCA on Sunday, of John Goodman’s Roseanne character. Although Dan appeared to have died of a heart attack in the show’s 1997 finale, his heart will be beating for the revival, set for a midseason premiere. “I’m confident it will return to the show we knew and loved,” said Dungey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As for The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki reprising the role of David on the 8-episode Roseanne return, ‘”Those conversations are still in progress,” said Dungey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Asked about the expense of having Katy Perry as a judge on ABC’s American Idol reboot, to the tune of $25 million, Dungey said, “To have somebody like her on the panel is fantastic…We make sure we make the right decisions to make that show financially viable.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A small screen adaptation of film franchise Karate Kid is headed for YouTube Red. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles in Cobra Kai, a 10-episode series slated for 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NAACP’s 49th annual Image Awards, typically held during February, Black History Month, next year will air live on TV One Monday, January 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Nominations for the awards, honoring the accomplishments of people of color in TV music, literature and film, will be announced the week of November 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

This week, The Weather Channel is honoring “hurricane heroes” who stepped up when danger struck. Spotlights will be included throughout each day, starting at 7:40a today through 7:40p on Friday. Featured heroes include first responders, a USCG rescue swimmer, nurses and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Isabelle Huppert (Elle), and Mad Men alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery have joined the cast of Amazon anthology series The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, premiering on Prime Video in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Abigail Spencer, a regular on NBC’s canceled-then-not Timeless, will squeeze in time for a story arc on season 14 of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Spencer will play the role of Megan Hunt, replacing Bridget Regan (The Last Ship), out due to scheduling conflicts. “@abigailspencer is an incredible actor, tip top lady and will be a BRILLIANT Megan,” tweeted Regan. Grey’s launches with a 2-hour premiere on Thursday, September 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Upcoming Showtime comedy White Famous will have a familiar face and character in Meagan Good, guest starring for 2 episodes as her Californication character, Kali.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The video for Jay-Z’s “Midnight” sends up a season 3 episode of 1994-2004 NBC comedy Friends, opening credits (umbrella, dancing, couch) and all. Playing Ross, Joey, Rachel, Chandler, Monica and Phoebe: The Carmichael Show’s Jerrod Carmichael and Lil Rel Howery, Insecure’s Issa Rae, Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield, Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson and Girl Trip’s Tiffany Haddish. Of course, the video takes a turn, which you can catch on Tidal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud comedy streaming service debuted Friday. In addition to serving as a platform to launch new comedians and shows, the mobile service offers all seven seasons of Def Comedy Jam. “We want to give people one destination for comedy instead of searching all over the Internet,” said Hart. “My goal is to make the world laugh. I want this to be a representation of comedy from all new talent whomever you are, wherever you come from.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is planning a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars in which retailers’ products can be purchased by viewers by clicking on them. Amazon is partnering with Kin Community to produce Overhaul, a six-episode show hosted and co-produced by Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio. The show is scheduled to premiere in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Streaming service Brown Sugar, featuring African-American movies, is now available on Roku.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Dark Tower – $19.5 million
Dunkirk – $17.6 million
The Emoji Movie – $12.4 million
Girls Trip – $11.4 million
Kidnap – $10.2 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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