FOOD NETWORK: Freaky Sweets (Premiere) at 10pm
PASIONES: Elif (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: Scared Famous (Premiere) at 9pm
VICELAND: The Untitled Action Bronson Show (Premiere) at 11:30pm
DISCOVERY FAMILY CHANNEL: Game of Homes (Finale) at 10pm

The Television Academy voted “overwhelmingly” to initiate disciplinary hearings against Harvey Weinstein in the wake of the dozens of sexual harassment and assault allegations against him. The Producers Guild, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA have already taken action to rid themselves of the disgraced producer. “Sexual harassment in any form is abhorrent and totally unacceptable. Television is a collaborative industry and we fully support those who have been affected by these allegations,” said the Academy in a statement. A hearing has been set, per the group’s bylaws, for early November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Director’s Guild of America has also started disciplinary proceedings against Weinstein. “The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters,” said guild president Thomas Schlamme on Saturday, “but has decided to make an exception in this case to acknowledge the filing of charges.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

An open letter to the animation community, with 217 signatures from women and non-conforming people, demanded “clearly and enforced sexual harassment” policies, as well as punishment for offenders. The letter went to execs at Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros., among others. “When sexual predators are caught at one workplace, they seem to easily find a job at another studio, sometimes even following their victims from job to job,” said the letter. “We are tired of relying on whisper networks to know who isn’t safe to meet with alone.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shonda Rhimes may be gone from ABC after signing overall deal with Netflix, but she’s not forgotten. Or even really gone. Speaking at USC’s Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Disney/ABC TV president Ben Sherwood said, “ABC will always be Shonda’s broadcast home. In fact, she’s told me, told colleagues, she hopes Grey’s Anatomy runs as long as General Hospital does – for another 40 years and beyond.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Responding to online speculation about why she left Chicago P.D. after 4 seasons (“it sounded like they cut her not she cut them,” read one post), Sophia Bush posted, “took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get out of that show…I left because I wanted to. End of story.” Bush now has a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Jennifer Ashton has been upped to Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News. Ashton, who was most recently Chief Women’s Health Correspondent, fills the shoes of ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor, who announced he was leaving to become president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Scripps Howard Foundation is launching a year-long postgraduate fellowship program for four people aiming for journalism leadership positions in the media industry. The program is offered in partnership with the Scripps News Washington Bureau, Newsy and ProPublica. In addition to immersive newsroom residencies, participants will convene for a series of workshops on leadership, project management, innovation and the business of journalism.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Sports is dropping the mic for the World Series – and dropping it deep. Fox is placing 14 underground microphones around the paying field, and will use 8 motion cameras. At-bats and close plays will be captured at 1500 frames per second.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a pilot production commitment to a reboot of Magnum P.I., from master of revivals Peter Lenkov (writer of CBS updates Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver), and Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist). CBS Television Studios is co-producing with Universal Television. The Tom Selleck original aired from 1980-1988.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC issued a put pilot commitment for a comedy from Liz Meriwether, creator and exec producer of New Girl, and New Girl writer J.J. Philbin. Project centers on a group of single parents who lean on each other as they raise their kids.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telepictures is developing a syndicated daytime show for Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night) from Lynch and Missy Halperin, reports Deadline. Target launch date is fall 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Emma’s At Her Dad’s, from Claudia Lonow Rapaport, Hazy Mills and Universal Television, has been put in development at Fox. Show focuses on a 35-ish single mom racing the clock on weekends to sort out her life while her child comes home.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube Red ordered 8-episode dating anxiety comedy series Swipe Right, starring Carly Craig (American Housewife) and created by Craig and Daniel Reisinger, reports Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The stories of 4 diverse and interconnected couples are told in Vows, a drama from Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs) and Sony Pictures Television, in development at ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer launches Wednesday, January 3 at 10p, with hospitality mogul and new owner of the Houston Rockets Tilman Fertitta ready to help small businesses score a big deal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS’s Snoop Dogg Presents: The Jokers Wild premieres tomorrow, October 24 at 10p. The reboot of one of Snoop Dogg’s favorite game shows growing up is set in Snoop’s very own casino, including a gigantic slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. The show also features cameos by the likes of Seth Rogen, Wiz Khalifia, Karlie Kloss, Michael Strahan, Method Man, Regis Philbin, Kelly Osbourne and Karraueche Tran.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! added to its slate of Snapchat series with Face Forward. The 8-episode makeover series treats a deserving girl to a complete style overhaul. Abercrombie & Fitch is excusive launch partner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is marking “Huluween” with an activation that includes a short-form 6-part anthology series called The House. The shorts, available for free, feature haunted houses that pay homage to the horror/scary movie genre.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and longtime friend Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen) will interview each other and take questions from the audience in “Deep Talk and Shallow Tales,” a live event Saturday, November 4 at 8p at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre Powered By Xfinity in Wallingford, CT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pentatonix is returning to NBC with A Very Pentatonix Christmas, set for Monday, Nov. 27 at 10p. The one-hour special, which also features The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson, will have an encore airing on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.

Justice Network is running “Husband Hunters” themed weeks the last two weeks of October, featuring episodes of men who propose marriage and women who propose murder. Episodes from a true-crime library that includes Body of Evidence, Cold Case FilesSecret Lives of Stepford Wives and more will air from 9-11p Monday-Friday.

Military veteran-turned-actor Vincent “Rocco” Vargas has joined the cast of FX’s Sons of Anarchy spin-off, Mayans MC. The recreated pilot has undergone several cast changes.

Fox freshman The Orville (1.9/7 Live+3) posted its highest Thursday rating, gaining a tenth after delivering a 1.8/6 Live+3 rating for three consecutive weeks.

ABC newbie The Good Doctor delivered its biggest lifts yet in its third week to make it the #1 playback gainer for the first time this season in both A18-49 (+1.6 rating points) and Total Viewers (+5.6 million).

FXX shows Halloween spirit with a The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” programming event culminating with a 13-hour marathon on Monday, October 31. The marathon will air 26 episodes of “Treehouse” in season order beginning 11a and concluding at 12a.

National viewership of NFL games is down 7%, to 15.12 million viewers. That’s an improvement from 2016, which saw an 8% drop. And Thursday’s game on CBS rose in viewership, drawing an audience of 14.9 million viewers across all platforms. In October, viewership is averaging 14.79 million across weeks 5, 6 and 7, up +9% versus last year.

TBS’s National League coverage during the 2017 MLB Postseason fueled audience growth across all Turner platforms. This year’s National League Championship Series averaged 6.2 million viewers, up 88% over TBS’s 2016 LCS coverage. Overall, TBS’s 2017 MLB Postseason coverage led the network to win the night eight times across all of cable television in primetime. Z

Longtime news reporter Jim Nash passed away October 18, after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 73. The much-admired Nash was most recently a reporter for KTLA, before his retirement in 2014.

Character actor Brent Briscoe died October 18 of complications from a serious fall. He was 56. Briscoe was known to TV viewers from roles on shows including Parks and Recreation and Twin Peaks.

Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $21.7 million
Geostorm – $13.3 million
Happy Death Day – $9.4 million
Blade Runner 2049 – $7.2 million
Only The Brave – $6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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