FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/30/17)
AXS TV: Tonight At The London Palladium (Premiere) at 11pm
CBS: Superior Donuts (Premiere) at 9pm
REVOLT: Turning Tables (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: Love & Hip Hop (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Dallas (Finale) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Halloween Baking Championship (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days (Finale) at 8pm

Speaking at the Produced By NY conference on Saturday, Anthony Bourdain talked about an unnamed Hollywood mogul’s offer for Bourdain’s series, Parts Unknown, that ended up at CNN. Doing the deal “would have eaten us alive,” said Bourdain. “It would have destroyed everything – everything that makes us good, everything that makes us happy, our quality of life. It would have been a lethal compromise, a slow-acting poison that would have eaten away at our souls.” It was a lot of money, said Bourdain’s producing partner, Lydia Tenaglia, “but he was right.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a second and more extensive apology on Friday, suspended NBC News political analyst Mark Halperin acknowledged “aggressive and crude behavior” during his time at ABC News. “For a long time at ABC News, I was part of the problem,” said Halperin. “I deeply regret it….[my behavior] caused fear and anxiety for women who were only seeking to do their jobs.” Weekly counseling sessions led to a “very different reputation” after his time at ABC, said Halperin. The NBC suspension came after CNN reported multiple women were sexually harassed or assaulted while Halperin was working at ABC News in the late 1990s. Penguin Press canceled plans to publish a book he was co-authoring on the 2016 election; HBO had already canceled plans to adapt the book for television. And Showtime, which initially said it was “reevaluating” its relationship with Halperin, clarified its position over the weekend. “Should The Circus move forward with another season, Mark Halperin will not be a part of it,” said a spokesperson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rick Najera resigned as director of the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, a post he’d held for 13 years, over allegations of harassment. In March, CBS said it became aware of inappropriate comments and took “remedial action,” but subsequent information emerged forcing a discussion that led to Najera’s exit. On Friday, a representative for Najera issued a statement saying Najera was “heartbroken and confounded by deliberate and cruel defamations.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! said it is investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by correspondent Ken Baker. “E! has a longstanding commitment to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity,” said the net. “We take all complaints of misconduct very seriously, and thoroughly investigate all allegations of harassment.” Baker, who will not appear on E! while the investigation is underway, told TheWrap, “I’ve never touched anyone inappropriately – ever.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean responded to news that former president George H.W. Bush had been accused of sexual harassment via Twitter. In a 1992 speech, 41 said American families should be “a lot more like the Waltons and a lot less like the Simpsons,” to which Jean tweeted, “I think George HW Bush should act more like the Waltons than the Simpsons #25yearoldgrudge.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In her acceptance speech at Saturday’s Britannia Awards, Ava DuVernay, honored with the John Schlesinger Excellence in Directing Award, tackled the issue of harassment: “I have said it before and I will say it again. We don’t have time to work on these dark behaviors, these isms one by one. We don’t have time to be solely triggered by trauma and outrage. We should be outraged by all of it all of the time.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A march against sexual harassment, “Take Back the Workplace,” will take place Sunday, November 12 in Hollywood. The protest is chaired by Fox reporter Lauren Sivan, one of the first Harvey Weinstein victims to go public. One goal is to abolish confidential arbitration clauses and non-disclosure agreements in employment contracts that limit the exposure of sexual harassment and assault.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The doctors are in: In addition to the new slate of original programs announced at its first ever upfront presentation, CBS News Radio unveiled plans for one-minute lifestyle and entertainment updates from CBS Television Distribution shows including The Doctors, Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and Rachael Ray. New programming will be available to CBS Radio affiliates starting January 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s Preacher was renewed for a third season, to air in 2018. Season 2 averaged .4 among A18-49 and 1.2 million viewers in Live+SD, with hefty lifts of 133% and 99%, respectively, in Live+7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube usage on TV sets rose 70% over the last year, reported Google CEO Sundar Pichai during Alphabet’s 3Q earnings call – viewers are watching 100 million hours of its clips a day on TVs. While that’s only a tenth of YouTube’s overall hours viewed, that’s a lot of YouTube in the living room.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Creative Board of Fusion (which includes Meryl Streep, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr,, Viola Davis and Jodie Foster, among others) announced an open call for scripted and unscripted television projects, part of an initiative to generate new opportunities for young, diverse storytellers. The open call is aimed at helping to level the playing field for underrepresented creative talent, with or without agency representation. For more info go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Winners of 13th annual New York Television Festival announced Saturday, along with recipients of deals from NYTVF’s development partners. “A dozen years after our first Festival, I continue to be impressed by the talent that we are attracting from a thriving community of independent creators,” said NYTVF founder and executive director Terence Gray. “These individuals and their diverse points of view are making the art form of television better because they have chosen this episodic medium as the way to tell their stories.” Over 3750 submissions were received, and a record77 companies participated.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco launched a production company, Yes Norman Productions. With a multi-year deal at Big Bang home Warner Bros. Television, Cuoco will develop original TV projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a straight-to-series order go The Rookie, starring and exec produced by Nathan Fillion (Castle), from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios. Written by Castle EP Alexi Hawley, cop drama is based on the true story of a man who left small town life to move to LA and become a cop.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV greenlit music series Trunkfest with Eddie Trunk, premiering in 2018. Eight-parter hosted by the music historian features Trunk traveling the country interviewing bands and visiting festivals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hodges Half Dozen premieres on TLC Tuesday, November 7 at 10p. Docu-series follows a small-town Texas family that becomes super-sized with the birth of quintuplets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justice Network nabbed the rights to Rescue 911, hosted by William Shatner. True crime series, which aired on CBS from 1989-1996, will air weekdays at 5p starting today.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lavell Crawford: Home for the Holidays premieres Friday, November 3 at 10p on Showtime. Stand-up comedy special was filmed in Crawford’s hometown of St. Louis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and P!nk and Keith Urban to the collaborations for the 51st Annual CMA Awards, airing Wednesday, November 8 on ABC. An opening collaboration will include Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Urban and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeff Kober (Sully) landed a recurring role on CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles as a man from Hetty’s past….Nadine Nicole is set to recur on season 3 of Syfy’s The Expanse as a lowly tech with a dark secret….Fred Armisen (Portlandia) will appear in a story arc on season 4 of Fox’s Last Man on Earth, reports TVLine.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game 4 of the World Series on Fox scored a 10.6/20 in metered market ratings, to tie for the best Game 4 result in metered market numbers since 2009. The game broke the Dodgers’ 2-game losing streak, to tie the World Series 2-2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week after a preemption, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday hit a season low 1.8/7 among A18-49, but still tied NBC’s Will & Grace to top entertainment programs in the demo. Fox’s The Orville rose two tenths to 1.2, its highest Thursday rating to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The simulcast of the 2017 Latin American Music Awards on Telemundo and Universo averaged 2.32 million total viewers and 1.18 million A18-49, according to Nielsen. Pre-show delivered 1.78 million total viewers and 806,00 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s The Walking Dead returned for its 100th episode and season 8 premiere as the #1 show on television for its sixth consecutive season, delivering 15 million total viewers, 9.3 million A25-54 and 8.8 million A18-49 in Live+3 ratings. The two-hour special episode of Talking Dead delivered 5 million total viewers, 2.9 million A25-54 and 2.7 million A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jigsaw – $16.3 million
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween – $10 million
Geostorm – $5.7 million
Happy Death Day – $5.1 million
Blade Runner 2049 – $4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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