FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 11/20/17)
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Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show in network history, averaging 2.1 million weekly viewers in Live+7 Nielsens. The country music drama returns to CMT on Thursday, January 4 at 9p for the first half of its 16-episode final run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT also decided not to pick up comedy Still the King, starring Billy Ray Cyrus as an Elvis impersonator, for a third season, as it focuses more on original unscripted programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a full season order to new drama S.W.A.T. and picked up 3 additional episodes of freshman comedy 9JKL. S.W.A.T. is averaging 10.36 million total viewers, while the tally for 9JKL is 7.40 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The shareholder vote for Discovery’s pending $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive was 258.2 million votes for and 2.8 million against. Same story over at Scripps, where the vote was 102.3 million for versus 273,147 against the deal, announced in July and expected to close in early 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision and Verizon came to an agreement over the weekend that restored the Spanish-language net across the Verizon footprint. “We are deeply grateful for the patience of our viewers who were impacted as we worked through the blackout,” said Univision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At press time, former teen idol David Cassidy was in critical condition at a Florida hospital, suffering liver and kidney failure. The troubled Partridge Family star, 67, had struggled with a drinking problem and this year said he was suffering from dementia. Later in his career, Cassidy starred in ABC Family comedy Ruby & The Rockits in 2009, and appeared on Celebrity Apprentice in 2011.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS might not be able to go it alone forever, acknowledged CEO Les Moonves at a CNBC event. “We’re competing against monstrous companies. Disney is six times as big as we are. Comcast is six times as big as we are. Netflix market cap is huge. Now Amazon, the number one company in the world, is producing content,” noted Moonves. “We’re sort of like an old-fashioned production company. We’re a small guy. Eventually are we going to need to do partnerships with other content companies and distribution companies? The answer is probably yes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, with Comcast, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Verizon having reportedly had early talks with 21st Century Fox for assets that would not include Fox, Fox News and FS1, according to the Wall Street Journal, the TV company that would be left standing could look more like …CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on December 2, the sketch comedy’s next original episode. Musical guest will be U2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is developing a relationship comedy from Joe Port and Joe Wiseman (Me, Myself & I), Kapital Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, reports Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, GLOW) inked an exclusive multi-year deal with Netflix, where she’ll produce new original series and other projects. “Bold, outspoken and totally fearless, Jenji has constantly raised the bar for storytelling at Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube greenlit comedy series Liza On Demand, starring Liza Koshy as a woman attempting to become an “elite tasker.” Koshy also exec produces, along with writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Josie & The Pussycats). Produced by Lorne Michaels’ digital-first comedy studio, Broadway Video, series is slated for a 2018 launch on YouTube Red.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After animators for Louis C.K. comedy The Cops were laid off following TBS’s suspension of the show, art director Francis Giglio wrote a letter to C.K. and posted it on Facebook. “I am writing to you today to give a voice to another group of people that have been affected by your actions. The amazingly talented crew on The Cops that has been tirelessly working hard to create a unique prime time animated show. We now find ourselves out of a job right before the holiday season.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

That said, continued Giglio, “All of the stress and frustration that I find myself in now is nothing compared to the pain and distress you have caused those women. I will happily walk away from this project and any other project to fully support anyone that needs to come forward about sexual abuse or harassment.” C.K. was removed as exec producer and voice actor for the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeffrey Tambor is leaving Amazon’s Transparent, a decision he made after a co-star added to the sexual harassment allegations leveled by Tambor’s former assistant. “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” Tambor told Deadline. However, “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.” Amazon had launched an investigation into the allegations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also at Vulture Fest, Mike Schur, who has apologized for having had Louis C.K. on Parks and Recreation under his watch, said inappropriate behavior by now-former House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was hardly a secret. “If you think everyone knew about Louis, everybody knew about Kevin Spacey….You talk about open secret, it’s the most open secret that’s ever existed,” said Schur. “I didn’t know maybe the extent to which the behavior was predatory.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gene Simmons has been banned “for life” from Fox News, after bad behavior following a Fox & Friends appearance on Wednesday that included lewd comments and pedophilia jokes. The Kiss front man also whacked 2 female staffers on the head with a copy of the book he’s promoting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer Marti Noxon (UnREAL) tweeted support for a former Mad Men writer who alleged the series’ creator, Matthew Weiner, sexually harassed her. Noxon, who had been a consultant on the series at the time, recalled the woman describing the incident the next day, saying it was a toxic work environment. “Everyone at Mad Men, regardless of gender or position, was affected by this atmosphere,” posted Noxon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Whether Al Franken, the Saturday Night Live alum accused of forcibly kissing Leeann Tweeden and shown in a photo apparently groping his sleeping USO partner, should resign as Minnesota senator, was a hot topic over the weekend. In Franken’s corner were former SNL castmates including Rob Schneider, Laraine Newman, Victoria Jackson and Jane Curtin, who told the New York Times, “I have never seen him in a situation where he has been sexually aggressive with anybody.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cannabis icon Dr. Dina will star in Top Shelf with Dr. Dina, launching in early 2018 on upcoming network 420. Dr. Dina is not actually a doctor, earning her nickname from Snoop Dogg after opening LA’s first medical cannabis doctor’s office in 2003.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 4 of Grace and Frankie premieres on Netflix on Friday, January 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 8th annual CMA Country Christmas airs Monday, November 27 at 8p on ABC, with performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Luke BryanCB30Dan + ShayBrett EldredgeAlan JacksonLady AntebellumLittle Big TownDustin Lynch, McEntire, CeCe WinansTrisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Reba McEntire hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cozi TV’s Holidozi marathon will feature over 30 hours of holiday-themed episodes of shows including Will & Grace, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Lassie and more, starting Saturday, December 4 at 8p with Frasier and “Miracle on Third or Fourth Street.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix special Dave Chappelle: Equanimity, part of a three-show deal, will debut on New Year’s Eve.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T is heading to LA in mid-December, adding a second location for the Pop Up hosted by Taylor Swift NOW. Swift fans will find Reputation merch and installations. AT&T video customers can watch new series, “The Making of a Song” on DirecTV Now, DirecTV and U-verse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Skyler Samuels (Scream Queens) will recur on Fox drama The Gifted, airing Mondays at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s 20/20 jumped 82% week-to-week among total viewers (to 4.0 million), 75% among A18-49 (to .7/3) and 67% among A25-54 (to 1.0/4), for its most-watched telecast of the season and matching season highs in the demos. The episode followed an inspirational family as they adjust to life with their son’s rare facial condition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Across all airings, Oxygen’s 2-part special Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks reached 1.3 million P18-49 and 3.4 million total viewers, and its best true crime premiere among P18-49 (273,000) and F18-49 (180,000). Of these viewers, 26% were new to the net, rebranded as a crime programming destination in July.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s 18th Annual Latin Grammys on Thursday delivered an average audience of 2.7 million total viewers 2+, 1.3 million among A18-49 and 554,000 A1834, making it the #4 broadcast network in the demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Earl Hyman died November 17. He was 91. In addition to numerous memorable stage roles, Hyman was best known to television audiences for his role as Cliff Huxtable’s father, Russell, on The Cosby Show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country music artist Mel Tillis died November 19 after battling diverticulitis. He was 85. The singer-songwriter’s TV credits include variety series Mel and Susan Together, with Susan Anton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
http://www.billboard.com/articles/events/amas/8039497/amas-2017-winners-list

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Justice League – $96 million
Wonder – $27.1 million
Thor: Ragnarok – $21.8 million
Daddy’s Home 2 – $14.8 million
Murder On The Orient Express – $13.8 million
(Source: Cynopsis)

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