FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/4/17)
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: Vanderpump Rules (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: RelationShep (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Cash Cab (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: Vanderpump Rules (Premiere) at 9pm
TBS: Tarantula (Premiere) at 10pm
AMC: Ride with Norman Reedus (Finale) at 9pm

ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross has been suspended for 4 weeks for an erroneous story on former national security advisor Michael Flynn. Ross reported that a source said former national security advisor Michael Flynn would testify that President Trump had directed him to make contact with Russian officials while a candidate for president, when it could have impacted the results of the election. Instead, the source had said Trump issued that directive to Flynn after the election. “We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday,” ABC said in on Saturday. “The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ross responded to his without-pay suspension on Twitter: “My job is to hold people accountable and that’s why I agree with being held accountable myself.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

21st Century Fox is still in talks with Comcast about buying part of the company, but the Walt Disney Company is back in the game too, sources have told the New York Times, the Financial Times and others. While Fox is considering selling the 20th Century Fox movie studio, UK’s Sky, India’s Star and cable channels like FX, it’s expected the Murdoch-controlled company would hang on to Fox broadcast network, Fox News and its sports pay-TV channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A docu-sitcom that would follow actor Randy Quaid running against Bernie Sanders for Senator of Vermont is in development at Public Spectacle Media. Quaid and his Vermont-bred wife Evi were in the state’s news 2 years ago when they were held by U.S. Customs in Vermont, accused of decamping for Canada to avoid dealing with a 2010 case of breaking into and vandalizing their former home.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS added 2 more episodes to the 7 additional installments of S.W.A.T. it ordered 2 weeks ago, for a total of 22. The freshman drama delivered 6.63 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among A18-49 it last airing, its biggest Live+SD audience since its launch. Kevin Can Wait also got an order for 2 more episodes, taking it to 24. The sophomore comedy is averaging 8.2 million viewers and 1.8 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Sabrina the Teenage Witch series that was in development at The CW as a companion series to Riverdale has instead been picked up for 2 seasons by Netflix. The streaming service ordered 20 episodes of the drama, with Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serving as writer and exec producer. Riverdale’s Greg BerlantiSarah SchechterJon Goldwater and Lee Toland Krieger will also exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Johnny Galecki might be getting the big bucks for starring on CBS’s The Big Bang Theory, but that’s not stopping him from reprising his Roseanne role for one episode in the upcoming ABC reboot. Exec producer Whitney Cummings broke the news with an Instagram post of Galecki’s set chair. Roseanne makes its return midseason in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Access Hollywood reporter Billy Bush is slated to appear on CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. Bush was famously fired from his job as co-host of Today after that tape surfaced of him giggling over lewd comments made by then-candidate Donald Trump. Between recent reports that Trump is telling people it wasn’t his voice on the tape, and Matt Lauer’s shocking exit from Today, there should be plenty to talk about….
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of, in the face of more allegations of sexual harassment against Matt Lauer, NBC News chairman Andy Lack sent a memo to staff on Friday addressing NBC’s response to the disgraced former Today co-host’s “appalling behavior.” Lack said NBCUniversal legal and HR leaders have begun a thorough review of what happened; existing online training on workplace behavior will be supplemented by in-person training; and team leaders have been directed to have informal gatherings to discuss issues on an ongoing basis. “This has been a very tough week for all of us,” concluded Lack, promising updates in the days and weeks ahead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And in more Lauer news, while the New York Post reported Lauer’s lawyers were trying to get a $30 million payout for their client based on the 2019 expiration date of his contract, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim told staff Friday night that because he was terminated for cause, there will be no golden parachute for Today’s fallen star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform is kicking off its “25 Days of Christmas” initiative by playing Santa. The net announced on Good Morning America that it is giving away a custom-designed tiny house to a family in need. Through Sunday, December 10, viewers can submit a photo and tell why they deserve a micro-abode; winner will be announced on GMA on December 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Barry & Joe: The Animated Series, following the adventures of Barack Obama and Joe Biden as time travelers out to save the world, is in development, with Titmouse and Conan O’Brien as exec producers. The “bromantic comedy” project from creator Adam Reid got a leg up with over $100,000 scored on Kickstarter. “My nerdy heart is exploding,” said Reid. “This has been a grassroots effort, so to now be working with Conan and Titmouse is a creative dream come true. I’m hopeful we’ll find a home for the series together.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilgrim Media set a development deal with Josh Greenberg, showrunner and co-exec producer of Lip Sync Battle. Working with Pilgrim’s chief creative officer, Johnny Gould, and VP and head of development, Nicole Silveira, Greenberg will develop and EP formats in the music competition space, as well as other unscripted content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All in the family, again: CBS is developing Class Action, based on Jay McGraw’s experiences at Texas University. Law school comedy comes from McGraw and dad Dr. Phil McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, Dan O’Shannon (Modern Family), John Cochran (The Millers) and CBS Television Studios. CBS’s Bull, of course, is based on the elder McGraw’s real life experiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision News is sending Maria Elena Salinas out with a bang, with a weeklong tribute that started Sunday. Special reports on the achievements of the journalist who has co-anchored evening newscast Noticiero Univision for 30 years will air daily through December 7 at 6:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One original film Behind the Movement, telling the story of the history-making Montgomery Bus Boycott, will premiere in February, Black History Month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS special MVP: Most Valuable Performer airs live on Thursday, January 25 at 9p. The interactive talent show will look for the pro football player with the best off-the-field talent (think archery, rapping and Irish step dancing). As for a certain big game, “For any finalist whose day job might take them to the Super Bowl and prohibit them from appearing live on the show, we still plan to honor and call attention to their talent,” said Robert HorowitzJuma Entertainment prez.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another CBS special, Christmas Eve with Fairfield University, will broadcast December 24 (of course) at 11:35p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS announced its winter 2018 schedule, including the launch of the first celebrity edition of Big Brother on Wednesday, February 7 at 8p, competing with the Winter Olympics on NBC. Also on the way: season 30 of The Amazing Race, starting Wednesday, January 3 at 8p; new comedy Living Biblically on Monday, February 26 at 9:30p; Fiji-set Survivor debuting Wednesday, February 28 at 8p; and new drama Instinct on Sunday, March 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum returns with 13 new, single-topic episodes on Thursday, December 28 at 9p. First up: “Race to the Atlantic,” telling the story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix picked up Chinese drama Day and Night, about a detective trying to clear his twin brother from a murder charge, to air in over 190 markets. The series, which debuted in August, is off to a strong start – it’s had over 4 billion views in China.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stranger Things was renewed for season 3 by Netflix. Season 2 launched last month, with a premiere episode that drew 15.8 million U.S. viewers in Live+3, according to Nielsen. Not making it to season 3 is Haters Back Off, a comedy based on a popular YouTube character created by and starring Colleen Ballinger.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner and Refinery29 hosted a 2-day comedy-writing workshop aimed at fostering new female talent in comedy. The Riot Comedy Lab took place from December 2-3, with 8 emerging female comedy writers partnered with established TV comedy writers, who provided feedback and advice on their ideas for TV series. At the workshop’s conclusion, Turner and Refinery29 chose one web series idea from the bunch, greenlighting a pilot to be distributed across TBS’s digital platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) is set recur opposite Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph in Amazon’s untitled comedy from Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity sped to its most watched month ever in November primetime with ratings rising +19% in M25-54, +25% in M18-34, +36% in M18+, +29% P25-54, +17% in P18-34 and +42% in P2+ versus November 2016. The month also marked Velocity’s highest-delivering November ever among P/M25-54, P/M18-49, P/M18-34 and P/M2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Coco – $26.1 million
Justice League – $16.6 million
Wonder – $12.5 million
Thor: Ragnarok – $9.7 million
Daddy’s Home 2 – $7.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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