FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/11/17)
COOKING CHANNEL: The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: House Hunters : Outside The Box (Premiere) at 10pm
OVATION: Battle of the Nutcrackers (Premiere) at 7pm
AMC: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Long Lost Family (Finale) at 8pm
TLC: The Healer (Finale) at 10pm
VH1: Scared Famous (Finale) at 9pm

HBO ordered a follow-up to hit miniseries Big Little Lies, starring exec producers Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon; also returning is writer David E. Kelley. Andrea Arnold (American Honey) will direct. Shortly after HBO shared the Big Little Lies news, the Producers Guild of America reclassified the show from a limited series to an episodic drama series for its 2018 PGA Awards – despite the fact that voting had already begum. Voting will re-start, and votes cast before the change will be annulled. With the order of a second season, Big Little Lies “no longer qualifies” for the Long-Form Programs category, explained the guild in an email to members.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As employees brace for a deal to sell assets possibly being announced this week, 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and co-executive chairs Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch sent an email to staff that addressed jitters – but did little to relieve them. “While we can’t comment on market speculation, we do want to address the impact we know this is having on all of you,” said the Murdochs. “Uncertainty always breeds unease. In every way, our focus is on our businesses and on the welfare of our colleagues.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

As CBS digital services make meaningful gains, the company has begun a round of layoffs and buyouts at its broadcast and syndication group. But the layoffs will affect fewer than 50 employees, according to Variety. In addition to seeing growth at CBS All Access, Showtime and streaming news channel CBSN, CBS is plotting the launch of streamer CBS Sports HQ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is suspending production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The final live show is slated for Thursday, December 21 at 7a.  “We had to make a tough decision to suspend a show we all love,” said interim GM Michelle L. Rice, adding that the show “struggled to attract a wide audience.” Host and managing editor Roland Martin will continue to be featured across Urban One platforms. NewsOne Now launched in 2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Responding to a post asking if she had nothing to say about her disgraced Today co-host Matt Lauer, with whom she worked for 10 years, Katie Couric played it classy. “It’s incredibly upsetting and I will say something when I’m ready to,” she replied. “Thanks for your interest.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/producer Patrick Somerville (Maniac) struck an overall deal with to develop TV and digital projects exclusively for Paramount Television, reports Deadline. That will include a TV project based on Alissa Nutting novel Made for Love.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kilroy County, based on Dutch series Holland’s Hoop, is in development at Showtime. Drama comes from Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Jim Burke, Roberto Benabib (The Brink), Miguel Arteta (Getting On), Scripted World, IM Global and Endemol Shine North America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Following Doctor Who Christmas special Twice Upon a Time on Sunday, December 25 at 9p, BBC America will air retrospective Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi. The special will include archive footage and interviews of Capaldi’s residence as the Twelfth Doctor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ho ho Homer: FXX is offering a week of holiday-themed episodes of The Simpsons, beginning Monday, December 18 at 6p. The show continues in its regular time period, then ends with 12 back-to-back episodes from 6p to midnight on Christmas. Among the holiday plans for FXX sib FX is a “Christmas Family Movie Marathon” on Sunday, December 24 from 11a-3a, and Monday, December 25 from 7a-2a, kicking off with Rio and Rio 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CW is also aiming to make spirits bright, with Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown, airing Tuesday, December 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell, and Sharon Stone will reel off the nominees for the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 from the Beverly Hilton. Announcement will livestream on Facebook Live and Goldenglobes.com at 8:15 this morning; Today will broadcast it starting at 8:38.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform’s “Movie Night with Karlie Kloss” starts off on Thursday, December 28 with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at 6:30p, followed by insider peek Beyond: What Lies Ahead at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second half of Austin City Limits’ season 43 launches Saturday, January 6 on PBS stations (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, tonight at 10p on AMC, focuses on the band of unhappy artists who left DC Comics to form a new company, Image, where creators could keep creative control of their characters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s The Terror will have a two-hour series premiere on Monday, March 26 at 9p. Ten-episode thriller centers on the Royal Navy’s voyage to discover the Northwest Passage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/model Corinne Foxx will join Fox’s Beat Shazam as DJ for season 2. Her dad Jamie Foxx hosts the interactive music game show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

America’s Next Top Model returns to VH1 on Tuesday, January 9 at 8p. For the first time, there will be no age limit for contestants.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Lifetime docu-series This Time Next Year debuts Tuesday, January 16 at 10p, hosted by Cat Deeley. Transformation show is based on a UK format.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s Marvel’s Jessica Jones is back for season 2 on Thursday, March 8. Returning cast members Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss and Eka Darville will be joined by newcomers including Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the way from AXS TV: new countdown series The Top Ten Revealed, premiering Sunday, February 11 at 9:30p; the season 6 launch of The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday, February 27 at 9p; and the season 3 arrival of Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar on Sunday, April 8 at 9p, followed by new Eddie Money reality series Real Money at 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shock rock’s Alice Cooper will play King Herod in NBC rock concert Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, exec produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Event airs Easter Sunday, April1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz rounded out the recurring cast of half-hour drama series Vida, focused on 2 Mexican-American sisters, with Elena Campbell-Martinez (Jane the Virgin), Ramses Jiminez (Fear the Walking Dead), Luis Bordonada (The Bridge), Elizabeth De Razzo (Eastbound & Down), Renee Victor (Weeds), Adelina Anthony (Gold Star) and Erika Soto (Romeo & Juliet).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Singer/songwriter (and The Voice judge in Holland) Ilse DeLange will make her acting debut in a recurring role on season 6 of CMT’s Nashville, premiering Thursday, January 4 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Coco – $18.3 million
Justice League – $9.6 million
Wonder – $8.5 million
The Disaster Artist – $6.4 million
Thor: Ragnarok – $6.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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