FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/18/17)
CARTOON NETWORK: Tender Touches (Premiere) at 12:30am
HISTORY: Gunpowder (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: House Hunters (Premiere) at 9:30pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Booze Traveler (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight (Finale) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: Holiday Baking Championship (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Christmas Cookie Challenge (Finale)  at 10pm
ID: The 1980’s: The Deadliest Decade (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games (Finale)  at 10pm
SHOWTIME: I’ll Behavior (Finale) at 10:30pm

Sheila Nevins is departing her role as president of HBO documentary films, but she’s not retiring – she’ll be taking “several projects” with her to finish at home. In an interview with the New York Times, Nevins, who has been with HBO for 38 years and overseen over 1000 docs, said, “I was, like, born at HBO and I don’t have to die there. If I stayed any longer, I probably would have died at my desk.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

We’ll also be seeing less of veteran journalist Bill Moyers, who posted a “Farewell” note on his web site. “When I turned 80 three years ago, I retired my weekly PBS series and have since focused on the web with a small, dedicated team as the avenue for our journalism,” wrote Moyers. “Your response rewarded our efforts, and we have been pleased and grateful for your interest and attention. I treasure the many messages from so many kindred spirits. Now it’s time for another farewell, and with this note I am signing off.” BillMoyers.com will go into archive mode on December 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

21st Century Fox issued a statement responding to backlash over Rupert Murdoch telling Sky News host Ian King that the idea that sexual harassment allegations at Fox News have hurt the company is “all nonsense.” “Rupert never characterized the sexual harassment matters at Fox News as ‘nonsense,’” said the company. “Rather, he responded negatively to the suggestion that sexual harassment issues were an obstacle to the company’s bid for the rest of Sky. Under Rupert’s leadership and with his total support, the company exited Roger Ailes, compensated numerous women who were mistreated; trained virtually all of its employees; exited its biggest star; and hired a new head of HR. By his actions, Rupert has made it abundantly clear that he understands that there were real problems at Fox News.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Following an essay on Twitter in which Morgan Spurlock admitted he was “part of the problem” when it came to sexual harassment, the documentary filmmaker was dropped from 2 TV projects. Spurlock lost his spot as an executive producer on 5-part Showtime docu-series The Trade, focused on the opioid crisis, and TNT suspended production on Who Rules the World, a series Spurlock was executive producing that was going to cover women’s issues. And YouTube’s Red will no longer distribute his Super Size Me 2. “By recognizing and openly admitting what I’ve done to further this terrible situation, I hope to empower the change within myself,” wrote Spurlock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Celebrity chef Mario Batali, let go from The Chew following allegations of sexual harassment, was feeling the heat again after apologizing in a newsletter. But it wasn’t the apology he issued that drew criticism. After acknowledging his behavior was “wrong and there are no excuses,” Batali offered a photo and link to Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls. Tina Brown was among those who weighed in. “How about pigs in a blanket, Mario?” said the veteran magazine editor in a Saturday interview on CNN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MSNBC confirmed Hardball host Chris Matthews was reprimanded in 1999 after a female employee complained about Matthews making “inappropriate comments and jokes about her in front of others,” and that the accuser received a separation-related payment the network did not consider a settlement. “This matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with,” said a spokesperson for the news net. The reprimand was for comments that were deemed in poor taste, but not sexual propositions, said the network, and the payment was “significantly less” that the $40,000 reported by The Daily Caller.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series Watergate, from George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman is in development at Netflix, reports Deadline. Producer is Sonar Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Workplace comedy Spaced Out, from Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) and Warner Bros. Television, is in development at CBS. The project, set in the world of commercial space travel, went to pilot last season at NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment inked a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television. LuckyChap’s first project under the deal, revenge fantasy Shattered Glass, was sold to NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rob Lowe is set to direct and star in a remake of 1956 thriller The Bad Seed for Lifetime, reports Deadline. The project is in negotiations with Warner Bros., owner of the rights to the title.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS live concert event Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute will air 2 days after music’s big night, on Tuesday, January 30 at 8p. On hand to pay tribute to Sir Elton will be Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith and Keith Urban.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, N.E.R.D., Charlie Puth, Sia and season 12 winner Chris Blue will perform on the live 2-hour Tuesday season finale of NBC’s The Voice on Tuesday, December 19 at 9p. Clarkson is joining the show as coach in spring 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yes, Virginia, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. At least it is according to Dish, which reports more Americans watch Die Hard on Christmas Eve than Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone or The Santa Clause, according to its historical viewership. This year, thanks to Dish’s “12 Days of Die Hard,” customers can watch the movie on demand through Tuesday, December 26. Yipp-ki-yay!
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of Smithsonian Channel’s Survival in the Skies airs Tuesday, December 19 at 9p. The show about air travel may well be seen in space – the astronauts aboard the ISS were sent a screening link for the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HDNet Movies event “And the Oscar Goes To…Presented by Richard Roeper” will feature non-stop Academy Award winning films for 32 days, from February 1 to March 4. Among the 75 films featured are Birdman, Braveheart, Witness, Funny Girl, Black Swan and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the series finale of TNT’s Major Crimes, airing Tuesday, January 9 at 9p, Lt. Tao is stuck in a room with a potential bomb, and Provenza finally identifies the real Ms. Bechtal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) is set as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live on January 13. Musical guest will be Halsey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is reviving Roseanne with a special hour-long premiere on Tuesday, March 27 at 8p. The comedy, complete with the original cast, takes up its regular 8:30p timeslot on April 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix comedy Love returns for its third, and it turns out final, season, on March 9. “I am really excited about the third season of Love,” said series creator and exec producer Judd Apatow. “I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN has 3 Tyler Perry premieres set for January. The Haves and the Have Nots returns for “its most explosive season yet” on Tuesday, January 9 at 9p, followed the next night by the season 3 bow of If Loving You Is Wrong at 10p. Things lighten up on Tuesday, January 16, with the series launch of comedy The Paynes at 10p and 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of 1st Look debut on NBC owned stations and over 200 NBC affiliates starting Saturday, January 6 after Saturday Night Live (check local listings). First up: Hosts Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti take a shine to the Golden Globes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime is offering viewers a sneak peek at upcoming coming-of-age drama The Chi now, on YouTube, Facebook and SHO.com, as well as multiple streaming providers’ devices, web sites, apps and on demand channels.  Series makes its linear bow Sunday, January 7 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Once Upon a Time returns Friday, March 2 at 8p. Winter finale aired December 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s season sweet 16 for Say Yes to the Dress, returning to TLC Saturday, January 6 at 8p. This go-round, Randy Fenoli gets back to his roots by designing wedding gowns.
(Source: Cynopsis)

True crime anthology series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. launches Tuesday, February 27 at 10p on USA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Might Sir Ian McKelllen consider taking his role of Gandalf to the small screen in Amazon’s TV adaptation of Lord of the Rings? Perhaps, if his comments to BBC Radio 2’s Graham Norton can be believed. “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked,” said McKellen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andrew Gower (Outlander) and Jamie Harris (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will recur in Amazon’s Carnival Row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rival streamers Netflix and Amazon are in agreement on one thing: both think the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules stinks. “I am extremely disappointed in the FCC decision…We’ll continue to work with our peers, partners and customers to find ways to ensure an open and fair internet,” tweeted Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. “We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement,” said Netflix. Facebook labeled the decision “disappointing and harmful.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

As 2017 winds down, truTV boasts it’s the youngest and most upscale network in cable TV, and #1 in cable entertainment (excluding sports and news) with primetime median HH income of $66,000. Since rebranding as a comedy network in 3Q14, the net’s median age has dropped from 43 to 34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC animated special Olaf’s Frozen Adventure drew 5.7 million viewers and a 1.4/6 among A18-49, and was Thursday’s #1 TV show with Female Teens 12-17 and Kids 2-11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The audience for season 2 of The Crown skewed older (50% of the audience was over 50) and was the most upscale (median income almost $90,000) of other Netflix originals Nielsen has reported on, said the measurement company. Nielson also said the royal drama averaged nearly 1.3 million viewers P2+ within 3 days of its availability, and close to 600,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision reports it is set to finish 2017 as the #1 Spanish-language network with an average 1.7 million total viewers 2+, 739,000 A18-49, and 324,000 A18-34 during primetime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, Telemundo reports in the fourth quarter, it is pacing to end the year as the #1 Spanish-language network season-to-date in Monday-Friday 8-11p primetime among A18-49 (868,000), A18-34 (395,000) and total viewers (1.69 million), according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – $220 million
Ferdinand – $13.3 million
Coco – $10 million
Wonder – $5.4 million
Justice League – $4.2 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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