FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/4/18)
CMT: Nashville (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Killing Fields: Murder Isle (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: The Interrogation Room (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: The Four: Battle for Stardom (Premiere) at 8pm
FYI: Waterfront House Hunting (Premiere) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: We Bought The Farm (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Betrayed (Premiere) at 10pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way: Alabama (Premiere) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway All Stars (Premiere) at 9pm
POP: Impact Wrestling (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Building Giants (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Mega Machines (Premiere) at 10pm
SYFY: Van Helsing (Premiere) at 9pm
SYFY: Ghost Wars (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Containables (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Beerland (Premiere) at 10pm

Season 5 of Freeform’s The Fosters will be its last, but it’s not the end of the road for everyone. The series will conclude with a 3-night limited series finale event next summer, leading into a spin-off following the lives of Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Callie (Maia Mitchell). The Fosters returns for season 5B on Tuesday, January 9 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kate Beckinsdale will star in thriller The Widow, co-produced by Amazon and ITV. The 8-parter follows a woman who sees her supposedly late husband on the news, and takes a dangerous and far-flung journey to find out the truth about her past. Beckinsdale previously starred in Amazon Studios’ The Only Living Boy in New York and Love & Friendship.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Millennials are overwhelmed by the number of OTT options, according to Ooyala’s State of the Broadcast Industry 2018 report, and are not completely happy with their current OTT services. Consumer frustration will drive improvements in streamlined authentification, better content curation, personalization and easier search and discover, predicts Ooyala. “TV viewing is continuing to go to a much more personalized, one-to-one experience,” said Belsasar Lepe, co-founder and SVP of products and solutions. “Where previously you might have sat with your family and consumed your favorite show together, it’s going to be online and much more personalized with additional features such as virtual and augmented reality.” The report draws on research from Ooyala as well as other organizations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the TV nominees for the 68th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, honoring outstanding editing, are episodes of comedies black-ish, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Portlandia, Will & Grace (commercial television), and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow and Veep (non-commercial television), as well as dramas Better Call Saul and Fargo (commercial TV) and Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Handmaid’s Tale and Stranger Things (non-commercial TV). Voting ends January 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A stamp set featuring Game of Thrones characters will go on sale in the UK January 23 in post offices (and can be pre-ordered on the Royal Mail web site). Additional stamp offerings include giants, dragons and direwolves. The HBO drama’s eighth and final season is expected to launch next year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime ordered a third season of The Circus, set to premiere April 15 at 8p with a run of new episodes airing in the spring and another in the fall. The docu-series will continue offering real-time backstage perspectives on American politics, society, and culture, but with a new permanent host: Alex Wagner (The Atlantic) joins John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon. Wagner replaces Mark Halperin, who was forced out of the Circus riing, among other jobs, following allegations of past sexual harassment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox music competition show The Four: Battle for Stardom, from ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats, makes its debut tonight.  The panel of judges for for the 6-parter includes record producers Sean “Diddy” Combs and DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label exec Charlie Walk – a lineup that sets the show apart, according to executive producer and president of ITV America, David George. “While there are several music competition shows on the air, only The Four has attracted a panel of judges with skin in the game,” George tells Cynopsis. “They’re not just looking for a ‘winner,’ but talent they can mentor and guide as a major act to break in the music industry. This isn’t just a feel-good music show; it’s a cut-throat competition for the contestants and our panel, who have a lot on the line professionally.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Reelz series, World’s Most Evil Killers, kicks off Friday, January 12 at 8p with the story of Jeffrey Dahmer – sentenced to 957 years in prison for his horrific crimes, but killed after 2. Encore airs at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Toni and Candace open up their own women’s health clinic, Spyke decides it’s time to bring punk music back to the main scene, Cath and Dave attempt to survive an Escape Room, and The Goths give a heartfelt eulogy – status quo on Portlandia when the IFC comedy returns for its eighth and final season Thursday, January 18 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope will share the screen during crossover episodes of ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. Scandal creator Shonda Rimes and HTGAWM creator Peter Nowalk broke the news with posts of the same screen shot of a crossover script featuring the TGIT leading ladies. New installments return Thursday, January 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel will share the story of UK’s Crown Jewels and the ancient ceremony for which they are used in The Coronation. One-hour special in partnership with the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Corporation premieres Sunday, January 14 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will feature an exhibit with costumes, art, photography and more from upcoming TNT limited series, The Alienist, set in the underbelly of NYC’s “Golden Age.” Exhibit opens to the public Saturday, January 13; series debuts Monday, January 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Olivia Munn will host the 2018 Critic’s Choice Awards, set for Thursday, January 11 on The CW. Last year the show aired on A&E in December.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game Show Network special Cover Story: The Press Your Luck Scandal tells the story of the air conditioning repairman who cracked the game board algorithm and walked away with $110,000 in cash and prizes. After the doc airs Sunday, January 14 at 7p, GSN will air the original Press Your Luck episodes at 8p and 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s a 40% chance that corporate tax reform will lead Apple to buy Netflix, according to analysts from Citigroup. “Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the U.S. to avoid high taxation,” said the analysts’ note. “As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for M&A or buybacks.” Forbes begs to differ, noting Apple’s reported $1 billion investment to create its own original scripted TV shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of, Apple grabbed Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. Thriller drama project stars Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced a sequel to sci-fi film Bright, which arrived on the streaming service December 22 to (ahem) mixed reviews, but was one of Netflix’s biggest original launches with 11 million viewers over its first 3 days. David Ayer will write and direct, and Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daytime talker The Real was renewed by Fox Television Stations for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons on their O&Os in 17 markets. In addition to the 12 million social interactions the series boasted last season (and is on pace to beat handily this season), The Real has the youngest average age of syndie talkers, at 51.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Deadliest Catch, which made its syndicated cable premiere on Outdoor Channel with a New Year’s Day marathon, lands in its regular Outdoor timeslot on Monday, January 8 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The election may be over, but interest in current events hasn’t waned. Viewing on the big 3 cable news nets was up 15% in 2017, reported Pivotal Research Group’s Brian Wieser. Based on Nielsen numbers, MSNBC was up a whopping 49%, Fox News rose 8% and CNN had a 4% lift. The big 3 broadcast nets’ news programming slipped 7% post-election.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox appears to be moving in the right direction with LA to Vegas. The midseason comedy launched Tuesday to 3.8 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among A18-49, the net’s highest-rated premiere night since premiere week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen was its most-watched New Year’s Eve special ever, and topped cable nets in the late night time slot. Versus last year’s Cooper/Kathy Griffin pairing, the show was up +8% in total viewers (to 3.28 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s Season 6 premiere of Married at First Sight was the highest rated telecast of the series on Lifetime in key demos, and outperformed last season’s premiere among total viewers (+12%), A25-54 (+29%), W25-54 (+27%), A18-49 (+31%) and W18-49 (+36%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E’s Intervention: The Heroin Triangle debut on Tuesday saw double-digit growth in total viewers (+17%), A25-54 (+16%) and A18-49 (+17%) versus Intervention’s 2017 average.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS daytimer Let’s Make a Deal 1 delivered 3.46 million viewers and Let’s Make a Deal 2 drew 4.02 million, the best weekly Live+SD averages in almost 2 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Junk is closing on Sunday January 7, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/junk/

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