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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/18/18)
BET: Black Card Revoked (Premiere) at 10pm
BET: BET’s Mancave (Premiere) at 10:30pm
FREEFORM: Beyond (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Damnation (Finale) at 10pm

Katie Couric will co-host the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “During my years at NBC, I loved to cover the Olympics,” said the former Today host. Couric will be sharing duties with Mike Tirico, who succeeds long-timer Bob Costas. During the Games, Couric will contribute commentary and interviews. As for how protests that might occur during the Olympics will be covered, “We never shy away from anything that’s newsworthy,” Couric said in a conference call with journalists, adding decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Libby Leist has been promoted from senior producer to executive producer at NBC’s Today, replacing Don Nash. In a memo to staff, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that Nash, a 23-year veteran at the network, had been offered a number of other roles and “we hope he’ll stay in the family.” Speaking of family, in his own note, Nash said, “The time has come for me to step away from Today and be a better dad to my two beautiful girls. They are what matter to me most.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WYNW’s Zachary Kiesch has joined ABC News as a correspondent based in New York. Kiesch, nominated for an Emmy in 2016 for a report on the relationship between communities of color and the police, has often focused on issues like criminal justice reform, education and housing issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) signed a new 2-year deal with ABC Studios, paving the way for a renewal of the medical drama for seasons 15 and 16. As part of the agreement, reportedly worth $20 million per year, Pompeo becomes a producer for Grey’s and a co-exec producer on its upcoming untitled spin-off.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endeavor Content snatched the rights to Michael Wolff tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, with the aim of turning it into a TV series. Wolff will exec produce and Two Cities Television head Michael Jackson will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the season 3 premiere of Classic Albums, Steely Dan founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan recall the history of “Aja.” Show airs Wednesday, February 7 at 9p on AXS TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and viral video show RightThisMinute were renewed for 2018-19 on ABC Owned Television Stations. The shows are among 4 of 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that have seen ratings increases this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fast N’ Loud star Aaron Kaufman is behind the wheel for new Discovery series Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, focused on vehicle builds. Premiere date: Monday, March 5 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Car customization entrepreneur Ryan Friedlinghaus returns for a new season of Inside West Coast Customs, launching Tuesday, January 23 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Added to the lineup of CBS’s Grammys broadcast, airing Sunday, January 28 at 7:30p: Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement’s 7th Annual Summit takes place Thursday, February 1 in NYC. Presentations include a study commissioned by CIMM on how the current providers of Attribution measurement compare.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime will premiere stand-up comedy special Eddie Griffin: Undeniable on Friday, February 9 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform announced additions to the lineup for the inaugural “Freeform Summit,” featuring panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation on television and more. Joining the lineup is upcoming series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, in the panel, “From Comics to Screen – Creating Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” Summit takes place today at NeueHouse Hollywood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Black History Month special The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X debuts Monday, February 26 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel, reliving pivotal years in the activist’s life via rarely-seen footage and audio tapes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thirty Five Media, owned by NBA star Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman, is aiming high with YouTube. The company will work with athletes and the YouTube team to help sports stars launch their own channels, as well as create new sports programming as a development partner. They’re off to a good start: Thirty Five’s first YouTube project, Durant’s channel, has gained over 21 million views and over 580,000 subscribers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital media and production company RAZE, founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, Sofia Vergara and Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, is moving into production with original series Catrina, la Santa Muerte for Netflix, and has set up scripts in development at Hulu (Mi Hermanastro) and TNT (Black Veil). “We continue working to develop and produce original content that changes the narrative on how Latin-centered stories are told,” said Mari Urdaneta, SVP and chief content officer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV launched a bot on Facebook Messenger. Chat bot/design assistant “Hazel” will guide users through trending HGTV content, photo galleries, DIY projects and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is introducing a Fire TV update with an “On Now” row of live programming. Customers can get an assist from Alexa to access live streams as well as playback from HBO, Showtime and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Programming notes: A half-hour comedy exec produced by and starring Kristen Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has made its way to Apple. The series is inspired by a short story collection from Curtis Sittenfeld….Amazon greenlit a 10-episode season 2 of superhero series The Tick….YouTube grabbed global rights to hip hop movie Bodied, produced by Eminem, his manager and Def Jam RecordsPaul Rosenberg….Rooster Teeth’s 2018 animation slate includes 2 new series, mecha-inspired gen:LOCK and western adventure Nomad of Nowhere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Honorees for the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, airing Sunday, February 11 at 9p, include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rosanna Arquette, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and Marisa Tomei will present at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Show airs live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) will host the Costume Designer Guild’s CDGAs, set for February 20 at the Beverly Hilton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Many of the top shows in syndication started the new year right. Dr. Phil (3.2) was up 23% the week of January 1 versus the week prior even though it was still in reruns, and new episodes of Ellen DeGeneres (2.6) gave the show a 30% boost. Freshman Daily Mail TV rose 10% to match a season high 1.1, and Entertainment Tonight was up 22% to tie with Inside Edition, up 10%, with 3.3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday’s second episode of the current season of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America posted a 1.0 A25-54 rating (850K IMP), representing a 12% increase versus last year and the best showing for the series since January 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network finished the second week of 2018 with 252,000 total viewers in Business Day. Additionally, FBN scored 5 of the 6 top rated programs of the week, with Lou Dobbs Tonight as most watched business program with 374,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Host Sam Rockwell and musical guest Halsey (plus a very interesting news week) brought NBC’s Saturday Night Live an average 7.2 million viewers, a season high. Among A18-49, the show scored a 1.91/9 rating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of January 8, UniMas increased its audience during primetime among total viewers 2+ by 13% (to 778,000), A18-49 by 6% (to 341,000) and A18-34 by 5% (to 132,000) versus the same week last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Meteor Shower with Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key and Laura Benanti is closing on Sunday January 21, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/meteor-shower/

 

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