FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ GRAMMY AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 1/29/18)
CW: Valor (Finale) at 9pm
ID: People Magazine Investigates (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: The Brave (Finale) at 10pm

Grammy fans were not amused when CBS‘s coverage of the PGA Tour’s Farmer’s Insurance Open ran long on Sunday, eating into the Grammys red carpet show. With the Open in a 3-way playoff, CBS stuck with golf 38 minutes after red carpet coverage was slated to start – leaving just 22 minutes for fashion chat. Before picking up new Grammys, Kendrick Lamar started the awards show off strong with a performance, with U2’s Bono and Edge and comedian Dave Chappelle, that included dancers in hoodies who fell to the ground as Lamar rapped. “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man being honest in America, is being an honest black man in America,” said Chappelle, who later won the comedy album Grammy (runners-up were awarded consolation puppies).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“It hurt and it was a harsh ending,” Stana Katic told EW.com of her exit from ABC’s Castle after a 2009-2015 run. But no hard feelings. “I met so many beautiful people on that project…it’s not every day that you get a show, or a series, that has 8 seasons.” While Katic’s co-star Nathan Fillion was approached about doing a ninth season, Katic was not, and the show was canceled. Static is starring in Amazon thriller Absentia, premiering Friday, February 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV winners at the ADG Awards for art direction on Saturday night included HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflx’s Black Mirror and GLOW, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, NBC’s Will & Grace and IFC’s Portlandia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix and the Motion Pictures Association of America are siding with FX and Ryan Murphy in their court case with Olivia De Havilland over her depiction in Feud: Bette and Joan. The MPAA and the streaming service filed documents in the case urging the court to reaffirm that the First Amendment allows producers to tell fictionalized stories about real people, arguing, “a plaintiff’s subjective dissatisfaction with her portrayal is not enough to support an actionable false light claim.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom head Bob Backish and CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves had an exploratory talk earlier this month about recombining the media companies in a deal to be considered by their boards, reports Reuters. No word from Shari Redstone, whose family’s holding company, National Amusements, controls both Viacom and CBS, and has advocated for the merger in the past. Viacom and CBS merged in 1999, and were split by Sumner Redstone 12 years later.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA canceled Damnation, a period drama set in the 1930s about a man masquerading as a small-town preacher that was a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and Netflix. The show’s season 1 finale aired January 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO grabbed U.S. TV and streaming rights to feature doc The Sentence, centered on the aftermath of the incarceration of filmmaker Rudy Valdez’s sister for crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jemele Hill is leaving her job as co-anchor of the 6p hour of ESPN’s SportCenter, but will remain at the sports net, joining the staff of ESPN vertical The Undefeated. “There is an old adage that says, the heart wants what it wants,” said Hill in a statement. “While I have grown in every way imaginable this last year…deep down I knew it wasn’t my calling.” Hill, who was suspended for 2 weeks after tweeting in September that President Trump is a “white supremacist,” will sign off at SportsCenter on February 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nancy Kerrigan starts a new job on Inside Edition today, as a special correspondent. The former Olympic skater will start with coverage of the Super Bowl, seguing to the Olympic Games starting February 9. “As a champion athlete and elite competitor, she will be able to bring her unique perspective to our viewers,” said Inside Edition EP Charles Lachman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Global Road Entertainment inked a co-development agreement with Reginald Hudlin (The Boondocks) and Byron Phillips (Showtime at the Apollo), under their New Nation Networks banner, to develop original content and produce for all platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple gave a straight-to-series order for a drama series from La La Land’s Damien Chazalle, reports Variety. Chazelle will write and direct, as well as exec produce with Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger. Studio is Media Rights Capital.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UK-based platform Live Tree Adept ordered the first TV drama funded by Bitcoin, Children of Satoshi, set in the world of cryptography. LiveTree teamed with production company The 21 Million Project for the 6-part series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Drama American Rust, picked up straight-to-series in November, is not going straight to series at USA after all. Deadline reports the order for the show, co-produced by Platform One Media and Universal Cable Productions, was contingent on landing a big star for the lead, which did not happen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW picked up pilots for Charmed, a “fierce, funny, feminist reboot” of the 1998-2006 series from Jennie Urman (Jane the Virgin), and police drama Dead Inside, following an underachieving beat cop exec produced by Bill Lawrence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more reboot news, ABC picked up The Greatest American Hero to pilot. The comedy produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios is based on the 1981-83 series starring William Katt, but with a woman from a traditional Indian-American family in the lead role. ABC also ordered a drama pilot, The Fix, co-written and exec produced by former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark, focused on a female prosecutor who leaves LA for rural Oregon after losing the biggest case of her career.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also in reboot mode is CBS, picking up pilots for Cagney and Lacey (1982-1988), produced by CBS Television Studios and MGM Television, and Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988), from CBS Television Studios and Universal Television. In addition, the net ordered pilots for cop drama Chiefs, and comedies Here Comes the Neighborhood, about a nice guy who moves his family into a tough neighborhood; Fam, about a women whose train-wreck half-sister comes to live with her; and Pandas in New York, centered on a family of Indian doctors who try to arrange the youngest son’s life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One struck multi-year overall television first-look deal with producers Joseph Freed and AllisonBerkley’s Marwar Junction Productions (I Am Elizabeth Smart) to develop and co-produce unscripted content. Freed and Berkley launched Marwar in 2012.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Television Studios is developing 8 Fights, a limited series about Muhammad Ali from producer Morgan Freeman and based on Jonathan Eig’s biography, Ali: A Life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Creative agency Anchor Worldwide announced the launch of its LA-based entertainment division, Anchor Entertainment, with partner Ethan Goldman at the helm and BBC Worldwide Productions as its exclusive production partner. Goldman will serve as President of Entertainment for the company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jimmy Kimmel booked a special guest for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, the night of President Trump’s State of the Union address. Former porn star Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Clifford), who the Wall Street Journal reported was paid $130,000 right before the presidential election to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with the then-candidate, will sit down with Kimmel. While Daniels has so far in appearances not admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Trump, Kimmel tweeted, “I have MANY QUESTIONS! #MAGA”.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel special Escape to the Great Dismal Swamp, premiering Monday, February 19 at 8p as part of Black History Month programming, sheds light on the resistance and resilience of enslaved people who found refuge in a treacherous maze of waterways in Virginia and North Carolina.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy You Me Her kicks off season 3 Tuesday, March 20 at 10p on Audience Network. Greg Poehler, Rachel Blanchard, Priscilla Faia and Melanie Papalia reprise their roles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential returns for season 4 on Monday, February 5 at 9p, with another look shocking stories in the VF vault.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/activist Alyssa Milano (Charmed) is hosting “resist and persist” digital counter-programming to tomorrow’s State of the Union address by President Trump. “Our digital #StateOfTheDream address will support our dreamers and immigrants, call for a DREAM Act, lean into the Senate, fundraiser for United We Dream, and express our vision for a more inclusive, progressive America,” tweeted Milano, a founder of the #MeToo movement. State of the Dream will present videos from Americans describing their dreams for the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A Twitter movement started by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator/exec producer Aline Brosh McKenna gained traction Friday, as female directors, including Homeland’s Lesli Linka Glatter, and Queen Sugar’s Ava DuVernay (currently filming Wrinkle in Time), posted images of themselves on the set with the hashtag #FemaleFilmmakerFriday. “We are a small but mighty tribe,” said DuVernay.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In Lexus’ “Long Live the King” Super Bowl spot, Chadwick Boseman plays his role from the upcoming film, Black Panther, in which Boseman will make history as the first Black lead in a Marvel Studios film. The gender and cultural diversity of the creative team behind Lexus’ Super Bowl work, Walton Isaacson, was a key factor in the spot’s development. “Diversity drives innovation so, from concept to execution, our team benefitted from the power of multiple perspectives,” Aaron Walton, co-founder of Walton Isaacson. “We were able to illuminate the rich connections that exist between the film, the vehicle, and the consumer – the way they all relate to power and prestige. There’s a pacing, a swagger, a rhythm, and an attitude that comes from an authentic relationship with the idea of excellence in its many forms – Black Excellence, cultural excellence, innovative and technological excellence.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reba McEntire is the first female to play Colonel Sanders for KFC. In a spot that aired during Sunday’s Grammys, the country singer/actress wore the colonel’s white suit, mustache and goatee to pitch Smoky Mountain BBQ Chicken.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mary Louise Parker (Weeds) and Courtney B. Vance (The People vs O.J. Simpson) will star in comedy pilot Compliance for FX…. Evan Gamble (Hap & Leonard) is set for a recurring role on season 4 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Fox medical drama The Resident delivered 7.0 million 3-day total multi-platform viewers, up +49% from Live+SD to rank as Monday’s #2 drama, building on its Lucifer lead-in by +27%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Music director Robert Arthur died on January 21. He was 89. As music director for The Ed Sullivan Show, Arthur famously worked with Mick Jagger to change Rolling Stone lyrics “let’s spend the night together” to “let’s spend some time together” to appease CBS censors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

60TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.grammy.com/grammys/news/2018-grammy-awards-complete-winners-list#General%20Field

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE 
Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $23.5 million
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – $16.4 million
Hostiles – $10.2 million
The Greatest Showman – $9.5 million
The Post – $8.9 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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