FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/5/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: The Bounty Hunter (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ID: Vanity Fair Confidential (Premiere) at 9pm
MAX: The Birth of Nation (Premiere) at 8pm

NBC went big for the big game, airing a string of commercials touting shows including a funny, folksy spot for the new season of The Voice, which premieres February 26, Good Girls (premiering February 26), new drama Rise (debuting Tuesday, March 10), Jack RyanA.P. BioWorld of Dance and a promo to further spark buzz for the fiery ep of This Is Us that aired right after the fanfare in Minneapolis. The Bowl spot followed a promo in which series star Milo Ventimiglia urges people to forgive the Crock-Pot that was revealed as the culprit for the fire that may or may not have killed off his character Jack. Half-time performer Justin Timberlake didn’t pull his NBC-home-based pal Jimmy Fallon—or other talent—on stage with him, and he didn’t duet with a Prince hologram, as had been rumored. Instead, he performed the Purple One’s “I Would Die 4 U,” backed by a giant Prince video, while a dramatic light show lit up Prince’s familiar symbol outside the stadium.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix trumpeted it’s the new home of The Cloverfield Paradox with a second quarter “coming soon” spot saying the movie is “coming soon.” Almost immediately after, the service sent subscribers word that the movie would be available immediately after the game, with a teaser in case they needed a timeout.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also in on the action, Telemundo Deportes aired a 10-second spot promoting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, to which it has exclusive Spanish-language rights. The spot featured Andres Cantor and his mic-dropping signature goal call.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Directors Guild of America president Thomas Schlamme reaffirned Saturday at the DGA Awards that the guild will be steadfast in its commitment to combat sexual harassment. His opening remarks came two days after the DGA issued a statement on its procedures for handling sexual harassment complaints. Host Judd Apatow also addressed the MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Among 2018 DGA winners:

Dramatic Series: Reed Morano, The Handmaid’s Tale, “Offred” (Hulu)

Movies for TV and Miniseries: Jean Marc Vallee, Big Little Lies (HBO)

Comedy Series: Beth McCarthy Miller, Veep, “Chicklet” (HBO)

Documentary: Matthew Heinman, City of Ghosts (Amazon Studios)

Reality Program: Brian Smith, MasterChef, “Vegas Deluxe & Oyster Shucks” (Fox)

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Special: Glenn Weiss, The 89th Annual Academy Awards (ABC)

Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled: Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live, “Host: Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)

Children’s Programs: Niki Caro, Anne with an E, “Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny” (Netflix)
(Source: Cynopsis)

The top television trophy at 45th annual Annie Awards went to Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim series that has brought record ratings to the net. Adult Swim also scooped up an Annie for Samurai Jack, and Walt Disney Television Animation’s Disney Mickey Mouse picked up two awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Baller Charles Barkley, analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on March 3; musical guest will be hip-hop trio Migos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX decided not to take comedy Singularity, from comedy writer Sonny Lee (Silicon Valley) and producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, to series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pop Media sales exec Leslie Isaacs filed a sexual harassment and gender bias lawsuit against Pop, her then-boss and Pop parents Lionsgate and CBS alleging a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and intimidation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News announced coverage of the 2018 midterm elections and 18 consequential races to watch from now until November. “18 for ’18” will be led by chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, with World News Tonight anchor David Muir, and chief global affairs correspondent and This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz, among others. Coverage kicked off over the weekend on This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chuck NorrisTop Kick Productions filed a $30 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television alleging the companies failed to pay Norris agreed-upon profits from the ‘90s series Walker, Texas Ranger.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Association of Talent Agents on Friday notified members of the organization’s continuing efforts to “eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination in our industry.” A notice from ATA exec director Karen Stuart stated “the ATA board believes we can play a unique and important role by offering a blended educational/training program” designed to meet members’ needs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

n the latest domino to fall around disgraced Harvey Weinstein, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts formally terminated his membership four months after suspending him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Chicago Sun-Times reinstated TV/film critic Richard Roeper following his suspension for buying Twitter followers. Roeper will lose his recently christened news column but will continue with features and reviews.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Director Anton Cropper (Suits) will helm NBC‘s untitled Bad Boys spinoff pilot, starring Gabrielle Union. The project hails from the Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the Bad Boys movies, Doug Belgrad, Primary Wave Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC gave a pilot order to an untitled half-hour comedy from Universal TV and Aseem Batra (Marlon), Amy Poehler and Julie Anne Robinson. Storyline is inspired by Orli Auslander’s book I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything, which reveals a woman’s unfiltered take on the side effects of trying to have it all.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bachelor World reunites for reunion special The Bachelor Winter Games: World Tells All on Thursday, February 22 at 10p on ABC. Hosted by Chris Harrison, special will follow The Bachelor Winter Games finale, and reunite the bachelors and bachelorettes from around the world who participated in the winter-themed iteration of the hit romance reality franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewers can get their Chi on when Showtime airs mini marathons of the first four eps of the drama Sunday, February 4, starting at noon. Series, recently renewed for a second season, will resume with a new episode on Sunday, February 11 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube is crafting policies that would punish creators who harm the community. In a recent blog post, chief exec Susan Wojcicki noted egregious acts by some creators “can damage the reputation and revenue of your fellow creators.” She noted YT is consulting with dozens of experts, including the Anti-Defamation League and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. YouTube also is tightening enforcement of its policies through a combination of human review and machine learning technology, she noted, as well as rules for its Partner Program, which allows creators to make money through advertising.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Big Brother: Celebrity Edition premieres on CBS with a three-night premiere beginning Wednesday, February 7 at 8p, and CBS All Access is in the game with the premiere of Big Brother Bot, the first messaging experience in the series’ history, and the return of Big Brother live feeds.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix signed Russell Brand’s forthcoming comedy special Re:Birth. Move follows a line of British comedy specials the streaming service has been scooping up of late; Jimmy Carr and Ricky Gervais are among recent signees.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carly Jibson will return for the second season of TBS The Guest Book, and Eddie Steeples, who had a recurring guest role last season, has been upped to a series regular.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Universal Kids will unleash a kid-centric version of classic series Beat the Clock on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30p. Hosted by Paul Costabile (New York Live, iHeartRadio), the show will feature kids and their adult relatives attempting to pull off wacky challenges while racing against the clock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox kicked off 2018 as the No. 1 net among A18-49, A18-34 and teens, driven by the midseason launches of 9-1-1, The Resident, LA To Vegas and The Four: Battle for Stardom. The network ranks in the top slot (2.3/8) among A18-49 in its most current data for January, and is the only major network to increase (+15%) from the same period last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ellen DeGeneres has been celebrating her 60th birthday in a big way, and the two-hour kickoff of Ellen fest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last Thursday scored the show’s highest rating in nearly 3 years (3.4 household rating).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Baby it’s cold outside, time to stay in and watch TV. January saw ratings records for several cable nets, among them: Golf Channel posted its most-watched January ever with an average of 116,000 viewers per minute in Total Day, up 23% vs. last year and up 10% vs. the previous high in January 2013, according to Nielsen data. Additionally, January’s success was mirrored across Golf Digital, which posted its best January for minutes streamed (22.6 million) and page views (78.5 million), up 34% and 19% respectively….The return of several key series – including Pit Bulls & Parolees, The Vet Life and Treehouse Masters -helped Animal Planet earn for January its highest rated month among A25-54 since June 2016. The net was up +8% vs. January 2017 across all 25-54 demoes and was also up +8% in Total Viewers 2+ vs. the same month last year…. Science Channel in January enjoyed its highest rated month ever, including a primetime surge of 14%, 17% and 9% among Adults, Men and Women 25-54, and 25% among Total Viewers P2+, according to Nielsen data.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – $11 million
Maze Runner: The Death Cure – $10.2 million
Winchester – $9.3 million
The Greatest Showman – $7.8 million
Hostiles – $5.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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