FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/12/18)
PASIONES: Saras and Kumud (Premiere) at 5pm
TBS: American Dad (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Man v. Food (Finale) at 9pm
TV ONE: Two Sides (Finale) at 10pm

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke was named head of Amazon Studios on Friday. “What stood out about Jen was the deep relationships she has nurtured with creators and talent over her career, spanning NBCU, Twentieth Century Fox, and Aaron Spelling Productions,” said Jeff Blackburn, SVP Business Development & Entertainment at Amazon. “She’s built an impeccable reputation as a big leader who emphasizes creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.” Salke said while she’s “honored and emboldened by the opportunity to lead this extraordinary business,” leaving NBC is bittersweet. “NBC has been an amazing home – creatively, professionally and personally – and I leave there knowing that the work we did had groundbreaking impact,” said Salke. “It’s an exciting time to be a content creator, and I look forward to being on the front lines of an innovative business with storytelling at its heart.” Amazon had been looking for a replacement for Roy Price, ousted after an allegation of sexual harassment, since October.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA released a Code of Conduct to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace. “At its most basic, this Code will ultimately help better define what harassment is, and what members’ rights are in real world situations,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris. “We are going further, however, with the launch of our Four Pillars of Change initiative to achieve safe workplaces and advance equity.” The Four Pillars of Change encompasses Rules and Guidelines, Empowerment Through Education, Expanded Intervention Efforts and Building Bridge and Safety Nets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV has started production on season 6 of renovation competition Brother vs. Brother: Jonathan vs. Drew, starring Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott. Big brother JD Scott referees the action in the suburbs outside San Francisco, with help from celeb judges.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox and STX Entertainment are talking about an unscripted series based on the Bad Moms film franchise. Jason Goldberg, STX’s chief creative officer, unscripted and alternative programming, and Brant Pinvidic (Bar Rescue) are exec producing. Like the films, the focus would be on imperfect parents. But real.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four weeks into its first season, WE tv renewed Love After Lockup for an expanded second season. Lockup has grown in audience every week since its January launch among W25-54, A25-54 and A18-9, including an 86% boost among W25-54 in Live+3 Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Returning to the Oscars production team are Glenn Weiss as director, Rob Paine as supervising producer, Derek McLane as production designer and Jon Macks at head writer. The 90th Academy Awards air Sunday, March 4 on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ordered a pilot for a workplace comedy from Justin Noble (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kapital Entertainment, TrillTV, CBS Television Studios and ABC Studios. Project is based on the book and blog, How May We Hate You?.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Details on ABC’s Scandal/How to Get Away With Murder crossover episodes, airing Thursday, March 1: In “Allow Me to Introduce Myself” at 9p, Scandal’s Olivia Pope gets a visit from Annalise Keating, who seeks her help with a judicial reform class action. The case continues in HTGAWT’s “Lahey v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” at 10p. Grey’s Anatomy at 8p isn’t left out of the crossover action – the docs meet Andy Herrera from upcoming Grey’s first responder spin-off Station 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary Word is Bond, exploring the transformative power of hip hop lyrics, premieres on Showtime Friday, February 16 at 10p on-air, on demand and over the internet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four-part docu-series The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, telling the stories of trailblazers from Davy Crockett to Lewis and Clark, debuts on History Wednesday, March 7 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telenovela net Pasiones is airing its first Indian production, Saras and Kumud, starting tonight at 5p. Romantic drama tells the story of star-crossed soulmates kept apart by tradition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 8 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic premieres Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a. Leading up to the premiere, Discovery Family is running a “Pony Palooza” marathon of past episodes airing all day from Saturday, March 17 until the launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship returns Monday, March 12 at 9p, with “flowers, vibrant colors, bountiful fruit, and outdoor elements for inspiration,” says Courtney White, SVP programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central extended its deal with Daniel Tosh for 3 additional seasons of Tosh.0. Season 10 launches Tuesday, March 27 at 10p. “Knowing when to move on in show business is highly overrated,” said Tosh.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The best chefs from Diners, Drive-ins and Dives who have also appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games compete in 4-part Guy’s Grocery Games: DDD All-Star Tournament, premiering on Food Network Sunday, March 18 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook ordered a dramedy starring and exec produced by Elizabeth Olsen (Wind River) to run on Facebook Watch. The 10-episode untitled series from Big Beach TV and Brillstein Entertainment Partners was originally set up at Showtime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rosanna Arquette (Desperately Seeking Susan) and Chelsea Frei (Hostess) have joined YouTube comedy Swipe Right as series regulars….Tracee Chimo (Private Life) landed a recurring role on Nat Geo anthology series Genius: Picasso.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With Nielsen’s out of home metric, NBC is adding over 12 million more viewers to its Super Bowl audience, a +12% lift to 115.6 million. “We know that the Super Bowl is watched in large groups by many at parties, on college campuses and elsewhere, so we are pleased to report a lift that is in the double digits,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports. Not surprisingly, NBC is using out of home reporting for the Winter Games as well.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The opening of the Winter Olympics brought NBC 27.8 million total viewers, dipping from 31.7 million for the winter Games in Sochi. With a 16.9 metered market rating, the ceremony was up 2% over the Rio Summer Olympics opener in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Reg Cathey died February 9 at age 59. Said Netflix of Cathey, who won an Emmy for playing the owner of Freddy’s BBQ Joint on House of Cards, “We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg Cathey. Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Fifty Shades Freed – $38.8 million
Peter Rabbit – $25 million
The 15:17 to Paris – $12.6 million
Jumanji: Welcome To The  Jungle – $9.8 million
The Greatest Showman – $6.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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