FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/26/18)
AMC: McMafia (Premiere) at 10pm
CNBC: American Greed (Premiere) at 10pm
C-SPAN: Landmark Cases (Premiere) at 9pm
CW: iZombie (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: UnREAL (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Good Girls (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: Final Space (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TLC: Counting On (Premiere) at 9pm
WGN AMERICA: Shoot The Messenger (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: James Patterson’s Murder Is Forever (Finale) at 10pm

The Simpsons has done it again. Fox’s long-running animated comedy, which predicted the Ebola outbreak, the NSA spying scandal and the Trump presidency, among other things, foresaw Saturday’s Olympic gold medal in men’s curling in a 2010 episode. “Good predictions can come true too!” tweeted Simpsons exec producer and writer Al Jean after the team’s stunning upset win over Sweden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Oliver was within his First Amendment rights to call coal baron Bob Murray a “geriatric Dr. Evil,” among other things, on a June episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. A West Virginia judge granted Oliver and HBO’s request to have a defamation suit brought by Murray dismissed. “I find the arguments set forth in the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and will grant the same,” said West Virginia judge Jeffrey Cramer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Megan Boone, who grew up in Florida and plays FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen on NBC drama The Blacklist, was among those moved to act by the deadly high school shooting in Parkland. “Liz Keen will never carry an assault rifle again and I am deeply sorry for participating in glorifying them in the past,” Boone tweeted on Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is switching it up on Thursdays. A.P. Bio, which premiered February 1 at 9:30p, will move to the 8:30p slot on March 8. Champions debuts that night at 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Winners in TV categories at the Cinema Audio Society Awards include Netflix’s Black Mirror, and HBO’s Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel greenlit 2 original animated series, Amphibia, from director Matty Braly (Gravity Falls), and The Owl House, from Dana Terrace (DuckTales). Both are slated to premiere in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vida showrunner and exec producer Tanya Saracho (Girls) inked a 3-year deal with Starz. Under the pact, Saracho will develop new projects for the network as well as continue her role on Vida.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered home renovation series Amazing on the Inside (wt) from the UK’s Barcroft Productions, reports Deadline, focused on homes whose unassuming exteriors mask incredible interiors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X premieres on Smithsonian Channel tonight at 8p, and John Cavanagh, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channel calls it “immersive filmmaking at its best.” Director Tom Jennings, who used no recreations, narration or interviews, “lets Malcolm’s voice take center stage, combining his speeches, rare home movies and audio, and media coverage into a sweepingly immersive story of a man determined to fight racial injustice by any means necessary,”  says Cavanaugh.  “Above all, it lets you listen to a man who demanded to be heard.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Bob the Drag Queen will co-host the remaining 5 episodes of season 1 of Viceland’s The Trixie & Katya Show, starting Wednesday, February 28 at 10:30p. “I’m neither Trixie or Katya, but it is Black History Month, so….” said Bob.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony on ABC Sunday, March 4 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s Paterno, starring Al Pacino as former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, premieres Saturday, April 7. Story is set in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New ABC drama Deception launches Sunday, March 11 at 10p, centered on a disgraced superstar magician who puts his talents to use for the FBI.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chrisley Knows Best star Savannah Chrisley is in for a surprise on the season 3 premiere of E!’s Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, airing Wednesday, February 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bar Rescue is back for season 6 – but this time on Paramount Network – on Sunday, March 11 at 10p. Jon Taffer continues his work giving failing businesses one last shot at success.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conspiracy thriller series Condor isn’t debuting on AT&T Audience until Wednesday, June 6 at 10p, but some SXSW attendees don’t have to wait that long. There will be a screening and panel discussion at the festival on Saturday, March 10, along with an interactive activation where guests take part in CIA-like experiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nashville returns to CMT for the second half of its sixth and final season on June 7, with the series finale slated for July 26. Ronny Cox (True Detective) and Argentine actress Mia Maestro will recur.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Earth, Mars and The Belt are battling when Syfy’s The Expanse returns for season 3 Wednesday, April 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon will invest upwards of $5 billion in video content this year, estimates JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth, who said video helps with Prime conversions and retention. Big budget original shows and sports rights are expected to take a major bite out of that total, which beats the $3-4 billion broadcast net spend on content, but falls behind the $8 billion Netflix is expected to lay out.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook reported changes to its ad metrics aimed at giving advertisers greater transparency in measuring campaign performance. In a blog post, Facebook listed about 20 reporting metrics it says will be removed in July that were redundant, rarely used or outdated, including the social reach metric. Rolling out in March is the Measure What Matter program, with tracks for advertisers focused on brand objectives, and advertisers focused on direct response.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy Awards and red carpet coverage generated $128 million for ABC in 2017, according to Kantar Media. While last year a 30-econd spot averaged $1.91 million, this year it’s expected to top $2 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Larroquette (Night Court) will star in ABC comedy pilot Three Rivers, as scoundrel cowboy dad to a character played by Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alyssa Diaz (Ray Donovan) landed a series regular role in ABC crime drama The Rookie, starring Nathan Fillion (Castle).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot lights: Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids) will star in ABC drama pilot Grand Hotel….Natalie Morales (The Grinder) joins NBC comedy pilot Abby’s in a starring role…Harriet Dyer (Love Child) will play the female lead in NBC drama pilot In Between Lives….The CW nabbed Taye Diggs (Rent) to narrate its untitled football drama pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On a double premiere Wednesday night, Telemundo’s  Al Otro Lado del Muro delivered 1.424 million total viewers and 688,000 among A18-49, while Enemigo Intimo averaged 1.721 million viewers and 905,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 30th edition of Premio Lo Nuestro on Univision drew 3.1 million total viewers on Thursday, and placed second among A18-49 (1.2/5) to Olympics-fueled NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Nanette Fabray died February 23. She was 97. Among the TV shows Fabray appeared on in the decades after starring in 1961 sitcom The Nanette Fabray Show were The Mary Tyler Moore Show, One Day at a Time, Maude and Coach. “A true performer and star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Nanette Fabray had limitless exuberance and an expert sense of comic timing,” said SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UK actress Emma Chambers died February 21. She was 53. Chambers was best known to TV audiences for her long-running role on The Vicar of Dibley.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Black Panther – $108 million
Game Night – $16.6 million
Peter Rabbit – $12.5 million
Annihilation – $11 million
Fifty Shades Freed – $6.9 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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