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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/5/18)
BOUNCE: The Wendy Williams Show (Premiere) at 11pm
DISCOVERY: Shifting Gear with Aaron Kaufman (Premiere) at 10pm
GOLF CHANNEL: Feherty (Premiere) at 9pm
PASIONES: Tormentade Pasiones (Premiere) at 6pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Epic Warrior Women (Premiere) at 8pm
UNIVISION: Por Amar Sin Ley (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD: Kids Baking Championship (Finale) at 9pm

Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway got a do-over, and The Shape of Water took the trophy for Best Picture during last night’s Oscars telecast. Gary Oldman won for Best Actor, and Frances McDormand was named Best Actress. McDormand took her moment in the spotlight to invite all female nominees in the room to stand. “We all have stories to tell and projects we need financed,” she told said.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Otherwise, in an awards season that will be remembered as the season of the woman, the Oscars red carpet and show generally was devoid of talk of Me Too, Time’s Up or related movements. Host Jimmy Kimmel in his opening monolog encouraged winners not to use the podium to champion causes, noting the shortest speech would win its orator a new jet ski. Instead, acknowledgment of several topics was baked into the show. Presenters addressed issues ranging from immigration to race to gender. The pinnacle moment was when Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek took the stage to introduce a video about trailblazers who are ensuring, as Mira Sorvino said in the clip, “The status quo doesn’t have to be the status quo any longer.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

On a lighter note, our funniest presenter honors goes to Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph, who assured the audience through some great comedy they need not fear, that in the aftermath of #OscarsSoWhite the awards are, in fact, still plenty white.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amid the rise of #MeToo, #TimesUp and other women’s movements, there was pre-Oscars talk of whether celebs would blow off chatting with E!’s Live From the Red Carpet co-host Ryan Seacrest. Some publicists had said their clients would avoid chatting with Seacrest in the wake of resurfaced accusations of sexual harassment by his stylist. And many did. Seacrest had notably less time on camera than in prior years. Additionally, on Friday a producer Aileen Gram-Moreno filed a complaint against the network with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming she was fired by E! for letting the clip of Eva Longoria criticizing the network air during the channel’s Golden Globes red carpet coverage. Gram-Moreno, according to a story in The New York Times, alleges her termination was unfair. E! responded in a statement saying: “For the past decade Aileen Gram Moreno was a freelancer who worked an average of 20 days per year solely for our red carpet coverage. After the Golden Globes she was asked not to return due to job performance issues. Following an attempt to force E! to pay for her silence Ms. Moreno is now spreading misleading and inaccurate information.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

All episodes of Showtime’s five-part documentary The Trade, which explores the impact of the opioid epidemic, are available now for free. It’s the first time in its history the network is offering a full series for free to nonsubscribers. The Trade is available on YouTube, SHO.com and Showtime.com, as well as across multiple TV and streaming providers’ websites, apps and free On Demand channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In honor of Women’s History Month, CBS Corp. and the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer initiative will pay tribute to 12 trailblazing women who have contributed to STEM fields by airing CBS Cares PSAs in primetime. The PSAs also will be featured on cbscares.tv, SeeHer.com and other CBS websites and shared on social media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A group of male actors, writers, producers and activists are banding together to support survivors of sexual harassment and demand accountability from all men. Under #AskMoreOfHim, the group, which includes David Arquette and David Schwimmer, is “challenging more men to use their privilege and platforms for good. We applaud the courage and pledge our support to the courageous women – men, and gender non-conforming individuals – who have come forward to recount their experiences,” the group said in a statement. “But our awe is not enough. As men, we have a special responsibility to prevent abuse from happening in the first place.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Publicists Guild honored Betty White with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its 55th annual luncheon gala, where the publicity teams behind Universal’s Get Out and Netflix’s Stranger Things season 2 won big.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kerry Washington (Scandal) will star in and executive produce a limited series based on Celeste Ng’s book Little Fires Everywhere. The project is from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, and is being shopped to premium and streaming networks. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will exec produce for Hello Sunshine; Washington will exec produce for Simpson Street and Pilar Savone will oversee the project for the company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cedric the Entertainer (The Soul Man) will co-star in and exec produce Welcome to the Neighborhood, formerly known as Here Comes the Neighborhood, CBS’ comedy pilot from Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios. Pilot was written by Jim Reynolds and directed by James Burrows and centers on the nicest guy in the Midwest, who moves his family into a tough neighborhood in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lionsgate and Facebook are teaming to bring nonfiction series You Kiddin’ Me, exec-produced by Kim Kardashian West, among others, to Facebook Watch. Ten-episode comedic prank series flips the dynamic and puts kids in charge of their celeb parents. Along with Kardashian West, Jennifer O’Connell, Brian Tannenbaum, Peter M. Cohen, and Melissa Stokes are onboard to exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered the flick Past Midnight, a feature about a new kind of vigilante superhero, and is hoping to sign Keanu Reeves to star, according to Deadline. Written by TJ Fixman and to be directed by Dope director Rick Famuyiwa and produced by Anthony and Joe Russo (directors of Captain America and Avengers: Infinity War) producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel greenlit six-episode series Lost Gold, starring brothers Josh and Jesse Feldman, who are bent on finding missing treasure. In each ep they’ll track legends, stories and clues across the American Frontier in search of unfound riches dating back to the gold rush era. Series is slated to launch later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Time’s Up and StoryCorps, the national oral history project, are partnering to document stories from women around discrimination, abuse and opportunity in the workplace. As a part of #TIMESUPXStoryCorps, supporters of Time’s Up including actresses, activists, thought leaders and execs have conversations with women from various backgrounds using the StoryCorps platform. Rashida Jones and Myrla Baldonado, an organizer for domestic workers; Jane Fonda; and Ashley Judd are among those who’ve already recorded for the project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pasiones, the network that airs telenovelas and drama series in Spanish, acquired exclusive US premieres of Turkish dramas Tormentade Pasiones (Time Goes By), debuting tonight (March 5), at 6p and the second season of Elif, which will premiere Wednesday, March 7, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox slotted Sunday, March 18 at 8:30p for the return of comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The fifth season of the cop comedy will replace Ghosted in the post-The Simpsons time period.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Naked and Afraid returns to Discovery Channel on Sunday, March 11 at 10p. Set around the world in the most punishing environments, survivalists for 21 days will have to withstand vicious predators and deadly storms sans food, water, shelter and clothing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Real estate expert Egypt Sherrod returns to support more house-flipping newcomers in a fresh season of HGTV’s Flipping Virgins, premiering Monday, April 2, at 9p. In the premiere ep, Egypt takes on a craftsman bungalow in East Atlanta where rookie flippers need help to turn a profit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathy Griffin, who was fired as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve on-air festivities after she posted a photo of herself holding a mock severed Donald Trump head, will appear on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday, March 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook canned a short-lived experiment to amp up posts from friends and family, and curb posts from business. In January, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the initiative, which he said was aimed at fostering more personal connections. Now a blog post from Adam Mosseri, head of FB news feed, says it is ending its “test” of the Explore Feed, noting, “We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better for everyone. Some of these changes… work well and go on to become globally available. Others don’t and we drop them.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC, BBC America, Sundance, IFC and WE tv soon will be included in the live streaming service fuboTV’s fubo Premier package as part of a new deal with AMC Networks. The agreement also gives fuboTV the right to offer fubo Premier subscribers free access to AMC Networks’ streaming services Sundance Now, and fuboTV will make AMC Premiere available for fans seeking an ad-free option for watching their favorite AMC shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bunch of new casting calls at NBC: In her return to series TV in almost two decades, Jessica Alba will co-star opposite Gabrielle Union in the network’s untitled Bad Boys spinoff drama pilot… Paula Newsome (NCIS) is in as a series regular in drama pilot SuspicionAmanda Payton (Animal Kingdom) scored a series regular role on the upcoming second season of comedy Trial & ErrorDan Bucatinsky (Scandal) booked a series regular role opposite Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier in comedy pilot So CloseDerek Luke (13 Reasons Why) has been tapped as the lead in drama pilot Suspicion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Over at ABC, Oscar-nominated actor Demian Bichir is taking on his first broadcast TV role as the male lead in drama pilot Grand Hotel, exec produced by Eva LongoriaTaran Killam (SNL), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) booked lead roles in comedy pilot Single Parents… The network cast Ethan Peck (10 Things I Hate About You) and Jon Ecker (Narcos) as two-thirds of love triangle at the center of drama pilot For Love…. Will Patton (Shots Fired) is in as a series regular in drama pilot SalvageBrett Tucker (Mistresses) is in for a multi-episode arc on upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19Angela Kinsey (The Office) booked the lead role opposite Kat Dennings in the untitled Justin Noble comedy pilot… Newcomer Ava Capri scored a series-regular role opposite Annie Ilonzeh and Andy Karl in drama pilot Staties.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At CBS, Jennifer Mudge (Boss) is set as a series regular opposite Michael Chiklis and Teyonah Parris in drama pilot Murder… Perdita Weeks is set as the female lead opposite Jay Hernandez in the Magnum P.I. pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Priah Ferguson, who guested as Lucas’ sassy little sister in season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things, scored a recurring role for season 3. Additionally, Maya Hawke has been cast in a regular role in the upcoming season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Perry Mattfeld (Shameless) scored the lead in CW pilot In the Dark, and Keston John (One Day She’ll Darken) has been cast in a co-starring role… Clara Lago landed the lead opposite Tyler Ritter in drama pilot Playing Dead; Luke Youngblood (Galavant) also scored a role in the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At Facebook Watch, Mamoudou Athie (Unicorn Store) is in talks for a lead, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) and (Fences) joined the cast of Sorry For Your Loss, formerly known as Widow, starring and exec produced by Elizabeth OlsenElena Kampouris (Before I Fall), Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers), Kiana Madeira (Dark Matter), and Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary) all scored leads in half-hour drama Sacred Lies (working title).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Catherine Tate (Doctor Who) will host the 2018 Olivier Awards, and the British stage honors will get an extended presence on social media platform Facebook for the first time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A group of London protesters, under the name Legally Black, sought to highlight the lack of on-screen diversity by reimagining the posters of famous movies and TV shows such as Doctor Who by replacing white actors with black leads, printed posters and placed them in bus stop billboards overnight last Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

David Ogden Stiers, best known for portraying Major Charles Emerson Winchester III on M*A*S*H, has died. The actor, who later played Cogsworth in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, was 75.
(Source: Cynopsis)

90TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) – WINNERS LIST
http://oscar.go.com/winners?cid=email_Oscar_20180305

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Black Panther – $66 million
Red Sparrow – $17 million
Death Wish – $13 million
Game Night – $10.7 million
Peter Rabbit – $10 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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