FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/19/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Silicon Valley: The Untold Story (Premiere) at 8pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Epic Warrior Women (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (Premiere) at 8pm
COOKING: The Best Thing I Ever Ate (Finale) at 9pm

NBC renewed Will & Grace for a third season, and upped next fall’s season 2 order from 13 to 18 episodes. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all onboard for the extension. “I just feel like this has been a magic carpet ride, this reboot,” said McCormack at Paleyfest on Saturday. Averaging a 3.1 rating among A18-49 and 9.8 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens, the revival has improved its Thursday timeslot by +48% versus NBC’s year-ago results for non-sports programming in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

W&G star Eric McCormack will be busy. Netflix renewed Travelers for season 3, news series star McCormack broke on Twitter. “Before I was Will Truman again, I was a Traveler,” he said. “I am counting the days ‘til I return, not just as Special Agent Grant MacLaren, and as a producer, but as the director of the 3rd season premiere.” While the first 2 seasons aired on Showcase in Canada before streaming, Netflix has season 3 all to itself.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former FBI director James Comey, set to make the talk show rounds for his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” received a Twitter-vite from Sean Hannity to appear for a full hour of grilling on Fox News. Hannity’s tweet came after Comey responded to a tweet from President Trump about “leaks” and “lies” surrounding fired FBI director Andrew McCabe. “Comey knew it all, and much more!” posted Trump on Saturday. Replied Comey, “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.” Comey’s book comes out April 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s 60 Minutes will air its interview with Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with President Trump, on March 25. Daniels, who spoke to Anderson Cooper in the segment, filed a lawsuit on March 6 to break the non-disclosure agreement she signed for $130,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An attorney for J. Paul Getty’s sister sent a letter to FX and the executive producers of upcoming limited series Trust accusing the limited series of being a “defamatory, wildly sensationalized false portrayal of the Getty family,” making it appear some of them were complicit in the 1973 kidnapping of the Getty heir. The lawyer, Marty Singer, is demanding the opportunity to review all episodes before the series’ March 25 launch. FX is also facing a lawsuit from Olivia de Havilland over her portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Asked by Real Time host Bill Maher what he would have done differently, in retrospect, during his infamous 2005 Access Hollywood conversation with then-Apprentice chief Donald Trump, Billy Bush said, “I probably would have just changed the topic.” If he’d objected to Trump’s boorish comments, Bush said, “I’d have had to explain how I lost Trump, the big fish.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA ordered a second season the The Sinner from Universal Cable Productions. Starring and exec produced by Jessica Biel, The Sinner was the #1 new cable series of 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first Adult Swim Festival is set for October 6-7 in LA, featuring comedy acts, interactinve gaming and live music. “Adult Swim already does television like no one else. Now it’s time to bring that same unique approach to a one-of-a-kind festival experience,” said Jill King, SVP marketing and partnerships for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer Gavin Polone is suing Warner Bros., for the fourth time, over residuals for The Gilmore Girls. This time, Palone says the studio improperly charged fees that deprived him of money for the Netflix revival.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon is in talks for a reboot of 1991-1994 series Clarissa Explains All, starring original Clarissa Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa’s mom. Hart will EP via her Heartbreak Films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, premieres on Showtime Saturday, May 12 at 9p. Limited series, based on the novels by Edward St. Aubyn, is part of Showtime’s move to expand to a new night of original programming. “Offering original content on Saturdays not only enables us to fully service our subscribers with diverse offerings, it gives viewers enough time to enjoy them all,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks. “A series with the ambition and quality of Patrick Melrose is the perfect place to start.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The grandson of a serial killer explores his relative’s gruesome acts in It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards. Six-part docu-series premieres on Paramount Network Monday, April 16 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Backcountry builders use nothing but recycled parts and ingenuity for builds like souped-up monster trucks and survival pods – in Alaska – in Discovery Channel’s Last Outpost, launching Tuesday, April 17 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s Long Island Medium is back with new episodes Sunday, April 8 at 8p. But it’s not all about the hereafter – in a 2-hour premiere, Theresa and Larry confront the problems in their marriage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America picked up UK format Sounds Like Friday Night. The 6-episode music show from Fulwell 73  launches Friday, March 16 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s Disappeared reappears Sunday, April 1 at 8p, following families hoping to find missing loved ones.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix introduces Deep State on Sunday, June 17 at 9p. Espionage drama centers on an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new 13-episode season of Food Network’s Vegas Cakes debuts Monday, April 2 at 10p, focused on Sin City staple Freed’s Bakery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ferocious viruses are the subject of three-parter Invisible Killer, premiering on Discovery Channel and Science Channel on Thursday, March 29 at 8p. Two more episodes follow on Science, at 9p and 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Communications is launching Edicion Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Edition), an anchorless daily news show for the Puerto Rican community, premiering tonight, March 19 on local UniMas stations in Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Raleigh and on local Univision stations in Puerto Rico and Entravision Communications affiliates in Boston, Hagerstown, Hartford, Orlando and Tampa. Edicion Puerto Rico will broadcast in the morning in Atlanta, Boston, Hagerstown, Hartford, Chicago, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Tampa and Raleigh (check local listings) and at 11pin Puerto Rico.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook suspended political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, which worked on the presidential campaign for Donald Trump, saying it lied about deleting user data sent to it by makers of an app called thisisyourdigitallife. Facebook alleges the maker of the app sent data to Cambridge Analytica without informing users, and the information was manipulated for political use. Responded Cambridge in one of a series of tweets, “This isn’t a spy movie. We’re a data analytics company.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

About 26 million people watch video through Amazon’s Prime Video, according to Reuters, placing the streaming service behind YouTube and Netflix. Reuters’ calculations were based on Amazon data on viewership and subs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix acquired docu-series Bobby Kennedy For President, launching globally April 27. Four-parter marking the 50th anniversary of RFK’s presidential run includes rare and never-before-seen archival footage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A matter of Time: Netflix hasn’t renewed comedy reboot One Day At a Time for season 3 yet, so the National Hispanic Media Coalition is giving the streaming service a nudge. In an open letter, the NHMC urged continued support for a show that “is not only pro-actively shifting the public narrative of Latino Americans, but simultaneously setting the standard for positive and equitable representation of Latinos in television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Doctor Who alum David Tennant will star opposite Jennifer Garner in HBO’s upcoming Camping. Comedy comes from GirlsLena Dunham and Jenni Konner.Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Steve Zahn (The Crossing) and Lamorne Morris (New Girl) will star in National Geographic 6-part limited series Valley of the Boom, pulling back the curtain on the dotcom boom of the 90s…. Paula Newsome (NCIS) will play Henry Winkler’s love interest in HBO’s upcoming comedy Barry, starring Bill Hader as a low-rent hitman….Jonny Coyne (Turn) will recur in season 3 of AMC’s Preacher….Mouna Traore (Murdoch Mysteries) won a series regular role in upcoming BET legal drama In Contempt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jake McDorman (Limitless) and Nik Dodani (Atypical) have boarded next season’s CBS revival of Murphy Brown. McDorman will play Avery, Murphy’s millennial journalist son, and Dodani will play the director of social media for the news show, tasked with bringing Murphy and the gang into the 21st century.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opening night of the NCAA tournament on CBS scored 1.5 among A18-49 and 4.98 million viewers, up from 1.2 and 4.47 last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News director William M. Brady died at age 65. Said DGA President Thomas Schlamme, “Bill was a gifted collaborator and a tireless advocate on behalf of his fellow members.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Black Panther – $27 million
Tomb Raider – $23.6 million
I Can Only Imagine – $17.1 million
A Wrinkle In Time – $16.3 million
Love, Simon – $11.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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