FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/22/18)
ABC: Station 19 (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries at the Museum (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (Premiere) at 9:30pm
WE TV: Braxton Family Values (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: Hustle & Soul (Premiere) at 10pm
A&E: 60 Days In (Finale) at 10pm
FREEFORM: Beyond (Finale) at 8pm
IFC: Portlandia (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries at the Museum (Finale) at 9pm

The Big 4 broadcast nets landed 4 of the top 5 spots in a survey asking connected consumers which network families they’d prefer in a 5-group skinny TV plan. NBCUniversal topped the list (48%), followed by Fox (41%), Disney/ABC (41%) and CBS (38%). “The value of their content is immense; top of mind for many viewers,” said Michael Greeson, director of research for TDG. Turner tied with CBS, followed closely by A+E Networks (37%) and HBO (36%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC soap General Hospital led the field with 26 nominations for the 45th Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by 25 each for NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’s Young and Restless. Among networks, CBS and syndicated programming each scored 66 nods; Netflix nabbed 51.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Indianapolis 500 race is switching lanes, moving to NBC in 2019 after 54 years on ABC. In a multi-year deal, NBC Sports landed rights to all IndyCar races, qualifying, practices and Indy Lights races across its platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Weinstein Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As part of the filing, the company released from non-disclosure agreements victims of sexual misconduct by disgraced former CEO Harvey Weinstein.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Retired U.S. Army officer and Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters said in an email to colleagues that he’s quitting the network. “Over my decade at Fox, I was long proud of the association,” he wrote. “Now I am ashamed.” Peters, who said FNC had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” made clear he was not referring to Fox Business Network (“the grownups”) or Fox’s news reporters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fred Savage, accused of harassment on the set of Fox’s The Grinder, was cleared by the network. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage,” said Fox. “We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.” In a lawsuit, a female crew member accused Savage of “violently” striking her arm when she brushed dandruff off his suit, using profanity and intimidating other women.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP greenlit a third season of State Plate, the culinary/travel series starring American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. “With season 3 we will achieve our original goal of featuring all 50 states,” said SVP programming Doug Butts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe returns with a 6-episode event Monday, April 9 at 7:30p, with weekly premieres culminating with a half-hour special May 7. Fans can catch episodes early by logging onto the Cartoon app and VOD on Monday, March 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network set its spring schedule, starting with the return of Suits for the second half of season 7 on Wednesday, March 28 at 9p. Season 3 of Colony arrives Wednesday, May 2, with third rounds of Queen of the South and Shooter premiering Thursday, June 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of OWN’s Queen Sugar gets a royal launch with a 2-night event Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 at 10p. The series’ regular timeslot will be Wednesdays at 10p. Season 2 of the drama will be available to stream on Hulu starting March 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mitt Romney, Trevor Noah, James Taylor and Jamie Foxx will be going for a spin on the new season of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage, revving up Thursday, April 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV Land’s Younger is back for season 5 Tuesday, June 5 at 10p. The news was revealed via an interactive video, which included the date and a sneak peek video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Close Proximity, a 10-part series looking at the world of fast cars through the eyes of Formula Drift driver Matt Field, premieres on Insight TV Tuesday, March 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viceland is firing up its second annual “Weed Week,” airing Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20. Programming includes sneak previews of new seasons of F*ck That’s Delicious and Most Expensivest, as well as weed-themed extended episodes and marathons of other “herballly-minded” shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President and National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso will premiere at the Tribeca TV festival, taking place April 18-29. Among the other offerings are the season 5 midseason premiere of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the North American premiere of PBS’s Little Women and the debut of StarzSweetbitter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amanda Schull was upped from recurring to series regular on USA’s Suits, renewed for season 8 without series stars Meghan Markle and Patrick J, Adams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Emilie de Ravin are all onboard for the series finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible,” said series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures.” The end.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five days after the news that 50 million Facebook users had their data accessed and improperly stored by Cambridge Analytica – and #DeleteFacebook was trending – Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” said the social media giant’s CEO. “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up to do it.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is partnering with video community musical.ly to develop digital entertainment programs targeting Hispanic members of Gen Z. Original shows include The Cheese, an entertainment and pop culture show, and On the Ball (wt) a sports show focused on the world’s top soccer players. The shows will be created and executive produced by Fluency+, Telemundo’s multi-platform production studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon overtook Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday to become the second most valuable public company in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $768 billion. Apple topped the field with a market cap of $885 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a blog post yesterday, Netflix outlined changes it is making for season 2 of controversial series 13 Reasons Why, which tackles teen suicide, bullying and rape. While a study commissioned by the streamer found nearly three quarters of respondents said the show made them feel more comfortable processing tough topics, the majority of parents wanted more resources. Among the tools for upcoming season 2 will be a custom intro at the start of each season with the cast; additional resources at 13reasonswhy.info; and a new after-show featuring actors, experts and educators. “The hope is that the steps we’re taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as Season 2 rolls out later this year,” wrote Brian Wright, VP of original series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snap is making it easier to create AR effects with new Lenses and tools for the Lens Studio. For starters, a partnership with StudioMDHR, developer of video game Cuphead, led to a new lens that places animations of characters from the game Cuphead on the screen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Dodo is bringing back Comeback Kids: Animal Edition for season 2. First episode goes live on Facebook Watch Saturday, March 24, and will air on YouTube and Twitter the following day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show delivered 3.78 million viewers the week of March 16 in Live+3 Nielsens, up +680,000 versus Live+SD numbers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s new Shondaland drama, For the People, slipped 25% in the A18-49 demo versus its launch, to .6/3. The show delivered 2.7 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Children of a Lesser God with Joshua Jackson and Anthony Edwards will start previews on Thursday March 22, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/children-lesser-god/

The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington and Tammy Blanchard will start previews on Thursday March 22, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/iceman-cometh/

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical with LaChanze will start previews on Wednesday March 28, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/summer-donna-summer-musical/

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