FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/26/18)
AMC: The Terror (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO: The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (Premiere) at 8pm
NAT. GEO.: One Strange Rock (Premiere) at 10pm
NICKELODEON: Keep It Spotless (Premiere) at 7:30pm
VH1: Teyana & Iman (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Good Doctor (Finale) at 10pm
DIY: Maine Cabin Masters (Finale) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Built For The Weekend (Finale) at 11:30pm
TNT: The Alienist (Finale) at 9pm

The highly-anticipated interview with Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, aired last night on CBS’s 60 Minutes. The segment looked at the potential ramifications of the $130,000 payment Trump attorney Michael Cohen says he made to Daniels using his own funds. Trump “knows I’m telling the truth,” Daniels told Anderson Cooper, who conducted the interview, Daniels’ first in which she spoke about the alleged affair. So why did she agree to deny the alleged relationship? “I was in a parking lot going to a fitness class with my infant daughter,” she told Cooper, “and a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And he leaned round and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom.” Daniels claimed she was lying when she signed statements saying she had never had an affair with Trump, and refused to say whether she had destroyed any evidence of her relationship with Trump.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS offered witness accounts of fired talk show host Tavis Smiley’s alleged sexual harassment in a countersuit that claims Smiley violated the net’s morals clause. Among the witness statements were accounts of talk about sex, and having or requesting sexual encounters with subordinates in hotels. Smiley, who maintains his innocence and is suing PBS for breach of contract, now appears on The Word Network on The Upside with Tavis Smiley.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN head Jeff Zucker had harsh words for Fox News during the Financial Times Future of New conference in NYC last week. “It really is state-run TV,” said Zucker of the rival cable news net. While acknowledging that there are “a handful of really good journalists there,” Zucker said FNC “is a pure propaganda machine, and I think does an incredible disservice to this country.” Fox News’s Sean Hannity was quick to tweet, “We interrupt our 24-7 Stormy Daniels hate Trump coverage…….CNN Fake News.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox and ABC are getting a new slice of the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place April 26-28. The NFL Network and Fox will simulcast coverage of rounds 1-3, ESPN2 will include a college-themed production and ESPN’s live coverage of 4-7 will air on ABC. “Fan interest in the NFL Draft grows year after year, and we are excited for the opportunity to meet that demand with expanded draft coverage,” said Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer of the NFL.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Is OWN’s Queen Sugar about a family that happens to be black, or a black family? “It’s a show about a black family, and I think that is valid and beautiful,” said exec producer Ava DuVernay at Paleyfest on Saturday. “Our viewers are so evolved and fair-minded they can look at it and say, ‘This is a black family and I can see myself in it whether I’m black or not.’” Season 3 debuts Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Host John Cena opened the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards with a salute to Saturday’s March for Our Lives. “Kids everywhere have already made it an amazing day,” he said. “So I just want to take a moment to celebrate what kids across the nation accomplished….Change is only possible when we all work together.” TV winners of the night included Stranger Things, SpongeBob SquarePants, Jace Norman (Henry Danger) and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the season 3 premiere of Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, Hagar heads to the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco to perform his annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure Concert, and sit down with Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo docu-series Once Strange Rock premieres tonight, looking at space from the perspective of those who have been there. It’s a “thrilling, out-of-this-world epic tale about our planet unlike one ever seen before,” says Tim Pastore, president, original programming & production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here is slated to return for season 2 on Sunday, May 6. The standup comedy-focused series goes into production this month in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity’s Wheeler Dealers returns with a new season and new ways to watch. Starting Wednesday, April 4, viewers can catch the premiere on MotorTrend.com and the Motor Trend app, ahead of the linear launch Wednesday, April 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

What should fans expect from season 4 of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead? “This season is all about a journey from isolation to community, and it’s about people in a bleak and dark world looking for a shred of hope to keep fighting,” Andrew Chambliss told a crowd at Wondercon. Series returns Sunday, April 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of Crackle’s SuperMansion arrives Monday, May 7. Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Pine, Jillian Bell, Yvette Nicole Brown, Heidi Gardner, Tucker Gilmore and Zeb Wells will all be back for animated action.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee special The Great American Puerto Rico premieres on TBS Wednesday, March 28 at 10p. The show explores the continuing efforts to restore power since Hurricane Maria, FEMA’s lackluster response, American millionaires using Puerto Rico as a tax haven and more. “Frontal Entero con Samantha Abeja” t-shirts produced by Puerto Rican businesses go on sale today at the TBS store, with proceeds going to the Hispanic Federation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Malkovich will narrate a one-hour special marking the 50th awarding of college basketball’s Naismith Trophy, airing Final Four weekend, Sunday, April 1 at 5p on CBS. The program, from Juma Entertainment and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, celebrates key moments from the last 5 decades. One person who’s excited about the show? Robert Horowitz, Juma president and exec producer. “I was a ballboy at UCLA during the Wooden era, so creating this Naismith 50 college basketball documentary was truly a labor of love,” Horowitz tells Cynopsis. “If you’re caught up in March Madness and are a college hoops junkie, this doc will truly rekindle some great memories. We let interviews with players and coaches and classic archival footage tell the story. Landing John Malkovich, and his iconic voice to narrate, was the icing on the cake.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix collaborating with Formula 1 on a docu-series following the 2018 FIA Formula One Championship, to air in 2019. “This partnership with Formula 1 furthers our mission of working with world-class brands and production partners to produce best-in-class unscripted series,” said Bela Bajaria, VP of content for Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Challenged by Twitter followers to delete the Facebook pages for his companies, Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk wrote, “Will be gone soon.” And they were deactivated shortly afterward, with their 2.5 million followers. “I don’t use FB & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow,” tweeted Musk on Friday. Earlier in the week, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton posted, “It is time. #deletefacebook.” The movement to exit the social media giant gained momentum after it was discovered that Cambridge Analytica gathered data from 50 million users without their knowledge to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ed Begley Jr. landed a lead in Fox comedy pilot Bless This Mess, about a newlywed couple played by Lake Bell and Dax Shepard who move from NYC to Nebraska….Kearran Giovanni (Major Crimes) booked a lead role in NBC thriller pilot Suspicion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC turned on the heat Thursday with 2 hours of Chicago Fire that delivered an average 6.8 million viewers and 1.2/5 among A18-49, versus the 2-hour launch of ABC firehouse drama Station 19 (5.4 million and 1.1/5 in the demo). The first hour of Station 19 was even with Scandal’s average but the second hour surpassed How to Get Away with Murder’s season 4 average of 3.7 million/.9 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s Aaron Hernandez Uncovered debuted as the rebranded net’s highest-rated true crime program yet, averaging 1.05 million total viewers across premiere episodes on Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18. Part 2 was the most viewed telecast for Oxygen in 3 years (1.25 million viewers), and 40% of the viewers were new to Oxygen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress DuShon Monique Brown died March 23. She was 49. Brown played Connie on Chicago Fire since the 2012 series premiere. “The Chicago Fire family is devastated to lose one of its own,” said EP Dick Wolf. Brown’s representative said her death was sudden from “natural causes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Pacific Rim Uprising – $28 million
Black Panther – $16.7 million
I Can Only Imagine – $13.8 million
Sherlock Gnomes – $10.6 million
Tomb Raider – $10.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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