FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ POWERBALL

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/28/18)
ABC: Alex, Inc. (Premiere) at 8:30pm
FX: The Americans (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Legendary Locations (Premiere) at 10pm and 10:30pm
FREEFORM: grown-ish (Finale) at 8pm
ID: Homicide City (Finale) at 10pm
VICELAND: Slutever (Finale) at 10pm
VICELAND: The Trixie & Katya Show (Finale) at 10:30pm

NBCUniversal gathered its top advertising clients and leaders from different industries for its fourth annual Innovation Day, aimed at exploring disruptive technologies that might be applied to the media business. After Will & Grace’s Sean Hayes welcomed the crowd – noting, “I’m NBC’s answer to Young Sheldon!” – topics ranged from AI, to the evolving shopping experience to the future of storytelling. “We as storytellers need to rethink how we are interacting with customers, and advertisers need to do the same,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg. Measurement also needs rethinking, offered John Swift, CEO of investment at Omnicom Media Group North America. “We need to move past the idea of ‘matching luggage’ for measurement,” said Swift. “The more we try to force TV measurement across platforms, the more we miss platforms’ value.” Then there’s Facebook. “Facebook’s business model is based on capturing data that many times people don’t know they’re giving, and then selling that data, very often electronically, to a buyer where Facebook doesn’t even know the buyer,” said NBCUni CEO Steve Burke. “So there’s a whole series of things going on in their business model that are very different from our business model.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of, word came from CNN yesterday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to testify before Congress, in the wake of the revelation that data firm Cambridge Analytica accessed personal data from over 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has asked Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify at a hearing about data privacy on April 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios ordered Cortes, a mini-series centered on legendary explorer Hernan Cortes, from Steven Spielberg and Amblin TelevisionJavier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) will star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Simon Mirren (Criminal Minds) and Jamie Carmichael (Black Book) are partnering for a TV and film production sales company. Based in LA, Atlantic Nomad is aiming for a high-end TV drama slate of 6-10 original series over the next year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A docu-series based on biography Tiger Woods, released yesterday, is being developed by Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions. The book’s authors, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keyeyian, will exec produce with Gibney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon and prolific producer Dan Schneider and his Schneider’s Bakery (iCarly, Drake & Josh, Henry Danger) are not extending their current deal. “Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects,” said the net in a statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marblemedia’s Holy Baloney, a play-along 10-episode, 3-minute series for kids, has been greenlit by Canada’s CBC Kids for a spring 2018 launch at CBC Kids and on the CBC TV App.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Timberman-Beverly Prods. (Elementary, SEAL Team) is pulling up stakes at CBS Television Studios after 8 years to head to ABC Studios, where Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly will develop projects for broadcast, cable and streaming services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Critical Content is producing a documentary about “the godfather of gangster rap,” Eric “Eazy-E” Wright. Project will explore alternative theories surrounding Wright’s death.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New History competition series Forged in Fire: Knife or Death launches Tuesday, April 17 at 10p. WWE Hall of Famer and host Bill Goldberg oversees the slicing of flying watermelons, the hacking of ice blocks and the general severing of ropes, tubes and metals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s Humans is back for season 3 Tuesday, June 5 at 10p. Eight-episode run is set in a parallel present, exploring what happens when the lines between humans and machines are blurred.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 2 premiere of Freeform’s Famous in Love airs Wednesday, April 4 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

James Corden landed a third CBS primetime special. The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special, featuring a new karaoke session as well as Corden’s favorite late show moments (guests TBD), is slated for Monday, April 23 at 10p. The bar is high – specials in 2016 and 2017 scored Emmy Awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan Without Borders: Italy will air as a primetime special on TBS Wednesday, April 11 at 10p. Conan O’Brien’s ninth international adventure in 3 years, the special will include his guest turn on Italian soap opera, Un Posto Al Sole.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, former winners of NBC’s The Voice will serve as advisors during the knockout rounds. Cassadee Pope, Jordan Smith, Chris Blue and Chloe Kohanski will be on hand to help Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton tune up talent beginning Monday, April 2 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Connie Britton (9-1-1, Nashville) will star in the first season of Bravo’s scripted anthology series Dirty John, based on the articles and true crime podcast of the same name from LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Allison Sweeney has something else cooking at Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. The star/EP of the Murder She Baked franchise will star in and exec produce The Chronicle Mysteries, focused on a novelist/podcaster.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Douglas Smith (Big Love) landed a role as an offbeat surfer in season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christina Milian (Grandfathered) will play a medical student in Fox musical drama pilot Mixtape, from Joshua Safran (Quantico).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel movie Royal Matchmaker on Saturday averaged a 2.7HH rating, 2.8 million total viewers and 438,000 W25-54, and was the highest-rated cable movie of the week among Households, W25-54, A25-54, W18-49 and p2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

March Madness preemptions and competition didn’t score points with many syndicated shows the week of March 12. Wheel of Fortune dipped 15% (to 5.6), Dr. Phil was down 13% (to 2.8), Jeopardy dropped 12% (to 5.9) and Judge Judy slipped 11% (to 6.5). On the plus side, as Wendy Williams went from repeats to originals with fill-in host Jerry O’Connell, the show rose 22% (to 1.1).
(Source: Cynopsis)

March Madness-fueled TBS topped the prime time cable chart the week of March 19-24 with an average 3.1 million viewers, snapping Fox News’ 9-week winning streak in weekly prime time. FNC averaged 2.2 million viewers, followed by 2 million for MSNBC and 1.5 million for HGTV and USA Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Syfy Superman series Krypton drew an audience of over 2.6 million people in Live+3 Nielsens, the net’s best new series premiere since Ascension in 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of the announcement that John Leguizamo and his partners are expanding their Latino media and entertainment company to form NGL Collective, Joe Bernard  was named as Chief Revenue Officer. Bernard was previously Senior Vice President of Client Development for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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