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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/4/18)
A&E: Storage Wars: Northern Treasures (Premiere) at 8pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Tanked: Supersized (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New York City (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD: Iron Chef Gauntlet (Premiere) at 9pm
FREEFORM: Famous In Love (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: Murder Chose Me (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Restored (Finale) at 9pm
SYFY: The Magicians (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: Beauty Bar (Finale) at 10pm

CBS made an initial offer to acquire Viacom in an all stock deal that values the company below its $12.5 billion current market valuation, and is contingent on its management team holding the reins, reports the Wall Street Journal. CBS board members proposed installing CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and COO Joe Ianniello to run the merged companies for the foreseeable future. CBS and Viacom are both controlled by Sumner Redstone’s National Amusements Inc.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Charlie Kessler, the director of a six-minute film about an incident on a Long Island beach, filed a lawsuit against the creators of Stranger Things on Tuesday, accusing Matt and Ross Duffer of ripping off his idea. Kessler says he made the short film in 2012 as a teaser for a feature called The Montauk Project and claims he pitched the idea to the co-creators of the Netflix hit at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. While the idea went nowhere at the time, Kessler claims the Duffer brothers used it for Stranger Things, which debuted in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is getting a co-host for the first time ever. Cardi B is set to appear as both a chat and musical guest to celebrate the release of Invasion of Privacy and stay for the hour, when she returns to Studio 6B on Monday, April 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Matthew MorrisonRachel BloomWayne Brady and cast members of Hamilton, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Band’s Visit will perform in a Florida benefit concert for victims and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Parkland, USA is set for Monday, April 16 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A reunion celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Felicity was added to the lineup of the ATX Television Festival, taking place June 7-10 in Austin, TX. Scheduled to appear on the panel are cast members Keri Russell, Scott SpeedmanTangi Miller, Amanda Foreman, Amy Jo Johnson and Ian Gomez, as well as director/producer Lawrence Trilling. Also planned at the event is a tribute to original Roseanne EP Marcy Carsey, who will receive this year’s ATX Award in Television Excellence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

To raise awareness, protect access and encourage action on behalf of the arts, Ovation is expanding its national arts advocacy program, Stand For The Arts, by launching a new “Arts Across the Heartland” initiative. States being highlighted through national PSAs include Mississippi, Tennessee, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Oregon, among others. One of the first arts organizations to be featured is the Nashville Symphony Accelerando Program.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kenneth Branagh is set to star in and produce Entertainment One’s television adaptation of A Gentleman in Moscow, reports Deadline. The project, based on Tom Harper’s adaptation of Amor Towles’ novel, centers on a man ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO ordered comedy pilot Mrs. Fletcher, based on The Leftovers author Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel. Kathryn Hahn is attached to star with Nicole Holfcener set to direct and EP.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anthony Hemingway (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) is set to direct the premiere episode of USA/Syfy’s upcoming series The Purge, based on the hit film franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo WILD set April premieres for four series. The Adventures of Buckeye Bottoms returns Saturday, April 7 at 9p, Animal PD debuts Saturday, April 14 at 10p, and Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet bows Friday, April 27 at 9p, followed by The Mighty Northwest at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Best friends and home renovation experts Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell improve Idaho’s capital city with home transformations in HGTV’s new series Boise Boys, bowing Wednesday, April 25 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hugh Laurie will co-star Hulu’s six-part limited series Catch-22…. Eric Bana (Munich) signed to star opposite Connie Britton in Bravo anthology series Dirty John…. Katrina Lenk (The Band’s Visit) is set to recur on season 2 of CBS All Access drama The Good Fight.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO signed deals for Kathryn NewtonRobin Weigert, Merrin Dungey and Sarah Sokolovic to return for Season 2 of Big Little Lies. Also joining the series will be Crystal Fox (The Haves and the Have Nots) and Mo McRae (Den of Thieves).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twitter renewed its streaming deal with Major League Baseball. The @MLB handle will host a game of the week with out-of-market live streaming of daytime games, which will be simulcasts of participating teams’ local TV broadcasts. Games are available in the U.S. for free to Twitter users as well as on connected devices via live.twitter.com/MLB and @MLB.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spotify took the unconventional approach, for a company its size, of a direct listing for its debut on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, selling shares directly to the public without intermediaries (or support from bankers). Said co-founder Daniel Elk of the move, “Spotify is not raising capital, and our shareholders and employees have been free to buy and sell our stock for years. So while [the public offering] puts us on a bigger stage, it doesn’t change who we are, what we are about, or how we operate.” Over 10 million shares of Spotify traded in the first 15 minutes, with shares closing at $149, 13% over the $132 reference price set by the NYSE (which accidentally raised the flag of Switzerland Tuesday morning to honor the Swedish company).
(Source: Cynopsis)

According to a Standard Media Index data timed to the IPO, among internet radio competitors, in February 2018 Spotify had the strongest growth, up +63 year-over-year, versus +5% for Pandora and a -6% decline for iHeartMedia. Pandora remains the leader in ad revenue market share with 62%, followed by Spotify (23%) and iHeartMedia (11%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new Snapchat feature lets users tag friends in snaps and upload them to stories (as they can do on Instagram), something Snap says “influencers/celebs will be particularly excited about.” In addition, a new video chat feature allows up to 16 friends to have a video chat together; up to 32 can join a group voice chat.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One and Urban One are marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a live stream of commemorative MLK50 events taking place in Memphis, Tennessee. Host Roland Martin is on location from the National Civil Rights Museum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for this year’s 22nd annual Webby Awards. Competing for Best Host (Podcasts and Digital Audio) are Oprah Winfrey, RuPaul, QuestloveIntercepted and Criminal Podcast. Nominees for comedy individual short or episode include The SimpsonsDonald Trump’s First 100 Days in Office and Welcome to America with Gad Elmaleh and Ron Livingston.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable news channel for the 65th consecutive quarter in day and primetime, while MSNBC was the only cable news net that grew year-over-year in total day and prime (up +30% in viewers, to 1.86 million, and +20% among A25-54, to 405,000 in prime). FNC’s Hannity was the #1 cable news program in total viewers (3.2 million); Rachel Maddow Show took the crown in the news demo (664,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central finished March as the top-rated, non-sports, ad-supported entertainment network in cable across total day among M18-34 and18-24. It was also one of the only two Top 20 entertainment networks in cable to post year-over-year grown among A18-49 (up 4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Season 1 finale of FOX’s 9-1-1 (3.1/12 Live+7, up +82% from Live+SD) ranked as Wednesday night’s top program, garnering a multi-platform average audience of 12.9 million viewers. In addition, Masterchef Junior (1.3/6 Live+7, +62% from Lives+SD) was Friday’s #1 entertainment program for the second week in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A number of major syndicated shows rebounded from the opening round of March Madness and saw ratings bounce back in the session ending March 25. Judge Judy garnered a 6.7 Live+SD national Nielsen rating and was syndication’s highest show overall for the fifth week in a row, even though its primary run did not air on multiple days in many of the country’s largest markets due to basketball and storm coverage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Most of the top talkers were also winners. Dr. Phil (3.0, up 7%) widened its lead over the talk shows despite being in reruns for most of the week. Second place Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, steady) and third place Ellen DeGeneres (2.2, up 5%) both grew 5% from the same week last year. Wendy Williams (1.4, up 27%), which saw its eponymous host return, tied with Maury (1.4, unchanged).
(Source: Cynopsis)

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