FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/5/18)
BRAVO: Southern Charm (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Imposters (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: World’s Most Epic (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Engineering Catastrophes (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway All Stars (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Will & Grace (Finale) at 9pm

The third season of NBC’s Shades of Blue will be its last. “I have enjoyed producing and starring in this beautifully complicated world and playing such an empowering yet flawed character – a women, a detective, but, first and foremost, a mother,” said series star and producer Jennifer Lopez. “We crafted a poetic three-season arc on how her journey ends, which is true redemption.” Premiere date: Sunday, June 17 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom rejected CBS Corp.’s initial acquisition offer, and at press time was preparing a counter offer. The CBS offer valued Viacom below its market value of $12.5 billion; Viacom will reportedly argue that potential synergies should translate to a premium price. Also an issue: while the CBS offer stipulated that CBS CEO Les Moonves run the combined company with CBS COO Joseph Ianniello as his number 2, controlling shareholder of both companies, National Amusements Inc., reportedly wants Viacom CEO Robert Bakish in the second slot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A letter signed by 95 Writers Guild of America members asks the union’s board of directors to take action against gun violence. “We urge the WGA and the WGA Pension Plan to divest of all stocks of any gun or ammunition manufacturer, and any company that provides material support to the gun industry lobbying organization called The National Rifle Association, whether through donations, deductions or other means (e.g. Federal Express), until such time as sensible national gun reform legislation is passed,” said the letter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA stood by the “hard-working and dedicated” journalists who work for Sinclair Broadcast Group, saying they had been the target of “misdirected criticism”  for a script right-leaning Sinclair had them read criticizing the media. “SAG-AFTRA has been in contact with Sinclair to express our concerns with this campaign, and we stand with our members and journalists everywhere in challenging corporate directives that call into question the journalistic integrity of the news presented to the public,” said the union. “SAG-AFTRA opposes such directives in the interest of defending the professionalism of journalists and preserving the basic rights of a free and independent press.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Murphy has scrapped his plans to adapt the book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President, about the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, for American Crime Story. Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter he ran into Lewinsky at a party and told her, “Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that, but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! greenlit Very Cavallari, a docu-series starring Kristin Cavallari (The Hills), following her life as a businesswoman and wife to her husband, former professional football player Jay Cutler.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/writer Kathleen Robertson inked a first-look development deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop scripted programming for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s portfolio, as well as other networks and streaming services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered adult animated comedy series Paradise, P.D., from Waco O’Guin and Roger Black (Brickleberry), centered on cops who are not good at their jobs. Voice cast includes Sarah Chalke (Roseanne) and Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless).
(Source: Cynopsis)

An attorney for Matt and Ross Duffer, who are accused by filmmaker Charles Kessler of plagiarizing Stranger Things, said Kessler’s claim was “completely meritless….This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.” While Kessler claims in a lawsuit that he pitched a Stranger Things-like concept to the Duffers in 2014, the brothers’ attorney said they have never discussed any project with him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Days after the announcement that the new season of USA Network’s Talk Stoop would be hosted by Nessa Diab, series creator and former host Cat Greenleaf filed a discrimination and breach-of-contract lawsuit claiming she was fired because she suffers from clinical depression. Said a spokeperson for LX TV Productions, “Cat’s employment was terminated for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons. The lawsuit is without merit.”  Talk Stoop launched in 2009.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a bankruptcy court filing, A+E Networks said it had cancelled its contract to air Project Runway on January 10, following sexual harassment allegations against The Weinstein Co. co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “Many of Mr. Weinstein’s victims implicated The Weinstein Co. and TWC Board, alleging that TWC knew of Mr. Weinstein’s misconduct, yet knowingly or negligently allowed it to continue,” said A+E in the filing. A+E network Lifetime had renewed the show in 2016 for 3 more seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Litton Entertainment and Jack Hanna have extended their Saturday morning series, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdownfor two additional seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

My House, an insider’s guide to NYC’s underground queer ballroom scene, premieres on Viceland Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Heroes Channel series Nazi Treasure Hunters launches Tuesday, May 1 at 10p. The 8-part season delves into cold cases of famed artwork stolen during the Nazi era.
(Source: Cynopsis)

America Divided returns to Epix Friday, May 4. In episode one, “Washington’s War on Women,” former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson will uncover a pervasive culture of sexual harassment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cookbook author, pastry chef and baking instructor Gesine Prado returns to Food Network in a new season of Baked in Vermont, premiering Saturday, May 5 at 10:30a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A discovery that challenges theories about the first humans to inhabit North America is the focus of Smithsonian Channel special Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey, airing Wednesday, April 18 at 8p. One-hour doc follows the expedition and search to uncover new evidence of a trans-Atlantic crossing 6000 years earlier than previously believed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills announced the latest selection for its PaleyLive Spring 2018 season: “An Evening with Bob Newhart: A Newhart Celebration.” The program will take place in partnership with Hulu on Thursday, April 26 at 7p; Newhart will be joined by castmates from the 1982-1990 series, Julia Duffy and William Sanderson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dynasty diva Joan Collins is in talks to join the season 8 cast of American Horror Story….Jes Macallan has been upped to series regular on season 4 of CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The number of Facebook users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data leak has jumped from 50 million to 87 million, said Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer in a blog post. Among the steps the social media giant is taking to restrict data access: Apps will now need Facebook approval as well as approval from administrators, apps will not be able to access the member list of a group, and Facebook is removing personal information, like names and profile photos, attached to posts or comments that approved apps can access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ouch, said some Tinder users who got booted off the dating app and couldn’t get back on after Facebook’s security updates. Users were getting an error message saying Tinder required additional Facebook permissions. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to have everyone swiping again soon,” tweeted @Tinder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the Nominees for the 22nd Annual Webby Awards, including Amazon Music, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Kaepernick, RuPaul, James Corden, Shonda Rhimes and Meryl Streep. Media organizations in contention for the first-ever Webby “Media Company of the Year” are VICE MediaConde Nast, National GeographicTurner, and Viacom, presented to the media company that performs best across all Webby Award categories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

fuboTV launched The CW in 8 new local markets, bringing the total to 9 across the live streaming TV service. The sports-first OTT provider now has a total of 252 local stations on its platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IfOnly, an online marketplace for experiences, has raised $20 million in Series D funding led by MasterCard. Other strategic investors include Hyatt Hotels and Sotheby’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV acquired North American digital and home video rights from DCD Rights for season 2 of mystery series Jack Irish, starring Guy Pearce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s Roseanne boosted ABC’s The Middle to new season highs at 8:30p. The Middle was up 43% in total viewers (to 8.3 million) and 57% among A18-49 (to 2.2). In week 2, Roseanne drew 15.2 million viewers and 2.9 in the demo, retaining 85% in viewers and 80% of the A18-49 audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mermaid drama Siren was Freeform’s biggest drama launch in over 2 years, with 1.54 million total viewers, 743,000 A18-49 and 483,000 W18-49 in Live+3 Nielsens. The show opened as Thursday’s #1 program on cable among W18-34 and Females 12-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network ended 1Q18 as the number one rated business network on television for the sixth consecutive quarter, delivering its highest rated quarter ever in Business Day viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Mean Girls is opening on Sunday April 8, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/mean-girls/

Children of A Lesser God with Joshua Jackson and Anthony Edwards is opening on Wednesday April 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/children-lesser-god/

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