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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/9/18)
CARTOON NETWORK: Steven Universe (Premiere) at 7:30pm
DIY: Big Beach Builds (Premiere) at 9pm
GOLF: Shotmakers (Premiere) at 9pm
TNT: How To Be Single (Premiere) at 10:30pm
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Finale) at 8pm
DISCOVERY: Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman (Finale) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Mary Kills People (Finale) at 9pm 

MTV’s Total Request Live spin-off Total Request A.M., a daily morning edition originally scheduled to premiere in June, will now debut Monday, April 23. The return of the afternoon TRL has been pushed from Monday, April 9, to April 23, to coincide with the arrival of its new sister show. Total Request Late Night will continue to air Mondays and Tuesdays for now, expanding to 3 nights this summer and 4 nights by year’s end.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, the Department of Justice seized on a 2017 memo from AT&T director of corporate strategy Gregory Manty as evidence that the goal of the merger is to preserve pay-TV revenue while slowing innovation in online video. In the draft, reports Variety, Manty said the merger was a way to “ensure stability” as the pay-TV business underwent a “slow structural decline.” Manty also described the pay-TV business as a “cash cow” for years to come. In court, Manty said he had nothing do with with the merger decision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thinking big: As it ups marketing spend  to $2 billion this year, Netflix is bidding $300 million for Regency Outdoor Advertising, owner of billboards in prominent LA locations, reports Reuters. Netflix understands the power of outdoor ads – last year, its cryptic “Netflix Is a Joke” billboards drew buzz for the streaming service’s stand-up specials.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jimmy Kimmel apologized Sunday for his part in a Twitter feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity. “While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country,” tweeted the late night host. Kimmel and Hannity had been volleying insults since Kimmel joked about First Lady Melania Trump’s accent last week. Hannity called Kimmel a “sick, twisted, creepy, perverted weirdo” on his Friday show, and aired a series of crass clips from Comedy Central’s The Man Show featuring Kimmel. Hannity said he would respond to Kimmel’s statement on tonight’s show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel ordered docu-series Why We Hate (wt) from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions. The 6-parter examines the evolutionary basis of hate, with the aim of changing behavior. “This is exactly the kind of story Discovery should be telling. Why We Hate has been a four-year discussion with Steven and Alex on how to best capture the domestic and global trends that are growing around the world and bring those facts and stories to a worldwide audience,” said David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, Inc. “Our aspiration is to be working with great storytellers like Steven and Alex all over the world on the most important and consequential stories and issues.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery also ordered Valley of the Kings, an excavation docu-series set in Egypt’s burial ground of the pharaohs. Valley is slated to premiere later this year on Discovery and Science Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tiffany Haddish will EP a comedy series for HBO, reports Variety. In development is Unsubscribed, from writers and exec producers Xosha Roquemore and Danielle Henderson. Haddish and her She Ready banner signed a first-look deal with HBO back in January.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon ordered preschool animated series Fashion Ally (wt), about a little girl with a passion for fashion, from Silvergate Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fulwell 73 (The Late Late Show) landed the rights for Dutch format Pants on Fire from Newen Distribution, which it will develop for English-language outlets. In the show, teams compete to convince a celebrity jury that outrageous stories they’re telling are true.
(Source: Cynopsis)

44 Blue Productions and Wilhelmina Models are collaborating on scripted and unscripted series exploring Fashion Week as well as the story of the modeling agency’s rise and its iconic CEO, Wilhemina Cooper.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will Anjelica Huston be part of the season 8 cast of FX’s American Horror Story? She’s in talks to join, said series creator Ryan Murphy at a for-Emmy-consideration event over the weekend. “I just love the ability to reach out to people I love, love, love and say, ‘Hey, would you like to come play in our sandbox?’” said Murphy, who also revealed the new season of the anthology series will take place 18 months in the future, and Joan Collins will play the grandmother of Evan Peters’ character, a comedic hairstylist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Miniseries C.B. Strike launches on Cinemax Friday, June 1 at 10p. The show, focused on a veteran-turned-P.I., is part of a rebrand returning Cinemax to fun, high-octane adventure programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DIY ordered a third season of Restored. The preservation/renovation series has grown the Wednesday 9p timeslot P25-54 rating by 42% year over year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America greenlit crime drama Pure for a second season. Season one is slated to debut in early 2019. “We are fully committed to this riveting series and knew we wanted to extend the story before the first episode even hits the air,” said Gavin Harvey, president of WGNA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wresting series Lucha Undeground is back for season 4 on El Rey Network Wednesday, June 13 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC is bringing back “This Is Life Live Week,” starting a 4-night run on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13 at 9p. Each 2-hour episode will follow “the twists, turns and surprises that come along with putting unfiltered moments on television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel special Waco: The Longest Siege airs tonight at 8p. The 1993 tragedy still carries a powerful lesson, even after 25 years, Charles Poe, SVP of production, Smithsonian Channel, tells Cynopsis.   “It was a clash of core American values, pitting freedom of religion against a government’s responsibility to protect the innocent, and no one came out unscathed,” says Poe. “While many documentaries and features have been made on the subject, they often take sides or have an agenda. Our film gives voice to those who lived the story, from all sides, and lets the viewer decide what to think about this significant chapter in our history.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The sixth annual Radio Disney Awards will take place at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Friday, June 22, airing Saturday June 23 on Disney Channel as well as other Disney platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Elemental: Hydrogen vs. Hindenburg, from executive producer Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future), reveals how the elements of the periodic table have controlled the outcome of human history. One-hour pilot episode, produced by Outpost Entertainment, tells the harrowing story of the Hindenburg disaster, tonight at 11p on Nat Geo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After reviewing how Facebook was used by Russian trolls during the 2016 election – and as he prepared to testify at a Senate hearing tomorrow – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday that moving forward, any advertiser that wants to run political or issue ads will have to be verified by confirming their identity and location, and show users who paid for them. Verification will also be required for pages with large followings, to “make it much harder for people to run pages using fake accounts, or to grow virally and spread misinformation or divisive content,” said Zuckerberg.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube TV, launched a year ago, is on the hunt for channels like Cheddar and Tastemade from digital-first media companies, reports Digiday. The livestreaming TV service includes 50+ linear channels for $40/month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of a research study, Twitter will publicize its rules about online abuse to in a test group in an effort to curb bad behavior. The idea, suggested by researchers from Harvard and Princeton, is that if people are shown the rules, they are more likely to follow them. On March 1, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had tweeted, “We’re committing Twitter to help increase collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Frank Whaley (Luke Cage) will recur opposite Tony Danza and Josh Groban on Netflix procedural The Good Cop….Sofia Bryant (Blue Bloods) landed a series regular role on NBC drama pilot Suspicion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first episode of MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation scored a 2.88 Live+SD rating among P18-34, with the second ep growing 5% to a 3.03 in the demo, averaging a 2.96 to surpass the final season’s average 2.82 in 2012. It also more than doubled the rating of the original Jersey Shore debut in 2009 and was the highest-rated cable reality show in the demo in 6 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of NBC’s Will & Grace averaged a .9 rating among A18-49 on Thursday and 3.6 million total viewers, even with its season low in the demo and a slight dip from the prior week’s 3.7 million viewers. ABC’s new Station 19 hit a low of 1.0 among A18-49 and 5.1 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Investigation Discovery had its best quarter ever for delivery of P2+ (1.23 million) in 1Q18. In total day delivery, ID earned the #1 rank in ad-supported cable for W25-54 and the #2 rank for P25-54 (behind only ESPN). In prime, ID ranked #6 for W25-54, #9 for HH and #10 for P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC had its best Quarter Prime ratings performance in 4 years among W25-54, and was the #4 Primetime ad-supported cable network among W25-54/18-49 in 1Q18. Additionally, with 1.5 million total interactions in the quarter, TLC was a top 10 most social female reality cable network on Facebook (#7), Twitter (#8) and Instagram (#9).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity had a record breaking quarter for 1Q18, scoring its 22nd consecutive quarter of year-over-year Primetime and Total Day delivery gains among P18+ and P2+ and posting its 16th consecutive month of year-over-year Primetime delivery growth for key demos, P25-54, P/M18+ and P2+. During Primetime and Total Day, 1Q18 and March became Velocity’s most watched Q1 and March in network history among P/M25-54, P/M18+ and P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
A Quiet Place – $50 million
Ready Player One – $25.1 million
Blockers – $21.4 million
Black Panther – $8.4 million
I Can Only Imagine – $8.3 million
(Box Office Mojo)

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