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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/9/18)
CBS: Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute at 9pm
A&E: Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48: A Closer Look (Premiere) at 10pm
BET: In Contempt (Premiere) at 10pm
BYU TV: Painting The Town with Eric Dowdle (Premiere) at 8:30pm
DISCOVERY: Deadliest Catch (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: New Girl (Premiere) at 9:30pm
HGTV: Fixer Upper: Behind The Design (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Good Bones (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: The Curse of Civil War Gold (Finale) at 10pm

Viacom has countered CBS’s merger bid with a request for $2.8 billion more, almost a quarter over what CBS had offered. Viacom also wants its CEO, Robert Bakish, in the second position, behind Les Moonves, as president and COO; CBS had asked that its COO, Joseph Ianniello, fill the slot. National Amusements controls nearly 80% of the voting shares of both companies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hari Kondabolu, maker of 2017 documentary The Problem with Apu, which questions the South Asian character voiced by a white actor (Hank Azaria) in The Simpsons, was not happy with Sunday’s episode of the Fox comedy. In it, Marge heavily edits a book that used to contain stereotypes, “Something that started out decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect,” says Lisa. Turning to a photo of Apu, she asks, “What can you do?” Tweeted Kondabolu on Monday, “Wow. ‘Politically Incorrect?’ That’s the takeaway from my movie & the discussion it sparked? Man, I really loved this show. This is sad.” And then, “TO THE JOURNALISTS WHO HAVE ASKED ME FOR A PUBLIC STATEMENT ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S SIMPSONS EPISODE, I JUST WANT SAY: ‘Congratulations to the Simpsons for being talked about & being seen as relevant again.’”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/director/producer Greg Berlanti will receive the 2018 International Emmy Founders Award at the 46th International Emmy Awards Gala, on Monday, November 19 in NYC. Berlanti holds the record for most shows on US television networks at the same time (that would be 11).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mom, averaging 11 million viewers this season, was renewed for season 6 on CBS. “Mom has been a lynchpin comedy for us over the last several years,” said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. “It’s a fearless series that tackles provocative social issues with laughter and grace, and a large, loyal audience has followed….this series just keeps getting better.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Quad, which aired its season 2 finale on March 27, was canceled by BET. The college-set drama had averaged .2 among A18-49 and 553,000 viewers, down 30% from its freshman run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The inauguration of the $250 million Telemundo Center in Miami was yesterday. The new, 500,000-square-foot global headquarters, with 15 separate studios, will host news, sports, entertainment and digital productions, with the building designed to “inspire employee collaboration, mobility and flexibility” (and to withstand a Category 5 hurricane). In addition to production space will be the offices, broadcast and production operations for Telemundo Network, Telemundo Global Studios, Unverso, digital media and NBCUniversal International Group’s Latin American offices.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations announced a total of $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants for 62 non-profits located all across the country. Launched earlier this year, Project Innovation is presented by The NBCUniversal Foundation and NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brinda Adhikari has been named senior broadcast producer of the CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor. Adhikari, who joined the CBS Evening News in April 2015, is tasked with innovating the broadcast as well as expanding the show’s digital strategy and footprint.
(Source: Cynopsis)

T Group Productions has partnered with comedian Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz and their production company Push It Productions (Last Comic Standing) for competition format, Throw Mama from the Game Show, for the US television marketplace. The companies will be pitching the adult comedy project to broadcast and premium outlets this week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Baxters, the first scripted digital series from LightWorkers Media, a joint venture owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Mark Burnett (Survivor) and Roma Downey, is beginning production in LA. The ensemble family drama consisting of 6 half hour episodes will be available exclusively on LightWorkers later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime set a premiere date for Kevin Smith: Silent but Deadly, the stand-up special shot February 25. Smith was supposed to tape a second special that night but suffered a massive heart attack; he has since lost 26 pounds. Special airs Friday, May 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carrie Underwood will perform the world TV premiere of her soon-to-be-released single on CBS’s 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15 at 8p. Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the latest collaborative project between Smithsonian Channel and production partner EBS Korea, China’s Dragon Emperor tells the story of how China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, ascended at age of 13 and dedicated his life to unifying China. Two-parter premieres Monday, May 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix is shaking things up with a Bond-A-Thon on Memorial Day weekend, featuring 2 days of James Bond films. First up: Live and Let Die on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King and Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier will anchor CBS’s live, multiplatform coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19, beginning at 4a. King will have done her homework anchoring primetime special Meghan Markle: American Princess, airing Friday, April 20 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Exclusive: Animal Planet is bringing back Pit Bulls & Parolees for a new season, slated to premiere later this year. Last season the show, which premiered in 2009, was up +9% among A25-54 versus the season prior, averaging over 1 million viewers, regularly driving the network into ad-supported cable’s Top 5 and Top 10 in its timeslot in demos including A25-54, W25-54 and Total Viewers P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New immersive-reality drama Reverie debuts on NBC Wednesday, May 30 at 10p. Thriller follows a former hostage negotiator-turned-college-professor brought in to help save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a VR program in which you can live out your wildest dreams. Also coming up on the peacock net: season 2 of Marlon, premiering Thursday, June 14 at 9p and 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen is adding 10 new original true crime series to its slate, along with the U.S. premiere of event series Serial Killer with Piers Morgan, featuring Morgan exploring the minds of depraved murderers. Since its 2017 rebrand, “The response from the true crime community has been overwhelming,” said Rod Aissa, EVP, original programming and development. “We’ve had some tremendous early ratings successes since our rebrand, and this new slate adds to our mission of providing best in class investigative docu-series from the top producers and talent in the genre, while continuing to offer exclusive access and compelling storytelling that have become paramount to our viewers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s Preacher returns on Sunday, June 24 at 10p. In season 3, Jesse Custer’s quest for God takes him back to the place he’s been avoiding his whole life: home.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed tween comedy Alexa & Katie for a second season. Creator and exec producer Heather Wordham will serve as show runner, taking over from Matthew Carlson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN welcomes back Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for its fifth and final season with a sneak preview on Tuesday, May 1 at 10p. Series slips into its regular slot on Saturday, May 5 at 9p and celebrates its 100th episode finale Saturday, June 9 with a 10p aftershow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel is bringing weapons of the past to life in weapons building competition Master of Arms (wt). In each episode, builders face off in challenges that call upon era-specific weaponry. Matador Content is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of Bill Nye Saves the World launches on Netflix Friday, May 11. Among the guests this go-round are Arnold Schwarzenegger and Karlie Kloss.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Alaska Treasure Hunters arrives tomorrow, April 11 at 11p. In the docu-series, a group of explorers – dog included – brave the wilderness in search of lost gold.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube is under fire from consumer watchdog groups, who are calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the service’s parent Google for alleged violations to the children’s privacy laws. The complaint alleges Google is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and has made “substantial profits” corralling information about tens of millions of kids and targeting advertising toward them. YouTube yesterday issued a statement saying it’s reviewing the complaint, and pointing out its terms of service state the service is not for kids younger than 13. “Protecting kids and families has always been a top priority for us,” a YouTube spokesperson said. “Because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new version of the YouTube Kids app will include only videos that have been curated, rather than algorithmically suggested, reports BuzzFeed. Parents would be able to choose the whitelisted version, and presumably not have to worry about their kids being exposed to profanity, sexually explicit material or conspiracy theorists.
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Amazon spent more money – $22.6 billion – on research and development in 2017 than any other U.S. company. That’s up 41% from last year, when it was also the biggest spender. Amazon was followed by Alphabet ($16.6B) Intel ($13.1B), Microsoft ($12.3B) and Apple ($11.6B).
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s a new iPhone 8 in town. Limited edition red models of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will benefit (RED), a non-profit dedicated to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Phones will be available for pre-order today, and hit stores on Friday. Since 2006, Apple has donated over $160 million to the charity, founded by U2’s Bono.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) has joined the season 2 cast of CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery, as Capt. Christopher Pike. Mount called the job “a dream I’ve had since around the age of 8.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Instinct on Sunday delivered 8.2 million total viewers and a .9 rating among A18-49, up 24% and 50% versus the week prior.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During 1Q18, Animal Planet scored its highest rated quarter in Prime Time among A25-54 since 2Q16). Prime Time viewership was also up +20% among Total Viewers P2+ versus 4Q17. Cute highlight: Puppy Bowl XIV was the highest ever (1.49) among A25-54, and up +30% versus Puppy Bowl XIII.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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