FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/16/18)
OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Mutiny (Premiere) at 10pm
PARAMOUNT NETWORK: It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Scorpion (Finale) at 10pm 

On the heels of the successful revivals of ABC’s Roseanne and NBC’s Will & Grace this season, Sony Pictures Television struck deals with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser to reprise their roles for a Mad About You reboot. The actors have been in talks for several months about a return of the comedy that ran on NBC from 1992-1999.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 10 contestants in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars: Athletes will include notorious (and somewhat redeemed, thanks to I, Tonya) former figure skating champ Tonya Harding. Harding will compete against fellow skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon; basketball stars Arike Ogunbowale and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Olympics luge medalist Chris Mazdzer; snowboarder Jamie Anderson; softball Olympian Jennie Finch Daigle; MLB star Johnny Damon, and NFL cornerback Josh Norman. Season premieres Monday, April 30 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS renewed NCIS for a 16th season, with star and executive producer Mark Harmon onboard with a new deal. The procedural is the most-watched drama in the world, the network’s #1 drama and in syndication, cable TV’s most-watched off-network drama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Azteca America will have a special guest at its Upfront event in NYC on Wednesday: Nielsen’s Stacie de Armas, VP, strategic Initiatives and consumer engagement, will reveal exclusive updates to Nielsen’s “Latina 2.0 Study.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s This Is Us took home the top outstanding drama honor at the GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBTQ community. Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine won for outstanding comedy series, and Disney’s Andie Mack was the Kids & Family winner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FCC chairman Ajit Pai cited the First Amendment as the reason to reject a call for an investigation into Sinclair Broadcasting Group for distorting the news and pushing pause on the review of its acquisition of Tribune Media. Twelve senators asked for the investigation after a video emerged (thank you, Deadspin) that shows Sinclair anchors showing many Sinclair-controlled anchors repeating the same warnings about “fake news.” “We are concerned that Sinclair is engaged in a systematic news distortion operation,” wrote the senators. Replied Pai, “I can hardly think of an action more chilling of free speech than the federal government investigating a broadcast station because of disagreement with its news coverage.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Morgan Brennan has joined Carl Quintanilla and Jon Fortt as co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk Alley. Brennan joined the business news net as a reporter in 2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision laid off about 150 employees last week, part of what it called “steps necessary for our business to continue to thrive.” The company abandoned plans for an IPO in March.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV producer Jill Blackstone (The Jerry Springer Show) has been arrested for murder. The LAPD alleges on March 14, Blackstone drugged her sister and placed her in the garage of their home with three pet dogs and set the structure on fire, killing her sister and two of the dogs. The motive is believed to be financial hardship associated with long-term care for Blackstone’s sister.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC will visit five cities for its 15th StandUp NBC nationwide search for comedians of diverse backgrounds. For the first time, all five cities (Chicago, Las Vegas, Charlotte, New York and Houston) will offer online video submission in lieu of the open call. Finale showcase will be held in LA later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A+E Networks is expanding its relationship with Leah Remini (Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath) with an overall, exclusive first-look development deal for new unscripted projects for the A+E portfolio. It’s the first overall deal for A+E’s newly launched in-house nonfiction division, A+E Originals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s TV spin-off of the Bad Boys films now has a name: L.A.’s Finest. Pilot stars Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane) and Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID is finishing April with a killer list of premieres. A new season of Murder Calls launches Thursday, April 19 at 9p; new series The Killer Beside Me debuts Saturday, April 21 at 10p; and Dead of Night arrives Monday, April 23 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Starz series Vida is set to launch Sunday, May 6. The half hour original focuses on two Mexican-American sisters forced to return to their old neighborhood, who find a surprising truth about their mother’s identity.
(Source: Cynopsis)

True crime series Abuse of Power examines stories of people who took advantage of their authority to commit heinous crimes, starting Saturday, May 12 at 7p on Oxygen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The U.S. premiere of 5-part Mutiny, recreating the voyage of Captain Bligh and his sailors on Bounty in 1789, airs tonight at 10p (check local listings) on Outdoor Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Exclusive: Nat Geo is announcing its first-ever custom content special, featuring the city of New Orleans, in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Hour-long New Orleans: City of Stories, pegged to the city’s 300th anniversary, will be the first of many in the net’s new custom travel block done in partnership with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders. Big Easy special debuts Monday, April 23 at 6p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is planning a proper sendoff for Scandal. In the series finale episode on Thursday, April 19 at 10p, written by series creator Shonda Rhimes, “the Gladiators will make the ultimate sacrifices in order to take down Cyrus and Jake.” Good Morning America will offer a sneak peek in the morning, and Jimmy Kimmel Live will mark the event with cast and Rhimes in an 11:36p after-show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hamilton creator – and DuckTales fan – Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his debut as Gizmoduck on the Disney Channel series Friday, May 11 at 8p. Episodes start airing daily beginning Tuesday, May 1, with premieres every Friday in May.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christina Aguilera will duet with James Corden in The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018, airing Monday, April 23 at 10p. It’s Corden’s third primetime special.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy and Grammy winner Donald Glover (Atlanta) will double up as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live on May 5, while his hip hop alter ego, Childish Gambino, performs as musical guest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast and Netflix announced an expansion of their partnership that will provide Comcast the ability to include a Netflix subscription in new and existing Xfinity packages. Comcast launched Netflix on the X1 platform in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is luring Westworld fans with a limited time offer of HBO for $5 a month, versus the usual $15 charge. Dark drama returns for season 2 on Sunday, April 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu also announced it’s sponsoring NBA playoff games on TNT, a month after inking a deal to be a presenting sponsor on the NBA Finals. “With each new sporting event from the Super Bowl to the Winter Olympics, we are seeing live sports shatter our TV tune-in records game after game, so we know sports are at the top of the list for our subscribers,” said Patrizio Spagnoletto, Hulu’s head of media and subscriber growth. “Our goal with both the NHL and NBA on TNT sponsorships is to ensure we are tapping into that passion shown by our current viewers, but also letting other fans know that Hulu is the best way to watch your favorite sports.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Following the pattern for TV viewership, basketball scored this season in digital. Digital subscriptions to NBA League Pass rose 63% from last season, and social media video views were up 43%, to 11 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook’s ad revenue rose 62% year-over-year in 1Q18, according to 4C’s The State of Media report. The travel and legal/financial verticals saw the greatest quarter-over-quarter increases with 129% and 32%, respectively. Facebook also delivered a 18% quarterly decrease in CPM for advertisers, 21% decrease in cost per click and 4% increase in click through rate. “Brands will continue to focus budgets where they see performance,” says the report.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hour-long special Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife lands on Netflix Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day. Among Wong’s observations: all women deserve three years’ paid maternity leave.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass and iHeartRadio announced a new, limited time three-month subscription offer that gives new subscribers to both platforms a limited MoviePass membership allowing four 2-D movies a month, with an extended three-month free trial of iHeartRadio’s All Access on demand feature.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kyle Chandler is taking on the lead role of Colonel Cathart, which George Clooney was originally going to play, in Hulu limited series Catch-22. Clooney, who will also be producing and directing, is taking on a less demanding supporting role.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael McGrady (Ray Donovan) landed a recurring role NBC’s Chicago P.D. for the rest of season 5, as an Assistant State’s Attorney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The debut episode of BBC America drama Killing Eve has garnered 1.2 million total viewers on the network and reached over 2.6 million viewers across linear and digital platforms to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s The Zoo on Saturday, April 7 averaged 1.34 million Total Viewers P2+ and set series records among key demos, including A25-54 (.53) and W25-54 (.61). The episode was up +8% week over week and pushed Animal Planet into ad-supported cable’s Top 10 at 9p among A25-54 (#10), M25-54 (#10), K2-17 (#10), and Total Viewers (#8).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2017-18 NBA regular season was the most-watched in four years, up +8% with an average 1.3 million viewers per game. ABC’s coverage was up +17%, TNT’s rose +13%, ESPN saw a 4% boost and NBA TV rose +1%. And ESPN and ABC’s NBA Playoffs opening Saturday coverage was up +17%, making it the highest-rated opening Saturday in five years (since 2013), according to metered market ratings from Nielsen. The four-game slate averaged a 2.7 metered market rating and all four telecasts were up year over year from their corresponding windows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Character actor Timothy J. O’Connor died April 5. He was 90. O’Connor was best known to television audiences for his role on 1960s drama Peyton Place.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Rampage – $34.5 million
A Quiet Place – $32.6 million
Truth or Dare – $19.1 million
Ready Player One – $11.2 million
Blockers – $10.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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