FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 6/4/18)
AMC: Dietland (Premiere) at 9pm
AMC: Unapologetic with Aisha Tyler (Premiere) at 11pm
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway (Premiere)at 9pm
DIY: Pool Kings (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: People Magazine Investigates: Cults (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Real Story with Maria Elenas Salinas (Premiere) at 10pm
TV ONE: Evidence of Innocence (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Dietland (Premiere) at 9pm

ABC is reportedly exploring the possibility of a Roseanne spinoff centered on Sara Gilbert’s character, Darlene. Roseanne producer Carsey-Werner is involved, according to TMZ, and John Goodman is “very interested.” The new show could save the jobs of actors, writers and crew affected by the decision to cancel Roseanne after Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet, as well as fill the hole the cancellation left in ABC’s fall schedule. CNN noted that a deal could necessitate the production company buying out Barr’s stake in the show, which might complicate matters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

How will the behaviors of young consumers impact the future of entertainment? That’s a challenge tackled in a study from USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab and creative agency Trailer Park. “Marketing Content in the Attention Matrix” found that the biggest barriers for entertainment marketing were word of mouth (1 in 2 respondents A18-34 said, “I don’t have to search for entertainment, it finds me”), short attention spans (the #1 reason young consumers don’t like videos is “if they’re too long”), and tone of the ad (70% say they’re more likely to remember an ad “if it makes me laugh”). Consumers under 25 were as likely to discover a trailer on social as they were on TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel announced it has “parted ways” with Mark Steines, co-host of Home &Family. Steines had hosted the lifestyle talker since 2012, most recently with Debbie Matenopoulos. While these days abrupt exits can lead to speculation of bad behavior, there was no hint of ugliness when a shaken Matenopoulos talked about Steines’ exit on Friday’s show. “Our dear friend, our very good friend, and my wonderful co-host for years, Mr. Mark Steines, is no longer with Home & Family,” said Matenopoulos. “He has been an amazing friend to all of us here at Hallmark Channel…and we want to thank him from the bottom or our hearts.” Said Hallmark Channel, “Shows evolve and change all the time….We truly wish Mark all the best in his future endeavors.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MSNBC’s Joy Reid issued another apology as more offensive old blog posts surfaced, including one with Senator John McCain’s head photoshopped on the body of a mass killer. “While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” said Reid. “Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.” NBCUniversal stood by its star, saying the decade-old posts “are not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known on MSNBC for the past seven years.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Samantha Bee will address the controversy over her calling Ivanka Trump a vulgar name on last week’s Full Frontal when the show returns on Wednesday. But it won’t be the first time she’s brought up the subject outside of Thursday’s public apology. Accepting a Television Academy Honors award for her show’s coverage of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements just hours after that apology, Bee said, “Every week I strive to show the world as I see it, unfiltered. Sometimes I should probably have a filter.” State Farm and Autotrader suspended advertising on the show after Bee’s offensive remark aired.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A former Epix digital officer was sentenced 51 months in jail for defrauding the network of nearly $8 million. Emil Rensing pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud year, after using false and stolen identities to get money from Epix for services never rendered. The defense had sought a sentence of just over a year, but in his memo, the judge said, “Rensing fails to appreciate the seriousness of his crime and has not fully accepted responsibility for his crime.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Imposters won’t make it to season three on Bravo. Series finale of the dark comedy, which has averaged .13 among A18-49 and 419,000 total viewers in Live+SD during its sophomore run, airs Thursday, June 7 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last week, Sinclair provided data to the FCC on the Indianapolis and St. Louis markets, where it says it should be allowed to keep two of the top four stations after its Tribune merger. Sinclair is seeking a waiver from that restriction, though it does plan to divest itself of nine TV stations in other markets where the merged company would violate the rule.
(Source: Cynopsis)

International TV festival SeriesFest announced the official selections for this year’s pilot competition taking place at the fourth annual event in Denver, Colorado from June 22-27. Fifty-six titles from nine countries – Australia, Morocco, France, Thailand, Israel, Denmark, Greenland, India and the United States – will compete against one another in three categories: “Independent Pilot,” “Digital Short Series” and “Late Night.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stephen David Entertainment formed a strategic partnership with cultural consultancy sparks & honey to create a new model for documentary and reality programming that identifies content that will resonate with today’s culture. “As we search for the next big idea and talent, partnering with the team at sparks & honey, and their proprietary system, is like having hundreds of people in casting and development,” said Stephen David, CEO of Stephen David Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mike Scully (The Simpsons) signed a new multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. In addition to serving as showrunner for fall comedy Rel, Scully is developing an animated series with his wife, Julie Scully, and Paper Kite Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX ordered a third season of Legion. Superhero drama has two more episodes to go in season two, Tuesdays at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Canada’s Bell Media picked up Bad Boys spin-off LA’s Finest, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union, from Sony Pictures Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/singer Bridget Everett has recorded a new version of her blues song “Rock Bottom,” featuring customized lyrics highlighting the booze-soaked antics of baseball announcer Jim Brockmire, played by Hank Azaria. The song is featured in a season-finale promo for Brockmire, now airing on IFC; finale airs Wednesday, June 20 at 10p. This Wednesday’s episode was postponed, but in its place Azaria-as-Brockmire will be live-tweeting the NBA finals on the Brockmire Twitter account.
(Source: Cynopsis)

iHeartCountry will once again serve as the official radio partner of the fan-voted 2018 CMT Music Awards, simulcasting the live show from Nashville on Wednesday, June 6, at 8p. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook finally figured out how to deal with its Trending Topics section, which faced criticism first for curators who allegedly suppressed conservative news stories, and then for algorithms that ran fake or inaccurate items – the social media giant is deleting it. “We found that over time people found the product to be less and less useful,” said Alex Hardiman, head of news products, in a blog post, adding that Facebook is testing other ways to draw attention to breaking news.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America’s Killing Eve kept up its winning streak, finishing its freshman run as the only scripted series on television to have an unbroken record of ratings growth among A25-54 and A18-49 in over a decade in Live+3 Nielsens. The finale delivered series highs with 1.25 million viewers (up 86% from the premiere), 545,000 among A25-54 (up 127%) and 378,000 among A18-49 (up 100%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game 1 of the NBA finals on ABC drew 17.4 million viewers, 7% less than the first game last year. Among A18-49, the game scored a 6.3 rating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel had its highest rated May ever in Primetime among Adults/Men 25-54 and Total Viewers P2+. In total day, the month was also the highest rated May ever for the network with Adults/Men 25-54 and Total Viewers P2+, and the 12th consecutive month of year over year ratings growth among Adults 25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s The Zoo ended its second season in May, averaging 1.2 million viewers and a .45 rating among A25-54 for the month, consistently driving Animal Planet into ad-supported cable’s Top 10 on Saturdays at 9p among A25-54 and Total Viewers P2. Season two was up +21% among A25-54 versus season one, and was also up +35% and +57% among 18-34 and 2-17, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Solo: A Star Wars Story – $29.3 million
Deadpool 2 – $23.3 million
Adrift – $11.5 million
Avengers: Infinity War – $10.4 million
Book Club – $6.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo) 

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