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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 7/23/18)
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (Premiere) at 8pm

Season eight of FX’s American Horror Story has a name, released via social during Comic-Con: Apocalypse. The new season, slated to debut Wednesday, September 12, will be a crossover of past installments Coven and Murder House.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA’s Colony has been canceled, reports Deadline. During the show’s current third season, ending Wednesday, July 25, the sci-fi drama is averaging 1.3 million viewers and 394,000 among A18-49 in Live+3 Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Trek fans got a peek at season two of CBS All AccessStar Trek: Discovery at Comic-Con, as well as the announcement that four Short Treks episodes will roll out monthly beginning this fall. Each 10-15 minute short will be a stand-alone story, revealing clues about what’s to come and introducing viewers to new characters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In front of screaming Comic-Con fans, the cast and producers of Freeform’s Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger announced he superhero series has been picked up for season two. Ten new eps are slated to debut in spring 2019. The series premiere was Freeform’s number one series bow in two and a half years, and its highest ever among M18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More Comic-Conversation: Fox showed the first episode of upcoming series The Passage, and revealed the drama, based on the fantasy book trilogy, will premiere in February. At the Family Guy/American Dad session, it was shared that Family Guy’s Peter will be selected as President Trump’s new White House Communications Director….Season two of Amazon’s The Tick will have new characters, “like a super villain bank robber,” said series creator Ben Edlund…. Amazon also revealed the premiere date for thriller Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts: Friday, November 2, and renewed The Man in the High Castle for season four.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The SAG-AFTRA national board gave its stamp of approval to a new contract, the Network Code, that covers non-primetime programs on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC including soap operas, talk shows, game shows and more. The contract, the union’s first major agreement to address sexual harassment, now goes to union members for ratification.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA also approved a tentative agreement with Telemundo Television Studios, covering participation in the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan and SAG-Producers pension plan, residuals for streaming platforms, first-ever guaranteed minimum rates for performers, and working conditions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sara Haines is giving up ABC’s The View to host the upcoming third hour of the net’s Good Morning America with Michael Strahan, reports Page Six. Haines joined The View in 2016; it was reported last week that View co-host Paula Faris is also leaving.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kimberly Guilfoyle, co-host of Fox NewsThe Five and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., is leaving the net to focus on the 2018 midterm elections on behalf of President Trump. While the reasons for her exit were unclear, according to some New York Times sources, Guilfoyle, who joined FNC in 2006, left “after questions were raised internally over inappropriate workplace behavior”; a People source says the parting was mutual and amicable. HuffPost reports Guilfoyle plans to join Trump-supporting super PAC America First.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 14th annual New York Television Festival wrapped with a record 620 development meetings, and 75 companies represented. “Independent television hasn’t only arrived – it’s stronger than ever,” said fest founder and executive director Terence Gray.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) is in development at Fox 21 TV Studios. Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) is onboard as writer, EP and showrunner of the new version, which will “be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.” The original’s creator, Joss Whedon, will exec produce with original EPs Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui, as well as Joe Earley from The Jackal Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shondaland series in the works at Netflix include The Warmth of Other Suns, based on the book of the same name, and a project based on the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” Said Cindy Holland, VP, original content for the streamer, “The Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production has begun on Freeform’s third original holiday film, The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment, about a political consultant who suddenly can’t stop herself from telling the truth. Movie will premiere during the net’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS Independent Lens starts a new season Monday, October 29 with Young Men and Fire, a look at the lives of a western firefighting crew.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History hit Vikings will be back for mid-season five on Wednesday, November 28 at 9p, it was announced at Comic-Con. AMC’s The Walking Dead also got its debut date, for season nine: Sunday, October 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more news from San Diego, series stars Mayim Bialik and Kumal Nayyar popped into the Big Bang Theory writers’ room panel to join the discussion about what’s ahead for season 12. Among the tidbits: Kathy Bates and Teller will be back as Amy’s parents.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series Buddy’s Family Vacation, starring Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, launches on Discovery Family Saturday, August 18 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In blog post about YouTube’s efforts to help creators monetize their videos, CEO Susan Wojcicki said the service is streaming 180 million+ hours of videos a day to smart TVs and TV-connected devices, and viewer interactions have grown 60% year over year. Wojcicki also noted YouTube plans to expand its Stories feature to creators with over 10,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook has temporarily suspended data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, following a report in the Wall Street Journal that said Crimson had deals with clients including U.S. government agencies and an organization with ties to the Kremlin to analyze Facebook data. “We don’t allow developers to build surveillance tools using information from Facebook or Instagram. We take these allegations seriously, and we have suspended these apps while we investigate,” said Facebook. Crimson maintains it collects only publicly available social media data, not private.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Saturday, ABC launched More in Common, a series about people across the country overcoming their difference, on Facebook Watch. Weekly series is the first to come from “Localish,” a digital-first meaid brand from ABC Owned Television Stations Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is writing a book about the streamer’s culture and his leadership strategy. Business writer Erin Miller will co-author the Penguin project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy special Just Another Immigrant: Romesh at the Greek, starring Romesh Ranganathan, premieres on Showtime Friday, July 27 at 11:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cozi TV will air an eight-hour “Lucy Nanny” marathon on Saturday, August 5 starting at 1p, featuring eight episodes of Here’s Lucy followed by eight of the “Lucy-est” eps of The Nanny. Stunt celebrates the opening of The National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Don Cheadle (House of Lies) will guest star as Donald Duck’s voice, as the result of an inventive voice box, in the season finale of Disney Channel’s DuckTales, airing Saturday, August 18 at 9:30a. “You’ve got to do your homework and bring your a-game when you’re trying to voice Donald Duck,” said Cheadle.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID special Bad Henry, sharing the story of 1990s serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, premieres Tuesday, July 24 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tim Kang (The Mentalist) joins the cast of upcoming CBS reboot Magnum P.I. Chris Klein (Election) signed on as a super villain Cicada for season five of CW’s The Flash, launching Tuesday, October 9 at 8p, while Ramona Young (Blockers) and Tim Wilson (The Informant) have been added to the season four cast of the net’s Legends of Tomorrow. Joining Supergirl is transgender activist Nicole Maines (Royal Pains) as a transgender superhero, April Parker Jones (Jericho) and David Ajala (The Dark Knight); and Jordan Calloway was upped to series regular on season two of CW’s Black Lightning. And Penelope Ann Miller (Awakenings) will play a district attorney on season three of Riverdale, arriving Wednesday, October 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA and Syfy’s “Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend” July 13-16 drew nearly 12 million P18-49 and over 27 million P2+ across both nets. The event kicked off NBCUni’s new ad-supported TV rights deal for the Harry Potter Wizarding World film franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of NBC’s Trial & Error premiered with a .6 rating among A18-49 and 3.3 million viewers, down 50% in the demo and 40% in total viewers versus its season one launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season seven of HISTORY’s Mountain Men premiered to 2.2 million total viewers, growing by +10% versus its season six premiere. Among A18-49 (440,000), the show was up +19%). Immediately following, Alone delivered season-high numbers in A25-54 (623,000), A18-49 (441,000), M25-54 (383,000) and total viewers (1.7 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series premiere of Live PD Presents: PD Cam on A&E delivered 1.3 million total viewers, 589,000 A25-54 and 488,000 A18-49, marking A&E’s best series premiere across all key demos in almost two years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production designer Michael Howells died July 19. He was 61. Among his TV credits were The Game, Churchill’s Secret and Victoria.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Elmarie Wendel died at age 89. Wendel was best know to TV audiences for her role as Mrs. Dubcek on 3rd Rock From the Sun.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Equalizer 2 – $35.8 million
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – $34.4 million
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – $23.2 million
Ant-Man and the Wasp – $16.1 million
Incredibles 2 – $11.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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