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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/9/18)
DISNEY CHANNEL: Bug Juice: My Adventures At Camp (Finale) at 7:30pm

NBCUniversal had Wednesday’s slot at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Among the highlights of the day’s presentations: “This is a hopeful season and a season about true new beginnings for everybody,” said This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger of the NBC drama’s third season, which will also spend time in Vietnam exploring Jack’s story….Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have “no substantive changes” after its move from Fox to NBC, said showrunner Dan Goor. “The mandate from NBC has been, ‘We know this show, we love this show, that’s why we picked up this show, please keep making the same show.’”…Is a Parks and Rec reunion in the works? “I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it,” said Amy Poehler. “Hopefully on ice.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

21st Century Fox bested analysts’ estimates for 2Q18, with earnings of 57 cents a share, an increase of 58%, and revenue up 18%, to $7.94 billion. “As we move closer to combining our businesses with Disney and establishing a new ‘Fox,’ we are convinced that the paths we are creating for our iconic businesses will drive enduring and growing value for our shareholders,” said Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch in a statement. The ratings strength of Fox News, one of the properties along with Fox that will not move to Disney, was a factor in the company’s strong report.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Producers Guild of America is changing the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer for Long-Form Television to an award for limited series television, and adding a new category for streamed or televised movies. “Long-form television has exploded in recent years with exciting, daring new programming and new voices,” said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “This shift in our industry has given producers the opportunity to deepen their skills in creating limited series shows and streamed or televised movies. By expanding our Producers Guild Awards long-form program category into two separate categories, we acknowledge their stellar work in both genres.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

After its lowest-rated telecast ever, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is making major changes aimed at goosing Oscars viewership by livening up and streamlining proceedings. The org’s board of governors approved limiting the telecast to three hours; creating a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film (giving blockbusters more airtime on the show – the Oscars’ most-watched telecast was in 1998, the year Titanic won); and presenting some categories during commercial breaks, with an edited version airing later in the broadcast. In addition, the 2020 show was moved to Sunday, February 9 from the previously announced February 23.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is blending the investigation into CBS News prompted by allegations against former anchor Charlie Rose into the larger investigation that started with accusations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves. The company also formed a special committee of board members to assist in the probe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Amusements filed an amended complaint its lawsuit over CBS’s attempt to dilute Shari Redstone’s control, targeting COO Joe Ianniello. “Motivated by personal ambition and disdain for CBS’s controlling stockholder, Mr. Ianniello assisted and encouraged the Director Defendants to breach their fiduciary duties by declaring the unlawful dilutive dividend designed to seize NAI’s voting control,” says the complaint, which accuses Ianiello of actively encouraging CEO Les Moonves to take “unlawful and unjustified actions against NAI.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Catfish: The TV Show co-host Max Joseph, onboard since the MTV reality show’s 2012 debut, is leaving after the current season seven. “For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it,” said Joseph on Instagram. “With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit.” Joseph’s final episode airs Wednesday, August 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney|ABC entered into a development holding agreement with Tamron Hall (Today, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall), aimed a creating a daytime talk show, hosted by Hall, for syndication. “My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride,” said Hall. “I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS nabbed the U.S. format rights to Love Island from ITV Studios and Motion Content Group. The season four finale of the UK dating reality show ranked as the most-watched program ever on ITV2, with almost half of adult viewers under 34 turning in. CBS’s version will be produced by ITV Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nancy Han (CBS This Morning) is joining Facebook Watch daily news show NowThis Morning, set to launch in September, as Executive Producer. Han is currently building out a team, including producers and technical crew. “NowThis truly pioneered social, mobile news, and I couldn’t be more excited to help lead the brand’s next evolution into daily morning news programming,” said Han. “As media consumption continues to shift, NowThis is uniquely positioned to be the news organization of the future.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adult Swim ordered two new animated series. Surreal anthology comedy The Shivering Truth, a series of loosely-linked emotional parables, will premiere later in 2018. Fifteen-minute comedy fantasy Tigtone arrives in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN renewed Queen Sugar for a fourth season, ahead of the 90-minute season three finale airing Wednesday, August 22 at 10p. Co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will serve as showrunner/executive producer for season four, in line with creator Ava DuVernay’s intention of providing showrunner opportunities to those who have never before held the position.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Divorcing hosts haven’t hurt HGTV’s Flop or Flop. With viewership up 18% for season seven versus six, the netpicked up Flip of Flop for an eighth season; Tarek and Christina Moussa remain onboard as flippers. “HGTV fans have followed Tarek and Christina through scores of house flips and supported their personal journey for years,” said Allison Page, president HGTV and Food Network.  “We’re eager to see how they continue to run their flipping business, co-parent their children and start new chapters in their professional and personal lives.”
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Football docu-series Last Chance U will be back on Netflix for season four. The show returns to Independence, Kansas, where football coach Jason Brown believes his team has a chance to capture the school’s first conference in 30 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie arrives Monday, September 10 at 8p. Live-action show tells the story of an experimental android who looks like a human girl. Ahead of the debut, Nick will air a one-hour I Am Frankie special on Saturday, August 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity’s third most-watched series, Iron Resurrection, returns for season three with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, September 4 at 9p and 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery premieres on ID Sunday, August 19 at 9p. Three-part special event focused on the 1990 murder of Pamela Smart’s husband includes an exclusive interview with the defendant herself.
(Source: Cynopsis)
  

Refinery29 and Facebook are partnering for Facebook Watch nightly panel show After After Party, hosted by comedian Sonia Denis. “After After Party is a new form of nightly entertainment, and an unique opportunity for Refinery29 to bring viewers out of the weeds of the daily headlines and look at the big picture through an inclusive and comedic lens brought together by the wildly talented Sonia Denis,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer for Refinery29. Series premieres Monday, August 13 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

One-time senior Trump aide/The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, August 12 for her first televised interview about her tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” Manigault Newman, who served as assistant to the president and director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, will also appear on NBC’s Today the following day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary film Crime + Punishment, examining the country’s most powerful police departments, lands on Hulu Friday, August 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV has added Travis Scott and Post Malone to the lineup of performers at the VMAs, airing live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

One-hour documentary 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, tracking the behavior of distracted drivers, premieres on public stations beginning October 1 (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Friends alum David Shwimmer will recur in a season two arc on NBC revival Will & Grace as Grace’s (Debra Messing) new love interest….Mark Tallman (Rise) will recur on season 20 of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU as the chief of detectives….Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) landed a series regular role on Hulu drama pilot Reprisal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Castaways on Tuesday premiered to summer highs for the net in the 10p time period with total viewers (3.1 million) and A18-49 (.7/3), scoring ABC’s strongest summertime entertainment numbers in the hour since July 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The August 3 episode of WE tv reality show Mama June: From Not To Hot notched nearly 1.3 million total viewers in Live+3, a season high. The episode was also the highest-rated of the current season among W25-54 and A25-54, with three consecutive weeks of growth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season six opener of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black drew an average-minute audience of over 5.37 million U.S. viewers in its first three days of availability, according to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings, with 71% of the audience A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, Telemundo ranked number one in Total Day for two consecutive months (June and July) as the top Spanish-language network among total viewers, A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen.The net was up 71% in June 2018 versus the prior year among A18-49, and up 19% in July.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York had its highest-rated episode of the season among P25-54 (671,000, up 21%) and total viewers (1.3 million, ip 16%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of New York City hit a season 2.4 million total viewers (up 2%), and Below Deck Mediterranean was the highest rated episode of the series to date among P25-54 (1.5 million, up 8%) and total viewers (2.5 million, up 11%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Boys In The Band with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver is closing on Saturday August 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/boys-band/

 

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