FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISON (MONDAY 8/20/18)
MTV: The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show at 8pm
MTV: The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at 9pm
OVATION: X Company (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: Little Life On The Prairie (Premiere) at 10pm
OXYGEN: Deadly Power (Finale) at 10pm

Renee Zellweger takes to the small screen to star in Netflix anthology drama What/If, from Mike Kelley (Revenge) and producer Robert Zemeckis. Each season will “tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material,”  according to Netflix. It’s the first major TV job for the Bridget Jones star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Netflix news, the streamer canceled two comedy talk shows, The Break with Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale. McHale debuted in February; Wolf premiered in May. Netlfix isn’t giving up on launching new efforts – Patriot Act with Hasan MinhajNorm Macdonald Has a Show, and panel show The Fix are on deck for fall.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom is laying off 98 employees at Awesomeness, the Gen Z digital media company it acquired last month. “As we begin to integrate Awesomeness and streamline the organization within Viacom, a number of positions were impacted,” said a Viacom spokesperson. The cutbacks represent about half the Awesomeness staff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amid controversy about players kneeling during the National Anthem, “Our plan going into this year is not to broadcast the anthem” during Monday Night Football, said Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN president. Though broadcasting the anthem had not been common practice in the past, the sports net’s decision not to this season “could change,” said Pitaro.
(Source: Cynopsis)

How did HGTV land the iconic North Hollywood Brady Bunch home, which had numerous offers over its $1.885 million listing price? An all-cash, no-contingencies offer of $3.5 million, outbidding Lance Bass, according to Forbes. “We’ll restore the home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can,” said Discovery CEO David Zaslav, announcing the purchase during an earnings call earlier this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox 21 Television Studios and The Littlefield Company have optioned a book about the opioid crisis, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy. Said Littlefield Company’s Warren Littlefield, “Until America better understands the issue it will remain a place where getting addicted is much easier than securing addiction treatment. Television can shine a klieg light on this.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS nabbed family comedy The Little Things with a put pilot commitment. Project from married comedians Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky, Scott Marder (The Mick), 3 Arts and CBS TV Studios was inspired by Segura and Pazsitzky’s podcast, Your Mom’s House.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Watchmen, a series based on the DC graphic novel, has been ordered to series at HBO. Damon Lindelof will write and exec produce the superhero drama from White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New animated series Star Wars Resistance debuts with a one-hour premiere Sunday, October 7 at 10p on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD, with subsequent airings on Disney XD. Disney Channel’s new live action family comedy, Coop & Cami Ask the World, arrives five days later, on Friday, October 12 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of AT&T Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes launches Wednesday, August 22 at 10p. Second season takes place a year after Brady’s Hartsfield’s thwarted attempt to perpetrate a second mass murder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series bowing on ID in the coming months include Blood Runs Cold on Thursday, October 25 at 10p and Deadly Silence on Tuesday, November 13 at 9p. Coming back for more are The Coroner: I Speak for the Dead on Thursday, October 4 at 9p; Home Alone on Tuesday, October 9 at 10p; Shattered on Wednesday, October 17 at 9p; and People Magazine Investigates on Monday, November 5 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

William Levy (Girls Trip) is set to shine in season three of Fox drama Star as a series regular….Jacob Vargas (Sons of Anarchy), Maggie Geha (Gotham) and Cree Cicchino (Game Shakers) will serve as series regulars in upcoming Netflix comedy Mr. Iglesias…. Steven Ogg (The Walking Dead) landed a recurring role on TNT’s Snowpiercer….Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans) will recur on season three of Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and T-Mobile US are teaming for a fan event and show airing from Central Park on Thursday, September 13. “This collaboration represents the ultimate partnership through massive content collaboration and influencer talent,” said Linda Yaccarino, chairman, advertising and client partnerships, NBCUniversal. In the week leading up to the NYC event, T-Mobile will offer opportunities to win tickets at select T-Mobile stores, as well as be part of The Tonight Show’s special Veteran’s Day episode, aligning with the Un-carrier’s military support initiatives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pandora struck a deal with T-Mobile to offer the carrier’s subscribers free access to Pandora Plus for a year, part of an effort to boost the number of its paid subs. The music streaming service boasts 71 million active monthly users, but only six million in its Pandora Premium and Pandora Plus tiers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Classic Nickelodeon game show Double Dare is now the net’s first Facebook game. Players can face off against FB friends in trivia, and take the physical challenge mini-games based on the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of YouTube’s annual Reading Month initiative, literacy advocate Dolly Parton has created a playlist for kids and families. Also included are celebrity #Readalongs from Jimmy Fallon, Viola Davis and Kristen Bell reading their favorite children’s books.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook is being sued for overstating to advertisers the number of people its ads could reach. In a class action complaint, Danielle Singer, owner of a business selling aromatherapy products, claims Facebook said in 2017 that its ads could potentially reach 1.9 people in Chicago A18-34, while Census data showed 808,785 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series premiere on Thursday of A&E‘s Nightwatch Nation delivered 1.4 million Total Viewers, 650,000 A25-54 and 598,000 A18-49, making it A&E’s best series premiere across all key demos in almost two years, since Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UEFA Super Cup on Univision/UDN at delivered 698,000 P2+ and 347,000 A18-49, for the most-viewed UEFA Super Cup ever on any network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Crazy Rich Asians – $25.2 million
The Meg – $21.2 million
Mile 22 – $13.6 million
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – $10.5 million
Alpha – $10.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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