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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 9/10/18)
BYU TV: Studio C (Premiere) at 9pm
DIY: Aloha Builds (Premiere) at 10pm
NICKELODEON: I Am Frankie (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Amanpour and Company (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance? (Finale) at 8pm
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (Finale) at 8pm

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves is stepping down, effective immediately, and the CBS board is getting six new directors. Facing backlash about Moonves’ potential severance, CBS said it will donate $20 million to organizations supporting workplace equality for women, out of money that would have gone to Moonves. CBS said the amount of Moonves’ payout “will depend upon the results” of investigations into allegations of sexual misbehavior. The announcement on Sunday night, following new allegations against Moonves in The New Yorker, also ended the battle for control of CBS with parent company National Amusements.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a statement to The New Yorker, Moonves said, “The appalling accusations in this article are untrue. What is true is that I had consensual relations with three of the women some 25 years ago before I came to CBS…. In my 40 years of work, I have never before heard of such disturbing accusations. I can only surmise they are surfacing now for the first time, decades later, as part of a concerted effort by others to destroy my name, my reputation, and my career.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rita Ferro’s star continues to rise at Disney/ABC. Ferro, who last year was promoted to oversee sales for the company’s entertainment, news and kids programming including ABC, Freeform, all Disney channels and the Disney Digital Network, has been upped to president of Disney advertising sales and will add ESPN to her portfolio after Ed Erhardt, who’s headed sales for the network for 20 years, retires in January. Aside from the linear network, Ferro also will oversee ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN the Magazine and ESPN on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The FCC is high-fiving over a federal appeals court ruling in Minnesota it hopes will be a beacon of outcomes in future battles with states over net neutrality regarding the critical question of whether federal regulations pre-empt state laws. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Charter Communications in a dispute between Minnesota state regulators and Charter over attempts to regulate its voice over internet protocol phone service. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the ruling has implications for the upcoming net neutrality tussle in light of the California legislature last week restoring Obama-era regulations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The hosts of ABC’s The View came under fire from the Melania Trump camp for allegedly mocking the First Lady’s Slovenian accent. Chief spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham called the hosts “disrespectful and hypocritical” for mocking the accent during an on-air discussion about the anonymous op-ed that appeared in The New York Times.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC put in development Uninsured, a comedy from The Goldbergs writer/co-exec producer Dan Levy, exec producer Doug Robinson and Sony Pictures TV. Plot follows young parents who, in addition to raising their two kids, end up taking care of the husband’s parents.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Peacock news, NBC is adding five episodes to its original 13-ep order for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, bringing the total to 18 eps for the 2018-19 season. Season 6 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will premiere midseason.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Barbara Hall, creator of CBS drama Madam Secretary, got a put pilot commitment from the network for new show Ms. Mayor, about a young activist who runs for mayor on a whim. Project hails from former CBS chairman Nina Tassler and producer Denise Di Novi via their PatMa Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Under the umbrella “Septiembre Imparable por Telemundo” (Unstoppable September), Telemundo on Tuesday, September 11 at 9p will premiere Falsa Identidad, a new series starring Luis Ernesto Franco and Camila Sodi as two strangers who come together to escape their enemies and survive. Then, after the finale of El Senor de los Cielos on September 24, 13-ep suspense series El Recluso bows Tuesday, September 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’ The Great American Read returns with new episodes beginning Tuesday, September 11 at 8p. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, the eight-part series and nationwide campaign explores the power of books and the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved novels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC dropped a three-minute promo for the upcoming season of its hit This Is Us, returning on Tuesday, September 25. Trailer features a flashback to Rebecca and Jack’s first date, and another back to Jack’s service in Vietnam. Newlyweds Kate and Toby are also shown, contemplating a family of their own.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC docuseries Long Lost Family, which features personal stories of people searching for family members after years of separation, returns with new two-hour eps beginning Monday, October 8 at 9p. This season, viewers will meet a woman who is desperately hoping to discover why her mother left her in a box, near a gas station, just hours after being born, and a man who at 49 years old, was traumatized to find out that he was adopted, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday nights on Telemundo will see the extension to three hours of competition series Exatlon starting Sunday, September 16… On September 12, Noticias Telemundo will launch Planeta Tierra, a multiplatform series of stories focused on climate change and environmental issues, and on September 29 Telemundo Deportes will premiere a new episode of Que Momento (What a Moment), a documentary-style sports production launched by the network last December, focusing on how France became champion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) booked a date on the Monday, September 10 telecast of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Booker serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been an active participant in recent days during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Filmmaker Michael Moore is scheduled for one-hour, primetime interview special All in America: Michael Moore in Trump Country on MSNBC this Wednesday, September 12, night after a screening in his hometown of Flint, Mich., of his Donald Trump doc Fahrenheit 11/9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Remembering Reynolds: MeTV pays tribute to the life and legacy of Burt Reynolds with a special week of his memorable role in Gunsmoke. Six tribute eps starring Reynolds will air today (September 10) through Saturday, September 15, from 1-2p… getTV will salute Reynolds, who died last Thursday, by airing episodes from his classic TV detective series Dan August and Hawk on Saturday, September 15 and Saturday, September 22, beginning at noon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America is hosting a marathon of Married with Children on Saturday, September 15, 11a-11p, and Sunday, September 16, 9a-noon. The network will air 54 episodes of the long-running family sitcom in sequential order, beginning with the series’ first episode during its network debut.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Heavy metal and horror dude Rob Zombie will return for a second year to host HDNet Movies’ “13 Nights of Halloween,” airing Octocber 19-31. The network will air a different film every evening at 9p, culminating in a marathon on Halloween. Highlights Include Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, The Evil Dead and The Blair Witch Project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel will be available on DISH Network as a free preview through October 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Junior ordered more episodes of animated series Muppet Babies, Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. Together the three series already have delivered more than 360 million views on YouTube and social media platforms and nearly 140 million views on VOD, DisneyNOW and related Disney apps, according to the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC’s thriller content streaming service Shudder will bring back horror host Joe Bob Briggs for Thanksgiving and Christmas specials to be titled The Dinners of Death and A Very Joe Bob Christmas, respectively. Shudder also announced plans to launch a regular series featuring Briggs in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

State of the Culture, the new unfiltered talk show created, exec-produced, and hosted by Joe Budden, will premiere on Revolt’s digital platforms every Monday at 5p beginning today (September 10), followed by the television premiere on Revolt every Tuesday at 10p, starting September 11. MC and media pundit Budden tapped fellow MC Remy Ma and radio/TV personality Scottie Beam to lend their voices to all things culturally relevant on the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix released a trailer for Norm Macdonald Has a Show, which drops on the service Friday, September 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook Watch set Saturday, September 22 as the premiere date for You Kiddin’ Me?!, Kim Kardashian West’s weekly prank show. Celeb guest lineup includes (surprise!) the Kardashian-Jenners, Zoe Saldana and Lisa Rinna.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook ate a little crow after it removed Burt Reynolds’ iconic ‘70s Cosmopolitan centerfold shot from posts that surfaced in tribute after the actor died last week at age 82. A spokesperson for the company apologized via a statement after several users complained. Facebook has a “no nudity” policy, but Facebook said the photos of Reynolds were “mistakenly removed.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Xfinity Stream beta app is now available to download on 2018 and 2017 Samsung Smart TVs, providing Xfinity TV customers with greater choice in how they access their cable subscription.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Timothy Granaderos, who recurred in the first two seasons, and Brenda Strong, who recurred in season 2, are in as series regulars for the upcoming third season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why…. Cosby Show alum Geoffrey Owens will appear in 10 episodes of season 6 of Tyler Perry’s OWN series The Haves And the Have Nots. Owens was job-shamed, then celebrated, for working at Trader Joe’s….Freeform drama The Bold Type snagged new cast members for season 3. Joining as recurring characters are Peter Vack and newcomer Alexis Floyd.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET’s two-part miniseries The Bobby Brown Story hit a high ratings note, grossing 6.6 million Total Viewers P2+ during premiere week (including premiere telecasts and encores, across BET and BET Her on September 4 and 5. On its concluding night, the miniseries drew 2.4 million Total Viewers, up from 2.3 million viewers the first night. In socials, the miniseries dominated as BET ranked as the No. 1 most social cable primetime net on television for two consecutive nights on September 4 and 5 (excluding sports).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel saw year-over-year growth in August across Adults and Males 25-25, 18-49, and claimed the month’s most-watched unscripted cable series with Alaskan Bush People (3.5 million P2+).
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV finished August ranked No 4 among W25-54 and No. 7 among A25-54 in Primetime. The net ranked No. 1 among upscale W25-54 for both Prime and Weekends, as well as No. 1 among upscale A25-54 on Weekends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In August, ID continued its No. 1 streak in Total Day for W25-54, holding down the top spot for eight consecutive months. ID also ranked tops among A25-54 for the third month in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel tied July 2018 for its best month ever in Prime among A25-54, with ratings up double-digits over last August. The net had its best month ever among W25-54, up 24% and +18% in delivery, and up 17% and +10% in delivery among M25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During Primetime, August became Velocity’s most-watched August in network history among M25-54, Adults and Males 18-49, and M18+, driven by new episodes of Junkyard Empire and Speed Is The New Black.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mac Miller, who among other TV appearances had an MTV show, died on Friday, September 7. The rap artist was 26. Authorities initially attributed his death to an overdose.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Bill Daily, sidekick to Larry Hagman on I Dream of Jeannie who later starred in a series of his own, died September 4 at age 91. Daily appeared in all five years of I Dream of Jeannie. He also  was a neighbor of Bob Newhart on The Bob Newhart Show, among other credits.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Nun – $53.5 million
Crazy Rich Asians – $13.6 million
Peppermint – $13.3 million
The Meg – $6 million
Searching – $4.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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