FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 9/24/18)
ABC: Dancing With The Stars (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Good Doctor (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Bravo’s Play By Play (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: Young Sheldon (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CBS: Magnum PI (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Bull (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD: Halloween Baking Championship (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: The Resident (Premiere) at 8pm
INSP: State Plate (Premiere) at 12pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Manifest (Premiere) at 10pm
NICK JR.: Becca’s Brunch (Premiere) at 3pm
SMITHSONIAN: Secrets: Jonah and The Whale (Premiere) at 8pm
DIY: Pool Kings (Finale) at 9pm
TELEMUNDO: El Senor de los Cielos (Finale) at 10pm
TV ONE: ATL Homicide (Finale) at 10pm

Comcast beat U.S. rival 21st Century Fox in its quest to acquire British broadcaster Sky on Saturday, paying roughly $39 billion for the pay TV company whose reach extends across Europe. The final battle came down to a one-day, three-round auction overseen by Britain’s Takeover Panel. “This is a great day for Comcast,” said the company’s CEO Brian Roberts. “Sky is a wonderful company with a great platform, tremendous brand, and accomplished management team. This acquisition will allow us to quickly, efficiently and meaningfully increase our customer base and expand internationally.” The acquisition now awaits shareholder approval.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, will leave the company after the acquisition, reports Variety. Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney in 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kenan Thompson is heading to primetime. The Saturday Night Live star is set to headline Saving Larry, a comedy series that’s gotten a production commitment from NBC and hails from Lorne Michaels and his Broadway Video, and Superstore EP Jackie Clarke. The comedy centers on a dad who has to be both mother and father to his kids after his wife dies, while his father-in-law hovers over him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which returns on September 29, has made some moves ahead of its 44th season. Ego Nwodim has been added to the show’s cast, along with new writers Alan Linc, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang, all of whom have improv backgrounds. Meanwhile, it’s also been revealed that Alec Baldwin will be back as President Donald Trump.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other SNL news, the show is receiving an special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to celebrate its influence on television comedy in the UK and around the world. A private event is being held on Thursday, October 4 at DUMBO House in New York to hand the award to creator-producer Lorne Michaels; cast and crew is expected to be in attendance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nigel Thatch, who portrayed Malcolm X in Selma, will reprise the role in Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s straight to series drama starring and executive produced by Forest Whitaker. Show hails from Narcos co-creators Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, and ABC Signature Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix issued a 20-episode order for family comedy No Good Nick, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin. Hart and Astin star as a hyper-competitive career mom and dorky “fun dad,” who welcome 13-year-Nick (short for Nicole) into their family before realizing she’s a street-smart con artist with an agenda. The streamer also greenlit a second season of Sacred Games. The gritty Indian crime drama, based on Vikram Chandra’s best-selling novel, is described as a tale of betrayal, crime, passion set in Mumbai’s underbelly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel ordered a third season of DuckTales ahead of its second season premiere on Saturday, October 20. The show reached nearly 100 million views on social media and digital platforms in its first season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ina Garten returns to Food Network for a third season of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro on Sunday, October 21 at 12:30p. The show’s new season features special guests including Jennifer Garner and Nigella Lawson for a Thanksgiving celebration in primetime on Saturday, November 17 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of Mysteries of the Abandoned debuts Tuesday, October 2 at 9p on Science Channel, offering stories behind some of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mira Sorvino will guest star in Sony Crackle’s StartUp…. Billy Eichner announced on social media that he’ll being doing a guest voice role on FOX’s The Simpsons set to air in November… Amazon Prime Video biopic series Maradona: Blessed Dream added Nicolas Goldschmidt (Farsantes), Nazareno Casero (Stories of a Clan) and Juan Palomino (Turth Consequence) to its cast… Josh Segarra (Arrow), Michael-Leon Wooley (The Princess and the Frog), Katerina Tannenbaum (Sweetbitter), and Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World) joined the cast of upcoming Netflix comedy, AJ and the Queen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the recurring front, Laurie Holden (The Americans) nabbed a role on new FOX legal drama Proven InnocentKearran Giovanni (Major Crimes) will appear in Season 2 of The CW’s Black LightningKerry O’Malley (Those Who Kill) landed a role on TNT’s futuristic thriller Snowpiercer… and Rob Benedict (Supernatural) was tapped for a part on Amazon’s Bosch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix debuts A User’s Guide to Cheating Death on Friday, September 28. Docu-series explores mass marketed health trends – like laser fillers, detoxing, holistic medicine and stem cell research – challenging how much of it actually works and if any of it is harmful.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s five-part docuseries Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers was the network’s highest rated series premiere since the network’s rebrand to true crime in July 2017 among F25-54. The three airings on its September 15 premiere night garnered a cumulative audience of over 1.3 million Total Viewers and marked Oxygen’s highest rated Saturday premiere in total day in six months.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The House with a Clock in Its Walls – $26.9 million
A Simple Favor – $10.4 million
The Nun – $10.3 million
The Predator – $8.7 million
Crazy Rich Asians – $6.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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