FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/8/18)
ABC: 74th Annual Columbus Day Parade at 12pm
CW: iHeart Radio Music Festival Night 2 (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: Long Island Medium (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: Long Lost Family (Premiere) at 9pm
AMC: Better Call Saul (Finale) at 9pm
AMC: Lodge 49 (Finale) at 10:25pm
ID: Twisted Sisters (Finale) at 10pm
MTV: Floribama Shore (Finale) at 10pm

There’s more than one Supreme Court story in the headlines. Olivia de Havilland, who has sued FX and Ryan Murphy over her depiction in Feud, is seeking to take her case to the highest court in the land. “We must persevere and speak truth to power,” said the 102-year-old actress. “The fight is important to the principle of honesty, so much in need today in the face of deliberate public confusion for selfish agendas.” De Havilland filed her lawsuit in June 2017; the California Supreme Court declined to review her case this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Writers on the Verge named comedy writers Bernard Badion, Edward Excaliber, Joanne Lee and Sara White, and drama writers Pamela García Rooney, Marissa Lee, Tiffany Shaw Ho and Margot Ye as its 2018-19 class – its 13th. The writers were chosen from an applicant pool of more than 2,200 submissions to be part of the initiative for emerging diverse writers. “I cannot understate the importance of giving talented writers from diverse backgrounds the tools to take their careers to the next level,” said Karen Horne, SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. “Our track record of preparing our Writers on the Verge to be staffed on a wide variety of series underscores our program’s effectiveness in increasing the pipeline of skilled diverse writers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Corporation has retained issue-driven expert advisory and communications firm Rally to consult on the disbursement of a pledged $20 million to organizations dedicated to fostering safe and equitable work environments and eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace. Recipients of the grant funds will be announced by Dec. 14. The $20 donation is part of CBS’s separation agreement with former CEO Les Moonves, who left amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan’s Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band will not be moving with TBS’s Conan Brien late nighter as it transitions from an hour to a half-hour format in January. On Thursday’s show O’Brien paid tearful tribute to his house band of 25 years. “They are remarkable musicians and they’re even better people,” he said. “There is no better testament to their generosity of spirit than the fact that every day – every single day at rehearsal – they have generously let me play guitar with them and endured my torturously slow progress. I have no idea if I’m a better comedian now than I was in 1993, but thanks to these guys I’m definitely a better rhythm guitarist.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino (Jersey Shore) was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. Sorrentino is appearing on Jersey Shore spinoff Jersey Shore Family Vacation, currently in production on season two.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An hour-long special from the Wonderama reboot is available on a barter basis from Thanksgiving through Christmas. The All New Wonderama Holiday Special features host David Osmond and musical guests.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rainn Wilson’s Soul Pancake formed a content partnership with digital media brand Tastemade, to produce original programming across platforms. Slate of projects includes unscripted Board of Dating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thicker Than Than Water landed a pilot production commitment from ABC. Dramedy from Tig Notaro (One Mississippi), Cara DiPaolo and Michael McDonald (American Crime) and ABC Studios focuses on a woman who finds herself at her father’s graveside with strangers who turn out to be half siblings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Screaming fans at Comic Con learned Freeform’s Siren dives season two on Thursday, January 24. Many of those on hand for the news will presumably take part in a contest launching October 18 which offers the chance to swim with the mermaids on the Siren set.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also at Comic-Con: Star Trek: Discovery fans got a first look at Spock (Ethan Peck), and learned season two will take off Thursday, January 17 on CBS All Access….Syfy announced the launch date for school for assassins drama Deadly Class: Wednesday, January 16 at 10p. Series set in world of late 80s counter culture is based on the 2014 Image Comics graphic novel….The fifth and final season of Fox’s Gotham will introduce Batman, in the series finale. And among the season’s villains will be Bane, played by Shane West.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Live-action superhero series The Umbrella Academy, based on the Dark Horse comics, drops on Netflix Friday, February 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New UFO drama series Project Blue Book, based on the true top secret investigations from 1952-1969, debuts Tuesday, January 8 at 10p on History.
(Source: Cynopsis)

You know the holidays are approaching when Food Network sets the date for the premieres of Holiday Baking Championship and Christmas Cookie Challenge (Monday, November 5 at 9p and 10p). Also on the way are Holiday Wars and Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Sunday, November 25 at 8p and 9p). Leading things off is the debut of new series Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, arriving Sunday, November 4 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s The Middle spinoff project has a name: Sue Sue in the City. Brock Ciarelli, who appeared as Sue’s friend Brad Bottig on the mother ship, has been added as a series regular.
(Source: Cynopsis)

If you ran into a zombie this weekend, we’re not surprised. Walkers roamed NYC from Thursday through Sunday, coinciding with Comic Con and part of an activation around last night’s season nine premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead. “The NYCC panel is the night before our fall premiere, so it’s almost like our Super Bowl,” Justin Manfredi, SVP of marketing for AMC and Sundance TV told Adweek. “This is really our opportunity to ignite their fandom and allow them to engage with the brand in a unique and memorable way.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel is airing a four-hour, live Ghost Adventures on Halloween night at 8p, with the team sealed inside Zak Bagans’ Las Vegas Haunted Museum. New season premieres three nights later, on Saturday, November 3 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

First Lady Melania Trump will be interviewed in Being Melania – The First Lady, a special edition of 20/20 airing Friday, October 12. The net’s chief national affairs correspondent, Tom Llamas, who traveled with Trump to Africa; excerpts of their talk will air across other ABC platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

British singer/songwriter Ella Mai will perform at the American Music Awards airing Tuesday, October 9 at 8p on ABC. Xfinity TV customers will get a bonus: an encore performance from the “Boo’d Up” artist after the broadcast. Rock duo Twenty One Pilots have also been added to the roster.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO acquired rights to surfing doc Momentum Generation. The feature length film will air on December 11, after its international November 5 digital release on Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The ALMA Awards, spotlighting Latino artists and influencers, is shifting from a traditional awards competition show to a new format, as “an entertaining celebration that embraces the passion and values of our diverse audience,” said Fuse Media president and CEO Michael Schwimmer. The ALMAs 2018 will air live as a 75-minuute special on Fuse and sister channel FM on Sunday, November 4 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Naomi Watts will play former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson opposite Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes in Showtime’s upcoming limited series about Fox News founder Ailes….Justin Long (Dodgeball) will recur on ABC’s Roseanne spin-off The Conners, set to debut Tuesday, October 16 at 8p, as a love interest for Darlene (Sara Gilbert)…. ….Comedy Central Roaster Jeff Ross will recur on season three of Amazon’s Sneaky Pete.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comic Con Casting Notes: Wilson Bethel is joining the season three cast of Netflx’s Daredevil as Marvel villain Bullseye…Gena Gershon (Showgirls) will play Jughead’s mother and Trinity Linkins (Unspeakable) will play his sister on season three of CW’s Riverdale, launching Wednesday, October 10 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guest stars for season two of NBC’s Midnight, Texas include Michael Harney (Orange Is the New Black), Mindy Sterling (The Goldbergs), Adam Langdon (Moe & Jerryweather), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Girls), Jaime Murray (Once Upon a Time) and Nick Lee (Reign). Sophomore run starts Friday, October 26 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube TV announced users now have control to pause, rewind and fast forward anytime during playback. Partners AMC, Disney, Fox, NBCU and Turner have made their content available for DVR playback.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has leased a 13-story, soon-to-be-completed office building in Hollywood, with a plan to start moving in in 2020. “We have created a customized, state-of-the-art, creative urban campus that holistically supports Netflix’s unique culture and business needs,” said Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman. The streamer also has Hudson lease deals for studio space and office space across the street.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of NBC newcomer Manifest grew by 8 million viewers in Live+7 (to 18.4 million), the second-largest Live+7 increase in total viewers ever, after ABC’s Roseanne revival. In the A18-49 demo, Manifest rose from a 2.2 rating to 4.2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of ABC’s Station 19 opened 10% higher than its season finale in May (1.1/4 versus 1.0/4), and tied its series launch in March among A18-49 (1.1/5).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers premiered as the net’s highest rated series since their true-crime rebrand. Episode 3 of the series grew double-digits from episode 2 across all key demos with +20% on F18-49, +10% on F25-54, and +17% on P18-49. The network is adding a sixth episode, focusing on the second mistrial that was just declared, to air October 20 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

September marked Discovery Channel’s 4thstraight month of year-to-year growth among key P/M25-54 and P/M18-49 and saw double-digit growth (+11%) over September 2017. In 3Q18, the net was a top 5 cable network across key P/M25-54 and P/M18-49, with its rank either steady or improved over the year prior.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Scott Wilson died at age 76. Shortly before news broke of his death, it was announced at Comic Con that Wilson, who played The Walking Dead’s Hershel from 2011-2014, would be returning for season nine. “Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person,” said AMC in a statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Lotito, founder of media auditing firm Media IQ, died October 1. He was 57. “If there is a Mount Rushmore for the media services business, his face should be carved on it,” said David Verklin, a friend and Lotito’s partner at VFL Ventures & Advisory.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Venom – $80 million
A Star Is Born – $41.3 million
Smallfoot- $14.9 million
Night School – $12.3 million
The House With A Clock In Its Walls – $7.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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