FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/29/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Big Cat Tales (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY: Race Night At Bowman Gray (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: A Very “Wicked” Halloween Celebrating Year on Broadway (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: Nightly Pop (Premiere) at 10:30pm
PBS: Independent Lens (Premiere) at 10pm
TELEMUNDO: La Sultana (Premiere) at 8pm
UNIVISION: Amar A Muerte (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Halloween Baking Championship (Finale) at 9pm
PARAMOUNT: Heathers (Finale) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Secrets (Finale) at 8pm

Viacom has simplified its structure for Viacom Media Networks. Comedy Central head Kent Alterman adds Paramount Network and TV Land to his responsibilities, and Chris McCarthy will expand his current role of President of MTV, VH1 and Logo to now include CMT. Kevin Kay, who had been president of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT, will leave company after helping with the transition. BET Networks or Nickelodeon remain as is. “These changes mark the next step in the ongoing evolution of our company as we continue to ensure we’re making the most of our great assets and resources, and operating as nimbly and efficiently as we can,” said CEO Bob Bakish, noting that Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land share an original content strategy anchored in scripted programming, while CMT, with its deep roots in music and unscripted programming, “is a natural partner for MTV and VH1.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sexually intimate scenes on HBO will be monitored by an “intimacy coordinator” who will serve as an advocate for actors, reports Rolling Stone. The position was created after complaints by actress Emily Meade about the on-set culture at porn industry drama The Deuce; now every HBO show with sex scenes will be staffed with a coordinator. “It shouldn’t be a radical concept to give someone something to cover their private parts,” Meade told Rolling Stone. “But to have someone do it at all – the gesture of it – it helps.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Megyn Kelly is not returning to Today, confirmed NBC on Friday. Kelly, who sparked outrage with the suggestion last Tuesday that wearing blackface on Halloween wasn’t necessarily racist, was in negotiations with the network about her exit. The former Fox News host and star of the now-canceled Megyn Kelly Today is in the middle of a three-year contract with NBC reportedly worth $69 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix canceled American Vandal after two seasons. While the mockumentary won critical acclaim, including a Peabody Award and Emmy nomination, the fact that it was produced by CBS Television Studios, Funny or Die and 3 Arts, at a point when the streamer is looking to produce shows in-house, likely did not work in its favor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shanti Hinojos, a former chef on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, filed a lawsuit against parent company Crown Media claiming she was let go for accusing executive producer Woody Fraser of sexual harassment. (Fraser was eventually removed from his job.) Hinojos was terminated for performance issues, said Crown Media said in a statement: “She was given the opportunity to correct those issues, but failed to do so. We have investigated and there is no merit to her allegations.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox might be dropping the character of Apu, film producer Adi Shankar told Indiewire. Shankar launched a contest in April for scripts in which the animated character is reimagined beyond the portrayal of a stereotypical immigrant – a portrayal that has been cause for debate since last year’s documentary, The Problem with Apu, from Hari Kondabolu. Citing “multiple sources,” Shankar said, “They aren’t going to make a big deal out of it, or anything like that, but they’ll drop him altogether just to avoid the controversy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peter Alexander is officially joining the Weekend Today team as co-anchor with Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer. Alexander, who will continue as White House correspondent for NBC News, has been filling in for former co-anchor Craig Melvin since August.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A single mom comedy from Fresh Off the Boat producer Rachna Fruchblom and 20th Century Fox TV scored a script commitment plus penalty from ABC. Project focuses on a stay-at-home-mom who decides to go after her dream job.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dance drama Major, from Todd Graff (Joyful Noise), Jennifer Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions and Universal TV has been put in development by NBC. Lopez’s World of Dance was renewed for season three on the net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joel Fields (The Americans) has boarded FX’s upcoming limited series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, slated for a 2019 bow, as a writer and exec producer. “It has been a true joy to have Joel join us in telling the story of these two complicated and fascinating people,” said producer Steven Levenson. “Joel is not only a brilliant writer and producer, but someone who shares our passion for the singular work that Bob and Gwen created and the incredible legacy they left behind.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the addition of four episodes, ABC freshman A Million Little Things now has a full season order of seventeen episodes. ABC also ordered another episode of The Conners, for a total of eleven; before its quick cancellation, Roseanne, from whence The Conners sprung, had been renewed for a 13-episode second season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s Body Cam profiles seemingly routine situations that escalate into tragedy, using police officers’ body camera footage. Ten-parter launches Tuesday, November 27 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andi Mack will anchor a new Friday prime-time lineup beginning Friday, November 2 at 8p on Disney Channel as well as VOD and DisneyNOW. Disney’s #1 rated series will lead into the new series Coop and Cami Ask the World (8:30p) and Raven’s Home (9p).
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! builds on its slate of Snapchat originals with Camp Runway, following twelve aspiring models as they get a crash course in the profession at the fashion industry’s invite-only summer camp. Docu-series launches Thursday, November 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Friends From College returns to Netflix for season two on January 11. Ensemble comedy follows six Harvard alums living in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC time travel drama Timeless officially runs out Thursday, December 20. NBC is wrapping up the twice-canceled cult fave with a two-hour sendoff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Murphy Brown’s debut, Antenna TV will air a full-day marathon of the original CBS comedy’s episodes, from 5a-11:30p on November 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts airs Sunday, November 11 on ABC at 9p. It’s the tenth anniversary of the CMA Awards pre-show special.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Lost Tapes: Clinton Impeachment airs tonight at 9p on Smithsonian Channel. “This is a story our Lost Tapes series was born to tell and it’s startling in how relevant it is to today’s heated political debates,” says John Cavanagh, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channel. “The no-narration, no-interview approach transports the Clinton Impeachment into the social media era – letting viewers be the pundits, and inviting everyone’s hot take. Right from its forehead-slapping opening line, with President Clinton promising to make America great again, you’ll find yourself startled by its array of still-familiar names and faces, then reeling as you grapple with the issues of sex, lies and bitter partisan politics that could easily be ripped from 2018’s supercharged news cycle.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America is airing a marathon of reality crime show Cops from 7p-midnight on Mischief Night, October 30, followed by 1999 film The Sixth Sense on Halloween at 7p and 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook deleted over 80 Facebook and Instagram accounts originating from Iran that the company deemed guilty of “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The effort was “sowing discord and it was trying to target sort of socially divisive issues as opposed to being specifically targeted on events that are about to occur,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy. It wasn’t the content that got the accounts removed, though, but the fact that they were run by people posing as someone else.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment acquired the assets of Truli.com, a global family-friendly as well as faith-based online video channel. The acquisition includes 2,500 hours of programming and brings CSS Entertainment an additional 630,000 Facebook fans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cheddar acquired NYC’s RateMyProfessor. Owned by Viacom since 2007, RateMyProfessor is used by 6 million college students monthly. Cheddar had already picked up Viacom distribution platform  MTV Networks on Campus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) has joined the cast of CBS All Access’s The Twilight Zone. The episode, Nightmare at 30,000 Feet, starred William Shatner in the original….Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel) and Mark Duplass (The Mindy Project) are onboard Apple’s untitled upcoming morning show drama series, starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston….Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire) landed a lead role in Showtime’s upcoming limited series about Fox News founder Roger Ailes….Jessica Williams (2 Dope Queens), Nikesh Patel (Indian Summers), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Into the Dark: The Body) and John Reynolds (Search Party) have been cast in Hulu’s upcoming original limited romantic comedy series Four Weddings and a Funeral.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Below Deck delivered 1.1million P18-49 (up +6% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 (up +4%), and 2.1 million total viewers (up +2%) in Live+3 Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season six premiere of TLC’s 90 Day Fiance  on Sunday, October 21 was the highest rated series season premiere and the highest rated season premiere for the franchise in key demos, earning a 2.03 coverage rating among W25-54, 1.68 W18-49 coverage rating, 1.42 W18-34 coverage rating, and 2.2 million P2+ viewers. All key women demos were up double-digits versus the S5 premiere (+21%/+25%/+28%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 18-inning Game 3 of the World Series on Friday clocked in as the longest World Series game ever, at seven hours and 20 minutes, but didn’t score record ratings for Fox. With a 9.4/20 in metered markets, the game was down 5% from Game 2, and down 10% from last year’s Game 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Halloween – $32 million
A Star Is Born – $14.1 million
Venom – $10.8 million
Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween – $7.5 million
Hunter Killer – $6.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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