FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 11/19/18)
AMC: The Little Drummer Girl (Premiere) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: China From Above: The Living Past (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Dancing With The Stars (Finale) at 8pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Orange County (Finale) at 9pm
CNBC: American Greed: Deadly Rich (Finale) at 10pm

Channing Dungey is stepping down as President of ABC Entertainment. She’ll be replaced in the role by Karey Burke, head of Freeform original programming. Burke will report to Dana Walden, Chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment, upon the completion of the 21st Century Fox acquisition. Said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, “I’m grateful to Channing for her significant contributions and unwavering dedication to the success of ABC over the past 14 years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to work with and mentor Channing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“This job has been the highlight of my career. While I’ve loved every moment and knew I could call ABC home for many years to come, I’m excited to tackle new challenges,” said Dungey. “Knowing that Karey is taking over, a person I like and respect so deeply, makes passing the baton a lot easier.” Dungey, the first African American to head a broadcast network, will stay through a transition period.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s annual shareholder meeting, postponed once due to the battle between CBS and National Amusements and again after allegations of sexual misconduct against CEO Les Moonves, has been scheduled for December 11. Shareholders will be asked to vote on the company’s 11 board members, 6 of whom joined in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Viacom is a fundamentally different, and better, place than it was two years ago,” said Bob Bakish, who became the company’s CEO in 2016, during a 4Q18 earnings call on Friday. Consolidated revenues grew 5% in the quarter, and media networks grew total affiliate revenues 4%. As for Nickelodeon, which “has shown some softness,” Bakish said new network head Brian Robbins “is diving in and creating great energy and urgency.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the Viacom call it was also revealed that Paramount Pictures signed a multi-picture film deal with Netflix. “We’re exploring various new revenue streams in addition to our traditional theatrical releases as a producer of first-run films and television for other media platforms,” said studio head Jim Gianopulos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a goodbye note to colleagues, Kevin Kay, stepping down as President of Viacom’s Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT in a corporate restructuring, advised betting on talent, saying, “Be fearless in backing those with the highest standards, that give you the hardest time, that push back, that won’t let you compromise their vision.” Kay also noted, “Changes like this are no longer endings in the new world order of entertainment.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a season seven order to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season six is set to air in summer 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association and nonfiction producers trade org NPACT are turning the reality show category of the Critics’ Choice Awards into a stand-alone show. Nonfiction, unscripted and reality TV content across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are eligible. The ceremony replaces the NPACT Impact Awards, held for the first time earlier this year. “The industry has matured over the last two decades, and nonfiction and reality have never been more relevant,” said Critics’ Choice Real TV Awards exec producer Joey Berlin. “They deserve their own night of celebration.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Magnum P.I. reboot landed the prime post-AFC Championship Game slot on Sunday, January 20. The series is currently averaging a 1.3 A18-49 rating in Live+7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The board of governors of the Television Academy voted Vice Chairman Frank Scherma as Chairman and CEO. Scherma, who succeeds Hayma Washington, is the President of RadicalMedia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Journalism competition The Scripps Howard Awards will accept entries from December 1 to February 8 for reporting and storytelling that “give light and change lives.” The competition offers $170,000 in prize money for work across 16 categories, with awards presented on April 18, 2019, in a live show hosted by Michelle Miller (CBS This Morning: Saturday).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless will not boycott the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony, as they had threatened to do after dissatisfaction with this year’s show. While the soaps said they “are not in agreement with all of the conclusions” reached in an internal investigation report, they said, “in the spirit of working with NATAS and the TV Academy,” they were lifting the boycott. Some digital contenders, like Amazon drama Ladies of the Lake, do not plan to participate. Among other things, the report found “many instances in which circumstances and NATAS staff decisions gave rise to, at minimum, the appearance of impropriety and favoritism, which have caused observers to believe the awards competition and the resolution of the awarding of Emmy Awards (in the guest-starring and supporting actor digital categories) was not conducted in an impartial manner.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC gave a script commitment to The Bone Collector, based on the Jeffery Deaver bestsellers and 1999 movie, from VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli (S.W.A.T.), Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed animated comedy Big Mouth for season three. Series follows middle schoolers with emotional baggage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox gave a script commitment plus penalty to comedies Uncle Joey, starring comedian Joey Diaz, and Significant Brother, written by Scott King (Difficult People) and Moe Jelline (You Again). Both come from Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Showtime’s SMILF premieres Sunday, January 20, at 10:30p. Among the comedy’s guest stars for its sophomore run are Melanie Griffith (Working Girl), Ally Sheedy (Psych) and Trump accuser Stormy Daniels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Young Justice: Outsiders premieres Friday, January 4, on the DC Universe streaming platform. First two seasons of the animated series aired on Cartoon Network from 2010-2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ken Jeong, BuzzFeed, Sony Pictures Television and YouTube are teaming for a 30-minute Christmas special. In Ken Jeong Cracks Christmas, the Community star is joined by celeb pals to explore unexpected stories behind the big holiday. Show debuts on BuzzFeed’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, December 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fasten your seat belts, it’s Rough Air Ahead on The Weather Channel tonight. In the 9p special, correspondent and producer Dave Malkoff explores the science behind airplane turbulence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Claire Foy (The Crown) will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live for the first time on December 1. Anderson Paak, also making his SNL debut, will be the musical guest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Seventy-four-year-old Seventeen is going digital first after the December 2018/January 2019 issue. The fashion and lifestyle magazine’s website will cover content previously found in the print edition, supplemented by stand-alone special issues. Circulation for Seventeen dropped from ten times a year to six in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Android users experienced a brief Instagram outage on Saturday. The bug was fixed and users still having issues were told to clear their cache and reinstall the app.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google Ads is letting advertisers run an experimental ad format to promote Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Ads will show at the top of search results and be included as parts of the ads that have Promotion Extensions. To participate, advertisers add Promotion Extensions for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and create ad groups with relevant keywords and creatives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a new survey by Clinch, 79% of consumers said Facebook was the most effective social media platform to reach them, and 70% purchased a product or service after seeing an ad on social media. But only 31% said they felt ads were tailored to them at least 75% of the time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two and Half Men star Jon Cryer will recur as evil genius Lex Luthor on CW’s Supergirl, starting in early January….Nadine Cole (Casual) landed a recurring role in NBC’s upcoming The Village, focused on residents in a Brooklyn apartment building….John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy), Richard Burgi (General Hospital) and Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) will recur on ABC drama Grand Hotel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opposite the NFL on Fox, ABC’s TGIT winter finales gave the net its best Thursday results in five weeks. Leading the trio was Grey’s Anatomy, which hit a season-high 7.3 million viewers and best-since-premiere 1.7/7 among A18-49, and had a crossover episode with Station 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards delivered an average audience of 2.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 1.2 million A18-49 and 511,000 A18-34 to Univision. During the show’s final hour, the net drew more A18-49 and A18-34 viewers than ABC, NBC, and CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $62 million
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $38.2 million
Bohemian Rhapsody – $15.7 million
Instant Family – $14.7 million
Widows – $12.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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