FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/10/18)
HBO: My Brilliant Friend (Finale) at 8pm

Thanks to ID, a cold case in Chicago is heating up. Following the airing of the true crime net’s two-part special, Cold Valley, new tips from around the country have prompted the Chicago PD to reopen the case of 8-year-old murder victim Diane Taylor. “At ID, we are very proud to have served as a catalyst in putting these cold cases on a path to being solved,” Henry Schleiff, Group President of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, tells Cynopsis. “Knowing that we have helped to shed new light on the events here underscores our efforts to be more than just an entertaining and successful network but rather, one that on occasion can make a real difference in people’s lives. Indeed, we hope we have helped to bring some degree of closure for these families and remain optimistic that these investigations will now finally lead to their just conclusion.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET is not renewing scripted series Hit the Floor for season five. “We are grateful to the most passionate fans ever who helped to bring one more season of the #DevilsNation to the screen, and the incredible cast and dancers,” said a network spokesperson. Hit the Floor spent its first three seasons on BET’s Viacom sib, VH1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first group of season six, Danny Masterson-less episodes of The Ranch dropped on Netflix Friday, and original co-star Masterson, forced out after allegations of sexual assault against him, urged viewers to stay tuned to the comedy. “The cast is beyond incredible,” posted Masterson on Instagram. “The writers were given the ultimate worst case scenario and instead of throwing in the towel they worked longer hours to create new heartbreaking and hysterical story lines.” Masterson, who exec-produced as well as starred on The Ranch with Ashton Kutcher, has denied the claims against him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart stepped down as Oscars host following backlash over years-old homophobic comments he’d made on Twitter. While Hart first posted that he had “passed” on offering an apology in order to keep his hosting gig, explaining that he’s already addressed the tweets and is “in a completely different place in my life,” later on Friday he announced his decision to exit. He also apologized to the LGBTQ community for “insensitive words from my past.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hart shouldn’t have stepped down, “He should have stepped up,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Hart’s apology to LGBTQ people is an important step forward, but he missed a real opportunity to use his platform and the Oscars stage to build unity and awareness. We would still welcome that conversation with him.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tara Reid is suing Syfy and the producers of Sharknado for using her likeness on slot machines. According to the $100 million lawsuit, Reid’s contract for The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time stated her likeness could not be used for merchandising in association with alcohol, tobacco, gambling, hygiene or sexual products without her permission.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fashion world drama Threads, from Lindsey Rosin (Cruel Intentions), is in development at ABC. Rosin exec-produces with Random Hill; studio is ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VIceland is partnering with Cadillac on aspirational docu-series Hustle, created by Beth Greenwald with executive producers Alicia Keys and Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Eight-parter following a young entrepreneur helping struggling businesses is set to premiere February 10 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Legendary Entertainment struck a three-year overall deal with Brian K. Vaughan, bestselling comic book creator, television and film writer. Legendary will adapt several of Vaughan’s creator-owned comics as well as produce exclusive original projects developed by Vaughan for film and television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced a new Ghost in the Shell anime project, set to launch in 2020. Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045, a collaboration between Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts, will be a “next-generation animation film,” according to the streamer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s New Year’s Eve will feature performances by Diana Ross, Kelly Clarkson, Andy Grammer, John Legend and Blake Shelton on Monday, December 31, from 10p-12:30a (with a break for local news at 11p). Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen host live from Times Square along with SNL’s Leslie Jones.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One original film Coins for Christmas premieres Sunday, December 16, at 7p. Film stars Stephen Bishop (Being Mary Jane), Essence Atkins (Marlon), TC Carson (Living Single), Kelly Price (Saints and Sinners) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kim Possible, a live-action movie based on the animated series, debuts on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW on Friday, February 15, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google is saying good-bye to messaging app Allo. Introduced 2½ years ago, Allo never gained traction with consumers and will be phased out at the end of March. Users will be moved to Messages. “Given Messages’ continued momentum, we’ve decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages,” said Google VP of Consumer Communications Products Matt Klainer in a blog post last week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Spotify are teaming for a “reciprocal relationship” that calls for a Spotify content hub curated by the talk show host and on-air promotion for the streaming music service on the show. “I’m so excited to partner with Spotify on my very own music hub because music truly makes everything better,” says DeGeneres on her Spotify page. “Well, music and salt.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The current Doctor Who season, with first female doctor Jodie Whittaker, is up 47% in total viewers and 46% among A18-49 on BBC America versus season ten. Season finale aired Sunday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The December 2 episode of Bravo’s Dirty John grew from its series premiere by double digits to 1 million P18-49 (+22%), 1.25 million P25-54 (+24%) and 2.5 million total viewers (+20%) in L+3 viewing, the net’s highest-rated scripted series telecast ever among all key demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The same night’s premiere of Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve on Freeform was No. 1 cable program with A18-34 (610,000/0.87 rating), W18-34 (486,000/1.40 rating), P12-34 (736,000/0.78 rating) and F12-34 (578,000/1.24 rating).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Below Deck had the most-watched episode of the franchise among total viewers (2.5 million, up +11% versus the week prior) and 1.3 million P18-49 (up +19%) in Live+3 Nielsens. Real Housewives of the OC had the highest-rated episode of the season-to-date among P18-49 (1.4 million, up +22%) and total viewers (2.5 million, up +18%). Also boasting its highest-rated episode of the season to date was Real Housewives of Atlanta: 1.5 million P18-49 (up +5%) and 1.7 million P25-54 (up +1%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Ralph Breaks The Internet – $16.1 million
Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch – $15.2 million
Creed II – $10.3 million
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – $6.8 million
Bohemian Rhapsody – $6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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