FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/3/19)
A&E: 60 Days In (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Music City (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Gotham (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: Surviving R. Kelly (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Titan Games (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: The Blacklist (Premiere) at 10pm
OVATION: Travel Man (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Impossible Engineering (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (Premiere) at 9pm
COOKING: Late Night Eats (Premiere) at 10pm

Netflix pulled an episode of Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia following a legal threat from the government over a segment in which Minhaj criticized U.S. ties to the regime and mocked Saudi attempts to explain the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission charged that the content violated the kingdom’s cyber-crime laws. “We strongly support artistic freedom worldwide and only removed this episode in Saudi Arabia after we had received a valid legal request – and to comply with local law,” said Netflix in a statement. The Saudi government did not, however, request that the episode be removed from YouTube, where it is still available to view. In response to all of the above, Minhaj posted the following on Twitter: “Clearly the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Talk returned to the air with a new episode on Wednesday and Carrie Ann Inaba as an official new host. Inaba, best known as a judge on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, had appeared as a recurring guest host over the show’s past two seasons. She replaces Julie Chen, wife of ousted CBS CEO Les Moonves, who left The Talk last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell have been named the first presenters for the 76th Golden Globes Awards, airing Sunday, January 6, at 8p on NBC. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the announcement on Twitter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other “Globes” news, Ryan Seacrest and E! NewsGiuliana Rancic will co-host E! Live From the Red Carpet: The 2019 Golden Globe Awards, alongside Nightly Pop co-hosts Morgan Stewart and Nina Parker. The coverage begins on Sunday, January 6, at 4p. Meanwhile, E!’s Busy Tonight will broadcast live that night at 11p for a one-hour Busy Tonight Live: Golden Globes After Party episode, immediately following the ceremony.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is making another comeback, 100 years after Robert L. Ripley launched the brand. Travel Channel ordered a reboot of the series with Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Burn Notice) as host and EP. Look for the revival to showcase “the most astonishing, real and one-of-a-kind stories.” The series, currently in production at Ripley Warehouse in Orlando, is slated to debut in summer 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC greenlit Secret Society, a female-focused comedy from Barry producer Emily Heller, Girlboss creator Kay Cannon and Laverne McKinnon’s K&L Productions and Universal TV. Project is written by Heller and centers on Beth, a struggling reporter tired of feeling invisible in her small town, who recruits other women to help take over a dying branch of an all-male secret society.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season five of A&E’s 60 Days In bows Thursday, January 3, at 10p. “There are a lot of ‘firsts’ this season,” says Greg Henry, Lucky 8 Co-President and the series’ Executive Producer. “We’re at an all-new facility – Pinal County, our first jail in the West – and for the first time in series history, our participants actually meet each other before going in and are each given specific missions by the sheriff. Also, because it’s our fifth season and our third jail, many of them have certain expectations and strategies upon entering, which adds an exciting new layer to the experience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Pearson family drama continues when This Is Us returns after its mid-season break on Tuesday, January 15, at 9p on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo premieres LA Voz, the first-ever Spanish-language version of The Voice in the U.S., on Sunday, January 13, at 9p. The network is also introducing Betty en NY, a modern adaptation of Yo Soy Betty, la fea, on Tuesday, February 5, at 9p, and reality competition Exation returns Monday, January 21, at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on Telemundo, Consumer Reports series Taller del Consumidor arrives on Saturday, January 5, at 10:30a. Weekly half hour goes behind the scenes at the nonprofit organization to give people information on products and services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver returns to HBO for a sixth season on Sunday, February 17. Weekly satire received a three-season pickup in 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thirteen’s NYC-ARTS celebrates groundbreaking women in arts in January. Programming kicks off with a profile on acclaimed soprano Julia Bullock on Thursday, January 3, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

To celebrate yesterday’s second-season premiere of grown-ish, Freeform teamed with scholarship app Scholly on a program that will pay off up to $125,000 in student loan debt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kal Penn (Designated Survivor) and Sean Astin (Stranger Things) will make guest appearances in an upcoming episode of CBSThe Big Bang Theory.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Roku Channel will soon be offering premium subscriptions. The company, which offers free ad-supported movies and television shows, said its millions of viewers will have the opportunity to subscribe to Showtime, Starz, EPIX and 22 other premium channels through The Roku Channel later this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. acquired APlus.com, the digital media company co-founded and chaired by Ashton Kutcher, for $15 million in cash and stock. “Our historic relationship with A Plus has greatly benefited our company as we used A Plus’s ability to generate video vides to help attract major advertisers to sponsor our television series,” said William J. Rouhana, Jr., Chairman and CEO. “By eliminating video view distribution costs, this acquisition is expected to result in $5 million of cost savings for 2019 and will enhance our ability to increase the commitments we make to advertisers and increase our number of original series.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network closed out 2018 with ratings on pace to finish up +4% versus a year ago for Live+3 P25-54, +7% for Women 25-54 and +6% for Millennials. The net is also tracking to post its best December since 2011.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy winner Bob Einstein, who recurred on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm since its debut as Super Dave Osborne, died on Wednesday in Indian Wells, CA. He was 76. The actor had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WWE interviewer Gene Okerlund has died. He was 76. A cause of death was not immediately available.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Choir Boy is opening on Tuesday January 8, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/choir-boy-broadway/

Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes is closing on Sunday January 6, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-radio-city-christmas-spectacular/

Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song is closing on Sunday January 6, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/torch-song/

Head Over Heels is closing on Sunday January 6, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/head-over-heels/

Once On This Island is closing on Sunday January 6, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/once-island/

The Play That Goes Wrong is closing on Sunday January 6, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/play-that-goes-wrong/

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