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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 1/14/19)
BOUNCE: Last Call (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
FOX: The Passage (Premiere) at 9pm
GSN: Common Knowledge (Premiere) at 5:30pm
HGTV: Home Town (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Teen Mom 2 (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Made In Staten Island (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Lost Gold (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: Happy Together (Finale) at 8:30pm

The divorce is final between Megyn Kelly and NBC – and the former Today anchor is leaving with about $30 million, the balance of her three-year contract, sources tell the New York Times. Kelly’s last Today appearance was in October, after her comments about dressing up in blackface on Halloween drew criticism; lawyers had been negotiating the terms of her exit since then. “The parties have resolved their differences, and Megyn Kelly is no longer an employee of NBC,” said NBC News on Friday night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Corp., which had been without a deal with Nielsen since December 31, renewed its agreement with the measurement company for CBS, Showtime, CBS Sports Network, Pop and Smithsonian as well as its 27 owned and operated stations. CBS had accused Nielsen of using its market power to raise prices and said that “progress has not been what we and many clients would like” in cross-platform measurement. Of the new deal, Joe Ianniello, CBS Corp. President and Acting CEO, said, “It meets our strategic goals and will allow us to benefit from important advances in measurement as they are rolled out.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS renewed Criminal Minds for a final 10-episode season 15. The procedural, currently shooting season 14, will stay in production to complete its run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Billy Bush, fired from Today in 2016 after the leak of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which he giggled as Donald Trump talked about grabbing women, is reportedly in talks to join newsmag Extra. Two weeks ago, Extra was acquired by Fox Television Stations in seven major markets and will move from NBC to Fox stations in fall 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And in more CBS news, CBS Films will become part of CBS Entertainment Group with a focus on developing and acquiring content for CBS digital platforms. “As part of our ongoing optimization of CBS operations, CBS Films will be folded into the larger CBS Entertainment Group over the course of 2019,” said CBS Corp. “This will allow the company to further focus its entertainment resources on its television, digital and streaming businesses.” CBS Films President Terry Press is expected to remain at the division, while layoffs are expected in March.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tribune Broadcasting and Charter Communications came to terms on a carriage agreement after a blackout that affected six million Spectrum subscribers. “We are pleased to have reached this agreement that will return Tribune Broadcasting’s local television stations and WGN America to Spectrum customers and Tribune’s viewers,” said the companies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Children’s book publisher Chooseco is suing Netflix for trademark infringement. Chooseco, which said it has sold over 265 million copies of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, accuses Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch of capitalizing on viewers’ nostalgia for the original book series from the 1980s and 1990s. “The film’s dark and, at times, disturbing content dilutes the goodwill for and positive associations with Chooseco’ s mark and tarnishes its products,” says the lawsuit. The Vermont publisher is seeking damages of at least $25 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard announced the launch of Imagine Kids & Family, a division that will develop and produce premium animated and live-action feature films, television series and short-form content across platforms in the kids and family entertainment space. Stephanie Sperber will continue her role as CEO of White Space Entertainment while also serving as President of Imagine Kids & Family, and Imagine Entertainment will continue its ongoing client relationship with White Space. “Our emphasis will be on great storytelling that appeals to global audiences and has the potential to grow into true franchises,” said Grazer. “Sperber is a rare executive that can see the merits of a project not only in its ability to entertain, but also to resonate beyond the screen.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network ordered a fourth season of animated series Ben 10, slated to debut in early 2020.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment Studios announced the launch of comedy compilation series The World’s Funniest Weather. Scott Satin (Most Outrageous Moments) is exec-producing the weekly half-hour.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery reality show American Chopper returns for season two of its revival on Tuesday, February 12, at 10p. Series is focused on father-and-son motorcycle builders who are also working to rebuild their fractured relationship.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s MasterChef Junior starts season seven on Tuesday, February 26, at 8p, following the debut of obstacle course competition Mental Samurai at 9p. The unscripted shows slip into the time slots vacated by dramas Lethal Weapon and The Gifted, making up the first all-reality Tuesday on the net since 2009.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shadowhunters makes its midseason premiere on Freeform Monday, February 25, at 8p. Luke Baines (The Girl in the Photographs) joins the cast as Jonathan Morgenstern, the true form of Clary’s brother.
(Source: Cynopsis)

EstrellaTV is premiering Colombian drama La Mamá del 10 (The Mother of Number 10) in the U.S. market tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15, at 7p. Series will air Monday through Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show will air live the night of President Trump’s State of the Union speech, Tuesday, January 29. The Stephen Colbert-hosted talker last aired live the night of the midterm elections.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oprah Winfrey hosts Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square, an event at the PlayStation Theater in NYC featuring Bradley Cooper, Michael B. Jordan, Beto O’Rourke, Melinda Gates and Time’s Up CEO Lisa Borders Tuesday, February 5, at 2p. Event will air on OWN and be available on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast at a later date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewers can vote for the funniest Super Bowl commercial for CBS special Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019, airing Tuesday, January 29, at 8p. NFL Today host Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah (NCIS: Los Angeles) host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS plans over 30 hours of digital video Super Bowl coverage starting Monday, January 28. Live-streaming sports net CBS Sports HQ will focus on the big game on shows including Kanell and Bell, Pick 6 Rundown and Sportline in addition to a 10-hour pregame show on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, and a postgame show ending at midnight. The game streams for free online on CBS Sports apps and CBS All Access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon-owned database IMDb is launching ad-supported streaming video channel IMDb Freedive. In addition to IMDb’s current offerings of short-form series and trailers, viewers will have access to movies and TV shows using computers or Amazon Fire devices.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Super Bowl spots are going fast, with 90% of the inventory on CBS reportedly sold. Thirty-second spots are averaging $5.2 million, and many will be packaged with digital TV inventory.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NBC premiere of former Fox comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivered a 1.2 rating among A18-49 on Thursday, its best rating in two years and the best same-day rating for a Thursday NBC comedy this season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Surviving R. Kelly has reached more than 20 million Total Viewers across all linear telecasts to date on Lifetime and LMN. In Live+3, Surviving R. Kelly is posting an average audience across the six telecasts of 3.5 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Dirty John episode 7 on Sunday, January 6, was the most-watched episode of the series among total viewers, making it Bravo’s most-watched scripted series telecast ever with 3 million total viewers in Nielsen Live+3 viewing. The episode was the #1 scripted series on cable among all key demos during the week of 12/31-1/6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse grew more than any other cable entertainment network in December 2018 versus December 2017, with a +29% increase among average viewers A18-34 in total day (excluding news, sports, kids and Spanish-language nets). December 2018 was also the network’s highest rated in five years, contributing to a +4% fourth-quarter ratings increase among P18-34. Fuse was dropped by Comcast Xfinity and Verizon FiOS as of December 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marketer Lester Wunderman, founder of Wunderman, Ricotta & Kline, died January 9. He was 98. Wunderman is credited with inventing the term “direct marketing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

2019 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/1002854/2019-critics-choice-awards-winners-the-complete-list

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Upside – $19.6 million
Aquaman – $17.3 million
A Dog’s Way Home – $11.3 million
Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse – $9 million
Escape Room – $8.9 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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