FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/4/19)
CBS: Man With A Plan (Premiere) at 8:30pm
EPIX: Elvis Goes There (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Grace Mysteries (Premiere) at 9pm
TV ONE: For My Man (Finale) at 10pm

Vice Media announced layoffs of about 250 people, or 10% of its employees. In an email, CEO Nancy Dubuc said the company had finalized its 2019 budget, and would now shift focus to “executing our goals and hitting our marks.” The “strategic restructure” will affect all departments, “from finance to TV and editorial and IT.” It’s more rough news for the media industry, which recently weathered  significant layoffs at BuzzFeed and Verizon Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Albrecht is stepping down as Starz CEO next month. The move is part of the process to integrate Starz and Lionsgate, which acquired the premium pay TV brand in 2016. “As we reach the two-year anniversary of the integration of [Lionsgate and Starz] and complete the first exciting chapter of our growth together, I’ve decided it is time to move on to new opportunities,” said Albrecht. Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch and the current leadership will manage programming with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer. Last month, Lionsgate cut about 25 positions, mainly in its film unit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix unveiled a new logo animation for originals, aimed at reflecting the diversity and variety of its content. “The former ident was introduced nearly five years ago when we first started making Netflix originals,” explained the company on its web site. “We were available in only a handful of countries then. Today, our shows, films and specials span across genres and cultures. Our members from around the world watch them in English, Thai, Italian, Spanish and more.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Netflix news, the streamer is not bringing time travel drama Travelers back for season four. Series star Will McCormack broke the news on Twitter, saying, “Travelers Program 1, as we call it, is complete…Much love from 3468 in the 21st.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Inc. issued a full-throated denial regarding a CNBC report that said the company is interested in selling to CBS (or a combined CBS-Viacom, if that deal takes place). “The CNBC story is inaccurate,” said David, Leavy, chief corporate communications officer. “Discovery is not for sale. We remain extremely confident in our growth strategy in the U.S. and globally.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse Media is working with its lenders after missing a $12.5 million interest payment. “Our goal is to strengthen our long-term financial position in ways that further our mission to provide entertainment to America’s underserved multicultural youth,” said the entertainment company, adding that it has secured additional time to “negotiate the best path forward based on the progress that has been made.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Picking up trophies in TV categories at the DGA Awards Saturday were Bill Hader (Barry), Adam McKay (Succession),Tim Wardle (Three Identical Strangers), Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora), Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live), Russell Norman (The Final Table) and Jack Jameson (Sesame Street). Alfonso Cuaron won for Netlix feature film Roma.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At the Art Directors Guild Awards, TV winners were Mara LePere-Schloop (The Alienist), Bill Groom (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Todd Fjelsted (GLOW), David Gallo (Sesame Street), Derek McLane (The Oscars) and Mark White and Elizabeth Williams (The Handmaid’s Tale).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Machinima laid off 81 employees and is shutting down. The digital media brand focused on gamer culture, folded into Otter Media January 1, has “ceased its remaining operations,” according to a spokesperson. A “select number” of Machinima employees remain with the company, which is now “providing services to supercharge the combined portfolio of Otter Media.” Otter parent WarnerMedia also recently shut down digital platforms DramaFever, SuperDeluxe and FilmStruck.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central and Jim Jefferies inked a first look content deal for TV and digital media, as well as a pick-up for late-nighter The Jim Jefferies Show for a 20-episode third season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet is diving into all-new series, The Aquarium (wt), produced by Left/Right and Copper Pot Pictures. Georgia Aquarium, which plays a crucial role in aquatic conservation, will allow Animal Planet’s cameras access to its inner workings. Series is set to premiere in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ethical cosmetics company Lush launched an entertainment creation hub, Lush Presents, to create film and television, podcasts, books, music and events. “The last two years have been spent figuring out how we can bring Lush’s global network, access and values to creative storytelling across all platforms and media,” said Lush’s Matthew Shaw. “We want to use the principles at the heart of Lush – equality, inclusion, respect for humans, animals and our planet – to create entertainment that reflects the age we live in and the world we now inhabit.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered 20 episodes of Team Kaylie, from Tracy Bitterolf (Emma Approved) and Pamela Eells O’Connell (Jessie Bunk’d). Comedy stars Bryana Salaz (Best Friends Whenever) as a selfie-obsessed celebrity ordered to do a community service stint with inner city middle schoolers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC ordered ten episodes of comedian competition series Bring the Funny, featuring with Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Chrissy Teigen (Lip Sync Battle) and Jeff Foxworthy (The Jeff Foxworthy Show) as judges and Amanda Seales (Insecure) as host. The net is teaming with Just for Laughs to feature stand-ups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts. “Kenan, Chrissy, Jeff and Amanda are not only hilarious, but are pioneers in their respective arenas and understand what it takes to have longevity and breadth in this industry,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered season two of Sex Education. The show attracted over 40 million households within its first four weeks, according to the streamer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel’s America’s Hidden Stories, which delves into hidden records to investigate what the history books may have missed, premieres Monday, March 4 at 8p. First up: A team of scholars reexamine a 300-year-old Salem Witch Trials case.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spring Baking Championship returns to Food Network on Monday, March 18 at 9p, with chefs facing off to create animal-themed donuts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS Kids’ new animated series, Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, based on the book series Ordinary People Can Change the World, is slated to launch Monday, November 11, 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pasiones will air three romantic dramas on its Latin American feed in February, beginning with Turkish drama Guerra de Rosas (War of Roses) on Monday, February 4, followed by the premiere of the Venezuelan hit Rosario on Tuesday, February 5, and Mexican romance classic Cuando Me Enamoro (Timeless Love) on Monday, February 18. Times vary by country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is celebrating Black History Month with programs that exemplify this year’s theme, “Represent Change.” The net is running a short form video campaign featuring influential black women, with 30-second on-air interstitials of the women speaking on the impact of action and change. Across its digital and social platforms, TV One will feature in-depth profiles documenting their start, their struggle and how they became champions of change.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America will air The EE British Academy Film Awards  on Sunday, February 10 at 9p. Ceremony will be hosted by Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) from the Royal Albert Hall in London.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A live event will follow the last episode of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Yes, It’s Really Us Singing: The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Concert Special follows the series finale on Friday, April 5 at 9p, with the cast performing songs, complete with a band and orchestra.
(Source: Cynopsis)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will receive a VH1 Trailblazer Honors award for her commitment to fight for women and families, and for serving as a voice for human and civil rights. Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay will also be honored at the event, which will air as an hour-long special on VH1 and Logo on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple’s fix for a FaceTime bug that allowed people to hear audio on other people’s phones, even if they hadn’t accepted a call, will roll out this week, said Apple. The company originally announced the software would come out last week. “We sincerely apologize to our customers who were affected and all who were concerned about this security issue,” the Apple spokesperson said on Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spotify is reportedly in advanced talks to buy podcast company Gimlet Media (Reply All) for over $200 million. It would be the music streamer’s first acquisition of a content company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People who deactivated their Facebook accounts for four weeks reported being happier, less active on other social media sites, and less polarized about news. On the other hand, they were less-informed about factual news. Researchers from NYU and Stanford paid particIpants  $102 to leave the Facebook for FOUR weeks, and while most chose to reactivate their accounts after the test was over, they used the site less.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Murray Abraham (Homeland), Imani Hakim (Everybody Loves Chris), David Hornsby (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Danny Pudi (Community), Ashly Burch (OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes), Charlotte Nicdao (Camp) and Jessie Ennis (Veep) have joined the cast of Apple’s upcoming comedy set in a video game development studio…Eden Sher (The Middle) will recur in the fifth and final season of The CW’s Jane the VirginDomenick Lombardozzi landed a series regular role in upcoming HBO comedy Mrs. Fletcher…Ambyr Childers was elevated from recurring to series regular for season two of Netflix psychological thriller You.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBC’s Coroner bowed as the highest-rated new drama series launch on Canada’s public broadcaster in more than four years, reaching 2 million viewers In the UK, the drama premiered as Universal TV’s highest-ever rated series launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Neal James, known as “Banjo Man” on Animal Planet’s 2011-2014 reality show The Call of the Wildman, died February 1. He was 55 and had been battling cardiac issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Glass – $9.5 million
The Upside – $8.9 million
Miss Bala – $6.7 million
Aquaman – $4.8 million
Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse – $4.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

 

 

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