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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ OSCARS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/25/19)
DISCOVERY FAMILY: Vanilla Ice Goes Amish (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: The Enemy Within (Premiere) at 10pm
OXYGEN: In Ice Cold Blood (Premiere) at 8pm
TRAVEL: Haunted Hospitals (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: VICE Live (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: People Magazine Investigates (Finale) at 10pm

Who needs a host? Seconds into ABC’s telecast of the Oscars, the crowd  was on its feet  for Adam Lambert-led Queen’s performance of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Other highlights, in addition to a set of presenters and winners that delivered on promises of diversity, included Melissa McCarthy presenting the costume design award dressed in a gown covered with stuffed rabbits…Mike Myers and Dana Carvey channeling their Wayne’s World, Queen-loving characters to introduce Best Picture nominee Bohemian RhapsodyLady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s highly-anticipated rendition of “Shallow”, which won a standing ovation (in addition to Best Song later in the evening)…Spike Lee jumping into the arms of presenter Samuel L. Jackson when BlacKkKlansman won for Best Screenplay…and Julia Roberts’ surprise appearance as presenter of Best Picture to Green Book. Other big winners were: Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Best Actress: Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Best Actor: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody). Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) and Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Green Book).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tweets from Emily Andras, the showrunner for Syfy cult hit Wynonna Earp, got hashtag #FightforWynonna trending – and a response from the company that has the show in limbo. Syfy ordered a fourth season of the series last July, but production hasn’t started yet, reportedly due to financial troubles at IDW Entertainment. IDW jumped on Twitter to assure Earpers the company is committed to continuing the show and will share new details “very soon.” Tweeted Andras, “Sorry I made you change out of your hiatus pants into your battle pantaloons but I waited as long as I could by myself. Thanks for showing up.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jussie Smollett was cut from the final two episodes of Empire’s season five. The decision followed the actor’s arrest for falsely claiming his was attacked in a hate crime. “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us,” said a statement from the Fox drama’s producers. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.” Smollett, who says he did not make his story up, faces a felony charge for disorderly conduct.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Criticized for his online support of Smollett, his TV son, Empire actor Terrence Howard replied, “The Jussie I know could never even conceive of something so unconscious and ugly. His innocence or judgment is not for any of us to decide. Stay in your lane and my lane is empathy and love and compassion for someone I’ve called my son for five years.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

As The Big Bang Theory heads for the end of its hit 12-year run on CBS, the net gave a two-year renewal to Big Bang spin-off Young Sheldon, for seasons three and four. “Thanks to Chuck Lorre’s and Steve Molaro’s outstanding creative leadership, ‘Young Sheldon’ has been a powerful performer for the Network with an audience that towers over most of the television landscape,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. Young Sheldon is averaging over 11 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Television Academy Executive Committee has six new members. Onboard are Casey Bloys, President, HBO Programming; writer/director/producer Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar); Doug Herzog, former President, Viacom Music and Entertainment Group; Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television; David Madden, President of Programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios; and Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary & Comedy Programming at Netflix. “Their leadership provides relevancy and will be vital to ensuring the Television Academy is at the forefront of the industry’s remarkable evolution,” said Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the TV Academy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Keeping Up With the Kardashians star Khloe Kardashian didn’t take kindly to The Bachelorette creator Mike Fleiss’s Twitter suggestion that she was in negotiations to join the dating reality show. “I’m not f—ing clickbait right now,” responded Kardashian, fresh off a breakup from Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson. “Stop or you will be hearing from my lawyers. How insensitive!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Straight-to-series Hollywood will be Ryan Murphy’s first original ordered since he signed his massive deal with Netflix. On Instagram, the streamer described the series, co-created with Ian Brennan, as “a love letter to the Golden Age of Tinseltown.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS ordered a pilot from Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin) and Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace). Jaime Camil (Jane the Virgin) will star in and exec produce the untitled family comedy. CBS Television Studios, Sutton Street Productions and Propagate will co-produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Epix espionage drama Deep State premieres Sunday, April 28 at 9p. Joining the cast are Victoria Hamilton (The Crown), Alexander Siddig (GothamLily Banda (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) and Zainab Jah (Elementary).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last week’s premiere episode of Showtime’s first late-night talk show, Desus & Mero, is available for free across multiple platforms. Fellow Bronx native Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez guests. Show airs Thursdays at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel special The Green Book: Guide to Freedom premieres tonight at 8p. What makes the doc, which explores the guide that was intended to assist black families traveling, a fit for Smithsonian Channel? “Since our inception, Smithsonian Channel has been committed to African American history because we believe that it’s essential to a greater understanding of our national story,” says Linda Goldman, Executive Producer, Smithsonian Channel. “We found the Green Book story compelling on several levels. It leads us to many fascinating stories, from fabulous vacation resorts like Idlewild, to women entrepreneurs and progressive corporations, to civil rights battlefields. If history were a map, the Green Book guides us off familiar highways onto important, but easily overlooked, scenic routes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO FilmsNative Son, based on Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, makes its TV debut on Saturday, April 6 at 10p. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon aims to launch standards-based 5G services in over 30 U.S. cities this year, the company announced during an analyst conference on Friday. The wireless carrier introduced a 5G Home service in October in four cities, but this is its first dive into Mobile 5G. Verizon told analysts that revenue from 5G will “contribute more meaningfully to growth” in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is stepping down from the company’s board at the end of the month. Williams, who was CEO of Twitter from 2008-2010, now heads web publishing platform Medium and technology systems innovator Obvious Corp.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Malik Yoba, who starred in 1994-1999 Dick Wolf drama New York Undercover, will also star in the reboot, which got a pilot order from ABCNatalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of Showtime prequel Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as a supernatural demon… Added to the cast of DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl: Amy Smart (MacGyver), Neil Jackson (Absentia), Hunter Sansone (Unfollowed), and Trai Romano (Robbie).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In pilot news, Carra Patterson (The Arrangement), Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek) and Paola Lazaro (Lethal Weapon) and Joanna Adler (American Crime Story) will star in Fox comedy pilot Patty’s Auto; Adam Pally (Happy Endings) and Abby Elliott (Saturday Night Live) landed starring roles in NBC comedy pilot Uninsured; and Maggie Lawson (Psych) will star in Fox comedy project Geniuses.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opposite the return of an original episode of CBS’s The Big Bang Theory at 8p (13.3 million Total Viewers and 2.3 among A18-49), ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy bounced back over the prior week by 5% in Total Viewers (to 6.9 million) and by 21% in A18-49 (to 1.7/8), marking a 3-week high in viewers and tying its highest young adult number since its winter premiere on January 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telecasts of Hallmark Channel’s second annual American Rescue Dog Show, which aired in two parts February 17 and February 18, delivering a combined average of 1.1 Million Total Viewers and 3.7 million unduplicated viewers. Hallmark playfully noted that the two-night event covering rescue dogs delivered stronger results across key demographics – including a 21% higher household rating and 11% more Total Viewers – than the purebred Westminster Dog Show, which aired on Monday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 12. (Maybe Westminster needs a Best in Couch Potato category, too?)
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s broadcast of the 31st edition of Premio Lo Nuestro reached nearly 7 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the three-hour telecast. Airing from 8p-10p, the awards show averaged 2.8 million Total Viewers 2+,  1.3 million A18-49 and 595,000 A18-34, marking Univision’s highest-rated primetime performance in the current 2018/2019 season. Premio Lo Nuestro positioned Univision as the No.1 broadcast net for the entire night among A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s premiere of BTK: A Killer Among Us on Sunday, February 17 was ID’s highest delivering special ever for P2+ (1.76 million), HH (1.46 million), P25-54 (828,000) and W25-54 (544,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Brody Stevens died February 22. He was 48. Cause of death was not disclosed. Stevens appeared on numerous shows, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, as well as Comedy Central special Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!. “He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious,” said Stevens’ rep. “He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Morgan Woodward died February 22. He was 93. Woodward’s TV work included roles on Gunsmoke, Star Trek and Dallas, where he played Marvin “Punk” Anderson, friend to Miss Ellie and Jock Ewing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Clark Gable III, host of syndicated series Cheaters, and grandson of Clark Gable, died February 22 of undisclosed causes. He was 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

91ST ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) – WINNERS LIST
https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2019

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $55.5 million
Alita: Battle Angel – $12 million
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $10 million
Fighting With My Family – $8 million
Isn’t It Romantic – $7.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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