FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/4/19)
BRAVO: Summer House (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY FAMILY: Tiny Luxury (Premiere) at 7pm
ID: Betrayed (Premiere) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: America’s Hidden Stories (Premiere) at 8pm
TRAVEL: Paranormal 911 (Premiere) at 9pm
TNT: I Am The Night (Finale) at 9pm

In the wake of the sudden resignations last week of HBO head Richard Plelper and Turner president David Levy, AT&T is looking to consolidate the units it has owned since its acquisition of Time Warner eight months ago. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that under chief exec John Stankey, WarnerMedia will combine HBO and Turner. Robert Greenblatt, former chairman of NBC Entertainment is in talks to oversee content for HBO, Turner and WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, while CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is expected to oversee sports, according to the WSJ.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Turner’s Levy sent a goodbye email on Friday, after news broke that he was leaving the company after almost 32 years. In a lengthy memo that included fond memories of early years with Ted Turner, and gratitude for the “amazing work” his teams accomplished, Levy said that after discussing the future of the company with AT&T’s leadership team, he had decided the time was right to leave his role. “Turner has been a significant part of my life and I will watch from the sidelines as this company continues to produce more amazing moments,” concluded Levy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix could be playing by different rules (or not at all) in the next Oscars race. After Roma, which had a three-week exclusive theatrical run before streaming and a massive marketing budget, won three Academy Awards, rules changes will be considered at the Academy’s April meeting. Steven Spielberg is among those who think Roma should stick to the Emmys. “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” an Amblin spokesperson told IndieWire. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting].”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Not all filmmakers agree with Spielberg. “This is a Board of Governors meeting. And regular branch members can’t be there,” tweeted Ava DuVernay to the Academy. “But I hope if this is true, that you’ll have filmmakers in the room or read statements from directors like me who feel differently.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy gave a series order to Resident Alien, based on the Dark Horse comics series. Fish-out-of-water story comes from Universal Content Productions, Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM Television has inked a deal with creator/showrunners Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen (Big Love) to adapt T.C. Boyle’s immigration-themed novel The Tortilla Curtain as a series. Published in 1995, the darkly comic story follows a white couple living in an upscale housing development and the Mexican couple living in the ravine below, after the white man hits the Mexican man with his car and flees the scene.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP ordered a season six of The Cowboy Way, documenting the adventures of three modern-day cowboys building a cattle business in Alabama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of CBS All Access’ upcoming Star Trek series starring Patrick Stewart. She will be the first woman in the franchise’s history to direct a pilot or first episode. “Hanelle is a gifted and dynamic filmmaker whose directorial choices are always deeply rooted in character,” said showrunner Alex Kurtzman. “I’ve been a huge fan of her work since she started with us on Discovery, and she’s the perfect person to re-introduce the beloved character of Picard to longtime fans and new viewers alike.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Truly Original (Deal or No Deal) is developing a docu-series focused powerful African-American Republican women. Project is currently casting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series Deadly Recall launches on ID tomorrow, March 5 at 10p. The debut follows tonight’s season three of Betrayed at 10p, with an episode following a divorced mom whose carefree ways catch up with her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix limited series When They See Us, about the false accusations in 1989 against five teen boys in New York City for the brutal rape of a jogger, launches globally on May 31. The four-parter from Ava DuVernay was originally titled Central Park Five; DuVernay said the new name better reflects the humanity of young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system, “and not their politicized moniker.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS’s The Last O.G. returns for season two on Tuesday, April 2 at 10:30p. Among the new guest stars are hip hop artists Method ManRev RunTalib Kweli and Rakim, as well as Bresha Webb (Maron), Diarra Kirkpatrick (American Koko), Anna Maria Horsford (The Bold and the Beautiful), Joshua Rivera (Escape at Dannemora), Dan Hedaya (The Usual Suspects), Brian Sacca (Wrecked), and Jack McBrayer (30 Rock).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Gates (Expedition Unknown) showcases surprising stories behind places around the globe in Legendary Locations, returning to Travel Channel with 13 new episodes on Tuesday, April 2 at 10p. Season two has an expanded hour-long format.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN sports betting show Daily Wager launches Monday, March 11 at 6p on ESPNews and the ESPN app. News and information (but not handicapping) series will air weekdays, hosted by Doug Kezirian. “The sports betting environment has changed and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN EVP and Executive Editor, Studio Production. “ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season five of competition series Relative Race launches on BYUtv on Sunday, March 10 at 9p. Genealogy-based show follows four teams on a 10-day journey throughout the United States as they complete challenges, discover unknown relatives identified through DNA testing and compete for a $50,000 grand prize.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Voice coach and first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will be back to host the Billboard Music Awards, airing Wednesday, May 1 on NBC. “We’re turning it up a notch this year,” said Clarkson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! will transform into “SHE!” across all platforms to celebrate International Women’s Day, on Friday, March 8. Beginning today, March 4, E! News will air a week-long series telling the stories of impactful women making great strides in their communities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s Uncovered: The Cult of Yahweh Ben Yahweh airs Sunday, March 10 at 7p. Two-hour special follows the chilling tale of a spiritual leader who led his members to the dark side.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking with a two-hour special that explores his connection to Albert Einstein. Einstein and Hawking: Unlocking the Universe premieres Sunday, March 10 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) will star opposite Al Pacino in Amazon drama The Hunt Seth Rogen is set to star in an episode of CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone. Revival premieres April 1…Olivia Thrilby (Goliath) landed the lead in ABC’s romantic drama pilot Until the Wedding, based on the Israeli series…Michael Emerson (Person of Interest) has joined the cast of CBS drama pilot EvilLorenzo Caccialanza (Days of Our Lives) will continue on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in the recurring role of Vincenzo DeLuca…Sohvi Rodriquez was promoted to series regular for season four of TNT’s Animal KingdomJustin Bartha (The Hangover) and Geoffrey Owens (The Cosby Show) are onboard Syfy dark comedy pilot (Future) Cult Classic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Team Coco’s podcast network expanded Friday with Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast. Conan writers Mike Sweeney and Jessie Gaskell spill the dirt on all things Conan, including uncensored clips. Podcast Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend has been in the Top 10 Comedy podcast since its launch in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season six premiere of Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart earned the highest-rated debut numbers in the drama’s history, with a 2.9 household rating, 3.1 million viewers and 449,000 W24-54 in Live+3 Nielsens – ranking as cable’s number two original scripted series for the week, after AMC’s The Walking Dead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

15.8 million viewers watched Michael Cohen testify in front of a congressional committee against his former boss on Wednesday, on eight different networks. That compares with the 20.4 million people who watched Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony in front of a Senate committee. Fox News viewers accounted for much of the difference – while 5.7 million were tuned in to Kavanaugh, 2.3 million watched Cohen’s grilling.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce got a bounce in Primetime viewership in February sweeps, posting growth of +4% in Households, +8% in the delivery of P18-49, +9% in P25-54 and +5% in P2+ versus the month prior. Highlights for the month included 2019 Bounce Trumpet Awards, which reached 2.2 Million HHs and nearly 3 million P2+ across all telecasts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s World News Tonight won both total viewers (9.514 million) and A25-54  (2.07 million) during the February sweep for the first time in 11 years, according to Nielsen data.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Ninja Warrior Junior on Universal Kids returned up +37 % among kids 6-11 verses the season average, and up +19% in Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katherine Helmond died February 23 of complications of Alzheimer’s. She was 89. Helmond was a multi-Emmy nominee for her roles on Soap and Who’s the Boss?. “Katherine Helmond was a remarkable human being and an extraordinary artist; generous, gracious, charming and profoundly funny,” said Helmond’s Boss co-star, Judith Light.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Nathanial Taylor died February 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 80. Taylor was best known to TV audiences for his role as Rollo Lawson on Sanford and Son.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $30 million
Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Reunion – $27.1 million
Alita: Battle Angel – $7 million
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $6.6 million
Green Book – $4.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

 


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