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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/21/19)
A&E: The First 48: Inside Atlanta (Premiere) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Finale) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Bring It! (Finale) at 9pm 

Nominations for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday on CBS’ The Talk and the event – slated for May 5 in LA – promises to be a soapy affair. Days of Our Lives leads all programs with 27 noms, followed by General Hospital with 25. The Young and the Restless snagged 20 noms, and The Bold and the Beautiful has 12. While the morning show and entertainment talk show categories largely mirror those of last year, the category of informative talk show has four newcomers this go-round: Access Live, Rachael Ray, Red Table Talk and Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda. By network, CBS leads with a towering 74 nominations. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are tied for second with 49, followed by NBC (38), ABC (35) and PBS (31). Judge Judy Sheindlin and chef Jacques Pepin will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo patriarch and new daddy Andy Cohen will receive the Vito Russo Award at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 4. The Watch What Happens Live! host and Bravo exec will be presented with the award by Sarah Jessica Parker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After 26 years, the American Cable Assn. is changing its name to America’s Communications Assn., aka its new moniker “ACA Connects.” The organization unveiled its new name this week during its annual conference in DC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fugitive Robert Brumfield III, who was profiled in the February 13 episode of ID’s In Pursuit With John Walsh, has been taken into custody by the Texas Police Dept. Brumfield has been wanted by the FBI and the New Orleans Police Dept. for his alleged involvement in a December 2013 heist that resulted in the murder of an employee.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel launched its inaugural Renovation Fever Sweepstakes in conjunction with the net’s annual “Spring Fever” programming promo that will bestow on one viewer a prize package that includes $50,000 that can be used toward a family room renovation and a trip for two to LA. The sweepstakes coincides with a poll asking viewers to help in the redesign of the family room set of the network’s series Home & Family, where carpenter Brett Tutor (Trading Spaces) will be making weekly appearances. Benjamin Moore has signed on to sponsor this year’s sweepstakes, contributing $1,000 of paint and supplies to the grand prize.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mindy Kaling’s untitled coming-of-age-comedy got a 10-epsiode series order at Netflix. Co-created, co-written and executive produced by Kaling and Lang Fisher, who also serve as showrunners, the semi-autobiographical series explores the life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl. David Miner (30 Rock, Master of None) will exec produce with Kaling and Fisher. Universal TV, where Kaling was previous under a deal before inking with Netflix, is the studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ava DuVernay, the creative force behind OWN series Queen Sugar, is bringing her next series to the network. With a straight-to-series order, DuVernay will create and exec produce Cherish the Day, an anthology series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television as part of her recently announced overall deal with the studio. Winfrey will executive produce alongside DuVernay for a winter 2020 premiere; filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us) serves as exec producer/showrunner. Each season will chronicle the romance of one couple, with each ep spanning a single day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Momentum Content inked an exclusive overall deal with Industrial Media, home studio of American Idol. Under the pact, the Momentum team will create, develop and produce new television content under the Industrial Media umbrella.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix acquired rights to upcoming Mary Kubica suspense novel The Other Mrs., which it will turn into a feature film. The novel is slated for US publication in 2020. Kubica will exec produce the film.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy winner Gavin Purcell signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal Television that comprises unscripted and scripted programming. Purcell most recently was showrunner and exec producer on Hulu’s I Love You America with Sarah Silverman. Before that he headed video at Vox Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Matthew A. Cherry, who exec produced BlacKkKlansman and directs on ABC’s new Whiskey Cavalier, is teaming with Sony Pictures Animation on the short animated film Hair Love, for which he ran a Kickstarter campaign two years ago that’s raised $300,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

From the creators of Deadliest Catch and Storage Wars, new eight-part docu-series The American Farm bows Thursday, April 4 at 10p on History. Series takes an authentic look at the hardship, dedication and personal triumphs of America’s farmers via five family farms across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne are back in a new season of The Vet Life, premiering Saturday, April 6 at 9p on Animal Planet. New season continues to follow the daily lives of the passionate vets at their Cy-Fair animal hospital in Houston.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of The Book of John Gray, featuring pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC, will debut beginning Saturday, April 6 at 9p on OWN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 8 of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge and season 10 of Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show are set for spring debuts on Sportsman Channel on Sunday, April 7 at 2:30p and 6:30p, respectively. Both series are hosted by kayak angler Jim Sammons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Business is booming for home renovation experts Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell in season two of HGTV’s Boise Boys, premiering Wednesday, April 24, at 11p, when the best friends and business partners take new reno risks on properties with serious problems in the Idaho capital city.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix yesterday dropped its first full trailer for season 3 of Stranger Things that tied in handily with its new adaptation of Motley Crue memoir The Dirt, which premieres tomorrow (March 22). While the new season of Stranger Things is months away, the trailer kicks off with the song “Home Sweet Home,” by the Crue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Six fan-favorite couples return for TLC’s 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?, which kicks off its fourth season of 12 two-hour eps on Sunday, April 28 at 8p. Special eps “90 Day Fiance: Pillow Talk” extend the franchise to a new night for the first time, beginning Monday, April 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America dropped four new trailers for the second season of Pure, which drops Tuesday, May 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media will air two-hour special The Piketon Family Murders on Sunday, March 31 at 7p. Hosted by Beth Karas, the special delves into a complicated and horrific massacre that stunned the small town of Piketon, Ohio, when in 2016 seven members of the Rhoden family as well as Hannah Gilley, the fiancee of one of the victims, were found murdered.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV dropped a first look at Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Final Farewell, its documentary in conjunction with Feld Entertainment slated to premiere Monday, May 27 at 8p. In the clip, Feld Entertainment chair/CEO Kenneth Feld, producer and Feld Entertainment EVP Alana Feld, cast and crew reflect on the circus’ place in American history, discuss the personal impact the circus has had on their lives, and contemplate the emotional effects of the circus’ bittersweet ending.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musica, Rent: Live) is in as star and exec producer of Netflix feature The Knight Before Christmas. Directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara Russell, the project follows an English knight who seeks out his true quest after a sorceress inadvertently sends him from the medieval era to the present, where he finds himself falling for a high school science teacher. Josh Whitehouse (Valley Girl, the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel), also stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Imagicomm Entertainment has made its INSP series Brush of Honor available through Amazon Prime Video. Series, narrated by Gary Sinese, follows artist Phil Taylor on a mission to pay tribute to America’s fallen military service members. In each ep, he embarks on a journey to learn as much as he can about them in order to accurately reflect the fallen hero’s true spirit in a hand-painted original portrait.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple announced an updated version of its AirPods wireless earphones that includes hands-free access to Siri and an optional wireless charging case that can he used with a wireless charging pad.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon will drop unscripted series The Substitute on Monday, April 1, at 2p. Hidden camera series comes from the producers of Undercover Boss and features celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students. The premiere ep guest stars Jace Norman (Henry Danger).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Nick news… the net has built a strong digital and social campaign around the Kids’ Choice Awards, which air Saturday, March 23. The campaign kicked off with Double Dare host and YouTube star Liza Koshy announcing this year’s KCA nominees and host via a livestream, which fueled online voting to more than 36 million global votes in first three days, up triple-digits over last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andy Garcia will lead opposite Kenan Thompson in NBC’s comedy pilot The Kenan Show (formerly Saving Kenan), the first TV series regular role for Garcia… Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Tim Robbins (Here and Now), Garrett Hedlund (Mosaic) and Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) will lead season 2 of Hulu’s psychological horror series Castle Rock…
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) scored a series regular role and Jessica Ellerby (Lovesick) will recur opposite Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge in Pennyworth, Epix’s upcoming Batman sequel… Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Brett Gelman (Stranger Things) and Natalie Paul (YOU) are joining the cast of AT&T Audience Network’s original series Mr. Mercedes as recurring guests… Saba Homayoon (Mistresses) and Paul Chahidi (This Country) are in opposite Nasim Pedrad and Jake Ryan in Pedrad’s TBS comedy pilot Chad. Rounding out the cast are Alexa Loo (Rogue) and Ella Mika (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Last O.G. is giving back to Brooklyn. TBS and creator/star Tracy Morgan on March 28 will unveil the New Hattie Carthan Community Garden as part of TBS’ partnership with GrowNYC to renovate one of Brooklyn’s largest community gardens and tackle nutritional inequality. Season 2 of The Last O.G. premieres Tuesday, April 2 on TBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is opening on March 21, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/aint-too-proud/

Hadestown is starting previews on Friday March 22, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/hadestown/

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