FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/15/19)
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: America’s Hidden Stories (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle (Premiere) at 9pm

Unable to reach a deal with the Association of Talent Agents by Friday’s midnight deadline, the WGA instructed writers to fire their agents if they hadn’t signed the guild’s Agency Code of Conduct. “Among other unacceptable proposals, the agencies insists on continuing their major conflicts of interest,” said a letter to WGA members. “They insist on continuing to produce and be our employers. Their ‘offer’ on packaging is to share 1% of their packaging fee with writers.” Countered ATA executive director Karen Stuart, “The WGA is mandating a ‘Code of Conduct’ that will hurt all artists, delivering an especially painful blow to mid-level and emerging writers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC renewed Good Girls for season three. So far this season, the drama has averaged a 1.1 rating in A8-49 and 4.1 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens, with the the April 7 telecast delivering a four-week high in total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles have left the board of directors at Facebook, seats they’d held since 2011. Peggy Alford, SVP of Core Markets for PayPal, has been nominated to join; she would become the first African-American woman to serve on the board. Alford was previously CFO of the charitable foundation of Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg and his wife.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves, who left the network following allegations of sexual misconduct and assault last year, forfeited $34 million in 2018 compensation due to the circumstances of his exit, according to a CBS proxy statement. Moonves’ pay for the year wound up at about $12.5 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

When Calls the Heart was renewed for season seven, announced actress Eric Krakow on Twitter. The Hallmark Channel hit went on hiatus after series star Lori Loughlin was caught up in the college admissions cheating scandal, but is set to return after some “retooling” in a two-day event May 5 and May 6. Hallmark announced last month it was no longer working with Loughlin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Paul and his Oh Dipp!!! Productions inked an exclusive development and production partnership with Big Fish Entertainment to create content across multiple platforms. The nine-time NBA All-Star will collaborate with Big Fish Entertainment President Dan Cesareo and his team to develop a wide range of projects across the spectrum of sports and entertainment, for all platforms, including unscripted, scripted, digital, premium documentaries, short-form content and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks ordered Lena Waithe (The Chi) comedy series Twenties. Created and written by Waithe when she was in her early 20s, the eight-parter follows the adventures of a queer black girl and her two straight best friends. In more Waithe news, the actor/writer/producer will appear in season three of HBO’s Westworld.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is expanding a franchise with Growing Up Hip Hop: New York, set to premiere in Summer 2019. The new edition of will follow some of New York’s hip hop royalty as they navigate love, life and famous parents. The original Growing Up Hip Hop launched in 2016 and was followed in 2017 by Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hilary Winston (Bad Teacher) is sticking with Sony Pictures TV. Under a new two-year deal, Winston will continue to develop projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s The Face of Evil premieres Thursday, April 18 at 10p. First episode, following the case of a young woman found shot to death near a small Alaskan village, includes an explosive eyewitness revelation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s First Responders Live, from producer Dick Wolf, launches Wednesday, June 12. Unscripted series will embed cameras in cities across the country to document to efforts of firefighters, police officers, EMS technicians and first responders. “With the success of our drama, 9-1-1, viewers have a strong appetite for stories based in this world,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment. Josh Elliott (GMA, CBS News) will host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu’s Veronica Mars revival premieres July 26, tacking the case of murdered spring breakers. Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni and Jason Dohring return to the series, which ran on UPN and the CW from 2004-2007.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Idol’s Top 10 contestants are heading to Disneyland to prepare for the next phase of the competition, Disney Night. Celebrity mentor Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) who will offer advice for Disney-themed performances. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will perform a Disney song in Disneyland Park’s Fantasyland before theTop 10 returns to the Idol stage in LA. The magic takes place Sunday, April 21 at 8p on Disney-owned ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anime brand Crunchyroll and Fathom Events announced the next Crunchyroll Movie Night with the U.S. theatrical premiere of Saga of Tanya the Evil – the Movie. The film’s director, Yutaka Uemura, will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the story at the premiere across over 500 participating cinemas on Thursday, May 16 at 7:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Talker Face the Truth, hosted by Vivica A. Fox, has been canceled. Fellow 29 Stage Productions-produced shows The Doctors was picked up for a 12th season and DailyMailTV made it to season three.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) will star opposite Matthew Rhys in HBO limited series Perry Mason, from Team DowneyNoel Fisher is returning to Showtime’s Shameless as Mickey Milkovich for season 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s Jersey Shore spinoff Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly and Vinny debuted to an 0.82 rating among A18-49 on April 11, making it the number one unscripted cable series so far in 2019 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In Bravo ratings news, the season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta delivered 1.5 million P18-49 (up +5% versus the prior week’s episode), 2.9 million total viewers (up +4). Married to Medicine LA delivered 1.2 million total viewers (up +7%); Vanderpump Rules was the highest-rated episode of the season-to-date among all key demos, delivering 1.4 million P18-49 (up +14% versus the prior week’s episode) and 2.3 million total viewers (up +13%); The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was the highest-rated episode of the season-to- date among P18-49 and P25-54, delivering 1.4 million P18-49 (up +8% versus the prior week’s episode); and The Real Housewives of New York City delivered 2.3 million total viewers (up +6%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Shazam! – $25.1 million
Little – $15.5 million
Hellboy – $12 million
Pet Sematary – $10 million
Dumbo – $9.2 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

 

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