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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/25/19)
BBC AMERICA: Gran Torino (Premiere) at 8pm
BBC AMERICA: Top Gear (Premiere) at 9pm
UP TV: Expecting (Premiere) at 9pm
CW: Supernatural (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: Gotham (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: The Orville (Finale) at 9pm

With the renewals of All American, Roswell, New Mexico and In the Dark, the CW is five for five with its freshman series. (Charmed and Legacies were among ten shows renewed in January.) The net also announced the return of The 100 for season seven.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andi Mack is ending its run on Disney Channel. The groundbreaking series, Disney’s first to center around an Asian family and first to feature an LGBTQ character who spoke the words, “I’m gay,” returns from hiatus on Friday, June 21 at 8p, with its final episodes running through July 26. “Three years ago, we challenged Terri Minsky to create a new series that expanded and broadened the Disney Channel brand,” said Gary Marsh, President of Disney Channel. “We are forever grateful to Terri, her talented team and the outstanding cast.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted not to change the rule that requires a movie to run in a theater for only in seven days in LA to be eligible for an Oscar. Movie producers called foul after Netflix’s Roma won three Oscars after a limited theatrical run, prompting the review. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration,” said Academy president John Bailey. “We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T sold its WarnerMedia office space in NYC’s Hudson Yards for $2.2 billion to an affiliate of Related Companies, in a deal that includes a long-term lease for the site. WarnerMedia properties are in the process of relocating from Time Warner Center to the new space. AT&T will use proceeds from the transaction to reduce its debt load, which reached $170 billion after its purchase of Time Warner last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With criminal charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime against him dropped, Empire cast members including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are asking Fox and Disney execs to bring Smollett back for the Fox drama’s sixth season. “Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character,” said Smollett’s colleagues in a letter. “He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity….We are confident our fans will welcome our ‘Jamal’ back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy contestant James Holzhauer passed the $1 million-in-winnings mark with a $118,816 haul on Tuesday, for a total across 14 games of $1.06 million. The only other contestant in the game show’s 35-year history to pass the million mark is Ken Jennings, whose 74 straight victories brought him $2.5 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gray Television and Opry Entertainment Group, owner of the Grand Ole Opry, are partnering for a TV service with “artist-driven country lifestyle programming.” The service will be available on an OTT streaming platform as well as a broadcast diginet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Not only has the season eight premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones been watched by over 27 million people, AT&T CFO John Stephens told analysts on Wednesday, but the week before the drama’s return saw the most subscriber additions in HBO Now history. The premiere also set a new series record with 17.4 million multiplatform viewers on April 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News named Jedediah Bila co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. Bila, who has filled in as a guest co-host, will make her official debut on Saturday, April 27. Bila was a co-host on ABC’s The View for the 2017-18 season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Trek is landing at Nickelodeon. The kids’ net ordered an animated version to be developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman (Ninjago), from CBS’s Eye Animation Productions, Roddenberry Entertainment and Secret Hideout. “Star Trek’s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” said Alex Kurtzman, an exec producer. “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon also renewed Ryan’s Mystery Playdate for a second season. The show’s April 19 premiere was number one at 12:30p on all of TV among kids 2-11, averaging 2.1/518,000 and 999,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warrior landed a season two renewal on Cinemax. The martial arts drama based on the writings of Bruce Lee premiered April 5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E docu-series The Employables, charting the highs and lows of job seekers with conditions like autism or Tourette Syndrome, launches Wednesday, May 15 at 10p. Participants work with specialists to help identify their strengths and find the right line of work.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pennyworth, following Bruce Wayne’s future butler, premieres on Epix on July 28 at 9p. Based on the DC characters, series follows Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who works for young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crime drama L.A.’s Finest, starring and executive produced by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, will premiere on Spectrum’s On Demand platform on Monday, May 13. The first three episodes will drop on the Spectrum platform that day, with two episodes launching each week thereafter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mr. Iglesias, starring stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, drops on Netflix Friday, June 21. Iglesias plays a high school teacher who works at his alma mater.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Engaged couples, elite bakers and hosts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are back for a new season of Food Network’s Wedding Cake Championship, starting Monday, June 3 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, debuts on Netflix June 7. The political thriller spent its first two seasons on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime announced Saturday premiere dates for more of its Book to Screen movie titles. Tempting Fate, starring Alyssa Milano, bows June 15; To Have and To Hold, starring Erika Christensen, arrives June 22; and Family Pictures, with Justina Machado and Elisabeth Rohm, debuts June 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christian Cooke (Point Blank) and James Bloor (Dunkirk) are set as leading series regulars in National Geographic’s scripted series Barkskins, slated to go into production this year…The cast for Showtime pilot Hombre includes Marisé Alvarez (The Vessel), Greg Grunberg (A Star Is Born), Pepi Sonuga (Famous In Love), and Adriana Santos (Taken). The emotional thriller is set to begin production at the end of April in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home rental startup Airbnb has its eye on developing a slate of original shows focused on travel, reports Reuters. Faced with stiff competition in the travel industry, the company’s CEO, Brian Chesky, “wants to create a studio,” a source told Reuters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was impressed by Disney’s well-received unveiling of its upcoming Disney+ streaming service. “I think what it did was give the market an appreciation that this is a viable direct to consumer product  that will have good appeal for a broad number of customers, not just in the U.S.. but around the world,” said Stephenson during the company’s first quarter earnings call. “We’re very optimistic and the Disney announcement gave us nothing but more optimism in terms of what we think we’ll be able to bring to market.” Stephenson said the company expects to offer details of its upcoming service at a WarnerMedia day in September or October.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E docu-series Live Rescue debuted to 1.4 million Total Viewers, making it cable’s #1 nonfiction launch of 2019 among A25-54 d (665,000), according to Nielsen. The premiere was also A&E’s best series premiere in over two years, since Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath in November 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC reports it’s on a ratings roll. For 2019 to date, the net’s primetime ratings grew +26% among A25-54 and up +13% among A18-49 in Live+3 ratings, compared to 2018. In 1Q19 ratings for A25-54 rose +29% and +18-49 were up +17% compared to 1Q18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of BET’s Being Mary Jane and new series premiere of Games People Play on Tuesday grossed 2.1 Million viewers 2+ during premiere night across premieres and encores. Mary Jane grossed 768,000 total viewers P2+ and Games garnered 760,000 total viewers P2+ on BET alone.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Beetlejuice is opening on Thursday April 25, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/beetlejuice/

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