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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/29/19)
COOKING CHANNEL: Eat Your History (Premiere) at 10:30pm
PBS: Nature: American Spring LIVE (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: Vanderpump Rules (Finale) at 9pm

TBS cancelled Wrecked, in limbo since the end of its season three run in October. While the comedy about a group of people stranded on an island started strong, the finale delivered just 55,000 Live+SD total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another series not making it to season four is Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. Exec producers Victor Fresco and Tracy Katsky had this to say about the streamer after its cancellation of their zom-com: “They were supportive, ever positive, and appreciative of our work. Until about noon today. Still, they were just one phone call away from being a perfect studio.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC bumped Blindspot from May Sweeps. The yet-to-be-renewed drama, which has been averaging 2.8 million viewers, will finish its fourth season on May 24 and May 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A+E Networks’ contract with AT&T expires on Tuesday. While A+E warned its viewers there could be a blackout on DirecTV, Paul Buccieri, President of A+E Networks Group, told his team over the weekend that the two sides are still “far apart” when it comes to reaching a new carriage deal. “Many, including the U.S. Department of Justice, were concerned that AT&T would have the ability and incentive to discriminate against programmers like A+E Networks and others like us,” said Buccieri in a memo. “It seems that concern has become a reality.” Responded AT&T, “We are on the side of customer choice and value and want to keep these channels in our customers’ lineups.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The WGA assured its members that its new Staffing Submission System is working as it negotiates with the Association of Talent Agents. Samples of writers not using agents are getting into the hands of showrunners looking to hire, said the guild:  “Writers are getting read. Show meetings are being set. Staffing season is unfolding without chaos – and without agents.” The system will be expanded to handle the busy week before upfronts, added the WGA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The situation that led to Amy Powell’s ouster as President of Paramount Television last summer was “both simple and complex,” Powell told Forbes. While her firing was prompted by a phone call during which a team of white executives gave notes about black characters, “The problem was much larger than that,” said Powell. “The team supporting the TV series never should have been white executives – and not just because of the optics. Empowering writers to lead the creative process and speak to their own culture is what creates successful, authentic content. As executives, we need to trust and listen to these voices….I will never make that mistake again.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) will be presented with the Crystal Nymph at the closing ceremony for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival on June 18. The award recognizes a major international television actor for a stellar body of work.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network has fast-tracked new episodes of Restaurant: Impossible to premiere later this summer. Hosted by chef and Food Network personality Robert Irvine, the show focuses on struggling restaurant owners who work with Irvine to turn around their fortunes – in just two days with a $10,000 budget. Production on the eps begins this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s The Bachelorette is back Monday, May 13 at 8p. Season 15 guests will include celebrity couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen, Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, runway coach Miss J. Alexander, drag queens Alyssa Edwards and Alaska, pop music star Lukas Graham and country music artist Jake Owen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel’s mashup of sitcom and improv, Just Roll With It, will be previewed on Friday, June 14 at 9:45p ahead of its official premiere on Wednesday, June 19 at 8p. In the family comedy, the audience votes on what will happen, with the actors continuing the scene unscripted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime is following up the record-breaking premiere of Surviving R. Kelly with two-hour special, Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact, detailing the fallout from the docu-series. Soledad O’Brien hosts the two-hour special, premiering Saturday, May 4 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic has partnered with Oculus and Force Field for National Geographic Explore VR, a VR experience that takes viewers on an adventure through Antarctica searching for a lost penguin colony. “National Geographic continues to experiment in the immersive storytelling space,” said Senior Director of Immersive Experiences Jenna Pirog. “We are using the latest visual technology to spark curiosity about our world and enable people to better understand it.” The 30-minute VR experience will be available on Oculus Quest this spring.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add Shannon Doherty to the original Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members reuniting for BH90210, a six-episode event series on Fox. Doherty joins Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling. Luke Perry, committed to Riverdale, had not signed on before his death last month… Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land) has been cast in Hulu’s upcoming Little Fires Everywhere, based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thursday’s broadcast of Telemundo’s 2019 Billboard Latin Music Awards delivered 2.4 million total viewers, an 11% increase versus 2018, and 1.1 million A18-49, according to Nielsen. The show reached a cumulative audience of 5.2 million total viewers, including 2.6 million A18-49 with the simulcast on Telemundo and Universo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Avengers: Endgame – $350 million
Captain Marvel – $8.1 million
The Curse of La Llorona – $7.5 million
Breakthrough – $6.3 million
Shazam! – $5.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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