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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ ESPY AWARDS

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 7/11/19)
FREEFORM: Siren (Premiere) at 8pm
HISTORY: Ax Men (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Primal Instinct (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Shadows of Death (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Jersey Shore Family Vacation (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Hollywood Game Night (Premiere) at 9pm
OXYGEN: Killer Affair (Premiere) at 9pm
SNAP: De’Arra & Ken’s Prank Show (Premiere)
THE CW: The Outpost (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: The Dead Files (Premiere) at 10pm
UPTV: Our Wedding Story (Premiere) at 9pm
UPTV: Crazy Beautiful Weddings (Premiere) at 9:30pm
YOU TUBE: Escape The Night (Premiere)
AUDIENCE: You Me Her (Finale) at 10pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Finale) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: My Lottery Dream House (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Murder Chose Me (Finale) at 8pm

Discovery Channel is really sinking its teeth into Shark Week 2019 with “fantastic” programming set to air from July 28-August 4. The network is premiering its first scripted feature-length film, Capsized: Blood in the Water, starring Josh Duhamel, followed by “fincredible” documentary programming set to scare you out of the water all week long. In addition, the network is engaging fans on digital and social media platforms through partnerships with nonprofit groups, affiliates, education programs and more. At this stage, we’re surprised the whole event isn’t a national holiday.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are launching Westbrook, Inc ., a cross-platform holding company that will encompass subsidiary companies including Overbrook Entertainment, Red Table Talk Enterprises, Westbrook Studios, Westbrook Media and Good Goods. The company is designed to allow the Smiths to “ fully immerse ourselves in all areas of the media and entertainment space. With our incredible team of family, chosen family and longtime business partners, Westbrook Inc.’s mission is to spread positive ideas, art and products that entertain and empower the greatest number of lives, inspiring the next generation of artists to do good in the world,” as they said in a statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Disney Television Studios underwent a leadership restructuring that named Jonnie Davis as ABC Studios president and Carolyn Cassidy as president, creative affairs for 20th Century Fox Television. Cassidy will lead the studio alongside Howard Kurtzman, president of business operations. Josh Sussman is joining ABC Studios as EVP, business affairs. The changes come four months after Disney’s $71.3B acquisition of major Foxproperties. Departing the company are ABC Studios president Patrick Moran and EVP business operations Howard Davine.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katherine Heigl is set to star and executive-produce Firefly Lane , a drama series based on the Kristin Hannah novel, with showrunner/co-executive producer Maggie Friedman. The show focuses on two best friends and their complicated relationship; Heigl plays one-half of that inseparable set, the troubled Tully. Hannah is also executive-producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Makeready has a non-exclusive two-year deal with Hiro Murai , who directed Donald Glover’s This Is America video and the Amazon musical Guava Island, which starred Glover and Rihanna. Murai and manager/producing partner Nate Matteson have created production company Super Frog, and Makeready will provide independent financing for features and non-traditional format content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV kicked off a new renovation competition series, Rock the Block , in July. The show, which films around LA, will give renovation experts from the network a chance to face off in a “design battle royale” as they take identical properties and turn them into suburban oases. The show will be hosted by Property Brothers host Drew Scott and is set to premiere in the fall of 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shondaland’s first original scripted series for Netflix is coming in 2020, two years after producer Shonda Rhimes moved her deal from ABC to the streaming service. The cast of Bridgerton, a scripted soap by Scandal writer Chris Van Dusen, will run for eight episodes and is based on Julia Quinn’s novels. Julie Andrews is set to voice the unseen gossip writer Lady Whistledown, while Rege-Jean Page (For the People) will play the eligible bachelor pursued by local ladies.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Ready for some fresh Masked Singer costumes? Well, now we know what the hidden warblers will be hiding in when the Fox breakout hit returns for a second season: Egg, Leopard, Flamingo, Skeleton and Eagle. The reality competition show was the season’s No. 1 new series and top unscripted show and is based on a South Korean format. Masked Singer returns on Sept. 25 on Fox.
(Source: Cynopsis)
AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has a new music series on AXS TV. Brian Johnson: A Life on the Road first aired in the U.K. on Sky Arts and will premiere on Sept. 15. AXS has acquired two seasons of 12 episodes in which Johnson shares backstage talk with music “friends and heroes” including Sting.
(Source: Cynopsis)
AccuWeather presents a new series of stories celebrating 50 Years of Woodstock, airing from August 9 – 18. The show will include interviews with original attendees discussing how weather challenges shaped the festival.
(Source: Cynopsis)
The Circus is coming back to town in time for the 2020 election , which means Showtime will have eight new episodes following the largest field of presidential candidates in history starting on September 22 at 8pm.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Say Yes to the Dress: America announced the all-stars and special guests who’ll be appearing in upcoming episodes that will work with one couple in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The guests for the TLC show include Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, bridal designer Hayley Paige and Emmy winner/style expert Lilliana Vazquez.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Smithsonian Channel is set to spotlight the homes of Britain’s nobilityin An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates in a new series. Each hourlong episode will follow host Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, as she looks into the lifestyles of the owners, staff and craftspeople who maintain the estates. The series is produced by Nutshell TVfor Smithsonian Networks and will premiere in 2020.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Investigation Discovery announced that Season 2 of the 44 Blue Productions and Khloe Kardashian-produced series Twisted Sisters will premiere on August 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Snapchat has added more shows and contributors to its content community, with the first of its newly conceived Creator Shows premiering Wednesday. The social network has added Arnold Schwarzenegger, Serena Williams and Kevin Hart to its creator list as it aims to capitalize on its young viewing audience. Snapchat also announced its Animated Comedy Creator Initiative, which asks creators to pitch a one-page treatment; the network will green-light as many as 10 shows from the submissions. Scripted Comedy Creator Shows are scheduled to debut through the summer and into the fall.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace) is set to star, EP and write songs for Royalties, a musical comedy series focusing on a pair of songwriters for shortform streaming platform Quibi. It’s the first sale for SideCar, the Fox Entertainment company headed by Gail Berman.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Quibi has announced an unscripted series Fight Like a Girl , which will be headlined by WWE Superstars from WWE Studios and Critical Content. WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon will pair a WWE Superstar with a young woman struggling to overcome a personal issue, the goal being that both emerge tougher, stronger and healthier.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Anthony Anderson, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tony Hale and other funny folk are set to star in the upcoming live one-hour special Mo Willems & the Storytime All-Stars Present Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime, which will record at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Greg Silverman‘s Stampede is producing the family comedy special, which kicks off Willems’ two-year residency as the Center’s first Education Artist-In-Residence. Bobcat Goldthwait is directing the July 13 event.
(Source: Cynopsis)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic’s mid-season premiere will air on August 3 at 11:30 am on Discovery Family. The episode features the voice of “Weird Al” Yankovic, who’s reprising his role as Cheese Sandwich. The season has 13 episodes left.
(Source: Cynopsis)
CBS Evening News’ anchor Norah O’Donnell will interview Caroline Kennedy and Jeff Bezos during her debut broadcast on Monday, July 15. During the joint interview — which marks the 50th anniversary month of mankind’s first moon walk — Kennedy and Bezos will discuss the future of space exploration as well as President Kennedy’s part in expanding the space program. The following day, O’Donnell will anchor the news from the Kennedy Space Center.
(Source: Cynopsis)
Instagram is battling online bullies with two new features. In the first, artificial intelligence will be used to flag comments that “might be considered offensive,” giving users a chance to undo a nasty comment before it posts. The second will allow people to restrict users looking at their account without resorting to blocking. “We’ve heard from young people in our community that they’re reluctant to block, unfollow or report their bully because it could escalate the situation,” said Instagram head Adam Mosseri.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) and Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) are joining the BBC’s remake of RuPaul’s Drag Race. They’re set to appear alongside stars including Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Spice Girl Geri Horner. … Mindy Kaling has cast the lead in her Netflix coming-of-age comedy, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan. The newcomer will play Devi and was chosen from a worldwide casting call for the untitled series from Kaling, co-executive producer Lang Fisher and Universal TV. … Alison Steadman (Gavin & Stacey and Abigail’s Party) will star in the six-part BBC drama Life alongside former Doctor Who lead Peter Davidson. The series was created by Doctor Foster originator Mike Bartlett and is filming in Manchester, U.K. … Theater star Imogen Kogge will play German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a new drama, Merkel, which will look at the country’s decision to open Germany’s borders to almost 1 million Syrian refugees in 2015. Carte Blanche International is producing Merkel with German public broadcasters RBB and NDR. … Carrie-Ann Moss (Matrix) will star with Danielle Campbell in the second series of the CBS All Access anthology Tell Me A Story.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 

Fox continues to do well in the ratings — over at Showtime that is , where the new limited series The Loudest Voice, chronicling the rise of the “fair and balanced” network topped 2 million viewers in replays, streaming and on-demand. That’s a 602% rise from its first linear airing, which Nielsen says drew just 618,000 viewers. Meanwhile, Big Little Lies and Euphoria have both done well for HBO; Lies drew 2.8M total viewers to its fifth episode of the second season, while Euphoria drew 1.2M total.
(Source: Cynopsis)
CBS’ Love Island is on five nights a week but debuted Tuesday to lackluster numbers, watched by just 2.68 million viewers. NBC’s Bring the Funny also premiered Tuesday night and was the third-most-watched program of the night with 6.2 million viewers total. The comedy competition features Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy.
(Source: Cynopsis)
2019 ESPY AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/1055145/espys-2019-winners-the-complete-list
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