FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 10/31/19)
NETFLIX: Nowhere Man (Premiere)
VICELAND: VICE News Reports (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing New York (Finale) at 9pm
CW: Mysteries Decoded (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Untold Stories of Hip-Hop (Finale) at 10pm

Twitter is banishing political advertising from its platform. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday. He added that machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes “present entirely new challenges to civic discourse,” and that it would be “best to focus our efforts on the root problems, without the additional burden and complexity taking money brings.” The new policy, banning not only ads for candidates but also issue ads, goes into effect November 22.
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More Americans trust local news than they do national news, but perceptions of partisan bias are filtering down to the local level, according to a new study from Knight Foundation and Gallup. Diving deeper into big topics won’t help matters. “The data suggest that moving into more aggressive coverage of social and political issues could further polarize views – and possibly lead to an erosion of trust,” said the report. In the study, 75% of Democrats said local news did an “excellent” or “good” job, versus 54% of Republicans.
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AMC canceled Lodge 49 after two seasons. “This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television,” said AMC of the well-reviewed series, which during its sophomore run averaged 132,000 viewers A18-49 and 428,000 total viewers in Live+3, down 40% from season one.
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Streaming service HBO Max, launching in July, will cost $14.99 – the same as HBO. That’s a price WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey called an “IQ test” for anyone deciding between the services. “Why wouldn’t you want twice the content for the same price?” Stankey asked during his company’s investors day. That said, the plan is for the linear channel to continue to operate as usual after the debut of its streaming sib.
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Tweens and teens aren’t as tuned into TV screens as they were in 2015, but they’re viewing more video. A new study from Common Sense Media found that 56% of eight- to 12-year-olds report watching video daily, up from 24% four years ago, and 69% A13-18 say they watch daily, up from 34% in 2015. Respondents in both groups say they watch about a half hour less of TV on a TV set today than they did in 2015, and most of that is time-shifted.
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The Directors Guild of America reached a tentative deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for a new contract for those working in news, sports, operations and local stations that increases wages and fees by 2.5% in each of the three years of the agreement, among other things. “News, sports and local television collectively reach massive audiences, and the contributions of our members who work in these areas are absolutely critical to the success of these operations,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. ‘This deal is a testament to that value.
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NBC News’ digital editorial division voted to form a union representing about 150 workers. “Forming a union will afford us a collective voice in decisions that will benefit the entire company, providing much-needed transparency and ensuring a safer workplace,” said the employees in a letter to NBC management that also brought up “serious questions” about the handling of workplace sexual misconduct. NBC News EVP of Digital Chris Berend responded to the email in a memo to staff, saying the network would “address the request quickly.”
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Will Arnett (Arrested Development), who voices Lego Batman in The Lego Movie films, will host Fox Lego-building competition series Lego Masters. Series premieres Wednesday, February 5 at 9p.
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Fuller House’s John Stamos has been set to star in Disney+ series Big Shot, written and exec produced by David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey and produced by ABC Studios. Stamos plays a college basketball coach who gets fired and takes job at an all-girls private school. “Disney has long been known for our aspirational sports stories, and we are so proud to be working with David and Dean on a relatable series that both inspires and entertains. It’s a great fit for Disney+,” said Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, Disney+.
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The Daytime Emmy younger actor and actress categories will be combined, for the category Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series. In other acting categories, performers will be encouraged to enter whichever they feel best suits their gender identity.
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HBO ordered a Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Show is set 300 years before GoT and tells the story of the House of Targaryen. Condal will team with Miguel Sapochnik for showrunner duties.
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Epix renewed Pennyworth for season two. Drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon).
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Lots of HBO Max news this week, including a deal that makes the streamer the exclusive SVOD home to 10 CW dramas, Batwoman and Katy Keene among them. The series start streaming full seasons 30 days before the start of their following season. HBO Max also landed US streaming rights to South Park, effective next June.
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Among the kids and family series announced for HBO Max were crafts competition Craftopia; animated “learn through play” series Esme & Roy; animated prehistoric comedy The Fungies; and adventure competition Karma. Gen Z-focused programming includes the likes of 15 Minutes of Shame, a documentary film with Monica Lewinsky among its producers that explores the public shaming epidemic; College Girls (wt), a comedy from Mindy Kaling that follows three freshman roommates on a Vermont campus; DC Super Hero High, a comedy exec produced by Elizabeth Banks about teens in boarding school; and a Gossip Girl reboot. For adults, the lineup of shows included Lisa Ling-hosted cultural docu-series Birth, Wedding, Funeral; two new, reimagined seasons of animated comedy The Boondocks; a film about the late Anthony Bourdain; and psychosexual love story Crime Farm, among others.
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The plan is for HBO Max to release one episode at a time, versus Netflix’s binge model. “We like creating cultural impact and nurturing great value from our IP. Our creators also see the value in rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” said Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly.
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Spotify announced the launch of the Spotify Kids app, enabling children three and older to listen to their own music, and explore age-appropriate playlists and recommendations that are compiled by actual human beings, not algorithms. “We are excited to be expanding the Spotify Premium Family experience with a dedicated app just for our youngest fans. Spotify Kids is a personalized world bursting with sound, shape and color,” said Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer, Alex Norström.
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Comedian Dennis Miller hosts four nights of films every Friday in November on TCM, with a few of his friends serving as co-hosts: Martin Short, Rita Wilson, Jay Leno and Dana Carvey. Each has chosen some of their favorite films to share with viewers.
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Taylor Swift will receive the Artist of the Decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards, and deliver a performance celebrating the biggest hits of her career. Swift, who has won more American Music Awards than any other artist this decade, is also a five-time nominee this year. Ceremony airs Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC.
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NBC is going to the dogs again, with the 18th anniversary edition of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Holiday special airs Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p in all time zones), November 28, following the telecast of the net’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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REVOLT is being taken over by rapper and producer IDK today, for a day of Halloween-themed programming. REVOLT Hijacked: Halloween starts at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners are back to make liquor and evade the law, starting Tuesday, November 19 at 9p.
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Archaeology series Unearthed returns to Science Channel on Sunday, November 3 at 9p. Among the sites explored during the new season is the Tower of Babel.
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Season two of Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World returns November 5 in all territories outside the UK (where it premieres on Channel 4 the day before). Series is based on the comic books by Charles Forsman.
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A new season of Star Gazers debuts on public television with a new host, Trace Dominguez, and university science partner, Florida Atlantic University, beginning Sunday, December 1.
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The launch of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” event kicked off with Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, which ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched program on Saturday among Household rating (2.6), Total Viewers (2.6 milion), W25-54 (414,000), and W18-49 (328,000).
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Actor/comedian John Witherspoon died October 29. He was 77. In addition to film roles, Witherspoon was featured on TV shows including The Wayans Bros., The Tracy Morgan Show, The Boondocks and Black Jesus, among others.
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Playwright/screenwriter Bernard Slade died October 30. He was 89. Slade created The Partridge Family, Bridget Loves Bernie and The Girl With Something Extra, and wrote Broadway’s Same Time, Next Year.
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BROADWAY
Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Other…and You! is starting previews on Tuesday November 5, 2019.
http://www.playbill.com/production/ian-mckellen-on-stage-with-tolkien-shakespeare-others-and-you

Jagged Little Pill is starting previews on Sunday November 3, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jagged-little-pill/


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