FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/9/20)
DISCOVERY: Reclaimed (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Building Off The Grid (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: Very Cavallari (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: What on Earth? (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Interrogator (Finale) at 10pm

Highlights from ABC’s Winter TCA presentation: Young Frankenstein Live! (wt) will debut in the fall, based on the stage version of the Mel Brooks comedy classic. Brooks, who wrote and directed the 1974 film and 2007 Broadway adaptation, will produce…The series farewell of Modern Family is set for Wednesday, April 8. Fan votes will decide which episodes run in a March 11 Modern Family binge… How to Get Away With Murder returns for its final six episodes on Thursday, April 2…The Conners will air live on Tuesday, February 11, the night of the New Hampshire primary, with ABC News coverage of the primary incorporated into the story in real time as results roll in… Shark Tank returns to Friday nights beginning February 28, and American Housewife moves to Wednesdays at 9p starting on April 15… and The Emmy Awards have a date: Sunday, September 20.
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The 2020 Academy Awards will once again go host-less, announced Karey Burke, ABC entertainment president, at TCA – but she promised “huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, and star power.” Last year’s show was also without a host, after Kevin Hart withdrew amid controversy over old tweets, and the show saw an uptick in ratings versus the year prior.
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Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActive Corp. is selling CH Media, parent of College Humor, to CH chief creative officer Sam Reich in a deal that is costing about 100 jobs. “IAC, our parent company, has made the difficult decision to no longer finance us,” Reich said. “While we were on the way to becoming profitable, we were nonetheless losing money – and I myself have no money to be able to lose.” Said IAC, which has owned CollegeHumor since 2006, “Sam was the best choice to acquire CH Media and define its next chapter. The decision places CH Media with an owner who is beloved by fans, passio nate about the business and sees a future we believe in.”
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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip will be joined by the Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel to moderate the January 14 Democratic debate, the final debate before the Iowa caucuses on February 3. Candidates qualifying so far are Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
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Houses were just the beginning – HGTV is now looking for a whole town to make over. Inspired by the success of its series Home Town, which helped transform Laurel, Mississippi, the net is asking fans to submit a bid to have their own small towns (population less than 40,000) featured in upcoming event series, Home Town Takeover, slated to premiere in 2021. “This is a big one,” said Home Town co-host Erin Napier. “HGTV has never, ever taken on a whole town renovation and restoration project and we’re so proud and excited to be leading the team that will get it done.”
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NowThis announced a new division, “NowThis Impact,” dedicated to covering global challenges important to a young audience. “Our audience is deeply passionate and incredibly eager to engage on the issues that matter most to them,” said Athan Stephanopoulos, President of NowThis. “They’ve made it crystal clear that they are looking for new ways to not only learn more about the challenges dominating the world around them, but how they can get involved and take action themselves.”
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Martha MacCallum inked a new multi-year deal with Fox News Channel, where she will continue as anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum and co-anchor of the network’s election and special event political coverage alongside Bret Baier.
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NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will succeed Sheinelle Jones as co-host of Weekend Today, with Peter Alexander. Jones announced last month she was leaving the show to spend more time with her family.
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Wireless speaker maker Sonos is suing Google, seeking a ban on Google speakers, smartphones and laptops in the US, as well as financial compensation. “Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. Sonos alleges Chromecast Audio and Google Home speakers, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi Point, Pixel phones, Pixel Slate Tablet and Pixelbook laptop all infringe on its patents.
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thirtysomething(else), a sequel to 1987-1991 series thirtysomething, landed a pilot pickup from ABC. The show will follow the grown-up children of the original cast, reprised by Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, and Patty Wettig.
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ABC also picked up The Brides to pilot. Vampire drama comes from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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More fun and games at ABC: The net is bringing back Supermarket Sweep, hosted and executive produced by SNL standout Leslie Jones, and a new version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Produced by Fremantle, Supermarket Sweep follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills. “I’ve always dreamed of being on Supermarket Sweep,” said Jones. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!” The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become adapted in 13 international territories. Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. Millionaire will feature celebrities playing for charity, and an interactive game viewers can play from home, starting Wednesday, April 8.
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A series based on The Last of the Mohicans is in development at HBO Max. Written by Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) and Nick Osborne (Remember Me) and directed by Nicole Kassell (Watchmen), the series will be a retelling of James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel.
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Quibi announced the development of The Hot Drop, a new take on the dating genre. At the start of each week, Quibi will drop a profile of an eligible single, and the audience can submit videos vying for the possibility to join the single on an adventure via the Quibi app. That same week, Quibi will reveal the top three candidates; then the Quibi community will determine who goes on the date. ITV America’s Sirens Media and ITV Studios Entertainment are producing.
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Netflix gave a 10-episode order to Love Is Blind, a dating show hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey. Unscripted series from Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight), following singles who want to meet the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with without having seen them, premieres February 13.
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A documentary exploring the connections between the mythical creatures in JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and real animals is on the way from the BBC, Warner Bros and the UK’s Natural History Museum. Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (wt) will be made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and narrated by Stephen Fry.
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Netflix’s Ozark is back for a ten-episode season three on March 27. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in the drug-money-laundering drama.
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The Baker and the Beauty, a “modern-day fairytale” from ABC, debuts Monday, April 6 at 10p. Romantic dramedy focuses on the relationship between a man who works in his family’s bakery and an international superstar.
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Also on the way from ABC is an addition the The Bachelor franchise.The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, which will have single men and women going on dates that focus on music, premieres Monday, April 13 at 8p.
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Comedic travel series High & Low made it onto the upcoming programming slate of Quibi. Produced by Renegade 83, High & Low explores the luxury and budget options at travel destinations.
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Cleo TV offered season two premiere dates for Cleo Speaks (Saturday, February 15 at 9a), Just Eats With Chef JJ (Saturday, February 22 at 12p), New Soul Kitchen (Saturday, April 4 at 12:30p) and Heart of the Batter with Jordin Sparks (Saturday, May 9 at 1p).
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Discovery’s new programming block, “Off the Grid Thursdays,” begins tonight with a new episode of Homestead Rescue, followed by the series premiere of Reclaimed and a new season of Building Off the Grid.
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Netflix earned the most nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards, which honor outstanding LGBTQ images in the media. The streamer’s 15 nods were followed by HBO’s 8. ABC, CBS, and NBC each earned 4 nominations, Apple TV+ and Disney+ received their first nominations (for Dickinson and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, respectively). ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise and MTV’s Are You The One? received their first nominations in the Outstanding Reality Program category, and Univision received 7 nominations in Spanish-Language categories.
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Seven honorees will be celebrated at the Cable Center Hall of Fame celebration on April 30 in NYC, including Bridget Baker, CEO, Baker Media; Jim Blackley, advisor to the CEO, Charter Communications; Cathy Hughes, founder and chairwoman, TV One, and Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO, Urban One and chairman and CEO, TV One; cable pioneer Jeff Marcus; Dave Watson, president and CEO, Comcast Cable; and Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports and president, CNN Worldwide.
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A&E’s second annual “True Crime Week” gave the network its best week in six years (averaging 577,000 A25-54). The event, which kicked off January 1, made A&E the #2 cable network for the week (12/30/19-1/5/20) among A25-54, behind ESPN.
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The season two premiere of Univision’s Amor Eterno reached nearly 3 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the episode. The one-hour premiere averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 747,000 A18-49 and 305,000 A18-34.
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Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.2 Live+SD) was one of the few programs that remained steady in an otherwise low-rated Christmas session ending December 29, with a boost from its holiday-themed “Kelly and Ryan’s Christmas Eve” telecast. Usual talk topper Dr. Phil (new season low 1.8, down 25%) was in repeats on all five days, but was still in second place among talk shows.
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TLC was the #1 fastest growing ad-supported cable network in Prime in 2019 with P/W25-54, W18-49 and P2+, rising in the overall ad-supported cable rankings to become the #2 cable network with W25-54/18-49 and #3 with W18-34. In other Discovery Inc. highlights: In Live+3 Nielsen numbers, Discovery Channel wrapped 2019 as cable’s #1 network in Prime among M25-54 (excl. sports) for the 5th straight year; HGTV nabbed the #1 spot in Weekend among upscale W25-54; Food Network was a top 10 cable network in Prime among P25-54 (#9) and W25-54 (#7); ID finished 2019 as the #1 cable network for W25-54 in Total Day for the 3rd consecutive year, and was #2 for P25-54, behind only ESPN; OWN delivered 3 of the top 10 original scripted series on cable among W25-54; Animal Planet was a top 10 cable destination for women on Saturday nights (W2+) for 2 out of 4 quarters in 2019 (2Q19-3Q19); Travel Channel had its highest-rated year ever in Prime among HHs & W25-54 and second-highest-rated year ever among P25-54, while Science Channel boasts its highest-rated year among P25-54 with YAGO in Prime and Total Day; and Cooking Channel posted its highest ever Primetime ratings among P25-54 (+7% vs. YAGO) and M25-54 (+14%).
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ABC’s Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time delivered 14.42 million viewers on Tuesday, and 2.4 among A18-49. The premiere of NBC musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist drew 2.66 million viewers and 0.6 in the demo.
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BROADWAY
My Name is Lucy Barton with Laura Linney is opening on Wednesday January 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/my-name-lucy-barton/

Freestyle Love Supreme (created by Lin-Manuel Miranda) is closing on Sunday January 12, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/freestyle-love-supreme/

 


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