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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/16/20)
ABC: The Last Days of Richard Pryor (Premiere) at 9pm
FREEFORM: grown-ish (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ID: Hometown Homicide (Premiere) at 10pm

Overall viewership of cable networks dipped nearly 10% in 2019, according to MoffettNathanson Research, thanks mostly to the defection of younger viewers. Total day for the A18-49 demo was down an average of 15% in C3 viewing; viewership for those 50+ dipped 4%. News programming was especially hard hit, down 23% among younger viewers, versus just 1% among 50+.
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The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV users will exceed $67 billion worldwide by 2023, according to a report from Parks and Associates, Video Piracy: Ecosystem, Risks and Impact. “Credential sharing falls into two categories. Most sharing is casual, with no intent to profit. But the bigger risk is from pirates that purchase large stolen consumer databases via the ‘Dark Web’ and use automation to discover penetrable end user accounts,” said Steven Hawley, contributing analyst at Parks Associates and managing director of Piracy Monitor.
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Apple TV+ and director M. Night Shyamalan were slapped with a lawsuit over the streamer’s Servant series. The lawsuit, alleging the show is “a wholesale copy” of plaintiff Francesca Gregorini’s 2013 feature film, The Truth About Emanuel, seeks to shut down Servant, and collect damages.
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George Cheeks, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is leaving for a senior role at ViacomCBS, reports the Wall Street Journal, possibly to succeed Joe Ianniello as head of CBS. Before joining NBCU, Cheeks spent 14 years at Viacom.
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“There is little doubt that Netflix has structured itself to avoid paying tax,” said UK think tank Tax Watch in a report that alleges the company funneled up to $430 million of profits into tax havens, while receiving over $1 million in tax relief in Britain. Nothing to see here, responded Netflix. “Corporate taxation is an important and much-debated issue,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “Ultimately, it’s for governments to decide the rules when it comes to tax – and in every country in which we operate, Netflix respects those rules.”
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WarnerMedia is expanding its relationship with All Elite Wrestling, extending their deal for AEW: Dynamite, a new top 20 new unscripted series, through 2023. The deal also includes another night of AEW action, with a second wrestling show going straight-to-series. “When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone – above all, the fans,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this very same movement from Day One, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start.”
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TBS greenlit Lost Resort, it was announced at the TCA tour. Unscripted series follows a group of people at a three-week Costa Rican retreat. “Lost Resort is an inside look at the exclusive, explosive and often hilariously experimental world of self-help retreats,” said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. “Wait until you see the lengths people will go in their quest for happiness.”
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TBS also ordered two more seasons of American Dad!. Said co-creator and co-showrunner Matt Weitzman of the animated comedy, which moved from Fox to TBS in 2014, “After these next two seasons, we will have over 300 episodes. Thus proving that whatever American Dad! lacks in quality, we make up for in quantity.”
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Animal Planet’s The Aquarium is back for season two on Sunday, February 9 at 8p. This season, the series follows the stories of a moray eel moving from one habitat to another, a giant sea turtle named Tank who needs to learn healthier eating habits, and baby fantail rays Bacon and Tomato. Camera crews also follow Georgia Aquarium biologists under the nighttime waves, to film a rarely witnessed event: the spawning of critically endangered corals.
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The 40th season of CBS’s Survivor will feature 20 past winners competing for a $2 million prize. The “Winners at War” edition “unites the most memorable, heroic and celebrated champions from the past two decades in the biggest battle in the show’s history,” said the network. Games begin Wednesday, February 12; retrospective special Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players airs February 5.
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Mark Ruffalo, star of HBO’s limited series adaptation of the 1998 novel I Know This Much Is True, said at TCA that there was a six-week break between shooting the twin characters he plays. “We didn’t want it to be like, I run and put a wig on and then do the same scene I just did,” the actor explained. Instead, he used the hiatus to pack on 30 pounds to portray the twin brother who suffered from mental illness. “These medications, these mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics, a lot of people put on weight … It was important for us to have these guys really, really be two different people,” he told reporters.
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The two-hour season premiere of Discovery’s Expedition Unknown on Wednesday, February 5 at 8p will be followed by the debut of a new series, Expedition X, where Unknown host Josh Gates will be joined by Phil Torres and Jessica Chobot to investigate reports of supernatural encounters and extraterrestrial phenomena.
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Outcry, a five-part docu-series exploring the controversial conviction of a high school football star for sexual assault, premieres on Showtime Friday, April 3 at 9p. The show will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Conference.
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It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart makes its debut on truTV on Wednesday, February 26 at 10p. Docu-style comedy series exec produced by Samantha Bee has self-proclaimed “empath and really nice person” Hoggart attempting to untangle people’s issues.
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In more truTV news, announced at TCA: Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the Hot Ones web series, premieres Tuesday, February 18 at 10p, and Tacoma FD returns for season two on Thursday, March 26 at 10p. The net also ordered Tirdy Works, an unscripted sitcom focused on a small town with a new business – arts and crafts made out of moose poop.
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Season four of Insecure will premiere Sunday, April 12 on HBO. The season will see “the fallout of what happens when turning 30,” said creator and star Issa Rae at TCA.
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Adult Swim’s Beef House, from Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show) will focus on five men living under one roof. The comedy, slated to premiere later this year, is produced by Heidecker and Wareheim’s Abso Lutely Productions.
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Season eight of Shahs of Sunset debuts on Bravo on Sunday, February 9 at 9p. Sara Jeihooni joins the crew this time around.
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TLC announced the series premiere of Dragnificent!, featuring drag queens as they sprinkle their glitz on people eager for a mega- makeover. The queens help each person reveal the best version of themselves, inside and out, starting in April, 2020.
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Disney+ offered a first look at at Stargirl, an offbeat coming-of-age story based on the best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself drawn to the free-spirited new girl, played by America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal. Stargirl starts streaming March 13.
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Bravo launched a new Vanderpump Rules Snapchat series, featuring the most notable and buzzy moments from each episode.
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The Weather Channel will air a second installment of 2020: Race to Save the Planet, its primetime special featuring conversations with 2020 presidential candidates, politicians, scientists, experts and communities in crisis, with a specific focus on environmental justice, on Saturday, February 1.
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Not anxious enough about November 2020? HBO will air new documentary Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections this March. The film examines the security of US election technology, revealing how unprotected our voting systems are.
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On a lighter note, a new, musical one-hour Arthur special premieres on PBS Kids on Monday, January 20. The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur takes the elephant back to the family farm for his Great-Grand Uncle Theo’s 85th birthday.
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The Nomads, based on the true story about a female African-American teacher who joins forces with a male Caucasian colleague to develop a men’s rugby team in an inner-city school in North Philadelphia, makes its TV premiere on Bounce on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 at 9p.
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Parrot Analytics will honor David Crane and Marta Kauffman, co-creators of Friends, with the Global Iconic Award at the 2nd Annual Global Demand TV Awards taking place on January 21 during the NATPE. The award honors the most in-demand shows of 2019, based on empirical global TV demand data.
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Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ceremony will be broadcast live, May 2 on HBO.
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The Women in Comedy Festival is back for year eleven on Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10 throughout the Greater Boston area. The four-day festival, sponsored by HBO, brings together more than 150 performers and artists to celebrate and showcase women in comedy. “More than ever, we need to hear from female comics, writers, and directors,” said Kelly Edwards, HBO’s SVP of Talent Development. “The Women in Comedy Festival gives them a tremendous platform to be heard.”
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NBC will televise The Road to F9: Fast & Furious Fan Fest on Friday, January 31, at 9p. The hourlong special hosted by Tyrese Gibson and Maria Menounos celebrates Universal Pictures’ upcoming ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious series.
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WE tv’s Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup drew more than 1.2 million total viewers for its January 10 episode in Nielsen Live +3 ratings. WE tv saw ratings growth across all key demos in 2019, including increases of 7% among total viewers, 5% among W18-49, 6% among W25-54, 3% among A18-49, and 4% among A25-54 in Live +3 compared to 2018.
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The midseason return of NBC’s This Is Us on Tuesday drew 6.64 million viewers and 1.4 among A18-49, Tuesday’s top-rated scripted program. ABC’s Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time had a winning 1.9 rating and 13.51 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Oklahoma is closing on Sunday January 19, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/oklahoma/

Slave Play is closing on Sunday January 19, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/slave-play/

A Soldier’s Play with David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood, Jerry O’Connell, and Nnamdi Asomugha (Kerry Washington’s Husband) is opening on Tuesday January 21, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/soldiers-play/


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