FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/23/20)
ABC: Station 19 (Premiere) at 8pm
AXS TV: The Very VERY Best of the 70’s (Premiere) at 8:30pm
COURT TV: OJ25 (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Outmatched (Premiere) at 8:30pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Premiere) at 9pm
REELZ: Inside The Mind of a Serial Killer (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Perfect Harmony (Finale) at 9:30pm
OXYGEN: An Unexpected Killer (Finale) at 8pm

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media Family Networks, is leaving the company after 11 years, effective tomorrow. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success,” said Mike Perry, President and CEO of Hallmark Cards, which owns Crown Media. While no reason was given for the exit of Abbott, who saw Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming propel the network up the ratings chart, last month, Hallmark drew criticism for pulling a Zola.com ad featuring a same-sex couple. Days later, Perry issued an apology and reversed the decision. Perry said he will begin a search for Abbott’s replacement. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team,” Perry added. “In a time when there is immense competition among television networks and streaming services, it is more important than ever that we find relevant new ways to grow our business and continue to produce high quality programming that resonates with our growing audience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal is flying high over streaming service Peacock. “Peacock can transcend the generations because we’re providing content for everyone,” said Laura Molen, President of Ad Sales and Partnerships for NBCU, at NATPE. Comcast reports its 4Q19 earnings this morning; the streaming service, with a tiered subscription model, launches April 15 for Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers, and nationwide July 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor and managing editor David Muir and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis will moderate The Democratic Debate in New Hampshire on Friday, February 7 at 8p on ABC. They’ll be joined by WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV news anchor Monica Hernandez. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from the debate hall in Manchester on Thursday, February 6, and Friday; Stephanopoulos will anchor GMA and anchor Byron Pitts will anchor Nightline from Manchester on Friday. ABC News is partnering with Apple News and Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV for the event.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Supreme Court refused to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that allows Illinois residents to sue the social media giant. Facebook is accused of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act with its facial-recognition software. Facebook argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed since Illinois residents weren’t harmed by its photo-tagging function.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation, citing the former presidential candidate’s saying in October, on the podcast Campaign HQ, that a candidate assumed to be Gabbard is “the favorite of the Russians” and being groomed to be a third-party candidate. Gabbard “has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks,” said her lawyer. Gabbard is seeking $50 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producers and entrepreneurs L.C. Crowley and Brandon Barr, along with animator and VFX artist Grzegorz Jonkajtys, announced the launch of Trioscope Studios, dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation. The LA- based studio will be developing original dramatic content as well as adapting and producing third party intellectual property. Crowley will serve as CEO with Barr as Chief Content Officer and Jonkajtys as Chief Creative Officer. Joining them is Brian Lavin, SVP of Development.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a pilot order to Harlem’s Kitchen, an ensemble family drama set in a restaurant in Harlem. Project comes from writer Zahir McGhee (For the People), Mandeville Television and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT has put into development Liars Club, reports Deadline. The dramedy/thriller about a woman living two very different lives comes from Amy Rutberg (Daredevil), Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey’s Touchy Feely Films, Christopher Silber (NCIS: New Orleans) and CBS Television Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In development at Amazon is a series based on James Patterson’s best-selling Alex Cross novels. Project comes from Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV Studios has sold a range of scripted content to the US. Brassic, Sky’s highest-rating comedy in seven years, has been acquired by Hulu; Gold Digger, a character-driven relationship thriller, is headed to Acorn TV; and new comedy drama The Trouble with Maggie Cole, which delves into what happens when idle gossip escalates out of control, has been picked up by PBS Distribution. ITV has also teamed with BritBox North America to co-produce the up-coming six-part mystery series McDonald & Dodds, about a pair of mismatched police detectives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns for its final 12 episodes on Disney+ on Friday, February 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Strange email messages following the disappearance of Christopher Smith led to the revelation that his business partner, Edward Shin, had murdered him, then covered it up. A two-hour 20/20 broadcast on Friday January 24 at 9p, and multipart podcast, tell the story of how authorities connected the dots to get Shin sent to prison for life. Podcast starts Thursday, February 27, with new episodes posting every Thursday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

She’s the boss: Judith Light (Transparent) will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 19 in NYC. Lilly Singh, openly bisexual executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will serve as host of the Awards; Ryan Murphy will receive the Vito Russo Award.
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On the series finale of ID’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Detective Kenda is called in to investigate a triple homicide and discovers one of his most personally brutal murders to date. Titled “The End,” the episode airs Wednesday, January 29 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Paramount Network’s Army medic drama 68 Whiskey delivered 2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, making it the most-watched cable drama series debut since November 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tuesday debut of Univision’s Rubí reached nearly 3 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the one-hour premiere. Rubi averaged 1.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 749,000 A18-49 and 256,000 A18-34. On Sunday, the second telecast of Univision reality series Mira Quien Baila All Stars averaged 1.9 million total viewers 2+, 679,000 A18-49 and 257,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The January 17 episode of WE tv spin-off After Lockup: Life After Lockup was the highest performing episode for the series among A5-54 and total viewers, and also achieved season high ratings across all key demos, including W18-49, W25-54, A25-54 and total viewers. The most recent episode garnered more than 1.3 million viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings and also grew its ratings across all key demos.
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Nickelodeon’s animated series It’s Pony was the net’s biggest animated series launch since 2018’s The Adventures of Kid Danger, posting double-digit gains over last year with Kids 2-11 (2.1/453,000, up +24%) and Kids 6-11 (1.9/250,000, +27%).

In syndication news, freshman The Kelly Clarkson Show climbed 20% in the target W25-54 demo the week of January 6 and extended its winning streak among the season’s newcomers to 18 weeks, despite being one of the shows negatively affected by coverage in the aftermath of Iran’s missile strike on US bases in Iraq. Meanwhile, the top entertainment magazines nabbed big rating increases following the Golden Globe Awards on January 5. Entertainment Tonight (new season high 3.0, up 20%) claimed sole possession of first place among magazines with its strongest Nielsens since the week of March 11, overtaking Inside Edition (2.9, up 16%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story on Saturday ranked as the #1 telecast across television with W25-54, drawing 2 million total viewers, 776,000 A25-54 and 538,000 W25-54, according to Nielsen. It was Lifetime’s best movie premiere since Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance in May 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMás achieved double-digit year-over-year audience growth during primetime the week of January 13 among Total Viewers 2+ (+73% to 556,000), A18-49 (+93% to 264,000) and A18-34 (+70% to 109,000), marking the thirteenth consecutive week of audience growth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Author and actor Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died at age 77. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. “He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have,” said Monty Python member Michael Palin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sheldon Cooper, former GM of Chicago’s WGN-Channel 9 and founding President of Tribune Entertainment died of obstructive pulmonary disease on January 19. He was 93. “Sheldon was a pioneer, bringing talent such as Mike Douglas and Phil Donahue to the Chicago market,” said Paul Rennie, VP and GM of WGN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer/showrunner David Valentine Osper died December 30 of cancer. He was 47. Known for work on shows like Road Rules, Storage Hunters and Ancient Aliens, Osper most recently served as Vice President, Unscripted Development at MTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) will play Matt Drudge in FX limited series American Crime Story: Impeachment…Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) landed the lead in HBO Max pilot DMZ, based on the DC comic book series…Johnny Flynn (Beast) will star with Andrew Scott in Showtime drama Ripley, based on the Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Grand Horizons with James Cromwell, Jane Alexander, Michael Urie and Ben McKenzie is opening on Thursday January 23, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/grand-horizons/


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