FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/5/20)
CIRCLE NETWORK: Craig’s World (Premiere) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: Vegas Chef Prizefight (Premiere) at 10pm
FX: Better Things (Premiere) at 10pm
FXX: Cake (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: My Murder Story (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: The Busch Family Brewed (Premiere) at 9pm
UP TV: Bringing Up Bates (Premiere) at 7pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Finale) at 9pm

Fox News was the first network to cancel its upfront event, scheduled for March 24. “In a precautionary effort to keep our employees, client and agency partners safe, we have determined that it would be best to cancel our upcoming event in New York based on public health concerns due to Coronavirus,” said Jeff Collins, EVP of Fox News Media Advertising Sales. The news came one day after Disney+ canceled its European press launch event over coronavirus concerns. The annual Google I/O developers conference and Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference, both scheduled for May in California, had also been canceled; Adobe’s Summit event in Las Vegas will be hosted online.
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No Cannes do: Amid France’s coronavirus outbreak, Reed Midem canceled TV market MIPTV 2020, slated for March 30-April 2. Also canceled are MIPDocs and MIPformats, scheduled for March 28-29. Canneseries has been moved to October 12-15, where it will run with MIPCOM. “In the current context, many of our clients have expressed concerns about travelling at this time. Rescheduling MipTV in the coming months is not feasible, so the most appropriate course of action is to cancel MipTV for 2020,” said Reed Midum.
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As far as the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on ViacomCBS, “The broader media industry on a relative basis is probably less exposed that other sectors and ViacomCBS is less exposed relative to some of its competitors,” said CEO Bob Bakish at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. Bakish also said the company has plans to sell its Simon & Schuster publishing unit, which “does not have a significant connection for our broader business.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The shows will go on at SXSW, at least for now, despite the withdrawals of Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and more. “It’s important for us to remember at this stage that we’re actively evaluating mass gatherings on a daily basis,” said Mark Escott, interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health. “Right now there’s no evidence that closing South by Southwest or other activities is going to make this community safer. We’re constantly monitoring that situation.” Event is slated to place March 13-22 in Austin.
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Tavis Smiley will have to pay PBS at least $1.5 million after a jury found he breached a morals clause in his contract by having affairs with subordinates. PBS suspended Smiley’s late night show in 2017 after receiving a complaint. “We are pleased with the jury’s decision,” a PBS spokesperson said. “PBS expects our producing partners to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect. It was important for us to ensure that the courageous women who came forward were able to share their stories and that we continue to uphold the values and standards of our organization.” Smiley said his contract did not forbid sexual relationships and he never showed favoritism, but an investigation by PBS concluded women felt coerced into sexual conduct, and some believe they faced retaliation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A federal judge tossed presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s lawsuit against Google over a several-hour suspension of her Google Ads account. While Gabbard claimed Google violated her right to free speech, Google countered that the suit should be dismissed since it isn’t the government, and therefore should not be bound by the First Amendment’s prohibition on censoring political speech. (Google also said the suspension occurred because its automated anti-fraud system flagged unusual activity, not for any reason tied to politics.) Noted U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson, “Google is not now, nor (to the Court’s knowledge) has it ever been, an arm of the United States government.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sci-fi series The Rook did not make it to season two on Starz. Rook’s first season averaged 225,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Media fund New Slate Ventures optioned the rights to Den of Thieves, from journalist James B. Stewart. Screenwriter Terence Winter is set to adapt the 1992 book about the insider trading scandal that downed Drexel Burham into a limited series. Fudge and Alexandra Milchan will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Karin Gist (mixed-ish) inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, as she launches her new production company, The Gist Of It Productions. Claire Brown will serve as EVP of Production and Development. “Karin is a rock star creator and showrunner who gives every project her whole heart, and when she told us she wanted to form The Gist of It with Claire and expand her development efforts even further, we couldn’t get the words ‘yes please’ out quickly enough,” said Carolyn Cassidy, President of Creative Affairs for 20th.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ greenlit Parenting Without Borders (wt), a docu-series starring and exec produced by Jessica Alba, reports Deadline. Travel show will follow Alba as she explored parenting beliefs and practices around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series Stargirl premieres on DC Universe on Monday, May 11, then makes its linear debut on The CW on Tuesday, May 12 at 9p. Also on The CW, the seventh and final season of The 100 launches Wednesday, May 20 at 8p, and In the Dark starts season two on Thursday, May 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of soccer docu-series Sunderland ‘Til I Die is set to drop on Netflix on April 1. The six-episode second run of the show will focus on the 2018-19 season of Sunderland FC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s The Challenger: Total Madness kicks off Wednesday, April 1 at 8p. The reality show’s 35th season follows The Challenge: Total Madness, which scored the franchise’s highest premiere in six years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s DRAGNIFICENT! settles into its regular timeslot on Monday, April 20 at 10p, after its debut on Sunday, April 19 at 11p.
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March premieres on Snap include season three of Endless Summer on Saturday, March 7; the series debut of mockumentary Get Money on Friday, March 20; and the series premiere of docu-series Nikita Unfiltered, following transgender beauty mogul Nikita Dragun, on Saturday, March 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of twisty drama Blood starts rolling out on Acorn TV on Monday, March 9.
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Court TV is covering the murder trial of Robert Durst, the subject of HBO doc Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. It’s the second Durst murder trial to be covered by the net – the original Court TV covered Durst’s 2003 trial for murdering and dismembering a neighbor, a crime for which he was acquitted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX has acquired its first documentary feature film, AKA Jane Roe. Doc tells the story of Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on abortion rights. AKA Jane Roe will premiere Friday, May 22 at 9p on FX and be available the next day on FX on Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Masters showcases stories of little-known American heroines with Unladylike2020, a multimedia series launching in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Narrated by Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma), American Masters – Unladylike2020 spotlights 26 diverse changemakers in documentary shorts premiering Wednesdays, beginning March 4 through August 26, Women’s Equality Day, on the American Masters YouTube Channel. An hour-long American Masters – Unladylike2020 special will premiere as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Fourth Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina airs Sunday, April 5 at 12:30p. John O’Hurley and David Frei return to co-host the canine competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT and TBS are marking International Women’s Day on March 8 with the Yes She Did campaign, a multi-platform day-long activation utilizing a curated programming lineup that starts at 6a with a block of Friends episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kim Fields (Facts of Life) landed a lead role opposite Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps in Netflix comedy The Upshaws…Christopher Lloyd (Taxi) will guest on an episode of CBS’s NCIS, as a 95-year-old former Navy sailor…Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) has joined the season two cast of Epix drama Pennyworth…Starz announced Hailey Gilgore (The Village) has been cast in Power Book III: Raising Kanan …Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) is onboard Fox drama pilot The Cleaning Lady, based on the Argentinian series…Emayatzy (Ballers) has been cast in NBC ensemble drama pilot At That Age.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On a new night and time – Friday at 8p –Shark Tank posted ABC’s best performance in the hour with entertainment programming in nearly 2 ½ years, with 5.0 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live+3 numbers in. Among A18-49 the show delivered a rating of 0.9/6, the best in 16 months.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The current season of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible has reached over 20 million viewers and is on track to be the series’ highest-rated since 2013, with premieres growing ratings 45% versus year-ago for P25-54 in its Thursday timeslot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Girl From The North Country is opening on Thursday March 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/girl-north-from-the-country/

The Lehman Trilogy is starting previews on Saturday March 7, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/lehman-trilogy/

Mrs. Doubtfire is starting previews on Monday March 9, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/mrs-doubtfire/

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is starting previews on Tuesday March 10, 2020
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/riverdance-25th-anniversary-show/


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