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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/12/20)
HISTORY: Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (Premiere) at 11pm
WE TV: Waka & Tammy (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Project Runway (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: Carol’s Second Act (Finale) at 9:30pm
FREEFORM: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Finale) at 8:30pm

ABC renewed Station 19 for a fourth season. Ranking as the #1 program in Thursday’s 8p hour this season among total viewers and A8-49, the firefighter drama is growing its overall audience over its prior season (+9%) to deliver its most-watched season ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a sixth season of Queer Eye, ahead of the makeover series’ season five debut this summer. This time around, the Fab Five will be based in Austin, where they’ll “scour the prairie in a search for a whole new roster of heroes in need of a little TLC.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

After meetings with the French government, health authorities, and city officials from Lille about COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Series Mania Festival (March 20-28), Series Mania Forum (March 25-27), and Lille Dialogues (March 26) have been cancelled….Also off is the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, scheduled for April 18-22, though among the alternatives being considered is an event later in the year….UCLA’s 44th Annual Entertainment Symposium, slated for March 20-21, has been postponed to a later date….NCAA Tournament games will be played with only essential staff and family….National Lampoon musical comedy Lemmings: 21st Century, has been postponed from its scheduled March 14-15 dates in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With companies opting out of events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Interactive Advertising Bureau is adding video-streaming options to members forgoing live and in-person presentations. “Presenters will be able to use your own platforms or domains to host the streamed events, with IAB redirecting users to proprietary domains, or viewers will be able to access the presenter’s content directly through the IAB streamed option,” said the IAB. The organization’s Digital Content NewFront event is slated to take place April 27-May 6 in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among those taking the IAB up on its NewFronts offer are Twitter and YouTube. “We’re excited to embrace this new level of flexibility that the IAB has so thoughtfully laid out for its presenters,” said Twitter. “We’ll share more in the coming weeks.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add The View; Live With Kelly and Ryan; Good Morning America,;Strahan, Sara and Keke; and Tamron Hall to the list of syndicated shows that will tape without a studio audience due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows,” said a Walt Disney Television rep. The Wendy Williams Show, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were already taping without an audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Late night shows will also tape without studio audiences. Starting Monday, March 16, CBS’s The Late Show, NBC’s The Tonight Show and Late Night, TBS’s Full Frontal and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show will forgo the live laughter. (TBS’s Conan was pre-taped.) Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee joked that she’ll do her show in front of a mirror, “which I actually prefer.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production on season 41 of Survivor is delayed, “due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally,” said CBS. While the setting, Fiji, has no reported cases, over 400 crew members would be flying in from over 20 countries, noted Survivor host /exec producer Jeff Probst to his team. Production is set to resume on May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the Dow Jones plunging 5.86%, or 1464 points yesterday, media stocks felt the pain – though most fared better than the overall market. Disney stock slid 5.3%, ViacomCBS dropped 3.5%, and Comcast was down 3%. Among tech stocks, Twitter sank 8.8%, Alphabet fell 5%, Facebook dipped 4.5%, Amazon was down 3.7% and Apple fell 3.5%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen greenlit three new true crime shows. Exhumed, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milogo Productions, focuses on murder cases in which unearthing the body helps solve the crime; The Jane Doe Murders, from MY Entertainment, uses new technology to identify bodies; and special The Case Died With Us, from BuzzFeed News and Pulse Films, explores a case involving a woman in her 30s who died after bringing charges against Jim Wilder for sexually inappropriate behavior when she was a minor. Injustice with Nancy Grace was renewed for season two.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime gave a pilot order for drama series American Gigolo, starring Jon Bernthal (Ford v Ferrari, The Walking Dead) and written and directed by Emmy nominee David Hollander (Ray Donovan). Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1980 film starring Richard Gere, will executive produce along with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Bernthal also serves as a producer. Paramount Television Studios is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom International Studios UK is producing The Story of Songs for Reelz. Ten-parter is based on ABBA: Secrets of Their Greatest Songs, a documentary Viacom International Studios produced for Channel 5 last year. “We’re excited to work with Viacom International Studios on The Story of the Songs which we believe will strike a chord with our viewers who crave real stories about legendary celebrities and entertainers,” said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at Reelz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sci-fi and fantasy magazine Heavy Metal and DIGA Studios, a content studio and production company owned by Allyance Media Group, are teaming to bring original Heavy Metal content to film, television, podcasts and more. Both parties will develop new stories that contain the Heavy Metal brand’s attitude, while also mining Heavy Metal’s 40 years’ worth of library content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The race for undersea treasure is back when Bering Sea Gold returns to Discovery on Wednesday, April 1 at 9p. Ahead of the premiere comes a Bering Sea Gold catch-up special, March 25 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Deadly Recall returns to ID on Wednesday, April 15 at 10p. Season two will include six of Det. Postiglione’s most well-known cases, including the murder of an NFL star, a triple homicide steps from a college campus, and the unknowing discovery of two serial killers on the loose.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All Access animated variety news series, Tooning Out the News, will launch on Monday, March 16 in the U.S. and Canada. Series is exec produced by Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht of The Late Show, and RJ Fried and Tim Luecke from Our Cartoon President.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Court TV’s OJ25 series will look back at defense attorney F. Lee Bailey’s grilling of Detective Mark Fuhrman during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, along with new interviews with both about the explosive exchange, tonight, March 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of PBS’s Nature kick off Wednesday, April 1 at 8p (check local listings) with “Cuba’s Wild Revolution,” featuring the likes of jumping crocodiles, tiny hummingbirds and bat-eating boas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justin Bieber will perform at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020, taking place Sunday, March 22 at 7:30p. Chance the Rapper is hosting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Bauer (The Deuce), Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.), and James Harrison (S.W.A.T.) have been cast as series regulars in Starz’ Heels, set in the world of small-town wrestling…Scott Foley (Scandal) landed a lead role in Fox ballet comedy pilot The Big Leap… Erin Richards (Gotham) will star opposite Gina Torres and Katherine Reis in ABC Dracula drama pilot The Brides.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peter Weber’s waffling was a ratings win for ABC, as Part 2 of The Bachelor finale delivered 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.4/12 Nielsen rating among A18-49. It was the reality show’s most-watched telecast in four years, matching its highest rating in three years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMás’ Enamorándonos increased its audience week-to-week among A18-34 (+5% to 143,000) while averaging 715,000 Total Viewers 2+ and 344,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carol’s Second Act on CBS topped TVision’s February ranking for ad viewability among new broadcast episodes, while HGTV’s House Hunters International was #1 in cable.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Six is opening on Thursday March 12, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/six/

The Minutes is opening on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/minutes/

The Inheritance – Part 1 is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance/

The Inheritance – Part 2 is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance-part-2/

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/riverdance-25th-anniversary-show/

A Soldier’s Play is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/soldiers-play/


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