FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/5/20)
NBC: Decision 2020: Joe Biden Town Hall (Premiere) at 8pm
AMC: Soulmates (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: One Day at a Time (Premiere) at 9pm
BYU TV: Studio C (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Missing (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: Tell Me More With Kelly Corrigan (Premiere) at 9pm
QUIBI: Expecting (Premiere)
TLC: HEA Strikes Back! (Premiere) at 9pm
VICE:  Fringe Nation (Premiere) at 10pm
YOU TUBE: How to Be: Behzinga (Premiere) at 12pm

Peacock is launching two original news shows, featuring Mehdi Hasan and Zerlina Maxwell, today, October 5. The Mehdi Hasan Show and Zerlina will run on Peacock’s news commentary channel, The Choice. “News is a key differentiator for Peacock and we’re excited to bring more original and popular news programming to the platform,” said Jen Brown, SVP of Topical Programming and Development for Peacock. “We will continue to expand news content on Peacock with a focus on aggregating varied perspectives and diverse voices.” 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about whether the FCC can change US media ownership rules. A lower court has prevented the commission’s attempts to revise the rules since 2003, including eliminating a ban on cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in the same market, and making it easier for media companies to buy additional TV stations in the same market. The FCC argued in 2003 that ownership rules “no longer reflect current market realities.”
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Sinclair Group named Jan Jeffcoat as main anchor of its headline news service set to launch in early 2021. Jeffcoat most recently anchored WUSA Washington, and launched and hosted Scripps magazine show, The List. Sinclair said Jeffcoat will provide “accurate news that doesn’t just say what the headlines are, but gives viewers an in-depth look into why each headline matters.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks has launched a nonpartisan voter awareness campaign leading up to the 2020 election with a series of on-air and social spots, partnerships with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote and the Civic Alliance, and more. The campaign provides a custom voting information and registration portal through its partnership with When We All Vote. Voter engagement spots will air across AMC, IFC and SundanceTV, as well as across social channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dish and Cox Media averted a blackout of 18 local stations, at least until October 8, as carriage negotiations got an extension. The stations were initially dropped in January, but Dish and Cox called a temporary truce in March due to the pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After Chris Christie, who appeared as part of ABC’s post-debate coverage, tested positive for COVID-19, ABC said any staffers who came in close contact with him would self-isolate for 14 days. Christie sat spaced apart from George Stephanopoulos, Rahm Emanuel, Linsey Davis, Yvette Simpson and Sarah Fagan; Stephanopoulos, Emanuel and Simpson have all tweeted they have tested negative for the coronavirus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story has been greenlit by Netflix. The limited series, slated to begin production in January, dramatizes instances in which the serial killer was nearly apprehended.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Matt Olmstead, showrunner of NBC’s upcoming spinoff, Law & Order: Organized Crime has stepped down, according to the Hollywood Reporter. While NBC announced in June the show would air Thursdays at 10p as part of its fall schedule, an exact date was never announced, due to production challenges during the health crisis. The show is still expected to premiere this season, though likely later than initially planned. Olmstead will continue to develop via his overall deal with Universal TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cameras follow a team of archaeologists as they excavate an ancient necropolis, undisturbed for over four thousand years, in Tomb Hunters, greenlit by Smithsonian Channel. The four-part series is slated to premiere in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV has commissioned British crime drama Whitstable Pearl with Acorn Media Enterprises, from Buccaneer Media. Based on the novels by Julie Wassmer (EastEnders), the six-part series will feature Kerry Godliman (After Life) in the lead role. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) sold an animated comedy project to Fox, inspired by his years growing up in a working class town in Maryland. The studio is Fox Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stand-up series Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready was renewed for season two on Netflix. Comedians onboard this time around include Godfrey (Our Cartoon President), Tony Woods, Barbara Carlyle (Apollo Comedy Hour), Erin Jackson (Conan), Kimberly Clark (Last Comic Standing), and Dean Edwards (SNL).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) has joined the cast of Netflix’s Jingle Jangle: A Christman Journey. The live-action film launches on November 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove) will star opposite her daughter, Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon), in Netflix dramedy Maid, inspired by Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. Shouldn’t be too much of a stretch – MacDowell will play Qualley’s mother.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The pandemic gave miners added incentive to head for the gold fields of Oregon, so in the new season Gold Rush, seasoned gold miners are joined by greenhorns as the price of the precious metal spikes to record highs. Discovery’s #1 series returns Friday, October 23 with a two-hour premiere at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Unleashed, a comedic animal acts competition hosted by Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, premieres Thursday, October 22 at 7p on Nickelodeon. Peyton List (Cobra Kai), Preacher Lawson (America’s Got Talent) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Brittany Runs a Marathon) serve as judges.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season seven of Braxton Family Values debuts on WE tv on Thursday, November 5 at 9p. WE tv promises “the family’s biggest surprise.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Step right up! Crime tied to carnivals is explored in ID limited series Killer Carnies, premiering Monday, October 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Snoopy Show, a series from Apple TV+’s partnership with Peanuts and Wildbrain, launches February 5, 2021. The animated show will consist of three, seven-minute cartoons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy-winning season six of Schitt’s Creek dropped early on Netflix. The CBC/Pop TV comedy was supposed to be released on the streamer October 7, but arrived a few days early, on October 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 31 of The Simpsons has landed on Disney+. The latest season joins over 600 episodes of the show streaming on the service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCLX, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ new TV and OTT network aimed at viewers age 18-45, is now available on the Roku platform. The network’s reach includes mobile, online, linear TV, cable, and dMVPD platform users. NBCLX made its debut as a digital news brand in September 2019 and as a linear/streaming network on June 1, 2020 with the launch of LX News, a live news program that airs Monday to Fridays across OTT, mobile, linear and cable platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Bill Burr is set to host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Ocober 10, with Wallen as musican guest. Issa Rae (Insecure) will host October 17, with musical guest Justin Bieber.
(Source: Cynopsis)

O.J. & Nicole: An American Tragedy premieres tonight, October 5 at 10p on ID, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the verdict in the trial of the century. What should viewers expect? “Our ID viewers will have the opportunity for the first time, ever, to hear one of the most important voices of the O.J. Simpson trial, the voice of Nicole Brown,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “With never-before-seen journals and family home videos, we aim to humanize the woman who for so long was treated as a mere accessory to what has been called ‘The Trial of the Century’. Indeed, the 25th anniversary of this historic verdict, should serve to further remind us of the true impact of this case – the prevalence of domestic violence in our society, even today.” 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Zemeckis film The Witches will premiere on HBO Max on Thursday, October 22, ahead of its release in theaters internationally beginning October 28. The movie is a reimagining of the Raold Dahl story. “We are thrilled to be able to use our platform to deliver timely, relevant and engaging new content during this time when the theatrical experience is not available to everyone,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kabillion and Kabillion Girls Rule will celebrate Halloween with themed episodes throughout October, including Angry Birds, Monster High, Sabrina and more. Since October is also National Bullying Prevention Month, the platforms will also air special programing throughout the month to help shine a light on that issue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s season two premiere of Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet on September 27 at 9p broke into cable TV’s Top 10 (#7) in its time period among total viewers P2+ with more than 1.038 million viewers. Preceding the premiere was a Dr. Jeff special episode at 8p that was #6 among total viewers, with 1.014 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science scored its highest-rated third quarter ever, including its highest-rated July, August, and September ever, across both Prime & Total Day among W25-54. Discovery Inc. sib Cooking Channel delivered its highest-rated 3Q in network history among P25-54 in Prime (+6% YOY) and Total Day (+1% YOY).
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC claimed another #1 ranking in primetime ad supported cable (including news/sports) with W25-54/18-49/18-34 in 3Q20 and year to date. Due in part to the strength of 90 Day Fiancé franchise, TLC also ranked #1 on Sunday and Monday Nights on All of TV with W25-54/18-49/18-34 (including news/sports). 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Universal Kids reports 3Q20 was its best quarter 2.5 years among total viewers and in 2 years among K2-5. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Tenet – $2.7 million
Hocus Pocus – $1.9 million
The New Mutants – $1 million
Unhinged – $870K
Infidel – $455K
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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