FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 11/23/20)
CW: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Premiere) at 8pm
FX: Black Narcissus (Premiere) at 8pm 
QUIBI: Thanks a Million (Premiere)
QUIBI: This Joka (Premiere)
ABC: Dancing With the Stars (Finale) at 8pm

ViacomCBS is adopting a hybrid work model that calls for about 70% of its employees to work at least partly at home, according to a memo from CEO Bob Bakish. In addition to providing teams with “greater flexibility, and create a more balanced and engaging experience,” noted Bakish, the approach will “enable us to reduce our real estate footprint and keep costs controlled.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Over at Fox Corp., the company delayed its target date for reopening offices from January to no earlier than April 2021. CEO Lachlan Murdoch also told employees that as a gesture of appreciation, Fox was extending its coverage of insurance premiums for full-time employees through 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

T-Mobile’s TVision is adding 33 channels from AMC Networks, Crown Media, Discovery and ViacomCBS, currently in its $10/month Vibe bundle, to its more expensive tiers. The networks come at no additional cost, in what T-Mobile described as limited-time “holideals.” The move puts it in compliance with content distribution agreements that stipulate that any channel in a provider’s entry-level tier must be carried on higher tiers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

President-elect Joe Biden will have control of the Twitter and Facebook @POTUS account on January 20. “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts,” said a Twitter spokesperson. Not that Trump won’t have a voice on the platform. While @POTUS has 32.8 million followers, Trump’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, has 88.9 million – though post-presidency he will no longer qualify for the exemption that flags tweets that are policy violations, rather than removing them.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CW’s “Black Lightning,” the first DC superhero series with a Black lead, will end with its upcoming fourth season. “When we first started the ‘Black Lighting’ journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre,” said executive producer/showrunner Salim Akil. “The love that Blerds and all comic book fans around the globe have shown this series over the past three seasons proved what we imagined: Black people want to see themselves in all their complexities.” Akil will oversee a planted spin-off of series, “Painkiller.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TikTok and Horizon Media are teaming for a deal that calls for them to share data and analytics to provide “white glove services” for Horizon clients. The partnership will enable Horizon Media to give clients real-time feedback on product updates and launches, campaign strategy and execution support and strategic counsel. Horizon Media’s Blue Hour Studios will manage ViacomCBS and Fox Corp. extend work-from-home plans creative strategy around clients’ activatioms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A contestant from TBS competition show “Wipeout” died last week after going into cardiac arrest following completion of an obstacle course. The contestant was treated on-site, then transported to the hospital, where he died. “We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family,” said a TBS spokesperson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Actors’ Equity Association, representing stage actors and managers, and SAG-AFTRA, which represents actors in TV and film, reached an agreement aimed at making it easier for theaters shuttered during the pandemic to stream productions. The terms of the deal called for Equity to cover work recorded for digital distribution that replaces or supplements a live audience. Normally, streaming work would fall under SAG-AFTRA’s purview.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WWE and Credit One Bank are partnering for a deal that includes a themed credit card and benefits. The partnership “will provide exciting opportunities for WWE fans and Credit One card members,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “We are confident the WWE Universe will enjoy the offerings we are creating as part of this integrated campaign.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO handed a series order to the drama “The Last of Us,” based on the PlayStation video game. Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”), Neil Druckmann (“The Last of Us” and “Uncharted” video game franchises), and Carolyn Strauss (“Chernobyl” and “Game of Thrones”) are executive producers along with Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells and PlayStation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan. Written by Mazin and Druckmann, the series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, and Naughty Dog produce.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

HBO Max picked up a docu-series from rapper Nicki Minaj. Each episode of the six-parter will follow her personal and professional journeys. Michael John Warren (“Fade to Black”) is directing; executive producers are Minaj, Warren and Aaron L. Gilbert, Brenda Gilbert and Cassandra Butcher for BRON Life, Irving Azoff, Tommy Bruce, in association with Creative Wealth Media. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Bros. Television Group has signed an overall deal with author, human rights activist, and filmmaker Kimberly Latrice Jones (co-author of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight). Jones will collaborate with WBTVG to develop and produce original programming for all platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s new Tina Fey/Robert Carlock comedy “Mr. Mayor,” starring Ted Danson as a retired businessman who becomes the mayor of LA, will premiere Thursday, January 7 at 8p, with “Superstore” moving to 8:30p. Season two of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” moves from Sundays to Tuesdays, with its premiere on January 5 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paranormal investigators Amy Bruni, Adam Berry and psychic medium Chip Coffey face hauntings “unlike anything they’ve seen yet” in the new 10-episode season of “Kindred Spirits,” premiering Saturday, January 2 at 10p on Travel Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s “Walking With Elephants” follows the journey of thousands of elephants on their annual migration across Botswana. The three-hour event premieres Tuesday, December 15 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Maybe this will make 2020 look good: Nat Geo explores doomed areas in “Atlas of Cursed Places.” First up: the Bermuda Triangle, on Monday December 1 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts sports franchise Combate Americas and Snap announced an extension of their partnership for “Combate Americas,” which has been renewed for an additional 10 weekly episodes to air on Snapchat through January 2021. Since premiering in June, “Combate Americas” has reached more than 2.6 million unique viewers. “It has been great working with Snap, which is committed to bringing its young, multicultural audience diverse voices and engaging content that resonates,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Food Network’s “Supermarket Stakeout” launches Tuesday, December 29 at 10p. Each episode features four chefs negotiating for items out of customers’ carts, then whipping up food in a pop-up kitchen set-up. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

NowThis closed out its coverage of the 2020 election cycle with a week of live coverage that racked up 236 million views across platforms and garnered 35 million engagements. NowThis also registered 45,000 viewers on Snapchat.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eddie Murphy film “Coming 2 America,” originally slated for theatrical release on December 8, will instead debut on Amazon on March 5. Amazon landed the film in a $125 million rights deal with Paramount Pictures.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s 7 Night Thanksgiving Movie Event kicks off tonight, November 23, offering new original holiday films seven nights in a row. The stunt’s movie lineup includes “Heart of the Holidays” tonight, followed by“A Christmas Tree Grows in Colorado” (November 24), “Good Morning Christmas!” (November 25), “Christmas by Starlight” (November 26), “Five Star Christmas” (November 27), “Christmas Waltz” (November 28), and “If I Only Had Christmas,” all airing at 8p. “Now more than ever, audiences are seeking positivity, warmth, and all of the things that our signature holiday programming provides,” Michelle Vicary, EVP Programming & Network Program Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks, tells Cynopsis. “Thanksgiving week is when people truly look to connect, reflect, and spend time with loved ones, and we look forward to bringing these new stories into the homes of our viewers during the most wonderful time of the year.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! is kicking off the holiday season with a three-day “30 Rock-in’ Around the Christmas Tree” marathon weekend. The full “30 Rock” series library will air on E! from Friday, November 27 through Sunday, November 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Holiday episode (and funny title) alert: TLC’s “Dr. Pimple Popper: Season’s Squeezings” premieres Monday, December 21 at 9p, followed at 10p by “My Feet Are Killing Me: Under the Mistletoes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season premiere of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, which featured the surprise appearance of Patrick Dempsey as Derek, had its largest Live+SD to Live+3 increase among total viewers since the 2015 episode that included Derek’s death. The episode added 3.09 million viewers, for a total of 9.1 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The “Space Launch Live” event reached 3.91 million total viewers across Discovery and Science. Discovery’s coverage of the liftoff (7:26p-7:38p) was Sunday’s #2 unscripted cable telecast among M25-54 and the #3 unscripted cable telecast among P25-54. During the liftoff time period, Discovery was cable’s #1 network among P25-54. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Food Network’s “Candy Land” posted double-digit gains above the prior six-weeks (+73%) and year-ago (+87%) with Live+3 ratings of .9 P25-54, 1.2 W25-54, the network’s highest- rated series premiere since March 2019. The premiere reached more than 3 million P2+ viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s telecast of the 21st annual Latin Grammy Awards reached 5.7 million total viewers. From 8p-11p, the show averaged 2.1 million total viewers, 931,000 among A18-49 and 421,000 among A18-34. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv’s “Love After Lockup” concluded the second half of its third season scoring its highest rated half season in series history, averaging nearly 1.3 million total viewers per episode and growing +15% among W18-49, +13% among wW25-54, +12% among A25-54, and +12% among total viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/producer Charlie Hauck died November 14 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. He was 79. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Hauck wrote for “Maude,” “Frasier” and “Home Improvement,” among others, and created “Valerie.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Television executive Herbert F. Solow died November 19. He was 89. Among his accomplishments during a long career, Solow helped develop and sell “Star Trek” to NBC, and held executive jobs at CBS, NBC, Desilu, Paramount and MGM.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer Lance Heflin died November 15. He was 67. Heflin is best known for his work on “48 Hours” and “America’s Most Wanted.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

2020 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/1208691/american-music-awards-2020-see-the-complete-list-of-winners

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Freaky – $1.2 million
The War with Grandpa – $733.1K
Let Him Go – $710K
Come Play – $550K
The Santa Clause – $461K
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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