FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/19/21)
ACORN TV: Midsomer Murders (Premiere)
AMC: The Secrets She Keeps (Premiere) at 10pm
BYU TV: The Parker Andersons (Premiere) at 7pm
BYU TV: Amelia Parker (Premiere) at 7:30pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: Doing the Most with Phoebe Robinson (Premiere) at 11pm
ID: Web of Lies (Premiere) at 9pm
TBS: American Dad (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: VH1 Couples Retreat (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: Black Ink Crew (Premiere) at 10pm
YOU TUBE: Instruments of Peace: Faith on the Frontlines (Premiere) at 9am

Over 7% of US households took out a new SVOD subscription in the first quarter of 2021, with subs reaching 241 million, according to Kantar data. HBO Max was the leader in new US subscribers (excluding free services and including bundles) with 14.4%, followed by 13.2% for Amazon Prime Video, 11.8% for Paramount+, 11.6% for Disney+, 10.6% for Hulu, 8.5% for Netflix, 7.7% for discovery+, 5.6% for Apple TV+ and 4.7% for Peacock. Peacock Free and Tubi led in AVOD increases. The growth of discovery+ was “impressive,” noted the report, given its narrower focus, while Paramount+ added subs as it successfully rebranded from CBS All Access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Considerable precautions are being taken to keep participants in the Academy Awards Show safe, assured Oscars show producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher, and Steven Soderbergh on Saturday. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be integrated into the April 25 three-hour ceremony – and it doesn’t hurt that Soderbergh and Sher produced the 2011 film “Contagion.” “We are really lucky that we got to make this film together 10 years ago…and got to know some of the leading epidemiologists in the world,” said Sher. “They have been involved, and advising us.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Going to pot: Companies in the cannabis industry have spent $32.7 million in ad space across print, digital and national TV so far 2021, according to MediaRadar. That’s up 118% from 1Q20. The largest increase in spend was in TV, where 2021 saw an increase of over 2000% YoY, from $111,000 in 2020 to $3.1 million in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Writers Guild of America reached a settlement with CBS over residuals for 62 shows added to CBS All Access (now rebranded to Paramount+). The network will pay $3.4 million, an amount “that not only appropriately values the license fees for the programming you’ve written, but also included interest for the late payment,” the WGA told members.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix anime series “Castlevania,” based on a video game, will end with season four, but it’s not the end of the world – the streamer is looking at launching a new series set in the same universe. The new season premieres Thursday, May 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill requiring internet providers to cap fees to low-income families for broadband access at $15/month. “You need a broadband service if you are going to be able to get an education, to access government services, to contact your family,” said Cuomo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Sports commentator Joe Buck will reportedly take a swing at guest hosting “Jeopardy!” this summer. A petition has also been gaining traction calling for “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton to permanently fill the void left by the late, great Alex Trebek.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” actor Dominic Purcell changed his tune on Saturday, after posting that he was leaving the show after upcoming season six and “the studio does not care.” Later in the day, he wrote, “Do I have a beef with the studio at @warnerbrostv NO! Yes, I said they don’t care. That’s not correct of course they do.” Purcell also said he would recur on season seven of the CW superhero drama; season six launches Sunday, May 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Africa Channel is now available to Xfinity TV customers in 60 new markets, and also via the Xfinity Stream app. “We feel that showcasing diverse content through the prism of contemporary Africa plays a seminal role in building cultural bridges, while connecting Black Americans to their heritage,” said Narendra Reddy, EVP and General Manager of TAC. “We are particularly excited to partner with Comcast in their commitment to diversity through their Black Experience on Xfinity initiative.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

And the winners were…TV winners at the American Cinema Editors’ 71st Annual ACE Eddie Awards included editors of episodes of “Ozak,” “Better Call Saul,” “Ted Lasso,” “Schitts Creek,” “Rick and Morty,” “Cheer,” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” Among the winners in television categories at the Casting Society of America’s 36th Annual Artios Awards last week were casting directors for “What We Do in the Shadows,” “Succession,” “Normal People,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show.,” “Big Mouth,” and “Queer Eye.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Leading up to Earth Day, CBS News is launching “Eye on Earth: Our Planet in Peril” today, April 19. The initiative, reporting on climate change, will be featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, CBS Television Stations and CBS News Digital.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Black Public Media awarded its highest-ever total funding amount, $410,000, to five projects that participated in its fourth 60 Incubator+. The winning creatives pitched their projects at BPM’s PitchBLACK distributors in public and commercial television and other major funders and were announced at the PitchBLACK Awards on Friday. Honored with the BPM Trailblazer Award was documentary filmmaker Marco Williams, who is working with Stanley Nelson on a film on the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 premiering next month on the History Channel to coincide with the centennial of that national tragedy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz gave an eight-episode series order for “Shining Vale,” starring Courteney Cox (“Friends,” “Cougar Town”), Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets”), Mira Sorvino (“Hollywood”), Merrin Dungey (“Big Little Lies”), Gus Birney (“Dickinson”) and Dylan Gage (“PEN15”). The chilling horror comedy comes from Jeff Astrof (“Trial & Error”) and Sharon Horgan (“Divorce”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Erika Dilday has been named the Executive Director of American Documentary Inc. and executive producer of its documentary series POV on PBS, and America ReFramed on WORLD Channel. Dilday joins AmDoc in May from Futuro Media Group, where she has been the CEO since 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Deborah Cox (“The First Wives Club”) will recur in HBO Max drama “Station Eleven.”…John Ortiz (“Togetherness”) landed the lead in ABC drama pilot “Promised Land.”…British actress Emma Laird has joined the cast of Paramount+ drama “Mayore of Kingstown,” opposite Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest…Gabriel Luna (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) will star in HBO’s “The Last of Us,” an adaptation of the Sony Playstation franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Danish drama “Blinded – Those Who Kill” premieres on Acorn TV Monday, May 10. The series, in Danish with English subtitles, revolves around an unsolved case in which three young men died within a few months.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season six of “Growing Up Hip Hop” launches Thursday, May 13 at 9p on WE tv, promising betrayal, heartache, and family secrets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max competition “Legendary,” focused on ballroom culture, returns for season two on Thursday, May 6. Guest judges will include Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Amiyah Scott, Nicco Annan, Normani, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All five episodes of FX interview/variety series “The Choe Show,” with artist David Choe literally and figuratively painting a portrait of his guests, will air Friday, June 25 beginning at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A one-hour special focused on George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, 43’s first cable news interview on his book tour, airs on Fox News Sunday, April 25 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prince Philip’s funeral drew a peak audience of over 13 million viewerson the BBC and ITV in the UK, with 82.8% of the available TV viewing population tuned in between 3p and 3:15p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second week of ABC’s “Rebel” on Thursday held steady with its premiere episode, drawing 3.57 million viewers and 0.5 among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of April 5, among W25-54 the Discovery Inc. portfolio had the top 3 cable networks in Total Day (#1 HGTV, #2 ID, #3 FOOD) as well as the #1 network in Prime (TLC), according to Live+3 Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Helen McCrory, whose credits included “Peaky Blinders,” “Penny Dreadful” and “Harry Potter,” died April 16 of cancer. She was 52. “She’s shown no fear, no bitterness, no self-pity, only armed us with the courage to go on and insisted that no one be sad, because she is happy,” wrote her husband, “Billions” star Damian Lewis, in The Sunday Times. “I’m staggered by her. She’s been a meteor in our life.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Godzilla vs. Kong – $7.7 million
Nobody – $2.5 million
The Unholy – $2.1 million
Raya and the Last Dragon $1.9 million
Tom And Jerry $1.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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