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

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 5/24/21)
ACORN TV: Whitstable Pearl (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Made for Each Other (Premiere)
CBS: All Rise (Finale) at 9pm
CW: Black Lightning (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: 9-1-1 (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: 9-1-1: Lone Star (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Debris (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Return to Amish (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: Unexpected (Finale) at 10pm

Allen Media Group is suing McDonald’s for $10 billion. The lawsuit accuses McDonald’s of intentionally discriminating against Entertainment Studios and Weather Group by using a tiered advertising structure “creating separate and unequal tracks for Black-owned media companies to earn advertising revenue. McDonald’s has created a discriminatory environment that is separate but not equal,” said Allen Media Group. Added Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group, “This is about economic inclusion of African American-owned businesses in the US. economy. McDonald’s takes billions from African American consumers and gives almost nothing back.” McDonald’s was slapped with the lawsuit the same day it announced it has “doubled down” on its relationships with diverse-owned partners, including increasing its spend with diverse-owned media from 4 percent to 10 percent, and with Black-owned media from 2 percent to 5 percent of total national advertising over the next four years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tokyo Olympics can take place “whether there is a state of emergency of not,” said John Coates, a VP of the International Olympics Committee. The Games are slated to start July 23, but Tokyo is currently in a state of emergency due to rising cases of Covid-19. While other officials have said a final decision will be made at the end of June, according to Coates all the health measures being taken satisfy recommendations by the World Heath Organization and other scientific advice.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Can’t have enough “Friends”: TBS launched the “Best of Friends Awards,” hosted by “Schitt’s Creek” star Sarah Levy. Fans can vote for their favorite moments from the series in categories like Best Celebrity Cameo, Best Musical Moment, Best Romantic Moment; winners will be announced during a livestream on TBS’ YouTube, Twitter and Facebook on Wednesday, May 26 at 8:30p, with a special guest appearance from a “Friends” fan favorite.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Texas has passed a bill that would make it illegal for law enforcement agencies to authorize reality shows to film officers on duty, reports the The New York Times. The bill is named after Javier Ambler II, who died in 2019 after officers in Williamson County, TX forcibly arrested him in front of a “Live PD” camera crew.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube Originals Kids and Families picked up season two of “Super Sema.” The African animated series, produced by a female-led team including actress Lupita Nyong’o, features a young superhero girl.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Group Nine brands The Dodo, Seeker and Popsugar, have signed with Creative Artists Agency, as the digital media company continues its push into original programming across broadcast, cable TV, and streaming platforms. “Our data-driven approach to development gives storytelling an edge in a very competitive market,” said Mickey Meyer, President of Group Nine Studios. “The days of just buying your best friend’s show are over if you want your network or platform to succeed.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Mark O’Brien (“City on a Hill”) has joined the cast of AMC’s upcoming courtroom drama “61st Street”…Jeremy Allen White (“Shameless”) will star as a young chef in FX pilot “The Bear”…Grammy winner Jeremih will recur on Starz’ “Power Book IV: Force.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veteran CBS Studios showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron has left the building, his deal with the studio ended. Caron was showrunner for “Bull.” Also out is “Bull” actor Freddy Rodriguez; both exits follow a workplace investigation, the findings of which were not disclosed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Love After Lockup” returns for season three Friday, June 18 at 8p on WE tv, following couples who try to make a go of it with their felon fiances upon their prison releases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Three teams of flippers make waves on HGTV’s “Battle on the Beach,”launching Sunday, July 11 at 9p. Ty Pennington (“Rock the Block”), Alison Victoria (“Windy City”) and Taniya Nayak (“Restaurant Impossible”) will mentor three teams competing to impress judges Mike Holmes (“Holmes + Holmes”) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (“Good Bones”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick comedy series “Danger Force” returns Saturday, June 12 at 8p, followed by the season two debut of “Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO docu-series “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” returns with a special episode on Monday, June 21 at 10p, with new revelations about the case of Joseph James DeAngelo, aka the Golden State Killer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of May 10, the Discovery portfolio had the top 2 cable networks in Total Day among W25-54/18-49 (ID #1, HGTV #2). Among P2+ total viewers, HGTV and Discovery were the top 2 non-news networks in Prime (#3 and #4 overall, respectively), led by “Home Town Takeover” (2.7M) and “Naked and Afraid XL” (1.7M).
(Source: Cynopsis)

THE 2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/awards/9576742/2021-billboard-music-awards-winners-list

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Spiral – $4.6 million
Wrath of Man – $2.9 million
Those Who Wish Me Dead – $1.8 million
Raya and the Last Dragon – $1.7 million
Godzilla vs. Kong – $1.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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