FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 6/7/21)
ABC: The Bachelorette (Premiere) at 8pm
CNBC: American Greed (Premiere) at 10pm
Science: Mysteries of the Abandoned: Ghost Stories (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: Cartel Crew (Premiere) at 9pm
VH1: Infamy: When Fame Turns Deadly (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: The Good Doctor (Finale) at 10pm
Food: Best Baker In America (Finale) at 9pm

Before she exits the CBS bench after 25 years and heads to a new gig at Amazon’s IMDb TV, Judge Judy Sheindlin said tensions with the network caused her to adjourn her business with CBS. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sheindlin said the root of the issues stems from CBS buying out Sheindlin’s ownership of reruns of her top syndicated series “Judge Judy,” ostensibly to stop her from taking the show’s library elsewhere. Sheindlin also said she felt CBS disrespected her work on “Hot Bench,” another courtroom show, by bumping the series in select “major markets.” CBS Media Ventures president Steve LoCasci told the Journal, “It has been an honor representing her show, and just like there has never been another Oprah, there will never be another Judge Judy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amid the controversy around cyber-bullying, Chrissy Teigen will not voice a character as scheduled in the upcoming second season of Netflix’s comedy series “Never Have I Ever.” “Chrissy Teigen has decided to step away from a guest voiceover role in one episode of the upcoming second season of Never Have I Ever,” a spokesperson for the show said. “The role is expected to be recast.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

IATSE and management’s Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers wrapped their third week of bargaining for a new film and TV contract covering the union’s 13 West Coast production locals. The negotiation marks the third major film and TV deal the AMPTP has negotiated during the Covid-19 pandemic, following agreements with the WGA and the DGA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In an unusual move for the time period, NBC-owned affiliates in NY and LA today are debuting 7p local newscasts, going head-to-head against ABC’s “Jeopardy!” and CBS’ “Inside Edition.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock is developing “Fruits of Thy Labor,” a family drama from Billy Porter (“Pose”) in his first foray into TV series writing. Written by Porter and Dan McCabe, the series follows three generations of an African-American show-business dynasty navigating life, love, politics and career. Porter and McCabe exec-produce with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV greenlit “Messyness,” hosted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore Family Vacation”). The spinoff from the producers of the “Ridiculousness” franchise is a comedy clip series that celebrates all the “messy” stages of young adulthood, from partying to dating to adulting attempts. Celebs including Tori Spelling (“Beverly Hills, 90210”), Olympic medalist Adam Rippon and comedian Teddy Ray (“All Def Comedy”) are onboard to appear in the series, produced by MTV, Thrill One Media and Gorilla Flicks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eric Paquette, former SVP at Sony Pictures and MGM, launched Meridian Pictures, a production company that will focus on television and film projects for direct-to-consumer and other platforms. “Papa Alpha Heavy,” a thriller set on a commercial airline from writer Michael Walker; “Meltdown,” from screenwriter Jessica Postigo and based on the life of Bonnie Klea; and “Kinetic,” a thriller from Chris Dennis where a truck driver has to deliver dangerous cargo to save his pregnant wife, are among projects in development.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prentice Penny’s A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment tapped Chris Pollack, Penny’s longtime manager, as president and partner. In his newly created role, Pollack will work alongside Penny to oversee the production company’s endeavors in TV, film and other entertainment media as the company expands its slate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endeavor Content POV Entertainment and Jeff Friday Media announced a partnership that seeks to amplify diversity in the television realm. The partners will develop and produce scripted series from Black and Brown creators, with an aim to expand the range of TV in the current marketplace and lift writers and producers of color. The team will work with the American Black Film Festival to tap into its pipeline of industry creatives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cannonball Productions landed rights to transgender pastor Dr. Paula Stone Williams’ newly released book “As a Woman: What I Learned about Power, Sex, and the Patriarchy after I Transitioned,” for development as a limited series. Williams will be involved in developing the series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rafael Amaya, who had a starring role in Telemundo’s Emmy-winning series “El Senor de los Cielos,” inked a multiproject deal with Telemundo Global Studios. Under the new agreement Amaya will star in various Telemundo Global Studios original productions; his first project is slated to air later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Moonbug and Amazon Kids+ announced a partnership to create original children’s productions. Their first joint project includes “Arpo Robot Babysitter,” based on the hit YouTube show “Arpo,” which will premiere exclusively on Amazon Kids+, and a new Arpo mobile game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sister Amazon Studios acquired “Gator and the Egg,” to be directed by Tricia Brock. The buddy cop film, penned by BenDavid Grabinski, is produced by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and John Henson, is being fast-tracked to shoot in late summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Dodo premiered its first sports-themed series, “Teammates,” over the weekend. Featuring professional athletes—including the NFL’s Ryan Kerrigan, WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, and the NBA’s Devonte’ Graham—and their pets, the series airs weekly beginning June 5 across The Dodo’s platforms including its YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter channels and website.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1’s docuseries “Cartel Crew” returns today (June 7) at 9p. Season 3 continues to take a deep look into the lives of the descendants of the Cartel, and tackle issues such as social justice, mental health, gun reform and mending broken family relationships.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Zenimation,” the series that creates a mindfulness soundscape experience with scenes from Walt Disney Animation Studios films, returns for a new season Friday, June 11 on Disney+. The series curates scenes from eight decades of films, from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” all the way through to never-before-seen moments from “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The final eight episodes of the HBO’s “In Treatment” will be available to stream beginning Monday, June 14 at 9p on HBO Max. Timed to the premiere of two new eps, the advance rollout provides HBO Max subscribers an early opportunity to watch the entire new season of the Uzo Aduba-starring show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX comedy “Dave” returns Wednesday, June 16 at 10p on FXX, then streams the following day on FX on Hulu. This season sees the pressure mounting as Dave, who knows he’s destined for rap superstardom, has to decide if he’ll sacrifice friendships, love and his own sense of self in order to make his dream come true.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount+ dropped a trailer for season 5 of legal drama “The Good Fight,” which will tackle anti-Black discrimination and lack of workplace diversity, and the economic aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic. The trailer teases changes afoot for both Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Liz Lawrence (Audra McDonald), and Mandy Patinkin’s character Hal Wackner, a Chicago resident who decides to open his own courtroom in the back of a copy shop. New season premieres Thursday, June 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vice TV will premiere “Vice Versa: Chyna” on Thursday, June 17 at 9p. The two-hour authorized documentary about the rise and fall of the wrestling phenom whose life was cut short in 2016 following a fatal overdose is directed by Sunshine Superman’s Marah Strauch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney and Pixar’s “Luca,” a film about the adventures of a sea monster and friends who appears human on land, begins streaming on Disney+ on Friday, June 18. Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman and Marco Barricelli provide voice talent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s a new special, Charlie Brown. The origins of the Peanuts characters and creator Charles Schulz’s legacy are in the spotlight in new documentary special, “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?,” debuting Friday, June 25 on Apple TV+. Narrated by Lupita Nyong’o and hailing from Imagine Documentaries, the special will feature interviews with friends, family , cartoonists and notable fans including Schulz’s widow Jean Schulz, Drew Barrymore and Al Roker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animated, tongue-in-cheek revisionist history special “America: The Motion Picture” lands on Amazon on Wednesday, June 30. Featuring voice talents Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn and Bobby Moynihan, the plot follows a chainsaw-wielding George Washington, who assembles a team of rabble rousers—including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a very pissed off Geronimo—to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Continuing the new season of its Future History franchise, Fuse Media is celebrating Pride Month by honoring Future LGBTQ History makers who are using their voice to drive positive change. Programming will feature Lil Nas X, Carmen Maria Machado and Isis King, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple employees will be heading back to the office, at least part of the week, in early September. This per an email from CEO Tim Cook that noted in part, “For all that we’ve been able to achieve while many of us have been separated, the truth is that there has been something essential missing from this past year: each other.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Emms (“Chernobyl,” “His Dark Materials”) joined the cast of Disney+’s “Rogue One” spinoff series “Andor” … Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty”) landed the male lead opposite Emeraude Toubia in Amazon’s romantic comedy “With Love”… Anuja Joshi is upped to series regular for season 5 of Fox’s “The Resident”… Michael Gaston (“The Leftovers”) landed a role in Apple TV+’s limited series “Five Days at Memorial.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO added 14 to the cast of its upcoming adaptation of “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Caitlin Shorey, Everleigh McDonell (“Good Girls”), Michael Park (“Stranger Things”), Jaime Ray Newman (“Little Fires Everywhere”), Taylor Richardson (“Rise”), Peter Graham (“Will & Grace”), Brian Altemus (“Grand Army”), Jason David (“NOS4A2”), Kate Siegel (“The Haunting of Hill House”), Josh Stamberg, (WandaVision), Chelsea Frei (“The Moodys”), Marcia DeBonis (“Almost Family”) Will Brill (“The OA”) and Spencer House (“Teenage Bounty Hunters”) are all onboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – $24 million
A Quiet Place Part II – $19.5 million
Cruella – $11.2 million
Spirit Untamed – $6.2 million
Raya and the Last Dragon – $1.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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