FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/2/21)
HBO: Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump (Premiere) at 9pm
NAT GEO: Drain the Oceans (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: My True Crime Story (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: sMothered (Finale) at 9pm
TLC: So Freakin’ Cheap (Finale) at 10pm

The shift to streaming is leading to harsh words in Hollywood. Disney said there is “no merit whatsoever” to Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit claiming that Disney’s decision to air “Black Widow” on Disney+ at the same time the Marvel movie was released in theaters cost her millions of dollars in backend compensation. “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Disney. In response, Johansson’s agent, Bryan Lourd, said Disney has “very deliberately moved the revenue stream and profits to the Disney+ side of the company leaving artistic and financial partners out of their new equation.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fifty-two percent of consumers stop paying attention when ads come on TV, according to a report from Midia Research. Since 2019, skipping video ads online has increased by 26 points among viewers age 20-24, and 18 points among those age 25-34, says the report. “Advertising has turned from brand recognition and loyalty to a click-through-to-purchase, instantaneous and one-off interaction – which is more of a roulette game to see which ad the user clicks on in their feed, rather than a long-term brand-consumer relationship,” said Hanna Kahlert, report author and Midia analyst.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FETV has joined the Frndly TV lineup. FETV features classic and inspirational programming, including series like “Bewitched” and “Barney Miller.” “FETV and Frndly are a fantastic fit,” said FETV Presdient and CEO Drew Summerall. “Our family-friendly entertainment perfectly matches Frndlys market positioning as a wholesome content provider.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV, launched August 1, 1981, will be celebrated this month with weekly programming blocks on MTV2 in the US and MTV globally that features memorable music moments as well as current and emerging artists. “We will undoubtedly find new and innovative ways to disrupt the norm, create epic music experiences for our global audience, and provide the ultimate platform for the next generation of superstars to showcase their artistry,” said Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, ViacomCBS and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bob Odenkirk, rushed to the hospital from the New Mexicoset of “Better Call Saul” on Tuesday after “a small heart attack,” posted a message on Twitter thanking people for their outpouring of support. “I’m going to be ok thanks to Rosa Estrada and the doctors who knew how to fix the blockage without surgery,” wrote the 58-year-old actor. “Also, AMC and Sony’s support and help throughout this has been next-level. I’m going to take a beat to recover but I’ll be back soon.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Walt Disney Co. is requiring all salaried and non-union employees on site to be fully vaccinated. “We have also begun conversations around this topic with the unions representing our employees under collective bargaining agreements,” said the company. All new hires will also be required to be fully vaccinated before beginning employment. Disney follows companies including Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and Google with a vaccine mandate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Creative Arts Emmys will be presented in three ceremonies over the weekend of September 11-12, with one ceremony on Saturday at 5p, and two on Sunday, at 1p and 5p. All three will be in front of limited live audiences in LA. An edited presentation of the ceremonies will air Saturday, September 18 on FXX, the night before the Primetime Emmys.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Note to Emmy Awards attendees: With COVID-19 cases rising, the Television Academy is requiring the audience at Emmy ceremonies to provide proof of vaccination.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An untitled comedy project starring and executive produced by Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”) has been scooped up by NBC, which handed it a script commitment plus penalty. Focused on the world of sign language interpreting, the show comes from Ben Shelton (“Candy Jar”), Kapital Entertainment and Universal Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YA comedy “Love Victor” has been renewed for season three by Hulu. Season two aired in June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS Kids renewed animated series “Nature Cat” for seasons 4 and 5. The order includes 20 new episodes and two one-hour movies specials.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stephanie Folsom has stepped down as co-showrunner of Amazon’s “Paper Girls,” reports Deadline, making Christopher C. Rogers solo showrunner. Folsom had developed and executive produced the series, currently fiming, based on Cliff Chiang’s graphic novel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: “The Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell is onboard season four of “A.P. Bio,” moved to Peacock after it was canceled by NBC…Clea DuVall (“Veep”) and Charlie Plummer (“Lean on Pete”) have joined the cast of Showtime anthology series “The First Lady”…Jake McDorman (“What We Do in the Shadows”) has been added to the cast of Paramount+ film “Jerry and Marge Go Large,” starring Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All eight episodes of Hulu’s “The D’Amelio Show” drop Friday, September 3, starring TikTok’s first family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo’s “9/11: One Day in America” premieres Sunday, August 29. Produced in partnership with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, the four-night limited docuseries humanizes that day with stories from survivors and first responders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pokémon animation is heading to the BBC for the first time this August, with the UK broadcaster’s acquisition of two complete story arcs from the “Pokémon the Series” collection for BBC iPlayer, along with “Pokémon the Movie” films for linear and iPlayer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the month of July, HGTV was the #1 cable network in Total Day among W25-54/18-49 and the #1 non-news network for Total Day and Prime among Households, P2+, and P/W18+. Discovery sib TLC was the #1 cable network across all of Prime as well as Tuesday and Sunday nights among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery took a bite out of ratings during Shark Week, landing as the #1 cable network in Primetime among P/M25-54, P/M18-49, and P/M18-34 (excluding sports programming).
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Jungle Cruise – $34.2 million
The Green Knight – $6.8 million
Old – $6.8 million
Black Widow – $6.4 million
Stillwater – $5.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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