FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/9/21)
CNBC: Super Heists (Premiere) at 10pm
FX ON HULU: Reservation Dogs (Premiere)
HGTV: Cheap Old Houses (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Shaman King (Premiere)
TLC: 90 Day: The Single Life (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Bachelorette (Finale) at 8pm

Slip sliding away: NBC canceled “The Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide” before the show even made it to air. Production on the reality competition, intended to premiere in the post-Olympics slot, was near completion when it was forced to shut down June 2 due to an outbreak of a parasite-induced intestinal infection, caused by contamination on the set’s location. While initial plans called for production to resume at a new location, NBC scratched plans for the show instead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“It’s like if somebody is running the 100 meters and they have a weight around their ankles,” former Olympics host Bob Costas told the New York Times, of shrinking viewership for the Games this summer. “That is not a fair judge of their speed.” NBCUniversal paid over $1 billion for an event slammed by the pandemic, the shift to streaming and the absence of some star athletes, drawing about half the viewership of the 2016 Games in Rio. Still, NBCU expects the Games to turn a profit, with ad sales higher than 2016. Throw in digital and social, and through Wednesday night, more than 100 billion minutes of Tokyo Olympics content had been consumed across NBCUniversal platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the COVID-19 Delta variant raising alarms, the Television Academy is curtailing coverage of red carpet arrivals, and will offer a virtual media center to accommodate press. Admittance for anyone at the show will require vaccination and a negative COVID test. The event airs Sunday, September 19 on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon canceled YA drama “Panic” after one season. The series premiered May 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW announced an initiative to protect eligible voters and fight voter suppression. Freedom to Vote has enlisted network stars to appear in PSAs across platforms to spread the word.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO temporarily pulled the plug on production of Watergate limited series “The White House Plumbers” after a report of alleged unprofessional behavior on set. “We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure a respectful work environment on all our productions, and we are investigating the matter fully,” said HBO. The altercation involved director/EP David Mandel and a member of the prop department, according to Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among Hulu’s TCA announcements: The streamer is diving deeper into true crime with doc “Dead Asleep,” following the case of a Florida man convicted of a murder he says he committed while sleepwalking in 2017. Produced by Pulse Films, the film is a co-production with Sky. Also on the docket is “Captive Audience,” a docu-series from Wonderburst and High Five Content about the life of kidnapping victim Steven Stayner after the 1989 miniseries about his life, “I Know My Name Is Steven,” aired.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu also gave a series order to “This Fool,” a comedy from comedian Chris Estrada, who exec produces with Jake Weisman, Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop with Fred Arminsen and Jonathan Groff (“black-ish”) also exec producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting Notes: Luiz Guzman (“Traffic”) will guest star as Gomez Addams in Netflix series “Wednesday”…Wyatt McClure has been upped to series regular for season five of CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”…Minka Kelly (“Friday Night Lights”), musician Dominic Fike and Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. (“Black Mafia Family”) have joined the season two cast of HBO’s “Euphoria.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu’s fall slate includes”Dopesick,” which makes its debut October 13. Period dramedy “The Great” drops Friday, November 19, with Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) onboard as the mother of Elle Fanning’s character, and “Animaniacs” returns Friday, November 5. Hulu beefs up its cooking content with “Bakers Dozen” (Thursday, October 7), “The Next Thing You Eat” (Tuesday, October 12) and Padma Lakshi in “Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition” (Thursday, November 4).
(Source: Cynopsis)

New investigative series “I Will Find You” premieres on discovery+ Tuesday, August 17, with the story of best friends in Louisiana searching for a killer. One week later comes “Cold Blooded Alaska,” showing the lengths law enforcement must go to bring murderers to justice in the Last Frontier.
(Source: Cynopsis)

COMET, Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s multicast channel network specializing in sci-fi programming, will celebrate Gillian Anderson’s birthday today with The Best of Scully Birthday Marathon featuring 16 episodes of Agent Scully on The X-Files, starting today at 9a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC spinoff “90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After” hit a season high for P2+ (2.8 million) and was the #1 cable program for the week among P/W25-54, P/W18-49, and W18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former NBC executive Herbert Schlosser, a force behind such shows as “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” and “Saturday Night Live,” died August 6. He was 95. “His ingenuity, creativity and integrity as president and CEO of NBC during the ’70s made an indelible mark on the network and its legacy,” said the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy-winning sports producer Gareth Hughes died July 30 of cancer. He was 41. Hughes specialized in short videos that preceded major events.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Markie Post died August 7 following a battle with cancer. She was 70. Post’s numerous TV credits include roles on “The Fall Guy,” “Night Court” and “Hearts Afire,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Suicide Squad – $26.5 million
Jungle Cruise – $15.7 million
Old – $4.1 million
Black Widow – $4 million
Stillwater – $2.9 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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