FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/16/21)
ABC: Bachelor in Paradise (Premiere) at 8pm 
FOOD NETWORK: Ben & Jerry’s Clash of the Cones (Premiere) at 9p
HBO MAX: Hard (Premiere)
ABC: The Celebrity Dating Game (Finale) at 10pm

A Hazmat crew was summoned to Fox News Media headquarters on Friday, after an employee on the 21st floor of the building opened an envelope that contained a white powdery substance. “We immediately notified the NYPD’s Hazmat unit and the FDNY, both of which responded accordingly and the floor was evacuated,” said FNC. “The substance was determined to be non-hazardous and we are very grateful for their swift attention to the incident.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One and CLEO TV have inked a syndication deal with Kin to bring digital series “Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix” to TV One’s sister cable network, CLEO TV. Beginning in October, CLEO TV plans to roll out 80 episodes in a multi-year agreement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Behavior by actor Vincent Kartheiser on the set of HBO Max’s “Titans” led to at least two internal investigations, reports Deadline. Described as “disruptive, juvenile behavior and inappropriate comments,” the incidents were investigated by WBTV’s Labor Relations Board and led first to a reprimand, and later a representative to monitor Kartheiser on set. “Vincent Kartheiser vehemently denies the allegations,” said a spokesperson for the actor. “Warner Bros. investigated this matter and made clear to Mr. Kartheiser its expectations for behavior on the set, and he agreed to comply with their directives.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer apologized after saying on “The Ingraham Angle” that “a hungry dog is an obedient dog,” in response to Ingraham suggesting that cutting off unemployment benefits could motivate people to find employment again. The comment “was an unfortunate attempt to express a desire for our lives to return to normal,” wrote Taffer on social media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX has ordered limited series “Retreat,” from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, following an amateur sleuth as she attempts to solve a murder at a secluded retreat. Marling and Zal Batmanglij (“The OA”) will write the series and both will direct. Marling will also play a key role in the series. “Retreat” is executive produced by Marling, Batmanglij and Andrea Sperling (“Transparent”), and will be produced by FX Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX also renewed “What We Do in the Shadows” for season four, set to debut in 2022. “Fans can’t seem to get enough of What We Do in the Shadows and FX is ready to feed that appetite by setting up the series for a fourth season,” said Nick Grad, President, Original Programming,FX Entertainment. Season three of the vampire comedy premieres Thursday, September 2 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“American Horror Stories,” which debuted as the most successful launch to date of any FX on Hulu series, will be back for a second season in 2022. The weekly anthology series is a spin-off of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s “American Horror Story.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of, FX and 20th Television have closed a deal for two “American Story” spinoff limited series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson – “American Sports Story” and “American Love Story.” “What began with American Horror Story has spawned some of the best and most indelible programs of our generation, most notably ‘American Crime Story’ which created a beautiful partnership between Ryan, Brad, Nina and Brad,” said John Landgraf, Chairman of FX. “Their alchemy and the way in which they construct these stories is done with such care, such clarity and such dimensionality.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alums from Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise are converging for a crossover series on Peacock. Dorinda Medley, let go from RHONY last year, is onboard, along with her former co-star Jill Zarin; former Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson; RHOBH pot-stirrer Brandi Glanville; and Atlanta alum Phaedra Marks, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“It’s a shame and I feel for everyone who has put their hearts into this production,” said David Strong, CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, responding to the surprise news that Amazon Studios is moving production of its pricy “Lord of the Rings” series from New Zealand to the UK for season two. The decision “aligns with the studio’s strategy of expanding its production footprint and investing in studio space across the UK, with many of Amazon Studios’ tentpole series and films already calling the UK home,” said Amazon. Season one of the untitled series is set to premiere in September 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Australian actor Sam Reid (“The Hunting”) will play vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in AMC’s series adaptation of Anne Rice novel Interview with the Vampire. Tom Cruise played the role in the 1994 film version.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” kicks off Sunday, September 12 at 9p. The women are joined by new housewife Jennie Nguyen, a businesswoman who sold her medical spas to become a stay-at-home mom.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” will get a fresh spin in new series “Curb Appeal Xtreme,” premiering Wednesday, September 8, at 8p. The spin-off will tackle the overhaul of home exteriors and yards to maximize each property’s potential and value.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½,” a four-part documentary essay produced and directed by Spike Lee, debuts Sunday, August 22 at 8. The following two episodes air on subsequent Sundays leading up to the finale on September 11 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Street Outlaws: Gone Girl” features seven of the fastest women in street racing, starting Monday, September 6 on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conversation special “The Tyler Perry Show” will peek behind the scenes at Perry’s series. Taped at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta in front of a live, socially distant seated, fully vaccinated, and COVID-19-tested audience, the first special will spotlight “Tyler Perry’s Sistas.” The two-hour television event will start Wednesday, August 18 at 9p with the midseason finale, followed by “The Tyler Perry Show: The Sistas After-Show Edition” at 10p on BET and BET Her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Free Guy – $28.4 million
Don’t Breathe 2 – $10.6 million
Jungle Cruise – $9 million
Respect – $8.8 million
The Suicide Squad – $7.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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