FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ POWERBALL/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 1/2/23)
DISCOVERY: Street Outlaws: OKC (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Fantasy Island (Premiere) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Surviving R. Kelly Part III: The Final Chapter (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Antiques Roadshow (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Celebrity IOU (Finale) at 9pM

Pioneering journalist Barbara Walters died December 30 at age 93.“Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer, not just for women in journalism but journalism itself,” tweeted Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger. Walters joined NBC’s “Today” in 1961 as a writer and researcher and was named co-host in 1974. She became the first woman to anchor an evening news program when she joined ABC News in 1976, joined “20/20” as co-host in 1984 and launched “The View” in 1997. “She outworked, out-thought, and out-hustled her competitors,” tweeted Dan Rather. “She left the world a better place for it.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Simon Cowell says he’s bringing “The X Factor” back to the US, this time on NBC. Cowell, who has a production deal with NBCUniversal, told The U.S. Sun,“We found our perfect partner with NBC – honestly, I am not just saying that because they pay me, but they are brilliant.” Cowell created the singing competition in the UK in 2004 and launched a US version in 2011 that aired on Fox for three seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has acquired “Drop Dead Diva,” a legal dramedy produced by Sony Pictures Television that ran on Lifetime from 2009-14. The series will air on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on weekdays from 5p-7p beginning today, January 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Despite the success of HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” other “Game of Thrones” spinoffs are hardly assured, wrote author George R. R. Martin in a blog post last week. “All the changes at HBO Max have impacted us, certainly,” acknowledged Martin, who said of his series projects, “Some of those are moving faster than others, as is always the case with development. None have been greenlit yet, though we are hoping… maybe soon.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Movie studios can be sued for running deceptive movie trailers, ruled a US District Judge. Fans of the actress Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) paid $3.99 to rent the 2019 film “Yesterday” on Prime Video, assuming de Armas, who was in the trailer, would be in the film. She was not, and they sued for $5 million. While Universal argued that trailers are protected under the First Amendment, Judge Stephen Wilson ruled that movie trailers are commercial speech and subject to California False Advertising law. The case will proceed to discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also facing a new lawsuit is Meta. “Thanks to Meta’s pixel and business tools, the tax filing services H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Meta when Americans file their taxes online,” allege two California residents in a class-action complaint brought in US District Court for the Northern District of California. Like another lawsuit filed last month, the complaint alleges Meta’s tracking code, Meta Pixel, collected confidential information from tax-filing sites.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC has picked up pilot “The Irrational,” based on the bestselling novel Predictably Irrational, to series. The drama, starring Jesse L. Martin as a professor of behavioral science who helps in high-stakes cases, comes from Arika Lisanne Mittman. Mittman exec produces with Mark Gofman, Samuel Baum and David Frankel; Universal Television is the studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Genuis Brands International signed a deal to co-executive produce a documentary on the life of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee (“Spider-Man,” “Black Panther,” “X-Men”), who died at age 95 in 2018. The film is set to debut this year on Disney+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eight dramas are on deck at PBS: Season two of “La Otra Mirada” (premiering January 5); third seasons of “Miss Scarlet and the Duke,” “All Creatures Great and Small” and “Vienna Blood,” all returning January 8; season 12 of “Call the Midwife” and season three of “Sanditon” on March 19; and newcomers “Marie Antoinette” (March 19) and “Tom Jones” (spring 2023).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The third and final season of “La Mujer del Diablo” (“The Devil’s Woman”) premieres January 6 on ViX+. The service already offers the first two seasons of the ViX+ Original series, which premiered in July and October, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Every Wednesday night in January, TCM will highlight onscreen car chases in classic films, while for the first three Fridays of the month, mystery and crime films featuring female detectives will take center stage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Decades is paying tribute to the friendship between Dick Cavett and Groucho Marx with episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” featuring the comedian Monday-Friday this week at 9p. The stunt follows PBS special “American Masters: Groucho & Cavett,” which debuted on December 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Top Gun: Maverick” ranks as the most watched movie globally in its premiere weekend streaming on Paramount + – and a tip of the hat goes to smart windowing strategy, according to Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+. “The runaway success of this film across theatrical, digital and now in streaming is an undeniable proof point demonstrating the power of Paramount’s multi-platform release strategy,” said Robbins. “Our studio has unlocked the value of variable windowing that streaming provides to augment a film’s overall success.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wednesday’s broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors event averaged an evening best 5.1 million total viewers on CBS, up 18% versus last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Nickelodeon NFL Nickmas Game,” a presentation of the Christmas Day game between the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Rams, was the highest-rated Christmas Day telecast on Nickelodeon with total viewers P2+ since 2016, up +400% from Christmas Day 2021. The telecast averaged over 906,000 total viewers P2+ and was watched by nearly 2.6 million viewers P2+ on an all-or-part basis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Drew Barrymore Show” hit a new series high 0.9 Live+SD national Nielsen, up 29% from the week before and up 80% from last year at this time in the session ending December 18. The jump came a week ahead of Barrymore’s interview with President and First Lady Biden, telecast December 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News’ “Good Morning America” won the 4th Quarter of 2022 in total viewers (3.229 million), based Nielsen data, marking “GMA”’s 11th consecutive year to win the 4th quarter. The net’s “World News Tonight” is ranking No. 1 in A25-54 (1.402 million) and A18-49 (976,000) for the 4th season in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX News Channel notched its seventh year as leader in all of cable television while delivering the third highest-rated year ever in cable news history for 2022 in total day viewers, according to Nielsen. In primetime, FNC averaged 2,308,000 total viewers, 341,000 in the 25-54 demo and 211,000 in A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

POWERBALL
Today’s Jackpot is $265 million

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Avatar: The Way of Water – $63.4 million
Puss In Boots: The Last Wish – $16.3 million
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – $4.8 million
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – $4.3 million
Babylon – $2.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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