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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 23, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/23/20)
ABC: Station 19 (Premiere) at 8pm
AXS TV: The Very VERY Best of the 70’s (Premiere) at 8:30pm
COURT TV: OJ25 (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Outmatched (Premiere) at 8:30pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Premiere) at 9pm
REELZ: Inside The Mind of a Serial Killer (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Perfect Harmony (Finale) at 9:30pm
OXYGEN: An Unexpected Killer (Finale) at 8pm

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media Family Networks, is leaving the company after 11 years, effective tomorrow. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success,” said Mike Perry, President and CEO of Hallmark Cards, which owns Crown Media. While no reason was given for the exit of Abbott, who saw Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming propel the network up the ratings chart, last month, Hallmark drew criticism for pulling a Zola.com ad featuring a same-sex couple. Days later, Perry issued an apology and reversed the decision. Perry said he will begin a search for Abbott’s replacement. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team,” Perry added. “In a time when there is immense competition among television networks and streaming services, it is more important than ever that we find relevant new ways to grow our business and continue to produce high quality programming that resonates with our growing audience.”
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NBCUniversal is flying high over streaming service Peacock. “Peacock can transcend the generations because we’re providing content for everyone,” said Laura Molen, President of Ad Sales and Partnerships for NBCU, at NATPE. Comcast reports its 4Q19 earnings this morning; the streaming service, with a tiered subscription model, launches April 15 for Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers, and nationwide July 15.
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ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor and managing editor David Muir and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis will moderate The Democratic Debate in New Hampshire on Friday, February 7 at 8p on ABC. They’ll be joined by WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV news anchor Monica Hernandez. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from the debate hall in Manchester on Thursday, February 6, and Friday; Stephanopoulos will anchor GMA and anchor Byron Pitts will anchor Nightline from Manchester on Friday. ABC News is partnering with Apple News and Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV for the event.
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The Supreme Court refused to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that allows Illinois residents to sue the social media giant. Facebook is accused of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act with its facial-recognition software. Facebook argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed since Illinois residents weren’t harmed by its photo-tagging function.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation, citing the former presidential candidate’s saying in October, on the podcast Campaign HQ, that a candidate assumed to be Gabbard is “the favorite of the Russians” and being groomed to be a third-party candidate. Gabbard “has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks,” said her lawyer. Gabbard is seeking $50 million.
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Producers and entrepreneurs L.C. Crowley and Brandon Barr, along with animator and VFX artist Grzegorz Jonkajtys, announced the launch of Trioscope Studios, dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation. The LA- based studio will be developing original dramatic content as well as adapting and producing third party intellectual property. Crowley will serve as CEO with Barr as Chief Content Officer and Jonkajtys as Chief Creative Officer. Joining them is Brian Lavin, SVP of Development.
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ABC gave a pilot order to Harlem’s Kitchen, an ensemble family drama set in a restaurant in Harlem. Project comes from writer Zahir McGhee (For the People), Mandeville Television and ABC Studios.
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TNT has put into development Liars Club, reports Deadline. The dramedy/thriller about a woman living two very different lives comes from Amy Rutberg (Daredevil), Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey’s Touchy Feely Films, Christopher Silber (NCIS: New Orleans) and CBS Television Studios.
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In development at Amazon is a series based on James Patterson’s best-selling Alex Cross novels. Project comes from Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television.
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ITV Studios has sold a range of scripted content to the US. Brassic, Sky’s highest-rating comedy in seven years, has been acquired by Hulu; Gold Digger, a character-driven relationship thriller, is headed to Acorn TV; and new comedy drama The Trouble with Maggie Cole, which delves into what happens when idle gossip escalates out of control, has been picked up by PBS Distribution. ITV has also teamed with BritBox North America to co-produce the up-coming six-part mystery series McDonald & Dodds, about a pair of mismatched police detectives.
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns for its final 12 episodes on Disney+ on Friday, February 21.
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Strange email messages following the disappearance of Christopher Smith led to the revelation that his business partner, Edward Shin, had murdered him, then covered it up. A two-hour 20/20 broadcast on Friday January 24 at 9p, and multipart podcast, tell the story of how authorities connected the dots to get Shin sent to prison for life. Podcast starts Thursday, February 27, with new episodes posting every Thursday.
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She’s the boss: Judith Light (Transparent) will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 19 in NYC. Lilly Singh, openly bisexual executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will serve as host of the Awards; Ryan Murphy will receive the Vito Russo Award.
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On the series finale of ID’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Detective Kenda is called in to investigate a triple homicide and discovers one of his most personally brutal murders to date. Titled “The End,” the episode airs Wednesday, January 29 at 9p.
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The premiere of Paramount Network’s Army medic drama 68 Whiskey delivered 2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, making it the most-watched cable drama series debut since November 2018.
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The Tuesday debut of Univision’s Rubí reached nearly 3 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the one-hour premiere. Rubi averaged 1.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 749,000 A18-49 and 256,000 A18-34. On Sunday, the second telecast of Univision reality series Mira Quien Baila All Stars averaged 1.9 million total viewers 2+, 679,000 A18-49 and 257,000 A18-34.
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The January 17 episode of WE tv spin-off After Lockup: Life After Lockup was the highest performing episode for the series among A5-54 and total viewers, and also achieved season high ratings across all key demos, including W18-49, W25-54, A25-54 and total viewers. The most recent episode garnered more than 1.3 million viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings and also grew its ratings across all key demos.
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Nickelodeon’s animated series It’s Pony was the net’s biggest animated series launch since 2018’s The Adventures of Kid Danger, posting double-digit gains over last year with Kids 2-11 (2.1/453,000, up +24%) and Kids 6-11 (1.9/250,000, +27%).

In syndication news, freshman The Kelly Clarkson Show climbed 20% in the target W25-54 demo the week of January 6 and extended its winning streak among the season’s newcomers to 18 weeks, despite being one of the shows negatively affected by coverage in the aftermath of Iran’s missile strike on US bases in Iraq. Meanwhile, the top entertainment magazines nabbed big rating increases following the Golden Globe Awards on January 5. Entertainment Tonight (new season high 3.0, up 20%) claimed sole possession of first place among magazines with its strongest Nielsens since the week of March 11, overtaking Inside Edition (2.9, up 16%).
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The premiere of Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story on Saturday ranked as the #1 telecast across television with W25-54, drawing 2 million total viewers, 776,000 A25-54 and 538,000 W25-54, according to Nielsen. It was Lifetime’s best movie premiere since Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance in May 2018.
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UniMás achieved double-digit year-over-year audience growth during primetime the week of January 13 among Total Viewers 2+ (+73% to 556,000), A18-49 (+93% to 264,000) and A18-34 (+70% to 109,000), marking the thirteenth consecutive week of audience growth.
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Author and actor Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died at age 77. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. “He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have,” said Monty Python member Michael Palin.
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Sheldon Cooper, former GM of Chicago’s WGN-Channel 9 and founding President of Tribune Entertainment died of obstructive pulmonary disease on January 19. He was 93. “Sheldon was a pioneer, bringing talent such as Mike Douglas and Phil Donahue to the Chicago market,” said Paul Rennie, VP and GM of WGN.
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Producer/showrunner David Valentine Osper died December 30 of cancer. He was 47. Known for work on shows like Road Rules, Storage Hunters and Ancient Aliens, Osper most recently served as Vice President, Unscripted Development at MTV.
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Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) will play Matt Drudge in FX limited series American Crime Story: Impeachment…Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) landed the lead in HBO Max pilot DMZ, based on the DC comic book series…Johnny Flynn (Beast) will star with Andrew Scott in Showtime drama Ripley, based on the Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith.
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BROADWAY
Grand Horizons with James Cromwell, Jane Alexander, Michael Urie and Ben McKenzie is opening on Thursday January 23, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/grand-horizons/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 16, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/16/20)
ABC: The Last Days of Richard Pryor (Premiere) at 9pm
FREEFORM: grown-ish (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ID: Hometown Homicide (Premiere) at 10pm

Overall viewership of cable networks dipped nearly 10% in 2019, according to MoffettNathanson Research, thanks mostly to the defection of younger viewers. Total day for the A18-49 demo was down an average of 15% in C3 viewing; viewership for those 50+ dipped 4%. News programming was especially hard hit, down 23% among younger viewers, versus just 1% among 50+.
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The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV users will exceed $67 billion worldwide by 2023, according to a report from Parks and Associates, Video Piracy: Ecosystem, Risks and Impact. “Credential sharing falls into two categories. Most sharing is casual, with no intent to profit. But the bigger risk is from pirates that purchase large stolen consumer databases via the ‘Dark Web’ and use automation to discover penetrable end user accounts,” said Steven Hawley, contributing analyst at Parks Associates and managing director of Piracy Monitor.
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Apple TV+ and director M. Night Shyamalan were slapped with a lawsuit over the streamer’s Servant series. The lawsuit, alleging the show is “a wholesale copy” of plaintiff Francesca Gregorini’s 2013 feature film, The Truth About Emanuel, seeks to shut down Servant, and collect damages.
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George Cheeks, Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, is leaving for a senior role at ViacomCBS, reports the Wall Street Journal, possibly to succeed Joe Ianniello as head of CBS. Before joining NBCU, Cheeks spent 14 years at Viacom.
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“There is little doubt that Netflix has structured itself to avoid paying tax,” said UK think tank Tax Watch in a report that alleges the company funneled up to $430 million of profits into tax havens, while receiving over $1 million in tax relief in Britain. Nothing to see here, responded Netflix. “Corporate taxation is an important and much-debated issue,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “Ultimately, it’s for governments to decide the rules when it comes to tax – and in every country in which we operate, Netflix respects those rules.”
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WarnerMedia is expanding its relationship with All Elite Wrestling, extending their deal for AEW: Dynamite, a new top 20 new unscripted series, through 2023. The deal also includes another night of AEW action, with a second wrestling show going straight-to-series. “When we launched AEW one year ago, we wanted to start a revolution that would disrupt the wrestling business, but everyone said that it would take a strong weekly television partner to make AEW real in the eyes of everyone – above all, the fans,” said Tony Khan, president and CEO of AEW. “What virtually no one realized at the time was Kevin Reilly and TNT were committed to this very same movement from Day One, and their belief in us made it possible for AEW to think and act big from the start.”
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TBS greenlit Lost Resort, it was announced at the TCA tour. Unscripted series follows a group of people at a three-week Costa Rican retreat. “Lost Resort is an inside look at the exclusive, explosive and often hilariously experimental world of self-help retreats,” said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. “Wait until you see the lengths people will go in their quest for happiness.”
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TBS also ordered two more seasons of American Dad!. Said co-creator and co-showrunner Matt Weitzman of the animated comedy, which moved from Fox to TBS in 2014, “After these next two seasons, we will have over 300 episodes. Thus proving that whatever American Dad! lacks in quality, we make up for in quantity.”
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Animal Planet’s The Aquarium is back for season two on Sunday, February 9 at 8p. This season, the series follows the stories of a moray eel moving from one habitat to another, a giant sea turtle named Tank who needs to learn healthier eating habits, and baby fantail rays Bacon and Tomato. Camera crews also follow Georgia Aquarium biologists under the nighttime waves, to film a rarely witnessed event: the spawning of critically endangered corals.
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The 40th season of CBS’s Survivor will feature 20 past winners competing for a $2 million prize. The “Winners at War” edition “unites the most memorable, heroic and celebrated champions from the past two decades in the biggest battle in the show’s history,” said the network. Games begin Wednesday, February 12; retrospective special Survivor at 40: Greatest Moments and Players airs February 5.
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Mark Ruffalo, star of HBO’s limited series adaptation of the 1998 novel I Know This Much Is True, said at TCA that there was a six-week break between shooting the twin characters he plays. “We didn’t want it to be like, I run and put a wig on and then do the same scene I just did,” the actor explained. Instead, he used the hiatus to pack on 30 pounds to portray the twin brother who suffered from mental illness. “These medications, these mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics, a lot of people put on weight … It was important for us to have these guys really, really be two different people,” he told reporters.
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The two-hour season premiere of Discovery’s Expedition Unknown on Wednesday, February 5 at 8p will be followed by the debut of a new series, Expedition X, where Unknown host Josh Gates will be joined by Phil Torres and Jessica Chobot to investigate reports of supernatural encounters and extraterrestrial phenomena.
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Outcry, a five-part docu-series exploring the controversial conviction of a high school football star for sexual assault, premieres on Showtime Friday, April 3 at 9p. The show will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest Conference.
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It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart makes its debut on truTV on Wednesday, February 26 at 10p. Docu-style comedy series exec produced by Samantha Bee has self-proclaimed “empath and really nice person” Hoggart attempting to untangle people’s issues.
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In more truTV news, announced at TCA: Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the Hot Ones web series, premieres Tuesday, February 18 at 10p, and Tacoma FD returns for season two on Thursday, March 26 at 10p. The net also ordered Tirdy Works, an unscripted sitcom focused on a small town with a new business – arts and crafts made out of moose poop.
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Season four of Insecure will premiere Sunday, April 12 on HBO. The season will see “the fallout of what happens when turning 30,” said creator and star Issa Rae at TCA.
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Adult Swim’s Beef House, from Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show) will focus on five men living under one roof. The comedy, slated to premiere later this year, is produced by Heidecker and Wareheim’s Abso Lutely Productions.
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Season eight of Shahs of Sunset debuts on Bravo on Sunday, February 9 at 9p. Sara Jeihooni joins the crew this time around.
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TLC announced the series premiere of Dragnificent!, featuring drag queens as they sprinkle their glitz on people eager for a mega- makeover. The queens help each person reveal the best version of themselves, inside and out, starting in April, 2020.
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Disney+ offered a first look at at Stargirl, an offbeat coming-of-age story based on the best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself drawn to the free-spirited new girl, played by America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal. Stargirl starts streaming March 13.
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Bravo launched a new Vanderpump Rules Snapchat series, featuring the most notable and buzzy moments from each episode.
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The Weather Channel will air a second installment of 2020: Race to Save the Planet, its primetime special featuring conversations with 2020 presidential candidates, politicians, scientists, experts and communities in crisis, with a specific focus on environmental justice, on Saturday, February 1.
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Not anxious enough about November 2020? HBO will air new documentary Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections this March. The film examines the security of US election technology, revealing how unprotected our voting systems are.
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On a lighter note, a new, musical one-hour Arthur special premieres on PBS Kids on Monday, January 20. The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur takes the elephant back to the family farm for his Great-Grand Uncle Theo’s 85th birthday.
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The Nomads, based on the true story about a female African-American teacher who joins forces with a male Caucasian colleague to develop a men’s rugby team in an inner-city school in North Philadelphia, makes its TV premiere on Bounce on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 at 9p.
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Parrot Analytics will honor David Crane and Marta Kauffman, co-creators of Friends, with the Global Iconic Award at the 2nd Annual Global Demand TV Awards taking place on January 21 during the NATPE. The award honors the most in-demand shows of 2019, based on empirical global TV demand data.
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Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Ceremony will be broadcast live, May 2 on HBO.
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The Women in Comedy Festival is back for year eleven on Thursday, May 7 through Sunday, May 10 throughout the Greater Boston area. The four-day festival, sponsored by HBO, brings together more than 150 performers and artists to celebrate and showcase women in comedy. “More than ever, we need to hear from female comics, writers, and directors,” said Kelly Edwards, HBO’s SVP of Talent Development. “The Women in Comedy Festival gives them a tremendous platform to be heard.”
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NBC will televise The Road to F9: Fast & Furious Fan Fest on Friday, January 31, at 9p. The hourlong special hosted by Tyrese Gibson and Maria Menounos celebrates Universal Pictures’ upcoming ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious series.
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WE tv’s Love After Lockup: Life After Lockup drew more than 1.2 million total viewers for its January 10 episode in Nielsen Live +3 ratings. WE tv saw ratings growth across all key demos in 2019, including increases of 7% among total viewers, 5% among W18-49, 6% among W25-54, 3% among A18-49, and 4% among A25-54 in Live +3 compared to 2018.
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The midseason return of NBC’s This Is Us on Tuesday drew 6.64 million viewers and 1.4 among A18-49, Tuesday’s top-rated scripted program. ABC’s Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time had a winning 1.9 rating and 13.51 million viewers.
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BROADWAY
Oklahoma is closing on Sunday January 19, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/oklahoma/

Slave Play is closing on Sunday January 19, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/slave-play/

A Soldier’s Play with David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood, Jerry O’Connell, and Nnamdi Asomugha (Kerry Washington’s Husband) is opening on Tuesday January 21, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/soldiers-play/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 9, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/9/20)
DISCOVERY: Reclaimed (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Building Off The Grid (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: Very Cavallari (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: What on Earth? (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Interrogator (Finale) at 10pm

Highlights from ABC’s Winter TCA presentation: Young Frankenstein Live! (wt) will debut in the fall, based on the stage version of the Mel Brooks comedy classic. Brooks, who wrote and directed the 1974 film and 2007 Broadway adaptation, will produce…The series farewell of Modern Family is set for Wednesday, April 8. Fan votes will decide which episodes run in a March 11 Modern Family binge… How to Get Away With Murder returns for its final six episodes on Thursday, April 2…The Conners will air live on Tuesday, February 11, the night of the New Hampshire primary, with ABC News coverage of the primary incorporated into the story in real time as results roll in… Shark Tank returns to Friday nights beginning February 28, and American Housewife moves to Wednesdays at 9p starting on April 15… and The Emmy Awards have a date: Sunday, September 20.
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The 2020 Academy Awards will once again go host-less, announced Karey Burke, ABC entertainment president, at TCA – but she promised “huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, and star power.” Last year’s show was also without a host, after Kevin Hart withdrew amid controversy over old tweets, and the show saw an uptick in ratings versus the year prior.
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Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActive Corp. is selling CH Media, parent of College Humor, to CH chief creative officer Sam Reich in a deal that is costing about 100 jobs. “IAC, our parent company, has made the difficult decision to no longer finance us,” Reich said. “While we were on the way to becoming profitable, we were nonetheless losing money – and I myself have no money to be able to lose.” Said IAC, which has owned CollegeHumor since 2006, “Sam was the best choice to acquire CH Media and define its next chapter. The decision places CH Media with an owner who is beloved by fans, passio nate about the business and sees a future we believe in.”
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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip will be joined by the Des Moines Register’s Brianne Pfannenstiel to moderate the January 14 Democratic debate, the final debate before the Iowa caucuses on February 3. Candidates qualifying so far are Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
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Houses were just the beginning – HGTV is now looking for a whole town to make over. Inspired by the success of its series Home Town, which helped transform Laurel, Mississippi, the net is asking fans to submit a bid to have their own small towns (population less than 40,000) featured in upcoming event series, Home Town Takeover, slated to premiere in 2021. “This is a big one,” said Home Town co-host Erin Napier. “HGTV has never, ever taken on a whole town renovation and restoration project and we’re so proud and excited to be leading the team that will get it done.”
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NowThis announced a new division, “NowThis Impact,” dedicated to covering global challenges important to a young audience. “Our audience is deeply passionate and incredibly eager to engage on the issues that matter most to them,” said Athan Stephanopoulos, President of NowThis. “They’ve made it crystal clear that they are looking for new ways to not only learn more about the challenges dominating the world around them, but how they can get involved and take action themselves.”
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Martha MacCallum inked a new multi-year deal with Fox News Channel, where she will continue as anchor of The Story with Martha MacCallum and co-anchor of the network’s election and special event political coverage alongside Bret Baier.
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NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will succeed Sheinelle Jones as co-host of Weekend Today, with Peter Alexander. Jones announced last month she was leaving the show to spend more time with her family.
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Wireless speaker maker Sonos is suing Google, seeking a ban on Google speakers, smartphones and laptops in the US, as well as financial compensation. “Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. Sonos alleges Chromecast Audio and Google Home speakers, Nest Mini, Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, Nest Wifi Point, Pixel phones, Pixel Slate Tablet and Pixelbook laptop all infringe on its patents.
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thirtysomething(else), a sequel to 1987-1991 series thirtysomething, landed a pilot pickup from ABC. The show will follow the grown-up children of the original cast, reprised by Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, and Patty Wettig.
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ABC also picked up The Brides to pilot. Vampire drama comes from executive producer/writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale), Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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More fun and games at ABC: The net is bringing back Supermarket Sweep, hosted and executive produced by SNL standout Leslie Jones, and a new version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Produced by Fremantle, Supermarket Sweep follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills. “I’ve always dreamed of being on Supermarket Sweep,” said Jones. “Seriously, I tried out for the show years ago; and after getting turned away, I knew I’d have to take matters into my own hands. Being able to bring the iconic game show back to life on ABC is my ultimate redemption story!” The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become adapted in 13 international territories. Production on the 10-episode order is set to begin this spring. Millionaire will feature celebrities playing for charity, and an interactive game viewers can play from home, starting Wednesday, April 8.
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A series based on The Last of the Mohicans is in development at HBO Max. Written by Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) and Nick Osborne (Remember Me) and directed by Nicole Kassell (Watchmen), the series will be a retelling of James Fenimore Cooper’s historical novel.
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Quibi announced the development of The Hot Drop, a new take on the dating genre. At the start of each week, Quibi will drop a profile of an eligible single, and the audience can submit videos vying for the possibility to join the single on an adventure via the Quibi app. That same week, Quibi will reveal the top three candidates; then the Quibi community will determine who goes on the date. ITV America’s Sirens Media and ITV Studios Entertainment are producing.
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Netflix gave a 10-episode order to Love Is Blind, a dating show hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey. Unscripted series from Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight), following singles who want to meet the person they’ll spend the rest of their lives with without having seen them, premieres February 13.
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A documentary exploring the connections between the mythical creatures in JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and real animals is on the way from the BBC, Warner Bros and the UK’s Natural History Museum. Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History (wt) will be made by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and narrated by Stephen Fry.
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Netflix’s Ozark is back for a ten-episode season three on March 27. Jason Bateman and Laura Linney star in the drug-money-laundering drama.
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The Baker and the Beauty, a “modern-day fairytale” from ABC, debuts Monday, April 6 at 10p. Romantic dramedy focuses on the relationship between a man who works in his family’s bakery and an international superstar.
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Also on the way from ABC is an addition the The Bachelor franchise.The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, which will have single men and women going on dates that focus on music, premieres Monday, April 13 at 8p.
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Comedic travel series High & Low made it onto the upcoming programming slate of Quibi. Produced by Renegade 83, High & Low explores the luxury and budget options at travel destinations.
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Cleo TV offered season two premiere dates for Cleo Speaks (Saturday, February 15 at 9a), Just Eats With Chef JJ (Saturday, February 22 at 12p), New Soul Kitchen (Saturday, April 4 at 12:30p) and Heart of the Batter with Jordin Sparks (Saturday, May 9 at 1p).
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Discovery’s new programming block, “Off the Grid Thursdays,” begins tonight with a new episode of Homestead Rescue, followed by the series premiere of Reclaimed and a new season of Building Off the Grid.
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Netflix earned the most nominations for the GLAAD Media Awards, which honor outstanding LGBTQ images in the media. The streamer’s 15 nods were followed by HBO’s 8. ABC, CBS, and NBC each earned 4 nominations, Apple TV+ and Disney+ received their first nominations (for Dickinson and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, respectively). ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise and MTV’s Are You The One? received their first nominations in the Outstanding Reality Program category, and Univision received 7 nominations in Spanish-Language categories.
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Seven honorees will be celebrated at the Cable Center Hall of Fame celebration on April 30 in NYC, including Bridget Baker, CEO, Baker Media; Jim Blackley, advisor to the CEO, Charter Communications; Cathy Hughes, founder and chairwoman, TV One, and Alfred C. Liggins III, CEO, Urban One and chairman and CEO, TV One; cable pioneer Jeff Marcus; Dave Watson, president and CEO, Comcast Cable; and Jeff Zucker, chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports and president, CNN Worldwide.
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A&E’s second annual “True Crime Week” gave the network its best week in six years (averaging 577,000 A25-54). The event, which kicked off January 1, made A&E the #2 cable network for the week (12/30/19-1/5/20) among A25-54, behind ESPN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season two premiere of Univision’s Amor Eterno reached nearly 3 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the episode. The one-hour premiere averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 747,000 A18-49 and 305,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.2 Live+SD) was one of the few programs that remained steady in an otherwise low-rated Christmas session ending December 29, with a boost from its holiday-themed “Kelly and Ryan’s Christmas Eve” telecast. Usual talk topper Dr. Phil (new season low 1.8, down 25%) was in repeats on all five days, but was still in second place among talk shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC was the #1 fastest growing ad-supported cable network in Prime in 2019 with P/W25-54, W18-49 and P2+, rising in the overall ad-supported cable rankings to become the #2 cable network with W25-54/18-49 and #3 with W18-34. In other Discovery Inc. highlights: In Live+3 Nielsen numbers, Discovery Channel wrapped 2019 as cable’s #1 network in Prime among M25-54 (excl. sports) for the 5th straight year; HGTV nabbed the #1 spot in Weekend among upscale W25-54; Food Network was a top 10 cable network in Prime among P25-54 (#9) and W25-54 (#7); ID finished 2019 as the #1 cable network for W25-54 in Total Day for the 3rd consecutive year, and was #2 for P25-54, behind only ESPN; OWN delivered 3 of the top 10 original scripted series on cable among W25-54; Animal Planet was a top 10 cable destination for women on Saturday nights (W2+) for 2 out of 4 quarters in 2019 (2Q19-3Q19); Travel Channel had its highest-rated year ever in Prime among HHs & W25-54 and second-highest-rated year ever among P25-54, while Science Channel boasts its highest-rated year among P25-54 with YAGO in Prime and Total Day; and Cooking Channel posted its highest ever Primetime ratings among P25-54 (+7% vs. YAGO) and M25-54 (+14%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time delivered 14.42 million viewers on Tuesday, and 2.4 among A18-49. The premiere of NBC musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist drew 2.66 million viewers and 0.6 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
My Name is Lucy Barton with Laura Linney is opening on Wednesday January 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/my-name-lucy-barton/

Freestyle Love Supreme (created by Lin-Manuel Miranda) is closing on Sunday January 12, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/freestyle-love-supreme/

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 2, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/2/20)
A&E: 60 Days In (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Last Man Standing (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Deputy (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Christina on the Coast (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Dead of Winter (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: How The Universe Works (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: My Feet Are Killing Me (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (Finale) at 9pm

Snap is launching Bitmoji TV, a cartoon series starring users’ customizable avatars and those of their friends, for its Discover section. The Snapchat Show page for Bitmoji TV says it will debut globally in February.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hasbro’s $3.8 billion acquisition of Canadian studio Entertainment One is complete. “Our businesses are highly complementary with substantial synergies and a great cultural fit,” said Hasbro chairman and CEO Brian Goldner of the deal, which gives Hasbro access to popular characters like Peppa Pig and Ricky Zoom. “The addition of eOne accelerates our blueprint strategy by expanding our brand portfolio with eOne’s beloved global preschool brands, adding proven TV and film expertise, and creating additional opportunities for long-term profitable growth.” Darren Throop, eOne president and CEO, will report to Goldner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eddie Murphy, up for a Critics’ Choice Award for his role in Netflix’s Dolemite Is My Name, won’t go home empty-handed even if he doesn’t win Best Actor. The SNL vet will receive the Critics’ Choice Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the ceremony on Sunday, January 12 broadcast on The CW.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carrie Underwood announced that after 12 years of hosting the CMA Awards, she’s stepping down. “It’s hard to imagine topping what we have accomplished together, so I’ve decided that it’s time to pass the hosting torch (at least for now!) to others that will cherish it and honor it as much as I do,” said the country music star. Underwood hosted the show for 11 years with “partner in crime and friend for life” Brad Paisley, and last year was joined by Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel space series How the Universe Works returns for season eight tonight at 9p with a two-hour special that investigates the threat of a catastrophic asteroid impact.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube and Justin Bieber are partnering for Justin Bieber: Seasons. The 10-part docu-series chronicling the making of Bieber’s new album is set to debut Monday, January 27 at 12p; new eps will launch Mondays and Wednesdays at noon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix shared its Top 10 lists of titles for 2019. Topping the chart in the US is Adam Sandler/Jennifer Aniston movie Murder Mystery, followed by season three of Stranger Things; Ryan Reynolds movie 6 Underground; The Incredibles 2; The Irishman; new series The Witcher; Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck; Ted Bundy film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Umbrella Academy; and movie The Highwaymen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

One popular show fans will no longer find on Netflix is Friends, which ended its run at midnight on December 31, and is set to join HBO Max when the service arrives in May. If you gotta have Friends, the 1994-2004 sitcom that never gets old is still airing on TBS and Nick at Nite, and is for sale via digital retailers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Netflix news, The Witcher was the most in-demand TV series in the world during its first full week of availability, from December 22-28, according to Parrot Analytics. The new fantasy drama was 37.12x more in demand than the average series globally.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The debut of Fox’s Flirty Dancing, following football, delivered 3.2 million viewers and an 0.9/4 rating among A18-49 on Sunday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s broadcast of the second leg of the LMX Apertura Final on Sunday night drew 3.0 million total viewers and 1.6 million among A18-49, making it the highest-rated LMX MX match in 2019 on the net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon died December 27 at age 88. Sheldon was best known to TV audiences as a sidekick to Merv Griffin, as well as for work in shows including Run, Buddy, Run, The Simpsons and Family Guy, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
My Name is Lucy Barton is starting previews on Saturday January 4, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/my-name-lucy-barton/

Derren Brown: Secret is closing on Saturday January 4, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/derren-brown-secret/

Waitress is closing on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/waitress/

A Christmas Carol is closing on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/a-christmas-carol/

Slava’s Snowshow is closing on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/slavas-snowshow-broadway/

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays is on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/illusionistsmagic-holidays/

Tootsie is closing on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/tootsie/

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is closing on Sunday January 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-lightning-thief/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 26, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/26/19)
FOOD NETWORK: Restaurant: Impossible (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: You (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Bonfire of Destiny (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Fast & Furious: Spy Racers (Premiere)
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Underground Marvels (Finale) at 10pm

BROADWAY
A Soldier’s Play with David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood, Jerry O’Connell, and Nnamdi Asomugha (Kerry Washington’s Husband) is starting previews on Friday December 27, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/soldiers-play/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 12, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/12/19)
ABC: The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition (Premiere) at 9pm
VICELAND: The 2020 Project (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop (Finale) at 9pm

Nominees in TV categories for the SAG Awards include broadcast’s single nod, for Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), along with Steve Carell and Billy Crudup (The Morning Show), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and David Harbour (Stranger Things) for male actor in a drama series; Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) for female actor in a drama series; Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method), Bill Hader (Barry), Andrew Scott (Fleabag) and Tony Shaloub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) for male actor in a comedy; and Christina Applegate (Dead to Me), Alex Borstein and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) for female actor in a comedy. Awards show airs Sunday, January 19 at 8p on TBS and TNT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Website ET Online and streaming network ET Live are merging , leading to the layoffs of at least 12 people. “We have integrated the ET Online and ET Live teams to create one content group that will support and drive the ET brand across all digital platforms,” said a CBS Television Distribution Digital spokesperson. “As a result, some positions were reduced.” ET Live hosts Tanner Thomason and Jason Carter were let go, while host Melicia Johnson moved to ET Digital.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV gave a season three renewal to Bargain Mansions , with an order for eight new episodes. The Kansas City-based series attracted more than 11.2 million Total Viewers during its sophomore run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marvel Television is shutting down , with current TV projects continuing but development on new shows discontinued. Karim Zreik, SVP of current programming and production, and his team will move to the Marvel Studios group, but the change is expected to mean the elimination of other positions. Word of the impending exit of Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb came out in October.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An upcoming scripted series from Netflix will follow the story of music streamer Spotify. Yellow Bird UK (Young Wallander) is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox put in development an animated comedy about identical twin brothers with nothing in common except DNA, reports Deadline. Show comes from creators Mike Luciano and Phil Matarese (Animals); studio is Fox Entertainment’s SideCar Content Accelerator.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In new Discovery Channel series Reclaimed, homesteaders who purchased mining claims for pennies on the dollar enlist two experts to help unearth hidden treasure. Launching Thursday, January 9 at 9p, the series is part of Discovery’s new “Off the Grid Thursdays” block, along with Homestead Rescue (premiering January 2) and Building Off the Grid, beginning a new season January 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Miz & Mrs will be back for season two on USA on Wednesday, January 29 at 10p. Docu-series follows the family lifestyle of married WWE stars The Miz and Maryse, and complements USA’s five hours of live WWE programming each week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also picked up for a sophomore run is Comedy Central interview show Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik. “Anthony has a knack for wit and irony in the flow of conversation, which makes him a hilarious and great interviewer,” said Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, Co-Heads of Original Content at CC. “It’ll be a treat to see him continue to push boundaries with an all-new lineup of comedian friends.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Miami kicks off Monday, January 6 at 9p, after Love & Hip Hop: New York. And here comes trouble: Joseline Hernandez returns to the franchise after a three-year absence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season six of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie drops Wednesday, January 15. Season seven of the comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin is slated to be its last.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO set a date for the long-awaited season 10 debut of Curb Your Enthusiasm . The Larry David comedy, which last released new episodes in 2017, returns Sunday, January 19 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning , a three-night event that follows up on the explosive documentary seen by over 26.8 million people, begins Thursday, January 2 at 9p. A six-hour marathon of part one starts at 3p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Universal Kids preschool series Powerbirds lands Sunday, January 19 at 10a. Show centers on parakeets with super powers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With no lack of grist for the mill, Showtime’s The Circus returns for season five on Sunday, January 26 at 8p – a week before the Iowa caucuses. Season four had its finale on November 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney and France Télévisions ordered two more seasons preschool hit Gigantosaurus from Cyber Group Studios. The CGI-animated series will add 104 new episodes, to be made available worldwide on both Disney Junior and Disney+ as well as France Télévisions and Germany’s Super RTL.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Ellie Kemper and Ike Barinholtz will reprise their All in the Family roles as Archie and Edith Bunker, Gloria Stivic and Meathead in Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times, a holiday event airing on ABC on Wednesday, December 18 at 8p. Joining the cast this time around are Kevin Bacon, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Justina Machado (One Day at Time); Good Times talent will be announced at a later date. Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons, broadcast in May, averaged 14.29 million Total Viewers and a 2.86 rating among A18-49 across all platforms after 35 days of TV playback.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios offered up a launch date for Ilana Glazer: The Planet Is Burning. The Broad City star’s first stand-up special debuts Friday, January 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Sunday booked frequent President Trump targets James Comey and Adam Schiff. The former FBI director and the House Intelligence Committee Chairman will each be interviewed by Chris Wallace.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lauren Ash (Superstore), Karamo (Queer Eye) and singer/actress Kelly Rowland will sit on the judging panel for the Miss America 2020 competition, airing Thursday, December 19 at 8p on NBC. Access Hollywood hosts Kit Hoover and Mario Lopez will host. The show will be led by a female director, Sandra Restrepo, whose live show credits include the first live televised musical performance of Hamilton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Revolt TV year-end marathon Revolt Rewind runs from December 26 to January 1, putting a lens on viral moments, game-changing new artists, big surprises and cultural shifts. On tap are n ew year-end specials from State of the Culture, Drink Champs: Happy Hour, Funny AF, The Breakfast Club and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision was the #2 broadcast net last Thursday for the entire night among A18-34, with live coverage of the 2019 Liga MX Apertura Semifinals averaging 1.8 million Total Viewers 2+, 937,000 A18-49 and 410,000 A18-34. It was also the third most-watched program on broadcast television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication ratings for the week ending December 1 , many, but not all, shows were able to exclude the very low-rated Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday from their averages. Game shows were hit hard, with Jeopardy (5.9, down 6%), Family Feud (new season low 5.3, down 10%) and Wheel of Fortune(new season low 5.2, down 17%) all losing ground. Among the major rookies, The Kelly Clarkson Show (1.4, up 8%) was the highest rated new show of the season for the 12th week in a row, drawing approximately 2.0 million daily viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of the Bounce original movie Greyson Family Christmasreached over one million Total Viewers on Sunday, December 8. The premiere telecast at 9p also delivered 388,000 HHs, 173,000 P18-49 and 178,000 P25-54. The net’s Every Day But Christmas on Sunday, December 1 also topped one million Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of December 8, UniMas for the seventh consecutive week delivered double-digit year-over-year audience growth during primetime among Total Viewers 2+ (+42% to 571,000), A18-49 (+48% to 267,000) and A18-34 (+26% to 103,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Harry Connick Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter is opening on Thursday December 12, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/harry-connick-jr-celebration-cole-porter/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 5, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/5/19)
A&E: Court Cam (Premiere) at 9pm
BLUPRINT: Fashion Sewing with Jhoan Sebastian Grey (Premiere)
BRAVO: Project Runway (Premiere) at 9:30pm
FYI: Ultimate Rides (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: My Lottery Dream Home (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Interrogator (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Ex On The Beach (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Home For Christmas (Premiere)
OXYGEN: An Unexpected Killer (Premiere) at 8pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Premiere) at 9pm

The merger of Viacom and CBS concluded after the close of markets yesterday. “This is a historic moment that brings together two iconic companies to form one of the world’s most important content producers and providers,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of ViacomCBS. “Through the combination of CBS’s and Viacom’s complementary assets, capabilities and talented teams, ViacomCBS will create and deliver premium content for its own platforms and for others, while providing innovative solutions for advertisers and distributors globally.” The companies agreed to an all-stock deal in August.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marketers’ word of the year in 2019 is “personalization,” according to the Association of National Advertisers’ annual survey. Other top choices included “equality and inclusion,” “data,” and “in-house”; last year’s #1 was “brand purpose.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lady Gaga will be the featured performer for AT&T’s Super Bowl eve concert on February 1. The event, formerly DirecTV Super Saturday Night and renamed AT&T Super Saturday Night, will be live-streamed at twitter.com/ItsOnATT. Previous performers include Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Jay-Z and Beyonce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifestyle entertainment company Kin struck a deal with TV One-owned Cleo TV to license lifestyle programming beginning in 2020. Episodes of All Things Adrienne and Heart of the Batter, originally developed and distributed for social platforms including YouTube and Facebook, have been re-edited as half-hour TV formats and will premiere on January 4, 2020 and in May 2020, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV winners of the American Film Institute’s AFI Awards 2019 include HBO’s Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, Succession, Veep and Watchmen; FX’s Fosse/Verdon and Pose; and Netflix’s The Crown, Unbelievable and When They See Us, with a special award going to the BBC’s Fleabag. Two Netflix films made the movie cut: The Irishman and Marriage Story. Honorees will be recognized at a private lunch in LA on January 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET original scripted miniseries Uptown will tell the story of Andre Harrell’s NYC record label, Uptown Records. Three-part event, premiering in 2020, will take viewers from the iconic label’s inception to current day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox put in development crime drama Silent Witness, starring Melissa Leo (The Fighter), who will executive produce with Joy Blake (Outlander) and Kim and Eric Tannenbaum. Also in development at the net is comedy This Country, from Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). Both are adaptations of UK shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

David Tennant (Doctor Who) will play Phileas Fogg in an adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days produced by Slim Film + Television, reports Deadline. Eight-part drama will air on France Télévisions, ZDF in Germany, Italy’s RAI, Seven West Media in Australia and the BBC in the UK. David Niven played Fogg in the 1956 film adaptation, while Steve Coogan took on the role in a 2004 version.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures’ Affirm Films, focused on inspirational and family-friendly content, is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to dive into the faith-based TV market. Marybeth Sprows, formerly VP Original Programming for Crown Media Family Networks, will serve as VP of the new division, Affirm Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tigra & Dazzler Show showrunner Erica Rivinoja (Girls Trip) and the comedy’s writing staff have been let go from the Hulu series due to creative differences with Marvel, according to the Hollywood Reporter. While production has been paused, Hulu and Marvel reportedly remain committed to moving forward with the adult-themed animated comedy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube stars Amy and Tammy Slaton share their efforts to lose enough weight to qualify for bariatric surgery in TLC’s new 1000-Lb Sisters, launching Wednesday, January 1 at 10p. Docu-series follows the determined sibs from doctor appointments, to exercise attempts, to giving up treats like bananas dipped in Miracle Whip and rolled in chopped peanuts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Naked and Afraid takes its survivalist challenge to a new level, dropping series vets alone in the wild, instead of in pairs. New season debuts Sunday, January 5 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also returning to Discovery is Dusty Crum, in Guardians of the Glades. Crum and his crew of snake hunters get back to work on Florida’s python problem starting Tuesday, January 7 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In Travel Channel spin-off Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room, the Ghost Adventures team revisit and reflect on their favorite episodes, starting Thursday, January 2 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is serving up a second season of Extreme Love starting Friday, January 3 at 10p. Docu-series looks at real people in unreal (think mermaid couples and role-playing kittens) relationships.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A second installment of Infinity Train arrives on Cartoon Network on Monday, January 6 at 7:30p. In the five-night event, two episodes will air nightly, telling the story of an escaped reflection from the mirror world and a 14-year-old jock from Arizona.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Collector’s Call, starring Lisa Whelchel (Facts of Life), returns to MeTV for an expanded 26-episode season on Sunday, January 12 at 9:30p. Series explores private collections like Batman costumes, Star Trek drawings and signed guitars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Netflix’s Locke and Key, an adaptation of the IDW Comics novels, is set for February 7. Story follows three siblings who move into their ancestral home and discover magical keys that could be connected to their father’s mysterious death.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC has a Marvel-ous special slated for Friday, December 20 at 8p. Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee, filmed in front of a live audience in NYC, explores the life of the legendary comic creator via interviews and archival footage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One original film Dear Santa, I Need a Date premieres Sunday, December 8 at 7p. Romantic comedy stars Ray J (Moesha) and Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Cleveland Show).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Film and TV distribution company FilmRise acquired North American rights for the film Driveways, starring Hong Chau (Watchmen), Lucas Jaye (Fuller House), Brian Dennehy (Cocoon) and Christine Ebersole (The Wolf of Wall Street).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV rings in 2020 with a marathon of NewsRadio on New Year’s Day, starting at 5a. The 1995-1999 sitcom will air weeknights at 12:30a on the net starting January 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo star Gaby Espino will serve as a judge in the Miss Universe Competition, airing live and in Spanish on Telemundo, and in English on Fox, on Sunday, December 8 at 7p. Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega has also joined the panel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) will guest star as himself on Spectrum’s Mad About You revival, while Jean Smart (Watchmen) will play a lifestyle guru… Lou Llobell (Voyagers), Leah Harvey (Les Miserables), Laura Birn (Helene), Terrence Mann (Sense8) and Cassian Bilton (A Devil’s Harmony) landed series regular roles in Apple drama series Foundation…Finesse Mitchell (SNL) will appear as a series regular in Fox comedy Outmatched.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s World News Tonight won the November sweep in both Total Viewers (8.945 million) and A25-54 (1.754 million) for the first time in 23 years, according to Nielsen. NBC Nightly News was first among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s “7 Night Thanksgiving Movie Event” propelled the network to rank #1 in Total Day among W25-54 and W18-49. The event featured seven consecutive nights of original holiday movie premieres, three of which represented the highest-rated non-news, non-sports cable programs of the week. The premieres averaged a 2.7 Household rating, 2.8 million Total Viewers, 469,000 W25-54, and reached 15.5 million Unduplicated Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E special Biography – Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On grew +3% in the second night, to1.243 million Total Viewers for Part 2 versus Part 1’s 1.201 million. Part one had been the net’s biggest Biography audience in 15 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

November marks seven consecutive months of YoY Prime growth among W25-54 for TLC, and the net saw its best November Prime performance in 16 years among P/W25-54. In 2019 to-date, TLC is the #1 cable network among W18-49 and #2 among W25-54, boosted by the launch of freshman series including sMothered.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Bounce original movie Every Day But Christmas reached over 1 million Total Viewers on Sunday, December. 1. The premiere telecast at 9p delivered 311,000 Households, 106,000 P18-49 and 113,000 P25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC won the primetime ratings week of November 25 with the network’s highest weekly A18-49 and A25-54 ratings of the season and best Total Viewer average in the year since Nov.19-25, 2018, according to Live+SD figures from Nielsen. NBC won the week in 10 of 10 key measures – adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Jagged Little Pill is opening on Thursday December 5, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jagged-little-pill/

Harry Connick Jr. – A Celebration of Cole Porter is starting previews Saturday December 7, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/harry-connick-jr-celebration-cole-porter/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

November 14, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 11/14/19)
MTV: Floribama Shore (Premiere) at 8pm
NETFLIX: The Stranded (Premiere)
SNAP: Compton Dreams (Premiere)
ACORN TV: Doc Martin (Finale)
OXYGEN: Killer Couples (Finale) at 8pm

FOX Television Stations renewed 25 Words or Less for a second season , and also picked up Divorce Court for a 22nd year and Dish Nation for a ninth. “Every day, America welcomes us into their homes to laugh, cry and play,” said FTS Executive Vice President of Programming and Development, Stephen Brown. “We are part of their everyday ritual and we look forward to being there for a long time to come.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS is going full force with Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, ordering the weekly late-nighter for a fifth season. Additionally, TBS has renewed its first look deal with Bee’s production company, Swimsuit Competition. “I’m beyond grateful for the opportunity to continue doing this show for another season,” said Bee. “Excited to still be at it when Trump finally gives up the presidency at the end of his fifth term, January 2036. I heard he’ll be leaving to spend more time with his family. JK JK.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Streaming service Disney+, launched Tuesday, boasted ten million sign-ups by Wednesday , according to the company, thanks to “extraordinary consumer demand” that likely explained early technical snafus. The service has a price tag of $6.99/month, with a seven-day free trial. Despite the early report on numbers, Disney warned, “Moving forward, there are no plans to release Disney+ subscriber data outside of The Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings calls.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook removed a record seven million hate speech posts in 3Q19 ,almost 60% more than the quarter prior. The social media giant also censored 3.2 million posts for bullying and harassment, versus 2.5 million in 2Q19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s The Late Show will air a week a shows featuring host Stephen Colbert’s trip to New Zealand starting Monday, November 18. Each night, Colbert will share videos that celebrate the nation, including an interview with Lord of the Rings director-producer Peter Jackson at Hobbiton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC picked up competition series Ultimate Surfer , which will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California. Production will begin in 2020; surf star Kelly Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV gave the greenlight to new event series  Home Town Rescue(wt), starring Ben and Erin Napier as they take on their biggest project yet – an entire town in need of a renovation. “Home Town Rescue is exactly what fans of Ben and Erin have been asking for and it will change one lucky community in a powerful and significant way,” said Betsy Ayala, SVP, programming and development for HGTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Quibi issued an order for Slugfest , a docu-series exploring the rivalry between Marvel and DC Comics, produced by Anthony and Joe Russo (Avengers: Endgame).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series Sometimes I Lie, starring and exec produced by Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), landed a script commitment from Fox. Project comes from Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judy & Liza & Robert & Freddie & David & Sue & Me, the memoir written by Judy Garland’s manager and agent  Stevie Phillips , is being adapted into a TV series, reports Deadline. Athena Pictures and American Entertainment Investors are developing the project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed The Witcher for season two . Freshman run of the fantasy series starts December 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios ordered The Peripheral, the sci-fi thriller drama from creator/EP/showrun
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix gave a season two order to docu-series Sex Life , following people on sexual and intimate journeys.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Travel Channel original series Trending Fear premieres Friday, December 20 at 11p, following Buzzfeed author Adam Ellis and two friends who hope to help people take back their lives after encounters with the paranormal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Airline pilot Peter Weber starts his run as ABC’s The Bachelor on Monday, January 6 at 8p. It will be the reality show’s 24th season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spring descends on North Star Ranch as Discovery’s Alaskan Bush People returns Wednesday, December 4 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s Homicide for the Holidays is back for season four on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dragonfish Bingo Network and Discovery Inc. are teaming to launch a real money online bingo site in the UK tied to Say Yes to the Dress. Positively Distinctive Media will advise and execute the marketing, promotional and operational strategy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On-demand platform CuriosityStream will launch Hi$tory,  looking at some of the greatest myths of American history, on Monday, November 18. Four-part series is hosted by Peter Sagal. In more CuriosityStream news, the platform is expanding its international reach with distribution partnerships  in Africa, New Zealand and the Bahamas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New animated series My Little Pony: Pony Life will premiere new content on Discovery Family and Discovery Family GO, along with short form content on the My Little Pony YouTube channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

THIRTEEN’s children’s series  Cyberchase kicks off Season 12 with Thanksgiving special Giving Thanks Day, premiering Friday, November 22 on PBS KIDS 24/7 channel (check local listings) and live stream.
(Source: Cynopsis)

First We Feast, part of Complex Networks , explores the world of Japanese comfort cooking in Gochi Gang, premiering Tuesday, November 12 at 11a on First We Feast’s YouTube channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

We’ll drink to that: As part of the brand experiences at the first-ever BravoCon, PepsiCo, BravoCon’s presenting sponsor and official pouring partner, will unveil Pepsi Sparkling Rosé, a cnew, custom beverage designed exclusively for fans for the weekend. Brand partners Hotels.com, Lay’s Poppables, Pure Leaf, State Farm and Talenti Gelato will also have activations “designed to bring Bravo’s passionate fanbase into a unique world of Housewives and Deckhands, Cheftestants and Socialites.” Event takes place November 15-17 in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media today announced the final selection to its PaleyLive LA fall season:  An Evening with Tyler Perry’s The Oval. Program will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 7p at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV is offering two full days of classic TV shows celebrating the holiday season beginning December 24 at 5a with a “Classic Christmas Collection,” featuring holiday episodes from shows including   Three’s Company, The Burns and Allen Show, Welcome Back, Kotter, Barney Miller, Dennis the Menace, Bewitched and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Sunday, November 17 at 10p, The Weather Channel will premiere Meltdown, a one-hour primetime special featuring national correspondent Dave Malkoff in a scientific exploration around the world with NASA experts to  bear witness to the rapid meltdown of glaciers at the top of our planet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Town Hall announced the inaugural Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact, the first major entertainment award to be named after a woman of color, honoring excellence at the intersection of arts and activism. The award, named after actress, singer and activist Lena Horne, will be presented to the soon-to-be-announced recipient at an event in February 2020.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Noticias Telemundo presents Los Niños Perdidos De Guatemala (The Lost Children of Guatemala), a documentary about the thousands of irregular adoptions in Guatemala since the country’s civil war in the 1990s, on Sunday, November 17 at 11:30a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MexicanicosDiscovery en Español’s most successful original production , will celebrate its 50 th episode on Monday, December 16 at 10p. The anniversary episode will air within the net’s “Lunes de motores” (Motor Mondays) programming block.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eddie Griffin’s third Showtime comedy special , Eddie Griffin: E-Niggma, premieres on Friday, December 6 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Onboard Freeform pilot Last Summer are Chiara Aurelia (Tell Me Your Secrets), Mika Abdalla (Project Mc), Michale Landes (The Liberator), Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Harley Quinn Smith (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood), Allius Barnes (Unbelievable), Blake Lee (Fam), Nathanial Ashton (Mr. Mercedes) and Brooklyn Sudano (Taken)…Dan Bakkedahl (Life in Pieces) and Augusto Aguilera (The Predator) have joined the cast of HBO Max’s Made for Love…Stephen Bishop (Moneyball) has joined the cast of Starz comedy pilot Run the World.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv reports more than 7 million viewers have tuned in to its Christmas movies so far this holiday season.  Christmas with a Prince: Becoming Royal  is UP’s #1 premiere movie title among W25-54 2019 to date, with over 1 million premiere night viewers tuning in.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s series premiere of History’s  Kings of Pain drew 924,000 Total Viewers and was the network’s second best non-fiction series premiere of 2019 among A25-54 (461,000) and A18-49 (344,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Latin music awards show Premios de la Radio , which aired on EstrellaTV Network, experienced a 4% increase in A18-49 viewership versus its telecast in 2018. In LA, Premios de la Radio ranked #2 regardless of language with A18-34, and with the event taking place live in Dallas for the first time, the awards show ranked #1 with A18-34 and A18-49 in Dallas and #2 in Houston, among Hispanic TV stations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Inheritance – Part 1 is opening on Sunday November 17, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance/

The Inheritance – Part 2 is opening on Sunday November 17, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance-part-2/

A Christmas Carol is opening on Wednesday November 20, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/a-christmas-carol/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

November 7, 2019

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 11/7/19)
ID: The Object of Murder (Premiere) at 9pm

It’s Game On! at CBS. The network ordered the comedy/game show series from exec producers James Corden and Ben Winston that’s based on UK series A League of Their Own. Keegan-Michael Key is onboard to host, with tennis champ Venus Williams and New England Patriots baller Rob Gronkowski serving as team captains and actor/comedian Bobby Lee (Mad TV) The Late Late Show With James Corden writer Ian Karmel serving as panelists.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard struck back at co-host and frequent critic Joy Behar and other regulars at the round table on ABC’s The View when she guested on the show yesterday. “Recently… some of you have accused me being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a Trojan horse or a useful idiot, I think is the term that you used,” she said, then went on to describe herself as a patriot and a “strong and intelligent woman of color… I have dedicated almost my entire adult life to protecting the safety, security and the freedom of all Americans in this country.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Happy Birthday Avery Scott, a drama based on the book The Year We Turned Forty by Lisa Steinke and Liz Fenton, is in development at ABC. From writer/producer Rina Mimoun (Mistresses), Anna Fricke (Valor), Secret Hideout and CBS Television Studios, series follows a woman facing a midlife existential crisis who gets the do-over of a lifetime.
(Source: Cynopsis)Ava DuVernay and her Array Filmworks and Kat Candler are developing an untitled drama series for TNT centered on the fatal aftermath of a Texas refinery accident and one woman’s move to seek justice through an unprecedented labor action. DuVernay and Candler work together on OWN drama Queen Sugar.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW is developing Kung Fu, a reboot of the ‘70s David Carradine-starring TV series with a female lead. From the Blindspot team of Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti & Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV, reimagined series sees a young Chinese-American woman, who dropped out of college for a life-changing journey at an isolated monastery, return to her hometown where she uses her martial arts skills to combat crime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/director Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Yesterday) is teaming with Locksmith Animation to create an animated feature for digital platforms based on a series of Christmas children’s books he penned. The Empty Stocking will be produced by Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon, Toy Story) alongside Locksmith heads Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV is developing an adaptation of Lindsey Davis’ Falco Roman private detective novels. Project, initially at the BBC, is now being overseen by ITV drama chief Polly Hill.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kids entertainment producer Driver Digital and Driver Media are uniting under the new umbrella Driver Studios. The company is home to digital native brands under the Cool School moniker including Storytime with Ms. Booksy, The Stupendous Drew Pendous and Crafty Carol.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The full second season of Chasing the Sun launched this week on streaming service Journy. Series follows adventure-seeker, and former pro surfer and model Stephen Jake Friedman as he travels the world; this season he hits up Asia with stops in Malaysia, Vietnam, Bali and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV is entering a new field with fantasy football series All AXS Fantasy Football. Launching Sunday, November 10 at noon, series features a round-table of experts led by host Dave Farra providing gridiron guidance to help viewers dominate their Fantasy Football matchups…In more AXS sports news, the net and Fight Network inked a deal with Combate Americas to become the exclusive English-language broadcaster of the Hispanic mixed martial arts franchise’s events in the US and Canada. They’ll air at least 35 MMA events in 2020, plus carry related programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

I’ll Have What You’re Having, starring digital creator Alonzo Lerone and from Studio71, launches on Facebook Watch on Monday, November 11. Eight-ep series follows Lerone as he visits unique food locations in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Overhaulin’ returns to the MotorTrend App on Saturday, November 16with new eps on the subscription streaming service. Car designer Chip Foose, co-hosts Chris Jacobs and Adrienne Janic and the crew reunite to transform timeworn rides into works of fresh, four-wheeled art.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four-part Hulu original series The Accident drops Friday, November 22.Script follows the political and familial drama that ensues after an accident rips apart a fly-over community that had hinged hopes for betterment on a construction project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! announced talent appearing on stage at the E! People’s Choice Awards, airing Sunday, November 10 at 9p. Alex Morgan, David Spade, Jenna Dewan, Jeremy Scott, Joey King, Kelly Rowland, KJ Apa and Terry Crews are among presenters. As previously announced, Jennifer Aniston will receive the People’s Icon Award, Gwen Stefani the Fashion Icon Award, and Pink the People’s Champion Award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Camila Cabello, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Lizzo will perform at the 2019 American Music Awards, slated to air live on Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC. Event marks Eilish’s first awards show performance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cozi TV is welcoming some “Unexpected Guests” for Thanksgiving. Starting Thursday, November 28 at 8a, the net will air a four-day marathon including of guest appearances in shows including The Office, Will & Grace and The Nanny.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC streaming service Sundance Now gobbled up rights to five international dramas from Banijay Rights. Among the bounty are Norwegian detective series Wisting, starring Carrie-Anne Moss, which will launch December 18. Also, German-New Zealand thriller The Gulf (December 4), Denmark’s Couple Trouble and French drama The Red Shadows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime found its top-lining duo for its upcoming Salt-N-Pepa biopic. GG Townson (In the Cut, Everybody Hates Chris) will play Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom (The Bobby DeBarge Story, Undercover Brother 2) will portray Sandra “Pepa” Denton… Also at Lifetime, singer/singwriter J.T. Hodges scored a role in the film Christmas Stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a campaign that spans its brands including History, A&E and Lifetime, A+E Networks extended of its long-standing campaign to honor veterans with History’s new talent-heavy PSA “Thank Our Veterans” as the cornerstone. Kevin Bacon, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Keith, Matthew McConaughey, Olivia Munn and Andy Samberg are among those onboard for the 30-second spot, that aims to bring awareness to the ways in which viewers can support veterans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With three consecutive months of double-digit growth in Prime year on year, UPtv is heading into the holiday season with strong momentum. October Prime L3 is up 65 percent from year ago in W25-54, driven by new eps of Bringing Up Bates and the start of the Christmas season including the UPtv Premiere Movie A Christmas Movie Christmas. An all-day Christmas movie marathon on Sunday, October 27 reached over 2 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday night’s The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! scored a 2.6 rating/12 share in A18-49 and delivered ABC the highest-rated made-for-TV musical on any network in nearly four years, since Fox’s Grease in January 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is opening on Thursday November 7, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/tina-tina-turner-musical/

Christmas Spectacular starring The Radio City Rockettes is starting previews on Friday November 8, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-radio-city-christmas-spectacular/

Kristin Chenoweth: For The Girls is starting opening on Friday November 8, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/kristin-chenoweth-girls/

Slava Snowshow is starting previews on Monday November 11, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/slavas-snowshow-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

October 31, 2019

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 10/31/19)
NETFLIX: Nowhere Man (Premiere)
VICELAND: VICE News Reports (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing New York (Finale) at 9pm
CW: Mysteries Decoded (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Untold Stories of Hip-Hop (Finale) at 10pm

Twitter is banishing political advertising from its platform. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday. He added that machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes “present entirely new challenges to civic discourse,” and that it would be “best to focus our efforts on the root problems, without the additional burden and complexity taking money brings.” The new policy, banning not only ads for candidates but also issue ads, goes into effect November 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More Americans trust local news than they do national news, but perceptions of partisan bias are filtering down to the local level, according to a new study from Knight Foundation and Gallup. Diving deeper into big topics won’t help matters. “The data suggest that moving into more aggressive coverage of social and political issues could further polarize views – and possibly lead to an erosion of trust,” said the report. In the study, 75% of Democrats said local news did an “excellent” or “good” job, versus 54% of Republicans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC canceled Lodge 49 after two seasons. “This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television,” said AMC of the well-reviewed series, which during its sophomore run averaged 132,000 viewers A18-49 and 428,000 total viewers in Live+3, down 40% from season one.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Streaming service HBO Max, launching in July, will cost $14.99 – the same as HBO. That’s a price WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey called an “IQ test” for anyone deciding between the services. “Why wouldn’t you want twice the content for the same price?” Stankey asked during his company’s investors day. That said, the plan is for the linear channel to continue to operate as usual after the debut of its streaming sib.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tweens and teens aren’t as tuned into TV screens as they were in 2015, but they’re viewing more video. A new study from Common Sense Media found that 56% of eight- to 12-year-olds report watching video daily, up from 24% four years ago, and 69% A13-18 say they watch daily, up from 34% in 2015. Respondents in both groups say they watch about a half hour less of TV on a TV set today than they did in 2015, and most of that is time-shifted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Directors Guild of America reached a tentative deal with ABC, CBS and NBC for a new contract for those working in news, sports, operations and local stations that increases wages and fees by 2.5% in each of the three years of the agreement, among other things. “News, sports and local television collectively reach massive audiences, and the contributions of our members who work in these areas are absolutely critical to the success of these operations,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. ‘This deal is a testament to that value.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News’ digital editorial division voted to form a union representing about 150 workers. “Forming a union will afford us a collective voice in decisions that will benefit the entire company, providing much-needed transparency and ensuring a safer workplace,” said the employees in a letter to NBC management that also brought up “serious questions” about the handling of workplace sexual misconduct. NBC News EVP of Digital Chris Berend responded to the email in a memo to staff, saying the network would “address the request quickly.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will Arnett (Arrested Development), who voices Lego Batman in The Lego Movie films, will host Fox Lego-building competition series Lego Masters. Series premieres Wednesday, February 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuller House’s John Stamos has been set to star in Disney+ series Big Shot, written and exec produced by David E. Kelley and Dean Lorey and produced by ABC Studios. Stamos plays a college basketball coach who gets fired and takes job at an all-girls private school. “Disney has long been known for our aspirational sports stories, and we are so proud to be working with David and Dean on a relatable series that both inspires and entertains. It’s a great fit for Disney+,” said Agnes Chu, SVP, Content, Disney+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Daytime Emmy younger actor and actress categories will be combined, for the category Outstanding Younger Performer in a Drama Series. In other acting categories, performers will be encouraged to enter whichever they feel best suits their gender identity.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO ordered a Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon, from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal. Show is set 300 years before GoT and tells the story of the House of Targaryen. Condal will team with Miguel Sapochnik for showrunner duties.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix renewed Pennyworth for season two. Drama from Warner Horizon Scripted Television follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lots of HBO Max news this week, including a deal that makes the streamer the exclusive SVOD home to 10 CW dramas, Batwoman and Katy Keene among them. The series start streaming full seasons 30 days before the start of their following season. HBO Max also landed US streaming rights to South Park, effective next June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the kids and family series announced for HBO Max were crafts competition Craftopia; animated “learn through play” series Esme & Roy; animated prehistoric comedy The Fungies; and adventure competition Karma. Gen Z-focused programming includes the likes of 15 Minutes of Shame, a documentary film with Monica Lewinsky among its producers that explores the public shaming epidemic; College Girls (wt), a comedy from Mindy Kaling that follows three freshman roommates on a Vermont campus; DC Super Hero High, a comedy exec produced by Elizabeth Banks about teens in boarding school; and a Gossip Girl reboot. For adults, the lineup of shows included Lisa Ling-hosted cultural docu-series Birth, Wedding, Funeral; two new, reimagined seasons of animated comedy The Boondocks; a film about the late Anthony Bourdain; and psychosexual love story Crime Farm, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The plan is for HBO Max to release one episode at a time, versus Netflix’s binge model. “We like creating cultural impact and nurturing great value from our IP. Our creators also see the value in rolling out shows gradually and letting them breathe,” said Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spotify announced the launch of the Spotify Kids app, enabling children three and older to listen to their own music, and explore age-appropriate playlists and recommendations that are compiled by actual human beings, not algorithms. “We are excited to be expanding the Spotify Premium Family experience with a dedicated app just for our youngest fans. Spotify Kids is a personalized world bursting with sound, shape and color,” said Spotify’s Chief Premium Business Officer, Alex Norström.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Dennis Miller hosts four nights of films every Friday in November on TCM, with a few of his friends serving as co-hosts: Martin Short, Rita Wilson, Jay Leno and Dana Carvey. Each has chosen some of their favorite films to share with viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Taylor Swift will receive the Artist of the Decade award at the 2019 American Music Awards, and deliver a performance celebrating the biggest hits of her career. Swift, who has won more American Music Awards than any other artist this decade, is also a five-time nominee this year. Ceremony airs Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is going to the dogs again, with the 18th anniversary edition of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina. Holiday special airs Thanksgiving Day (noon-2p in all time zones), November 28, following the telecast of the net’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
(Source: Cynopsis)

REVOLT is being taken over by rapper and producer IDK today, for a day of Halloween-themed programming. REVOLT Hijacked: Halloween starts at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners are back to make liquor and evade the law, starting Tuesday, November 19 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Archaeology series Unearthed returns to Science Channel on Sunday, November 3 at 9p. Among the sites explored during the new season is the Tower of Babel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Netflix’s The End of the F***ing World returns November 5 in all territories outside the UK (where it premieres on Channel 4 the day before). Series is based on the comic books by Charles Forsman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of Star Gazers debuts on public television with a new host, Trace Dominguez, and university science partner, Florida Atlantic University, beginning Sunday, December 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The launch of Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” event kicked off with Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses, which ranked as the highest-rated and most-watched program on Saturday among Household rating (2.6), Total Viewers (2.6 milion), W25-54 (414,000), and W18-49 (328,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor/comedian John Witherspoon died October 29. He was 77. In addition to film roles, Witherspoon was featured on TV shows including The Wayans Bros., The Tracy Morgan Show, The Boondocks and Black Jesus, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Playwright/screenwriter Bernard Slade died October 30. He was 89. Slade created The Partridge Family, Bridget Loves Bernie and The Girl With Something Extra, and wrote Broadway’s Same Time, Next Year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Ian McKellen On Stage: With Tolkien, Shakespeare, Other…and You! is starting previews on Tuesday November 5, 2019.
http://www.playbill.com/production/ian-mckellen-on-stage-with-tolkien-shakespeare-others-and-you

Jagged Little Pill is starting previews on Sunday November 3, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jagged-little-pill/