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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 20, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/20/17)
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
LIFETIME: Married at First Sight (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Mysteries of the Abandoned (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Real Detective (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Hustle & Soul (Finale) at 10pm

Bill O’Reilly is out after over 20 years at Fox News Channel. 21st Century Fox decided to part ways with the O’Reilly Factor host amid the fallout from a New York Times article that described $13 million in sexual harassment settlements involving the network star. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not be returning,” said 21st Century Fox on Thursday. O’Reilly left for a pre-planned vacation on April 11, by which time over 50 advertisers had exited his show. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to unfounded claims,” said O’Reilly. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”
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Taking over O’Reilly’s plum 8p time slot will be Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson boosted numbers in the 9p hour when The Kelly File’s Megyn Kelly left the news net for a job at NBC News. Panel show The Five will slip into the 9p slot. Carlson makes the move on Monday, April 24, the day O’Reilly was scheduled to return from vacation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beta Research released its latest Brand Study, listing viewers’ top-ranked basic cable and digital cable networks. The nets described by viewers as one of their favorites included History (51%), Investigation Discovery (50%), American Heroes Channel and HGTV (both 49%), Cooking Channel and Food Network (48% each), Discovery Channel (47%) and Discovery Life and Nat Geo (46% each). On the ad front, viewers described themselves as more likely to buy products advertised on basic cable nets Nickelodeon (34%), Food Network (33%), Fox News Channel (32%), HGTV, ESPN2, OWN, Nick At Nite and Cartoon Network (all 31%), while Sprout (40%), Cooking Channel (38%), and Velocity, Viceland (newly measured in 2017) and Nick Jr. (all 36%) made the grade among digital basic networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID won its first Peabody Award. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, about the persecution of women of color in Texas, was among the winners in the Documentary category for programs released in 2016. “ID is proud to have supported the inspiring work of filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi and The Innocence Project of Texas, and we’re most appreciative of not only this honor but, even more, of the attention and recognition this film deserves, let alone its achievement of justice for the San Antonio Four,” Henry Schleiff, group president, ID, AHC and Destination America, tells Cynopsis. ID will air an encore of the film on Saturday, May 13 rom 10a-12p.
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It appears Billy Bush, booted from Today last year, wants back on the small screen. Bush, who was fired after a 2005 video surfaced of him playing along as his Access Hollywood guest, Donald Trump, made lewd comments about women, posted a video on Tuesday of himself getting haircut, singing (to the tune of Grease’s “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”), “Look at me, I’m Billy B., trying to get back on TV. My hair’s long and flat and it makes me look fat, and I can’t be. I’m Billy B.” Which makes us wonder…
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To mark the first anniversary of Prince’s death, Fuse and FM will honor the musician with programming, and purple logos. On Friday, April 21, FM will air half-hour special The Prince Effect, and blocks of music videos commemorating the “Purple One” will run from 8:30a-12:30p on Fuse and 8-9p on FM.
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New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards will honor the best in TV and film at the 2017 gala on Tuesday, April 25, at NAB in Las Vegas. Tony Petitti, COO of Major League Baseball will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Jane Lynch (Glee) will host National Geographic’s Earth Live, a two-hour event offering rare looks at the animal kingdom in real time, shot by wildlife cinematographers across the globe.  “It’s going to be a groundbreaking, beautiful and action-packed wildlife symposium that will help viewers from all across the world better understand the animals that live around them,” said Lynch. Show premieres Sunday, July 9 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History reveals the surprising beginnings of American superhero characters in 2-part doc Superheroes Decoded, premiering Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 at 9p. Stan Lee (Marvel Comics), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and more offer commentary.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LMN is premiering original movie The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit followed by Deadly Secrets By the Lake starting at 8p on Friday, June 2. The flicks are part of a multi-platform partnership between A+E Networks and Harlequin that also includes e-books and immersive digital and social experiences.
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Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will air from Hollywood for the first time the week starting Sunday, May 21. “We’ve been fantasizing about taking the show to LA for eight years,” said Cohen. “I feel like we’re hitting the big time.”
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The Daily Show writer/contributor Michelle Wolf landed an HBO stand-up up special, slated to tape in New York this summer. “It’s HBO, it’s a dream,” said Wolf. “I’m mostly just trying not to get hit by a bus before I tape.”
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Adventure cameraman Mungo explores myths and legends (dragon-like reptiles, shape-shifting creatures and the like) in new Animal Planet series Expedition Mungo, launching Sunday, May 28 at 10p.
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The title character in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is heading to college, according to the trailer for season 3. (Kimmy, played by The Office’s Ellie Kemper, missed out on college while living in a doomsday cult’s underground bunker.) New season starts streaming May 19.
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Tonight’s debut of Mysteries of the Abandoned on Science Channel explores California’s Goat Canyon Trestle railway, aka the “Impossible Railroad”; an anti-ballistic missile radar in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the perilous Grades Goulets Road in the French Alps. Series premieres at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sean Astin has been replaced by Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) in TNT’s upcoming drama The Alienist. TNT attributed the switch to “scheduling difficulties”; Astin had been juggling shooting The Alienist in Budapest with season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things in Atlanta.
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HGTV ’s Island Life was the second highest rated cable show of Sunday night among upscale A25-54 and W25-54, with the current season trending up 14% versus the prior season. Caribbean Life is also up 14 percent versus the prior season among P25-54 and is on track to be the highest rated season to date.
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The premiere of Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet posted a 1.0 rating P25-54 and a 1.2 rating W25-54, ranking No. 4 and No. 3 respectively among all cable networks and generating year-over-year double-digit lifts, up 52% among P25-54 and 44% among W25-54.
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The premiere of Univision’s reality series La Reina de la Cancion (The Queen of Song) averaged 1.7 million total viewers 2+, 847,000 A18-49, 438,000 A18-34 and 553,000 P12-34 on Monday, making it the No. 1 Spanish-language network during the 8p hour.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As cable news continues to draw viewers, MSNBC is grabbing a bigger piece of the pie. Collectively, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are 31% higher in viewing for the year so far, with FNC logging a 51.1% share (a slight dip from 51.8% year-ago), CNN grabbing 24.8 % (from 28.3%) and MSNBC accounting for 24.1%, up from 19.9%.
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Greed is good – at least for emerging net Escape, which reached 1.8 million viewers 2+ with its 12-hour marathon of American Greed on Saturday. Operated by Katz Broadcasting, Escape is in 99 million homes and 85% of the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce is opening on Thursday April 20, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/hello-dolly/

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – The Musical with Christian Borle is opening on Sunday April 23, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory/

Anastasia is opening on Monday April 24, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/anastasia/

Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey and Corey Hawkins is opening on Tuesday April 25, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/six-degrees-separation/

Bandstand is opening on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/bandstand/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 13, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/13/17)
FOOD: Beat Bobby Flay (Premiere) at 10pm
CMT: Sun Records (Finale) at 10pm
NBC: The Blacklist: Redemption (Finale) at 10pm
UP: Bringing Up Bates (Finale) at 9pm

Primetime news magazine Dateline is heading to national syndication in September. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution sold the series in 80% of the country to be broadcast on leading station groups across the country, including FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, Meredith, Nexstar, Graham Media, Tribune, COX Media Group, Scripps, Sunbeam and more. Double runs of Dateline will also be offered to stations to air as a two-hour true crime block.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And they’re off… Annapurna TV, HBO and Tomorrow Studios are racing to ready political dramas about the 2016 election. Annapurna and Mark Boal’s project, which is being kept under wraps, is reportedly 8-10 hours long and centers on the election and unlikely winner Donald Trump. HBO is working on a mini-series about Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton from the same team behind Game Change. And Tomorrow Studios has a pilot and second episode script of Trump: It Happened Here, for an ongoing series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Speechless, CNN’s We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission, National Geographic’s Before The Flood, NBC’s This Is Us and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Night of were announced as honorees for the 10th Annual Television Academy Honors.  Recipients will be recognized at a presentation hosted by Dana Delany at the Montage Beverly Hills on Thursday, June 8. The awards recognize programming that explores and confronts significant issues facing society in an impactful way.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected Norman Lear to receive an Individual Award and the Independent Television Service to receive an Institutional Award for their contributions to storytelling in television. Lear and ITVS will be celebrated at an event on Saturday, May 20 in New York, which will be taped for a TV special to air on PBS and Fusion on Friday, June 2 at 9p. Rashida Jones, a previous Peabody Award winner for Parks and Recreation, will serve as host.
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The Paley Media Council presents PaleyDialogue: Casey Bloys in Conversation with Issa Rae at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, April 25. Bloys, who joined HBO in 2004 and was named President of Programming in 2016, has overseen series including multiple Veep, Silicon Valley and Girls, is joined in conversation by Rae, the creator and star of new hit, Insecure. The panel will be live streamed.
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MTV is reviving Fear Factor with a new installment to be hosted by Ludacris. The Viacom network ordered 12 hour-long episodes from Endemol Shine North America to debut Tuesday, May 30 at 10p. Look for the revival to feature stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies and viral videos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Television Studios has bought the rights to Meg Gardiner’s upcoming novel, UNSUB, ahead of an auction, reports Deadline. The novel, the first in a series being published June 27 by Dutton/Penguin Random House, will be developed as a TV series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Glass inked an overall, two-year deal with Fox 21 Television Studios. Under the pact’s terms, the former Supernatural EP has joined the studio’s new Showtime drama, The Chi, as co-executive producer.
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Regina King and John Ridley have joined forces to tell a real American crime story, No Place Safe. King is attached to star in the drama about the Atlanta child murders. The project is in development at FX.
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Syfy picked up Universal Cable Productions drama The Magicians for a 13-episode third season. The show’s sophomore season finale airs Wednesday, April 19 at 9p. Season 3 premieres in 2018.
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Oxygen Media launches the 20th season of Snapped with Snapped Notorious: Scott Peterson, bowing Sunday, May 7 at 6p. The two-part special features first-hand interviews with Peterson’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Frey, trial jurors and the defense team.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Good Morning America chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and her husband, NBC and Extra reporter Ben Aaron, star in DIY Network series Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger. The four-part series, which bows Saturday, May 6 at 8p, follows the duo as they ditch cramped city life to renovate a suburban fixer upper and turn it into their dream home.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new crop of culinary contenders face off in return of Food Network Star, bowing Sunday, June 4 at 9p. In addition, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen debuts Sunday, May 21 at 8p.
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TLC’s Little People Big World returns Tuesday, May 2 at 9p. The season launch of another family series, 7 Little Johnstons, follows at 10p.
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Food Porn is back for seconds. The FYI series makes its sophomore season debut on Sunday, May 14 at 10p.
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Serialized drama The Mist bows on Spike on Thursday, June 22 at 10p.  Based on the book of the same title by Stephen King, series centers around a small town family torn apart by a brutal crime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC captures real moments live in a four-night television event premiering Sunday, April 23 at 10p. This Is Life Live goes inside the lives of families across the country to deliver life altering moments as they unfold in real time. Lisa Joyner and DeVon Franklin will host.
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TV One airs Unsung Hollywood: Charlie Murphy on Thursday, April 13 at 8a. The special pays tribute to the late stand up-comic, actor and writer, who was also Eddie Murphy’s brother. In addition, TV One premieres The Lost Souls Cafe, starring Loretta Devine, on Sunday, April 16 at 6p. The film is an adaptation of Donald Welch’s stage play.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS presents an encore broadcast of two-part documentary Latin Music USA on Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9p (check local listings). The special explores the Latin rhythms that influenced jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues, highlighting the enduring contributions made by Latino musicians to the American songbook.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Donald Sutherland will play billionaire oil man J. Paul Getty in the first installment of FX anthology series Trust. Production begins in June in London for a January 2018 premiere.
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Lisa Kudrow was tapped for a key guest spot on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. She’ll play Sheree, the manicurist to Jane Fonda’s Grace.
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Calista Flockhart is returning for the two-episode second season finale of Supergirl, airing Monday, May 15 and Monday, May 22 on The CW.
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William Hurt and Bob Balaban joined the cast of upcoming Audience Network series Condor. Hurt plays a decorated CIA field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Balaban portrays a brilliant and exacting man who has risen to the top tier of CIA management in his 30-year career there.
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Hasbro Studios and Discovery Family released a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic video inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It can be accessed here. The seventh season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic premieres Saturday, April 15 at 11:30a on Discovery Family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix officially announced the renewal of Grace and Frankie. The show’s fourth season bows in 2018.
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Hulu renewed The Path for a 13-episode third season. The show’s second season finale aired Wednesday. Jessica Goldberg will serve as Showrunner/Executive Producer for the third run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Hulu news, the streamer inked a deal with Cineflix Media for Pure. Crime drama tells the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith, while battling drug trafficking in his community.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Complex Networks and Verizon Wireless‘ streaming platform go90 debuted original series Start Talkin’ on Wednesday. Hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky, it turns the traditional interview on its head when everyday people unexpectedly become late-night show guests.
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The two premiere airings of Bounce drama Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 9 combined to reach 1.3 million unduplicated viewers. The show’s East Coast debut delivered 490,000 Households to become the highest-rated Bounce original series telecast ever and the most-watched episode in the show’s history. The telecast was also the best of the second season-to-date in delivering P18-49 (259,000), P25-54 (320,000) and P2+ (605,000).
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The finale of Su Nombre Era Dolores reached over 4.5 million viewers, making Univision the number 3 broadcast network among young A18-34 during the 9p to 11p time period and the number 4 broadcast network among Total Viewers 2+ and A18-49.
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Comedian and writer Charlie Murphy, who turned his Hollywood adventures with brother Eddie Murphy into bits on Comedy Central’s Chappelle Show, died of leukemia on Wednesday in New York. He was 57.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Oslo is opening on Thursday April 13, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/oslo/

Groundhog Day is opening on Monday April 17, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/groundhog-day/

Indecent is opening on Tuesday April 18, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/indecent/

The Little Foxes with Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas and Michael McKean is opening on Wednesday April 19, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/little-foxes/

In Transit with Justin Guarini is closing on Sunday April 16, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/transit/

Paramour is closing on Sunday April 16, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/cirque-du-soleils-paramour/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 6, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/6/17)
HGTV: Flip or Flop Vegas (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Fear They Neighbor (Premiere) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: Dark Net (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Dead Set on Life (Premiere) at 10:30pm
USA: Colony (Finale) at 10pm

Well-reviewed but low-rated Man Seeking Woman was cancelled by FXX after 3 seasons. The comedy was averaging 367,000 total viewers and 268,000 among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is keeping Chris Hardwick busy. A day after it was announced the @midnight host would exec produce and host its alternative science series The Awesome Show, NBC named Hardwick host of its Red Nose Day Special, airing Thursday, May 25 at 10p. Other programs included in the fundraising effort include American Ninja Warrior, airing a first-ever celebrity edition at 8p, and Julia Roberts traveling to Kenya on Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day at 9p. This will be NBC’s third year as part of the annual campaign to raise money for and awareness of children living in poverty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM agreed to acquire all of Viacom, Lionsgate and Paramount’s interests in premium pay television network Epix, for about $1 billion. Under the deal, which gives MGM a distribution platform for its film and TV content, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate will continue to provide first-run theatrical releases to Epix. “As Viacom executes against its new strategy, we welcome the opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet by realizing the value of our equity investment, while also extending the successful commercial partnership between Epix and Paramount Pictures with a new multi-year output agreement,” said Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raycom Media reached a deal to by WVUE 8 in New Orleans for a reported $51.9 million. “Raycom Media has a proud heritage throughout Louisiana,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media president and CEO, “and we will continue to serve the community and our viewers with the highest of standards.” Raycom has been managing the station for the Louisiana Media Company since 2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sixty finalists were announced for the 76 Annual Peabody Awards, airing Friday, June 2 at 9p on PBS and Fusion. Among the nominees are ABC’s American Crime, FX’s Atlanta, HBO’s Veep, Netflix’s Stranger Things and NBC’s This Is Us. For a complete list of nominees, go here.
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Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. outreach program is rolling out its 2017 tour, aimed at raising awareness about hunger and showing how contributions of game meat and fish can help alleviate the problem, on April 11 in San Antonio, TX.
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Freeform gave a straight-to-series order for Marvel’s New Warriors, the second project from the network, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. The comedic live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic will be Marvel’s first dive into comedy for a TV series. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is also underway at Freeform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One renewed its first-look deal with documentary production company Creature Films. Launched in April 2015, the partnership has yielded Streets of Compton and L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, among other projects.
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E! is expanding its live daytime lineup with two-hour series Daily Pop, launching Monday, May 1 at 12p. Daily Pop, which had a successful test launch at the end of 2016, will focus on breaking pop culture stories.
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IFC renewed Brockmire ahead of the series launch last night. The pilot of the Funny or Die comedy garnered well over 2.3 million views since its digital release.
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New Science Channel series Mysteries of the Abandoned, focused on forgotten engineering marvels, premieres Thursday, April 20 at 10p. “Some of the most spectacular structures have been consigned to oblivion,” said Marc Etkind, GM, Science Channel. “Mysteries of the Abandoned reveals the original ingenuity behind these projects and the truths to why they were left behind.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York returns for season six with a supersized episode on Thursday, May 25 at 9p.
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WE tv has no intention of splitting up with Million Dollar Matchmaker, instead ordering a 10-episode season 2 to launch later this year. The show’s freshman run, featuring Patti Stanger, reached 12.4 million total viewers its first season. Stanger rose to reality TV fame on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC’s The Profit will return on Tuesday, June 6 at 10p with 9 new episodes.
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Velocity is heading to Palm Beach, Florida this week for 18 live hours of Barrett-Jackson Live, featuring some of the world’s most coveted cars. Velocity and Discovery Channel cover the auction block Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8,  from12p 6p every day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A special episode of Science Channel’s Biblical Conspiracies explores the controversy over an ancient artifact that could prove the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb? premieres Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15 at 10p.
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The roster of events from IFC Center‘s (AMC Network’s theater in Greenwich Village) Split Screens Festival, taking place from June 2-8 in NYC, will be announced in late April. TV content and creators from linear and streaming platforms will be showcased.
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Pepsi yanked a 2 ½-minute ad posted to YouTube Tuesday starring Kendall Jenner. The spot drew fierce backlash from viewers accusing it of trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement. In the video, Jenner plays a model who stops posing to join a crowd of demonstrators, then hands a policeman a soft drink. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the brand said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon grabbed exclusive streaming rights to 10 NFL Thursday night games next season, in a one-year deal worth about $50 million (Twitter paid $10 million last year). CBS and NBC will also split the season for broadcast viewers, and NFL Network will air all the games.
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YouTube TV, YouTube’s live TV streaming service, will be available starting today in New York, LA, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Philadelphia, with more markets on the way. Added to the list of offerings, which include the Big Four, ESPN and Fox Sports, among many others, will be AMC Networks’ programming.
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Sling TV customers now have access to the Showtime streaming service, as well as the library of Showtime on demand titles. Sub price for new and existing Sling TV users is $10/month; there’s a 7-day free trial for new subscribers. Sling added a $5/month “Heartland Extra” package, with Outdoor Channel, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, RFD TV, PixL and Family Net. Added to its Spanish-language add-on package are Estrella TV, Vme Kids and El Financiero/Bloomberg TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) will join CW’s Jane the Virgin in a recurring arc, as someone from Jane’s past. Posey first appears in the season 3 finale.
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The 9p premiere telecast of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners episode on Sunday, delivered 447,000 Households, the most for a single episode this season. It was also the highest-rated season 2 telecast to-date among Bounce’s target audience of African Americans, delivering 404,000 AA HHs and 9,000 AA P18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole is opening on Thursday April 6, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/war-paint/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 30, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/30/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: North Woods Law: Game Warden Files (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Impossible Engineering (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY: Review (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Flip or Flip (Finale) at 9pm
UP: Growing Up McGhee (Finale) at 9:30pm

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
is opening a pop-up library of President Donald Trump’s tweets. The library, opening in New York City in June, “will be so tremendous that you’ll get tired of the tremendousness, so it will then close a few days later,” said Comedy Central in a press release. “Sad!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences is taking steps to avoid a repeat of the mishap that led to the wrong film being named best picture at this year’s Oscars – but it doesn’t include firing PriceWaterhouse Coopers. While acknowledging, as PwC has, that the accounting firm was responsible for the debacle, the Academy is instead instituting new protocols. Those include a greater oversight role for PwC US chairman Tim Ryan, a third balloting leader who will sit in the control room with the directors, the return of one of the accountants in charge of balloting from 2002-2014, and the removal of electronic devices backstage (accountant Brian Cullinan had reportedly been tweeting backstage before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC yanked freshman drama Time After Time from its slate after 5 episodes. The time travel show was averaging .5 among A18-49 and 2.2 million viewers. Taking its place for the next 3 Sundays at 9p will be Match Game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association set December 11 as the date nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes will be announced, for a show airing Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC. Last year’s trophy-fest averaged 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among A18-49, the second-most-watched broadcast in the last 10 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a New York Times column on Wednesday, former FCC head Tom Wheeler lamented votes in the Senate and House to overturn rules that keep internet service providers from selling personal information. The bill, now headed for the POTUS pen, “not only gives cable companies and wireless providers free rein to do what they like with your browsing history, shopping habits, your location and other information gleaned from your online activity,” Wheeler warns Times readers, “but it would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from ever again establishing similar consumer privacy protections…. I understand that network executives want to produce the highest return for shareholders by selling consumers’ information. The problem is they are selling something that doesn’t belong to them.” Wheeler also pointed to a recent FCC vote to stay requirements that internet providers take “reasonable measures” to protect consumers’ confidential information as another “gift to the industry” that poses a risk.
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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and JCS International have launched the JCS International Young Creatives Award, which kicks off with “Women Peacemakers” as its inaugural theme. Competition is open to entrants between the ages of 18 and 29.
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Fox’s Bones may be buried after 12 seasons, but props up for auction include Agent Booth’s office furniture, Dr. Brennan’s lab coats, wardrobe, jewelry and more. Auction site ScreenBid is hosting the sale of over 1000 items. Lots begin closing Thursday, April 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Southern Charm Savannah debuts Monday, May 8 at 10p. The reality show from which the newcomer was spun, Southern Charm, just averaged 1.7 million total viewers for the season.
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UP TV renewed Bringing Up Bates for a sixth season. First of 13 new episodes of the family reality series launches Thursday, June 1 at 9p.
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Two African American women filed a lawsuit against Fox News and fired comptroller Judy Slater on Tuesday for what they called a broad pattern of “top-down racial harassment,” including Slater stereotyping African Americans’ speech, and asking one of the women if all 3 of her children were fathered by the same man. “There is no place for inappropriate verbal remarks like this at Fox News,” said the net, which axed Slater after an investigation. “We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

An NYC district judge dismissed a case charging Big Bang Theory producers, Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre Productions with using a line from a song written by a nursery school teacher in 1930 on the show. The complaint was first file in December 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Featured collaborations on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill,Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys. Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion have been added to the lineup of solo performers for the show, airing Sunday, April 2 on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell inch closer to “I do,” sort of, as hosts of Freeform special Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Sunday, May 7 at 8p. Higgins proposed to Bushnell on the season 20 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor, then the couple starred in Freeform’s Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The inaugural Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented By Purina premieres on USA on Sunday, April 16 at 8p. The competition is co-hosted by John O’Hurley (The National Dog Show) and dog show judge David Frei, with Olympic medalists Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski manning the red carpet. Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules) will present the Best in Show Award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The stars are lined up for The Tonight Show’s April 3-6 stand at Universal Orlando Resort. Taking the plunge will be Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show will air a special episode following the NCAA Men’s National Championship Game on Monday, April 3. Special correspondents Malcom and Margaret Corden, parents of host James Corden, will report live from the game in Phoenix. Corden will also offer life coaching to NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It will be “Weed Week” on Viceland from April 17-20. In addition to the returns of Weediquette and Bong Appetit, the stunt feature a special April 20 (*cough*) episode if F**k, That’s Delicious.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jay R. Ferguson landed the lead in CBS comedy pilot Living Biblically. The casting is in second position to ABC’s soft-rated The Real O’Neals, looking unlikely to make it to season 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Landes (Save Me) has been cast as a series regular opposite Lauren Graham in Fox comedy pilot Linda From HR. Landes is replacing Tim DeKay in the role.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netlfix renewed Santa Clarita Diet for season 2. The dark comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, released on February 3, will return in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is bringing back The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. New episodes will be available for streaming in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People/Entertainment Weekly video EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now streaming on PEN. The special is part of the EW Reunites series, featuring cast reunions from series and films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon greenlit a docuseries focused on the McLaren racing team as it competes in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The untitled show will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of NBC’s This Is Us grew 4.9 million viewers from Live+SD to Live+7, for a series high 17.78 million total and enough to nudge it ahead of CBS’s NCIS (17.71 million). It’s the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series grabbed the top spot in total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scripps Networks Interactive cable networks all saw ratings increases for both the first quarter and month of March. Versus the same period last year, HGTV had its second highest-rated quarter ever with P25-54, M25-54 and W25-54 during primetime; Food Network had year-over-year gains among W25-54 and W18-49 (both up 4%), Travel Channel posted 1Q17 gains of 9% among P25-54, DIY had a March year-over-year bump among P25-54 (3%) and W25-54 (1%), Cooking Channel had its highest-rated and most-watched quarter in primetime among P25-54, up 18% year-over-year, and Great American Country had its highest-rated first quarter since 2007.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is celebrating its best March ever across all key demos. Compared to March 2016 in prime time, WE tv is up 30% among W18-49, up 26% among W25-54, up 22% among A18-49 and 25-54 and up 18% among total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of Fox’s Bones on Tuesday hit a season high 1.0/4 among A18-49, up 25% from the week prior, and 4.19 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules grew from the prior week’s episode among all key demos, delivering 1.4 million P18-49 (up +8% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.6 million P25-54 (up +4%), and 2.3 million total viewers (up +2%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills posted week-over-week growth for the third consecutive week among all key demos, with 1.6 million P18-49 (up +3% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.9 million P25-54 (up +3%), and 3 million total viewers (up +4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the first quarter of 2017, Univision outdelivered Fox and NBC on every Friday night, and out-performed at least one or more of the top four English-language broadcast networks 81 percent of the nights among A18-34.The net averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 844,000 A18-49 and 380,000 A18-34 in primetime in the quarter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks President of Programming, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. Connie Orlando, Senior Vice President for Specials, Music Programming, and News, will serve as the interim Head of Programming for BET Networks. “Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO. “His contributions to the team have been invaluable.” Zola Mashariki, EVP and Head of Original Programming, will also be leaving the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Todd Waks has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances for dick clark productions. Waks most recently served as CEO of strategic brand marketing agency Entertainment Alliances.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Play That Goes Wrong is opening on Sunday April 2, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/play-that-goes-wrong/

Amelie with Phillipa Soo is opening on Monday April 3, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/amelie/

Present Laughter with Kevin Kline, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders is opening on Wednesday April 5, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/present-laughter-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 23, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/23/17)
FUSION TV: The Fusion Feed (Premiere) at 9:30pm
FX: Baskets (Finale) at 10pm

The Young & the Restless and its home network CBS garnered the most nominations for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. CBS took a total of 70 nominations, with its beloved soap grabbing 25 noms. ABC’s General Hospital and CBS Bold and the Beautiful came in just behind Y&R, with 23 noms each.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For daytime entertainment talk show host, newbie Harry Connick Jr., for his syndicated series Harry, and Wendy Williams, for her syndicated Wendy Williams Show are in contention, as are Kelly Ripa (LIVE with Kelly); The Talk team; The View crew; and the hosts of the syndicated The Real.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Competing for entertainment talk show honors are ABC’s The View and CBS The Talk, plus the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, Maury and Live with Kelly. Game show noms went to the syndicated strips Celebrity Name Game, Family Feud and Jeopardy, as well as CBS The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Television and Telefe, a recent Viacom acquisition, are teaming to develop one-hour, multi-lingual drama Cazadores, created by journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Narcos). George will also serve as executive producer alongside Diego Piasek on behalf of Telefe. Series is based on recently declassified documents and centers on the true, dramatic thriller of the men and women who made it their mission to track down the Nazi high command that fled to South America after WWII.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, entered an overall development deal with Danny Salles, the exec producer behind docu-series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which earned him an Emmy nomination. Salles most recently executive-produced Todrick (VH1), a docu-series following the YouTube star as he forges his Hollywood career.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, Discovery once again shines a spotlight on the organization and the vital role it has to play in the future with NASA: 60 Years and Beyond, slated to air on the network in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Secrets of the Dead, airing nationally on PBS stations on Wednesday, March 29 at 10p, follows an international team of scientists, archaeologists and historians mapping the underwater ruins at Baiae and uncovering what life was like in the ancient Rome of Nero’s sunken city.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo Media serves up the drama with a three-part reunion of Vanderpump Rules kicking off on Monday, April 3 at 8p and running for three consecutive Mondays. Host Andy Cohen sits down with Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SUR staff to rehash the season’s defining moments, from scandalous hookups and cheating accusations to wild wedding festivities. Series is on track to deliver its highest-rated season ever with season 5 averaging 2.4 million total viewers and nearly 1.7 million A24-54, up 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively from the prior season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on Bravo: Top Chef is headed for Colorado for season 15. Production begins this spring in Denver, Boulder and Telluride. “We are always on the hunt for the next great culinary destination and Colorado is fast becoming a hot spot for young chefs and foodies, making it an ideal backdrop for our upcoming season,” said Shari Levine, EVP, current production for Bravo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the afternoon of April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white LAPD officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King set off an explosion of anger and frustration that erupted into deadly riots and devastated the already precarious social climate in LA. The newest installment of Smithsonian Channel’s immersive series The Lost Tapes, premiering Sunday, April 23 at 8p, will mark the 25th anniversary of the riots with raw, gripping and rare footage. The Lost Tapes: LA Riots recaptures the chaotic days following the verdict with powerful media coverage, home videos, gripping photographs and LAPD recordings, including never-before-heard LA Fire Department dispatch calls.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC will air the Love Actually reunion short film during its Red Nose Day special on May 25. A teaser clip features several familiar cast members of the 2003 film, including Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson. Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million in its first two years since launching in the U.S. in 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tonight is the launch of Fusion TV’s The Fusion Feed, a look at “what’s catching our attention, pissing us off, making us laugh, and stirring up friendly fights (or spirited debate) across our social feeds.” The weekly program will feature a diverse set of contributors (6 women, 3 men, 2 African Americans, 3 Hispanics, 2 Muslim American and 1 Afghan refugee, to be exact) who weigh in passionately on subjects ranging from politics to pop culture. Show airs Thursdays at 9:30p, with a 12:30a encore.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Country Music announced today that country musicians Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have been added to the lineup of performers on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcasting live on Sunday, April 2 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick Jonas will be honored with the Hero Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old, Jonas helped found Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of social media and technology to provide resources for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and provides funding for research, education, advocacy and programs to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes. Jonas will be presented with the award by longtime friend and fellow advocate, actor Jack Black. Additionally, Radio Disney will partner with the Give a Note Foundation and American Girl to highlight the importance of music during a special moment in the show. The RDMAs air Sunday, April 30 at 8p on Disney Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bones star David Boreanaz won’t be idle for long once the curtain falls on the series next week. He’s been tapped as the lead of CBS’ Navy SEAL drama pilot, replacing Jim Caviezel, who was cast in the role last week but has parted ways with the network over creative differences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katie McGrath, who has recurred on Supergirl as vixen Lena Luthor, has been made a regular for the upcoming season 3, recently picked up by the CW.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) got a regular role opposite Richard Schiff and Freddie Highmore in ABC’s medical drama The Good Doctor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Frequent Shark Tank guest, venture capitalist Chris Sacca, will make his acting debut in the ABC untitled comedy pilot formerly known as Start Up. Sacca will guest star as himself in pilot, based on Alex Blumberg’s Gimlet Media podcast Start Up, whose first season chronicled the launch of Gimlet, with a chance to recur should the project be picked up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The third episode of Saints & Sinners season 2 on Bounce delivered 566,000 Total Viewers Sunday, March 19 at 9p, a slight increase over the second episode last week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Miss Saigon is opening on Thursday March 23, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/miss-saigon/

Sweat is opening on Sunday March 26, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sweat/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 9, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/9/17)
MTV: Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Catch (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING: Carnival Eats (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Kicking & Screaming (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Joined At The Flip (Premiere) at 11pm
VELOCITY: AmeriCarna (Premiere) at 9pm
IFC: Portlandia (Finale) at 10pm

Actors in Telemundo telenovelas voted to join SAG-AFTRA, in an election the union called “a momentous step” toward ending a double standard between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking performers. Said a Telemundo spokesperson, “We continue to be dedicated to making Telemundo a great place to work and to Telemundo’s long-term success.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fred Savage (The Grinder) has been tapped to host ABC’s upcoming game show, Child Support. The hour-long series from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America will feature Gervais chatting up kids who can “save” adults stumped by quiz questions. “With Fred’s charisma and Ricky Gervais’ hilarious interactions with the kids, Child Support is going to be a terrific addition to our game show slate,” said Robert Mills, SVP, alternative series, specials & late night programming. Child Support joins ABC game show slate Match Game, To Tell the Truth and The $100,000 Pyramid.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spanish-language HITN is launching programming based on family-friendly thematic blocks dedicated to topics like health, science and technology, natural history and children’s content. Progams started rolling out this week with “Vida y Salud TV,” a daily block designed to promote good health and well-being among US Hispanic audiences. “HITN wants to contribute to the well-being of the Hispanic families by providing meaningful content that promotes a healthier lifestyle,” says Guillermo Sierra, head of television and digital services at HITN, “This is one of several important additions that we will have in 2017 to provide new, exciting and meaningful content for our audience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery delves into the investigation and trial of the 22-year-old accused of killing her toddler. Three-parter launches Sunday, April 9 at 10p on the true crime net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

They’re in the money: Showtime picked up Billions for a third run. The hedge fund drama, airing season 2 Sundays at 10p, just had its best telecast of the season, up 13% from its premiere. “Billions continues to be a show on the rise, growing not only in audience, but in critical buzz and cultural relevance,” said David Nevins, president and CEO, Showtime Networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW renewed Riverdale for a second season. The Archie Comics drama is averaging 1.2 million viewers and .5 among A18-49, with an 85% playback boost among W18-34. Fellow CW frosh Frequency and No Tomorrow have yet receive word about renewal or cancellation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX drama Taboo will also be back for season 2. The first run of the series, exec produced and starring Tom Hardy as a man thought long dead, ranks third among new cable dramas over the past year among A18-49 (1.32 million) and sixth in total viewers (2.62 million) on a Live+3 basis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kindred Spirits landed a season 2 renewal from TLC. The ghost hunting series debuted last fall to kick off TLC’s Friday night supernatural strand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is spinning off 2 of its popular series, Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars and Growing Up Hip Hop. Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition, focused on famously dysfunctional clans, premieres Friday, April 28 at 9p, while Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta makes its debut later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

RFD-TV’s FarmHer comes out of the gate with new episodes Friday, March 10 at 9:30p. First up: a 22-year-old Iowa native, lover of agriculture and pigs, and Miss Iowa contestant.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC is going big in Austin, with the network’s largest ever participation at SXSW. Starting Friday, March 10, screenings, panels and activations will support new series The Son and returning series Better Call Saul and Preacher. Events include the world premiere of The Son, the opening of the first Los Pollos Hermanos pop-up location (serving Gus Fring’s famous curly fries), a Q&A with Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, and a panel for the upcoming second season of Preacher with executive producer Seth Rogen, executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin and co-executive producer and comic book writer Garth Ennis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards have been set for Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC. This year’s telecast averaged 20 million viewers and a 5.6 among A18-49, up 8% in viewers and 2% in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marking the 20th anniversary today of the death of hip hop legend Notorious B.I.G., Fuse is running a #WeMissYouBiggie music block starting at 9a. Fuse will pay homage to Biggie’s iconic crown by adding it to the net’s logo for the day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse heads into agency upfront meetings with a slate of new content aimed at its young, Latino and multicultural audience. Among the offerings are The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show (wt), featuring outrageous true stories told by celebs and reenacted by marionettes, premiering July 11; ride sharing/dating social experiment Picked Up, and They Have a Dream (wt), a series of docs celebrating the cultural heritage of diverse subjects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of Fluffy’s Food Adventures (formerly Fluffy Breaks Even) launches July 11, with expanded digital content, and Big Freedia Bounces Back starts season 6 on September 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nadine Nicole (Scorpion), Austin Basis (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Kerri Kenney (Love) will recur on Hulu comedy Casual, currently in production for season 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs) have been cast in NBC’s untitled comedy pilot from Seth Meyers, SNL’s Mike O’Brien and Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video, about an Ivy League professor forced to take a job as a high school biology teacher.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot based on Alex Blumberg’s podcast, Start Up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cristela Alonzo (Cristela) will costar with Jason Ritter in ABC dramedy pilot The Gospel of Kevin, reports TVLine. Alonzo will play the “warrior for God” who explains to Ritter’s down-on-his-luck character that he’s been tasked with a sacred mission.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY) landed a role in CBS’s untitled Navy SEAL drama pilot, following elite teams as they train and execute dangerous missions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arden Myrin (Shameless) and Natalie Dreyfuss (Baby Daddy) will recur on CMT comedy Still the King, returning for season 2 this summer. Austin Swift (Live By Night) is set to guest star as the manager of The Bluebird Cafe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jerod Haynes (Southside with You) nabbed the male lead in NBC drama pilot Redliners, following a pair of former operatives who get reactivated.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Musician Ed Sheeran scored over 1 billion video views on YouTube for content surrounding his new album, “Divide.” Hit single “Shape of You” has over 693 million views for the lyric video and official music video. And counting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s This Is Us hit series highs of 11 million viewers and 2.9 among A18-49 for its 9p slot on Wednesday (the freshman hit reached 3.0 in the demo for its 10p post-Obama farewell address slot).
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is on a roll, averaging 2.9 in metered markets on Tuesday, matching its January 20 broadcast as its highest regularly scheduled local rating since September 2015, and up +53% from the same night last year. The week prior was Late Night’s fifth consecutive week as the number one late night program, with 3.0 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 2 premiere of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners reached 1.4 million unduplicated viewers across 2 initial airings on Sunday, March 5, an increase of 5% versus the season one launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field is opening on Thursday March 9, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/glass-menagerie/

Come From Away is opening on Sunday March 12, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/come-away/

Jitney is closing on Sunday March 12, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jitney-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 2, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/2/17)
A&E: 60 Days In: Atlanta (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Gangland Undercover (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Real Detective (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: Skin Tight: Transformed (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Top Chef (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: My Kitchen Rules (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Ice Cold Killers (Finale) at 9pm
PBS: Africa’s Great Civilizations (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: L.A. Hair (Finale) at 9pm

Viacom is thinking bigger with the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The competition series, previously on Logo, will air on VH1 Fridays at 8p, starting March 24 (Lady Gaga guests). Encores will air on Logo. “Coming off RuPaul’s Emmy win and a ratings record-breaking season of All Stars, the fandom around RuPaul’s Drag Race has only continued to swell as we head into season nine,” said Pamela Post, SVP of original programming & development at Logo. “Broadcasting the show on VH1 will allow more fans to experience the energy, heart and talent these fierce Queens bring to the stage every week.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars kicks off Monday, March 20 at 8p, with contestants including bull rider Bonner Bolton, Charo (Cuchi Cuchi), SNL alum Chris Kattan, World Series champ David Ross, Erika Jayne (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Heather Morris (Glee), Mr. T, Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Simone Biles, Bachelor Nick Viall, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei and  NFL safety Rashad Jennings. Good Morning America broke the news yesterday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz, the accountants in charge of the Academy Awards envelopes for this year’s show, will not be returning next year (surprise!), announced PwC on Wednesday. Cullinan handed Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty the wrong envelope, resulting in an otherwise well-reviewed show ending in turmoil. Cullinan had worked the big show for 4 years, Ruiz for 3. PwC apologized for the mishap shortly after the ceremony.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences issued its own apology Wednesday, for mistakenly showing a photo of I’m-not-dead-yet Jan Chapman in its dedication to the late Janet Patterson. “We sincerely apologize to producer Jan Chapman, whose photo was mistakenly used in the Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ tribute for her colleague and dear friend, the late Janet Patterson,” the Academy said in a post on Instagram. “Janet, an Academy member and four-time Oscar-nominated costume designer, was beloved in our community. We extend our deepest apologies and condolences to the Patterson family.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Major League Baseball is taking a swing at a cross-promotional partnership with HBO’s Game of Thrones. According to Deadline, the promotions will vary by team and will include co-branded merchandise, theme nights and giveaways. MLB hopes the effort will connect it with a younger audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kids First! Film Critics Boot Camp returns to HITN Studios in Brooklyn for the third year this July. The event offers campers the chance to critique and review films, present their views on-camera and interview celebrities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Danny Trejo (From Dusk Till Dawn) has been tapped to host El Rey’s upcoming unscripted series, Man at Arms. The 8-parter is slated for a June debut.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID gave the green light to Guilty Rich, from CMJ Productions. The 6-parter delves into the lives of super-rich criminals. CMJ’s A Stranger in My Home and Fatal Vows also have homes on the true crime net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One is teaming with Keller/Noll and Hasbro Studios for a new game show, Boggle Battle, based on Hasbro’s Boggle. “The Boggle game has always been a crowd favorite,” said Tara Long, EVP, alternative programming, eOne Television. “The unique, fast-paced gameplay will appeal to audiences in the US and around the world.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

UnReal star Shiri Appleby inked an overall TV production deal with A+E Studios calling for Appleby to develop, create and produce original programming under her Appletree Pictures banner, as well as serve as brand ambassador for A+E Studios and Lifetime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

He can’t stop talking. Chris Hardwick, host of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead, will host Talking with Chris Hardwick for AMC starting Sunday, April 9, a week after the season 7 ender of Walking Dead. “Talking will have the skin of Talking Dead, the soul of the Nerdist podcast and the guts of a Comic-Con panel,” Hardwick said. “I have loved learning how to do a talk show these last six years on Talking Deadbut am eager to expand the format into other areas of pop culture.” It won’t be the only show with Harwick’s name in the title – he also hosts Comedy Central late night game show @Midnight With Chris Hardwick.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guerrilla, from John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), launches on Showtime Sunday, April 16 at 9p. The limited event series tells the story of a couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s The Best Place to Be, from Queen Latifah and Flavor Unit, premieres Sunday, April 2 at 5p. Each of 4 one-hour episodes shows viewers the world through the eyes of adventurous celebs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Coming up this month on American Heroes Channel is the premiere of Nazi Death Squad on Tuesday, March 7 at 10p, followed by new series Incredible Inventions on Saturday, March 18 10p, and UFOs: The Lost Evidence on Sunday, March 26 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Saints & Sinners launches on Bounce Sunday, March 5 at 9p on. The net promises a “binge-worthy” season of deceit, greed, betrayals and corruption.
(Source: Cynopsis)

This Old House’s Detroit-based episodes, part of the show’s 37th season, launch Thursday, March 30 (check local listings). Thisoldhouse.com is also debuting its first digital series, Detroit. Once House at a Time, on Friday, March 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The new season of Up’s Heartland launches Sunday, April 23 with back-to-back episodes at 8p and 9p, before settling into its regular 8p slot. Previous seasons are on demand on Up Faith & Family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of Street Outlaws hits Discovery on April 10 at 9p. The show’s return follows a Monday, March 27 at 9p crossover special, Mega Race, pitting Motor Mondays’ Street Outlaws against Fast N’ Loud. (All 3 shows hail from Pilgrim Media Group.)
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse First: Russ premieres Monday, March 6 at 6a on Fuse and FM. The show offers a look into the world of rapper and producer Russ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ghost Brothers returns for season 2 on TLC March 10 at 9p, during the net’s Friday night supernatural strand. On the premiere, the Brothers travel to New Castle, Indiana to investigate paranormal claims at the historic Thornhaven Manor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix comedy Glow launches June 23. Series is inspired by the ‘80s show about a struggling actress who enters the world of women’s wrestling.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will be among the acts on hand for the TV premiere of Farm Aid 2016 on AXS TV Sunday, March 19 at 10p. Concert was filmed in Virginia last September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bobby Moynihan has joined the cast of CBS comedy pilot Me, Myself & I, exploring three periods in a man’s life. The commitment appears to signal the end of Moynihan’s nine-year run on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) will co-star opposite Busy Phillipps in NBC comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters, from 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) has joined the season 2 cast of Swedish crime drama Modus, an original series for Nordic streaming service C More. Cattrall will play the President of the United States, whose trip to Stockholm has devastating consequences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Taye Diggs will star in ABC drama pilot Doomsday as an engineer and architect, reports TVLine. Diggs is recurring on Fox’s Empire.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oliver Hudson (Nashville) grabbed the lead opposite Jenna Fischer (The Office) in ABC comedy pilot Splitting Up Together, about a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SNL vet Jon Rudnitsky landed a lead role in NBC comedy pilot Relatively Happy, from Max Mutchick (Will & Grace) and Jeff Astrof (Friends), about an adult brother and sister who end up living together.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Live with Kelly was the only strip in first run syndication to rise from the week prior, up 4% to 2.4. The talker’s annual “After Oscar” special had a 3.1/11 primary run weighted metered market average, up 24% from the prior 4 weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Looks like entertainment magazines benefited from the epic Academy Awards fail with coverage on February 27. Entertainment Tonight rose 14% over its year-ago February sweep time period (4.0/7 metered market average), while Access Hollywood was up 17% (2.4/5), Extra rose 6% (1.9/4) and The Insider had a 23% boost (to 1.6/4).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last Man Standing hit syndication ratings highs, include Households (2.1, up 5% over last week), total viewers (3.17 million, up 7% and A18-49 (.9, up 13%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series premiere of WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot on Friday delivered 2.3 million total viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings, making it the network’s highest series premiere ever in total viewers and among key demos. The show ranked as Friday night’s #1 program among women and the #1 ad-supported cable program in its time period.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twelve-year Viacom vet Frank Tanki has been promoted to General Manager, TV Land. Tanki will oversee strategy ad day-to-day operations for the channel. Tanki most recently served as Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative, Spike TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Significant Other is opening on Thursday March 2, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/significant-other/

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

February 23, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/23/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: Lone Star Law: Bigger and Better (Premiere) at 10pm
CMT: Sun Records (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Tiny House, Big Living (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
NBC: The Blacklist: Redemption (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: How To Get Away With Murder (Finale) at 9pm
COOKING CHANNEL: Cheap Eats (Finale) at 10pm
ID: The Detectives Club: New Orleans (Finale) at 10pm

Turner is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a writing contest designed to discover fresh writing talent from racially diverse backgrounds. Through the ABFF & Turner Writing Contest, writers with no professional television experience can submit pilot scripts for comedy or drama series. One winner chosen from each genre will head to Miami for the 2017 American Black Film Festival, June 14-18, receive a cash prize and the opportunity to meet with the original programming development teams for TBS and TNT. The contest is the first element in a new three-year agreement through which Turner will support ABFF as a premier sponsor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Hey, little one, you’re not the ‘only’ good reason to wake up early!!” With this tweet and an accompanying photo of herself and baby son Charley, Savannah Guthrie announced she’ll return to NBC’s Today on March 3 following a three-month maternity leave.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In an early renewal, Fox gave the green light to freshman music drama series Star. Series was co-created by the co-creator of the network’s biggest series in years, Empire’s Lee Daniels, as well as Tom Donaghy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In another early renewal, Fox grabbed more Lethal Weapon, its action-comedy-drama series from Matt Miller, Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures. The network initially picked up only five additional episodes in the fall but has extended to a full-season renewal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s lucky seven for HGTV, which announced series renewals for seven lifestyle series. They are: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, which earlier this month scored its highest-rated premiere episode ever for the series, as well as Caribbean Life, Island Life, Mexico Life, Island Hunters, Hawaii Life and Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation. The network has commissioned a total of 146 fresh episodes for the series in total; new eps are slated to air in 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chef, restaurateur, television host and author Geoffrey Zakarian is launching production and development shingle Corner Table Entertainment, a partnership between Zakarian Hospitality and Key Group Worldwide. The NY-based company will produce scripted and unscripted food and lifestyle projects for TV and digital distribution. Zakarian appears in front of the camera on Food Network, serving for the past decade as Iron Chef, a judge on Chopped, co-host of The Kitchen and host of primetime series Cooks vs Cons. Key Group Worldwide founder Jaret Keller is a former New Line Cinema exec.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Jordan Peele’s production company Monkeypaw Productions. The new agreement encompasses all content for television, including digital. Monkeypaw produced the Emmy-winning Key & Peele on Comedy Central for its five-season run; next up will be the Tracy Morgan comedy series for TBS, set for production later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Sunday, March 12 at 8p, Guy Fieri will bring back 16 of the greatest Triple-G winners to compete on a five-week special competition of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament. One chef will advance in each round of the tournament, winning $10,000 and a spot in the final episode. The four finalists who make it to the grand finale will face off for a shot at the biggest final shopping spree in the show’s history – $25,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Collector car archeologist Wayne Carini has never given up on the chase, and he returns to Velocity for a ninth season of Chasing Classic Cars, debuting Wednesday, March 15 at 9p. The new season gets a jump-start with a one-hour premiere featuring an exceptional chase for a one-of-one, all-original 1930 Minerva bodied by Hibbard & Darrin just north of Saranac Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX announced season 3 of its limited series Fargo will premiere Wednesday, April 19 at 10p. The new installment is set in 2010 and features Ewan McGregor (in dual roles), Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and David Thewlis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live this Saturday, February 25, on IFC and stream on Sundance Now beginning at 5p. An archived version of the awards show will also be made available exclusively for Sundance Now members shortly after the telecast concludes… In related news, IFC and Film Independent renewed their exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the US through 2020.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet, the lead-in to the live telecast of the 89th Oscars, will air Sunday, February 26, beginning at 7p. The 90-minute special is hosted by ABC’s Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer, exec produced by John R. Green and directed by Jeff Winn.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paula Abdul is now set as a series regular, as a “fun imaginary friend version” of herself, in the NBC comedy pilot from from Kourtney Kang for which Abdul provided inspiration. The untitled project explores what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Enrique Murciano (Without A Trace) will join NBC series The Blacklist in a major role. He had joined the drama for the last five eps of the current fourth season with an option to be a series regular next season, pending renewal, and will play Julian Gale, an FBI investigator with obsessive tendencies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anne Heche will be the female lead opposite Mike Vogel in NBC military drama pilot For God and Country, written by Dean Georgaris and from Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Show probes the complex world of military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform elevated Eden Brolin, who plays the mysterious Charlie Singer on Beyond, to a series regular for the upcoming second season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jamie Chung, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel Gotham, is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. Chung is set to be a series regular on Fox’s untitled Marvel action-adventure series pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emily Rose (Haven) booked a series regular role opposite Reba McEntire in ABC‘s untitled Marc Cherry drama pilot. The project stars McEntire as the sheriff of a small town who finds her red state outlook challenged. Rose will play Vonda Jean, county coroner and former pageant runner-up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Danny Pino, an alum of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Cold Case, will star opposite Chris Noth and Leven Rambin in Gone, the 12-ep procedural drama series for NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1 that spins a fictional story of the survivor of a famous child-abduction case, and the FBI agent who rescued her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday Night Live is on a roll. The NBC late-night laugher delivered its most watched telecast in eight years with the Saturday, February 11 edition, with more than 16 million viewers tuning in according to Nielsen L+7 data. Hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring musical guest Ed Sheeran, the February 11 episode averaged a 4.88 rating in A18-49. Additionally, in L+7 SNL is delivering its most-watched season in 24 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Deportes delivered strong results with its airing of the Super Clasico this past weekend, reaching 3.9 million Total Viewers 2+. The Super Clasico between longtime rivals America and Chivas aired Saturday at 10p on Univision Network with a simulcast on UDN and averaged 2.4 million Total Viewers 2+ and 1.4 million A18-49, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals, L+SD data, Reach based on 6-minute qualifier. It was the top soccer match on any network in 2017, regardless of language.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication news, Judge Judy trounced courtrooms by nearly 5 rating points with its second-highest score of season in first full week of February sweep. No. 1 game show Family Feud posted a new series high. Top talker Dr Phil hit a new season high and grew 14 percent from last year, the most of any talk show. Extra drew an audience of almost 2 million daily viewers, and The Doctors delivered a 25 percent increase in key W25-54 demo and climbed 13 percent in households.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY 
Sunday In The Park With George with Jake Gyllenhaal is opening on Thursday February 23, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sunday-park-with-george/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

February 9, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/9/17)
A&E: Nightwatch (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: The Vet Life: Working Overtime (Premiere) at 8pm
CNN: The History of Comedy (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: MasterChef (Premiere) at 8pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Premiere) at 10pm
HISTORY: Alone (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Ghosts In The Hood (Finale) at 10pm
WORLD: City In The Sky (Finale) at 8pm

CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose informed viewers on the show’s web site that he is undergoing surgery today to replace an aorta valve. “The timing is my choice,” said Rose. “I look forward to seeing you in March…. I can’t wait to be back completely rested with my heart recharged, my passion for the work ahead purposeful and my joy at life’s pleasures high.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Wars: Rogue One star Diego Luna and former Mexican President Vincente Fox will join late night host Conan O’Brien primetime special, CONAN Without Borders: Made in Mexico. Shot on location in Mexico City, the hour-long special is set to premiere Wednesday, March 1, at 10p on TBS. It’s O’Brien’s sixth international trip in the past 2 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sesame Workshop launched a “Spread Kindness, #ShareTheLaughter” year-long campaign, with kindness-themed episodes on Sesame Street’s 47th season on HBO and PBS Kids, as well as new and classic videos and songs celebrating kindness on Sesame Street’s social media channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of ID weekly podcast Detective launched yesterday. The podcast features the star of new ID series Murder Chose Me, Detective Rod Demery, whose obsession with solving his mother’s murder drove him to a career in justice. Murder Chose Me arrives Wednesday, February 15 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC has moved the season finale date for This Is Us from March 7 to Tuesday, March 14 at 9p, followed by the series premiere of Trial & Error at 10p. The change was made to accommodate President Donald Trump’s first address before the joint session of Congress on February 28. The second-to-last freshman episode of This Is Us will air March 7 at 9p, followed by an original Chicago Justice.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime is offering a free preview weekend from Friday, February 17-Monday, February 20, on Showtime, Showtime on Demand, Showtime Anytime and via TV Everywhere portals. That’s in time for a live boxing championship event on Saturday at 9p, and a Sunday marathon of season one of Billions starting at 9a, leading to a new episode of Homeland at 9p an the season 2 bow of Billions at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nielsen signed a multiyear renewal agreement with CBS Television Stations for the measurement company’s Local Television Measurement, which includes Local Digital in TV numbers. The deal covers stations in 17 markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media announced initial talent participants for the 34th annual PaleyFest Los Angeles. Fan festival takes place March 17-26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with stars and execs from shows including The Walking Dead, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, This Is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS: Los Angeles, Orphan Black, Bob’s Burgers, Pretty Little Liars, Late Late Show, Westworld, Scandal and American Horror Story: Roanoke.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nicole Kidman has optioned bestseller The Expatriates via her Blossom Films, to be adapted for television. Kidman and Per Saari will exec produce with POW! ProductionsTheresa Park.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another Hollywood A-lister, Jessica Chastain, along with writer Todd Komarnicki (Sully) and producer Christina Wayne (I’m Dying Up Here), is plotting a TV project. The trio are teaming for an event series about women barred from the space program at NASA in the 1960s. Project is set at ITV Studios America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC ordered an espionage drama pilot for Redliners, written by Emerald City EP Shaun Cassidy and Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), who will exec produce with David Janolarri via Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mujeres de Negro debuts on UniMas Tuesday, February 14 at 9p. The crime mystery focuses on three women who plot to murder their abusive husbands, then must struggle to keep their secret safe. Happy Valentine’s Day!
(Source: Cynopsis)

Angie Tribeca returns to TBS for season 3 on Monday, April 10 at 10:30p. Guest stars lined up include Chris Pine, Natalie Portman, Michelle Dockery, Ed Helms, Rachel Dratch, Jean Smart “and many, many, many, many more.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of comedy Catastrophe debuts on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, April 28. The series had been renewed for seasons 3 and 4 by UK’s Channel 4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix news: Season 3 of Grace & Frankie bows Friday, March 24. Comedy Girlboss, about a woman who builds a fashion empire, premieres on Friday, April 21, while Dear White People, a comedy based on the independent feature, arrives one week later and Anne of Green Gable reboot Anne has a May 12 premiere date. The streaming service’s Orange Is the New Black returns for season 5 on Friday, June 9. Judd Apatow comedy Love was renewed for season 3, and sci-fi series The OA and Travelers landed sophomore runs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Theories about the impending countdown to destruction are explored in American Heroes Channel series How the World Ends. Six-parter premieres Sunday, February 12 at 10p, with Nostradamus’s eerily accurate predictions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disgraced, recounting the murder of Baylor University men’s basketball star Patrick Dennehy, as well as an attempted cover-up of NCAA rule violations, debuts on Showtime Friday, March 31 at 9p. The film from Showtime Documentary Films and Showtime Sports will make its world premiere at the South By Southwest film festival next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Saturday, February 11, Fuse Media’s FM celebrates Drake with The Drake Effect: The Videos, a collection of the musician’s most iconic videos, airing at 10:30p, followed by the The Drake Effect at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The New York Television Festival, which includes a competition for independently produced pilots, is expanding to add a sixth day of events in October, to focus on the writing process, and adding a Chicago event in April that will include panels and pitch opportunities. “The NYTVF has evolved a lot in its first dozen years, but the central goal has always been two-fold: provide a platform for storytellers across the episodic spectrum to showcase their work and simultaneously serve as a filter and curator of independent work for the greater industry,” said NYTVF founder Terence Gray. “More opportunities for more creators is always a good thing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce is headlined by lightweight world champion Robert Easter defending against Puerto Rican contender Luis Cruz. Televised coverage begins Friday, February 10 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The late George Michael and Prince will be honored at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, airing Sunday, February 12 at 8p on CBS. Details of the performances won’t be revealed until the show, hosted by Late Late Show’s James Corden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse is counting down to Sunday’s Grammys with a half-hour music block of nominees included in the categories of Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Duo or Group Performance, Best Rap Album, and Record of the Year every day at 11a. On Sunday, February 12 Fuse is running a 2-hour music block of the most nominated artists, with episodes of Moesha, Sister Sister, Malcolm & Eddie, Belly, and Belly 2, which all feature artists who have been nominated in the past.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Performers at the 2017 Stellar Awards, celebrating gospel music, will include Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle, Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise,Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson & Da Chozen Brothaz. TV One premieres the show on Sunday, April 9 at 7p, with encores at 9p and 11p. The ceremony will also air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations from April 15-May 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s Game of Thrones picked up 5 visual effects wins at the VES Awards, all for its “Battle of the Bastards” episode. StarzBlack Sails also notched a win.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Litton Entertainment won 20 awards from the Parent’s Choice Foundation. Programs honored included shows in Litton’s Weekend Adventure block on ABC, shows in CBS Dream Team: It’s Epic! block, and programming in NBC’s The More You Know brand and CW’s One Magnificent Morning and Go Time blocks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nominees for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced on CBS This Morning Thursday, February 16. AMC winners Lady Antebellum will do the honors; awards show airs Sunday, April 2 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man) are onboard season 5 of Netflix’s House of Cards. White House drama returns May 30. Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon will play Ms. Frizzle in Netflix revival The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jodie Turner-Smith has been upped from her recurring status on season 4 to series regular for season 5 of TNT’s The Last Ship, launching in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) has been elevated from guest star to series regular on upcoming Amazon comedy The Tick, following an accountant who realizes his city is owned by a super villain.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brian d’Arcy James (Hamilton), Trieste Kelly Dunn (Blindspot) and Elizabeth Reaser (Mad Men) have been Discovery’s upcoming scripted series Manhunt: The UNABOMer (formerly known as Manifesto), set to air this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Wisdom (The Wire) and Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) have joined the cast of TNT’s The Alienist, based on the Caleb Carr bestseller. Series is slated to premiere in late 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Univision talent competition series Pequeños Gigantes USA reached 4.2 million total viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the one-hour broadcast, averaging 2.4 million total viewers 2+, nearly 1.0 million A18-49, 458,000 A18-34 and 590,000 P12-34.During the show’s debut hour, Univision was the number 3 broadcaster among A18-34 and P12-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules hit a Live+3 season high among P18-49 and P25-54, delivering 1.5 million P18-49 (up +5% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.7 million P25-54 (up +8%), and 2.4 million total viewers (up +9%). Top Chef hit a season high among P18-49, delivering 1 million P18-49 (up +1%), 1.2 million P25-54, and 2 million total viewers (up slightly).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIII was the second highest-rated Puppy Bowl ever with a 1.11 rating from 3-5p on Sunday among A25-54 in L+SD, up +4% from last year’s game and ranking behind only Puppy Bowl X in 2014 (1.25). The cutefest averaged 2.5 million total viewers P2+ from, up +12% versus Puppy Bowl XII in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel‘s Stuck in the Middle: Stuck in the Waterpark: The Movie (is the series’ #2 telecast on record among total viewers (2.48 million), Kids 2-11 (1.32 million/3.3 rating), Kids 6-11 (936,000/3.9 rating) and A18-49 (668,000/0.5 rating).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Richard Hatch died after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Hatch, who starred in TV’s Battlestar Galactica, also replaced Michael Douglas as Karl Malden’s partner on Streets of San Francisco, and guested on numerous series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close is opening Thursday February 9, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sunset-boulevard/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

December 1, 2016

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/1/16)
ABC: The Great American Baking Show (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: The First 48 (Premiere) at 8pm
A&E: Nightwatch (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Top Chef (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING: Cheap Eats (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Love Yurts (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop (Premiere) at 9pm

CBS is introducing a whole lot of drama with the announcement of its midseason lineup that includes the series premieres of Ransom, Training Day and Doubt. The network will roll out its new scripted programming on Sunday, January 1, with the launch of Ransom, a crime drama about a world-renowned crisis and hostage negotiator. The show will then move to its regular Saturday 9p time period.  Crime thriller Training Day, starring Bill Paxton and Justin Cornwell, debuts Thursday, February 2 at 10p; Katherine Heigl-starring Doubt, about a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, debuts Wednesday, February 15 at 10p following the season finale of Code Black. Rounding out the schedule, competition series Hunted premieres Sunday, January 22, then moves to Wednesdays. The eighth season of Undercover Boss drops Wednesday, December 21 at 8p, the new Survivor season debuts Wednesday, March 8 at 8p, and The Amazing Race returns Friday, April 21 at 8p. The premieres of Superior Donuts and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders are yet to be announced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two weeks after the season 4 finale, comes news that Showtime will not air a fifth season of period drama Masters of Sex. The series, which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, has garnered critical acclaim but only modest ratings for the network, which did not provide details about its decision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Retiring Dallas Police Chief David Brown is joining ABC News as a contributor starting January 1. Brown is a 33-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department; in July, five officers in his department were killed by a lone gunman during a peaceful protest against law enforcement and he became a voice to help his community heal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO is moving production of Ballers from Florida to California for season 3. The Dwayne Johnson-starring football comedy is set to reap $8.3 million from the latest round of California’s TV tax incentive program.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning this week, RLTV will air Marie! weekdays at 2p. Hosted by Marie Osmond, Marie! is an inspirational talk-show series. Celebrity guests participate in discussions on lifestyle tips and trends, and socially important issues. RLTV licensed cable rights to the series from Associated Television International.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Z Living will premiere three new series in a new primetime programming block that kicks off Tuesday, January 17. New series are: Finding Fido, which features photographer and New York Times best-selling author Seth Casteel (“Underwater Dogs,” “Pounce”), playing matchmaker to hopeful pet owners-to-be and dogs in need of homes, debuting at 8p and 8:30p. Altar’d, debuting at 9p, captures the journeys of six engaged couples determined to lose weight and adopt healthy lifestyles before saying “I do.” From Popsugar Studios, Conquered will debut at 10p with unique and uplifting stories about people  from the everyday to the influential  who have broken boundaries and conquered obstacles in order to achieve their goals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chicago Fire will celebrate its milestone 100th episode on Tuesday, December 6 at 10p on NBC. Appropriately titled “One Hundred,” the ep features Lt. Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Dawson (Monica Raymund) applying for permanent adoption of Louie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel‘s December Chillcation-er Don Wildman will dig deep into the mysteries of Alcatraz, the White House, dinosaurs and King Tut on special weekly episodes of Mysteries at the Museum beginning Thursday, January 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1 is adding more talent to its upcoming VH1 Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night. Bebe Rexha, JoJo, and Serayah will join vocal forces for a group performance during the holiday concert event, which airs Monday, December 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paul Bettany (Gangster No. 1, Captain America: Civil War) will lead the cast of Discovery Channel’s upcoming scripted series Manifesto, set to air next year.  Produced with Lionsgate and Trigger Street Productions, the series will tell the story of how the FBI brought down Ted Kaczynski (Bettany), aka the “Unabomber.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wonderama, the studio-audience participation show that entertained families for more than four decades, will mark its comeback on Saturday, January 7 featuring a new look, a new host – David Osmond – and a new array of guests and segments. Produced by Chuck Armstrong, Wonderama is syndicated nationally and will initially air across Tribune Broadcasting’s owned or operated stations in 13 US markets, with multiple brand extensions on key digital platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E Network’s Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered Tuesday night at 10p to 2.1 million total viewers and 1.1 million viewers in the A25-54 demo, making it the network’s No. 1 new series launch in more than two years. The original docuseries also attracted 913,000 A18-49 viewers, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

The Simpsons propelled FXX into the ranks of the Top 10 basic cable networks. The first four days of the 13-day The Simpsons 600 Marathon, which began on Thanksgiving, drove FXX to rank No. 8 among all basic cable networks in A18-49 and No. 5 among A18-34 in Total Day viewing. In Primetime, FXX advanced to No. 10 among A18-49 and No. 5 among Adults 18-34 over the Thanksgiving holiday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel scored its strongest ratings performance of the 2016 “Countdown to Christmas” season with the network’s five new Thanksgiving Weekend Event original world premieres catapulting the network to No. 1 in Total Day for five consecutive nights (Wednesday, November 23 through Sunday, November 27) among W25-54 as well as to No. 1 in Prime Time from Wednesday, November 23 through Saturday, November 26 among Household ratings. Crown Media Family Networks‘ debut of the 65th anniversary ‘Hallmark Hall of Fame’ original movie A Heavenly Christmas also set delivery records, delivering a gross 5.2 HH rating across Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as well as reaching the largest number of Total Viewers for a Crown Media original movie debut in the network’s history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Matt Lauer re-upped his contract with NBC morning show Today through 2018. The deal will see Lauer pocketing $20 million a year, according to The New York Post, which first reported the news.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grant Tinker, former chairman/CEO of NBC, died on Tuesday, November 29. He was 90. Tinker took the helm at NBC in 1981, and together with entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff delivered a massive ratings turnaround that saw NBC power up from last to first place in ratings with new shows including Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Golden Girls and Hill Street Blues. Prior to his time at NBC, in 1969 Tinker and his then-wife, actress Mary Tyler Moore, launched indie production house MTM Enterprises, the company behind series including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda, The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati and Hill Street Blues. Tinker won a personal Peabody Award in 1994 and was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997. He is survived by his four children, including director/producer Mark Tinker and writer/producer John Tinker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
A Bronx Tale is opening on Thursday December 1, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/bronx-tale/

Dear Evan Hansen is opening on Sunday December 4, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/dear-evan-hansen/

The Cherry Orchard is closing on Thursday December 4, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-cherry-orchard/