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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ CMT AWARDS/ BROADWAY

June 6, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/6/19)
A&E: Hero Ink (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Unspouse My House (Premiere) at 9:30pm
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
HISTORY: Mountain Men (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Alone (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Ms. T’s Music Factory (Premiere) at 10pm
REVOLT: Drink Champs (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE: What on Earth? (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Queen of the South (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Paradise Hotel (Finale) at 8pm
PARAMOUNT NETWORK: Wife Swap (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Braxton Family Values (Finale) at 9pm

Alec Baldwin will headline Comedy Central’s next roast, to be taped in NYC this summer. “Alec Baldwin has done so many great things it will be a unique treat to spend a night focusing on everything he’d rather forget,” said Jonas Larsen, EVP Talent and Development, Comedy Central.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy canceled two shows based on graphic novels. Hitman/unicorn drama Happy! got the axe after two seasons, while student assassin series Deadly Class got killed after one. The shows are being shopped, by Universal Content Productions and Sony TV, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Despite reports that Jussie Smollett might be back for the sixth and final season of Fox’s Empire, he “will NOT be returning,” tweeted series co-creator Lee Daniels. Smollett was written out of the end of season five after he was accused of staging a hate crime against himself. While charges were dropped, the actor is being sued in civil court for police hours spent investigating the case.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix took a blow in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday when Superior Court Judge Marc Gross ruled against the streamer, which had wanted him to declare Fox’s enforcement of fixed-term employment agreements for all of its employees was unlawful. In 2016, Fox sued Netflix for inducing executives to break their contracts to join Netflix; Netflix claimed the contracts were in violation of California law. The fight’s not over yet – a trial is scheduled for January.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson, who sued then-FNC chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, has stepped down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. Carlson had pushed for the elimination of the swimsuit competition. NBC announced last week it will air the 2020 event. “With a promising network partnership, the time is ideal to give new leadership the opportunity to move forward with what has been accomplished,” said Carlson. “Miss America will always be a part of who I am and I will enthusiastically watch as the organization continues to grow and succeed.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viceland ordered new seasons of F*ck, That’s Delicious and Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens. Production is underway on Aliens in LA ahead of a planned July 17 premiere; the fourth season of Delicious will begin production later in the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alone returns to History tonight, June 7. What sets the survival series – and this season – apart from the pack? “The amount of pride, skill, and determination shown by every Alone participant year after year is unprecedented in survival programming,” says Shawn Witt, EP and co-president of Leftfield Pictures. “The 10 experts we selected for our coldest location ever are no exception and some raised that bar astronomically. Between close encounters with big predators and temperatures below -40ºF, the Canadian Arctic gives new meaning to being utterly and terrifyingly alone in the wild.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s A Lie to Die For premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p. True crime series follows the stories of lies so significant, people were willing to kill rather than be found out.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America’s Top Gear returns Sunday, July 14 at 8p, with new hosts Freddie Flintoff and Paddy McGuinness and returning host Chris Harris.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment signed a deal with Universal Kids for Amazon Prime’s Just Add Magic. Universal Kids has taken second window in the US for seasons 1 and 2, with the option to take seasons 3 and 4 starting February 2020.  The show’s first season will launch on Universal Kids on June 9 at 7:30 pm.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ahead of its June 15 series premiere, Ovation announced that the second season of Frankie Drake Mysteries will be coming to the arts net. Mystery series set in 1920s Toronto launches its second run on Saturday, July 27 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the Tianamen Square uprising, PBS will air Tianamen: The People Versus the Party, a day-by-day account of the seven weeks during which students and Chinese citizens protested for more freedom, on Tuesday, June 25 at 9p (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network fans needn’t to wait until December for snowman desserts. Special Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July has bakers going at it on Monday, July 15 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s MasterChef Latino welcome a group of 30 kids as guests of honor on Sunday, June 9 at 7p. In the episode, contestants will not only face the Mystery Box and an unknown ingredient, but pint-sized judges.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv has entered a licensing agreement with Twentieth Television that brings all six seasons of family comedy Reba to the net. Series aired on The WB and The CW from 2001-2007.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SeriesFest has added to the previously announced lineup for its annual International Spotlight in partnership with Liberty Global. Additions include the world premiere of NBC’s Bluff City Law, including cast members Jimmy Smits (Dexter), Caitlin McGee (I’m Dying Up Here), Barry Sloane (Revenge), Michael Luwoye (The Gifted), MaameYaa Boafo (Chicago Med), Stony Blyden (Edge of Seventeen) and Jayne Atkinson (House of Cards); as well as a collection virtual reality events. The fifth annual festival takes place June 21-26 in Denver.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cleo TV and Spectrum are teaming up to take series Cleo Speaks on a five city tour, kicking off Monday, June 10 in NYC. The “Cleo Speaks: She Speaks. We Listen!” tour will highlight prominent local women of color and include moderated panel discussions, and meet and greets with celebrity guests.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is testing a new feed in its mobile app called Extras, with trailers and photos for upcoming shows. “We are testing a feed of video extras in our mobile app to help fans connect more deeply with the titles they love and discover new ones to watch,” a spokesperson told Variety. “These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Elizabeth Hurley (The Royals) landed a role in season three of Hulu’s Runaways, as Marvel villain Morgen le Fay…Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) will recur on the ninth and final season of USA’s Suits.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo’s three-night limited series, The Hot Zone, was the net’s most-watched scripted series of all time, averaging a .82 in Live+3 ratings in the demo over three nights, just shy of besting The Story of God With Morgan Freeman as the network’s most-watched series of all time. The series premiere on May 27 lifted National Geographic to the No. 5 ad-supported cable network in the target demo for the night and No. 2 among total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

May sweep ratings for Jeopardy! (7.0 average, up 19% from last May) got a major boost from phenom contestant James Holzhauer, but finished second to syndication’s number one show of the season, Judge Judy (7.1 Live+SD. Dr Phil (2.8, down 13%) coasted to victory in the talk show race, winning May for the eighth year in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv’s Mama June: From Not to Hot concluded season three with the two most highly rated episodes all season and a drug intervention finale that delivered season-highs in total viewers and all key demos. With 1.4 million viewers for the finale in Nielsen Live+3 ratings, total viewers grew 35 percent from premiere over the 11-episode half-season, 41 percent among W18-49, and 37 percent among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2019 CMT MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/1044030/cmt-music-awards-2019-winners-the-complete-list

BROADWAY
Network with Bryan Cranston is closing on Saturday June 8, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/network/

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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 30, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/30/19)
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: NBC Countdown at 8:30pm
ABC: 2019 NBA Finals at 9pm
ID: Murder Loves Company (Premiere) at 10pm
FREEFORM: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Finale) at 8pm

She’s back. NBC will air Miss America next year for the first time since the company, which had aired the competition for two decades prior, cut ties in 2015 with the event over then-owner Donald Trump’s anti-immigration comments. ABC aired the show last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS will air the entire first season of The Good Fight, beginning June 16 at 9p. The Good Wife spinoff starring Christine Baranski from creators Robert and Michelle King had been available only SVOD service CBS All Access. The news came from CBS CEO Joe Ianniello during yesterday’s shareholder meeting. In related scheduling news, the season 2 premiere of Instinct, which had been set for 9p June 16, now will air the same time Sunday, June 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other CBS stories, during the company’s annual meeting its shareholders re-elected 11 members of the board of directors. The board was overhauled following the ouster last fall of former CEO Les Moonves. The only non-independent board members are Shari Redstone and her attorney, Robert Klieger. Four of the remaining nine directors are women; six members joined the board in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The MTV Movie & TV Awards withdrew the nomination of The Chi star Jason Mitchell in the best performance in a show category a week after the actor was dropped from projects including from the Showtime series amid allegations of inappropriate behavior on the set.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The motion by the estate of Michael Jackson for immediate arbitration in the lawsuit against HBO over the network’s doc Leaving Neverland yesterday was denied by a federal judge. The Jackson family had been trying to have the case be decided by the American Arbitration Assn. and to have it sent back to state court. The documentary that sparked the $100 million suit debuted on HBO on March 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC scored rights to broadcast this year’s third Democratic primary debate, slated for September 12 and 13, in partnership with Univision, the DNC announced. The primetime debate will be seen live on ABC and on Univision with Spanish translation, as well as on ABC News Live streaming channel. Location has not yet been announced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peabody established an East Coast division to its board of directors, to include chair John Huey, former editor-in-chief, Time Inc.; Katie Couric; Nancy Dubuc, CEO, Vice Media; Dave Isay, president/founder, StoryCorps; and Paula Kerger, president/CEO, PBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo is paying tribute to WorldPride, the largest Pride celebration in the world, marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and 50 years of LGBTQIA+ liberation, with social, digital and on-air content throughout June, culminating with a Bravo float in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30. Led by Andy Cohen, the float also will include15 “Bravolebrities,” including Captain Sandy Yawn from Below Deck Mediterranean and Reza Farahan from Shahs of Sunset.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s stage 4 pancreatic cancer is responding well to chemotherapy, reports Trebek, 78, in the current issue of a People magazine. Trebek says his doctors report he’s in “near remission” of the cancer, which typically has a 9 percent survival rate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Genius Brands International launched a new comedy/adventure animated series for kids created by the legendary Stan Lee—his last project. Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a co-production among Genius Brands, Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Schwarzenegger, who also serves as exec producer, lends his voice as the lead character. Fabian Nicieza, co-creator of Deadpool, is scripting the series. GBI’s Andy Heyward and POW! president Gil Champion serve as exec producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production is under way on new Starz original series Hightown, from Rebecca Cutter (Gotham), Gary Lennon (Orange Is the New Black, Power) and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Series, which stars Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire) and James Badge Dale (Hold the Dark, 13 Hours), is a crime drama about fiercely flawed people using whoever and whatever they can to get through the night after a body washes ashore on Labor Day weekend. Hightown is created and written by Cutter, who also exec produces alongside Lennon, Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman (Lucifer, The Amazing Race), KristieAnne Reed (CSI: Cyber, Lucifer) and Ellen Schwartz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Sunday June 2, Paramount Network will debut Marriage Rescue, a new series that expands the network’s popular Bar Rescue franchise. Marriage Rescue, which also features Jon Taffer, is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment and features Taffer diffusing conflict among newlyweds and couples who’ve been married for decades alike while at a beach resort in the Caribbean.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Putting his unending curiosity and inventiveness to the test, Adam Savage is taking on bigger, badder builds in new eight-ep series Savage Builds, premiering June 12 at 10p on Science Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix dropped a trailer for high school comedy Mr. Iglesias, starring standup comic Gabriel Iglesias, which bows June 21. Iglesias plays Gabe, a good-natured public high school teacher who works at his alma mater and works with gifted but misfit kids.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The “Sunday nights on E!” summer programming lineup includes the return of Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian, airing Sunday nights beginning July 7 at 9p, and new series Flip It Like Disick, premiering Sunday, August 4 at 10p, which takes the network into the real estate and luxury renovation space with Scott Disick tackling high-end home flipping and remodeling.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX dropped the first trailer for season 3 of Snowfall, its crack cocaine drama series that will return July 10, just a few months after the death of its co-creator, director and exec producer, John Singleton. The trailer is set to Run-D.M.C.’s ‘80s anthem It’s Like That.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment icons share their thoughts on the pop culture figures, films and series that defined a decade in AXS TV’s new countdown show The Very VERY Best Of The 70s, which drops tonight (May 30) at 8p with an ep featuring Morgan Fairchild, Anson Williams and George Wallace examining one of the era’s top stand-up comedians, Rodney Dangerfield.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford will sit down with Attorney General Bill Barr for an exclusive interview to air on CBS This Morning on Friday, May 31. An excerpt of the interview will air on Thursday, May 30 on the CBS Evening News at 6:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT announced the next wave of performers for the 2019 CMT Music Awards. New additions include Boyz II Men, Brandi Carlile, Brett Young, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, Trombone Shorty and Zac Brown Band. Show airs live Wednesday, June 5 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Live with Kelly and Ryan desk is going to be more crowded on Thursday, June 13. Filling in for Kelly Ripa will be the Jo Bros triumvirate—Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas. The three will provide an update of their new doc Chasing Happiness, latest album and upcoming tour.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Masters—Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life premieres Friday, June 14 at 9p on PBS in honor of LGBT Pride Month. The film explores the six-decade career of the playwright and LGBTQ activist, who will receive the Tony Award for lifetime achievement in the theater this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS Kids announced animated series Elinor Wonders Why, slated to bow Labor Day 2020. Created by Jorge Cham and Daniel Whiteson and produced in partnership with Pipeline Studios, series aims to encourage children to follow their curiosity, ask questions and find answers using science inquiry skills. Main character Elinor, the most observant and curious bunny rabbit in Animal Town, will introduce kids ages 3-5 to science, nature and community through adventures with her friends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sketch comedy series All That, Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action series with 171 eps across 10 seasons from 1994-2005, is back—and the network has unveiled the new cast. Filmed in front of a live audience, the reboot, debuting Saturday, June 15 at 8:30p, also will feature musical performances from acts including Daddy Yankee, Ally Brooke and Kane Brown. Cast members are: Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell. Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janax, Lex Lumpkin and Chinguun Sergelen. In the series premiere, the new cast will be joined by original All That cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Bezos Family Foundation, home of the Vroom initiative that translates research on children’s brain development into tips for parents, and Fred Rogers Productions are extending their partnership to support Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Under the renewed agreement, Vroom will sponsor the fan- series into 2020 with promotional spots continuing to air on PBS Kids broadcast and digital channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carla Gugino will topline opposite Jack Huston and Cameron Britton in season 2 of Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt, from Lionsgate Television… Hulu’s Wu-Tang: An American Saga added Andrea-Rachel Parker to the cast of the 10-ep drama… Joslyn DeFreece will recur on CBS All Access drama Strange Angel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, with the May sweep (April 25 – May 22) winding down, Judge Judy (7.1 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 1% from the week before) captured more than 9.8 million daily viewers and outperformed an until-recently unstoppable Jeopardy! (6.2, up 2%). Judge Judy has shut down all competitors for 42 of the last 45 weeks with the only three misses coming at the buzzer hands of superstar Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer. In talk shows Dr Phil (2.8, up 4%) was the sole strip in positive territory, finishing first for 141 weeks in a row. In other dayparts, reports on the life and death of America’s Box-Office Sweetheart of the 50’s and 60’s Doris Day and legendary comedian Tim Conway fueled some of the popular entertainment magazines. Entertainment Tonight (six-week high 2.9, up 4%) set the pace, leading all mags for a third straight week. Access (1.2) held steady at a five-week high and rolled to a tie with TMZ (1.2, down 8%). Daily Mail TV (1.0, up 11%), recently renewed for season three, climbed into a tie with Extra (1.0, down 9%). Elsewhere, Dateline (1.3, up 8%) maintained its strangle-hold on the true crime genre for the 36th week in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune with Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon is opening on Thursday May 30, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/frankie-and-johnny-clair-de-lune/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 25, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/25/19)
BBC AMERICA: Gran Torino (Premiere) at 8pm
BBC AMERICA: Top Gear (Premiere) at 9pm
UP TV: Expecting (Premiere) at 9pm
CW: Supernatural (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: Gotham (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: The Orville (Finale) at 9pm

With the renewals of All American, Roswell, New Mexico and In the Dark, the CW is five for five with its freshman series. (Charmed and Legacies were among ten shows renewed in January.) The net also announced the return of The 100 for season seven.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andi Mack is ending its run on Disney Channel. The groundbreaking series, Disney’s first to center around an Asian family and first to feature an LGBTQ character who spoke the words, “I’m gay,” returns from hiatus on Friday, June 21 at 8p, with its final episodes running through July 26. “Three years ago, we challenged Terri Minsky to create a new series that expanded and broadened the Disney Channel brand,” said Gary Marsh, President of Disney Channel. “We are forever grateful to Terri, her talented team and the outstanding cast.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences voted not to change the rule that requires a movie to run in a theater for only in seven days in LA to be eligible for an Oscar. Movie producers called foul after Netflix’s Roma won three Oscars after a limited theatrical run, prompting the review. “Our rules currently require theatrical exhibition, and also allow for a broad selection of films to be submitted for Oscars consideration,” said Academy president John Bailey. “We plan to further study the profound changes occurring in our industry and continue discussions with our members about these issues.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T sold its WarnerMedia office space in NYC’s Hudson Yards for $2.2 billion to an affiliate of Related Companies, in a deal that includes a long-term lease for the site. WarnerMedia properties are in the process of relocating from Time Warner Center to the new space. AT&T will use proceeds from the transaction to reduce its debt load, which reached $170 billion after its purchase of Time Warner last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With criminal charges against Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a hate crime against him dropped, Empire cast members including Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are asking Fox and Disney execs to bring Smollett back for the Fox drama’s sixth season. “Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character,” said Smollett’s colleagues in a letter. “He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity….We are confident our fans will welcome our ‘Jamal’ back into the Empire family as enthusiastically as we will.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy contestant James Holzhauer passed the $1 million-in-winnings mark with a $118,816 haul on Tuesday, for a total across 14 games of $1.06 million. The only other contestant in the game show’s 35-year history to pass the million mark is Ken Jennings, whose 74 straight victories brought him $2.5 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gray Television and Opry Entertainment Group, owner of the Grand Ole Opry, are partnering for a TV service with “artist-driven country lifestyle programming.” The service will be available on an OTT streaming platform as well as a broadcast diginet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Not only has the season eight premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones been watched by over 27 million people, AT&T CFO John Stephens told analysts on Wednesday, but the week before the drama’s return saw the most subscriber additions in HBO Now history. The premiere also set a new series record with 17.4 million multiplatform viewers on April 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News named Jedediah Bila co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. Bila, who has filled in as a guest co-host, will make her official debut on Saturday, April 27. Bila was a co-host on ABC’s The View for the 2017-18 season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Trek is landing at Nickelodeon. The kids’ net ordered an animated version to be developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman (Ninjago), from CBS’s Eye Animation Productions, Roddenberry Entertainment and Secret Hideout. “Star Trek’s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” said Alex Kurtzman, an exec producer. “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon also renewed Ryan’s Mystery Playdate for a second season. The show’s April 19 premiere was number one at 12:30p on all of TV among kids 2-11, averaging 2.1/518,000 and 999,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warrior landed a season two renewal on Cinemax. The martial arts drama based on the writings of Bruce Lee premiered April 5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E docu-series The Employables, charting the highs and lows of job seekers with conditions like autism or Tourette Syndrome, launches Wednesday, May 15 at 10p. Participants work with specialists to help identify their strengths and find the right line of work.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pennyworth, following Bruce Wayne’s future butler, premieres on Epix on July 28 at 9p. Based on the DC characters, series follows Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who works for young billionaire Thomas Wayne in 1960s London.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crime drama L.A.’s Finest, starring and executive produced by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, will premiere on Spectrum’s On Demand platform on Monday, May 13. The first three episodes will drop on the Spectrum platform that day, with two episodes launching each week thereafter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mr. Iglesias, starring stand-up comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, drops on Netflix Friday, June 21. Iglesias plays a high school teacher who works at his alma mater.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Engaged couples, elite bakers and hosts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are back for a new season of Food Network’s Wedding Cake Championship, starting Monday, June 3 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, debuts on Netflix June 7. The political thriller spent its first two seasons on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime announced Saturday premiere dates for more of its Book to Screen movie titles. Tempting Fate, starring Alyssa Milano, bows June 15; To Have and To Hold, starring Erika Christensen, arrives June 22; and Family Pictures, with Justina Machado and Elisabeth Rohm, debuts June 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christian Cooke (Point Blank) and James Bloor (Dunkirk) are set as leading series regulars in National Geographic’s scripted series Barkskins, slated to go into production this year…The cast for Showtime pilot Hombre includes Marisé Alvarez (The Vessel), Greg Grunberg (A Star Is Born), Pepi Sonuga (Famous In Love), and Adriana Santos (Taken). The emotional thriller is set to begin production at the end of April in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home rental startup Airbnb has its eye on developing a slate of original shows focused on travel, reports Reuters. Faced with stiff competition in the travel industry, the company’s CEO, Brian Chesky, “wants to create a studio,” a source told Reuters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he was impressed by Disney’s well-received unveiling of its upcoming Disney+ streaming service. “I think what it did was give the market an appreciation that this is a viable direct to consumer product  that will have good appeal for a broad number of customers, not just in the U.S.. but around the world,” said Stephenson during the company’s first quarter earnings call. “We’re very optimistic and the Disney announcement gave us nothing but more optimism in terms of what we think we’ll be able to bring to market.” Stephenson said the company expects to offer details of its upcoming service at a WarnerMedia day in September or October.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E docu-series Live Rescue debuted to 1.4 million Total Viewers, making it cable’s #1 nonfiction launch of 2019 among A25-54 d (665,000), according to Nielsen. The premiere was also A&E’s best series premiere in over two years, since Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath in November 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC reports it’s on a ratings roll. For 2019 to date, the net’s primetime ratings grew +26% among A25-54 and up +13% among A18-49 in Live+3 ratings, compared to 2018. In 1Q19 ratings for A25-54 rose +29% and +18-49 were up +17% compared to 1Q18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of BET’s Being Mary Jane and new series premiere of Games People Play on Tuesday grossed 2.1 Million viewers 2+ during premiere night across premieres and encores. Mary Jane grossed 768,000 total viewers P2+ and Games garnered 760,000 total viewers P2+ on BET alone.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Beetlejuice is opening on Thursday April 25, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/beetlejuice/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 18, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/18/19)
CBS: Life In Pieces (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ID: The Face of Evil (Premiere) at 10pm
E!: Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry (Finale) at 8pm

It’s never too early to get in the Games. NBCUniversal has teamed with Olympic organizing committee LA 2028 to offer brands advertising opportunities ahead of the 2028 Olympics, to be held in the City of Angels – the first Summer Games to be held in the U.S. since 1996. “This partnership between NBCUniversal and LA 2028 is a true first for the industry, and gives marketers the opportunity to make an unrivaled economic and cultural impact,” said Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising and Partnerships for NBCU. “Together, we’re building what’s never been available before – the chance to be an exclusive partner of a monumental global movement for the next decade.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Full House creator Jeff Franklin filed a lawsuit over his firing from Netflix spin-off Fuller House, alleging co-executive producer Bryan Behar slandered him and conspired to oust him during his 2017 renegotiations with Warner Bros. – “motivated by a secret hatred of him.” “Unfortunately, Behar’s plan worked as Warner Brothers abruptly stopped all negotiations and terminated its relationship with Franklin,” writes attorney Larry Stein in the complaint, adding, “In need of a showrunner to carry on the schedule for Fuller House‘s fourth season, Warner Brothers appointed Behar to replace Franklin.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Walt Disney Company pledged to help with the reconstruction of the fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. “The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece,” said Robert Iger, Chairman and  CEO. Disney joins companies like Apple and Groupe Artemis as well as dating app Badoo, which is donating all of its April profits from its 22 million users in France to help the cause.
(Source: Cynopsis)

James Murdoch is reportedly planning to invest $1 billion in a portfolio of media companies. The son of Rupert received a reported $2.2 billion for his cut of 21st Century Fox, and according to the Financial Times, is interested in distancing himself from his father’s conservative properties.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop, aimed at supporting emerging diverse late night and sketch comedy writers, named Jill Cepela, Dylan Eshbaugh, Shenovia Large, Alexandria McCale, Mona Mira and Chloe Radcliffe to its 2019 class.  The new class will participate in an intensive five-day program next week that will prepare them to be staff writers on late night and sketch comedy shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In related news, The Paley Center for Media in New York announced the latest selection for its PaleyLive NY spring season: The Women Writers of Late Night Moderated by Seth Meyers. Event takes place on June 11 at 8:30p with writers Karen CheeDina GusovskyJenny HagelAllison Hord, and Amber Ruffin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered six episodes of a comedy starring and exec produced by Mike Myers, who will play multiple characters. “I love creating characters and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in,” said the former SNL star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aso coming to Netflix: The Boys in the Band. “Last summer, The Boys in the Band were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth,” posted Ryan Murphy (Glee) on Instagram. “THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event.” Murphy will produce the film, along with David Stone and Net Martel. Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Zachary Quinto (Heroes), Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon), Matt Bomer (White Collar) and the entire Broadway cast are onboard, along with director Joe Mantello.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW set its summer slate, which includes six new series and five returning shows (dates included where announced). Newcomers include British action drama Bulletproof; talent show The Big Stage (June 7 at 9p); comedy game show Hypnotize Me; docu-series Mysteries Decoded; space adventure Pandora; and extreme sports docu-series Red Bull Peaking. Coming back for more are second seasons of Burden of Truth (June 2 at 8p) and The Outpost (July 11 at 9p); season 6 of Penn & Teller: Fool Us (June 17 at 8p); season 7 of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (July 17 at 9p); and season 8 of Masters of Illusion (June 7 at 8p).
(Source: Cynopsis)

El Rey has two new weekly talk shows on the way. The Chuey Martinez Show, starring LA personality/pop culture junkie Martinez, launches Thursday, May 2 at 10p, followed at 10:30p by El Rey Nation Show, described as “a 30-minute geek-fandom panel show.” “From its launch, El Rey Network has created opportunities for Latinos in front and behind the camera,” said Daniel Tibbets, General Manager and President of El Rey Network. “We are continuing that mission by introducing our fans to the extraordinary talent featured on both of these new shows.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the heels of Bernie Sanders’ ratings-winning Fox News town hall, fellow Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar will face FNC moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum on Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30p.Sanders’ Fox News event was the most-watched town hall of the election season on any cable news net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Saturday Night Live set its final two hosts for season 44. Academy Award winner Emma Thompson makes her SNL hosting debut on May 11, backed up by the Jonas Brothers in their second appearance as musical guests. Paul Rudd returns to SNL for his fourth hosting stint for the season finale on May 18, with DJ Khaled as first-time musical guest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV is airing a Hazel “Maid for a Day” marathon on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, from 5a-10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AccuWeather‘s Jonathan Petramala and Manuel Crespo will join the “Everything Under the Sun” podcast with Meteorologist Regina Miler to discuss their new video series, Puerto Rico: The Art of Recovery, focused on the recovery and rebirth of Puerto Rico’s community and culture 18 months after Hurricane Maria.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! will feature distinct animation styles in a multipart story arc kicking off Sunday, May 5at 9:30p, with two back-to-back episodes on Disney XD and DisneyNOW. Different animation techniques, including CG-stop motion, children’s book illustration, 8-bit, motion comic, are all firsts for a Marvel animated series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Madonna will unveil the world premiere of her video and single, “Medellín” with Malumaduring a globally televised MTV music event, MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere, on Wednesday, April 24 at 4p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Project Runway features guest judge Robin Hunicke, cofounder and CEO of indie video game studio, Funomena, in a STEM-focused episode tonight at 9p. The segment will challenge the designers to dress female avatars, creating looks in partnership with female game designers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cherokee actor Wes Studi hosts HDNet Movies’ the Summer of Westerns event beginning Sunday, May 19 at 4:10p with one of his most celebrated roles, as Geronimo: An American Legend, followed by The Big Country, Jeremiah Johnson and Villa Rides.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pablo Schreiber (First ManOrange Is the New Black) has been cast as the lead in Showtime series HALO, based on the Xbox franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of ABC comedy Bless This Mess drew 4.69 million viewers and an 0.9 rating among A18-49, building on its black-ish lead-in and up +50% versus the prior eight episodes of previous Tuesday timeslot holder, Splitting Up Together.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Hillary And Clinton with Laurie Metcalf & John Lithgow is opening on Thursday April 18, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/hillary-clinton/

Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane is opening on Sunday April 21, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/gary-sequel-titus-andronicus/

All My Sons with Annette Bening & Tracy Letts is opening on Monday April 22, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/all-my-sons/

Tootsie is opening on Tuesday April 23, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/tootsie/

Ink is opening on Wednesday April 24, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/ink/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 28, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/28/19)
HGTV: Caribbean Life (Premiere) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Little Women: Atlanta (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Abby’s (Premiere) at 9:30pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Premiere) at 10pm
TRU TV: Tacoma (Premiere) at 10:30pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Finale) at 9:30pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: Broad City (Finale) at 10pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: The Other Two (Finale) at 10:30pm
CW: Legacies (Finale) at 9pm
HISTORY: Truck Night In America (Finale) at 10pm
OVATION: Travel Man (Finale) at 7:30pm
POP: Flack (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Kindred Spirits (Finale) at 10pm

Sex and the City is getting a follow-up. Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have landed the rights to author Candace Bushnell’s upcoming book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, exploring love, dating and friendship in NYC after 50, and will develop it for TV. Bushnell will write the pilot script and serve as EP on the project along with Liza Chasin from 3dot Productions and Robyn Meisinger from Anonymous Content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game of Thrones fans have something to look forward to after the drama’s final bow: Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes of the show’s eighth and last season. Project hails from British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay (Seahorse, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King) and airs Sunday, May 26, one week after the series finale.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has launched civic engagement campaign, Hazte Contar (Be Counted), aimed at increasing awareness among Hispanics in the U.S. for the 2020 Census. The campaign will include national and community partners, PSAs, community tours and special segments across shows, digital resources and candidate forums.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New York Festivals Television & Film Awards will honor Connor Schell, EVP, Content for ESPN, with its Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, April 8 at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas. The award recognizes prominent industry leaders whose accomplishments have advanced their field and made a lasting impression on the industry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery series Wheeler Dealers is getting a spin-off, eight-part Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car. Hosted by Mike Brewer, the show will air on the Discovery Channel in a number of international markets, including the UK, Netherlands, South Africa and France, as well as on the MotorTrend App and MotorTrend TV in the U.S.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros, founders of Armory Films, are teaming with Knightfall co-creator Don Handfield on The Dark Age, according to Deadline. The sci-fi story will be published as a comic book series by Red 5 Comics before its developed into a television project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox revealed its summer plans. So You Think You Can Dance returns for its 16th season on Monday, June 10 at 9p; MasterChef is back for Season 10 on Wednesday, May 29 at 8p and will air twice a week; Beat Shazam bows Monday, May 20 at 8p; and new high-stakes game show Spin the Wheel premieres Thursday, June 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aerial America is expanding across the pond with the debut of Aerial Britain on Sunday, April 28 at 8p. The newest installment from Smithsonian Channel takes viewers on a journey to four regions of Britain.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tex-Mex comes to Tuesdays with Texicanas, premiering May 7 at 10p on Bravo. Series follows a group of San Antonio sophisticates as they try to balance their social lives and the demands of raising a family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Southern Charm returns to Bravo on Wednesday, May 15 at 8p. Naomie Olindo and Eliza Limehouse join as new cast members.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Cody crime family returns for Season 4 of Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, May 28 at 9p on TNT, with Emily Deschanel onboard in a recurring role.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2019 American Music Awards will be broadcast live from LA on Sunday, November 24 at 8p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos, Becky G, Wisin, Reik, Anuel, Anitta and Sebastian Yatra have been added to the list of performers taking the stage at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. Ceremony airs live from Las Vegas on Thursday, April 25 at 8p on Telemundo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet premieres Wednesday, April 10 at 10p on PBS (check local listings). Documentary reveals how scientists discovered the deadly hole in the ozone and how the world’s leaders came together to fix it.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel airs Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses on Wednesday, May 1 at 7p, to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. The one-hour doc features heroic veterans sharing their World War II liberation experiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brenda Song is returning to the Disney fold as the lead voice in animated comedy Amphiba, premiering on Disney Channel and Disney Now this summer… Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) nabbed a role in TNT’s futuristic thriller SnowpiercerEdgar Ramirez (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace) and Lily Rabe (Tell Me Your Secrets) were cast in HBO’s limited series, The Undoing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO added Marquis Rodriguez (When They See Us), John Simm (Strangers) Richard McCabe (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams), John Heffernan (Dracula) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden) to the ensemble cast of its Game of Thrones prequel pilot… Max Willems nabbed the lead in CBS’ comedy pilot The Emperor of Malibu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cadence13 is launching Lauren Conrad: Asking for a Friend. Hosted by fashion designer/author/lifestyle expert Lauren Conrad, the weekly podcast series will feature candid conversations and advice on relationships, style, beauty, business, entertaining, parenting, wellness and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon debuts new preschool series Ryan’s Mystery Playdate, starring seven-year-old YouTube star Ryan of Ryan Toys Review, on Friday, April 19 at 12:30p. Shoe follows Ryan as he tackles imaginative physical challenges and solves mystery box puzzles to reveal the identity of his playdate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new feature will alert Google Chrome smartphone users when a website is trying to access and collect data transmitted from sensors inside the phone. A pop-up will let users know each time a site tries to access one of their device settings, providing the option to turn it off or block it.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s premiere of the fourth installment of Pequenos Gigantes garnered 1.6 million Total Viewers 2+, 576,000 A18-49 and 240,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
What The Constitution Means To Me is opening on Sunday March 31, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/what-constitution-means-me/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 21, 2019

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/21/19)
A&E: The First 48: Inside Atlanta (Premiere) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Finale) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Bring It! (Finale) at 9pm 

Nominations for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday on CBS’ The Talk and the event – slated for May 5 in LA – promises to be a soapy affair. Days of Our Lives leads all programs with 27 noms, followed by General Hospital with 25. The Young and the Restless snagged 20 noms, and The Bold and the Beautiful has 12. While the morning show and entertainment talk show categories largely mirror those of last year, the category of informative talk show has four newcomers this go-round: Access Live, Rachael Ray, Red Table Talk and Today with Kathie Lee & Hoda. By network, CBS leads with a towering 74 nominations. Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are tied for second with 49, followed by NBC (38), ABC (35) and PBS (31). Judge Judy Sheindlin and chef Jacques Pepin will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo patriarch and new daddy Andy Cohen will receive the Vito Russo Award at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards in New York on May 4. The Watch What Happens Live! host and Bravo exec will be presented with the award by Sarah Jessica Parker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After 26 years, the American Cable Assn. is changing its name to America’s Communications Assn., aka its new moniker “ACA Connects.” The organization unveiled its new name this week during its annual conference in DC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fugitive Robert Brumfield III, who was profiled in the February 13 episode of ID’s In Pursuit With John Walsh, has been taken into custody by the Texas Police Dept. Brumfield has been wanted by the FBI and the New Orleans Police Dept. for his alleged involvement in a December 2013 heist that resulted in the murder of an employee.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel launched its inaugural Renovation Fever Sweepstakes in conjunction with the net’s annual “Spring Fever” programming promo that will bestow on one viewer a prize package that includes $50,000 that can be used toward a family room renovation and a trip for two to LA. The sweepstakes coincides with a poll asking viewers to help in the redesign of the family room set of the network’s series Home & Family, where carpenter Brett Tutor (Trading Spaces) will be making weekly appearances. Benjamin Moore has signed on to sponsor this year’s sweepstakes, contributing $1,000 of paint and supplies to the grand prize.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mindy Kaling’s untitled coming-of-age-comedy got a 10-epsiode series order at Netflix. Co-created, co-written and executive produced by Kaling and Lang Fisher, who also serve as showrunners, the semi-autobiographical series explores the life of a modern-day first generation Indian American teenage girl. David Miner (30 Rock, Master of None) will exec produce with Kaling and Fisher. Universal TV, where Kaling was previous under a deal before inking with Netflix, is the studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ava DuVernay, the creative force behind OWN series Queen Sugar, is bringing her next series to the network. With a straight-to-series order, DuVernay will create and exec produce Cherish the Day, an anthology series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television as part of her recently announced overall deal with the studio. Winfrey will executive produce alongside DuVernay for a winter 2020 premiere; filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us) serves as exec producer/showrunner. Each season will chronicle the romance of one couple, with each ep spanning a single day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Momentum Content inked an exclusive overall deal with Industrial Media, home studio of American Idol. Under the pact, the Momentum team will create, develop and produce new television content under the Industrial Media umbrella.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix acquired rights to upcoming Mary Kubica suspense novel The Other Mrs., which it will turn into a feature film. The novel is slated for US publication in 2020. Kubica will exec produce the film.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emmy winner Gavin Purcell signed an exclusive overall producing deal with Universal Television that comprises unscripted and scripted programming. Purcell most recently was showrunner and exec producer on Hulu’s I Love You America with Sarah Silverman. Before that he headed video at Vox Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Matthew A. Cherry, who exec produced BlacKkKlansman and directs on ABC’s new Whiskey Cavalier, is teaming with Sony Pictures Animation on the short animated film Hair Love, for which he ran a Kickstarter campaign two years ago that’s raised $300,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

From the creators of Deadliest Catch and Storage Wars, new eight-part docu-series The American Farm bows Thursday, April 4 at 10p on History. Series takes an authentic look at the hardship, dedication and personal triumphs of America’s farmers via five family farms across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne are back in a new season of The Vet Life, premiering Saturday, April 6 at 9p on Animal Planet. New season continues to follow the daily lives of the passionate vets at their Cy-Fair animal hospital in Houston.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of The Book of John Gray, featuring pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, SC, will debut beginning Saturday, April 6 at 9p on OWN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 8 of Seaguar’s Extreme Kayak Fishing Challenge and season 10 of Jackson Kayak’s Kayak Fishing Show are set for spring debuts on Sportsman Channel on Sunday, April 7 at 2:30p and 6:30p, respectively. Both series are hosted by kayak angler Jim Sammons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Business is booming for home renovation experts Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell in season two of HGTV’s Boise Boys, premiering Wednesday, April 24, at 11p, when the best friends and business partners take new reno risks on properties with serious problems in the Idaho capital city.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix yesterday dropped its first full trailer for season 3 of Stranger Things that tied in handily with its new adaptation of Motley Crue memoir The Dirt, which premieres tomorrow (March 22). While the new season of Stranger Things is months away, the trailer kicks off with the song “Home Sweet Home,” by the Crue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Six fan-favorite couples return for TLC’s 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?, which kicks off its fourth season of 12 two-hour eps on Sunday, April 28 at 8p. Special eps “90 Day Fiance: Pillow Talk” extend the franchise to a new night for the first time, beginning Monday, April 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America dropped four new trailers for the second season of Pure, which drops Tuesday, May 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media will air two-hour special The Piketon Family Murders on Sunday, March 31 at 7p. Hosted by Beth Karas, the special delves into a complicated and horrific massacre that stunned the small town of Piketon, Ohio, when in 2016 seven members of the Rhoden family as well as Hannah Gilley, the fiancee of one of the victims, were found murdered.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV dropped a first look at Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Final Farewell, its documentary in conjunction with Feld Entertainment slated to premiere Monday, May 27 at 8p. In the clip, Feld Entertainment chair/CEO Kenneth Feld, producer and Feld Entertainment EVP Alana Feld, cast and crew reflect on the circus’ place in American history, discuss the personal impact the circus has had on their lives, and contemplate the emotional effects of the circus’ bittersweet ending.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musica, Rent: Live) is in as star and exec producer of Netflix feature The Knight Before Christmas. Directed by Monika Mitchell and written by Cara Russell, the project follows an English knight who seeks out his true quest after a sorceress inadvertently sends him from the medieval era to the present, where he finds himself falling for a high school science teacher. Josh Whitehouse (Valley Girl, the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel), also stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Imagicomm Entertainment has made its INSP series Brush of Honor available through Amazon Prime Video. Series, narrated by Gary Sinese, follows artist Phil Taylor on a mission to pay tribute to America’s fallen military service members. In each ep, he embarks on a journey to learn as much as he can about them in order to accurately reflect the fallen hero’s true spirit in a hand-painted original portrait.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple announced an updated version of its AirPods wireless earphones that includes hands-free access to Siri and an optional wireless charging case that can he used with a wireless charging pad.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon will drop unscripted series The Substitute on Monday, April 1, at 2p. Hidden camera series comes from the producers of Undercover Boss and features celebrities who are transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students. The premiere ep guest stars Jace Norman (Henry Danger).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Nick news… the net has built a strong digital and social campaign around the Kids’ Choice Awards, which air Saturday, March 23. The campaign kicked off with Double Dare host and YouTube star Liza Koshy announcing this year’s KCA nominees and host via a livestream, which fueled online voting to more than 36 million global votes in first three days, up triple-digits over last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andy Garcia will lead opposite Kenan Thompson in NBC’s comedy pilot The Kenan Show (formerly Saving Kenan), the first TV series regular role for Garcia… Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Tim Robbins (Here and Now), Garrett Hedlund (Mosaic) and Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade) will lead season 2 of Hulu’s psychological horror series Castle Rock…
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack) scored a series regular role and Jessica Ellerby (Lovesick) will recur opposite Jack Bannon and Ben Aldridge in Pennyworth, Epix’s upcoming Batman sequel… Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Brett Gelman (Stranger Things) and Natalie Paul (YOU) are joining the cast of AT&T Audience Network’s original series Mr. Mercedes as recurring guests… Saba Homayoon (Mistresses) and Paul Chahidi (This Country) are in opposite Nasim Pedrad and Jake Ryan in Pedrad’s TBS comedy pilot Chad. Rounding out the cast are Alexa Loo (Rogue) and Ella Mika (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Last O.G. is giving back to Brooklyn. TBS and creator/star Tracy Morgan on March 28 will unveil the New Hattie Carthan Community Garden as part of TBS’ partnership with GrowNYC to renovate one of Brooklyn’s largest community gardens and tackle nutritional inequality. Season 2 of The Last O.G. premieres Tuesday, April 2 on TBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is opening on March 21, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/aint-too-proud/

Hadestown is starting previews on Friday March 22, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/hadestown/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 7, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/7/19)
ABC: For The People (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Dead of Night (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: AP Bio (Premiere) at 8:30pm
SCIENCE: Mega Machines: Sea Giants (Premiere) at 7pm
A&E: 60 Days In (Finale) at 10pm
BRAVO: Backyard Envy (Finale) at 10pm
LIFETIME: The Wrap Game (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Dr. Pimple Popper (Finale) at 9pm

Arrow’s upcoming eighth season will be its last. Series star Stephen Amell announced the news on social media. Executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz addressed the show’s end in a joint statement: “This was a difficult decision to come to, but like every hard decision we’ve made for the past seven years, it was with the best interests of Arrow in mind. We’re heartened by the fact that Arrow has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

After portions of Gayle King’s interview with R. Kelly, which aired on Tuesday’s CBS Evening News and Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, set Twitter ablaze, CBS News announced it will broadcast a one-hour primetime special showing more of King’s 80-minute sit-down with the embattled R&B singer. The Gayle King R. Kelly Interview is set to air Friday, March 8 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, 78, revealed that he has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. “Now, normally, the prognosis for this is not very encouraging, but I’m going to fight this, and I’m going to keep working,” Trebek said in a YouTube video posted Wednesday. “And with the love and support of my family and friends and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival rates statistics for this disease.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Mad About You revival, with original stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt, has finally found a home. Spectrum Originals, Charter Communications’ premium content platform, has picked up the project to air as a limited series. Peter Tolan will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer on the half-hour comedy, from Sony Pictures Television in association with Comedy Dynamics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Democratic National Committee won’t partner with Fox News for its upcoming primary debates. Tom Perez, DNC Chairman, said in a statement that “recent reporting in the New Yorker on the inappropriate relationship between President Trump, his administration and Fox News has led me to conclude that the network is not in a position to host a fair and neutral debate for our candidates.” MSNBC, NBC and Telemundo will partner for the first primary debate, slated for June. CNN has the rights for the second debate in July. Bill Sammon, SVP and Managing Editor of Fox News in Washington, said, “We hope the DNC will reconsider its decision to bar Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, all of whom embody the ultimate journalistic integrity and professionalism, from moderating a Democratic presidential debate. They’re the best debate team in the business.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central expanded its digital footprint with the launch of YouTube channel, Comedy Central Originals, complete with a robust development slate that features new and returning series, pilot orders, stand-up and social content. The move comes on the heels of the brand’s recent Comedy Central Stand-Up channel on the streamer, which premieres Emily Heller: Ice Thickeners on Friday, March 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform changed the title of upcoming comedy Besties to Unrelated. The series, which stars Jordin Sparks and Gigi Zumbado, follows Becca (Sparks) and her newly discovered half-sister Jesi (Zumbado).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The amount of cord cutters nearly doubled in 2018, according to the latest study by Leichtman Research Group, with the largest pay-TV providers losing about 2.9 million video subscribers. That’s up from 1.5 million subscriber losses in 2017. The research firm, which tracks providers covering about 95% of the market, found that gains from virtual MVPD services, aka “skinny bundles,” aren’t making up for the conventional subscriber losses. A growing number of viewers are doing without pay-TV totally, presumably in favor of subscription services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video. Satellite distributors DirecTV and Dish Network suffered the bulk of the losses – a collective 2.36 million in 2018, up from 1.55 million in 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined a new vision for privacy on the world’s biggest social platform on Wednesday, in a nearly 3,300-word post. Zuckerberg wrote, “I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won’t all stick around forever. If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we’ve made.” Among the points in the new privacy plan, Zuckerberg noted that Facebook will introduce a way to make messages time-out, so that they will disappear by default after a preset time limit, with users able to control when their messages vanish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NCIS alum Pauley Perrette is heading back to CBS as a co-lead opposite Jaime Camil in comedy pilot Broke, from Jane the Virgin creator and EP Jennie Snyder Urman and Will & Grace EP Alex Herschlag, CBS TV Studios and Propgate. Written by Herschlag, the project centers on Miguel (Camil) a wealthy trust fund baby who is cut off by his father, so he and his wife move into the Reseda condo of her estranged sister Jackie (Perrette).
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network picked up a third season of The Sinner. Bill Pullman is returning to reprise his role as Detective Harry Ambrose, with Matt Bomer (Doom Patrol, Will & Grace) joining as a series regular.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV renewed WOW-Women Of Wrestling. The net upped its order to 24 additional episodes from the initial eight in its debut season. The show’s Season 1 finale airs Friday, March 8 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brie Larson signed on to star in and executive produce an untitled drama that scored a straight-to-series commitment from Apple. The project is based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir, Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. In addition to Larson, Michael Ellenberg will also executive produce via Media Res, as well as Lynette Howell Taylor under her 51 Entertainment banner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Schur reupped his overall deal with Universal Television with a multi-year contract. Schur, who is currently EP on NBC comedies The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will also serve as executive producer on upcoming series Abby’s, bowing Thursday, March 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix acquired the rights to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude and is developing it into a Spanish-language series. Garcia Marquez’s sons, Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo Garcia Barcha, will serve as executive producers on the project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Imagine Kids & Family inked a deal with JIMMY Patterson Books to develop five children’s books written by author James Patterson into film, TV and digital properties. Projects in development include Patterson’s House of Robots, Treasure Hunters, and I Funny.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OBB Pictures and Denver Broncos all-pro linebacker Von Miller are collaborating on Mars Martians, a half-hour animated comedy about the NFL’s first expansion team on Mars, according to Deadline. Miller will voice the lead role and serve as EP.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Agatha Christie LTD joined forces on a new series centered on Christie’s iconic sleuth Miss Marple. The project is inspired by the author’s Miss Marple books and short stories and will be developed together with Endeavor Content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Deadliest Catch returns for its 15th season on Tuesday, April 9 at 9p on Discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform’s new drama, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, bows Wednesday, March 20 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced an April 15 premiere date for No Good Nick. The multi-camera comedy, which stars Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin, received a 20-episode order in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore debuts on PBS as a special presentation of Independent Lens, Frontline and Voces on Monday, April 15 at 9p (check local listings). The latest film from David Sutherland (The Farmer’s Wife, Country Boys, Kind-Hearted Woman) tells the story of Elizabeth Perez, a US Marine fighting to reunite her family after her husband is deported to Mexico.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gerald McRaney nabbed the lead opposite Kim Cattrall in Filthy Rich, Fox’s soapy drama pilot… Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Famke Janssen (X-Men) will star in BBC One spy drama The CaptureJon Beavers (The Long Road Home) and Grant Harvey (The Crossing) nabbed recurring roles in the fourth season of TNT’s Animal KingdomErnie Hudson (LA’s Finest) landed a guest spot on The CW’s Arrow… … Rio Mangini (Everything Sucks) and Del Zamora (Mayans MC) were set as series regulars in The CW’s The Lost Boys pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Victor Rasuk was cast as the male lead in ABC’s romantic comedy pilot The Baker and the Beauty, reports Deadline, while Alexa Nisenson was upped from recurring to series regular in Season 5 of Fear the Walking Dead. Michael Angarano (This Is Us) and Briga Heelan (Great News) will headline CBS hybrid comedy pilot To Whom It May Concern.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shopify Studios launched two new digital series. Beauty Mark follows hosts Jess Sanchez and Rachel Hale as they travel to meet female entrepreneurs who have carved out their space in the beauty industry, while Unpacking Business with Shay Mitchell features Shay Mitchell heading to businesses across Los Angeles to meet the women behind them. Both projects debuted on YouTube yesterday as part of Shopify’s International Women’s Day Playlist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s premiere of revamped morning show Despierta America on Monday averaged 671,000 Total Viewers, 242,000 A18-49, and 73,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Be More Chill opens on Sunday March 10, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/be-more-chill/

Choir Boy is closing on Sunday March 10, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/choir-boy-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

February 28, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/28/19)
TV ONE: Urban One Honors (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: Killing Time (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: A Million Little Things (Finale) at 9pm
ABC: How To Get Away With Murder (Finale) at 10pm
ID: Deadly Secrets (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: The Titan Games (Finale) at 8pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Finale) at 9pm

Oprah Winfrey is slated to interview Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck for a special to air on HBO and OWN at 10p immediately following the conclusion of HBO’s debut of controversial doc Leaving Neverland on Monday, March 4. One-hour special, Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland, was filmed before an audience that includes survivors of sexual abuse. Leaving Neverland, which world-premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and whose part one debuts Sunday, March 3 at 8p on HBO, has been condemned by members of the Jackson family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The nonprofit Entertainment Identifier Registry, a source of open, universal identifiers for digital distribution of movie and TV assets, launched a program to aid cultural institutions in better identifying their audiovisual collections and share their archives in a standardized way. EIDR is offering the service to universities, archives and museums at no-cost, in exchange for documentation on how EIDR is then subsequently used by these partners in their research and curation programs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The WGA at press time was reaching out to invite managers and lawyers who work with writers to informational meetings this week. This as the guild prepares to order members to leave their agents if WGA does not reach an agreement with the Association of Talent Agents by April 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO veteran David Levine has found a new gig as president of television at Anonymous Content, where he’ll oversee the TV division, development and production of projects. The move watermarks the rapid growth of Anonymous’ television business; the company came on to the TV scene in 2014 with True Detective, which Levine shepherded at HBO. Other gems in its television crown include 13 Reasons Why, The Alienist, Berlin Station, Maniac and Mr. Robot. Levine recently exited HBO after 10 years, most recently serving as EVP and co-head of drama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The comeback story continues. NBC renewed Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a seventh season. This will mark the series’ second season on the Peacock net, which rescued the show after it was canceled by Fox.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Book Of Enchantment, which centers on some of Disney’s most popular villains, is in the works at  upcoming direct-to-consumer platform Disney+. From Michael Seitzman (Quantico, Code Black), ABC Signature Studios and Seitzman and Christina Davis Maniac Productions, series is an adaptation of the Villains book series penned by Serena Valentino. The project reportedly has been in development for more than six months, with Seitzman serving as showrunner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Strike Back will have one more season on Cinemax. The signature original drama series got the thumbs up for a seventh run, an early renewal for the show which currently is airing season 6 through March 29. Series follows the escapades of Section 20, an elite, multinational, covert special ops team.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV ordered a third season of drama Agatha Raisin, marking the first renewal for one of the streamer’s originals. Based on MC Beaton’s novels, series centers on a London PR exec turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder after she opts for early retirement in a small town.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox will return its favorite ZIP code to the air this summer. The network sealed the deal for a new series reuniting original Beverly Hills, 90210 cast members Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling. Titled simply 90210, the new serialized drama, from CBS TV Studios, has a six-ep order and follows the meta plotline of the series stars coming back together to reboot the series. The new show was created by Mike Chessler and Chris Alberghini, who worked on the CW’s reimagined 90210 series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Cribs returns for a second season, featuring designer and animal enthusiast Antonio Ballatore, on Friday, March 1 at 9p. Ballatore, his team of experts and his rescue dog Edie take transformations to a whole new level by turning dull, cramped homes and yards into awe inspiring spaces for both pets and their families.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel kicks off a new season of rock-solid engineering series Mysteries of the Abandoned with a two-hour premiere that explores some of the world’s strangest ghost towns. Series returns for nine new episodes beginning Tuesday, March 19 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv acquired The Librarians from Electric Entertainment and will launch the series on Wednesday, March 13 at 8p. The net will debut the episodes as special extended editions never before seen on television that will also include bonus content and behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew. Series joins UPtv’s previously acquired The Librarian movie franchise, which originated at TNT and centers on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is serving up drama on new culinary docuseries Hustle & Soul, premiering Thursday, April 4 at 10p. Series follows Chef Lawrence Page, proprietor of The Pink Teacup, as he navigates the opening of his new restaurant in South Beach and a side dish of personal drama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Murder for Hire, from exec producer Dick Wolf and Shed Media, premieres on Oxygen Media on Sunday, April 7 at 7p. Series gives an exclusive look into the dark world of contract killings, showcasing some of the most fascinating murder for hire cases ever caught on tape.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One will air the inaugural Urban One Honors tonight (February 28) at 8p, immediately followed by an encore presentation at 10p. Hosted by comedian and Reach Media Syndicated Radio Personality DL Hughley, the event will honor Jermaine Dupri, April Ryan, Brandy, Tom Joyner, Marvin Sapp, DJ Khaled, June Ambrose, Doc Walker, Shaun King, Benny Pough, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jade Novah, Dr. Nadia Lopez, Tracy Martin, Sybrina Fulton and Rotimi. The awards are presented by MGM National Harbor and Radio One’s DC radio stations. Performers include Marvin Sapp, K-Ci of Jodeci, Elle Varner and Avery Sunshine.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Newly anointed Academy Award-winning doc Free Solo will air commercial-free this Sunday, March 3 at 9p on National Geographic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ovation’s original special Arts Across the Heartland airs Tuesday, March 5 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The VH1 Trailblazer Honors special airs on Friday, March 8 at 9p. The event, which honors Nancy Pelosi, feted by Cher; Ava DuVernay, feted by Mindy Kaling; Tarana Burke, feted by Alyssa Milano; and Margaret Atwood, feted by Samira Wiley, bows on International Women’s Day and also features Anita Hill honoring Everyday Trailblazers, performances by Rita Ora and Elle King.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel special Wolf Vs. Bear, which brings two archenemies together in a fight for food and survival, premieres Wednesday, March 27 at 9p. Shot over the course of a year across the far northern wild of Norway, Finland and Russia, it shows what makes both creatures optimal predatory machines, albeit with remarkably different strategies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Litton Entertainment and Karlie Kloss’ Kode With Klossy are partnering to create and distribute a new public service announcement to inspire young women to pursue their passions in a technology-driven world. The PSA will air on platforms including the three-hour programming block Litton’s Weekend Adventure, which airs Saturday mornings on ABC stations nationwide, and The CW’s three-hour Saturday morning block One Magnificent Morning. Kode With Klossy hosts free two-week summer coding camps for women ages13-18 in cities across the US.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New animated preschool series Corn & Peg, produced by Nelvana Studios, debuts on Nickelodeon on Monday, March 4, at 12:30p. Series follows the friendship between Corn, a loveable Unicorn, and Peg, a plucky Pegasus, who share the same unbridled enthusiasm for doing good deeds.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network on March 11 will debut gaming platform Cartoon Network Arcade, which will feature the largest library of games ever based on CN’s series in one app. App will be free to download in the United States via the App Store and Google Play. The Lego Group has signed on as the launch sponsor via their Lego Ninjago and Lego City brands.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) and Dohn Norwood (The Sinner) scored lead roles opposite Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale and Riley Voelkel in Starz drama Hightown… Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black) landed the male lead opposite Maggie Lawson in Fox comedy Geniuses (working title)… Angus Macfadyen (Turn) will play the founder of Thelema opposite Jack Reynor in the second season of CBS All Access series Strange Angel. In more CBS All Access news, Reid Scottt (Veep) has been cast in dramedy Why Women Kill for the platform… Mike Vogel (The Brave) scored the lead in ABC drama pilot Triangle… Parker Young (Imposters) joined the cast of comedy pilot The Us Project, from Mike Royce, Nick Stoller, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central primetime averaged a .281 rating among A18-49 in February, growing +13% from February 2018, with primetime share up +23% (to .98) year over year. As the network continues to widen its target audience, W18-49 helped drive primetime gains, with a +20% rating increase in the demo compared to the previous year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Nielsen verdict at the midpoint of the February sweep (January 31 – February 27) was extremely favorable to syndication heavy hitter Judge Judy, which attracted more than 11 million viewers on average each day for the session ended February 17. The court show also surged 22% year to year and opened up a virtually insurmountable lead over all syndicated programs in the sweep while ranking at No. 1 in HH ratings for a milestone 32 straight weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndicated talk, Dr Phil (3.3, up 3% from the week before) matched its highest rating of the season and pulled away from the field, leading its category for the 128th week in a row. In the battle for sole possession of second place, Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, steady) overtook Ellen DeGeneres (2.2, down 8%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Longtime CBS News producer, writer and director Perry Wolff, best known for his now-iconic 1962 documentary in which Jackie Kennedy provided a tour of the newly restored White House, died February 17 in Portland, Ore. He was 97. Wolff won 17 News & Documentary Emmys, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1996 for his short film An Essay on Matisse. Among his myriad other accomplishments, he oversaw the groundbreaking 1969 documentary series Of Black America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is starting previews on Thursday February 28, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/aint-too-proud/

King Lear with Glenda Jackson is starting previews on Thursday February 28, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/king-lear-broadway/

Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus with Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin is starting previews on Tuesday March 5, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/gary-sequel-titus-andronicus/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

February 14, 2019

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/14/19)
OVATION: The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam McNeill (Premiere) at 10pm
A&E: The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (Finale) at 9pm

The Breaking Bad movie, to star Aaron Paul, is headed to Netflix and AMC, the latter the network the original home of the lauded series. In a twist, Netflix will likely take the first distribution window and AMC the second.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner of the greatest number of local TV stations, Tennis Channel and the Stadium digital network, is teaming with the Chicago Cubs to create the Marquee Sports Network. The net will be the region’s exclusive home for Cubs games beginning with the 2020 season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix leads the nominations in the television categories for the 50th NAACP Image Awards with 22, as well as four film nominations, followed by HBO and ABC, with 20 and 18 noms, respectively. Marvel leads the motion picture category with 13 nominations. Winners will be revealed during a live special airing on TV One on Saturday, March 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO is developing a half-hour series based on the Adam Silvera book They Both Die At the End, with JJ Abrams and Chris Kelly, creator of The Other Two. Series is set in the near-future where everyone receives a bureaucratic phone call notifying them it is the start of their last day on earth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Desus Nice and The Kid Mero welcome fellow Bronx native Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as the first guest on the new Showtime late-night talk show Desus & Mero. Series premieres Thursday, February 21 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With more than 25 years of experience as a Nashville homicide detective, Det. Pat Postiglione has seen hundreds of crimes scenes, and he remembers each as if it happened yesterday. He recounts his most daunting cases in Deadly Recall, w which premieres Tuesday, March 5 at 10p on ID. “There are very few men like Det. Pat Postiglione, and that’s not just due to his exceptional memory,” said Henry Schleiff, group president of ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America. “He incapsulates what it means to be dedicated to justice, using every ounce of his energy, determination – and, his unique gift – to bring closure, finally, to the families of the victims of these tragic, yet enigmatic cases.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Queer Eye will return to Netflix on Friday, March 15. The Fab Five revealed the premiere date in an Instagram video set to a preview of Carly Rae Jepsen’s new song “Now That I Found You.” Third season will see Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France heading to Kansas City, MO, after two seasons in Georgia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1the inspiring true story of how Air Jordan 1 (AJ1) transcended sport to become a global phenomenon, will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning today (February 14).
(Source: Cynopsis)

A three-part reunion of Real Housewives of New Jersey is headed to Bravo beginning Wednesday, February 20 at 9p. Host Andy Cohen will sit down with Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jennifer Aydin, and Jackie Goldschneider as they reflect on a season of new friendships, new frenemies and old family wounds. Parts 2 and 3 are slated for Wednesday, February 27 at 9p and Wednesday, March 6 at 8p, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood and #MeToo founder and activist Tarana Burke will be feted as vanguards at the VH1 Trailblazers Honors, which will air on VH1 and Logo at 9p Friday, March 8, which happens to be International Women’s Day and kickoff of Women’s History Month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime lined up seven thrillers for February and March, beginning with Who’s Stalking Me, which premieres Saturday, February 23 at 8p. March debuts include The Killer Downstairs, Suburban Swingers Club, Mommy Group Murder, Mommy’s Little Princess, A Daughter’s Deception and The Killer Next Door.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS will debut American Masters – Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives on Friday, March 1. The special centers on the pioneering singer, songwriter and political activist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN will deal out 40 hours of love coverage of the 50th annual World Series of Poker and 90 hours of originally produced episodes as part of its partnership with Poker Central. The tournament runs July 3-16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roxy Sternberg (Mars, Emerald City) will topline CBS Dick Wolf spinoff FBI: Most Wanted opposite Julian McMahon, Alana de la Garza and Keisha Castle-HughesAmy Acker (The Gifted) will be joining ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy in a guest role as the fourth sister in the Shepherd family… Esther Povitsky (Alone Together star and co-creator) will topline Hulu’s 10-ep Dollface alongside Kat Dennings Adam Busch (Altered Carbon) scored a recurring role in Fox’s new legal drama series Proven InnocentGinnifer Goodwin will star in CBS All Access’s upcoming dark comedy Why Women Kill.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” original movie premieres, Valentine in the Vineyard (Saturday, February 2) and The Story of Us (Saturday, February 9), averaged a 2.7 HH rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers, and 396,000 W25-54. During the two-week promo, Hallmark Channel was the highest-rated and most-watched cable network during Weekend Prime among HH and Total Viewers, according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Kiss Me, Kate! with Kelli O’Hara, Will Chase and Corbin Bleu is starting previews on Thursday February 14, 2019
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/kiss-me-kate/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 24, 2019

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/24/19)
COMEDY CENTRAL: Broad City (Premiere) at 10pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: The Other Two (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ID: Deadly Secrets (Premiere) at 9pm
FREEFORM: Siren (Premiere) at 8pm
TRAVEL: Kindred Spirits (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Good Place (Finale) at 9:30pm

USA renewed Suits for a ninth and final season, set for summer 2019. The second half of season eight launched last night. “Suits has played an instrumental role in our network’s DNA for nearly a decade,” said Chris McCumber, President, USA Network and SyFy. That DNA won’t disappear altogether – a Suits spin-off, Pearson, is on the way.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WGN America ordered a second season of procedural comedy Carter, starring Jerry O’Connell. Andy Berman (Rosewood) hops aboard as showrunner and EP.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon Media Group is laying off seven percent of its staff, a cut that affects about 800 employees. The company is shifting priorities to grow mobile and video products, increase usage of B2B platforms and expand its video supply and distribution, said Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan in a letter to staff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Television Distribution has sold Judge Jerry to more than 90% of the country for its fall 2019 debut. The daily first-run half-hour court program stars Jerry Springer as judge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An LA court ruled that Sumner Redstone, now 95, had the mental capacity to make changes to his estate in 2015 and 2016. Redstone’s former companion, Manuela Herzer, alleged Redstone’s daughter, Shari Redstone, was making decisions on his behalf, putting into question her right to control over the family’s holding company, National Amusements, which has about 80% voting power in CBS and Viacom. “After three years of litigation, Mr. Redstone is grateful for today’s court confirmation of his capacity to execute his estate plan and of his free will in doing so,” said his attorney. “Now all he needs is a Patriots win.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scott Evans, senior correspondent for nationally syndicated daily entertainment news program Access, is joining Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover as co-host of the daily one-hour syndicated entertainment news talk show Access Live.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv added 10 more episodes to season two of Love After Lockup, for a total of 24. The show was the fastest-growing new cable reality series in 2018, said the net. Seven episodes into the second season, Lockup delivered a series high of more than 1.3 million total viewers in Live+3, double the season premiere viewership and a series high 762,000 A25-54, up 88% percent from the season premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shopify has launched Shopify Studios, a full-service TV and film content development and production house that will develop, produce and finance an array of projects for streaming platforms and traditional networks. The company has so far set deals with Anonymous Content, Spoke Studios and Saville Productions to develop entrepreneur-focused docu-series and feature-length documentaries.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Flip or Flop’s Tarek El Moussa will star in the pilot for a new HGTV show in 2019. The show, currently in production, teams El Moussa with real-estate novices as they learn the secrets of a successful flip. “From start to finish, I’m giving these first-time flippers everything they need to score a profitable deal and not a bank-breaking flop,” said El Moussa, who will also star in a new digital series for HGTV.com that follows his new life as a single dad.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series Fosse/Verdon, telling the story of the romantic and creative partnership of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse, premieres Tuesday, April 9, at 10p on FX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Evan Antin – voted the Sexiest Veterinarian Alive by People magazine – brings his love for wildlife to Evan Goes Wild, premiering Sunday, February 24, at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s Counting On is back for season four on Monday, February 11, at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E!’s Very Cavallari returns for season two on Sunday, March 3, at 10p, followed by LadyGang at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Live weekly interactive series Power Star Live launches Wednesday, February 6, on Twitter, streaming at 4p. Xilla Valentie and Jessie Woo host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse has three documentaries making their U.S. TV premieres as part of its Fuse Docs series. Fatherhood, following young people as they write and perform songs that address healing, debuts Saturday, March 2; Sickboy, about three friends who team up to create a podcast that laughs in the face of serious illness, premieres Saturday, April 6; and I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story arrives Saturday, May 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel staple Candace Cameron Bure and her daughter, Natasha Bure, will host the Movieguide Awards, honoring movies and TV shows for family audiences, reports Variety. Ceremony takes place February 8 in Hollywood and will air later in the month on Hallmark Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s Presidents at War tells the stories of the experiences of eight presidents who served on active duty during World War II. Two-part event series launches Sunday, February 17, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary Studio 54 premieres on A&E on Monday, February 11, at 10p. The film about the notorious celeb-packed club includes newly discovered footage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel is taking a deeper look into the story of “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” told in the Oscar-nominated film Green Book. The Green Book: Guide to Freedom features experts delving into phenomena of “traveling while black” in pre-civil rights America, on Monday, February 25, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Octane Entertainment sold bank heist caper Carter & June to Showtime Networks, which will offer the film on demand February 1. It will also air as part of premium programming beginning February 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube TV is rolling out in another 95 markets, to cover 98% of the U.S. For the past year, the service has been available in about 85% of households. YouTube TV offers access to ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in 90% of the areas it serves, in addition to cable nets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is raising the price for its skinny bundle live TV service to $44.99/month, from $39.99, but lowering the price of its SVOD service from $7.99 to $5.99. The news comes after Netflix’s recent announcement that it is raising the price for its most popular plan from $10.99/month to $12.99.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rita Ora’s song “Soul Survivor” will accompany Bumble’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial. The spot features the women-first social networking app’s Global Advisor, Serena Williams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kate Winslet will star in HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, playing a small-town Pennsylvania detective… JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon a Time) landed a lead in ABC family comedy pilot Happy Accident.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel original movie premieres, A Winter Princess and Winter Love Story, on Friday and Saturday, part of the net’s annual “Winterfest” programming event, propelled the network to be the highest-rated and most-watched non-news cable network for the week during Prime Time among Households and Total Viewers. Princess averaged a 2.0 HH rating, 2.0 million Total Viewers and 295,000 W25-54, while Love Story averaged a 2.7 HH rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers and 415,000 W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season premiere of Telemundo’s Exatlon delivered an average 319,000 viewers A18-34, according to Nielsen. In addition, the show outperformed the premiere of the first season by 42% among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of ABC’s The Conners rose 15% week to week to hit a 1.5/7 among A18-49, its most-watched telecast since October, with 9.4 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On its fourth episode of the season, Freeform’s grown-ish jumped 38% week to week among A18-34 (to 308,000) for a new season high and posted a new season best among W18-34, up 27% (to 232,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday night, Univision’s back-to-back Liga MX soccer matches – America vs. Pachuca and Tigres UANL vs. Cruz Azul – attracted more Total Viewers 2+ (+18% to 1.0 million), A18-49 (+16% to 512,000) and A18-34 (+19% to 210,000) than the prior Saturday’s Liga MX matchups.
(Source: Cynopsis

It was a Golden (Globes) week in syndication the week ending January 13 for Access (new season high 1.4 in Live+SD, up 17% from the prior week), TMZ (1.3, up 8%), Entertainment Tonight (3.2, up 14%) and Inside Edition (up 15% to 3.1).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Completing its two-week trial run was Breakthrough with Dr. Steve Perry (0.4/1 weighted metered market two-week average), down 50% from both lead-ins and year-ago time periods.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
True West with Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano is opening on Thursday January 24, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/true-west-broadway/