Archive for the ‘Broadway Shows’ Category

PARIS & PRINCE JACKSON INTRO THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE “MJ: THE MUSICAL” AT THE 75TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS

June 14, 2022

PARIS & PRINCE JACKSON INTRO THE MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE “MJ: THE MUSICAL” AT THE 75TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS
https://www.tmz.com/2022/06/13/michael-jackson-tribute-paris-prince-jackson-musical-tony-awards/

JESSE WILLIAMS REVEALS HOW ‘UNFORTUNATE’ NUDE VIDEO LEAK HAS IMPACTED TICKET SALES FOR HIS BROADWAY PLAY “TAKE ME OUT”

June 9, 2022

JESSE WILLIAMS REVEALS HOW ‘’UNFORTUNATE’ NUDE VIDEO LEAK HAS IMPACTED TICKET SALES FOR HIS BROADWAY PLAY “TAKE ME OUT”
https://www.eonline.com/news/1333906/jesse-williams-reveals-how-unfortunate-nude-video-leak-has-impacted-ticket-sales-for-broadway-play

“MJ: THE MUSICAL” MAKES HISTORY WITH 4 UNIQUE PLAYBILL COVER DESIGNS AT ALL FEBRUARY PERFORMANCES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 3, 2022

“MJ: THE MUSICAL” MAKES HISTORY WITH 4 UNIQUE PLAYBILL COVER DESIGNS AT ALL FEBRUARY PERFORMANCES FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
https://www.playbill.com/article/broadways-mj-makes-history-with-4-unique-playbill-cover-designs-at-all-february-performances

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THREE KIDS ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT OF “MJ: THE MUSICAL” ON BROADWAY

February 3, 2022

MICHAEL JACKSON’S THREE KIDS ATTEND THE OPENING NIGHT OF “MJ: THE MUSICAL” ON BROADWAY
https://www.etonline.com/michael-jacksons-kids-attend-opening-night-of-his-broadway-show-mj-the-musical-178705

NEWCOMER MYLES FROST IS SET TO PLAY MICHAEL JACKSON ON BROADWAY IN “MJ: THE MUSICAL” REPLACING EPHRAIM SYKES WHO DROPPED OUT FOR A FILM COMMITMENT

July 2, 2021

NEWCOMER MYLES FROST IS SET TO PLAY MICHAEL JACKSON ON BROADWAY IN “MJ: THE MUSICAL” REPLACING EPRAIM SYKES WHO DROPPED OUT FOR A FILM COMMITMENT
https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-michael-jackson-broadway-musical-myles-frost-replaces-ephraim-sykes-20210629-y6u6qtjarzdfzg3c3yatgjgmfm-story.html

BROADWAY IS STAYING CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF YEAR, MIGHT RE-OPEN IN JANUARY 2021

June 29, 2020

BROADWAY IS STAYING CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF YEAR, MIGHT RE-OPEN IN JANUARY 2021
https://www.tmz.com/2020/06/29/broadway-staying-closed-until-2021-january-coronavirus-covid-19/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 19, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/19/20)
BRAVO: Top Chef (Premiere) at 10pm
BYU TV: All-Round Champion (Premiere) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: The Great Food Truck Race (Premiere) at 9pm
E!: Very Cavallari (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Man with a Van (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE: What on Earth? (Finale) at 9pm

Fox Corporation took a deep dive into the streaming business with the purchase of AVOD Tubi for $440 million. “Tubi will immediately expand our direct-to-consumer audience and capabilities and will provide our advertising partners with more opportunities to reach audiences at scale,” said Fox CEO Lachlan. “Importantly, coupled with the combined power of FOX’s existing networks, Tubi provides a substantial base from which we will drive long-term growth in the direct-to-consumer arena.” Tubi will run as an independent service, but will now offer older Fox shows for free to subscribers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz is saying goodbye to Vida. The Latinx, LGBTQ-focused series from Tanya Saracho will wrap after its upcoming third season, debuting on Sunday, April 26. Vida premiered in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Craig Melvin co-anchored MSNBC’s 11a newscast from his home on Wednesday, telling viewers “We are going to get through this. The reality is, this is the new reality.” Melvin self-quarantined after possibly being exposed to the coronavirus. Earlier that day, Savannah Guthrie anchored Today from her home because she had a sore throat.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS This Morning begins taping from the Ed Sullivan Theater today. The move to the home of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert was made after six CBS News employees tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Late Show is on hiatus due to the pandemic.
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Fox News is returning to Twitter, over a year after going silent on the platform. The first tweet directed followers to FoxNews.com or Fox News Channel on TV or online – no authentication required – for “tips on keeping safe and stories of survival, struggle and inspiration” in the age of COVID-19.
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Facebook said it will give $100 million to 30,000 small businesses in more than 30 countries to boost the global economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Some140 million small businesses use Facebook platforms, and they can apply for help by sharing the nature of their business and how they would use the funds. Facebook is also working with the World Health Organization to remove fake news about the virus from its platforms.
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The ARF has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to help build awareness of and encourage participation in the 2020 Census. The ARF will host events and provide speaking opportunities and advertising. “The accuracy and reliability of census data is dependent on civic participation. Low participation would have detrimental effects on our industry for the next ten years, as insights sourced from this data would be skewed and unreliable,” said Scott McDonald, CEO and President of the ARF. “We urge both members and the overall industry to support and preserve this institution.” Census Day will be observed nationwide on April 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Cable Center decided to reschedule the 23rd annual Cable Hall of Fame celebration. “The health and safety of our Cable Hall of Fame attendees, honorees and community is always our highest priority,” said Jana Henthorn, President and CEO, The Cable Center. “We look forward to celebrating the 2020 honorees this fall, and express our gratitude for your understanding and continued support.” A new date will be announced soon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has also moved the dates of its event to October 26 to 30. The annual convention, which brings media executives and creatives to the Riviera, normally runs in June.
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Meanwhile, since TV executives can’t attend MIPTV, this year, the annual content market in Cannes run by Reed MIDEM is launching on online service in hopes of stimulating business. The platform will be available for free to all registered MIPTV, MIPDoc and MIPFormats 2020 clients, and will offer exclusive content originally planned for the 57th edition of MIPTV, which was scheduled to run March 28 to April 2 in Cannes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The cancellation of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament could see ViacomCBS take a $350 million hit this quarter, according to media analyst David Miller from Imperial Capital. Miller has cut earnings forecasts for the company and his price target for the stock, which was down 16% on Wednesday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fleabag was a big winner at Tuesday’s UK Royal Television Society Programme Awards, picking up the scripted comedy prize and comedy award prize for creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The ceremony was live-streamed to nominees and viewers due to the coronavirus pandemic. Other winners include Chernobyl writer Craig Mazinm, who took the drama prize; Channel 5, which was named channel of the year; RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, which nabbed best entertainment show; and Gentleman Jack, which was awarded best drama series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart premieres Monday, May 4 at 9p on Food Network. Stewart helps six amateur bakers compete in outdoor camp-inspired culinary challenges in the four-part series.
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Paranormal pioneers Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango return to the hunt on Season 2 of Ghost Station. Cadaver digs are called in for the two-hour special premiere airing Wednesday, April 22 at 8p on Travel Channel.
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With production suspended and post-production delayed on its series, Showtime amended its on-air schedule. Black Monday shifts from premiering two episodes to one episode per week beginning Sunday, March 22 through Sunday, April 12. The debut of new docu-series Outcry, originally slated for Friday, April 3, and Love Fraud, originally scheduled for Friday, May 8, will move to future dates in 2020, to be announced in the upcoming weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spy Wars with Damian Lewis bows Sunday, March 22 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel. The eight-part docu-series retraces movements of some of the world’s most notorious spies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Que Culpa Tiene Fatmagul premieres Monday, March 23 at 7p on UniMas. Turkish drama tells the story of a young woman, who lives in a seaside town and is counting the days to marry her childhood love, when tragedy strikes totally altering her life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen searches for truth and justice with two-night special The Forgotten West Memphis Three, debuting Saturday, March 28 at 8p. The investigative documentary reexamines the infamous 1993 case of three eight-year-old boys, who were brutally murdered in a West Memphis creek.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet is upping its cuteness factor. In celebration of spring solstice, the net kicks off a 94-hour marathon of Too Cute! on Wednesday, March 18 at 12p. Each episode chronicles precious moments and milestones in the lives of cuddly creatures from furry felines to teacup pigs and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP is offering comfort programming during these trying times. Family friendly shows include The Waltons, airing weekdays from 7a to 9a, as well as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, The Cowboy Way and Walker, Texas Ranger.
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Pulped’s new video series, 3 Chords, challenges contestants to create an original song by mastering just three musical chords. Pulped posted the series’ three, 30-minute episodes on its website, pulped.com.
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POPSUGAR released monthly subscription fitness app, Active by POPSUGAR, free of charge for the foreseeable future. Users can access over 500 fitness classes on the new Active by POPSUGAR website, which features content from celebrity trainers and experts in different categories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rolling Stone launched live-from-home online music series In My Room on Wednesday, featuring Beach Boys cofounder and songwriter Brian Wilson.
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Netflix set Thursday, April 16 as the release date for Season 3 of Israeli thriller Fauda. The 12-episode series bows in all territories where the streamer is available, excluding France and French-speaking territories (June 4) and Israel (June 25).
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Wednesday Charli XCX debuted new daily show Self-Isolation IG Livestream, a series of daily online events geared toward providing support to those self-isolating due to COVID-19. Each day, the singer will invite guests to “spark conversation, share insight, or simply entertain fans across the world who are currently practicing social distancing.”
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Nickelodeon launched #KidsTogether, a global prosocial initiative to help kids and families stay informed and engaged with activities to do together at home. Featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues & You!, Henry Danger, Bubble Guppies and The Casagrandes, the initiative provides kid-appropriate and directed information through original short-form videos, interstitials, downloadable activities and social content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In response to the coronavirus, TuneIn is offering listeners the Coronavirus News channel as well as dedicated COVID-19 podcasts and live breaking news national networks, including MSNBC, CNN, FOX News Talk, CNBC and Bloomberg News, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sling TV has introduced a free, news-driven access offer during the coronavirus outbreak. Called “Stay in &Sling!,” it includes access to 24/7 streaming video news channel ABC News Live, and also offers thousands of movies and shows suitable for kids and families. “To stay informed in these uncertain times, Americans need access to news from reputable sources,” said Warren Schlichting, Group President, Sling TV. “With many Americans finding themselves staying at home, we have an opportunity to use our platform to help them deal with this rapidly evolving situation.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A Facebook glitch marked some coronavirus posts as spam, blocking legitimate entries. Facebook users began noticing the issue on Tuesday, while sharing articles about the outbreak from publications like USA Today, The Atlantic and others. Facebook Vice President for integrity, Guy Rosen, addressed the issue, noting that the problem was due to a bug in the company’s spam-filtering system and had been fixed. “We’ve restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed which included posts on all topics – not just those related to COVID-19,” said Rosen in a statement: “This was an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts, too.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
If you have tickets to a Broadway Show you are eligible to get a refund. Performances after April 12 remain on sale, are expected to continue as scheduled.

 

BROADWAY SHOWS WILL GO DARK STARTING TODAY UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

BROADWAY SHOWS WILL GO DARK STARTING TODAY UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2020
https://www.broadway.com/announcement/covid-19-update/

https://www.playbill.com/article/theatre-community-reacts-to-coronavirus-broadway-closures-on-social-media

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 12, 2020

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/12/20)
HISTORY: Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (Premiere) at 11pm
WE TV: Waka & Tammy (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Project Runway (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: Carol’s Second Act (Finale) at 9:30pm
FREEFORM: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Finale) at 8:30pm

ABC renewed Station 19 for a fourth season. Ranking as the #1 program in Thursday’s 8p hour this season among total viewers and A8-49, the firefighter drama is growing its overall audience over its prior season (+9%) to deliver its most-watched season ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a sixth season of Queer Eye, ahead of the makeover series’ season five debut this summer. This time around, the Fab Five will be based in Austin, where they’ll “scour the prairie in a search for a whole new roster of heroes in need of a little TLC.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

After meetings with the French government, health authorities, and city officials from Lille about COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Series Mania Festival (March 20-28), Series Mania Forum (March 25-27), and Lille Dialogues (March 26) have been cancelled….Also off is the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, scheduled for April 18-22, though among the alternatives being considered is an event later in the year….UCLA’s 44th Annual Entertainment Symposium, slated for March 20-21, has been postponed to a later date….NCAA Tournament games will be played with only essential staff and family….National Lampoon musical comedy Lemmings: 21st Century, has been postponed from its scheduled March 14-15 dates in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With companies opting out of events due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Interactive Advertising Bureau is adding video-streaming options to members forgoing live and in-person presentations. “Presenters will be able to use your own platforms or domains to host the streamed events, with IAB redirecting users to proprietary domains, or viewers will be able to access the presenter’s content directly through the IAB streamed option,” said the IAB. The organization’s Digital Content NewFront event is slated to take place April 27-May 6 in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among those taking the IAB up on its NewFronts offer are Twitter and YouTube. “We’re excited to embrace this new level of flexibility that the IAB has so thoughtfully laid out for its presenters,” said Twitter. “We’ll share more in the coming weeks.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add The View; Live With Kelly and Ryan; Good Morning America,;Strahan, Sara and Keke; and Tamron Hall to the list of syndicated shows that will tape without a studio audience due to the COVID-19 outbreak. “Given the current developing situation in New York City, we have made the decision to suspend live audiences from attending our news broadcasts and talk shows,” said a Walt Disney Television rep. The Wendy Williams Show, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune were already taping without an audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Late night shows will also tape without studio audiences. Starting Monday, March 16, CBS’s The Late Show, NBC’s The Tonight Show and Late Night, TBS’s Full Frontal and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show will forgo the live laughter. (TBS’s Conan was pre-taped.) Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee joked that she’ll do her show in front of a mirror, “which I actually prefer.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production on season 41 of Survivor is delayed, “due to concerns and uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 globally,” said CBS. While the setting, Fiji, has no reported cases, over 400 crew members would be flying in from over 20 countries, noted Survivor host /exec producer Jeff Probst to his team. Production is set to resume on May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the Dow Jones plunging 5.86%, or 1464 points yesterday, media stocks felt the pain – though most fared better than the overall market. Disney stock slid 5.3%, ViacomCBS dropped 3.5%, and Comcast was down 3%. Among tech stocks, Twitter sank 8.8%, Alphabet fell 5%, Facebook dipped 4.5%, Amazon was down 3.7% and Apple fell 3.5%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen greenlit three new true crime shows. Exhumed, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milogo Productions, focuses on murder cases in which unearthing the body helps solve the crime; The Jane Doe Murders, from MY Entertainment, uses new technology to identify bodies; and special The Case Died With Us, from BuzzFeed News and Pulse Films, explores a case involving a woman in her 30s who died after bringing charges against Jim Wilder for sexually inappropriate behavior when she was a minor. Injustice with Nancy Grace was renewed for season two.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime gave a pilot order for drama series American Gigolo, starring Jon Bernthal (Ford v Ferrari, The Walking Dead) and written and directed by Emmy nominee David Hollander (Ray Donovan). Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1980 film starring Richard Gere, will executive produce along with Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed. Bernthal also serves as a producer. Paramount Television Studios is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom International Studios UK is producing The Story of Songs for Reelz. Ten-parter is based on ABBA: Secrets of Their Greatest Songs, a documentary Viacom International Studios produced for Channel 5 last year. “We’re excited to work with Viacom International Studios on The Story of the Songs which we believe will strike a chord with our viewers who crave real stories about legendary celebrities and entertainers,” said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at Reelz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sci-fi and fantasy magazine Heavy Metal and DIGA Studios, a content studio and production company owned by Allyance Media Group, are teaming to bring original Heavy Metal content to film, television, podcasts and more. Both parties will develop new stories that contain the Heavy Metal brand’s attitude, while also mining Heavy Metal’s 40 years’ worth of library content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The race for undersea treasure is back when Bering Sea Gold returns to Discovery on Wednesday, April 1 at 9p. Ahead of the premiere comes a Bering Sea Gold catch-up special, March 25 at 11p.
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Deadly Recall returns to ID on Wednesday, April 15 at 10p. Season two will include six of Det. Postiglione’s most well-known cases, including the murder of an NFL star, a triple homicide steps from a college campus, and the unknowing discovery of two serial killers on the loose.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All Access animated variety news series, Tooning Out the News, will launch on Monday, March 16 in the U.S. and Canada. Series is exec produced by Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht of The Late Show, and RJ Fried and Tim Luecke from Our Cartoon President.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Court TV’s OJ25 series will look back at defense attorney F. Lee Bailey’s grilling of Detective Mark Fuhrman during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, along with new interviews with both about the explosive exchange, tonight, March 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of PBS’s Nature kick off Wednesday, April 1 at 8p (check local listings) with “Cuba’s Wild Revolution,” featuring the likes of jumping crocodiles, tiny hummingbirds and bat-eating boas.
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Justin Bieber will perform at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020, taking place Sunday, March 22 at 7:30p. Chance the Rapper is hosting.
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Chris Bauer (The Deuce), Allen Maldonado (The Last O.G.), and James Harrison (S.W.A.T.) have been cast as series regulars in Starz’ Heels, set in the world of small-town wrestling…Scott Foley (Scandal) landed a lead role in Fox ballet comedy pilot The Big Leap… Erin Richards (Gotham) will star opposite Gina Torres and Katherine Reis in ABC Dracula drama pilot The Brides.
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Peter Weber’s waffling was a ratings win for ABC, as Part 2 of The Bachelor finale delivered 8.5 million total viewers and a 2.4/12 Nielsen rating among A18-49. It was the reality show’s most-watched telecast in four years, matching its highest rating in three years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMás’ Enamorándonos increased its audience week-to-week among A18-34 (+5% to 143,000) while averaging 715,000 Total Viewers 2+ and 344,000 A18-49.
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Carol’s Second Act on CBS topped TVision’s February ranking for ad viewability among new broadcast episodes, while HGTV’s House Hunters International was #1 in cable.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Six is opening on Thursday March 12, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/six/

The Minutes is opening on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/minutes/

The Inheritance – Part 1 is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance/

The Inheritance – Part 2 is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-inheritance-part-2/

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/riverdance-25th-anniversary-show/

A Soldier’s Play is closing on Sunday March 15, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/soldiers-play/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 5, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/5/20)
CIRCLE NETWORK: Craig’s World (Premiere) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: Vegas Chef Prizefight (Premiere) at 10pm
FX: Better Things (Premiere) at 10pm
FXX: Cake (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: My Murder Story (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: The Busch Family Brewed (Premiere) at 9pm
UP TV: Bringing Up Bates (Premiere) at 7pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Finale) at 9pm

Fox News was the first network to cancel its upfront event, scheduled for March 24. “In a precautionary effort to keep our employees, client and agency partners safe, we have determined that it would be best to cancel our upcoming event in New York based on public health concerns due to Coronavirus,” said Jeff Collins, EVP of Fox News Media Advertising Sales. The news came one day after Disney+ canceled its European press launch event over coronavirus concerns. The annual Google I/O developers conference and Facebook’s F8 Developers Conference, both scheduled for May in California, had also been canceled; Adobe’s Summit event in Las Vegas will be hosted online.
(Source: Cynopsis)

No Cannes do: Amid France’s coronavirus outbreak, Reed Midem canceled TV market MIPTV 2020, slated for March 30-April 2. Also canceled are MIPDocs and MIPformats, scheduled for March 28-29. Canneseries has been moved to October 12-15, where it will run with MIPCOM. “In the current context, many of our clients have expressed concerns about travelling at this time. Rescheduling MipTV in the coming months is not feasible, so the most appropriate course of action is to cancel MipTV for 2020,” said Reed Midum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As far as the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on ViacomCBS, “The broader media industry on a relative basis is probably less exposed that other sectors and ViacomCBS is less exposed relative to some of its competitors,” said CEO Bob Bakish at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. Bakish also said the company has plans to sell its Simon & Schuster publishing unit, which “does not have a significant connection for our broader business.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The shows will go on at SXSW, at least for now, despite the withdrawals of Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and more. “It’s important for us to remember at this stage that we’re actively evaluating mass gatherings on a daily basis,” said Mark Escott, interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health. “Right now there’s no evidence that closing South by Southwest or other activities is going to make this community safer. We’re constantly monitoring that situation.” Event is slated to place March 13-22 in Austin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tavis Smiley will have to pay PBS at least $1.5 million after a jury found he breached a morals clause in his contract by having affairs with subordinates. PBS suspended Smiley’s late night show in 2017 after receiving a complaint. “We are pleased with the jury’s decision,” a PBS spokesperson said. “PBS expects our producing partners to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect. It was important for us to ensure that the courageous women who came forward were able to share their stories and that we continue to uphold the values and standards of our organization.” Smiley said his contract did not forbid sexual relationships and he never showed favoritism, but an investigation by PBS concluded women felt coerced into sexual conduct, and some believe they faced retaliation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A federal judge tossed presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard’s lawsuit against Google over a several-hour suspension of her Google Ads account. While Gabbard claimed Google violated her right to free speech, Google countered that the suit should be dismissed since it isn’t the government, and therefore should not be bound by the First Amendment’s prohibition on censoring political speech. (Google also said the suspension occurred because its automated anti-fraud system flagged unusual activity, not for any reason tied to politics.) Noted U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson, “Google is not now, nor (to the Court’s knowledge) has it ever been, an arm of the United States government.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sci-fi series The Rook did not make it to season two on Starz. Rook’s first season averaged 225,000 total viewers.
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Media fund New Slate Ventures optioned the rights to Den of Thieves, from journalist James B. Stewart. Screenwriter Terence Winter is set to adapt the 1992 book about the insider trading scandal that downed Drexel Burham into a limited series. Fudge and Alexandra Milchan will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Karin Gist (mixed-ish) inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, as she launches her new production company, The Gist Of It Productions. Claire Brown will serve as EVP of Production and Development. “Karin is a rock star creator and showrunner who gives every project her whole heart, and when she told us she wanted to form The Gist of It with Claire and expand her development efforts even further, we couldn’t get the words ‘yes please’ out quickly enough,” said Carolyn Cassidy, President of Creative Affairs for 20th.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ greenlit Parenting Without Borders (wt), a docu-series starring and exec produced by Jessica Alba, reports Deadline. Travel show will follow Alba as she explored parenting beliefs and practices around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series Stargirl premieres on DC Universe on Monday, May 11, then makes its linear debut on The CW on Tuesday, May 12 at 9p. Also on The CW, the seventh and final season of The 100 launches Wednesday, May 20 at 8p, and In the Dark starts season two on Thursday, May 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of soccer docu-series Sunderland ‘Til I Die is set to drop on Netflix on April 1. The six-episode second run of the show will focus on the 2018-19 season of Sunderland FC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s The Challenger: Total Madness kicks off Wednesday, April 1 at 8p. The reality show’s 35th season follows The Challenge: Total Madness, which scored the franchise’s highest premiere in six years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s DRAGNIFICENT! settles into its regular timeslot on Monday, April 20 at 10p, after its debut on Sunday, April 19 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

March premieres on Snap include season three of Endless Summer on Saturday, March 7; the series debut of mockumentary Get Money on Friday, March 20; and the series premiere of docu-series Nikita Unfiltered, following transgender beauty mogul Nikita Dragun, on Saturday, March 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of twisty drama Blood starts rolling out on Acorn TV on Monday, March 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Court TV is covering the murder trial of Robert Durst, the subject of HBO doc Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. It’s the second Durst murder trial to be covered by the net – the original Court TV covered Durst’s 2003 trial for murdering and dismembering a neighbor, a crime for which he was acquitted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX has acquired its first documentary feature film, AKA Jane Roe. Doc tells the story of Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on abortion rights. AKA Jane Roe will premiere Friday, May 22 at 9p on FX and be available the next day on FX on Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Masters showcases stories of little-known American heroines with Unladylike2020, a multimedia series launching in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Narrated by Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Lorraine Toussaint (Selma), American Masters – Unladylike2020 spotlights 26 diverse changemakers in documentary shorts premiering Wednesdays, beginning March 4 through August 26, Women’s Equality Day, on the American Masters YouTube Channel. An hour-long American Masters – Unladylike2020 special will premiere as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of female trailblazers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s Fourth Annual Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina airs Sunday, April 5 at 12:30p. John O’Hurley and David Frei return to co-host the canine competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT and TBS are marking International Women’s Day on March 8 with the Yes She Did campaign, a multi-platform day-long activation utilizing a curated programming lineup that starts at 6a with a block of Friends episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kim Fields (Facts of Life) landed a lead role opposite Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps in Netflix comedy The Upshaws…Christopher Lloyd (Taxi) will guest on an episode of CBS’s NCIS, as a 95-year-old former Navy sailor…Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) has joined the season two cast of Epix drama Pennyworth…Starz announced Hailey Gilgore (The Village) has been cast in Power Book III: Raising Kanan …Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines) is onboard Fox drama pilot The Cleaning Lady, based on the Argentinian series…Emayatzy (Ballers) has been cast in NBC ensemble drama pilot At That Age.
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On a new night and time – Friday at 8p –Shark Tank posted ABC’s best performance in the hour with entertainment programming in nearly 2 ½ years, with 5.0 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live+3 numbers in. Among A18-49 the show delivered a rating of 0.9/6, the best in 16 months.
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The current season of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible has reached over 20 million viewers and is on track to be the series’ highest-rated since 2013, with premieres growing ratings 45% versus year-ago for P25-54 in its Thursday timeslot.
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BROADWAY
Girl From The North Country is opening on Thursday March 5, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/girl-north-from-the-country/

The Lehman Trilogy is starting previews on Saturday March 7, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/lehman-trilogy/

Mrs. Doubtfire is starting previews on Monday March 9, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/mrs-doubtfire/

Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show is starting previews on Tuesday March 10, 2020
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/riverdance-25th-anniversary-show/