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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 19, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/19/18)
CNBC: Jay Leno’s Garage (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Murder Calls (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Ex On The Beach (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Scandal (Finale) at 10pm

CBS renewed 11 more series for the 2018-19 season, for a total of 17, including the entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. Coming back are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, The Amazing Race, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime drama Homeland will end with season 8, said series star Clare Danes on Howard Stern’s show. Danes, pregnant with her second child, told Stern playing the character was “a workout….I’ll be ready for a reprieve from that.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes told reporters she has “no way of describing” the finale of the ABC series, airing tonight, but “it works.” Just don’t look for hints of a spin-off. “Scandal is done,” said Rhimes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the Department of Justice’s trial to block the merger of AT&T and Timer Warner, TW CEO Jeff Bewkes said the deal was necessary in a time of “tectonic changes” brought about by tech giants like Facebook and Amazon, as well as Netflix. As far as the government’s contention that combined, AT&T and Time Warner would be able to use a blackout threat to demand greater carriage fees, Bewkes said, “I think it is ridiculous. It is not how it works.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV and ID (both 53%) tied for first as Favorite Channels in the 2018 Beta Research Brand Identity Study. In third place was History, which had 50% of respondents describing it as “one of my favorite channels,” followed by Cooking Channel (49%), Food Network (49%), Velocity (48%), National Geo (47%), Nat Geo WILD (47%), Discovery Channel (46%) and Discovery Life (45%). HGTV and Velocity both saw ranking increases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At Home with Amy Sedaris isn’t going anywhere – truTV ordered a second season of the variety sketch series, headed into production later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Deadly Class, based on the teen angst graphic novel, was picked up to series by Syfy. Show comes from Joe and Anthony Russo (The Avengers), Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carla Gugino (Wayward Pines) will star in and exec produce Jett, about a thief drawn into doing one last job. Drama got a straight-to-series order from Cinemax.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A+E Networks inked an overall first-look development deal with journalist Elizabeth Vargas (ABC News). The agreement makes Vargas the face of the net’s new nonfiction primetime banner, A&E Investigates. Vargas will also collaborate with A+E Networks to develop and produce new nonfiction programming for newly launched content development company, A+E Originals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

News from Netflix’s See What’s Next event in Rome: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes and 42 are teaming with the streamer on a new series about the invention of modern football….Idris Elba (Luther) will star as a struggling DJ in UK comedy Turn Up Charlie. Elba will also exec produce the series, from Brown Eyed Boy Productions….German series The Wave, based on the 2008 film Die Welle, will center on a high school teacher’s social experiment gone wrong…. France’s Mortal tells the tale of teens bound by a supernatural force.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on Netflix: The service picked up true crime series The Staircase, from What’s Up Films, as well as docu-series Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist, exec produced by Mark and Jay Duplass.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DIY landscaping series Lawn & Order (ha!) helps homeowners boost curb appeal starting Saturday, May 12 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix female wrestling comedy GLOW will be back for a 10-episode season 2 on June 29, and British supernatural teen series The Innocents debuts August 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s “Sunday Fun & Games” lineup is back June 10, with the season four premiere of Celebrity Family Feud at 8p, and season three bows for The $100,000 Pyramid at 9p and To Tell the Truth at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Giada De Laurentis and her daughter Jade celebrate summer at their California beachfront home in Giada on the Beach, launching Sunday, May 20 at 11:30a on Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Relationship comedy This Close got the go-ahead for a second season on Sundance Now. Production on eight new episodes begins this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amy Schumer returns to NBC’s Saturday Night Live on May 12 for her second time as host, with first-timer Kacey Musgraves as musical guest. Tina Fey will sixpeat as host for the show’s season finale on May 19, accompanied by Nicki Minaj, back for her third appearance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tony Award nominees Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban will host the Tony Awards, airing Sunday, June 10 at 8p on CBS. They’re both first-time Tonys hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV is offering a Saturday Stack event dedicated to Willie Nelson on April 28, in honor of the country icon’s 85 birthday the next day.  Festivities begin at 1p with Nelson’s talk with Dan Rather on The Big Interview.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity, in partnership with Discovery, Inc. sib Eurosport, struck a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive U.S. and Canadian home for live flag-to-flag coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans beginning with this year’s race on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Michael Strahan will host Thursday Night Football Pregame Show live from NYC for the 2018 season. The new show will air beginning week four at 7:30p on Fox and NFL Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America is marking Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 with a marathon of Planet Earth and Planet Earth II episodes starting at 11a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s UnREAL starts an hour early to allow for a 2-hour season three finale on Monday, April 23 at 9p.
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Cary Elwes (Princess Bride) and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers) will guest on season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook is testing a video format called Facebook Premieres, which lets publishers and creators to release pre-recorded videos like movie trailers and music videos as a live moment. The format allows people to experience a new video together in real time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snapchat is introducing the Shoppable AR feature, allowing advertisers to more easily lead users to purchase through the app’s Lenses. Brands can add a button to Lens, which users tap on the visit a web site where they can buy a product. Among the rollout partners are Clairol, Adidas and movie I Feel Pretty, reports TechCrunch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is partnering with Best Buy to sell 11 TV sets with Amazon’s Fire TV built in. Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer to sell Fire TV Edition devices, made by Toshiba and Best Buy house brand Insignia. Which means Amazon could be helping, not hurting, brick and mortar operations. “Amazon has always been a big believer in stores,” said Amazon chief Jeff Bezos. “Physical stores aren’t going anywhere.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former FBI director James Comey gave CBS’s Late Show a boost on Tuesday with his first late night interview since being fired. The show grabbed a 3.5HH rating and .6 among A18-49, Stephen Colbert’s third highest household rating ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels’ appearance with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, brought ABC morning show The View its most-watched telecast in 3 months, with 3.34 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s series premiere of History’s Forged in Fire: Knife or Death delivered 1.1 million Total Viewers and 528,000 viewers A25-54, holding 94% of its Forged in Fire A25-54 lead-in audience and making it the strongest season premiere for any show leading out of Forged in Fire.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Its Roseanne reboot has emerged as the season’s #1 show in Live+7 viewing, reports ABC, averaging 23.3 million viewers and scoring a 6.7/28 rating among A18-49 in delayed numbers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv boasts increases for 1Q18 in primetime of 10% among adults and women 25-54 and A18-49, and 7% among W18-49 versus the same period last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Preliminary data indicates out-of-home data will lift A18-49 ratings of stations in the top 25 markets by 14% and cable nets by 8%, according to Nielsen. The measurement company has been tracking OOH viewership with Portable People Meters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sportsman Channel had year-over-year gains in primetime (7p-12a) during 1Q18 on Tuesday (up +12%), Friday (up +9%), Saturday (up +13%) and Sunday (up +43%) among M25-54 compared to one year ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
My Fair Lady with Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg is opening on Thursday April 19, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/my-fair-lady/

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is opening on Sunday April 22, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/harry-potter-and-cursed-child-broadway/

Summer – The Donna Summer Musical with LaChanze is opening on Monday April 23, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/summer-donna-summer-musical/

Travesties with Tom Hollander is opening on Tuesday April 24, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/travesties/

Saint Joan with Condola Rashad is opening on Wednesday April 25, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/saint-joan/

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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 12, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/12/18)
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: My Lottery Dream Home (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: All-Star Flip (Premiere) at 11pm
MTV: Ex On The Beach (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil (Finale) at 9pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan will give his first in-depth broadcast network interview since announcing his retirement from Congress to Gayle King. The CBS This Morning co-host will interview Ryan live in D.C. today at 8a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC is reporting that National AmusementsShari Redstone is likely to replace CBS CEO Les Moonves and the CBS board if CBS and Viacom, which are both controlled by National Amusements, can’t reach a merger deal. Viacom made a counter offer to CBS’s initial bid; CBS is expected to counter back. In addition to a valuation gap, a sticking point is people: Moonves wants to keep his current COO, Joe Ianniello, as his number 2, while Redstone wants to install Viacom CEO Bob Bakish in the slot. Responding to the story, CBS said, “The industry and the marketplace know Leslie Moonves’ record and we think it speaks for itself.” National Amusements said it “has tremendous respect for Les Moonves and it has always been our intention that he run a combined company.” In a memo to staff, Bakish didn’t mention the merger talks, but said he “couldn’t be more proud of the creative momentum across the company.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sinclair Broadcast Group, under fire for scripting anchors’ warnings about “fake news,” posted a link on the web site of Sinclair stations to a video attacking CNN. The video claims it’s hypocritical for CNN to object to Sinclair’s tactics when the message was similar to warnings given by CNN’s own Brian Selter. “Is it really news that fake news is a concern in 2018, or is this an attack on Sinclair?” asked the video. Responded Selter, “There’s a huge difference between my coverage and Sinclair’s mandatory promos. No one tells me what to say.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The winners of New York Festivals’ International Television & Film Awards were announced at NAB. The 5 Grand Awards went to Diana: In Her Own Words (1895 Films); Frontline PBS’s Mosul; Dentsu Inc. digital movie Yamazaki Moments; and National Geographic’s Jane and Genius.
(Source: Cynopsis)

truTV is re-airing 2017 hour-long documentary The Problem with Apu on Sunday, April 15 at 7p – opposite The Simpsons. In the doc, comedian Hari Kondabolu takes issue with the controversial South Asian Simpsons character voiced by Hank Azaria. After The Simpsons addressed criticism of its portrayal of Apu on Sunday’s episode, Kondabolu tweeted, “The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider to be progress.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FuboTV launched Sports Illustrated TV as part of its 15-channel “Sports Plus” add-on package. It’s the official launch of SI TV as a 24/7 linear channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks and Grand Hustle Productions are teaming for reality competition The Grand Hustle, from rapper/actor/entrepreneur Tip “T.I.” Harris. Sixteen contestants vie for a position in Harris’s business empire in the series, premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SundanceTV’s The Split premieres Wednesday, May 23 at 10p. Six-part drama explores modern marriage and the legacy of divorce through the lens of a family of female lawyers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

From clunkers to classics, hopeful auto owners get their wheels appraised in Sticker Shock, debuting Wednesday, May 2 at 10p on Discovery, following the season premiere of Fast N’ Loud spin-off Misfit Garage at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Clint Harp, a craftsman familiar to Fixer Upper fans, will create one-of-a-kind furnishings for his Waco, TX clients in new DIY series, Wood Work. Six-parter debuts Wednesday, May 9 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hour-long special Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan is set for Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on NBC. Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will interview friends of the couple, as well as royal wedding experts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s special premieres 2 days after the launch of PBS 5-part nightly series Royal Wedding Watch, hosted by former Today host Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker. The wedding, in case you haven’t heard, is May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Country Music Awards will debut “ACM Flashbacks,” honoring classic country music hits with one-of-a-kind renditions of their iconic songs. This year, the awards telecast will honor three of country music’s hit songs from 1993, with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing McEntire’s “Does He Love You.” Awards show airs Sunday, April 15 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, The Voice’s live telecasts will begin on 3 consecutive nights of performances, voting and results. The Live Playoffs round begins Monday, April 18 at 8p on NBC, continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is re-airing 4 back-to-back episodes of Roseanne on Tuesday, April 24 at 8p, followed by an original episode of Deception.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For some reason, HDNet Movies is offering a trio of Cheech & Chong movies on Friday, April 20. First up: Cheech & Chong Still Smokin’ at 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E 2-night Biography special Gotti: Godfather & Son airs Saturday, June 9 at 10p and Sunday, June 10 at 9p, telling the story of a mob king and his heir apparent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Schitt’s Creek returns for the holidays in a December special, before the comedy’s season 5 premieres on Pop in early 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) will star in limited series The Spy, debuting on Netflix (OCS in France), focused on the life of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen…. Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) will guest on season 2 of CBS AccessStar Trek: Discovery, starting production next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new package, “Spotify Premium, Now with Hulu,” offers subscribers to the $12.99/month bundle access to ad-free music on Spotify Premium, and over 75,000 film and TV titles on Hulu’s basic ad-supported service. “Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it’s clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together,” said Tim Connolly, SVP, head of distribution and partnerships at Hulu. “Hulu and Spotify are brands that are defining how fans connect with entertainment in the future, and we are excited to expand our partnership.” Spotify Premium subscribers can get the package now, but new subscribers will have to wait until summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s a widening gap in the consumption rate for people using Google and its siblings versus people using Facebook properties, according to Brian Wieser, senior research analyst for Pivotal Research Group. Google’s Google, YouTube and Waze making up 27.4% of time spent on media, while Facebook and its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp account for 16.3% of time spent, down from 18.3% versus a year ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast’s Infinity Watchathon Week returns for its sixth year from April 16-22, a binge-fest that includes movies and TV shows from over 50 networks including AMC, FX, HBO, MTV, NBC, Showtime and Starz, along with Netflix and emerging SVODs (including DogTV, with programming for man’s best friend).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Hockey League announced a multi-platform content initiative to celebrate the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs that includes a partnership with rapper and renowned hockey fan Snoop Dogg for video series Snoop 101. In the comedic series, the D-O-Double G explains the rules and traditions of hockey. Snoop 101 videos are available on NHL social media channels and NHL.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel had its highest rated March ever in Primetime with Adults and Women 25-54, as well as in Total Viewers P2+. The performance boosted the net to its best first quarter in its history in Primetime in Total Viewers P2+ and M25-54. In total day, 1Q18 was Science Channel’s highest rated ever in Adults/Men/Women 25-54 as well as Total Viewers P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its third week, ABC’s Roseanne reboot dipped a bit was still Tuesday’s #1 program in total viewers (13.5 million) and A18-49 (3.5), a lead-in that helped boost the lineup for a network win for the night in the demo. CBS special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute delivered a .9 rating among A18-49 and 7.2 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

March Madness-fueled TBS averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime to win the week of April 2, according to Nielsen, with its coverage of Villanova versus Michigan on April 2 scoring 13.2 million. Fox News was second for the week with 2 million viewers, followed by 1.7 million for MSNBC, 15 million for HGTV and 1.2 million for USA. In total day Fox News was first for the 13th consecutive week with 1.2 million viewers. MSNBC was next with 943,000, followed by 850,000 for Nickelodeon, 828,000 for HGTV and 730,000 for ID.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 3 premiere of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners on Sunday averaged 681,000 Total Viewers, an increase of +20% over the show’s season 2 premiere, to set a network record as the most-watched original in Bounce history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Carousel is opening on Thursday April 12, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/carousel-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 5, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/5/18)
BRAVO: Southern Charm (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Imposters (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: World’s Most Epic (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Engineering Catastrophes (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway All Stars (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Will & Grace (Finale) at 9pm

The third season of NBC’s Shades of Blue will be its last. “I have enjoyed producing and starring in this beautifully complicated world and playing such an empowering yet flawed character – a women, a detective, but, first and foremost, a mother,” said series star and producer Jennifer Lopez. “We crafted a poetic three-season arc on how her journey ends, which is true redemption.” Premiere date: Sunday, June 17 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom rejected CBS Corp.’s initial acquisition offer, and at press time was preparing a counter offer. The CBS offer valued Viacom below its market value of $12.5 billion; Viacom will reportedly argue that potential synergies should translate to a premium price. Also an issue: while the CBS offer stipulated that CBS CEO Les Moonves run the combined company with CBS COO Joseph Ianniello as his number 2, controlling shareholder of both companies, National Amusements Inc., reportedly wants Viacom CEO Robert Bakish in the second slot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A letter signed by 95 Writers Guild of America members asks the union’s board of directors to take action against gun violence. “We urge the WGA and the WGA Pension Plan to divest of all stocks of any gun or ammunition manufacturer, and any company that provides material support to the gun industry lobbying organization called The National Rifle Association, whether through donations, deductions or other means (e.g. Federal Express), until such time as sensible national gun reform legislation is passed,” said the letter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA stood by the “hard-working and dedicated” journalists who work for Sinclair Broadcast Group, saying they had been the target of “misdirected criticism”  for a script right-leaning Sinclair had them read criticizing the media. “SAG-AFTRA has been in contact with Sinclair to express our concerns with this campaign, and we stand with our members and journalists everywhere in challenging corporate directives that call into question the journalistic integrity of the news presented to the public,” said the union. “SAG-AFTRA opposes such directives in the interest of defending the professionalism of journalists and preserving the basic rights of a free and independent press.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Murphy has scrapped his plans to adapt the book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President, about the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton, for American Crime Story. Murphy told the Hollywood Reporter he ran into Lewinsky at a party and told her, “Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that, but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! greenlit Very Cavallari, a docu-series starring Kristin Cavallari (The Hills), following her life as a businesswoman and wife to her husband, former professional football player Jay Cutler.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/writer Kathleen Robertson inked a first-look development deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop scripted programming for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s portfolio, as well as other networks and streaming services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered adult animated comedy series Paradise, P.D., from Waco O’Guin and Roger Black (Brickleberry), centered on cops who are not good at their jobs. Voice cast includes Sarah Chalke (Roseanne) and Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless).
(Source: Cynopsis)

An attorney for Matt and Ross Duffer, who are accused by filmmaker Charles Kessler of plagiarizing Stranger Things, said Kessler’s claim was “completely meritless….This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.” While Kessler claims in a lawsuit that he pitched a Stranger Things-like concept to the Duffers in 2014, the brothers’ attorney said they have never discussed any project with him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Days after the announcement that the new season of USA Network’s Talk Stoop would be hosted by Nessa Diab, series creator and former host Cat Greenleaf filed a discrimination and breach-of-contract lawsuit claiming she was fired because she suffers from clinical depression. Said a spokeperson for LX TV Productions, “Cat’s employment was terminated for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons. The lawsuit is without merit.”  Talk Stoop launched in 2009.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a bankruptcy court filing, A+E Networks said it had cancelled its contract to air Project Runway on January 10, following sexual harassment allegations against The Weinstein Co. co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “Many of Mr. Weinstein’s victims implicated The Weinstein Co. and TWC Board, alleging that TWC knew of Mr. Weinstein’s misconduct, yet knowingly or negligently allowed it to continue,” said A+E in the filing. A+E network Lifetime had renewed the show in 2016 for 3 more seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Litton Entertainment and Jack Hanna have extended their Saturday morning series, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdownfor two additional seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

My House, an insider’s guide to NYC’s underground queer ballroom scene, premieres on Viceland Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Heroes Channel series Nazi Treasure Hunters launches Tuesday, May 1 at 10p. The 8-part season delves into cold cases of famed artwork stolen during the Nazi era.
(Source: Cynopsis)

America Divided returns to Epix Friday, May 4. In episode one, “Washington’s War on Women,” former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson will uncover a pervasive culture of sexual harassment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cookbook author, pastry chef and baking instructor Gesine Prado returns to Food Network in a new season of Baked in Vermont, premiering Saturday, May 5 at 10:30a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A discovery that challenges theories about the first humans to inhabit North America is the focus of Smithsonian Channel special Ice Bridge: The Impossible Journey, airing Wednesday, April 18 at 8p. One-hour doc follows the expedition and search to uncover new evidence of a trans-Atlantic crossing 6000 years earlier than previously believed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills announced the latest selection for its PaleyLive Spring 2018 season: “An Evening with Bob Newhart: A Newhart Celebration.” The program will take place in partnership with Hulu on Thursday, April 26 at 7p; Newhart will be joined by castmates from the 1982-1990 series, Julia Duffy and William Sanderson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dynasty diva Joan Collins is in talks to join the season 8 cast of American Horror Story….Jes Macallan has been upped to series regular on season 4 of CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The number of Facebook users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data leak has jumped from 50 million to 87 million, said Facebook chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer in a blog post. Among the steps the social media giant is taking to restrict data access: Apps will now need Facebook approval as well as approval from administrators, apps will not be able to access the member list of a group, and Facebook is removing personal information, like names and profile photos, attached to posts or comments that approved apps can access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ouch, said some Tinder users who got booted off the dating app and couldn’t get back on after Facebook’s security updates. Users were getting an error message saying Tinder required additional Facebook permissions. “We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to have everyone swiping again soon,” tweeted @Tinder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the Nominees for the 22nd Annual Webby Awards, including Amazon Music, Oprah Winfrey, Colin Kaepernick, RuPaul, James Corden, Shonda Rhimes and Meryl Streep. Media organizations in contention for the first-ever Webby “Media Company of the Year” are VICE MediaConde Nast, National GeographicTurner, and Viacom, presented to the media company that performs best across all Webby Award categories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

fuboTV launched The CW in 8 new local markets, bringing the total to 9 across the live streaming TV service. The sports-first OTT provider now has a total of 252 local stations on its platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IfOnly, an online marketplace for experiences, has raised $20 million in Series D funding led by MasterCard. Other strategic investors include Hyatt Hotels and Sotheby’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV acquired North American digital and home video rights from DCD Rights for season 2 of mystery series Jack Irish, starring Guy Pearce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s Roseanne boosted ABC’s The Middle to new season highs at 8:30p. The Middle was up 43% in total viewers (to 8.3 million) and 57% among A18-49 (to 2.2). In week 2, Roseanne drew 15.2 million viewers and 2.9 in the demo, retaining 85% in viewers and 80% of the A18-49 audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mermaid drama Siren was Freeform’s biggest drama launch in over 2 years, with 1.54 million total viewers, 743,000 A18-49 and 483,000 W18-49 in Live+3 Nielsens. The show opened as Thursday’s #1 program on cable among W18-34 and Females 12-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network ended 1Q18 as the number one rated business network on television for the sixth consecutive quarter, delivering its highest rated quarter ever in Business Day viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Mean Girls is opening on Sunday April 8, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/mean-girls/

Children of A Lesser God with Joshua Jackson and Anthony Edwards is opening on Wednesday April 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/children-lesser-god/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 22, 2018

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/22/18)
ABC: Station 19 (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries at the Museum (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked (Premiere) at 9:30pm
WE TV: Braxton Family Values (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: Hustle & Soul (Premiere) at 10pm
A&E: 60 Days In (Finale) at 10pm
FREEFORM: Beyond (Finale) at 8pm
IFC: Portlandia (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries at the Museum (Finale) at 9pm

The Big 4 broadcast nets landed 4 of the top 5 spots in a survey asking connected consumers which network families they’d prefer in a 5-group skinny TV plan. NBCUniversal topped the list (48%), followed by Fox (41%), Disney/ABC (41%) and CBS (38%). “The value of their content is immense; top of mind for many viewers,” said Michael Greeson, director of research for TDG. Turner tied with CBS, followed closely by A+E Networks (37%) and HBO (36%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC soap General Hospital led the field with 26 nominations for the 45th Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by 25 each for NBC’s Days of Our Lives and CBS’s Young and Restless. Among networks, CBS and syndicated programming each scored 66 nods; Netflix nabbed 51.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Indianapolis 500 race is switching lanes, moving to NBC in 2019 after 54 years on ABC. In a multi-year deal, NBC Sports landed rights to all IndyCar races, qualifying, practices and Indy Lights races across its platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Weinstein Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. As part of the filing, the company released from non-disclosure agreements victims of sexual misconduct by disgraced former CEO Harvey Weinstein.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Retired U.S. Army officer and Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters said in an email to colleagues that he’s quitting the network. “Over my decade at Fox, I was long proud of the association,” he wrote. “Now I am ashamed.” Peters, who said FNC had “degenerated from providing a legitimate and much-needed outlet for conservative voices to a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration,” made clear he was not referring to Fox Business Network (“the grownups”) or Fox’s news reporters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fred Savage, accused of harassment on the set of Fox’s The Grinder, was cleared by the network. “We conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations and found no evidence of any wrongdoing on the part of Mr. Savage,” said Fox. “We will vigorously defend against these unfounded claims.” In a lawsuit, a female crew member accused Savage of “violently” striking her arm when she brushed dandruff off his suit, using profanity and intimidating other women.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP greenlit a third season of State Plate, the culinary/travel series starring American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks. “With season 3 we will achieve our original goal of featuring all 50 states,” said SVP programming Doug Butts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe returns with a 6-episode event Monday, April 9 at 7:30p, with weekly premieres culminating with a half-hour special May 7. Fans can catch episodes early by logging onto the Cartoon app and VOD on Monday, March 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network set its spring schedule, starting with the return of Suits for the second half of season 7 on Wednesday, March 28 at 9p. Season 3 of Colony arrives Wednesday, May 2, with third rounds of Queen of the South and Shooter premiering Thursday, June 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 3 of OWN’s Queen Sugar gets a royal launch with a 2-night event Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30 at 10p. The series’ regular timeslot will be Wednesdays at 10p. Season 2 of the drama will be available to stream on Hulu starting March 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mitt Romney, Trevor Noah, James Taylor and Jamie Foxx will be going for a spin on the new season of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage, revving up Thursday, April 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV Land’s Younger is back for season 5 Tuesday, June 5 at 10p. The news was revealed via an interactive video, which included the date and a sneak peek video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Close Proximity, a 10-part series looking at the world of fast cars through the eyes of Formula Drift driver Matt Field, premieres on Insight TV Tuesday, March 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viceland is firing up its second annual “Weed Week,” airing Monday, April 16-Friday, April 20. Programming includes sneak previews of new seasons of F*ck That’s Delicious and Most Expensivest, as well as weed-themed extended episodes and marathons of other “herballly-minded” shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Network’s Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, Netflix’s Bobby Kennedy for President and National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso will premiere at the Tribeca TV festival, taking place April 18-29. Among the other offerings are the season 5 midseason premiere of Comedy Central’s Drunk History, the North American premiere of PBS’s Little Women and the debut of StarzSweetbitter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amanda Schull was upped from recurring to series regular on USA’s Suits, renewed for season 8 without series stars Meghan Markle and Patrick J, Adams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison and Emilie de Ravin are all onboard for the series finale of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. “Seven years after we set off on this magical journey, we prepare to say goodbye to the cast, crew and writers that made the ‘happily ever after’ that is Once Upon a Time possible,” said series creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to say farewell than by reuniting so many of the characters that our fiercely loyal fans spent years with on their adventures.” The end.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five days after the news that 50 million Facebook users had their data accessed and improperly stored by Cambridge Analytica – and #DeleteFacebook was trending – Mark Zuckerberg posted a statement. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” said the social media giant’s CEO. “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up to do it.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is partnering with video community musical.ly to develop digital entertainment programs targeting Hispanic members of Gen Z. Original shows include The Cheese, an entertainment and pop culture show, and On the Ball (wt) a sports show focused on the world’s top soccer players. The shows will be created and executive produced by Fluency+, Telemundo’s multi-platform production studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon overtook Google parent Alphabet on Tuesday to become the second most valuable public company in the U.S., with a market capitalization of $768 billion. Apple topped the field with a market cap of $885 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a blog post yesterday, Netflix outlined changes it is making for season 2 of controversial series 13 Reasons Why, which tackles teen suicide, bullying and rape. While a study commissioned by the streamer found nearly three quarters of respondents said the show made them feel more comfortable processing tough topics, the majority of parents wanted more resources. Among the tools for upcoming season 2 will be a custom intro at the start of each season with the cast; additional resources at 13reasonswhy.info; and a new after-show featuring actors, experts and educators. “The hope is that the steps we’re taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as Season 2 rolls out later this year,” wrote Brian Wright, VP of original series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snap is making it easier to create AR effects with new Lenses and tools for the Lens Studio. For starters, a partnership with StudioMDHR, developer of video game Cuphead, led to a new lens that places animations of characters from the game Cuphead on the screen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Dodo is bringing back Comeback Kids: Animal Edition for season 2. First episode goes live on Facebook Watch Saturday, March 24, and will air on YouTube and Twitter the following day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show delivered 3.78 million viewers the week of March 16 in Live+3 Nielsens, up +680,000 versus Live+SD numbers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s new Shondaland drama, For the People, slipped 25% in the A18-49 demo versus its launch, to .6/3. The show delivered 2.7 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Children of a Lesser God with Joshua Jackson and Anthony Edwards will start previews on Thursday March 22, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/children-lesser-god/

The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington and Tammy Blanchard will start previews on Thursday March 22, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/iceman-cometh/

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical with LaChanze will start previews on Wednesday March 28, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/summer-donna-summer-musical/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 15, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/15/18)
HGTV: Flip or Flop Vegas (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
ID: Diabolical (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: How To Get Away with Murder (Finale) at 10pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (Finale) at 8pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (Finale) at 9pm

Freeform is wrapping up The Fosters with a three-night event. The series finale airs Monday to Wednesday, June 4 to 6 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN morning star Chris Cuomo, who moved to 9p with Cuomo Prime Time in January, is staying put. The network confirmed the news in a statement. Cuomo, who co-anchored New Day, will be replaced by John Berman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV ordered Deep Water, a female-led relationship drama to be produced by Kudos. Written by Anna Symon (Indian Summers) and adapted from the Windermere novels by author Paula Daly, the project centers on the lives of three women living in the Lake District.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Housewife EPs, Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz, signed a new three-year overall deal with ABC Studios. The pair will continue as executive producers of the hit comedy, which is in its second season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wes Kauble, co-creator of FOX’s Beat Shazam, inked an overall production deal with Endemol Shine North America. Under the pact’s terms he’ll create original unscripted series and formats via his Interrobang Entertainment banner. The focus will be on developing new game and competition series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition returns on Sunday, April 15 at 9p on Food Network. Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence will lead recruits Catherine Bach, Maria Bamford, Nolan Gould, La Toya Jackson, Oscar Nunez, Bronson Pinchot and Ian Ziering through an intense culinary boot camp.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC and Litton Entertainment educational series Health + Happiness with Mayo Clinic bows April 7 as part of the network’s Saturday morning programming block. Hosted by Joy Bauer, the show centers on how simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in health, well-being and attitude.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Last O.G. debuts Tuesday, April 3 at 10:30p on TBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The President Show returns to Comedy Central on Tuesday, April 3 at 11p with hour-long special, Make America Great-A-Thon: A President Show Special. President Trump, played by creator/EP Anthony Atamanuik, will host a telethon to raise money for projects he can’t get anyone in Congress to fund.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network’s second annual broadcast of the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina airs Sunday, April 1 at 6p. John O’Hurley and noted dog show judge David Frei co-host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Art of Shine premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 9 on PBS. Film takes an eye-opening look at the world of professional shoe shiners.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The legacy of the late Stephen Hawking will be celebrated with encore presentations of Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking on Thursday, March 15 at 9a and Saturday, March 17 at 8p and Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design on Thursday, March 15 at 6a on Discovery Channel. Also, Science Channel is airing Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking on Thursday, March 15 at 3a and Friday, March 16 at 4p; Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking on Thursday, March 15 at 5a, and Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design on Friday, March 16 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Secrets of the Dead: Hannibal in the Alps bows Tuesday, April 10 at 8p on PBS (check local listings). Doc follows Hannibal’s army making it across the Alps to launch a surprise attack on Rome.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alec Baldwin is set to guest on NBC’s Will and Grace on Thursday, March 29 at 9p…. Nathan Fillian will appear on a pair of ABC’s American Housewife episodes later this season…. Zole Palmer (Lost Girl) is guesting on Season 3 of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally) nabbed the male lead opposite Kiernan Shipka in Netfix’s Sabrina series….  Amazon’s straight-to-series Homecoming added to its cast. Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) was signed as a regular, with Hong Chau (Downsizing), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless) and Sydney Poitier (Chicago PD) were tapped for recurring roles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) landed a main role in FOX’s untitled drama pilot based on the book Gone Baby Gone by Dennis Lehane…. Sarah James (Damnation, The Path) was set as the female lead in CBS drama pilot L.A. ConfidentialDave Annable and Anna Wood (Reckless) were tapped as male and female leads. in CBS drama pilot The Code.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Ready Jet Go! blasts off Monday, April 2 on PBS KIDS with a special week of girl-empowering episodes (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News executives are contemplating the launch of a live-streaming service that would be separate from NBC and MSNBC. Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, announced the news while speaking to reporters on Wednesday. “We want to do this, and I think we’ve got to open that door,” said Lack.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is adapting Italian animated franchise Winx Club as a live-action young adult series. The show’s six fairies will turn into real teenagers as they learn to hone their powers while living together in a magic boarding school.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook Watch’s The Tattoo Shop debuts Thursday, March 15, followed by the premiere of the live and viewer interactive tattoo experience, Mystery Tattoo, on Friday March 16 at 9p. Viewers can tune in to both on The Tattoo Shop show page.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dream the Future, a new doc that travels through time to experience the year 2050, bows on CuriousityStream on Thursday, March 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of HGTV’s Home Town averaged a .55 Live+SD rating among viewers P25-54 during its 10-week run. The show has attracted more than 14 million total viewers since its premiere in January, helping HGTV hold its position as the #4 ranked cable network among upscale women 25-54 during the Monday 9-10p timeslot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel celebrated its own March madness with week-long Motor Mega Week. From February 26 to March 5 the network ranked as cable’s #1 network in prime among M25-54, while ranking #2 among P25-54 and M18-49. The Street Outlaws vs. Fast ‘N’ Loud: Mega Race special was TV’s #2 telecast in M 25-54 behind only The Voice, and cable’s #1 telecast (excluding sports) across P/M25-54, M18-49 and M18-34 during its March 5 premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
My Fair Lady with Lauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz, and Diana Rigg starts previews on Thursday March 15, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/my-fair-lady/

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child starts previews on Friday March 16, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/harry-potter-and-cursed-child-broadway/

Rocktopia starts previews on Tuesday March 20, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/rocktopia/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 8, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/8/18)
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Premiere) at 9:30pm
HISTORY: Truck Night in America (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Champions (Premiere) at 9:30pm
BRAVO: Top Chef (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Mega Machines (Finale) at 10pm

James Comey will make his first late night appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the former FBI director has been booked for the April 17 episode of the CBS talker. The date happens to coincide with the release of Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX has new advertising goal – to show two minutes of commercials per hour of television by 2020, reports The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper attended a private event at which FOX Networks Group ad sale chief Joe Marchese made the announcement. In an email to the WSJ, Ed Davis, chief product officer for ad sales at Fox Networks Group, backed the plan up, saying, “The two minutes per hour is a real target for Fox, and also our challenge for the industry.” Last week, NBCUniversal made a pledge to reduce ad time during primetime shows by 10%, along with a promise to decrease ads in commercial pods by 20%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Good Doctor will continue to practice – ABC renewed the hit drama for a second season. “The Good Doctor’s message of inclusiveness resonates with our viewers and is hallmark of what we aim to accomplish here at ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “This series has quickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first round of performers was announced for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. Set to take the stage are Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett. Ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Ruins Everything is taking a new turn. TruTV is offering six animated episodes, Adam Ruins Everything Presents Reanimated History. Spin-off premieres Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX set its analyst panel for O.J. Simpson: The Last Confession?, the special based on Judith Regan’s 2006 sit-down interview with the football star acquitted in a double-murder trial. Publisher and producer Regan, Simpson case prosecutor Christopher Darden, Nicole Brown Simpson family rep Eve Shakti Chen, anti-domestic violence advocate Rita Smith and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente will provide analysis and context for Simpson’s interview, in which he gives a hypothetical account of the events that occurred the night his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered. Special airs Sunday, March 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s new original documentary series, The Fourth Estate, will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, as its closing night film. Following its screening on Saturday, April 28, the Festival will host a panel discussion with some of the subjects of the doc, including The New York Times editor Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, Washington investigative correspondents Mark Mazzetti and Garbus. Series bows on Showtime Sunday, May 27 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PILOT, an initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, is launching the PILOT Pitch Prize, a competition for early-stage startup companies to receive funding and support for providing technology solutions that could help broadcasters. Finalists will compete in a live pitch event at NAB Show New York, held October 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center.
(Source: Cynopsis)

To celebrate the premiere of Syfy’s original Superman prequel series, Krypton, and the 1000th issue of Action Comics, Syfy is challenging Superman and DC Comics mega-fans to put their knowledge to the test with a live trivia challenge. The contest will take place on Syfy Wire nightly at 8p, beginning Monday, March 12 and leading up to Krypton’s premiere on Wednesday, March 21 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Impractical Jokers franchise is expanding. truTV committed to an eighth season of the series and is starting production on the brand’s first feature-length film, which will be directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny Or Die.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sonar Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company are developing Rift, a live action sci fi series for teens, created and written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Fangbone!, Teen Titans).  You think you had it tough in high school? The show follows Sydney Jensen, caught between the struggles of school life and another world where she’s a rebel a parallel world, determined to stop a dark organization.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW acquired 10-hour fantasy adventure series The Outpost from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and Arrowstorm Entertainment. It’s the first hourlong summer scripted series for the net.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) has created and is starring in Breeders. The comedy about parenting is being piloted by BBC and FX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Defy Media and GRB Entertainment have joined forces on a programming partnership, reports Deadline. The goal: bring each company closer toward a desired audience. For GRB it is the Millennial and Gen-Z viewers, while Defy is aiming for viewers A 25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic prepares to Drain the Oceans in a series from UK’s Mallinson Sadler Productions and Australia’s Electric Pictures. Using the latest scientific data with state of the art digital recreations, the 10-parter reveals the full scope of shipwrecks, treasure, sunken cities, geology and technology at play on the floors of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Look for a global premiere in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nobodies debuts on Paramount Network on Thursday, March 29 at 10p, following Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as they navigate life on the outskirts of fame.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold returns for a new season on Friday, March 30 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 6 of HBO’s Vice bows Friday, April 6 at 11p. The new season of the weekly news magazine will include 35 episodes, up from 30 last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia appears in his first television interview on CBS60 Minutes Sunday, March 11, two days before the heir to the throne arrives in the U.S.
(Source: Cynopsis)

48 Hours explores the murder of Los Angeles hairstylist and beauty company executive Fabio Sementilli and the hunt for his killer in Who Killed Fabio? Episode airs Saturday, March 10 at 10p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Network and filmmaker Derik Murray joined forces on a new doc on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am MLK Jr. bows Wednesday, April 4 at 9p on the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roads to Memphis, a film tracing the fateful journeys of Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray to their deadly collision, airs Tuesday, April 3 at 8p on American Experience on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

More laughs are headed to Laff. The broadcast net struck a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Television Group for Home Improvement, acquiring the rights to all eight seasons of the sitcom. Series will make its debut in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises launched Telemundo Academy, a multimedia education institution aimed at empowering and training the next generation of media leaders. The academy’s first partners will include Armando Christian Perez’s (Pitbull) SLAM Miami and the Doral Academy. Supported by the company’s “El Poder En Ti” (The Power in You) corporate social responsibility initiative, the 16-week program will immerse students in the media world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raven Goodwin was upped to series regular in the upcoming second season of Showtime’s SMILF.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Grand HotelKimrie Lewis (Scandal) and Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-0) were set as series regulars in ABC comedy pilot Single ParentsNelson Franklin (Veep), Jessica Chaffin (Search Party) and Leonard Ouzts (Master of None) nabbed leads in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) landed one of the male leads in NBC drama pilot In Between LivesKether Donohue (You’re the Worst) nabbed the female lead in NBC comedy pilot Like FamilyMichael Beach (Pitch, The 100) will be a series regular in ABC’s Untitled Holmes drama pilot… Justin Johnson Cortez (Turbulence) booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot StatiesBen Lawson (Designated Survivor) and Mark L. Young (The Comeback) landed series regular roles in ABC’s False Profits pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s red-hot stock, which has gained 65% in 2018 and more than doubled in the past year, pulled back 1% on Wednesday, after Stifel analyst Scott Devitt lowered his rating on the streaming giant from buy to hold. Netflix’s shares declined 1.25%, finishing the session at $321.17, down about $4 from its 52-week high.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HG Trivia, the live-streaming games show app that has users playing for real money, closed a $15 million round of investment from Founder’s Fund, with participation from previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, reports Axios. Launched in August, HQ Trivia boasts players in the millions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snapchat is snipping about 100 people, or 10% of its engineering team, according to Cheddar. It’s the biggest layoff to date for the company, which numbers about 3000 employees.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook’s Messenger Lite is getting video chat. The pared-down app is designed for people with older Android devices or slower internet connections.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast and National Public Radio launched the NPR One app on Xfinity X1, enabling X1 customers to access its library of NPR news, talk and music programs that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines directly on the TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CuriousityStream debuts Dream the Future on Thursday, March 15. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the documentary series takes viewers to 2050 and explores how vastly different life will look.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Emma Watson partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account, @NatGeo, to mark International Women’s Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8. Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers from around the world, who cover a wide range of important topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban of women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet delivered double digit growth (+20%) among A25-54 in February 2018, the largest A25-54 year-over-year gains in more than five years in L+3D. Programming highlights included Puppy Bowl XIV, the highest rated Puppy Bowl ever among A25-54 (1.49) with an average of 3.1 million Total Viewers, up +24% vs. last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History struck rating gold with the premiere of The Curse of Civil War Gold on Tuesday, March 6 as the top series launch across cable this TV season, delivering 2.3 million Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere attracted 938,000 A25-54 and 688,00 A18-49. It was the net’s best series launch since 2014 among A25-54, A18-49 and Total Viewers. Meanwhile, The Curse of Oak Island’s season finale drew 2.9 million Total Viewers and 1.2 million A35-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Atlanta Robbin’ Season on FX nabbed the best ratings of any recent basic cable comedy. In Live+3 the telecast garnered 1.3 million A18-49, the most of any basic cable primetime scripted comedy telecast since week three of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s 12th season on January 18, 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday night’s finale of the sixth season of Universo’s Larrymania ranked as the #1 program on Hispanic cable prime, excluding sports, among A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen. The show averaged 162,000 Total Viewers, 125,000 A18-49 and 66,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Parisian Woman with Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas and Phillipa Soo is closing on Sunday March 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/parisian-woman/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 1, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/1/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Lone Star Law: Bigger and Better (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Music City (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: American Chopper (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Showtime At The Apollo (Premiere) at 9pm
FX: Atlanta (Premiere) at 10pm
UP: Morgan Family Strong (Premiere) at 9:30pm
USA: American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (Premiere) at 9pm

The premiere of Paramount Network’s Heathers reboot, originally slated for March 7, is being delayed in the wake of the February 14 high school shooting. “Heathers is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence,” said a statement from the network. “While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year.” High-school-set Heathers follows a vicious clique and a new boy in town on reckless path to destruction.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS is launching a conservative talk show, In Principle, hosted by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson and cable news contributor Amy M. Holmes (TheBlaze TV). An initial 8-week run starts Friday, April 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV renewed Jersey Shore Family Vacation for a second season, ahead of the reality show’s global premiere on Thursday, April 5 at 8p. The net is counting down to the launch with 4 “Road to Vacation” specials airing Thursdays at 8p starting March 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeff Franklin is out as Fuller House showrunner, amid accusations of verbal abuse and inappropriate comments in the Netflix revival’s writers room. “We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on Fuller House,” said Warner Bros. Television in a statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV America is producing docu-series Dark Web for Netflix, focused on internet dirty dealings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Pimple Popper (you read that right) will be back on TLC this summer. The one-hour special featuring dermatologist/YouTube sensation Dr. Sandra Lee in January was seen by 1.2 million P2+ viewers and was in the top 5 most social shows on Prime cable for the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Legendary Locations, hosted by Josh Gates, premieres Wednesday, March 28 at 10p and 10:30p. Series kicks off in Transylvania, with the bloody story of 2 castles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Archer’s back for season 9 in FXX’s Archer: Danger Island, premiering Wednesday, April 25 at 10p. Animated comedy centers on semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot Sterling Archer in 1939 South Pacific.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 8 of Golf Channel’s Feherty launches with golfers Jack Nicklaus and Rickie Fowler and tennis doubles champ Bob Brian on Monday, March 5 at 9p. The series is transitioning from one-on-one interviews to a roundtable setting this round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock, hosted by Will Smith, tells the story of Earth, starting Monday, March 26 at 10p. 10-parter from Darren Aronofsky & Jane Root features 8 astronauts who know what it’s like to go out of this world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz is airing a marathon of the first 9 episodes of new espionage thriller Counterpart on Sunday, March 25, starting at 12:35p. Season finale airs the following week at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Sara Haines (The View), Vanity Fair editor Krista Smith and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger share hosting duties for ABC’s Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet on Sunday, March 4 at 6:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 Documentary Joe Satriani: Beyond the Supernova premieres on AXS TV Tuesday, March 6 at 10p. The film captures rocker Satriani during his “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the season 4 finale of Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, airing Sunday, March 4 at 11p, deGrasse Tyson interviews legendary physicist Stephen Hawking about mysteries of the universe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) on Tuesday introduced resolutions to revoke the FCC order repealing net neutrality rules. The Senate effort has support from 50 senators, while the House resolution has 150 Congress members onboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix nabbed rights to Shirkers, winner of a directing award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and 10-minute film Zion, centered on a wrestler born without legs who grew up in foster care.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mixed-martial-arts fans in the U.S. can now pre-order UFC pay-per-view events on Amazon’s Prime Video without a Prime membership. First up: UFC: 222 Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya, $64.99 for non-subscribers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix is adding a VOD library of 4K Ultra HD titles, including James Bond films and original series Get Shorty. “It has been widely reported that the adoption rate of Ultra HD TV sets in the U.S. is far outpacing the adoption rate of HD at its launch, indicating that there is a significant opportunity to provide audiences with the best possible viewing experience,” said Jon Dakss, EVP and chief digital officer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling and Iain Armitage will be back for season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies, joining returning cast members Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sarah Shahi will return to NBC’s Chicago Fire in a story arc as one of Severide’s ex-girlfriends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot lights: Breckin Meyer (Designated Survivor) and Merrin Dungey (Once Upon a Time) will star in ABC legal drama pilot The Fix….Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) landed the leads in NBC drama pilot The Enemy Within….Christina Moses (The Originals) won a leading role in ABC pilot A Million Little Things.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Episode 6 of TNT’s The Alienist is up 26% in Live+SD Nielsens in week-over-week ratings growth, with 1.73 million total viewers and 600,000 among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision reached 7.9 million total viewers 2+ with the 30th edition of Premio Lo Nuestro, outperforming ABC, CBS, Fox and CW among A18-49 and A18-34 for the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the Olympics causing widespread preemptions, the majority of first-run top tier shows in syndication re-titled their shows as Olympic specials, to avoid being included in ratings averages. The Dr. Phil specials (2.9) topped talk, while Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition tied for first among newsmags with 2.7. The Judge Judy telecasts handily ruled court shows with 6.4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Since its February 11 premiere, DIY’s Barnwood Builders grew its year-over-year impressions by 28% among viewers P25-54; a new episode on February 25 grew impressions in the timeslot by 47% percent among viewers P25-54 and 97% among viewers M25-54. The net’s Building Off The Grid delivered a 22% increase in impressions among viewers P25-54 over the prime average.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opposite the Olympics, Travel Channel posted a 9% ratings gain over the same period in 2017 among P25-54, and among M25-54 the network grew its ratings 10% year-over-year. More than 13 million viewers tuned into Travel during the two-week long Winter Games from February 9 to February 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Lobby Hero with Chris Evans and Michael Cera is in Previews starting on Thursday March 1, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/lobby-hero/

Three Tall Women with Laurie Metcalf, Glenda Jackson and Alison Pill is in Previews starting on Thursday March 1, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/three-tall-women-broadway/

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart is closing on Sunday March 4, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/john-lithgow-stories-heart/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

February 22, 2018

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/22/18)
ABC: The Bachelor Winter Games (Premiere) at 8pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way (Premiere) at 8pm

CBS Corp. launched Eye Speak, a program designed to promote female empowerment, growth, and opportunity for women at the company and across the entertainment industry. CBS Television Studios will kick off Eye Speak with a program March 14 in LA featuring panel of women who work in front of and behind the camera. They include: Maria Bello (NCIS), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Sara Ramirez (Madam Secretary), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Lori McCreary (Madam Secretary), Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin). The launch is in concert with the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer campaign.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism. The show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning today (February 22) so Williams can focus on her health.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NCTA extended the contract of CEO/president Michael Powell for three more years. Powell, former FCC chairman and a President Bill Clinton appointee, joined the cable lobbying organization in 2011.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vox Media will lay off 50 employees, or about 5 percent of its workforce, from its social video team and at three of its publications – Racked, Curbed and SB Nation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is making an inside the beltway bid, running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ratigan is running a a Democrat in NY’s 21st congressional district.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ten more presenters are onboard for the 90th Oscars telecast, airing live Sunday, March 4, on ABC: Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A federal judge denied Disney’s request for an injunction in the lawsuit it launched in December to stop Redbox from selling download codes for the studio’s movies. Redbox countersued, alleging Disney’s home entertainment group was abusing its copyright to keep competition at bay.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new University of Minnesota study about fatal blood clots may be bad news for hardcore bingers. An analysis of 15,000 adults over 24 years, divided into four groups based on how they watch TV showed those who watch “very often” run a 1.7 times higher risk of venous thromboembolism, or deep vein thrombosis, clots in the legs, and pulmonary embolisms. The danger comes from prolonged sitting and impaired circulation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios won out as the television home of Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi book series Culture. Amazon acquired global TV rights to the first novel in the series, Consider Phlebas; Utopia creator Dennis Kelly is onboard to write the adaptation, Plan B Entertainment will produce and the estate of Iain Banks will executive produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime is developing Chemistry, a psycho-sexual marital drama based on the Paula Milne BBC miniseries The Politician’s Husband adapted by David Manson (House of Cards). Project comes from Anonymous Content, original series’ producer Daybreak Pictures/Passion Distribution and TriStar Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot director David Semel, whose fingerprints are on such CBS pilots as Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Code Black and Pure Genius, is onboard to direct the pilot for network drama Main Justice. Former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar will serve as exec producer/showrunner for the Timothy Hutton starrer. Project hails from CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Indie filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass (The One I Love, The Overnight, Creep, Jeff Who Lives At Home) signed a new agreement for worldwide rights to four upcoming Netflix Films. First up is an untitled bittersweet bromance project starring Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, slated to be released later this year. The Duplass’ and Netflix have a longstanding relationship. Most recently, the duo exec-produced Netflix’s upcoming doc series Wild Wild Country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS’ new animated series Final Space blasts off Monday, February 26 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion will bow Food Exposed With Nelufar Hedayat, its latest from the journalist, on Tuesday, March 27 at 8p. Eight-part docuseries explores the global food industry, how our appetites shape our world and the true cost of food to people, animals and the planet. Upcoming eps feature Nicole Richie, James Cromwell, Jordana Brewster and others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform drama Siren, premiering Thursday, March 29, takes place in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, marine biologists now must work together to find out who and what may have driven this primal sea hunter to land. Season 3 of the net’s Shadowhunters returns March 20 at 8p, with new secrets abounding.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nelvana’s live-action/CG-animated hybrid ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premiere as a Netflix original series worldwide excluding Canada on March 30 and exclusively on YTV in Canada in June. Created by Michael Hefferon, the reimagined version of 1994’s ReBoot is the first TV series to feature animation built in the Unreal game engine with 4K resolution.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second season of Hulu original anthology series, titled National Treasure: Kiri, is slated to drop Wednesday, April 4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix set April 13 for the launch of its reboot of Lost In Space. In a modern twist, Netflix transmitted the pilot to the International Space Station for astronauts to view.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC dropped a new trailer for season 2 of Brockmire, where booze-soaked broadcaster Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) finds himself in New Orleans, seeking to reclaim his career while falling headfirst into all the temptations the Big Easy has to offer.  Season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery will air its first-ever Motor Mega Week Monday, February 26 at 8p through Monday, March 5 at 11p. The celebration of all things automotive features three new series premieres – Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings, Twin Turbos and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, plus a four-part, supersized Street Outlaws vs. Fast N’ Loud: Build To Mega Race series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Because we don’t have enough political drama… WE tv will begin airing binge-a-thons of CBS drama series Madam Secretary on Wednesday, March 7 from 7p-4a. Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10a-4a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Flu season: Three years in the making, Discovery’s three-part series Invisible Killers takes viewers around the world to understand how viruses have shaped our health and history, the biological and social impact they have on our global society, and the work being done to combat them. The special premieres Thursday, March 29 at 8p on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Second and third installments continue on Science Channel at 9p and 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove, Magic Mike XXL), Minka Kelly (Titans) and Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter, Sun Records) star in The Beach House, a Hallmark Hall of Fame original film premiering Saturday, April 28 at 9p on Hallmark Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube yesterday removed a viral conspiracy theory video that alleged a student who has been advocating for gun control in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is a trained actor. YT made the move hours after tech site Motherboard reported the video was one of YT’s top-trending videos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In what some smaller publishers see as a boon, Amazon for several months has been testing with a small group of publishers a scenario where versions of their commerce-focused articles are accessible directly inside Amazon’s website. These articles can be found through Google search or via searches for keywords inside Amazon and are shoppable just like they’d be on a publisher’s own site, reports Digiday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People is expanding its lifestyle coverage with the launch of new vertical People Health, to include digitally distributed health-related celebrity, service and human interest stories available at people.com/Health.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Nick Jr. Play app went global, launching in the UK and Denmark with more locales to come. International expansion follows the app’s success in the US with more than 16 million downloads to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why) and Michael Graziadei (Good Girls Revolt) will recur in the third season of HBO crime anthology series True Detective… Michael O’Neill is in to recur on the seventh and final season of ABC’s Scandal, which returns March 29. No deets on his character yet… Chris Johnson (47 Meters Down) scored a recurring role in the upcoming second season of The Orville on Fox.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot season: Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) are in as leads of NBC comedy pilot So CloseTimothy Hutton has been tapped to star opposite Bokeem Woodbine in CBS legal drama pilot Main Justice Tyler Labine (Deadbeat) scored a role as a series regular in NBC’s untitled Bellevue hospital drama pilot… Rose Rollins (The L Word) booked a series regular role opposite Katie Holmes in Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love, 20th Century Fox TV and 3 ArtsRussell Hornsby (Grimm) is in as male lead in Fox’s untitled legal drama pilot from Empire co-creator Danny Strong and writer David Elliot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the week’s syndicated news, Judge Judy (8.0 live plus same day national Nielsen, up 5% from the week before) was the syndication standout in the first full week of the sweep, racing to its highest rating in two years in the session ending February 11 and attracting an average of almost 12 million viewers each day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among talkers, Dr Phil (3.9, up 3%) was tops for the 75th week in a row, winning by its widest margin in three months. Rounding out the big five in talk were Ellen DeGeneres (2.7, down 4%), followed closely by Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.5, up 9%), which also improved 9% from last year.  On the magazine rack, Access (1.5, up 7%) and Extra (season high 1.4, up 17%) both spiked despite heavy Olympic preemptions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Billy Graham, who pioneered the use of television and mass communication in spreading evangelical Christian messaging, died yesterday. He was 99. Graham was an adviser to several presidents but is perhaps best known for understanding the evolution of mass media, and using it to reach hundreds of millions of TV viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Angels in America – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield starts previews on Friday February 23, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/angels-america/

Latin History For Morons with John Leguizamo is closing on Sunday February 25, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/latin-history-moron/

MICHAEL JACKSON’S “BILLIE JEAN” THEFT FROM DONNA SUMMER GOES EVEN DEEPER

February 9, 2018

MICHAEL JACKSON’S “BILLIE JEAN” THEFT FROM DONNA SUMMER GOES EVEN DEEPER
http://www.tmz.com/2018/02/09/michael-jackson-billie-jean-backup-singer-donna-summer-state-of-independence/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 18, 2018

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/18/18)
BET: Black Card Revoked (Premiere) at 10pm
BET: BET’s Mancave (Premiere) at 10:30pm
FREEFORM: Beyond (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Damnation (Finale) at 10pm

Katie Couric will co-host the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. “During my years at NBC, I loved to cover the Olympics,” said the former Today host. Couric will be sharing duties with Mike Tirico, who succeeds long-timer Bob Costas. During the Games, Couric will contribute commentary and interviews. As for how protests that might occur during the Olympics will be covered, “We never shy away from anything that’s newsworthy,” Couric said in a conference call with journalists, adding decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Libby Leist has been promoted from senior producer to executive producer at NBC’s Today, replacing Don Nash. In a memo to staff, NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said that Nash, a 23-year veteran at the network, had been offered a number of other roles and “we hope he’ll stay in the family.” Speaking of family, in his own note, Nash said, “The time has come for me to step away from Today and be a better dad to my two beautiful girls. They are what matter to me most.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WYNW’s Zachary Kiesch has joined ABC News as a correspondent based in New York. Kiesch, nominated for an Emmy in 2016 for a report on the relationship between communities of color and the police, has often focused on issues like criminal justice reform, education and housing issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) signed a new 2-year deal with ABC Studios, paving the way for a renewal of the medical drama for seasons 15 and 16. As part of the agreement, reportedly worth $20 million per year, Pompeo becomes a producer for Grey’s and a co-exec producer on its upcoming untitled spin-off.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endeavor Content snatched the rights to Michael Wolff tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, with the aim of turning it into a TV series. Wolff will exec produce and Two Cities Television head Michael Jackson will produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the season 3 premiere of Classic Albums, Steely Dan founding members Walter Becker and Donald Fagan recall the history of “Aja.” Show airs Wednesday, February 7 at 9p on AXS TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndicated game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and viral video show RightThisMinute were renewed for 2018-19 on ABC Owned Television Stations. The shows are among 4 of 30 nationally syndicated first-run strips that have seen ratings increases this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fast N’ Loud star Aaron Kaufman is behind the wheel for new Discovery series Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, focused on vehicle builds. Premiere date: Monday, March 5 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Car customization entrepreneur Ryan Friedlinghaus returns for a new season of Inside West Coast Customs, launching Tuesday, January 23 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Added to the lineup of CBS’s Grammys broadcast, airing Sunday, January 28 at 7:30p: Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith and U2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement’s 7th Annual Summit takes place Thursday, February 1 in NYC. Presentations include a study commissioned by CIMM on how the current providers of Attribution measurement compare.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime will premiere stand-up comedy special Eddie Griffin: Undeniable on Friday, February 9 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform announced additions to the lineup for the inaugural “Freeform Summit,” featuring panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation on television and more. Joining the lineup is upcoming series Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, in the panel, “From Comics to Screen – Creating Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.” Summit takes place today at NeueHouse Hollywood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Black History Month special The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X debuts Monday, February 26 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel, reliving pivotal years in the activist’s life via rarely-seen footage and audio tapes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thirty Five Media, owned by NBA star Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman, is aiming high with YouTube. The company will work with athletes and the YouTube team to help sports stars launch their own channels, as well as create new sports programming as a development partner. They’re off to a good start: Thirty Five’s first YouTube project, Durant’s channel, has gained over 21 million views and over 580,000 subscribers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital media and production company RAZE, founded by Emiliano Calemzuk, Sofia Vergara and Latin World Entertainment founder Luis Balaguer, is moving into production with original series Catrina, la Santa Muerte for Netflix, and has set up scripts in development at Hulu (Mi Hermanastro) and TNT (Black Veil). “We continue working to develop and produce original content that changes the narrative on how Latin-centered stories are told,” said Mari Urdaneta, SVP and chief content officer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV launched a bot on Facebook Messenger. Chat bot/design assistant “Hazel” will guide users through trending HGTV content, photo galleries, DIY projects and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is introducing a Fire TV update with an “On Now” row of live programming. Customers can get an assist from Alexa to access live streams as well as playback from HBO, Showtime and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Programming notes: A half-hour comedy exec produced by and starring Kristen Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has made its way to Apple. The series is inspired by a short story collection from Curtis Sittenfeld….Amazon greenlit a 10-episode season 2 of superhero series The Tick….YouTube grabbed global rights to hip hop movie Bodied, produced by Eminem, his manager and Def Jam RecordsPaul Rosenberg….Rooster Teeth’s 2018 animation slate includes 2 new series, mecha-inspired gen:LOCK and western adventure Nomad of Nowhere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Honorees for the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, airing Sunday, February 11 at 9p, include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Cee Lo Green, Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell will be among the presenters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rosanna Arquette, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris, Mandy Moore, Olivia Munn, Niecy Nash, Gina Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph and Marisa Tomei will present at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Show airs live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) will host the Costume Designer Guild’s CDGAs, set for February 20 at the Beverly Hilton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Many of the top shows in syndication started the new year right. Dr. Phil (3.2) was up 23% the week of January 1 versus the week prior even though it was still in reruns, and new episodes of Ellen DeGeneres (2.6) gave the show a 30% boost. Freshman Daily Mail TV rose 10% to match a season high 1.1, and Entertainment Tonight was up 22% to tie with Inside Edition, up 10%, with 3.3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday’s second episode of the current season of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America posted a 1.0 A25-54 rating (850K IMP), representing a 12% increase versus last year and the best showing for the series since January 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network finished the second week of 2018 with 252,000 total viewers in Business Day. Additionally, FBN scored 5 of the 6 top rated programs of the week, with Lou Dobbs Tonight as most watched business program with 374,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Host Sam Rockwell and musical guest Halsey (plus a very interesting news week) brought NBC’s Saturday Night Live an average 7.2 million viewers, a season high. Among A18-49, the show scored a 1.91/9 rating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The week of January 8, UniMas increased its audience during primetime among total viewers 2+ by 13% (to 778,000), A18-49 by 6% (to 341,000) and A18-34 by 5% (to 132,000) versus the same week last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Meteor Shower with Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key and Laura Benanti is closing on Sunday January 21, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/meteor-shower/