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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

August 17, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/17/17)
A&E: The Murder of Laci Peterson: A Closer Look (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Flipping Out (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway (Premiere) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: Naked SNCTM (Premiere) at 11pm
DIY: Tiny Luxury (Finale) at 9pm
HISTORY: Alone (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Murder Among Friends (Finale) at 9pm
VICELAND: King of the Road (Finale) at 9pm

An upcoming installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones was leaked, but hackers aren’t to blame. Season 7’s episode 6 was mistakenly posted (!) on HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms, and the brief period it was available was enough time for it to spread on piracy sites. “The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor….This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.,” clarified an HBO Europe  spokesperson. That cyber attack, in July, led to the release of episodes of HBO series including Insecure and Ballers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In another incident unrelated to the HBO attack, 4 people in India were arrested for the leak of episode 4 of Game of Thrones. All are current or former employees of Prime Focus Technologies, which processes the show for Star India. “It is important to note that this was not a system hack. It was an illegal breach of obligations by the concerned persons,” said PFT founder and CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Senator Al Franken, who canceled a June appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher after Maher used a racial slur, is giving Maher (who has expressed his regret at the offensive blurt) another chance. Franken will appear on tomorrow’s show, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC signed up for Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home Reporting Service, offering ratings on all content aired in Live+7, including at restaurants, bars, airports and more. Disney cousin ESPN was the first network to jump aboard; Turner has also signed on.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Of course networks would to well to count every eyeball they can, as cord cutters continue to snip. Kagan reports pay TV lost 976,000 subscribers in 2Q17, dipping to 96.1 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Music Choice is teaming with digital Latin music video network VidaPrimo to bring underground genre Latin Trap, until now found on viral videos, social media and concerts, to TV for the first time. What’s the deal? “This fresh new sound is making waves across all borders north and south of the US,” said Gaby and Buda, management for Latin Urban artist Messiah. “The Music Choice/VidaPrimo partnership not only offers our artist Messiah a mammoth network to help him reach and expand his fan base; it also provides his fans a whole new interactive way to connect with him, his music, content, and videos. This is something difficult to accomplish at traditional Latin radio, due to their limited space in programming for these kind of artist and their music.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shonda Rhimes may have departed ABC for Netflix, but Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) is back in the fold. At the close of a first-look deal with A+E Studios, Cuse inked a big, 4-year overall deal with ABC Studios. “I love genre storytelling with a high-quality bar, a compelling twist or narrative element,” said Cuse. “If you look at the shows I’ve done, that’s very much my sweet spot. I think Lost was an example of an elevated genre show that worked well, and I want to continue to work in that arena.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN announced a new series from Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McRaney. The coming-of-age drama, McRaney’s first television series, and inspired by events in his own life, will focus on a 14-year-old prodigy haunted by the death of his best friend. “When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. The yet-to-be-titled series will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC grabbed comedic hourlong drama Kristy Kottis from Regina Corrado (The Strain), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) and Working Title, inspired by the real-life schoolteacher-turned FBI agent. Studio is NBCUniversal International Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV International greenlit production of music game show Crash Karaoke. In each episode, volunteers will be enlisted to participate in a head-to-head karaoke showdown. Production of the series begins this month, with international roll-out beginning later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network and Universal Cable Productions announced that the season 7 finale of Suits (airing 1Q18) will serve as a potential spinoff, centered on lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). The pilot will be executive produced and written by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and directed by Anton Cropper (House of Lies). Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic (Suits) will also serve as executive producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA and Universal Cable are also teaming to develop a TV adaptation of Night Vale Presents podcast Alice Isn’t Dead, following a truck driver as she searches for her missing wife. Alice creator Joseph Fink will exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) will executive produce and serve as showrunner for season 2 of Amazon dramedy Z: The Beginning of Everything.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tall tales: My Giant Life returns to TLC for season 3 on Sunday, September 17 at 10p, as 6 women deal with the challenges of being 6 feet 6 inches and above.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 4 of Starz Survivor’s Remorse arrives Sunday, August 20 at 10p, with Cam visiting his father Rodney for the first time on over 20 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’s Nature is back Wednesday, October 4 at 8p (check local listings) with 6 new documentaries. First up: Naledi: One Little Elephant, focused on the rescue of an orphaned baby elephant.
(Source: Cynopsis)

North Carolina was the state chosen via Facebook by fans of INSP culinary travel series State Plate to be added to the show’s itinerary for season 2. NC joins 11 other states making up the 12 episodes added to the sophomore run, which will start airing Friday, January 26 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Victoria is back for season 2 on Masterpiece on PBS Sunday, January 14. The series delivered over 16.2 million viewers its first go-round, second only among PBS dramas to Downton Abbey in the last 20 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T’s Audience Network is premiering 2 original comedies on Tuesday, October 17. Hit the Road, starring Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as a family patriarch looking for pop stardom debuts at 8p, followed by Loudermilk, following the life of a recovering alcoholic and drug counselor played by Ron Livingston (Office Space).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel is offering live coverage, and then some, of the total solar eclipse on August 21. “The Great American Eclipse is the Super Bowl of space and Science Channel is giving it the big game treatment,” Marc Etkind, network GM, tells Cynopsis. “We begin with pregame coverage the night before. Game day we’re going live from Madras, Oregon, one of the first places to view the eclipse in the nation. That night, we’ll have highlights and analysis in primetime hosted by former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino.” Bonus? “No glasses needed if you’re watching on TV.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tribeca TV Festival, September 22-24, will include the series premieres of truTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, and SundanceTV’s Liar, the season 2 premiere of ABC’s Designated Survivor, and sneak peeks at FX’s Better Things and Fox’s Gotham, as well as a “special conversation” with the cast and creators of NBC’s Will & Grace revival. “Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival,” said Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro (not sure we agree with that, but…). “Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

With space mission Cassini-Huygens coming to an end after 20 years, PBS’s NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn explores the images and data from the journey on Wednesday, September 13 at 9p (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV is offering a Labor Day Beach Boys block on Monday, September 4, starting at 10a with a Mike Love sit-down with Dan Rather on The Big Interview, and ending with 2000 miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family at 4p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s “Twisted Secrets September” movie Ten, based on the teen horror novel, premieres Saturday, September 16 at 8p, followed by teen vampire film Drink, Slay, Love at 10p. Supernatural drama Sea Change, based on the YA novel, bows the following night at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Altice USA chairman and CEO Dexter Goei will be a featured guest at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference’s Cablefax Breakfast, honoring the most influential minorities in cable, on Tuesday, September 26 in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joy Nash (The Mindy Project) joins AMC’s upcoming Dietland in the lead role. Dramedy explored society’s obsession with weight loss. Marti Noxon (UnReal) serves ad EP, writer, showrunner and director of multiple episodes of the series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple has plans to buy or produce up to 10 TV shows to run on Apple Music or a “new, video-focused service,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant, which just hired former WGN America President Matt Cherniss, is ready to spend $1 billion on programming in the next year, according to WSJ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1’s new Baller Wives earned a 1.14 rating among A18-49, with 2.3 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere and encore airing, making it the #1 non-sports cable program in its Monday time slot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
On Your Feet! about Gloria & Emilio Estefan closes on Sunday August 20, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/your-feet/

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

August 10, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/10/17)
DISCOVERY: First In Human (Premiere) at 9pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way: Alabama (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Summer Edition (Premiere) at 9pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Yukon Men: Roughing It (Finale) at 10pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing New York (Finale) at 9pm
CMT: Nashville (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Bossip On WE TV (Finale) at 10pm

Starz has begun a forensic investigation and plans to take legal action against whoever was responsible for leaking online the final 3 episodes of Power’s fourth season. “This seems to be a case of password sharing that resulted in homemade videos of the episodes which were taped off a TV screen and posted online,” said Starz in a statement Wednesday. The leak was due to a breach in the press screening room, and the leaker might have made Starz’ job a little easier by filming himself talking about the videos. Season 4 finale airs Sunday, August 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eighty-six percent of adult broadband users binge view at least occasionally, according to new research from The Diffusion Group, but frequency skews strongly (not surprisingly) in favor of young adults, with 58% of A18-34s binging daily. “The fact that 31% of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34 further illustrates just how different millennial viewing habits are from those of older generations,” said Michael Greeson, president and principal analyst at TDG.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Less than a year after launching Half, an initiative to make Hollywood more inclusive, Ryan Murphy Television announced its director slate hired 60% women directors, and 94% met the minority requirement. In collaboration with John Landgraf and FX Networks, it’s an increase from 12% female/diverse directors in 2015 to 51% in 2016 for the network as a whole. “I love looking around my company and empowering inclusion in all departments” said Murphy. “I recently led a production meeting and was proud to see that more than half of the people sitting at the table were women and minorities. That’s the way it should be.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Environmental Media Association announced the 2017 nominees for the 27th Annual EMA Awards. Netflix and FOX topped the list with 4 nominations each, followed by 3 apiece for National Geographic, Hulu and HBO. Ceremony takes place on September 23 in Santa Monica.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the Antonio Four, which nabbed ID its first Peabody and GLAAD Media awards, was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy. The film from Deborah S. Esquenazi is available on the net’s TVE platform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, focusing on cultural diversity in the communications industry, is expanding its national footprint with the installation of two new chapters, in Virginia and Detroit. The organization has 18 chapters nationwide.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS put in development a nuclear submarine drama, Trident, from writer David Wilcox and Secret Hideout (Star Trek: Discovery).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Ballad of Buster Scraggs, a western anthology from the Coen Brothers, will debut on Netflix in 2016. Produced by Annapurna Television, each of six chapters will tell a different story about the American West.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Queen (wt), a dramedy series project from RuPaul and J.J. Abrams Bad Robot is in development at Hulu. Story is a fictionalized account of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to global star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will Mayans, the Sons of Anarchy spin-off that’s gone through a reshoot and recasting, make it to series? Reporters at the Television Critics Association summer tour had to be optimistic after seeing footage from the pilot in a promo for upcoming service FX+. “It’s a good sign,” acknowledged FX CEO John Landgraf. “I’m really excited where we are in the process on Mayans. I’m very confident about the future of the spin-off.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

As for a fourth season of Fargo, that’s all up to creator Noah Hawley, currently working on season 2 of FX’s Legion. “We’ve encouraged Noah to think about it and make sure he has something that he’s really excited about and believes in,” said Landgraf, “so there’s at least some possibility that he won’t have that idea for some period of time. I think there’s also a decent possibility, because Noah’s been insanely fertile and productive, that we’ll hear that idea fairly soon.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX’s Snowfall landed an early renewal for a second season, set to launch in 2018. While the season one set-up required “table setting” of storylines that takes time, said co-creator Dave Andron, “We would certainly like to hit season 2 very much with the ground running.” The crack epidemic drama is averaging 5 million total viewers across platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Zosia Mamet (Girls) and Lou Diamond Phillips (Longmire) will guest star on season 4 of FXX’s You’re the Worst, returning with a one-hour premiere Wednesday, September 6 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV has officially added a second night of weekend fantasy programming. Saturday nights offer fresh episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation at 9p and House Hunters Renovation at 10p. Sunday’s primetime lineup has helped HGTV maintain a top #3 ranking among cable networks on the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT pays tribute to Glen Campbell today at 8:30a, with appearances by Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Reba, as well as archival photos and the country star’s final CMT interview, in news special CMT Remembers Glen Campbell. If you’re reading your Cynopsis late, no worries – there will be encores Friday, August 11 at 7p and Saturday, August 12 at 8:30am.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rapper Ice-T will be featured in the season 11 finale of TV One’s Unsung, airing Sunday, August 13 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott and George Strait will perform for CBS’s 11th Annual ACM Honors, celebrating off-camera Country Music Award honorees, on Friday, September 15 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AHC special Oklahoma Bombing: As We Watched premieres Sunday, August 13 at 10p, with news footage of the days and weeks following the April, 1995 bombing that left 168 people dead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aaron Eckert (Sully) has been added to the cast of Amazon anthology The Romanoffs…. Jackie Goldston (Shots Fired) landed a co-star role in Fox drama The Passage….James Carpinello gets a bump from guest star to recurring when NBC’s The Blacklist returns for season 5….Ruffin Prentiss (Elementary) will recur on season 2 of E!’s The Arrangement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Urban Movie Channel is collaborating with Jay Ellis (Insecure) on Hard Medicine, a workplace comedy series of 10-12 minute episodes centered on a quirky doctor in a low-income health clinic. Show premieres on UMC on August 16; first 2 episodes launched on Ellis’ Facebook page.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of NBC’s World of Dance leaped 18% versus last week among A18-49, hitting 2.0/8, and had its most-watched episode in 2 months, with 8.3 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Man v. Food premiered with back-to-back episodes Monday and posted +43% gains over year-ago in the timeslot, ranking as a top 20 cable show and drawing over 960,000 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Below Deck Mediterranean delivered a series high among all key demos, earning 1.2 million P18-49 (up +4% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.4 million P25-54 (up +3%), and 2.2 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Michael Moore: The Terms of My Surrender is opening on Thursday August 10, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/terms-my-surrender/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

August 3, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/3/17)
CMT: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team (Premiere) at 10pm
CMT: I Love Kellie Pickler (Premiere) at 11pm
VICELAND: What Would Diplo Do? (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Nuts & Bolts (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TBS: The Guest Book (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries At The Museum (Premiere) at 9pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TRU TV: The Chris Gethard Show (Premiere) at 11pm
UP: Small Town, Big Mayor (Premiere) at 9:30pm
PBS: The Tunnel: Sabotage (Finale) at 9pm

ABC’s The Middle is coming to an end – upcoming season 9 will be its last. “Last year we sat down with our cast and made the bittersweet decision together that in this ninth season it is time to bring the Hecks’ story to a close. It’s been an amazing run, a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we’re looking forward to having an entire year to say goodbye,” said series creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. “Plus, we wanted to go out before too many people knew we were on the air.” Moved to Tuesday from Wednesday last season, the show was the most-watched comedy in the time period in 5 years. Farewell tour begins Tuesday, October 3 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Time Warner can thank Turner and HBO, in part, for a 5% rise in revenues in 2Q17, to $7.3 billion. A 13% lift in subscription revenue, from higher domestic rates and international growth, offset a decrease in ad and content revenues at Turner, while HBO contributed an 8% increase in sub revenue, enough to make up for lower home entertainment and international licensing dollars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hacker update: HBO chairman and CEO Richard Pepler sent an email to staff regarding the company’s recent cyber attack, saying, “Many people have expressed particular concern about our e-mail system At this time, we do not believe our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised.” While Pepler didn’t go into what was stolen, he noted, “There has been and will continue to be an enormous amount of speculation in the media….as is often the case, things you read may very well not be true.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV inked a first-look production and executive producer overall deal with Liza Koshy, best known for her weekly content on YouTube. Under the agreement, Koshy will develop and executive produce original content for MTV, as well as make appearances on the net’s revival of live music show TRL and other MTV programming. TRL is set to premiere on Monday, October 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is teaming with Vin Diesel to develop a reboot of its 1984-1990 crime drama, Miami Vice, via Diesel’s first-look deal with Universal Television. Diesel and Shana Waterman (Wayward Pines) will executive produce alongside Chris Morgan (Fast and the Furious) and Ainsley Davies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot production in LA fell to its lowest level since 2009, according to a study from FilmL.A., down 14%. With the nationwide average also down 14%, and LA retaining total share from 2015-2016, one likely explanation is the growth in straight-to-series orders, which rose by 14%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, CW released the dates for the new season’s superhero crossover episodes, two per night: Monday, November 27, features Supergirl followed by Arrow; The Flash mixes it up with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow on November 28. Last year’s crossover stunt “was the most successful week in CW history,” said net president Mark Pedowitz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears there’s Hope for The Originals, heading into its last season on CW. Early talks are underway with creator Julie Plec about a possible spinoffs, including one based on the character of Hope. “There have been many discussions,” said Pedowitz. “I’m very interested if [Plec] wants to do it in the Vampire Diaries universe.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

With Rebecca having been left at the altar at the end of season two, the theme for season 3 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is revenge, said series creator and star Rachel Bloom– or, as she put it, “funny Fatal Attraction.” Though co-creator Aline Brosh clarified, “If Rebecca tried to boil a bunny, she would take the bunny and bring it home, and a month later she would have 50 bunnies. She is not very good at being a femme fatale.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All Access announced 3 new original series: No Activity, its first comedy, from Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny or Die; mystery/thriller $1; and drama Strange Angel, based on the true story of the double life of rocket scientist Jack Parsons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tell us again why CBS All Access’ highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery was postponed from January to September 24? “To justify being on a premium cable service, we knew it had to be huge in emotion and character,” said exec producer Alex Kurtzman. “And to build this world, there was an airdate looming, and we couldn’t compromise the show for the sake of a date.” As for the Klingons, exec producer Aaron Harberts promised that instead of being “the thugs of the universe,” they’d be “sexy and vital and different.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Audra McDonald will reprise her role as The Good Wife’s Liz Lawrence on CBS All AccessThe Good Fight, and Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi were upped from recurring to series regulars. Season two of the spinoff premieres in early 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS programming senior EVP Thom Sherman told a TCA audience Erinn Hayes’ character will be killed off on Kevin Can Wait.  “We will be moving forward in time, catching up at a later date,” said Sherman of the storyline. Hayes’ departure was announced in June; Leah Remini, series star Kevin James’ TV wife on King of Queens, is joining the series after a guest spot on the season one finale. “The chemistry between Kevin and Leah was amazing in the stunt episode we did at the end of last season, and we decided we want to continue that,” said Sherman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeremy Piven explained what attracted him to his role as a billionaire tech innovator hunting for his daughter’s killer in CBS’s upcoming Wisdom of the Crowd. “He’s a human being who is emotionally available and will utterly do the wrong thing for the right reasons,” said Piven. “I pretended I was on the fence [about accepting the role], but I was always in.” Wisdom launches Sunday, October 1 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Jacksons will receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award at the Black Music Awards, taping August 18 and airing on broadcast syndication September 2-30 and on Bounce TV on Tuesday, October 10 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV celebrates 1967’s “Summer of Love” 50 years ago with Saturday rock blocks every weekend this month. Kicking things off is Rock Legends: The Grateful Dead on August 5 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E!’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians 10 Year Anniversary Special airs Sunday, September 24 at 9p, hosted and exec produced by how-can-he-possibly-have-time-on-his-hands Ryan Seacrest. “Fun and flirty” season 14 of the reality show launches the following week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scream Queen’s Emma Roberts reunites with Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story: Cult….Jean Villepique (Up All Night) landed a series regular on upcoming NBC comedy A.P. Bio….Emily Arlook (The Good Place), SNL’s Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have joined the cast of Freeform’s black-ish spinoff, grown-ish (renamed from college-ish), arriving in early 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Writers Guild of America added a new trophy: outstanding achievement in writing in digital news, for text-only material. Awards are February 11 in NYC and Beverly Hills.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is adding 12 new anime series and an animated Godzilla film, the streaming service announced in Tokyo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s The View averaged 2.6 million total viewers and 441,000 W24-54, its strongest numbers in 6 weeks. Season to date, it’s the daytimer’s most-watched season in 3 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Indecent is closing on Sunday August 6, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/indecent/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 29, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/29/17)
ABC: Battle of the Network Stars (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Zoo (Premiere) at 10pm
A&E: Cold Case Files (Finale) at 10pm
BRAVO: Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer (Finale) at 10pm

Snap Decision will launch on both GSN and in broadcast syndication on Sinclair stations. The comedic game show, produced by GSN and Tornante-Sinclair and hosted by The Carmichael Show’s David Alan Grier, premieres with 4 back-to-back episodes on Monday, August 7 at 9p on GSN, moving to its regular Tuesday time period the next night. In syndication, Snap Decision will air weekdays on 20 Sinclair stations. “We believe that this unique new model offers multiple opportunities to build the brand,” said Arthur Hasson, COO of programming at Sinclair Broadcast Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show is tinkering with its Friday formula. While the late-nighter usually tapes two episodes on Thursdays, tomorrow’s show will feature a new opening and monologue, with highlights from earlier in the week filling out the rest of the program.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP has been added to Verizon Fios’ high definition channel line-up, ahead of the premiere of series The Cowboy Way: Alabama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mason Dixon, from Lee Daniels (Empire), is in development at Fox. Hour-long drama from 20th Century Fox Television centers on a black politician’s wife and good-ol’-boy who form an unlikely alliance after their spouses cheat. Writer is Julian Breece (The First).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime Networks is teaming with executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment and filmmaker Gotham Chopra for a project examining the modern history of the National Basketball Association and its impact on global popular culture. Three-part documentary film series is slated to premiere on Showtime in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News is launching CBSN: On Assignment, airing 4 consecutive Mondays starting July 31 at 10p. Series will feature experiential reports on stories ranging from grassroots efforts to combat gun violence to investigations into new terrorist threats. “This is an opportunity to showcase the voices and original storytelling from CBSN to an entirely new audience,” said Nancy Lane, senior executive producer for CBS News Digital. “Our long-form programming enhances our live, anchored coverage throughout the day.” The show will air simultaneously on CBS, CBSN and CBS All Access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Celebrity scandal series Under the Influence debuts on Reelz Friday, July 7 at 9p, with the tragic stories of Heath Ledger and River Phoenix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network’s OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes will launch with a one-hour premiere on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America’s Top Gear America revs up Sunday, July 30 at 8p, with team members William Fichtner (Mom), Top Fuel Drag Racing Champion Antron Brown, British car journalist Tom “Wookie” Ford, and Stig.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’s RARE- Creatures of the Photo Ark follows National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he documents threatened species. Three-parter premieres Tuesday, July 18 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mr. Mercedes, based on the Stephen King novel, premieres on AT&T Audience Network Wednesday, August 9 at 8p. David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) wrote and adapted for television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FXX’s You’re the Worst is back for season 4 on Wednesday, September 6 at 10p. Sister net FX brings back Better Things for season 2 on Thursday, September 14 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Flipping Out returns for season 10 on Thursday, August 17 at 9p. This time around, house flipper Jeff Lewis has a new project: fatherhood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The hunt for good deals on great food is back on Wednesday, July 12 at 10p, with the return of Cooking Channel’s Cheap Eats. First stop, with just $35 to pay for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, is Annapolis, Maryland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showcasing secret beaches, private waterfalls and hidden caves, Travel Channel’s Top Secret Swimming Holes returns Sunday, July 23 at 9p and 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity’s Iron Resurrection returns for season 2 on Tuesday, July 11 at 10p, offering new life to rusted wrecks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon original series Tumble Leaf will spend a third season helping preschoolers understand the world around starting August 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grace Vanderwaal will have her dream come true when Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters returns Friday, August 4 at 9p. After triumphing on season 11 of America’s Got Talent, the singer-songwriter said she hoped to use her winnings to have a “sick treehouse” built by treehouse builder Pete Nelson. Done!
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viceland will air an update of eight-part 2014 Vice News web series Last Chance High, focused on a Chicago school for troubled kids, starting Monday, July 17 at 10:30p. The net is also offering a week-long run of comedy documentary series Funny How?, hosted by Kliph Nesteroff, from July 10-14 at 11:30p
(Source: Cynopsis)

El Rey Network is serving up 96 hours of stomps and slaughter during its “Kaijuly Roarth” Godzilla marathon starting Saturday, July 1 at 6a. First up: Gojira.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jon Stewart will present the Pat Tillman Award for Service to disabled veteran and Invictus Games gold medalist Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro during the 25th ESPYS. Live telecast airs on ABC Wednesday, July 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Elian, a documentary exploring the fallout following the 1999 sea rescue of Elian Gonzalez, will premiere in simulcast on CNN/US and CNN en Espanol on Thursday, August 24 at 9p. “At a moment when Americans are once again debating the country’s relationship with Cuba, Elian’s story is a powerful reminder of how ordinary Cubans in both countries have so often been trampled in the geopolitical battles between Washington and Havana,” said director Tim Golden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sundance TV and BBC One drama The Split begins production in the UK next week with Nicola Walker (River), Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human) and Barry Atsma (Hector and the Search for Happiness).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) landed the role of Becky Sharp in the ITV/Amazon Studios adaptation of the classic novel Vanity Fair. Mammoth Screen is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, Sky Deutschland and Sonar Entertainment announced the international cast for upcoming event series Das Boot: Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), August Wittgenstein (The Crown), Rainer Bock (Inglourious Basterds), Rick Okon (Tatort), Vicky Krieps (Colonia Dignidad), Jonathan Zaccai (Robin Hood), Leonard Scheicher (Finsterworld), Robert Stadlober (Summer Storm), Franz Dinda (The Cloud) and Stefan Konarske (The Young Karl Marx).
(Source: Cynopsis)

This Is UsAlexandra Breckenridge (Sophie) and Joe Huertas (Miguel) have been upped to series regulars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jodie Comer (The White Princess) has been cast opposite Sandra Oh in BBCA’s upcoming scripted series, Killing Eve, debuting in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cory Hardrict (American Sniper) landed a role in Crackle original drama The Oath, arriving in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Kelly Reilly (Flight), Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Cole Hauser (Tigerland) have joined Kevin Costner in the cast of upcoming Paramount Network drama Yellowstone, premiering in summer 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ne-Yo (The Wiz), Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Elf) are set to star in YouTube Red drama Step Up: High Water, based on the film franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathy Baker (The Ranch) and Greg Gunberg (Heroes) landed leading roles in HBO’s untitled movie about the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Al Pacino is playing Joe Paterno.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of La Piloto reached 3.1 million total viewers on Wednesday, helping Univision rank as the #3 broadcast network for the night among A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo Deportes’ multi-platform coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 reached 9.6 million total viewers through the group stage, averaging 1 million total viewers and 519,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s The Late Show and NBC’s Tonight Show were neck-and-neck in the ratings the week ending June 23. While Tonight Show eked out the win in Live+SD numbers (2.66 million versus 2.63 million), Late Show pulled ahead in Live+3 Nielsens, 3.1 million to 2.86 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

48 HOURS: “Serial Confessions” was Saturday’s #1 program among viewers and A25-54 (tied with TBS), according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings for June 24. Confessions delivered 3.67 million viewers and a .8/3 in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Azteca America finished June with its best primetime June delivery in five years among key demos, including total viewers (+14%) and A18-49 (+5%). The network reached a primetime audience of more than 1.3 million A18-49, who consumed more than 2.7 million hours of content during the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewership for Trailblazer Honors was up 80% with total viewers and 118% among P18-49.  Friday’s one-hour special event, which aired on Logo and VH1, delivered 328,000 total viewers and 203,000 P18-49 across networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Marvin’s Room with Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor & Celia Weston is opening on Thursday June 29, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/marvins-room/

The Little Foxes with Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon is closing on Sunday July 2, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/little-foxes/

The End of Longing (Off-Broadway) with Matthew Perry is closing on Saturday July 1, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-end-of-longing/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 22, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/22/17)
ABC: Boy Band (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Gong Show (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Diesel Brothers: Bases Loaded (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Hollywood Game Night (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: The Wall (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: The Night Shift (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: How It’s Made: American Made (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: How It’s Made (Premiere) at 9:30pm
SPIKE: The Mist (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries of The Outdoors (Premiere) at 10pm
WORLD: Great Yellowstone Thaw (Premiere) at 8pm

Get out your smelling salts and check your entailments: a Downton Abbey movie is in the works, according to NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein. “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the [cast] together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year,” the exec said while in Singapore for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition. The original series aired in the US as part of PBS Masterpiece from 2010-15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One has signed an overall first-look, multi-year deal with StoryBy Entertainment. According to the arrangement, eOne will serve as the studio on StoryBy’s TV projects and control worldwide rights. StoryBy is designed to create film and TV projects based on premium source material, and has series including USA’s Queen of the South, Freeform’s Stitchers and the upcoming Scott Free-produced The Terror for AMC, based on Dan Simmons’ novel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A big cast shift at NBC‘s Taken, where six cast members are exiting as the show retools for its second season. Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, Jose Pablo Cantillo, and James Landry Hébertwill are all out, and Greg Plageman will be taking over as showrunner for the series, after Alexander Cary departed in May.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof appears to be bouncing from that shuttered series to take on an under-development Watchmen series at HBO. Though Zack Snyder, director of the 2009 Watchmen film, had been shopping around such a series in 2015, he is reportedly no longer attached to the project. The series would be based on the Alan Moore graphic novel of the same name, published between 1986-87.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel has greenlit an 18-ep half-hour series for Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods), The Zimmern List. Production begins in late June in Portland, ME and Boston. “Andrew is the ultimate resource and ‘friend-in the-know’ for where to eat in great cities across the country,” said Courtney White, senior vice president, programming, Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production is underway for Jason Alexander‘s new original comedy series Hit the Road for Audience Network. The show, which films in Vancouver, was co-created by Alexander and Emmy-nominated comedy writer Peter Tilden and screenwriter Dean Craig, and focuses on a band of dysfunctional wannabe rock stars. The show has a 10-episode straight-to-series order.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Narcos showrunner/EP Eric Newman, Propagate Content chairman/co-CEO Ben Silverman and entrepreneur Chris Blackwell (Island Records founder) have partnered to produce series about the birth of the Jamaican music industry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic’s second season of its scripted anthology series Genius will focus on the life of painter Pablo Picasso. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard‘s Imagine Entertainment, Madison Wells Media’s OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow are all returning as production partners. It is set to premiere in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game of Thrones is getting its game face on for the imminent arrival of Season 7. HBO dropped a new trailer on YouTube Wednesday that promised #WinterIsHere and featured an epic battle scene. In addition, the net released 12 new character posters for the series featuring the same slogan. The series returns Sunday, July 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary Indivisible, which follows three undocumented immigrants seeking citizenship, is set to have its world premiere on Fuse Saturday, July 29. Multiplatform content will include deleted scenes and cast interviews.
(Source: Cynopsis)

When a total solar eclipse spans the continental United States on Monday, August 21, Science Channel will be there to provide live footage across the country. The event is the first of its kind in 99 years. That night the net will air The Great American Eclipse (wt) with same-day footage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

David Oyelowo (Selma) will lend his voice to the role of Scar in the second season of Disney Junior‘s The Lion Guard, which returns on Friday, July 7. Other guest stars slated to voice characters include Hamilton‘s Renée Elise Goldsberry and musician Common.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Finn Wittrock (La La Land) has joined the cast of FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. He previously worked with EP Ryan Murphy on American Horror Story‘s three most recent seasons. Versace will premiere in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathy Baker and Kyle Bornheimer have signed on to Judd Apatow‘s Netflix comedy Love in recurring roles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Esper (Shades of Blue) will co-star as John Paul Getty II along with Harris Dickinson, Hilary Swank and Donald Sutherland in FX’s Trust, a 10-episode limited series about the Getty heir’s kidnapping. The series is set to premiere in January 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Ballet Theatre‘s Misty Copeland will join NBC‘s World of Dance as a guest judge on July 18 and 25 (both Mondays), in the competition show’s third round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arlen Escarpeta (Whitney) has signed on with the cast of Crackle drama The Oath, which is exec produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and G-Unit Film & Television Inc.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu original series Freakish announced its new cast for the upcoming second season, including Brant Daughterty, Ryan McCartan, Saxon Sharbino, Niki DeMartino, Jordan Calloway, Amanda Steele, and Jake Busey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has unveiled a slate of interactive programming that will include an animated Puss in Boots spinoff, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale. Smart TV users, along with those who watch on streaming media players, game consoles or iOS devices will be able to access some of this new programming as though it was a “choose your own adventure” experience, and audiences will be able to choose how the story will proceed within an episode.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
1984 with Olivia Wilde and Tom Sturridge is opening on Thursday June 22, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/1984-broadway/

Indecent is closing on Sunday June 25, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/indecent/

Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close is closing on Sunday June 25, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sunset-boulevard/

Sweat is closing on Sunday June 25, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sweat/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 1, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/1/17)
CMT: Nashville (Premiere) at 9pm
COOKING: Beach Bites with Katie Lee (Premiere) a 10pm
HISTORY: Mountain Men: Fully Loaded (Premiere) at 8pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Alaska: The Last Frontier: The Frozen Edge (Finale) at 10pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Finale) at 10pm
ID: Evil Stepmothers (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: My 600-LB Life: Supersized (Finale) at 8pm
VICELAND: Beerland (Finale) at 10pm
WORLD: Food – Delicious Science (Finale) at 8pm

Scott Pelley  is leaving his post as CBS Evening News anchor to become a full-time correspondent for 60 Minutes. Pelley had been doing double duty since taking the anchor seat in 2011. “The milestone 50th season of 60 Minutes requires Scott’s full contribution, and we look forward to important reporting from him for many years to come,” said David Rhodes, president of CBS News. (The newsmagazine will also soon face competition from NBC’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, launching June 4.)
(Source: Cynopsis)

“CBS has been great to me for nearly 30 years,” said Pelley. “I’m glad to accept this assignment with continuing gratitude.” While CBS’s evening news broadcast lags behind ABC, tops in viewers in the most recent sweeps period, and NBC, first in the demo, CBS notes that during Pelley’s tenure, its broadcast grew in audience in each of its first 5 seasons, the longest run of growth for any network evening broadcast in the history of the modern ratings system.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathy Griffin  was disinvited from CNN’s New Year’s Eve program after the comedian posted a video clip showing a likeness of Donald Trump’s severed head. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin,” tweeted the news net. Griffin’s New Year’s co-host since 2007, Anderson Cooper, called the video “clearly disgusting and inappropriate.” In an apology, Griffin acknowledged, “I’m a comic. I crossed the line….I went way too far.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also offended: Squatty Potty, the maker of bathroom products featured on Shark Tank in 2014, which dumped its ad campaign featuring Griffin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cinemax canceled Quarry after one season. Series co-creator Michael D. Fuller announced the news via a lengthy blog post, noting that several factors contributed to the show’s fate “but a regime change at HBO and a re-(re?)-branding at Cinemax were of particular significance. We attempted to find another home for the show, but were unable to do so.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanessa Hudgens was named the third judge on Fox’s So You think You Can Dance, joining Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy. Season bows Monday, June 12 at 8p. Meanwhile, Timbaland is joining ABC music competition series Boy Band as its third architect, joining Nick Carter and Emma Bunton starting Thursday, June 22 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Classic Movies announced its summer programming lineup, with Audrey Hepburn, the net’s Star of the Month, showcased every Monday night in June. TCM Spotlight: Gay Hollywood highlights the impact of the LGBT community on cinematic history every Thursday in June. Summer Under the Stars returns paying tribute to 31 different stars in 31 days, and in July, TCM Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock pays tribute to the master of suspense with 40 films airing Wednesday and Friday evening.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Taking the stage for CBS’s broadcast of The 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11 at 8p will be Orlando Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Josh Gad, Josh Groban, Taraji P. Henson, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key, Bette Midler, Ben Platt and Olivia Wilde.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN ‘s NFL Coverage will have a very different look next season. After Chris Berman was taken off the pro football beat, comes the news that John Clayton has been laid off after 23 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bossip on WE tv premieres Thursday, July 6 at 10p for a six-week summer run. The show features writers and staff from Bossip’s entertainment website for African Americans dishing the latest breaking news, gossip and up-to-the-minute exclusive.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar Presented by Mercury Insurance returns for its sophomore season on Sunday, July 9 at 9p on AXS TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 9 of Ink Master bows Tuesday, June 6 on Spike. New season features nine two-person teams of contestants, representing tattoo shops across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Family ’s new original series Reno, Set, Go! rewards individuals facing tough times with a covert room makeover designed by their family and a team of expert craftsmen in under 36 hours. Debuts Monday, June 19 at 10p with back-to-back episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fluffy’s Food Adventures premieres Tuesday, July 11 at 10p on Fuse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC ’s Hair Goddess follows Christina Olivia as she opens her first salon in Manhattan. Premiere date is Wednesday, June 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO released the premiere date for porn industry drama The Deuce: Sunday, September 10 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, My Dinner with Andre) nabbed the recurring role of Jerry North in Season 2 of EPIX’s Graves.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Odette Annable (Pure Genius) signed on for the series regular of Reign in Season 3 of CW’s Supergirl.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dale Soules, who recurred as inmate Frieda Berlin in Season 2 of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, was upped to series regular for Season 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon is launching a collection of interactive episodes in its ad-free Noggin video subscription service. Beginning June 1, initially on iOS platforms, the play-along videos enable preschoolers to engage with characters by tapping, touching, swiping or speaking to navigate through enhanced educational experiences that promote science, technology, engineering, math and social-emotional skills. At launch, more than 30 play-along videos will be introduced, including Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi and short-form content featuring characters Moose and Zee. The videos were created by an in-house team using a proprietary authoring tool that fosters the simultaneous creation of interactive digital content alongside the production of linear TV content, and they’re the first in a new production model the kids network plans to embrace.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu documentary Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine streams through June 6, charting the rise and fall of the irreverent publication.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judge Judy (6.7 Live+SD Nielsen rating) attracted more than 9.4 million viewers on average each day the week of May 15 and held steady with the prior week, while most other syndication heavyweights declined. Also coming up big was Hot Bench (2.3, up 10%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Phil (3.3, down 3%) was the top talker for a 37th straight week and the only chat fest ahead of last year with a 3% annual increase. Ellen DeGeneres (2.2, up 5%) ranked second over Live with Kelly & Ryan (2.1, down 5%), which dipped after being interrupted and partially preempted by a May 16 press conference with President Trump and President Erdogan of Turkey. And, on a positive note, The Doctors (0.8, up 14%) scored the strongest percentage increase in talk.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Continuing its number one streak for the year to date, Nickelodeon closed May as the top-rated kids’ network among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Kids 2-5 in total day. According to Nielsen for May 1 to 28, 2017, the network averaged 2.0/547,000 with K2-11; a 1.7/278,000 with K6-11; and a 2.6/269,000 K2-5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Film and television actress Elena Verdugo died May 30 in Los Angeles. Verdugo earned two Emmy nominations for her work on Marcus Welby, M.D.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The End of Longing (Off Broadway) with Matthew Perry is opening on Monday June 5, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/the-end-of-longing/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 18, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/18/17)
TRAVEL: Mysteries At The Museum (Premiere) at 9pm
WORLD: Food – Delicious Science (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (Finale) at 8pm
ABC: Scandal (Finale) at 9pm
CW: Supernatural (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: MasterChef (Finale) at 8pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: The Blacklist (Finale) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Mysteries of the Abandoned (Finale) at 10pm

Shockwaves from the sexual harassment scandal that cost Fox News top execs and host Bill O’Reilly may still be reverberating, but plans for a major investment in a new newsroom and additions to staff are “a sign of my unwavering confidence,” 21st Century Fox executive chairman Rupert Murdoch told employees yesterday. The state-of-the-art digs will be built on the second floor of the company’s Manhattan headquarters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS took a serious look at a revived American Idol, canceled after 15 seasons by Fox last year, but “the economics just made absolutely no sense for us,” said CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Les Moonves yesterday. In addition to a price tag that would require “a 35 share to break even,” joked (we think) the exec, “we wouldn’t want to take four hours of our schedule that we wouldn’t have any piece of selling any backend.” Idol will return midseason on ABC, with superstar Katy Perry signed on as a judge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As expected, CBS canceled low-rated freshmen Training Day, which tragically lost its star, Bill Paxton, after production wrapped; legal drama Doubt, starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox, yanked from the slate after 2 episodes; and medical drama Pure Genius.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arrested Development will have a season 5 on Netflix, where its fourth season premiered way back in 2013. The entire series regular cast is onboard, including Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Will Arnett, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, David Cross, Portia de Rossi and Ali Shawkat. Creator/EP Mitch Hurwitz is also back. During its last season 4 years ago, a then-preposterous plot involved the Bluth family determined to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, with Lindsay’s cry of “put up the wall” drawing so much support she decided to run for Republican office.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As rumors swirled that Lawrence O’Donnell might be leaving MSNBC, The Last Word host took matters into his own hands. “Contract expires June 4. I’ll let you know where you can watch me June 5 if it’s not MSNBC,” O’Donnell tweeted yesterday. “I’m sorry this situation has become public.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Extreme prospectors risk their lives deep in the bush of British Columbia for the chance to find hundreds of million of dollars in gold on Devil’s Canyon, launching Tuesday, June 6 at 10p on Discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Loudermilk debuts on AT&T Audience Network on October 17 at 8:30p. Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber) and writer Bobby Mort (The Colbert Report) will serve as writer-creators and exec producers of the comedy about a recovering alcoholic with a bad attitude.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Skateboarding show Now Boarding premieres on Fuse Monday, May 22 at 8p. Eight-part docu-series follows YouTube sensation Chris Chann and pro skaters Micky Papa and Jason Park on their first European jaunt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Upcoming OWN season premieres include For Better or Worse on Saturday, June 10 at 9p, and The Haves and the Have Nots on Tuesday, June 20 at 9p, followed by Queen Sugar at 10p. Queen Sugar moves to its regular Wednesday slot the following night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SundanceTV acquired the U.S. rights for season one of Australian comedy series Rosehaven, and will co-produce season 2 with The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel ‘s Andi Mack is primed to rank as the week’s #1 TV telecast for the second consecutive week across Kids 6-11 and 6-14 in Live+3. The episode was a series ratings high in Total Viewers (1.9 million), Kids 6-11 (861,000/3.6 rating), Tweens 9-14 (822,000/3.3 rating) and Kids 6-14 (1.115 million/3.0 rating).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Genius Brands International is teaming with Fathom Events to bring animated digital series Spacepop: Not Your Average Princess to U.S. movie theaters for a one-night showing. Event takes place September 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Half-hour special JoJo Siwa: My World will follow the 13-year-old Dance Moms star’s journey to the stage at the Mall of America. Currently in production, the special airs Saturday, August 12 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arts net Ovation is offering a month-long celebration of classic rock, with 7 documentaries. First up: The Beatles: Parting Ways on Saturday, June 3 at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Channel ’s Outdoor Tracks, taking viewers behind the scenes in the studio with country artists, premieres Monday, May 22 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Urban Movie Channel is premiering The Man Who Mends Women on Friday, May 19. The doc, telling the story of Doctor Mukwege, who has risked his life to help women who have been raped, will be available to stream after its debut on UMC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network is taking advantage of a menu of new added visual and interactive options on Google Assistant to take make the cooking process a little less messy. Home chefs can ask to talk to Food Network, and request recipes by keyword or ingredient; the answer will appear on their mobile device. Options to see more recipes will pop up beneath recipe carousels, making recipes easier to find and share.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mexican actor and singer Diego Boneta landed the role of Luis Miguel in the Telemundo and Gato Grande series based on the life of superstar recording artist, Luis Miguel, premiering in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antonio Fargas (Everybody Hates Chris) will guest on the season finale of Bounce’s Mann & Wife, airing Tuesday, May 23 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) will tackle the role of J. Edgar Hoover on season 3 of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet ’s Tanked on Friday earned a season high across the A25-54 demo, including A25-54 (0.49), M25-54 (0.51) and W25-54 (0.48) in Live+3. The episode, featuring actress Alyssa Milano, was up +20% versus its season 7 to date average among A25-54, and helped Animal Planet break into ad-supported cable TV’s Top 10 at 10p among A25-54 (#9), M25-54 (#9), W25-54 (#9), A18-49 (#7) and A18-34 (#8).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Estrella TV announced it was the only Spanish-language network to deliver ratings gains in 2Q17 to date, compared to same period last year, boasting a 34% boost in total day among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field is closing on Sunday May 21, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/glass-menagerie/

Amelie with Phillipa Soo is closing on Sunday May 21, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/amelie/

 

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 11, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/11/17)
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Miss Wildgame (Premiere) at 7pm
TNT: American Race (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Catch (Finale) at 10pm
A&E: 60 Days In (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: The Big Bang Theory (Finale) at 8pm
CBS: Mom (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: Life In Pieces (Finale) at 9:30pm
CW: Riverdale (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Tiny House, Big Living (Finale) at 9:30pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Chicago Med (Finale) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries At The Museum (Finale) at 9pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Finale) at 10pm

Iconic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar has been set as NBC’s next live musical, airing on Easter 2018. The TV version of the 1971 Broadway smash will be executive produced by a crew who know a thing or two about live productions: the original’s Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as Marc Platt, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Casting is in early days, but “we want to fill out this classic show with as many recording artists as possible,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox canceled Sleepy Hollow after four seasons. The supernatural drama averaged 3.2 million viewers and .9 among A18-49 in Live+7 its last go-round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET is closing its Washington, D.C. headquarters on July 7 and moving operations go NYC. The move “has been an ongoing transition,” said a BET spokesperson. BET, which launched in 1980, was acquired by NY-based Viacom in 2000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tribune Media , reporting a $15.2 million first quarter loss thanks to lower TV ad revenue and rising programming costs at WGN America, is transforming into “a much more streamlined, focused broadcaster with a cable network,” interim CEO Peter Kern told analysts on Wednesday. Kerr called expensive, heavily marketed originals like Underground and Outsiders “kind of islands…the audience wouldn’t stay for the rest of our day,” and promised a more efficient slate of originals that would carry the audience to other dayparts. Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to buy Tribune for $3.9 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC Shondaland drama Scandal, currently in season 6, will end with season 7, sources told TVLine. Series creator Shonda Rhimes reportedly made the call.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DHX Media ’s $345 million acquisition of the entertainment division of Iconix Brand Group gives it an 80% controlling interest in Peanuts and 100% control of Strawberry Shortcake IP. “DHX Media feels like the perfect fit for Peanuts,” said Jean Schultz, widow of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz, of the Teletubbies owner. “We respect their innovative and rich history with developing children’s shows and brands.” Deal is slated to close around the end of June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Heroes Channel is partnering with People magazine – home of the “Heroes Among Us” feature – for the Red Bandanna Hero Award, given to an everyday hero who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Winner will be featured in People, as well as an AHC special.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo Media ‘s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will have a limited test in syndication from June 26  through July 21 on Fox and Sinclair stations, in addition to station groups across the country. The 30-minute show will air in a combination of daytime, evening and late nighttime periods in various markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FXX placed a series order with Marvel Television and FX Productions for the untitled Marvel character Deadpool animated adult action-comedy adaptation. Atlanta creator Donald Glover and Stephen Glover will serve as showrunners, executive producers and writers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox gave series orders to supernatural comedy Ghosted, workplace comedy LA to Vegas and medical drama The Resident. The net picked up drama The Gifted on Tuesday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network gave a green light to Unikitty! from Warner Bros. Animation, focused on the character from The LEGO Movie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered family variety series The Who Was? Show, based on the Who Was? bestsellers placing historical figures in context for kids. FremantleMedia Kids & Family is producer with Matador Content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

3Ball Entertainment (Bar Rescue) and tennis champ Venus Williams are teaming for unscripted series Deals in Heels (wt), focused on female industry titans. In addition to scoring on the court, Williams is founder and CEO of design firm V*STARR Interiors and founder of athletic apparel line EleVen. Williams will appear in as well as produce the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animated comedy Billy Dilly’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer premieres with multiple airings on Saturday, June 3 at 7a, 11a, 2p, 5p and 8:30p on Disney XD. New episodes roll out daily through Thursday, June 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Retired detective Garry McFadden is back for more true crime on ID’s I Am Homicide starting Tuesday, June 6 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO opens the door for anthology comedy Room 104 on Friday, July 28 at 11p. Show set in a motel room got the green light last summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Body doc Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image premieres on Epix Wednesday, June 21 at 8p. Also on the way: the TV premieres of 2016 movies Ben-Hur on Sunday, June 4 at 8p and The Magnificent Seven on Sunday, June 11 at 8p. Epix is also offering a free preview period from June 12-26, when curious non-subscribers can sample originals Berlin Station, America Divided and Graves.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV celebrates guitar pioneer Les Paul with 2006 concert special Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute, on Sunday, June 18 at 8p (Paul turns 101 next month!).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Handicap International and Fuse are partnering for the U.S. TV premiere of documentary Right Footed on Saturday, May 20 at 8p, about a young woman born without arms who defies the odds. Handicap International will provide additional information and offer viewers th e opportunity to advocate for the U.S. to join the landmark disability treaty, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People/Entertainment Weekly will offer a Mother’s Day themed slate including series Mamarazzi, with guest star Alicia Silverstone, premiering Monday, May 15 at 2p, as well as special Raising Stars, featuring sibs Fred and Ben Savage, on Friday, May 12.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Entertainment One and Hulu announced a new multi-series licensing pact giving the streamer exclusive U.S. rights for more than 240 hours of eOne’s content, including new drama Cardinal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With a little help from his friends, Stephen Colbert’s Late Show averaged a 3.1 rating in the 56 metered markets on Tuesday, up +15% versus the week prior, up +41 versus year ago, and the highest regularly scheduled rating since September 22, 2015. Colbert’s former Daily Show comrades Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry dropped in.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC newcomer Imaginary Mary grew +12% among total viewers, to 2.9 million, and +29% among A18-49, to .9/3, on Tuesday, a 3-week high in viewers and matching its best rating in the demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reality TV star Christopher “Big Black” Boykin died May 9 of a heart attack. He was 45. Boykin starred on MTV’s Rob & Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory and Ridiculousness. “He was a longtime and beloved member of the MTV family and will be greatly missed,” said a network spokesperson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Price with Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny DeVito is closing on Sunday May 14, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/arthur-millers-price/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 27, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/27/17)
LIFETIME:  Married At First Sight: Second Chances (Premiere) at 10:17pm
LOGO: Fire Island  (Premiere) at 8pm
USA: Inside The FBI: New York  (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Beerland  (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Lone Star Law: Bigger & Better  (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: Kicking & Screaming (Finale) at 9pm

MTV’s Scream is undergoing a creative revamp ahead of its third season premiere. The series is getting a whole new cast as well as a new showrunner/EP, Brett Matthews (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural). Also signing as executive producers are Queen Latifah, Shakim Conpere and Yaneley Arty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday Night Live is heading to China. NBCUniversal and Youku, a unit of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group, will produce a localized version of the show. Over the last few years, 10 international versions of SNL have been licensed across the world, most recently France, the Middle East and Finland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other SNL news, the show resumes Season 42 on May 6 with host Chris Pine and musical guest LCD Soundsystem, followed by host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest HAIM on May 13. Katy Perry returns to the show for a third time as musical guest, joining host Dwayne Johnson for the May 20 season finale.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hailee Steinfeld, Kelsea Ballerini and Sofia Carson will perform a medley to celebrate Britney Spears as she’s honored with the Icon Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Spears is the first-ever recipient of the RDMA Icon Award which recognizes an artist whose career transcends popular culture. Disney Channel Presents the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards airs Sunday, April 30 at 7p on multiple Disney-branded platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN is expected to part ways with some 100 employees, as the sports network places more focus on its revamped SportsCenter lineup and digital content associated with that show. “Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble,” said ESPN president John Skipper in a memo sent to employees.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mindy Kaling optioned the rights to Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House, the bestselling memoir by former Alyssa Mastromonaco, Barack Obama White House deputy chief of staff for operations. The book will be adapted as a TV series with Kaling and 3 Arts Entertainment producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Breakthrough bows Tuesday, May 2 at 10p on National Geographic. Series shines a light on the world’s leading scientists and how their innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jon Glaser ’s original series Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter premieres its sophomore season on Monday, May 22, with new episodes of the mini-series airing consecutively each night of the week, starting at 12a on Adult Swim.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Power returns to Starz on Sunday, June 25 at 9p. The drama follows James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a drug kingpin living a double life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP is gearing up for “Salute to The Duke” month. The net’s weekend western blocks in May will feature screen star John Wayne films, including The Shootist , She Wore a Yellow Ribbon , El Dorado, The War Wagon and Rio Bravo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HDNET Movies celebrates the life and legacy of filmmaker Jonathan Demme with special airings of two of his films. Married to the Mob airs Thursday, April 27 at 7:10p. The Manchurian Candidate airs Thursday, May 4 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LA 92 airs Sunday, April 30 at 9p on National Geographic, 25 years after the verdict in the Rodney King trial sparked several days of protests, violence and looting in Los Angeles. The documentary film immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through rarely seen archival footage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hilary Swank is headed to the small screen. The Oscar-winning actress will star as Gail Getty, John Paul Getty III’s determined and resourceful mother, in FX’s Trust.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nina Sosanya (David Brent: Life on the Road, Love Actually), Katherine Kelly (The Night Manager, Happy Valley) and Trevor Eve (Death of a Farmer, Troy) join the Season 5 cast of Cinemax and Sky reboot, Strike Back.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kate Vernon (The 100) nabbed a recurring role opposite William Hurt in AT&T Audience Network straight-to-series drama, Condor. She’ll play Vernon Lily Partridge, the even-keeled wife of Bob Partridge (Hurt).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lyndie Greenwood landed the role of Queen Latifah’s daughter in Flint. The Lifetime original movie explores the water-contamination crisis in Flint, MI.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second season finale of Bounce drama Saints & Sinners reached 1.3 million unduplicated viewers across two premiere airings on Sunday, April 23. The show’s second season has been seen by nearly 7.3 million unduplicated viewers to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jonathan Demme , Oscar-winning director of Silence of the Lambs, died of esophageal cancer Wednesday morning in New York. He was 73. Last night’s episode of Fox’s Shots Fired was directed by Demme.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
A Doll’s House with Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper & Condola Rashad is opening on Thursday April 27, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/dolls-house-part-2/

OFF BROADWAY
John Leguizamo: Latin History For Morons is closing on Friday April 28, 2017
http://www.broadway.com/shows/latin-history-morons/

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 20, 2017

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

Bill O’Reilly is out after over 20 years at Fox News Channel. 21st Century Fox decided to part ways with the O’Reilly Factor host amid the fallout from a New York Times article that described $13 million in sexual harassment settlements involving the network star. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not be returning,” said 21st Century Fox on Thursday. O’Reilly left for a pre-planned vacation on April 11, by which time over 50 advertisers had exited his show. “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to unfounded claims,” said O’Reilly. “But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Taking over O’Reilly’s plum 8p time slot will be Tucker Carlson Tonight. Carlson boosted numbers in the 9p hour when The Kelly File’s Megyn Kelly left the news net for a job at NBC News. Panel show The Five will slip into the 9p slot. Carlson makes the move on Monday, April 24, the day O’Reilly was scheduled to return from vacation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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

ID won its first Peabody Award. Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four, about the persecution of women of color in Texas, was among the winners in the Documentary category for programs released in 2016. “ID is proud to have supported the inspiring work of filmmaker Deborah S. Esquenazi and The Innocence Project of Texas, and we’re most appreciative of not only this honor but, even more, of the attention and recognition this film deserves, let alone its achievement of justice for the San Antonio Four,” Henry Schleiff, group president, ID, AHC and Destination America, tells Cynopsis. ID will air an encore of the film on Saturday, May 13 rom 10a-12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears Billy Bush, booted from Today last year, wants back on the small screen. Bush, who was fired after a 2005 video surfaced of him playing along as his Access Hollywood guest, Donald Trump, made lewd comments about women, posted a video on Tuesday of himself getting haircut, singing (to the tune of Grease’s “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”), “Look at me, I’m Billy B., trying to get back on TV. My hair’s long and flat and it makes me look fat, and I can’t be. I’m Billy B.” Which makes us wonder…
(Source: Cynopsis)

To mark the first anniversary of Prince’s death, Fuse and FM will honor the musician with programming, and purple logos. On Friday, April 21, FM will air half-hour special The Prince Effect, and blocks of music videos commemorating the “Purple One” will run from 8:30a-12:30p on Fuse and 8-9p on FM.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards will honor the best in TV and film at the 2017 gala on Tuesday, April 25, at NAB in Las Vegas. Tony Petitti, COO of Major League Baseball will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jane Lynch (Glee) will host National Geographic’s Earth Live, a two-hour event offering rare looks at the animal kingdom in real time, shot by wildlife cinematographers across the globe.  “It’s going to be a groundbreaking, beautiful and action-packed wildlife symposium that will help viewers from all across the world better understand the animals that live around them,” said Lynch. Show premieres Sunday, July 9 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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

LMN is premiering original movie The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit followed by Deadly Secrets By the Lake starting at 8p on Friday, June 2. The flicks are part of a multi-platform partnership between A+E Networks and Harlequin that also includes e-books and immersive digital and social experiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will air from Hollywood for the first time the week starting Sunday, May 21. “We’ve been fantasizing about taking the show to LA for eight years,” said Cohen. “I feel like we’re hitting the big time.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Daily Show writer/contributor Michelle Wolf landed an HBO stand-up up special, slated to tape in New York this summer. “It’s HBO, it’s a dream,” said Wolf. “I’m mostly just trying not to get hit by a bus before I tape.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adventure cameraman Mungo explores myths and legends (dragon-like reptiles, shape-shifting creatures and the like) in new Animal Planet series Expedition Mungo, launching Sunday, May 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The title character in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is heading to college, according to the trailer for season 3. (Kimmy, played by The Office’s Ellie Kemper, missed out on college while living in a doomsday cult’s underground bunker.) New season starts streaming May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tonight’s debut of Mysteries of the Abandoned on Science Channel explores California’s Goat Canyon Trestle railway, aka the “Impossible Railroad”; an anti-ballistic missile radar in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, and the perilous Grades Goulets Road in the French Alps. Series premieres at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sean Astin has been replaced by Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) in TNT’s upcoming drama The Alienist. TNT attributed the switch to “scheduling difficulties”; Astin had been juggling shooting The Alienist in Budapest with season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things in Atlanta.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV ’s Island Life was the second highest rated cable show of Sunday night among upscale A25-54 and W25-54, with the current season trending up 14% versus the prior season. Caribbean Life is also up 14 percent versus the prior season among P25-54 and is on track to be the highest rated season to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Food Network’s Iron Chef Gauntlet posted a 1.0 rating P25-54 and a 1.2 rating W25-54, ranking No. 4 and No. 3 respectively among all cable networks and generating year-over-year double-digit lifts, up 52% among P25-54 and 44% among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Univision’s reality series La Reina de la Cancion (The Queen of Song) averaged 1.7 million total viewers 2+, 847,000 A18-49, 438,000 A18-34 and 553,000 P12-34 on Monday, making it the No. 1 Spanish-language network during the 8p hour.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As cable news continues to draw viewers, MSNBC is grabbing a bigger piece of the pie. Collectively, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC are 31% higher in viewing for the year so far, with FNC logging a 51.1% share (a slight dip from 51.8% year-ago), CNN grabbing 24.8 % (from 28.3%) and MSNBC accounting for 24.1%, up from 19.9%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Greed is good – at least for emerging net Escape, which reached 1.8 million viewers 2+ with its 12-hour marathon of American Greed on Saturday. Operated by Katz Broadcasting, Escape is in 99 million homes and 85% of the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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

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

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

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

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