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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

August 9, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/9/18)
DISNEY CHANNEL: Bug Juice: My Adventures At Camp (Finale) at 7:30pm

NBCUniversal had Wednesday’s slot at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Among the highlights of the day’s presentations: “This is a hopeful season and a season about true new beginnings for everybody,” said This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger of the NBC drama’s third season, which will also spend time in Vietnam exploring Jack’s story….Brooklyn Nine-Nine will have “no substantive changes” after its move from Fox to NBC, said showrunner Dan Goor. “The mandate from NBC has been, ‘We know this show, we love this show, that’s why we picked up this show, please keep making the same show.’”…Is a Parks and Rec reunion in the works? “I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it,” said Amy Poehler. “Hopefully on ice.”
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21st Century Fox bested analysts’ estimates for 2Q18, with earnings of 57 cents a share, an increase of 58%, and revenue up 18%, to $7.94 billion. “As we move closer to combining our businesses with Disney and establishing a new ‘Fox,’ we are convinced that the paths we are creating for our iconic businesses will drive enduring and growing value for our shareholders,” said Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch in a statement. The ratings strength of Fox News, one of the properties along with Fox that will not move to Disney, was a factor in the company’s strong report.
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The Producers Guild of America is changing the David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer for Long-Form Television to an award for limited series television, and adding a new category for streamed or televised movies. “Long-form television has exploded in recent years with exciting, daring new programming and new voices,” said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “This shift in our industry has given producers the opportunity to deepen their skills in creating limited series shows and streamed or televised movies. By expanding our Producers Guild Awards long-form program category into two separate categories, we acknowledge their stellar work in both genres.”
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After its lowest-rated telecast ever, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is making major changes aimed at goosing Oscars viewership by livening up and streamlining proceedings. The org’s board of governors approved limiting the telecast to three hours; creating a new category for outstanding achievement in popular film (giving blockbusters more airtime on the show – the Oscars’ most-watched telecast was in 1998, the year Titanic won); and presenting some categories during commercial breaks, with an edited version airing later in the broadcast. In addition, the 2020 show was moved to Sunday, February 9 from the previously announced February 23.
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CBS is blending the investigation into CBS News prompted by allegations against former anchor Charlie Rose into the larger investigation that started with accusations of sexual misconduct by CEO Les Moonves. The company also formed a special committee of board members to assist in the probe.
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National Amusements filed an amended complaint its lawsuit over CBS’s attempt to dilute Shari Redstone’s control, targeting COO Joe Ianniello. “Motivated by personal ambition and disdain for CBS’s controlling stockholder, Mr. Ianniello assisted and encouraged the Director Defendants to breach their fiduciary duties by declaring the unlawful dilutive dividend designed to seize NAI’s voting control,” says the complaint, which accuses Ianiello of actively encouraging CEO Les Moonves to take “unlawful and unjustified actions against NAI.”
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Catfish: The TV Show co-host Max Joseph, onboard since the MTV reality show’s 2012 debut, is leaving after the current season seven. “For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it,” said Joseph on Instagram. “With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit.” Joseph’s final episode airs Wednesday, August 22.
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Disney|ABC entered into a development holding agreement with Tamron Hall (Today, Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall), aimed a creating a daytime talk show, hosted by Hall, for syndication. “My new partners appreciate and respect the relationship I’ve built with my audience and know that if we create television worth watching, they’ll join us for the ride,” said Hall. “I’m so grateful and excited for this next chapter.”
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CBS nabbed the U.S. format rights to Love Island from ITV Studios and Motion Content Group. The season four finale of the UK dating reality show ranked as the most-watched program ever on ITV2, with almost half of adult viewers under 34 turning in. CBS’s version will be produced by ITV Entertainment.
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Nancy Han (CBS This Morning) is joining Facebook Watch daily news show NowThis Morning, set to launch in September, as Executive Producer. Han is currently building out a team, including producers and technical crew. “NowThis truly pioneered social, mobile news, and I couldn’t be more excited to help lead the brand’s next evolution into daily morning news programming,” said Han. “As media consumption continues to shift, NowThis is uniquely positioned to be the news organization of the future.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adult Swim ordered two new animated series. Surreal anthology comedy The Shivering Truth, a series of loosely-linked emotional parables, will premiere later in 2018. Fifteen-minute comedy fantasy Tigtone arrives in 2019.
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OWN renewed Queen Sugar for a fourth season, ahead of the 90-minute season three finale airing Wednesday, August 22 at 10p. Co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will serve as showrunner/executive producer for season four, in line with creator Ava DuVernay’s intention of providing showrunner opportunities to those who have never before held the position.
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Divorcing hosts haven’t hurt HGTV’s Flop or Flop. With viewership up 18% for season seven versus six, the netpicked up Flip of Flop for an eighth season; Tarek and Christina Moussa remain onboard as flippers. “HGTV fans have followed Tarek and Christina through scores of house flips and supported their personal journey for years,” said Allison Page, president HGTV and Food Network.  “We’re eager to see how they continue to run their flipping business, co-parent their children and start new chapters in their professional and personal lives.”
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Football docu-series Last Chance U will be back on Netflix for season four. The show returns to Independence, Kansas, where football coach Jason Brown believes his team has a chance to capture the school’s first conference in 30 years.
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Season two of Nickelodeon’s I Am Frankie arrives Monday, September 10 at 8p. Live-action show tells the story of an experimental android who looks like a human girl. Ahead of the debut, Nick will air a one-hour I Am Frankie special on Saturday, August 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity’s third most-watched series, Iron Resurrection, returns for season three with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, September 4 at 9p and 10p.
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Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery premieres on ID Sunday, August 19 at 9p. Three-part special event focused on the 1990 murder of Pamela Smart’s husband includes an exclusive interview with the defendant herself.
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Refinery29 and Facebook are partnering for Facebook Watch nightly panel show After After Party, hosted by comedian Sonia Denis. “After After Party is a new form of nightly entertainment, and an unique opportunity for Refinery29 to bring viewers out of the weeds of the daily headlines and look at the big picture through an inclusive and comedic lens brought together by the wildly talented Sonia Denis,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer for Refinery29. Series premieres Monday, August 13 at 9p.
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One-time senior Trump aide/The Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, August 12 for her first televised interview about her tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” Manigault Newman, who served as assistant to the president and director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, will also appear on NBC’s Today the following day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary film Crime + Punishment, examining the country’s most powerful police departments, lands on Hulu Friday, August 24.
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MTV has added Travis Scott and Post Malone to the lineup of performers at the VMAs, airing live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9p.
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One-hour documentary 3 Seconds Behind the Wheel, tracking the behavior of distracted drivers, premieres on public stations beginning October 1 (check local listings).
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Friends alum David Shwimmer will recur in a season two arc on NBC revival Will & Grace as Grace’s (Debra Messing) new love interest….Mark Tallman (Rise) will recur on season 20 of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU as the chief of detectives….Mena Massoud (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) landed a series regular role on Hulu drama pilot Reprisal.
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ABC’s Castaways on Tuesday premiered to summer highs for the net in the 10p time period with total viewers (3.1 million) and A18-49 (.7/3), scoring ABC’s strongest summertime entertainment numbers in the hour since July 2016.
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The August 3 episode of WE tv reality show Mama June: From Not To Hot notched nearly 1.3 million total viewers in Live+3, a season high. The episode was also the highest-rated of the current season among W25-54 and A25-54, with three consecutive weeks of growth.
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The season six opener of Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black drew an average-minute audience of over 5.37 million U.S. viewers in its first three days of availability, according to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings, with 71% of the audience A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, Telemundo ranked number one in Total Day for two consecutive months (June and July) as the top Spanish-language network among total viewers, A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen.The net was up 71% in June 2018 versus the prior year among A18-49, and up 19% in July.
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Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York had its highest-rated episode of the season among P25-54 (671,000, up 21%) and total viewers (1.3 million, ip 16%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of New York City hit a season 2.4 million total viewers (up 2%), and Below Deck Mediterranean was the highest rated episode of the series to date among P25-54 (1.5 million, up 8%) and total viewers (2.5 million, up 11%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Boys In The Band with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, Andrew Rannells, Tuc Watkins and Charlie Carver is closing on Saturday August 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/boys-band/

 

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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

August 2, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/2/18)
BRAVO: Shahs of Sunset (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Someone You Thought You Knew (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Bossip on WE TV (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: The Four: Battle For Stardom (Finale) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Finale) at 8pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Finale) at 9pm

CNN is planning one last season of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. One episode of season twelve had been completed when Bourdain committed suicide on June 8; CNN exec Amy Entelis told the LA Times the rest of the episodes “will have the presence of Tony because you’ll see him, you’ll hear him, you’ll watch him. That layer of narration will be missing, but it will be replaced by other voices of people who are in the episodes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Proposals are due November 2 for a new film and TV production facility, the Made in New York Campus, in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation will give preference to proposals for the $136 million investment that advance gender equity, diversity and inclusion.
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NBC named 15 original short films, pilots and webisodes as semi-finalists for its 13th annual Diversity Film Festival. This year, 11 of the 15 semi-final shorts were written or directed by women, exceeding last year’s record-breaking female representation at the festival; half of semi-final shorts feature stories centered on female protagonists. The films will be showcased at public screenings in New York on August 14 and 15 before the finalists are chosen for a finale screening and awards ceremony in Los Angeles on October 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures Television, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, announced Vinamra Pancharia, from India, as the global winner of the Picture This Festival for the Planet. The festival was established to celebrate everyday storytellers and change-makers worldwide, showcasing the positive future they see for our planet through the art of film.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tom Fontana (Homicide: Life on the Street) has been named showrunner, exec producer and one of the writers on upcoming Showtime drama City on a Hill, starring Kevin Bacon (The Following) and Aldis Hodge (Underground). Boston-set series, based on an idea by Ben Affleck, premieres in 2019.
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Amblin TV optioned the TV rights to Elaine Weiss’ The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, with Hillary Clinton attached to exec produce alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Weiss, reports the Hollywood Reporter. Book was published in March.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu gave a straight-to-series order to Shrill, co-written by and starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant. Comedy hails from Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video, Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
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Animal Kingdom star Shawn Hatosy makes his directing debut on the episode airing Tuesday, August 7 at 9p on TNT.
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A reboot of extraterrestrial sitcom ALF is in the early stages at Warner Bros. TV. Original aired from 1986-1990 on NBC.
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Chris Hardwick will serve as a judge on the August 7 episode of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, as scheduled, and return as host for the third season of the net’s The Wall. Hardwick’s TV career was in question after he was accused of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend, and put on leave at AMC’s Talking Dead; he was reinstated at AMC after an investigation cleared him of the allegation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV gets set for fall with a Head of the Class marathon from 5a-11:30p on Sunday, August 19. Sitcom regularly airs weeknights at 3a and weekends at 2p.
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Raycom Media’s InvestigateTV has released Licensed to Pill, a documentary focused on victims of the opioid crisis that will air in every Raycom Media market this month. “Our national investigative unit worked tirelessly to expose abuses in the system and we want to do our part to inform our local consumers,” said Pat LaPlatney, president and CEO, Raycom Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NOVA also looks at the drug epidemic in Addiction, examining the science of addiction through interviews with victims, their families and researchers on the front lines of the crisis on Wednesday, October 17 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
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Cate Blanchett will guest on IFC’s Documentary Now! as a world-renowned performance artist preparing for a major career retrospective; Fred Armisen plays her ex-lover in an episode shot in Budapest earlier this summer. Season launches Wednesday, February 20 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stand-up comedian Tom Papa breaks bread (and pastries) on a mission to find the country’s best baked goods in Food Network series Baked, launching Monday, September 3 at 10p. First stop: New York City.
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Five-part Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers premieres Saturday, September 15 at 7p. Docu-series tells the story of the horrific December 2014 murder of a Mississippi teen.
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Brent Spiner (Star Trek) will recur on season four of CW’s Supergirl, as Vice President Baker….Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy) is onboard season five of Amazon drama Bosch.
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In the wake of Facebook’s revelation that it had uncovered a new influence campaign targeting the midterm elections, the Senate Intelligence Committee set a hearing date for September 5 to question executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have confirmed their attendance.
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Showtime has an introductory offer for new subscribers who sign up for its streaming service through September 3: $4.99/month for the first three months.
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Comedy Central wrapped July with A18-49 ratings increases in both Total Day and Primetime versus the year-ago period, and the net’s .21 Total Day A18-49 rating represents its seventh consecutive month of sustained or improved levels versus the year-ago period, its best single-month mark since December 2016, and its largest year-over-year gain in that demo (+16%) since 2013. July also notched a .31 A18-49 Primetime rating, Comedy Central’s best Prime performance since September of last year and its biggest single-month year-over-year improvement since August 2010 in the demo.
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NBC’s premiere of Making It, hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, delivered a 1.1/5 rating among A18-49, making the crafting competition series the top-rated and most-watched (5.33 million viewers) premiere of summer 2018.
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Discovery networks led all of primetime ad-supported cable on Sunday, July 29, taking the top 5 spots among W25-54, with TLC #1, Discovery Channel #2, ID #3, HGTV #4 and Food Network #5. For the week ending July 29, Discovery Channel ranked #1 in the demo, while ID and TLC tied for #2 and HGTV held at #4. Discovery Channel, buoyed by its Shark Week programming, also took the week’s top spot among A25-54 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
A Bronx Tale with Chazz Palminteri is closing on Sunday August 5, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/bronx-tale/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

July 26, 2018

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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/26/18)
FOOD NETWORK: The Great Food Truck Race (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Perfect Murder (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Nashville (finale) at 9pm

New Univision CEO Vince Sadusky told employees the company is reducing its workforce and going back to basics, saying experiments under the prior regime ate up a disproportionate amount of resources. “One of the benefits of coming into a company with fresh eyes is that it is easier to have a clear look at these efforts without emotion and history,” said Sadusky. After a company-wide strategy review, which included exploring the sale of the Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion portfolio, Sadusky said Univision is reorienting operations and rededicating to its “core mission of serving the Hispanic community.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET is not bringing back late night comedy show The Rundown with Robin Thede for a second season, but said, “We have so much love and respect for our Unicorn and look forward to finding ways to continue our partnership with Robin.”
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Chris Hardwick, on leave from AMC duties as allegations of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend were investigated, has been cleared to return. “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC… Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick,” said AMC on Wednesday. “We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.” Talking Dead returns August 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roseanne Barr will talk with Fox NewsSean Hannity this week, her first interview since the cancellation of her show after her racist tweet about Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. The chat will air on Hannity tonight, and continue on Friday, at 9p.
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In related news, asked on ABC’s The View on Wednesday about the tweet about her that got Barr fired, Jarrett replied, “Roseanne who?”.
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Deadwood will finally be put to bed. Twelve years after its last season, HBO greenlit a movie that wraps up the western’s story. President of programming Casey Bloys made the announcement at the  TCA summer press tour. Series ran from 2004-2006.
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Bloys also revealed that Veep will be back for its seventh and final season in spring of 2019. Production for the previously-announced final run was postponed as Julia Louis-Dreyfus was treated for cancer.
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One HBO show that won’t be back: limited series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. “We’re not talking about a season two,” said showrunner Marti Noxon at TCA. “This is it, so bask in it while you can.”
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NBC named the ten directors chosen as finalists in its new “Female Forward” initiative, aimed at providing women with a pipeline to scripted TV. Among over 1000 applicants, the females who made the cut, along with the series on which they will work, include Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore), Katie Locke O’Brien (A.P. Bio), Ramaa Mosley (Blindspot), Olivia Newman (Chicago Fire), Monica Raymund (Law & Order: SVU), Lisa Robinson (The Blacklist) and Christine Swanson (Chicago P.D.).
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Kelsey Grammer is reportedly considering bringing Frasier Crane back. According to Deadline, the actor is talking to writers about concepts for a follow-up to Frasier, which ran on NBC from 1993-2004.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon ordered a limited series based on the Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, Daisy Jones & The Six. Show centered on a fictional rock band will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Hello Sunshine.
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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is teaming with The Content Group’s Asylum Entertainment for Big Chicken Shaq, a Facebook Watch series premiering this fall that will chronicle the opening of O’Neal’s Las Vegas restaurant. “We’re proud to help create a forum where a larger-than-life superstar can connect with his fans on a unique, personal level, essentially serving as teammates in his newest enterprise,” said Content Group CEO Steve Michaels.
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Honorees for the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors will include Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music entertainer Reba McEntire and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Additionally, the co-creators of the Hamilton – writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire – will be celebrated as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category. Tributes will air during a broadcast Wednesday, December 26 at 8p on CBS.
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The mystery behind the controversial 2014 death of a young man shot in the back seat of a police car is explored in ID doc, Sugar Town, premiering Monday, August 6 at 8p.
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BET documentary Killer Curves: Bodies to Die For investigates the sometimes fatal trend of black market cosmetic surgery. Exec produced and narrated by Alani “La La” Anthony, show premieres Wednesday, August 8 at 10p.
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With Sony Pictures TV now the exclusive ad sales representative for getTV across the U.S., getTV has added two new series, set to debut this fall: Married…with Children and The Steve Harvey Show.
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HBO’s Camping, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant, launches Sunday, October 14, it was revealed at TCA. Eight-parter is exec produced by Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. As for why Dunham and Konner have split, opting for individual production deals with HBO, “There’s no drama to be found there,” said Konner. “It’s just about the creative process.”
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Nat Geo and Jeff Goldblum are partnering on global docu-series The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum (wt), a 12-parter following Goldblum as he uncovers extraordinary stories behind ordinary things. That news broke at TCA, as did greenlights for Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, starring the celebrity chef drawing connections between exploration, adventure and food, and season two of One Strange Rock, returning in February 2019. And Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) will headline scripted series The Hot Zone, recounting the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus.
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Nat Geo’s Life Below Zero returns Tuesday, September 25 at 9p, and the series’ 100th episode is commemorated Tuesday, January 1, 2019 with a full-day marathon of episodes….Bear Grylls (Running Wild with Bear Grylls) has been tapped to host six-part nature doc Hostile Planet, set to debut in spring 2019….StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson is back for season four Monday, November 12 at 11p.
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Ridiculousness returns to MTV for a new season on Sunday, August 5 at 8p. Special guests this season include Olympic athletes Adam Rippon, Chloe Kim and Laurie Hernandez, pop-rap duo Jack & Jack, Wild ‘N Out star Justina Valentina and more. The net’s new stunt series, Too Stupid to Die, lands Tuesday, August 21 with back-to-back eps beginning t 10p.
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Season three of INSP culinary/travel series State Plate launches Monday, September 24 in a new timeslot: 12p. American Idol champ Taylor Hicks returns as host.
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Coming up on Acorn TV: Season two of No Offence on Monday, August 6; Australia’s Mystery Road, on Monday, August 20; and season six of Aussie period drama A Place to Call Home on Monday, September 3.
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Food Network daytime series Let’s Eat explores culinary crazes starting Sunday, August 12 at 11a.
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Esme & Roy, Sesame Workshop’s first new animated program in over a decade, premieres on HBO in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada on Saturday, August 18.
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Crime thriller Les Dames – The Ladies debuts on T5Monde USA on Sunday, August 12 at 11p (English subtitles).
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Sony Crackle’s first esports docu-series, Hook’d, premieres Friday, July 27, with three- to five-minute episodes rolling out on Monday, July 30, Wednesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 15. Gamer series is in partnership with NRG ESports and Complex Networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) will star opposite Jason Momoa in Apple drama series See….Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar will guest opposite 50 Cent on Starz drama Power, Sunday, July 29 at 8p….Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) and Jovan Adepo (Fences) are onboard Netflix limited series Central Park Five…. Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Prince Royce, Rosario Dawson and Javier Munoz guest star in prime time movie event Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas, debuting Friday, September 21, on Disney Junior….Alicia Coppola (Shameless) landed a series regular role in CBS action series Blood & Treasure, slated to premiere in summer 2019.
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Viacom is in discussions to acquire digital media company AwesomenessTV for less than half of its one-time $650 million valuation, reports Bloomberg. Comcast holds a 51% in the company, while Verizon and Hearst each hold a 24.5% piece. AwesomenessTV was co-founded by Brian Robbins, now president of Viacom’s Paramount Players production division.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At Facebook Watch’s TCA session, it was revealed that scripted teen drama SKAM Austin has been renewed for season two. The show’s first episode attained over 14 million views. “SKAM is a shining example of what social video can be when there is a seamless integration of technology and content on Facebook,” said Facebook Watch’s Ricky Van Veen. “We’re thrilled to bring back this special show and continue to break new ground with SKAM’s incomparable format.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netlix is giving its profile icons, which organize viewing, a “fun makeover,” said product innovation director Cathy Conk in a blog post. Viewers will soon be able to use photos of characters from Netflix shows – like Luke Cage and OITNB’s Crazy Eyes – as icons, instead of drawings.  “We know the series and movies on Netflix are more than just things you watch to pass the time,” said Conk. “The stories – and the characters in them – are also your heroes, frenemies, soulmates and everything in between. We’re thrilled to give you a way to show your fandom and make your connection with Netflix more unique.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac delivered 756,000 P18-49 (up 7% versus the prior week’s episode), 924,000 P25-54 (up 14%), and 1.5 million total viewers (up 12%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of New York City delivered 1.1 million P18-49 (up 2% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 (up 2%), and 2.3MM total viewers (up 4%)
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Head Over Heels is opening on Thursday July 26, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/head-over-heels/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

July 12, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/12/18)
COOKING CHANNEL: Carnival Kings (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Southern Charm (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: My Lottery Dream Home (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Little Big Shots (Finale) at 8pm
NBC: Marlon (Finale) at 9:30pm

Meredith Vieira (Today, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) is back to playing games as host of 25 Words or Less, debuting on select Fox-owned stations on Monday, August 6. Half-hour summer series will broadcast for three weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox sweetened its bid, to $32.5 billion, for the stake in Europe’s Sky that it does not already own. That’s enough to surpass the $30 billion offer Comcast made in April, which beat Fox’s original $23.2 billion December bid; Comcast is expected to make a competing offer. Fox currently holds a 39% stake in Sky.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apollo Global Management is eyeing operator of TV stations Nexstar Media Group. According to reports, the buyout firm has approached Nextstar about acquiring it.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube TV crashed during the middle of the second half of yesterday’s World Cup semifinals between England and Croatia. “Hey everyone – sincere apologies for streaming issues with YouTube TV,” tweeted the service before action resumed. “The timing is horrible but we’re working to be up and running again ASAP!”.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mad About You co-creator and star Paul Reiser isn’t holding his breath for a revival of the 1992-1999 comedy, telling the Tampa Bay Times, “It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it….My guess is it won’t happen.” Sony Pictures Television had struck deals with Reiser, co-star Helen Hunt and showrunner Peter Tolan, but, said Reiser, “There’s so many moving parts when you’re working with a studio or broadcaster.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conservative talk show host Joe Walsh is calling for a boycott of Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?, after being duped into doing an interview for a fake pro-Israel event. The day before, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said she’d been interviewed with Baron Cohen posing as a disabled veteran. “His tactics are disgusting,” said Walsh.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Frankie Shaw inked an overall deal with ABC Signature Studios that will have her continue as EP on SMILF, as well as develop new projects for all platforms, with a focus on cable.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Creepy (in a good way) stuff coming up on ID this summer. Debuts of new series include Dark Waters: Murder in the Deep on Tuesday, July 31 at 10p; Someone You Thought You Knew on Thursday, August 2 at 10p; and The Devil Speaks on Tuesday, August 21 at 10p. Two-hour special The Last Defense, following its premiere on ABC, airs Sunday, August 26 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Cash Cab makes its season debut Friday, July 27 at 7p with a splash, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the net’s Shark Week. Episode features videos from renowned divers and photographers of the deep.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party is back for season two with back-to-back episodes on VH1 on Wednesday, August 1 at 9p and 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 22 of Comedy Central’s South Park debuts Wednesday, September 26 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return for a new season of Kids Baking Championship, debuting on Food Network Monday, August 6 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Master craftsman Tim McClellan transforms old homes in Arizona “boomtowns” in Boomtown Builder, arriving Wednesday, August 8 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube is set to introduce a creator tool next week to over 100,000 subscribers. Copyright Match will verify a video after a user uploads it as the first iteration of the video, and scan other videos to see if any are the same or very similar. Creators have the option of doing nothing, contacting the creator or asking YouTube to remove the video. “We know how frustrating it is when your content is uploaded to other channels without your permission and how time consuming it can be to manually search for these re-uploads,” said Fabio Magagna, product manager at YouTube. “We currently provide a number of ways for copyright owners to protect their work, but we’ve heard from creators that we should do more and we agree.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One and the National Urban League discussed the conditions facing black America on Tuesday at a Town Hall held in D.C. Moderated by Host and Senior Analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Roland Martin, the 2-hour special will premiere on TV One Sunday, July 29 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

When Disney Junior launches its animated take on Fancy Nancy tomorrow (July 13), the title character from the books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser will be voiced by an actor with some experience bringing iconic characters to life. 12-year-old Mia Sinclair Jenness, whose Broadway credits include playing young Cosette in Les Mis when she was just 6 years old, has had guest stints on Orange Is the New Black and Blue Bloods and is jazzed about portraying her favorite children’s character. “Nancy is so outgoing and isn’t afraid to be herself and make mistakes. She uses her ingenuity and resourcefulness to exemplify that even if life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to make the most of each day,” she says. “That’s what I want little kids to know–we’re all human.” The series was recently renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo WILD’s two-week SharkFest stunt starts Sunday, July 15 at 8p with When Sharks Attack: Mayhem in Mexico, followed by Shark vs. Tuna at 9p and The Whale that Ate Jaws: New Evidence (wt) at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two events have been added to the New York Television Festival. “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: An Inside Look at The Rundown with Robin Thede” takes place Thursday, July 19 at 3p; at 7p comes “NYTVF + HBO Present: Random Acts of Flyness.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dennis Rodman and Martha Stewart are joining the roster of stars roasting Bruce Willis for a show airing on Comedy Central Sunday, July 29 at 10p. They join Edward Norton, Cybill Shepherd and roast master Joseph Gordon-Levitt, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Diane Lane (Unfaithful) will star in drama pilot Y: The Last Man for FX….Chris McNally (Supernatural) and Kevin McGarry (Heartland) landed roles in season six of Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart….Zabryna Guevera (Gotham) and Dorian Missick (Animal Kingdom) have been added to the cast of CBS All Access’ upcoming psychological thriller Tell Me a Story.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW’s Riverdale is the official hotel keycard of the 2018 Comic-Con convention, with 14 members of the drama featured….  ABC is offering an interactive fan experience spanning multiple genres, enabling fans to series stars, immerse themselves in a high-tech multicam show environment and score collectibles…. NBC is kicking off with a tour of The Good Place interactive activation, the network’s largest interactive fan experience yet….Two interactive South Park activations are headed for San Diego, courtesy of Comedy Central: Cartman’s Escape Room and the Member Berries Challenge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A special edition of ABC’s 20/20: Triumph in Thailand at 9p drew 3.7 million viewers and .6/3 among A18-49, summer highs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The top syndicated magazine shows didn’t suffer from a soccer slump the week ending July 1, with Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition holding steady from the week before at 2.8 in Live+SD Nielsens, and Access Hollywood and TMZ holding on to 1.1 ratings. Among talkers, Dr. Phil maintained a 2.8, while second place Live with Kelly and Ryan dipped 5% to a season low 1.9 with repeats and repackaged episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sportsman Channel reeled in ratings with fishing programming, as the network delivered year-over-year ratings gains across M 25-54 in April including: Total Day (+8 percent), Weekend (+6 percent), Primetime (+20 percent), Weekday Daytime (+14 percent) and Overnight (+14 percent).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel finished the first half of 2018 as cable’s #1 network (excluding sports) in Prime among M25-54 and M18-49, claiming cable’s #1 unscripted series (Gold Rush) across A/M25-54 and M18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV is currently ranked #2 in cable with W25-54 for the year to date. For June, the net ranked #1 among W25-54 and #4 in the demo for 2Q18. Also in June, HGTV nabbed the #1 cable rank in Prime and Weekend with both upscale A25-54 and W25-54 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network concluded 2Q18 up 5 spots with double-digit YOY A25-54 ratings growth and ranking at #8 among W25-54. Among upscale audiences, Food Network ranked within in the top 10 cable networks for both A25-54 (#10) and W25-54 (#7).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In 2Q18, TLC had its best 2Q performance in 4 years, and its best quarterly Saturday Prime performance in 10 years, driven by Trading Spaces return.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2Q18 was ID’s best 2Q ever in Prime for P2+ and HH delivery. In Total Day, ID ranked #1 for W25-54 vs. ad-supported cable (#2 for A25-54). In Prime, ID was a top-10 network for P2+ (#10, up 1 rank vs. year-ago) and HHs (#8, up 3 ranks).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In 2Q18, OWN’s Daytime matched its highest-rated quarter ever (0.15 W25-54); the daypart jumped 25% YOY with OWN ranking #15 on ad-supported cable, up 8 spots from last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel enjoyed its second highest-rated quarter in network history among A25-54, M25-54, and W25-54, bolstered by three consecutive weeks of best ratings ever (6/11 – 7/1). June was the net’s highest-rated month in its history among A25-54, W25-54, and W18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DIY Network recorded its highest-rated Q2 ever among Households during Prime. The network ratings were driven by the debut of the Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy series, as well Texas Flip N Move and Barnwood Builders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce’s second episode of In the Cut included increases of +21% in Households, +79% in the delivery of P18-49, +59% in P25-54 and +43% in P2+ on Monday, July 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom promoted Kurt Patat to an expanded role as Senior Vice President of Communications for Paramount Network and CMT. Pata joined CMT as SVP of Communications in 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Angels In America with Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane is closing on Sunday July 15, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/angels-america/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 21, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/21/18)
ABC: The Gong Show (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Match Game (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Take Two (Premiere) at 10pm
COMEDY: Detroiters (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Love Yurts (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Queen of the South (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Shooter (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING: Carnival Eats (Finale) at 8pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way (Finale) at 8pm
MTV: Ex On The Beach (Finale) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Impossible Engineering (Finale) at 10pm

Katie Couric and Queen Latifah during a keynote session at the Cannes Lions festival in France, announced new projects backed by Procter & Gamble and aimed at bolstering the number of female directors and storytellers. Via her production company Katie Couric Media, Couric is working on a series called Getting There, which profiles highly successful women, for The Skimm. Among those featured are Issa Rae (Insecure), Barefoot Contessa’s Ina Garten and Instagram’s Eva Chen. Meanwhile, Queen Latifah is launching The Queen Collective, which aims to add more female directors across TV, film and commercials.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney topped Comcast’s $65 billion all-cash bid for certain 21st Century Fox assets on Wednesday, offering up $71.3 billion in cash and stock. That’s up from Disney’s original offer of $52.4 billion. “We remain convinced that the combination of 21st  Century Fox’s iconic assets, brands and franchises with Disney’s will create one of the greatest, most innovative companies in the world,” executive chairman Rupert  Murdoch said in a statement regarding the revised offer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW released its fall schedule, complete with its new Sunday night programming lineup. The network rolls out its first of the season on Tuesday, October 9 with the return of The Flash (at 8p) and Black Lightning (at 9p). The series premiere of All American airs Wednesday, October 10 at 9p, while Legacies debuts on Thursday, October 24 at 9p. Charmed reboot bows on Sunday, October 14 at 9p, following Supergirl’s premiere at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nominees were announced for The 2018 ESPYs Presented by Capitol One, airing Wednesday, July 18 at 8p on ESPN. In the Best Male Athlete category, three-time nominee Tom Brady is joined by newcomers Alexander Ovechkin, James Harden and Jose Altuve. Alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin received her second nomination for Best Female Athlete and will compete against Olympian Chloe Kim, WNBA’s Sylvia Fowles and Julie Ertz of USA women’s soccer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM acquired Big Fish Entertainment, producer of A&E series Live PD, expanding Mark Burnett’s television division. The company will operate as Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company, with founder and president Dan Cesareo to remain president, reporting to Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television at MGM. Big Fish will remain based in its current NY HQ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Bros. scored a legal victory over Spanish firm Gaidels Land, accused of illegally selling the studio’s movies to local broadcasters in the territory using forged documents. In a statement issued by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, the studio announced it had “prevailed” following a trial in the Commercial Court in Madrid. Among the films cited in the case were Cimarron, Cool Hand Luke and Kelly’s Heroes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media presents CNN’s The 2000s: A Look Back at the Dawn of TV’s New Golden Age on Thursday, June 28 at 7p. In addition to a premiere screening of part one of the original series, the event will include an exclusive onstage conversation with Vince Gilligan, creator and EP of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul; Carolyn Strauss, former president of HBO Entertainment and EP of Game of Thrones; Chuck Lorre, creator and EP of The Big Bang Theory; Tim Matheson (West Wing); and Kim Masters, editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO ordered The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God, a series of four hourlong interview specials hosted by the TV and radio personality. The first special is scheduled to debut later this year. Charlamagne Tha God will EP the project along with Karen Kinney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple is teaming with Sesame Workshop on a new slate of original children’s programming for Worldwide Video. Under the multiseries order, Sesame Workshop will produce live-action and animated series, as well as develop a puppet series for Apple.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC released premiere dates for two summer series. Bachelor in Paradise returns for a fifth season on Tuesday, August 7 at 8p. Meanwhile, new series Castaways, which tests the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances, debuts immediately following at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

High tech takes over Big Brother for its 20th anniversary, as 16 new houseguests face unexpected twists and upgraded power in a house inspired by Silicon Valley. The CBS reality show debuts with a three-hour, two-night premiere event Wednesday, June 27 at 8p and Thursday, June 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Attorneys for infamous criminals tell their stories in Oxygen’s four-part documentary series In Defense of bows Monday, June 25 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods returns Tuesday, July 3 at 9p, as Andrew Zimmern continues his epicurean exploration of food that celebrates cultures and connects communities around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Pacific War in Color premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel. Eight-part series traces the epic struggle of the Pacific War using never-before-seen visuals from every corner of the conflict.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Great Food Truck Race takes a culinary road battle through the Wild West this summer, with seven teams competing for the $50,000 grand price. Kicks off Thursday, July 26 at 9p on Food Network. The winning truck will be named in the season final on Thursday, August 30 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media debuts Serial Killer with Piers Morgan on Monday, July 16 at 7p. With unprecedented access to maximum security prisons, the series features interviews with the most depraved serial killers for the first time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyler Perry’s new comedy series The Paynes premieres Friday, July 20 at 9p on OWN. Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis reprise their roles as Ella and Curtis Payne from the House of Payne series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Human trafficking drama La Promesa, starring international star Aislinn Derbez, debuts on EstrellaTV on Monday, June 25 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks brings fans digital and social experiences leading up to, during and post the 2018 BET Awards and BET Experience. BET Digital is complementing the on-air tent pole event with a series of interactive activations, exclusive video and live content leading up to the show. Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the BET Awards airs live on Sunday, June 24 at 8p from LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC released premiere dates for two summer series. Bachelor in Paradise returns for a fifth season on Tuesday, August 7 at 8p. Meanwhile, new series Castaways, which tests the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances, debuts immediately following at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

High tech takes over Big Brother for its 20th anniversary, as 16 new houseguests face unexpected twists and upgraded power in a house inspired by Silicon Valley. The CBS reality show debuts with a three-hour, two-night premiere event Wednesday, June 27 at 8p and Thursday, June 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Attorneys for infamous criminals tell their stories in Oxygen’s four-part documentary series In Defense of bows Monday, June 25 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods returns Tuesday, July 3 at 9p, as Andrew Zimmern continues his epicurean exploration of food that celebrates cultures and connects communities around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Pacific War in Color premieres Sunday, June 24 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel. Eight-part series traces the epic struggle of the Pacific War using never-before-seen visuals from every corner of the conflict.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Great Food Truck Race takes a culinary road battle through the Wild West this summer, with seven teams competing for the $50,000 grand price. Kicks off Thursday, July 26 at 9p on Food Network. The winning truck will be named in the season final on Thursday, August 30 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media debuts Serial Killer with Piers Morgan on Monday, July 16 at 7p. With unprecedented access to maximum security prisons, the series features interviews with the most depraved serial killers for the first time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyler Perry’s new comedy series The Paynes premieres Friday, July 20 at 9p on OWN. Cassi Davis and LaVan Davis reprise their roles as Ella and Curtis Payne from the House of Payne series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Human trafficking drama La Promesa, starring international star Aislinn Derbez, debuts on EstrellaTV on Monday, June 25 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

JBFA: Stories from the 2018 James Beard Awards bows Sunday, June 24 at 4p on ABC. Special showcases the most prestigious awards in the American culinary industry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks brings fans digital and social experiences leading up to, during and post the 2018 BET Awards and BET Experience. BET Digital is complementing the on-air tent pole event with a series of interactive activations, exclusive video and live content leading up to the show. Hosted by Jamie Foxx, the BET Awards airs live on Sunday, June 24 at 8p from LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

International women’s rights organization Equality Now is unveiling a new campaign with Hulu original series The Handmaid’s Tale, calling on people to use the power of their name and the law to achieve equality for women and girls. The campaign centers on a two-minute film, Hope Lives in Every Name, featuring members of the show’s cast and production team sharing testimonies of real women with personal experiences of issues covered in The Handmaid’s Tale, including sexual violence, trafficking and female genital mutilation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jason Ritter (Kevin (Probably) Saves The World) nabbed a key role in Netflix’s straight-to-series sci-fi family drama Raising DionSerinda Swan (Inhumans) landed a starring role in CBC’s upcoming drama CoronerBen Daniels is joining season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown, playing Princess Margaret’s husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones… Molly McCook (The Ranch) and Josh Pence (La La Land) will recur on Good Trouble, Freeform’s The Fosters spinoff… Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Jade Pettyjohn (School of Rock) and Anthony Keyyan (Fresh Off The Boat) nabbed series regular roles in Hulu pilot Kansas City.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Head Over Heels featuring music from the 80’s group The Go-Go’s starts previews on Saturday June 23, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/head-over-heels/

Three Tall Women with Laurie Metcalf, Glenda Jackson, and Alison Pill is closing on Sunday June 24, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/three-tall-women-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 7, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/7/18)
ANINAL PLANET: Northwest Law (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING: Beach Bites with Katie Lee (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: The Four: Battle For Stardom (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: Music City Fix (Premiere) at 11pm
HISTORY: Swamp Mysteries with Troy Landry (Premiere) at 10pm
PARAMOUNT: American Woman (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mysteries At The Museum (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Imposters (Finale) at 10pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Extreme Measures (Finale) at 10pm

Bruce Springsteen will perform at the Tony Awards this Sunday, June 10. The Boss was going to be at Radio City Music Hall anyway, to accept a Special Tony Award for “Springsteen on Broadway.” Springsteen wasn’t eligible for a competitive Tony for his hit limited-run one-man show because he and producers declined take seats from fans to give the 800+ Tony voters and press the comp tickets required. CBS broadcast starts at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reality reboot: Temptation Island is being revived by Banijay Group, shared CEO Marco Bassetti at Realscreen 2018 yesterday. Deadline reports USA Network is in “advanced negotiations” to score the series. Island aired on Fox from 2001-2003, with coupled-up contestants separated and placed into quarters with attractive members of the opposite sex.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed 13 Reasons Why for a 13-episode third season, with series creator Brian Yorkey back as showrunner. Season two delivered an average minute audience of 2.6 million in the U.S. in the three days after its premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The FCC says it intends to collect $322,035,000 in regulatory fees, funds it uses to pay for itself, in 2018. The agency is proposing to lower the cable rate to 77 cents per subscriber and raise the rate for DBS companies to 48 cents (versus 96 cents and 38 cents in 2017), part of an effort to equalize payments.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, Cannes Lions named a Media Brand, not a Media Person, of the Year. And the winner is… “Spotify has transformed the way we engage with music,” said Philip Thomas, CEO of Ascential Events and chairman-elect, Cannes Lions. “In the 10 years since Daniel [Ek] and his team launched the service, it has gone on to reshape the future of media and transform how artists and brands communicate with their audiences.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

SJI’s “Reflections” poster for PBS’s The Vietnam War: A Film By Ken Burns & Lynn Novick took home the Most Original Poster trophy at the Golden Trailer Awards in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN announced the remaining directors for Queen Sugar’s season three all-female directorial lineup. Set to say “cut!” are first time television directors Nijla Mu’min, Christina ChoeAyoka Chenzira and Rachel Raimist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple gave a straight-to-series order to Little Voice, a dramedy from Lost’s J.J. Abrams and WaitressSara Bareille and Jessie Nelson. Nelson and Bareilles exec produce with Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MACRO CEO Charles D. King, Lena Waithe (The Chi), actress/producer Eva Longoria and Franklin Leonard, founds of The Black List, have launched The MACRO Episodic Lab Powered by The Black List, to discover and empower storytellers of color. Up to three winners will receive development support and up to $30,000 each or a pilot presentation or sizzle.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cooking Channel starts serving up new series Seaside Snacks & Shacks on Thursday, July 19 at 10p. Seafood entrepreneur Sabin Lomac dives into dishes along the shore.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chicken Soup for the Soul and APlus.com, in which it has a majority stake, are co-producing a documentary digital series. Running through June, Immigrant Heritage Month, The New Americans follows the stories of people who have immigrated to the U.S.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E Biography documentary David Cassidy: The Last Session premieres Monday, June 11 at 9p. Special includes never-before-heard audiotapes from 1976, as well film of his final recording session.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stand Up to Cancer returns Friday, September 7 at 8p for its sixth roadblock telecast raising money to support research and new treatments. ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with AT&T AUDIENCE NetworkBloomberg TV, Bravo, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, Escape, Freeform, HBO, ION Television, Logo, MLB Network, Nat Geo WILDShowtime, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, TNT, and WGN America, among others, are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast. The entire telecast will also be available to stream live and on-demand on Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Jim Henson Company, Herschend Studios and PBS KIDS are celebrating World Oceans Day (June 8) with three new episodes, social media events, and the release of “Splash and Bubbles: Rhythm of the Reef (Songs from Season One).” Splash and Bubbles, which encourages children to explore ocean science and marine biology, airs daily on PBS Kids and Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HDNet Movies marks Fourth of July with films profiling The Beach Boys, starting at 7p with 2015’s Love & Mercy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Avan Jogia (Ghost Wars) landed the lead in upcoming Starz comedy Now Apocalypse….Danielle Campbell (The Originals) will star in CBS All Access thriller Tell Me a Story, with Kim Cattrall and Billy Magnussen….Vivien Ngo (Shameless), Tony Aidan Vo (Alternatino) and Elyse Dinh McCrillis (Spider-Man 2) have been cast in recurring roles in season three of OWN’s Queen Sugar.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook announced the first lineup up shows in a dedicated section within Watch for news programs, produced exclusively for the social site. The slate includes daily news show On Location, from ABC News; Advance Local’s Chasing Corruption; weekly explainer show Undivided ATTN:; CNN’s global daily brief Anderson Cooper Full Circle; Fox News Update; Mic’s Mic Dispatch; and Univision’s Real America with Jorge Ramons. All will debut later this summer, with additional shows announced in the coming weeks. “We will work closely with our publisher partners to experiment with these different formats to understand what works,” said Facebook. But they won’t be making decisions about what airs – publishers will have full editorial control of their shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook and Google are facing lawsuits in Washington, accused of failing to maintain publicly available information about political ads. “Washington’s political advertising disclosure laws apply to everyone, whether you are a small-town newspaper or a large corporation,” said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern said the social networking giant looks forward to “resolving this matter with his office quickly.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A special 12-week edition of Food Network’s Treat Yourself with Skyler will launch on Snapchat Wednesday, June 13. “We’ve seen a growing interest in mobile-first content so our fans can quickly and easily explore new culinary ideas and flavors,” said Vikki Neil, SVP and GM of Discovery’s Lifestyle Digital Studios. “Snapchat has been a strong partner, and its digestible platform allows us to make our brand and shows accessible to millions of food lovers. Skyler’s personality is the perfect fit for reaching younger fans.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judy Judy topped the syndication chart in the May 2018 sweep (7.1), winning by its widest margin in eight years. Dr. Phil (3.2) was the top talker for the 20th straight major sweep with its biggest margin ever, while Live with Kelly and Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres tied for second with 2.1. Entertainment Tonight’s (3.0) coverage of the royal wedding helped boost it 42% in the New York market.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce’s Saints & Sinners, the only original scripted drama on multicast TV, reached over 7.5 million viewers in its third season, and was the fourth most-watched program in ad-supported cable in the delivery of African-Americans 25-54 Sunday nights at 9p during its run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Below Deck Mediterranean delivered 1.1 million P18-49 (up 16% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 (up 13%), and 2.1 million total viewers (up 8%) in Live+3 Nielsens. Last week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City was the highest-rated episode of the season among P18-49 and P25-54, delivering 1.2 million P18-49 (up 12% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.4 million P25-54 (up 6%), and 2.3 million total viewers (up 7%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Saint Joan with Condola Rashad is closing on Sunday June 10, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/saint-joan/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 10, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/10/18)
DIY: Tiny Luxury (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: Marcia Clark Investigate The First 48 (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: Big Bang Theory (Finale) at 8pm
CBS: Young Sheldon (Finale) at 8:30pm
CBS: Mom (Finale) at 9pm
FX: Atlanta (Finale) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Engineering Catastrophes (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Braxton Family Values (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Hustle & Soul (Finale) at 10pm

NBC News president Andy Lack notified his division that the workplace investigation launched following allegations of sexual harassment against former Today host Matt Lauer had concluded. “Like many of you, I am immensely proud of NBC News, its history, and the work we do,” said Lack. “But – stepping back from the investigation – that history also includes a time when people were not comfortable coming forward to voice complaints about repugnant behavior. That is not acceptable.” Lack then outlined steps, like new routes to raise concerns, to remedy the problem.
(Source: Cynopsis)

While the NBC inquiry unearthed no evidence that anyone in a position of authority received complaints about Lauer’s behavior prior to November 2017, or a systemic pattern of bad behavior, it did find credible the four allegations against Lauer reported in the press. Investigators also said Lauer “frequently engaged in sexual banter or joking in open working environments,” which may have contributed to a reluctance to report harassment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ahead of the November season four premiere of Outlander, Starz renewed the drama for seasons five and six. “Fans can rest assured their beloved Claire and Jamie will be back facing new challenges,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal have partnered for Far & Away, a print magazine for business travelers that will include digital and social content. The first issue will be distributed with the May 19th edition of the Journal. Digital content will roll out on NatGeoTravel.com/farandaway social channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave series orders to comedies starring Damon Wayans Jr. and Cedric the Entertainer. The untitled Wayans show focuses on a couple who reconnect with their younger, hipper selves when an emerging pop star moves in, while Welcome to the Neighborhood follows a nice guy from the Midwest who moves into a rough LA area and finds an acerbic neighbor, played by Cedric.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a formal series order to The Rookie. Castle’s Nathan Fillion stars as the oldest rookie in the LAPD, reuniting him with Castle EP Alexi Hawley and ABC Studios. Hawley, Fillion and Entertainment One’s Mark Gordon EP with Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also picked up to series by ABC is A Million Little Things, from DJ Nash (Growing Up Fisher). Drama comes from ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX and Hulu grabbed first-run North American rights to The Weekly, a documentary news program produced by the New York Times and Left/Right. Series premieres later this year on FX, with Hulu holding exclusive day-after streaming rights. “Our ambition with The Weekly is to bring the authority and excellence of New York Times journalism to the largest possible television audience. Partnering with FX and Hulu together for distribution represents an entirely new and uniquely powerful way do just that,” said Meredith Kopit Levien, COO of The New York Times Company. 21st Century Fox is parent to FX and co-parent, with Comcast, Disney and Time Warner, to Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TruTV is keeping it funny with a 2018-19 programming slate that includes a series pickup for its Tacoma FD (wt) pilot, set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. A new comedic medical advice show from Ken Jeong and an animated series from comedian Jo Koy received pilot commitments, and the net ordered new seasons of Adam Ruins Everything, Hack My Life, and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks. “We’ve reached a point in our illustrious four-year history as a comedy network where we have a fully-balanced portfolio, proven results and are firing on all cylinders,” said net president Chris Linn. “Our mix of returning hits, new series, plus scripted and unscripted formats in development, and a wholly-owned library of originals gives us a distinct advantage in the marketplace. Against all odds and in a challenging landscape, truTV continues to deliver premium experiences for our fans and our advertising partners, and combined with our all-in commitment to reduced commercials, we plan to keep raising the bar.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime is developing Yellowjackets, following a girls’ high school soccer team transformed into warring clans after a plane crash in the wilderness in 1975. Project comes from Entertainment One, producer Drew Comins and writer-producers Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Which sounds a world away from a scripted drama from soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, Liz Garcia and Josh Harto (Memphis Beat) and wiip, also centered on a high school girls’ soccer team, that nabbed a series commitment from Facebook Watch. This series has the team’s community rallying around the language of the game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a new comedy from Ricky Gervais. After Life focuses on a man who decides to punish the world after his wife’s sudden death by saying and doing whatever he likes. Gervais will star, write and direct all 6 episodes, as well as serve as an EP. The streamer also ordered its first original anime set in Mexico; Seis Manos comes from Viz Media LLC and Powerhouse Animation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lionsgate struck a deal with Overboard producer and star Eugenio Derbez and Benjamin Odell’s 3Pas Studios to extend their relationship to TV, calling for 3Pas to produce English- and Spanish-language series for Lionsgate’s television and streaming platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Music City Fix, focused on house flippers in Nashville, premieres Thursday, June 7 at 11p on HGTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of ID’s The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas bows Monday, June 4 at 10p. The season debut follows a woman who followed her heart to Dallas only to wind up the subject of a homicide investigation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Onboard as subjects for the first season of PBS’s Breaking Big, debuting Friday, June 15 at 8:30p, are Trevor Noah, Lee Daniels, Eddie Huang, Kirsten Gillibrand, Gretchen Carlson and Michael Strahan. Series centers on people who took an “unexpected journey” to success in their field.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Investigation Discovery special Dead North follows the search for alleged female serial killer Kelly North. Doc airs Monday, May 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold moves to a new time starting Friday, May 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo ordered docs Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings (those would be Charles and Diana, Charles and Camilla, William and Kate and Harry and Meghan), airing tonight, and Operation Royal Wedding, airing May 23, from Spun Gold. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, in case you haven’t heard, is May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two-parter Drinks, Crime and Prohibition airs on Smithsonian Channel Monday, June 11 and Monday, June 18 at 8p. Weapons experts, historians, museum curators and mixologists weigh in on “the failed experiment” of a country gone dry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Just in time for summer, Cooking Channel’s Beach Bites with Katie Lee launches Thursday, June 7 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In Defense Of premieres on Oxygen Saturday, June 23 at 7p. True crime series explores the complex relationships between notorious defendants and the attorneys who represent them.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judy Greer (Arrested Development) will head the voice cast of new PBS Kids animated series Let’s Go Luna, launching Wednesday, November 21….Kate Walsh (Private Practice) landed a recurring role on Netflix’s upcoming The Umbrella Academy, based on the graphic novels….Francesca Reale (Haters Back Off) nabbed a recurring role on season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of Telemundo’s Enemigo Intimo ranked as the #1 Spanish-language program in 8p-11p prime among A18-49 and A18-34, averaging 1.64 million total viewers, 864,000 among A8-49 and 319,000 among A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E!’s multi-platform coverage of the 2018 Met Gala delivered a record-breaking 47 million total engagements across TV, digital and social (+18% versus 2017).
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s NCIS hit a season high 14.8 million viewers for Tuesday’s episode, featuring the final appearance of Pauley Perrette, with a 1.6 rating among A18-49 that was the highest since the season premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel’s DuckTales on Friday hit new series highs in Total Viewers (1.25 million), Kids 6-11 (366,000/1.5 rating), Girls 6-11 (214,000/1.8) and Boys 6-11 (152,000/1.2).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce drama Saints & Sinners was the most-watched program in all of television on Sunday in the delivery of target audience of African Americans (P25-54) between 9p-10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Lobby Hero with Chris Evans and Michael Cera is closing on Sunday May 13, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/lobby-hero/

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 26, 2018

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/26/18)
ABC: Quantico (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Rustic Rehab (Premiere) at 11pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way (Premiere) at 8pm
DIY: Tiny House, Big Living (Finale) at 9pm

After Deadline reported that Fox’s Lethal Weapon was in danger of cancellation due to outbursts by one of the series’ stars, Clayne Crawford, the actor admitted to being reprimanded for two incidents, once for reacting in anger amid “working conditions that did not feel safe,” and once for “an unfortunate event” involving a piece of shrapnel that occurred when he was directing an episode. “I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts,” said Crawford, who also apologized for “any negative attention Lethal Weapon is receiving because of these incidents.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The trio of winners for Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre awards “perfectly exemplify the scope of work in our industry,” said Heather Hitchens, president & CEO of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. “Each one has left such a mark on the Broadway community in such different ways.” That’s no exaggeration: recipients are New York Times photographer Sara Krulwich; beader of stage costumes Bessie Nelson; and Ernest Winzer Cleaners, which has handled costumes for Broadway shows for decades. Tony Awards air Sunday, June 10 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix gave a straight-to-series order for ABC Signature Studios drama, Godfather of Harlem. Ten-parter telling the story of crime boss Bumpy Johnson will star Forest Whitaker, who will also produce through his Significant Productions. Epix is eyeing a 2019 premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Revolt announced a May slate that includes the return of The Breakfast Club with a new format starting Monday, May 7, airing Monday-Friday at 6a, and The Breakfast Club Power Hour Monday-Friday at 8p. Daily airings will now include The Breakfast Club Extra, a behind the scenes look at what happens when the mics are turned off at the morning show. Upcoming new series include edgy R News, launching Monday, May 7 at 7:45p; Revolt Justice, spotlighting people using their platforms to address social issues impacting today’s youth, arriving Tuesday, May 8 at 9p; and Revolt Hijacked, which hands control of the network to artists and celeb for a full day, on Thursday, May 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Evidence of Innocence debuts on TV One Monday, June 4 at 10p. Limited crime and justice series focuses on wrongfully accused people faced with the challenge of maintaining faith while awaiting the opportunity to prove their innocence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chef Roger Mooking continues his search for the most innovative and outrageous ways people across the country cook with fire when 13 new episodes of Man Fire Food kick off Wednesday, May 30 at 9p on Cooking Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s Lost in Transition debuts Sunday, May 20 at 10p. Docu-series chronicles the lives of four couples; in each relationship, the wife has recently found out that her husband made the brave decision to become the woman he is inside.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Third-generation race car champion and NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, an interior designer, will transform a dilapidated 150-year-old historic home in Key West, Florida in DIY Network’s new series Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. The redo will take four episodes, starting Saturday, June 2, at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime spin-off series Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol launches Monday, June 4 at 9p, followed by the season four premiere of Escaping Polygamy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Monster Week returns to Animal Planet starting Sunday, May 27 at 8p with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot. The week will also bring new episodes of World’s Scariest Animal Attacks, Deadliest Places on Earth, River Monsters and Expedition Unknown.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Decades Network gives 2017 documentary film Wait for Your Laugh, the story of Rose Marie, its TV premiere on Tuesday, May 1 at 9p. Best known for her role on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the entertainer’s 90-year career spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. Marie died in December at age 94.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the person believed to be the Golden Gate Killer in custody, ID will air an updated episode, Golden State Killer Caught: People Magazine Investigates on Friday, April 27 at 10p and again on Sunday, April 28 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix short film Father Knows Best?, following three newly engaged daughters and their fathers at Saks Fifth Avenue’s Bridal Salon in New York City, will promote the premiere of new original film, The Week Of, starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Streaming begins on Netflix Friday, April 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BuzzFeed News is investing in programming, and its latest partner is Netflix. Weekly series Follow This tracks BuzzFeed reporters as they delve into a variety of topics, from cultural phenomenons to social issues. First 15-minute episode airs Monday, July 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBA superstar Stephen Curry is re-launching his YouTube channel this month, anchored by short-form series, 5 Minutes From Home, premiering Tuesday, May 1. In the show, Curry and a revolving set of guests grab a late-night bite after a home game and discuss a wide variety of topics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ReachMe TV’s network of airport, retail and hotel channels, will soon offer a selection of short films from the Tribeca Film Festival. “We’re always looking for new ways to grow the Tribeca Film Festival and reach new audiences. This new relationship with ReachMe TV allows us to do just that,” said Tribeca founders Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal in a joint statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snapchat is going to start testing a new ad format called Commercials. Six-second nonskippable spots will air in select Snapchat shows (but not in Discover or personal stories), starting in mid-May, reports Digiday. It’s a new direction for the messaging app, now part of a public company that has to figure out to make money.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu spent $1.2 million on TV commercials from April 16-22 in support of The Handmaid’s Tale, days before its premiere. Main outlets were ABC and NBC, which each received about $300K.
(Source: Cynopsis)

William Baldwin (Gossip Girl) will recur on upcoming USA and Syfy series The Purge, about one day each year when murder and mayhem is legalized.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All set for TV One film Dinner for Two, in production in Georgia, are Tristan “Mack” Wilds (90210), Chaley Rose (Nashville), Prince Hammond (Claws) and Shaun Baker (House Party).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lauren Cohan will return to AMC’s The Walking Dead for season nine, she reported at CinemaCon. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell,” the actress told EW. Cohan also has lead role in ABC dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Despite Facebook’s privacy breach debacle, the social media giant sailed past analysts’ projections, with 1Q18 revenue of newly $12 billion, versus estimates of $11.4 billion, and a 13% boost in daily and monthly active users in March. “Despite facing important challenges, our community and business are off to a strong start in 2018,” said CEO Zuckerber. “We are taking a broader view of our responsibility and investing to make sure our services are used for good.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twitter also exceeded analysts’ expectations for 1Q18, with $665 million in revenue versus a forecast of $605.4. Daily active users grew by 10%. “We grew our audience and engagement, marking another quarter of double digit year-over-year (daily active user) growth, and continued our work to make it easier to follow topics, interests, and events on Twitter,” said CEO Jack Dorsey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spotify update: Users will be able to listen to songs on demand on the mobile music streaming service’s free ad-supported tier, as long as the songs are included in the 750 chosen for that day’s playlist. Regular shuffled music playlists will still be available. Another offering: low-data mode, to cut data use by about three quarters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedians Paul Scheer (Veep) and Michael Ian Black (Another Period) are launching new podcasts with Midroll Media. Scheer’s Unspooled focuses on great films, while in Obscure, Black reads every line of Thomas Hardy Jude the Obscure, with commentary.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guests at Hilton hotels can get their Billions fix through Connected Room technology that now includes complimentary Showtime streaming. Via the Hilton Honors App, guests’ phones can be used as an in-room remote for TV, as well as to control lighting and temperature.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Preschool learning app Hopster completed a growth funding round led by Sony Pictures Television and Networks. “We will use our latest funding to keep doing what we pledged: provide a safe, ad-free and nurturing digital environment for pre-schoolers,” said Nick Walters, Hopster CEO and founder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LiveXLive Media, a global digital media company focused on live entertainment, partnered with AEG Presents to add two music festivals to its slate of live music programming: Global Dance Festival and Decadence NYE. The multiyear agreement grants LiveXLive the exclusive opportunity to record, film and distribute the festivals’ content, including live performances, audio and video on demand rights across LiveXLive’s digital platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon ordered a second season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. Drama starring John Krasinki premieres on Prime Video on August 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s The Voice was the top show in broadcast on Tuesday at 8p, averaging 1.5 among A18-49, but two repeats of Roseanne came in second in the hour with 1.3, and two repeats of the ABC reboot at 9p and 9:30p rose to an average 1.5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s Married at First Sight wrapped its sixth season with series high ratings on the network among A25-54 (648,000) and W25-54 (467,000). Additionally, over 1.2 million Total Viewers tuned into Tuesday night’s season finale, the show’s best performance in over two years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Iceman Cometh with Denzel Washington is opening on Thursday April 26, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/iceman-cometh/

The Boys In The Band with Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Jim Parsons, and Andrew Rannells starts previews on Monday April 30, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/boys-band/

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.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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/

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.
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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)

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