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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/

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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.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More laughs are headed to Laff. The broadcast net struck a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Television Group for Home Improvement, acquiring the rights to all eight seasons of the sitcom. Series will make its debut in September.
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NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises launched Telemundo Academy, a multimedia education institution aimed at empowering and training the next generation of media leaders. The academy’s first partners will include Armando Christian Perez’s (Pitbull) SLAM Miami and the Doral Academy. Supported by the company’s “El Poder En Ti” (The Power in You) corporate social responsibility initiative, the 16-week program will immerse students in the media world.
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Raven Goodwin was upped to series regular in the upcoming second season of Showtime’s SMILF.
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Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Grand HotelKimrie Lewis (Scandal) and Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-0) were set as series regulars in ABC comedy pilot Single ParentsNelson Franklin (Veep), Jessica Chaffin (Search Party) and Leonard Ouzts (Master of None) nabbed leads in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s.
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Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) landed one of the male leads in NBC drama pilot In Between LivesKether Donohue (You’re the Worst) nabbed the female lead in NBC comedy pilot Like FamilyMichael Beach (Pitch, The 100) will be a series regular in ABC’s Untitled Holmes drama pilot… Justin Johnson Cortez (Turbulence) booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot StatiesBen Lawson (Designated Survivor) and Mark L. Young (The Comeback) landed series regular roles in ABC’s False Profits pilot.
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Netflix’s red-hot stock, which has gained 65% in 2018 and more than doubled in the past year, pulled back 1% on Wednesday, after Stifel analyst Scott Devitt lowered his rating on the streaming giant from buy to hold. Netflix’s shares declined 1.25%, finishing the session at $321.17, down about $4 from its 52-week high.
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HG Trivia, the live-streaming games show app that has users playing for real money, closed a $15 million round of investment from Founder’s Fund, with participation from previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, reports Axios. Launched in August, HQ Trivia boasts players in the millions.
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Snapchat is snipping about 100 people, or 10% of its engineering team, according to Cheddar. It’s the biggest layoff to date for the company, which numbers about 3000 employees.
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Facebook’s Messenger Lite is getting video chat. The pared-down app is designed for people with older Android devices or slower internet connections.
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Comcast and National Public Radio launched the NPR One app on Xfinity X1, enabling X1 customers to access its library of NPR news, talk and music programs that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines directly on the TV.
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CuriousityStream debuts Dream the Future on Thursday, March 15. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the documentary series takes viewers to 2050 and explores how vastly different life will look.
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Emma Watson partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account, @NatGeo, to mark International Women’s Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8. Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers from around the world, who cover a wide range of important topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban of women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry and more.
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Animal Planet delivered double digit growth (+20%) among A25-54 in February 2018, the largest A25-54 year-over-year gains in more than five years in L+3D. Programming highlights included Puppy Bowl XIV, the highest rated Puppy Bowl ever among A25-54 (1.49) with an average of 3.1 million Total Viewers, up +24% vs. last year.
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History struck rating gold with the premiere of The Curse of Civil War Gold on Tuesday, March 6 as the top series launch across cable this TV season, delivering 2.3 million Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere attracted 938,000 A25-54 and 688,00 A18-49. It was the net’s best series launch since 2014 among A25-54, A18-49 and Total Viewers. Meanwhile, The Curse of Oak Island’s season finale drew 2.9 million Total Viewers and 1.2 million A35-54.
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The premiere of Atlanta Robbin’ Season on FX nabbed the best ratings of any recent basic cable comedy. In Live+3 the telecast garnered 1.3 million A18-49, the most of any basic cable primetime scripted comedy telecast since week three of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s 12th season on January 18, 2017.
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Sunday night’s finale of the sixth season of Universo’s Larrymania ranked as the #1 program on Hispanic cable prime, excluding sports, among A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen. The show averaged 162,000 Total Viewers, 125,000 A18-49 and 66,000 A18-34.
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BROADWAY
The Parisian Woman with Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas and Phillipa Soo is closing on Sunday March 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/parisian-woman/