Archive for the ‘Broadway Shows’ Category

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

June 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

May 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 13, 2017

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/13/17)
FOOD: Beat Bobby Flay (Premiere) at 10pm
CMT: Sun Records (Finale) at 10pm
NBC: The Blacklist: Redemption (Finale) at 10pm
UP: Bringing Up Bates (Finale) at 9pm

Primetime news magazine Dateline is heading to national syndication in September. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution sold the series in 80% of the country to be broadcast on leading station groups across the country, including FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, Meredith, Nexstar, Graham Media, Tribune, COX Media Group, Scripps, Sunbeam and more. Double runs of Dateline will also be offered to stations to air as a two-hour true crime block.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And they’re off… Annapurna TV, HBO and Tomorrow Studios are racing to ready political dramas about the 2016 election. Annapurna and Mark Boal’s project, which is being kept under wraps, is reportedly 8-10 hours long and centers on the election and unlikely winner Donald Trump. HBO is working on a mini-series about Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton from the same team behind Game Change. And Tomorrow Studios has a pilot and second episode script of Trump: It Happened Here, for an ongoing series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Speechless, CNN’s We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission, National Geographic’s Before The Flood, NBC’s This Is Us and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Night of were announced as honorees for the 10th Annual Television Academy Honors.  Recipients will be recognized at a presentation hosted by Dana Delany at the Montage Beverly Hills on Thursday, June 8. The awards recognize programming that explores and confronts significant issues facing society in an impactful way.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected Norman Lear to receive an Individual Award and the Independent Television Service to receive an Institutional Award for their contributions to storytelling in television. Lear and ITVS will be celebrated at an event on Saturday, May 20 in New York, which will be taped for a TV special to air on PBS and Fusion on Friday, June 2 at 9p. Rashida Jones, a previous Peabody Award winner for Parks and Recreation, will serve as host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Media Council presents PaleyDialogue: Casey Bloys in Conversation with Issa Rae at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, April 25. Bloys, who joined HBO in 2004 and was named President of Programming in 2016, has overseen series including multiple Veep, Silicon Valley and Girls, is joined in conversation by Rae, the creator and star of new hit, Insecure. The panel will be live streamed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV is reviving Fear Factor with a new installment to be hosted by Ludacris. The Viacom network ordered 12 hour-long episodes from Endemol Shine North America to debut Tuesday, May 30 at 10p. Look for the revival to feature stunts inspired by urban legends, popular scary movies and viral videos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Television Studios has bought the rights to Meg Gardiner’s upcoming novel, UNSUB, ahead of an auction, reports Deadline. The novel, the first in a series being published June 27 by Dutton/Penguin Random House, will be developed as a TV series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Glass inked an overall, two-year deal with Fox 21 Television Studios. Under the pact’s terms, the former Supernatural EP has joined the studio’s new Showtime drama, The Chi, as co-executive producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Regina King and John Ridley have joined forces to tell a real American crime story, No Place Safe. King is attached to star in the drama about the Atlanta child murders. The project is in development at FX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy picked up Universal Cable Productions drama The Magicians for a 13-episode third season. The show’s sophomore season finale airs Wednesday, April 19 at 9p. Season 3 premieres in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media launches the 20th season of Snapped with Snapped Notorious: Scott Peterson, bowing Sunday, May 7 at 6p. The two-part special features first-hand interviews with Peterson’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Frey, trial jurors and the defense team.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Good Morning America chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and her husband, NBC and Extra reporter Ben Aaron, star in DIY Network series Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger. The four-part series, which bows Saturday, May 6 at 8p, follows the duo as they ditch cramped city life to renovate a suburban fixer upper and turn it into their dream home.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new crop of culinary contenders face off in return of Food Network Star, bowing Sunday, June 4 at 9p. In addition, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen debuts Sunday, May 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s Little People Big World returns Tuesday, May 2 at 9p. The season launch of another family series, 7 Little Johnstons, follows at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Porn is back for seconds. The FYI series makes its sophomore season debut on Sunday, May 14 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Serialized drama The Mist bows on Spike on Thursday, June 22 at 10p.  Based on the book of the same title by Stephen King, series centers around a small town family torn apart by a brutal crime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC captures real moments live in a four-night television event premiering Sunday, April 23 at 10p. This Is Life Live goes inside the lives of families across the country to deliver life altering moments as they unfold in real time. Lisa Joyner and DeVon Franklin will host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One airs Unsung Hollywood: Charlie Murphy on Thursday, April 13 at 8a. The special pays tribute to the late stand up-comic, actor and writer, who was also Eddie Murphy’s brother. In addition, TV One premieres The Lost Souls Cafe, starring Loretta Devine, on Sunday, April 16 at 6p. The film is an adaptation of Donald Welch’s stage play.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS presents an encore broadcast of two-part documentary Latin Music USA on Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9p (check local listings). The special explores the Latin rhythms that influenced jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues, highlighting the enduring contributions made by Latino musicians to the American songbook.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Donald Sutherland will play billionaire oil man J. Paul Getty in the first installment of FX anthology series Trust. Production begins in June in London for a January 2018 premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lisa Kudrow was tapped for a key guest spot on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. She’ll play Sheree, the manicurist to Jane Fonda’s Grace.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Calista Flockhart is returning for the two-episode second season finale of Supergirl, airing Monday, May 15 and Monday, May 22 on The CW.
(Source: Cynopsis)

William Hurt and Bob Balaban joined the cast of upcoming Audience Network series Condor. Hurt plays a decorated CIA field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Balaban portrays a brilliant and exacting man who has risen to the top tier of CIA management in his 30-year career there.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hasbro Studios and Discovery Family released a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic video inspired by The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. It can be accessed here. The seventh season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic premieres Saturday, April 15 at 11:30a on Discovery Family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix officially announced the renewal of Grace and Frankie. The show’s fourth season bows in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu renewed The Path for a 13-episode third season. The show’s second season finale aired Wednesday. Jessica Goldberg will serve as Showrunner/Executive Producer for the third run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Hulu news, the streamer inked a deal with Cineflix Media for Pure. Crime drama tells the story of a Mennonite pastor trying to protect his family and preserve his faith, while battling drug trafficking in his community.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Complex Networks and Verizon Wireless‘ streaming platform go90 debuted original series Start Talkin’ on Wednesday. Hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky, it turns the traditional interview on its head when everyday people unexpectedly become late-night show guests.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The two premiere airings of Bounce drama Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 9 combined to reach 1.3 million unduplicated viewers. The show’s East Coast debut delivered 490,000 Households to become the highest-rated Bounce original series telecast ever and the most-watched episode in the show’s history. The telecast was also the best of the second season-to-date in delivering P18-49 (259,000), P25-54 (320,000) and P2+ (605,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of Su Nombre Era Dolores reached over 4.5 million viewers, making Univision the number 3 broadcast network among young A18-34 during the 9p to 11p time period and the number 4 broadcast network among Total Viewers 2+ and A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian and writer Charlie Murphy, who turned his Hollywood adventures with brother Eddie Murphy into bits on Comedy Central’s Chappelle Show, died of leukemia on Wednesday in New York. He was 57.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Oslo is opening on Thursday April 13, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/oslo/

Groundhog Day is opening on Monday April 17, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/groundhog-day/

Indecent is opening on Tuesday April 18, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/indecent/

The Little Foxes with Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Richard Thomas and Michael McKean is opening on Wednesday April 19, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/little-foxes/

In Transit with Justin Guarini is closing on Sunday April 16, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/transit/

Paramour is closing on Sunday April 16, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/cirque-du-soleils-paramour/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

April 6, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/6/17)
HGTV: Flip or Flop Vegas (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Fear They Neighbor (Premiere) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: Dark Net (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Dead Set on Life (Premiere) at 10:30pm
USA: Colony (Finale) at 10pm

Well-reviewed but low-rated Man Seeking Woman was cancelled by FXX after 3 seasons. The comedy was averaging 367,000 total viewers and 268,000 among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is keeping Chris Hardwick busy. A day after it was announced the @midnight host would exec produce and host its alternative science series The Awesome Show, NBC named Hardwick host of its Red Nose Day Special, airing Thursday, May 25 at 10p. Other programs included in the fundraising effort include American Ninja Warrior, airing a first-ever celebrity edition at 8p, and Julia Roberts traveling to Kenya on Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day at 9p. This will be NBC’s third year as part of the annual campaign to raise money for and awareness of children living in poverty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM agreed to acquire all of Viacom, Lionsgate and Paramount’s interests in premium pay television network Epix, for about $1 billion. Under the deal, which gives MGM a distribution platform for its film and TV content, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate will continue to provide first-run theatrical releases to Epix. “As Viacom executes against its new strategy, we welcome the opportunity to strengthen our balance sheet by realizing the value of our equity investment, while also extending the successful commercial partnership between Epix and Paramount Pictures with a new multi-year output agreement,” said Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raycom Media reached a deal to by WVUE 8 in New Orleans for a reported $51.9 million. “Raycom Media has a proud heritage throughout Louisiana,” said Pat LaPlatney, Raycom Media president and CEO, “and we will continue to serve the community and our viewers with the highest of standards.” Raycom has been managing the station for the Louisiana Media Company since 2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sixty finalists were announced for the 76 Annual Peabody Awards, airing Friday, June 2 at 9p on PBS and Fusion. Among the nominees are ABC’s American Crime, FX’s Atlanta, HBO’s Veep, Netflix’s Stranger Things and NBC’s This Is Us. For a complete list of nominees, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed. outreach program is rolling out its 2017 tour, aimed at raising awareness about hunger and showing how contributions of game meat and fish can help alleviate the problem, on April 11 in San Antonio, TX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform gave a straight-to-series order for Marvel’s New Warriors, the second project from the network, Marvel Television and ABC Signature. The comedic live-action adaptation of the Marvel comic will be Marvel’s first dive into comedy for a TV series. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is also underway at Freeform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One renewed its first-look deal with documentary production company Creature Films. Launched in April 2015, the partnership has yielded Streets of Compton and L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, among other projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! is expanding its live daytime lineup with two-hour series Daily Pop, launching Monday, May 1 at 12p. Daily Pop, which had a successful test launch at the end of 2016, will focus on breaking pop culture stories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC renewed Brockmire ahead of the series launch last night. The pilot of the Funny or Die comedy garnered well over 2.3 million views since its digital release.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Science Channel series Mysteries of the Abandoned, focused on forgotten engineering marvels, premieres Thursday, April 20 at 10p. “Some of the most spectacular structures have been consigned to oblivion,” said Marc Etkind, GM, Science Channel. “Mysteries of the Abandoned reveals the original ingenuity behind these projects and the truths to why they were left behind.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York returns for season six with a supersized episode on Thursday, May 25 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv has no intention of splitting up with Million Dollar Matchmaker, instead ordering a 10-episode season 2 to launch later this year. The show’s freshman run, featuring Patti Stanger, reached 12.4 million total viewers its first season. Stanger rose to reality TV fame on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC’s The Profit will return on Tuesday, June 6 at 10p with 9 new episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity is heading to Palm Beach, Florida this week for 18 live hours of Barrett-Jackson Live, featuring some of the world’s most coveted cars. Velocity and Discovery Channel cover the auction block Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8,  from12p 6p every day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A special episode of Science Channel’s Biblical Conspiracies explores the controversy over an ancient artifact that could prove the existence of Jesus of Nazareth. Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb? premieres Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The roster of events from IFC Center‘s (AMC Network’s theater in Greenwich Village) Split Screens Festival, taking place from June 2-8 in NYC, will be announced in late April. TV content and creators from linear and streaming platforms will be showcased.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pepsi yanked a 2 ½-minute ad posted to YouTube Tuesday starring Kendall Jenner. The spot drew fierce backlash from viewers accusing it of trivializing the Black Lives Matter movement. In the video, Jenner plays a model who stops posing to join a crowd of demonstrators, then hands a policeman a soft drink. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the brand said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize. We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are removing the content and halting any further rollout. We also apologize for putting Kendall Jenner in this position.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon grabbed exclusive streaming rights to 10 NFL Thursday night games next season, in a one-year deal worth about $50 million (Twitter paid $10 million last year). CBS and NBC will also split the season for broadcast viewers, and NFL Network will air all the games.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube TV, YouTube’s live TV streaming service, will be available starting today in New York, LA, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Philadelphia, with more markets on the way. Added to the list of offerings, which include the Big Four, ESPN and Fox Sports, among many others, will be AMC Networks’ programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sling TV customers now have access to the Showtime streaming service, as well as the library of Showtime on demand titles. Sub price for new and existing Sling TV users is $10/month; there’s a 7-day free trial for new subscribers. Sling added a $5/month “Heartland Extra” package, with Outdoor Channel, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, RFD TV, PixL and Family Net. Added to its Spanish-language add-on package are Estrella TV, Vme Kids and El Financiero/Bloomberg TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) will join CW’s Jane the Virgin in a recurring arc, as someone from Jane’s past. Posey first appears in the season 3 finale.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 9p premiere telecast of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners episode on Sunday, delivered 447,000 Households, the most for a single episode this season. It was also the highest-rated season 2 telecast to-date among Bounce’s target audience of African Americans, delivering 404,000 AA HHs and 9,000 AA P18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
War Paint with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole is opening on Thursday April 6, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/war-paint/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 30, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/30/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: North Woods Law: Game Warden Files (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Impossible Engineering (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY: Review (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Flip or Flip (Finale) at 9pm
UP: Growing Up McGhee (Finale) at 9:30pm

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
is opening a pop-up library of President Donald Trump’s tweets. The library, opening in New York City in June, “will be so tremendous that you’ll get tired of the tremendousness, so it will then close a few days later,” said Comedy Central in a press release. “Sad!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences is taking steps to avoid a repeat of the mishap that led to the wrong film being named best picture at this year’s Oscars – but it doesn’t include firing PriceWaterhouse Coopers. While acknowledging, as PwC has, that the accounting firm was responsible for the debacle, the Academy is instead instituting new protocols. Those include a greater oversight role for PwC US chairman Tim Ryan, a third balloting leader who will sit in the control room with the directors, the return of one of the accountants in charge of balloting from 2002-2014, and the removal of electronic devices backstage (accountant Brian Cullinan had reportedly been tweeting backstage before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope).
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC yanked freshman drama Time After Time from its slate after 5 episodes. The time travel show was averaging .5 among A18-49 and 2.2 million viewers. Taking its place for the next 3 Sundays at 9p will be Match Game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association set December 11 as the date nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes will be announced, for a show airing Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC. Last year’s trophy-fest averaged 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among A18-49, the second-most-watched broadcast in the last 10 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a New York Times column on Wednesday, former FCC head Tom Wheeler lamented votes in the Senate and House to overturn rules that keep internet service providers from selling personal information. The bill, now headed for the POTUS pen, “not only gives cable companies and wireless providers free rein to do what they like with your browsing history, shopping habits, your location and other information gleaned from your online activity,” Wheeler warns Times readers, “but it would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from ever again establishing similar consumer privacy protections…. I understand that network executives want to produce the highest return for shareholders by selling consumers’ information. The problem is they are selling something that doesn’t belong to them.” Wheeler also pointed to a recent FCC vote to stay requirements that internet providers take “reasonable measures” to protect consumers’ confidential information as another “gift to the industry” that poses a risk.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and JCS International have launched the JCS International Young Creatives Award, which kicks off with “Women Peacemakers” as its inaugural theme. Competition is open to entrants between the ages of 18 and 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s Bones may be buried after 12 seasons, but props up for auction include Agent Booth’s office furniture, Dr. Brennan’s lab coats, wardrobe, jewelry and more. Auction site ScreenBid is hosting the sale of over 1000 items. Lots begin closing Thursday, April 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Southern Charm Savannah debuts Monday, May 8 at 10p. The reality show from which the newcomer was spun, Southern Charm, just averaged 1.7 million total viewers for the season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UP TV renewed Bringing Up Bates for a sixth season. First of 13 new episodes of the family reality series launches Thursday, June 1 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two African American women filed a lawsuit against Fox News and fired comptroller Judy Slater on Tuesday for what they called a broad pattern of “top-down racial harassment,” including Slater stereotyping African Americans’ speech, and asking one of the women if all 3 of her children were fathered by the same man. “There is no place for inappropriate verbal remarks like this at Fox News,” said the net, which axed Slater after an investigation. “We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

An NYC district judge dismissed a case charging Big Bang Theory producers, Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre Productions with using a line from a song written by a nursery school teacher in 1930 on the show. The complaint was first file in December 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Featured collaborations on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill,Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys. Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion have been added to the lineup of solo performers for the show, airing Sunday, April 2 on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell inch closer to “I do,” sort of, as hosts of Freeform special Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Sunday, May 7 at 8p. Higgins proposed to Bushnell on the season 20 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor, then the couple starred in Freeform’s Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The inaugural Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented By Purina premieres on USA on Sunday, April 16 at 8p. The competition is co-hosted by John O’Hurley (The National Dog Show) and dog show judge David Frei, with Olympic medalists Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski manning the red carpet. Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules) will present the Best in Show Award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The stars are lined up for The Tonight Show’s April 3-6 stand at Universal Orlando Resort. Taking the plunge will be Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s Late Show will air a special episode following the NCAA Men’s National Championship Game on Monday, April 3. Special correspondents Malcom and Margaret Corden, parents of host James Corden, will report live from the game in Phoenix. Corden will also offer life coaching to NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It will be “Weed Week” on Viceland from April 17-20. In addition to the returns of Weediquette and Bong Appetit, the stunt feature a special April 20 (*cough*) episode if F**k, That’s Delicious.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jay R. Ferguson landed the lead in CBS comedy pilot Living Biblically. The casting is in second position to ABC’s soft-rated The Real O’Neals, looking unlikely to make it to season 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Landes (Save Me) has been cast as a series regular opposite Lauren Graham in Fox comedy pilot Linda From HR. Landes is replacing Tim DeKay in the role.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netlfix renewed Santa Clarita Diet for season 2. The dark comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, released on February 3, will return in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is bringing back The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. New episodes will be available for streaming in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People/Entertainment Weekly video EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now streaming on PEN. The special is part of the EW Reunites series, featuring cast reunions from series and films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon greenlit a docuseries focused on the McLaren racing team as it competes in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The untitled show will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of NBC’s This Is Us grew 4.9 million viewers from Live+SD to Live+7, for a series high 17.78 million total and enough to nudge it ahead of CBS’s NCIS (17.71 million). It’s the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series grabbed the top spot in total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scripps Networks Interactive cable networks all saw ratings increases for both the first quarter and month of March. Versus the same period last year, HGTV had its second highest-rated quarter ever with P25-54, M25-54 and W25-54 during primetime; Food Network had year-over-year gains among W25-54 and W18-49 (both up 4%), Travel Channel posted 1Q17 gains of 9% among P25-54, DIY had a March year-over-year bump among P25-54 (3%) and W25-54 (1%), Cooking Channel had its highest-rated and most-watched quarter in primetime among P25-54, up 18% year-over-year, and Great American Country had its highest-rated first quarter since 2007.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv is celebrating its best March ever across all key demos. Compared to March 2016 in prime time, WE tv is up 30% among W18-49, up 26% among W25-54, up 22% among A18-49 and 25-54 and up 18% among total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of Fox’s Bones on Tuesday hit a season high 1.0/4 among A18-49, up 25% from the week prior, and 4.19 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules grew from the prior week’s episode among all key demos, delivering 1.4 million P18-49 (up +8% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.6 million P25-54 (up +4%), and 2.3 million total viewers (up +2%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills posted week-over-week growth for the third consecutive week among all key demos, with 1.6 million P18-49 (up +3% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.9 million P25-54 (up +3%), and 3 million total viewers (up +4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the first quarter of 2017, Univision outdelivered Fox and NBC on every Friday night, and out-performed at least one or more of the top four English-language broadcast networks 81 percent of the nights among A18-34.The net averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 844,000 A18-49 and 380,000 A18-34 in primetime in the quarter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks President of Programming, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. Connie Orlando, Senior Vice President for Specials, Music Programming, and News, will serve as the interim Head of Programming for BET Networks. “Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO. “His contributions to the team have been invaluable.” Zola Mashariki, EVP and Head of Original Programming, will also be leaving the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Todd Waks has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances for dick clark productions. Waks most recently served as CEO of strategic brand marketing agency Entertainment Alliances.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Play That Goes Wrong is opening on Sunday April 2, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/play-that-goes-wrong/

Amelie with Phillipa Soo is opening on Monday April 3, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/amelie/

Present Laughter with Kevin Kline, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders is opening on Wednesday April 5, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/present-laughter-broadway/

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

March 23, 2017

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/23/17)
FUSION TV: The Fusion Feed (Premiere) at 9:30pm
FX: Baskets (Finale) at 10pm

The Young & the Restless and its home network CBS garnered the most nominations for the 44th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. CBS took a total of 70 nominations, with its beloved soap grabbing 25 noms. ABC’s General Hospital and CBS Bold and the Beautiful came in just behind Y&R, with 23 noms each.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For daytime entertainment talk show host, newbie Harry Connick Jr., for his syndicated series Harry, and Wendy Williams, for her syndicated Wendy Williams Show are in contention, as are Kelly Ripa (LIVE with Kelly); The Talk team; The View crew; and the hosts of the syndicated The Real.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Competing for entertainment talk show honors are ABC’s The View and CBS The Talk, plus the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, Maury and Live with Kelly. Game show noms went to the syndicated strips Celebrity Name Game, Family Feud and Jeopardy, as well as CBS The Price is Right and Let’s Make a Deal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Television and Telefe, a recent Viacom acquisition, are teaming to develop one-hour, multi-lingual drama Cazadores, created by journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Narcos). George will also serve as executive producer alongside Diego Piasek on behalf of Telefe. Series is based on recently declassified documents and centers on the true, dramatic thriller of the men and women who made it their mission to track down the Nazi high command that fled to South America after WWII.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wilshire Studios, the unscripted production arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, entered an overall development deal with Danny Salles, the exec producer behind docu-series Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which earned him an Emmy nomination. Salles most recently executive-produced Todrick (VH1), a docu-series following the YouTube star as he forges his Hollywood career.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, Discovery once again shines a spotlight on the organization and the vital role it has to play in the future with NASA: 60 Years and Beyond, slated to air on the network in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Secrets of the Dead, airing nationally on PBS stations on Wednesday, March 29 at 10p, follows an international team of scientists, archaeologists and historians mapping the underwater ruins at Baiae and uncovering what life was like in the ancient Rome of Nero’s sunken city.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo Media serves up the drama with a three-part reunion of Vanderpump Rules kicking off on Monday, April 3 at 8p and running for three consecutive Mondays. Host Andy Cohen sits down with Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SUR staff to rehash the season’s defining moments, from scandalous hookups and cheating accusations to wild wedding festivities. Series is on track to deliver its highest-rated season ever with season 5 averaging 2.4 million total viewers and nearly 1.7 million A24-54, up 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively from the prior season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on Bravo: Top Chef is headed for Colorado for season 15. Production begins this spring in Denver, Boulder and Telluride. “We are always on the hunt for the next great culinary destination and Colorado is fast becoming a hot spot for young chefs and foodies, making it an ideal backdrop for our upcoming season,” said Shari Levine, EVP, current production for Bravo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the afternoon of April 29, 1992, the acquittal of four white LAPD officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King set off an explosion of anger and frustration that erupted into deadly riots and devastated the already precarious social climate in LA. The newest installment of Smithsonian Channel’s immersive series The Lost Tapes, premiering Sunday, April 23 at 8p, will mark the 25th anniversary of the riots with raw, gripping and rare footage. The Lost Tapes: LA Riots recaptures the chaotic days following the verdict with powerful media coverage, home videos, gripping photographs and LAPD recordings, including never-before-heard LA Fire Department dispatch calls.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC will air the Love Actually reunion short film during its Red Nose Day special on May 25. A teaser clip features several familiar cast members of the 2003 film, including Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson. Red Nose Day has raised more than $60 million in its first two years since launching in the U.S. in 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tonight is the launch of Fusion TV’s The Fusion Feed, a look at “what’s catching our attention, pissing us off, making us laugh, and stirring up friendly fights (or spirited debate) across our social feeds.” The weekly program will feature a diverse set of contributors (6 women, 3 men, 2 African Americans, 3 Hispanics, 2 Muslim American and 1 Afghan refugee, to be exact) who weigh in passionately on subjects ranging from politics to pop culture. Show airs Thursdays at 9:30p, with a 12:30a encore.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Country Music announced today that country musicians Lauren Daigle, Faith Hill, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have been added to the lineup of performers on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcasting live on Sunday, April 2 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick Jonas will be honored with the Hero Award at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old, Jonas helped found Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of social media and technology to provide resources for those living with Type 1 diabetes, and provides funding for research, education, advocacy and programs to improve the lives of those living with Type 1 diabetes. Jonas will be presented with the award by longtime friend and fellow advocate, actor Jack Black. Additionally, Radio Disney will partner with the Give a Note Foundation and American Girl to highlight the importance of music during a special moment in the show. The RDMAs air Sunday, April 30 at 8p on Disney Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bones star David Boreanaz won’t be idle for long once the curtain falls on the series next week. He’s been tapped as the lead of CBS’ Navy SEAL drama pilot, replacing Jim Caviezel, who was cast in the role last week but has parted ways with the network over creative differences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katie McGrath, who has recurred on Supergirl as vixen Lena Luthor, has been made a regular for the upcoming season 3, recently picked up by the CW.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) got a regular role opposite Richard Schiff and Freddie Highmore in ABC’s medical drama The Good Doctor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Frequent Shark Tank guest, venture capitalist Chris Sacca, will make his acting debut in the ABC untitled comedy pilot formerly known as Start Up. Sacca will guest star as himself in pilot, based on Alex Blumberg’s Gimlet Media podcast Start Up, whose first season chronicled the launch of Gimlet, with a chance to recur should the project be picked up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The third episode of Saints & Sinners season 2 on Bounce delivered 566,000 Total Viewers Sunday, March 19 at 9p, a slight increase over the second episode last week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Miss Saigon is opening on Thursday March 23, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/miss-saigon/

Sweat is opening on Sunday March 26, 2017
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sweat/