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CELEBRITY NEWS: JUNE 18, 2019

June 18, 2019

CELEBRITY NEWS: JUNE 18, 2019
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Melanie Iglesias (MTV’s Girl Code, Guy Code) – 32 years old
Scott “Scooter” Braun (Justin Beiber’s Manager) – 38 years old
Emma Hemming (Model/ Bruce Willis’ 2nd wife) – 41 years old
Blake Shelton (Country Singer/ The Voice) – 43 years old
Nathan Morris (Boyz To Men) – 48 years old
Isabella Rossellini (“Blue Velvet”) – 67 years old
Carol Kane (“The Princess Bride”/ Taxi) – 67 years old
Paul McCartney (The Beatles) – 77 years old

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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS/ MEGA MILLIONS

June 18, 2019

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

ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 6/18/19)
COMEDY CENTRAL: Alternatino with Arturo Castro (Premiere) at 10:30pm
FREEFORM: Good Trouble (Premiere) at 8pm
OWN: Ambitions (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Hurricane Man (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: The Detour (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ID: True Conviction (Finale) at 10pm

CBS Television Distribution is launching DABL, a multiplatform, ad-supported lifestyle network, on September 9. The diginet will feature project-based, feel-good content around cooking, home renovation, design, DIY, pets and travel, with an initial lineup of programming from the libraries of lifestyle experts including Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse, among others. “The strength of our distribution and ad sales teams, combined with our O&O station group and the depth of our library, provides us with a lot of opportunities to mine in the digital landscape,” said Steve LoCascio, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of CBS Global Distribution Group. “We chose DABL as our first foray into the space because we see a huge upside in the marketplace for lifestyle programming.” Anchored by the CBS Television Stations group, DABL is cleared in over 70% of the country, including all of the top 10 markets and 23 of the top 25 markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News, MSNBC and Noticias Telemundo will provide students with support and resources for content creation and offer best practices for reporting news in the Student Journalism Project, a collaboration with Instagram. In addition, all three publishers will debut the students’ posts on their Instagram IGTV accounts. “We are excited to partner with Instagram on a project that enables us to invest in Hispanic students, offer our audiences a different way to experience the debates, and continue to fulfill our mission to be the choice and voice for Latinos,” said Romina Rosado, SVP, Digital Media & Emerging Businesses NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “The Latino vote will be crucial in the 2020 election, and with Hispanics’ median age a full 15 years lower than the non-Hispanic, all campaigns need to pay attention to the young Hispanic demographic.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast launched a feature that gives people with physical disabilities like spinal cord injuries or ALS the ability to navigate their television using only their eyes. Xfinity X1 eye control, a web-based remote for tablets and computers, pairs with an existing eye gaze system and allows viewers to change the channel, set a recording, search for a show and more. “Changing the channel on a TV is something most of us take for granted but until now, it was a near-impossible task for millions of viewers,” said Tom Wlodkowski, VP Accessibility at Comcast. “When you make a product more inclusive you create a better experience for everyone and we’re hoping our new X1 feature makes a real difference in the lives of our customers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alice Sylvester, Partner, Sequent Partners, and Gian Fulgoni, co-founder and former Chairman of Comscore, have been selected as the 2019 inductees into the Market Research Council Hall of Fame. “At a time when Market Research as a discipline is undergoing significant change as it adapts to big data and AI-fueled analytics, there are perhaps no better two examples of the innovation and impact that practitioners in our field have had on advertising and marketing broadly than Alice and Gian,” said Jim Spaeth, President of the MRC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime picked up On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a one-hour series starring Kirsten Dunst (Fargo) set to debut Sunday, August 25 at 10p. Nine-parter is a darkly comedic story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream; Dunst will exec produce with George Clooney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyra Banks (America’s Next Top Model) will star in and EP Beauty, a docu-series for upcoming short-form video platform Quibi. “Our docu-series aims to expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments,” said Banks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM Television is developing a series inspired by the 1986 Rodney Dangerfield comedy Back to School – only it’s for real. “I am so excited to take the premise of one of my favorite films into the unscripted world,” said President of Unscripted Television, Barry Poznick. “Rodney was a comedic genius and his spirit is very much in the DNA of our show’s approach to a dual fish-out-of-water comedic format for audiences to experience along with our parents and kids.” The MGM project shows parents who missed out on their college years sharing classrooms with their (likely mortified) children. MGM TV chairman Mark Burnett will EP with Poznick and Dangerfield’s widow, Joan Dangerfield.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In HGTV’s Supersize My Pool, Mario Lopez surprises families with pool makeovers. What exactly does Lopez’s job entail? “Mario plays the dual role of Super Mario & Willy Wonka,” Juma Entertainment president and series EP Robert Horowitz tells Cynopsis. “He engages with families from the moment he sees their rundown pool and yard, then listens to their wish list, before creating and putting his Supersize pool plan in motion. As for the backyard transformation in each half-hour, it’s pretty amazing.” Series launches Saturday, July 6 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s new nonfiction series The Strongest Man In History will send four of the world’s leading strongmen on a journey across the world to seek out titans of strength. During the seven-episode season premiering Wednesday, July 10 at 10p, strongmen will take part in acts of physicality like pulling a Viking war ship, strapping pianos on their back and rolling up frying pans with their bare hands.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dark and twisted agendas are exposed in Oxygen’s Killer Motive, debuting Sunday, August 25 at 7p. NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk and Troy Roberts (48 Hours) host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone launches Wednesday, June 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s The Dead Files starts a new season Thursday, July 11 at 10p, launching with the story of a twisted teen who poisoned children.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon-owned IMDb has rebranded its streaming service, launched in January, from Freedive to IMDb TV. The free, ad-supported service will add what the company describes as thousands of new titles, tripling the number of shows and movies now available thanks to deals with studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Entertainment and MGM.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) will host HDNET Movies’ “Iconic 80s with Lea Thompson” movie event, with journalist and 80s film expert Tara McNamara. Stunt runs from Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27 every night 8p, kicking off with 1987’s Some Kind of Wonderful.
(Source: Cynopsis)

INSP is airing all 29 episodes of How the West Was Won in a cable exclusive summer event beginning Monday, June 24 at 7p, ending with the final episode on Wednesday, July 31 at 7p. Also on INSP, every weekend in July, the net will air classic John Wayne films, as part of their “Duke Days of Summer” programming event. First up: Big Jake on Friday, July 5 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning Saturday, June 22, World Channel begins a 24-hour “Stories From the Stage” marathon, with over 140 stories from storytellers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen celebrates its 10-year anniversary on Thursday, June 27 at 10p,when Cohen will be joined by Bravo superfan Chrissy Teigen to look back at some of the most unforgettable moments in the show’s history. Teigen will also share her take on Bravo hot topics, rate the shadiest Bravo Clubhouse moments and go head-to-head with Cohen in a game to test her Bravo fandom.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rashel Diaz interviews Maria Isabel Santos (formerly known as Victoria Eugenia Henao), the widow of drug lord Pablo Escobar, on Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Dia, for a segment airing Wednesday, June 19 at 7a. Santos was married to the head of the Medellin cartel until his death in 1993.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nicholas Pinnock (For Life), David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) will star in Netflix police interrogation drama CriminalSex and the City alum Kim Cattrall has been replaced on UK comedy The Cockfields by Sarah Parish (Bancroft), due to “scheduling issues.” Cattrall is also starring in Fox’s upcoming drama, Filthy Rich.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NBA finals on ABC between the Raptors and the Warriors were down 19% versus last year, according to Nielsen. The series averaged 14.3 million viewers, down from the Warriors/Cavaliers match-up’s 17.6 million average in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season six premiere of TV Land’s Younger scored its highest-rated season premiere ever among P25-54 and W25-54 on Wednesday, June 12. For Live+3 viewing, Younger recorded a 1.21 W25-54 rating (457,000 viewers), up +30% from the previous season premiere and a .81 (601,000 viewers) amongP25-54, up +29%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News producer Katherine “Katy” Textor died June 14 of cancer. She was 45. “Katy Textor was a scrupulous journalist and a wonderful storyteller. Her energy and personality will be impossible to replace at 60 Minutes,” said Bill Owens, executive producer of 60 Minutes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2019 MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.eonline.com/news/1049766/mtv-movie-tv-awards-2019-winners-the-complete-list

MEGA MILLIONS
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RYAN LOCHTE & KAYLA RAE REID WELCOME THEIR SECOND CHILD A BABY GIRL

June 17, 2019

RYAN LOCHTE & KAYLA RAE REID WELCOME THEIR SECOND CHILD A BABY GIRL
https://www.eonline.com/news/1043442/ryan-lochte-and-kayla-rae-reid-welcome-baby-girl-liv-lochte

GINA RODRIGUEZ OPENS UP ABOUT BATTLING DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

June 17, 2019

GINA RODRIGUEZ OPENS UP ABOUT BATTLING DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS
https://www.eonline.com/news/1050082/gina-rodriguez-opens-up-about-battling-depression-anxiety-and-suicidal-thoughts

O.J. SIMPSON DENIES ROMANCE KRIS JENNER, SHUTS DOWN RUMORS THAT HE’S KHLOE KARDASHIAN’S REAL DAD

June 17, 2019

O.J. SIMPSON DENIES ROMANCE KRIS JENNER, SHUTS DOWN RUMORS THAT HE’S KHLOE KARDASHIAN’S REAL DAD
https://www.eonline.com/news/1049968/o-j-simpson-denies-romance-with-kris-jenner-shuts-down-rumors-he-s-khloe-kardashian-s-real-dad

GLORIA VANDERBILT HAS DIED

June 17, 2019

GLORIA VANDERBILT HAS DIED
https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/17/gloria-vanderbilt-dead-dies/

BRYSHERE GRAY (EMPIRE) IS ARRESTED IN CHICAGO FOR DRIVING-RELATED OFFENSES

June 17, 2019

BRYSHERE GRAY (EMPIRE) IS ARRESTED IN CHICAGO FOR DRIVING-RELATED OFFENSES
https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/17/bryshere-gray-arrested-empire-chicago-driving-registration/

NICHOLAS SPARKS (WRITER OF “THE NOTEBOOK”) APOLOGIZES FOR TRYING TO BAN A LGBTQ CLUB AT HIS SCHOOL

June 17, 2019

NICHOLAS SPARKS (WRITER OF “THE NOTEBOOK”) APOLOGIZES FOR TRYING TO BAN A LGBTQ CLUB AT HIS SCHOOL
https://www.tmz.com/2019/06/17/nicholas-sparks-apologizes-lgbtq-ban-christian-school/

CELEBRITY NEWS: JUNE 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

CELEBRITY NEWS: JUNE 17, 2019
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

Deyja Harris (T.I.’s Daughter/ VH1’s The Family Hustle) – 18 years old
Sadie Robertson (Duck Dynasty) – 22 years old
Betty Idol (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta) – 30 years old
Kendrick Lamar (Rapper) – 32 years old
Venus Williams (Tennis Player) – 39 years old
Anthony “Krayzie Bone” Henderson (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony) – 46 years old
Paulina Rubio (Singer) – 48 years old
Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) – 49 years old
Tory Birch (Fashion Designer) – 53 years old
Jason Patric (“The Lost Boys”) – 53 years old
Erin Murphy (Bewitched) – 55 years old
Greg Kinnear (“Heaven Is For Real”) – 56 years old
Thomas Haden Church (“Heaven Is For Real”/ “Sideways”) – 59 years old
Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers) – 65 years old
Joe Piscopo (formerly of Saturday Night Live) – 68 years old
Barry Manilow (Pop Singer/Songwriter) – 76 years old = 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

June 17, 2019

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 6/17/19)
MTV: 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Grand Hotel (Premiere) at 10pm
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Premiere) at 8pm
CW: Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: POV (Premiere) at 10pm
SNAP: Phone Swap (Premiere)
TV ONE: ATL Homicide (Premiere) at 9pm
OXYGEN: In Ice Cold Blood (Premiere) at 8pm

NBCUniversal is expanding its relationship with Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a 10-year plan to redevelop an empty warehouse into two soundstages and offices. The new facility will be used produce scripted productions for platforms including broadcast and cable channels, and is expected to bring 330 full time jobs and have an economic impact in the area of $1.1 billion over a decade. The deal comes after a law was passed in March that offers a partnership arrangement for studios and producers that commit to do business in the state for ten years or more. Netflix announced last year that Albuquerque would be the site of its new production hub.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

A random drawing at 30 Rock on Friday determined the two groups of Democratic candidates that will battle it out in the Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 debates. Night one includes Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Sec. Julian Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Jay Inslee. Facing off the next night are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Michael Bennet, Ms. Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Mr. Andrew Yang and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The debates are set to air live from Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and in translation on Telemundo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tick creator Ben Edlund was unable to find a new home for his show, canceled by Amazon after two seasons. “I’m sorry we could not reward your glorious support with better news,” he told fans via Twitter. “I am so proud of the show, of the cast and crew and writers….We will look for other opportunities to continue this story with this cast, but the current series must I’m afraid come to its end.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T announced WarnerMedia has completed the sale-leaseback of its NYC headquarters in Hudson Yards, for about $2.2 billion. Sale of the HQ, which brings teams from a number of locations to the same development, will be used to reduce its debt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

GMA’s Michael Strahan will host ABC’s Highwire Live in TImes Square along with Fox NFL Sunday’s Erin Andrews on Sunday, June 23 at 8p. Nik Wallenda and his sister, Lijana, seventh-generation members of the Wallenda family circus troupe, will attempt a walk of approximately 1,300 feet long and 25 stories above street level. The trek will be Lijana Wallenda’s first since the 2017 accident during which she, along with four others, fell 30 feet off a tightrope during a rehearsal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In another live telecast, World of Dance host Derek Hough and singer Ciara will co-host NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Special will air Thursday, July 4 at 8p, with an hourlong encore at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some categories at Cannes Lions will be judged live this year, for the first time. Entrants for the Innovation Lions, the Lion for Change, and Titanium Lions will present their work to jury members as well as an audience, from today, June 17 through Wednesday, June 19. The live judging format is aimed at providing an interactive forum within the awards review process; jury members are encouraged to engage with presenters and ask questions to better understand the finer details of the entry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM Television has optioned bestselling YA sci-fi thriller Aurora Rising, written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. The novel, which was published on May 7, is set in the year 2380 and follows the top cadet of the Aurora Academy and his squad of misfits and losers as they realize that the girl they rescued from hundreds of years of cryo-sleep may be the catalyst for a war millions of years in the making.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered hidden camera show Prank Encounters, exec produced and hosted by 16-year-old Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo. Eight-episode series is produced by Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Kevin Healey for Propagate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lena Dunham (Girls) will direct and EP Industry, greenlit by HBO. Eight-parter follows young graduates competing for jobs at an investment bank in London.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spectrum Originals has greenlit a second season for L.A.’s Finest. All 13 episodes of the Sony Pictures Television-produced drama will be available to binge free and on-demand, exclusively to Spectrum’s subscribers when season one finales Monday, June 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eleventh Hour Films has optioned Ayisha Malik’s novel, This Green and Pleasant Land, to adapt for television. The book tells the story of the only Muslim family in a British village who deal with a deathbed wish to build a mosque.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New HGTV series Supersize My Pool premieres Saturday, July 6 at 9p. In each episode, Mario Lopez will surprise families with the news that their lackluster pools will be transformed into resort-style oases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Steven Raichlen is back with a second season of his public television series, Steven Raichlen’s Project Fire, in July.  The new 13-episode season features more projects and easy-to-follow instructions to help viewers take their grilling to the next level.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Channel’s groundbreaking coming-of-age series, Andi Mack, ends its acclaimed run after three seasons on Friday, July 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix commissioned Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, about the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan. The docu-drama, a co-production with Blue Ant Media, from Canadian producer Cream Productions, is being filmed in Japan, the US and Canada and is slated to air later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Injustice with Nancy Grace launches on Oxygen Saturday, July 13 at 6p. Episodes cover cases involving wrongful accusations, botched investigations and unjust sentences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Next stop for Conan: Africa. The TBS talker takes to the road for the eleventh time in four years with Conan Without Borders: Ghana, airing Tuesday, September 17 at 10p. Along for the ride is Sam Richardson (Veep), whose family comes from Ghana.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class) will star in BBC One feature-length drama Elizabeth Is MissingDavid Costabile (Billions), Amy Landecker (Transparent) and Matt Lauria (Shaft) have joined new Sky original drama Little Birds Jake McDorman (What We Do in the Shadows), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Aaron Staton (Narcos: Mexico), Michael Trotter, (Underground), Micah Stock (Escape at Dannemora) and James Lafferty (The Haunting of Hill House) are onboard the cast of Nat Geo’s The Right StuffTom Pelphrey (Iron Fist) and Jessica Frances Dukes (Jessica Jones) landed series regular roles in season three of Netflix’s Ozark.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s debut of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! averaged more than one million viewers (P2+) and anchored the highest-rated Sunday night in network history in the target demo (P25-54).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season five premiere of Hallmark Channel’s Good Witch was the highest-rated and most-watched original scripted series of the week on ad-supported cable, averaging a 2.9 Household rating, 3 million Total Viewers, and 419,000 W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Men In Black International – $28.5 million
The Secret Life of Pets 2 – $23.8 million
Aladdin – $16.7 million
Dark Phoenix – $9 million
Rocketman – $8.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)