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January 24, 2020

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

ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 1/24/20)
NICKELODEON: The Crystal Maze (Premiere) at 7pm

(SATURDAY 1/25/20)
HISTORY: Ancient Aliens (Premiere) at 10pm
NAT. GEO. WILD: Heartland Docs, DVM (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Adam Driver, Musical Guest: Halsey at 11:30pm
FOX: Flirty Dancing (Finale) at 8pm

(SUNDAY 1/26/20)
E!: E! Live From The Red Carpet: 2020 Grammy Awards at 6pm
CBS: Grammy Red Carpet Live at 7pm
CBS: The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at 8pm
REELZ: The Lost Unabomber Tapes (Premiere) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: The Circus: Inside The Craziest Political Campaign on Earth (Premiere) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: Our Cartoon President (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ID: On The Case with Paula Zahn (Finale) at 10pm
SHOWTIME: Shameless (Finale) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: The L Word: Generation Q (Finale) at 10pm

OWN canceled Ambitions after one season. “We’re thankful to Will Packer, Jamey Giddens and the entire cast and crew of Ambitions for their creativity and hard work on the show. Every week they delivered great drama, intrigue and a lot of fun storytelling,” said Tina Perry, OWN president. “We look forward to continue working with Will Packer and his talented team of collaborators in the future.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN renewed three unscripted series for second seasons: Love & Marriage: Huntsville; Black Women Own the Conversation; and Ready to Love. Black Love was picked up for a fourth season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC Two ordered a three-part social history series from Blink Films, Unforgotten, which shares the personal stories of ordinary people on a quest to find a special person who made a huge impact on their lives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace and Frankie) inked a first-look deal with Fox 21 Television Studios for her company with Robbie Rowe Tollin and Hannah Carter, Okay Goodnight. Along with Brian Littlefield’s The Littlefield Company, Okay Goodnight will develop a TV series based on The Dreamers, the novel by Karen Thompson Walker, as part of the agreement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rebel, a drama based on the life of Erin Brockovich, has been ordered to pilot at ABC. The drama from Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), who produces alongside her husband and Trip the Light partner Alexandre Schmitt, will star Katey Sagal (Married…With Children, Sons of Anarchy). ABC also ordered a pilot for My Village, a comedy centered on an empty-nester mom, from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine), Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC ordered pilots for two comedies: Jefferies, from comedian Jim Jefferies, Suzanne Martin and Hazy Mills; and American Auto, from Justin Spitzer (Superstore) and Kapital Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News is launching a new production studio, NBC News Studios, to produce documentary and scripted programming aimed at emerging platforms. Initial partners include Focus Features, Blumhouse Television, NBCU’s Peacock and Quibi.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chuck Lorre comedy B Positive, about a newly divorced dad in need of a kidney donor who finds one in a woman from his past, landed a pilot order from CBS. Project falls under Lorre’s deal with Warner Bros. TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Cleaning Lady, based on the Argentinian drama, got a pilot order from Fox. Show comes from Miranda Kwok (The 100), Melissa Carter (Stargirl), Amore & Vita Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entertainment One picked up two more seasons of comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The daily half-hour strip, which features a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash, has cleared in 96% of US television markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cineflix Rights inked a first-look development deal with UK’s Curious Films. The partnership gives Cineflix Rights exclusive distribution rights to Curious Films’ new slate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel renewed The Holzer Files for a second seasonParanormal series pulled in over 5.8 million viewers during its freshman run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Smithsonian Channel is expanding its aerial franchise with Aerial Greece. The four-parter, produced in partnership with Tile Films, will explore Greece’s landscape, culture and history. Past series followed aerial explorations of the US, UK, Ireland and New Zealand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

What’s Eating America, hosted by chef Andrew Zimmern, premieres Sunday, February 16 at 9p on MSNBC. In each of five episodes, Zimmern travels the country to explore political issues impacting Americans today – immigration, climate change, addiction, voting rights and healthcare – through the lens of food.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Alaska Triangle, focused on missing aircraft, UFOs and monster sightings, makes its debut on Travel Channel Sunday, February 9 at 10p, following the season launch of These Woods Are Haunted at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

RuPaul’s Drag Race returns to VH1 for season 12 on Friday, February 28 at 8p. After-show RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked follows, at 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A team of boat captains and divers tackle an unsolved mystery in new Science Channel series, Curse of the Bermuda Triangle, debuting Sunday, February 9 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s In Ice Cold Blood is back for season three on Thursday, February 13 at 9p. Ice-T returns as host for the true crime series. The net’s Up and Vanished, based on the investigative podcast, returns with a two-hour premiere two days later, at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also returning for season three is MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation, on Thursday, February 27 at 8p. This time around, Mike “The Situation” rejoins the group after his release from prison, Jenni embraces her newly single life, and Vinny eats carbs again.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guy Fieri hosts and executive produces a new culinary show, Tournament of Champions, premiering on Food Network Wednesday, March 4 at 10p with a supersized 90-minute episode. During the five-part tournament, chefs go head to head in a bracket-style competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook Watch inked a three year deal for Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Studios. The pact will keep the series exclusively on the platform with new episodes streaming through 2022. Facebook Watch also greenlit a second Red Table Talk franchise from Jada Pinkett Smith and Westbrook Studios. Red Table Talk: The Estefans will feature Grammy winner Gloria Estefan, her daughter and rising musician Emily Estefan and her niece and Daytime Emmy Award-winning Lili Estefan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cynthia Erivo, Elton John, Idina Menzel, Chrissy Metz and Randy Newman will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 92nd Oscars ceremony, airing Sunday, February 9, on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Betty Gilpin (GLOW) will play Ann Coulter in Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: Impeachment, for FX…Tosin Cole (Doctor Who) and Bentley Green (Snowfall) have joined the cast of AMC drama 61st Street.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MOVIES
The Gentlemen – Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Colin Farrell, Henry Golding, Hugh Grant
The Last Full Measure – Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Irvine, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Peter Fonda, Lisa Gay Hamilton
The Turning – Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman, Karen Egan, Nial Fulton, Denna Thomsen Kim Adis, Barbara Marten

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $130 million

You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

NYLottery.NY.gov

POWERBALL
Saturday’s Jackpot is $373 million. 

Powerball is played in 43 states.

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TAYLOR SWIFT DEBUTS NEW LOOK AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE OF ‘MISS AMERICANA’

January 23, 2020

TAYLOR SWIFT DEBUTS NEW LOOK AT SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE OF ‘MISS AMERICANA’
https://www.eonline.com/news/1115176/taylor-swift-debuts-new-look-at-sundance-film-festival-premiere-of-miss-americana

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON & JUSTIN MIKITA ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD TOGETHER

January 23, 2020

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON & JUSTIN MIKITA ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD TOGETHER
https://www.eonline.com/news/1114863/jesse-tyler-ferguson-and-justin-mikita-expecting-their-first-child-together

DEREK JETER SHARES RARE VIDEO OF HIS DAUGHTERS AFTER HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT

January 23, 2020

DEREK JETER SHARES RARE VIDEO OF HIS DAUGHTERS AFTER HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT
https://www.eonline.com/news/1114874/derek-jeter-shares-rare-video-of-his-daughters-after-hall-of-fame-announcement

ANTONIO BROWN IS SURRENDERING TO POLICE AND ARRIVES AT JAIL

January 23, 2020

ANTONIO BROWN IS SURRENDERING TO POLICE AND ARRIVES AT JAIL
https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/23/antonio-brown-arrest-assault-moving-truck-hollywood-florida/

‘BACHELORETTE’ CONTESTANT TYLER GWOZDZ HAS DIED AFTER A POSSIBLE OVERDOSE

January 23, 2020

‘BACHELORETTE’ CONTESTANT TYLER GWOZDZ HAS DIED AFTER A POSSIBLE OVERDOSE
https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/23/bachelorette-contestant-tyler-gwozdz-hospitalized-overdose/

R. KELLY’S GIRLFRIEND JOYCELYN SAVAGE APPROACHED BY HER MOTHER WHILE LEAVING COURT

January 23, 2020

R. KELLY’S GIRLFRIEND JOYCELYN SAVAGE APPROACHED BY HER MOTHER WHILE LEAVING COURT
https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/23/joycelyn-savage-approached-by-grandma-leaving-court-r-kelly/

NEIL YOUNG GETS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP AFTER A DELAY OVER MARIJUANA USE

January 23, 2020

NEIL YOUNG GETS AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP AFTER A DELAY OVER MARIJUANA USE
https://www.tmz.com/2020/01/23/neil-young-granted-american-citizenship-delay-marijuana-use-vote-against-trump/

CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 23, 2020

January 23, 2020

CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 23, 2020
http://www.imdb.com/news/celebrity

We McDonald (The Voice, Season 11) – 21 years old
Rachel Crow (Schooled, X Factor) – 22 years old
Doutzen Kroes (Model) – 35 years old
Draya Michele (Basketball Wives LA) – 35 years old
Tito Ortiz (UFC Wrestler) – 45 years old
Tiffani Amber Thiessen (90210) – 46 years old
Lisa Wu (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) – 47 years old
Lisa Snowdon (Model) – 47 years old
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) – 56 years old
Gail O’Grady (Revenge/ NYPD Blue) – 57 years old
Princess Caroline of Monaco (Royalty) – 63 years old
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Pilot) – 69 years old
Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver) – 70 years old
Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century) – 77 years old
Chita Rivera (Broadway Actress) – 87 years old

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

January 23, 2020

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/23/20)
ABC: Station 19 (Premiere) at 8pm
AXS TV: The Very VERY Best of the 70’s (Premiere) at 8:30pm
COURT TV: OJ25 (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Outmatched (Premiere) at 8:30pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Swamp People (Premiere) at 9pm
REELZ: Inside The Mind of a Serial Killer (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Perfect Harmony (Finale) at 9:30pm
OXYGEN: An Unexpected Killer (Finale) at 8pm

Bill Abbott, President and CEO of Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media Family Networks, is leaving the company after 11 years, effective tomorrow. “I want to thank Bill for his many years of success and contributions to Crown Media and wish him continued success,” said Mike Perry, President and CEO of Hallmark Cards, which owns Crown Media. While no reason was given for the exit of Abbott, who saw Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” programming propel the network up the ratings chart, last month, Hallmark drew criticism for pulling a Zola.com ad featuring a same-sex couple. Days later, Perry issued an apology and reversed the decision. Perry said he will begin a search for Abbott’s replacement. “I have tremendous confidence in the Crown Media management team,” Perry added. “In a time when there is immense competition among television networks and streaming services, it is more important than ever that we find relevant new ways to grow our business and continue to produce high quality programming that resonates with our growing audience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal is flying high over streaming service Peacock. “Peacock can transcend the generations because we’re providing content for everyone,” said Laura Molen, President of Ad Sales and Partnerships for NBCU, at NATPE. Comcast reports its 4Q19 earnings this morning; the streaming service, with a tiered subscription model, launches April 15 for Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers, and nationwide July 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor and managing editor David Muir and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis will moderate The Democratic Debate in New Hampshire on Friday, February 7 at 8p on ABC. They’ll be joined by WMUR-TV political director Adam Sexton and WMUR-TV news anchor Monica Hernandez. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from the debate hall in Manchester on Thursday, February 6, and Friday; Stephanopoulos will anchor GMA and anchor Byron Pitts will anchor Nightline from Manchester on Friday. ABC News is partnering with Apple News and Hearst Television’s WMUR-TV for the event.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Supreme Court refused to hear Facebook’s appeal of a lower court ruling that allows Illinois residents to sue the social media giant. Facebook is accused of violating the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act with its facial-recognition software. Facebook argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed since Illinois residents weren’t harmed by its photo-tagging function.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation, citing the former presidential candidate’s saying in October, on the podcast Campaign HQ, that a candidate assumed to be Gabbard is “the favorite of the Russians” and being groomed to be a third-party candidate. Gabbard “has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks,” said her lawyer. Gabbard is seeking $50 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producers and entrepreneurs L.C. Crowley and Brandon Barr, along with animator and VFX artist Grzegorz Jonkajtys, announced the launch of Trioscope Studios, dedicated to next-generation enhanced hybrid animation. The LA- based studio will be developing original dramatic content as well as adapting and producing third party intellectual property. Crowley will serve as CEO with Barr as Chief Content Officer and Jonkajtys as Chief Creative Officer. Joining them is Brian Lavin, SVP of Development.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a pilot order to Harlem’s Kitchen, an ensemble family drama set in a restaurant in Harlem. Project comes from writer Zahir McGhee (For the People), Mandeville Television and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT has put into development Liars Club, reports Deadline. The dramedy/thriller about a woman living two very different lives comes from Amy Rutberg (Daredevil), Paul Giamatti and Dan Carey’s Touchy Feely Films, Christopher Silber (NCIS: New Orleans) and CBS Television Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In development at Amazon is a series based on James Patterson’s best-selling Alex Cross novels. Project comes from Amazon Studios, Paramount Television Studios and Skydance Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV Studios has sold a range of scripted content to the US. Brassic, Sky’s highest-rating comedy in seven years, has been acquired by Hulu; Gold Digger, a character-driven relationship thriller, is headed to Acorn TV; and new comedy drama The Trouble with Maggie Cole, which delves into what happens when idle gossip escalates out of control, has been picked up by PBS Distribution. ITV has also teamed with BritBox North America to co-produce the up-coming six-part mystery series McDonald & Dodds, about a pair of mismatched police detectives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns for its final 12 episodes on Disney+ on Friday, February 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Strange email messages following the disappearance of Christopher Smith led to the revelation that his business partner, Edward Shin, had murdered him, then covered it up. A two-hour 20/20 broadcast on Friday January 24 at 9p, and multipart podcast, tell the story of how authorities connected the dots to get Shin sent to prison for life. Podcast starts Thursday, February 27, with new episodes posting every Thursday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

She’s the boss: Judith Light (Transparent) will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 19 in NYC. Lilly Singh, openly bisexual executive producer and host of NBC’s A Little Late with Lilly Singh, will serve as host of the Awards; Ryan Murphy will receive the Vito Russo Award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the series finale of ID’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, Detective Kenda is called in to investigate a triple homicide and discovers one of his most personally brutal murders to date. Titled “The End,” the episode airs Wednesday, January 29 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Paramount Network’s Army medic drama 68 Whiskey delivered 2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, making it the most-watched cable drama series debut since November 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tuesday debut of Univision’s Rubí reached nearly 3 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the one-hour premiere. Rubi averaged 1.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 749,000 A18-49 and 256,000 A18-34. On Sunday, the second telecast of Univision reality series Mira Quien Baila All Stars averaged 1.9 million total viewers 2+, 679,000 A18-49 and 257,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The January 17 episode of WE tv spin-off After Lockup: Life After Lockup was the highest performing episode for the series among A5-54 and total viewers, and also achieved season high ratings across all key demos, including W18-49, W25-54, A25-54 and total viewers. The most recent episode garnered more than 1.3 million viewers in Nielsen Live+3 ratings and also grew its ratings across all key demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon’s animated series It’s Pony was the net’s biggest animated series launch since 2018’s The Adventures of Kid Danger, posting double-digit gains over last year with Kids 2-11 (2.1/453,000, up +24%) and Kids 6-11 (1.9/250,000, +27%).

In syndication news, freshman The Kelly Clarkson Show climbed 20% in the target W25-54 demo the week of January 6 and extended its winning streak among the season’s newcomers to 18 weeks, despite being one of the shows negatively affected by coverage in the aftermath of Iran’s missile strike on US bases in Iraq. Meanwhile, the top entertainment magazines nabbed big rating increases following the Golden Globe Awards on January 5. Entertainment Tonight (new season high 3.0, up 20%) claimed sole possession of first place among magazines with its strongest Nielsens since the week of March 11, overtaking Inside Edition (2.9, up 16%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen By My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story on Saturday ranked as the #1 telecast across television with W25-54, drawing 2 million total viewers, 776,000 A25-54 and 538,000 W25-54, according to Nielsen. It was Lifetime’s best movie premiere since Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance in May 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UniMás achieved double-digit year-over-year audience growth during primetime the week of January 13 among Total Viewers 2+ (+73% to 556,000), A18-49 (+93% to 264,000) and A18-34 (+70% to 109,000), marking the thirteenth consecutive week of audience growth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Author and actor Terry Jones, co-founder of Monty Python, died at age 77. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2015. “He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have,” said Monty Python member Michael Palin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sheldon Cooper, former GM of Chicago’s WGN-Channel 9 and founding President of Tribune Entertainment died of obstructive pulmonary disease on January 19. He was 93. “Sheldon was a pioneer, bringing talent such as Mike Douglas and Phil Donahue to the Chicago market,” said Paul Rennie, VP and GM of WGN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer/showrunner David Valentine Osper died December 30 of cancer. He was 47. Known for work on shows like Road Rules, Storage Hunters and Ancient Aliens, Osper most recently served as Vice President, Unscripted Development at MTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Billy Eichner (American Horror Story) will play Matt Drudge in FX limited series American Crime Story: Impeachment…Rosario Dawson (Daredevil) landed the lead in HBO Max pilot DMZ, based on the DC comic book series…Johnny Flynn (Beast) will star with Andrew Scott in Showtime drama Ripley, based on the Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Grand Horizons with James Cromwell, Jane Alexander, Michael Urie and Ben McKenzie is opening on Thursday January 23, 2019.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/grand-horizons/