ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 12/21/15)
HLN: Nancy Grace (Premiere) at 8pm
HLN: Dr. Drew (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: 20/20 on ID Presents: Homicide (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: The Great Christmas Light Fight (Finale) at 8pm
ABC: The Great Holiday Baking Show (Finale) at 10pm
BRAVO: Apres Ski (Finale) at 10pm
MasterChef judge Graham Elliot is leaving the Fox cooking competition after six seasons. “It has been a true honor to share my love of cooking,” said Elliot, who had also judged MasterChef Junior. The same day Elliot confirmed his exit, Fox announced two-hour special MasterChef Junior Celebrity Showdown, set for Monday, January 18.
The Bachelor has a new companion. ABC is launching Bachelor Live, a one-hour after-show debuting Monday, January 4 at 10p, following the season 20 premiere of the reality dating show. Chris Harrison (of course) hosts; Embassy Row (Talking Dead) will produce.
Adam Driver hosts Saturday Night Live on January 16. In addition to his role on HBO’s Girls, Driver plays Kylo Ren in a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Season three of Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan launches on Travel Channel Wednesday, January 27 at 10p. Thirteen episodes will include expeditions to the Peruvian Amazon and Madagascar, among other locales.
Five-part doc series Films By Kids, pairing filmmakers with teens from around the world, will air nationally on public television stations beginning Tuesday, January 19. Ashley Judd narrates.
Season two of Disney XD’s The 7D, a take-off on the Seven Dwarfs, premieres Saturday, January 23 at 9:30a. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will guest on an upcoming episode as parents to a character voiced by Kelly Osbourne.
Amazon went three for three – originals The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks and Hand of God, which all launched in 2015, were renewed for second seasons.
Friday Night Tykes kicks off season three Tuesday, January 19 at 9p on Esquire. Pint-sized athletes are from the 10- and 11-year-old division of the Texas Youth Football Association.
Discovery is fishing for more viewers with a spin-off of Emmy-winning hit reality show Deadliest Catch. The new series, set in an area along the Oregon coast known “the graveyard of the Pacific,” is slated for a fall 2016 premiere. Deadliest Catch averaged 3.6 million viewers this season.
Entertainment Studios announced a firm go for comedy game show Funny You Should Ask, for fall 2016 in broadcast strip syndication and cable. Exec producer will be Scott Satin (Hollywood Squares).
Esquire introduces its second scripted series, Beowulf, on Saturday, January 23 at 10p. One-hour drama based on the classic English poem stars Kieran Bew (Da Vinci’s Demons) and William Hurt (Damages).
Jaime Ray Newman (Mind Games) will recur on season four of A&E’s Bates Motel, slated to launch in early 2016.
Cast for the ABC Family comedy Nicki includes Ariana Neal (Get Hard) playing a role inspired by Nicki Minaj; Selita Ebanks (Real Husbands of Hollywood); Wesley Jonathan (The Soul Man), and McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives). Whoopi Goldberg will guest star. Minaj is executive producer and will also appear in the show.
Fortune Feimster (Chelsea Lately) has been upped to series regular on Hulu’s The Mindy Project. Comedy streams Tuesdays.
Comedy Central pilot Bad Couple added Morgan Krantz (Oh, You Pretty Things!) as the male lead opposite Noel Wells in Bad Couple. Project comes from real-life couple Wells and Flint Wainess.
Megalyn Echikunwoke will play DC Comics character Vixen on CW’s Arrow, a role she voiced on CW Seed’s animated web series. Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8p.
It appears ABC’s Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 didn’t get a Trump bump. Despite inclusion of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, the show delivered 1.0/4 among A18-49 on Thursday, the lowest since the annual special started in 1993.
NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls special rose 24 percent in total viewers versus the last original, to 3.5 million, but dipped one tenth among A18-49 to .9/3. Special guest: President Obama.
Bounce TV’s Off the Chain delivered 400,000 viewers on Tuesday, December 15, its number one episode ever. The episode was also the most-watched to date among W2+ (214,000) and had the youngest audience ever with a median age of 35. Stand-up series is in its fourth season.
Season four of Luther opened to 252,000 total viewers on BBC America on Thursday, up 22 percent from the season three bow in 2013.
SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 12/17/15)
1) Adele – 25 – 789,821 (After 4 weeks – 5,976,056)
2) Justin Beiber – Purpose – 99,523 (After 5 weeks – 1,014,131)
3) Chris Stapleton – Traveller – 54,356 (After 32 weeks – 567,802)
7) Cam – Untamed – 37,346
8) R. Kelly – Buffet – 36, 353
10) August Alsina – This Thing Called Life – 36,056
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – $238 million
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip – $14.4 million
Sisters – $13.4 million
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – 5.7 million
Creed – $5.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)