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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

October 12, 2015

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/12/15)
AZTECA AMERICA: Escape Perfecto (Premiere) at 7pm
CW: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Premiere) at 8pm
CW: Jane The Virgin (Premiere) at 9pm
FX: Fargo (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Orange County (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Brother VS. Brother (Finale) at 9pm

It’s not a surprise, but it’s official: AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead had the highest-rated first season of any series in cable history across total viewers and all key demos in Live+3 ratings. Fear averaged 11.2 million viewers, 7.3 million A18-49 and 7.2 million A25-54. “When we set out to launch a companion series to the #1 show on television, there were truly many things to fear, beyond ‘Fear’itself,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios. “To see this show stand alone, break through and set records as a unique piece of storytelling is very gratifying and a tribute to great creative talent.” AMC is also home to numbers two and three in the ranking, The Walking Dead in 2010 and this year’s Better Call Saul.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is saying goodbye to summer series Extant after two seasons, but not star Halle Berry. “CBS, Halle Berry and the producers have decided to conclude the Extant story after last season’s exciting and fitting conclusion,” said Glenn Geller, President of CBS Entertainment. “Extant played an important role in expanding CBS’ lineup of original scripted programming in the summer. We are proud of the show’s success on the network, as well as its popularity on Amazon Prime Video. We also want to thank the incomparable Halle Berry for her commitment and support for the series and look forward to working with her on our next project together.” That project would be Legalease, a drama in development which Berry will exec produce through her 606 Films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC gave Blindspot a full-season, 22-episode order. Averaging a 2.7 rating among A18-49 and 9.6 million viewers in Live+SD, the drama is the top-rated new series in the young adult demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox snipped freshman Minority Report’s 13-episode order to ten. Last week the thriller hit a low of .7 among A18-49. The series, which had been slated for a 10-ep run in the fall with the remaining installments held until later in the season, airs Mondays at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Make room for another late-nighter: TLC series Late Night Joy (wt), hosted by The View’s Joy Behar, launches Wednesday, November 4 at 11p. Behar pal Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and others gather in Behar’s NYC apartment for weekly gabfests. True Entertainment and Behar’s JoyBee produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grit acquired and will premiere all five Rocky movies every weeknight this week at 8p, starting tonight with the original. Rocky II airs Tuesday, October 13, Rocky III airs Wednesday…you get the picture. Male-targeting Grit is owned by Katz Broadcasting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a 13-episode order to a comedy co-written by and starring Kevin James (King of Queens). Showrunner for the Sony Pictures Television/Hey Eddie Productions series, slated for the 2016-17 season, is Bruce Helford.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The eye net also gave a 13-episode order to American Gothic, from writer Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin) and Extant producer Amblin Entertainment. One-hour murder mystery centers on a prominent Boston family that makes a chilling discovery about a recently deceased patriarch.  Gothic joins comic thriller BrainDead, season two of Zoo and reality show Big Brother on the net’s 2016 summer slate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Esquire is spinning off A. Smith & Co. competition series American Ninja Warrior with the production team’s Team Ninja Warrior, hosted by sports analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila and featuring top performers from previous seasons of NBC’s ANW. New show will film this month and premiere on Esquire in early 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production has begun on season two of Cooking Channel’s Dinner at Tiffani’s, with Saved By the Bell star Tiffani Thiessen serving it up again for friends and former castmates in early 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC Family hit Pretty Little Liars will return for the second half of season six on Tuesday, January 12, as the net rebrands to Freeform. A one-hour behind-the-scenes special on November 24 will offer a look at the series’ upcoming five-year time jump. New saga series Shadowhunters also debuts on the 12th, with special Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters airing Sunday, December 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bradley Cooper will reprise his guest role on CBS’s Limitless, the freshman drama he also executive produces. Cooper originally played the role in the 2011 movie. Limitless airs Tuesdays at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) landed a semi-regular role in Epix comedy Graves, starring Nick Nolte as a former U.S. President.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Francois Arnaud (The Borgias) will recur on NBC’s Blindspot, airing Mondays at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season two cast of Marvel’s Agent Carter will include Lotte Verbeek (The Fault In Our Stars), Wynn Everett (The Newsroom), Currie Graham (Pompeii) and Reggie Austin (Devious Maids) as series regulars. Superhero drama returns to ABC during the winter hiatus of Marvel cousin Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second episode of ABC freshman Dr. Ken dipped just 7 percent from last Friday’s preliminary ratings, to 1.3/4 among A18-49, hanging on to all of its Last Man Standing lead-in. In its move to Friday, NBC’s live Undateable drew .8/3 in the demo, versus a series high 1.9 when it followed The Voice.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Against football on CBS Thursday, NBC’s Heroes Reborn was down 25 percent versus last week, to 1.2 among A18-49, and NBC’s The Blacklist dipped 17 percent, to 1.5. ABC’s Shondaland shows suffered single digit dips: Grey’s Anatomy (2.2) and How to Get Away with Murder (2.2) were down one tenth, while Scandal slipped two tenths (2.6). Fox’s Bones (1.3) and Sleepy Hollow (1.0) were steady with last week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wednesday’s premiere of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage was the most watched original series telecast in net history in P2+ (916,000 P2+) and the most-watched original series premiere among P25-54 (272,000). During the 10p hour, CNBC was a top 10 cable network among total viewers and a top 5 network among men.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s inaugural Latin American Music Awards reached a cumulative audience of 3.8 million total viewers and 1.8 million A18-49, ranking number one in its time period in Miami and Houston in the demo, regardless of language.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 10/8/15)
1) Janet Jackson – Unbreakable – 108,689
2) Tamar Braxton – Calling All Lovers – 37,782
3) The Weekend – Beauty Behind The Madness – 31,006 (After 6 weeks – 559,077)

Other Debuts
7) Clutch – Psychic Warfare – 25,856
12) Sevendust – Kill The Flaw – 17,739
13) Trivium – Silence In The Show – 17,460
14) Collective Soul – See What You Started By Continuing – 13,935
15) Queensryche – Condition Human – 13,798
16) Winery Dogs – Hot Streak – 12,712
17) Gateway Worship – Walls – 11,986
18) Avicii – Stories – 11,150
23) New Year’s Day – Malevolence – 9,644
24) Matt Nathanson – Show Me Your Fangs – 9,451

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Martian – $37 million
Hotel Transylvania 2 – $20.3 million
Pan – $15.5 million
The Intern – $8.7 million
Sicario – $7.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

October 5, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 10/5/15)
DIY: Brother vs. Brother (Premiere) at 8pm and 9pm
FOOD: Halloween Baking Championship (Premiere) at 9pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: The Weapon Hunter (Premiere) at 8pm
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Finale) at 8pm
CW: Significant Mother (Finale) at 9:30pm

CBS is picking up a second season of Zoo. The drama joins new one-hour comic thriller BrainDead and Big Brother on the net’s 2016 summer slate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC bumped the Tuesday, October 6 premiere of Beyond the Tank to next week, to make room for an encore of episode two of Live+3 hit Quantico. The freshman drama had a 62 percent lift from its 1.9 rating among A18-49 in Live+SD. Total premiere viewership after three days: almost 16 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cablevision and Verizon settled a legal battle that started in January, when Cablevision filed a lawsuit accusing Verizon of making deceptive claims in ads about its Wi-Fi service, then slammed Verizon’s FiOS service. Now, apparently, everyone’s a winner. “Cablevision and Verizon have resolved their disputes to both parties’ satisfaction,” said the companies on Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Abby Huntsman has joined Fox News as a reporter. The conservative journalist had been co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, canceled in July.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC Family canceled Chasing Life after two seasons. The drama’s finale hit a series low 486,000 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Relativity Media’s TV assets were sold to a group of creditors for $125 million; a hearing to approve the bid takes place today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Relativity Television produces unscripted series including Guy’s Grocery Games and The Great Food Truck Race, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gabrielle Carteris (90210) topped Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement) to win another two-year term as SAG-AFTRA EVP. Clyde Kusatsu was elected the union’s national VP, LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS grabbed a comedy project from Tina Fey, Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock  about an athlete who drives friends and family nuts after he retires. Fey, Burditt and Carlock will exec produce with 3 ArtsDavid Miner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is developing a MacGyver reboot from original exec producer Henry Winkler, director James Wan (Furious 7) and writer R. Scott Gemmill (NCIS: LA). Project focused on a 20something problem-solver comes from CBS Television Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo post-cheating special Watch What Happens Live One-on-One with Shannon and David Beador, exploring the aftermath of a Real Housewives of Orange County affair, airs tonight at 11p. RHOOC kicks things off at 9p, followed by Ladies of London at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET’s Who Got the Juice?! The O.J. Simpson Trial 20 Years Later airs Wednesday, October 7 at 10p. Original doc looking at the infamous trial from the perspectives of a diverse array of African-Americans is part of BET News’ Truth Series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime will premiere documentary Listen to me Marlon on Saturday, November 14 at 9p on linear, on demand and over the Internet. Film features never-before-heard audio from enigmatic movie star Marlon Brando.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Baring it All: Inside New York Fashion Week will air on ABC Family Wednesday, October 14 at 9p. Event attendees Lucy Hale and Katy Perry are among those featured.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of Celebrity Motor Homes kicks off on Great American Country Saturday, October 10 at 3p. Premiere features Lance Bass’s pad on wheels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Laurence Fishburne landed the lead in BET miniseries Madiba, about Nelson Mandela. The South African anti-apartheid revolutionary’s grandson, Kweku Mandela, is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Margarita Levieva (Revenge) has been cast in HBO drama pilot The Deuce, opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paddy Considine (The World’s End), Dina Korzun (Last Resort) and Jan Bijvoet (Cordon) are onboard season three of Peaky Blinders. Shooting on the BBC Two crime drama starts today.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With an assist from Live+3 numbers, CBS’s Big Bang Theory and Fox’s Empire moved ahead of NBC’s Sunday Night Football as premiere week’s number one programs. Bang was up 24% in viewers to hit 22.49 million versus the live event’s steady 22.15 million, while Empire rose to 8.7 among A18-49 versus 8.2 for football.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC comedy Dr. Ken premiered to a solid 1.4/6 in the A18-49 demo on Friday, up from lead-in Last Man Standing (1.2/5) and the top-rated scripted show of the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce TV set network records for viewership and in key demos in both Prime and Total Day, with September becoming the net’s most-watched month ever and 3Q15 its fourth consecutive quarter of growth. In Prime Bounce was up 32% in both HHs (201,000) and A18-49 (99,000) for the quarter; in Total Day HHs were up 28% to 153,000, and up 21% among A18-49 (75,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Split decision: ABC’s Good Morning America won premiere week in total viewers, but NBC’s Today took the news demo crown for the first time in four years. As for third place CBS This Morning, the net points out it’s the only early show to post year-to-year viewer gains (up 10%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 10/1/15)
1) Don Henley – Cass County – 87,361
2) George Strait – Cold Beer Conversation – 82,667
3) Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap – 75,484

Other Debuts
4) Thomas Thett – Tangled Up – 62,614
7) Chvrches – Every Open Eye – 34,214
8) Dead Weather – Dodge And Burn – 32,022
9) Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording – 27,748
10) Disclosure – Caracal – 25,273
11) Bryson Tiller – Trapsoul – 23,667
12) Silversun Pickups – Better Nature – 22,515
15) Amanda Cook – Brave New World – 18,655
17) Kaskade – Automatic – 15,964
18) Parkway Drive – Ire – 14,453
22) New Order – Music Complete – 12,173

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Martian – $55 million
Hotel Transylvania 2 – $33 million
Sicario – $12.1 million
The Intern – $11.6 million
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $7.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

September 28, 2015

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 9/28/15)
AFRICA CHANNEL: Expresso (Premiere) at 9am
AFRICA CHANNEL: Emerging (Premiere) at 7:30pm
AFRICA CHANNEL: Diaries (Premiere) at 8pm
COMEDY: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Premiere) at 11pm
PBS: I’ll Have What Phil’s Having (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Booze Traveler (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC FAMILY: Chasing Life (Finale) at 9pm

Tonight’s late night launch of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in the host seat will be simulcast across Comedy Central’s Viacom cousins, including MTV, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite and VH1, among others. First guest is Kevin Hart.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears Game of ThronesJon Snow may not be most sincerely dead. Despite the popular character’s shocking death at the end season five, actor Kit Harington was spied on the HBO drama’s Belfast set in costume. Harington also was recently quoted as saying, “Let’s just say that Game of Thrones will remain a part of my life for a while.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News was quick to apologize on Friday after it came to light that a videotaped deposition taken during O.J. Simpson’s civil suit, which the net promoted as “exclusive,” had in fact already aired on NBC. “Partying like it’s 1999! Check out #Dateline logo from first time we aired the tapes! #retro,” tweeted NBC. “We learned this morning portions did air 15 years ago,” said ABC News. “We apologize for the mistake.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2016 KTLA Rose Parade broadcast will be the last for Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game) and Stephanie Edwards (Everyday), after runs of 38 and 35 years, respectively. “We believe the timing is right,” said Edwards. “It’s always good to leave before you’re asked to do so.” SoCal’s KTLA has been broadcasting the parade since 1948.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jason Bateman will star in, direct and executive produce new drama series Ozark for MRC and Aggregate. The project was created by Bill Dubuque (The Judge).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endemol Shine Studios landed a script commitment from Fox for Miami-set drama 305, written by Sascha Penn (Survivor’s Remorse). Rapper Pitbull is exec producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thirst, a movie highlighting the global water crisis, is in development at HBO. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will exec produce with director Elliott Lester, Josh Weinstock, Jennifer Todd and Drew Vinton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Up’s acquisition of all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls means lots of Lorelai. An all-day marathon of the family drama starring Lauren Graham launches Sunday, October 4 at 10a; starting the next night, the series begins back-to-back airings Monday-Friday. #GilMOREGirls will, of course, be supported by an extensive social media campaign.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Bounce TV comedy Family Time launches Tuesday, October 6, at 10p. Among the guest stars this season are Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), rappers Salt n’ Pepa and comedian/actor Rodney Perry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season two premiere of Showtime’s The Affair is available now across multiple platforms ahead of its linear premiere Sunday, October 4 at 10p, including a TV-14-rated version on YouTube and SHO.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC renewed summer series Mistresses for season four. Jennifer Esposito, who signed a one-year deal last year, will not be returning.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tim Matheson (Animal House) and Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives) landed roles in FX drama pilot Snowfall, set in 1980s LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Big winners in Live+3 for last Monday: the season two premiere of Fox’s Gotham rose 57% among A18-49 to reach 2.5, and Minority Report had a 56% boost to 1.7. NBC newbie Blindspot grew 43% to hit a 5.5 rating. In viewers, CBS had the largest Live+3 lift, adding over 3 million to average 14.37 million for 27% boost.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live beat CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night in the A18-49 demo, and came within spitting distance of NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fueled by Shondaland’s TGIT lineup as lead-in and Shonda Rhimes as guest, Kimmel scored .9/5, versus .7/5 for a football-delayed Colbert. Fallon delivered a 1.0/5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS daytimer The Talk ended the 2014-2015 season with an average 1.0/6 among W25-54, versus .9/6 for ABC’s The View. In the W18-49 demo, the shows were tied with .7/5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 9/24/15)
1) Drake And Future – What A Time To Be Alive – 334,423
2) Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon  -105,056
3) Mac Miller – GO:OD AM – 73,067

Other Debuts
4) David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock – 69,903
5) Shinedown – Threat To Survival – 61,430
6) Ryan Adams – 1989 – 49,316
8) Keith Richards – Crosseyed Heart – 32,849
9) Andy Mineo – Uncomfortable – 32,054
12) Alabama – Southern Drawl – 20,905
13) Turnpike Troubadours – Turnpike Troubadours – 19,397
15) Chris Cornell – Higher Truth – 17,788
16) BlessTheFall – To Those Left Behind – 16,382
17) Atreyu – Long Live – 14,695
19) The Front Bottoms – Back On Top – 11,308
22) David Cook – Digital Vein – 10,747

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Hotel Transylvania 2 – $47.5 million
The Intern – $18.2 million
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $14 million
Everest – $13.1 million
Black Mass – $11.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ EMMY AWARDS/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

September 21, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 9/21/15)
E!: Fashion Police: Emmy Edition (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Castle (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: Big Bang Theory (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: Life in Pieces (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CBS: Scorpion (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Gotham (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Minority Report (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Love It or List It (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: House Hunters: Where Are They Now? (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Blindspot (Premiere) at 10pm
WEATHER: Natural Born Monsters (Premiere) at 10pm

It’s belt-tightening time at Cablevision. Shortly after the announcement that his company had struck a $17.7 billion deal for the house that Charles Dolan built, Altice SA founder Patrick Drahi talked cost-cutting. “I pay as little as I can,” said Drahi at a Goldman Sachs conference. “No one in our company is making more than a couple hundred thousand a year…. There’s a new sheriff in town. We will probably run things a little differently.” Noted Drahi, “Cablevision has five million homes in a very dense area around New York, which is half what Numericable has in France, so the cost of running this network should be around the half the cost of running a network in France. It is three times. That is a problem.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season one of ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder is now available for streaming on Netflix, joining sister Shonda Rimes dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal on the service. The deal “underscores the value of this series, and reinforces the overall popularity of How to Get Away With Murder on ABC and its other first-run platforms around the world,” said Disney-ABC home entertainment and distribution president Janice Marinelli.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Leonardo DiCaprio is exec producing a mob drama project for Showtime. Brett Johnson (Ray Donovan) is writing and will exec produce with DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way, Bryan Zuriff, Charles Pacheco, Jennifer Erwin and Dan Pearson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ordinary People, produced by musician John Legend and his supermodel/TV host wife, Chrissy Teigen, has a pilot order for ABC. The romantic comedy, named after Legend’s hit song, is loosely based on the celeb couple’s life; music will be incorporated into the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With a tip of the hat to Jimmy Stewart, the season one finale of TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show has Jim wishing he’d never gotten married and had children, only to learn to be careful what he wishes for. Episode airs Wednesday, September 23 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Forty-five (gulp) years after The Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered, PBS is airing Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration, featuring interviews with the actress’ co-stars, as well as fans like Oprah Winfrey and Tina Fey. Doc airs Tuesday, October 13 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion’s got the Pope’s historic visit to the U.S. and Cuba covered, with reporting across its digital and social platforms as well as “Losing My Religion,” a special edition of America with Jorge Ramos on Tuesday, September 22 at 10p. Last month, Fusion participated in the first-ever televised virtual audience with the pontiff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) joins HBO drama Westworld as a regular. Series starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood launches in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thora Birch (American Beauty) will recur on USA’s Colony. Futuristic drama debuts Thursday, January 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jenna Coleman is leaving her role on Doctor Who to play a young Queen Victoria in ITV eight-parter Victoria. Coleman played the Time Lord’s assistant for three years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC was tops among A18-49 on Friday, according to Nielsen fast nationals, with 1.0/4. CBS was first in total viewers, delivering 5.14 million. NBC’s Dateline led the demo race with 1.2; CBS’s Blue Bloods drew the most viewers (6.24 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The morning show race is heated: ABC’s GMA tied NBC’s Today in ratings and share, with only 5000 viewers separating the shows in the news demo the week of September 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Best-selling author Jackie Collins died September 19 of breast cancer. She was 77. Among her eight novels that were adapted for TV or film was hit 1985 mini-series Hollywood Wives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2015 EMMY AWARDS – WINNER’S LIST
http://www.emmys.com/awards/nominees-winners

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 9/17/15)
Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit – 55,181
Slayer – Relentless – 48,655
The Weekend – Beauty Behind The Madness – 48,151 (After 3 weeks – 451,152)

Other Debuts
4) Brett Eldredge – Illinois – 43,670
7) Gary Clark Jr. – Story of Sonny Boy Slim – 26,542
8) Duran Duran – Paper Goods – 23,886
11) Jay Rock – 90059 – 15,442
14) T. I. – Da’ Nic EP – 12,783
19 ) Jewel – Picking Up The Pieces – 11,090
22) Hollywood Vampires – Hollywood Vampires – 8,841
23) Ben Folds – So There – 8,532
25) Leona Lewis – I Am – 7,889
34) Prince – HitNRun Phase One – 6,437

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – $30.3 million
Black Mass – $23.4 million
The Visit – $11.4 million
The Perfect Guy – $9.6 million
Everest – $7.6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

September 14, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 9/14/15)
ABC: Dancing With The Stars (Premiere) at 8pm
FYI: Big Kitchens (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Tiny Luxury (Premiere) at 11pm
OXYGEN: Crazy Talk (Premiere) at 7pm
PBS: American Experience (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Uncommon Grounds (Premiere) at 11pm
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance (Finale) at 8pm
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (Finale) at 8pm

The first ceremony for the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys took place Saturday in LA, honoring guest performers and behind-the-scenes talent. HBO was the big winner with 29 awards, followed by 11 for NBC and eight for ABC. HBO’s Game of Thrones grabbed eight statuettes, followed by five for FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show. Amazon landed its first three Emmys, all for Transparent, and WGN America got its first award, for main title design on Manhattan. For a complete list of winners go here. An edited version of the event airs on FXX Saturday, September 19 at 8p and 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Church of Scientology wasn’t a fan of Alex Gibney’s scathing documentary about their organization, but Emmy was – HBO film Going Clear: Scientology and Prison of Belief took home three Creative Arts Emmys. And backlash from the church isn’t keeping Gibney from pushing forward. “There’s a lot more material that I’ve received and a lot more information to come out,” he told journalists Saturday. Since the IRS has yet to revoke its tax exemption, said Gibney, “there’s more to be done.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guess Donald Trump is a little too busy to tangle with NBC. The real estate mogul/GOP presidential candidate announced via Twitter on Friday that he had purchased the net’s half of the Miss Universe Organization and “settled all lawsuits against them.” NBC and Univision scuttled plans to air the pageant, part of a co-venture with Trump, after Trump made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants in June. Trump didn’t mention his $10 million lawsuit against Univision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Trump news, the candidate will guest on CBS’s Late Show on Tuesday, September 22. The Stephen Colbert punchline (Oreo, anyone?) will appear the same night as Obama administration energy secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

GOP candidate Ben Carson will appear on TV One’s News One Now, a weekday news program hosted by Roland S. Martin, this morning. Show starts at 7a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Madison Square Garden Company announced it plans to spinoff of its sports and entertainment businesses from its media business. Upon completion of the transaction, expected on September 30, MSG will be a standalone media company and will change its name to MSG Networks. Andrea Greenberg was named MSG Networks president and chief executive, reporting to executive chairman James Dolan; Bret Richter was named the future company’s CFO.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC picked up a comedy project from UnbeliEVAble Entertainment about an unlikely Texas Ranger. Eva Longoria is exec producing with Ben Spector.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The wildest moments of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City are spotlighted in a 100th Episode Watch What Happens Live Special on Thursday, September 17 at 9p. Andy Cohen hosts, of course.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Logo kicks off NYC’s Fashion Week with the premiere of doc Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. The story of a face-off between American and French designers airs tonight at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tony Award winner Blythe Danner will host season two of Theater Close-Up, showcasing Off-Broadway and regional productions. The collaboration between THIRTEEN and NYC-area theaters premieres Thursday, October 1 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Richard Armitage (Hannibal) and Michelle Forbes (True Blood) have joined the cast of Epix 10-parter Berlin Station. Spy series debuts in fall 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patrick Schwarzenegger (son of Maria and Arnold) is onboard Fox anthology series Scream Queens, announced creator Ryan Murphy via Twitter. Comedy-horror show debuts Tuesday, September 22 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanessa Lengies (Glee) landed a series regular role on Fox midseason drama Lookinglass, centered on a 75-year-old brought back to life as a 35-year-old with near-superhuman abilities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another Glee alum, Jacob Artist, will recur in a multi-episode arc on ABC’s Quantico, launching Sunday, September 27 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Richard Roundtree (Being Mary Jane) will recur on NBC drama The Player. Vegas crime thriller (“Break the rules. Beat the house”) premieres Thursday, September 24 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Australian actress Essie Davis is onboard the next installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones, reports EW. As part of a Braavosi theater troupe, Davis’ character will play Cersai Lannister. Season six launches in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thursday’s Patriots/Steelers NFL game on NBC averaged 27.4 million viewers, the second most-watched NFL Kickoff game in its 14-year history, according to Nielsen fast nationals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 9/10/15)
1) Five Finger Death Punch – Got Your Six – 114,260
2) The Weekend – Beauty Behind The Madness – 77,267 (After 2 weeks – 403,001)
3) Iron Maiden – Book of Souls – 73,921

Other Debuts
4) Travis Scott – Rodeo – 69,878
5) Troye Sivan – Wild – 44,794
8) Scarface – Deeply Rooted – 22,180
9) The Wonder Years – No Closer To Heaven – 22,144
15) Arcs – Yours Dreamily – 12,260

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Perfect Guy – $26.7 million
The Visit – $25.7 million
War Room – $7.4 million
A Walk in the Woods – $4.6 million
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $4.2 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ MEGA MILLIONS/ CASTING CALL

September 8, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 9/8/15)
BET: The BET Life Of… (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Premiere) at 11:35pm
NBC: Last Call with Carson Daly (Premiere) at 1:30am
SHOWTIME: A Season with Notre Dame Football (Premiere) at 10pm
SPIKE: Ink Master: Redemption (Premiere) at 11pm
TLC: Cake Boss (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ABC: Extreme Weight Loss (Finale) at 10pm
AHC: American Titans (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Finale) at 8pm
HBO: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with The Houston Texans (Finale) at 10pm
NBC: Hollywood Game Night (Finale) at 10pm
USA: Playing House (Finale) at 10:30pm

We’ll see a different side of Stephen Colbert, making his debut as host of CBS’s The Late Show tonight. Gone is the blowhard he portrayed on The Colbert Report for ten years, and that suits Colbert just fine. “I’m not just a pundit, I’m a comedian,” said the host on CBS Sunday Morning. “It is, I guess, flattering that people thought I was an actual pundit or a newsman…but it’s really nice to not have to pretend it anymore.”

(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS canceled reality competition King of the Nerds, six months after the end of season three. Host Curtis Armstrong tweeted the news on Friday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first season of TNT spin-off Cold Justice: Sex Crimes wraps with a two-hour finale starting at 8p on Friday, September 25. Investigators help a hitchhiker track down her attacker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) landed a role in Showtime pilot I’m Dying Up Here, written and exec produced by Dave Flebotte and exec produced by Jim Carrey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anabelle Acosta was upped to series regular on ABC’s Quantico. Drama premieres Sunday, September 27 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN’s Greenleaf, a drama exposing the underbelly of a megachurch, added Ty White (Drumline: A New Beat) to the cast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second episode of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead gained 3.5 million viewers in Live+3 ratings, including 2.4 million A18-49, for totals of 11.7 million and 7.6 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Exclusive: Azteca America was the fastest-growing Spanish-language network for August 2015 year-over-year among A18-49 and A18-34. The net delivered a 41% increase in average audience viewing over last year and reaching 2.476 million viewers in A18-49, and nearly doubling its delivery in the A18-34 demo with 80% growth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Martin Milner died September 6. He was 83. Milner, best known for his roles on Route 66 and Adam-12, “was one of the really true great people of our industry,” said his Adam-12 co-star, Kent McCord.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 9/3/15)
1) The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness – 325,518
2) Halsey – Badlands – 97,322
3) Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights – 37,970

Other Debuts
5) Beach House – Depression Cherry – 25,581
6) Ben Rector – Brand New – 24,678
7) Maddie & Tae – Start Here – 23,682
16) Motorhead – Bad Magic – 10,322

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $95 million

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CASTING CALL
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(Source: Cynopsis)

 

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

August 31, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/31/15)
AZTECA AMERICA: La Isla (Premiere) at 8pm
E!: Fashion Police: MTV VMA Edition (Premiere) at 8pm
FYI: Big Kitchens (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Awkward. (Premiere) at 9pm
MTV: Todrick (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Girl Code Live (Premiere) at 10:30pm
PBS: Big Blue Live (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Whispers (Finale) at 10pm

VH1 cancelled Hindsight after one season, despite having renewed the series in March. “In this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audience possible for our series,” said the net. “As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with the show.” The season one finale drew 249,000 viewers, down from 367,000 for the show’s premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another one bites the dust: USA canceled freshman medical drama Complications. The net’s other summer series, Mr. Robot, was renewed before its season premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza slid into Curt Schilling’s Sunday Night Baseball analyst slot on ESPN this weekend. On Tuesday, Schilling was suspended until September 6 for a tweet comparing Muslims and Nazis. Mendoza made ESPN history on August 24 as the first female MLB analyst for the net’s Monday Night Baseball.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grace Helbig (The Grace Helbig Show) and fellow influencer Tyler Oakley will host multi-platform event The Streamy Awards, honoring the best in YouTube, online video and creators. For those who choose to partake linearly, show airs live on VH1 Thursday, September 17 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add Jimmy Fallon to the season 13 premiere week guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Tonight Show host joins Caitlyn Jenner, Hillary Clinton and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on the roster. Premiere date: Tuesday, September 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dancing With the Stars winner/host Brooke Burke-Charvet is back as co-host for the 2016 Miss America Competition, airing Sunday, September 13 at 9p. Burke-Charvet, who last took to the pageant stage in 2013, joins returning host Chris Harrison (The Bachelor).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Steven Pasquale (The Good Wife) landed the male lead in CBS pilot Doubt, opposite Katherine Heigl. It’s the second try for the project, which originally starred Teddy Sears and KaDee Strickland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bryana Salaz, a contestant on season 7 of The Voice, has joined the cast of Fox drama pilot Urban Cowboy as a series regular.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christina Applegate landed a guest spot on Fox freshman The Grinder, as a former flame of Rob Lowe’s. Comedy premieres Tuesday, September 29 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nicole Scherzinger (The X Factor) joins upcoming NBC variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. Harris tweeted the news Friday. Series launches Tuesday, September 15 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Naked and Afraid XL hit a series high 2.33 Live+3 rating among A25-54 on Sunday, August 23, despite big competition from AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. The Discovery docu-series continues to pace as the top new unscripted series on all of cable among P/M 24-54, P/M 18-49 and, M18-34 and P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of Fear the Walking Dead, Live+3 numbers added 3.2 million viewers to the spin-off’s premiere, including 2.2 million among A18-49. That’s a 32 percent boost in viewers, to 13.3 million, and a 36 percent lift in the demo, to 8.5 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last Saturday’s premiere of StarzBlunt Talk delivered 601,000 viewers in Live+3, a number that jumps to 1.5 million across its opening weekend airings. The season two launch of Survivor’s Remorse that night scored 463,000 Live+3 viewers and 1.3 million across plays, up 87 percent versus last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2015 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS – WINNERS LIST
http://www.mtv.com/news/2255513/2015-mtv-vmas-winners-list/

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 8/27/15)
1) Disturbed – Immortalized – 93,100
2) Dr. Dre – Compton – 54,522 (After 3 weeks – 373,725)
3) Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights – 53,947 (After 3 weeks – 457,771)

Other Debuts
4) Kip Moore – Wild Ones – 35,240
5) Rob Thomas – Great Unknown – 29,293
6) Ghost – Meliora – 28,577
8) Bon Jovi – Burning Bridges – 23,680
9) Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – 19,311
13) Carly Rae Jepsen – E mo tion – 16,153
16) Pop Evil – Up – 14,216
17) Sword – High Country – 13,536
18) Devil Wears Prada – Space EP – 13,453
19) Tasha Cobbs – One Place Live (Live) – 12,981
22) Rend Collective – As Family We Go – 11,627
32) Method Man – The Meth Lab – 7,544

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton – $13.2 million
War Room – $11 million
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $8.3 million
No Escape – $8.3 million
Sinister 2 – $4.7 million
(Source: Cynopsis)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

August 24, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/24/15)
A&E: The First 48: Deadly Misfortune (Premiere) at 8pm
FOOD: Rachael Ray’s Kids Cook-Off (Premiere) at 8pm
NICK & NICK JR.: Shimmer and Shine (Premiere) at 7:30pm
WEATHER: Weather Underground (Premiere) at 6pm
LIFETIME: Devious Maids (Finale) at 9pm
TNT: Murder in the First (Finale) at 10pm
UNIVISION: La Sombra del Pasado (Finale) at 7pm
WEATHER: Weather Underground (Finale) at 6pm

Jane the Virgin won for best primetime comedy and Jane star Gina Rodriguez for best actress at Friday’s 2015 Imagen Awards, honoring positive portrayals of Latinos. Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle) was best actor, and Law & Order: SVU nabbed best drama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A change.org petition calling on Jon Stewart to moderate a presidential debate, started by a high school social studies teacher in New Jersey, had gathered close to 300,000 signatures by Sunday. Among Stewart’s qualifications cited: During his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show, he interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States cabinet and 32 members of the United States Senate, and the late nighter received Peabody Awards for coverage of the 2000 and 2004 elections under his watch. Stewart, who signed off Comedy Central on August 6, hosted WWE PPV event SummerSlam last night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Casting Society of America announced TV, theater, web and short film nominees for its 31st annual Artios Awards. Nods for TV drama went to Bloodline, Empire, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and The Good Wife. Comedy candidates are Episodes, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Transparent and Veep.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN is extending into the online retail space with the O Store, at Oprah.com/OStore. The exclusive outlet for OWN loot “is the next step in connecting with our most loyal supporters,” said net president Erik Logan. In addition to tote bags and Super Soul Sunday mugs, the site offers learning courses, including “Forgiveness with Iyanla.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stuntwoman Jane Austin was the surprise winner in the race for president of SAG-AFTRA’s LA local. The Membership First candidate beat Unite for Strength incumbent Clyde Kusatsu by just 105 votes. In an upset victory Thursday, Austin was also elected SAG-AFTRA’s national Secretary-Treasurer. Ken Howard was re-elected president of the union, defeating Membership First’s Patricia Richardson with 53.7 percent of the vote.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a pilot order to Marvel’s Most Wanted. Starring Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, superhero series centers on their S.H.I.E.L.D. characters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Simon Helberg, who plays Big Bang Theory’s Howard, struck a two-year deal with Big Bang studio Warner Bros. Television. Pact calls for Helberg and his wife, Jocelyn Towne, to develop series through their production banner, Wildline Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a put pilot commitment to Sawyer & Huck, a reimagining of classic Mark Twain characters Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Project comes from Josh Berman (Drop Dead Diva) and CBS Television Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With his black-ish going strong at ABC, creator Kenya Barris inked a three-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Barris will remain exec producer of the comedy, as well as developing new projects for network, cable and streaming services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wilson Bethel (The Astronaut Wives Club) will recur on new ABC drama Blood & Oil, premiering Sunday, September 27 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) landed a recurring role on MTV’s Finding Carter, returning with new episodes Tuesday, October 6 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben Robson (Vikings) will star in TNT’s Animal Kingdom.  Drama pilot focuses on a 17-year-old who moves in with his bank robbing grandma (Ellen Barkin) and uncles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shondaland sold comedy Splitsville to ABC. Writers for the project are Trophy Wife creators Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season four premiere of Bravo’s Don’t Be Tardy… earned 1.7 million total viewers, 1.1 million P25-54 and 904,000 P18-49, according to Nielsen Live+3 data. The episode was up 19 percent, 30 percent and seven percent, respectively, from the prior season premiere and was the highest-rated season premiere of the series among all key demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mondo on Thursday ranked number one in Spanish-language television, with a best-ever performance of 2.36 million total viewers (up 24 percent versus 2014) and 1.159 million A18-49 (up 9 percent).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season two finale of Starz drama Power packed a punch, hitting a network series record in Live+3 of 2.39 million viewers, up 51 percent from the season one finale.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s Alone delivered a series high 2.4 million viewers for its season one finale on Thursday. The closer also earned series bests in A25-54 (1.1 million) and A18-49 (804,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Melody Patterson died August 20 after multiple organ failure. She was 66. Patterson appeared on numerous TV series, most memorably as Wrangler Jane on F Troop.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscar-nominated producer Karolyn Ali died August 18 of natural causes. She was 70. In addition to film work, Ali produced commercials for Coca-Cola and McDonalds, and hundreds of music videos with Renge Films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 8/20/15)
1) Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights – 83,410 (After 2 weeks – 403,824)
2) Ed Sheeran – X – 79,832 (After 60 weeks – 1,754,890)
3) Dr. Dre – Compton – 43,081 (After 2 weeks – 319,203)

Other Debuts
5) Melanie Martinez – Cry Baby – 32,287
6) Elvis Presley – Elvis Forever – 27,084
7) Bullet For My Valentine – Venom  26,246
9) Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You – 17,997
11) Chinx – Welcome To JFK – 14,600
15) Grace Potter – Midnight – 12,744
21) Various Artists – Wondaland Presents: The Eephus – 8,895
22) Dillon Francis – This Mixtape Is Fire. – 8,894
23) Pat Green – Home – 8,881
31) FKA Twigs – M3LL155X – 7,030

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton – $26.8 million
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $11.7 million
Sinister 2 – $10.6 million
Hitman: Agent 47 – $8.2 million
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. – $7.4 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

August 17, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/17/15)
A&E: The First 48: Bad Blood (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: 36 Hours (Premiere) at 8pm
DIY: Yard Crashers (Finale) at 10pm
FOOD: Cake Wars (Finale) at 8pm
VH1: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (Finale) at 8pm

Seems the best time for NBC’s upcoming Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris, first slated for Tuesdays at 10p, is two hours earlier. After its initial airings September 15 and September 22 at 10p, following solid lead-ins in the season finale of America’s Got Talent and the premiere of The Voice, the variety show slides to the 8p slot for the rest of its run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Responding to reports that NBC “fired” him from Celebrity Apprentice, Donald Trump tweeted, “People don’t understand that I left The Apprentice to run for Pres-the Apprentice DID NOT leave me. Bob Greenblatt & folks @NBC were GREAT!”. At TCA, NBC Entertainment chairman Greenblatt had said that while Trump is “a lovely guy,” he was “absolutely not” returning to the Apprentice franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As for Trump’s suggestion that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was driven to take time off because of his criticism of her, “The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFOs, the moon landing and Elvis being alive,” scoffed a Fox spokesperson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the wake of Sesame Street’s move to HBO, which includes exclusive streaming rights for the pay cabler, Sesame Workshop is ending its own sub-based streaming service, Sesame Go. A new version of the app will have more limited content, and be free.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mike Rowe, star of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, almost had another job – Jon Stewart’s. Responding to a fan’s question on his web site about dealing with rejection, Rowe reveals he and Craig Kilborn were the two finalists when Comedy Central’s Daily Show was first launching. Kilborn got the job but when he left after two years, Rowe auditioned again. “Afterwards, I was told by the producers and writers that I was about to become the new host of The Daily Show, unless – by some miracle – Comedy Central were to suddenly cough up the kind of money that could entice a proven entity like Dennis Miller or Jon Stewart,” says Rowe, adding that although he was devastated at losing the gig for a second time, “It was a critical step in a long series of failures that got me to the sewer, where my redemption awaited, and a new level of job satisfaction that I frankly, never imagined.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple’s plans to launch a live TV service delivered over the Internet have been postponed until 2016, according to Bloomberg. Short on content deals and computer network capacity, Apple scuttled plans to unveil the service in September, reports the news service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The auction of bankrupt Relativity Media was postponed two weeks, to October 1, to attract more bidders. A Manhattan Bankruptcy Court judge approved the delay, as well as $2.5 million in additional financing, over the $9.5 million already approved, to keep Relativity afloat. Relativity has over $1.1 billion in liabilities and $560 million in assets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rachel DiPillo landed a series regular role on NBC’s upcoming Chicago Med. DiPillo has been recurring on CW’s Jane the Virgin. Chicago Fire spin-off launches Tuesday, November 17 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Arturo Del Puerto (The Lottery) joins FX pilot Snowfall as a series regular. Drama was co-created by John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Southland’s Shawn Hatosy is onboard TNT pilot Animal Kingdom. Hatosy joins Scott Speedman and Ellen Barkin in the drama from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Civil rights leader Julian Bond died August 15 after a brief illness. He was 75. One of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Bond’s television contributions included narrating documentary series Eyes on the Prize, and anchoring syndicated news program America’s Black Forum from 1980-1997.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 8/13/15)
1) Luke Bryan – Kill The Lights – 320,063
2) Dr. Dre – Compton – 276,122
3) Various Artists – Now 55 – 75,600

Other Debuts
4) Tobymac – This Is Not A Test – 35,093
11) Mac Demarco – Another One – 13,396
15) Michael Ray – Michael Ray – 11,294
17) Fear Factory – Genexus – 10,886
20) Miss May I – Deathless – 9,268
23) Never Shout Never – Black Cat – 8,742
30) Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People – 7,105

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Straight Outta Compton – $56.1 million
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $17 million
The Man From U.N.C.L.E – $13.5 million
Fantastic Four – $8 million
The Gift – $6.5 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ SOUNDSCAN/ WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

August 10, 2015

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

ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 8/10/15)
A&E: The First 48: Revenge Kills (Premiere) at 8pm
FUSION: The Cannabusiness Report (Premiere) at 10pm
FYI: Style Unzipped (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Urban Oasis (Premiere) at 11pm
VH1: She’s Got Game (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC FAMILY: Becoming Us (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Tiny House, Big Living (Finale) at 9pm and 9:30pm
HISTORY: Forged In Fire (Finale) at 10pm

Empire was the big winner at the TCA Awards on Saturday, taking home the trophy for Program of the Year. “Critics don’t like me,” said the Fox drama’s co-creator Lee Daniels. “They never do…this  means so much to me.” Amy Schumer won for Individual Achievement in Comedy, while Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer nabbed the big comedy program award. (“Amy wanted to be here, but unfortunately she couldn’t,” said Inside writer Christine Nangle, accepting on her behalf. “She’s being treated for overexposure.”) Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, AMC’s Better Call Saul, FX’s The Americans, StarzThe Chair and ABC Family’s The Fosters were also honored.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX Networks wasn’t short on news at TCA. FX picked up comedy Better Things, starring Pamela Adlon and co-created and produced by Louis C.K.; ordered season three of Guillermo del Toro/Carlton Cuse thriller The Strain, and announced premiere dates for new Kurt Sutter drama The Bastard Executioner (Tuesday, September 15 at 10p), American Horror Story: Hotel (Wednesday, October 7 at 10p) and season two of Fargo (Monday, October 12 at 10p). FXX picked up to series animated comedy Cassius and Clay, and is the new home to Archer, which resided its first six seasons at FX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stephen Colbert hit the big screen last weekend, in a trailer promoting his September 8 The Late Show debut. Spoiler alert: it’s funny. Colbert also announced, via Twitter, that his first guest will be George Clooney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Making the rounds of Sunday news shows, Donald Trump addressed the backlash over his post-GOP debate comments about Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly. “I cherish women,” said the candidate on CNN’s State of the Union, adding he did “nothing wrong whatsoever” by telling CNN Tonight’s Don Lemon, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” after Kelly pressed him about past sexist comments he has made. (He meant “nose and/or ears,” claimed Trump.) As for Erick Erickson disinviting him to Saturday’s RedState gathering, Trump said, “This guy’s a loser.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trump’s inflammatory comments to the press apparently cost the candidate a top advisor. Veteran political operative Roger Stone shared with the press an email to Trump tendering his resignation due to the distraction of “provocative media fights.” Trump claimed Stone was fired.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A sudsy drama about a wealthy Mexican conglomerate from Salma Hayek and Michael McDonald (American Crime) has been put in development at ABC. Diego Gutierrez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) is the writer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC has started production on a docu-series following the Busby family, a clan that includes the only all-female set of quintuplets born in the U.S. Untitled seven-episode series from The Boardwalk Entertainment Group is slated to premiere in Spring 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

File this: Oxygen’s Boss Nails follows the owner of Tippie Toes Beauty Lounge as she works to build an empire “one nail at a time.” Docu-series launches tomorrow, August 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daily talker The Meredith Vieira Show is going live for season two, featuring a guest panel for its “What’s Hot Now!” segment that includes style expert Liliana Vazquez, Yamaneika Saunders (Funny Girls) and Parental Guidance co-host Megan Colarossi. “Uncut and unfiltered, anything can happen,” said Today Show vet Vieira. Sophomore run launches Tuesday, September 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Margaret Cho and reality star/actress NeNe Leakes guest on a special edition of E!’s Fashion Police covering the MTV VMAs on Monday, August 31 at 8p. They join co-hosts Melissa Rivers, Giuiiana Rancic and Brad Goreski. Following the premiere episode, each week two rotating celebrity guests will be revealed via social media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Louie C.K. will take an extended hiatus from Louie after season five “to focus on other things,” announced FX CEO John Landgraf at TCA. C.K., who has two other series on the way for the network, took a two-year break between seasons 3 and 4. When will he be back this time? “It will be his choice,” said Landgraf.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Ladies of London are back for season two Monday, September 7 at 10p. Docu-series follows socialites making the scene across the pond.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peter Gallagher will recur on season seven of The Good Wife, returning to CBS Sunday, October 4. Gallagher’s keeping busy: the Covert Affairs alum also pops up on HBO’s Togetherness and NBC’s Law & Order: SVU.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Colin Morgan (Humans) and Charlotte Spencer (Glue) lead the cast of BBC America/BBC One drama The Living and the Dead. Six-part series was created by Ashley Pharoah (Life on Mars).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jon Stewart’s final night as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Thursday delivered 3.5 million viewers, the second best ever, with 1.8 million among A18-49. A visit from Presidential candidate Barack Obama drew 3.6 million viewers in 2008.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel’s GOP debate on Thursday was an even bigger draw than expected. The most-watched primary debate and biggest non-sports cable telecast ever delivered 24 million viewers, 7.9 of them A25-54. The final 2012 debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney earned 11.5 million viewers. Next GOP debates are September 17 and October 28 – and we’re betting some bean counters at CNN and CNBC are hoping a certain bombastic billionaire-turned-reality star is still in the race.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Debate day wasn’t all about Donald Trump. The Republican hopefuls who didn’t make the top 10 cut had their own FNC showdown at 5p, and drew a an impressive 6.1 million viewers, 1.2 million A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Sunday, August 2 premiere of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise grew 45 percent in Live+3 among A18-49, to 1.6, and added 1.1 million total viewers over Live+SD to reach 4.7 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sportscaster and former NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gifford died August 9 of natural causes. He was 84. “We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live,” said a family statement. Gifford married Today host Kathie Lee Gifford in 1986.
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Actor Terrence Evans died August 7. He was 81. In addition to film work, Evans appeared in numerous television shows, including ER, The Golden Girls, Falcon Crest and Hill Street Blues, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SOUNDSCAN (WEEK ENDING 8/6/15)
1) Descendants Soundtrack – 29,584
2) Jill Scott – Woman – 25,287
3) Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper – 21,799

Other Debuts
8) Migos – Yung Rich Nation – 14,596
10) Saint Asonia – Saint Asonia – 13,060
13) Joss Stone – Water For Your Soul – 11,584
23) Knuckle Puck – Copacetic – 8,482
24) Lianne La Havas – Blood – 8,430
25) Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar – 8,331

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $29.4 million
Fantastic Four – $26.2 million
The Gift – $12 million
Vacation – $9.1 million
Ant-Man – $7.8 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)