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A reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) is in development at Fox 21 TV Studios. Monica Owusu-Breen (Midnight, Texas) is onboard as writer, EP and showrunner of the new version, which will “be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.” The original’s creator, Joss Whedon, will exec produce with original EPs Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui, as well as Joe Earley from The Jackal Group.
Shondaland series in the works at Netflix include The Warmth of Other Suns, based on the book of the same name, and a project based on the New York Magazine article, “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People.” Said Cindy Holland, VP, original content for the streamer, “The Shondaland slate is shaping up to be something truly special.”
Production has begun on Freeform’s third original holiday film, The Truth About Christmas, from MarVista Entertainment, about a political consultant who suddenly can’t stop herself from telling the truth. Movie will premiere during the net’s “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.
Top 10 Weekend Domestic Box Office Estimates: July 20-22, 2018
The Equalizer 2 (Sony) $35.8 million, opening weekend
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (Universal) $34.4 million, opening weekend
Hotel Transylvania (Sony) $23.2 million (week 2), cume revenue $91.1 million
Ant-Man and the Wasp (Buena Vista) $16.1 million (week 3), cume revenue $164.5 million
Incredibles 2 (Buena Vista) $11.5 million (week 6), cume revenue $557.3 million
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal) $11.0 million (week 5), cume revenue $383.9 million
Skyscraper (Universal) $11.0 million (week 2), cume revenue $46.7 million
The First Purge (Universal) $4.9 million (week 3), cume revenue $60.2 million
Unfriended: Dark Web (BH Tilt) $3.5 million, opening weekend
Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna) $2.8 million (week 3), cume revenue $10.3 million
Source: comScore
PBS Independent Lens starts a new season Monday, October 29 with Young Men and Fire, a look at the lives of a western firefighting crew.
History hit Vikings will be back for mid-season five on Wednesday, November 28 at 9p, it was announced at Comic-Con. AMC’s The Walking Dead also got its debut date, for season nine: Sunday, October 7.
In more news from San Diego, series stars Mayim Bialik and Kumal Nayyar popped into the Big Bang Theory writers’ room panel to join the discussion about what’s ahead for season 12. Among the tidbits: Kathy Bates and Teller will be back as Amy’s parents.
New series Buddy’s Family Vacation, starring Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, launches on Discovery Family Saturday, August 18 at 8p.
In blog post about YouTube’s efforts to help creators monetize their videos, CEO Susan Wojcicki said the service is streaming 180 million+ hours of videos a day to smart TVs and TV-connected devices, and viewer interactions have grown 60% year over year. Wojcicki also noted YouTube plans to expand its Stories feature to creators with over 10,000.
Facebook has temporarily suspended data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon, following a report in the Wall Street Journal that said Crimson had deals with clients including U.S. government agencies and an organization with ties to the Kremlin to analyze Facebook data. “We don’t allow developers to build surveillance tools using information from Facebook or Instagram. We take these allegations seriously, and we have suspended these apps while we investigate,” said Facebook. Crimson maintains it collects only publicly available social media data, not private.
On Saturday, ABC launched More in Common, a series about people across the country overcoming their difference, on Facebook Watch. Weekly series is the first to come from “Localish,” a digital-first meaid brand from ABC Owned Television Stations Group.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is writing a book about the streamer’s culture and his leadership strategy. Business writer Erin Miller will co-author the Penguin project.
Comedy special Just Another Immigrant: Romesh at the Greek, starring Romesh Ranganathan, premieres on Showtime Friday, July 27 at 11:30p.  
Cozi TV will air an eight-hour “Lucy Nanny” marathon on Saturday, August 5 starting at 1p, featuring eight episodes of Here’s Lucy followed by eight of the “Lucy-est” eps of The Nanny. Stunt celebrates the opening of The National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY.
Don Cheadle (House of Lies) will guest star as Donald Duck’s voice, as the result of an inventive voice box, in the season finale of Disney Channel’s DuckTales, airing Saturday, August 18 at 9:30a. “You’ve got to do your homework and bring your a-game when you’re trying to voice Donald Duck,” said Cheadle.
ID special Bad Henry, sharing the story of 1990s serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, premieres Tuesday, July 24 at 9p.
CANAL+ and Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa struck a new co-production of War of the Worlds, based on the H.G. Wells classic. Produced by Urban Myth Films, in association with STUDIOCANAL, shooting is slated to begin in autumn 2018. 
Curiosity INK Media, a family-friendly entertainment provider, announced a multi-year partnership with promotional agency Visionworkz to leverage popular IP to heighten consumer awareness of individual characters and shows through consumer-facing alliances. Initially, Visionworkz will seek promotional partnerships for Lilly’s Monsters, a Curiosity Ink Media original animated property designed to entertain kids while endorsing positive social behaviors as a recurring theme.
Tim Kang (The Mentalist) joins the cast of upcoming CBS reboot Magnum P.I.

Chris Klein (Election) signed on as a super villain Cicada for season five of CW’s The Flash, launching Tuesday, October 9 at 8p, while Ramona Young (Blockers) and Tim Wilson (The Informant) have been added to the season four cast of the net’s Legends of Tomorrow. Joining Supergirl is transgender activist Nicole Maines (Royal Pains) as a transgender superhero, April Parker Jones (Jericho) and David Ajala (The Dark Knight); and Jordan Calloway was upped to series regular on season two of CW’s Black Lightnin g. And Penelope Ann Miller ( Awakenings ) will play a district attorney on season three of Riverdale , arriving Wednesday, October 10.

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USA and Syfy’s “Harry Potter Wizarding Weekend” July 13-16 drew nearly 12 million P18-49 and over 27 million P2+ across both nets. The event kicked off NBCUni’s new ad-supported TV rights deal for the Harry Potter Wizarding World film franchise.
Season two of NBC’s Trial & Error premiered with a .6 rating among A18-49 and 3.3 million viewers, down 50% in the demo and 40% in total viewers versus its season one launch.
Season seven of HISTORY’s Mountain Men premiered to 2.2 million total viewers, growing by +10% versus its season six premiere. Among A18-49 (440,000), the show was up +19%). Immediately following, Alone delivered season-high numbers in A25-54 (623,000), A18-49 (441,000), M25-54 (383,000) and total viewers (1.7 million).
The series premiere of Live PD Presents: PD Cam on A&E delivered 1.3 million total viewers, 589,000 A25-54 and 488,000 A18-49, marking A&E’s best series premiere across all key demos in almost two years.
Live + Same Day Viewers AA (millions) Thursday, July 19, 2018 time period averages
Source: NTI, Galaxy as dated Live+SD
CBS: 5.09 million
Big Bang Theory 6.06, Young Sheldon 5.50, Big Brother 5.58, SWAT 3.24
NBC: 2.99 million
Ellen’s Game of Games 3.53, Trial and Error 3.21, Trial and Error 2.66, Law & Order: SVU 2.56
FOX: 2.86 million
The Four: Battle for Stardom 2.86
ABC: 2.83 million
Take Two 3.12, Match Game 2.96, The Gong Show 2.36
TELE: .93 million
Exatlon .64, Sin Senos Si Hay Paraiso .95, El Senor de los Cielos 1.21
UNIVISION: .91 million
El Rico y Lazaro 1.07, Bella las Bestias .93, El Chapo .74
CW: .55 million
Supernatural .63, Black Lightning .47
Thursday A19-49: CBS 1.0/5, FOX .9/5, NBC .6/3, TELE .6/3, ABC .5/2, UNI .4/2, CW .1/1
Treeti, the Hollywood-based blockchain company built for the needs of the entertainment industry launching later this year, hired Jennifer MacArthur, founder of Borderline Media, as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategic Partnerships.  
UK production house World Media Rights named Dean Palmer in the newly created role of Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment and Project Development. Dean joins World Media Rights following consultancy roles at John Bishop’s Lola Entertainment and Channel 5’s TV production arm Elephant House Productions.  
Bo Stehmeier has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Sales at Red Arrow Studios International. Stehmeier was previously Senior Vice President, Global Sales.
Production designer Michael Howells died July 19. He was 61. Among his TV credits were The Game, Churchill’s Secret and Victoria.
Actress Elmarie Wendel died at age 89. Wendel was best know to TV audiences for her role as Mrs. Dubcek on 3rd Rock From the Sun.

This Day in History: 1959 – U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon began a visit to the USSR.
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question:  What show featured a mayor who got the gig as part of their community service sentence? Picket Fences’ (1992-1996) Mayor Laurie Bey (Marlee Matlin), who had bank robbery convictions. Kudos to: Tim Dempsey-Fox Networks Group/NYC
Today’s Trivia Question: Which network was founded as the Appalachian Community Service Network? (Email  [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four correct answers from each time zone will be selected.)
Answer to Friday’s Anagram: Her Echoes Timbered = Here Come the Brides. Kudos to: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton, FL, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Paul Walker- Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank
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ABC: The Bachelorette, The Proposal
CBS: Mom [r], Life in Pieces [r], Salvation, Elementary
CW: Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Whose Line Is It Anyway [r]
FOX: So You Think You Can Dance, 9-1-1 [r]  
NBC: American Ninja Warrior, Dateline NBC
PBS:  Antiques Roadshow, American Masters, POV
TELEMUNDO: Exatlon, Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso, El Señor de los Cielos
UNIVISION: El Rico y Lazaro, La Bella y Las Bestias, El Chapo

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