FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/25/13)
WE TV: Sanya’s Glam & Gold (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Finale) at 8pm
REELZ: Race The Scene (Finale) at 10pm

TODAY is launching a new app for Android and Windows 8 Phone today, the first in a “parade of major releases,” Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer at NBC News told Cynopsis. “We spent the last year unplugging and reorganizing,” after NBC and Microsoft ended their website joint venture, “so this app was created by an in-house team that was completely enmeshed with editorial.” Schiller says the most innovative feature is the Multi-tasker View, which allows users to watch video while simultaneously browsing articles and photos. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” she says. “It really reflects the way people use media.” America’s Natural Gas Alliance will sponsor the app during its launch phase, which ends September 30th. Schiller is looking, of course, for high engagement stats and app ratings to measure success. Look for the IOS version of the app in a few days, as well as a rollout of MSNBC.com and relaunches of iVillage.com and NBCNews.com in the next six months, all from the NBC News Digital Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC and Clear Channel Media have struck a deal that will bring ABC news and entertainment programming to Clear Channel’s new iHeartRadio feature, including exclusive content from Good Morning America, and highlights from Jimmy Kimmel Live and The View. iHeart will help GMA tap up-and-coming artists for its 2014 concert series, and provide the iHeart Radio DJ on the morning show this fall. “Our collaboration with Clear Channel will expand ABC’s unmatched content to loyal viewers in the digital audio space while attracting iHeartRadio’s dedicated listeners to ABC’s top programs, including ‘Good Morning America,’ ” said Steve Jones, vp and general manager of ABC Radio. “This new partnership opens up incredible possibilities for cross promotion across radio and television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

You knew A&E smash hit Duck Dynasty was just the beginning. Discovery Channel is running for the hillbillies with Porter Ridge from Gurney Productions, the folks who brought us A&E’s bearded brothers. Porter focuses on a “colorful cast of rural characters including a garbage man, a country calendar girl and an Elvis lookalike.” The series debuts Tuesday, August 13 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Insane Clown Posse has gone linear. Response to the digital series featuring the horrorcore hip hop duo’s take on music videos inspired Fuse to create The Insane Clown Posse Theater, a weekly show featuring Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s candid commentary on popular culture. Sound crazy? Not to Violent J, who tells Cynopsis, “This is definitely one of the coolest, biggest highlights of our career. It’s absolutely hilarious, and we think everyone, Juggalo or not, will enjoy what we’ve created with Fuse. We’ve got it all, and we can’t wait share this show with viewers everywhere.” The show debuted last night; it airs Wednesdays at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon is launching a new animated series, Paw Patrol, about rescue dogs. The net has partnered with the ASCPA to teach pre-schoolers about pet care and how to be an animal advocate; show premieres Monday, August 12 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! News airs “A Royal Family: E! News Special” tonight, promising, “all those juicy tidbits about life in a palace viewers are dying to learn,” from nursery news to staffing secrets. Special airs at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E‘s Duck Dynasty returns for season four with clean-shaven older Robertson brother Alan, who’s given up his job as a preacher. The most-watched reality show on cable, Duck’s finale in April drew a record 9.6 million viewers, the most in the net’s history. Premiere is Wednesday, August 14 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant is back in OWN‘s Iyanla: Fix My Life. In the series premiere on Saturday, July 27, Vanzant helps singer/reality star Syleena Johnson repair a family rift.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX‘s Sons of Anarchy returns on Tuesday, September 10 with a 90-minute episode. Peter Weller, who directed several episodes of the biker drama, will play a former cop.
(Source: Cynopsis)

They’re the ultimate trophy wives. Bravo, home of the Housewives franchise, has greenlit a new reality series, working title Game of Crowns, that follows six glamorous, super-competitive beauty queens. Description: “In this world of boobs, botox and butt glue, the women pay top dollar for perfection at any price.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS has partnered with Litton Entertainment for its three-hour Saturday morning programming block for teens called “The CBS Dream Team, It’s Epic.” Targeted to 13-16-year-olds, shows will include uplifting fare from the likes of TV food personality Jamie Oliver and athlete Laila Ali, and is compliant with the FCC educational/informational rules. The Saturday block launches September 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Travolta gets in front of the camera again with his Look Who’s Talking co-star, Kirstie Alley, for her new TV Land sitcom, Kirstie.  “It’s always a treat to be surrounded by people you respect so much both personally and professionally,” said Travolta. The series bows on Wednesday, December 4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another ’70s heartthrob making a sitcom stopover is Happy Days alum Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, who plays Jean-Ralphio’s father on the season six premiere of NBC’s Parks and Recreation on Thursday, September 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Where are superpowers when you need them? Dean Cain has been named host of Spike TV‘s new reality competition, 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty. Nine teams of big game hunters compete to discover proof of the big guy’s existence. If one of them succeeds, they bring home a cool ten million. Avid sportsman Cain serves as expedition leader. Series premieres in January 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daphne Zuniga joins the cast of Hallmark Channel‘s Dead Letters as a postal supervisor. The TV-movie premiere’s Saturday October 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Killed off of NBC‘s Revolution last season, Daniella Alonso has landed a spot on the net’s new medical drama Night Shift, where she’ll play a “sexy, cool and fun-loving tough Texas girl.” No premiere date has been announced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lost’s Josh Holloway makes a guest appearance on Nick Jr.‘s Yo Gabba Gabba! as a farmer who teaches about vegetables and hoedowns  not exactly field work for the actor’s upcoming role on CBS‘s midseason spy thriller Intelligence, but a guy’s gotta keep busy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Larisa Polonsky is returning to Chicago Fire for recurring story arc as Zoya, Otis’s Russian-speaking cousin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
“Houdini” Will Make Magic on Broadway in 2014 with Hugh Jackman.
http://ppc.broadway.com/buzz/170804/houdini-will-make-magic-on-broadway-in-2014-if-all-goes-well-says-star-hugh-jackman/

Dule Hill will join Fantasia Barrino on Broadway in “After Midnight” in October 2013.
http://ppc.broadway.com/buzz/170812/emmy-nominee-dule-hill-will-join-fantasia-barrino-in-broadways-after-midnight/

 

 

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