FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

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

ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/2/14)
ABC: The Taste (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Assets (Premiere) at 10pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Wild West Alaska (Premiere) at 9pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Cold River Cash (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Toned Up (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ID: Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal (Premiere) at 9pm
NAT. GEO.: Do or Die (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Community (Premiere) at 8pm
REELZ: Steven Seagal Lawman (Premiere) at 10pm
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers (Premiere) at 10pm

Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson, whose anti-gay remarks in GQ magazine prompted A&E to put him on “indefinite hiatus,” will be back in 2014. “After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups,” said a statement from A+E Networks on Friday, “A&E has decided to resume filming later this spring with the entire family.” The company also announced the launch of a public service campaign “promoting unity, tolerance and acceptance among all people… these PSAs will air across our entire portfolio.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News correspondent John Miller is leaving television for an anti-terrorism role in the New York Police Department, where William Bratton is returning as NYC police commissioner. Miller worked for Bratton during his first go-round in Gotham, as well as during Bratton’s stint in LA. “When you get a call and you get the chance to serve the largest city in the world, potentially the greatest terrorism threat in maybe the greatest police department in the world,” said Miller, “it’s hard to say no.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thirty-five years after its launch, The Dukes of Hazzard returns to TV on CMT Monday, January 6 at 8p. This time around, fans can follow the show on Twitter using #DukesofHazzard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The most pirated TV show of 2013 was once again HBO‘s Game of Thrones, with 5.9 million worldwide downloads. In second place was AMC‘s Breaking Bad, with 4.2 million downloads.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! is launching a social media scavenger hunt to promote upcoming series #RichKids of Beverly Hills. Luxury items will be hidden in cities across the country, with clues to their location posted on Instagram. Details on Twitter: @RichKidsofBH; show premieres Sunday, January 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UP original movie The Town That Came A-Courtin’, starring Valerie Harper and Lauren Holly (NCIS), premieres Sunday, January 19 at 7p, with encores at 9p and 11p. The Odyssey Media Inc. production, based on a novel by Ronda Rich, “showcases how a community’s spirit and goodwill can help people connect and find each other,” said UP EVP of programming Leslie Glenn Chesloff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cold War spy drama The Americans returns for a sophomore season on FX Wednesday, February 26 at 10p. The series stars rumored real-life couple Keri Russell (Felicity) and Matthew Rhys (Brothers & Sisters).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Time Warner Cable and Viacom reached a new multi-year distribution agreement. TWC will be able to distribute all of Viacom‘s channels, which include MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, on its tablet apps, an arrangement the companies had not agreed on in the past. Now, however, the strategy is to deliver what the announcement of the deal describes as an “enriched multiplatform experience.” TWC will also offer Viacom’s EPIX on demand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon ordered a second season of superhero comedy The Thundermans for 2014. Created and exec-produced by three-time Emmy winner Jed Spingarn (Big Time Rush, Jimmy Neutron) and exec-produced by Dave Hoge and Dan Cross (Just Jordan, Pair of Kings), the scripted half-hour series follows a pair of superhero twins with opposite personalities. The Thundermans airs regularly Saturdays at 9p; season to date, it averages 2.1 million total viewers and has posted double-digit gains with K2-11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s a doctor in the house. Disney Junior is bringing one of its most successful iOS apps, Doc McStuffins: Time For Your Check Up!, to Android devices in Google Play and for Kindle tablets in the Amazon Appstore. Apple just named the activity-based app its 11th most popular paid iPad app of 2013.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pretty Little Liars fans who visit the show’s Facebook page through Jan. 7, the date of the ABC Family series return, can unlock special content including photos, script excerpts and videos each day via the Pretty Little Answer Ball app. After interacting with the answer ball, fans will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to LA for a “Pretty Little Liars” set visit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show earned its highest HH rating ever the week of December 9 (3.2), during its 12 Days of Giveaways, jumping 14 percent week to week in W18-49 to score a 1.6 rating, tops in the demo among talk shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

British television producer Allan McKeown died December 24 of prostate cancer. He was 67. McKeown, who was married to Tracey Ullman, won an Emmy with his wife for Tracey Takes On… and created Showtime’s State of the Union.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The body of producer/director Jeffrey Ian Pollack was found on a running trail in Hermosa Beach on December 23. He was 54. Pollack’s television production credits include Fresh Prince of Bel Air and The Tyra Banks Show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Carly Rae Jepsen to make her Broadway Debut in Cinderella.
http://ppc.broadway.com/buzz/173854/call-me-maybe-pop-princess-carly-rae-jepsen-to-make-broadway-debut-in-cinderella/

Outside Mullingar with Debra Messing and Brian F. Byrne starts previews today on Broadway.
http://ppc.broadway.com/buzz/173768/debra-messing-and-brian-f-byrne-channel-the-luck-of-the-irish-as-outside-mullingar-starts-previews-on-broadway/

 

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