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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/17/15)
ABC: Repeat After Me (Premiere) at 8:30pm
COMEDY: Tosh.0 (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: See No Evil (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: The Italian Americans (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: 19 Kids and Counting (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Out Little Family (Premiere) at 10pm
VELOCITY: Americarna (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Big Giant Swords (Finale) at 10pm
DIY: Renovate To Rent (Finale) at 6:30pm

Isn’t that special: NBC’s Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special was the net’s highest-rated prime time telecast since 2006’s Will & Grace finale and its most-watched since 2004 (excluding post-Super Bowl shows). In fast nationals, the special delivered a 7.8/21 among A18-49 and 23.1 million viewers. Along with 7p red carpet coverage (Jim Carrey to Matt Lauer: “Where are you hiding Brian Williams?”), the night’s average was 6.6/19 and 20.1 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox ordered eight more episodes of World’s Funniest Fails. New unscripted show from dick clark productions, airing Fridays at 8p, is tied for tops in its time period among M18-49 and teens and ranks second among A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s not the farthest remote-happy Conan has traveled, but it’s a first: the late night TBS talker was taping in Havana over the weekend. An episode set for March 4 will be the first late night show filmed in Cuba since the 1962 embargo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS’s Ground Floor won’t make it to season three. The workplace comedy, which aired what turned out to be its series finale on February 10, joins Men at Work and Sullivan & Son on the cancellation pile.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy net LAFF, launching April 15, landed broadcast TV rights to sitcoms The Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Ellen, Empty Nest and Grace Under Fire. Owned and operated by Katz Broadcasting, LAFF will be available in 35 percent of the country via distribution agreements with ABC Owned Television Stations and E.W. Scripps Company stations, with additions TBA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Preachers of LA’s Minister Deitrick Haddon takes on his hometown, Detroit, for Oxygen’s upcoming Preachers of Detroit, debuting Friday, February 20 at 8p. For real-time content synched to the show, viewers can go to the official show site.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Dakota Johnson hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live on February 28. On SNL’s 40 anniversary special Sunday, Jerry Seinfeld warned the Fifty Shades of Grey star, “Hosting the show is thrilling, but when you host the show you’re totally powerless. You’re told what to do, what to wear, you just have to submit….”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Music Choice is celebrating Mardi Gras with non-stop tunes through Sunday, February 22.MC Sounds of the Seasons Music Channel offers classic jazz and blues “New Orleans Style.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Winners of the Writers Guild Awards, presented Saturday in LA, included HBO’s True Detective for drama and new series, FX’s Louie for comedy, Lifetime’s Deliverance Creek for long form original, HBO’s Olive Kitteridge for long form adapted and HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for comedy/variety. For a full list of winners go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trophies were also handed out in LA Saturday at the Cinema Audio Society gala. HBO’s Game of Thrones won for one-hour series and ABC’s Modern Family for half-hour series. PBS’s Sherlock took top honors for TV movie. For more, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And among the TV winners at the Make-up Artists & Hairstylist Guild Awards were FX’s Sons of Anarchy for best contemporary makeup in a TV series, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars for contemporary hair styling and PBS’s Downton Abbey for both period hair and makeup. AMC’s The Walking Dead trotted off with the honor for best special effects makeup in a series. Additional winners here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Films that appeal to an audience 50+ are celebrated during AARP’s 14th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala, premiering on Reelz Sunday, February 22 at 1p. Top honors go to Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), while Kevin Costner receives a career achievement award. And The Lego Movie is named “Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up.” Encore airings Sunday, February 22 at 2a and Monday, February 23 at 9a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CW renewed Beauty and the Beast for season four. The procedural launches its 13-ep season three Thursday, May 21 at 8p. No word yet on the future of the net’s Hart of Dixie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Middle’s Charlie McDermott joined CBS pilot Super Clyde in the title role, reports Deadline. Contracts for the cast of ABC’s The Middle expire at the end of its current sixth season, and the Warner Bros. Television comedy has not yet been renewed for a seventh go-round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Say Something” singer Christina Aguilera has joined ABC’s Nashville for a three-episode arc as a pop star. Aguilera returns to her The Voice chair for season eight of the NBC competition on Monday, February 23 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Annie Potts (Designing Women) and John Carroll Lynch (The Drew Carey Show) will co-star opposite stand-up comedian Fortune Feimster in ABC comedy pilot Family Fortune, about a gym teacher who comes out of the closet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Law & Order’s S. Epatha Merkerson landed a lead role in another Dick Wolf drama, Chicago Med, as the head of a hospital. She stars opposite Yaya DaCosta in NBC’s planted Chicago Fire spinoff.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adrianne Palicki was upped to series regular on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC superhero drama makes its mid-season two bow Tuesday, March 3 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) won the lead role in NBC martial arts drama pilot Warrior. Lance Gross (Crisis) and Andy Allo (The Game) have also been cast in the Universal Television project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Nickelodeon princess Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) has been cast in NBC’s untitled Suzanne Martin pilot, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Comedy focuses on empty nesters whose two adult daughters come home to roost.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Led by a 1.1/4 for new miniseries The Slap, The Blacklist’s A18-49 ratings on Thursday dropped from 2.4/7 to a series low 1.7/5 in Live+SD week to week, according to Nielsen. The NBC drama’s time slot competitor, ABC’s Scandal, dipped one tenth, to 3.1/10. At 10p, NBC drama Allegiance dropped to .7/3 from 1.1/5 for its premiere last week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Early numbers for NBC’s Nightly News on Wednesday, the first night suspended anchor Brian Williams’ name was removed, have ABC’s World News Tonight ahead by 347,000 viewers; the Wednesday prior, ABC had been behind by almost 400,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Be My Valentine Charlie Brown on Friday held last year’s A18-49 ratings (1.0/4) and delivered 4.5 million viewers, the most in five years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner SportsNBA State Farm All-Star Saturday Night delivered an average 6.1 million total viewers watching the live telecast on TNT. With a 3.4 HH rating, the event propelled the network to win the night across all of television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Voice-over artist and radio personality Gary Owens died February 12. He was 80. Owens, who served as announcer for numerous television shows including Batman, Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos, was best known as the host of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
(Source: Cynopsis)

French actor Louis Jourdan died February 13. He was 93. Perhaps best known for film roles in Gigi and Octopussy, Jourdan appeared on television shows including Columbo, Hotel and Cover Up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veteran local news reporter Stan Chambers died February 13. He was 91. Chambers spent 63 years with LA’s KTLA, reporting on stories including the 1965 Watts riots, the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy and the Rodney King beating. “He will be remembered as a pioneer in the industry, and a pillar of the KTLA family,” said news director Jason Ball.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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