FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BROADWAY

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/30/15)
A&E: Beyond Scared Straight: Extreme Teens (Premiere) at 8pm
COMEDY: Review (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Premiere) at 8pm
TV ONE: Lexus Verses and Flow (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: L.A. Hair (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Hoarders (Finale) at 9pm
MYX TV: Bagged (Finale) at 10:30pm

John Legend, along with Get Lifted partners Mike Jackson and Ty Stiklorius, are onboard to exec produce WGN America thriller Underground, as well as (of course) oversee the score and soundtrack. The show centers on plantation slaves who band together to fight for their families and their freedom. “This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom,” said Legend. Underground, slated for a 2016 premiere, is currently in production in Baton Rouge, LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Expect changes on The Daily Show when Trevor Noah takes over the buzzy Comedy Central series from Jon Stewart. “Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the Buzzfeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything,” Noah told reporters at TCA. “The biggest challenge is going to be … how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source – which was historically FOX News.” One thing that isn’t changing: executive producers Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt have all re-signed under the new host. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah debuts Monday, September 28; Stewart’s gives up his hosting post August 6.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS took a pass, but Sneaky Pete, the drama co-created by David Shore (House) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), is getting a second chance on Amazon Instant Video. The pilot is debuting Friday, August 7; viewer feedback will help determine whether it goes to series. Project stars Giovanni Ribisi as a con man who assumes the identity of his former prison cellmate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon joins Cablevision as the second pay-TV operator offering HBO Now without requiring a pay-TV service. HBO’s direct-to-consumer OTT platform is available to Verizon FiOS broadband and Verizon DSL customers for its standard price: $14.99; broadband users can also try out the service for free for 30 days.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One’s Lexus Verses and Flow premieres tonight at 10p. Actor Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) hosts the variety show, blending musical performances with spoken word pieces. This season showcases artists including Avery Sunshine, Charlie Wilson, Chrisette Michele, Jazmine Sullivan, Jussie Smolett of FOX’s Empire, Leela James and Melanie Fiona.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV premieres One Night for One Drop on Wednesday, August 19 at 8p. The event features 100 Cirque De Soleil performers and special guests coming together to raise awareness and funds for global water issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the wake of the tragic death of Zimbabwean lion Cecil, Nat Geo Wild is commemorating World Lion Day on Monday, August 10 with programming reminding viewers of the importance of protecting the big cats. Lion Day content starts with Lion Battle Zone at 12p, and ends with Man v. Lion at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Back in the 1970s, Sid & Marty Krofft shows were a brand unto themselves: trippy, low-budget wonders like HR Pufnstuf that became cultural touchstones for a generation. Now, the brothers are back with a new show for Nickelodeon. Marty Krofft says that today’s young generation is different – though they still can tell the winners from the losers. Check it out: http://cynopsis.com/cyncity/sid-marty-krofft-mutt-stuff/
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five eps in, MTV freshman Scream has been picked up for a second season. Based on the fright film franchise, the series bowed to 1.03 million viewers and a .5 in the A18-49 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced its fall premiere sked. Oprah’s Master Class returns for a fifth season Sunday, October 25 at 8p; For Better or Worse kicks off Friday, September 11 with new episodes at 9 and 9:30p; Iyanla: Fix My Life returns Saturday, September 19 at 9p, followed by Oprah: Where Are They Now? at 10p; new episodes of Tyler Perry’s If Loving You Is Wrong debut Tuesday, September 22 at 10p, before moving to regular Tuesday-at-9p time slot September 29; Super Soul Sunday bows Sunday, October 4 at 7p; and new episodes of Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s launch Saturday, November 14 at 9p, followed by Raising Whitley at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman (Felicity) have been tapped to star in Animal Kingdom, a TNT crime family drama pilot from John Wells inspired by the feature film. Barkin will play matriarch Janine “Smurf ” Cody; Speedman portrays Barry “Baz” Brown, adopted by the Cody family when he was 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Troian Bellisario (Pretty Little Liars) is reprising her role as Claire on USA drama Suits. The character, who first appeared in a season four flashback, returns in the ep airing Wednesday, August 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Browning (Sons of Anarchy) landed the role of Ben Krull, aka Reactron, on Supergirl. Series premieres Monday, October 26 at 8:30p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis will star in FOX’s partially animated comedy pilot Son of Zorn. Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) plays his ex.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katie Stevens (Faking It) will be the third actress to play Marg Helgenberger‘s daughter on CBS drama CSI. (Her predecessors were Madison McReynolds  and Kay Panabaker). Stevens debuts as Lindsey Willows on the show’s two-hour series finale, set for Sunday, September 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At least one set of twins is heading back to Netflix‘s Fuller House. Blake and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit are returning as Nicky and Alex Katsopolis, Aunt Becky and Uncle Jesse’s Full House sons, according to a post on Blake’s Instagram. The show is set to bow in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss (2.3 million and .7/2 in AD18-49) was up week to week by 17 percent in in A18-49 (0.7/2 vs. 0.6/2). In addition, the unscripted series spiked over the prior week by 25 percent in A18-34 and by 40 percent in Women 18-34 to equal season highs on both counts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Number two biz net Fox Business boasted its most-watched July ever in total viewers, with an average 83,000 during business day. It was also FBN’s most-watched month in 2015 in viewers. Top news dog CNBC averaged 215,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel also earned bragging rights in July, with the top 14 cable news shows among total viewers for the 17th consecutive month. Top five: The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, The Five, Special Report With Bret Baier and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.

New CBS drama Zoo rose 20 percent among A18-49 on Tuesday to match a series high 1.2. NBC’s America’s Got Talent was the top show with 2.1, down 9 percent versus last week.

BROADWAY
A Fish In The Dark is closing on Saturday August 1,2015.
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