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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 11/7/16)
A&E: Live PD: Overtime (Premiere) at 11pm
BRAVO, E!: Vanderpump Rules (Premiere) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Living Alaska (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: People Magazine Investigates (Premiere) at 9pm
RFD-TV: Ken McNabb: Discovering The Horseman Within (Premiere) at 5pm
TBS: American Dad (Premiere) at 8:30pm
VH1: Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (Premiere) at 10pm
Z LIVING: Family Style with Chef Jeff (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD: Cake Wars (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE: How To Build…Everything (Finale) at 10:30pm

Fox
ordered two more seasons of The Simpsons – numbers 29 and 30 – which will raise the total number of episodes to 669, the most ever for a primetime scripted show. “This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group. Current leader Gunsmoke has 635 episodes. The Simpsons is currently in production for its 28th season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a full season order to comedy American Housewife. The freshman is racking up 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4/8 rating among A18-49 on Tuesdays, an improvement year over year of 2.1 million viewers and 9 percent in the demo. ABC gave a 3-episode back order to The Real O’Neals, for a total of 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Helming the Academy Awards telecast is a major job, but two first-timers, Oscar-nominated producer Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips) and Pearl Street Films president Jennifer Todd (Jason Bourne) are ready to take it on. “In our meetings, they shared an early vision for the show that is inspired and in keeping with the films they’ve produced: entertaining, unexpected and of the highest caliber,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Show goes on Sunday, February 26 on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

China’s Dalian Wanda Group acquired a 100 percent stake in Dick Clark Productions, its first foray into TV production. The $1 billion deal is “a big step forward in expanding Wanda’s map in the entertainment industry,” said the company. DCP produces high profile events including the Golden Globe Awards, the American Music Awards and New Years Rockin’ Eve.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA said it is entering into arbitration on behalf of the Being Mary Jane cast. “BET and Breakdown Productions continue to abuse the option pickup process and mask which season they are shooting in order to avoid paying contractually agreed upon raises,” said the union. Series star Gabrielle Union filed a suit against BET last month claiming the network was combining seasons 4 and 5 into a 20-episode season, despite an agreement that seasons wouldn’t exceed 13 episodes. Responded BET to the SAG-AFTRA move, “The clear contract language and the bargaining history do not support SAG-AFTRA’s theory. We believe SAG-AFTRA and Ms. Union are playing this out in the media as they will not be able to prove in arbitration or court of law.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News took swift action after CNN reported that a yellow crime scene tape seen in a Good Morning America story “was placed there by ABC News for the purpose of its inclusion in the shot.” The apparent staging of the shot “is completely unacceptable and fails to meet the standards of ABC News,” said the division’s VP of communications, Julie Townsend. “As soon as it was brought to our attention, we decided to take the producer out of the field, and we’re investigating further.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix, which made its Television Critics Association event debut in 2013, is skipping the winter press tour, the TCA announced on Friday. The streaming service had been expected to present on opening day, January 5. Starz has also withdrawn this time around. TCA president Amber Dowling pointed to a crowded January schedule, including the presidential inauguration, as a factor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News anchor Bret Baier apologized on air Friday for inaccurate reporting earlier in the week, when he said that sources “with intimate knowledge of the FBI investigation” of the Clinton Foundation indicated an indictment was likely. Baier characterized the remark on Thursday as “inartful,” but amended the next day, “That wasn’t just ‘inartful,’ it was a mistake and for that I’m sorry.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The upcoming season 7 of Comedy Central’s Workaholics will be its last, reports Deadline. Said series stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and fellow co-creator Kyle Newacheck, “It was an incredible run but we’ve decided to end on a HIGH note. Get it?”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform is holding a special screening of the season two premiere of Shadowhunters and the first episode of new original series Beyond in a fan’s hometown this December, cast members included. Viewers can vote on where the screening will take place on the show’s web sites and on Twitter. Shadowhunters returns Monday, January 2 at 8p, followed by Beyond at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hillary Clinton is the winner of Nickelodeon’s “Kids Pick the President” online vote, with 53 percent of the tally versus 36 percent for Donald Trump and 11 percent for Gary Johnson. Over 900,000 kids cast a virtual ballot (one vote was tabulated per household device). Since 1988, kids have correctly chosen the next U.S. president in six out of the last seven elections (they chose Kerry over Bush in 2004).
(Source: Cynopsis)

NATPE announced the finalists and judges for the 3rd Annual NATPE Reality Breakthrough Awards. For more info, go here. Winners will be announced during NATPE Miami, running January 17-19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The big winners at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on November 3 were OJ: Made in America, named Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), Best Director (Theatrical Feature) for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary. 13th took three trophies: Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), Best Political Documentary and Best Director (TV/Streaming) for Ava DuVernay.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LeBron James sold a scripted comedy to CBS, reports TheWrap. Thankless will follow a group of assistants at a Chicago sports agency. James is exec producingwith Maverick Carter; Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman will serve as executive producers and writers. Producer is James’ SpringHill Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television. The busy NBA superstar is also exec producer of StarzSurvivor’s Remorse, and sold a medical drama to NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E non-fiction crime series Nightwatch is back with the first of ten new episodes on Thursday, December 1 at 9p. Series from executive producer Dick Wolf and 44 Blue Productions follows emergency responders in New Orleans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cooking Channel kicks off Christmas month with the season premiere of Cheap Eats on Thursday, December 1 at 10p, and the launch of new series Patti LaBelle’s Place on December 3 at 11a and 11:30a. That’s in addition to holiday special Christmas at Tiffani’s (Sunday, December 4 at 8p), and a heaping helping of holiday episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pit Bulls & Parolees returns to Animal Planet on November 12 at 9p. Anything new the eighth time around? “This season – the rescuer needs rescuing,” says Rasha Drachkovitch, CEO and co-founder of 44 Blue Productions. “Tia breaks her leg and her family has to step up and run the rescue center without her. We’ve been filming the series since 2008 and we’ve seen it all – rescues, adoptions, weddings and even hurricanes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle makes his debut as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 12. Musical guests are hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Legendary rapper Nas was honored at the Revolt Music Conference Gala last month, an event that will air on Thanksgiving, November 24 at 10p on Revolt. Net chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs presented Nas with the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award, for an industry leader who has had lasting impact and influence on music.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Supermodel Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live) will co-host the 2016 American Music Awards, airing Sunday, November 20 at 8p on ABC. Among the performers will be Lady Gaga, Green Day, Bruno Mars and John Legend.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The AMAs aren’t the only offering for music lovers on November 20. TV One’s Allstate Gospel Superfest: A Holiday Special, hosted by Vivica A. Fox and part of the net’s “TV Onederland” slate, features inspirational recording chart-toppers including Jonathan Butler, Tim Bowman, Beverly Crawford, Jonathan McReynolds and more at 7p and 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The November 20 season finale of E!’s WAGS Miami at 10p will be followed exactly one week later by a reunion special that follows up with the Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion and All Def Digital are teaming for election night coverage with commentators and comedians to cap off a crazy election season. Fusion’s All Def Digital Roast of America starts at 9p on Fusion and stream live on Facebook Periscope and Snappy TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion and All Def Digital are teaming for election night coverage with commentators and comedians to cap off a crazy election season. Fusion’s All Def Digital Roast of America starts at 9p on Fusion and stream live on Facebook Periscope and Snappy TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy Central and “Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross are going another round with Roast Battle. Four preliminary rounds, pitting comedians against each other in front of all-star judges, will be taped and aired on consecutive Sundays on Comedy Central starting January 1 at 11p. Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II concludes with a four-part event January 26-29. “I wish all the world’s problems could be settled this way,” said Ross.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gladys Knight will guest star as herself on Fox music drama Star. Series premieres Wednesday, December 14 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue) and Jeff Kober (The Walking Dead) are onboard the CMT pilot for one-hour comedic series His Wives & Daughters, centered on the women in the life of a womanizing country music legend.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patrick Heusinger (Jack Reacher 2) will star opposite Stana Katic (Castle) in AXN crime thriller Abstentia, about an FBI agent who returns after disappearing six years before to find her husband remarried.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fresh off its red-hot World Series, Fox ranks as the #1 network in the most current primetime ratings among A18-49 (2.8/10, up 17 percent) and is the only network that is up versus a year ago. It’s the first time Fox has ranked #1 in the Fall in 5 years and the first time in 4 years that a broadcast network had a year-over-year Live+7 increase of this magnitude at the comparable point in the season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opposite Game 2 of the World Series, ABC’s Designated Survivor grew by 7 million viewers after 7 days of TV playback, a 117 percent rise that is the largest-ever Live+7 build among Total Viewers for any broadcast program.
(Source: Cynopsis)

truTV‘s Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular drew over 1.2 million fans for the two-hour live event on November 3, making it the network’s most-watched telecast of the year among key audiences, and was the #1 cable entertainment program in its time period in all 18-49 and 18-34 demos.The show was also trending across social media, with more than 188 million combined impressions and nearly 100,000 fan votes cast to determine which of the four Jokers would be punished.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is ranking number 3 in ad-supported cable on Monday night among Black W25-54 so far in 4Q16, up from number 4 last quarter. Key drivers include TV One’s true crime original series, Fatal Attraction, which is posting season-to-season growth among P25-54 (3 percent) and Justice By Any Means, which kicked off its second season with a gain of 27 percent over its season 1 debut among P25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

October 2016 was 5-year-old Velocity’s best October primetime ever in both Live+3 ratings and delivery among the M25-54 target demo, as well as best ever status in M18-49, M18+, P18-49, P25-54, P2+ and HH. Total Day ratings gains were up 18 percent in M25-54; 25 percent in M18-49; 20 percent in M18-34; 33 percent in P18-34; 14 percent in P25-54, and 20 percent in P18-49. The season 3 premiere of Bitchin’ Rides on October 11 was Velocity’s #1 season launch episode ever for M25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Doctor Strange – $85 million
Trolls – $45.6 million
Hacksaw Ridge – $14.8 million
Boo! A Madea Halloween – $7.8 million
Inferno – $6.3 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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