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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/8/16)
FOX: Taraji’s White Hot Holidays (Premiere) at 8pm
A&E: Gangland Undercover (Premiere) at 10pm
HISTORY: Alone (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: The Selection: Special Operations Experiment (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: Notorious (Finale) at 10pm
TRU TV: Those Who Can’t (Finale) at 10:30pm

The CW is ending the reign of Reign after its upcoming fourth season, which debuts February 10. The story of a young Mary Queen of Scots, from CBS TV Studios, has just begun filming the season 4 finale, which now will be a series closer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lester Holt didn’t end up anchoring NBC Nightly News live from Hawaii last night as planned, on the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Holt explained via a Facebook post that “an illness in the family prevents me from being there.” The broadcast still contained Holt’s taped interview with former Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More legal discord for CNN. The network is facing a class action suit from a former employee and others, based on the network’s own books. DeWayne Walker, a producer at CNN who filed a $50 million suit earlier this year claiming racial discrimination and retaliation, filed another suit this week against CNN, Time Warner & Turner. “As a result of the current discrimination lawsuit… we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination,” Walker’s attorney Daniel Meachum said in a statement today.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Presenters for the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards include Amy Adams, Ty Burrell, Lily Collins, Common, Kaley Cuoco, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Leslie Mann, James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Jeremy Renner, Bella Thorne, Justin Timberlake and Damon Wayans. Winners will be revealed live on A&E on Sunday, December 11 at 8p, following the Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live special on the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time since Ink Master debuted, the Spike show has a female winner. Ryan Ashley was named champ of season 8, earning among other things a cash prize of $100,000  and some serious bragging rights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History ordered a fourth season of survival series Alone in advance of the season 3 premiere. The third season launches Thursday, December 8 at 9p, placing 10 survivalists alone in the cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina with one mission: to stay alive. Alone is produced by Leftfield Pictures. David George, Shawn Witt, Zachary Green and Ryan Pender serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures; Zachary Behr and Russ McCarroll serve as executive producers for History.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The eighth season of Undercover Boss kicks off with two new back-to-back episodes Wednesday, December 21 at 8p on CBS before moving to its regular 8p Wednesday time slot on December 28. The new season features Build-A-Bear Workshop president/CEO Sharon Price John, and Greg Scott, CEO of fashion retailer New York & Company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

This January, Discovery Family is engineering outrageous playrooms and making party planning a piece of cake with the launch of new series The Dengineers and Post My Party on Tuesday, January 3 at 7p and 7:30p. In the 11-ep series, a team travels the UK to create kid-friendly worlds with magical atmospheres, from a football-inspired rec room to a massive music amp shaped playhouse. Post My Party features event expert and DIY maven Lynzie Kent as she helps up-and-coming hosts bring their dream parties to life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is ringing in the new year with the 10th season of its longest-running series, Unsung, premiering Wednesday, January 4 at 8p. The upcoming season will feature Fat Joe, Jon B., Lenny Williams, Case, Dave Hollister, After 7, and the legendary James Brown.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Thursday, January 5 at 10p WE tv invites viewers to join paranormal ghost hunting team the O.P.O (Official Paranormal Operations) as they investigate some of the most haunted places in LA in new docuseries Ghosts in the Hood. The O.P.O. investigates the unknown, solving cases ranging from a spirit-plagued Pinata shop to a bar whose unexplained hauntings has guests and workers refusing to enter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters returns Friday, January 6 at 10p as “tree whisperer” Pete Nelson leads his team of craftsmen to build even bigger and better nature headquarters and homes high in the treetops. In a special international premiere ep, he journeys to Sweden and Norway.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FYI’s original series Tiny House Nation returns big with new episodes on Saturday, January 7 at 9p, followed by the season 2 premiere of Unplugged Nation at 10p. Both series showcase alternative living trends that have gained popularity across the country  from extreme downsizing and living tiny to people who are looking to simplify their lives and move from urban cities to off-the-grid settings. Among guests on the new Tiny House season are NFL Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders and his girlfriend, TV host Tracey Edmonds.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home renovation series This Old House will be restoring an abandoned home in Detroit for the show’s 37th season, through the city’s ‘Rehabbed & Ready’ program. This is the second time the series, which airs nationally on PBS, will tackle a renovation project in Michigan. The building, initially filled with discarded belongings and refuse, was gutted by a team of Detroit-based contractors to install all new plumbing, wiring and mechanicals, a new kitchen, two bathrooms, and landscaping all within a four-month period. The house will go on the market in early 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery is putting a new spin on the survivalist genre with The Wheel, a new adventure series from Pilgrim Media Group in which six participants must survive in six distinctly grueling landscapes across South America. With every turn of the wheel, each survivalist is dropped into a new isolated location and exposed to the  deadly terrains including freezing tundra, rugged mountains and treacherous rainforest. Participants don’t know when or why the wheel will turn. Series premieres Friday, January 13 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS will air the 25th anniversary special of the Deer Valley Celebrity Skifest on Sunday, December 11 at 5p, adjacent to NFL Football. The Skifest has raised more than $6 million dollars to date for the Waterkeeper Alliance foundation. The special will include celebrity appearances from Larry David, JB Smoove, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Pierce Brosnan, Dierks Bentley, Matthew Morrison and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dolly Parton and additional artists will perform live on Great American Country for the Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon, Tuesday, December 13 at 8p. The event will raise funds to benefit those whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network is setting its holiday table with WWE Holiday Week, beginning Monday, December 12. In addition to regularly scheduled live WWE events, USA will feature movies starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the 14th annual WWE’S Tribute to the Troops special on Wednesday, December 14 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox will air the premiere episode of The Mick from 8-8:30p ET and 5-5:30p PT, immediately after the NFL double header on January 1. The episode then will encore later that night in the Pacific time zone at 8p and the Mountain time zone at 7p, before making its time period premiere with a new episode on Tuesday, January 3 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV will usher in 2017 with commercial-free coverage of the 128th Rose Parade on Monday, January 2, at 11a. Network personality Egypt Sherrod (Flipping Virgins) and Emmy-winning entertainment journalist Nancy O’Dell will provide real-time commentary throughout the parade, themed “Echoes of Success” – a celebration of the people, institutions and organizations that help in the success of others. DIY Network’s Josh Temple (House Crashers) will also be in the middle of the street-side action to report live along Pasadena’s Colorado Boulevard with exclusive interviews from spectators and float riders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A dolphin-loving woman, a businesswoman who runs her parents’ multimillion-dollar flooring empire and a no-nonsense Southern belle are among the 30 bachelorettes who will compete to make bachelor Nick Viall their future husband when the 21st edition of ABC romance reality series The Bachelor premieres, Monday, January 3 at 8p on ABC. The network released the complete list of bachelorettes yesterday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO will premiere doc Becoming Warren Buffet on January 30 at 10p. The feature-length treatment on the 86-year-old billionaire investor and philanthropist contains unprecedented access to Buffett’s day-to-day personal life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mido Hamada (Emerald City) joins as a series regular and Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson) in a recurring role on Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming straight-to-series spy thriller.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s first-ever Super Series spinoff, El Chema, ranked as the No. 1 Spanish-language program in primetime, delivering 2,435,000 total viewers and 1,434,000 A18-49 on its premiere night Tuesday, outperforming Univision at 10p by 22 percent and 63 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judge Judy swept to a winning November verdict, with a 7.2 sweep average to make it the highest-rated show in syndication overall for the ninth time in the past 11 major surveys. Judy scored a new season high 7.5 in the week ending November 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Phil (3.6) beat the closest talk shows in the sweep by 44 percent, his widest margin of victory ever, and continued to dominate the category for the 15th consecutive major ratings period. Live with Kelly (2.5) and Ellen DeGeneres (2.5) finished in a dead heat for second place.

True-crime series Crime Watch Daily (1.0), which grew 11 percent from last November, the biggest annual increase of any daytime talk or legal show; and newcomer Harry (1.2), which outperformed the best sweep stats of last November’s rookie crop by 33 percent.

BROADWAY
In Transit is opening on Sunday December 11, 2016
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/transit/

Heisenberg with Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt is closing on Sunday December 11, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/heisenberg/

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