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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 1/3/17)
BRAVO: Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Premiere) at 11pm
DISCOVERY: Killing Fields (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY FAMILY: The Dengineers (Premiere) at 7pm
DISCOVERY FAMILY: Post My Party (Premiere) at 7:30pm
DIY: Holmes & Holmes (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Bones (Premiere) at 9pm
FYI: Seven Year Switch (Premiere) at 8pm
FYI: Kiss Bang Love (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Log Cabin Kings (Premiere) at 8pm
LMN: Monster In My Family (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Wall (Premiere) at 8pm
OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: American Masters (Premiere) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: 60 Minutes Sports (Premiere) at 8pm
COOKING: MasterChef Canada (Finale) at 9pm
HISTORY: Hunting Hitler (Finale) at 10pm

NBCUniversal and Charter averted a blackout by extending their December 31 deadline to reach a carriage agreement. NBCUni had earlier stated that due to Charter’s “unyielding demand for terms superior to those agreed to by the rest of the industry” Charter Spectrum might drop NBCUniversal’s cable channels and NBC-owned local stations, but said Saturday it would continue its efforts at the negotiating table. Charter is NBCUniversal’s third-largest distributor, with 17.3 million subscribers for Spectrum TV service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cox Media Group didn’t avert a blackout, but it was brief. After going dark on January 1, Cox reached a “long-term” retrans deal to keep its 13 stations on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse. Hearst Television stations in 28 markets also went dark on DirecTV January 1; AT&T said they were working to resolve the matter “quickly and reasonably.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dick Clark Productions did not take kindly to Mariah Carey’s claim that technical issues on Saturday’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve live telecast were responsible for her inability to complete her song set; a spokesperson for Carey went so far as to tell Billboard magazine that producers “set her up to fail.” Fired back DCP in a statement, “As the premier producer of live television events for nearly 50 years, we pride ourselves on our reputation and long-standing relationships with artists. To suggest that DCP… would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Following the deaths of Carrie Fisher on December 27 and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, the day after, HBO moved up the TV debut of Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds to Saturday, January 7 at 8p. The HBO Documentary Films feature directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens premiered at Cannes in May. “These women were more than mother and daughter,” said Bloom and Stevens, “they were an expression of exquisite humanity in all its travail and triumph.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carrie Fisher had completed two episodes of Fox’s Family Guy before her death. Fisher, who has guest starred as brewery supervisor Angela since 2005, died four days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight to LA from the UK, where she was shooting an episode of Amazon comedy Catastrophe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stars lined up to present at the 74th Annual Golden Globes Awards include Drew Barrymore, Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Matt Damon, Viola Davis, Laura Dern, Goldie Hawn, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Brie Larson, Diego Luna, Sienna Miller, Mandy Moore, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Timothy Olyphant, Chris Pine, Eddie Redmayne, Zoe Saldana, Amy Schumer, Sylvester Stallone, Justin Theroux, Milo Ventimiglia, Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon. Show airs Sunday, January 7 on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sam Champion exited The Weather Channel at the expiration of his three-year contract. The popular meteorologist left Good Morning America to take on the role of managing editor, as well as anchor of TWC’s AMHQ. That morning anchor job ended after 18 months of low ratings, at which point Champion pivoted to primetime projects. Now Champion “has decided to leave The Weather Channel … to pursue new challenges,” said the net. “We are grateful for his contributions and leadership in his time at the network, as Managing Editor, and both anchor and creator of AMHQ and the pioneering 23.5 Degrees. Sam was influential steering our business during a period a rapid change, and The Weather Channel is stronger today for it.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

After A&E canceled docu-series Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America in light of allegations that third party producers made cash payments to some participants to facilitate access, production company This Is Just a Test said that like A&E, it is investigating the matter, but is “proud of the program we made.” TIJAT also said it has “been told that participants in the series have received threats and coerced into speaking out against the authenticity of the show.” A&E had retitled the series, originally called Generation KKK and slated for a January 10 launch, after drawing criticism that the title normalized the hate group. “We will still seek to fight hate in America through on-air programming including town halls and documentary programs produced in partnership with civil rights organizations,” said A&E.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A coroner’s report revealed the cause of the sudden death of Garry Shandling on March 24 at age 66 was a blood clot in his heart. Shandling had called 911 a day after complaining of leg pain and shortness of breath, and collapsed while on the phone.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two days after being named White House communications director in Donald Trump’s administration, Jason Miller backed out, saying on December 24 he needed to spend time with his family. “My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career,” said Miller. Sean Spicer, named White House press secretary, will take over the responsibilities that were to have been Miller’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress and host Giselle Blondet is joining Univision’s Pequenos Gigantes USA (Little Giants USA). The talent competition for aspiring entertainers age 6-11 will premiere in February.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fans of Freeform’s The Fosters can submit a video of themselves singing the show’s theme song, for a chance to be featured on-air during the January 31 winter premiere. For every entry received, Disney and Freeform will donate a book to a child in foster care. Submissions will be accepted at www.TheFostersTV.com through January 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson will guest host Today’s 9a hour this morning on NBC. Carlson, who received a reported $20 million settlement after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against former FNC chief Roger Ailes, tweeted that she will be making “announcements.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’s American Experience will focus on Rachel Carson on Tuesday, January 24 at 8p (check local listings). Carson’s Silent Spring warned of the long-term dangers of pesticides, resulting in laws to protect the environment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Thursday, January 5, OWN will encore a 2011 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show featuring and interview with Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, while Turner Classic Movies will celebrate Reynolds’ career with a 24-hour film tribute on Friday, January 27, launching at 6a with 1959’s It Started With a Kiss.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Heart to Heart Classics premieres Friday, January 6 on RFD-TV. The 30-minute conversation show with Stan Hitchcock airs at 2p, with encores Fridays at 6:30a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET and Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union are starting the new year off on the right foot, having reached a settlement in Union’s breach of contract lawsuit. “BET Networks is pleased to announce that they have reached an amicable agreement with Gabrielle Union and look forward to sharing the new season of Being Mary Jane with its loyal fans beginning January 10, 2017,” said BET. In October, Union filed a lawsuit alleging the show reneged on a deal to have a break between 10-episode fourth and fifth seasons, rather than run them back to back.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed spin-off Fuller House for a third season. The 13-episode sophomore season premiered December 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest drew 11.4 million viewers and a 3.5/14 rating among A18-49 from 10-11p. The net had its top-rated non-sports Saturday in 5 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart Christmas averaged a 2.9 HH rating and 3.7 million viewers, making the net Sunday’s top destination on cable at 8-9:30p among W25-54, HH and total viewer rating and delivery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN’s Monday Night Football regular season finale drew a total average live audience (TV and streaming) of 18.964 million viewers and a 10.1 HH rating, up 18 percent from last year’s game and the net’s highest-rated and most-viewed MNF game since October 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN also scored with Friday’s Orange Bowl with a live audience of 11.7 million viewers, the net’s most-watched non-semifinal Orange Bowl ever, and the second-most-watched college football game in 2016 on any network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Christmas Day NBA Finals delivered a total live audience of 10.1 million average viewers, plus a streaming audience of 87,000, matching ABC’s most-watched Christmas NBA broadcast in 12 years in the early window, up 73 percent from last year’s game. The Cavaliers/Golden State Warriors matchup was the most-streamed NBA Xmas game ever, with 14.8 million total minutes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christmas special Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio delivered 1.7 million total viewers, including nearly 900,000 A18-49 and A25-54 to BBC America, in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. The special ranks as BBCA’s top telecast of the year across all key demos, and was the #1 most social program on Christmas night across Facebook and Twitter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The death of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke likely helped lift syndicated Entertainment Tonight to 3.5, up 3 percent from the week prior and 13 percent from last year, for its highest ratings of the season. Access Hollywood hit 1.5, up 7 percent for the week but down 12 percent versus last year, while Extra was up 8 percent to 1.4 and even with last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In off-net syndication, rookie Last Man Standing (fourth place 2.1, up 5 percent), Mike & Molly (fifth place 2.0, up 5 percent), 2 Broke Girls (seventh place 1.9, up 6 percent) and How I Met Your Mother (eighth place 1.5, up 15 percent) all hit new season highs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One’s NewsOne Now closed out 2016 with all quarters up year-over-year. The African American targeted news show ranked as a Top 3 Cable news program in its time slot among African American P25-54, and the network’s special extended broadcast during the week of December 12-16 resulted in a week-to-week increase among P25-54 (up 16 percent) and was a Top 5 Week in 4Q16 among P2+, W2+, P25-54, W25-54, P18-34 and W18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon wrapped 2016 as the number-one kids’ network for the year and as basic cable’s top entertainment network with total viewers (1.2 million) in total day.According to Nielsen numbers for 12/28/15-12/25/16, Nickelodeon was number one with K2-11, averaging a 2.1/623,000, on par with 2015. Among K2-5, Nick is tops with an average 2.7/301,000, even with 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, Disney Channel ranked as the #1 Total Day TV network among its two key demographics, K6-14 (453,000/1.2 rating) and K6-11 (322,000/1.3). Among Tweens 9-14 (315,000/1.3), the network was also top dog.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor William Christopher died December 31 after battling lung cancer. He was 84. Christopher was best known for his role of Father Mulcahy in M*A*S*H.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor/producer/comedian Ricky Harris died December 26. He was 54. Among Harris’s television credits were Bones, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and CSI: Miami. “The world is a little less funny today,” tweeted Ice Cube.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Barbara Tarbuck died December 26 at age 74. Tarbuck’s television credits included The Waltons, Charlie’s Angels, Dallas and, more recently, Mad Men, Glee and American Horror Story: Asylum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $49.5 million
Sing – $42.8 million
Passengers – $16.2 million
Moana – $11 million
Why Him? – $10.6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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