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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/11/17)
TV ONE: Unsung: Fat Joe (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: Girlfriends Guide To Divorce (Premiere) at 10pm
CNN: The Messy Truth (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY: Jeff & Some Aliens (Premiere) at 10:30pm
MTV: Are You The One? (Premiere) at 9pm
DIY: Restored (Premiere) at 10pm
POP: Schitt’s Creek (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE: Street Science (Premiere) at 10pm
A&E: Wahlburgers (Finale) at 9:30pm
POP: Night Cap (Finale) at 8:30pm

Marc Cherry is headed home to ABC. The network issued a pilot pickup to a drama from the Desperate Housewives creator to be toplined by Reba McEntire. Written by Cherry, the untitled project centers on Ruby Adair (McEntire), the sheriff of colorful small town Oxblood, KY, who finds her red state outlook challenged when an FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime. Together they form an uneasy alliance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC released midseason premiere dates for its TGIT lineup and more. Grey’s Anatomy returns Thursday, January 26 at 8p, followed by Scandal at 9p and How to Get Away with Murder at 10p. On Monday, February 27 limited series When We Rise, exploring the history of LGBT rights in the U.S., bows at 9p. Once Upon a Time and the two-hour premiere of Time After Time follow on Sunday, March 5 at 8p and 9p, respectively. Designated Survivor is back Wednesday, March 8 at 10p. The Catch makes its sophomore season debut on Thursday, March 9 at 10p, and American Crime returns Season 3 on Sunday, March 12 at 10p. The network also announced a debut date for ita Dirty Dancing remake, starring Abigail Breslin: Wednesday, May 24 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tom Ascheim, president of Freeform, announced the second season renewal of supernatural drama Beyond during the show’s TCA winter press tour panel on Tuesday. “Our goal for launching Beyond was to give the audience outstanding content in the way they want to watch it,” Ascheim said. “The response has far exceeded our greatest expectations, both quantitatively and qualitatively, and we can’t wait to bring more Beyond to its growing fan base.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform also ordered a fifth season of The Fosters, which will bring the series to the 100-episode mark. The family drama was the number one scripted cable series in its time period in total viewers (1.6 million) and across key Adult and Female demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Drama pilot Issues, inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, Hearst Magazines CCO, received a series order from Freeform. The project, from Universal TV, has been renamed to The Bold Type and provides a glimpse into the lives and loves of those responsible for women’s magazine Scarlet. “The Bold Type is our love letter to modern feminism and aims to be a destination for authentic female friendship and empowerment,” said Karey Burke, the net’s EVP, Programming and Development. Series is slated to bow in summer 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Bachelor spin-off “Happily Ever After?” franchise will continue with new unscripted series, The Twins: Happily Ever After? The show follows twins Emily and Haley Ferguson from Season 20 of The Bachelor and Season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise, as they say goodbye to the comfort and luxuries of living under their mom’s roof and begin the journey of figuring out life on their own. Bows Monday, March 20, at 9p on Freeform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Return dates for Freeform’s Young & Hungry and Baby Daddy were also announced. Young & Hungry premieres Monday, March 13 at 8p, while Baby Daddy bows Monday, March 13 at 8:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel has reportedly quietly settled the sexual harassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly and Jack Abernethy. Former Fox News host Juliet Huddy, who left the network in September, claimed Reilly tried to derail her career after she rebuffed his sexual advances and that Abernethy also retaliated against her professionally when he tried to woo her and she made clear she was not interested.  According to Lawnewz.com, the settlement was in the “high six figures.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jenna Dewan Tatum will serve as host and advocate for the competitors on NBC’s new dance competition series World of Dance. She joins judges Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jennifer Lopez, who also serves as EP. “World of Dance is a show by dancers for dancers,” said Lopez. “Jenna is the perfect addition to join NE-YO, Derek and me in our World of Dance family. We are thrilled to have her.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veteran TV writer Dan Wilcox was named 2017’s recipient of the WGA West’s Morgan Cox Award, given in recognition of “exemplary service to the guild.” The award will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards L.A. ceremony on Sunday, February 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Crime’s Regina King inked a two-year deal with ABC Studios for her production company Royal Ties. The actress’ sister, Reina King, will serve as development executive as the siblings develop and produce new projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC released the official synopsis from the second half of The Walking Dead, Season 7, which returns on Sunday, February 12 at 9p. The first half of the season saw Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group broken by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) forced to fall under his will and live under his rules. The second half focuses on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s new unscripted series Detroit Steel celebrates Motor City’s automotive legacy by creating rare, custom rides. Premieres Saturday, January 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanity Fair Confidential bows its third season on Investigation Discovery on Monday, January 23 at 9p. Series takes viewers deep inside the vaults of Vanity Fair to review some of the most sensational true crimes of the century.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday Night Live returns on January 14. Felicity Jones (Rogue One) will debut as host with musical guest Sturgill Simpson. On January 21 Master of None star Aziz Ansari tackles the hosting duties with musical guest Big Sean.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bad Girls Club: East Meets West debuts Tuesday, February 14 at 8p on Oxygen Media. A BGC casting special airs the week prior, Tuesday, February 7 at 8p, to meet the feisty females moving into the bad girls club loft. Also, bowing on Tuesday, February 14 is The Battle of the Ex-Besties at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cheech & Chong open Season 6 of AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live with high class laughs on Thursday, January 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New comedy game show Funny You Should Ask, which bows in fall 2017 in broadcast strip syndication and cable, announced its lineup for premiere week. Comedians to appear in the episodes include: Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, Maria Bamford, Dave Coulier, Pauly Shore, and Caroline Rhea.
(Source: Cynopsis)

EPIX premieres Election Day: Lens Across America on Tuesday, January 17 at 8p. The documentary follows seven photographers on the ground in Iowa, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York as they look at the emotional shift that took place on Election Day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Network and UniMas present back-to-back simulcast premieres devoted to beloved idols on Sunday, January 15. The event begins with Su nombre era Dolores, la Jenn que yo conock, about  the late Jenni Rivera, at 8p. Immediately following is the first bio-series about a lucha libre idol, Blue Demon at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NHL 100 airs live from Microsoft Theater on Friday, January 27 at 9:30p on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVAS in Canada. The primetime special, hosted by Jon Hamm, celebrates the 100 greatest National Hockey League players and features appearances by 2017 NHL All-Star players and famous hockey fans from the worlds of movies and television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raymond J. Barry booked a recurring role on FOX’s Gotham. He’ll play the mysterious temple Shaman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tembi Locke is headed to TNT’s Animal Kingdom. She’ll recur as Monica, a smart, low-key woman who’s the technical brains of a fencing operation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon is expanding its preschool programming slate with the addition of two new animated series. Digby Dragon premieres Monday, January 23 at 7p on Nick Jr. Trucktown bows Thursday, January 12 on NOGGIN, Nickelodeon’s video subscription service for preschoolers. In addition, Nick Jr. will air second seasons of Teletubbies, Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small and Hey Duggee.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nancy Grace has launched Crime Online. The former HLN host’s digital venture is billed as an intersection of crime-reporting and crime-fighting and includes a podcast and will allow readers to engage by providing their own input and theories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amy Schumer is headed to Netflix. The global launch of a new Schumer stand-up special, which was taped at in Denver on November 5, has been set for Tuesday, March 7. “Very happy to be a part of the Netflix family for this special,” said Schumer. “Maybe now they will look at my ‘Stranger Things’ audition tape to play the demogorgon for Season 2.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime Video releases Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter on Friday, January 27. The original kids series, narrated by Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and directed by Goro Miyazaki (Up on Poppy Hill), will premiere in the U.S. and UK.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nashville’s season premiere on CMT was the most watched original cable program of the night and ranks as the most-watched original telecast in CMT history. It delivered more than 3.1 million fans across two networks on CMT and Nick at Nite (more than 2 million to CMT alone) in Live +3 numbers, for a 1.34 rating with A18-49 and 1.76 rating with W18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The New Year’s Day premiere of FOX’s The Mick posted a 3.7/12 in Live+7 day ratings, making it the season’s #1 new comedy and highest-rated comedy debut in more than 15 months. The Mick delivered 11.6 million 7-day Total Multi-Platform Viewers, tying Lethal Weapon as FOX’s highest rated series premiere of the season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scripps Networks Interactive’s flagship nets started the new year off with a bang. For the week ending January 8, HGTV posted a primetime rating of .66, Food Network posted a .53, and Travel Channel posted a .26 among A25-54. These weekly ratings were the best for Travel in almost three years, the best for Food in two-and-a-half years, and the best for HGTV in nearly a year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s Sunday night family show, Siempre Ninos, ranked as the #1 Spanish-language prime program among Total Viewers (1.9 million), A18-49 (854,000) and A18-34 (375,000) on premiere night, according to Nielsen. The show also reached a cumulative audience of 3,250,000 total viewers and 1,476,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s prime novela lineup reported double-digit percentage gains in every hour over the previous week with total viewers, A18-49 and A18-34. Despertar Contigo grew its week-to-week audience, attracting 1.9 million total viewers (up 18 percent), 834,000 A18-49 (up 21 percent) and 404,000 A18-34 (up 19 percent). Vino el Amor garnered 2.3 million total viewers 2+ (up 14 percent), 1.0 million A18-49 (up 16 percent) and 469,000 A18-34 (up 11 percent). El Color de la Pasion delivered 2.4 million total viewers 2+ (up 17 percent), 1.1 million A18-49 (up 22 percent) and 476,000 A18-34 (up 22 percent) increasing its audience week-to-week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce posted its best year ever in 2016, as the network racked up gains in households and targeted sales demos, led by increases of up 9 percent among HHs (201,000), up 23 percent among Persons 18-49 (121,000), up 18 percent in P25-54 (129,000) and up 7 percent in P2+ (275,00).  The average audience age of Bounce viewers in Prime fell to an all-time network low of 43 years old, a drop of four years versus last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As our nation saw an increase in billion-dollar weather events in 2016, audiences turned to The Weather Channel. Live programming for the network gained 13 percent among P25-54 vs prior year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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