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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/12/17)
E!: Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: Taking The Stage: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Premiere) at 9pm
FM: Sole Searching (Premiere) at 11pm
FOX: My Kitchen Rules (Premiere) at 9pm
RFD-TV: Larry’s Country Diner (Premiere) at 8pm
SPIKE: Lip Sync Battle (Premiere) at 9pm
SPIKE: Caraoke Showdown (Premiere) at 10:30pm
UP: Growing Up McGhee (Premiere) at 9:30pm
USA: Colony (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: The Great American Baking Show (Finale) at 8pm
ID: Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil (Finale) at 10pm

It was Fox’s turn at the winter TCA tour, and the net started its executive session with the news that Empire, on spring hiatus until March 22, was renewed for a fourth season. The hit drama is not only the number one broadcast drama among A18-49, it boasts a total multi-platform audience of 16 million total veiwers, up 82 percent versus Live+SD.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox is reviving game show Love Connection, with Andy Cohen (Watch What Happens Live) taking over where Chuck Woolery left off as host. Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor) is exec producer. “I was a huge fan of the original Love Connection,” said Cohen, “and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people’s personal lives.” Love Connection will be produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s interactive game show from Mark Burnett, Beat Shazam, which got a straight to series order in August, now has a host: Jamie Fox. Slated for a summer premiere, the show, created by Jeff Apploff (Don’t Forget the Lyrics), is produced by Apploff Entertainment and MGM Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The X-Files may be back – again. While there’s been talk that the Fox drama, revived for a 6-episode run last season, would return, “We hope to be able to announce something shortly,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden at TCA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Soft ratings have kept Fox freshman Pitch and The Exorcist from season 2 orders, but stronger delayed viewing is keeping the possibility alive. “We can’t make a decision yet,” said Madden. As for Wayward Pines’ chances to make it to season 3, the series “is not canceled, but it will not be on this summer,” said Fox chairman Gary Newman. “It’s possible you’ll see Wayward at some point back on Fox. But we’re focusing a little more heavily on scripted this summer.” Better news for new comedy The Mick, which had 4 episodes tacked to its order, for a total of 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon opened its newly expanded building in Burbank, an over 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 productions. The sustainable facility includes a new five-story, building; an expansive, redesigned courtyard; and the newly renovated, original 72,000 square-foot studio that first opened in Burbank in 1998.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV competition format The Challenge, focused on 18 series Underdogs looking for their first victory, comes back with a twist on Tuesday, February 7 at 9p. The Challenge: Invasion includes a season-long attack on the Underdogs from 8 Challenge champions, including last season’s winner, Johnny “Bananas.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox set series premiere dates for time travel comedy Making History (Sunday, March 5 at 8:30p), unscripted Kicking & Screaming (Thursday, March 9 at 9p) and event series Shots Fired (Wednesday, March 22 at 8p). Prison Break, originally slated for January, has its season debut Tuesday, April 4 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and her husband, NBC and Extra reporterBen Aaron, buy and revamp their first home in DIY’s upcoming Renovation Realities: Ben & Ginger. The four-episode series, currently in production, premieres in June 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

President Obama’s last presidential interview on network television will air on CBS’s 60 Minutes, Sunday, January 15 at 7p. The chat with Steve Kroft was conducted this week at the White House.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The TCM Classic Film Festival, April 6-9 in Hollywood, will pay tribute to Peter Bogdanovich. The director, writer and actorwill appear at screenings of his Oscar nominated film The Last Picture Show(1971) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972).
(Source: Cynopsis)

A two-part special covering the New York City Ballet’s summer of 2016 season in Paris airs on Thirteen’s Great Performances Friday, February 17 and 24 at 9p on PBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Directors Guild of America announced nominees in TV categories for its awards. Nominated for dramatic series are the Duffer Brothers (Stranger Things), Ryan Murphy (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Jonathan Nolan (Westworld), Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) and John Singleton (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story). Trophies will be handed out February 4; for more, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nominees were also announced for the Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. Ceremony is set for Sunday, February 19 in LA. Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, Westworld, American Horror Story: Roanoke and Saturday Night Live were among the multiple nominees, and AHS’s Ryan Murphy will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award – for awards details, go here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country star Blake Shelton will perform at the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday, January 18 at 9p on CBS. The Voice coach, who won his first People’s Choice award in 2016, is nominated in three categories this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jelani Cobb will be honored with the WGA East’s inaugural Walter Bernstein Award at the guild’s ceremony in NYC on February 19. Bernstein’s Policing the Police, which aired as part of PBS’s Frontline, explored the challenges in reforming the Newark Police Department.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Noth (The Good Wife) and Keisha Castle-Hughes (Roadies) have been cast in upcoming Discovery scripted series Manifesto, which starts filming in Atlanta on January 30. Noth will play a divisional head of the FBI, while Castle-Hughes will star as a street agent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meredith Eaton (Boston Legal) has joined the cast of CBS’s MacGyver as a series regular. Eaton will play the new director of operations at the Phoenix Foundation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) will star in UK 6-part ITV drama Clean Break, as an office cleaner with an online gambling addiction.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bumped to 10p with President Obama as a lead-in, NBC’s This Is Us scored a series high 3.0 rating among A18-49 and 10.5 million total viewers on Tuesday. The freshman hit returns to 9p next week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season to date, NBC leads the Big Four in the A18-49 demo with an average 2.7/9, and is scoring 9.76 million total viewers, according to Live+7 data (Live+SD for the last two weeks). Fox is next in the demo with 2.0/7 (and 6.33 million total viewers), followed by CBS’s 1.9/7 (9.87 million total viewers) and ABC’s 1.7/6 (6.65 million total viewers).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Deportes Network, which launched in 2012, registered year-over-year ratings gains with an increase of 33 percent and average 124,000 A18-49 in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katz Broadcasting’s Grit was up in primetime year-over-year 24 percent in households and 43 percent in P25-54. Escape hit all-time highs, including in HHs (up 55 percent), P25-54 (up 52 percent) and W25-54 (up 73 percent), while Laff’s primetime gains were led by whopping increases of 98 percent in HHs, 107 percent in P18-49 and 106 percent in P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, the last week of December Entertainment Tonight had a 6 percent boost, to 3.4 in Live+SD Nielsens, with tributes to the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Family Feud was the top the game show for a 36th straight week, up 6 percent to a season high 7.4. Judge Judy had a 3 percent lift with all repeats to 6.8, while Crime Watch Daily had a 10 percent increase to match its season high of 1.1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Ladies of London delivered a season high among all key demos, earning 627,000 P18-49 (up 12 percent versus the prior week’s episode), 750,000 P25-54 (up 13 percent), and 1.2 million total viewers (up 1 percent). Among total viewers, this was the third consecutive season high. Top Chef delivered the highest rated episode of the season to-date since the season premiere among P18-49 (974,000, up 6 percent) and 1.1 million P25-54 (up 3 percent), while Married to Medicine: Atlanta ranked as the highest rated Friday premiere of the season to-date among all key demos, delivering 751,000 P18-49 (up 30 percent versus the prior week’s episode) and 1.4 million total viewers (up 27 percent).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Jersey Boys is closing on Sunday January 15, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/jersey-boys/

The Humans is closing on Sunday January 15, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/humans/

Holiday Inn is closing on Sunday January 15, 2016.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/holiday-inn-new-irving-berlin-musical/

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