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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/2/17)
CBS:  Superior Donuts (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CBS: Training Day (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: House Hunters (Premiere) at 10:30pm
NBC: Powerless (Premiere) at 8:30pm
VICELAND: Nirvana The Band The Show (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: People Just Do Nothing (Premiere) at 10:30pm
A&E: Nightwatch (Finale) at 10pm
A&E: Hell’s Kitchen (Finale) at 8pm

Oxygen Media
is refocusing its programming, expanding to a crime destination for women. New series include Three Days to Live (harrowing abductions), launching Sunday, March 5, along with a revival of Cold Justice (small town murder cases), from Dick Wolf, and The Jury Speaks (controversial courtroom cases), both premiering in 3Q17. “Our ‘Crime Time’ weekend block has enjoyed double-digit gains and has really resonated with our female audience,” said Frances Berwick, president, lifestyle networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, pointing out this is hardly new territory for the net: “Oxygen has always played in this space with the highly successful original series Snapped, one of the longest running crime series on television now approaching its 20th season.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the heels of word that Fox News transplant Megyn Kelly will take a slice of NBC’s Today show, comes the news that Tamron Hall is leaving the network when her contract expires this month. Hall, who served as anchor on NBC and MSNBC and co-hosted the 9a hour of Today with Al Roker, was reportedly offered a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. “We are disappointed that she has chosen to leave, but wish her the best,” said NBC. Offered Hall, “The last ten years have been beyond anything I could have imagined, and I’m grateful.” Roker will continue as Today co-host until a new morning lineup begins in fall 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT and TV Land have migrated from Viacom’s Kids & Family Group to the Global Entertainment Group, to be headed by Spike president Kevin Kay. The move, planned since October, will “strengthen these brands even further and will allow GEG to connect more deeply with our adult audience,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish in a memo to staff. As for Cyma Zarghami, head of Kids & Family, “Having her considerable focus and drive now centered on our important kids audience will keep Nickelodeon expanding its brand and business more than ever.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twentieth Television announced it has sold Page Six TV, the daily from the New York Post and Endemol Shine North America, in over 150 markets, increasing its clearance to over 60 percent of the country. These join the previously announced launch on the FOX Television stations in 17 markets, including New York and Los Angeles. After a successful three-week preview last summer, Page Six TV became the first new syndicated program to receive an official launch for Fall 2017. “Page Six TV offers local stations a fresh and groundbreaking program for their access time periods – an area within the syndication marketplace that has been void of new program offerings for many years,” said Ken Lawson, SVP and general sales manager, broadcast sales of Twentieth TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel is launching its “Countdown to Valentine’s Day” programming stunt with a romance-themed installation at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. The multi-faceted event on February 9 will include 2 sets by country music artist Brett Young, a meet-and-greet with Sam Page, star of upcoming original movie Walking the Dog (Saturday, February 4 at 9p), and LA artist Robert Vargas painting live. Partner Korbel California Champagne will offer a taste of the bubbly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN commentator and TheBlaze host Buck Sexton is joining Premiere Networks as host of Buck Sexton With America Now, starting February 6. Sexton replaces Meghan McCain, who left to focus on her expanded role at Fox News.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress/author/producer La La Anthony signed an exclusive production partnership with ITV America to create and produce projects centered on urban music and pop culture via her LaLaLand, under the ITV America banner. Per last year’s development agreement with Anthony, Timbaland and Leftfield Entertainment/ITVA prodco Leftfield Pictures, Anthony is already in development on an original series that offers an inside look into the business side of New York City’s hip-hop scene, plus a diverse range of other projects including scripted and true crime series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS ordered a pilot for comedy Real Life, written and exec produced by Hilary Winston (Bad Teacher) and exec produced by How I Met Your Mother’s Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Studio is Sony Television, co-producing with CBS Television Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ordered a pilot for action dramedy Unit Zero from black-ish’s Kenya Barris and Lindsey Shockley, starring Toni Collette as a brilliant but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kids talent competition Pequenos Gigantes USA (Little Giants USA) launches on Univision Monday, February 6 at 8p, airing Monday through Thursday. Latin music star Prince Royce, Mexican regional singer Luis Coronel and Mexican stage and screen star Bianca Marroquin will serve as judges. “These kids have so much talent, we needed at least four nights a week to bring this much entertainment to our viewers,” said Lourdes Diaz, president of entertainment, Univision Communications.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Nickelodeon’s The Dude Perfect Show returns with 20 half-hour episodes this summer. Show includes five best friends dreaming up viral videos through the world of extreme sports. Result: 28 Guiness World Records and counting, and over 2.5 billion online video views.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viceland is introducing its first drama series, Icelandic thriller Trapped, on Sunday, February 19 at 10p. Needles and Pins, exploring the tattoo culture, debuts Tuesday, February 21 at 10p, and Vice World of Sports  recent winner of a PGA award for Outstanding Sports Program – returns Wednesday, February 22 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

RLTV documentary strand Relevant Docs will include the premiere of Femme: Women Healing the World on Sunday, February 12 at 10p. The film, from exec producer Sharon Stone, contains interviews with 100 influential women from 5 continents who are transforming society through their actions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cozi TV is offering an 11-hour Valentine’s Day marathon, “We Love TV,” starting at 12p on February 14 (check local listings). Programming includes episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Miami Vice, Frasier and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Here she comes…The Miss America Competition will return to Atlantic City Sunday, September 10 at 9p on ABC, “celebrating the empowerment of America’s most outstanding young women,” said Sam Haskell, executive chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media will present its first PaleyLive LA event with the cast and creative team of ABC’s American Crime on Wednesday, March 1 at its Beverly Hills location. Scheduled to attend: Series stars Felicity Huffman, Lili Taylor, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Mickaëlle X. Bizet, and John Ridley, creator & executive producer, and Michael McDonald, executive producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The U.S. broadcast premiere of feature documentary American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise airs Tuesday, February 21 at 8p on PBS (check local listings). The film includes interviews with Dr. Angelou, filmed before her death in 2014, as well as Oprah Winfrey, Common and Bill and Hillary Clinton, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will host the cast of Girls ahead of the HBO comedy’s final season, on Thursday, February 9 at 8p. Girls’ last hurrah launches Sunday, February 12 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime subscribers will be able to watch Twin Peaks 1992 prequel film Fire Walk With Me on Wednesday, March 1 at 8p, ahead of the two-part Twin Peaks premiere on Sunday, May 21 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

One-man show Chris Gethard: Career Suicide will be taped next week for a Judd Apatow-executive produced special on HBO, slated for May. “Chris Gethard is a fearless storyteller, and Career Suicideis exactly the kind of raw, relevant and hilarious comedy we are thrilled to share with our audience,” said Nina Rosenstein, EVP programming at HBO.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson will guest star as the father of Rashida Jones’ character on season 3 of TBS comedy Angie Tribeca.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Added to the cast of MTV fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, starting production on season 2 in New Zealand: Vanessa Morgan (Finding Carter), Malese Jow (The Flash), Gentry White (UnReal), Caroline Chikezie (Everly) and Desmond Chiam (NCIS: Los Angeles).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ben Esler (Hell on Wheels) and Natalie Hall (Star-Crossed) landed roles in ABC’s untitled drama pilot from Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), starring Reba McEntire as the sheriff of a small town.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv has 2 new and one returning web series set to premiere in early 2017. New series Kimbleize Me, starring celebrity hair guru Kim Kimble and Hustling Soul (wt) from New York restaurateur Lawrence Page will join returnee Goo Ru Style on the net’s YouTube channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT’s digital music series Next Women of Country will air every weekday this month, including never-before-seen performances and interviews.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A visit from Jon Stewart on Tuesday helped CBS’s The Late Show finish first in the 56 overnight markets with 2.4/6, followed by 2.1/6 for NBC’s Tonight Show and 1.4/4 for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Tonight topped the A18-49 demo with .7, versus .5 for Late Show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce’s telecast of The 25th Annual Trumpet Awards increased viewership by 72 percent in Households versus Bounce’s telecast in 2016, averaging 289,000 HHs, and saw a 30 percent boost in the delivery of A18-49 (134,000) and 53 percent in total viewers (389,000). In the delivery of its target audience of African Americans, Bounce was a Top 10 network Sunday night among ad supported cable in HHs (#7), P18-49 (#7), P25-54 (#7) and Total Viewers 2+ (#8).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Azteca America’s Spanish-language broadcast of the 65th Miss Universe Competition reached nearly 900,000 total viewers and 400,000 among A18-49, according to Nielsen. The show delivered year-over-year growth among key demos, including total viewers (up 14 percent), A18-49 (up 55 percent) and A25-54 (up 44 percent).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Frank Pellegrino Sr. died January 31 after battling cancer. He was 72. Pellegrino was best known to TV audiences as Bureau Chief Frank Cubitoso on The Sopranos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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