ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 2/10/17)
A&E: The First 48: Deadly Dealings (Premiere) at 8pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Tanked: Celebrity Scoop (Premiere) at 8pm
CW: Reign (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Married To Medicine (Finale) at 8pm
FOOD: Ginormous Food (Finale) at 8pm
INSP: State Plate (Finale) at 9pm
TV ONE: 48th NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Live at 7:30pm
TV ONE: 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards at 9pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Alec Baldwin, Musical Guest: Ed Sheeran at 11:30pm
ANIMAL PLANET: The Guardians (Finale) at 10pm
E!: E! Live From The Red Carpet: 2017 Grammy Awards at 6pm
CBS: Grammy Red Carpet Live at 7:30pm
CBS: The 59th Annual Grammy Awards at 8pm
AMC: The Walking Dead (Premiere) at 9pm
AHC: How The World Ends (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO: Girls (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Island Life (Premiere) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: The Weapon Hunter (Premiere) at 9pm
STARZ: Missing (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: Long Lost Family (Premiere) at 9pm
WEATHER: Weather Hacks (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING: Unique Sweets (Finale) at 10pm
A rebranding of Spike into a general entertainment network with new moniker The Paramount Network is part of a Viacom turnaround strategy put forth yesterday by Viacom CEO Bob Bakish. Backish said during an earnings call the rebranded net will be one of the six core domestic channels in the company’s cable portfolio, behind which the company is putting its “full power.” They are: BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount. The transition will take place during the next year, with launch eyed for early 2018. Spike president Kevin Kay addressed his staff yesterday in a memo noting the “watershed moment for us at Spike,” with Paramount Net focusing on “building distinctive, high-quality scripted and non-scripted original programming with dramas, comedies, documentaries, movies, sports and tentpole events. It will also incorporate third-party programming, as well as films from other studio’s libraries.” In related news, MTV will be down two. The net opted not to renew freshman comedy series Loosely Exactly Nicole and Mary + Jane for second seasons.
Bob Costas is ending a record 11 Olympics as NBC primetime host. Former ESPN anchor Mike Tirico will step into the hosting shoes for the Pyeongchang winter games. “It has been both a privilege and an incredible personal and professional experience to have been part of NBC’s Olympic coverage all these years,” Costas said. “I’m especially appreciative of all the talented and dedicated people I worked for and with on those broadcasts.” Costas, who has been with NBC for 37 years, made his Olympic debut in 1988 and will continue to have roles in NBC Sports and NBC News programs.
Less than a year after it finished its run on Fox, American Idol is now eyeing a comeback – on NBC. Producer FreemantleMedia North America and creator Simon Fuller started pitching a new Idol installment before the series wrapped its final season last April. Talks with NBC ensued, according to initial reports from Variety, with sources indicating the possibility for a new season of Idol to launch on NBC as early as next season.
Edison, a half-hour dark musical comedy series about a small-town real estate broker, is in development at HBO. Series stars John Roberts (Bob’s Burgers) and is loosely based on his life. It hails from Paper Kite, Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch’s Universal TV-based production company. Roberts, H. Jon Benjamin (Archer), Poehler, Posch and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky are exec-producing for Universal TV.
The second season of anthology series Missing premieres on Starz this Sunday, February 12 at 8p with a new case, new characters, and new locations. Season 2 follows parents Sam (David Morrissey) and Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), whose daughter Alice went missing in 2003 and seems to mysteriously return to her German hometown 11 years later.
Cesar Milan takes on a new role as rescuer and rehabilitator in new Nat Geo Wild series Cesar Milan’s Dog Nation. The series, premiering Friday, March 3 at 9p, also features Milan’s son Andre Milan as the two road-trip across the US to help dog owners with their canine troubles and share inspirational stories.
In other Starz news, the network announced its limited series The White Princess, the follow-up to its miniseries The White Queen, will premiere on Sunday, April 16 at 8p. Set in 15th century England, the drama is drawn from the novel of the same name by Philippa Gregory and part of The Cousins’ War book series.
ABC is chilling with the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Shall We Dance on Ice special, airing this Saturday, February 11 at 3p. The journey of dance through the ages with both skating and dance performances is hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, and will include performances by ice dancers and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White and Sinead Kerr-Marshall & John Kerr, and a musical performance by the Goo Goo Dolls.
Weather Hacks, a two-episode special featuring Al Roker, will air Sunday, February 12 at 10p on The Weather Channel. In the episodes, Roker gives practical tips, tricks, hacks and advice on what to do before, during or after a major weather event that could do everything from saving money to saving your life.
Spanish-language movie channel Cinelatino is celebrating the month of love with a selection of romantic comedies beginning on Saturday, February 11 and culminating with a full day of the network’s greatest heart-warming love stories on Tuesday, February 14, beginning at 7a.
When We Rise: The People Behind the Story, a one-hour documentary that complements the ABC miniseries When We Rise, chronicles the personal and political struggles, setbacks, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ people who helped pioneer the US Civil Rights struggle. The doc, which airs Thursday, March 2 on the network, will recount the true stories and history of the gay rights movement through the voices of the people who inspired the miniseries.
Den of Thieves is returning for the third year to produce the Radio Disney Music Awards, and TV director Sandra Restrepo Considine is onboard for this year’s fifth anniversary event. Considine is the first female director of the RDMAs; she’s directing this year’s Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony this Sunday, February 12, and at last year’s Grammys, she directed the live televised musical performance from Hamilton. “I am very excited and happy to be directing the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards. I look forward to being part of such a wonderful event that the whole family can enjoy together.”
Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls) snagged a recurring role as a detective opposite Kyra Sedgwick on new ABC new straight-to-series drama Ten Days in the Valley. Series, from Tassie Cameron and Skydance Television, revolves around an overworked TV producer and single mom whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night.
Ellie Ariaza (The Bridge) booked a recurring role in Legion, FX’s X-Men-universe drama series.
The season 3 premiere of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet on Animal Planet attracted 1.4 million viewers on Saturday, February 4 at 9p in Live+3, up double-digits (+15%) versus the program’s season two premiere (1.2 million). The episode pushed Animal Planet into ad-supported cable’s Top 10 among total viewers (No. 6) in its timeslot.
Fifty Shades Darker – Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Eloise Mumford, Bella Heathcote
John Wick: Chapter Two – Keanu Reeves, Common, Laurence Fishburne, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Ian McShane, Peter Stormare
The LEGO Batman Movie (Animated) – Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosari Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Siri, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Jason Mantzoukas
A United Kingdom (Limited Release) – David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Charlotte Hope, Jack Lowden, Nicholas Lyndhurst
Today’s Jackpot is $30 million
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Saturday’s Jackpot is $285 million.
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