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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/21/17)
LIFETIME: The Pop Game (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Stranded with a Million Dollars (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: The Detour (Premiere) at 10pm
USA: Chrisley Knows Best (Premiere) at 10pm
VELOCITY: Mighty Car Mods (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Needles and Pins (Premiere) at 10pm
CNBC: Billion Dollar Buyer (Finale) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: The Killing Fields (Finale) at 10pm
HISTORY: The Curse of Oak Island (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Shadow of Doubt (Finale) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Dance Moms (Finale) at 9pm
MYX TV: The Doll Life (Finale) at 8pm
NBC: The Wall (Finale) at 8pm
Z LIVING: Altar’d (Finale) at 8pm
Z LIVING: Finding Fido (Finale) at 9pm

Sprout introduced a music video, “Kindness Is a Muscle,” featuring 10-year-old dance sensation Aidan Prince (aka BAHBOY) as part of its “Kindness Counts” pro-social initiative. “Kindness is at the heart of everything we do at Sprout,” said Jennifer Giddens, SVP, marketing & digital. “‘Kindness is a Muscle’ showcases how kids have the opportunity to lead the kind effort by exercising compassionate and kind actions daily, empowering and reminding us all to do better.”
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A group of smaller networks, among them Up Entertainment, ASPiRE, INSP and Outdoor Channel, share the concerns of the American Cable Association over how the transition to the ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard will affect MVPDs. In a letter to the FCC, the networks said, “We believe our respective programming services can compete with any in the market on the merits. Yet we also recognize that, as programmers unaffiliated with the largest conglomerates, our offerings will be at particular risk should the transition to ATSC 3.0 compel MVPDs to eliminate cable channels. As explained by ACA, ‘independent programmers would likely be the first to go’ in systems where capacity is limited.” The letter urged the FCC to examine the potential impact on diverse and independent programmers. A vote on the issue is scheduled at the FCC on February 23.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears Dalian Wanda’s $1 billion acquisition of Dick Clark Productions won’t go through, reported TheWrap on Monday. Problems getting currency out of China and Chinese regulatory issues were cited as the cause, though a source told TheWrap owner Eldridge Industries still expects the deal to close.
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Showtime is developing a limited series about Muhammad Ali, reports Variety. The Ali Summit would focus on Ali’s objection to the Vietnam War draft, exploring the intersection of civil rights and sports. Jeff and Michael Zimbalist will write and direct, and exec produce with Jim Brown, Monique Brown, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America gave the green light to Blue Planet II, a seven-part nature series about oceans narrated by Sir David Attenborough (Planet Earth II). The first Blue Planet, broadcast in 2001, was also presented by Attenborough.
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Hulu ordered Castle Rock, named after the fictional Maine setting for several Stephen King novels, from King and J.J. Abrams. Each season of the anthology series will feature different characters and storylines, with threads from previous seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the TV trophy takers at the WGA Awards on Sunday were FX’s Atlanta for both Comedy and New Series, NBC’s This Is Us for Episodic Drama, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Episodic Comedy, NBC’s Saturday Night Live for Comedy/Variety-Sketch Series, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver for Comedy/Variety (Including Talk), Hulu’s Triumph’s Election Special for Comedy/Variety-Music, Awards, Tributes Special, HBO’s Confirmation for Long Form Original, FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson for Long Form Adapted and Netflix’s BoJack Horseman for Animation.
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Let’s hear it for the TV winners for the Motion Picture Sound EditorsGolden Reel Awards, also announced Sunday. Among those taking bows were the editors for Albert (Nickelodeon Animation Studios), Sonic Sea (Discovery Channel), My Beautiful Broken Brain (My Beautiful Broken Brain Ltd), Stranger Things (21 Laps Entertainment), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Studios), The Get Down (Sony Pictures Television for Netflix), Penny Dreadful III (Showtime Networks), Westworld (Bad Robot/Kilter Films, double winner), The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again (Fox 21) and The Night Of (BBC Drama Productions).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Cinema Audio Society honored sound mixing achievement. Among those that did not go home empty-handed: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Game of Thrones, Modern Family and Grease Live!.
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Looking good at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards were American Horror Story: Roanoke, which grabbed honors three times. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Game of Thrones, So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation and Westworld were all double winners. Also taking home honors: Dancing With the Stars, The Rocky Horror Picture Story: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, The Real and The Young and the Restless.
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Swoosie Kurtz (Mike & Molly) has joined the cast of ABC comedy pilot Charlie Foxtrot, about a dentist stationed in Fort Bragg who promises to look after his deployed brother’s family.
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Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of Foxtel’s Australian drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, inspired by the novel.
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Matt Barr (Sleepy Hollow) landed the lead in CW drama pilot Valor, set at a U.S. Army base.
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Added to the cast of Starz/BBC limited series Howards End: Julia Ormond (Mad Men), Philippa Coulthard (The Catch), Joseph Quinn (Dickensian), Rosalind Eleazar (National Treasure) and Alex Lawther (Imitation Game).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alex Meraz has joined the cast of WGN America pilot Scalped in a lead role. Drama based on the DC graphic novel is set on a Native American reservation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Britne Oldford (Hunters), Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife), Susannah Flood (Chicago Fire) and Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie) are onboard ABC’s Shondaland pilot, following freshly-minted lawyers.
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People/Entertainment Weekly Network is livestreaming the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, February 26 at 5p. People NOW co-hosts Jeremy Parsons and Andrea Boehlke offer an Awards Fashion Wrap-Up of hits and misses the next day.
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With a week to go, ad inventory for the Academy Awards on ABC was picked clean. Among the new advertisers this year will be FX, which is premiering Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Bette and Joan on March 5. Thirty-second spots for this year’s ceremony went for as much as $2.5 million.
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AMC’s The Walking Dead returned for the second half of season 7 with 15.9 million total viewers, 9.9 million A18-49 and 10 million A25-54 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings. Total viewers were up 5 percent from December, A18-49 increased 3 percent and A25-54 increased 5 percent.
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ABC’s airing of Tangled from 8-10p on Sunday earned a 1.0 rating among A18-49. CBS’s The Good Fight, in its linear premiere before moving to full-time to CBS All Access, drew .7 in the demo, followed by 1.1 for NCIS: Los Angeles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The election’s over, but not the fascination with news. The week ending February 12, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC all cracked the top 10 of Nielsen total day cable ratings. Fox News was number 1 with an average 1.79 million viewers, CNN placed fourth with 887,000 viewers and MSNBC landed in eighth place with 786,000 viewers.
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On its new night, Wednesday, season 5 of Fox’s MasterChef Junior premiered to a 1.6/6 Live+3 rating, in line with its prior season average (1.7/7 Live+3), and on par with this season’s premiere of Hell’s Kitchen (1.6/7 Live+3).
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ABC’s TGIT lineup had the A18-49 demo win for the 4th consecutive time since Grey’s Anatomy (2.0/8), Scandal (1.7/6) and How to Get Away With Murder (1.3/5) returned. CBS’s Big Bang Theory topped the night with 2.7/10, a series low.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 8 premiere of History‘s Swamp People delivered 2.5 million total viewers (+18% versus the Season 7 premiere), 980,000 A25-54 (+3%) and 784,000 A18-49 (+6%). The episode was also the strongest Swamp People telecast since April 2015 in the key Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on TNT and TBS averaged 7.8 million viewers, the most-viewed since 2013 and up 3 percent from last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele died February 17. He was 79. Steele, notorious for chewing up turnbuckles and dying his tongue green, made his final return to the WWE in the 1990s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ivan “The Russian Bear” Koloff, also a WWE wrestler, passed away February 18 after battling liver cancer. He was 74. Koloff was best known to WWE fans as one of Bruno Sammartino’s rivals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warren Frost, who played Will “Doc” Hayward on the 1990-91 series Twin Peaks and was set to reprise the role on the upcoming Showtime revival, died February 17 after a lengthy illness at age 91. Frost, who also appeared on shows including Matlock, The Larry Sanders Show and Seinfeld, was the father of Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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