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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/23/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: Lone Star Law: Bigger and Better (Premiere) at 10pm
CMT: Sun Records (Premiere) at 10pm
DIY: Tiny House, Big Living (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
NBC: The Blacklist: Redemption (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: How To Get Away With Murder (Finale) at 9pm
COOKING CHANNEL: Cheap Eats (Finale) at 10pm
ID: The Detectives Club: New Orleans (Finale) at 10pm

Turner is partnering with the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on a writing contest designed to discover fresh writing talent from racially diverse backgrounds. Through the ABFF & Turner Writing Contest, writers with no professional television experience can submit pilot scripts for comedy or drama series. One winner chosen from each genre will head to Miami for the 2017 American Black Film Festival, June 14-18, receive a cash prize and the opportunity to meet with the original programming development teams for TBS and TNT. The contest is the first element in a new three-year agreement through which Turner will support ABFF as a premier sponsor.
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“Hey, little one, you’re not the ‘only’ good reason to wake up early!!” With this tweet and an accompanying photo of herself and baby son Charley, Savannah Guthrie announced she’ll return to NBC’s Today on March 3 following a three-month maternity leave.
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In an early renewal, Fox gave the green light to freshman music drama series Star. Series was co-created by the co-creator of the network’s biggest series in years, Empire’s Lee Daniels, as well as Tom Donaghy.
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In another early renewal, Fox grabbed more Lethal Weapon, its action-comedy-drama series from Matt Miller, Warner Bros. TV and Lin Pictures. The network initially picked up only five additional episodes in the fall but has extended to a full-season renewal.
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It’s lucky seven for HGTV, which announced series renewals for seven lifestyle series. They are: Beachfront Bargain Hunt, which earlier this month scored its highest-rated premiere episode ever for the series, as well as Caribbean Life, Island Life, Mexico Life, Island Hunters, Hawaii Life and Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation. The network has commissioned a total of 146 fresh episodes for the series in total; new eps are slated to air in 2017.
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Chef, restaurateur, television host and author Geoffrey Zakarian is launching production and development shingle Corner Table Entertainment, a partnership between Zakarian Hospitality and Key Group Worldwide. The NY-based company will produce scripted and unscripted food and lifestyle projects for TV and digital distribution. Zakarian appears in front of the camera on Food Network, serving for the past decade as Iron Chef, a judge on Chopped, co-host of The Kitchen and host of primetime series Cooks vs Cons. Key Group Worldwide founder Jaret Keller is a former New Line Cinema exec.
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Sonar Entertainment has entered into a first-look deal with Jordan Peele’s production company Monkeypaw Productions. The new agreement encompasses all content for television, including digital. Monkeypaw produced the Emmy-winning Key & Peele on Comedy Central for its five-season run; next up will be the Tracy Morgan comedy series for TBS, set for production later this year.
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On Sunday, March 12 at 8p, Guy Fieri will bring back 16 of the greatest Triple-G winners to compete on a five-week special competition of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament. One chef will advance in each round of the tournament, winning $10,000 and a spot in the final episode. The four finalists who make it to the grand finale will face off for a shot at the biggest final shopping spree in the show’s history – $25,000.
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Collector car archeologist Wayne Carini has never given up on the chase, and he returns to Velocity for a ninth season of Chasing Classic Cars, debuting Wednesday, March 15 at 9p. The new season gets a jump-start with a one-hour premiere featuring an exceptional chase for a one-of-one, all-original 1930 Minerva bodied by Hibbard & Darrin just north of Saranac Lake, NY in the Adirondack Mountains.
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FX announced season 3 of its limited series Fargo will premiere Wednesday, April 19 at 10p. The new installment is set in 2010 and features Ewan McGregor (in dual roles), Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and David Thewlis.
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The Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live this Saturday, February 25, on IFC and stream on Sundance Now beginning at 5p. An archived version of the awards show will also be made available exclusively for Sundance Now members shortly after the telecast concludes… In related news, IFC and Film Independent renewed their exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the US through 2020.
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Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet, the lead-in to the live telecast of the 89th Oscars, will air Sunday, February 26, beginning at 7p. The 90-minute special is hosted by ABC’s Good Morning America anchors Robin Roberts, Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer, exec produced by John R. Green and directed by Jeff Winn.
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Paula Abdul is now set as a series regular, as a “fun imaginary friend version” of herself, in the NBC comedy pilot from from Kourtney Kang for which Abdul provided inspiration. The untitled project explores what it’s like to grow up as the only girl in the only mixed-race family in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
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Enrique Murciano (Without A Trace) will join NBC series The Blacklist in a major role. He had joined the drama for the last five eps of the current fourth season with an option to be a series regular next season, pending renewal, and will play Julian Gale, an FBI investigator with obsessive tendencies.
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Anne Heche will be the female lead opposite Mike Vogel in NBC military drama pilot For God and Country, written by Dean Georgaris and from Georgaris, Keshet Studios and Universal TV. Show probes the complex world of military heroes who make personal sacrifices while executing the most challenging and dangerous missions behind enemy lines.
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Freeform elevated Eden Brolin, who plays the mysterious Charlie Singer on Beyond, to a series regular for the upcoming second season.
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Jamie Chung, who recurred as Valerie Vale on Batman prequel Gotham, is crossing over from the DC to the Marvel universe. Chung is set to be a series regular on Fox’s untitled Marvel action-adventure series pilot.
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Emily Rose (Haven) booked a series regular role opposite Reba McEntire in ABC‘s untitled Marc Cherry drama pilot. The project stars McEntire as the sheriff of a small town who finds her red state outlook challenged. Rose will play Vonda Jean, county coroner and former pageant runner-up.
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Danny Pino, an alum of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Cold Case, will star opposite Chris Noth and Leven Rambin in Gone, the 12-ep procedural drama series for NBCUniversal International Studios, Germany’s RTL and France’s TF1 that spins a fictional story of the survivor of a famous child-abduction case, and the FBI agent who rescued her.
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Saturday Night Live is on a roll. The NBC late-night laugher delivered its most watched telecast in eight years with the Saturday, February 11 edition, with more than 16 million viewers tuning in according to Nielsen L+7 data. Hosted by Alec Baldwin and featuring musical guest Ed Sheeran, the February 11 episode averaged a 4.88 rating in A18-49. Additionally, in L+7 SNL is delivering its most-watched season in 24 years.
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Univision Deportes delivered strong results with its airing of the Super Clasico this past weekend, reaching 3.9 million Total Viewers 2+. The Super Clasico between longtime rivals America and Chivas aired Saturday at 10p on Univision Network with a simulcast on UDN and averaged 2.4 million Total Viewers 2+ and 1.4 million A18-49, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals, L+SD data, Reach based on 6-minute qualifier. It was the top soccer match on any network in 2017, regardless of language.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication news, Judge Judy trounced courtrooms by nearly 5 rating points with its second-highest score of season in first full week of February sweep. No. 1 game show Family Feud posted a new series high. Top talker Dr Phil hit a new season high and grew 14 percent from last year, the most of any talk show. Extra drew an audience of almost 2 million daily viewers, and The Doctors delivered a 25 percent increase in key W25-54 demo and climbed 13 percent in households.
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BROADWAY 
Sunday In The Park With George with Jake Gyllenhaal is opening on Thursday February 23, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/sunday-park-with-george/

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