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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 2/27/17)
E!: Fashion Police: 2017 Academy Awards Edition (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: When We Rise (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: Cold Case Files (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY: The High Court (Premiere) at 11:59pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Alaska Off The Grid (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Obsession: Dark Desires (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: The Voice (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Taken (Premiere) at 10pm
PASIONES: Avenida Brasil (Premiere) at 6pm
PBS: Africa’s Great Civilizations (Premiere) at 9pm
TRU TV: Chris Webber’s Full Court Pranks (Premiere) at 10pm
FREEFORM: Beyond (Finale) at 9pm

Actor Bill Paxton died on Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61. Paxton, whose television credits include HBO’s Big Love and History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, also starred in CBS’s Training Day, just launched February 2. “We are truly devastated at the passing of our friend Bill Paxton,” said Training Day producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “He was a tremendously talented actor, and a wonderful man beloved by the entire Training Day cast and crew…. He will be missed more than we can possible express.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS yanked Doubt from the schedule after two episodes. The legal drama premiered to 5.29 million viewers and .8 among A18-49 in Live+SD Nielsens, dropping to 4 million viewers and .6 in the demo its second time out. Season 2 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders will launch Wednesday, March 8 at 10p, replacing the Katherine Heigl starrer in the time period. A rerun of Bull will fill the slot on March 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Despite comments Ryan Murphy made on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, an upcoming American Horror Story won’t be focused on the 2016 presidential election. Murphy clarified his position at the Publicists Guild Awards Luncheon, where he accepted an award for Television Showmanship of the Year. “The themes of American Horror Story have always been allegories. You will not see Trump and Clinton as characters on the show,” Murphy said, explaining of his comments to Watch host Andy Cohen thus: “They gave me 3 martinis in 20 minutes!” But with Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) on hand to present his award, Murphy added, “Now as I look over at Sarah Paulson, I think of Kellyanne Conway. I don’t know, I might be rewriting!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

With shortened television seasons and a changing business model, formal contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, set to begin March 13, could be tricky. “Nobody wants to strike, but we are willing to if we have to,” one union member told Deadline coming out of a WGA informational meeting. The WGA’s last major strike, in 2007, lasted 100 days.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel has found its new Mythbusters. Rescue diver, pilot and drone enthusiast Brian Louden and product designer Jonathan Lung outlasted the competition on live finale Mythbusters: The Search. MythBusters ended a 14-year run on Science sister net Discovery in 20016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hour-long Smithsonian Channel special The Obama Years: The Power of Words, airing tonight at 8p, takes viewers inside President Barack Obama’s career through the prism of his speeches. “Historians are just beginning to debate the legacy of our 44th president, but most agree that one secret to his success was his use of the bully pulpit,” says Charles Poe, SVP of production for Smithsonian Channel. “We wanted to trace Barack Obama’s political career through a handful of speeches that are likely to be remembered – and hear behind-the-scenes stories, from key members of his administration, of how they came together, often under tremendous pressure. It’s more of a roller coaster than most viewers might expect, from the highs of Obama’s breakout 2004 convention speech to the heartbreaking aftermath of the Sandy Hook and Charleston shootings. As a writer before he became president, Obama was very involved in the speechwriting process, and this film offers a unique perspective on his defining moments.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tracy Morgan will headline a Netflix stand-up special, Staying Alive, launching globally May 16. The streaming service has also inked deals for specials from Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Haute stuff: TV5Monde USA is airing fashion documentary Yves Saint Laurent/Karl Lagerfeld: A War in Lace on Monday, March 27 at 9:30p, examining the designers’ impact on French society from the 1960s to the 2000s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of its celebration of Women’s History Month, featuring daily Fuse.TV spotlights on women’s achievements, Fuse is offering a “Future Women’s History” music block from 3-4p on Saturday, March 4. Artists include Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Kiiara, Adele and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC America’s Ripper Street starts its fifth and final season on Wednesday, March 8 at 11p. The show picks up days after the grisly death of Inspector Bennet Drake (Game of ThronesJerome Flynn).
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! is offering the basic cable premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey on Sunday, March 5 at 7:30p, as an appetizer for the launch of its second scripted series, The Arrangement, at 10p. The new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians premieres Sunday, March 12 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Television Academy added two new categories to the Primetime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Music Supervision and Outstanding Casting in a Reality Series. The Academy also divided the Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series category into One-Hour and Half-Hour series. The 2017 televised awards take place September 17 on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello will perform their single, “Bad Things,” at the 2017 Kids Choice Awards. Hosted by WWE’s John Cena, show airs live Saturday, March 11 at 8p on Nickelodeon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An LA court dismissed a lawsuit brought by actress Tatyana Ali (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) last July against Warner Bros. and Telepictures that claimed the companies had stolen her idea for daytime talker The Real. Ali said she pitched the concept in 2012, and watched with “complete disbelief” when the show premiered in 2013. In the ruling, the court said Ali did not present “facts or concrete information protectable as a trade secret.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) landed a series regular role in NBC comedy pilot The Sackett Sisters, about estranged sibs who perform an act of heroism.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lea Michele was released from her Scream Queens deal to co-star in ABC’s comedy pilot from Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs. Queens has yet to receive a season 3 renewal from Fox.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another Scream Queens alum, Keke Palmer, will play a case officer as a series regular in season 2 of Epix drama Berlin Station. Production begins next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dylan McDermott (The Practice) was cast in a lead in Fox comedy pilot LA -> Vegas, set on weekend night flights from LA to Vegas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Add Hope Davis (Allegiance), Vondie Curtis-Hall (Chicago Hope) and Rege-Jean Page (Roots) to the cast of ABC’s untitled Shondaland legal drama pilot, following newly-minted lawyers in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) will play an eccentric multi-millionaire in Crackle original drama StartUp, currently in production in Puerto Rico.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Timothy Omundson (Galavant) will star opposite Carol Burnett in ABC pilot Household Name, about a family that gets a great deal on a house, but has to live with Burnett’s aging movie star character as part of the bargain.
(Source: Cynopsis)

David Castaneda (Sicaro) will be a series regular in an untitled CBS cop drama pilot focused on the members of a Mexican-American family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sandrine Holt (House of Cards) nabbed the female lead in ABC drama pilot Crossings, set in a future where refugees from a war-torn America are seeking asylum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Christopher Riley (Hit the Floor) will play the Carrington family’s chauffeur in CW’s Dynasty reboot pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) takes on the role of a Special Ops intelligence officer in CW military drama pilot Valor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rounding out CW casting news: Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) will star in the title role in CW pilot Black Lightning, based on the DC comic, and Alex McGregor (Of Kings and Prophets landed the female lead in drama pilot Searchers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trangender actress Rain Valdez will recur on season 2 of TV Land’s Lopez, returning Wednesday, March 29 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) will star opposite Sarah Shahi in NBC drama pilot Reverie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is partnering with Shots Studios for a sketch comedy series on YouTube. The show is planned for at least twice monthly starting in March.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season premiere of Animal Planet’s The Zoo on February 17 was the network’s highest rated Prime Time series premiere among A25-54 (.40) in nearly two years; the series premiere recorded a .50 rating among W25-54 with an average of 1.1 million viewers for the hour in Live+3, pushing Animal Planet to rank among ad-supported cable’s Top 10 among Total Viewers P2+ in its time period (#9) and was up 74% versus Animal Planet’s 2017-to-date Prime Time average.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT limited series Sun Records debuted to 2.1 million total viewers and a .71 among A18-49 across four airings on CMT, Nick at Nite and TV Land on Thursday. The newcomer was preceded by a dramatic (in case you haven’t seen it) episode of Nashville on CMT, which delivered 2 million viewers and a .64 in the demo on CMT and Nick at Nite.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s Premio Lo Nuestro a la Musica Latina on Thursday averaged 3.5 million total viewers, 1.7 million A18-49 and 764,000 A18-34. It was the third most-watched program on broadcast among A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Public broadcasting pioneer Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. died February 23. He was 95. Chamberlin had a key role if the creation of PBS and National Public Radio. “He had this great vision of what we could do with the public broadcasting service and the tenacity to follow through on it,” said Paula Kerger, president and chief executive of PBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Publicist Patty Freedman died February 17. She was 64. The co-owner of Andrew E. Freedman Public Relations had been an actress in earlier years, appearing on shows including The Love Boat, Happy Days and Dynasty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 OSCARS – WINNERS LIST
https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2017

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Get Out – $30.5 million
The LEGO Batman Movie – $19 million
John Wick: Chapter Two – $9 million
The Great Wall – $8.7 million
Fifty Shades Darker – $7.7 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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