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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/8/17)
AXS TV: The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands (Premiere) at 10pm
BBC AMERICA: Ripper Street (Premiere) at 11pm
CBS: Survivor (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Chopped Junior (Premiere) at 8pm
WGN: Underground (Premiere) at 10pm
FX: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Finale) at 10pm
FX: Man Seeking Woman (Finale) at 10:30pm
FXX: Man Seeking Woman (Finale) at 10:30pm
HISTORY: Six (Finale) at 10pm
VH1: America’s Next Top Model (Finale) at 10pm

Looks like CBS will remain at the center orbit of The Big Bang Theory. CBS CEO Les Moonves yesterday told investors the network is “on the two yard line” in negotiating a two-year, 48-ep renewal of series, as well as prequel Little Sheldon, about the character Sheldon Cooper as a young‘un growing up in Texas. The new series likely would be scheduled to follow Big Bang. Fun fact: Zoe Perry, who was cast in the Little Sheldon pilot to play Sheldon’s mom, is the daughter of Laurie Metcalf, who plays Sheldon’s mom on Big Bang.
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Moonves said he expects to pick up two comedies and two dramas from the 17 pilots in contention for the fall primetime schedule. He also praised CBS’ late-night lineup, including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which has seen a ratings rise in recent weeks, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Communications Inc. partnered with polling and market intelligence company CivicScience to provide research on the Hispanic consumer and emergent trends. The partnership will combine Univision’s Hispanic audience with CivicScience’s next-generation polling and data analysis platform to deliver deep, real-time insights to advertisers, brands, political organizations and investors. CivicScience launched its polling technology across a subset of Univision web and mobile properties in October 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony date has been set. The event will air January 21, 2018, with TNT and TBS live simulcasting the show. This year, TNT and TBS’ telecasts of the SAG Awards drew more than 5 million viewers and grew audience growth compared to last year, including increases of +50% among A18-49, +45% among A18-34 and +33% among total viewers.
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Fusion TV will commemorate International Women’s Day today by highlighting stories by and about women, culminating with a series of primetime specials – ranging from serious to irreverent – that tackle issues including maternal health, sexuality, and the definition of feminist in the age of Trump. Among highlights are Sex. Right. Now: Women Do It Too at 8p, featuring Cleo Stiller getting real about female sexuality; The Other F-Word: Feminist at 8:30p; and The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery at 9p, a doc that investigates an often overlooked crisis that is killing American mothers: childbirth and pregnancy-related causes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV is supporting today’s #DayWithoutAWoman big time. In the US and global English-speaking markets will flip the logo upside down, morphing the “M” into a red “W” for “women” on-air, online and across social media accounts. MTV News will feature hourly messaging driving traffic to Strike.MTV.com and articles, podcasts and reports throughout the day; and all social media accounts, run almost entirely by women according to the network, will go on “strike.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

UTA will participate by holding off-site events for its female employees in its offices in NY, LA and Toronto.
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MGM Television and entertainment shingle Jukin Media signed a co-production deal to create, develop and produce unscripted original series for network, cable and premium SVOD. They initially will focus on competition series, game shows and talent shows that feature user-generated content. MGM Television is behind successful unscripted brands including Survivor and Shark Tank; Jukin Media has exec-produced series including FailArmy (MTV2), Now That’s Funny! (Viacom International) and World’s Funniest (Fox).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production started in Vancouver on Somewhere Between, the ABC limited drama series starring Paula Patton (Warcraft) slated to air this summer.  The pilot was written by Stephen Tolkin (Brothers & Sisters) and is based on a Korean format from SBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Proper Television announced production is underway for Last Stop Garage, for Discovery Canada and the first unscripted series to be filmed in Labrador, one of the most isolated and harshest environments in North America. Proper also is in preproduction on season 2 of Tougher Than It Looks, hosted by Andrew Younghusband for Discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Travel Channel’s new special Weird America will premiere on Saturday, March 18 at 2p, timed to coincide with St. Patrick’s weekend. Irish stand-up comedian Kevin McGahern, who dreamed as a kid of the oddball America he’s seen in TV and film, finally gets his big chance to discover all the unique things about the nation during his first road trip in the US.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC made it official yesterday, releasing key art for season 3 of Better Call Saul in anticipation of the show’s premiere Monday, April 10 at 10p. Season 3 follows the twists and turns of Jimmy McGill’s devolution toward Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman — Albuquerque’s most notorious criminal lawyer – six years before he meets Walter White.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cooking Channel will highlight fresh seasonal ingredients on new series Farmers’ Market Flip, premiering Thursday, April 20 at 10p. Two teams of chefs will be pitted against each other to find the best the farmers’ market has to offer and cook the most delicious gourmet meal for the judges. Host Jeff Mahin presides over the competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Classics Movies will remember Robert Osborne with a 48-hour tribute March 18-19 that will feature the most memorable interviews and moments of the network’s beloved longtime host. Among gems are standout installments of Private Screenings, including when Alec Baldwin interviewed Osborne on the host’s 20th anniversary at the network, and Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival. Osborne died March 6 at age 84.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Part 1 of Taylor Swift’s performance at the DirecTV NOW Super Saturday Night concert will be available this week exclusively on Taylor Swift NOW. The three-part special will include Swift performing an acoustic version of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) for the first time live.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV will take viewers inside one of America’s most controversial power plants in the TV network premiere of the 2015 Magnolia Pictures documentary Indian Point on Saturday, March 11, at 10p. The broadcast is in recognition of the 6th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster and comes on the heels of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s January announcement that Indian Point Energy Center will close by April 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tonight (March 8) Spike will air a special town hall on criminal justice reform, that will feature Time and Punishment: The Kalief Browder Story executive producers Jay-Z, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser in front of the camera, joining members of the now-deceased Browder’s family and others for a live televised event airing just before the second ep of the six-part docuseries. It also will air on sister Viacom nets VH1 and BET.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ACM Award nominees Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Maren Morris are confirmed to perform on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcasting live on Sunday, April 2 at 8p on CBS. In addition, the Backstreet Boys will make their debut appearance at the awards when they join Florida Georgia Line for a performance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel is digging its claws into men’s college basketball championship season. On Monday, April 3 at 8p the net will air the inaugural kitten basketball championship, Meow Madness with an accompanying bracket system that pairs a kitten basketball star to one of 64 Hallmark Original Christmas movie titles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Star Trek: Discovery has added two to the mother ship. Jason Isaacs (The OA, Hotel Mumbai) will star as Captain Lorca, Captain of the Starship Discovery. Mary Wiseman (Baskets) will star as Tilly, a Starfleet Academy Cadet in her final year of study, assigned to the Starship Discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring), Adrienne Warren (Point of Honor) and Stephanie Szostak (Satisfaction) are in as series regulars for Perfect Citizen, CBS‘ legal drama pilot from The Good Wife exec producer Craig Turk.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) has been tapped as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in The Trustee, an ABC one-hour comedy pilot. Cox just wrapped CBS midseason legal drama Doubt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also at ABC, Roslyn Ruff is set as a series regular in the Marc Cherry drama pilot that stars Reba McEntire as the sheriff of colorful small town who finds her red-state outlook challenged. Ruff will play a church lady who runs the local bed and breakfast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Erin Moriarty (Jessica Jones) is the latest to be cast in Fox’s untitled university thriller drama pilot, formerly known as Controversy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Leguizamo is set to co-star opposite Allison Miller in Salamander, the ABC drama pilot that centers on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer who recruits a skeptical Homeland Security psychiatrist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Patricia Clarkson will co-star opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One. Series centers on reporter who returns to her hometown from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tim DeKay (White Collar) and Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) will star as leads opposite Lauren Graham on Fox comedy pilot Linda From HR.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also at Fox, Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel) and Colm Feore (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) will join Marg Helgenberger and B.J. Britt in Fox drama pilot Behind Enemy Lines, loosely based on the 2001 movie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yabba Dabba Digital! Turner and Warner Bros. are launching a new domestic premium streaming service featuring classic titles and new exclusive series from their extensive animation collection. Available at launch this spring on the web, iOS and Android devices, the Boomerang standalone video subscription service represents the first time the two companies have offered the Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of more than 5,000 titles on a streaming platform. The library’s franchises include Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons and The Flintstones. Additionally, Boomerang will be the exclusive home to a slate of new originals, including Warner Bros. Animation’s comic fantasy Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, and Wacky Races, a full-engine overhaul of the Hanna-Barbera classic series. The service will be ad-free and cost $4.99 per month (with a seven-day Free Trial) or $39.99 annually (with a 30-day free trial).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo return for season 5 of Nickelodeon’s Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Sunday, March 19 at 9a. Animated series follows the Turtles through action-packed and bizarre adventures that have never been seen before. Produced at Nickelodeon in Burbank, the new 20-ep season continues to capture distinct stories from the hero brothers’ past and future, including their early days in NYC. Mark Hamill guests as the villain Kavaxas in the premiere story arc.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Feud, FX’s new Ryan Murphy anthology series, brought home 2.26 million Live+ same day viewers for its debut on Sunday, March 5, below the opening of Ryan’s People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (5.1 million) but on par with the premiere of the Emmy-winning FX limited series Fargo (2.66 million).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last week’s broadcast of The Talk on CBS, featuring special guest Cher, delivered 3.20 million viewers, the show’s largest Tuesday audience of the season, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for February 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision finished last week as the No. 2 broadcast network, attracting more A18-34 than FoX (+13%) and CBS (+12%) for the second consecutive week. Univision also edged out ABC by +1% A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America finished its run Sunday night with the finale posting a .8 rating among A25-54 and ranking fourth in the 9p time slot among cable nets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LAFF, the over-the-air broadcast TV net devoted to comedy around-the-clock posted double-digit gains in February of +52% in HHs, +46% in A18-49, +69% in A25-54, +52% in A18+ and A55% in Total Viewers vs. February 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication news, Maury (up 6 percent) and The Doctors (up 13 percent) are the only talkers with rising household ratings in the third full week of the February sweep. Live with Kelly’s key W25-54 demo grew 9 percent, and court show Hot Bench grew 4 percent, matching the best rating of season and ranking as the third-highest daytime show overall, behind only Judge Judy and Dr Phil.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom promoted Lily Neumeyer, one-time exec producer of Duck Dynasty, to head of development for MTV and VH1. She most recently headed development at VH1. With her new title, Neumeyer fills the spot vacated by Eli Lehrer at MTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dario Spina has been upped to CMO of Viacom Velocity, Viacom’s partner marketing and creative content group. Spina helped launch Velocity in 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer and director Scott Lew died February 25 at his home in Valley Glen, CA, after a 15-year battle with ALS. He was 48. Lew’s fight against ALS was documented in the film Jujitsu-ing Reality, a shortlist entry for the Academy Awards Best Documentary Short in 2013. Later, while in a wheelchair, he directed Bickford, released in 2006, and continued to sell his scripts to studios including ABC, Sony Television and 20th Century Fox. He also was a writer on the TV series The Dead Zone. Lew is survived by his wife Ann and their sons Rocky and Roman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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