ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 3/17/17)
CW: The Originals (Premiere) at 8pm
HBO: Animals (Premiere) at 11:30pm
VICELAND: Tattoo Age (Premiere) at 9pm
AHC: Incredible Inventions (Premiere) at 10pm
NICK: The After Party (Premiere) at 9:30pm
REELZ: Collison Course (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Weird America (Premiere) at 2pm
HISTORY: Detroit Steel (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: The Dead Files (Finale) at 10pm
AMC: Into The Badlands (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Flea Market Flip (Premiere) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: The Circus: Inside The Greatest Political Show On Earth (Premiere) at 8pm
SMITHSONIAN: Mighty Ships (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: First Family of Hip Hop (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Building Alaska (Finale) at 10pm
ID: Evil Lives Here (Finale) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN: The Weapon Hunter: Iwo Jima Franken-Gun (Finale) at 9pm
For the first time, NBC’s Saturday Night Live is going live in all four time zones with its final four telecasts of the season. Things kick off with Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon as host on April 15, followed by Chris Pine (May 6), Melissa McCarthy (May 13) and Dwayne Johnson (May 20). “SNL – enjoying its most popular season in two decades – is part of the national conversation, and we thought it would be a great idea to broadcast to the west and mountain time zones live at the same time it’s being seen in the east and central time zones,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “That way, everyone is in on the joke at the same time. Kudos to Lorne Michaels, the producers and cast for making SNL one of the most relevant and anticipated shows in the zeitgeist.” Episodes will air live at 11:30p ET, 10:30p CT, 9:30p MT and 8:30p PT. For the Mountain and Pacific time zones, SNL will be repeated at 11:30p.
Chuck Pratt has stepped down as showrunner of FOX music drama Star after one season. A search has begun for a replacement. Pratt took over for the post from Charley Murray, who previously served alongside co-creator/EP Tom Donaghy and exited over creative differences last September.
Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race revealed the guest judges that will sashay onto the runway when the new season begins on Friday, March 24 at 8p on VH1. Joining RuPaul and regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews will be Lady Gaga, Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O’Hare, Noah Galvin, Todrick Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.
Ryan Murphy is working on another anthology series for FX. Set in 1986, Pose examines the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York City: the emergence of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.
Syfy renewed 12 Monkeys for a fourth and final chapter ahead of its Season 3 premiere. The network also announced that the series’ entire 10-episode third season will premiere over three consecutive nights, beginning Friday, May 19 at 8p.
In other Syfy news, the network ordered a 13-episode third season of The Expanse. “The Expanse is a gorgeous, thrilling, emotional series that has quite simply raised the bar for science fiction on television,” said Chris McCumber, president, entertainment networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
ID’s Disappeared is reappearing, following the evidence trail of 13 new cases and featuring interviews with law enforcement and loved ones. Season launches with its 100th episode on Sunday, March 26 at 10p.
CBS set summer premiere dates for four series. Big Brother bows Wednesday, June 28 at 8p. Zoo returns Thursday, June 29 at 9p. Candy Crush debuts on Sunday, July 9 at 9p, and Salvation premieres Wednesday, July 12 at 9p.
Outpost, a docu-series that bridges investigative journalism with adventure travel to share human, social and cultural stories, premieres on two networks in two languages on Sunday, March 26: on Fusion at 8p and 11p and on UniMas at 11p.
Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif are back in the operating room to fix failed plastic when Botched returns Sunday, June 18 at 9p on E!.
Downward Dog premieres Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30p on ABC, before moving to its regular time period, Tuesday nights at 8p on May 23. Based on a web series of the same name, series follows the day-to-day life of Nan (Allison Tolman, Fargo), as told by her dog, Martin (voiced by Samm Hodges).
Travel Channel follows cocktail connoisseur Jack Maxwell across the U.S. in new series Booze Traveler: Best Bars. Bows Monday, April 24 at 10p.
Imaginary Mary debuts Wednesday, March 29 on ABC. Series follows Alice (Jenna Elfman) a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside down when she falls for Ben (Stephen Schneider), a divorced dad with three kids.
CBS is airing a two-hour special examining the life and legacy of Princess Diana and the tragic crash that killed her on Monday, May 22 at 8p. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King anchors Princess Diana: Her Life Her Death The Truth on CBS.
Secrets of the Dead: Leonardo, The Man Who Saved Science premieres Wednesday, April 5 at 10p on PBS (check local listings). Special delves into new evidence that shows many of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions and art were realized long before he sketched them.
As the country prepares to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising in April, Showtime premieres 90-minute documentary Burn Motherf***er, Burn!, an in-depth look at a watershed moment that influenced the political, social and cultural fabric of the city of LA and the country. Airs Friday, April 21 at 9p.
Former champion Kermit Cintron battles once-beaten David Grayton in a 10-round welterweight bout today, March 17 as part of Premier Boxing Champions: The Next Round on Bounce. Coverage begins at 9p from Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
USA Network’s broadcast of the Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina features Olympic medalists Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski as correspondents on the show’s red carpet. The special, which is co-hosted by dog show judge David Frei and actor John O’Hurley, also features sports icon Mary Carillo, Lisa Vanderpump and Maria Menounos. Airs Sunday, April 16 at 8p on USA.
TV One celebrates Empire with a third season marathon, starting at 2p on Sunday, March 19, in preparation for the show’s mid-season return on Wednesday, March 22 at 9p on FOX.
Shemar Moore returns to guest star in Criminal Minds’12th season finale on Wednesday, May 10 at 9p. He reprises his role as Derek Morgan.
Timothy Hutton nabbed a recurring guest spot in upcoming Amazon original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He’ll play Singer, Deputy Director of Operations.
Nia Long was tapped to star in ABC’s untitled spinoff of The Goldbergs. She’ll portray Lucy, a cool single mom.
David Warshofsky booked a series regular role in ABC’s one-hour comedy pilot, The Trustee. He’ll play tough retired cop Anthony Radley.
Kelley Missal (One Life to Live) landed a series regular role in ABC drama pilot The Crossing. She’ll play Hannah, one of the first refugees from a war-torn country who shows up seeking asylum in an American town.
Nickelodeon scored big with the John Cena-hosted 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards, winning the week of March 6 as cable’s top kids’ program with 3.7 million total viewers across Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and TeenNick. The slimefest, which was broadcast on Saturday, March 11, also secured the top spot for the week with Kids 2-11 (6.4/1.8 million), Kids 6-11 (8.1/1.4 million) and Tweens 9-14 (5.7/1 million), marking the program’s biggest year over year gains with Kids 6-11 (+5%) in ten years.
Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship premiered Sunday night with a double episode launch beginning at 9p, averaging a .7 rating P25-54 (650,000 impressions) and ranking fifth among cable for the two-hour block, up +20% vs. prior season premiere.
Univision finished the week as the No. 4 Broadcast Network. In the current season-to-date, Pequenos Gigantes USA has grown its Monday to Thursday 8p hour by +9% with Total Viewers 2+ and +3% among A. The show averaged 1.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 748,000 A18-49, and 358,000 young A18-34.
The season 24 premiere of Top Gear delivered strong ratings for BBC America, growing 5% from last season’s premiere and 50% from the season 23 average among A25-54, delivering the show’s biggest episode in this key demo in two years. Total live/same day viewership of 330,000 was up double digits from the prior season average. Talk show companion series, Extra Gear, season two, achieved series highs across all key demos and was up double-digits from last season’s premiere and season average.
Beauty And The Beast – Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald
The Belko Experiment – John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McKinley, Josh Brener, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, Melonie Diaz
Song To Song (Limited Release) – Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Holly Hunter, Berenice Marlohe, Val Kilmer
T2: Trainspotting (Limited Release) – Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Angela Nedyalkova, Kelly MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, James Cosmo
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