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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/29/17)
ABC: Imaginary Mary (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CNBC: The Deed: Chicago (Premiere) at 10pm
TV LAND: Nobodies (Premiere) at 10pm
TV LAND: Lopez (Premiere) at 10:30pm
A&E: Duck Dynasty (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Restored (Finale) at 10pm
E!: So Cosmo (Finale) at 9pm
FX: Legion (Finale) at 10pm
GAC: Going RV (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Outrageous Acts of Science (Finale) at 9pm

NBC
plans to broadcast all of its 2018 Winter Olympics coverage live across all time zones. With Olympics action shared across the country at the same time, on TV and online, “Social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics production and programming. “This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers, and our affiliates alike.” The network’s coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea begins February 8, 2018, with the opening ceremony taking place on Friday, February 9, 2018.
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A week after it appeared that Scott and Deirdre Gurney might return to Duck Dynasty-producing Gurney Productions, a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday ruled against them and in favor of ITV, which has accused them of deceit, fraud and self-dealing. “We are happy to be moving toward the discovery phase of the case,” said ITV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast is preparing to expand a skinny-bundle service it’s been testing on the East Coast for the last two years. Branded as Xfinity Instant TV, the service will be available to Comcast broadband subscribers. For $15 a month, the bundle includes the major broadcast networks; $40/month extras packages will get viewers sports channels like ESPN, and Spanish networks including Telemundo and Univision.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced nominations for its BAFTA TV Craft Awards on Tuesday in London. Natural history series Planet Earth II led the pack with nine nominations, while Netflix broke out with The Crown, garnering seven. BBC’s John Le Carre adaptation, The Night Manager, scored six.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TMZ Creator and Executive Producer Harvey Levin and FOX Television Stations’ SVP of Programming Frank Cicha will participate in an NAB Show keynote panel focused on syndicated entertainment news on Monday, April 24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Cicha and Levin will discuss the origin of the FOX TV/TMZ partnership and TMZ’s evolution from a web brand into a leading syndicated television entertainment news property.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN is adding two new docu-series to its Saturday night slate. Released, exec produced by Oprah Winfrey, chronicles the lives of men and women newly released from prison. Checking Inn follows former Essence Magazine EIC Monique Greenwood and her bed-and-breakfast business. “Over the past 4 years, it’s been a steady, positive trajectory,” said OWN president Erik Logan of ratings. “But the huge growth for OWN is how we’ve connected with the African-American marketplace…OWN is the number one network for African-American women in America.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions are delving into unscripted TV with The Handmade Project. The competition reality show, which has received a six-episode straight-to-series order by NBC, reunites Poehler with her former Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman. Poehler and Offerman will host the series, which celebrates artisanship and the makers who can create amazing things with their hands and a few tools.
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E! goes behind the bar and takes a look at the lives of employees of Los Angeles’ The Abbey, hailed as the best gay bar in the world. What Happens at The Abbey premieres Sunday, May 14 at 10p. Managed by owner David Cooley, the staff juggles delivering first-rate service to their VIP guests and celebrities while dealing with relationship drama, diverse sexuality and the pursuit of their own Hollywood dreams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The BBC is moving forward with an LGBT project curated by Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. Queers. written by a group of up-and-upcoming LGBT writers for BBC Four, features eight 15-minute monologues charting a century of the UK gay experience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV secured two more seasons of British dramedy Doc Martin. New season began production in Port Isaac on the North Cornwall coast earlier this month. Broadcast on ITV in the UK, Acorn TV will premiere Series 8, consisting of eight episodes, in fall/winter 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 Bravo Media’s Below Deck Mediterranean bows Tuesday, May 2 at 9p. Welcoming aboard the first female captain to the franchise, Sandy Yawn will lead the crew to perfection as she steers the guests to paradise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s This Is Life Live, a four-night television event premiering Sunday, April 23 at 10p, follows the personal journeys of families about to experience an extraordinary circumstance on live television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some 40 years after the 1977 miniseries Jesus of Nazareth, the actor who portrayed the Son of God, Robert Powell, is returning to the Holy Land to seek out clues to the real historical figure who inspired Christianity. Four-part The Real Jesus of Nazareth bows on Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV celebrates music icon Mavis Staples in the concert film Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There An All-Star Concert Celebration premiering Sunday, April 16 at 10p. The all-star concert features performances from artists including Mavis Staples, Gregg Allman, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Canal 22 honors Gabriel Figueroa, one most influential cinematographers of the Golden Age of Mexican movies, during the month of April.  Beginning Saturday, April 1, the net will present Figueroa’s films during its Cinema 22 movie block.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Billy Eichner, best known for his popular man-on-the street series Billy on the Street, is joining American Horror Story’s upcoming seventh season. He’ll heavily recur opposite Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenpart have been tapped to star in upcoming ITV family thriller, Next Of Kin. Shooting begins in April in the UK and overseas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sonja Sohn (The Wire) and Jen An have booked recurring roles opposite Jason Mitchell on Showtime’s The Chi. Series is a coming-of-age story that follows interrelated characters in the South Side of Chicago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Extra (1.2 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 20% from the week before) overcame both the start of daylight saving time and preemptions for March Madness, the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament on CBS affiliates, uncorking the biggest increase among magazines in the session ending March 19. Entertainment Tonight (3.4, up 6%) also rose to the occasion, shaking off the negatives and easily leading the magazines for the 33rd straight week. On the minus side, Inside Edition (2.6, down 10%) matched its season low.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crime Watch Daily (1.1, up 22%) delivered the most growth among the talk shows, matching its season high, and improved 10% from the same week last year, which was the best annual increase in the genre. Newcomer Harry (1.1, up 10%), which surged 20% in the key W25-54 demo, earned its first Best Entertainment Talk Show Host Emmy nomination for Harry Connick, Jr. and was renewed for season two.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX dramas Lethal Weapon and Star closed their freshman seasons with week-to-week growth, ranking as the network’s top-rated programs in Live + 7 ratings for the week of March 13.  Additionally, Bones and Sleepy Hollow both doubled their Live+SD audiences in L7 ratings. Season-to-date in A18-49, Lethal Weapon is averaging a 2.4/9 L7, ranking as the #3 new broadcast series. Star ranks #10-tie among broadcast new series in A18-49, #4-tie among A18-34 and #1 among Teens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision finished as the fifth most-watched broadcast network in primetime for the entire last week with 1.7 million Total Viewers 2+, 745,000 A18-49 and 324,000 young A18-34. The net ranked as the top Spanish-language network during primetime for the entire week, out-delivering its closest competitor by +27% among Total Viewers 2+, +16% among A18-49 and +19% among young A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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