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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/30/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: North Woods Law: Game Warden Files (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Impossible Engineering (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY: Review (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Flip or Flip (Finale) at 9pm
UP: Growing Up McGhee (Finale) at 9:30pm

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
is opening a pop-up library of President Donald Trump’s tweets. The library, opening in New York City in June, “will be so tremendous that you’ll get tired of the tremendousness, so it will then close a few days later,” said Comedy Central in a press release. “Sad!”
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The Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences is taking steps to avoid a repeat of the mishap that led to the wrong film being named best picture at this year’s Oscars – but it doesn’t include firing PriceWaterhouse Coopers. While acknowledging, as PwC has, that the accounting firm was responsible for the debacle, the Academy is instead instituting new protocols. Those include a greater oversight role for PwC US chairman Tim Ryan, a third balloting leader who will sit in the control room with the directors, the return of one of the accountants in charge of balloting from 2002-2014, and the removal of electronic devices backstage (accountant Brian Cullinan had reportedly been tweeting backstage before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope).
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ABC yanked freshman drama Time After Time from its slate after 5 episodes. The time travel show was averaging .5 among A18-49 and 2.2 million viewers. Taking its place for the next 3 Sundays at 9p will be Match Game.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association set December 11 as the date nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes will be announced, for a show airing Sunday, January 7, 2018 on NBC. Last year’s trophy-fest averaged 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among A18-49, the second-most-watched broadcast in the last 10 years.
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In a New York Times column on Wednesday, former FCC head Tom Wheeler lamented votes in the Senate and House to overturn rules that keep internet service providers from selling personal information. The bill, now headed for the POTUS pen, “not only gives cable companies and wireless providers free rein to do what they like with your browsing history, shopping habits, your location and other information gleaned from your online activity,” Wheeler warns Times readers, “but it would also prevent the Federal Communications Commission from ever again establishing similar consumer privacy protections…. I understand that network executives want to produce the highest return for shareholders by selling consumers’ information. The problem is they are selling something that doesn’t belong to them.” Wheeler also pointed to a recent FCC vote to stay requirements that internet providers take “reasonable measures” to protect consumers’ confidential information as another “gift to the industry” that poses a risk.
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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and JCS International have launched the JCS International Young Creatives Award, which kicks off with “Women Peacemakers” as its inaugural theme. Competition is open to entrants between the ages of 18 and 29.
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Fox’s Bones may be buried after 12 seasons, but props up for auction include Agent Booth’s office furniture, Dr. Brennan’s lab coats, wardrobe, jewelry and more. Auction site ScreenBid is hosting the sale of over 1000 items. Lots begin closing Thursday, April 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Southern Charm Savannah debuts Monday, May 8 at 10p. The reality show from which the newcomer was spun, Southern Charm, just averaged 1.7 million total viewers for the season.
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UP TV renewed Bringing Up Bates for a sixth season. First of 13 new episodes of the family reality series launches Thursday, June 1 at 9p.
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Two African American women filed a lawsuit against Fox News and fired comptroller Judy Slater on Tuesday for what they called a broad pattern of “top-down racial harassment,” including Slater stereotyping African Americans’ speech, and asking one of the women if all 3 of her children were fathered by the same man. “There is no place for inappropriate verbal remarks like this at Fox News,” said the net, which axed Slater after an investigation. “We are disappointed that this needless litigation has been filed.”
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An NYC district judge dismissed a case charging Big Bang Theory producers, Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre Productions with using a line from a song written by a nursery school teacher in 1930 on the show. The complaint was first file in December 2015.
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Featured collaborations on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards include Reba McEntire and contemporary Christian artist Lauren Daigle, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill,Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris, Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys. Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion have been added to the lineup of solo performers for the show, airing Sunday, April 2 on CBS.
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Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell inch closer to “I do,” sort of, as hosts of Freeform special Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Sunday, May 7 at 8p. Higgins proposed to Bushnell on the season 20 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor, then the couple starred in Freeform’s Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?.
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The inaugural Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented By Purina premieres on USA on Sunday, April 16 at 8p. The competition is co-hosted by John O’Hurley (The National Dog Show) and dog show judge David Frei, with Olympic medalists Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski manning the red carpet. Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules) will present the Best in Show Award.
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The stars are lined up for The Tonight Show’s April 3-6 stand at Universal Orlando Resort. Taking the plunge will be Vin Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo.
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CBS’s Late Show will air a special episode following the NCAA Men’s National Championship Game on Monday, April 3. Special correspondents Malcom and Margaret Corden, parents of host James Corden, will report live from the game in Phoenix. Corden will also offer life coaching to NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
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It will be “Weed Week” on Viceland from April 17-20. In addition to the returns of Weediquette and Bong Appetit, the stunt feature a special April 20 (*cough*) episode if F**k, That’s Delicious.
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Jay R. Ferguson landed the lead in CBS comedy pilot Living Biblically. The casting is in second position to ABC’s soft-rated The Real O’Neals, looking unlikely to make it to season 3.
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Michael Landes (Save Me) has been cast as a series regular opposite Lauren Graham in Fox comedy pilot Linda From HR. Landes is replacing Tim DeKay in the role.
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Netlfix renewed Santa Clarita Diet for season 2. The dark comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, released on February 3, will return in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is bringing back The Mindy Project for a sixth and final season. New episodes will be available for streaming in September.
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People/Entertainment Weekly video EW Reunites: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now streaming on PEN. The special is part of the EW Reunites series, featuring cast reunions from series and films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon greenlit a docuseries focused on the McLaren racing team as it competes in the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. The untitled show will be exclusive to Amazon Prime Video.
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The finale of NBC’s This Is Us grew 4.9 million viewers from Live+SD to Live+7, for a series high 17.78 million total and enough to nudge it ahead of CBS’s NCIS (17.71 million). It’s the first time in almost 13 years that an NBC in-season scripted series grabbed the top spot in total viewers.
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Scripps Networks Interactive cable networks all saw ratings increases for both the first quarter and month of March. Versus the same period last year, HGTV had its second highest-rated quarter ever with P25-54, M25-54 and W25-54 during primetime; Food Network had year-over-year gains among W25-54 and W18-49 (both up 4%), Travel Channel posted 1Q17 gains of 9% among P25-54, DIY had a March year-over-year bump among P25-54 (3%) and W25-54 (1%), Cooking Channel had its highest-rated and most-watched quarter in primetime among P25-54, up 18% year-over-year, and Great American Country had its highest-rated first quarter since 2007.
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WE tv is celebrating its best March ever across all key demos. Compared to March 2016 in prime time, WE tv is up 30% among W18-49, up 26% among W25-54, up 22% among A18-49 and 25-54 and up 18% among total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of Fox’s Bones on Tuesday hit a season high 1.0/4 among A18-49, up 25% from the week prior, and 4.19 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules grew from the prior week’s episode among all key demos, delivering 1.4 million P18-49 (up +8% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.6 million P25-54 (up +4%), and 2.3 million total viewers (up +2%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills posted week-over-week growth for the third consecutive week among all key demos, with 1.6 million P18-49 (up +3% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.9 million P25-54 (up +3%), and 3 million total viewers (up +4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the first quarter of 2017, Univision outdelivered Fox and NBC on every Friday night, and out-performed at least one or more of the top four English-language broadcast networks 81 percent of the nights among A18-34.The net averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers 2+, 844,000 A18-49 and 380,000 A18-34 in primetime in the quarter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks President of Programming, Stephen Hill, is stepping down. Connie Orlando, Senior Vice President for Specials, Music Programming, and News, will serve as the interim Head of Programming for BET Networks. “Stephen has earned a reputation as one of the leading creative minds in television,” said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO. “His contributions to the team have been invaluable.” Zola Mashariki, EVP and Head of Original Programming, will also be leaving the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Todd Waks has been named Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances for dick clark productions. Waks most recently served as CEO of strategic brand marketing agency Entertainment Alliances.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Play That Goes Wrong is opening on Sunday April 2, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/play-that-goes-wrong/

Amelie with Phillipa Soo is opening on Monday April 3, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/amelie/

Present Laughter with Kevin Kline, Kate Burton and Cobie Smulders is opening on Wednesday April 5, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/present-laughter-broadway/

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