ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 4/7/17)
ABC: The Toy Box (Premiere) at 8pm
DIY: Texas Flip N Move (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: You The Jury (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Ancient Top 10 (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: Detective (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: First Dates (Premiere) at 8pm
WORLD: The Last Days of Jesus Christ (Premiere) at 8pm
LIFETIME: The Rap Game (Finale) at 10pm
WE TV: Mama June: From Not To Hot (Finale) at 9pm
AMC: The Son (Premiere) at 9pm
DESTINATION AMERICA: Mountain Monsters (Premiere) at 10pm
HISTORY: Counting Cars (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Road Hauks (Premiere) at 10pm
SUNDANCE: The Son (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Nate & Jeremiah By Design (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Louis C.K., Musical Guest: The Chainsmokers (Premiere) at 11:30pm
DIY: First Time Flippers (Finale) at 9pm
OWN: Love They Neighbor (Finale) at 9:30pm
OWN: For Peet’s Sake (Finale) at 10pm
AMC: Talking with Chris Hardwick (Premiere) at 11pm
FOOD NETWORK: Giada In Italy (Premiere) at 12pm
HGTV: Lakefront Bargain Hunt (Premiere) at 8pm and 8:30pm
HGTV: Island Life (Premiere) at 10pm and 10:30pm
ID: Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Finale) at 8pm
CNN: Finding Jesus (Finale) at 9pm
CNN: Believer with Reza Asian (Finale) at 10pm
REELZ: The Kennedys After Camelot (Finale) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: Homeland (Finale) at 9pm
Legendary actor and comedian Don Rickles died yesterday at age 90 from kidney failure, according to his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin. Known around the globe as an insult comic, Rickles also was an actor who took on both comedic and dramatic roles primarily in film. Additionally, he was a late-night television staple, appearing frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Show with David Letterman. His more recent TV appearances included The Bernie Mac Show, Murphy Brown, The Single Guy, and Daddy Dearest. He played himself on The Unit and also had a guest spot in Hot In Cleveland.
A new choice: The People’s Choice Awards are moving to E! The network will be the exclusive home of the award show that celebrates pop culture and is voted on entirely by fans. E! will air the awards starting in 2018, and take over all associated digital, social and voting platforms. The 2018 event, the 44th installment of the awards, will be produced by Wilshire Studios, the team behind E!’s signature “Live from The Red Carpet.” People’s Choice Awards was originally created in 1975 by Robert Stivers and previously was owned by Procter & Gamble and produced by Mark Burnett for CBS.
More changes are in the air for the newly monikered MTV Movie & TV Awards. The awards will comingle film, television and streaming nominees together in some categories, and is eliminating gender divisions for acting categories – presenting Best Actor statuettes to both male and female performers. MTV previously announced it was adding television categories to the formerly movies-only event. MTV also is introducing what the network describes as two “new and timely” categories: Best American story, awarded to the show or film that showcases America at its best (“open and diverse”) and Best fight against the system, for characters who “best exemplify fighting against a system that tries to keep them down.” The MTV Movie & TV Awards will air live Sunday, May 7 at 8p on MTV.
Paramount Network, launching in January 2018, is teaming with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and The Weinstein Co., for Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, based on the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year old high school student shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida. The six-part event series, which will be based on two books, will go into production later this year and premiere in 2018 as the first new nonscripted series for Paramount, which is rebranding from Spike TV. It marks the second partnership between Carter, The Weinstein Co. and Paramount Network/Spike TV and The Cinemart; they teamed on the series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, that concluded last night. Exec producers include Carter, Harvey Weinstein, David C. Glasser, Chachi Senior, Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Jenner Furst, Nick Sandow, Julia Willoughby Nason and Michael Gasparro.
VH1 picked up a second season of game show Hip Hop Squares, coinciding with strong ratings for the series, which debuted to over 3.2 million viewers across premiere night plays. VH1’s highest-rated new series in a year is based on the iconic “Hollywood Squares” and is hosted by DeRay Davis.
Former Screen Media Films president Suzanne Blech launched movie and TV company Go Nellie Productions. Her first project will be the development of a 10-episode drama series based on a pair of books on suffrage movement icon Victoria Woodhull.
Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country is moving to USA Network for its second season from its original home on sibling Esquire Network. Season 2 premieres 11:05p on Monday, April 10.
Viceland will premiere Beerland, a docu series searching for the best home brewers across the country and exploring beer’s role in shaping the culture of a community on April 27 at 10pm.
WWE Superstar John Cena will welcome 17 new competitors who either have lost their grit or never had it to Hampton Island, GA, for season 2 of American Grit, premiering Sunday, June 11 at 9p on Fox. This season, “the Cadre” includes military heroes John Burk, Riki Long, Chloe Mondesir and Grady Powell.
INSP will premiere the third season of original series Handcrafted America on Friday, August 11 at 7:30p. Series is part of the net’s “Destination Fridays” programming block.
WE tv’s upcoming Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, set to premiere this spring, chronicles the perks and perils of being born into hip hop royalty in the city where the genre still reigns. The series will feature Bow Wow, child hip hop star who grew up under the tutelage of Snoop and producer Jermaine Dupri; Shaniah Mauldin, Dupri’s biological daughter; Reginae Carter, daughter of rap star Lil’ Wayne; Ayana Fite, daughter of Beastie Boys mainstay DJ Hurricane; Brandon Barnes, son of hip hop manager Ms. Deb and brother of hip hop star Waka Flocka; and Zonnique Pullins, daughter of hip hop power couple T.I. and Tiny.
Antenna TV will pay tribute to the legendary comedian Don Rickles through Sunday, April 9, airing a classic Johnny Carson episode featuring Rickles each night.
The Weather Channel will premiere SnakeStorm on Sunday, April 9. Special explores the connection between snakes and weather in the snakebite capital of the world, Sri Lanka. This weekend also marks the wrap-up of the net’s Tornado Week.
Motown legend Smokey Robinson dives into his late mother’s family history on the episode of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, airing Sunday, April 9 at 10p.
CBS Sunday Morning will air its annual Money Issue on Sunday, April 9 at 9a, digging into the various ways people are generating income, how that income is spent, how automation is changing the workplace and more. Features include John Blackstone’s profile of actress Jaclyn Smith, who has parlayed her stardom on Charlie’s Angels into being the head of a company specializing in fashion, home goods, skin care, wigs and fabrics.
Discovery Channel is going epic, rolling out a new marathon lineup for seven days of super-sized eps of the network’s top series and new specials. From Monday, April 10 through Sunday, April 16, Epic Week will pack in eight premieres Deadliest Catch, Street Outlaws, The Last Alaskans, Bering Sea Gold, Naked and Afraid, Naked and Afraid XL, Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail and Sacred Cod.
A first in Housewives history, Bravo Media will air a four-part The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion beginning April 16 at 8p, featuring host Andy Cohn and the show’s stars.
Social media personality Ricky Smith can’t say no to fun and adventure in Travel Channel special Yes Man, premiering Tuesday, April 18 at 11p. Smith will travel the country to learn about the wildest, craziest and coolest things to do for fun.
Nearly three years after the Ferguson, MO uprising, Fuse will broadcast the premiere of Show Me Democracy on Saturday, April 29 at 9p. The film, following seven St. Louis college students in the wake of the uprising, is the first release in Fuse’s recently announced We The Dreamers documentary series highlighting young, idealistic and diverse subjects who are celebrating their cultural heritage and identity, confronting issues and overcoming prejudice.
Antenna TV is planning a “Mother of all Mothers Marathon” to air on Sunday, May 14 from 5a-10p. To help set the schedule for the day, the Tribune Broadcasting multicast network is holding a contest on Facebook page through April 24 where fans can vote for their favorite TV mom, including Florida Evans (Good Times), Endora (Bewitched), Elyse Keaton (Family Ties) and Shirley Partridge (The Partridge Family).
Janet McTeer (The White Queen, Damages) has been cast in season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. She’ll play an undisclosed character who will have an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.
Brendan Fraser (The Affair, The Mummy) has been cast in Condor, AT&T Audience Network’s 10-ep drama series inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor.
The penultimate episode of WE tv’s Mama June: From Not To Hot delivered 2.4 million viewers on Friday, March 31 at 9p, the highest-rated ep of the buzzy show to date. The strong performance made WE tv the No. 1 cable network on Friday nights among W18-49 and W25-54.
The Case For Christ – Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Frankie R. Faison, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster, L. Scott Caldwell, Mike Pniewski, Tom Nowicki
Going In Style – Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, Ann-Margret, Joey King, John Ortiz, Peter Serafinowicz, Kenan Thompson
Smurfs: The Lost Village (Animated) – Demi Lovato Rainn Wilson, Joe Maganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Mandy Patinkin, Dee Bradley Baker, Frank Welker
Gifted (Limited Release) – Chris Evans, McKenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate Michael Kendall Kaplan, John M. Jackson, Glenn Plummer
Colossal (Limited Release) – Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tim Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Adam Darshi, Rukiya Bernard
Their Finest (Limited Release) – Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Helen McCrory, Jack Huston, Richard E. Grant, Rachael Stirling, Henry Goodman
Today’s Jackpot is $20 million
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Saturday’s Jackpot is $50 million.
Powerball is played in 43 states.