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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/15/17)
HGTV: Flip or Flop (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Alone (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Murder Among Friends (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: The Tunnel: Sabotage (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Impossible Engineering (Finale) at 9pm
SHOWTIME: The Putin Interviews (Finale) at 9pm

Seasons 2 and 3 of FX’s American Crime Story anthology series are being swapped. The Assassination of Gianni Versace, focused on the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his Miami Beach home, was initially set for season 3, but will air first, in early 2018. Katrina, about the hurricane and its aftermath, will debut in late 2018. Production of the Versace installment has been humming along since April, while Katrina has been delayed, in part due to the special effects needed to replicate the natural disaster.
(Source: Cynopsis)

C-Span is televising the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity tonight, following yesterday’s gun attack during a practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the companies banding together to battle online piracy are Amazon, AMC Networks, CBS Corp., HBO, Hulu, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Telemundo, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company and Univision Comm., forming the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. “By bringing together global creative companies producing all forms of content, ACE will expand ongoing, cooperative efforts to reduce the prevalence of online piracy,” said the group, which plans to work with law enforcement, file litigation and pursue voluntary agreements with responsible parties. ACE estimates that last year there were 5.4 billion downloads of pirated movies, TV and VOD shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment changed course after the DGA claimed Sony’s Clean Version initiative, offering versions of its movies edited for broadcast or airlines, violates its contract with the union. “We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions,” said Sony. “But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.” Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) tweeted his thoughts on the subject of Clean Version, which we unfortunately cannot print here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma, Queen Sugar) will be the commencement speaker at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television on Friday, June 16. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg (Fargo) will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in Theater.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bachelor in Paradise contestant Corinne Olympios issued a statement saying she has retained “a group of professionals” – including an attorney – to deal with an incident involving alcohol and “misconduct” that halted production of the ABC reality show. Paradise had been slated to premiere August 8; the incident is under investigation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DIY Network announced it will premiere 121 primetime hours from now through the end of the year, including 5 new series: Amazing SpaceRustic RenovationVintage Rehab, Bargain Mansions and Containables. Also in the pipeline are 10 pilots that will support the 2018 lineup. Returning with new episodes by year’s end will be The Vanilla Ice Project, Rehab Addict, Barnwood Builders, Salvage Dawgs and Maine Cabin Masters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix now has more total subscribers than cable TV, according to Leichtman Research. The streaming service counts 50.85 million subs, versus 48.61 million for cable. (Small cable networks were not taken into account.)
(Source: Cynopsis)

How It’s Made: American Made launches on Science Channel Thursday, June 22 at 9p. Kicking things off is “Baseball Edition,” featuring bats, gloves, scorecards and a wristwatch that contains wood from the original 1923 Yankee Stadium.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney’s DuckTales reboot will debut with a one-hour TV movie on Saturday, August 12 at midnight on Disney XD and be presented for 24 consecutive hours, then premiere with 2 new episodes airing Saturday, September 23 at 7a, 11a, 2p, 5p, 8p and 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Velocity’s The Auto Firm With Alex Vega, premiering Wednesday, July 5 at 10p, follows car designer Vega as he creates super rides. First up: a Ferrari for MLB pitcher Carlos Carrasco, and a surprise build for a 16-year-old cancer survivor.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Smithsonian Channel series Amazing Monkeys premiered last night, taking a look at what has made primates one of the most successful groups of creatures on Earth. Next week’s installment, “Conquest of Africa,” charts a journey across that continent to find species from the sifakas of Madagascar, to the “King of the Apes,” Uganda’s gorillas. Not to mention the chimpanzee, with whom we share 98% of our DNA. Series airs Wednesdays at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Olympian Michael Phelps will receive the Legend Award at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2017, airing Sunday, July 17 at 8p. Seattle Seahawk Super Bowl champ Russell Wilson hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One’s News One Now will broadcast live from Miami on today and Friday from 7a-9a during the American Black Film Festival. Roland S. Martin will integrate exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers from ABFF into the daily show, in addition to behind-the-scenes coverage of festival events and regular news.
(Source: Cynopsis)

El Rey Network has a Father’s Day gift for Dad (if he doesn’t watch golf): A stack of martial arts master Bruce Lee movies starting at 8a, leading into the Baja Desert Championship: San Felipe 250 at 5:30p, Sunday, June 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney XD is launching DIXP, a daily summer programming block devoted to gaming on Saturday, July 15 from 9p-3a. The TV and multiplatform destination will feature content produced in collaboration with ESPN, Disney Digital Network and its Maker creators, IGN, Attack Media, Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content, Banger Films, ESL and Vice’s Waypoint. Core demo: 13+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS grabbed North American rights to Bill Nye: Science Guy and will release the documentary, which debuted at SXSW, nationwide. Next year, reports Deadline, the film will premiere on POV.  Nye, currently hosting Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves the World, starred in Bill Nye the Science Guy, which aired on PBS from 1994-1999.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Martinez (House of Cards) will recur on TNT’s Major Crimes as the sociopathic father of a possible kidnap victim….Jason O’Mara is onboard season 3 of Amazon’s The Man in High Castle as a series regular….Yasmine Al Massri is leaving ABC drama Quantico after 2 seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Women in Film has launched a comedic short-form digital series, Flip the Script, part of a campaign to open a fresh dialogue about gender parity in Hollywood. The satirical series is based on real-life, sexist experiences of women in the industry, re-enacted verbatim, but with gender roles swapped. “The goal of this series is to make itself irrelevant,” said series writer/creator Ally Iseman (American Housewife). “Progress only occurs when the needle is pushed from sympathy to empathy and humor is a powerful tool to create that shift in perspective.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Short-form digital series Making a Scene with James Franco returns via new streaming platform Blackpills on Monday, June 26. Season 3 of the series satirizing pop culture will follow Franco & Co. as they create episodes determined randomly by a dartboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of UniMas historical series Moises y Los Diez Mandamientos reached 2.2 million Total Viewers 2+ who tuned in to all or part of the one-hour broadcast and averaged 1.4 million Total Viewers 2+, 597,000 A18-49 and 236,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Channel boasts it’s the top-growing basic cable network among A18-34 (up +103%) and M18-34 (up +6%) during Total Day in 1Q17 versus to year-ago, with its highest first quarter ratings in 7 years in the demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Six Degrees of Separation with Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey & Corey Hawkins is closing on Sunday June 18, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/six-degrees-separation/

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