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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 7/19/17)
ANIMAL PLANET: Animal Cops: On Patrol (Premiere) at 9pm
REVOLT: Music Talks: Queen Latifah (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: Black Ink Crew: Chicago (Premiere) at 8pm

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival will feature a greater spotlight on television than the Robert Redford-founded fest has had in the past. Sundance has been elevating the presence of the small screen for several years, with several cable broadcast nets premiering series there. Next year’s event will include a new section titled “Indie Episodic” tailored for stories told in multiple installments.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 11th annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews, September 6-16 at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location, will feature a 10-day festival celebrating new and returning series including Showtime’s Shameless; Univision’s El Chapo; Hulu’s Future Man and The Mindy Project; ABC’s The Mayor; The CW’s Valor and Dynasty; NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders; CBS Me, Myself & I; Fox’s The Orville and Ghosted; Netflix’s Big Mouth and Fuller House; BET’s Tales; and Epix’s Berlin Station.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil, producers behind Being Mary Jane, The Game and Girlfriends, are creating Love Is ___, a new original one-hour series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The Akils will create and exec-produce the series through their Akil Productions banner with Mara Brock Akil also serving as showrunner. Drawing inspiration from their real-life relationship, the dramedy revolves around a modern-day power couple. It’s produced in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and will premiere on OWN in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Universal Cable Productions spilled some production and development news at Comic-Con. The studio is developing for Syfy both Maggie Stiefvater’s book series The Raven Cycle and Hugh Howey’s post-apocalyptic novel series Sand. The Raven Cycle tells the story of 17-year-old Blue Sargent, who becomes involved with a group of private school boys on a quest to find a source of mythical power hidden deep in rural Virginia. Sand, a co-production with Imperative Entertainment, is an action drama set in a world ravaged by ecological devastation, savage winds. The novels will be adapted by executive producer Gary Whitta (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
(Source: Cynopsis)

UCP also is working on Sirens of Titan, with Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty) and Evan Katz (Small Crimes). The story follows Malachi Constant, the richest man in 22nd-century America, who possesses extraordinary luck which he attributes to divine favor and has used to build upon his father’s fortune. The studio also optioned Lord of Light, based on the science fantasy novel by Roger Zelazny.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cookbook authors and culinarians Marilyn and Sheila Brass, aka the Brass Sisters, star in new PBS series The Food Flirts, premiering Friday, July 28 at 10p. In each episode of this new, six-ep series, the Boston-based ladies “flirt” their way into chefs’ kitchens to uncover ethnically unique and delicious foods, then head home to experiment with the recipes themselves.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s new prequel series 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days will premiere Sunday, August 6 at 9p and chronicle the time before the K-1 Visa process begins, from meeting in person for the first time to traveling to a foreign country they barely know or understand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, running Sunday, July 23 through Sunday, July 30, for the fifth consecutive year will feature late-night talk show Shark After Dark with film director, producer, writer and actor Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds, The Green Inferno) joined by celebrity guests and shark experts to highlight some of the most, ahem, “fintastic” Shark Week moments each night at 11p. Guests include Tony Hale, Chris Hardwick, Moby and Charlize Theron.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime special Dance Moms: Abby Tells All Exclusive premieres Tuesday, July 25 at 8p and features Abby Lee Miller’s final days of freedom before her prison term as well as an exclusive sit-down interview conducted with Jedediah Bila, co-host of ABC‘s The View.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Fleetwood Mac and more will take the stage in a “Saturday Stack: Hard N’ Heavy” classic rock block on AXS TV on Saturday, July 29 starting at 1p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tchaikovsky masterpiece Eugene Onegin, with Anna Netrebko and Peter Mattei, will take center stage on PBS Great Performances at the Met airing Sunday, August 13 at noon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing, Smithsonian Channel will honor the “people’s princess” with two specials detailing her life and death. Diana and the Paparazzi, premiering Sunday, August 27 at 8p, and Kate Winslet-narrated Diana: The Day We Said Goodbye, following at 9p, illustrate how the public’s and media’s obsession with her not only served as a catalyst for the fatal car crash that took her life, but also played a major role at her funeral and has lasted well after her untimely death. Smithsonian Channel will also premiere four-part series Inside Windsor Castle on Sunday, August 13 at 8p, which goes behind the scenes in the largest and longest-occupied castle in the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson, Booboo Stewart and China Anne McClain – stars of  Disney Channel’s Descendants 2 – will appear in half-hour post-movie special Descendants 2: ABC After-Party, airing Friday, July 21 at 10:30p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

William Shatner and Felicia Day (Supernatural) guest in the mid-season premiere of Discovery Family’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic on Saturday, August 5 at 11:30a. In the ep titled “The Perfect Pear,” Shatner stars as “Grand Pear” and Day as “Pear Butter” in a Romeo and Juliet-inspired love story.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s a changing of the guard for Michelle Hurd, who’s set to recur opposite Damon Wayans in the second season of Fox‘s Lethal Weapon. Hurd, who had been a regular on season 2 of NBC’s Blindspot, will not be a regular in the upcoming third season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick Wechsler (Revenge) will recur on season 3 of NBC’s Shades of Blue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS The Late Show With Stephen Colbert delivered its largest weekly audience in two months, according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings for the week ending July 14. The show averaged 3.06 million viewers, its best weekly audience since the week ending May 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV ranked as the No. 2 cable network among A25-54 on Sunday with a 7 percent increase over last year, led by a new episode of Island Hunters (+25 percent vs. year ago). Sunday night’s Food Network Star posted a .8 rating (740,000 IMP) among A25-54, ranking third within its time slot across all ad-supported cable, and up 14 percent vs. the prior season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E original docu series Live PD reached a new ratings high on Saturday, July 15, with 2.1 million total viewers and just more than 1.0 million viewers in A25-54 demo and 871,000 with A18-49, according to Nielsen. As a result, A&E Network was the No. 1 network on all of television Saturday with A18-49 and the No. 1 cable network in A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More than 2.8 million total viewers tuned in for the premiere of truTV’s new scripted series I’m Sorry. The series’ first ep was watched by nearly 1.4 million A18-49 and 2.3 million total viewers on-air during its premiere week, and ranked No. 6 among cable primetime comedies in social conversation for the night according to Nielsen Social Content Ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crown Media Family Networks’ signature holiday programming isn’t just popular in Q4. Hallmark Channel’s premiere of The Christmas Cure, the centerpiece of the network’s “Christmas Keepsake” event, scored a 2.1 HH rating and 2.1 million viewers, boosting the network to rank No. 1 among HH ratings in primetime on Saturday. Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ first original summer holiday movie premiere, Home for Christmas Day, which aired as part of the network’s “Gold Crown Christmas” stunt, averaged a 1.7 HH rating and 1.3 million Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the week’s syndication news, Dr Phil grew 23 percent from last year, the most of any talk show, and leads the talkers for the 44th straight week with a 2.7 national rating despite airing reruns all week. True crime series Crime Watch Daily, also in repeats, added almost 200,000 daily viewers with a 13 percent ratings increase over last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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