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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/17/17)
A&E: The Murder of Laci Peterson: A Closer Look (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Flipping Out (Premiere) at 9pm
BRAVO: Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce (Premiere) at 10pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway (Premiere) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: Naked SNCTM (Premiere) at 11pm
DIY: Tiny Luxury (Finale) at 9pm
HISTORY: Alone (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Murder Among Friends (Finale) at 9pm
VICELAND: King of the Road (Finale) at 9pm

An upcoming installment of HBO’s Game of Thrones was leaked, but hackers aren’t to blame. Season 7’s episode 6 was mistakenly posted (!) on HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms, and the brief period it was available was enough time for it to spread on piracy sites. “The error appears to have originated with a third party vendor….This is not connected to the recent cyber incident at HBO in the U.S.,” clarified an HBO Europe  spokesperson. That cyber attack, in July, led to the release of episodes of HBO series including Insecure and Ballers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In another incident unrelated to the HBO attack, 4 people in India were arrested for the leak of episode 4 of Game of Thrones. All are current or former employees of Prime Focus Technologies, which processes the show for Star India. “It is important to note that this was not a system hack. It was an illegal breach of obligations by the concerned persons,” said PFT founder and CEO Ramki Sankaranarayanan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Senator Al Franken, who canceled a June appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher after Maher used a racial slur, is giving Maher (who has expressed his regret at the offensive blurt) another chance. Franken will appear on tomorrow’s show, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC signed up for Nielsen’s National Out-of-Home Reporting Service, offering ratings on all content aired in Live+7, including at restaurants, bars, airports and more. Disney cousin ESPN was the first network to jump aboard; Turner has also signed on.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Of course networks would to well to count every eyeball they can, as cord cutters continue to snip. Kagan reports pay TV lost 976,000 subscribers in 2Q17, dipping to 96.1 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Music Choice is teaming with digital Latin music video network VidaPrimo to bring underground genre Latin Trap, until now found on viral videos, social media and concerts, to TV for the first time. What’s the deal? “This fresh new sound is making waves across all borders north and south of the US,” said Gaby and Buda, management for Latin Urban artist Messiah. “The Music Choice/VidaPrimo partnership not only offers our artist Messiah a mammoth network to help him reach and expand his fan base; it also provides his fans a whole new interactive way to connect with him, his music, content, and videos. This is something difficult to accomplish at traditional Latin radio, due to their limited space in programming for these kind of artist and their music.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shonda Rhimes may have departed ABC for Netflix, but Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) is back in the fold. At the close of a first-look deal with A+E Studios, Cuse inked a big, 4-year overall deal with ABC Studios. “I love genre storytelling with a high-quality bar, a compelling twist or narrative element,” said Cuse. “If you look at the shows I’ve done, that’s very much my sweet spot. I think Lost was an example of an elevated genre show that worked well, and I want to continue to work in that arena.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN announced a new series from Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McRaney. The coming-of-age drama, McRaney’s first television series, and inspired by events in his own life, will focus on a 14-year-old prodigy haunted by the death of his best friend. “When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room,” said Oprah Winfrey. The yet-to-be-titled series will be produced for OWN by Page Fright and Outlier Productions in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC grabbed comedic hourlong drama Kristy Kottis from Regina Corrado (The Strain), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club) and Working Title, inspired by the real-life schoolteacher-turned FBI agent. Studio is NBCUniversal International Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV International greenlit production of music game show Crash Karaoke. In each episode, volunteers will be enlisted to participate in a head-to-head karaoke showdown. Production of the series begins this month, with international roll-out beginning later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network and Universal Cable Productions announced that the season 7 finale of Suits (airing 1Q18) will serve as a potential spinoff, centered on lawyer Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres). The pilot will be executive produced and written by Suits creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh and executive producer Daniel Arkin, and directed by Anton Cropper (House of Lies). Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein of Hypnotic (Suits) will also serve as executive producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA and Universal Cable are also teaming to develop a TV adaptation of Night Vale Presents podcast Alice Isn’t Dead, following a truck driver as she searches for her missing wife. Alice creator Joseph Fink will exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Karl Gajdusek (Stranger Things) will executive produce and serve as showrunner for season 2 of Amazon dramedy Z: The Beginning of Everything.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tall tales: My Giant Life returns to TLC for season 3 on Sunday, September 17 at 10p, as 6 women deal with the challenges of being 6 feet 6 inches and above.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 4 of Starz Survivor’s Remorse arrives Sunday, August 20 at 10p, with Cam visiting his father Rodney for the first time on over 20 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’s Nature is back Wednesday, October 4 at 8p (check local listings) with 6 new documentaries. First up: Naledi: One Little Elephant, focused on the rescue of an orphaned baby elephant.
(Source: Cynopsis)

North Carolina was the state chosen via Facebook by fans of INSP culinary travel series State Plate to be added to the show’s itinerary for season 2. NC joins 11 other states making up the 12 episodes added to the sophomore run, which will start airing Friday, January 26 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Victoria is back for season 2 on Masterpiece on PBS Sunday, January 14. The series delivered over 16.2 million viewers its first go-round, second only among PBS dramas to Downton Abbey in the last 20 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T’s Audience Network is premiering 2 original comedies on Tuesday, October 17. Hit the Road, starring Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as a family patriarch looking for pop stardom debuts at 8p, followed by Loudermilk, following the life of a recovering alcoholic and drug counselor played by Ron Livingston (Office Space).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel is offering live coverage, and then some, of the total solar eclipse on August 21. “The Great American Eclipse is the Super Bowl of space and Science Channel is giving it the big game treatment,” Marc Etkind, network GM, tells Cynopsis. “We begin with pregame coverage the night before. Game day we’re going live from Madras, Oregon, one of the first places to view the eclipse in the nation. That night, we’ll have highlights and analysis in primetime hosted by former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino.” Bonus? “No glasses needed if you’re watching on TV.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tribeca TV Festival, September 22-24, will include the series premieres of truTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris, ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, and SundanceTV’s Liar, the season 2 premiere of ABC’s Designated Survivor, and sneak peeks at FX’s Better Things and Fox’s Gotham, as well as a “special conversation” with the cast and creators of NBC’s Will & Grace revival. “Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival,” said Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro (not sure we agree with that, but…). “Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

With space mission Cassini-Huygens coming to an end after 20 years, PBS’s NOVA: Death Dive to Saturn explores the images and data from the journey on Wednesday, September 13 at 9p (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV is offering a Labor Day Beach Boys block on Monday, September 4, starting at 10a with a Mike Love sit-down with Dan Rather on The Big Interview, and ending with 2000 miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family at 4p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s “Twisted Secrets September” movie Ten, based on the teen horror novel, premieres Saturday, September 16 at 8p, followed by teen vampire film Drink, Slay, Love at 10p. Supernatural drama Sea Change, based on the YA novel, bows the following night at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Altice USA chairman and CEO Dexter Goei will be a featured guest at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference’s Cablefax Breakfast, honoring the most influential minorities in cable, on Tuesday, September 26 in NYC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joy Nash (The Mindy Project) joins AMC’s upcoming Dietland in the lead role. Dramedy explored society’s obsession with weight loss. Marti Noxon (UnReal) serves ad EP, writer, showrunner and director of multiple episodes of the series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple has plans to buy or produce up to 10 TV shows to run on Apple Music or a “new, video-focused service,” reports the Wall Street Journal. The tech giant, which just hired former WGN America President Matt Cherniss, is ready to spend $1 billion on programming in the next year, according to WSJ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1’s new Baller Wives earned a 1.14 rating among A18-49, with 2.3 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere and encore airing, making it the #1 non-sports cable program in its Monday time slot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
On Your Feet! about Gloria & Emilio Estefan closes on Sunday August 20, 2017.
http://ppc.broadway.com/shows/your-feet/

 

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