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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 11/8/17)
ABC: The 51st Annual CMA Awards (Premiere) at 8pm
A&E: Storage Wars (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour (Premiere) at 10pm
CNBC: The Job Interview (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Iron Chef Showdown (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Iron Chef: Behind The Battle (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: House Hunters International (Premiere) at 10:30pm
POP TV: Hot Date (Premiere) at 8pm
WORLD: Independent Lens (Premiere) at 8pm 

The Walt Disney Co. and 21at Century Fox have been in “on-again off-again” merger talks. Details began to emerge today. Disney approached Fox about purchasing its cable networks, including FX and the Nat Geo networks, the Wall Street Journal reports according to sources close to the discussions. The move, which Fox chief Rupert Murdoch reportedly is open to discussing, would provide a boost to Disney television operations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox drama series Empire is taking a production hiatus, effective after the show wrapped filming episode 409 yesterday. The pause is expected to last two to three weeks, while writers huddle up to set the course for the second half of this season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Broadcast Film Critics Assn. and the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. are moving the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony back to January. The event will air live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 11 at 8p on the CW. Last year, A&E aired the awards on December 11, a move from its traditional mid-January date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After mounting backlash and planned boycotts from organizations and media including The New York Times, the Walt Disney Co. restored access to its film screenings to Los Angeles Times critics. Disney had yanked LAT credentials after the publication ran an article examining the company’s relationship with Anaheim.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pop TV has big plans tonight. The network is debuting Hot Date, which started as a short-form video web series on CollegeHumor and has been adapted into a series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Directors Guild struck a three-year commercials contract with the Association of Independent Commercial Producers. The new deal includes a 2.5% pay raise in the first year of the contract, with 3% raises in each of the second and third years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Kristina Cohen yesterday claimed on Facebook that she was raped three years ago by former Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick. Westwick denied the allegation and tweeted, “I do not know this woman.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Israel-based Keshet Broadcasting founder/president Alex Gilady was accused of “inappropriate sexual advances” by two local journalists. Haaretz columnist Neri Livneh accused Gilady of exposing himself to her after a business dinner, and Channel 10’s Oshrat Kotler accused him of an “indecent proposition” when she met him for a job interview. Gilady also sits on the International Olympic Committee.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is developing workplace comedy How May We Hate You, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, Wendy Trilling’s TrillTV and CBS TV Studios. Project was written by Justin Noble, co-producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and is based on the book and blog by Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe about two guest-services associates at a high-end resort.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Mick is getting seven additional eps on Fox. The network order brings the total season 2 order for the Kaitlin Olson comedy to 20 – three more episodes than it produced for its first season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime ordered new spinoff series Married at First Sight: Jamie and Doug Plus One, chronicling fan-fave couple Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner’s journey toward parenthood! The series kicks off with a two and a half-hour special, premiering Tuesday, December 19, at 8p. Two back-to-back eps will air on subsequent Tuesdays, beginning December 26, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Reelz series 101 People Who Made the 20th Century will premiere Friday, November 17 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo Media exposes the naked truth behind modern-day America’s obsession with material belongings—from technology to other creature comforts—in new series Stripped, premiering Tuesday, December 5 at 10p. Series follows a variety of households including couples, siblings, friends, single parents, and bachelors, all of whom have their own reasons for exploring what will happen, both physically and psychologically, when they are “stripped” of all their possessions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Friday, November 10 at 9p, AT&T Audience Network will air Andy Grammer, a one-hour concert featuring the pop singer/songwriter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Audience Net news, two-part documentary The Volunteers, which follows cameraman River Rainbow Hagg as he embarks on a humanitarian mission to witness firsthand the war being waged against ISIS in northern Syria, debuts November 11 and 12, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Super Bowl is headed to Universo. Telemundo Deportes announced seven exclusive Spanish-language live NFL game telecasts on the network beginning Thursday, November 9 with Seahawks at Cardinals on Thursday Night Football presented by Bud Light, and culminating with Super Bowl LII live on Universo on Sunday, February 4, 2018, from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Critically hailed doc The Secret Life of Lance Letscher will get its US premiere on Ovation on Sunday, November 19 at 7p. The film is a personal and psychological portrait of collage artist Letscher, featuring interviews with collectors, fellow artists, art critics and friends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town are among the performers announced for CMA Country Christmas, airing Monday, November 27 at 8p on ABC. Reba McEntire is onboard to host for the first time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic’s three-part Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist will premiere Wednesday, December 6, at 9p. The miniseries offers an intimate account of the life and legacy of the iconic primatologist, 32 years after her violent murder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Jim Henson Co. will develop an animated cross-platform series based on the female action figures by IAmElemental. Series will target K6-12, with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford of Henson serving as exec producers. IAmElemental created the first female action figures designed specifically for children with figures including Bravery, Honesty, Fear, Enthusiasm, Energy, Industry and Persistence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Grio, Byron Allen’s digital news community for African-Americans, announced its new short-form video travel series Journeyman With Fitz Henley. The Grio is a NY-based division of Allen’s Entertainment Studios; Nissan has signed on as the official sponsor of this four-episode digital travel series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife, ER) will play the role of magazine editor Kitty Montgomery in Dietland, the upcoming AMC original series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel claimed cable’s top unscripted series in October in M25-54 and M18-49 across four nights of the week. The net’s top-rated series Gold Rush was Friday’s No. 1 series on all of TV—topping broadcast among M25-54, M18-49 and M18-34), and nine of its series including Street Outlaws, Fast N Loud and Deadliest Catch placed in the top 10 unscripted cable series for the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the heels of last week’s top-rated “Countdown to Christmas” kick-off, Hallmark Channel had a big weekend. Propelled by the world premieres of the new original holiday movies Christmas Festival of Ice (Saturday, November 4) and Miss Christmas (Sunday, November 5), the net took top honors for the second weekend in a row, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched network on cable among HH, W18-49; W25-54; and Total Viewers. In Live + SD, Christmas Festival of Ice averaged 2.9 HH rating, 3.2 million Total Viewers, and 595,000 W25-54; Miss Christmas averaged a 3.3 HH rating, 3.6 million Total Viewers, and 737,000 W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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