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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 12/1/17)
ABC: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY LIFE: Body Bizarre (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO: All Def Comedy (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: House Hunters (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Married with Secrets (Premiere) at 10pm

(SATURDAY 12/2/17)
FOOD NETWORK: Baked in Vermont (Premiere) at 12:30pm
FOOD NETWORK: Cajun Aces (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: Your Worst Nightmare (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Saoirse Ronan, Musical Guest: U2 at 11:30pm

(SUNDAY 12/3/17)
CBS: The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special (Premiere) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Flea Market Flip (Premiere) at 8pm
HISTORY: Manson Speaks: Inside The Mind of a Madman (Premiere) at 9pm
EPIX: Berlin Station (Finale) at 9pm
HBO: Curb Your Enthusiasm (Finale) at 10pm

Rebecca Lowe will return to the Olympics for NBC in February, marking her third Olympics for the network. Lowe, who hosts NBC Sports Network’s Premier League coverage, will handle daytime coverage for the PyeongChang based competition. As was announced in February, Mike Tirico will be fronting NBC’s primetime coverage, taking over from long time host Bob Costas. NBC has 176 hours of Olympics coverage including some live coverage across time zones. The PyeongChang Games will be shown on sister nets NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app. The network has yet to announce the team who will cover the Opening Ceremony, which kicks off February 9. For its coverage of the Summer Games in Rio, Today anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, and Meredith Viera hosted. Lauer’s clearly a no-go; he was fired Wednesday by NBC News after a co-worker alleged sexual assault.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who for years was executive producer of NBC’s Today, yesterday called reports of Matt Lauer’s inappropriate sexual behavior “incredibly disturbing,” and said he’d heard “not even a whisper” of any misconduct during the years he worked with Lauer. Speaking during Business Insider’s Ignition conference, Zucker said, “I’ve known Matt for 25 years and didn’t know this Matt… What’s chronicled in Variety and The New York Times is deviant and predatory behavior. It’s just incredibly, incredibly heartbreaking.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, as more women come forward to accuse Lauer of inappropriate behavior, in the too-little-too-late category of apology, Lauer expressed sorrow and regret in a statement released yesterday. “To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry,” he said. “As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

And in more sexual predator news, Russell Simmons has exited his media empire after charges of sexual assault yesterday were leveled against him by Jenny Lumet, the screenwriter and daughter of director Sidney Lumet. Simmons was the chairman of Rush Communications; he cofounded hip-hop record label Def Jam Recordings and created several clothing fashion lines, among other ventures. HBO, which has had a long-standing relationship with Simmons, has dropped him from his signature comedy series on the network. “HBO will be airing All Def Comedy as planned,” the net said in a statement to Deadline. “However, Russell Simmons will not appear in the new series and we will be removing his name from the show moving forward.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is looking to segue long-running Entertainment Tonight into the VOD world. CEO Les Moonves said at Variety’s Innovate Summit, that the company is considering turning ET into a 24-hour entertainment news service. The service would sit alongside CBS’s other digital platforms, which include CBS All Access.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jim Nabors, beloved by television audiences for his portrayal of the title character in the series Gomer Pyle, died yesterday in Hawaii. He was 87. Known for absurd over-annunciation of words like “gollllly!” and “shazam” in his character’s singular downhome, lovably irritating manner, Nabors first debuted the Pyle character in 1962 on The Andy Griffith Show, then soared to new heights with his own spinoff, which aired on CBS from 1964-1969. He also achieved success as a crooner, with his 1966 album Jim Nabors Sings with All Your Heart achieving gold-record status. Nabors is survived by his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who confirmed the death to The Associated Press.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Seacrest will return to host Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018, again with co-host Jenny McCarthy. The special will air Sunday, December 31, beginning at 8p on ABC. Additionally, multiplatinum music artist Ciara will ring in the New Year from the west coast as the new host of the Hollywood Party on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz has bumped up the release of JK Simmons-starring series Counterpart. The series was slated to debut January 21 but the network instead will debut the spy drama on December 10, immediately following the season finale of season 3 of Outlander.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NFL proposed committing $89 million over seven years to social justice causes considered important to African-Americans. The move marks the first such action ever taken by a major professional sports league. ESPN reported the league and a group of players agreed to the plan in principle after a conference call earlier this week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a straight-to-series order for 13 eps of Blood & Treasure, a one-hour serialized action-adventure series for broadcast in summer 2019. Series centers on a brilliant antiquities expert and cunning art thief who team up to catch a terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure and find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization. Blood & Treasure is produced by CBS Television Studios; Matt Federman & Stephen Scaia, who wrote the script, along with showrunner Taylor Elmore, Ben Silverman, Marc Webb, who is directing, and Mark Vlasic, serve as executive producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network is developing an untitled limited series about President Ronald Reagan that’s executive produced by Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis. From former Empire co-exec producer David Rambo, Asylum Entertainment, Primary Wave Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, the project will chronicle Reagan’s early days, his years in Hollywood, and his triumphs and tragedies as President.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Great American Country triggered a 28-ep order of competition series Flea Market Flip, which stars Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer and showcases teams competing to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new lineup of country and bluegrass artists will be featured in the RFD-TV’s new series Another Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, premiering Friday, December 1 at 8p.The series features new and returning artists with new songs and stories about how God has influenced their lives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cocktail hour is coming back to Travel Channel as a new season of Booze Traveler premieres Monday, December 18 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Start your engines. El Rey Network on December 3 at 4p will air the premiere of Baja Desert Championship: Tijuana Desert Challenge, hosted by Baja Champion Tavo Vildosola, professional BMX rider Mike Escamilla and car artist Cherry Martini.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network’s December includes the premiere of original movie Psych: The Movie on Thursday, December 7 at 8p. Fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dule Hill) open up their new office in San Francisco, appropriately (though perhaps awkwardly) named Psychphrancisco, and are back in business solving a case after a mystery assailant targets one of their own. The net also will air holiday specials Chrisley Knows Best’s A Very Merry Christmas, on December 7 at 7p, and WWE’S Tribute to the Troops, December 14 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Beerland, a hybrid travel-competition series featuring Meg Gill traveling the country exploring the many different ways beer impacts our culture and community, returns December 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Decades Network, the multicast TV network from Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television Stations, remembers the comedic talent and charm of actor Jim Nabors, who passed away yesterday at age 87, with a multiday tribute presentation of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C beginning Saturday, December 9 at 1p through Monday, December 11 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s White House Christmas 2017 premieres Sunday, December 10, at 6p. The one-hour special will follow designer and home renovation star Alison Victoria as White House staff and volunteers take her on an exclusive room-by-room tour of the White House holiday transformation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Powerhouse trio The Tenors will perform Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the Freeform hourlong holiday special Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic, hosted by Allison Holker. The special is slated for Monday, December 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Original doc I Am Sam Kinson, exploring the life and career of the outrageous comedian, will debut on Spike TV on Tuesday, December 19 at 10p. Spike will air the uncensored version of the special, from filmmaker Derik Murray, one time only, directly following at midnight—the earliest it could air due to the mature content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Josh Lucas (The Mysteries of Laura, The Firm) scored a recurring role in Yellowstone, Paramount Network’s drama series starring Kevin Costner that’s set to premiere in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox is decorating its A Christmas Story Live!, telecast of the classic holiday tale with new talent. Ken Jeong, David Alan Grier and boy band PrettyMuch joined the cast of the spectacle, slated to air December 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Fred Rogers Co . received a $3 million grant from The Heinz Endowments for programming related to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. The grant will be used, among other things, for production of the series, which airs on PBS Kids; development, acquisition, and production of new programming for educational television; and five new positions and professional development to assist in expanded programming, educational, fundraising, and community outreach initiatives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet ’s Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet on November 25 at 9p averaged 1.26 million viewers P2+ in L+3. The episode, “A Far Away Home”, broke into ad-supported cable’s top five among total viewers in its time period on Saturday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Up’s premiere holiday movies have reached 8 million viewers thus far, with the network’s total holiday fare reaching 14 million viewers. The net’s GilMORE the Merrier Thanksgiving stunt reached 6 million and earned Up its best Thursday (W/P18-49) and Saturday (W18-49) ever. The combined success of Up Premiere movies and Gilmore Girls during gave the network its strongest week of 2017 in all key demos and its strongest week ever in A18-49 and A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication news, Jeopardy (6.8 Live + same day national Nielsen rating, up 1% from the week before) rose to a new season high in this session ending November 19 with the final rounds of its annual Tournament of Champions. That was just enough to remain in a first place tie among game shows with usual topper Family Feud (new season high 6.8, up 1%) for a second week. Judge Judy (7.6, steady) stayed on top, and easily topped the entire ratings chart for the 13th time in 14 weeks, growing 6% from last year’s first place finish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turning to talk shows, Dr Phil (3.7, down 5%) was in front by a wide margin for a 63rd consecutive week. Ellen DeGeneres (2.4, unchanged), Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, unchanged) and Maury (1.5, unchanged) were next in line. Steve Harvey’s new Steve (1.4) grew 17% from his previous talk show’s final frame in September and matched its highest ratings of the season for a fourth consecutive week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MOVIES
Wonder Wheel (Limited Release) – Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Jim Belushi, Max Casella, Geneva Carr, Tony Sirico, Steven R. Schirripa
The Disaster Artist (Limited Release) – James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Jerrod Carmichael, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch
Daisy Winters (Limited Release) – Brooke Shields, Sterling Jerins, Carrie Preston, Iwan Rheon
The Shape of Water (Limited Release) – Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Doug Jones, David Hewlett, Nick Searcy

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