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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/20/17)
CBS: Survivor (Finale) at 8pm
DIY: Bargain Mansions (Finale) at 10pm and 10:30pm
HBO: Gunpowder (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Property Brothers At Home: Drew’s Honeymoon House (Finale) at 9pm
NAT. GEO.: Diane Fossey: Secrets In The Mist (Finale) at 9pm

John Legend has been cast as Jesus in NBC special event Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!, airing Easter Sunday, April 1. “This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman, NBC Entertainment. “His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.” Rock opera will take place in front of an audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
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Comedy Central canceled The Gorburger Show, after allegations of sexual assault against T.J. Miller in the early 2000s. The alternative late-night show was based on Miller’s Funny or Die/Warner Music web series. Miller has denied the claims.
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Newly elected Alabama Sen. Doug Jones will make his first late night appearance on the Thursday, December 21 episode of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have linked the state’s film incentives to diversity employment in the TV industry, specifically allocating up to $5 million for companies that hired female and minority TV writer and directors. Cuomo’s decision regarding the bill, which was supported by the DGA and the WGA East, drew surprise from both groups’ leaders. “We are stunned and disappointed by the governor’s veto,” said WGA East Executive Director, Lowell Peterson. “New York has missed the chance to make history.”
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BBC World News Beyond 100 Days is coming to PBS. The public affairs program begins airing on PBS stations on Tuesday, January 2 at 11:30p.
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Jessie Kahnweiler (Meet My Rapist, The Skinny) has signed on to write The Viagra Diaries for The CW. Based on the book by Barbara Rose Booker, series centers on Kit, a gorgeous new intern in town who gets her big break by posing as the online avatar for her literary hero, Anny, a 40-year-old journalist fighting to stay relevant.
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FOX issued a script commitment plus penalty foe Belle Heights. The family comedy from Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), David Miner’s 3 Arts Entertainment, ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV centers on an Eastside LA Family with three adult siblings who are all held together by the baby, a dutiful son.
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Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a third season. The action-horror series wraps its Season 2 run on Thursday, January 4 at 9p and is set to return next fall.
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Bethenny & Fredrik, starring Skinnygirl Cocktails founder Bethenny Frankel and real estate mogul Fredrik Eklund, bows Tuesday, February 6 at 10p on Bravo. The unscripted show centers on the duo investing their money in real estate as they attempt to sell multimillion dollar homes.
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Boston Red Sox idol David “Big Papi” Ortiz is getting his own show on Fusion. The 10-part half-hour series follows the former MLB all-star as he seeks gainful employment and explores a range of different professions. Big Papi Needs a Job bows Wednesday, January 31 at 8p.
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It’s the ultimate music showdown for kids. Nickelodeon debuts Lip Sync Battle Shorties on Friday, January 12 at 7:30p. Nick Cannon hosts.
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Fuse’s Trivial Takedown makes its midseason return on Tuesday, January 9 at 11p, with YouTubers Tim Telaghetto and GloZell facing off in a pop culture music battle.
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Paula Deen is joining the programming lineup at RFD-TV. The food personality’s nationally syndicated TV show, Positively Paula, bows Tuesday, January 2.
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HBO set a premiere date for Here and Now. The new Alan Ball drama, which focuses on the disparate forces polarizing present day American culture via the members of a progressive multi-ethnic family, bows Sunday, February 11 at 9p.
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YouTube Red’s new original drama Step Up: High Water, based on the film franchise, premieres all episodes on Wednesday, January 31.
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E! heads into 2018 awards season with the launch of Red Carpet Icons, a series of four specials that take a look at memorable fashion moments from Hollywood’s biggest nights. Red Carpet Icons: Golden Globes kicks things off on Friday, January 5 at 10p. Red Carpet Icons: Rhianna airs Friday, January 26 at 10p, followed by Red Carpet Icons: Beyonce at 10:30p. The specials conclude with Red Carpet Icons: Academy Awards on Friday, March 2 at 10p.
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Grammy Red Carpet Live bows on CBS on Sunday, January 28 at 6:30p. Hosts Nancy O’Dell, Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight go behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden for music’s big night.
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Hayley Ever After, the 5-episode wedding series currently available on Facebook Watch, is getting a one-hour special on TLC. Hayley Ever After: The Dress follows bridal designer Hayley Paige and her interns, who compete to create the perfect wedding gown for The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe. Show debuts Saturday, January 13 at 9p.
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ID launches 3-part mini-series Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery on Sunday, January 14 at 10p. True crime show delves into the investigation and trial of Arias for the murder of Travis Alexander.
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Game Show Network is hosting a “Fa La La La Feud Marathon,” on Saturday, December 23 at 2p; Sunday, December 24 at 2p; Monday, December 25 at 2p; Tuesday, December 26 at 2p and Monday, January 1 at 2p.
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Peanuts specials lead a holiday lineup on Family Channel this month. A Charlie Brown Christmas bows Friday, December 22 at 6p, followed by It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown at 6:30p. I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown airs Saturday, December 23 at 6p.
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Air Farce New Year’s Eve celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special broadcast on Sunday, December 31 at 8p on CBC and an encore at 12:05a. The comedy troupe skewers the biggest news stories, events, people and pop culture phenomena of 2017.
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Cinelatino debuts a three-day movie marathon of feel-good Latin Christmas films on Saturday, December 23. Featured are Una Loca Navidad Catracha, Maria, Madre del Hijo de Dios, Milagro en Praga and Santi Clo.
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Z Living airs a marathon of health transformation series The Big Fat Truth starting at 10a on Monday, December 25.
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Tribune Broadcasting premieres 60-minute all-star concert, America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends for Heroes on Saturday, December 23  (check local listings). Hosted by Trace Adkins, performers include Richie Sambora, Dave Navarro and more.
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El Rey Network takes on the holidays with the fourth annual “Kaiju Christmas” movie marathon, featuring 96 hours of classic Godzilla films, beginning with King of the Monsters: Gojira on Monday, December 25 at 6a. The net is also hosting an “Enter the Stargate” New Year’s marathon, airing select episodes of Stargate SG-1 Seasons 1 to 10 starting Friday, December 29 at 6a.
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HBO Documentary Films presents Atomic Homefront on Monday, February 12, shining a light on the lasting toxic effects that nuclear waste can have on communities.
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Crime sleuth Jessica Fletcher is coming to WGN America – the network acquired Murder She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury. Series launches on Monday, January 1 at 9a with the first four episodes of Season 1.
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Comedy Central announced a capsule collection for Broad City and new apparel partner Wildfox. Proceeds from two of the designs, Yas Middie Tee and the Yas Yas Yas Sommers Sweater, will be donated to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York.
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Michael Pena and Diego Luna have been cast in Season 4 of Netflix drama Narcos… Season 2 of NBC’s Taken will include Adam Goldberg (Fargo) and Jessica Camacho (The Flash).
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On the recurring front, Vanessa Rubio (How to be Single) will appear in Cobra Kai and Moses Storm on Youth & Consequences, both debuting on YouTube Red in 2018… Heather Hemmens (If Loving You Is Wrong) booked a role in Paramount Network’s upcoming period drama, YellowstoneMike Dopud (Power) landed a key part on Season 5 of The 100 on The CWGriffin Dunne and Jaime Ray Newman (The Punisher) nabbed roles on Season 2 of Bravo’s Imposters… According to TVLine, Ed Quinn (2 Broke Girls) is joining the sophomore season of Netflix’s One Day at a Time.
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Facebook Watch comedy Loosely Exactly Nicole returns for a second season on Wednesday, December 20. New episodes will be added every Wednesday.
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Despite California wildfire preemptions, all 15 talkers – led by Dr. Phil (3.4 Live+SD national rating, up 3% from the week before) – held their ground or forged ahead in the session ending December 10. Dr. Phil rose to three-week high and finished first for the 66th consecutive frame. Wendy Williams (1.4, up 8%), Rachael Ray (1.3, up 8%), Jerry Springer (1.2, up 9%), Dr. Oz (1.2, up 9%) and Crime Watch Daily (1.0, up 11%) moved up significantly. Steve (1.4, steady) was the sole talker in the top six to match its season high, tying Maury (1.4, unchanged) and Wendy for fourth place.
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Entertainment Tonight (3.3, steady) and sister show Inside Edition (new season high 3.3, up 3%) tied for the magazine lead for the third time in five weeks. TMZ (1.5), Access Hollywood (1.4) and Extra (1.3) maintained their best levels of the season.
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WGN America scored its strongest Total Day performance among A25-54 (146,000) in nearly three years (since January 3, 2015/165,000) with the kickoff of a 19-hour M*A*S*H marathon on Saturday, December 9.
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The NFL On CBS coverage on Sunday, December 17 was the most-watched NFL game this season on any network with 26.9 million viewers. New England’s win over Pittsburgh was up +8% from last year’s 25.0 million viewers from the comparable National game, New England-Denver.
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60 Minutes was the top non-sports program for the week. The CBS newsmagazine drew 14.42 million viewers to land at  #2 behind Sunday night NFL coverage, according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings.
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Bravo Media is pacing to finish 2017 as the #1 rated cable network in primetime among females 18-49 and females 25-54 for the first time in network history. In addition, Bravo ranks #7 in primetime among all ad-supported cable entertainment networks in P18-49 and P25-54, marking the net’s highest ranking ever in these coveted demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the 12th consecutive year, USA Network will end 2017 as the #1 most-watched ad-supported cable entertainment network. The Sinner ranked as the top new cable series of the year among P18-49, P25-54, P18-34 and P2+. Driven by WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE Smackdown Live, USA was the #1 cable entertainment network on Mondays and Tuesdays (P18-49, P25-54, P2+, M18-49, M25-54, M18-34, M2+).
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BET is wrapping up 2017 on a high note, as it remains the #1 cable network for African Americans and is a Top 15 cable net among Millennials P18-34. BET has seen seven consecutive months of year-over-year ratings gains, the longest streak in nearly eight years.
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