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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/21/17)
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Untold Secrets (Premiere) at 11pm
DIY: Containables (Finale) at 10pm and 10:30pm
TLC: 90 Day Fiance: Extended (Finale) at 8pm 

ABC News will take a spin with disgraced skater Tonya Harding for 2-hour special Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story. Harding, the subject of the movie I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie, will talk about the 1994 attack on her Olympic rival, Nancy Kerrigan, being in the glare of the media spotlight and her strained relationship with her mother. “I’m always the bad person,” Harding tells Amy Robach in an interview airing Thursday, January 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Television Academy tweaked its membership rules for 2018. Short form writers are now eligible for membership in the Writers Peer Group, colorists in the Picture Editors Peer Group, and personal publicists in the Professional Representatives Peer Group. The membership requirement for reality TV is now 26 weeks of work or at least 20 episodes in at least 2 of the past 4 years; previously it was 2 calendar years of work. “It’s the Television Academy’s mission to create a membership body that reflects the many diverse professions and endeavors of those working in the television industry,” said Hayma Washington, Academy chairman and CEO. “These membership changes are indicative of the ongoing effort to more closely represent our vision of a progressive and inclusive television community.”
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E! News host Catt Sandler has exited the network after learning, she says in her blog, that her counterpart Jason Kennedy was being paid “close to double” her salary for the past several years. Sandler said requests to renegotiate her contract for a job she described as “unpredictable, intoxicating, rewarding and hard work,” were “denied repeatedly.” An E! spokesperson responded, “E! compensates employees fairly and appropriately based on their roles, regardless of gender.”
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Betty White will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards luncheon on March 2 at the Beverly Hilton. “It is such an honor to be recognized for a lifetime of doing what you love,” said the beloved 95-year-old icon. “I do not ever take it for granted.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sinclair Group and its Circa Laughs are being sued for sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation by 3 women who helped develop the digital comedy venture. The lawsuit alleges Medio Pictures Partners COO Randall Sherman “created an abusive work environment hostile to women,” who were underpaid and excluded from meetings. Responded Circa head of content and branding Manny Fantis, noting that Sherman is not an employee, “Circa does not tolerate unprofessional behavior of any kind. We will take steps to ensure that no one, regardless of their relationship with the company, compromises the positive work environment that we support.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One will return as sponsor for the American Black Film Festival and the TV One Screenplay Competition, in which 3 new writers vie for a $5000 prize and the chance to have their screenplay produced into an original movie. Applicants have until Tuesday, February 20 to submit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Parrot Analytics crunched some numbers to calculate who the most in-demand showrunners of the year were, based on the popularity of their shows on linear, online, social, streaming and fan and critic rating sites. The data included only scripted series from showrunners who have run 3 or more major shows. As first reported in Deadline, the comedy winner was Big Bang Theory’s Chuck Lorre, followed by The Orville’s Seth MacFarlane, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Mike Schur, Silicon Valley’s Mike Judge and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Tina Fey. Tops in drama were DC Comics king Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rimes, Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy and ShamelessJohn Wells.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paul Mather (Powerless) will serve as showrunner for Freeform comedy Alone Together, exec produced by The Lonely Island’s Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The series, already renewed for season 2, debuts Wednesday, January 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET’s Mancave premieres Thursday, January 18 at 10:30p. The talker from exec producers Steve Harvey and Truly Original features journalist and series creator Jeff Johnson and 3 other outspoken men having no-holds-barred discussions on topics like love, sex, politics and pop culture.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New wedding makeover series Say Yes: Wedding SOS launches as part of a wedding block on Saturday, January 20 at 9p on TLC. Style expert George Kotsiopoulos oversees the transformation of couples who have let themselves go before their big day, and brings liposuction, veneers and tattoo removal to the rescue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New Science Channel 3-part doc Silicon Valley: The Untold Story offers a look at the region that has spawned products from vacuum tubes to mobile devices, on Sunday, January 28 at 8p, 9p and 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A renowned naturalist explores one of the 7 natural wonders of the world via sky and sea in David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef. Smithsonian Channel series debuts Wednesday, January 24 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 4 of Fox Business Network reality show Strange Inheritance premieres Monday, January 15 at 9p, with another episode the following night. Series chronicles the stories of unique bequests across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alton Brown narrates new Food Network series Ridiculous Cakes, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Monday, January 1 at 10p and 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two Sides, a social justice limited series executive produced by Viola Davis, is set to debut on TV One on Monday, January 22 at 10p. The 4-parter narrated by Davis examines fatal police encounters involving African Americans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ted Danson will step Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, January 11 at 8p. Danson recalls his favorite Cheers memories, as well other roles including his current turn on NBC’s The Good Place, on the Bravo talker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Movies! TV Network will ring in the new year with “Noir Year’s Eve,” beginning Sunday, December 31 at 11a. The first of 10 film noir thrillers to be featured will be 1948’s The Street with No Name.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News New Year’s special All-American New Year, hosted by Fox News and Fox Business Network’s Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery and Jesse Watters, airs live from Times Square from 10p-1a on December 31. That’s preceded by FNC special Countdown to 2018 at 8p, manned by the net’s Ed Henry alongside Dean Cain (Lois & Clark).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trophy, exploring big-game hunting and wildlife conservation, will air with limited commercial interruption on CNN as a CNN Film on Sunday, January 14 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC unlocked its entire Will & Grace library, current season included, giving fans access via the NBC app to over 190 episodes of the comedy. Come and get it, through December 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first 7 seasons of FXX’s Archer are now available to subscribers of FX+ commercial-free service. The most recent season, Archer: Dreamland will be added in February, ahead of the season 9 premiere of Archer: Danger Island.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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