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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/10/18)
A&E: Rooster & Butch (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Street Outlaws: Memphis Mayhem (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Alone Together (Premiere) at 8:30pm
PBS: NOVA (Premiere) at 9pm
SYFY: The Magicians (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: My 600-lb Life (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: Family By The Ton (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Big Time RV (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent (Finale) at 9pm

CBS News anchor John Dickerson becomes a CBS This Morning co-host, joining Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, beginning today. Dickerson has anchored the net’s Face the Nation since June 2015.
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NBC kicked off its initiative focused on providing emerging female directors with training and the opportunity to direct an in-season episode. Female Forward, spearheaded by network president Jennifer Salke, is accepting applications from eligible female directors for 10 slots in the program’s initial 2018-19 season at NBCFemaleForward.com. The submission window closes Wednesday, January 17 at 11:59p PT.
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In a move that’s long been anticipated, Discovery Communications will relocate its global headquarters from Silver Spring, Md., to NY in 2019. Contingent on the closing of its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive, Discovery also will establish a national HQ at Scripps’ current campus in Knoxville, Tenn. Discovery will amplify its Sterling, Va.-based media distribution facility into a tech hub, and will maintain a Maryland network hub to house select network and support functions.
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TV One signed on a gaggle of sponsors for the 49th NAACP Image Awards: Red Carpet Live! preshow airing Monday, January 15 at 8p. AT&T, American Family Insurance, Black Radiance, Disney Pictures, McDonald’s, Toyota and Walmart are onboard this year, the fifth consecutive year TV One has aired the civil rights org’s award show. Terrence J returns to host and produce red carpet coverage; Anthony Anderson will host the event.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime scored horror-comedy series Shining Vale, from creator Sharon Horgan, Trial & Error co-creator Jeff Astrof and Kapital Entertainment. The net gave the project from Warner Bros. TV, about a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town in a house in which atrocities have occurred, a pilot production commitment from the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC is expanding its lineup in 2018 with a mix of new and returning series and seven development projects in the pipeline. New originals include BYOB: Be Your Own Boss, Staten Island Hustle and Deadly Rich. The network also greenlit a fourth season of Jay Leno’s Garage, currently airing original episodes on Thursdays at 10p, season 12 of American Greed and a seventh season of Secret Lives of the Super Rich. Speaking at TCA, Jim Ackerman, EVP, primetime alternative programming, said since the net launched original unscripted programming it has become the fastest-growing cable entertainment network among A25-54 in primetime, with its audience moving younger and more affluent. “The world of business will always be a great backdrop for storytelling and we’re committed to serving up more titles and characters that capture the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us,” he said.
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Fox ordered three more eps of midseason comedy LA To Vegas ahead of the airing of the second ep.
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Global Road Entertainment inked a first-look TV deal with director/producer Adam Shankman and producer Jennifer Gibgot’s Offspring Entertainment. First pair of projects to be developed under the deal are previously announced Wolfgang, about Mozart, and an untitled comedy project with actor/producers Carlos and Alexa PenaVega.
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Viceland announced a season 2 pickup for hip-hop artist 2 Chainz’s series Most Expensivest, and a six-episode extension for the drag comedy show The Trixie & Katya Show starring the breakouts from RuPaul’s Drag Race. That series will return Wednesday, January 24 alongside the premiere of Slutever, featuring Vogue sex columnist and blogger Karley Sciortino.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cooking Channel wrapped production on the third season of Beach Bites with Katie Lee. The six-ep season will premiere in June 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kerry Washington rolled into Vegas yesterday to tout her new Facebook Watch drama Five Points – and the importance of social media in building a community around a show – at CES. Her ABC show Scandal is a bona fide hit, but in the early days, she said, the team “had to push to create community and to build a community around the show that could uplift it.” The 10-ep Five Points follows five high school students in Chicago through one life-changing event, telling the story from different perspectives. Washington said the show deals with “really important coming of age issues,” including the LGBTQ community, gun violence, drugs and bullying. The show is produced by Washington’s production company Simpson Street and digital studio Indigenous Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Washington wasn’t just touting her show, she was part of Facebook’s big Watch push at CES. Key to the success of her show, and the entire platform, is getting users to spend more time on Facebook. Facebook is creating custom groups around some of the issues the series tackles, and encourage conversation among viewers via the groups. Fidji Simo, Facebook VP of product in charge of product, said it was critical that Watch work for the company’s partners. “Obviously, there’s the creative angle, but there’s also the economic angle. We are committed to working with partners to make these shows work economically as well.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network will kick off the fourth season of primetime reality series Strange Inheritance on Monday, January 15 at 9p. Hosted by Jamie Colby, the series will debut with a two-day premiere featuring back-to-back eps on both Monday and Tuesday, January 16.
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Nat Geo will premiere Chain of Command on Monday, January 15 at 9p. Narrated by Chris Evans (Captain America, The Avengers), the eight-part series probes, from top commanders to boots on the ground, the U.S. military’s mission to combat violent extremism in locales such as Iraq, Afghanistan, west Africa and Latin America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX will premiere Ryan Murphy’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story on Wednesday, January 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) is back with 16 new episodes of mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show, premiering on truTV with back-to-back eps Thursday, February 1 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Megan Morrison continues to think with a “higher mind” in season 2 of E!‘s The Arrangement premieres Sunday, March 11 at 9p.
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HDNET Movies celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali on what would have been his 76th birthday with a “Remembering Ali” double feature of The Greatest and A.K.A. Cassius Clay on Wednesday, January 17, beginning at 7:15p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New original comedy Bartlett premieres January 30 on Vimeo and chronicles a group of talented advertising execs in Silicon Valley who fight their character flaws to perfect the art of the pitch. Based on the life of ad exec turned director Martin Edwards, and exec-produced by eshapTV‘s Evan Shapiro (Portlandia, Take My Wife) with Chrissy Mazzeo and Anthony Veneziale, who also star, the ensemble cast of the six-part series also features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Don Reed and newcomer Eirinie Carson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Debmar-Mercury teamed with Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment shingle The Tornante Company to offer off-Netflix eps of BoJack Horseman to basic cable. Will Arnett leads the offbeat show, the first animated adult comedy series to appear on the streaming service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’ The Big Bang Theory was the week’s most-watched scripted program with 16.16 million viewers (up +18% from 13.74 million) and was also No. 1 among scripted series among A25-54 (+18%, 4.7/14 from 4.0/14). Both were the show’s best numbers in these demos since its September 25, 2017 season premiere. The net’s Young Sheldon was the week’s most-watched new series with 14.70 million viewers, its best audience number since premiere night on September 25, 2017. Both according to Nielsen Live+SD Ratings for week ended January 7, 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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