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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/24/18)
DIY: Restored (Premiere) at 9pm
PARAMOUNT NETWORK: Waco (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: Secrets of the Dead (Premiere) at 10pm
POP: Schitts Creek (Premiere) at 8pm
POP: Let’s Get Physical (Premiere) at 8:30pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Real, Fake or Unknown (Premiere) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef (Premiere) at 8pm
VICELAND: Slutever (Premiere) at 10pm
VICELAND: Hollywood Love Story (Premiere) at 10:30pm

Laughing matters: NBC is balancing its five drama pilot orders with pilot orders for four multi-camera comedies. Like Family, from Hazy Mills, the Universal TV-based production shingle of the net’s Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, is about two foster siblings with complicated bonds. So Close, also from Hazy Mills, centers on two hopeless romantics who just may be each other’s soul mates. Abby’s, which is reminiscent of the network’s top comedies, Cheers, revolves around the regulars at an unlicensed bar in San Diego, and Friends-In-Law focuses on two polar opposites who must quickly figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Communications Inc. named Jessica Rodriguez to the newly created role of president and COO UCI Networks, reporting to Isaac Lee, chief content officer, UCI and Grupo Televisa. In addition, Rodríguez will continue to serve in her existing role as CMO of UCI.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katharine McPhee (Scorpion), Maz Jobrani (Superior Donuts), and NY Giants wide receiver and Inside the NFL on Showtime analyst Brandon Marshall will judge the one-hour CBS special MVP: Most Valuable Performer, airing Thursday, January 25 at 8p. The Talk host Sharon Osbourne will mentor the NFL player participants in the show, hosted by LL Cool J.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz is turning its series of short films that depict cases of sexual harassment in the workplace into a half-hour special, #ThatsHarassment, set to air Friday, January 26 at 8:30p. The shorts are written and directed by Sigal Avin (The Ex List, Irreversible) and exec-produced by Avin with David Schwimmer (American Crime Story, Friends) and Mazdack Rassi (Outlaws), co-founder and creative director of Milk Studios in NY. Talent includes Cynthia Nixon, Emmy Rossum and Schwimmer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan O’Brien teased footage he filmed in Haiti he’ll air on his TBS late-night show. O’Brien visited Haiti after Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about the country, noting he thought it only fair to give Haitians a chance to respond. Among responses: “I want to send a message of love to the leader of America…Oprah, we love you!” and “I am from Norway and I live in Haiti. I would like to immigrate to USA – in 2020.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN chief Jeff Zucker wrote a memo to staffers seeking to allay fears after reports surfaced that a man phoned threats to the net’s Atlanta HQ, saying he was going to “gun” them all down because they are “fake news.” Zucker said he would address the threat and increase security. He noted Jeff Gilbert, who heads up Turner Security, will join him at the regularly scheduled broadcast town hall on Thursday at 1p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The legal travails surrounding The Walking Dead are still very much alive. AMC yesterday sent a letter to a NY Supreme Court judge accusing CAA and the series’ former showrunner Frank Darabont of “wreaking even more havoc” on the proceedings surrounding the $300 million battle, and asking that the case filed in late 2013 be halted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Funny or Die is laying off more staff a year after it closed its Silicon Valley digs and let go of about 30 percent of its workforce. The digital company did not disclose the number of staffers who will be affected by this latest reduction.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Citing “modernization,” National Geographic Partners, the joint venture controlled by 21st Century Fox that comprises cable networks and the flagship magazine, laid off about a dozen staffers, or 1 percent, of its total workforce of about 900.
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The Walt Disney Co. plans to give $1,000 bonuses to more than 125,000 employees. Chief exec Bob Iger also said it would invest $50 million in a new education program designed to cover tuition costs for hourly employees. He didn’t mention whether the bonuses were connected with the recently enacted tax overhaul; Comcast and AT&T both cited the federal reform in announcing their recent bonus programs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) issued a round of new appointments and named new leadership to its NY and LA boards. IFC Films/Sundance Selects exec Arianna Bocco is now board chair of BAFTA NY, replacing Luke Parker Bowles of Story Mining & Supply Co. Kathryn Busby has been elected deputy chair of the board for BAFTA LA, succeeding Affirmative Entertainment and Productions’ Peter Morris.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy False Profits has been given an order by ABC. Project is from Code Black writer/producer Kayla Alpert, Jason Reed, and ABC Studios and follows a team of down-and-out women in Arizona who battle it out in the cutthroat world of a multi-level marketing cosmetics business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV will premiere the six-ep Girlfriends on Monday, January 29. The British drama from Kay Mellor (Love, Lies & Records) stars Miranda Richardson (Stronger, The Crying Game), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), and Zoe Wanamaker (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) as three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., the 10-ep scripted true crime limited series, premieres on USA Network on Tuesday, February 27 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Father-son duo Doug and Brad DeBerti bring their custom car building lifestyle to Discovery Channel in new series Twin Turbos, set to bow Wednesday, February 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime is teasing the second season of Mary Kills People, its euthanasia-themed drama series slated to return Monday, March 12 at 9p. Season 2 picks up eight months after Mary and Des framed Grady for the deaths of their patients.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In new PBS documentary film American Creed, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different backgrounds and points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Film premieres Tuesday, February 27 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV will celebrate classic comedy 227 on, when else, February 27 when the Tribune Broadcasting multicast entertainment network airs an 18-hour/36-ep marathon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a new special from British illusionist Derren Brown, and acquired two of his previous specials. Brown’s US stage debut, Secret, had a successful run off-Broadway last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of The Fiona Show debuts today at 9:30a on Facebook Watch with the hippo-cum-social-media star’s first birthday celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon opened its checkout-free grocery store Amazon Go in Seattle on Monday. Shoppers use the Amazon Go app to automatically add products they want to purchase and pick them up without waiting in a checkout line.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook is buying a software company that specializes in authenticating government-issued ID cards. The move may help FB learn more about who buys advertising on its social network.
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Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane’s Dear Basketball, exec-produced by Believe Entertainment Group and distributed by Verizon’s go90, scored an Oscar nom in the Animated Short Film category. Dear Basketball is a five-minute animated version of Bryant’s poetic ode to the game, which generated 50 million views worldwide when first published on The Players Tribune in 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new seven-minute documentary-style film from Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl debuted yesterday at Sundance and is part of a branded content series of five short films called Dear Seattle created in partnership with Visit Seattle and Sundance TV and launched by Seattle-based PB&.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Glen “Big Baby” Davis has joined the BIG3 league and will be added to Power’s roster alongside Captain Corey Maggette and Co-Captain Cuttino Mobley. The BIG3’s 10-week season will tip off June 22 and air live on Friday nights on Fox and FS1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premiered on FX to 5.5 million Total Viewers, making it one of cable’s highest-rated series premieres of the past two years. On a Live+3 basis, the premiere telecast Wednesday, January 17 totaled 3.6 million Total Viewers, ranking it No. 3 among the 71 cable series premieres since January 2017, and No. 8 among the 158 cable series that have premiered since 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As the Dow hit the momentous 26,000 mark during the week of January 15, Fox Business Network finished with 277,000 total viewers. Additionally, FBN scored the five top rated programs of the week, with Lou Dobbs Tonight as the most watched business program with 391,000 total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the week ending January 19, CBS’ The Young and the Restless delivered 4.84 million viewers, its largest weekly audience in a year – since the week of January 6, 2017, according to Nielsen, Live + Same Day Ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision’s new series Papa a Toda Madre averaged 1.8 million Total Viewers 2+, 835,000 A18-49 and 395,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Simon Shelton, best known for donning the purple suit and playing Tinky Winky on Teletubbies, died January 17. He was 52. Shelton also starred in the ‘90s kids game show Incredible Games.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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