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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/25/18)
PARAMOUNT NETWORK: Lip Sync Battle (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles (Finale) at 9pm
DIY: Tiny Paradise (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: We Bought The Farm (Finale) at 9:30pm

CBS is reviving Murphy Brown, with Candice Bergen returning to star as the testy TV anchor, and creator Diane English onboard as writer/exec producer. CBS gave the comedy from Warner Bros. Television a 13-episode series production commitment. It’s a season of revivals – the move follows NBC’s Will & Grace reboot, and ABC’s upcoming Roseanne resurrection.
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Meryl Streep has joined the season 2 cast of HBO’s Big Little Lies, as the mother of Perry Wright (Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgard). She joins fellow Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, who star and exec produce.
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Who’s the fairest of them all? Nonfiction producers trade group NPACT released its second annual survey of broadcast and cable networks and OTTs, ranking which are producers’ favorites to pitch. A&E and ID made the top 10 in more categories than any other networks, followed by History, DIY and CBS. ID and Smithsonian Channel were the only nets to rank #1 in 2 categories, and Showtime was named “Best Network to Work with Overall,” with CBS and A&E close behind. A&E, ID and Netflix tied for “Most Respected Network.”
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Judge Judy Sheindlin, Big Ticket Entertainment and CBS are being sued by 2 producers who helped launch the 22-year-old hit for a 5% piece of the reported $95 million Sheindlin got from CBS last year for the show’s library. Kaye Switzer and now deceased Sandi Spreckman have been to court in the past to enforce their rights to the program; this lawsuit seeks $4.75 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic is partnering with Sprint to launch “Chasing Genius: Unlimited Innovation,” a challenge that will “crowdsource genius” from around the globe to create a community of people that believe they can make an impact on the world. One-minute videos are being accepted; winning idea gets $25,000 for further development.
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The $1000 bonuses The Walt Disney Co. plans to give to more than 125,000 employees, as well as a new $50 million investment into education for employees, are due to the recent tax reform, said Disney. The education initiative will be available to nearly 88,000 hourly employees.
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The mother of John Bernacker, the stuntman who died July 12 after a fall on the set of The Walking Dead, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing AMC of filming the drama “cheaply and ultimately unsafely.” AMC said it complies with industry standards and take safety “extremely seriously.”
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Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and her She Ready production company inked a first-look deal with HBO. Haddish will also star in TBS’s upcoming The Last OG with Tracy Morgan, among a myriad of other projects.
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Pretty Little Liars exec producer/showrunner Charlie Craig, with I. Marlene King, will take the same titles for PLL spinoff pilot The Perfectionists. King wrote the  pilot based on the book series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Liz Friendlander (Conviction) will direct and exec produce the first episode of ABC crime drama The Rookie, starring and exec produced by Nathan Fillion (Castle).
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ABC gave a pilot order to drama Get Christie Love!, from Courtney Kemp (Power) and producers Vin Diesel, Debra Martin Chase and Shana C. Waterman. The order revives the 1974-75 series.
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Discovery’s first “Motor Mega Week” runs Monday, February 26 at 9p through Monday, March 5 at 11p. The event gets into gear with 4 consecutive nights of car builds culminating in a Mega Race finale. Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings, Twin Turbos and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman will all premiere during the week.
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The midseason premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead will run for 82 minutes, instead of the usual 60. The zombie drama returns Sunday, February 25, presumably telling the end of the story of the-popular-character-whose-name-we-will-not-say who was bitten by a zombie.
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Added to the lineup of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards are Emmylou Harris with Chris Stapleton; Zuleyka Rivera, who will perform with Luis Fonsi and Danny Yankee; and Sting. Show airs Sunday, January 28 on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s Empire and Star are back from winter hiatus on Wednesday, March 28 at 8p and 9p.
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CBS Corporation and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have created a series of CBS Cares PSAs to honor the victims of the Nazi Holocaust and mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The campaign will debut with two PSAs featuring 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley tomorrow, January 26 and Saturday, January 27. A 60-second PSA featuring the lives of children before they became Holocaust victims will debut in primetime on February 2 and will be scheduled throughout the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The April 18 episode of CW’s Riverdale will focus on a Riverdale High production of “Carrie: The Musical,” and feature 11 songs.
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The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards took place last weekend, and among the memorable moments were a musical tribute to So So Def Recordings founder and honoree Jermaine Dupri, a tribute to honoree Cameo and performances by Arrested Development, Michel’le and Major, among others. The event celebrating African-American achievements will air on Bounce Sunday, February 11 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing is back on Saturdays from 2-4p for a new season of the Summit Select tournament. Outdoor Sportsman Group also acquired the programming library of MLF (including MLF Raw, MLF Extended Cast and highlights), for its outdoor SVOD service, MyOutdoorTV.
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Nielsen has added Instagram owned measurement into its Social Content Ratings platform, which also includes Facebook and Twitter.  SCR offers insight into the engagement driven by owned accounts, those officially associated with the program, as well as organic activity between friends and fans.
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Netflix is raising its marketing spend by a whopping 50% in 2018 versus last year. “Our testing results indicate this is wise,” said the company in a 4Q17 letter to shareholders. “We want great content, and we want the budget to make the hits we have really big, drive our membership growth.” According to iSpot.tv, Netflix spent $46.3 million on national TV advertising in 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC is offering an audio news brief for HomePod, Apple’s new wireless speaker for the home. Ask Siri, and users will be able to get news updates throughout the business day, and weekend look ahead features from CNBC anchors and reporters.
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Lolita Davidovich (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders) is set to recur on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder later this season….John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons) will guest on Showtime drama Billions as a Russian billionaire. Season 3 premieres Sunday, March 25 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA’s WWE Monday Night RAW scored its best ratings in almost three years with its 25th anniversary show, claiming the #1 spot on cable overall and #3 in all of television among A18-49. The show ranked #1 across all of television among M18-49, M25-54 and M18-34, and propelled USA Network to rank as the #1 network across all of television in primetime among Men 18-49, 25-54, 18-34 and 2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Premiere week of Univision’s Cronicas: Jose Jose averaged 1.5 million total viewers and 232,000 among A18-34.
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Sunday’s SAG Awards on TBS and TNT delivered 2.7 million viewers and .8 among A18-49, according to Nielsen. Opposite Fox’s NFC Championship game the show was down 31% in viewers and 33% in the demo versus last year, but up from its Saturday airing 2 years ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition each rose 3% from the week prior to hit season highs of 3.4. Dr. Phil (3.6, up 13%) scored its best ratings in 2 months, and Ellen Degeneres hit a season high 2.7 (up 4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reality TV star Joel Taylor (Storm Chasers) died January 23 while on a cruise. He was 38. “He was one of the most level-headed chasers on the roads and truly a classy guy,” said storm-chasing group Team Western OK Chasers on Facebook.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 

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