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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/31/18)
FUSION: Big Papi Needs A Job (Premiere) at 8pm
HISTORY: Knights: Templar and the Holy Grail (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Animals with Camera, A Nature Miniseries (Premiere) at 8pm
E!: Total Divas (Finale) at 9pm
SYFY: Happy (Finale) at 10pm

Showtime renewed The Chi for a second season, with Ayanna Floyd Davis (Empire, Hannibal) signed on as EP and showrunner. The series exploring the humanity behind the headlines on the South Side of Chicago goes back in production later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, Dice, the Andrew Dice Clay semi-autobiographical comedy, has been canceled by Showtime after two seasons. The show’s freshman season was the net’s lowest-rated series in 2016, averaging 191,000 viewers; season 2 fared worse, averaging 146,000 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof tapped Nicole Kassel, one of the show’s directors, to helm the pilot for his HBO follow-up drama Watchmen. Lindelof penned the project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones is once again contributing Olympics coverage, for the Winter Games in PyeonChang, South Korea. “Experiencing the Olympics through the lens of Leslie is unlike anything else,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming of the superfan. “Her passion for Team USA is contagious, and her adventures in South Korea should be fascinating.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AARP announced presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others are set to join host Alan Cumming at the event taking place on Monday, February 5. Co-produced by the Great Performances series, the ceremony will be broadcast for the first time on Friday, February 23 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Network ordered an eighth season of Suits, and officially confirmed the exits of original cast members Patrick J. Adams and future-wife-of-Prince-Harry Meghan Markle after season 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Podcast 2 Dope Queens, with Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, is heading to HBO as four themed, hour-long comedy specials. Guests will include Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart and Uzo Aduba as well as a diverse lineup of stand-ups.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History greenlit In Search Of, hosted and executive produced by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Snowden). Inspired by the 1970s franchise, the ten-episode unscripted series examines unexplained phenomena from around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cheap Eats returns to Cooking Channel on Wednesday, March 21 at 10p, as Ali Kahn continues his mission of finding the best breakfast, lunch, snack and dinners for under $35.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV debuts Winter Break: Hunter Mountain on Tuesday, February 27 at 10:30p. The docu-series, executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano, follows the lives of 8 young people who connect over their need to get away.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir returns to Family Channel for a second season on Friday, February 16 at 11a with back-to-back episodes. Series centers on masked crusaders working together to save Paris from evil forces.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV salutes the men and women of America’s Armed Forces with special Guitar Legends For Heroes on Sunday, February 11 at 10p. The concert event is emceed by Trace Adkins and Eddie Trunk and features performances by Richie Sambora, Dave Navarro, Billy Gibbons, Nancy Wilson, Orianthi, Sam Moore, Lindsey Eli, Joe Don Rooney and Robert Randolph.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ahead of the theatrical release of Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 on November 21, ABC is presenting Wreck-It Ralph on Friday, February 16 at 8p. Special takes viewers on an arcade-game-hopping journey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Paddington) travels to Jerusalem to examine the events leading up to the death of Jesus of Nazareth in Jesus: Countdown to Calvary. Special will be available for syndication to public television stations beginning Thursday, March 1 in time for the Easter holiday (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beth Lacke (Work It) nabbed the female lead and Adrian Martinez (The Blacklist: Redemption) was cast as a series regular in NBC comedy, Guess Who Died….Jeff Pierre (Beyond) will recur in Season 7 of ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon and the National Football League have teamed to get kids and families ready for Super Bowl LII. Superstar Slime Showdown Super Bowl, a one-hour special hosted by Nick Cannon, current NFL stars, NFL legends and a halftime performance by NFL Juniors’ Brand Ambassador JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battles Shorties), bows Sunday, February 4 at 12p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endemol Shine Group finalized a deal to license short-form series Aliens Love Underpants AND… to Disney Junior US for its linear channels and the DisneyNOW app.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its push for greater authenticity, Facebook is banning all cryptocurrency ads. “We’ve created a new policy that prohibits ads that promote financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices, such as binary options, initial coin offerings and cryptocurrency,” Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, said in a blog post. The policy will be revisited if and when tools are found to detect deceptive ads.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix spent $1.1 billion on advertising in 2017, versus $842 million in 2016, according to the company’s 10-K filing. As for 2018? “We expect marketing spending growth to outpace revenue growth,” said the company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple is holding off changing the iPhone’s home screen design until 2019, according to Axios. Instead of introducing major iOS updates to apps like Mail and photo features this year, the company will work on performance and reliability, said the report.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prime Video is airing its first ever Super Bowl ad for the August 30 premiere of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan during the Super Bowl LII telecast on Sunday, February 4. The 60-second spot, immediately following the halftime show, centers on hero Tom Clancy and is set to audio from historic political figures, with Bob Dylan song “All Along the Watchtower” performed by Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video will shift an increasing percentage of their content budgets from licensing third party films and shows to originals. By 2022, the amount invested in originals will triple to $10 billion annually, says a report published by The Diffusion Group. “The Big-3 SVOD players own 60% of TV streaming time,” notes Brad Schlachter, TDG senior advisor and author of the report. “They are looking to grow this share by creating compelling originals that serve both to attract new users and retain existing subscribers even as subscription rates increase.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

LightWorkers Media teamed with producer Will Packer (Girls Trip) to executive produce The Baxters. The 12-episode digital series will launch on LightWorkers platform, announced president Roma Downey. Project is based on the Karen Kingsbury bestselling literary series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A.P. Bio bows on Hulu on Friday, February 2. Series follows a former philosophy professor who takes a job teaching AP biology and uses his student to get back at the people who have wronged him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday’s episode of A&E’s Live PD was the best performance of the series ever among Total Viewers (2.1 million) and A18-49 (981,000), according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel made a strong transition from “Countdown to Christmas” to the new year with its third annual “Winterfest” initiative, featuring four consecutive Saturday night original movie premieres in January. Collectively, the movie debuts averaged a 2.6 Household rating and 2.8 million Total Viewers.  “Winterfest” also elevated Hallmark Channel to the #1 network on cable in primetime every Saturday throughout the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Martin Luther King holiday session ending January 21 saw newcomer Daily Mail TV (1.2 Live+SD national Nielsen, up 9% from the week before) rise to its best rating yet. Page Six TV (0.8, steady) remained at its series record high.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Phil (3.5) was up 17% from last year, the most of any first-run strip.  Following Phil were Ellen DeGeneres (2.7, unchanged) and Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.6, up 8%), which matched its season high.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Highlighting a third straight week of strong performances for the top magazines were Inside Edition (new season high 3.6%, up 6%), Entertainment Tonight (new season high 3.5, up 3%) and Access (new season high 1.6, up 7%), which also hit a 69-week high in the key W25-54 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeff Hunter, former Senior Vice President of the Motion Picture Talent at WME, died Saturday, January 27. He was 91.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The body of former Glee star, Mark Salling, was found hanging from a tree near his home in Sunland, CA. He was 35. The actor had pleaded guilty to child pornography charges last month and was scheduled to be sentenced on March 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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