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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 1/2/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Treehouse Masters: Out on a Limb (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO: 2 Dope Queens (Premiere) at 11:30pm
ID: Bride Killa (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: #Me Too, Now What? (Premiere) at 8:30pm
SHOWTIME: The Trade (Premiere) at 9pm
DISNEY: K.C. Undercover (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Finale) at 8pm
ID: Married with Secrets (Finale) at 9pm
LIFETIME: Bring It! (Finale) at 9pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: The Dead Files (Finale) at 10pm

(SATURDAY 1/3/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: The Vet Life (Premiere) at 10pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Salvage Dawgs (Premiere) at 9pm
OVATION: The Artful Detective (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: The Dead Files (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Natalie Portman, Musical Guest: Due Lipa at 11:30pm
ID: Your Worst Nightmare (Finale) at 10pm

(SUNDAY 1/4/18)
NBC: Super Bowl Pregame: Road To The Super Bowl at 12pm
NBC: Super Bowl LII (52) Pregame Show at 1pm
NBC: Super Bowl LII (52) at 6pm

CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. both announced their boards of directors have established committees to evaluate a potential combination. “There can be no assurance that this process will result in a transaction or on what terms transactions may occur,” said both companies in separate releases, adding they will not comment further until the process is completed. Another move to combine the companies, both controlled by National Amusements, was called off in December 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Time Warner reported better-than-expected earnings for 4Q17, with help from Turner, HBO. Turner’s revenue rose to $3.12 billion from a year-ago $2.84 billion, while HBO saw an increase to $1.68 billion from $1.49 billion. As for the Department of Justice lawsuit (trial date: March 19), CEO Jeff Bewkes said, “We remain excited about the proposed merger with AT&T, pending judicial review, and the potential to accelerate our pave of innovation and connect more directly with consumers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff found himself on the defensive on yesterday’s Morning Joe. Wolff’s suggestion during an appearance last month on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that President Trump had an affair with someone in his administration led to UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s denial last week of the “disgusting” rumor; asked about the situation on the MSNBC morning show, Wolff said he did not infer anything about Haley in particular and found her denial puzzling. “You might be having a fun time playing a little game dancing around this but you’re slurring a woman, it’s disgraceful,” said co-host Mika Brzezinski, before cutting off the segment. But Brzezinski couldn’t cut off Wolff, who tweeted soon after, “To be invited on a show with the purpose of being thrown off…is the new television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo Station Group announced the completion of its acquisition of 9 television stations, serving 6 markets, from ZGS Communications. The transaction includes a full power station in El Paso and Class A and low power stations serving five other markets. With the purchase, Telemundo Station Group will expand its market footprint from 18 markets to 24 markets in the U.S. and in Puerto Rico.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viacom launched a series of PSAs in support of the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer initiative, encouraging young women’s career aspirations with the idea, “if you see her, you can be her.” Spots from sponsors Johnson & Johnson Consumer and Unilever will run adjacent to the PSAs on MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dick Clark Productions, film and television studio MRC and the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group have merged to create Valence, combining production, publishing and live events. Divisions will retain their own brands and current leadership.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actors Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes (Days of Our Lives) and producers Sid and Marty Krofft (H.R. Pufnstuf) will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Hayeses will receive their award during the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday, April 29, the day after the Kroffts accept their trophy at the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tijuana, a new scripted Spanish-­language drama series co­-produced by Fusion Media Group and Netflix, is scheduled to start production next month. The show will air in the U.S. on Univision Network and debut globally on Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO gave a series pickup to J.J. Abrams sci-fi fantasy drama Demimonde, from Warner Bros. Television and Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox ordered a Danny Strong (Empire) and David Elliot (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) legal drama pilot, from 20th Century Fox Television and Danny Strong Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Red Arrow Studios and Kinetic Content struck an exclusive deal with longtime ABC Alternative exec John Saade (Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor) and his new production company, Spinnaker Chaos. Spinnaker will be housed at Kinetic, with all projects emerging from the venture produced by Kinetic in association with Spinnaker, and Red Arrow handling worldwide format distribution.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ordered pilots for dysfunctional parent comedy Single Parents, from New Girl’s Liz Meriwether and J.J Philbin, and stepparent comedy Steps, from Kristin Newman and Mandeville TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DIY gave the green light to Boomtown Builder, following the renovations of once-grand homes in old Arizona mining towns. 8 half-hour episodes are slated to premiere in August.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel greenlit production for season 3 of Man v. Food. Season 2, airing Mondays at 9p, has delivered over 4.5 million viewers. “I am pumped to keep the party going,” said host Casy Webb, who hopped aboard last July.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rapper N.O.R.E. turns foodie in On the Run Eatin’ with N.O.R.E. All 8 episodes will be available on Complex and the go90 platform starting Wednesday, February 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fusion is launching political sketch comedy series Happy Ending With Nando Vila on Thursday, February 8 at 9p. “America is looking for a happy ending to the mess we are in,” said Vila, who has hosted and produced a range of shows on Fusion. “We are taking a fun, entertaining and informative look at the different building blocks of our political system, while proposing solutions in the hopes of making progress – because we’d like to end up, you know, happy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also happy? Jack Osbourne, apparently. A&E renewed Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour for an 8-episode third season, and the younger Osbourne announced the renewal on Facebook: “Day 1 of season 3, baby!!! Whoooohoooo.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science returns for a new season of homemade stunts and experiments on Wednesday, February 28 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Golf Channel’s Feherty is back for season 8 on Monday, March 5 at 9p, kicking off with PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler and Jack Nicklaus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All 6 episodes of Hulu’s Hard Son launch Wednesday, March 7. Jim Surgess and Agyness Deyn play detectives seeking to enforce the law as a world-ending disaster approaches.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kitten Bowl V debuts Super Bowl Sunday, February 4 at 12p on Hallmark Channel. “In 2014, when 3 Ball was in production on the first Kitten Bowl, we never dreamed the event would eventually be trending #1 on Twitter on Super Bowl Sunday – of all days,” says Jeff Altrock, exec producer and SVP, current programming 3 Ball Entertainment. “It’s been amazing to be part of this tradition, which adds another layer of amusement to what has become a national holiday, and also promotes a great cause in the importance of pet adoption.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s Breaking Their Silence: Inside the Gymnastics Scandal premieres Monday, February 5 at 10p. Special features interviews with victims of Larry Nassar and sports experts close to the crisis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo special Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings, mapping 60,000 previously unknown structures that reveal interconnected cities, premieres Tuesday, February 6 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ali Siddiq, who credits 6 years behind bars with developing his comedy chops, returns to jail for Comedy Central special Ali Siddiq: It’s Bigger Than These Bars, premiering Friday, February 23 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s 48 Hours takes a new look at the 1981 drowning of Natalie Wood, and her husband Robert Wagner’s possible connection to it, tomorrow, February 3 at 10p. “As we’ve investigated the case over the last 6 years, I think he’s more a person of interest now,” says LA County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina in the segment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Boomerang has Valentine’s Day specials and episodes slated for Thursday, February 8. Included are The Flintstones (“I Yabba Dabba Do”), “My Smurfy Valentine,” Looney Tunes (“Love Is in the Hare/Valentine’s Dayffy”) and The Tom & Jerry Show (“Return to Sender”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a different kind of Valentine’s Day stunt, IFC is offering a midnight V-Day airing of Night Flight Presents: Dr. Ruth Good Sex Special.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E has 2 documentaries on tap focused on the untold stories of high-profile cult leaders. Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil premieres Monday, February 19 at 9p, followed by Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre on Monday, February 26 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV will air The BRIT Awards 2018 on Wednesday, February 21 at 9p, hours after the original UK broadcast. Featured performers include Justin Timberlake, The Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The lineup for the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards so far includes Ed SheeranCardi B,Maroon 5Camila CabelloCharlie Puth and Backstreet Boys. The show, hosted by Hailey Baldwin and DJ Khaled, takes place Sunday, March 11 at 8p, and will simulcast live on TBS, TNT and truTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snapchat has launched a merchandise store. The Snap Store lives in the Snapchat app’s Discover section, with merch like a $20 Dancing Dog Hot Dog. Users can visit the Snap Store site for the Snapcode; more products are set to arrive February 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DreamWorksTV is going OTT on Amazon. The $4.99/month service is aimed at kids age 6-12. “As we continue to grow the DreamWorksTV brand, this is an exciting step for us to explore revenue streams and brand engagement across platforms,” said Rick Rawlings, head of DreamWorksTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Genius Kitchen, the food-focused digital brand from Scripps Lifestyle Studios, is introducing over 40 additional hours of on-demand content tailored to represent the varied experiences young people are seeking in their digital food consumption. “After we launched in October, we saw a huge group of passionate viewers respond positively to the content and ask for another helping,” said Rich Lacy, SVP of digital brand creative at Scripps Lifestyle Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Phillip Rhys (24) landed a recurring role on Syfy supernatural thriller Nightflyers…. Shamikah Christina Martinez (Night Snack) will recur on CBS’s Superior Donuts…. Shalita Grant is leaving her role on CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans, reports Variety. Her last episode is April 3. “It’s just time for a change,” said Grant’s manager, Did Rea. “This is about moving on to the next great thing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In honor of Elmo turning 3½ years old again, Sesame Street is introducing social media campaign #ELMOtivation, with shareable images and videos encouraging kids and adults to believe in themselves. #ELMOtivation will share immortal words like these from Sesame Street Muppet Oscar the Grouch: “Does it really matter if the trash can is half full or half empty? Just be happy there’s trash in it!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Zone·tv’s PlayKids, a new ad-free SVOD service, is now available to Xfinity customers through Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform. Content is designed to foster literacy, promote motor coordination, enhance social skills and spur creativity.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime movie Faith Under Fire ranks as the #1 original movie on cable for 2018 to date following its premiere on January 27 among the key A25-54 (993,000), A18-49 (805,000) and W18-49 (560,000) demos in Live+3, according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New WE tv docu-series Love After Lockup grew +77% W25-54, growing 77% in 3 episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Louis Zorich died January 30 at age 93. The stage veteran was best known to TV audiences for his role as the father of Paul Reiser’s character on Mad About You.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MOVIES
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