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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/6/18)
BRAVO: Bethenny & Fredrik (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games (Finale) at 8pm
SHOWTIME: Inside The NFL (Finale) at 9pm

NBC is teaming with Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia to produce large-scale physical competition series The Titan Games, emceed by Johnson. Someone’s thinking big: for the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio, A. Smith & Co. Productions and Seven Bucks Productions, “We wanted to create a new kind of athletic competition unlike anything ever attempted before,” said Johnson, co-founder of Seven Bucks. “The Titan Games will challenge competitors to succeed in ways no one thought possible while entertaining the whole world at the same time.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lee Daniels (Empire), Courtney A. Kemp (Power), Yvette Lee Bowser (Dear White People), Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws), Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage) and Prentice Penny (Insecure) will be on the panel for the Paley Center for Media discussion, “They Run the Show: African-American Creators and Producers in Conversation.” Event takes place Tuesday, February 13 in Beverly Hills.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There were unhappy sports fans over the weekend, when 11 Northwest Broadcasting affiliates were blacked out on Charter ahead of the Super Bowl, impacting game day for subscribers in several areas. Charter accused Northwest of demanding a “ridiculous increase in programming fees,” while Northwest said it had offered to extend the current agreement, and was taken off the air unexpectedly. “We are however still available over the air with an antenna,” the station group reminded viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The mother of Natalee Holloway filed a $35 million lawsuit against Oxygen Media. Elizabeth Holloway claims that Oxygen’s 6-part series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway, about the teen who vanished during a 2005 class trip to Aruba, was not an unscripted and true crime documentary, but “preconceived and written in advance,” and the defendants “knew prior to filming their Series that they would not find Natalee.” The “misconduct truly made Beth believe she could finally lay Natalee to rest,” according to the suit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott signed a new exclusive multi-year deal with HGTV. As executive producers at Scott Brothers Entertainment, producer of content for TV, film and digital platforms, the brothers’ production company also will develop exclusive home-related series and digital content in partnership with the network’s programming and creative teams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered 2 seasons of The Politician, a music-driven satirical comedy from Glee trio Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Ryan Murphy. Story centers on a wealthy, politically driven Californian played by Ben Platt, reports Deadline, with Gwyneth Paltrow (!) and Barbra Streisand (!!) in talks to co-star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s Westworld is back for season 2 on Sunday, April 22. Series is based on the Michael Crichton novel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Universo’s celeb-reality show The Riveras returns for season 3 on Sunday, March 11 at 10p. The 14-episode season follows the lives of the children of late music legend Jenni Rivera.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon ordered second and third seasons of horror comedy Snatchers, focused on a status-obsessed teen pregnant by an alien. Series premiered in June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1 Beauty Bar, companion to Black Ink Crew, launches Wednesday, February 28 at 10p. Docu-series follows a group of hairstylists and makeup artists from Manhattan hotspot House of Dolls by Henry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s 2-part Expedition Unknown special, which commissioned a facial reconstruction project for a 3D look at King Tut’s mother, starts Wednesday, February 7 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adult Swim special Soft Focus with Jena Friedman, a live-action comedic human interest program “where fact and fiction blend in a harmonious union of what the f***,” airs Sunday, February 18 at midnight.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor) landed the lead in CBS procedural pilot God Friended Me….Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones) and Murray Fraser (The Loch) will play the title roles in Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance…. Kirby Bliss-Blanton (Project X), Marcus Henderson (Get Out), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island) and Gabriel Hogan (Condor) fill series regular slots in truTV comedy pilot Tacoma FD….Megan Follows (Reign) will recur on season 3 of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp….Animal House’s Tim Matheson landed a recurring role on season 2 of CBS All Access drama The Good Fight, set to start streaming Sunday, March 4….Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse) will play the female lead in CBS drama pilot Murder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewership of Super Bowl ads on YouTube rose 16% over 2017, and living room viewership had a 52% lift. Amazon’s “Alexa Loses Her Voice” was the most popular ad on YouTube’s AdBlitz, followed by Groupon’s spot with Tiffany Haddish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Olympic Channel debuted 6-part docu-series Far From Home yesterday, telling the stories of some of the Games’ most unlikely athletes. The channel also announced a multi-year agreement with Snap Inc. aimed at engaging younger audiences with the Olympic Movement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu blamed a “technical issue” for service interruptions for a small numbers of subscribers during the Super Bowl. “We know this is an unacceptable experience for those viewers, and we apologize,” said the company. PlayStation Vue also had a brief interruption. And that’s in addition to the few seconds the game when dark on NBC, due to “brief equipment failure.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justin Timberlake songs had sweet Spotify lifts after the singer’s Super Bowl halftime show, topped by “Until the End of Time” (+671%) and “Mirrors” (+537%). But it was the late Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U”, covered by Timberlake during the show, that got the biggest boost – up +916%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Early employees of Facebook and Google have formed the Center for Humane Technology, teaming with nonprofit Common Sense Media for a campaign aimed at educating students, parents and teachers about the dangers of technology. Aiding the efforts is $50 million in donated airtime from partners including Comcast and DirecTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s telecast of the Super Bowl delivered 103.4 million viewers, down 7% from the 2017 game and the lowest since 2009. That’s still enough to rank it as the 10th most-watched program in U.S. history, and add the NBC Sports app, NBCSports.com, etc., and the number rises to viewership of 106 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With 27 million viewers on Super Bowl night, NBC’s This Is Us was the most-watched post-game telecast in 6 years, up 9.4 million from last year’s 24: Legacy. Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show grabbed 8.4 million viewers, up 5.8 million versus the show’s season average and its fourth most-watched telecast ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s Super Bowl counterprogramming, Puppy Bowl XIV, was the highest rated Puppy Bowl ever with a 1.46 rating on Sunday among A25-54 in L+SD, up +32% from last year’s event, and the network’s third highest-rated telecast of all time among A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC finished January with the best monthly performance in four years with W25-54 and saw single to double-digit increases year-over-year in Prime on five nights of the week among W25-54. TLC also ranked as the #1 cable network on Wednesday night among W18-49 (welcome back, My 600lb Life).
(Source: Cynopsis)

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