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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/13/18)
ABC: The Bachelor Winter Games (Premiere) at 8pm

The Evolve Entertainment Fund was introduced yesterday by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, producer Dan Lin and Ava DuVernay (A Wrinke in Time). A partnership between the city of LA, networks, studios and nonprofits, the fund’s goal is to create TV, film and digital opportunities for people of color, women and low-income residents of LA. “Real change happens with we take tangible action, and that means giving young women and people of color opportunities in the industry early so they have the chance to shape its future,” said DuVernay. The EEF has already secured 150 paid summer internships, with leading entertainment organizations including DreamWorks Animation, Ryan Murphy Television and Anonymous Content.
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Comedy writer Michelle Wolf (The Daily Show, Late Night With Seth Meyers) landed a weekly talker on Netflix, set to debut in 2018. “You can expect the types of jokes my former bosses would tell me we couldn’t do on TV,” said Wolf.
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NBC apologized for on-air commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo, who suggested that Japan’s brutal occupation of Korea between 1910-1945 had an upside “as a cultural and technological and economic example.” Following backlash, NBC’s Carolyn Manno said on air, “We understand that Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize.”
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Comcast is considering bidding again for the assets being shed by 21st Century Fox, reports the Wall Street Journal. Fox accepted a yet-to-be-approved offer from Walt Disney Co. in December for $52.4 billion, rejecting a higher offer from Comcast over potential anti-trust issues.
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Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale picked up best drama and new series trophies at the WGA Awards, and HBO’s Veep took home the comedy series award. Lifetime’s Flint won for long form original, while HBO’s Big Little Lies topped the long form adapted  category. NBC picked up awards for Saturday Night Live (variety/sketch series), Will & Grace (episodic comedy) and Hollywood Game Night (quiz/audience participation).
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Documentary Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, starring Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and co-produced by RTE, American Public Television and ARTE, will release on public television station nationwide Thursday, March 1. Bonneville, a theology graduate, travels to Jerusalem to explore the historical context of the last days of Jesus’ life.
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MTV’s Teen Mom series continues with Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant, launching Monday, March 12 at 10p. 14-part docu-series introduces 5 new young women navigating the complexities of being a Gen Z mother.
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The first broadcast of AARP The Magazine’s Movies for Grownups  Awards premieres Friday, February 23 at 9p on PBS (check local listings). Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) hosts.
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The cast of the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is going on an 8-city music tour starting March 31 in Portland, OR, with select cast and songwriters.  “It’s not just a performance, it’s an ongoing dialogue between the performers and the audience,” said series co-creator, EP and star Rachel Bloom.
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Epix is running an Indiana Jnes movie marathon on Saturday, March 24. First up: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 5:35a.
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Shot in the Dark, the second film in the Magnify documentary series produced by the Los Angeles Media Fund, premieres on Fox at approximately 4:30p on Saturday, February 24, after basketball. Film follows a high school team as it aspires for greatness under an inspirational coach.
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NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ consumer investigative units, NBC Responds and Telemundo Responde, have recovered more than $20 million for consumers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The consumer teams, with the support of the stations’ Consumer Investigative Center, have answered more than 250,000 consumer inquiries. “As many communities continue to recover from recent natural disasters, our consumer teams are helping viewers navigate through the rebuilding processes by providing them with direct help or delivering vital information through their reporting,” said Valari Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.
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Cox’s CBS affiliate in Seattle, KIRO, helped pay off $1 million in medical debt owed by 1000 people in the area. The station’s consumer advocate, Jesse Jones, investigated with KIRO the options for people crushed by medical debt; they were able to purchase $1 million in debt for $12,000 from a company that works with philanthropists and organizations to provide relief. People whose debt has been wiped clean will receive letters informing them of the good news.
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Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson will play the lawmen who came out of retirement to hunt down bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde in Netflix feature The Highwaymen, directed by John Lee Hancock. Kathy Bates (Disjointed) and Kim Dickens (Fear the Walking Dead) have also hopped aboard.
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Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige will co-star in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy, a live-action series based on the graphic novels following a dysfunctional family of superheroes….Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Paul Scheer (The Disaster Artist) are joining the cast of HBO comedy pilot Ball Street….Jessica Szhor (Shameless) is onboard season 2 of Fox’s The Orville as a series regular….Sheryl Lee Ralph will recur on season 2 of TNT comedic drama ClawsFelisha Terrell ( Survivor’s Remorse) landed a recurring role on season 3 of USA’s Shooter….Christopher “Comedian CP” Powell joins CBS comedy pilot History of Them as a series regular.
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CNN is planning to cut digital jobs, part of a restructuring that will have some employees moved to new roles. “In order to innovate, grow and experiment, we’ve added more than 200 jobs in the past 18 months,” said a network spokesperson. “Not every new project has paid off so we will stop some activities in order to reallocate those resources and enable future experimentation.” At the end of January, CNN closed video-sharing startup Beme, which it had acquired for $25 million a year before.
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Snapchat hopes to attract advertisers on competing services like Instagram – especially Instagram – by offering them free advertising credits, according to Recode. The program is open to advertisers who bought vertical video ads online.
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Creepers beware: Instagram is testing a feature that notifies users when someone screenshots their stories (as Snapchat already does), which would otherwise disappear after 24 hours. “We are always testing ways to improve the experience,” an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch. Users can see who screenshotted their stories on the “seen by” list.
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Season 2 of Returning the Favor launches today on Facebook Watch, with Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) traveling the country rewarding do-gooders.
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Lifetime just launched Her America: 50 Women, 50 States, a digital series filmed by an all-female team documenting real women across the country. Available online, the series is also being featured in on-air spots on Lifetime, as well as shared socially.
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Nickelodeon greenlit a second season of Sunny Day, following a 10-year-old hairstylist. The animated preschool series will go on tour this summer with an immersive on-ground activation, as well as spawn a new line of toys from Mattel.
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NBC has the primetime 2017-18 season-to-date lead among total viewers, with an average of 9.569 million through 20 weeks in “most current” results from Nielsen that include fast-official results for Feb. 9-11. It’s the first time NBC has ranked #1 in total viewers at any point during the season since it won the 2001-02 crown 16 years ago. Excluding sports, NBC is running closer to leader CBS at this point in the season than it’s been since 2002-2003. This is the first time NBC has had the Super Bowl and the Olympics in the same season.
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Animal Planet’s 8-minute preview on Sunday, February 4 of the Irwin Family return to the net averaged a 1.1 rating among A25-54 and 2.26 million viewers in L+3 Nielsens. The special season 2 premiere of The Zoo delivered record ratings (.63 A25-54) and viewership (1.5 million) for the series.
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Singer/actor Vic Damone died February 11 from complications of a respiratory illness. He was 89. In addition to 1956’s The Vic Damon Show, the “You’re Breaking My Heart” singer appeared on TV shows including The Rebel and The Dick Van Dyke Show.
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Actress Jan Maxwell died February 11 of cancer. She was 61. The 5-time Tony nominee’s TV work included shows like Brain Dead and The Good Wife.
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