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Turner Networks chief John Martin pulled no punches in addressing the Justice Department’s lawsuit seeking to block AT&T’s $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner. The case is scheduled to head to trial March 19. Speaking yesterday at Code Media, Martin said, “I think the government is clueless.” He added, “In the history of the country, what vertical merger has tilted the landscape of the competitive environment?” Then answered his own question: “Zero.”
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Rose McGowan was a no-show yesterday. She canceled her scheduled appearance following an announcement earlier this month that she was avoiding scheduled appearances after a highly charged incident with an audience member at a NY Barnes & Noble on January 31….
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Digital influencer Logan Paul still has a home on YouTube for now. So said YT CEO Susan Wojcicki, who noted Paul could hang out for now because he did not violate any specific policies when he posted a video of a person who committed suicide. “What you think is tasteless is not necessarily what someone else would think is tasteless,” Wojcicki said. “We need to have consistent laws… so we can apply [them] consistently to millions of videos, millions of creators.”
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It’s a new night for the American Music Awards, when the annual event debuts its 2018 incarnation on Tuesday, October 9 at 8p on ABC. This after ABC’s November 19, 2017 broadcast of the 2017 AMAs grew by double digits year to year in Total Viewers (+10% – 9.0 million vs. 8.2 million) and drew ABC’s biggest entertainment audience in the Sunday 8-11p time slot since The Oscars on February 26, 2017. The AMAs are produced by Dick Clark Productions.
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Apple is developing Swagger, a basketball-themed drama series from NBA star Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Media and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television. Inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, series explores the world of AAU basketball in DC, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production house Raw has been commissioned by ITV to produce a fourth season of doc-series Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Season 4 will feature a new half-hour format.
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The new season of FX’s Atlanta – Atlanta Robbin’ Season – bows Thursday, March 1 at 10p. And, yes, if you guessed there will be a robbery based on the show’s new title this season, you would be correct.
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Early ratings success of HGTV freshman series Restored by the Fords and Home Town scored mid-season pickups for both series. Restored by the Fords delivered a 26 percent ratings increase above the HGTV prime average among A25-54 in January, and has been picked up for 14 eps. Home Town has been picked up for 13 episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food explorer and Travel Channel host Andrew Zimmern stars in new series The Zimmern List, premiering with back-to-back eps on Tuesday, March 13 at 9p. Zimmern will share his personal recommendations on the food and places where he most loves to eat.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reelz changed the premiere date for the return of new episodes of documentary series Gangsters: America’s Most Evil. New eps will now premiere Tuesday, March 27 at 9p.
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Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail returns for a second season on Discovery on Friday, March 30. This season, Parker Schnabel and his friends will go deep into the jungles of Guyana, South America, to chase a 21st century gold rush at the site of the legendary El Dorado.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Love is in the air at Cinelatino, which is celebrating Valentine’s Day by showcasing a variety of romantic comedies today (February 14) beginning at 8a.
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Ovation will US-premiere Hamilton: One Shot To Broadway, an unauthorized one-hour doc about how the group of inspired mavericks made an unlikely marriage of hip-hop and history one of the biggest musicals, on Wednesday, March 7 ay 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon renewed its longest-running drama series, Bosch, for a fifth season. News comes ahead of the series’ season 4 premiere, set for April 13. Exec producer Eric Overmyer, who developed Bosch for TV and was showrunner for the first three seasons before leaving to showrun sister Amazon drama The Man In the High Castle, will be back as co-showrunner alongside exec producer Daniel Pyne.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube Red gave a straight to series order to half-hour comedy Psychopath, from Undateable alums Chris D’Elia, also set to star, and Craig Doyle; Richie Keen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), 3 Arts Entertainment and Funny Or Die. Series centers on a guy who discovers he’s a bona fide psychopath.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All Access ordered a second season of its first original comedy series, Funny Or Die’s No Activity, from exec producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The eight-ep first season is currently available to stream on CBS All Access.
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It’s a date: Netflix is wasting no time in premiering Chris Rock: Tamborine, the first stand-up special from Rock in a decade. The service picked today (February 14) for the debut of the first of two Rock comedy specials that came to roost at Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart’s YouTube original series Kevin Hart: What the Fit will premiere March 8, with guests including Conan O’Brien, James Corden, Tiffany Haddish and Leslie Jones as Hart teams up with celeb friends to laugh their way through a different trending, grueling and sometimes ridiculous workouts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

45th & Dean, an in-house content hub within the A+E Networks family, will premiere a season 2 of its Snapchat show Second Chance today (February 14) at 6a. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Second Chance follows emotional exes as they meet face-to-face to explore the breaking point in their relationship for the first time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Avalon and Vertical Networks are shopping their unscripted comedy format Ghost Hunt to US television nets for development into a long-form series following the show’s successful launch on Snapchat. Ghost Hunt, produced exclusively for Snapchat’s Discover page, premiered November 2017 and secured 5.35 million unique viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nerdist is partnering with comedy organization Upright Citizens Brigade to develop a new original comedy series that will debut exclusively with a 10-ep run on Legendary Digital Networks’ interactive streaming platform Alpha.The untitled project will showcase undiscovered comedic talent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

USA Today Network is amping up its video team, with plans to fatten its current 40-person team with another 20 new editors and producers.
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YouTube’s new publisher certification program, SuperAwesome’s SafeFam initiative went live, and more than 30 YouTubers and five agencies announced participation. SafeFam allows YouTubers to showcase that they are sharing safe content and protecting their under-13 audiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cleo&Cuquin, a new series from Spanish production company Anima, launched on Nick Jr. Anima partnered with Mattel as global master toy licensee.
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All 78 eps of Geronimo Stilton are now available on Netflix with different seasons set to stream on several Netflix platforms internationally. The second season of Geronimo Stilton is available for streaming in the US now.
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Melissa Roxburgh (Valor) and alum Josh Dallas (Once Upon a Time) have been cast as the female and male lead, respectively, of NBC mystery pilot Manifest….Damon Dayoub (Stitchers) will feature in a multi-epi arc on season 6 of NBC’s Chicago Fire….Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead) will star in ABC’s untitled ’70s-era comedy pilot from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle and ABC Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bella Heathcote (The Man in the High Castle) scored the female lead opposite Jack Reynor in CBS All Access’ drama Strange Angel….Judy Greer (Married) is in as a series regular in upcoming Showtime half-hour comedy Kidding, which also features Jim Carrey in a series regular role….They’re back: Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester, who starred in the original run of series Strike Back, will reprise their roles as Sgt. Damien Scott and Sgt. Michael Stonebridge, respectively, in season 5 of the series, which debuted this month on Cinemax.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards was sweet music for the network on Sunday, February 11, racking up double-digit increases in the delivery of all key demos vs. last year’s telecast. The awards event was up +43% over last year’s telecast, delivering 546,000 total viewers and posting gains of +38% in Households (398,000), +60% in A18-49 (215,000) and +27% in A25-54 (237,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndicated Dr. Phil rose 12% from the week prior to 3.8 the week ending February 4, its best ratings since last November. Also up 12% was Ellen DeGeneres, to 2.8, its best ratings since February 2016.  Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3) rose 10% among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Marty Allen, who was a TV staple during the ‘60s and ‘70s as one-half of the Allen & Rossi comedy team, has died in Las Vegas. He was 95.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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