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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/15/18)
A&E: The First 48: Murder In The Big Easy (Premiere) at 8pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Barn Life (Finale) at 10pm

The CW is adding a 2-hour Sunday primetime block next season. Nine years ago the CW returned Sunday to its affiliates, but now, up 3% year-to-date in total viewers and boasting the youngest median age in broadcast, the net has inked agreements for clearances on 6 nights. “As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night,” said Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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Hitmaker Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) inked a 5-year deal with Netflix. Murphy’s agreement with 20th Century Fox Television expires this summer. “The history of this moment is not lost on me,” said Murphy. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me.” Murphy will continue his involvement in current FX and Fox shows; he already had original series Ratched and The Politician set at Netflix. The streaming service, which signed Shonda Rhimes (Scandal) to a $100 million deal in August, has said it expects to spend up to $8 billion on content this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Overall viewing guarantees for Olympics TV advertisers are over-delivering, said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting & Sports, in a journalist call. While viewership on primetime TV dipped 6% from 2014 Winter Games for the first 5 days (the most recent Nielsens show an uptick), “The guarantee works across all the platforms,” explained Lazarus. “We don’t really have an individual guarantee. We certainly have targets. We are exceeding those targets.” NBC has sold over $900 million in advertising for the 2018 Olympics. And counting – since it isn’t dealing with makegoods, the net can use a portion of that inventory to sell more spots.
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The decision to stop distributing newly released Disney, Marvel and Pixar films to Netflix in 2019 isn’t meant to harm the streaming service, said Walt Disney Co. chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer at the Code Media conference, but to enhance Disney’s planned streaming service. “I personally like Netflix,” said Mayer. “They’ve got a great product, they do exceedingly well in the marketplace. What we’re doing, we’re not trying to hurt or kill Netflix.”
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted a post-cancer surgery photo on Instagram yesterday that will make her fans happy. “Great doctors, great results, feeling happy and ready to rock after surgery,” wrote the Veep star. “Hey cancer, ‘F*ck you!'”
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Katie Couric apologized for a comment she made during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, when she said the Dutch skate on canals “to get them from place to place.” When commenters on social media, including the Netherlands Embassy, noted that the Dutch in fact take buses, trains and other modes of transportation to get around, Couric tweeted congratulations to the Netherlands on their medal count, adding, “My apologies for being on thin ice for my comments re: skating on canals. I was trying to salute your historical passion for the sport but it didn’t come out that way!”
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Someone’s 15 minutes of fame just got extended. Former porn star Stormy Daniels is apparently ready to open up about Donald Trump now that the president’s personal attorney has come out and said he paid her $130,000 out of his pocket before Election Day. That makes her non-disclosure agreement null and void, said Daniels’ manager, Gina Rodriguez, “and Stormy is going to tell her story.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered an 8-episode first season of the unscripted Marie Kondo Project from The Jackal Group, starring organizing consultant and author Kondo. Exec producers include Gail Berman, Joe Earley, Kondo, Takumi Kawahara, and Bianca Barnes-Williams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TBS picked up Lena Waithe (Master of None) project Twenties to pilot. Comedy follows the adventures of a queer black girl and her 2 straight best friends. Twenties was created, written and exec produced by Waithe through her production company, Hillman Grad Productions, and exec produced by Andrew Coles for The Mission Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC renewed summer supernatural drama Midnight, Texas for a second season. Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, who served as consulting producers the first time around and have an overall deal with Universal Television, will be showrunners for season two and will executive produce along with David Janollari. Series is produced by Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The peacock net also ordered a pilot for Bright Futures, a comedy from Kenya Barrish (black-ish) and grown-ishwriters Hale Rothstein, Danny Segal and Isaac Schemes, and ABC Studios. Project started out at ABC but didn’t make it to pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet’s The Zoo is back for season 2 on Saturday, March 10 at 9p. New animals featured at the Bronx Zoo include Dave, a red kangaroo who bounces back from arthritic symptoms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first half of season 4 of Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt launches Wednesday, May 30 – just in time to make the Emmy cut-off date of May 31. Second half premieres later in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 10 of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition features anger, drama and dysfunction starting Friday, March 9 at 9p.
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Grace and Frankie was renewed for a fifth season on Netflix, with RuPaul onboard as a new character. Season 4 dropped last month.
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Documentary Jane, telling the story of conservation icon Jane Goodall, premieres on National Geographic and Nat Geo WILD Monday, March 12 at 8p, followed by a rollout across 171 countries. The simulcast is timed to Women’s History Month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Agents of Change, a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 student-led strike at SF State, has its national broadcast TV premiere on American Reframed Tuesday, February 20 at 8p on World Channel (check local listings).
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Science Channel docu-series Silicon Valley: The Untold Story premieres Sunday, March 18 at 8p, 9p and 10p. The look at the tech industry includes interviews with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum, among others.
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El Rey celebrates President’s Day weekend with a Resident’s Day marathon, starting Saturday, February 17 at 6a with Resident Evil.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Raycom Media will air Trail of Hope – The Journey to Equality, a documentary tracing the path of the civil rights struggle, this month. The one-hour special will air on all Raycom Media stations and in other select markets.
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YouTube TV is adding Turner’s Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies, as well as sports channels including NBA TV and MLB Network to its programming – and, not surprisingly, boosting its price from $35 to $40 monthly. YouTubeTV users now have access to stream nationally televised NBA games, the PGA championship and UEFA soccer. Both NBA League Pass and MLB.TV will also be available to add to a user’s monthly package for an extra fee in the coming months.
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Netflix canceled Disjointed, starring Kathy Bates as the owner of a cannabis dispensary, after one season. The second half of the series’ 20 episodes were released last month.
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Today Google Chrome begins removing ads from sites that don’t measure up to the Better Ads Standards. Depending on how many violations are found, sites will be evaluated as having a status of Passing, Warning or Failing, said Chris Bentzel, engineering manager at Google, in post. Chrome will block ads on sites that fail if they don’t comply within 30 days of notification of violations.
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News & Guts, the start-up web site founded by Dan Rather, passed 1 million unique visitors in January, its second month publishing. “Engaging with a new audience on social media has been one of the most rewarding times of my career,” said Rather, who has 4.5 million followers on Facebook and Twitter.  “Now with the new website, it’s an opportunity for me to cut through all the bull shine and bring you what’s important.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 2 of Facebook Watch’s Make Up or Break Up premieres today at 8p, and the finale of Do or Dare is available tomorrow, February 16.
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The live premiere of The BET Social Awards on Sunday garnered over 16 million impressions on Facebook Twitter and Instagram, and 2.2 million video views across BET’s social platforms.
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Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry will perform the theme song for Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies reboot, launching next month. Walt Disney Records is releasing the ditty on Friday, February 23.
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Don Johnson (Miami Vice) landed the male lead in Fox comedy pilot Daddy Issues….George Wendt (Cheers), Gia Sandhu (The Indian Detective) and Zenobia Shroff (The Big Sick) have joined the cast of ABC reboot pilot, The Greatest American Hero….Alana De La Garza (Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders) landed a lead role in CBS drama pilot Chiefs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jamie McShane (Bloodline) and Caroline Chikezie (The Shannara Chronicles) are onboard Fox vampire drama pilot The Passage as series regulars…. Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) landed a lead in the CW’s Charmed reboot pilot….Ray Fisher (Justice League) joins HBO‘s True Detective as a series regular.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shaun White won gold in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe event, and NBC was a winner, too, Tuesday night as the Pyeongchang Olympics hit a high of 19.6 in metered market households. The primetime average of 15.2 on NBC and NBC Sports was up from 14.5 for NBC in the 2014 Games.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery announced the first set of Total Video metrics for its Olympic Winter Games coverage in Europe, for digital engagement on its own platforms and those of its partners. During the opening weekend, 373 million hours of video was watched; an average free-to-air and pay TV audience of 186 million, plus an additional 26 Million users through digital and social platforms, resulted in 212 million users viewing the Olympic Games across all platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Escape To Margaritaville – previews start on Friday February 16, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/escape-to-margaritaville/

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