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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/22/18)
ABC: The Bachelor Winter Games (Premiere) at 8pm
INSP: The Cowboy Way (Premiere) at 8pm

CBS Corp. launched Eye Speak, a program designed to promote female empowerment, growth, and opportunity for women at the company and across the entertainment industry. CBS Television Studios will kick off Eye Speak with a program March 14 in LA featuring panel of women who work in front of and behind the camera. They include: Maria Bello (NCIS), Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Sara Ramirez (Madam Secretary), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Lori McCreary (Madam Secretary), Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin). The launch is in concert with the Association of National Advertisers’ #SeeHer campaign.
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Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism. The show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning today (February 22) so Williams can focus on her health.
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NCTA extended the contract of CEO/president Michael Powell for three more years. Powell, former FCC chairman and a President Bill Clinton appointee, joined the cable lobbying organization in 2011.
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Vox Media will lay off 50 employees, or about 5 percent of its workforce, from its social video team and at three of its publications – Racked, Curbed and SB Nation.
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Former MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is making an inside the beltway bid, running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ratigan is running a a Democrat in NY’s 21st congressional district.
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Ten more presenters are onboard for the 90th Oscars telecast, airing live Sunday, March 4, on ABC: Gal Gadot, Mark Hamill, Armie Hammer, Oscar Isaac, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Wes Studi, Kelly Marie Tran and Zendaya.
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A federal judge denied Disney’s request for an injunction in the lawsuit it launched in December to stop Redbox from selling download codes for the studio’s movies. Redbox countersued, alleging Disney’s home entertainment group was abusing its copyright to keep competition at bay.
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A new University of Minnesota study about fatal blood clots may be bad news for hardcore bingers. An analysis of 15,000 adults over 24 years, divided into four groups based on how they watch TV showed those who watch “very often” run a 1.7 times higher risk of venous thromboembolism, or deep vein thrombosis, clots in the legs, and pulmonary embolisms. The danger comes from prolonged sitting and impaired circulation.
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Amazon Studios won out as the television home of Iain M. Banks’ sci-fi book series Culture. Amazon acquired global TV rights to the first novel in the series, Consider Phlebas; Utopia creator Dennis Kelly is onboard to write the adaptation, Plan B Entertainment will produce and the estate of Iain Banks will executive produce.
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Showtime is developing Chemistry, a psycho-sexual marital drama based on the Paula Milne BBC miniseries The Politician’s Husband adapted by David Manson (House of Cards). Project comes from Anonymous Content, original series’ producer Daybreak Pictures/Passion Distribution and TriStar Television.
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Pilot director David Semel, whose fingerprints are on such CBS pilots as Person of Interest, Madam Secretary, Code Black and Pure Genius, is onboard to direct the pilot for network drama Main Justice. Former Revenge showrunner Sunil Nayar will serve as exec producer/showrunner for the Timothy Hutton starrer. Project hails from CBS Television Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television.
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Indie filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass (The One I Love, The Overnight, Creep, Jeff Who Lives At Home) signed a new agreement for worldwide rights to four upcoming Netflix Films. First up is an untitled bittersweet bromance project starring Ray Romano and Mark Duplass, slated to be released later this year. The Duplass’ and Netflix have a longstanding relationship. Most recently, the duo exec-produced Netflix’s upcoming doc series Wild Wild Country.
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TBS’ new animated series Final Space blasts off Monday, February 26 at 10:30p.
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Fusion will bow Food Exposed With Nelufar Hedayat, its latest from the journalist, on Tuesday, March 27 at 8p. Eight-part docuseries explores the global food industry, how our appetites shape our world and the true cost of food to people, animals and the planet. Upcoming eps feature Nicole Richie, James Cromwell, Jordana Brewster and others.
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Freeform drama Siren, premiering Thursday, March 29, takes place in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, marine biologists now must work together to find out who and what may have driven this primal sea hunter to land. Season 3 of the net’s Shadowhunters returns March 20 at 8p, with new secrets abounding.
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Nelvana’s live-action/CG-animated hybrid ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premiere as a Netflix original series worldwide excluding Canada on March 30 and exclusively on YTV in Canada in June. Created by Michael Hefferon, the reimagined version of 1994’s ReBoot is the first TV series to feature animation built in the Unreal game engine with 4K resolution.
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The second season of Hulu original anthology series, titled National Treasure: Kiri, is slated to drop Wednesday, April 4.
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Netflix set April 13 for the launch of its reboot of Lost In Space. In a modern twist, Netflix transmitted the pilot to the International Space Station for astronauts to view.
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IFC dropped a new trailer for season 2 of Brockmire, where booze-soaked broadcaster Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) finds himself in New Orleans, seeking to reclaim his career while falling headfirst into all the temptations the Big Easy has to offer.  Season 2 premieres Wednesday, April 25 at 10p.
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Discovery will air its first-ever Motor Mega Week Monday, February 26 at 8p through Monday, March 5 at 11p. The celebration of all things automotive features three new series premieres – Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings, Twin Turbos and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman, plus a four-part, supersized Street Outlaws vs. Fast N’ Loud: Build To Mega Race series.
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Because we don’t have enough political drama… WE tv will begin airing binge-a-thons of CBS drama series Madam Secretary on Wednesday, March 7 from 7p-4a. Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10a-4a.
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Flu season: Three years in the making, Discovery’s three-part series Invisible Killers takes viewers around the world to understand how viruses have shaped our health and history, the biological and social impact they have on our global society, and the work being done to combat them. The special premieres Thursday, March 29 at 8p on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Second and third installments continue on Science Channel at 9p and 10p.
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Andie MacDowell (Cedar Cove, Magic Mike XXL), Minka Kelly (Titans) and Chad Michael Murray (Agent Carter, Sun Records) star in The Beach House, a Hallmark Hall of Fame original film premiering Saturday, April 28 at 9p on Hallmark Channel.
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YouTube yesterday removed a viral conspiracy theory video that alleged a student who has been advocating for gun control in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is a trained actor. YT made the move hours after tech site Motherboard reported the video was one of YT’s top-trending videos.
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In what some smaller publishers see as a boon, Amazon for several months has been testing with a small group of publishers a scenario where versions of their commerce-focused articles are accessible directly inside Amazon’s website. These articles can be found through Google search or via searches for keywords inside Amazon and are shoppable just like they’d be on a publisher’s own site, reports Digiday.
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People is expanding its lifestyle coverage with the launch of new vertical People Health, to include digitally distributed health-related celebrity, service and human interest stories available at people.com/Health.
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The Nick Jr. Play app went global, launching in the UK and Denmark with more locales to come. International expansion follows the app’s success in the US with more than 16 million downloads to date.
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Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why) and Michael Graziadei (Good Girls Revolt) will recur in the third season of HBO crime anthology series True Detective… Michael O’Neill is in to recur on the seventh and final season of ABC’s Scandal, which returns March 29. No deets on his character yet… Chris Johnson (47 Meters Down) scored a recurring role in the upcoming second season of The Orville on Fox.
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Pilot season: Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata and Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) are in as leads of NBC comedy pilot So CloseTimothy Hutton has been tapped to star opposite Bokeem Woodbine in CBS legal drama pilot Main Justice Tyler Labine (Deadbeat) scored a role as a series regular in NBC’s untitled Bellevue hospital drama pilot… Rose Rollins (The L Word) booked a series regular role opposite Katie Holmes in Fox’s FBI drama pilot from former Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken and Melissa Scrivner Love, 20th Century Fox TV and 3 ArtsRussell Hornsby (Grimm) is in as male lead in Fox’s untitled legal drama pilot from Empire co-creator Danny Strong and writer David Elliot.
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In the week’s syndicated news, Judge Judy (8.0 live plus same day national Nielsen, up 5% from the week before) was the syndication standout in the first full week of the sweep, racing to its highest rating in two years in the session ending February 11 and attracting an average of almost 12 million viewers each day.
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Among talkers, Dr Phil (3.9, up 3%) was tops for the 75th week in a row, winning by its widest margin in three months. Rounding out the big five in talk were Ellen DeGeneres (2.7, down 4%), followed closely by Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.5, up 9%), which also improved 9% from last year.  On the magazine rack, Access (1.5, up 7%) and Extra (season high 1.4, up 17%) both spiked despite heavy Olympic preemptions.
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Billy Graham, who pioneered the use of television and mass communication in spreading evangelical Christian messaging, died yesterday. He was 99. Graham was an adviser to several presidents but is perhaps best known for understanding the evolution of mass media, and using it to reach hundreds of millions of TV viewers.
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BROADWAY
Angels in America – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes with Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield starts previews on Friday February 23, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/angels-america/

Latin History For Morons with John Leguizamo is closing on Sunday February 25, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/latin-history-moron/

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