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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/27/18)
AXS TV: The Big Interview with Dan Rather (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Street Outlaws vs. Fast N’ Loud (Premiere) at 8pm
MTV: Winter Break: Hunter Mountain (Premiere) at 10:30pm
USA: Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Who Killed Jane Doe? (Finale) at 9pm
PBS: We’ll Meet Again (Finale) at 8pm

Three members of the original FYI team join Candice Bergen for CBS’s revival of Murphy Brown (1988-98). Faith Ford (Corky), Joe Regalbuto (Frank) and Grant Shaud (Miles) have all signed on for the 2018-19 season, produced by Warner Bros. Television with series creator Diane English serving as writer/exec producer. 81-year-old Charles Kimbrough (Jim), who has not had a TV role for 15 years, will reportedly guest star. As CBS reminds us, the show returns 30 years after its premiere “to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), Jussie Smollett (Empire) and Martin Sensmeier (Westworld) have been named correspondents for season 2 of Epix series American Divided. The headline-tackling 4-part series returns later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2018 Winter Olympics was a winner “against every important measurement” for NBC, said Mark Lazarus, chairman, NBC Broadcasting and Sports. NBC averaged 20.6 million viewers, including cable and streaming, during competition, versus 22.4 million in 2014. “In today’s media environment, to average approximately 20 million viewers over 18 nights – which is essentially the number of hours for a full season of 3 primetime shows – is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Lazarus. PyeongChang was the fourth consecutive Games to turn a profit for NBCU, bringing in a Winter Games record $920 million; over $20 million was added to the take after early viewership exceeded advertiser guarantees.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, a 6-part docu-series telling the story of the 2012 shooting that helped spur the Black Lives Matter movement, is in the works from Paramount Network and exec producer Shawn Carter. Show premieres in July.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered supernatural drama Jinn, its first Arabic original series, from VFX specialists Elan and Rajeev Dassani (Justified), Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya and Theeb writer Bassel Ghandor. A 2019 debut is planned.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney|ABC chose 10 writers for its 2018 Writers Program, entering its 29th year. Among the participants are a Wall Street analyst, a former wedding videographer, a computer repair consultant and a professional poker player. “I’d heard how great the Disney|ABC Writing Program is for its participants, but the truth is that diversity is just good for the show,” said Cleopatra and Quantico EP Michael Seitzman. “New voices, different voices, fresh points of view – that’s what we want. We’ve selected two very talented writers from the program this year and added them successfully to our writers’ rooms and both have turned out to be great assets to our staff.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shoo the little ones – FX is airing the TV premiere of Straight Outta Compton, unedited and R-rated, on Thursday, March 1 at 7p. To make sure viewers are aware of adult content, FX will run audio and visual warnings into and coming out of every commercial break. In TV-speak, the rating will be TVMA-LSV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second annual Split Screens Festival, a celebration of the art of television at NYC’s IFC Center, has been set for Thursday, May 31-Sunday, June 3. A major focus will be diversity, from platforms to gender and race. Full lineup will be announced in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Fuse is airing She Started It on Thursday, March 8 at 8p. The 2-hour doc looks at the lives of 5 young women entrepreneurs. Girls in Tech, a global organization focusing on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology, and Girls Who Code, which works to close the gender gap in technology, will both serve as a resource for the Fuse audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HDNET Movies will feature a weekly “Tough Guy Tuesdays” event in March, starting on March 6 at 9p with Viggo Mortensen in 2007’s Eastern Promises, followed by Michael Caine in 2009’s Harry Brown.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa will perform a medley of hits at the 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 24 at 8p. Siwa’s “Boomerang” has racked up over 500 million views on YouTube.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Yankee Alex Rodriguez will be on an SXSW panel for CNBC’s Back in the Game, moderated by CNBC chairman Mark Hoffman, on Monday, March 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the performers for the 2018 Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards will be sister act Mary Mary (Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell) and Snoop Dogg, performing songs from his new gospel album. Telecast will premiere on TV One on Friday, March 30 at 9 pm and air in broadcast syndication on 130 stations March 31-May 6, 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon renewed horror anthology series Lore for season 2. Sean Crouch (The Exorcist) will replace Glen Morgan as showrunner, exploring “global, real-life horror stories that make this series unlike anything else on television,” said Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman and Howard Owens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming back for a sophomore run is Science Channel’s Mysteries of the Abandoned, taking viewers to engineering wonders left to crumble. New season starts off at a bizarre pyramid in North Dakota on Tuesday, March 20 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And it’s a trend – Comedy Central ordered season 2 of Corporate. “We’re absolutely thrilled to continue selling our souls making some more anti-corporate comedy for one of the biggest corporations in the world,” said creators Jake Wiesman, Matt Ingebretson and Pat Bishop. Season 1 finale airs Wednesday, March 14 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Exec producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson dropped the premiere of his new scripted drama, The Oath, on his Facebook page for 24 hours on Monday, ahead of its March 8 debut on Crackle. “This s*** is too damn good so why wait?” said Jackson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks, an investor in RLJ Entertainment, is set to acquire the RLJ shares it does not already own. Founded by BET founder Robert L. Johnson in 2012, RLJ owns Acorn TV and Urban Movie Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Weinstein Company board announced the company is filing for bankruptcy, and pinned the blame on prospective buyers Mara Contreras-Sweet and Ron Burkle. Their $500 million plan to buy the company was “illusory and would only leave this company hobbling toward its demise,” said the board in a letter to Contreras-Sweet and billionaire backer Burkle. The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which had filed a civil rights lawsuit, issued a statement on Monday saying that over the past two weeks, they had “very productive” discussions with both parties about compensating victims, protecting employees, and rooting out enablers of sexual abuse at the company. “We are disappointed that despite a clear path forward on those issues – including the buyer’s commitment to dedicate up to $90 million to victim compensation and implement gold-plated HR policies – the parties were unable to resolve their financial differences,” said the AG. “We will continue to pursue justice for victims in the event of the company’s bankruptcy, and our investigation into the pattern of egregious abuse by Harvey Weinstein and his enablers is ongoing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube announced new features for viewers watching live streams, including automatic English-language captions. The captions will use YouTube’s live automatic speech recognition technology. YouTube will also preserve and replay chats that occurred during a live stream, and creators streaming live from their smartphone can geotag the location where they’re recording. Finally, creators can add a location tag to mobile live streams and video uploads, making them easier to find.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FilmStruck is expanding its streaming movie library to offer classics like Casablanca, Citizen Kane and The Thin Man through a partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Networks. A new selection, TCM Select, will feature offerings of iconic films, with intros from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, archival content and bonus material.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC and The Academy are offering a 5-part daily digital series, The Oscars Insider, leading up to the big night. Sponsored by Walmart, episodes cover topics like a breakdown of the nominees, and what’s on the menu for the Governor’s Ball.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Betty Gabriel (Get Out) landed a series regular role in season 2 of Starz thriller Counterpart….Patti LaBelle (Daytime Divas) will recur on season 2 of OWN drama Greenleaf.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot lights: Ellie Reed (Girlboss) and Humphrey Ker (Curb Your Enthusiasm) will play series regular roles in ABC comedy pilot reboot The Greatest American Hero….Joseph Morgan (The Originals) joins the Fox drama pilot based on best-seller Gone Baby Gone as the male lead….A series regular role in ABC drama pilot Staties went to Jennifer Aspen (Sharp Objects)….J.R. Ramirez (Power) scored a series regular role on NBC mystery pilot Manifest.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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