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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/1/18)
ANIMAL PLANET: Lone Star Law: Bigger and Better (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Music City (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: American Chopper (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Showtime At The Apollo (Premiere) at 9pm
FX: Atlanta (Premiere) at 10pm
UP: Morgan Family Strong (Premiere) at 9:30pm
USA: American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja (Premiere) at 9pm

The premiere of Paramount Network’s Heathers reboot, originally slated for March 7, is being delayed in the wake of the February 14 high school shooting. “Heathers is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence,” said a statement from the network. “While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year.” High-school-set Heathers follows a vicious clique and a new boy in town on reckless path to destruction.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS is launching a conservative talk show, In Principle, hosted by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson and cable news contributor Amy M. Holmes (TheBlaze TV). An initial 8-week run starts Friday, April 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV renewed Jersey Shore Family Vacation for a second season, ahead of the reality show’s global premiere on Thursday, April 5 at 8p. The net is counting down to the launch with 4 “Road to Vacation” specials airing Thursdays at 8p starting March 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeff Franklin is out as Fuller House showrunner, amid accusations of verbal abuse and inappropriate comments in the Netflix revival’s writers room. “We are not renewing Jeff Franklin’s production deal and he will no longer be working on Fuller House,” said Warner Bros. Television in a statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV America is producing docu-series Dark Web for Netflix, focused on internet dirty dealings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Pimple Popper (you read that right) will be back on TLC this summer. The one-hour special featuring dermatologist/YouTube sensation Dr. Sandra Lee in January was seen by 1.2 million P2+ viewers and was in the top 5 most social shows on Prime cable for the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s Legendary Locations, hosted by Josh Gates, premieres Wednesday, March 28 at 10p and 10:30p. Series kicks off in Transylvania, with the bloody story of 2 castles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Archer’s back for season 9 in FXX’s Archer: Danger Island, premiering Wednesday, April 25 at 10p. Animated comedy centers on semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot Sterling Archer in 1939 South Pacific.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 8 of Golf Channel’s Feherty launches with golfers Jack Nicklaus and Rickie Fowler and tennis doubles champ Bob Brian on Monday, March 5 at 9p. The series is transitioning from one-on-one interviews to a roundtable setting this round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo’s One Strange Rock, hosted by Will Smith, tells the story of Earth, starting Monday, March 26 at 10p. 10-parter from Darren Aronofsky & Jane Root features 8 astronauts who know what it’s like to go out of this world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz is airing a marathon of the first 9 episodes of new espionage thriller Counterpart on Sunday, March 25, starting at 12:35p. Season finale airs the following week at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Good Morning America co-anchor Michael Strahan, Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Sara Haines (The View), Vanity Fair editor Krista Smith and IMDb special correspondent Dave Karger share hosting duties for ABC’s Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet on Sunday, March 4 at 6:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2017 Documentary Joe Satriani: Beyond the Supernova premieres on AXS TV Tuesday, March 6 at 10p. The film captures rocker Satriani during his “Surfing To Shockwave World Tour.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the season 4 finale of Startalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, airing Sunday, March 4 at 11p, deGrasse Tyson interviews legendary physicist Stephen Hawking about mysteries of the universe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Representative Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) on Tuesday introduced resolutions to revoke the FCC order repealing net neutrality rules. The Senate effort has support from 50 senators, while the House resolution has 150 Congress members onboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix nabbed rights to Shirkers, winner of a directing award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and 10-minute film Zion, centered on a wrestler born without legs who grew up in foster care.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mixed-martial-arts fans in the U.S. can now pre-order UFC pay-per-view events on Amazon’s Prime Video without a Prime membership. First up: UFC: 222 Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya, $64.99 for non-subscribers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix is adding a VOD library of 4K Ultra HD titles, including James Bond films and original series Get Shorty. “It has been widely reported that the adoption rate of Ultra HD TV sets in the U.S. is far outpacing the adoption rate of HD at its launch, indicating that there is a significant opportunity to provide audiences with the best possible viewing experience,” said Jon Dakss, EVP and chief digital officer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling and Iain Armitage will be back for season 2 of HBO’s Big Little Lies, joining returning cast members Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sarah Shahi will return to NBC’s Chicago Fire in a story arc as one of Severide’s ex-girlfriends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pilot lights: Breckin Meyer (Designated Survivor) and Merrin Dungey (Once Upon a Time) will star in ABC legal drama pilot The Fix….Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) landed the leads in NBC drama pilot The Enemy Within….Christina Moses (The Originals) won a leading role in ABC pilot A Million Little Things.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Episode 6 of TNT’s The Alienist is up 26% in Live+SD Nielsens in week-over-week ratings growth, with 1.73 million total viewers and 600,000 among A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision reached 7.9 million total viewers 2+ with the 30th edition of Premio Lo Nuestro, outperforming ABC, CBS, Fox and CW among A18-49 and A18-34 for the night.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With the Olympics causing widespread preemptions, the majority of first-run top tier shows in syndication re-titled their shows as Olympic specials, to avoid being included in ratings averages. The Dr. Phil specials (2.9) topped talk, while Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition tied for first among newsmags with 2.7. The Judge Judy telecasts handily ruled court shows with 6.4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Since its February 11 premiere, DIY’s Barnwood Builders grew its year-over-year impressions by 28% among viewers P25-54; a new episode on February 25 grew impressions in the timeslot by 47% percent among viewers P25-54 and 97% among viewers M25-54. The net’s Building Off The Grid delivered a 22% increase in impressions among viewers P25-54 over the prime average.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Opposite the Olympics, Travel Channel posted a 9% ratings gain over the same period in 2017 among P25-54, and among M25-54 the network grew its ratings 10% year-over-year. More than 13 million viewers tuned into Travel during the two-week long Winter Games from February 9 to February 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Lobby Hero with Chris Evans and Michael Cera is in Previews starting on Thursday March 1, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/lobby-hero/

Three Tall Women with Laurie Metcalf, Glenda Jackson and Alison Pill is in Previews starting on Thursday March 1, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/three-tall-women-broadway/

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart is closing on Sunday March 4, 2018
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/john-lithgow-stories-heart/

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