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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/8/18)
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Premiere) at 9:30pm
HISTORY: Truck Night in America (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Champions (Premiere) at 9:30pm
BRAVO: Top Chef (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Hawaii Life (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Flip or Flop Nashville (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Mega Machines (Finale) at 10pm

James Comey will make his first late night appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – the former FBI director has been booked for the April 17 episode of the CBS talker. The date happens to coincide with the release of Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.
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FOX has new advertising goal – to show two minutes of commercials per hour of television by 2020, reports The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper attended a private event at which FOX Networks Group ad sale chief Joe Marchese made the announcement. In an email to the WSJ, Ed Davis, chief product officer for ad sales at Fox Networks Group, backed the plan up, saying, “The two minutes per hour is a real target for Fox, and also our challenge for the industry.” Last week, NBCUniversal made a pledge to reduce ad time during primetime shows by 10%, along with a promise to decrease ads in commercial pods by 20%.
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The Good Doctor will continue to practice – ABC renewed the hit drama for a second season. “The Good Doctor’s message of inclusiveness resonates with our viewers and is hallmark of what we aim to accomplish here at ABC,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “This series has quickly joined the zeitgeist and broken records in the competitive television landscape.”
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The first round of performers was announced for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. Set to take the stage are Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett. Ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15 at 8p on CBS.
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Adam Ruins Everything is taking a new turn. TruTV is offering six animated episodes, Adam Ruins Everything Presents Reanimated History. Spin-off premieres Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30p.
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FOX set its analyst panel for O.J. Simpson: The Last Confession?, the special based on Judith Regan’s 2006 sit-down interview with the football star acquitted in a double-murder trial. Publisher and producer Regan, Simpson case prosecutor Christopher Darden, Nicole Brown Simpson family rep Eve Shakti Chen, anti-domestic violence advocate Rita Smith and retired FBI profiler Jim Clemente will provide analysis and context for Simpson’s interview, in which he gives a hypothetical account of the events that occurred the night his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered. Special airs Sunday, March 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s new original documentary series, The Fourth Estate, will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, as its closing night film. Following its screening on Saturday, April 28, the Festival will host a panel discussion with some of the subjects of the doc, including The New York Times editor Dean Baquet, Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman, Washington investigative correspondents Mark Mazzetti and Garbus. Series bows on Showtime Sunday, May 27 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PILOT, an initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, is launching the PILOT Pitch Prize, a competition for early-stage startup companies to receive funding and support for providing technology solutions that could help broadcasters. Finalists will compete in a live pitch event at NAB Show New York, held October 17-18 at the Javits Convention Center.
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To celebrate the premiere of Syfy’s original Superman prequel series, Krypton, and the 1000th issue of Action Comics, Syfy is challenging Superman and DC Comics mega-fans to put their knowledge to the test with a live trivia challenge. The contest will take place on Syfy Wire nightly at 8p, beginning Monday, March 12 and leading up to Krypton’s premiere on Wednesday, March 21 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Impractical Jokers franchise is expanding. truTV committed to an eighth season of the series and is starting production on the brand’s first feature-length film, which will be directed by Chris Henchy and produced by Funny Or Die.
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Sonar Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company are developing Rift, a live action sci fi series for teens, created and written by Simon Racioppa and Richard Elliott (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Fangbone!, Teen Titans).  You think you had it tough in high school? The show follows Sydney Jensen, caught between the struggles of school life and another world where she’s a rebel a parallel world, determined to stop a dark organization.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW acquired 10-hour fantasy adventure series The Outpost from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment and Arrowstorm Entertainment. It’s the first hourlong summer scripted series for the net.
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Martin Freeman (Sherlock, Fargo) has created and is starring in Breeders. The comedy about parenting is being piloted by BBC and FX.
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Defy Media and GRB Entertainment have joined forces on a programming partnership, reports Deadline. The goal: bring each company closer toward a desired audience. For GRB it is the Millennial and Gen-Z viewers, while Defy is aiming for viewers A 25-54.
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National Geographic prepares to Drain the Oceans in a series from UK’s Mallinson Sadler Productions and Australia’s Electric Pictures. Using the latest scientific data with state of the art digital recreations, the 10-parter reveals the full scope of shipwrecks, treasure, sunken cities, geology and technology at play on the floors of lakes, seas and oceans around the world. Look for a global premiere in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nobodies debuts on Paramount Network on Thursday, March 29 at 10p, following Groundlings alums Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras as they navigate life on the outskirts of fame.
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Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold returns for a new season on Friday, March 30 at 10p.
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Season 6 of HBO’s Vice bows Friday, April 6 at 11p. The new season of the weekly news magazine will include 35 episodes, up from 30 last year.
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Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia appears in his first television interview on CBS60 Minutes Sunday, March 11, two days before the heir to the throne arrives in the U.S.
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48 Hours explores the murder of Los Angeles hairstylist and beauty company executive Fabio Sementilli and the hunt for his killer in Who Killed Fabio? Episode airs Saturday, March 10 at 10p on CBS.
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Paramount Network and filmmaker Derik Murray joined forces on a new doc on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I am MLK Jr. bows Wednesday, April 4 at 9p on the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roads to Memphis, a film tracing the fateful journeys of Martin Luther King Jr. and James Earl Ray to their deadly collision, airs Tuesday, April 3 at 8p on American Experience on PBS (check local listings).
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More laughs are headed to Laff. The broadcast net struck a multi-year licensing agreement with Disney/ABC Television Group for Home Improvement, acquiring the rights to all eight seasons of the sitcom. Series will make its debut in September.
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NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises launched Telemundo Academy, a multimedia education institution aimed at empowering and training the next generation of media leaders. The academy’s first partners will include Armando Christian Perez’s (Pitbull) SLAM Miami and the Doral Academy. Supported by the company’s “El Poder En Ti” (The Power in You) corporate social responsibility initiative, the 16-week program will immerse students in the media world.
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Raven Goodwin was upped to series regular in the upcoming second season of Showtime’s SMILF.
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Denyse Tontz (The Fosters) landed a lead role in ABC drama pilot Grand HotelKimrie Lewis (Scandal) and Jake Choi (Hawaii Five-0) were set as series regulars in ABC comedy pilot Single ParentsNelson Franklin (Veep), Jessica Chaffin (Search Party) and Leonard Ouzts (Master of None) nabbed leads in NBC comedy pilot Abby’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yusuf Gatewood (The Originals) landed one of the male leads in NBC drama pilot In Between LivesKether Donohue (You’re the Worst) nabbed the female lead in NBC comedy pilot Like FamilyMichael Beach (Pitch, The 100) will be a series regular in ABC’s Untitled Holmes drama pilot… Justin Johnson Cortez (Turbulence) booked a series regular role on ABC drama pilot StatiesBen Lawson (Designated Survivor) and Mark L. Young (The Comeback) landed series regular roles in ABC’s False Profits pilot.
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Netflix’s red-hot stock, which has gained 65% in 2018 and more than doubled in the past year, pulled back 1% on Wednesday, after Stifel analyst Scott Devitt lowered his rating on the streaming giant from buy to hold. Netflix’s shares declined 1.25%, finishing the session at $321.17, down about $4 from its 52-week high.
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HG Trivia, the live-streaming games show app that has users playing for real money, closed a $15 million round of investment from Founder’s Fund, with participation from previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners, reports Axios. Launched in August, HQ Trivia boasts players in the millions.
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Snapchat is snipping about 100 people, or 10% of its engineering team, according to Cheddar. It’s the biggest layoff to date for the company, which numbers about 3000 employees.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook’s Messenger Lite is getting video chat. The pared-down app is designed for people with older Android devices or slower internet connections.
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Comcast and National Public Radio launched the NPR One app on Xfinity X1, enabling X1 customers to access its library of NPR news, talk and music programs that can be personalized to their specific tastes, locale and routines directly on the TV.
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CuriousityStream debuts Dream the Future on Thursday, March 15. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver, the documentary series takes viewers to 2050 and explores how vastly different life will look.
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Emma Watson partnered with National Geographic to become the first guest editor of the National Geographic Instagram account, @NatGeo, to mark International Women’s Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8. Watson will curate the account, highlighting the work of eight National Geographic female photographers from around the world, who cover a wide range of important topics including male guardianship and the longstanding ban of women driving in Saudi Arabia, the effects of displacement on women and girls running from Boko Haram in Nigeria, unequal pay in India for women day laborers in the brick industry and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet delivered double digit growth (+20%) among A25-54 in February 2018, the largest A25-54 year-over-year gains in more than five years in L+3D. Programming highlights included Puppy Bowl XIV, the highest rated Puppy Bowl ever among A25-54 (1.49) with an average of 3.1 million Total Viewers, up +24% vs. last year.
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History struck rating gold with the premiere of The Curse of Civil War Gold on Tuesday, March 6 as the top series launch across cable this TV season, delivering 2.3 million Total Viewers. In addition, the premiere attracted 938,000 A25-54 and 688,00 A18-49. It was the net’s best series launch since 2014 among A25-54, A18-49 and Total Viewers. Meanwhile, The Curse of Oak Island’s season finale drew 2.9 million Total Viewers and 1.2 million A35-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of Atlanta Robbin’ Season on FX nabbed the best ratings of any recent basic cable comedy. In Live+3 the telecast garnered 1.3 million A18-49, the most of any basic cable primetime scripted comedy telecast since week three of FXX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s 12th season on January 18, 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday night’s finale of the sixth season of Universo’s Larrymania ranked as the #1 program on Hispanic cable prime, excluding sports, among A18-49 and A18-34, according to Nielsen. The show averaged 162,000 Total Viewers, 125,000 A18-49 and 66,000 A18-34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
The Parisian Woman with Uma Thurman, Josh Lucas and Phillipa Soo is closing on Sunday March 11, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/parisian-woman/

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