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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/12/18)
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: My Lottery Dream Home (Premiere) at 8pm
HGTV: All-Star Flip (Premiere) at 11pm
MTV: Ex On The Beach (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Pandora’s Box: Unleashing Evil (Finale) at 9pm

House Speaker Paul Ryan will give his first in-depth broadcast network interview since announcing his retirement from Congress to Gayle King. The CBS This Morning co-host will interview Ryan live in D.C. today at 8a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC is reporting that National AmusementsShari Redstone is likely to replace CBS CEO Les Moonves and the CBS board if CBS and Viacom, which are both controlled by National Amusements, can’t reach a merger deal. Viacom made a counter offer to CBS’s initial bid; CBS is expected to counter back. In addition to a valuation gap, a sticking point is people: Moonves wants to keep his current COO, Joe Ianniello, as his number 2, while Redstone wants to install Viacom CEO Bob Bakish in the slot. Responding to the story, CBS said, “The industry and the marketplace know Leslie Moonves’ record and we think it speaks for itself.” National Amusements said it “has tremendous respect for Les Moonves and it has always been our intention that he run a combined company.” In a memo to staff, Bakish didn’t mention the merger talks, but said he “couldn’t be more proud of the creative momentum across the company.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sinclair Broadcast Group, under fire for scripting anchors’ warnings about “fake news,” posted a link on the web site of Sinclair stations to a video attacking CNN. The video claims it’s hypocritical for CNN to object to Sinclair’s tactics when the message was similar to warnings given by CNN’s own Brian Selter. “Is it really news that fake news is a concern in 2018, or is this an attack on Sinclair?” asked the video. Responded Selter, “There’s a huge difference between my coverage and Sinclair’s mandatory promos. No one tells me what to say.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The winners of New York Festivals’ International Television & Film Awards were announced at NAB. The 5 Grand Awards went to Diana: In Her Own Words (1895 Films); Frontline PBS’s Mosul; Dentsu Inc. digital movie Yamazaki Moments; and National Geographic’s Jane and Genius.
(Source: Cynopsis)

truTV is re-airing 2017 hour-long documentary The Problem with Apu on Sunday, April 15 at 7p – opposite The Simpsons. In the doc, comedian Hari Kondabolu takes issue with the controversial South Asian Simpsons character voiced by Hank Azaria. After The Simpsons addressed criticism of its portrayal of Apu on Sunday’s episode, Kondabolu tweeted, “The Simpsons response tonight is not a jab at me, but at what many of us consider to be progress.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FuboTV launched Sports Illustrated TV as part of its 15-channel “Sports Plus” add-on package. It’s the official launch of SI TV as a 24/7 linear channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET Networks and Grand Hustle Productions are teaming for reality competition The Grand Hustle, from rapper/actor/entrepreneur Tip “T.I.” Harris. Sixteen contestants vie for a position in Harris’s business empire in the series, premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SundanceTV’s The Split premieres Wednesday, May 23 at 10p. Six-part drama explores modern marriage and the legacy of divorce through the lens of a family of female lawyers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

From clunkers to classics, hopeful auto owners get their wheels appraised in Sticker Shock, debuting Wednesday, May 2 at 10p on Discovery, following the season premiere of Fast N’ Loud spin-off Misfit Garage at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Clint Harp, a craftsman familiar to Fixer Upper fans, will create one-of-a-kind furnishings for his Waco, TX clients in new DIY series, Wood Work. Six-parter debuts Wednesday, May 9 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hour-long special Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan is set for Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on NBC. Today co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will interview friends of the couple, as well as royal wedding experts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s special premieres 2 days after the launch of PBS 5-part nightly series Royal Wedding Watch, hosted by former Today host Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker. The wedding, in case you haven’t heard, is May 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Country Music Awards will debut “ACM Flashbacks,” honoring classic country music hits with one-of-a-kind renditions of their iconic songs. This year, the awards telecast will honor three of country music’s hit songs from 1993, with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith’s debut single “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson’s “Chattahoochee,” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing McEntire’s “Does He Love You.” Awards show airs Sunday, April 15 at 8p on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, The Voice’s live telecasts will begin on 3 consecutive nights of performances, voting and results. The Live Playoffs round begins Monday, April 18 at 8p on NBC, continuing Tuesday and Wednesday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC is re-airing 4 back-to-back episodes of Roseanne on Tuesday, April 24 at 8p, followed by an original episode of Deception.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For some reason, HDNet Movies is offering a trio of Cheech & Chong movies on Friday, April 20. First up: Cheech & Chong Still Smokin’ at 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E 2-night Biography special Gotti: Godfather & Son airs Saturday, June 9 at 10p and Sunday, June 10 at 9p, telling the story of a mob king and his heir apparent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Schitt’s Creek returns for the holidays in a December special, before the comedy’s season 5 premieres on Pop in early 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) will star in limited series The Spy, debuting on Netflix (OCS in France), focused on the life of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen…. Tig Notaro (One Mississippi) will guest on season 2 of CBS AccessStar Trek: Discovery, starting production next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new package, “Spotify Premium, Now with Hulu,” offers subscribers to the $12.99/month bundle access to ad-free music on Spotify Premium, and over 75,000 film and TV titles on Hulu’s basic ad-supported service. “Based on the outstanding performance of the Spotify and Hulu student package, it’s clear that consumers love to combine their music and television experiences together,” said Tim Connolly, SVP, head of distribution and partnerships at Hulu. “Hulu and Spotify are brands that are defining how fans connect with entertainment in the future, and we are excited to expand our partnership.” Spotify Premium subscribers can get the package now, but new subscribers will have to wait until summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s a widening gap in the consumption rate for people using Google and its siblings versus people using Facebook properties, according to Brian Wieser, senior research analyst for Pivotal Research Group. Google’s Google, YouTube and Waze making up 27.4% of time spent on media, while Facebook and its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp account for 16.3% of time spent, down from 18.3% versus a year ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast’s Infinity Watchathon Week returns for its sixth year from April 16-22, a binge-fest that includes movies and TV shows from over 50 networks including AMC, FX, HBO, MTV, NBC, Showtime and Starz, along with Netflix and emerging SVODs (including DogTV, with programming for man’s best friend).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Hockey League announced a multi-platform content initiative to celebrate the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs that includes a partnership with rapper and renowned hockey fan Snoop Dogg for video series Snoop 101. In the comedic series, the D-O-Double G explains the rules and traditions of hockey. Snoop 101 videos are available on NHL social media channels and NHL.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Science Channel had its highest rated March ever in Primetime with Adults and Women 25-54, as well as in Total Viewers P2+. The performance boosted the net to its best first quarter in its history in Primetime in Total Viewers P2+ and M25-54. In total day, 1Q18 was Science Channel’s highest rated ever in Adults/Men/Women 25-54 as well as Total Viewers P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its third week, ABC’s Roseanne reboot dipped a bit was still Tuesday’s #1 program in total viewers (13.5 million) and A18-49 (3.5), a lead-in that helped boost the lineup for a network win for the night in the demo. CBS special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute delivered a .9 rating among A18-49 and 7.2 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

March Madness-fueled TBS averaged 2.3 million viewers in primetime to win the week of April 2, according to Nielsen, with its coverage of Villanova versus Michigan on April 2 scoring 13.2 million. Fox News was second for the week with 2 million viewers, followed by 1.7 million for MSNBC, 15 million for HGTV and 1.2 million for USA. In total day Fox News was first for the 13th consecutive week with 1.2 million viewers. MSNBC was next with 943,000, followed by 850,000 for Nickelodeon, 828,000 for HGTV and 730,000 for ID.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 3 premiere of Bounce’s Saints & Sinners on Sunday averaged 681,000 Total Viewers, an increase of +20% over the show’s season 2 premiere, to set a network record as the most-watched original in Bounce history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Carousel is opening on Thursday April 12, 2018.
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