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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 5/15/18)
BRAVO: Below Deck Mediterranean (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Hidden Potential (Premiere) at 10pm
SCIENCE: Unearthed (Premiere) at 9pm
VELOCITY: Wrench’d (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: black-ish (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: NCIS: New Orleans (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: New Girl (Finale) at 9pm
MYX TV: Mom vs. Matchmaker (Finale) at 8pm
NBC: Rise (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Chicago Med (Finale) at 10pm
PBS: First Civilizations (Finale) at 9pm

CBS filed a lawsuit aimed at allowing it to reduce the power of majority owner National Amusements, which has an 80% share in CBS and Viacom. The suit seeks to keep National Amusements from interfering with a special meeting of the CBS board of directors to consider issuing a dividend that would reduce NAI’s voting interest to 17%. CBS claims recent actions by National Amusements president Shari Redstone, who is pushing for a merger between Viacom and CBS, “presents a significant threat of irreparable and irreversible harm.” NAI responded with a statement saying it had “absolutely no intention” of replacing the CBS board or forcing a deal not supported by both companies, adding it believes the lawsuit was filed because National Amusements raised concerns about bullying and intimidation by a director in 2016.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox picked up a third season of Lethal Weapon, a decision that had been in doubt after reports of on-set behavior problems with series co-star Clayne Crawford. “It sounds very easy going into a third season on a show that we like a lot,” Dana Walden, Fox TV Group chairman and CEO, said Monday during a press call. “But, ultimately, our partners at Warner Bros. came to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver Lethal Weapon as we’ve known it before, that there were some real challenges in the cast. They thought long and hard about it.” Crawford is being replaced by Seann William Scott (American Pie), who will play a new character opposite Damon Wayans. Fox also ordered a fifth and final season of DC Comics drama Gotham.
(Source: Cynopsis)

What does ABC’s pickup of action dramedy Whiskey Cavalier means for series star Lauren Cohan’s  role on AMC’s The Walking Dead? Cohan will return to the zombie drama for six episodes of season nine, which she’ll film ahead of the start of production on Whiskey. She will also be able to do episodes during the ABC show’s hiatus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Quantico, which did not get renewed by ABC, will move from Thursday to Friday nights for the remainder of its season three run, starting May 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal’s Upfront on Monday at Radio City Music Hall launched with Will & Grace star Debra Messing leading the NBC gang in an opening musical number. Among the highlights of the event: Project Runway is coming home. The series, which aired on Bravo from 2004-2008 then moved to Lifetime, will be back on Bravo for season 17. ”This franchise will be an important cornerstone to complement Bravo’s original premium scripted and unscripted slate,” said Frances Berwick, president of Lifestyle Networks, NBCU Cable Entertainment….Katherine Heigl, new to Suits, said she doesn’t think she “could have joined the USA family at a better time”….Meanwhile the Suits spin-off has a name: Second City. Series star Gina Torres broke the news…Telemundo offered a rousing number celebrating, “I am the majority of the new mainstream”…. “Journalism is at the heart of what we do. And facts do matter,” said NBC News anchor Lester Holt, in a promotion of the news group….Simon Cowell said when tried to sell America’s Got Talent 14 years ago, “It was dead in the water, and I was very fortunate to get a call from NBC. The big reason it is so successful is that they believe in it, understand what it is all about and pushed us to get better and better.”…Kicking up their heels in a final number were Jennifer Lopez and her World of Dance.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ad sales head Joe Marchese was front and center at Fox’s Upfront event at NYC’s Beacon Theatre. Marchese talked about one initiative, “JAZ pods,” which feature just two 30-second spots, to get viewers more engaged and give ad buyers more brand lift. “Lower frequency, higher impact,” said Marchese. (Beat Shazam host Jamie Foxx host appeared impressed – he didn’t let Marchese leave the stage, instead encouraging him to dance. “This part wasn’t scripted!” said Marchese as he slipped away.)….Ryan Murphy, who just inked a massive deal with Netflix, said despite the July 1 start of his streaming pact, “I still want to be involved in all the shows that I’m doing.” That would include season two of 9-1-1, which Murphy announced now includes cast member Jennifer Love Hewitt (Party of Five)…. Football’s big for fall, with Fox having engineered a five-season deal for Thursday Night Football (last season games were divided between Fox, CBS and NBC). Giants quarterback Eli Manning was on hand with pointers for the audience for surviving New York City, including: “The subway is supposed to smell like that.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox offered up three new comedies and two dramas, including ABC transplant Last Man Standing, for the 2018-2019 season. Last Man Standing landed the Friday-at-8p timeslot, where it aired for most of its 2011-2017 run, followed by new comedy The Cool Kids, about a group of retirement community friends. New comedy REL has the 9:30p Sunday slot. Freshman dramas The Passage and Proven Innocent arrive midseason, along with Cosmos: Possible Worlds. Live version of the musical Rent is also slated for midseason.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform ordered to series spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, from PPL writer/EP I. Marlene King, Alloy Entertainment and Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Drama stars the original’s Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of ABC’s Match Game continues with all-new episodes on Thursday, June 21 at 9p. Crime drama Take Two, starring Rachel Bilson (Hart of Dixie) and Eddie Cibrian (Rosewood) makes its series debut the same night at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dating reality show The Proposal, another ABC newcomer, arrives Monday, June 18 at 10p. Season five Bachelor Jesse Palmer hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

And ABC renewed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a shortened 13-episode sixth season. Season five finale airs Friday at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dodo Heroes, a new series from Animal Planet and The Dodo, debuts Saturday, June 9 at 9p. Show featuring inspiring stories of animals in need around the world will be Animal Planet’s first global series launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of A&E’s Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour premieres Wednesday, June 13 at 9p, followed by a new, supersized episode of The Wahlburgers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s Cash Cab will return in July. The premiere, coinciding with “Shark Week,” will include videos of renowned divers and photographers that have helped bring Discovery sharks to the screen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animated special Harvey Birdman, Attorney General will feature Gary Cole and Stephen Colbert reprising their Harvey, Birdman, at Law roles, on Adult Swim. Story focuses on Birdman trying to remove the president from office before everyone starts to worry it’s more than the ridiculous plot on an animated show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

getTV will start airing Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001) on Monday, June 4. Episodes will broadcast weekdays from 2p-60, and Sundays from 5p-10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An exclusive special with Pope Francis will be presented by Noticias Telemudo and El Poder en Ti on Sunday, May 20 at 5p on Telemundo. Noticias Telemundo Senior Correspondent Vanessa Hauc will moderate the event from the Scholas Occurrentes headquarters at the Vatican.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance on Sunday drew 2.2 million total viewers, and was cable’s best original movie of the year with A25-54 (872,000), A18-49 (742,000), W25-54 (662,000) and W18-49 (552,000), according to Nielsen. It was also Lifetime’s highest delivering telecast since Beaches across all key demos.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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