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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/23/18)
FOOD: Guy’s Grocery Games (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Brother vs. Brother (Premiere) at 9pm
SUNDANCE: The Split (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: Survivor (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: Empire (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: Star (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (Finale) at 9pm
SYFY: Krypton (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Legendary Locations (Finale) at 10pm

Backed by the success of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, Remini is working on a new project for A&E that focuses on Jehovah’s Witnesses, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Remini has a first-look production deal with A&E.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s UnReal is moving to Hulu. The network sold the already-filmed fourth and likely final season of the dark behind-the-scenes-at-a-dating-show drama to the streamer, which already had streaming rights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz were tapped as EPs and showrunners for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories reboot for Apple. The pair recently signed a new four-year extension to their overall pact with ABC Studios that keeps them exclusive to the studio through 2022, but have been loaned out to work on the Spielberg project. They succeed original writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson, who left the series due to creative differences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Communications Inc. inked a new 10-year deal that will keep the Latin Grammy Awards on the network through 2028. The new agreement extends the partnership established in 2005 with The Latin Recording Academy to include multi-platform coverage across UCI’s portfolio of broadcast and digital brands.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix struck a carriage deal with Comcast to expand its reach to 70 million homes and 18 of the top 20 U.S. markets. Beginning June 13, Comcast’s Xfinity platforms will offer live and on-demand programming from Epix, including original series and over 2000 feature films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Classic Movies will pay homage to Hollywood musicals with Mad About Musicals!, a special month of programming celebrating movies like The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain and Cabaret. TCM is once again partnering with Ball State University and Canvas to offer a free online multimedia course tied to the special. Enrollment is open until June 17. Fans can sign up for the course at musicals.tcm.com.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 4th Annual Social Good Awards took place yesterday morning at The Yale Club in NYC, a one-of-a-kind event that celebrated companies using media in innovative ways to help make the world a better place. Arda Ocal (ESPN) and Oneika Raymond (Travel Channel) were on hand to honor initiatives ranging from anti-bullying to hurricane relief to endangered species and much more. Cynopsis also showcased this year’s Impact Award Winners, who went above and beyond to construct groundbreaking campaigns: Discovery’s Impact Award/Corporate Social Responsibility was accepted by Chief Corporate Operations and Communications Officer, David Leavy; ATTN:’s Impact Award/Content was accepted by ATTN:’s Head of Sales & Brand Partnership, Taryn Crouthers; and NBC Entertainment and Comic Relief’s Impact Award/Special Programming was accepted by both Doug Vaughan, NBC’s EVP of Special Programming and Late-Night Programming, and Comic Relief’s CEO, Janet Scardino (a number of attendees grabbed the red noses on their table for photo ops). ATTN:’s Taryn Crouthers summed up the mood: “We’re helping a young generation stand up for the world they want to live in.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris received a second season order from Investigation Discovery. Series explores unbelievable injustices to better understand how horrific crimes came to be and why lives were changed forever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy greenlit a sophomore season of Krypton. The series has averaged 1.8 million viewers Live+3 per week to date and is the network’s most watched debut season among total viewers for an original series since Ascension in 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Area is a go for a second season at HBO. “We’re so thrilled to have such a relevant, thought-provoking and sharply funny show on the network,” said Nina Rosenstein, EVP HBO Programming. “We’re all looking forward to seeing what problem areas Wyatt and his team decide to tackle next season.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon renewed four series for the 2018-2019 season: PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster, Rusty Rivets and Top Wing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube picked up a 10-episode second season of dance drama Step Up: High Water. Series regulars include Naya Rivera (Glee) and Faizon Love (Couples Retreat, Elf). Production begins this fall and will debut on YouTube Premium in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scholastic Entertainment is rebooting Clifford The Big Red Dog. The reimagined animated series will launch on Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids in fall 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN’s four-part original series event 1968, chronicling an incredible year in the history of America, debuts Sunday, May 27 a 9p. Show features music from composer Nathaniel Blume (The Flash, The 2000’s).
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E Networks presents Biography five-part documentary series “Cultureshock,” premiering with Michael Jackson’s Final Curtain Call on Monday, June 25 at 9p. Series offers an in-depth look at untold stories behind watershed moments in pop culture.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Great British Baking Show is back for a fifth season on Friday, June 22 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon game show Double Dare returns Monday, June 25 at 8p with digital creator and actress Liza Koshy as its new host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet debuts two new series on Sunday, June 10. Vet Gone Wild, bowing at 8p, centers on international missions to help animals in need worldwide. Extinct or Alive, airing at 10p, stars wildlife adventurer and biologist Forrest Galante as he explores the real stories behind animals thought to be gone forever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS released premiere dates for its summer schedule. Season 2 of suspense thriller Salvation bows Monday, June 25 at 9p; Big Brother returns for its 20th season with a two-hour episode on Wednesday, June 27 at 8p; and new obstacle course challenge TKO: Total Knock Out debuts Wednesday, July 11 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jodie Foster: Stalked premieres on Reelz on Wednesday, May 30 at 9p. Special delves into John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt on former President Ronald Reagan to win the actress’ heart. The net also airs George Michael’s Lonely Life on Saturday, June 2 at 9p, a two-hour doc about the pop superstar.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Love Means Zero bows on Showtime on Saturday, June 23 at 9p. Documentary tells the story of tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and explores the cost of his all consuming drive for greatness.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comet’s “Monster Summer” offers a fire-breathing double feature every Sunday beginning May 27 with Gojira at 8p, followed by Reptilicus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Great Performances: The Opera House from filmmaker Susan Froemke premieres Friday, May 25 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury acquired U.S. broadcast syndication rights to Schitt’s Creek. The half-hour comedy is the #1 rated original series on Pop TV, with its fifth season currently in production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Elisha Henig (Alex, Inc.) was tapped as a lead opposite Bill Pullman and Carrie Coon on Season 2 of USA Network’s The Sinner…. Bria Vinaite (The Florida Project) will recur on the sophomore season of Netflix’s The OA…. Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) landed a recurring role on Showtime comedy Kidding….Keon Alexander (Tyrant) nabbed a heavily recurring role on upcoming YouTube Red action drama Impulse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mark Zuckerberg faced a tough room yesterday, meeting the European parliament to answer questions about Facebook. “Are you in fact a genius who creates a digital monster that is destroying our societies?” he was asked  by liberals leader Guy Verhofstadt. Zuckerberg acknowledged being too slow to identify Russian interference in the presidential election, and said the company is now taking “a much more proactive approach.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital media company TheSkimm closed a $12 million Series C funding round with backers including Shonda Rhimes, Willow Bay and Tyra Banks, intended to expand its free and premium product offerings. A total of $29 million has been raised so far.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups demanded that Amazon “stop powering a government surveillance infrastructure that poses a grave threat to customers” by selling facial recognition technology to law enforcement. Rekognition, which generated over $17 billion for the company in 2017, “is primed for abuse in the hands of governments,” said the group in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. An Amazon spokesperson said the company required customers to comply with the law.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a coming-soon, long-awaited update, Instagram is adding a mute button. Users can keep people from appearing in their feed, removing a person’s posts, or both their posts and their stories, without the account being aware they’ve been cut off. To get posts back in their feed, users can just unmute – and no one’s the wiser.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News 48 Hours finished its 30th anniversary year as Saturday’s #1 non-sports program for the 12th consecutive television season, according to Nielsen. The show delivered 4.65 million viewers and a 1.0/04 with A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judge Judy (7.1, Live+SD national Nielsen) scored its highest ratings in six weeks and pulled away from syndicated rivals at the half-way mark for the May sweep in the session ending May 13. Show was the highest rated program in syndication for the 12th straight week, climbing 1% for the current frame and improving 6% from last year with an average of approximately10 million viewers each day. Sister show Hot Bench (2.3, up 5% from the week before) was the third highest show in daytime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the talker front all the top tier shows were lower. Dr. Phil (3.0, down 9%) continued to finish first for the 88th week in a row. Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.1, down 5%) had a minor dip, but still moved up to second place, outperforming Ellen DeGeneres (2.0, down 9%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Clint Walker, who starred in TV western Cheyenne and appeared in classics like The Ten Commandments and The Dirty Dozen, died Monday, May 21. He was 90.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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