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COOKING: Man, Fire Food (Premiere) at 9pm
NBC: American Ninja Warrior (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Reverie (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: MasterChef (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: Black Ink Crew: Chicago (Premiere) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Famous In Love (Finale) at 8pm
FX: The Americans (Finale) at 10pm
HBO: Being Serena (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Boise Boys (Finale) at 11pm
ID: See No Evil (Finale) at 9pm

In a dramatic plot twist, just two weeks after ABC touted Roseanne Barr and her hit revival series as the centerpiece of its Upfront presentation, the network canceled the show after Barr tweeted a vile racist statement. Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, issued a concise statement yesterday: “Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” The star had apologized for saying former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett resembled the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes” and said she would leave the platform on which she’s been verbose of late. But there was no unhearing or unseeing to be had. Outcry arose immediately. Producer Wanda Sykes announced she would depart the show and co-star Sara Gilbert, largely credited for bringing the series back to television, called the tweet “abhorrent” and said it does “not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show….  This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us, as we’ve created a show that we believe in, are proud of, and that audiences love – one that is separate and apart from the opinions and words of one cast member.” After Dungey announced the cancellation, Disney CEO Bob Iger added his sentiments on Twitter, noting: “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”
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ABC received broad support for its swift decision to can Roseanne from, among, others, civil rights organization the NAACP. “Roseanne Barr’s comments were appalling and reminiscent of horrific time in our history when racism was not only acceptable but promoted by Hollywood,” said NAACP president/CEO Derrick Johnson. “We applaud ABC for taking a stand against racism by canceling Roseanne today. We commend the network and its president Channing Dungey for placing the values of diversity, inclusion and respect for humanity above ratings.” Roseanne exec producer/showrunner Bruce Helford, had this to say via his agent: “On behalf of all the writers and producers, we worked incredibly hard to create an amazing show. I was personally horrified and saddened by the comments and in no way do they reflect the values of the people who worked so hard to make this the iconic show that it is.”
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In further fallout for Barr, her agency ICM Partners dropped her yesterday afternoon. Disney shares ended trading yesterday the down 2.4 percent, closing at $99.69. And Laff removed the original series from its schedule, “for the time being.”
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Among reactions to the cancellation in the Twitterverse: Will & Grace star Debra Messing said, “I am so relieved and grateful….I had lost faith.”…Shonda Rimes said Barr “got what she deserved. As I tell my 4 year old, one makes a choice with one’s actions. Roseanne made a choice. A racist one. ABC made a choice. A human one.”…“Roseanne Barred,” posted Ricky Gervais….Alex Jones was among those taking Barr’s side. “It’s time for you to strike back against these THOUGHT POLICE and really shake them up!” said the conspiracy theorist….And Charlie Sheen made it all about…Charlie Sheen. “Hashtag NOT Winning,” said the former Two and a Half Men star. “The runway is now clear for OUR reboot.”
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A lawyer for Morgan Freeman, who was accused of sexual harassment last week in a report by CNN, sent CNN chief Jeff Zucker a 10-page letter demanding an apology and implying Freeman may sue. Attorney Robert M. Schwartz asks CNN to immediately retract the report, in which nine women accuse the veteran actor and producer, and questions CNN’s “journalistic integrity” in allowing reporter Chloe Melas, one of the women who claims to have been harassed, to work on the story. CNN immediately fired back a rebuttal, saying it stands by its report. “The unfounded accusations made by Mr. Freeman’s lawyer are disappointing and are difficult to reconcile with Mr. Freeman’s own public statements in the aftermath of the story,” the network said in a statement.
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In a new report, Sanford Bernstein media analyst Todd Juenger says Comcast’s bid for Fox is a means for the “old media” company to survive in a quickly consolidating and evolving landscape. Noting Bernstein is “sympathetic to the view,” Juenger makes a strong case for SVOD as being “superior” to other in-home entertainment models, and says he sees the Comcast-Fox play as having an easier time than Disney’s in getting approval in Washington.
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Star Thrower Entertainment landed rights to Bill Minutaglio and Steven L Davis’ novel The Most Dangerous Man In America. The book, published in January and subtitled Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon And The Hunt For The Fugitive King Of LSD, will be developed as a limited series based on Leary’s prison escape and run from the law in 1970.
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Telemundo Deportes, the exclusive Spanish-language home of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, is partnering with David Villa, the all-time scoring leader in Spain’s history, and his newly launched production company Designated Player, to produce soccer content around the World Cup to air across all Telemundo network and digital platforms. As part of the partnership, Villa will narrate video series Como Llegaron (How Did They Get There), which will detail the ups and downs that 10 national teams endured in order to qualify, and conduct a series of in-depth interviews with international soccer stars who will be participating in the World Cup this summer.
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NBC is launching the industry’s first directing initiative for alternative series, the Alternative Directors Program, intended for female and ethnically diverse talent with at least one directing credit. The annual program will help feed the pipeline for new talent behind the camera on alternative series both on NBC as well as shows produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio.
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Beginning last night, The CBS Evening News With Jeff Glor is bringing back Eye on America, the series featuring longform reporting examining issues affecting the country. The updated Eye on America will air regularly at 6:30p.
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AIM Tell-A-Vision Group announced its internationally syndicated TV series Raw Travel will premiere episode 516, “South Korea,” on June 2 and 3 on TV stations in 167 cities in 94 percent of the US. It’s the first of a series of episodes shot last spring in South Korea that introduces a series that will air on Raw Travel’s network of affiliates throughout the US in 2018 and 2019. Raw Travel is in its fifth season of syndication on local US affiliates.
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ID will premiere People Magazine Investigates: Cults, which explores how cults effect members and their families, on Monday, June 4 at 9p. Each of the 6 one-hour eps dives deep inside an American cult, building to that pivotal moment when blind worship turns violent and even deadly.
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Season 7 of Million Dollar Listing New York debuts on Bravo on Tuesday, June 12 at 10p.
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The Osbourne family is back for a new season of Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, beginning June 13 on A&E.
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ABC will debut detective series Take Two on Thursday, June 21. Series follows the former star of a hit cop series whose epic breakdown is broadcast to the public and sends her to rehab. Desperate to restart her career, she talks her way into shadowing a lone-wolf private investigator.
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Andrea Constand, whose testimony in the Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial was pivotal in his guilty verdict, will appear for her first TV interview on NBC’s Dateline this Friday, June 1 at 10. Special also will feature interviews with four other Cosby accusers – Janice Baker-Kinney, Lise-Lotte Lublin, Heidi Thomas and Chelan Lasha – who testified against him in the retrial.
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HDTV channel hub Hollywood Suite will unveil new doc Ferris’s Room on June 5 at 8p on its 80s Movie channel (HS80), followed by an airing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
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Joan Rivers: It Happened Here will air on Reelz on Wednesday, June 6 at 9p. Special looks at the early life of the legendary comedian, and the locations and people that shaped her life.
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HBO Sports is teaming up with Bill Simmons Media Group for Courtside at the NBA Finals, an unscripted hourlong special chronicling the 2018 NBA championship series between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers that will premiere Tuesday, June 19 at 9p on HBO.
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FCC commissioner Mike O’Rielly sent a letter late last week to the CEOs of Amazon and eBay, seeking their assistance in removing illegal products from their websites. The move is in response to outcry over illegal devices using pie-in-the-sky marketing to lure buyers.
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Snapchat is getting sound effects. The platform just added its first sound-powered filters, the latest in a string of updates to its popular filters. Visually, the new lens adds neon pink ears to the user’s head, a heart to the nose, and whiskers on the cheeks. When it detects sound, the ears grow, depending on the noise levels.
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A limited edition of PlayStation 4 and reduction of game prices is coming from Sony from June 8-18 as part of the company’s Days of Play promotion. PlayStation accessories including controllers and VR bundles also will be discounted.
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Active Shooter, a videogame published by Valve Inc. where players can elect to play as a school shooter, is being denounced among others by families of those murdered and who have survived mass shootings. The game is published by Moscow-based Acid Publishing and planned for debut on June 6 through Valve’s online gaming store Steam.
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Walmart is on its second season of Outside the Box, the company’s podcast that this year will focus on the value of time in the digital era.
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Uma Thurman will star in role in Netflix supernatural drama series Chambers, from Stephen Gaghan and Super Deluxe. Series, created and written by Leah Rachel (who co-showruns with Akela Cooper), is about a young heart attack survivor who is consumed by the circumstances surrounding the heart that saved her life.
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For the third time in five weeks, Freeform’s Famous in Love posted new season highs among A18-34 (181,000/0.26), W18-34 (163,000/0.47) and W18-49 (253,000/0.39). The sophomore Freeform drama delivered its No. 2 telecast ever and marked its best performance since its April 2017 series debut in W18-49.
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NBC affiliate WYFF, South Carolina, news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer died Monday after a tree fell on their vehicle while they were reporting on subtropical storm Alberto. McCormick joined the WYFF News 4 team in April 2007; Smeltzer joined this February.
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