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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/26/18)
FOOD NETWORK: The Great Food Truck Race (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: The Perfect Murder (Premiere) at 9pm
CMT: Nashville (finale) at 9pm

New Univision CEO Vince Sadusky told employees the company is reducing its workforce and going back to basics, saying experiments under the prior regime ate up a disproportionate amount of resources. “One of the benefits of coming into a company with fresh eyes is that it is easier to have a clear look at these efforts without emotion and history,” said Sadusky. After a company-wide strategy review, which included exploring the sale of the Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion portfolio, Sadusky said Univision is reorienting operations and rededicating to its “core mission of serving the Hispanic community.”
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BET is not bringing back late night comedy show The Rundown with Robin Thede for a second season, but said, “We have so much love and respect for our Unicorn and look forward to finding ways to continue our partnership with Robin.”
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Chris Hardwick, on leave from AMC duties as allegations of sexual assault by an ex-girlfriend were investigated, has been cleared to return. “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC… Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick,” said AMC on Wednesday. “We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.” Talking Dead returns August 12.
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Roseanne Barr will talk with Fox NewsSean Hannity this week, her first interview since the cancellation of her show after her racist tweet about Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. The chat will air on Hannity tonight, and continue on Friday, at 9p.
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In related news, asked on ABC’s The View on Wednesday about the tweet about her that got Barr fired, Jarrett replied, “Roseanne who?”.
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Deadwood will finally be put to bed. Twelve years after its last season, HBO greenlit a movie that wraps up the western’s story. President of programming Casey Bloys made the announcement at the  TCA summer press tour. Series ran from 2004-2006.
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Bloys also revealed that Veep will be back for its seventh and final season in spring of 2019. Production for the previously-announced final run was postponed as Julia Louis-Dreyfus was treated for cancer.
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One HBO show that won’t be back: limited series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams. “We’re not talking about a season two,” said showrunner Marti Noxon at TCA. “This is it, so bask in it while you can.”
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NBC named the ten directors chosen as finalists in its new “Female Forward” initiative, aimed at providing women with a pipeline to scripted TV. Among over 1000 applicants, the females who made the cut, along with the series on which they will work, include Rebecca Addelman (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Daniela De Carlo (Chicago Med), Lee Friedlander (Good Girls), Heather Jack (Superstore), Katie Locke O’Brien (A.P. Bio), Ramaa Mosley (Blindspot), Olivia Newman (Chicago Fire), Monica Raymund (Law & Order: SVU), Lisa Robinson (The Blacklist) and Christine Swanson (Chicago P.D.).
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Kelsey Grammer is reportedly considering bringing Frasier Crane back. According to Deadline, the actor is talking to writers about concepts for a follow-up to Frasier, which ran on NBC from 1993-2004.
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Amazon ordered a limited series based on the Taylor Jenkins Reid novel, Daisy Jones & The Six. Show centered on a fictional rock band will be a co-production between Amazon Studios and Hello Sunshine.
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NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is teaming with The Content Group’s Asylum Entertainment for Big Chicken Shaq, a Facebook Watch series premiering this fall that will chronicle the opening of O’Neal’s Las Vegas restaurant. “We’re proud to help create a forum where a larger-than-life superstar can connect with his fans on a unique, personal level, essentially serving as teammates in his newest enterprise,” said Content Group CEO Steve Michaels.
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Honorees for the 2018 Kennedy Center Honors will include Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, country music entertainer Reba McEntire and jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter. Additionally, the co-creators of the Hamilton – writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and music director Alex Lacamoire – will be celebrated as trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category. Tributes will air during a broadcast Wednesday, December 26 at 8p on CBS.
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The mystery behind the controversial 2014 death of a young man shot in the back seat of a police car is explored in ID doc, Sugar Town, premiering Monday, August 6 at 8p.
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BET documentary Killer Curves: Bodies to Die For investigates the sometimes fatal trend of black market cosmetic surgery. Exec produced and narrated by Alani “La La” Anthony, show premieres Wednesday, August 8 at 10p.
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With Sony Pictures TV now the exclusive ad sales representative for getTV across the U.S., getTV has added two new series, set to debut this fall: Married…with Children and The Steve Harvey Show.
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HBO’s Camping, starring Jennifer Garner and David Tennant, launches Sunday, October 14, it was revealed at TCA. Eight-parter is exec produced by Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. As for why Dunham and Konner have split, opting for individual production deals with HBO, “There’s no drama to be found there,” said Konner. “It’s just about the creative process.”
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Nat Geo and Jeff Goldblum are partnering on global docu-series The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum (wt), a 12-parter following Goldblum as he uncovers extraordinary stories behind ordinary things. That news broke at TCA, as did greenlights for Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, starring the celebrity chef drawing connections between exploration, adventure and food, and season two of One Strange Rock, returning in February 2019. And Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) will headline scripted series The Hot Zone, recounting the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus.
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Nat Geo’s Life Below Zero returns Tuesday, September 25 at 9p, and the series’ 100th episode is commemorated Tuesday, January 1, 2019 with a full-day marathon of episodes….Bear Grylls (Running Wild with Bear Grylls) has been tapped to host six-part nature doc Hostile Planet, set to debut in spring 2019….StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson is back for season four Monday, November 12 at 11p.
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Ridiculousness returns to MTV for a new season on Sunday, August 5 at 8p. Special guests this season include Olympic athletes Adam Rippon, Chloe Kim and Laurie Hernandez, pop-rap duo Jack & Jack, Wild ‘N Out star Justina Valentina and more. The net’s new stunt series, Too Stupid to Die, lands Tuesday, August 21 with back-to-back eps beginning t 10p.
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Season three of INSP culinary/travel series State Plate launches Monday, September 24 in a new timeslot: 12p. American Idol champ Taylor Hicks returns as host.
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Coming up on Acorn TV: Season two of No Offence on Monday, August 6; Australia’s Mystery Road, on Monday, August 20; and season six of Aussie period drama A Place to Call Home on Monday, September 3.
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Food Network daytime series Let’s Eat explores culinary crazes starting Sunday, August 12 at 11a.
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Esme & Roy, Sesame Workshop’s first new animated program in over a decade, premieres on HBO in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada on Saturday, August 18.
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Crime thriller Les Dames – The Ladies debuts on T5Monde USA on Sunday, August 12 at 11p (English subtitles).
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Sony Crackle’s first esports docu-series, Hook’d, premieres Friday, July 27, with three- to five-minute episodes rolling out on Monday, July 30, Wednesday, August 1 and Wednesday, August 15. Gamer series is in partnership with NRG ESports and Complex Networks.
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Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) will star opposite Jason Momoa in Apple drama series See….Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar will guest opposite 50 Cent on Starz drama Power, Sunday, July 29 at 8p….Felicity Huffman (American Crime), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) and Jovan Adepo (Fences) are onboard Netflix limited series Central Park Five…. Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Rita Moreno, Prince Royce, Rosario Dawson and Javier Munoz guest star in prime time movie event Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas, debuting Friday, September 21, on Disney Junior….Alicia Coppola (Shameless) landed a series regular role in CBS action series Blood & Treasure, slated to premiere in summer 2019.
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Viacom is in discussions to acquire digital media company AwesomenessTV for less than half of its one-time $650 million valuation, reports Bloomberg. Comcast holds a 51% in the company, while Verizon and Hearst each hold a 24.5% piece. AwesomenessTV was co-founded by Brian Robbins, now president of Viacom’s Paramount Players production division.
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At Facebook Watch’s TCA session, it was revealed that scripted teen drama SKAM Austin has been renewed for season two. The show’s first episode attained over 14 million views. “SKAM is a shining example of what social video can be when there is a seamless integration of technology and content on Facebook,” said Facebook Watch’s Ricky Van Veen. “We’re thrilled to bring back this special show and continue to break new ground with SKAM’s incomparable format.”
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Netlix is giving its profile icons, which organize viewing, a “fun makeover,” said product innovation director Cathy Conk in a blog post. Viewers will soon be able to use photos of characters from Netflix shows – like Luke Cage and OITNB’s Crazy Eyes – as icons, instead of drawings.  “We know the series and movies on Netflix are more than just things you watch to pass the time,” said Conk. “The stories – and the characters in them – are also your heroes, frenemies, soulmates and everything in between. We’re thrilled to give you a way to show your fandom and make your connection with Netflix more unique.”
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Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Potomac delivered 756,000 P18-49 (up 7% versus the prior week’s episode), 924,000 P25-54 (up 14%), and 1.5 million total viewers (up 12%) in Live+3 Nielsens. The Real Housewives of New York City delivered 1.1 million P18-49 (up 2% versus the prior week’s episode), 1.3 million P25-54 (up 2%), and 2.3MM total viewers (up 4%)
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BROADWAY
Head Over Heels is opening on Thursday July 26, 2018.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/head-over-heels/

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