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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 9/13/18)
ID: To Catch A Killer (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: Match Game (Finale) at 9pm
ABC: Take Two (Finale) at 10pm
USA: Queen of The South (Finale) at 9pm
USA: Shooter (Finale) at 10pm

Another domino falls at CBS. Jeff Fager, longtime CBS News executive and current executive producer of 60 Minutes, is out, “effective immediately” in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. CBS News chief David Rhodes issued a statement announcing Fager’s departure, but was quick to distance it from recent reports, including one detailed in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker piece that brought down CBS Corp. head Les Moonves. “This action today is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports,” Rhodes wrote. “However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every level.” Fager said his axing was the result of “harsh” language in a text message to a CBS reporter, adding, “One such note should not result in termination after 36 years, but it did.” Rhodes noted Moonves’ interim CEO replacement Joe Ianniello “is in full support of this decision and the transition to come.” Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team while a search is under way for Fager’s replacement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference: Viacom CEO Bob Bakish steered clear of discussing CBS and the departure of longtime CEO Les Moonves. Instead, he touted an “incredible turnaround” at Paramount Pictures, and progress at MTV. Next year roughly half of Paramount’s releases will be tied to one of Viacom’s five flagship cable brands: MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and the Paramount Network… AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the new WarnerMedia will increase the spending and output of HBO, but added, “We’re not talking about Netflix-scale investments.” Poking fun at HBO’s chief competitor, he said in the subscription video arena, HBO is “the Tiffany” compared with Netflix’s “Walmart”.… Discovery CEO David Zaslav talked up the company’s $14.4 billion purchase of Scripps Networks, noting, “We’re starting to reposition ourselves as not a great cable company but as the second biggest TV company in America.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery’s portfolio of unscripted content is headed to Hulu as part of an expanded distribution agreement between the two companies. The multiyear agreement increases Hulu’s offering of Discovery programming to nearly 4,000 episodes of shows including Deadliest Catch, MythBusters, Naked and Afraid, Property Brothers and Gold Rush, available outside of Discovery’s networks exclusively to Hulu across all of its subscription plans. The deal also brings five additional Discovery networks – Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend, and Animal Planet – to Hulu’s live television plan, Hulu With Live TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tonight Show canceled Tuesday night’s scheduled appearance by Norm MacDonald after the SNL alum made controversial comments about the #MeToo movement, defended recent fallen stars Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr and noted of them, “There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.” He later apologized on Twitter, and during a subsequent interview with Howard Stern.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Young Sheldon creator Chuck Lorre tapped series exec producers Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS to develop a new grant program titled, fittingly, The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative, to support of our nation’s public schools, teachers and students.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO is in as co-producer of the BBC series His Dark Materials, in partnership with BBC, Bad Wolf, in which HBO owns a small stake, and New Line Cinema to co-produce the adaptation of the Philip Pullman novels. HBO also acquired the worldwide rights to the series outside of the UK.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/producer Tracey Scott Wilson, a staple on FX’s The Americans for five seasons, signed an overall production deal with FX Productions, the studio behind the series, to develop original content for FX Networks and other outlets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sisters Leah and Bea Koch, co-owners of The Ripped Bodice Bookstore, inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop projects based on their relationships with romance novel authors and readers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The BBC struck a deal with Facebook to produce news show Cut Through The Noise for the social media platform’s Watch service. Show is the first from a non-US news publisher; it will tackle a different issue each week, presented from BBC News’ DC bureau the field.
(Source: Cynopsis)

IFC acquired three seasons of British comedy Toast of London and will begin airing the series, from Objective Fiction and all3media international, in 2019. Created by Arthur Mathews and Matt Berry, the comedy stars Berry as an eccentric, middle-aged actor with a sketchy past who spends more time dealing with his problems off stage than performing on it. Guest stars include Jon HammMorgana RobinsonVic Reeves and Josh Homme.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel will premiere live series Haunted Live this Friday, September 14 at 10. Hosted by the paranormal experts the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, each week, the paranormal team will visit a new haunted location to be revealed during the first act of the show, removing any suspicion of footage being tampered with.
(Source: Cynopsis)

EstrellaTV will premiere the new season of Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento on September 17 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starting September 17, HITN will air season 2 of the series Centro Medico. The network will lead up to the premiere with 32 hours of the first season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E!’s season 8 of Total Divas drops Wednesday, September 19 at 9p, and the net dropped a teaser including the women’s  historic participation in WrestleMania 34.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CentroAmericaTV will premiere its new original production Inmigrantes: El Camino Hacia un Sueno (Immigrants: The Road Towards a Dream), on Saturday, September 15 at 8p. Series focuses on the arduous journey many Central Americans take to reach the “land of freedom’ in the US, and exposes the harsh reality they face once they arrive.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Long Island Medium will return to TLC on Monday, October 8 at 8p with a new season featuring celebrity readings for Anne Burrell, Annie Potts, Debbie Gibson and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime Video released key art and series trailer for original contemporary anthology series The Romanoffs, premiering Friday, October 12. It’s the first weekly anthology series for the service and will feature eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lace up your boots, Australia’s Irwin family is headed back to Animal Planet. Crikey! It’s the Irwins – featuring mom Terri, and grown children Bindi and Robert – star in a new series that continues the legacy of the late Steve Irwin. Series features the Irwins working together to care for more than 1,200 animals at Australia Zoo, overseeing the largest wildlife hospital in the world, and traveling on global conservation expeditions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart will share co-hosting duties on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, September 19. Appearance will mark Hart’s eighth appearance on The Tonight Show, which introduced a series of co-hosts beginning with Cardi B on April 9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC announced the celeb cast for the new season of Dancing With the Stars, which premieres Monday, September 24 at 8p. Among those hitting the floor are Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile from Bachelor In Paradise, Alexis Ren, Harry Potter alum Evanna Lynch, Fuller House‘s Juan Pablo Di Pace and John Schneider, former Dukes of Hazzard star.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E will premiere original doc special No Greater Law on Monday, September 24 at 10p. Presented by A&E IndieFilms and produced by Pulse Films, the film explores the struggles between an Idaho-based faith healing community and a Sheriff investigating the deaths of children from the community.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO acquired Queen of the World, a new hourlong Queen Elizabeth II doc commissioned by the UK’s ITV, and premiere it Monday, October 1 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime will debut during its Real Love programming block on Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30p the one-hour special 13 Sons & Pregnant, which counts down the arrival of the 14th child, gender unknown, for Michigan couple Kateri and Jay Schwand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On October 5 at 9p, PBS Great Performances in coordination with the Recording Academy will present Grammy Salute To Music Legends 2018, a tribute recognizing the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards recipients. This year’s honorees include Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, John Williams, Louis Jordan, The Meters, Queen and Tina Turner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic Documentary Films will distribute Bloomberg Philanthropies’ second film, Paris to Pittsburgh, and will premierie the doc on Nat Geo on Wednesday, December 12 at 9p. Paris to Pittsburgh brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards and captures what’s at stake for communities around the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz acquired the documentary White Boy, based on the story of 17-year-old Richard Wershe Jr., who allegedly ran a vicious, sophisticated underground cocaine operation throughout inner-city Detroit. Directed by Shawn Rech, the doc will premiere in spring 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures Animation and Nelvana picked up season 2 of animated series Hotel Transylvania, which airs on Disney Channel in the US, Teletoon Canada and their global territories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon will stage its 15th Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday, September 29. Event will include both live activations – more than 4,000 of them in conjunction with partners including Afterschool Alliance, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Fitness Foundation and The Aspen Institute’s Project Play – and on-air interstitials featuring cast members from the series I Am Frankie.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple yesterday unwrapped a trio of new phones at its Cupertino, Calif., HQ: The next-generation iPhone Xs, which will replace the X, a less expensive iPhone Xr, which effectively replaces last year’s iPhone 8 and a mega Xs Max. The $999 Xs, which bears a strong resemblance to its predecessor, features a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED screen with a resolution of 2436 by 1125 pixels. It will be available in three colors – silver, gold, and space gray – and have storage options including 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB. The more colorful Xr will be available in white, black, blue, coral, yellow and red, and come with up to 256GB of, storage with pricing starting at $749. The Xs Max, carrying a price tag of $1,099, boasts the biggest display on an iPhone at 6.5 inches, and has extended battery life. The Xs and Xs Max are available for preorder Friday, September 14 and in stores September 21. The Xr is available for preorder October 19 and in store October 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Political-anchored podcast America 2.0 launches this week. The scripted podcast stars Patrick Adams (Suits) as an idealistic first-term congressman. Also starring are Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), Shanola Hampton (Shameless) and Laurence Fishburne.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations has a new podcast featuring an interview with Ralph Lauren, who recently celebrated his 50th anniversary collection at New York Fashion Week. Part one dropped yesterday (September 12); part two will be available Monday, September 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chloe Sevigny and AnnaSophia Robb are set to co-star opposite Patricia Arquette and Joey King in the first season of Hulu anthology series The Act... Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why) is returning to Netflix as the topliner in upcoming comic comic series CursedLakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You, Atlanta) is joining Adam Sandler in crime dramedy Uncut Gems, for which Netflix has acquied all international rights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The most recent season of HGTV series Flip or Flop, starring divorced couple Tarek and Christina El Moussa, averaged a 1.06 live plus three day rating among A25-54 during its Thursday 9-9:30p timeslot. Since its return on May 31, the series delivered a 15% ratings increase over the prior season and was a top 5 cable program in its timeslot, attracting more than 19 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication news, most of the top five talk shows heated up in the late summer session ending September 2. Category leader Dr Phil (seven-week high 2.8 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 12% from the previous frame) set the pace for the 104th straight week. Second place Live With Kelly and Ryan (1.9) did not air in full in some markets due to coverage honoring the late Sen. John McCain at the US Capitol on August 27, but managed to hold steady week to week. Ellen DeGeneres (1.6, up 7%) and repeats of Steve Harvey’s Steve (1.1, up 10%) were also strong performers. Meanwhile the earliest nationally syndicated debut of the new season in first-run, Face The Truth (premiere), boosted its stations’ time periods versus last year in key markets Los Angeles (up 75%) and Chicago (up 67%), among others. The newcomer scored its highest metered market rating in Richmond, Virginia, where it clocked a 2.9/8, up 53% from last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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