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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 11/21/18)
HGTV: Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Forged In Fire: Bladesgiving (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Hollywood Game Night (Premiere) at 8pm
AMC: The Little Drummer Girl (Finale) at 9pm
IFC: Stan Against Evil (Finale) at 10:30pm
OWN: Greenleaf (Finale) at 10pm
PBS: Sinking Cities (Finale) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: The Wild Andes (Finale) at 8pm

TV One lifestyle and entertainment cable network, Cleo TV, will debut on Comcast Xfinity on January 19 with short-form and long-form programming. “Cleo TV will bring to the forefront short-form and acquired programs that have only been in the digital space, which will give them more broad exposure and attract a new generation of viewers to the network,” said Robyn Green Arrington, TV One’s Vice President of Original Programming and Production, who also promises “lifestyle, empowerment and entertainment lineups that mothers and daughters can watch together.” The net will leverage the media platform of parent company Urban One, which includes digital, television and radio divisions, to bring the network to the marketplace. Launch partners include Curls Beauty Brands.
(Source: Cynopsis)

African-American independent network Afro, with programming including Black movies, dramas, comedies, talk and late-night shows, is also being added to Comcast offerings in January. As part of assurances of diversity to federal regulators, who approved its 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcast agreed to launch eight networks independently owned and operated by minorities by 2019. Cleo TV and Afro join Aspire, BabyFirst Americas, El Rey, Kids Central, Primo TV and Revolt in fulfilling that pledge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, legal victories this week for Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios will allow the company’s racial discrimination lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications to proceed. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena overturned a lower court’s decision to dismiss the claim against Comcast and affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny Charter’s motion to dismiss. The ruling says Allen made a plausible case that racial bias is a factor in Comcast and Charter’s decisions not to carry his cable channels. “The lack of true economic inclusion for African Americans will end with me, and these rulings show that I am unwavering in my commitment to achieving this long-overdue goal,” said Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios. Comcast responded that it respectfully disagreed with the ruling, while Charter called the lawsuit “a desperate tactic that this programmer has used before with other distributors.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Summer drama Salvation will not make it to season three on CBS. The series’ season two premiere delivered a 0.4 rating and 3.34 million viewers, down 43% versus the season one bow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also reaching the end of the road is Teachers, TV Land’s only remaining scripted series; the net’s Younger moved to Viacom sib Paramount Network for season six. The second half of season three premieres Tuesday, January 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon is among the first-round bidders for the 22 regional sports TV networks included in Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets. Also in the game are Apollo Global Management, KKR & Co., The Blackstone Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and TEGNA, according to CNBC. A second round of bids is expected before the end of the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SAG-AFTRA members ratified new animation contracts covering animated shows produced for network TV, basic cable and streaming platforms. The agreements include increases in wages and benefit contributions to match gains in live-action deals. “These new contracts set important protections for members working in programs created for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming sites and ensures that our foothold in this area remains strong and significant,” said David White, the union’s National Executive Director.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is developing a revival of Northern Exposure, the Cicely, Alaska-set comedic drama that ran from 1990-1995. Rob Morrow will return as cranky Dr. Joel Fleischman and also exec-produce. Series comes from the original’s co-creators, Josh Brand and John Falsey, John Corbett, Morrow, Ben Silverman and Universal Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alex Duda (Steve Harvey) has been named Executive Producer for The Kelly Clarkson Show, premiering in national syndication next fall. Duda has an overall development deal with NBCUniversal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In new Travel Channel series Legend Hunter, wildlife biologist and explorer Pat Spain leaves the lab to unravel riddles and mythical events. First of seven episodes launches Tuesday, January 8, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network‘s Steven Universe returns with a five-part arc, “Steven Universe: Diamond Days,” on Monday, December 17, at 7:30p. New episodes will premiere weekly on Mondays through January, with the arc culminating in an hour-long special event, “Steven Universe: Battle of Heart and Mind,” on Monday, January 21, at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The fifth and final season of You’re the Worst launches Wednesday, January 9, at 10p. “We’re not crying, you are,” snarked FXX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Destination America’s Paranormal Lockdown premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, December 4, at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Death By Magic premieres Friday, November 30, on Netflix. Series follows British magician Drummond Money-Coutts, aka DMC, as he re-creates dangerous fatal stunts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS’s Independent Lens announced the series of documentary films that make up its Winter/Spring 2019 slate. First up: My Country No More, which explores the human cost of oil drilling in rural North Dakota, premiering Monday, January 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID explores the disappearance nine years ago of a 28-year-old mother of two in Susan Powell: An ID Murder Mystery. Two-hour special airs Wednesday, December 12, at 9p, unraveling a “twisted tale of dysfunction, obsession and jealousy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four new holiday movies roll out on Hallmark nets the weekend of December 8. Homegrown Christmas premieres on Hallmark Channel on Saturday, December 8, at 8p, followed on Sunday by Welcome to Christmas. On Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, Memories of Christmas makes its debut on Saturday, December 8, at 9p, with Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas premiering Sunday at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ovation’s Versailles ends its run with a 90-minute series finale on Saturday, December 8, at 10p.To celebrate the end of the show, the arts net will also air Versailles: The Final Act, a special that includes interviews with actors, producers, crew and more, on Saturday, December 15, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV’s The Challenge: CT’s Getting Married premieres Tuesday, December 11, at 9p. Two-part special focuses on The Challenge all-star “C.T.” Tamburello’s wedding to Lilianet Solores, mother of his two-year-old son.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision Thanksgiving special Dando Gracias en Familia airs Thursday, November 22, at 9p. Contestants from Nuestra Belleza Latina (Our Latin Beauty), Univision’s competition, will share family stories and traditions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery, Inc.’s HGTVFood Network, Travel ChannelDIY Network and Cooking Channel have been added to Discovery’s suite of TV Everywhere “GO” apps on all platforms. The former Scripps Networks Interactive networks join the twelve existing Discovery GO apps and bring more than 22,000 titles to the platform, increasing the number of titles across all of the apps to 45,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The last regular-print edition of Condé Nast women’s magazine Glamour will be the January 2019 issue. “We’re doubling down on digital – investing in the storytelling, service, and fantastic photo shoots we’ve always been known for, bringing it to the platforms our readers frequent most,” said EIC Samantha Barry in a note to staff. While Glamour’s print circulation was about two million, the company says it reaches 20 million online. Like Hearst’s Seventeen, which also announced the end of its regular-print schedule this week, Glamour will continue to print special issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bzhaun Rhoden (Van Helsing), Louis Ferreira (Bad Blood) and Peter Shinkoda (Daredevil) will recur in season four of Amazon drama The Man in the High Castle….David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Sepidah Moafi and Olivia Luccardi have been upped from recurring to series regular status on the third and final season of HBO drama The Deuce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a week filled with preemptions for syndicated shows due to midterm elections, wildfires and the California bar shooting, Ellen DeGeneres was the only top six talk show to see an increase the week of November 5, hitting a new season high of 2.3, up 10% versus the week prior. Dr. Phil held steady at 3.0, while Live with Kelly and Ryan dipped 9% to 2.1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Monday Night Football tossed ESPN an 11.3 rating in metered markets, up 53% from the week prior and the best MNF numbers since October 2014.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the week of November 13, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! was up over the prior week by 16% in Total Viewers to draw its largest audience so far this season and its biggest since the first week of June. The late-nighter grew for the third consecutive week among A18-49 (+9%) to its second-best performance this season, behind Back to Brooklyn week (w/o 10/15/18).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saturday’s original holiday premiere of Hallmark Channel’Christmas at Graceland ranked as the top cable program of the day and the highest-rated and most-watched program of the week among HHs. Sunday night’s debut of Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa was the second highest-rated and most-watched program of the day and boosted Hallmark Channel to be the #1 network on Sunday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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