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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/12/18)
NBC: Ellen’s Game of Games (Premiere) at 8pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: BoJack Horseman (Finale) at 10:30pm

Kathie Lee Gifford, who has co-hosted Today with Hoda Kotb since 2008, is leaving NBC’s morning show in April. “As we all know, Kathie Lee’s plate has been overflowing lately with film, music and book projects, and after giving us eleven extraordinary years, she’s decided to focus her attention full-time on those other creative endeavors,” said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim in an internal memo. Gifford announced the news on Tuesday’s show, saying she’d originally planned to work on Today for just one year, but stayed longer “because I love everybody here so much.” A source told People that Today’s Jenna Bush Hager is the frontrunner to replace Gifford, though Oppenheim said only that future plans for the Today hour “will, of course, continue to include Hoda.”
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Carol Burnett will receive the first Golden Globe award for special achievement in television, which will be named after her going forward. Burnett, who will accept the trophy during NBC’s broadcast of the ceremony on Sunday, January 6, is a five-time Golden Globe winner and the most decorated of all time in the TV category.
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Over 10,000 Verizon employees – or 7.3% of the global workforce – accepted a buyout offer. Verizon said the buyouts coincide with its recently announced restructuring aimed at “optimizing growth opportunities in the 5G era.”
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Google has plans for 3.12 million square feet of new and redeveloped offices in Mountain View, CA, as well as residential units and a retail area. Plans submitted to the city include renderings of a community in the North Bayshore area.
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In more real-estate news, CBS Corp. plans to sell its LA-based Television City studio to Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million. CBS will keep office space on the property for the headquarters of CBS Studios International and other departments and will continue to film shows like the Late Late Show and The Price Is Right on the Television City campus for at least five years. Still in CBS hands is its 40-acre Studio City production facility.
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Comedy Central canceled Detroiters, exec-produced by Lorne MichaelsBroadway Video and Jason Sudekis, after two seasons. But in a tweet thanking fans, co-creator and star Sam Richardson suggested the show could go on: “Maybe it will find a home elsewhere, who knows?”
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Two shows that did make it to season three are Get Shorty, the Epix dark comedy from MGM Television based in part on the Elmore Leonard bestseller, and Amazon’s Goliath, from David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro. Both are slated to return in 2019.
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ABC picked up comedy Bless This Mess, starring Lake Bell and Dax Shepard as a newlywed couple who ditch big-city living for life in Nebraska. Elizabeth Meriwether (New Girl) and Bell are exec producers and co-creators of the series, a co-production from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.
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Fremantle Italian production company Wildside (The Young Pope) is developing a series about the life of Audrey Hepburn. The English-language project will be based on a treatment co-written by the My Fair Lady star’s son, Luca Dotti, and Italian writer Luigi Spinola.
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ABC gave a pilot production commitment to New York Undercover, a new version of the 1994-1999 cop drama from Dick Wolf. Ben Watkins (Hand of God) will write the Wolf Entertainment project, a co-production between Universal Television and ABC Studios.
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NPR current events radio/podcast game Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me is being developed for TV by Wilshire Studios with Storied Media. The adaptation features three celebrity panelists competing for cash for the charity of their choice. “The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms,” said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios.
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Netflix ordered a scripted series based on the life of Mexican-American superstar Selena Quintanilla. Selena: The Series will be developed and executive-produced alongside the singer’s family, said the streamer.
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Fuse Media ordered animated series Sugar and Toys and renewed originals Complex x Fuse and T-Pain’s School of Business on Fuse and Big Boy’s Neighborhood on FM. “Our platforms are fast becoming destinations for hard-to-reach, young viewers that demand content that takes a stand by tapping into their passions and values through the musicians and influencers we feature in our series,” said J-T Ladt, Fuse Media Chief Content Officer.
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WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp franchise is expanding with the addition of Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition, premiering Thursday, January 10, at 10p. It’s the first time a Boot Camp show will air as part of WE tv’s Thursday lineup.
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Season five of PBS’s Finding Your Roots debuts Tuesday, January 8, at 8p, with guests George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg.
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Netflix/BBC thriller Black Earth Rising, centered on the prosecution of international war crimes, debuts Friday, January 25. John Goodman (The Conners) and Michaela Cole (Chewing Gum) star.
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The Virginian is returning to INSP on Tuesday, January 1, starting with an eight-hour marathon at 12p. “This series is wildly popular with the INSP audience,” said Doug Butts, SVP of programming. “For more than a year, one of the questions most asked by our loyal viewers has been: ‘When is the Virginian coming back to your lineup?’” The 1962-1971 drama will be featured in INSP’s “Weekday Western” and “Saddle Up Weekend” programming blocks.
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New Discovery Family Channel animated series Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy premieres Saturday, January 5, at 9a with back-to-back episodes.
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TLC’s My Big Fat Fabulous Life kicks off season five with a super-sized two-hour episode on Tuesday, January 1, at 8p.
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At Home with Amy Sedaris settles in for season two at truTV on Tuesday, February 19, at 10p. Among the guests will be Rose Byrne, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Juliette Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Fred Armisen, Martha Plimpton, Jessica Walter, Campbell Scott, Billy Crudup and Janeane Garofalo.
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USA powers up its annual WWE Holiday Week on Monday, December 17, with three hours of Monday Night RAW at 8p. Among other offerings are New Day’s WWE 2018 Pancake Powered Year End Super Spectacular on Wednesday, December 19, at 10p, and a two-hour Tribute to the Troops on Thursday, December 20, at 9p that will include an appearance by former Daily Show host Jon Stewart.
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Nat Geo climate change doc Paris to Pittsburgh premieres tonight, December 12, at 9p. Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) narrates the film, set against the national debate over the Trump administration’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.
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BET original A Throwback Holiday, centered on a woman who wakes up to find she’s eighteen again, debuts Saturday, December 15, at 8p.
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On the 10th anniversary of US Airways Flight 1549’s landing on the Hudson River, Smithsonian Channel is airing a documentary about the impact of bird strikes in aviation accidents. Bird vs. Plane: Miracle on the Hudson premieres Tuesday, January 15, at 9p.
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Love, Gilda, the documentary film about groundbreaking Saturday Night Live comedian and actress Gilda Radner, makes its television premiere on CNN Tuesday, January 1, at 9p and 11p with limited commercial interruption. Radner died of ovarian cancer in 1989 at age 42.
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Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty) and Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless) landed the leads in Storyglass’ inaugural podcast, Baby It’s Cold Outside. Three-parter tells the story of a man on the edge of homelessness….Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Beau Bridges (Homeland), Griffin Dunne (House of Lies), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and Shamier Anderson (Destroyer) will appear in season three of Amazon drama Goliath.
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Netflix isn’t big on offering viewing data but, perhaps in the holiday spirit, the streaming service put out a release listing its most-binged shows, measuring global viewing from January 1-November 28. Top ten “shows we fell in binge with this year”: On My Block, Making a Murderer: Part 2, 13 Reasons Why: Season 2, Last Chance U: Indy, Bodyguard, Fastest Car, The Haunting of Hill House, Anne with an E: Season 2, Insatiable, and Orange Is the New Black: Season 6.
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A&E’s three-night docu-series The Clinton Affair delivered an average of 1.74 million total viewers per premiere episode in Live+7 Nielsens, an increase of 741,000 viewers over Live+SD. That’s the biggest Live+7 lift of any A&E non-series special this year among total viewers.
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The week of November 26, Fox delivered a 2.6/11 rating in Live+7 Nielsens, its highest-rated week in nearly three years (excluding weeks with World Series or NFL post-season). Versus the same week last season, Fox was up +37% among A18-49 and +42% in total viewers, averaging 9.1 million viewers.
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Syndication ratings rebounded after a slow Thanksgiving week. Dr. Phil rose 26%, to 2.9 in Live+SD Nielsens the week ending December 2, while Family Feud rose 17% (to 6.3). Wheel of Fortune (6.3) and Jeopardy (6.4) each rose 16%.
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Hallmark Channel original holiday movie premieres hit highs last weekend. Homegrown Christmas on December 8 averaged a 3.4 HH rating, 3.8 million total viewers and 599,000 W25-54, making it the highest-rated and most-watched non-sports cable program of the week among HHs and total viewers. On December 9, Welcome to Christmas averaged a 3.1 HH rating, 3.4 million viewers and 711,000 W25-54, boosting Hallmark to be the highest-rated and most-watched cable net of the weekend among HHs, W18-49, W25-54, A18-49, A25-54 and total viewers.
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