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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/19/18)
AUDIENCE: Louder Milk (Finale) at 10pm
CBS: Survivor (Finale) at 8pm
HISTORY: Forged in Fire (Finale) at 10pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: America’s Mississippi: The Bayou (Finale) at 8pm

Netflix renewed Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, ordering 16 additional episodes that will air in two parts. The streamer originally ordered 20 episodes of the series, which imagines the origin of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story and was split into two 10-episode segments. The new season will begin production in 2019. Meanwhile, the second half of Season 1 is set to premiere on Friday, April 5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor, producer, author and activist George Takei (Star Trek) is joining the second season of Ridley Scott-produced anthology series The Terror on AMC as a consultant and series regular. The new 10-episode season will air in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC released its schedule for the rest of the broadcast season. New series The Enemy Within, a spy-hunting thriller, bows Monday, February 25, at 10, while The Village, a drama about the residents of a Brooklyn apartment building, debuts Tuesday, March 12, at 10p. Sophomore series Good Girls and A.P. Bio return Sunday, March 3, at 10p and Thursday, March 7, at 8:30p, respectively. The net also set premiere dates for Season 15 of The Voice, featuring new coach John Legend, on Monday, February 25, and Tuesday, February 26, at 8p. World of Dance bows following The Voice on February 26 at 9p. Of special note: The new season of The Voice will take a break on Tuesdays for a few weeks, marking the first time since the show’s first season that it will air on only one night for a portion of its run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prosecutors in New York settled their consumer fraud lawsuit against Charter Communications for a whopping $174.2 million and are calling the $62.5 million direct refund to customers the biggest by an internet provider in U.S. history. The agreement settles a lawsuit alleging that the state’s largest ISP, which initially operated as Time Warner Cable and, later, under Charter’s Spectrum brand name, denied customers the reliable and fast internet service it promised them.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences named Adam Sharp as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Sharp has previously held posts at NBC, C-SPAN and Twitter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shirley MacLaine was named the winner of AARP’s annual Movies For Grownups Career Achievement Award. The Oscar-winning actress will receive the award at a ceremony on Monday, February 4, in Beverly Hills.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were added to the line-up of stars appearing at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute concert honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, February 8. The annual event will benefit the Recording Academy’s charitable arm, MusiCares, which offers health and human services and programs to members of the music community.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Penny Marshall, who starred on TV comedy Laverne & Shirley and directed feature films Big and A League of Their Own, died Monday, December 17, of diabetes complications in her Los Angeles home. She was 75.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) is set to star in Les Norton, a 10-part drama series based on Robert G. Barrett’s novels, for Australian public broadcaster ABC. Set in 1985, it follows the exploits of a man on the run from a troubled past who lands a job as a bouncer at an illegal casino and ends up dragged into a criminal web. Alexander Bertrand plays the lead, while David Wenham (Romper Stomper) stars alongside Wilson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Timothy Simons, who currently appears on Veep, which is filming its final season, already has his next project set at HBO. The premium cabler is developing Exit Plans from Simons and William Graham (Mozart in the Jungle) via his Field Trip Productions. Written, starring and executive-produced by Simons, the series centers on assisted suicide.
(Source: Cynopsis)

There’s another reboot in the works. According to Variety, Bravo is developing a new version of Queer as Folk. Russell T. Davies, creator of the original UK series, is onboard as an executive producer, while Stephen Dunn is attached to write, direct and executive-produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy renewed Van Helsing for a fourth season, just ahead of its season finale on Friday, December 28, at 10p. The series is expected to begin production on 13 new episodes early next year and return in 2019 with Jonathan Walker boarding as its new showrunner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan returns for its ninth season on TBS on Tuesday, January 22, at 11p, debuting a new 30-minute format four nights a week. TBS said the revamped show and expanded fan experience, headed by host by Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco, “will define a new era in multi-platform comedy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E Network chronicles the journey of a 28-year-old mother of two living with dissociative identity disorder in Many Sides of Jane. The docu-series bows on Tuesday, January 22, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Astronomers and experts examine neutron stars, supernovas, interstellar space, the Big Bang and more when the Science Channel’s longest-running space series, How the Universe Works, returns for its seventh season on Tuesday, January 8, at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VH1 debuts Grown & Sexy on Friday, January 4, at 9:30p with back-to-back episodes. The talking-head-style series features irreverent commentary and sketches from today’s top celebrities and comedians, weighing in on how to survive and thrive in your thirties.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chef and food truck aficionado Brad Miller takes viewers on a journey to find the best meals on wheels in Food Truck Nation. The new series premieres Tuesday, January 22, at 9p on the Cooking Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cinelatino airs the U.S. television premiere of buddy cop film and Mexican box-office hit Compadres on Monday, December 24, at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Sports Films presents a Magnify movie marathon on FSI, starting Sunday, December 30, at 6a. The documentaries use sports as a lens to explore important cultural stories and investigates the challenges, changes and unity they bring to communities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space), Miki Ishikawa (9-1-1), Shingo Usami (Unbroken) and Naoko Mori (Everest) have joined the second-season cast of AMC’s The Terror Chante Adams (Monsters and Men) nabbed a lead opposite Anika Noni Rose in TNT drama pilot Beast Mode (wt).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Streaming video wars are heading to virtual reality. Sling TV, the Dish Networks-owned streaming virtual multichannel video provider, is set to launch on Oculus Go, the Facebook-owned VR headset platform. ESPN is also bringing an app, including its ESPN+ subscription service, to Oculus, as is Fox’s Fox Now app. Oculus Go owners will be able to download the aforementioned apps in the Oculus store this week. Watching Sling content through the headset is said to be equivalent to watching it on a 180-inch TV screen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Last week’s episode of Bravo’s Dirty John grew in all key demos from the week before with 2.7 million Total Viewers (+7%), 1.3 million P25-54 (+4%) and 1.1 million P18-49 (+6%), making it the network’s highest-rated scripted telecast ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX Business Network dominated across Business Day and market hours during the week of December 10. FBN’s Business Day delivered 209,000 Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Christmas” and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “Miracles of Christmas” have a reached a combined audience of 69.2 million unduplicated viewers to date. The Hallmark Channel premiere of Entertaining Christmas on December 15 averaged a 2.6 Household rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers and 458,000 W-25-54, while the December 16 debut of A Gingerbread Romance averaged a 2.5 Household rating, 2.7 million Total Viewers and 558,000 W25-54. In addition, the premiere of Movies & Mysteries’ Northern Lights of Christmas on December 15 averaged a 2.5 Household rating, 2.1 million Total Viewers and 287,000 W25-54 and was the highest household-rated original-movie premiere in network history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A handful of entertainment magazine shows were in positive territory in the session ending December 2, as the vast majority of programs were dragged lower due to preemptions for coverage of the memorial and funeral for President George H. W. Bush. In the plus column were Access (1.3 Live+SD national Nielsen rating up 8% from the week before), which matched its season high and tied TMZ (1.3, up 8%). Also moving up was Extra (1.1, up 10%), which hit a three-week high and overtook Daily Mail TV (1.0, down 9%). Page Six (0.7, steady) refused to decline despite not airing on some days in many markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the true crime show front, off-net Dateline (1.3, up 18%) was the top gainer among all strips in syndication. Meanwhile, police procedural Chicago PD (1.0, up 11%) equaled its strongest Nielsen rating to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Phil (2.7, down 7%) had trouble extending its winning streak among talk shows to 118 weeks in a row. Runner-up Ellen DeGeneres (2.4, down 4%) finished slightly ahead of Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.2, down 4%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndication’s highest-rated show, Judge Judy (6.6, down 13%), took a preemption-fueled breather but has now led all first-run and off-net programs every week for the past four months.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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