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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/2/19)
DISCOVERY: Moonshiners (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Homestead Rescue (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Guy’s Grocery Games (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: The Masked Singer (Premiere) at 9pm
FREEFORM: Grown-Ish (Premiere) at 8pm
LIFETIME: Project Runway All Stars (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: American Beauty Star (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: NOVA (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: Mythbusters Jr. (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: My 600-Lb. Life (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: Family By The Ton (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Beyond The Unknown (Premiere) at 10pm
VH1: Love and Hip Hop Miami (Premiere) at 8pm
VH1: Black Ink Crew: Chicago (Premiere) at 9pm

Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods) apologized for comments he made in an interview with Fast Company in which he called Chinese food served in Midwest restaurants “horses**t.” Zimmern, who was promoting his own Chinese restaurant chain, Lucky Cricket, in the interview, addressed the backlash by saying, “I am completely responsible for what I said and I want to apologize to anyone who was offended.”
(Source: Cynopsis) 

Tyler Perry will host CBS’s Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul. Concert special, taped January 13, will include performances by Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Alicia Keys and Patti LaBelle, among others. “This special will celebrate Aretha Franklin’s numerous accomplishments as an entertainment icon, singer, songwriter, pianist, actress and civil rights activist,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ EVP of specials, music and live events. “Aretha had an incredible effect on humanity and music with her indomitable spirit and grace.” Franklin died August 16 at age 76.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Susanna Dinnage, whose plan to leave her role as Animal Planet Global President to become CEO of the English Premier League was announced in November, will not be making that move after all. Dinnage “advised the Nomination Committee that she will not be taking up the position of Chief Executive,” said the Premier League. “The Committee has reconvened its search.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Abby Lee Miller will return to Lifetime’s Dance Moms for season eight, the reality star shared on Instagram. Miller, who served time last year for bankruptcy fraud and is recovering from spinal surgery, said the season will start filming at the end of the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced its thriller Bird Box was streamed by over 45 million accounts during its first week, the highest for any of the streamer’s original films. It was the first time Netflix made public the number of accounts that watched a project.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The New York Yankees are in early discussions with Amazon and Sinclair Broadcast Group about buying the 80% of regional sports net YES that they don’t already own, according to the Wall Street Journal. ESPN owner Disney will sell the 22 RSNs 21st Century Fox owns as part of its $71.3 billion deal for Fox assets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comcast and Verizon Fios have dropped multicultural-focused network Fuse. Fuse President and CEO Michael Schwimmer called the Comcast decision “both surprising and troubling considering that Fuse met Comcast’s financial demands and no other requirements were ever communicated to us.” Comcast said in a statement that much of the content carried by Fuse is similar to other networks, like BET and TV One, and that it is launching two new African-American minority-owned networks, Afro and Cleo TV. As for Verizon Fios, Fuse said the telecommunications company’s final offer “contained terms Verizon Fios understood were unacceptable.” Fuse noted it is one of the few networks experiencing viewership growth, with ratings among P18-34 up 50% since 2015.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Unable to reach a new agreement with Verizon Fios, TEGNA stations went dark on Fios. While TEGNA said they “remain hopeful this will get resolved quickly,” the company reminded customers their channels were available on other service and OTT providers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tribune Media and Charter’s Spectrum cable system avoided a New Year’s Day blackout by extending their contract to Wednesday at 5p. Thirty-three stations carried by Spectrum, as well as Tribune’s WGN America, are affected.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Victims’ rights advocate John Walsh and Investigation Discovery team to track down fugitives on the run and find missing children in In Pursuit with John Walsh, premiering Wednesday, January 16, at 10p. “This is certainly one of the most important active investigation series we’ve created on ID because just a single break in a case could help law enforcement solve these crimes once and for all and, possibly, prevent further tragedy in the lives of families, across America,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery and Travel Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen’s Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice debuts Saturday, January 19, at 7p. True crime series follows an active private investigation into a notorious string of mysterious, accidental drownings that may not have been accidents. The following night comes the premiere of Mark of a Killer at 7p, examining the behavior and rituals of serial killers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snap original #VanLife drops Monday, January 14, and will run weekdays through January 23. Romantic comedy focuses on a young couple who give up the rat race to start a new life in a 2004 Dodge Sprinter. On Friday, January 25, comes the premiere of family lie detector series Fess Up, set to air Tuesdays and Fridays.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Netflix’s Stranger Things will launch July 4, 2019. The streamer shared the news in a New Year’s Eve-themed video that included footage from Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: 1985.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One original film Three’s Complicated premieres Sunday, January 13, at 7p, exec-produced by and starring Shanola Hampton (Shameless) as a divorcee dating a man who might be hooking up with her daughter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Snapchat is offering augmented reality lenses for users’ dogs or “a new treat for you and your best friend.” The lenses were launched in partnership with animal advocacy group Wags & Walks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC closed the holiday season with its highest ratings in 15 years, ranking as the #3 ad-supported cable network in Prime among W25-54. Sunday nights delivered the strongest numbers ever among P/W25-54 and W18-49, and Wednesday ratings were the highest ever among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID wrapped 2018 with its best year in network history for P2+ and HH, averaging nearly 1.1 million P2+ and 913,000 HH in prime. In total day, ID remains the #1 ad-supported cable network for delivery of W25-54 and the #2 network for P25-54, behind ESPN.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Dame June Whitfield, best known for playing Edina’s mother on Absolutely Fabulous, died December 28. She was 93. Whitfield’s numerous other roles included Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Norman Gimbel died December 19 at age 91. Gimbel’s television work included the lyrics to the theme songs for Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conservative political journalist Bre Payton died December 28 after being hospitalized for the flu. She was 26. A frequent guest on Fox News, Payton was set to guest-host a show on the One America News Network when she fell ill.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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