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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/9/19)
ABC: Schooled (Premiere) at 8:30pm
ABC: Match Game (Premiere) at 10pm
FXX: You’re The Worst (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: The Dictator’s Playbook (Premiere) at 10pm
TRU TV: I’m Sorry (Premiere) at 10pm
TRU TV: Jon Glaser Loves Gear (Premiere) at 10:30pm

Walt Disney Studios and Verizon struck a deal to work together on emerging technologies that involve production, exhibition and consumer experiences. Verizon is partnering with Disney’s StudioLAB innovation program, established last summer to advance the art of storytelling via cutting-edge methods. News of the partnership broke   ahead of Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg’s keynote address at the CES in Las Vegas.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Overall home entertainment spending by U.S. consumers rose 11.5% in 2018. That’s a record $23.3 billion, according to industry association Digital Entertainment Group. The DEG announced the preliminary annual figures during CES, noting an especially strong fourth quarter that saw spending increase 13% to $6.3 billion. Physical sales of rentals of DVD and Blu-ray discs continue to fall, but electronic sell-through for films increased 23% for the year. However, EST for TV titles declined 5%. Despite the gains from electronic sales, when combined with packaged goods, total EST for all film and TV releases declined 4.4% to about $6.5 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Blake Shelton hosts NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute on Sunday, February 17, at 9p. The two-hour program, featuring Yolanda Adams, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Alessia Cara, Mac Davis, John Fogerty, Josh Grobin, Adam Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Jennifer Lopez, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Pistol Annies, Darius Ricker, Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, pays tribute to Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special, re-creating the night with musical performances. It also includes rare footage, interviews with Priscilla Presley and Steve Binder, the director of the original special, and an appearance by Lisa Marie Presley.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News’ two-hour documentary about the Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton scandal has a new title: Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill. The special, marking the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s impeachment, airs Thursday, January 10, at 9p on ABC and includes new interviews with Kenneth Starr and Lucianne Goldberg, as well as the calls that Lewinsky’s confidante, Linda Tripp, secretly recorded.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s time to check into paradise again. FOX green-lit a revival of Paradise Hotel to air during the 2019-2020 season. Executive-produced by Jersey Shore and Floribama Shore’s SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions, Becca Walker (Love Island) and Celia Taylor (An Idiot Abroad) of Mentorn Media, the unscripted competition premiered in 2003.
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James Badge Dale (13 Hours) will star opposite Monica Raymund in Hightown, a Starz crime drama from Rebecca Cutte, Gary Lennon and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, reports Deadline. Written and executive-produced by Cutter, the project is set amid the drug trade on Cape Cod.
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NBC’s longest-running series, Days of Our Lives, was renewed for a record 55th season. “With writing that manages to weave together Salem’s iconic characters with current realities, Ken Corday and his team have ushered the show’s legacy into a new era that resonates with both longtime and new viewers,” said Bruce Evans, Executive Vice President, Current Programming, NBC Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Conan returns to TBS on Tuesday, January 22, at 11p with a new 30-minute format. Meanwhile, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee makes its season debut on Wednesday, January 23, at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

E! unscripted comedy Dating #NoFilter premieres Monday, January 21, at 10:30p. In each half-hour episode, three pairs of comedians serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on their first dates.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Host LL Cool J and commentator Chrissy Teigen perform “It Takes Two” on the new season of Lip Sync Battle bowing Thursday, January 17, at 9p on Paramount Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Holly Hobbie debuts on Family Channel on Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, at 11:30a. The tween drama, inspired by the American Greetings character introduced in 1967 and starring Ruby Jay, tells the story of an aspiring singer-songwriter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s Bless This Mess premieres Tuesday, April 16, at 9:30p. Comedy follows newlyweds Rio and Mike, played by Lake Bell and Dax Shepard, who move from big-city New York to rural Nebraska.
(Source: Cynopsis)

I Am the Night bows Monday, January 28, at 9p on TNT. Series follows a naive young woman growing up outside Reno, NV, who embarks on a quest to discover who she is.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reelz presents “Love to Love the ’70s Week,” focused on the celebrities, music and movies that defined the generation, starting with Donna Summer: Disco Queen on Monday, January 14, at 9p. Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie bows Saturday, January 19, at 9p, followed by Slender Man Stabbing: The Untold Story, a documentary about a slumber party that ended with one friend stabbed and left to die in the woods, on Saturday, January 26, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Robert Durst: An ID Murder Mystery delves into the twisted truth behind one of New York’s most infamous real-estate heirs, from the suspicious disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, to the execution style murder of his confidante, Susan Berman, and brutal killing of his neighbor, Morris Black. Two-part special premieres Monday, January 21, at 9p on ID.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Great Performances: The Cleveland Orchestra Centennial Celebration premieres Friday, January 11, at 9p on PBS (check local listings). Conducted by music director Franz Welser-Möst, the gala concert features works touching on more than a century of Viennese musical traditions and a guest appearance by pianist Lang Lang.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Luke Wilson is boarding DC Universe series Stargirl as a mechanic-turned-superhero… Kim Delaney and Bill Brochtrup will reprise their original roles as Det. Diane Russell and PPA John Irvin in ABC‘s NYPD Blue pilot, a reboot of the iconic cop drama… Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) will guest-star as Beth’s (Susan Kelechi Watson) mother on NBC’s This Is UsThe Good Doctor executive producer Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) is moving in front of the camera in a recurring role on the ABC drama… Kathrine Narducci (The  Sopranos) landed a recurring role opposite Vincent D’Onfrio in Godfather of Harlem, Epix’s straight-to-series crime drama… Brian Bosworth (What Men Want), Deena Dill (Conrad & Michelle, Vice Principals), Gino Anthony Pesi (Shades of Blue, 42) and Kayla Smith (Star, Black Lightning) were tapped to recur in OWN’s Ambitions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jessica Harper launched original podcast Winnetka, a weekly ten-episode memoir.  Narrated and with original music by Harper, it tells the story of six siblings coming of age in Eisenhower’s postwar America in a Chicago suburb.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ex-ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill is heading to Spotify for Unbothered, a twice-a-week podcast slated to begin in March.
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Chicken Soup for the Soul acquired APlus.com, the digital media company co-founded and chaired by Ashton Kutcher for $15 million in cash and stock. “Our historic relationship with A Plus has greatly benefited our company as we used A Plus’s ability to generate video views to help attract major advertisers to sponsor our television series. As we ramp up series production, we expect to rely even more heavily on the A Plus distribution capability,” said William J. Rouhanan, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “By eliminating video view distribution costs, this acquisition is expected to result in $5 million of cost savings in 2019 and will enhance our ability to increase the commitments we make to advertisers and increase our number of original series.” Kutcher received shares for his portion of the company, increasing his stake in CSS Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly reached 18.8 million Total Viewers across telecasts on Lifetime and LMN. The doc ranked as cable’s #1 non-fiction series in key demos and Lifetime’s strongest non-fiction series in seven years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season two debut of Freeform’s grownish improved over its first season finale with Total Viewers (+42%, 1.124 million vs. 794,000), A18-49 (+38%, 634,000 vs. 460,000) and W18-49 (+34%, 453,000 vs. 337,000).
(Source: Cynopsis)

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