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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/23/19)
HISTORY: Knight Fight (Premiere) at 10pm
SYFY: The Magicians (Premiere) at 9pm
TBS: Full Frontal (Premiere) at 10:30pm
WGN AMERICA: Pure (Premiere) at 10pm
FOOD NETWORK: Guy’s Grocery Games (Finale) at 9pm

Viacom struck a deal to acquire free streaming TV service Pluto TV for $340 million in cash. “Today marks an important step forward in Viacom’s evolution, as we work to move both our company and the industry forward,” said Bob Bakish, Viacom President and CEO. “As the video marketplace continues to segment, we see an opportunity to support the ecosystem in creating products at a broad range of price points, including free. To that end, we see significant white space in the ad-supported streaming market and are excited to work with the talented Pluto TV team, and a broad range of Viacom partners, to accelerate its growth in the U.S. and all over the world.” Pluto TV, which streams over 100 channels, has more than 12 million monthly active users.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday. Netflix earned 15 Oscar nods, up from last year’s eight. Roma is in the running for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress, while The Ballad of Buster Scruggs garnered three noms, among them Adapted Screenplay. Rounding out the tally were the streamer’s two in the Documentary Short Subject category: End Game and Period. End of Sentence.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bounce’s Saints & Sinners was renewed for a fourth season, set to premiere in the summer of 2019. The net also announced a new licensing agreement that will make previous seasons of the drama available on Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy has ordered a fifth season of The Magicians, ahead of the drama’s fourth season debut tonight. Henry Alonso Myers was upped to co-showrunner for the next chapter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC picked up Our Girl for a fourth season. The war drama, starring Michelle Keegan and produced by BBC Studios, is returning to BBC One and takes place one year after Georgie Lane’s (Keegan) last tour in Bangladesh.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé was renewed for a seventh season. The series hit record highs in its sixth go-round, with its two-part tell-all episodes averaging a 2.95 rating among W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Our Cartoon President received a 10-episode renewal from Showtime. The animated comedy’s second season is slated to debut later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Edward Burns and his Marlboro Road Gang Productions are partnering with Radar Pictures to develop Tosca Lee’s upcoming thriller novel, The Line Between, into a TV series. The first book is set to be released later this month from Simon and Schuster. The Line Between explores an ancient disease that re-emerges from the melting permafrost to cause madness in its victims.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC airs a marathon, Dr. Pimple Popper: The Poppy Bowl, on Sunday, February 3, from 5p to 11p. Event includes behind-the-scenes stories, pop-up factoids and updates on some of the good doctor’s most memorable patients.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Dad returns for its 16th season on Monday, February 11, at 10p on TBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX Sports Films explores the rivalry between NASCAR’s seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt and four-time champion and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon in Unrivaled: Earnhardt vs. Gordon. Sixty-minute documentary bows Thursday, February 14, on FSI at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

20/20 presents a documentary on Dennis Rader, the notorious BTK serial killer, who tormented Wichita, KS, for decades. The two-hour episode, which features the first television interview with the killer’s daughter, Kerri Rawson, bows Friday, February 1, at 9p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FOX Business Network host Trish Regan interviews Vice President Mike Pence tonight, January 23, at 8p on Trish Regan Primetime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

25 Words or Less, hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, has been sold in 75% of the country in advance of its debut this fall. Launching on the FOX Television Stations, the half-hour game show was sold into 125 markets including to station groups Sinclair, Gray, Hearts, CBS, Scripps, Northwest and Tribune. The show pits two teams composed of celebrities and civilians against each other in a word game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endemol Shine North America is teaming with Michael Strahan’s SMAC Entertainment to develop a U.S. version of hit global game show The Money Drop. The format has been produced in 54 global territories and currently airs as a five-day-a-week series in the UK. Strahan will serve as an executive producer on the show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bill Geddie, who co-created The View, was named executive producer of the new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by Tamron Hall. Distributed in national syndication by Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International, the show has been sold in over 70% of the country for fall 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Kelly Clarkson Show has been sold in more than 80% of the U.S. for its fall 2019 debut. The new daily one-hour talker will air as a lead-in to Ellen on NBC-owned television stations. The show will also air on station groups across the country including Scripps, Hearst, Meredith, Sinclair, Gray, Hubbard and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aloha, Joan Collins. The Dynasty icon is set to guest on CBSHawaii Five-0Peter Sarsgaard landed the lead in Fabrik Entertainment’s upcoming CBS All Access true-crime drama series InterrogationBradley James (Merlin, Damien) was cast as the lead in Netflix’s World War II drama series The LiberatorHosea Chanchez (The Game) will recur on The CW’s Black LightningTNT’s Animal Kingdom tapped Leila George (Mortal Engines) to recur during its fourth season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Expanse, which was canceled by Syfy and picked up by Amazon Prime Video, debuts its third season on Friday, February 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of In Pursuit with John Walsh garnered 1.87 million viewers on average for Investigation Discovery, ranking the net as #1 in ad-supported cable for delivery of P25-54 (excluding sports networks) and W25-54. It was ID’s second-best series debut ever, for a regular series, behind only Evil Lives Here.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kaye Ballard, who starred in the 1960s sitcom The Mothers-in-Law, died on Monday, January 21, in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was 93.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Barnett, Co-Creator and Executive Producer of FOX comedy Rel, died on Tuesday, January 22, while vacationing in Mexico. The writer/comedian was in his early 30s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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