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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/12/19)
BET: Boomerang (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: American Chopper (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: Miracle Workers (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ID: American Nightmare (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Body Cam (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Legend Hunter (Finale) at 10pm

ABC is in early development with a black-ish prequel centered on the early life of Tracee Ellis Ross’ character. The comedy’s fifth season will include an episode with a flashback to a teen version of Rainbow, which could serve as a backdoor pilot for the spin-off.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dirty business: The producers of soap opera Days of Our Lives have hit Sony Pictures Television with a lawsuit. In a breach of contract and fraud complaint filed on Monday, Corday Productions accuse Sony, as well as its Columbia Pictures and Screen Gems divisions, of hanging the show out to dry distribution-wise in international markets, to the advantage of their 100%-owned The Young and the Restless. “While the domestic ratings for Days of Our Lives have remained largely constant, Sony’s distribution receipts have decreased by over 50%,” asserts the 33-page complaint, which seeks damages of over $20 million. “This dramatic decline is directly attributable to a decision at the highest levels of Sony management to eliminate the competition to its own wholly-owned series The Young and the Restless also distributed by Sony.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are joining the judges’ panel of America’s Got Talent, when the series returns for Season 14 on NBC. The duo will replace Mel B. and Heidi Klum.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Counterpart won’t return to Starz for a third season, but could find a home elsewhere. The February 17 season 2 finale of the J.K. Simmons sci-fi espionage thriller will be its last on Starz, but producer MRC is shopping the show. “Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive!” tweeted series creator Justin Marks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson were added to the list of presenters for the 91st Oscars. Ceremony airs live on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bob Costa told ESPN that he had planned on hosting one final Super Bowl in 2018 before exiting NBC, but was removed from coverage after his comments about football’s link to brain damage. “I think the words were, ‘You’ve crossed the line,’” said Costa in an article posted Sunday. “My thought was, ‘What line have I crossed?’” Nevertheless, Costa insists there are no hard feelings with the network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cox Enterprises is nearing a deal to sell its 14 TV stations to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for nearly $3 billion, according to Reuters. Cox’s media holdings also include radio, cable TV systems, newspapers and automotive digital platforms. The news comes as the TV station industry has seen major moves toward consolidation. Tribune Media agreed to be acquired by Nexstar Media Group for $4.1 billion in December 2018, while Gray Television said it would buy Raycom Media for $3.65 billion in June 2018. Apollo is also a bidder for TV stations waiting to be sold off as part of the Nexstar-Tribune deal, and it has a deal to buy over a dozen TV stations from Northwest Broadcasting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have teamed with Hulu to adapt Erik Larson’s book The Devil in the White City. The duo is executive producing the series, which is being developed by Paramount TV, alongside Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff and Jennifer Davisson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lucy Liu (Elementary) will star in upcoming CBS All Access series Why Women Kill, from creator Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids). The comedic drama explores the lives of three women living in three different decades – a house fire in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018, each dealing with infidelity in their marriages.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jane Levy (Suburgatory) is set as the lead in NBC’s musical dramedy pilot Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. The project, from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, FeigCo, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate, follows smart but socially awkward Zoey (Levi), who is suddenly able to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marvel and Hulu inked deals for four adult animated series. A Howard the Duck series, based on the cigar-chomping character introduced in the comics in 1973, will be led by Kevin Smith (Clerks), along with Dave Willis. Former Netflix talk show host Chelsea Handler will move to Hulu to EP and write, with Erica Rivinoja, the politically progressive Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show. Josh Gordon and Will Speck, plus Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum, lead Marvel’s Hit Monkey, about a supervillain with an ego and family issues. Marvel’s M.O.K.O.K. follows a Japanese snow monkey trying to take down Tokyo’s crime underworld with the ghost of an American assassin by his side. All four series will also team up in The Offenders special.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu picked up two pilots to series. Reprisal, a femme fatale thriller, hails from The Handmaid’s Tale EP Warren Littlefield and is being written by Josh Corbin (StartUp). It centers on a woman who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. Catherine the Great drama The Great, starring Elle Fanning as Catherine, takes an anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia. Both series go into production later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal ER Live premieres on Nat Geo WILD on Saturday, March 30 at 9p. Anchored by veterinary experts from a studio in New York City, series follows animal emergencies in real time as they occur at animal hospitals and mobile vet emergency units across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TruTV set premiere dates for a new block of back-to-back laughs this spring.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Impractical Jokers is back for an eighth season on Thursday, March 28 at 10p, followed by the series premiere of Tacoma FD at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s Restored by the Fords returns for a second season on Tuesday, March 19 at 9p and 9:30p. The series, hosted by brother and sister Leanne and Steve Ford, who bring their design style to Pittsburgh-area homes, garnered more than 13.9 million total viewers during its first season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu drops all six episodes of Catch-22 on Friday, May 17. Limited series hails from George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Paramount Television and Anonymous Content and tells the story of artful dodger Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he’s never met are trying to kill him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ramu, the 10-episode comedy from Jason Blum’s indie TV studio, bows Friday, April 19 on Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People is back on Sunday, March 3 at 10p. This season, the Brown family get closer to realizing their dream of a sustainable ranch, while overcoming new challenges.
(Source: Cynopsis)

American Idol returns Sunday, March 3 at 8p on ABC. Helping to discover the next singing superstar are music legends and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, along with producer-host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gerardo Ortiz is returning to the judging panel of Estrella TV’s 20th season of Tengo Talento, Talento Mucho. Talent search show launches Friday, March 25 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of Ted Bundy’s execution, ABC News20/20 presents a two-hour documentary on the infamous serial killer’s vicious past on Friday, February 15 at 9p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu set premiere dates for two new installments of horror event series Into The Dark. An April Fools’ Day-themed I’m Just F*cking With You bows on Friday, April 5, while a Mother’s Day-themed All That We Destroy premieres on Friday, May 3.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ask Dr. Ruth, a documentary that delves into the story of sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, debuts on Hulu on Friday, May 10. The project, which recently premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will be followed by a 20-plus market theatrical release on Friday, May 3. During a discussion at TCA, Dr. Ruth revealed what topics are off-limits:  “You will never know how much money I have and with whom I am sleeping,” she declared.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shopify Studios launched Vanguard by Shopify Studios. The weekly podcast, currently available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play, explores the secret economies at the vanguard of culture and features interviews with entrepreneurs as the forefront of the cultural movement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced its lead cast for superhero epic series Jupiter’s Legacy. Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Ben Daniels (The Crown), Leslie Bibb (Tag), Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies) and Andrew Horton (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) have been tapped to star in the show, while Matt Lanter (Timeless) and Mike Wade (For the People) will also be featured.
(Source: Cynopsis)

John Heffernan (The Crown) and Dolly Wells (Doll & Em) joined the cast of BBC and Netflix drama Dracula, while Alana de la Garza (Law & Order) nabbed a lead in FBI: Most Wanted, spinoff of CBS drama FBITiffany Boone (The Chi) nabbed a role on Amazon’s The HuntMelissa Leo, Ray McKinnon, Jessica Collins, Camryn Manheim, Timothy Busfield and Patricia Wettig are among the latest castings for Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings anthology series on Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios is launching Spanish-language weather streaming service, The Weather Channel en Espanol. The new program is set to launch the first quarter of 2020 and will feature Spanish-speaking weather reporters and show hosts throughout the day on weekdays and weekends, forecasting weather conditions in the U.S. and its territories in Puerto Ricos as well as in Mexico and Central America. The company bought the Weather Channel linear network and its streaming service, Local Now, in 2018.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thrillist acquired YouTube hit Send Foodz from digital creator and comedian Timothy DeLaGhetto (3.0 million subscribers) and partner David So (14 million subscribers), marking its first IP acquisition. The series follows the comedians and foodies as they offer an inside look at the biggest food festivals across the U.S.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday’s finale of Mira Quien Baila All Stars on Univision delivered the season’s highest rated telecast. The reality dance competition reached 4.6 million Total Viewers 2+, who tuned in to all or part of the program, and averaged 2.1 Total Viewers 2+ and 773,000 A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carmen Argenziiano, who recurred in Stargate SG-1 and appeared in The Godfather Part 2, died on February 10. He was 75. His cause of death was not disclosed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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