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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/8/19)
ABC: The Goldbergs (Finale) at 8pm
ABC: Schooled (Finale) at 8:30pm
ABC: Modern Family (Finale) at 9pm
ABC: Single Parents (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: Empire (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: Star (Finale) at 9pm
GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY: Going RV (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Property Brothers: Buying & Selling (Finale) at 9pm 

MTV is launching a documentary films division, and landed former HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins to take the reins. Housed at MTV Studios, the new division will develop documentary films and specials with an eye to social, political and cultural trends for third-party streaming services, premium networks and MTV platforms. The launch of MTV Documentary Films serves as a relaunch of MTV News and Docs and MTV Films, which produced series including True Life, Tupac: Resurrection and Hustle & Flow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s official. Marie Osmond will join CBS The Talk, replacing Sara Gilbert, who will leave at the end of season 9. Osmond joins Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood at the table.
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Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi label Dust is partnering with YOMYOMF to host a sci-fi short film competition, giving student filmmakers a chance to work with Dust executives and develop their shorts into a show bible or feature film outline.
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Dave Chappelle will be the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor, in its 22nd year being handed out by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will be bestowed at a gala October 27 in DC.
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Showtime, along with Mass Appeal, will debut an immersive Wu-Tang Clan tribute at Dolby Soho in NY from May 16-19 in honor of the upcoming docuseries Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, which premieres Friday, May 10 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Oxygen Media is amping its original true crime slate with six new greenlights and five series in development. In the mix are projects from Kim Kardashian West, Mark Wahlberg, Ice-T, Jason Blum, Nancy Grace, Kate Snow and Paul Holes. Among greenlights: Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project (working title), which follows Kardashian’s mission to fight for those she and legal experts believe were unfairly incarcerated,exec-produced by Kardashian and Bunim Murray Productions; Injustice with Nancy Grace, produced by the Intellectual Property Corp. in conjunction with KT Studios and TAP INc., which exposes stories involving unclear motives, botched investigations, wrongful accusations, and suppressed evidence; The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes, produced by Wilshire Studios; Relentless with Kate Snow, produced by Peacock Productions, which touches base with families who’ve lost a member in an unsolved crime; Truth & Justice: The West Memphis Three (working title), produced by Herzog & Co., Discount Sushi and XG Productions, based on the podcast Truth & Justice; and The Lover’s Lane Murders (working title), produced by XG Productions and Texas Crew Productions. On the development list, and all working titles, are Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas-produced Exploited, which follows the ongoing work of the DeliverFund, as they tackle the current US sex trafficking epidemic. Also, Framed By The Killer, produced by The Content Group with Ice-T, among others; Florida Man, from Blumhouse Television and Man vs Robot; The Jane Doe Murders, probing open cases where a victim of a violent crime remains unidentified; and The Vanished Project, developed to live across social, digital and linear platforms.
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Manager/producer Brian Sher inked a first-look deal with UCP and Wilshire Studios to develop scripted and unscripted programming. His first project under the pact is scripted comedy Public Figures at UCP. Inspired by Lil Yachty’s real life experiences before fame when he moved from Atlanta to Harlem with only $5 to his name, series follows a group of late teens pursuing their dreams in NYC.
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Bob’s Burgers exec producers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux signed a three-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind their hit Fox series. The pair will continue to work on Bob’s Burgers, renewed for a 10th season plus The Great North, another animated projects. They’ll also develop additional projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Growing Up Chrisley will get a season 2 on USA Network, slated to premiere in August. Unscripted spinoff show follows siblings Savannah and Chase Chrisley as they move to LA to prove they can make it on their own.
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Paramount Network is expanding its popular Ink Master franchise across platforms, with a two-season renewal of the tattoo-competition series and an order for a new spinoff series, Ink Master: Grudge Match. In addition, Paramount Network launched a stand-alone Ink Master channel on YouTube, the new home for all Ink Master video content. Season 12 of Ink Master, titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes, will premiere Tuesday, June 11 at 10p. Ink Master is produced by Truly Original and hosted by Dave Navarro.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX renewed its hit verite vampire comedy series What We Do in the Shadows for a second season, ahead of the season 1 finale set for Wednesday, May 29; season two will debut in 2020.
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Working Title TV, a joint venture with NBCU International Studios, acquired exclusive television rights to Black T-Shirt Collection, the first television project by Inua Ellams, writer/creator of The National Theatre’s Barbershop Chronicles.
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Four-part miniseries crosses Nigeria, Egypt, England and China following Nigerian foster brothers Matthew and Muhammed, whose handmade T-shirts become a global streetwear brand.
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Splash Entertainment inked a deal with Lookout Entertainment, licensing agent for best-selling author R. L. Stine (Goosebumps), to develop, produce and distribute new animated on-screen content based on Stine’s frightfully fun picture book The Little Shop of Monsters, as well as Stine’s comedy book series Rotten School. Lookout Entertainment’s Dan Bernard and Yvonne Bernard will serve as exec producers.
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Sam Elliott will narrate four-part docuseries Honor Guard, the follow-up to Time To Kill Productions’ 2016 feature documentary The Unknowns. New series follows US Army soldiers who undergo the grueling training required to serve at the 3rd Infantry Regiment, aka The Old Guard. Creators Neal Schrodetzki and Ethan Morse will film the never-before-documented training cycles.
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It must be spring. The 15th season of The Bachelorette debuts Monday, May 13 at 8p on ABC. This season, Hannah Brown, formerly part of The Bachelor scrum, will seek her soul mate from a group of 30 bachelors.
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Pawn Stars returns to History Monday, May 20 at 10p. The new season will introduce unique new items to the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Vegas.
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OWN’s steamy new family saga Ambitions, from producer Will Packer (Girls Trip) and starring Robin Givens, will premiere Tuesday, June 18 at 10p. The network dropped a trailer for the series, which explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in Atlanta in a story centered around the intense rivalry between formidable female legal eagles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pop TV brazen original comedy series Florida Girls will bow with back-to-back episodes Wednesday, July 10 at 10p. Fronted by an all-female cast, series is inspired by creator and star r Laura Chinn’s (The Mick) real-life struggle growing up on the West Coast of Florida and follows four women who are forced to confront their stagnant lives when their only ambitious friend moves away to follow her dreams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC will debut a new season of its hit series Dr. Pimple Popper Thursday, July 11 at 9p. In addition, TLC GO series This Is Zit, the highest GO original series of all-time, will air new episodes in July.
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Season 2 of SundanceTV dramedy series This Close, created and starring Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman, will drop with two back-to-back eps Thursday, September 12 at 9p.
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Football is coming to Epix. The net is partnering with NFL Films for NFL: The Grind, a weekly series that kicks off Wednesday, September 11 at 9p.
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A murder trial and the rape trial of former NFL player Kellen Winslow II will be the first two trials to air live on the new Court TV, which launches across multiple platforms today (May 8) at 9a. In addition, the judge who presided over the Casey Anthony murder trial, Belvin Perry, will appear live in studio on Closing Arguments with Vinnie Politan on the net’s first day, and R. Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg will be Court TV lead anchor Politan’s in studio guest on Closing Arguments on Friday, May 10. Court TV is also planning wall-to-wall coverage of the Harvey Weinstein trial later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT announced the nominations for the 2019 CMT Music Awards, airing live on Wednesday, June 5 at 8p. Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band will compete for the most accolades of the evening, each with three nominations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Buzzfeed News’ AM to DM tapped Alex Berg and Zach Stafford as new hosts of the morning news program that streams live on Twitter weekdays at 10a. The duo replaces Isaac Fitzgerald and Saeed Jones, hosts since the show launched in 2017.
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John Lithgow will topline opposite Matthew Rhys and Tatiana Maslany in HBO’s limited Perry Mason series… Stephan James and Laurence Fishburne will star and Jasmine Cephas Jones, Skeet Ulrich and Annabeth Gish will co-star in Antoine Fuqua’s short-form drama series for Sony TV,  #Freerayshawn… Eugenio Derbez (Overboard), Ken Jeong (Dr. Ken) and Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) joined the cast of Nickelodeon’s upcoming original animated series The CasagrandesRachel McAdams is talking with Netflix about toplining the comedy Eurovision, which would reunite her with Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and co-star Will FerrellJack Huston and Cameron Britton will lead season 2 of Charter’s Spectrum Originals’ anthology series Manhunt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, Jeopardy! super-contestant James Holzhauer, who won nearly $1.7 million as of May 3 with victories in 22 games—a record topped only by all-time champ Ken Jennings—propelled the show to its highest ratings in four years as the May sweep (April 25-May 22) got under way. Although Holzhauer will not compete again until May 20, the session ending April 28 featured Jeopardy! (7.5 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 12% from the week before) hitting its biggest number since the week ending February 8, 2015. Only one other show on the entire chart was able to come close to the game show and broach the rarefied seven rating level: the full season’s syndication leader Judge Judy (seven-week high 7.0, up 8%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndication’s most impressive percentage gainer of the week was rookie Chicago PD (1.1, up 22%), which matched its highest rating yet. Stable mate Dateline (1.3, steady) also scored, finishing first in the true crime genre for the 33rd week in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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