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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 12/17/19)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Orange County (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Chopped Junior (Finale) at 8pm
HBO: REAL Sports with Bryant Gumbel (Finale) at 10pm
NBC: The Voice (Finale) at 9pm
OWN: Ambitions (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Counting On (Finale) at 9pm
USA: The Purge (Finale) at 9pm
USA: Treadstone (Finale) at 10pm

It’s official: NBCUniversal announced CEO Steve Burke will step down on August 14 , following the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Jeff Shell, currently Chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment, will become CEO on January 1; Burke’s title will change to Chairman. “I cannot thank Steve enough for the incredible impact he has had on this entire company,” said Brian Roberts, Comcast Chairman and CEO. “I will miss Steve’s trusted partnership…When Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, I never imagined it would become the fastest growing media company. Steve’s leadership and the team that he built had had everything to do with this outstanding performance.” Burke said of his departure, “While this has been a dream job, it has always been my plan to hand off the baton at the right moment and move on to the next chapter of my life where I can pursue a different set of interests. It is great to know I am leaving the company in terrific hands with Jeff.”
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ABC News and Apple are partnering for “up-to-the-minute” coverage of the 2020 election beginning in February, the companies announced Monday. “This election is one of the most consequential in modern history, and this unprecedented partnership with Apple News will deliver our world-class political journalism to more people than ever before,” said James Goldston, President of ABC News. Coverage will be available on the Apple News app on Apple devices. The news comes days after the Democratic National Committee said it will be partnering with Apple News for the February 7 debate in New Hampshire.
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More than half of Netflix’s 158 million subscribers and 90% of its growth come from outside the US, according to data released by the streamer. The total number of paid subscribers in the US and Canada at the end of 3Q19 hit 67.1 million, up from 58.4 million at the end of 2017. The number of subscribers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa jumped 140% from 2017 to 3Q19, and numbers in the Asia-Pacific region rose 211%.
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Hallmark Channel apologized for pulling commercials from wedding planning site Zola that included a same-sex kiss. “Our mission is rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions, and be inspired to capture meaningful moments in their lives. Anything that detracts from this purpose is not who we are. We are truly sorry for the hurt and disappointment this has caused,” said Hallmark Cards CEO Mike Perry. The ad was pulled after complaints from conservative group One Million Moms; Hallmark said the move was made over concerns the controversy was creating a distraction, but led to considerable backlash. Perry added the company was reaching out to Zola to reinstate the commercials. GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis weighed in, saying, “The Hallmark Channel’s decision to correct its mistake sends an important message to LGBTQ people and represents a major loss for fringe organizations, like One Million Moms, whose sole purpose is to hurt families like mine.”
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Controversial Swedish YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie , informed his viewers he is taking a break from YouTube. “I’m feeling very tired,” he said. “Just so you know, early next hear I’ll be away for a little while. I’ll explain later but I wanted to give a heads up.” PewDiPie has 102 million subscribers.
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Honda has driven off with exclusive automotive sponsorship for the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2020 for the fourth consecutive year. The 2019 Honda Passport Elite, part of the prize package, will be integrated into a special airing on HGTV on January 1.Other sponsors include Lumber Liquidators, Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans, Wayfair, Belgard, Cabinets To Go, Delta Faucet, Trex, GEICO, The Sherwin-Williams Company, SimpliSafe Home Security and Sleep Number. Entry period for a chance to win a Hilton Head, SC home, $250,000 cash prize and more starts December 30; the winner will be featured on the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway Special in May.
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Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) has launched a London-based production company, Dog Rose Productions. Fremantle, holds a multi-year first look deal with Dog Rose to co-develop and distribute projects out of the partnership. A new series, Spitfire Sisters, centered on female aviators in WWII, is already in the works in collaboration with Fremantle.
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Upcoming short-form platform Quibi is reviving Nickelodeon’s ’90s game show, Legends of the Hidden Temple , in a “supersized, reimagined version.” Said executive producer and co-creator of the original, Scott A. Stone, “Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true. I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it.” Nickelodeon and Stone & Company are exec producing.
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CBS All Access renewed Star Trek: Picard for season two , ahead of its series launch on January 23. Like Star Trek: Discovery, new episodes of season one will drop weekly.
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HBO Max greenlit unscripted dating series 12 Dates of Christmas , following singles on a romantic journey that starts at a picturesque Christmas castle. 12 Dates, produced. by Objective Media Group, is slated to debut in 2020.
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Disney+ original series Diary of a Future President debuts Friday, January 17. Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) and Emily Gipson (Someone Great) serve as executive producers, along with creator Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), on whose childhood the show was inspired, showrunner Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) and Brad Silberling (Jane the Virgin). Series (previously titled Diary of a Female President) follows Elena, a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl, as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and begins her journey to become the future president.
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Discovery after-show The Dirt starts drilling down on new episodes of Gold Rush on Friday, January 3 at 10. Christo Doyle returns to host. “Gold Rush is a series that truly was a first in the television space. There were no other gold mining shows out there. There is a ton that goes on in the shows, but even more that goes on behind the scenes,” said Doyle said. “On The Dirt I get to dig deep with all of the miners to reveal what really went down. I never know what the miners are going to say or do.”
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Childrens Hospital spin-off Medical Police drops on Netflix Friday, January 10 . Comedy focuses on two doctors recruited as government secret agents; co-creators Rob Corddry, Krister Johnson, Jonathan Stern and David Wain will exec produce and write. Childrens Hospital was born as a web series on TheWB.com, then ran on Adult Swim from 2010-16.
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TLC spin-off Say Yes to the Dress England lands Saturday, January 4 at 9p, following the debut of another new series, Say Yes to the Dress America.
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Schedule change for A&E’s new show, Alaska PD: The series will still premiere on Wednesday, January 1 at 10p, but the second episode will move to the show’s regular time slot on Thursday, January 9 at 9p. There will be no new episode of the series on Thursday, January 2.
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SYFY Wire has acquired the 7-episode short-form series Looking for Leia from independent filmmaker Annalise Ophelian and her production company, Floating Ophelia Productions. All episodes of the series, telling stories of women and non-binary fans who have been changed by the Star Wars franchise, will be available starting Saturday, December 21 on SYFY.com, VOD, YouTube and NBCU’s OneApp, with two episodes airing back-to-back on the SYFY linear television network at 11p.
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Frank Grillo (Kingdom) will recur on season five of Showtime’s Billions, reports Deadline. He’ll play a modern artist.
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CBS scored its best viewership in three years for Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors, with 9.69 million viewers and an A18-49 rating of 0.6. The premiere of The CW’s The Christmas Caroler Challenge delivered 577,000 viewers and 0.1 in the demo at 8p, followed by 440,000/0.1 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of HBO’s Watchmen earned a series high 935,000 viewers for its 9p airing, and 1.6 million across platforms. The show had HBO’s most-watched first season of an original series since Big Little Lies in 2017.
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