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Jul 24, 2017
11:30 am
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ABC Names Miss America Host (TVWeek)

The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that the host of the “2018 Miss America Competition” will be “The Bachelor” fixture Chris Harrison, who returns as host of the pageant.

Joining Harrison as co-host will be Sage Steele, lead commentator for ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter:AM.”

The Miss America ceremony will air live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, Sept. 10. Please click here for full details in today’s announcement.

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Jul 24, 2017
11:03 am
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‘Will & Grace’ Programming Stunt Set — Here’s the Full Lineup (TVWeek)

A month of special “Will & Grace” programming is in the works, with one day each to be devoted to the “Best of Will,” “Best of Grace,” “Best of Karen,” “Best of Jack” and “Best Guest Stars.” Click here to see the full lineup of episodes, which will air all day on WE tv on five consecutive Saturdays from Aug. 19-Sept. 16.

WE tv announced today that the marathons are in celebration of this fall’s return of the beloved sitcom. WE tv has the rights to the entire library of “Will & Grace” from its original eight-season run on NBC from 1998-2006.

Guest stars to be featured on “Best Guest Stars” day (Sept. 16) include Neil Patrick Harris, Mat Damon, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears, among others.

Click here for details including the lineup of episodes for all five Saturdays, along with the featured guest stars.

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 24, 2017
10:43 am
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TV Documentary Revisits a Notorious Killing Spree (TVWeek, Smithsonian Channel)

An upcoming television documentary will examine a killing spree that captured the attention of the nation 40 years ago. “The Lost Tapes: Son of Sam” revisits the New York-area murders of the mid-1970s that spread fear in part because of the seemingly arbitrary nature of the killings..

The program premieres on Smithsonian Channel this Sunday, July 30.

TVWeek Open Mic blogger Hillary Atkin talked with Tom Jennings, the doc’s producer. Click here to read her full report.

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Jul 24, 2017
10:21 am
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Viacom Channels Go ‘Inconvenient’ for a Week (TVWeek, MTV)

A number of Viacom cable channels announced today that they are working together to present “An Inconvenient Week” during the week of July 31, with programming including the MTV town hall “An Inconvenient Special,” featuring Al Gore, Fat Joe and Steve Aoki.

The special airs Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, and is part of an effort to reach out in particular to younger viewers on the issue of climate change. The programming moves are in connection with Gore’s “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” a sequel to his 2006 climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Ten Viacom cable channels — MTV, VH1, LOGO, Comedy Central, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick@Nite and Teen Nick — are supporting the initiative through their on-air, social and digital outlets.

“In a February 2017 study among MTV viewers aged 16 to 26, the network discovered that 70 percent of viewers are worried about environmental protections under the Trump administration,” the announcement notes.

Said Gore: “Young people are one of the greatest reasons for hope that we can and will solve the climate crisis, and I am thrilled to participate in ‘An Inconvenient Special’ to listen to their ideas, hopes, and concerns, as well as learn about some of their amazing work on behalf of the planet.”

Please click here for full details in today’s announcement from MTV.

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 24, 2017
8:38 am
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It’s Been Called the ‘Best Science Fiction Show in a Decade’ — Here’s a Look at the Upcoming Season of a Show You May Not Know About (TVWeek, Syfy)

An acclaimed science fiction series just made a casting announcement and took the wraps off a new trailer as it closes in on its third season.

The show is Syfy’s “The Expanse,” which announced over the weekend that Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost” will join the series in a recurring role in season three, playing a character who “brings a new, spiritual perspective to the series.”

“The Expanse” has been called the “best science fiction show in a decade” by NPR. Season three is on track to launch on Syfy in 2018.

Here’s the new trailer for season three …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 24, 2017
8:13 am
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BBC America Gives an Early Christmas Present to ‘Doctor Who’ Fans (TVWeek, BBC America)

BBC America made it Christmas in July for fans of the time travel series “Doctor Who,” unveiling a pair of “Doctor Who” videos over the weekend, including the official teaser for the “Doctor Who Christmas Special,” which you can watch below.

The cable channel also released a three-minute trailer featuring Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor. The releases coincided with the show’s panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con.

To see the 12th Doctor video and read additional details about the Christmas special in the announcement from BBC America, please click here.

Here’s the official teaser …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 24, 2017
7:11 am
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TNT Locks In Plans for ‘The Last Ship’ — Here’s What to Expect (TVWeek, TNT)

TNT nailed down details about the upcoming fourth season of “The Last Ship,” which will premiere its fourth season on Sunday, Aug. 20. The show will launch with a two-episode premiere.

The drama series, which tracks the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population, stars Eric Dane, Bridget Regan, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Bren Foster and Kevin Michael Martin.

Here’s the official season four trailer, which was posted today after premiering over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con …

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 20, 2017
4:11 pm
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Frontman for Popular Rock Band Dead at 41 (NY Times, YouTube)

The lead singer for a platinum-selling hard rock band died today in the Los Angeles area. The New York Times reports that Chester Bennington, frontman for Linkin Park, is dead at 41.

The paper reports that Bennington’s death is being investigated as a possible suicide in the Palos Verdes Estates section of Los Angeles.

“Mr. Bennington, who was known for his piercing scream and free-flowing anguish, released seven albums with Linkin Park,” The Times reports. “The band’s most recent record, ‘One More Light,’ arrived in May and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart. The band was currently on tour and scheduled to play a concert Thursday night in Mansfield, Mass.”

Bennington also fronted the side project Dead by Sunrise, and from 2103 to 2015 became the lead singer for the Stone Temple Pilots after that band broke with frontman Scott Weiland.

TVBIZWIRE
Jul 20, 2017
3:19 pm
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Key Exec Headed Out at CBS (Variety)

A top CBS Entertainment executive who is currently on leave won’t be returning to the job. Variety reports that head of drama Christina Davis, who is on maternity leave, has opted to leave the network following last month’s arrival of twins.

Davis joined the network in 1997 and has overseen the drama side for CBS Entertainment since 2007.

Variety quotes Davis saying: “My two decades at CBS have been the most rewarding of my life, and I can’t thank Leslie Moonves enough for his leadership and vision. From my first day as a temporary assistant under Nina Tassler, CBS has given me the tremendous opportunity to work with the most talented and dedicated executives, writers, producers and directors in the entertainment industry.”

A replacement for Davis has not yet been named.

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Jul 20, 2017
3:17 pm
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A+E Networks Shakes Up the Executive Ranks (TVWeek)

A+E Networks has just made a number of key moves in the executive offices, including promoting Robert Sharenow to president of programming for A+E Networks. Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A+E Networks, made the announcement.

Additionally, Eli Lehrer returns to A+E Networks as executive VP of programming for History, Paul Cabana is taking on the newly created role of executive VP of Biography and History Digital, and Thomas Moody has been promoted to executive VP of program strategy and acquisitions for A+E Networks.

Sharenow will be working closely with Paul Buccieri, who oversees the business and commercial side of the A+E portfolio.

“Since 2015, Sharenow has served as EVP and General Manager, A&E and Lifetime,” the company noted in its announcement. “In his new role, Sharenow will be responsible for overseeing all content for A&E, Lifetime, History and the entire A+E Networks channel portfolio. Reporting to Sharenow will be Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP, Programming at A&E; Liz Gateley, EVP, Lifetime, along with Lehrer and Moody.”

Said Dubuc: “Streamlining our portfolio’s creative structure under Rob combined with Paul’s business leadership will allow us to accelerate our creative decisions, deal making and strategies. Together with Elaine, Liz, Tom and now Eli returning home to A+E Networks, Rob’s programming team has a wealth of experience and some of television’s biggest hits in cable under their belts. I look forward to seeing their passion and creativity lead our networks to continued success.”

Robert Sharenow (A+E)

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