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WHAT NEW SHOWS & MOVIES ARE COMING UP?
DOVEKEEPERS, THE (CBS)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 3/31/15 at 9:00 PM
(from CBS's press release, December 2014) CBS today announced THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman's bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.
WEIRD LONERS (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 3/31/15 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, November 2014) New ensemble comedy WEIRD LONERS debuts Tuesday, March 31 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). From writer Michael J. Weithorn ("The King of Queens") and director Jake Kasdan (NEW GIRL), the un-romantic comedy follows four single mid-30-somethings (Becki Newton, "Ugly Betty"; Zachary Knighton, "Happy Endings"; Nate Torrence, "Hello Ladies"; and newcomer Meera Rohit Kumbhani), who are unexpectedly thrust into one another's lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens, NY, townhouse.
YOUNGER (TV LAND)
· [one-hour series premiere] · 3/31/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from TV Land's press release, March 2015) Darren Star, creator of "Sex and The City," "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place," brings sex, romance and secrets to Tuesday night with TV Land's highly-anticipated new series "Younger," which will premiere with two new back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 31st at 10pm and 10:30pm ET/PT. Starring Sutton Foster ("Bunheads"), Hilary Duff ("Lizzie McGuire"), Debi Mazar ("Entourage"), Miriam Shor ("GCB") and Nico Tortorella ("The Following"), the series follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing - and succeeds. Now working under the prickly Diana (Shor), Liza has to figure out how to balance her real life with bestie Maggie (Mazar), and her "pretend" life with new friend and coworker Kelsey (Duff)... all while embarking on an exciting and somewhat confusing relationship with sexy tattoo artist Josh (Tortorella).
7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS (TLC)
· [series premiere] · 3/31/15 at 10:00 PM
FOOL'S GOLD (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 4/1/15 at 7:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 7:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
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MAN FINDS FOOD (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 4/1/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, February 2015) In "Man Finds Food," host Adam Richman is on the ultimate hunt to uncover the most unique, surprising, delicious and hidden, off-the-menu food treasures across America. He searches for the dishes you would never find, and in places you would never expect. "Man Finds Food" is produced by Sharp Entertainment.
DOVEKEEPERS, THE (CBS)
· [original mini-series finale] · 4/1/15 at 9:00 PM
(from CBS's press release, December 2014) CBS today announced THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman's bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.
NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK (DLC)
· [series premiere - special night] · 4/2/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Discovery Life Channel's press release, January 2015) Discovery Life Channel is proud to announce that NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK, previously announced under the working title Those Girls, will premiere on April 2. NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK follows a group of highly inspirational and entertaining women from Kansas City, Mo. - all friends, some couples - who just happen to be transgender. After years of struggling with their gender identities, they are finally finding themselves and learning what it means to be the women they always knew they were. Confronting issues with their relationships, their femininity, their families and friendships, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK is an authentic look at lives in transition. The six-part series will premiere on Discovery Life Channel on Thursday, April 2 at 10/9c. As the first series to embed with a real group of friends within the transgender community, NEW GIRLS ON THE BLOCK offers a transformative look at these women's lives as they navigate their daily struggles and successes. The series profiles cast members such as: couple Aiyana and Jamie who, following Jaime's departure from the military, face opposition to her participation in competitive triathalons as a woman; best girlfriends Kassidy and Chloe, who are navigating their transitions together and experiencing many firsts, including their first double date; married couple Macy and Sharon, who are still in love and trying to understand what Macy's recent transition means for their relationship; and Robyn and Andrew, best friends who fell in love after Robyn's transition and find themselves at odds over whether it's time to get engaged.
LIP SYNC BATTLE (SPIKE TV)
· [series premiere - special night] · 4/2/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Spike TV's press release, March 2015) "Lip Sync Battle" fans have a reason to rejoice! Spike TV has greenlit eight more episodes of highly-anticipated new, original series, "Lip Sync Battle." The series is based on the cultural phenomenon of lip sync battling seen by millions on television and online. "Lip Sync Battle" debuts on Thursday, April 2 at 10:00pm ET/PT and features celebrities going head to head - lip-syncing the song of their choice - battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The featured performers for the new eight episodes include Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bieber, Queen Latifah, Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Mike Tyson, and Terry Crews among others to be announced shortly. Spike TV taped 10 episodes of "Lip Sync Battle" last month in New York showcasing the lip syncing skills of many of the biggest names in entertainment including Jimmy Fallon, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, John Krasinski, Meghan Trainor, Common and more. The new eight battles will be taped in Los Angeles this month.
8 MINUTES (A&E)
· [series premiere] · 4/2/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from A&E's press release, March 2015) A&E Network's new original series "8 Minutes" follows Pastor Kevin Brown and his Passage To Freedom team as they help sex workers and victims of sex trafficking leave their dangerous situations behind to start over. With over 20 years of law enforcement experience, Brown has determined that eight minutes is the maximum amount of time to safely convince these women to leave with his team - any longer puts everyone's lives at risk. This high-stakes series takes an unflinching look at a very dangerous world. "8 Minutes" premieres Thursday, April 2 at 10PM ET/PT on A&E. In Houston, Texas, the epicenter of human trafficking in the United States, Brown and his team of victim's advocates and other volunteers, embark on a mission to help some of the thousands of young women forced into prostitution each year in America.
OLYMPUS (SYFY)
· [series premiere] · 4/2/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Syfy's press release, March 2015) Premieres Thursday, April 2 at 10PM - The 13-part mythological drama series Olympus takes viewers into the action-packed world of humans, Gods and monsters. Starring Matt Frewer (Max Headroom, Orphan Black), Sonita Henry (Star Trek, The Fifth Element), Cas Anvar (Argo, The Expanse) and Graham Shiels (Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Dark World), the gripping series captures the dangerous courage of a few brave men and women who banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious - a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades.
MEET THE SMITHS (TBS)
· [series premiere] · 4/3/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from TBS's press release, September 2014) TBS has given the greenlight to The Smiths, a new unscripted series centering on NBA legend Kenny Smith and his wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, along with their five extraordinary kids. Set to shoot in Los Angeles and Atlanta, The Smiths is being produced by Good Clean Fun, with Jason Carbone (The Bachelor, Tia and Tamera, Run's House), Nick Lee (The Bachelor, High School Reunion, Run's House), Jeff Altrock (The T.O. Show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family) and Kenny Smith serving as executive producers. TBS has ordered six episodes of The Smiths, with plans to launch the series in spring 2015. The family at the center of The Smiths is headed by Kenny and Gwen, who probably never would have guessed when they got married that their conflicting parenting styles, whirlwind schedules and family chemistry would turn their quiet home into an absolute mad house - albeit a loving one.
GRACE HELBIG SHOW, THE (E!)
· [series premiere] · 4/3/15 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, March 2015) YouTube star and internet sensation Grace Helbig's new hybrid, comedy talk show on E! is now officially titled "The Grace Helbig Show." The half-hour series, helmed by Grace, will feature all the comedy, entertainment and interactivity that her over 2 million subscribers have come to love about her "It's Grace" YouTube channel. Joining her as she geeks out with friends and fans over all things pop culture, will be a wide array of celebrity guests ranging from actors, comedians, YouTubers and popular reality stars. Friday nights will never be the same when "The Grace Helbig Show" premieres Friday, April 3rd at 10:30pm following "The Soup" only on E! The internet talk show that television has been waiting for, "The Grace Helbig Show" delivers Grace's "uber fan" take on all things pop culture while enlisting fans to help drive the direction of the show through social media. In addition, the series will feature guest interviews in an assortment of everyday locations, ranging from grocery stores to Grace's own living room, her car and everywhere in between, providing an environment where her guests can let loose and be themselves.
KILLER CRUSH (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/4/15 at 8:00 PM
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BONE TO PICK, A: AN AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 4/4/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, February 2015) A spine-tingling mystery awaits when Candace Cameron Bure ("Christmas Under Wraps," "Dancing with the Stars," "Full House") stars with five-time Golden Globe(R) nominee Marilu Henner ("Taxi," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered") in "A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, April 19, (9pm ET/PT, 8C.) The film, is the first in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries based on the books by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Bure and Henner lead an all-star cast that includes Lexa Doig ("Continuum"), Bruce Dawson ("The Killing"), Peter Benson ("Heartbeat"), Sonya Salomaa ("Intruders"), Dan Payne ("The Cabin in the Woods"), Miranda Frigon ("A Cookie Cutter Christmas") and Stephen Huszar ("Paradise Falls").
IF THERE BE THORNS (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/5/15 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, February 2015) Coming off the heels of last year's hit Original Movies Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, Lifetime premieres the long-awaited films based on the final two novels in V.C. Andrews' iconic series about the Dollanganger family. If There Be Thorns (#IfThereBeThorns) premieres on Sunday, April 5, at 8pm ET/PT, and Seeds of Yesterday (#SeedsOfYesterday) will debut on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. The third installment in Andrews' bestselling series that began with Flowers in the Attic, If There Be Thorns follows Christopher (Jason Lewis, Sex and the City, Brothers & Sisters) and Cathy Dollanganger (Rachael Carpani, McLeod's Daughters) as they live together as man and wife with Cathy's two sons who are unaware of the incestuous nature of their parents' relationship. But when a mysterious woman moves in next door and befriends the younger boy, Bart (Mason Cook, Legends), he begins a strange transformation and displays accusatory behavior towards Cathy and Christopher. When Christopher discovers their mysterious neighbor is, in fact, his mother Corrine Dollanganger (Heather Graham, Californication, The Hangover), all of the family's long-hidden secrets are revealed in a tragic climax.
A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES (NBC)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 9:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, December 2014) Following the eye-opening success of "The Bible" miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries "A.D." - from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at the fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the Greatest Story Ever Told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest, starting a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world. "A.D." stars Greta Scaachi as Mother Mary, Richard Coyle as Caiaphus, Vincent Regan as Pilate, Adam Levy as Peter, Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene and Juan Pablo Di Pace as Jesus. Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser serve as executive producers.
AMERICAN ODYSSEY (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, December 2014) In this "Traffic"-like action drama, an international conspiracy explodes when three strangers' lives unexpectedly collide - a female soldier, a corporate lawyer and a political activist. After a team of American soldiers battles Jihadists in North Africa, they're shocked to find that one of the men they killed is Al Qaeda's top man. Sgt. Odelle Ballard (Anna Friel, "Pushing Daisies") - a soldier, mother, wife and the unit's only female member - discovers computer files that suggest a major U.S. corporation is funding the Jihadists. But before she can tell anyone, her team is attacked and left for dead. News is reported that the unit was wiped out, but the truth is that Odelle survived and is the only witness to her unit's assassination by U.S. Special Forces. In New York, former U.S. Attorney Peter Decker (Peter Facinelli, "Nurse Jackie") is working on a merger deal for the same company that was funneling money to the Jihadists. Meanwhile, Harrison Walters (Jake Robinson, "The Carrie Diaries"), a political activist and trust fund kid, meets a hacker who claims to have unearthed a massive military-industrial conspiracy. And he's right: He's stumbled onto the cover-up that began with Odelle and will soon be out in the open and everyone's lives will be in danger. The only way they'll ever save their country, their families and themselves is by joining forces and exposing the people behind it. Writers Adam Armus and Kay Foster, and writer-director Peter Horton serve as executive producers with Simon Maxwell, Mikkel Bondesen, Henrik Bastin and Kristen Campo.
LIZZIE BORDEN CHRONICLES, THE (LIFETIME)
· [series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Lifetime's press release, February 2015) In Lifetime's new limited series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (#LizzieBorden), Golden Globe(R) and Emmy(R) Award nominee Christina Ricci (Monster) reprises her role as the notorious murder suspect from the network's hit original movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. It premieres on Sunday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Screen Actors Guild Award(R) winner Clea DuVall (Argo) also reprises her role as Lizzie's sister, Emma, in the eight-part series. The Lizzie Borden Chronicles delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie's life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity filled with scandalous love affairs. But when numerous people close to Lizzie - ranging from her half-brother William (Andrew Howard, Hatfields & McCoys(TM)) to Broadway luminaries and her business associate/underworld kingpin Mr. Flowers (Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad) - start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, Good Will Hunting) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) plays Nancy O'Keefe, an alluring and ambitious actress and dancer who befriends Lizzie, and Emmy nominee John Heard (The Sopranos) portrays William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie's murdered father, Andrew.
WOLF HALL (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, November 2014) On April 5, three-time Tony(R) Award-winning actor Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night) and Emmy(R) Award-winner Damian Lewis (Homeland) star as Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, a highly anticipated adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. The six-part series charts the shrewd and brilliant rise of Cromwell in the Tudor court - from a blacksmith's son to Henry VIII's closest advisor.
100 MILES FROM NOWHERE (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, March 2015) Beginning Sunday, April 5, weekend adventurer Matt Galland and his adrenaline-fueled best buddies Danny Bryson and Blake Josephson venture to some of the most untouched pockets of the planet where cameras - let alone people - rarely have gone. In each episode of 100 MILES FROM NOWHERE, the goal is to trek roughly 100 miles in the wild in just four days to conquer Mother Nature's challenges and capture her infinite beauty. While the mission is straightforward, each journey comes with its twists and turns, including dangerous encounters with wild animals, brutal terrain, invariable weather, extreme lows and almost impossible heights.
RAFT, THE (NGC)
· [series premiere] · 4/5/15 at 10:06 PM
FUNNY GIRLS (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 4/7/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, February 2015) xygen Media brings the laughs with its humorous, irreverent docu-series "Funny Girls" premiering Tuesday, April 7 at 9 PM ET/PT. The series follows the professional and personal lives of six female comics in Los Angeles who are climbing their way to the top of the stand-up ladder. While the comediennes differ in their levels of experience, styles of comedy and ultimate career goals, they share the ambition - and the passion - needed to make it in the City of Dreams. From working multiple jobs, to clashing with parents' expectations, to yet another bad date, the comics provide a fresh, witty perspective on experiences to which young millennial women can relate.
YOUR FAMILY OR MINE (TBS)
· [series premiere] · 4/7/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from TBS's press release, May 2014) Your Family or Mine, from the producers of Friends, Will & Grace and Happy Endings, stars Kyle Howard (Royal Pains), Kat Foster ('Til Death), Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl) and JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist). Written by Ground Floor co-creator and How I Met Your Mother alum Greg Malins, the comedy focuses on a different side of young couple's family each week. Kelli (Foster) and Oliver (Howard) are the couple at the center. The series alternates between the in-laws and the casts, including Dreyfuss and Williams as Oliver's parents. It also delivers funny scenarios that every couple can relate to as Kelli and Oliver navigate the complexities and eccentricities of both of their families while trying to maintain their own marriage and sanity. Based on an enormously popular Israeli comedy, Your Family or Mine is being produced by Sony Pictures Television, Jamie Tarses' Fanfare Productions, Keshet International and Teddy Productions.
RUNNER-UP, THE (ESQUIRE)
· [series premiere] · 4/7/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Esquire's press release, March 2015) Esquire Network will premiere an exclusive, all-access look at one of the most unique political campaigns of the 2014 mid-term elections - the improbable Congressional run of American Idol star Clay Aiken. Produced by Academy Award-winner Simon Chinn (Man On Wire, Searching for Sugar Man) and Emmy Award-winner Jonathan Chinn (30 Days, American High) through their company Lightbox, the four-hour original documentary series THE RUNNER-UP is set to premiere on Esquire Network on Tuesday, April 7 at 10/9c. With exclusive access, Lightbox embedded inside Aiken's campaign to represent North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District - from his candidacy decision through the shocking primary election (which ended in the death of Aiken's Democratic opponent), and his defeat this past November to incumbent Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. Throughout, the documentary series shows Aiken, a gay Democrat and single father, working through strategy sessions with his team, prepping for debates and meeting with voters via town halls, bus tours and door-to-door canvassing.
LITTLE WOMEN: LA: TERRA'S LITTLE FAMILY (LIFETIME)
· [series premiere] · 4/8/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Lifetime's press release, March 2015) Terra Jolé and Joe Gnoffo's captivating high-risk pregnancy story on this season of Lifetime's hit docuseries Little Women: LA (#LittleWomenLA) has been embraced by millions of fans. After receiving an overwhelming outpouring of support, they have made the courageous decision to document the impending birth of their baby in an all new unscripted program Little Women: Terra's Little Family (#TerrasLittleFamily) premiering April 8, at 9pm PT/ET. The ten-episode series will be shot in near real time as Terra approaches her due date later this month. Leading into the program's premiere, at 8pm ET/PT Little Women: Terra's Little Family Special will take a look back at Terra and Joe's pregnancy journey so far on Little Women: LA. Both passionate performers, Terra and Joe met through a mutual aquaintance and have been together for seven years. Terra has toured with top celebrities including Miley Cyrus, recently released her own single "Booty Bee" and is currently working on her new album. Joe, a musician in Mini Kiss, is now playing drums in a Nirvana tribute band, Nirvanish.
COMEDIANS, THE (FX)
· [series premiere] · 4/9/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from FX's press release, January 2015) FX has set the premiere date of April 9th for the series premiere of the new comedy series The Comedians starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad and the fifth season of the Emmy(R) Award winning comedy series Louie. The Comedians will air at 10:00 PM ET/PT, followed by Louie at 10:30 PM ET/PT. The debut season of The Comedians will feature 13 episodes of the new series starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. In The Comedians, Billy Crystal plays a comedy legend who is reluctantly paired with Josh Gad, an edgier up-and-coming star, in an unfiltered, behind-the-scenes look at a fictional late night sketch comedy show where egos and generations collide. Stephnie Weir stars as "Kristen Laybourne," the anxiety-ridden producer behind The Billy & Josh Show who frequently finds herself caught in the middle of Billy and Josh's arguments, Matt Oberg stars as "Mitch Reed," the show's head writer, and Megan Ferguson stars "Esme McCauley," a no-nonsense production assistant.
MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 4/10/15 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2015) Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero "Daredevil" in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson.
CUTTING CREW (EL REY)
· [series premiere] · 4/11/15 at 6:00 AM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 6:00 AM-2:00 PM EST
(from El Rey's press release, March 2015) El Rey Network will debut the all-new eight-episode unscripted series, "Cutting Crew" with a 24-hour marathon event on Saturday, April 11th at beginning at 6:00 am ET. The season will restart at 2:00 PM ET and 10:00 PM ET giving viewers binge-watching options throughout the day. When this raucous group of barbers is in the house there isn't a moment of peace for the staff or those who dare to make their way into their magic chairs. The hour-long show will also air Wednesdays at 9pm beginning April 15th, following the 8 PM ET/PT airing of "Lucha Underground," the addictive, action-packed freestyle wrestling franchise from Emmy Award(R)-winning producer Mark Burnett. "Cutting Crew" explores the edgy artistry of a dynamic team of barbers who have made names for themselves by thinking outside the stylist box. Showcasing masterful motifs that are anything but ordinary, this group of creatives, led by award-winning barber Amit Corso, know how to make a statement. Whether they are executing a simple fade, cutting hair in the shape of the Pittsburgh skyline, or even giving some haircuts to local cows, the passionate team of "scissor-happy" artistes use razors and clippers to get the job done. Although there is serious dedication to the craft, barbering isn't the only thing going on at the shop -- in between the fades and shaves, this band of barbers finds time to bicker, debate, joke around and cook up challenges that range from testing feats of strength to more juvenile endeavors and hijinks. But in the end, it's the camaraderie in this diverse group that is at the heart of "Cutting Crew."
TEXT TO KILL (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/11/15 at 8:00 PM
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GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE DEADLY ROOM (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 4/11/15 at 9:00 PM
(from The Hallmark Channel's press release, February 2015) Sleuthing garage sale maven Jennifer Shannon uses her keen treasure hunting eye to investigate a haunting death in "Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere Sunday, April 26, (9pm ET/PT, 8C.) Lori Loughlin ("When Calls the Heart," "90210") stars in this third installment of the thrilling "Garage Sale Mystery" series alongside Steve Bacic ("When Calls the Heart"), Sarah Strange ("Honor Student") and Kevin O'Grady ("Heavenly Match"). The "Garage Sale Mystery" movies are based on the book by author Suzi Weinert.
POLKA KINGS (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 4/11/15 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Reelz's press release, January 2015) Polka Kings shows the incredible journey The Chardon Polka Band embarks upon as they try to survive each other and keep their personal and professional lives from derailing their quest for stardom. The group is always finding themselves in crazy situations ranging from private parties in nursing homes, Ukrainian summer camps to the Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Each week Polka Kings follows the dynamic group's attempts to break through and achieve mainstream status. Polka Kings is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Jim Berger, Scott Feeley, Patrick Jager and Ross McCall serving as Executive Producers.
SEEDS OF YESTERDAY (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/12/15 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, February 2015) Coming off the heels of last year's hit Original Movies Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind, Lifetime premieres the long-awaited films based on the final two novels in V.C. Andrews' iconic series about the Dollanganger family. If There Be Thorns (#IfThereBeThorns) premieres on Sunday, April 5, at 8pm ET/PT, and Seeds of Yesterday (#SeedsOfYesterday) will debut on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 8pm ET/PT. The saga of the tormented Dollangangers comes to an end in Seeds of Yesterday, in which the family continues to coexist miserably. Also starring Carpani and Lewis, the film follows Cathy's two adult sons, Bart (James Maslow, Big Time Rush) and Jory (Anthony Konechny, Fifty Shades of Grey, Godzilla), half-brothers with little in common whose lives are fueled by deeply troubled relationships, dark secrets and misfortune that come to a head in a way that will haunt the family and its progeny forever.
CUCUMBER (LOGO)
· [series premiere] · 4/13/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Logo's press release, December 2014) Logo TV and BBC Worldwide North America today announced a production deal for Logo TV to co-produce, with Channel 4 (UK), Cucumber and Banana - two interlinked dramas from the multi BAFTA(R) award-winning writer of Doctor Who and Queer as Folk, Russell T Davies. Both dramas, produced by RED Production Company are slated to premiere on Logo TV in early 2015. Russell T Davies says: "It's an honour and delight to team up with Logo for these brand new dramas. It's 16 years since I created Queer As Folk, which means I've had 16 years to build up new characters, new stories, and new insights into our lives. Across both series, we explore gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories, as well as love beyond labels - this is 50 shades of gay, and beyond!" The two interwoven drama series will explore 21st century gay life in all its powerful, witty, dark and uplifting guises through the lens of two disparate generations. The hour-long Cucumber will explore the lives and misadventures of Henry Best and his long-suffering boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan. The half-hour Banana will follow the individual lives of younger characters orbiting around Henry's world, telling stories of modern love - the romantic, the obsessed, the hopeful, the lonely, the lost, and the lucky - in an urban Manchester, England setting.
OUTBACK NATION (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 4/13/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from FYI's press release, March 2015) In FYI's new series, "Outback Nation," landscape design expert, Jamie Durie, turns neglected backyards into outdoor oases. Eight hour-long episodes will premiere Monday, April 13 at 10pm ET. Overgrown gardens, decaying decks, unkempt pools and more prevent families from enjoying their own backyards. In each episode of "Outback Nation," a new family will enlist Jamie's help to reinvent their outdoor space and turn it into the backyard paradise they have always dreamed of. Before tackling the transformation with Jamie, each family will immerse themselves in their own "private wilderness," camping out in their backyard and experiencing the terrain firsthand. From design mishaps to wild animal encounters, the families will be presented with many challenges on the journey to complete their backyard renovation. Each member of the family will also be assigned their own special project to work on, while Jamie will come up with a secret design project of his own to surprise the family with.
RIVERMEN (HISTORY)
· [series premiere] · 4/13/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
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BANANA (LOGO)
· [series premiere] · 4/13/15 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from Logo's press release, December 2014) Logo TV and BBC Worldwide North America today announced a production deal for Logo TV to co-produce, with Channel 4 (UK), Cucumber and Banana - two interlinked dramas from the multi BAFTA(R) award-winning writer of Doctor Who and Queer as Folk, Russell T Davies. Both dramas, produced by RED Production Company are slated to premiere on Logo TV in early 2015. Russell T Davies says: "It's an honour and delight to team up with Logo for these brand new dramas. It's 16 years since I created Queer As Folk, which means I've had 16 years to build up new characters, new stories, and new insights into our lives. Across both series, we explore gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender stories, as well as love beyond labels - this is 50 shades of gay, and beyond!" The two interwoven drama series will explore 21st century gay life in all its powerful, witty, dark and uplifting guises through the lens of two disparate generations. The hour-long Cucumber will explore the lives and misadventures of Henry Best and his long-suffering boyfriend of nine years, Lance Sullivan. The half-hour Banana will follow the individual lives of younger characters orbiting around Henry's world, telling stories of modern love - the romantic, the obsessed, the hopeful, the lonely, the lost, and the lucky - in an urban Manchester, England setting.
GOOD WORK (E!)
· [series premiere] · 4/14/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, March 2015) E! announced today the new one-hour, six episode pop culture roundtable series, "Good Work," where hosts RuPaul, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Sandra Vergara celebrate the "good work" and the "not so good work" of Hollywood celebs. Each week the three hosts will break down every aspect of celebrity beauty secrets, cosmetic procedures, and plastic surgery... who's had what done and who's doing it wrong. "Good Work" will leave no stone unturned when these three insiders amp up the water cooler conversation and get to bottom of what everyone else is already talking about. "Good Work" airs at 10:00pm ET/PT on Tuesday, April 14 following the highly anticipated season two premiere of E!'s hit series "Botched" at 9:00pm ET/PT.
ARRANGED (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 4/14/15 at 10:15 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from FYI's press release, March 2015) FYI's new original docuseries, "Arranged," follows modern-American singles from across the country, whose cultural traditions include an arranged marriage, as they are united in matrimony by their families. Eight hour-long episodes are set to premiere on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:15pm ET. In "Arranged," three couples from different cultural backgrounds have one thing in common - the belief in arranged marriages. From a young Romani gypsy couple in New York City, to a southern couple from the Bible belt, to a couple raised by traditional Eastern Indian parents living in Los Angeles - these brides and grooms don't just marry each other, their unions include their entire family. Viewers will see each couple's relationship from the lead-up to their weddings, to the several months after the reality of married life sinks in.
CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 4/17/15 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, February 2015) The CW Network has moved the premiere date for its new Friday night line-up by one week to Friday, April 17. The CW's reality competition series CEDCRIC'S BARBER BATTLE will now debut Friday, April 17 (8:00-8:30 pm ET), followed by a new cycle of the improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30-9:00 pm ET), and the night caps off with the network's apocalypticnew drama THE MESSENGERS (9:00-10:00 pm ET). Originally, all three series were slated to premiere on April 10.
MESSENGERS, THE (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 4/17/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, February 2015) The CW Network has moved the premiere date for its new Friday night line-up by one week to Friday, April 17. The CW's reality competition series CEDCRIC'S BARBER BATTLE will now debut Friday, April 17 (8:00-8:30 pm ET), followed by a new cycle of the improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30-9:00 pm ET), and the night caps off with the network's apocalypticnew drama THE MESSENGERS (9:00-10:00 pm ET). Originally, all three series were slated to premiere on April 10.
ANGRY PLANET (PIVOT)
· [series premiere] · 4/17/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Pivot's press release, March 2015) Pivot announced premiere dates for a new season of "Angry Planet," Friday, April 17 at 10pm ET, and for "Secret Lives of Americans" Friday, June 12 at 10:30pm ET. "Angry Planet" follows all-new adventures for George Kourounis who comes face-to-face with the stark effects of the Earth's evolving climate. Traveling to some of the most remote places around the globe, Kourounis gets up close and personal with the changing environment that is directly impacting our ever-increasing weather calamities. The first five episodes of this season of "Angry Planet" air in April 2015, with another five episodes coming in Q4 2015. Alex Bystram and Kim Bondi serve as executive producers for Cineflix. Peter Rowe serves as series producer. Jeff Skoll and Lyle Gamm serve as executive producers for Pivot.
DEADLY REVENGE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/18/15 at 8:00 PM
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TATAU (BBCA)
· [series premiere] · 4/18/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from BBC America's press release, September 2014) Joe Layton (New Worlds, Father Brown) and Theo Barklem-Biggs (Silk, The Inbetweeners Movie) have been cast as Kyle Connor and Paul 'Budgie' Griffiths - the lead roles in BBC AMERICA's new drama Tatau. Set in the Cook Islands, the (8x60) series, written by Richard Zajdlic, is co-produced by Touchpaper TV (Being Human) and New Zealand's largest screen production company, South Pacific Pictures, for BBC Three and BBC AMERICA. Tatau follows Kyle (Layton) and Budgie (Barklem-Biggs), two twenty-something friends from London that set off to travel the world. Ahead of the journey, Kyle gets a Maori-style tattoo to celebrate their eventual destination: the Cook Islands.
BONE TO PICK, A: AN AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 4/19/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, February 2015) A spine-tingling mystery awaits when Candace Cameron Bure ("Christmas Under Wraps," "Dancing with the Stars," "Full House") stars with five-time Golden Globe(R) nominee Marilu Henner ("Taxi," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered") in "A Bone to Pick: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie World Premiere, Sunday, April 19, (9pm ET/PT, 8C.) The film, is the first in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries based on the books by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. Bure and Henner lead an all-star cast that includes Lexa Doig ("Continuum"), Bruce Dawson ("The Killing"), Peter Benson ("Heartbeat"), Sonya Salomaa ("Intruders"), Dan Payne ("The Cabin in the Woods"), Miranda Frigon ("A Cookie Cutter Christmas") and Stephen Huszar ("Paradise Falls").
TIME TRAVELING WITH BRIAN UNGER (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 4/20/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, February 2015) Travel Channel takes viewers on an unexpected journey back in time with the help of a witty tour guide and eye-popping CGI graphics. In the new half-hour original series, "Time Traveling with Brian Unger," premiering with back-to-back episodes on Monday, April 20 at 10:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, audiences will be visually transported to America's past and entertained by amazing tales of yesteryear - typically not found in guidebooks. Hosted by Unger, an experienced producer, commentator, actor and comedian with credits including "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "The Daily Show" and more, the series looks at iconic landmarks, personalities and events in a fresh, new way, revealing historical details many of us never knew occurred.
PRANCING ELITES PROJECT, THE (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 4/22/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, March 2015) Oxygen Media dances to the beat of its own drum with the uplifting, inspiring and humorous new docu-series "The Prancing Elites Project" premiering Wednesday, April 22 at 10PM ET/PT. This African American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team comprised of Adrian Clemons, Kentrell Collins, Kareem Davis, Jerel Maddox and Timothy Smith is challenging societal norms while overcoming several obstacles with passion and wit on their journey to be their authentic selves. The series delves into the personal lives of these five best friends in Mobile, Alabama as they fight to be accepted in the female-dominated dance culture of J-Setting.
CLEVELAND ABDUCTION (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 4/25/15 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, March 2015) SAG Award winner Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black, Hustle & Flow, 8 Mile) stars as Michelle Knight and SAG nominee Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad, Major Crimes) portrays Ariel Castro in the Lifetime Original Movie Cleveland Abduction (#ClevelandAbduction) produced by Sony Pictures Television. Premiering Saturday, April 25, at 8pm ET/PT, the film explores the true story of Michelle Knight, a 21-year-old single mom whose life was irrevocably changed by a chance encounter with an unsuspected criminal. On August 22, 2002, Knight was abducted by Castro (Cruz) in Cleveland and held captive in his home for more than 11 years. Finding strength through her belief in God and determined to be reunited with her son, Knight refused to be broken by the twisted Castro. Soon thereafter, he abducted two teenagers, Amanda Berry (Samantha Droke, Eastwick) and Gina DeJesus (Katie Sarife, Supernatural), and imprisoned them alongside Michelle, who then became a friend and sister figure to her fellow victims.
LAKE PLACID VS ANACONDA (SYFY)
· [original telefilm] · 4/25/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Syfy's press release, March 2015) Premieres Saturday, April 25 at 9PM - Killer crocodiles and giant anacondas clash in this thriller about corporate greed and science gone wrong, starring Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Yancy Butler (Kick Ass) and Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1). A production of UFO Films.
SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 4/26/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, March 2015) As temperatures warm up outside, the competition heats up in the kitchen as eight of the country's best bakers compete on Food Network's Spring Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, April 26th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Bobby Deen hosts this sweet competition, as the contestants attempt to rise to the occasion with their springtime treats and win a sweet spot in the hearts of judges Duff Goldman (Duff Till Dawn, Kids Baking Championship), Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules), and Lorraine Pascale (Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food). Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion.
GARAGE SALE MYSTERY: THE DEADLY ROOM (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 4/26/15 at 9:00 PM
(from The Hallmark Channel's press release, February 2015) Sleuthing garage sale maven Jennifer Shannon uses her keen treasure hunting eye to investigate a haunting death in "Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere Sunday, April 26, (9pm ET/PT, 8C.) Lori Loughlin ("When Calls the Heart," "90210") stars in this third installment of the thrilling "Garage Sale Mystery" series alongside Steve Bacic ("When Calls the Heart"), Sarah Strange ("Honor Student") and Kevin O'Grady ("Heavenly Match"). The "Garage Sale Mystery" movies are based on the book by author Suzi Weinert.
HAPPYISH (SHOWTIME)
· [series premiere] · 4/26/15 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Showtime's press release, February 2015) HAPPYISH is a scathing examination of our pursuit of happiness, a pursuit that might just be the very thing causing our unhappiness in the first place. The new half-hour pilot stars Oscar(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominee Steve Coogan (Philomena, Alan Partridge), as Thom Payne, a 44 year-old man whose world is thrown into disarray when his 25 year-old "wunderkind" boss arrives, saying things like "digital," "social" and "viral." Is he in need of a "rebranding," as his mentor insists, or does he just have a "low joy ceiling," as his corporate headhunter suggests? Maybe pursuing happiness is a fool's errand? Maybe, after 44 years on this ludicrous planet, settling for happyish is the best one can expect. The series also stars acclaimed actress Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road, We're The Millers) and Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Bradley Whitford (The West Wing). Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin (The New Normal, Modern Family) guest stars, along with Carrie Preston (The Good Wife), Molly Price (Third Watch) and Andre Royo (The Wire). HAPPYISH is created, written and executive produced by critically acclaimed author and regular This American Life contributor Shalom Auslander. Emmy(R) Award nominee Ken Kwapis (He's Just Not That Into You, A Walk In The Woods) executive produces and directed the pilot. Kwapis' producing partner Alexandra Beattie co-executive produces under their In Cahoots banner.
QUEENS OF DRAMA (POP)
· [one-hour series premiere - special night & time] · 4/26/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 8:00 PM-8:30 PM EST
(from POP's press release, March 2015) Girl power reigns supreme as six former daytime and primetime soap stars take control of their careers to produce and star in a new serialized drama, in the series premiere of QUEENS OF DRAMA on Pop, Sunday, April 26, at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT, immediately following the network's exclusive live broadcast of the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy(R) Awards. Following its premiere, QUEENS OF DRAMA will begin airing in its regularly scheduled time slot on Wednesdays, (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) starting April 29. QUEENS OF DRAMA is a 10 episode series that features an all-female cast working in front of and behind the cameras as they develop, pitch, and produce a new steamy series with the goal of landing a pilot deal by the end of the season. The all-star cast includes Lindsay Hartley ("All My Children," "Days of Our Lives"), Crystal Hunt ("Guiding Light," "One Life to Live"), Vanessa Marcil ("Las Vegas," "General Hospital"), Chrystee Pharris ("Passions," "General Hospital") and Hunter Tylo ("The Bold and The Beautiful") with special appearances by Donna Mills ("Knots Landing," "Melrose Place").
CASUAL VACANCY, THE (HBO)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 4/29/15 at 8:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, February 2015) HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY, with parts one and two scheduled to debut back-to-back WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the debut of part three the next night, THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). THE CASUAL VACANCY centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils. The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie.
CASUAL VACANCY, THE (HBO)
· [original mini-series finale] · 4/30/15 at 8:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, February 2015) HBO has confirmed the debut dates for the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling's global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY, with parts one and two scheduled to debut back-to-back WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by the debut of part three the next night, THURSDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). THE CASUAL VACANCY centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils. The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie.
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER MYSTERY (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 5/2/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, February 2015) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces the start of production on its latest mystery movie series debut, "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere Sunday, May 10 (9pm ET/PT, 8C). The mouthwatering new mystery stars actress and TV host Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives"), alongside Daytime Emmy nominated star Cameron Mathison ("All My Children") and "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" darling Barbara Niven. The film centers on free spirit Hannah Swensen, an expert baker who becomes a culinary detective when her shop, the Cookie Jar, becomes the scene of a crime, just as she is caught in a romantic mystery of her own. "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery," is based on the New York Times bestselling book Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.
GRACE & FRANKIE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/8/15 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2015) In this irreverent and touching series, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, a pair of frenemies whose lives are turned upside down - and permanently intertwined - when their husbands leave them for each other. Together, they must face starting over in their 70s in a 21st century world. The series also stars Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn. Created by Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), the 13-episode series is produced by Skydance Productions and executive producers Kauffman, Morris, Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein, David Ellison, David Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
MOM'S BLIND DATE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 5/9/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, January 2015) Following Hallmark Channel's mega-hit holiday ratings success of "Christmas Under Wraps," beloved star Candace Cameron Bure stars and executive produces "Mom's Blind Date," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere, Saturday, May 9 (9p.m. ET/PT, 8C) Mother's Day Weekend 2015. Bure starred in "Christmas Under Wraps" [OAD 11/29/14] which reached unparalleled success with record ratings, becoming Hallmark Channel's highest-rated and mostwatched telecast in its history. "Mom's Blind Date," will star the irresistibly talented Bure as a busy wife, super mom and professional matchmaker whose own marriage is on the brink - until she opens her eyes to an unconventional solution. In "Mom's Blind Date," Bure stars as Jennie Wreitz, a successful matchmaker who's suddenly lost the spark in her own marriage after 15 years. With their union about to fall apart, Jennie insists her husband Ian goes on a blind date - with her! By rediscovering each other as "newly-mets," they get a second chance to fall in love for the first time all over again.
MURDER, SHE BAKED: A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE MURDER MYSTERY (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 5/10/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, February 2015) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces the start of production on its latest mystery movie series debut, "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery," a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original World Premiere Sunday, May 10 (9pm ET/PT, 8C). The mouthwatering new mystery stars actress and TV host Alison Sweeney ("Days of Our Lives"), alongside Daytime Emmy nominated star Cameron Mathison ("All My Children") and "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" darling Barbara Niven. The film centers on free spirit Hannah Swensen, an expert baker who becomes a culinary detective when her shop, the Cookie Jar, becomes the scene of a crime, just as she is caught in a romantic mystery of her own. "Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder Mystery," is based on the New York Times bestselling book Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke.
WAYWARD PINES (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 5/14/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, December 2014) Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Fox International Channels announce the global premiere of the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller WAYWARD PINES. The highly anticipated event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense," "Signs") and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan, will premiere Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and Latin America. The global WAYWARD PINES debut will be the world's largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever. The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon ("Crash") as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the stellar cast includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard ("Crash," "Hustle & Flow"), Carla Gugino ("Entourage"), Shannyn Sossamon ("How to Make It in America"), Toby Jones ("Infamous," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Reed Diamond ("24," "Much Ado About Nothing"), Tim Griffin ("Prime Suspect"), Charlie Tahan ("Charlie St. Cloud") and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis ("Cape Fear").
IS YOUR DOG A GENIUS? (NAT GEO WILD)
· [series premiere] · 5/15/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Nat Geo WILD's press release, January 2015) Humans and canines share a social bond unlike any other two species on the planet. Dogs are our constant companions and can do almost anything for us. They protect our homes, assist the police, warn us of health dangers, and cuddle on the couch, but there is still much to learn about the human/dog relationship. For one weekend in May, Nat Geo WILD invites you to celebrate all things canine and to learn more about the brains behind that bark. Nat Geo WILD's inaugural BarkFest weekend features the world premiere of the three-part series, Is Your Dog a Genius?, premiering Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT, with dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare using his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. He introduces at-home games that assess both dog and human, and he presents extraordinary dogs with remarkable problem solving abilities. The interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their dog's true potential.
BESSIE (HBO)
· [original telefilm] · 5/16/15 at 8:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, February 2015) HBO has confirmed the debut date for BESSIE, with the HBO Films presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MAY 16 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. Starring Oscar(R) nominee Queen Latifah ("Chicago") in the title role, BESSIE focuses on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. Directed by Dee Rees from a screenplay by Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois, with a story by Rees and Horton Foote, BESSIE is executive produced by Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces. The film also stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Bessie's husband, Jack Gee; Khandi Alexander as Bessie's older sister, Viola; Tory Kittles as Bessie's older brother, Clarence; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Oliver Platt as famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten; Bryan Greenberg as renowned record producer and music critic John Hammond; with Charles S. Dutton as Ma Rainey's husband, William "Pa" Rainey; and Oscar(R) winner Mo'Nique as blues legend Ma Rainey.
GOURMET DETECTIVE (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 5/16/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, March 2015) Dylan Neal ("Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove") and Brooke Burns ("Baywatch," "The Most Wonderful Time of Year") cook up a well-done "whodunit" in a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Movie World Premiere, "Gourmet Detective" Saturday, May 16, (9pm ET/PT, 8C.) The film, which is the first in an all new Mystery Movie Series, stars Neal as a chef-turned-sleuth whose expertise in the kitchen helps him solve culinary crimes. Neal co-writes the script with his wife Becky Southwell, as well as Executive Produces the film, based on the series of books by Peter King. "Gourmet Detective" also stars Ali Skovbye ("One Christmas Eve"), Laura Mennell ("Haven") and Bill Dow ("When Calls the Heart").
BETWEEN (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/21/15 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2014) Today, City, Netflix, and shomi(TM) announced a landmark partnership to bring audiences around the world a new, premium drama series, Between - an original survivalist thriller series, created by award-winning writer/director Michael McGowan (Still Mine, One Week, Saint Ralph) and starring Jennette McCurdy (iCarly, Sam & Cat). The three-way partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for the creation of a new, original series. The first season of Between, featuring six, one-hour episodes, will premiere on City and shomi in Canada and on Netflix outside of Canada where the service is available. Between will come to Netflix Canada one year following the initial premiere. Additional broadcast details will be announced at a later date. The series begins principal photography today. Between is the story of a town under siege from a mysterious disease that has wiped out everybody except those 21 years old and under. The series explores the power vacuum that results when a government has quarantined a 10-mile diameter area and left the inhabitants to fend for themselves.
AMERICAN DINER REVIVAL (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 5/22/15 at 10:30 PM
TEXAS RISING (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/25/15 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, August 2014) HISTORY's eight-hour television event series TEXAS RISING will premiere Memorial Day 2015, it was announced today by Dirk Hoogstra, Executive Vice President and General Manager, HISTORY & H2. The series will detail the Texas Revolution and the rise of the legendary Texas Rangers. TEXAS RISING is produced by A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Thinkfactory Media for HISTORY. Leslie Greif (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS) is executive producer. Two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé (THE KILLING FIELDS, THE MISSION) is directing with an all-star cast including: Bill Paxton, Brendan Fraser, Ray Liotta, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olivier Martinez, Thomas Jane, Crispin Glover, Rhys Coiro, Jeremy Davies, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Christopher McDonald, Max Thieriot, Chad Michael Murray, Robert Knepper, Jeff Fahey, Rob Morrow and Kris Kristofferson. In 1836, west of the Mississippi was considered the Wild West and the Texas frontier was viewed as hell on earth. Crushed from the outside by Mexican armadas and attacked from within by ferocious Comanche tribes - no one was safe. But this was a time of bravery, a time to die for what you believed in and a time to stand tall against the cruel rule of the Mexican General Santa Anna. The heroic General Sam Houston, the rag tag Rangers and the legendary "Yellow Rose of Texas," lead this story of the human will to win against insurmountable odds. At the end, the Texas flags stood tall and victorious, claiming a piece of history for all eternity.
GUILTY PLEASURES (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 5/25/15 at 10:00 PM
ISLAND, THE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 5/25/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
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I CAN DO THAT (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 5/26/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
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AQUARIUS (NBC)
· [two-hour series premiere] · 5/28/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, March 2015) It's 1967 and the era of free love, drug experimentation and Vietnam is in full effect. When Emma (Emma Dumont, "Salvation"), the teenage daughter of a respected lawyer, goes missing, LAPD Sgt. Sam Hodiak (David Duchovny, "Californication," "The X-Files") starts asking around. He soon discovers that the hippie kids he's questioning don't take kindly to cops, especially a cop with hair as short as his. Needing the help of someone to trust, he partners with young undercover cop Brian Shafe (Grey Damon, "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," "Friday Night Lights"), a law-abiding officer who struggles with his own demons. He also begins to rely on Charmain Tully (Claire Holt, "Vampire Diaries," "Pretty Little Liars"), an ambitious rookie cop who's anxious to prove herself in a male-dominated profession. It's not long before they stumble upon a small-time cult leader seeking out vulnerable women to join his cause. From there, they follow this man's trail down a rabbit hole of drugs, sex, murder and a cultural revolution. Little could they know, however, the guy they're hunting will eventually become the killer we now recognize as Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony, "Game of Thrones") - a lost soul who desperately wanted to get into the music scene of the '60s until something snapped. "Aquarius" will explore the cat-and-mouse game between Manson and the police in those turbulent years leading up to the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders.
UNREAL (LIFETIME)
· [series premiere] · 6/1/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Lifetime's press release, March 2015) Lifetime's highly-anticipated scripted series UnREAL (#UnREALTV), starring Shiri Appleby (Girls) and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards, Entourage), will premiere Monday, June 1, at 10pm ET/PT. This provocative drama, that gives a fictitious behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a dating competition program, makes its world premiere today at SXSW at 3:30pm CT in the Vimeo theater in the Austin Convention Center. UnREAL was created by Marti Noxon (Girlfriends Guide to Divorce, Mad Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. It was inspired by Shapiro's 2013 SXSW award-winning independent short film Sequin Raze. Set against the backdrop of the hit dating competition show Everlasting, UnREAL is led by flawed heroine Rachel Goldberg (Appleby), a young producer whose sole job is to manipulate her relationships with, and among, the contestants to get the vital dramatic and outrageous footage that the program's dispassionate executive producer, Quinn King (Zimmer), demands. What ensues is an eye-opening look at what happens in the outrageous world of unscripted television, where being a contestant can be vicious and being a producer a whole other reality.
SENSE8 (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 6/5/15 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, March 2013) Netflix will bring Georgeville Television's Sense8, a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted, exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014. The 10 episode season one of Sense8 marks the first foray into television by the Wachowskis, the creative geniuses behind Bound, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski , creator of the Hugo Award-winning Babylon 5 TV series and whose film credits include Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening.
BRANSON TAXI (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 6/6/15 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ReelzChannel's press release, January 2015) In Branson, Missouri life is about loving your family, having good times and making boatloads of money. Branson cab king Scott Thompson excels at all three. In Branson Taxi, viewers go inside Scott's family-run cab monopoly in Branson where the egos and demands equal those of New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. But Branson is a place where flash isn't coveted and people don't put up with divas and Scott's team of Ozark-bearded hillbillies and blue-eyed beauties know how to respond. Among them are Scott's young daughter Jade, dispatch manager Karen, smoky shop foreman Tom, pirate-hat-wearing cab mechanic Rusty, Ad Sales and Marketing experts Tessa and Dawnell and their wacky group of drivers Jeff, Steve and Bobby. But mixing family, friends and Branson's booming tourism industry makes for a shaky ride and keeps Scott and his team working around the clock to keep the competition at bay and passengers happy. Branson Taxi is produced by High Noon Entertainment with Jim Berger, Scott Feeley and Patrick Jager serving as Executive Producers.
ODD MOM OUT (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 6/8/15 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, January 2015) Following Bravo Media's success in 2014 ranking as the #9 ad supported cable entertainment network among adults 18-49 and 25-54, the network announced today that the second original scripted series, "Odd Mom Out," will premiere on Monday, June 8th. The 10 episode half-hour comedy, "Odd Mom Out," stars acclaimed author Jill Kargman playing a satirical version of herself as she navigates the treacherous and elite ecosystem of New York's Upper East Side, and the uber-wealthy mommy clique inhabiting this fantastically outrageous domain. A New Yorker through and through, Jill Weber (Kargman) embraces her quirky and somewhat unconventional life with her loving husband, Andy (Andy Buckley, "The Office") and three great kids. Jill's frenemies and in-laws only fuel the pressure for her to conform, including the status-obsessed family matriarch, Candace (Joanna Cassidy, "Six Feet Under"), brother-in-law Lex (Sean Kleier, "Madam Secretary") and his wife, Brooke (Abby Elliott, "Saturday Night Live"), who reigns over a group of quintessential Upper East Side mombots with an iron credit card.
SECRET LIVES OF AMERICANS (PIVOT)
· [series premiere] · 6/12/15 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Pivot's press release, March 2015) Pivot announced premiere dates for a new season of "Angry Planet," Friday, April 17 at 10pm ET, and for "Secret Lives of Americans" Friday, June 12 at 10:30pm ET. "Secret Lives of Americans" gives viewers an up-close and unflinching look at individuals' lives as they expose powerful secrets to the most important people in their lives. The series will be primarily shot by the subjects themselves, giving viewers an opportunity to experience immersive and intimate documentation, hearing firsthand about the turmoil caused by the skeletons in the subjects' closets. As these journeys unfold, viewers will come to understand the subjects' stories within the context of a greater social issue. Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert, and Danny Villa serve as executive producers for All3Media America. John Henshaw also serves as executive producer. Jeff Skoll and Christy Spitzer serve as executive producers for Pivot.
A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES (NBC)
· [original mini-series finale] · 6/21/15 at 9:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, December 2014) Following the eye-opening success of "The Bible" miniseries on History, the 12-hour miniseries "A.D." - from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey - will look at the lives that were instantly altered following the death of Christ. His disciples, mother Mary and key political religious leaders at the time saw their world turned upside down and their lives forever altered. Beginning at the fateful moment of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection, part two of the Greatest Story Ever Told will focus on the disciples who had to go forward and disseminate the teachings of Christ to a world dominated by political unrest, starting a whole new religion that would dramatically reshape the history of the world. "A.D." stars Greta Scaachi as Mother Mary, Richard Coyle as Caiaphus, Vincent Regan as Pilate, Adam Levy as Peter, Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene and Juan Pablo Di Pace as Jesus. Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser serve as executive producers.
BOOM! (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 6/25/15 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, March 2015) Combining high drama and high stakes with high comedy in a fun-filled, trivia-charged, slime-soaked, entertainment explosion, new quiz show BOOM!, hosted by comedian Tom Papa ("The Marriage Ref"), premieres Thursday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). From Keshet DCP, BOOM! is a general knowledge quiz show that challenges teams of three players to defuse a series of ticking slime-bombs, by dramatically cutting the wires relating to the correct answers and leaving the wrong answers untouched. Get it right - and the players win big money. Get it wrong or run out of time - and, after a tense countdown, the players - and portions of the audience - are showered with anything from "guacamole" to "mashed potatoes," forcing the players out of the game.
ZOO (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 6/30/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, February 2015) ZOO, a new drama based on the #1 bestselling novel by James Patterson, will premiere Tuesday, June 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). In the series, a wave of violent animal attacks against humans begin taking place across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated and ferocious, a young renegade biologist (James Wolk) is thrust into the race to unlock the pandemic's mystery before there's no place left for people to hide.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 7/17/15 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2015) The counselors are confirmed for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix just in time for summer. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood's famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film's debut. The series is directed by David Wain and co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter.
SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO! (SYFY)
· [original telefilm] · 7/22/15 at 9:00 PM
(from Syfy's press release, March 2015) Syfy and The Asylum today announced that the official title of the latest installment in the global pop culture sensation is Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! The two-hour original movie will devour the planet on Wednesday, July 22 at 9/8c. In addition, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! will wreak havoc on all Syfy channels around the world - 86 countries in all, including the UK, Australia and across Europe, Asia and Latin America - when it premieres in international primetime within 24 hours of the United States debut.
MR. ROBINSON (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 8/5/15 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2014) As lead singer and keyboardist of a rock band, Craig (Craig Robinson, "The Office") knows a thing or two about working the crowd, but his day job is where he really makes the grade. Every struggling artist knows the drill: you got to pay the bills while you wait for that big break. So when Craig finds himself short on cash, he takes a job as a substitute teacher. It's an easy gig, right? Throw a DVD in the player, dim the lights and sleep off last night's party. Yet when he realizes that the kids think his class is an easy A, Craig's moved to inspire his students. Music is his passion and he's not about to let anyone sleep though this period... period. The school principal (Jean Smart, "Samantha Who?") is a woman who believes that rules were made to be strictly upheld. She's none too fond of Craig's unorthodox teaching style, or his crush on the pretty English teacher. If he wants to keep his gig, get the girl and teach these kids the joys of music, he'll have to buckle down, shape up and rock out.
CARMICHAEL SHOW, THE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 8/5/15 at 9:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:30 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, March 2015) From the comedy of Jerrod Carmichael and Nick Stoller ("Neighbors") comes an irreverent sitcom inspired by Jerrod's relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father; his therapist-in training girlfriend; his ever-hustling brother and his mother who is always, always, always right with Jesus.
GREASE: LIVE (FOX)
· [original telefilm] · 1/31/16 at 7:00 PM
(from FOX's press release, January 2015) Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Paramount Television announced today that superstar singers, dancers and actresses Julianne Hough ("Safe Haven," "Rock of Ages") and Vanessa Hudgens ("High School Musical," "Spring Breakers") have been cast in leading roles in GREASE: LIVE (working title). With Hough as the angelic "Sandy" - Rydell High's most talked-about newcomer - and Hudgens as iconic bad girl "Rizzo," this first-ever live television production of "Grease" will re-imagine the hit crossover musical for an entirely new generation. Airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, GREASE: LIVE (wt) will be executive-produced by acclaimed film, television and theater producer Marc Platt. GREASE: LIVE (wt) is based on the original musical "Grease" by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, and Paramount Pictures' 1978 feature adaptation. It will be a Paramount Television production.