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WHAT NEW SHOWS & MOVIES ARE COMING UP?
HOMICIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 12/3/16 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, November 2016) Oxygen Media goes grim for the holidays with the new four-hour event series "Homicide for the Holidays" premiering Saturday, December 3 at 8pm ET/PT - 10pm ET/PT. The special delves into the terrifying twists, turns and tell-alls that reveal how tumultuous the holiday season can be. For most, the winter holidays mean bringing family and friends together to eat, drink, and create joyous memories to last a lifetime; but, for others, it's a time where emotions run high, anger and animosity set in and can spark an explosive combination of simmering resentments and volatile secrets. Sometimes, this emotional powder keg makes for some truly horrific holiday crime stories that viewers are sure to never forget. The series will feature firsthand accounts from families of four cases which include: sibling jealously that turned to bitterness and unhappiness then crystallized in killing; a misfit who saw her parents as the only obstacle to her happiness and murder as the solution; the age-old story, teenage girl meets boy, parents don't like boy, but with a new horrific ending: murder; and a Psycho Santa who took his piece of the American Dream and tossed it in the flames... literally.
DREAM OF CHRISTMAS, A (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/3/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Nikki DeLoach ("Awkward."), Andrew Walker ("Date with Love", Cindy Williams ("Laverne & Shirley"); Penny (DeLoach), an ambitious but discontented young married woman, gets more than she bargained for when she is granted a wish to be single again. She awakens one morning to discover she has everything she thinks she wanted: Her dream home, a great car, and a dream job where she's the boss. But the tradeoff is not all wine and roses. Her husband Stuart (Walker) is gone - their marriage doesn't exist because in this world they never even met. Penny eventually adjusts to life in this new "wish world". In spite of her professional successes and romantic advances from a handsome, bachelor client of hers (Christopher Russell), Penny soon discovers the most important thing is missing in her life - her husband Stuart. She resolves to find and meet Stuart - for a second time - and get to know him all over again in the hope they'll fall in love and rekindle the romance that was lacking in the "real world."
HEAVEN SENT (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 12/3/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, November 2016) As Christmas approaches, the end is near for Billy and Marie's marriage until an eight-year-old runaway angel from heaven takes it upon herself to rekindle the love they once shared.
LOOKS LIKE CHRISTMAS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/4/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Anne Heche ("Aftermath"), Dylan Neal ("50 Shades of Grey," "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove"); Carol (Heche) is an over-involved mother but nothing compares to the holiday season when she goes over-the-top spearheading her kid's school's Christmas Spectacular each year, which earned her the nickname Christmas Carol by the parents and faculty. All that changes the day Terry (Neal) moves to town with his teenage daughter. Also single, he is very fond of the holiday himself, having volunteered to mount the Christmas play each year at his daughter's former school. Carol tries to politely tell the single dad his help won't be needed but he has no intention of stepping aside. The tug-of-war turns into something of a rumble and it becomes clear neither of these parents is willing to work with the other. With the competition lines clearly drawn in the sand, the dueling duo sets out to outdo each other to create the most memorable Christmas spectacular ever. The pressure is ON to make this the best Christmas ever as it's anybody's guess if "Christmas Carol" will live up to her moniker or if newly titled "Terry Christmas" will become the new holiday hero. The two will ultimately learn the error of their ways and put aside their differences while learning they have a lot more in common as an unexpected romance begins to bloom.
OCEAN WARRIORS (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 12/4/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, November 2016) From Executive Producers Robert Redford and Paul Allen, Animal Planet premieres OCEAN WARRIORS, a gripping new series that propels viewers to the edge of a vast frontier and a battle critical to Earth's survival. Impossible to control or police, the oceans that cover three fifths of the globe and border 146 countries are home to a new breed of outlaw mercenaries who threaten not just marine life but the entire planet. A six-part series, OCEAN WARRIORS features unlikely heroes with a passion for justice as they track down these criminals in high-adrenaline missions, and premieres Sunday, Dec. 4 with back to back episodes at 9PM and 10PM ET/PT, continuing on Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Each fast-paced episode of OCEAN WARRIORS puts the offenders in the sights of dedicated activists, scientists and investigators who put their lives on the line every day to stop those who are wreaking havoc on our oceans, from Tanzania to Thailand to Antarctica and beyond. Series episodes will include Enforcement, Who's the Bad Guy, Engage the Enemy, Truth and Lies, Life and Death and Perseverance. The young men and women of the Sea Shepherds chase a notorious, battle-hardened poaching ship through the dense ice of the Antarctic Sea despite the very real threat of violence and hazardous waters. In Tanzania, a conservation biologist strives to save the coral reefs from blast fishing, whose explosive impact could wipe out the marine life that sustains 18 million people. In the Pacific, Greenpeace patrols the waters for illegal shark fishing, exploring deep within a commercial vessel to discover a prolific and illegal bounty. An environmental journalist goes to Thailand, where illegal poachers are devastating a $7 billion national fishing industry as they pillage the ancestral fishing grounds. And, tragically, our vigilantes discover a vast human trafficking network of fishing slaves that extends from Africa to Indonesia. This new generation of enforcers are mobilized around the globe and ready to deal with those who run rampant across our oceans.
MARIAH'S WORLD (E!)
· [series premiere] · 12/4/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, August 2016) Award-winning singer, songwriter and icon Mariah Carey partners with E!to show fans, viewers and lambs alike the Mariah they only think they know. The eight-part event follows Carey as she kicks off her "Sweet Sweet Fantasy" tour of the United Kingdom, Europe and Africa, all while planning her upcoming wedding. Mariah grants exclusive access to her life behind the mic, including her family, friends and inner circle who keep her at the top of her game when "Mariah's World" premieres in the U.S. and Canada on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 9:00pm. Premieres outside North America will then follow on E!'s 15 international channels, reaching 153 countries in 24 languages with the UK, Australia and New Zealand premiering within 24 hours of the US, and all international channels within two weeks of the E! US broadcast.
HEARTS OF CHRISTMAS (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/4/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Emilie Ullerup ("Chesapeake Shores"), Kristoffer Polaha ("Castle"), Sharon Lawrence ("NYPD Blue"); For the NICU nurses at Community Memorial Hospital, every "premie" heartbeat is a precious gift. So when, Jenny Miller (Ullerup) finds out that head nurse Alice Shelby (Lawrence), the NICU's very heart and soul, is being forced into early retirement as part of a cost-cutting plan initiated by the hospital's new CFO, Matt Crawford (Polaha), Jenny and her colleagues decide to give her a sendoff to remember, turning the annual Christmas party into a tribute for Alice. But after witnessing first-hand the gratitude of parents whose child has been so lovingly cared for by Alice, Jenny and the other nurses there, he hatches another cost-cutting plan that will save jobs, while allowing the staff to continue providing the excellent care they have given to so many over the years.
TIMBER CREEK LODGE (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 12/5/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, October 2016) Bravo Media follows the upstairs downstairs antics of the hardworking and sexy staff whose job is to serve a slew of elite clientele at an ultra-luxurious North America ski lodge in "Timber Creek Lodge," premiering Monday, December 5th at 10pm ET/PT. Living in tight quarters, these hot hoteliers burn the candle at both ends as they manage their relationships with each other as well as cater to every whim of their high-class vacationers. It's all work and a lot of play at "Timber Creek Lodge," where viewers will go behind the doors of a five-star mountain retreat to see the on-and-off duty shenanigans of the resort staff working around the clock to provide the ultimate vacation experience. Consisting of a lodge manager, VIP hosts, personal chef, bartender, housekeepers and servers, this team will collectively do whatever it takes, even if that means blurring the lines of professionalism. With this mix of fiery personalities all living, working and partying together under one roof, they are sure to bump heads, break hearts and bend rules as they find their place, earn their keep and navigate the resort's hierarchy.
KNOCKED UP (LIFETIME)
· [series premiere] · 12/6/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Lifetime's press release, October 2016) Knocked Up chronicles the journeys of three women who are having the time of their lives as their careers are just about to take off. Living carefree and enjoying being single ladies, the lives of Akiitha, Katie and Audra are turned upside down when they discover they are pregnant after one night of fun. As they prepare for their special deliveries, they must all make major life decisions as they deal with their surprise pregnancies and get ready for life's greatest adventure, motherhood. Totally unprepared for babies at this time in their lives, all three need to re-think their living situations, relocate, cope with the father's involvement (or lack thereof), all the while dealing with their ever changing bodies and intense emotional ups-and-downs of being pregnant. After 10 years of wild partying, 32 year-old Audra had cleaned up her act, finding sobriety and the church. But after a night spent with an old friend results in an unexpected pregnancy, her world is about to change again. Despite her mom's disapproval and the father's refusal to be involved, Audra decides to raise the baby on her own. Meanwhile, Katie, who has always had relationships with women, unexpectedly gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a man, only to then meet Angela, the woman of her dreams. Katie struggles to balance the challenges of a new relationship with first-time parenting. Knocked Up also features Akiitha, a social worker from New Orleans, Louisiana who made an instant connection while out on Bourbon Street, only later discovers there's a baby on the way.
BATTLE OF THE EX-BESTIES, THE (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 12/6/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, October 2016) Stakes and emotions run high on Oxygen Media's newest competition series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" premiering Tuesday, December 6 at 11pm ET/PT. Hosted by Sibley Scoles ("E! News"), the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize. Will these frenemies give their relationship a fighting chance, or part ways once and for all? As fourteen contestants look to dominate the battle, nothing can prepare them for the moment they discover that they've each been paired with an ex-best friend. This tumultuous competition series puts them under the same roof and ultimately pushes them to revisit a shared history that will either help or hurt them in overcoming a series of daunting challenges. Should a team lose a challenge, they will have the option to compete for $50,000, or leave the competition for good. Two consecutive losses result in elimination. With betrayals, lies and past accusations looming, they alone will determine the price of friendship.
SHUT EYE (HULU)
· [series premiere] · 12/7/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Hulu's press release, November 2016) Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) is a scammer with a small chain of fortune-telling storefronts and contracts building tricks for a family that controls the business in the greater chunk of Los Angeles. A blow to the head from a client's angry boyfriend intersects with a hypnosis session while auditioning a new "clairvoyant," and suddenly, a man whose entire life has been based on fraud begins to see and feel some very real and fundamental truths. Charlie's wife Linda (KaDee Strickland) is sick and tired of their mediocre life and wants to break away from Fonso (Angus Sampson), the single father who runs the Marks family's psychic empire and controls the Haverford's future. Isabella Rossellini co-stars as Rita, the cunning, seductive and sadistic matriarch of the Marks clan.
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (NBC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/7/16 at 8:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, February 2016) NBC is assembling an all-star team of Broadway's finest and most talented creatives for its upcoming production of "Hairspray Live," the network's latest stage musical following the phenomenal success of "The Wiz Live." The telecast will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "In keeping with our desire to bring the best of Broadway to our live musicals, we've assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for 'Hairspray Live,'" said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled to have director Kenny Leon, who knocked 'The Wiz Live' way out of the park, and Jerry Mitchell, the original choreographer of 'Hairspray' and who is the director of two smash hit musicals running on Broadway right now.
PANDORA'S BOX: UNLEASHING EVIL (ID)
· [series premiere] · 12/8/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Investigation Discovery's press release, March 2016) Most stories end with the crime, but sometimes the crime scene represents just the tip of the iceberg. From a murder scene that tipped police off to a polygamist secret society to a random house fire that revealed family secrets that had been buried for decades, PANDORA'S BOX uncovers gripping investigations that get more sordid as every piece of evidence is examined. Sharp Entertainment
SELECTION, THE: SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXPERIMENT (HISTORY)
· [series premiere] · 12/8/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from History's press release, November 2016) HISTORY's fearless survival series "Alone" returns for a ten episode third season, premiering Thursday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT, followed by the series premiere of the original unscripted series, "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10PM ET/PT. Immediately following the season three premiere of "Alone," HISTORY debuts its newest unscripted series from executive producer Peter Berg "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" at 10pm ET/PT. The series places 30 men and women with no military background through an immersive, authentic experience led by veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, while offering insight into the origins of these physical and mental challenges. Special Operations units around the globe devise extreme training and assessment exercises in order to find the best of the best. "The Selection: Special Operations Experiment" instructors employ tests such as tear gas, interrogation stimulation and psychological warfare, driving participants to push themselves to the limits of the human body and mind. It will be the ultimate test of self-discovery, physical strength, and mental limitation. This is not a competition series - no cash rewards - only a test against oneself to see if the mind has the will and strength to push the body to complete the challenges.
CAPTIVE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/9/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, July 2016) From the highest profile cases to those kept hidden from the public, comes a new docu-series from acclaimed executive producer Doug Liman and producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn. The producers of Captive have gained privileged access to the most challenging negotiations of our time -- revealing how hostage-taking, and the efforts to resolve it, have evolved to address an escalating international trend. The episodes look at a wide range of situations from the viewpoint of everyone involved: the victims and their families back home, the experienced negotiators, business leaders, government officials and the kidnappers themselves.
MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/9/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, November 2016) Acclaimed original English-language drama series Medici: Masters of Florence has been acquired by Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network. The series will premiere as a Netflix original in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada and India starting 9 December. Medici: Masters of Florence, created by award-winning writer and executive producer Frank Spotnitz (The Man in the High Castle, The X-Files) and Nicholas Meyer (The Seven Per-Cent Solution, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), broke Italian viewing records this month with an overall average of 27.34% share on TV and almost seven million viewers for the series. The 8 x 60-minute drama series stars Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Cinderella) and twice Oscar(R) winner and four times BAFTA winner Dustin Hoffman with credits such as Rain Man, Tootsie and Kramer vs Kramer, as members of the legendary Medici family, who turned a modest family business into a banking empire and went on to fund the Renaissance.
WHITE RABBIT PROJECT (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/9/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2016) In White Rabbit Project, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara head down the rabbit hole to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Under their microscope are topics as diverse as jailbreaks, superpower technology, heists and crazy world war two weapons. In each episode the hosts immerse themselves in experiments, builds and tests as they sleuth the truth behind these and other well googled themes.
ALBERT (NICK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/9/16 at 7:00 PM
(from Nickelodeon's press release, November 2016) Nickelodeon is giving audiences a gift this holiday season with the debut of Albert, an original animated TV movie about a tiny Douglas fir tree who goes on a journey to become the city's most famous Christmas tree ever. Premiering Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), the one-hour, CG-animated holiday tale stars the comedic voice talent of Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) in the title role and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street). "Albert is in the great tradition of classic heartwarming holiday stories, and we're thrilled that it is the first original animated TV movie Nickelodeon has ever made," said Michael Sammaciccia, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Nickelodeon Original Movies. "Between the hilarious voice cast and the lush CG animation, Albert is a great movie for kids and families to enjoy this holiday season." Albert is the story of a tiny Douglas fir tree named Albert who has big dreams of becoming Empire City's most famous Christmas tree. When the search for this year's tree is announced, Albert believes he has found his calling and hits the road with his two best friends, Maisie (Zamata), the persistently positive palm tree, and Gene (Friedlander) the abrasive and blisteringly honest weed, to fulfill his destiny. With a few prickly situations along the way, and Cactus Pete (Riggle) out to stop him, Albert learns the true meaning of Christmas. The hour-long TV movie will also feature two original songs, "The Best Thing That Can Happen to Christmas" and "Christmasiest Christmas," performed by the voice cast."
CHRISTMAS WEDDING DATE, A (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 12/10/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, November 2016) After being fired from her high-powered job, Rebecca heads back home to see her mom and attend her friend's wedding on Christmas Eve. Initially convinced that the trip is a terrible mistake, Rebecca soon learns that you can go home again.
NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS, A (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/10/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Amy Acker ("Person of Interest"), Sascha Radetsky ("Flesh and Bone"), Sophia Lucia ("So You Think You Can Dance," "Dance Moms"); Rising star, Lilly James (Acker) lives and breathes ballet. Her sister, Beth, is not only her biggest fan but often forgoes her own needs to make sure Lilly has every opportunity possible. Lilly's devotion pays off when she is accepted into the New York City Ballet. Her biggest dream comes true when she lands the lead role of Clara in The Nutcracker and will make her debut on Christmas Eve. As she prepares for her big night, she receives the tragic news that her sister has died. She is removed from the show by none other than Mark (Radetsky), her boyfriend and dance partner. Betrayed and heartbroken, she vows never to dance again. Years later, Lilly's niece (Lucia) receives the same Christmas wish, the role of Clara in the prestigious Philadelphia Nutcracker Ballet, only to find that the Ballet Director is Mark, who betrayed Lilly years ago. Will Lilly see the truth about her past, and allow herself a second chance to dance and another chance to find love?
MERRY EX-MAS (TV ONE)
· [original telefilm] · 12/10/16 at 8:00 PM
(from TV One's press release, November 2016) A mild mannered, single mother, Katrina Jackson (Angel Conwell), and A.D.D. sufferer, DeMarco Gamble (London Brown) are two loving parents raising their daughter in separate households. When DeMarco falls in love with another woman, Vilisa Whitaker (Faune Watkins), and plans a Christmas Wedding; Katrina sets in motion a diabolical plan to ruin their fairytale wedding. Sean Patrick Thomas (Save the Last Dance), Clifton Powell (Ray) and Jason Weaver (Drumline) round out the cast.
MEANT TO BE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/11/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Bonnie Somerville ("Code Black"), Brennan Elliott ("Flower Shop Mystery," "UnREAL"); Maddie (Somerville), a high-powered marketing executive, is on her way to a client's wedding but her plans are derailed by car trouble. When a fork in the road leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas, an unexpected encounter and a group of strangers that start to feel like family will have her questioning what she's really been missing in life.
SOUND OF CHRISTMAS, THE (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/11/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Lindy Booth ("The Librarians"), Robin Dunne ("Sanctuary"); When music teacher Lizzie (Booth) and single father Brad (Dunne) meet at a Christmas tree lot their instant connection is obvious. At first, it seems as though fate is on their side when they discover that she is his daughter's new piano teacher but then they find out that Brad's company is buying the building where Lizzie's music school is located. With only two weeks to go until the big Christmas concert scholarship fundraiser, Lizzie and Brad have to come up with a way to save the school all the while discovering that they are falling in love.
STAR (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 12/14/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:01 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, November 2016) On an epic night of music and drama, STAR, the new drama from Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) and Tom Donaghy ("The Whole Truth"), will have a special premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 14,(9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following EMPIRE's shocking Season Three fall finale, airing at a special time (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). STAR will then make its time period premiere with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers - desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom - as they navigate the cut-throat music business. The series stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah ("Bessie," "Bringing Down The House") Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt ("24: Live Another Day," "Law & Order") and newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O'Grady and Amiyah Scott. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Hunger Games"), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson ("2 Fast 2 Furious").
BLOOD AND FURY: AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR (AHC)
· [series premiere] · 12/14/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from American Heroes Channel's press release, November 2016) It was the war that divided our nation, a brutal and savage feud that changed America forever. Pitting brother against brother, the Civil War was our country's greatest internal struggle, as friends became foes in a conflict that brought a country to its knees then ultimately reunited it. Now, American Heroes Channel (AHC) transports viewers back to that pivotal era in the exclusive new series, BLOOD AND FURY: AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR. Premiering Wednesday, December 14 at 10/9c, the series chronicles the definitive story of one of the most extraordinary and bloodiest chapters in American history. "At AHC, our programming is anchored by real stories of conflict, action and heroism, none of which defined our nation more than the Civil War," said Kevin Bennett, executive vice president and general manager, American Heroes Channel. "With a high-end, cinematic experience, BLOOD AND FURY: AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR is as dramatic and compelling as any Hollywood blockbuster, taking viewers beyond textbooks, and onto the frontlines of the iconic battles that changed our nation forever. The picturesque nature of the content presented an organic opportunity to travel back in time to the Civil War, and we're thrilled to announce AHC's first-ever virtual reality experience CIVIL WAR: LETTER FROM THE TRENCHES will launch as a companion VR piece." Told from a soldier's point-of-view, BLOOD AND FURY: AMERICA'S CIVIL WAR uses the war's most significant battles- Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettsyburg, Battle of Nashville and Petersburg - to illuminate both the bigger themes and revel in the smaller, little-known and surprising stories of this brutal, hellish conflict. Epic, emotional, immersive and action-packed, each of the series' six episodes is completely dedicated to historical authenticity, telling the full scope of what happened at these key battles - regardless of outcome.
BIG NIGHT OUT (VICELAND)
· [series premiere] · 12/14/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Viceland's press release, November 2016) "BIG NIGHT OUT" (debuting December 14 @ 10:00 PM) 2016 has been a rough year, but even in this bleak world, kids still dress up, gather, get loaded and dance to weird, loud music. Now Clive Martin - VICE UK's T.S. Eliot of rave culture - is traveling the planet to discover how partying has become an act of rebellion, sustenance and survival for young people everywhere.
BONG APPETIT (VICELAND)
· [series premiere] · 12/15/16 at 11:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 11:30 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Viceland's press release, November 2016) "BONG APPÉTIT" (debuting December 15 @ 11:30PM) A combination that's equal parts Naked Chef, Martha Stewart and the Barefoot Contessa... with weed. Hosted by VICE's Abdullah Saeed, "Bong Appétit" explores the making and consumption of high-end cannabis-infused foods with different chefs and party guests each episode.
CALL ME FRANCIS (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/16/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, November 2016) Call Me Francis, is a 4 part biographical miniseries that chronicles Pope Francis' life, his controversial political leanings, his remarkable humanitarian work and his ascent to Papacy starring Rodrigo de la Serna, Mercedes Morán and Muriel Santa Ana. The miniseries opens with Jorge Mario Bergoglio's early years in Buenos Aires in the 1960's and depicts his journey through the height of Argentina's "Dirty Wars" during the 70's and 80's, culminating in his appointment as Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope in history, in 2013. Call Me Francis is a Taodue production, written and directed by Daniele Luchetti and produced by Pietro Valsecchi.
MY CHRISTMAS LOVE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/17/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Meredith Hagner ("Royal Pains," "Veep"), Bobby Campo ("Scream: The TV Series"), Gregory Harrison ("Rizzoli & Isles," "Signed, Sealed, Delivered"); A hopeless romantic (Hagner) starts receiving each gift from the song "The 12 Days of Christmas" compliments of an anonymous benefactor. As she tries to figure out the gifter's identity with the hope that the person on the other end of the parade of presents will be her one true love, she discovers that what she was looking for was right in front of her the entire time.
SLEIGH BELLS RING (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 12/18/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Erin Cahill ("Saving Grace," "Power Rangers Time Force"), David Alpay ("Quantico," "Ice Sculpture Christmas"); Single mom Laurel Bishop (Cahill) is ready to be promoted to City Manager, but first she needs to put together a gorgeous Christmas Parade in just two weeks! When she finds a beautiful old sleigh she knows it will be perfect for the Santa float if she can fix it up in time. But things go awry as the magical sleigh seems to have a mind of its own, and keeps nudging her back to her handsome former high school sweetheart, David (Alpay).
CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER, A (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/18/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Mira Sorvino ("Mighty Aphrodite"), Cameron Mathison ("Murder She Baked"); When a harsh TV personality, Jennifer (Sorvino), needs a break from her own life, she hops in a car and drives to a small town mountain retreat. On her way there, a blizzard veers her off the road and she crashes. When she comes to, she has complete amnesia and a friendly passerby takes her in. As time passes, she still doesn't remember who she is and the friendly passerby, a widower himself with three kids, assimilates her into his family. But as she slowly starts remembering who she is, she prefers the new life she's built in this small town.
BEYBLADE: BURST (DISNEY XD)
· [series premiere] · 12/19/16 at 9:00 AM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 9:00 AM-9:30 AM EST
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LEAVE IT TO STEVIE (VH1)
· [series premiere] · 12/19/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from Investigation Discovery's press release, November 2016) A fresh start calls for fresh experiences. With his five children as his top priority, Stevie resolves to forge deeper connections with his family and return to the studio to create new music. Newly single Stevie embarks on life as a bachelor with the help of longtime buddies Yung Joc and Scrappy but will an old friend have him considering a romantic relationship? The series will premiere Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9PM ET/PT.
TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 12/20/16 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, October 2016) The CW today announced its slate of upcoming holiday specials, including the brand new, week-long holiday series TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS. New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS, for five hour-long episodes across four consecutive nights, starting Tuesday, December 20 (8:00-9:00pm ET). In each episode, comedy superstar and Christmas super-fan Terry Crews will visit a hopeless holiday enthusiast and put them through a hilarious crash-course in how to do Christmas right. After spying on the makings of a Christmas mess, an expert team led by Terry and his no-nonsense food, beverage and design experts, will intervene and provide tips and tricks to pull off a Christmas that friends and family will remember for years to come. TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS is produced by Tim Warren ("Bar Rescue"), and Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Justin Dudek and Max Levenson of Electus.
TRAVELERS (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/23/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, April 2016) Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, and Showcase announced today the start of production on the new original sci-fi series, Travelers. Shooting on location in Vancouver, the time-traveling sci-fi drama is produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., in association with Showcase and Netflix. Travelers will premiere exclusively on Netflix outside of Canada, everywhere the service is available, later this year. The series will debut on Showcase in Canada. Hundreds of years from now, the last surviving humans discover the means of sending consciousness back through time, directly into people in the 21st century. These "travelers" assume the lives of seemingly random people, while secretly working as teams to perform missions in order to save humanity from a terrible future. These travelers are: FBI Special Agent Grant MacLaren (Eric McCormack), the team's leader; Marcy (Mackenzie Porter), a young, intellectually disabled woman in the care of her social worker, David (Patrick Gilmore);?Trevor (Jared Paul Abrahamson), a high school quarterback; Carly (Nesta Marlee Cooper), a single mom in an abusive relationship; and Philip (Reilly Dolman), a heroin-addicted college student. Armed only with their knowledge of history and an archive of social media profiles, the travelers discover that 21st century lives and relationships are as much a challenge as their high-stakes missions.
TROLLHUNTERS (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/23/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2016) From the limitless imagination of master storyteller Guillermo Del Toro comes a tale of two worlds set to collide in the epic saga DreamWorks' Trollhunters. When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Strong-willed and seeking adventure but wholly unprepared for the responsibilities thrust upon him, Jim is forced to take on the exalted mantle of Trollhunter, sworn to protect the good trolls from powerful enemies bent on revenge. The first human ever to hold the honor, Jim abruptly goes from fighting his way through the daily mayhem of high school to joining a war that has raged for centuries, a conflict that now threatens all of mankind and troll-kind alike. Accompanied by his closest human friends and a few key troll allies, the courageous fifteen-year-old must plunge headlong into a fantastical world of astonishing creatures, glorious cities, and fierce enemies desperate to destroy him. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil with stakes that couldn't be higher, Jim is determined to save the world - right after gym class. DreamWorks' Trollhunters is a heroic tale that uncoils with ambitious, complex storytelling and stunning visuals that raise the bar for animated series, creating an event series that will thrill the entire family.
CHASING CAMERON (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 12/27/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2016) Get your selfie stick and favorite filter ready because Netflix's new unscripted series Chasing Cameron, which follows digital influencer Cameron Dallas, will launch globally on December 27 at 12:01am PST exclusively on Netflix. All ten episodes of the series will be available at that time. Chasing Cameron centers on social media star and entrepreneur Cameron Dallas as he looks to take his career to the next level. Together with close friends Taylor Caniff, Aaron Carpenter, Blake Gray, Willie Jones and Trey Schafer, they all set out on MAGCON's first international tour. From Paris to Italy and even down under in Australia, this group's fan-damonium reaches a fever pitch. It's not all selfies and snap stories as the series explores the stark contrast between their public online profiles and their personal lives, and gives an unfiltered view into the unique world of digital celebrity.
MICK, THE (FOX)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 1/1/17 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:31 PM-9:01 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, November 2016) New comedy THE MICK will have a special premiere on Sunday, Jan. 1 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), following the NFL doubleheader on FOX. The series will then premiere in its regular time period with an all-new episode Tuesday, Jan. 3 (8:31-9:01 PM ET/PT), after NEW GIRL, which moves to its new time period (8:00-8:31 PM ET/PT), beginning that night. THE MICK follows MACKENZIE, aka "MICKEY" (Kaitlin Olson, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), an unapologetic degenerate who suddenly finds herself stuck raising her spoiled niece and nephews in affluent Greenwich, CT. She's determined to rise to the occasion and transform these little monsters into honest, hard-working, decent members of society - something she knows absolutely nothing about.
ROSE FOR CHRISTMAS, A (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 1/1/17 at 8:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, October 2016) Stars: Rachel Boston ("The Witches of East End," "In Plain Sight"); Andy (Boston) is a passionate and talented artist whose Pasadena family has been building Rose Parade floats for generations. But when her Dad gets sick and can't lead this year's efforts as usual, Andy has no choice but to take the helm and supervise the construction and decoration of their client's float over Christmas with only a few weeks to go. And to make matters worse, she's saddled with the extra challenge of dealing with Cliff (, a demanding businessman whose company commissioned the float. Forced to work together, these two can't help but clash - she's a creative type who knows this flower-strewn process inside out, while he's all business with no time for art. But working side-by-side over Christmas, they each learn the other is not who they seem. And together, with a ragtag team of volunteers, they might just have what it takes to create a magnificent Rose Parade float... IF they can pull it together by New Year's.
RANSOM (CBS)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 1/1/17 at 8:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from eOne's press release, June 2016) America's Most Watched Network CBS (US) has joined leading broadcasters TF1 (France) and Corus' Global (Canada) in greenlighting 13 episodes of the suspenseful drama series Ransom, starring Luke Roberts (Black Sails, Game of Thrones), from global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Big Light Productions and producers Sienna Films and Wildcats Productions. eOne controls worldwide rights to the series, excluding French-speaking territories. Through his company Big Light Productions, Golden Globe(R) winning and Emmy(R) nominated screenwriter Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle) will serve as an executive producer on the series. Created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Spotnitz, Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert. Laurent Combalbert and his partner, Marwan Mery, are considered to be among the top negotiators in the world. Today, they travel around the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution. Ransom follows crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont (Roberts), whose team is brought in to save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behavior to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world. While Eric's considerable powers of manipulation make him the best at what he does professionally, they often complicate his relationships with family, friends and colleagues. Is Eric being himself, or who he needs to be in order to get what he wants? The difference is often hard to tell. The series begins with Eric taking on Maxine Carlson, a new member of the team eager to prove herself. But a dangerous secret from Maxine's past may pose a threat that even the great Eric Beaumont is unable to resolve.
BEYOND (FREEFORM)
· [two-hour series premiere] · 1/2/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Freeform's press release, October 2016) During the New York Comic Con panel for "Beyond," Freeform announced that the highly anticipated series will have its on-air debut on MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2017, at 9:00 p.m. EST, with a special two-hour premiere event. Additionally, the network announced that on January 2 at 9:00 p.m., the entire first season of "Beyond" will be available on multiple digital platforms, including the Freeform app, Freeform.com, On Demand and Hulu. "The premiere of 'Beyond' marks an important milestone in the history of Freeform, nearly a year since our rebrand," said Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform. "One of the promises we made to our audience at the time was to create content they love and to make that content easily accessible. 'Beyond' helps us live up to both promises. In the same way we modernized our brand, we are modernizing how we bring our shows to our audience. 'Beyond' is our first, and definitely not our last, 'binge-from-the-start' show." "Beyond" is a one-hour drama about Holden, a young man who wakes up from a coma after 12 years and discovers new abilities that propel him into the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. Now Holden must try and figure out what happened to him during those 12 years; how to survive a world that changed while he was gone; and answer the question, why did this happen to him?
WALL, THE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 1/3/17 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, May 2016) Packed with drama and action, this is a game that the entire family can root for together. Executive producer LeBron James presents a challenge infused with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, where regular people can achieve their dreams with one bounce of the ball. Hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick and set in a large glossy arena centering on the colossal 40-foot wall, the gameplay involves quick thinking, shrewd strategy and a little luck. Played by contestant pairs, this is an unpredictable journey with giant swings of fortune and millions of dollars passing through the contestants' hands throughout the hour.
KISS BANG LOVE (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 1/3/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from FYI's press release, November 2016) FYI has set a premiere date for "Kiss Bang Love," the new original series from the creators and producers of "Married at First Sight," where singles choose a potential mate based on blindfolded kissing. Ten one-hour episodes will premiere beginning on Tuesday, January 3 at 10pm ET. "FYI continues to set new trends in lifestyle content," said Gena McCarthy, EVP of Programming and Development. "Kiss Bang Love' is a romantic, sexy and smart format with great play-along for viewers. It expands FYI's successful relationship content, which just delivered double digit growth across all platforms in October." In "Kiss Bang Love," singles searching for love will participate in a new social experiment to explore whether blind physical chemistry can pre-determine romantic success. Each episode will follow a new man or woman as they meet ten potential matches and ultimately choose their favorite based on kissing while blindfolded, associated sensory perceptions and intimate conversations. Two final matches will go on romantic dates before a final decision is made and sealed with a kiss. The series is hosted by "Married at First Sight" relationship and communication expert, Rachel DeAlto, who will provide guidance and advice to the singles throughout the experiment.
GHOSTS IN THE HOOD (WE)
· [series premiere] · 1/5/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from WE tv's press release, October 2016) WE tv today announced a new paranormal docu-series, "Ghosts In the Hood," that blends humor with the supernatural and follows a group of diverse ghost hunters as they investigate unexplained phenomena across Los Angeles. Set to premiere on Thursday, January 5, 2017 on WE tv, the show follows the ghost-hunting team of O.P.O. (Official Paranormal Operations), who go where other ghost hunters typically don't - from the LBC to Altadena - bringing their signature humor along with them. WE tv has produced six hour-long episodes of the series. On each episode, O.P.O. responds to two different clients in distress. Whether they live in a haunted home or run a business plagued by spirits, O.P.O. has a strong track record of resolving unexplained issues for their clients, by either proving or disproving that something paranormal is plaguing them.
ONE DAY AT A TIME (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 1/6/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, July 2016) A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the "help" of her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends- without-benefits building manager named Schneider. The 13-episode first season of One Day at a Time is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Michael Garcia are executive producers.
EMERALD CITY (NBC)
· [two-hour series premiere] · 1/6/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, August 2016) Swept up into the eye of a tornado, 20-year-old Dorothy Gale (Adria Arjona) is transported to another world - a mystical land where an all-powerful ruler (Vincent D'Onofrio) governs over one kingdom, has outlawed magic, and faces not only the wrath of a growing cauldron of witches but a looming disaster brought on by a mythical force. Epic, romantic and fantastical, "Emerald City" is an empowering tale of a young woman finding her true strength and identity even as she battles to bring a divided world together.
GUARDIANS, THE (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 1/7/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, November 2016) What happens when animals are in distress and can't advocate for themselves? Guardians of Rescue step in. In this all-new series, Animal Planet introduces this volunteer-run organization called Guardians of Rescue and follows its quest to help any animal in need - anywhere, anytime. THE GUARDIANS premieres Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 10 PM ET/PT on Animal Planet. THE GUARDIANS features Guardians of Rescue founder and President Rob Misseri and his dynamic team: Dori, Moose, Brian, Face, Marceline, Miss Elle, Amanda and Bill. Though they may be an eclectic team - ex-military personnel, retired police detectives, former FBI investigators, carpenters, electricians and even former convicts and gang members - they unite in their passion and dedication for animal advocacy. With this group, first impressions are not always what they seem. When an animal is in need, their tough facade washes away and clients see their true love and compassion come forth.
TABOO (FX)
· [series premiere] · 1/10/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from FX's press release, November 2016) FX has set the premiere date for Taboo, the new drama series starring Tom Hardy and created by Steven Knight with Hardy and his father Chips Hardy, on Tuesday, January 10 at 10 PM et/pt. Set in 1814, Taboo follows "James Keziah Delaney," a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father's shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father's legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery. In addition to Tom Hardy, Taboo also stars Jonathan Pryce, Oona Chaplin, Stephen Graham, Michael Kelly, Jessie Buckley, David Hayman, Tom Hollander, Jason Watkins, Franka Potente, Jefferson Hall, Ed Hogg, Leo Bill, Christopher Fairbank, Richard Dixon, Mark Gatiss, Nicholas Woodeson, Lucian Msamati, and introducing Robert Parker.
REVENGE BODY WITH KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN (E!)
· [series premiere] · 1/12/17 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, November 2016) E! kicks off 2017 with a vengeance when "Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian" premieres Thursday, January 12th at 8pm ET/PT. In each of the eight, one-hour episodes, participants will get the opportunity to reinvent themselves from the inside out with the help of Khloé and some of the best fitness and nutrition experts in the world. Catch a glimpse of tears, trials and triumphs during a 30-minute preview special, airing Wednesday, November 23rd at 9pm ET/PT. This original unscripted series is produced by Khlomoney Entertainment, Rogue Atlas Productions in association with Lionsgate Television and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Whether these men and women have been dumped, are trying to mend relationships, or facing any of life's other tough challenges, Khloé - who has overcome her own body issues - is there to help. Khloé personally gets to know them, finds out what has broken them down, and gives them the tools they need to build themselves back up. The result is a journey to obtain the ultimate revenge. With the help of Khloé's elite celebrity trainers, stylists, and glam squads, participants work hard to transform their bodies over the course of 12 weeks to be best versions of themselves. The results display a significant change for each participant, leading to a final reveal to the world and confront with those who doubted them. From a man who gained weight after being dumped by his ex to a couple that both packed on the weight during their relationship, each episode will feature everyday people tackling what's holding them back from being the best they can be.
MY KITCHEN RULES (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 1/12/17 at 9:01 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:01 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, May 2016) The No. 1 show in Australia for five years running is coming to FOX. The unscripted cooking series will pit celebrity duos against each other as they cook and critique each other's food, in Hollywood homes. The teams will take turns hosting intimate dinner parties with a menu designed to impress their rival competitors and two professional chef judges, Curtis Stone ("Top Chef Masters") and Cat Cora ("Iron Chef America"). Celebrities featured on the series include Lance Bass, Brandy & Ray J, Andrew Dice Clay, Brandi Glanville and Naomi Judd. With escalating rounds of competition, the celebrity duo with the lowest score at the end of each round will be eliminated. The last two teams standing will battle it out in the final round for a pressure-cooker evening during which they will prepare and present their ultimate dining menu. In the end, only one team will survive the heat, the drama and the right to claim MY KITCHEN RULES.
SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, A (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 1/13/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2016) Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans -- Violet, Klaus, and Sunny - whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents' mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire). The series premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.
VICTORIA (PBS)
· [two-hour series premiere] · 1/15/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, December 2016) "Victoria" on MASTERPIECE - This drama follows Victoria (Jenna Coleman, "Doctor Who") from the time she becomes Queen in 1837 at age 18 through her relationship with her first prime minister and intimate friend, Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell), and her courtship with and marriage to Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). Famous for her candor and spirit, she was the first woman who seemed to have it all: a passionate marriage and the job ruling the world's most important nation. Sundays, January 15, 9-11 p.m. ET, January 22-March 5, 9-10 p.m. ET
THROWING SHADE (TV LAND)
· [series premiere] · 1/17/17 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from TV Land's press release, November 2016) Feeling salty about 2017? Come sit with the cool kids in the cafeteria, where we'll be throwing shade all winter long with two hilarious comedies, beginning Tuesday, January 17th. Season two of the Grade-A "Teachers," starring the improv group The Katydids, returns at 10pm ET/PT, followed by "Throwing Shade" at 10:30pm ET/PT - the clever, timely, and boundary-pushing new late night series based on the popular podcast and Funny or Die web series hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. "Throwing Shade," based on the hit podcast and Funny Or Die web series, is hosted by Erin Gibson (Emmy(R) nominated for "Gay of Thrones," "Parks and Recreation") and Bryan Safi ("Modern Family," "Superstore"), who will bring their unique perspective to the hottest topics of today - from politics, feminism and gay rights to the latest celebrity nonsense - in front of a live studio audience. Gibson and Safi serve as executive producers, along with showrunner Charlie Siskel ("Tosh.0," "Review"). Joe Farrell, Andrew Steele and Anna Wenger are also executive producers for Funny or Die.
SIX (HISTORY)
· [series premiere] · 1/18/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from History's press release, October 2016) HISTORY's new military combat drama series "SIX," makes its series debut on Wednesday, January 18 at 10PM ET/PT. The eight episode first season of "SIX" follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America's elite Special Operations unit - what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country. "SIX" is an authentic portrayal of what it means to be a member of SEAL Team Six, a true brotherhood, the best at what they do. The series begins with SEAL Team Six troop leader Richard 'Rip' Taggart (Walton Goggins/ "Vice Principals"; The Hateful Eight) making a questionable decision while on a mission in Afghanistan. Two years later, Rip is captured by Boko Haram and it's up to his former SEAL Team Six brothers - led by Joe Graves (Barry Sloane/ "Revenge"), Alex Caulder (Kyle Schmid/ "Copper") and Ricky "Buddha" Ortiz (Juan Pablo Raba/ "Narcos") - to put their differences aside to locate and rescue their former troop leader. "SIX" also stars Edwin Hodge ("Chicago Fire"), Dominic Adams ("Devious Maids"), Brianne Davis (Jarhead), Nadine Velazquez (Flight), Jaylen Moore ("Homeland"), Donny Boaz (The Great Debaters) and Nondumiso Tembe ("True Blood"). The first two episodes of "SIX" are directed by Academy Award(R), Emmy(R) nominated and DGA Award winning Lesli Linka Glatter ("Homeland," "Ray Donovan").
FRONTIER (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 1/20/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, November 2015) Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, announced that Frontier, a new action adventure drama series starring Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice) and from co-creators Rob Blackie (Republic of Doyle) and Peter Blackie (Majumder Manor) and director Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Incarnate, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) will premiere exclusively on Netflix outside of Canada, everywhere the service is available, in 2016. The first season of the drama series, commissioned by Discovery Canada, is made up of six, one-hour episodes. Frontier will debut on Discovery Canada in Canada and will come to Netflix Canada beginning in 2018. The series is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.
BEACHES (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 1/21/17 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, November 2016) Friends are family that you choose to have for a lifetime. Grammy(R) and Tony(R) Award winner Idina Menzel (Frozen) and NAACP Image Award winner Nia Long (The Best Man Holiday) star as lifelong best friends in Beaches, premiering on Saturday, January 21 at 8pm ET/PT. Beaches is directed by Emmy(R) Award nominee, Allison Anders. It features new takes on the classic songs "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Glory of Love" and includes several other songs recorded specifically for the movie. In this contemporary remake, Beaches follows the serendipitous meeting of two young girls on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives her her first big shot. Hillary (Long) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship - even with its ups and downs - sustains them for decades. Beaches also stars Gabriella Pizzolo and Grace Capeless as the young CC and Hillary along with Jodi Capeless, Sanai Victoria and Antonio Cupo.
SECRETS OF THE SIX WIVES (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 1/22/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, December 2016) SECRETS OF THE SIX WIVES - Historian Lucy Worsley time-travels to the Tudor court to witness some of the most dramatic moments in the lives of Henry VIII's six spouses. Combining drama and historical sources, with her own commentary, Worsley offers insights into a world run by men, where the king had ultimate power and each queen found unique methods of exerting her influence. Sundays, January 22-February 5, 10-11 p.m. ET
HUNTED (CBS)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 1/22/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, November 2016) CBS today announced the new prime time competition series HUNTED will premiere immediately following one of television's biggest events, the NFL's AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). HUNTED challenges ordinary people to go on the run as fugitives and evade capture by an elite team of investigators pursuing them. The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, it will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT. HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today's vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. From searching their targets' homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture. Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States? A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.
NEW EDITION STORY, THE (BET)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 1/24/17 at 9:00 PM
(from BET's press release, May 2016) BET Networks announces new cast additions to its much-anticipated original three-part miniseries NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE. La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office; The New Odd Couple), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The Wire) have joined the cast to play the mothers of the iconic music group New Edition. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, the three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2017. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles. The ladies join previously announced NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE cast Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), Elijah Kelley (The Butler, The Wiz Live!), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Luke James, Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) and newcomers Algee Smith and Woody McClain.
NEW EDITION STORY, THE (BET)
· [original mini-series finale] · 1/26/17 at 9:00 PM
(from BET's press release, May 2016) BET Networks announces new cast additions to its much-anticipated original three-part miniseries NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE. La La Anthony (Power), Yvette Nicole Brown (The Office; The New Odd Couple), Monica Calhoun (The Best Man), Lisa Nicole Carson (Ally McBeal) and Sandi McCree (The Wire) have joined the cast to play the mothers of the iconic music group New Edition. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, the three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2017. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles. The ladies join previously announced NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE cast Bryshere Y. Gray (Empire), Elijah Kelley (The Butler, The Wiz Live!), Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Luke James, Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) and newcomers Algee Smith and Woody McClain.
RIVERDALE (THE CW)
· [series premiere] · 1/26/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from The CW's press release, May 2016) As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom - and nothing feels the same... Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music - not follow in his dad's footsteps - despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him - certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind - as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves - which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren't the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn't want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)... Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows... Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ("Supergirl," "Glee"), Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow"), Sarah Schechter ("Arrow," "The Flash," "Supergirl," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow") and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).
LOVE BY THE 10TH DATE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 1/28/17 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, November 2016) Meagan Good (Code Black), Grammy (R) Award winner Kelly Rowland (Empire), Grammy nominee Keri Hilson (Think Like a Man) and Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man) portray friends looking for love in the Lifetime Original Movie, Love By The 10th Date, premiering January 28 at 8pm ET/PT. The two-hour romantic comedy also stars Emmy (R) nominee, Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), UnREAL's Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder). Love By The 10th Date follows Gabby (Good), Nell (Stewart), Billie (Hilson) and Margot (Rowland) who balance their dating adventures alongside their career ambitions at an upscale digital magazine in Los Angeles, under the watchful eye of their editor, Maureen (Deeley). Inspired by the site's relationship advice column to find the one, Gabby and Nell embark on their own journeys towards the elusive 10th date, the dating world's Holy Grail when it comes to commitment. Meanwhile, Billie finds herself at a major crossroads in her marriage and Margot unsuccessfully tries to fight her growing attraction to a famously controversial reggae musician she is assigned to interview. As the ladies navigate the ups and downs of modern dating, romance, exes and friendships, they learn what they really want out of life and love. Jackson stars as Dante, a creative director at the site and Bowyer-Chapman is Freddy, Nell's bisexual boyfriend. Following the movie, Lifetime premieres the one hour after show special, XXX at 10pm ET/PT. Hosted by XX, the cast reunites to share stories from the set, outtakes and other behind-the-scenes gossip.
PLANET EARTH II (BBCA)
· [series premiere] · 1/28/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from BBC America's press release, October 2016) Planet Earth II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will premiere Saturday, January 28 on BBC AMERICA, the US home of the BBC's landmark natural history series. A decade on from the ground breaking natural history series Planet Earth, we're able to go further, get closer and capture behavior and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago. Over three years in the making, in 40 different countries, on 117 filming trips and a total of 2089 shooting days, BBCA's Planet Earth II brings a whole new view of our planet. Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, stated, "Ten years on, Planet Earth II is a startlingly fresh and epic sequel from the world's premiere natural history filmmaking unit at the BBC. This extraordinary show captures our planet in innovative and mind blowing ways - there's an emotional resonance to that which is remarkable to experience. We believe audiences of all ages will feel utter joy watching our stunning natural world unfold in ways we've never before seen." Captured in stunning Ultra-high definition detail, BBCA's Planet Earth II is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
TRAINING DAY (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 2/2/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2016) TRAINING DAY is a crime thriller that begins 15 years after the events of the feature film, about a young, idealistic police officer who is tapped to go undercover in an elite squad of the LAPD where he partners with a veteran, morally ambiguous detective. Detective Frank Rourke (Bill Paxton) is the maverick head of the Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.) that hunts the city's most dangerous criminals, and is one of the finest investigators the department has ever produced. However, when the LAPD brass notices Rourke's penchant for operating in a gray area to fight the war on crime, they assign Kyle Craig (Justin Cornwell), a heroic, untarnished cop, to pose as Frank's trainee to spy on him and report on his off-book methods. The members of Frank's loyal team include Rebecca Lee (Katrina Law), a formidable officer with killer aim and a dark past, and Tommy Campbell (Drew Van Acker), a former pro surfer who follows Frank's orders without hesitation. Providing Frank with intel is his girlfriend, Holly Butler (Julie Benz), a well-connected, unapologetic Hollywood madam. While LAPD Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) coolly puts Kyle in danger in her mission to take down Frank, Kyle's schoolteacher wife, Alyse (Lex Scott Davis), worries her husband's resolve to avenge the murder of his father, a cop, may be his undoing. As Frank starts teaching his principled trainee the way of the streets, where the ends often justify the means, they form an uneasy alliance that will irrevocably change the course of both their lives. Based on the feature film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. Jerry Bruckheimer, Antoine Fuqua, Will Beall, Barry Schindel, Jonathan Littman and Danny Cannon are executive producers for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Fuqua Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Cannon directed the pilot.
SANTA CLARITA DIET (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 2/3/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, November 2016) In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, Justified) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction...but in a good way. Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond, Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond and Skylar Gisondo as Eric Bemis. Showrunner Victor Fresco, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are executive producers on the series. Nancy Juvonen is a producer. Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix production and is available globally ONLY on Netflix on February 3, 2017.
24: LEGACY (FOX)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 2/5/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-9:01 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, November 2016) The ticking clock restarts when 24: LEGACY debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Feb. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following SUPER BOWL LI, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT). The series chronicles an adrenaline-fueled race against the clock to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil - in the same real-time format that has propelled this genre-defining series. Starring Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton"), Miranda Otto ("Homeland") and Jimmy Smits ("Sons of Anarchy"), 24: LEGACY reunites the original series' award-winning producing team of Howard Gordon, Brian Grazer, Manny Coto and Evan Katz; directors Stephen Hopkins and Jon Cassar; and "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, who all serve as executive producers.
APB (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 2/6/17 at 9:01 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:01 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, November 2016) Following 24: LEGACY's time period premiere on Feb. 6, new police drama with a high-tech twist APB debuts (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT). After billionaire engineer GIDEON REEVES (Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, "Tyrant," "Weeds") witnesses his best friend's murder, he takes over Chicago's troubled 13th District and reboots it as a private police force, challenging the district - including an ambitious, street-smart cop (Natalie Martinez, "Kingdom," "Under the Dome") - to rethink everything about the way they fight crime. The series is from executive producer/director Len Wiseman (LUCIFER, "Underworld") and executive producer/writer Matt Nix ("Burn Notice"). Trey Callaway ("Revolution," CSI: NY"), Dennis Kim, Todd Hoffman ("The Confirmation"), and Robert Friedman ("The Confirmation," "Spring Broke," "Give") also serve as executive producers.
IMPOSTERS (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 2/7/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, November 2016) Bravo Media sets the premiere date for its new original, scripted series "Imposters" (previously announced as "My So Called Wife"), debuting Tuesday, February 7 at 10pm ET/PT and produced by Universal Cable Productions. The series follows Maddie (Inbar Lavi, "Gang Related"), a persona shifting con-artist who is as beautiful as she is dangerous, leaving her unwitting victims tormented when they realize they have been used and robbed of everything - including their hearts. But things get complicated when her former targets, Ezra (Rob Heaps, "Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night"), Richard (Parker Young, "Suburgatory") and Jules (Marianne Rendón) team up to track her down. While pursuing her newest mark, Maddie meets a potential love interest, Patrick (Stephen Bishop, "Being Mary Jane"), which threatens to derail her assignment, much to the chagrin of her mysterious boss, The Doctor. Meanwhile, her dejected past lovers manage to take control of their new realities, not realizing that in their quest to confront her, they'll have to face their own truths and find new versions of themselves along the way.
SO COSMO (E!)
· [series premiere] · 2/8/17 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, December 2016) E!'s new docu-series, "So Cosmo" follows the work hard, play hard lifestyles of the young women and men whose real life experiences inspire the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Always the first to hear what's hot in music, fashion, style, beauty, sex and celebrities; these tastemakers don't follow trends, they create them. The all access, VIP life provided by Cosmo is exhilarating and exhausting, but what happens when the staff turns our attention to their personal lives? Viewers will see how the team copes when pushed past their limits by the influential but formidable former Editor-in-Chief and current Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles, who expects only the best. Who will rise to the occasion and who will fumble under pressure? The eight hour-long episode series uncovers the glamour and behind-the-scenes drama of celebrity encounters, fashion and beauty shoots in an all-access pass for everything "So Cosmo," premiering Wednesday, February 8 at 8 PM ET/PT on E! Before its time to delve deep into the world of Cosmopolitan, meet the unstoppable and fashionable forces behind the magazine. The "So Cosmo: Preview Special" will introduce E! viewers to former Editor-in-Chief and current Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles, as well as the cast of young people that work for her including: Diandra Barnwell (Brand Coordinator), Tiffany Reid (Senior Fashion Editor), Steven Brown (Bookings Director),Evan Betts (Fitness Contributor), Adam Mansuroglu (Fashion Editor), James Worthington Demolet (Senior Fashion Editor) and Leah Wyar (Executive Beauty Director).
CITY IN THE SKY (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 2/8/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, December 2016) CITY IN THE SKY - A unique metropolis hovers above the earth - an airborne "city" that comprises the more than 100,000 flights that crisscross the world daily. This film explores the hidden army of experts working to keep this city aloft and uncovers the extraordinary engineering and technology that make it tick. Wednesdays, February 8-22, 10-11 p.m. ET
DOUBT (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 2/15/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, May 2016) DOUBT stars Katherine Heigl as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale), an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Sadie is hiding her growing feelings from everyone, including her close friend and colleague, Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill), who thinks he knows everything about her. Working on other cases at the practice is Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox), a transgender Ivy League graduate who fights passionately for her clients since she's experienced injustice first hand; Tiffany Simon (Dreama Walker), a second-year associate who is quickly learning the ropes from Wirth; and Nick (Kobi Libii), a former felon who earned his degree while serving time. They all consider it a privilege to work for Isaiah Roth (Elliott Gould), a revered legal lion and "lefty" legend, whose approval is their holy grail. Sadie's decision to become involved with her client could put her career, as well as her happiness, at risk if Billy is found guilty, which means she needs to work all the harder to prove reasonable doubt, even if she has some herself. Tony Phelan & Joan Rater, Emmy Award winner Adam Bernstein, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios. Bernstein directed the pilot.
CASSANDRA FRENCH'S FINISHING SCHOOL (AUDIENCE)
· [series premiere] · 2/17/17 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from AT&T's press release, November 2016) AT&T* continues expanding its slate of unique, original entertainment with AUDIENCE Network's newest show "Cassandra French's Finishing School." This co-production with Fullscreen will debut exclusively on DIRECTV and AT&T U-verse on Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. It will later join the millennial-focused lineup of Fullscreen's subscription video on demand (SVOD) service. "Cassandra French's Finishing School" is based on the novel by Eric Garcia ("Matchstick Men") and follows Cassie, (Jessica Renee Russell, "Donny") a 23-year-old overachieving publicist who can't find a guy ready for a mature relationship. After a disastrous one night stand, Cassie takes matters into her own hands when she knocks the unsuspecting guy, Owen, (Calum Worthy, "Austin & Ally") unconscious and decides that the only way to turn things around is to set up a finishing school in her basement to try and teach him how to become a better man.
BIG LITTLE LIES (HBO)
· [series premiere] · 2/19/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, November 2016) HBO has confirmed the February debut date for BIG LITTLE LIES, with the seven-episode limited drama series scheduled to debut SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Based on Liane Moriarty's bestselling book of the same name, this subversive, darkly comedic drama tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling, BIG LITTLE LIES is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée from scripts by David E. Kelley. The series is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, David E. Kelly, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg; Barbara Hall and Liane Moriarty produce.
CRASHING (HBO)
· [series premiere] · 2/19/17 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, November 2016) HBO has confirmed the February debut dates for new seasons of GIRLS and LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER, and the new comedy series CRASHING. The comedy series CRASHING debuts SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The show was created by and stars Pete Holmes as a standup comic who discovers that his wife is unfaithful, leading him to reevaluate his life amidst the New York City comedy scene. Artie Lange, Lauren Lapkus and T.J. Miller also star. Executive produced by Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes.
AFRICA'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 2/27/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, December 2016) AFRICA'S GREAT CIVILIZATIONS - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. provides a new look from an African perspective at African history, traversing the dawn of mankind to the dawn of the 20th century. The series is a breathtaking and personal journey through history that includes evidence of the earliest human culture and art, arguably the world's greatest ever civilizations, and some of the world's earliest writing. Gates travels throughout the vast continent of Africa to discover the true majesty of its greatest civilizations and kingdoms. Monday-Wednesday, February 27-March 1, 9-11 p.m. ET
TAKEN (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 2/27/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, November 2016) NBC has set its midseason Monday strategy in motion with the extension of #1-rated Monday drama "Timeless," bringing the full-season order to 16; plus the premiere of its highly anticipated new action series "Taken," which will launch Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. The series, starring international superstar Clive Standen, immediately follows the debut of the spring cycle of the three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice." From executive producer Luc Besson ("Taken," "The Fifth Element") comes a modern-day edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, "Vikings") as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we've come to love from the "Taken" films.
DEED, THE (CNBC)
· [series premiere] · 3/1/17 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CNBC's press release, November 2016) CNBC today announced the network is expanding its primetime lineup with the new original series "The Deed," debuting Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT. The series features two savvy multi-millionaire real estate moguls - Sidney Torres and Sean Conlon - who, between them, have done over half a billion dollars in property deals. Torres and Conlon come to the aid of struggling property investors in dire need of help. The projects are failing, and the investors are on the brink of financial ruin. Torres and Conlon will use their own money to infuse the projects with cash, and offer their years of expertise to help people faced with losing everything. "The Deed" is produced by Cineflix. "The Deed" explores a side of real estate that other property shows ignore - an unflinching look at how fortunes are really made in the unpredictable and cutthroat world of real estate flipping and development. The eight-episode one-hour series will follow Torres in New Orleans and Conlon in Chicago as they throw distressed developers a lifeline by offering them their own cash and expertise in exchange for a piece of the property and a percentage of the profits. Once a deal is struck, they'll stop at nothing to pull these properties out of the red, even if that means firing contractors, rolling up their sleeves and doing the work themselves. With properties ranging from family homes to multi-unit developments, it will take all of their experience to get them back on track. Developers' profits can quickly turn to dust, but with the right partner, lives and fortunes can change with just one deal.
MARVEL'S IRON FIST (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 3/17/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, October 2016) Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
HARLOTS (HULU)
· [series premiere] · 3/29/17 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Hulu's press release, November 2016) Margaret Wells (Morton) struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte (Findlay) and Lucy (Smyth). When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life. Harlots is a powerful family drama set in 18th Century London that offers a brand new take on the city's most valuable commercial activity - sex.
FAMOUS IN LOVE (FREEFORM)
· [series premiere] · 4/18/17 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Freeform's press release, November 2016) "Pretty Little Liars" will premiere its final season on TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EDT, followed by the premiere of the new original series "Famous in Love" at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Based on the novel by Rebecca Serle published by Little, Brown and Company, "Famous In Love" follows ordinary college student Paige (Bella Thorne) as she gets her big break after auditioning for the starring role in a Hollywood blockbuster. She must now navigate her new star-studded life and the highs and lows that come with being the new It Girl in town as well as balancing her college workload. As her public profile continues to rise and the undeniable chemistry with her new co-star and Hollywood heartthrob Rainer Devon grows, the more her friendships are strained with her two best friends - particularly Jake who may be more than just her friend.
VICTORIAN SLUM, THE (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 5/2/17 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, December 2016) THE VICTORIAN SLUM (w.t.) - As in classic series like COLONIAL HOUSE and FRONTIER HOUSE, a group of modern-day people will move into a re-created Victorian slum in London's East End to experience life as their ancestors did 150 years ago. As participants work to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, they will live through five decades of turbulent history and social change. Tuesdays, May 2-30, 8-9 p.m. ET