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[04/27/11 - 07:07 PM]
Spike Ships "Coal" to Sundays; TLC Revives "Fabulous Cakes," "Four Weddings"
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- A recap of the most recent developments in the world of basic cable:

-- Spike TV has pulled newcomer "Coal" from its Wednesday lineup and plans to relaunch the series on Sunday, May 8 at 8:00/7:00c. A series low 680,000 viewers tuned into its most recent episode (April 20), barely half its "Ultimate Fighter" lead-in (1.296 million). "Coal" launched on March 30 to 1.234 million viewers.

-- TLC has booked return dates for "Fabulous Cakes" (Monday, May 9 at 9:00/8:00c) and "Four Weddings" (Friday, May 6 at 10:00/9:00c). The news marks the third home this season for the former series, which was pulled from Tuesday nights back in February. "Weddings" likewise has been absent from the network's lineup since February. And in other TLC news, newcomer "What the Sell?!" will move to the earlier time of 7:00/6:00c on Tuesday nights effective immediately.

-- Discovery's long-delayed "Wild Animal Repo" is finally set to roll out on Sunday, May 15 at 8:00/7:00c with back-to-back hour-long episodes. The series, featuring exotic animal repossessor Scott Lope, was originally set to debut on January 16 but was pulled at the last minute.

-- "Pretty Hurts," Logo's new reality series about Rand Rusher's Beverly Hills skin care clinic, has been rescheduled for Saturday nights at 8:00/7:00c beginning May 7. The cable channel previously planned to launch the half-hour series on Monday, May 9 following fellow freshman "Setup Squad."

-- Travel Channel has benched its new Thursday series "Triple Rush" after two airings. It's the second quick hook by the network in as many months, the other being "Deathwish Movers" in March. Hoping to buck the trend is "Off Limits," in which explorer and history buff Don Wildman delves into the forbidden, hidden and unseen spaces across America. The newcomer launches Monday, May 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

-- And finally, new episodes of truTV's "Bait Car" are set for Monday nights at 8:00/7:00c beginning May 30 while "It Only Hurts When I Laugh!" returns Thursday, May 5 at 10:00/9:00c.





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· BAIT CAR (TRUTV)
· COAL (SPIKE TV)
· DEATHWISH MOVERS (TRAVEL)
· FABULOUS CAKES (TLC)
· FOUR WEDDINGS (TLC)
· IT ONLY HURTS WHEN I LAUGH (TRUTV)
· OFF LIMITS (TRAVEL)
· PRETTY HURTS (LOGO)
· SETUP SQUAD (LOGO)
· TRIPLE RUSH (TRAVEL)
· ULTIMATE FIGHTER, THE (FS1)
· WHAT THE SELL?! (TLC)
· WILD ANIMAL REPO (DISCOVERY)









[04/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
"Idol" Fan Save on Twitter Adds New and Dramatic Real-Time Twist to Season!
Beginning this week, fans have the opportunity to save a finalist from elimination by a real-time vote using Twitter.

[04/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series: "Startup U," "Next Step Realty: NYC" and "Monica the Medium"
These unscripted series join recently greenlit series "Becoming Us" (formerly "My Transparent Life") and "Job or No Job," which will all premiere this summer.

[04/01/15 - 10:30 AM]
E! Continues to Boost Original Programming with Introduction of Three New Series and Return of Three Hit Franchises
"#RichKids of Beverly Hills" (Sunday, May 24), "Total Divas" (Summer 2015) and "Christina Milian Turned Up" (Fall 2015) are all due back.

[04/01/15 - 10:03 AM]
truTV Spring 2015 Highlights
Said offerings include the return of "Fake Off" (Wednesday, May 6), "Barmageddon" (Monday, June 1) and "How to Be a Grown Up" (Tuesday, June 2).

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
Fifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chelsea Kane, Sweet Suspense, Kelsea Ballerini, and Stars of "black-ish" and "Teen Beach 2" to Present at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
A 30-minute pre-show originating from the red carpet and a 90-minute awards show telecast will be presented on multiple platforms around the world beginning Sunday, April 26 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates
Plus: "Stalker" will rejoin the schedule on Monday, May 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/01/15 - 09:45 AM]
Creative Team Behind "The Bachelor" Franchise Introduces New Luxurious Line of Hot Tubs to Be Sold at Retailers Nationwide Beginning April 1
"Hot tubs represent a great way of life - a life filled with romance and passion," said Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss.

[04/01/15 - 09:38 AM]
USA Network's WWE "Monday Night Raw" Attracts Largest Audience in Nearly Three Years
USA spins the numbers for Monday, March 30.

[04/01/15 - 09:31 AM]
Second Round of Performers Announced to Perform on "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets," Friday, May 15 on CBS
The special, taping April 17-18 at the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will be broadcast Friday, May 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

[04/01/15 - 08:45 AM]
NBC Ties for the Nightlong Win Against All-Original Competition on the Big 4, Despite Encores of "Voice" and "Chicago Fire"
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:38 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "NCIS," "Dovekeepers" Top Viewers for CBS
The Eye however shares the adults 18-49 crown with NBC last night.

[04/01/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Forever" Is No. 1 at 10pm in Adults 18-49 with an 11% Rise Week to Week
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:29 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates Earth Day with Slate of Original Animal Programming Throughout April
To help localize the Earth Day effort, Nat Geo WILD will invite people to post a selfie with the part of the Earth they most want to protect, using the hashtag #earthdayselfie.

[04/01/15 - 07:24 AM]
NBC Sports Group Fills Out 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket with Complete Coverage Beginning April 15
During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

[04/01/15 - 07:21 AM]
CNBC's "Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business" Premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 10PM ET/PT
CNBC takes viewers behind-the-scenes of five very different restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York food scene, chronicling their every struggle and occasional triumph.