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TV One Expands Morning News Show, Adds Viola Davis EP’d Investigative Series

TV One will expand its morning news, current affairs, and lifestyle lineups, the network announced at its Upfront presentation today. NewsOne Now will be renamed Black America Today and expands to a two-hour format, joined by a daily lifestyle talker in late 3Q17. Academy Award Winner Viola Davis will exec produce a new investigative series and Benjamin Crump hosts an original series on wrongful convictions to build on the network’s true crime slate. “Our goal is to… Read


Peter Berg’s ‘QB1’ Renewed For Two More Seasons As Complex Networks Unveils Slate

QB1, the high school football docuseries from Peter Berg's Film 45, has been renewed for two more seasons on Rated Red, one of four digital channels that make up Complex Networks, a joint venture between Verizon and Hearst. Filming on Season 2 of QB1 gets underway this summer, said Complex Networks, which unveiled its new slate of digital series today. "It's incredible to be able to share in the journey of these elite athletes as they stand on the precipice of their… Read


Nat Geo In Docu-Series Business With Jay-Z & Weinstein, Katie Couric; Unveils Scripted Development Slate – Upfront

National Geographic Channel says it will team with Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company on a six-episode documentary series, with the working title Race, that will provide “a stark and provocative look into systemic injustices in America.” It’s due to air in 171 countries and 45 languages and stems from a first-look deal Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) has with TWC. The news came during National Geographic’s annual upfront presentation to advertisers tonight in New York. The network… Read


Nat Geo Renews ‘Genius’ For Season 2, Will Unveil New Subject During Season 1 Finale

National Geographic has renewed its first scripted series Genius for a second season ahead of this premiere next week. The anthology series focusing on the the world’s greatest minds is from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, Fox 21 Studios and OddLot Entertainment. The network made the announcement at its upfront presentation to advertisers in New York this evening, saying the subject for the series’ second season will be revealed during the Season 1… Read


Freeform Picks Up Mermaid Drama ‘Siren’ & ‘Hollywood Movie Night’ To Series, Orders Animated Pilot ‘Sticks’ – Upfront

UPDATE with more details from presentation: Freeform has picked up its mermaid drama pilot The Deep to series, which will be titled Siren. It was one of several programming announcements at the network’s upfront presentation in New York, along with a pilot presentation order to Freeform’s first animated comedy Sticks, from Will Gluck and the Broad City duo of Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson; and a series order to Hollywood Movie Night With Karlie Kloss, from Hollywood Game… Read


Freeform Trailers: ‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,’ Lonely Island’s ‘Alone Together’ & Drama ‘The Bold Type’ – Upfront

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger

Freeform is having its upfront in Manhattan today, and the Disney-owned cable net has released the first trailers for three of its upcoming series: high-profile actioner Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, comedy Alone Together from the Lonely Island trio and drama The Bold Type. Watch the superhero clip above and the other two below. Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds… Read


Crackle Orders ‘The Oath’ Drama Series Produced By 50 Cent & Movie ‘In The Cloud’, Renews ‘Snatch’ & ‘SuperMansion’

Today, Crackle held its first upfront since losing its flagship series, Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which is moving to Netflix after nine seasons on the Sony-owned ad-supported streaming service. From the stage of Sony Square NYC, Crackle made a series of programming announcements, including the greenlight of new scripted original drama The Oath, (working title), executive produced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power) and his G-Unit Film… Read


Pop Picks Up New Series ‘Clique’, ‘Hot Date’ & ‘Swedish Dicks’; Adds ‘ER’ Reruns, Sets Development Slate – Upfront

Pop continues its push into original scripted programming. The cable network, owned jointly by CBS and Lionsgate, is expanding its original slate with three new scripted series, including its first drama, Pop president Brad Schwartz announced this week at the 2017-2018 upfront presentation to advertisers. The offerings, aimed at what Pop brass dubbed the “modern grown-up” demo of post-Millennials, include Clique, a one-hour drama series in the risqué vein of such… Read


Azteca America Builds ‘The Wall’; Border-Set Scripted Drama Gets 50-Episode Commitment

Call this a case of art imitating strife. Azteca America said at its New York upfront today that it has given a 50-episode commitment to The Wall (El Muro), which will follow a fictional U.S. president who decides to build a wall to separate his country from its neighbor. Filmed in Mexico, Arizona and Los Angeles and bowing next year, it will be the TV Azteca-owned network’s first U.S.-produced scripted series. Azteca America today also announced another new series, Mental… Read


Cartoon Network Unveils 2017-2018 Slate; Six New & Seven Returning Series & More – Upfronts

Cartoon Network has unveiled its 2017-18 programming slate, which includes six new series and seven returning series, and more than 20 original mobile and console games. New series include Apple & Onion, created by George Gendi (The Amazing World of Gumball); Craig of the Creek, an adventure series created by Matt Burnett and Ben Levin; Summer Camp Island animated series, which is coming off notable runs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and SXSW; previously announced… Read


Animal Planet Picks Up Six New Series, Renews ‘Puppy Bowl’ & ‘Pit Bulls & Parolees’ – Upfronts

Ahead of the Discovery Communications upfront presentation today in New York, Animal Planet has announced new series Animal House (working title), Expedition Mungo, My Fat Pet, and Monster Rivers (working title). They join Rescue Dog To Super Dog (working title) and Cat Meets Dog (working title), which Deadline previously announced. Among the returning series and special programming are Pit Bulls & Parolees, Puppy Bowl XIV and The Vet Life, among others. The 2017–2018… Read


TLC To Revive ‘Trading Spaces’ As Part Of 2017-18 Programming Slate – Upfronts


TLC unveiled its 2017-2018 programming lineup today during its upfront presentation in New York, headlined by the announced return of Trading Spaces, one of its most iconic and successful series to date. Based on the BBC TV series Changing Rooms, Emmy-nominated Trading Spaces ran for eight seasons on TLC and Discovery Home from 2000-2008.  The series, which featured two sets of neighbors redecorating one room in each other’s home, was generally credited with sparking a… Read