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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Nabs ‘Talking Dead’ Company for Aftershow

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CBS has signed Embassy Row to produce its “Star Trek: Discovery” aftershow, All Access boss Marc DeBevoise told TV critics on Tuesday. Michael Davies is set to executive produce the aftershow alongside Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, DeBevoise continued at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Roddenberry is the son of Gene Roddenberry, who created the original “Star Trek” TV series. The “Discovery” aftershow will run approximately 30-40 minutes, the CBS streaming service’s president and chief operating officer said, with “social elements” built in. There will be a new episode of the aftershow each night that CBS All.
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Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live' to Get Summer Syndication Test Run

Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen is entering new territory.

The Bravo late-night show is set for a syndicated summer test run on several Fox and Sinclair stations across the country, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Running June 26-July 21, the 30-minute nightly show will air in a combination of daytime, evening and late-night time periods in various markets. Other leading station groups will also air the show.

NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution will handle distribution. Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen hails from Embassy Row with Michael Davies, Deirdre Connolly and Andy Cohen serving as executive producers.

“We are very...
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Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Set for Summer Test Run in Syndication

Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Set for Summer Test Run in Syndication
NBCUniversal is looking to expand the audience for Andy Cohen’s Bravo talker “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” with a summer test run in syndication on selected Fox and Sinclair TV stations.

The half-hour series, which airs live Sunday-Thursday at 11 p.m. on Bravo, will get a test-drive in a mix of late-night, early evening and daytime slots from June 26-July 21. NBCUniversal Domestic TV is the distributor. There’s no word yet on specific markets for the test.

The syndication plan is the latest effort by Bravo and NBCUniversal to raise the profile of “Watch What Happens Live.” The show moved to an expanded studio at the start of the year. Bravo also set a new contract with Cohen and added formally added his name to the show’s title.

“We are very excited to partner up with Andy Cohen and the production team at Bravo,” said George Cheeks, NBC
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Horror Highlights: Talking With Chris Hardwick Guests, Larry Cohen Retrospective Screenings, Teenage Ghost Punk

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Chris Hardwick is truly the man with many talk shows! Soon, AMC will introduce viewers to Talking with Chris Hardwick, which premieres on Sunday, April 9th! The lineup of guests is pretty interesting and includes Bryan Cranston and Elijah Wood. Also: details on screenings of Larry Cohen's films at The Quad and release details for Teenage Ghost Punk.

Talking With Chris Hardwick's First Lineup of Guests Revealed: Press Release: "New York, NY – March 30, 2017 – AMC announced today an initial lineup of guests set to appear on “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” an extension of the #1 talk show on television, “Talking Dead.” Guests include (not in air order): Michelle Monaghan, Charlie Hunnam, Connie Britton, Justin Theroux, Bryan Cranston, Elijah Wood, Damon Lindelof, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the cast of “Silicon Valley.” Additional guests will be announced soon. “Talking with Chris Hardwick” premieres on Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 p.m.
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AMC Announces New Extension Series Talking With Chris Hardwick

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If you miss your weekly dose of Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick when The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead are on their respective breaks between seasons, then you're in luck, because AMC is launching an extension series called Talking with Chris Hardwick that will feature a wide range of guests and pop culture topics beginning with its premiere on Sunday, April 9th.

Press Release: New York, NY – March 1, 2017 – AMC today announced that it is building on the success of “Talking Dead,” the #1 talk show on television and a pioneer in aftershows, by launching an extension series, “Talking with Chris Hardwick,” produced by Embassy Row. Each 60-minute episode will feature an in-depth conversation between Hardwick and a single guest or cast. While “Talking Dead” focuses exclusively on “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” episodes of “Talking with Chris Hardwick” will feature a wide breadth of guests and
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Fox’s Super Bowl Li Broadcast to Include Virtual Player Pov Replays

Fox Sports promises to bring Super Bowl Li viewers into the action as never before with plans to feature replays reconstructed to appear as if they were coming from any player on the field.

For the NFL championship game Feb. 5 in Houston, Fox will use technology developed by Intel to produce the “Be the Player” enhancement, a feature that displays a Pov perspective from any player on the field without ever having a physical camera attached to the player. (Pictured above is an example of the Qb’s view captured at last month’s Foster Farms Bowl matchup between Indiana and Utah.)

Intel’s 360 Replay technology synthesizes a player’s view to let plays be recreated in 3D space. For Super Bowl Li, Fox Sports and Intel are using an array of 38 cameras positioned around Nrg Stadium to capture the video necessary to generate the Pov replays. Each 15-30 second clip, which
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Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Builds a Cooler Clubhouse for 2017

Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Builds a Cooler Clubhouse for 2017
Jennifer Lawrence took a long look around the tiny “Watch What Happens Live” studio space and smiled. “I feel comfortable drinking and telling you inappropriate things here,” she confessed to host Andy Cohen.

Lawrence’s most recent visit to Cohen’s latenight talker was the last episode produced in the show’s original “Bravo Clubhouse” set. (The episode taped Dec. 6 but aired Dec. 19.) When “Wwhl” returns with fresh installments on Jan. 3, the show will beam out from a considerably larger studio space, located one floor above its current home in a nondescript building on Hudson Street in New York City’s West Village. It will also have a slightly longer title (“Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen”), enshrining Cohen as the ringmaster of what has become a uniquely dishy, kitschy and often risque part of TV’s late-night conversation.

“Because we’re live, our viewers can respond to us in real time. The
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Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Gets New Digs, Title for 2017 (Exclusive)

Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Gets New Digs, Title for 2017 (Exclusive)
Bravo’s late-night talk show “Watch What Happens Live” is getting a makeover in the new year.

The freewheeling chatfest hosted by Andy Cohen will move to a significantly larger studio starting Jan. 3. In a nod to the host’s longevity, the half-hour show’s official title will be changed to “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.”

The new set, which will remain at the show’s existing West Village studio facility, will retain the “clubhouse” look and feel that has been Cohen’s signature since the program began in 2009 as a weekly series focused on the antics of Bravo’s “Real Housewives” personalities. “Wwhl” quickly expanded to a twice-weekly format and then to a nightly Sunday-Thursday schedule in 2012.

“Our new clubhouse is the perfect upgrade for us because it won’t lose any of the intimacy or lunacy provided by our current home,” said Cohen, who is also an exec producer. “We
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NBCUniversal’s Seeso Sets 4 New Series, Standup Specials

NBCUniversal’s Seeso Sets 4 New Series, Standup Specials
NBCUniversal’s Seeso comedy streaming service has set four new series and four standup specials to bow in the first quarter of next year.

The series include a “comedy advice show” inspired by the podcast “My Brother, My Brother and Me,” featuring the McElroy brothers (Justin, Travis, and Griffin) from Huntington, West Va. The series hails from Michael DaviesEmbassy Row banner and will bow Feb. 23. The McElroy brothers, Davies, J.D. Amato, Debbie DeMontreux, and Stacey Altman are exec producers.

The Seeso slate serves up two sketch comedy series premiering Jan. 12. The all-female comedy troupe Skit Box will front “Wham Bam, Thank You Ma’am”; and Australia’s Fancy Boy troupe will craft a six-part series featuring sketches that swing between “moody and manic,” according to Seeso.

Shrink” (March 16) follows a recent medical school grad who begins seeing patients solicited from Craigslist in his parent’s garage after losing his medical residency. Tim Baltz
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AMC Announces Ticket Sweepstakes for Live Talking Dead at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

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Following someone's unfortunate close encounter with Negan's baseball bat Lucille, there is guaranteed to be a Lot to talk about following The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere episode. Thankfully, a 90-minute special edition of Talking Dead featuring 12 cast members will be aired live from Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever cemetery on October 23rd, and AMC will be giving away over 2,000 tickets to the event through an online sweepstakes launching on October 4th:

Press Release: New York, NY – October 3, 2016 – AMC announced today a live, 90-minute special edition of “Talking Dead,” featuring 12 cast members – everyone in the final gut-wrenching scene from the Season 6 finale – and executive producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman, on Sunday, October 23. Over 2,000 “Dead” fans will have the opportunity to win free tickets to a screening of “The Walking Dead” Season 7 premiere episode at 6:00 p.m. Pt (live with the East Coast airing) and “Talking Dead” taping, hosted by Chris Hardwick,
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Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV

Jimmy Kimmel on His First Hollywood Job and How He Got Into TV
Jimmy Kimmel got his start while in high school, with a cheeky radio show on Kunv in Las Vegas. After that, he worked as a radio-show sidekick in various cities before landing his debut solo show in Palm Springs, Calif. He was first mentioned in Variety on May 8, 1997, when he was the sports reporter on the “Kevin & Bean” show on L.A.’s Kroq. His big (and surprising) TV break came when he was hired as co-host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” — a gig that resulted in a Daytime Emmy.

Since then, he has received multiple Emmy nominations for his late-night ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” now in its 13th season. He hosted the Emmys in 2012, the last time the awards show was on ABC, and will host the 68th annual awards on Sept. 18.

What was your first showbiz job?

I was in high school and a kid I knew at Miller’s Outpost said, “You
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MTV to Simulcast ‘Unlocking the Truth’ True-Crime Series Premiere Free on YouTube, Facebook Live

MTV is trying a new promotional stunt in a bid to hook audiences on its new docu-series: For the first time, the cabler will live-stream a show on Facebook Live and YouTube at the same time it airs on cable TV.

The Viacom-owned network’s true-crime series “Unlocking The Truth” premieres Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 11 p.m. Et/Pt. MTV also will simulcast the episode on its Facebook page and YouTube channel starting at 11 p.m. Eastern, with replays available on both platforms after the show airs.

“We’re making this appointment viewing across screens,” said Matt McDonough, MTV senior director of digital strategy and fan engagement. “There’s the desire to watch something right now – to be the first of your group to see it.”

But sorry, cord-cutters: Only the premiere of the eight-episode series will be available free without a pay-tv subscription. MTV’s digital simulcast is really just a different spin on the free sampling
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TV’s Aftershow Phenomenon: From ‘Talking Dead’ to ‘After the Thrones’

TV’s Aftershow Phenomenon: From ‘Talking Dead’ to ‘After the Thrones’
In a recent episode of “Talking Dead,” AMC’s comparatively tidy aftershow for its bloody hit series “The Walking Dead,” Greg Raiewski joined two of the show’s stars and host Chris Hardwick to handle the show’s weekly task: break down the episode that just aired, offer analysis and predictions and have a great time doing it.

High school teacher Raiewski was antsy. His legs bounced up and down, and he seemed inexperienced on-camera, but the audience ate it up. As Hardwick pointed out, he’s “handsome,” with a look that would fit right in as a resident of Alexandria. Raiewski is a “Walking Dead” fan — the ultimate fan. He won a contest in which viewers submitted short videos for a chance to meet their heroes, sit on the couch and get in on the conversation.

Raiewski sums up why aftershows are cropping up all over television, even scripted shows.
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Bravo Developing 7 New Series, Including Game Show & New Andy Cohen Project

Bravo Developing 7 New Series, Including Game Show & New Andy Cohen Project
Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.”

The new development slate also includes a show hosted by “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a new real estate show and even a game show.

“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s Svp of Development.. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”

Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom Out,
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AMC Announces Talking Preacher After Show, New Preacher Trailer Revealed

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AMC officially announced Talking Preacher, an hour-long talk show premiering after the 90-minute encore of the Preacher premiere on Sunday, May 29th, with Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick hosting. To celebrate the announcement, Hardwick himself debuted a new character-centric Preacher trailer.

Two installments of Talking Preacher are currently planned to air: the first episode following the season premiere and a second episode after the season finale on Sunday, July 31st:

Press Release: New York, NY – May 16, 2016 – As announced on last night’s episode of “Talking Dead,” AMC will air a live after show, “Talking Preacher,” following the season premiere and finale episodes of its highly-anticipated new series “Preacher.” Hosted by comic and super-fan Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, “Talking Dead,” “Talking Saul”), the hour-long talk show will feature series cast, creators, producers and celebrity fans discussing and analyzing the supernatural, darkly comedic and twisted new series. “Talking Preacher” will debut Memorial Day weekend on Sunday,
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MTV Chief Vows to Restore Music to Programming

MTV Chief Vows to Restore Music to Programming
The new leader of what is arguably Viacom’s best-known cable network wants to, as he put it, “put the ‘M’ back in MTV.”

At MTV, the halls are alive with the sound of music. When Sean Atkins, who was named MTV’s president last year, unveils a new programming lineup later this afternoon as part of TV’s annual upfront market, he will highlight a new live musical performance series – the network’s first new entry in that genre in nearly two decades. And he will announce 14 new series – the most, he said, MTV has debuted in a fell swoop – that are inspired by a renewed focus on music and youth culture.

“You will see a strengthening of our connection to popular culture, exploring new formats and doing the unexpected,” said Atkins in an interview. “This is the beginning of the journey.”

MTV’s recent path has been the
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Spike to Launch ‘Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Live’ Carpentry Series

Spike to Launch ‘Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Live’ Carpentry Series
Spike is teaming with Adam Carolla and the producers of “Talking Dead” for a new live series that will star Carolla, the network announced Thursday.

Launching in 2017, “Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff Live” will feature the television, radio and Internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise, in a project that’s billed as “an interactive talk show meets a build show meets a live comedy show.”

Each week, Carolla will work alongside a different celebrity and engage with fans on social media who have carpentry questions. Spike has ordered 10 one-hour episodes, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles and will include taped segments to show viewers the preparation that went into each week’s building project.

Carolla will also serve as an executive producer along with Michael Davies and his Embassy Row Productions. Sharon Levy, Evp of original series; Chachi Senior,
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ABC to Introduce After-Show for ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

ABC will air a live one-hour weekly after-show for its second season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” which bows later this summer.

Embassy Row, whose credits include AMC’s “Talking Dead” and Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” is behind “After Paradise,” which has its premiere at 9 p.m. Aug. 3 following the second night of “Bachelor in Paradise’s” two-night season launch. “Bachelor in Paradise” will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Sundays and from 8 to 9 p.m. on Mondays during its run.

“After Paradise” will be hosted by Chris Harrison, the longtime face of the “Bachelor” franchise for ABC, and co-host Jenny Mollen. They will discuss and dissect the most recent episodes of “Bachelor in Paradise,” alongside cast members and celebrity fans. Mollen may be familiar to “Bachelor” fans from her prolific live tweeting during past seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

AMC has fared very well with its “Talking Dead” series,
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Esquire Network Adds Burgers, More Bulls to Summer Lineup

Esquire Network Adds Burgers, More Bulls to Summer Lineup
Esquire Network is adding two series to its summer lineup of programming, which includes live coverage of the Running of the Bulls from Pamplona, Spain, encores of NBC hit “American Ninja Warrior” as well as a third season of “Knife Fight.”

The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment network announced Wednesday that two new original series will premiere this summer: docu-series “The Agent” and competition series “The Next Great Burger.” They will bow on back-to-back nights in late July.

“Agent,” billed as something of a “real life ‘Jerry Maguire,'” follows four top sports agents (Jeff Guerriero, Peter Schaffer, Sunny Shah and Ed Wasielewski) as they navigate the cutthroat world of professional football. The series will provide an inside look at America’s biggest sports obsession and deliver exclusive access that will show viewers the money. It bows Tuesday, July 21, at 10 p.m., just in time for the start of NFL training camps.
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Esquire Network Sets ‘Men in Blazers’ to Host ‘Running of the Bulls,’ Unveils Summer Schedule

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Esquire Network Sets ‘Men in Blazers’ to Host ‘Running of the Bulls,’ Unveils Summer Schedule
The “Men in Blazers,” podcasters Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, have been set to host “Running of the Bulls 2015” live from Pamplona, Spain, Esquire Network announced Wednesday. The network also announced its summer schedule, headlined by returning fan-favorite series including “American Ninja Warrior” and “Knife Fight.” “Running of the Bulls 2015” will feature eight days of programming allowing viewers to see participants from around the globe engage in one of the world’s most iconic cultural traditions. Davies and Bennett will host behind the scenes festival coverage and runner interviews. The live coverage begins July 7. Also Read: The Scene at TCA:.
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