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TV Shows to Watch the Week of August 20, 2018: ‘Carpool Karaoke,’ ‘Yellowstone’

  • Variety
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, James Corden reveals more footage from his “Carpool Karaoke” with Paul McCartney and “Yellowstone” ends its first season.

“Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool,” CBS, Monday, 8 p.m.

The primetime special features never-before-seen footage from the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment featuring Beatles legend Paul McCartney. In the original “Late, Late Show” segment, Corden and McCartney drove around Liverpool, visited McCartney’s childhood home and several of the places referenced in the song “Penny Lane,” and surprised locals with an intimate performance at a pub.

The Story of the Royals,” ABC, Wednesday & Thursday, 9 p.m.

This two-night, four-hour prime-time television event documents
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Mark Burnett, Kevin Hart, Tony Robbins Invest in Mma Startup Professional Fighters League

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Mark Burnett, Kevin Hart, Tony Robbins Invest in Mma Startup Professional Fighters League
Mma startup Professional Fighters League has received a $28 million equity investment from a group that includes MGM Television chief Mark Burnett, actor-entrepreneur Kevin Hart, and self-help guru Tony Robbins.

The Washington, D.C.-based Professional Fighters League (Pfl) is in its first year of operations. It aims to be a competitor against Ufc amid the growing public interest in Mma bouts. The Pfl aims to bring a March Madness-style competition structure to the Mma world. Other investors in this round of financing include tech titan Ted Leonsis and Riot Games co-founder Brandon Beck.

The Pfl at present has a one-year deal with NBC Sports Network for carriage of its fights. Burnett, the renowned reality TV producers, aims to develop a range of programming around Pfl, starting with a “Challengers Series” that would be an elimination-style competition among aspiring Mma pugilists for the chance to join the league. MGM is also an investor in Pfl.
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‘American Gladiators’ Revival Pumping Up At MGM Television With Seth Rogen As Ep

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‘American Gladiators’ Revival Pumping Up At MGM Television With Seth Rogen As Ep
Exclusive: A revival of the popular physical competition show American Gladiators, which pits everyday people against famous athletes through an obstacle course is being shopped around by MGM. John Ferraro, the producer of the original Ag, is involved as are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg who are expected to serve as executive producers.

The original American Gladiator was a hit and ran for almost seven years from 1989 to 1996 in syndication; that was produced and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Television with Ferraro. American Gladiators then was revived again in 2008 with Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali as hosts.

The American Gladiators series was considered a syndication darling, repeatedly racking up ratings for its time slot and was so successful that other programs ended up spinning off from it to try to cash in on that momentum. We hear that MGM is currently talking to distributors who are interested in the revival.

MGM Television,
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The Contender: Mark Burnett Boxing Series Coming to Epix in August

Are you a big boxing fan? Deadline reports Epix's new reboot series, The Contender, will debut in August.From Mark Burnett, the reality competition show "will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams." The original series was hosted by Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, and Tony Danza before being cancelled by NBC in 2008 after four seasons.Read More…
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Mark Burnett Promoted To Chairman Of MGM Worldwide Television, Re-Ups Until 2022

Mark Burnett Promoted To Chairman Of MGM Worldwide Television, Re-Ups Until 2022
Mark Burnett has re-upped with MGM until 2022 and with that has been given the title of chairman of the studio’s Worldwide Television Group. The prolific, 12-time, Emmy winning producer was brought into the company in 2015 by former chairman Gary Barber when MGM bought the remaining 45% stake it didn’t own in its United Artists Media Group joint venture from its partners Burnett, Roma Downey, and Hearst, and then put Burnett in charge of the MGM Television and Digital Group.

Mark Burnett established himself as a prolific producer with his production company One Three Media. This announcement from MGM comes as the division set the boxing competition The Contender (which he is producing) to bow on Epix in August, and just after the studio completed the acquisition of television concern Big Fish Entertainment.

MGM Television has expanded the scope
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TV Roundup: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Sets Season 5 Premiere Date

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TV Roundup: ‘BoJack Horseman’ Sets Season 5 Premiere Date
In today’s TV roundup: Nickelodeon makes two key appointments in its preschool division, the premiere of “BoJack Horseman” Season 5 and iHeartMedia makes a deal to get “Anna Faris is Unqualified” on Top 40 broadcast radio stations.

Casting

Netflix announced Piper Perabo, Jj Feild as well as Frankie Hervey, have been cast in the upcoming original comedy series “Turn Up Charlie,” co-created by Idris Elba. The show centers on Charlie (Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

Sony Crackle announced that Grammy-nominated artists Christina Milian and Leona Lewis and actress Zulay Henao will join the cast of Season Two of its original drama series “The Oath.” Additionally, actor and director Kevin Connolly will guest star and direct multiple episodes.

Netflix announced Ja’Siah Young will star as Dion Reese
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MGM Television Banks on Big Stars and Strong Storytelling to Drive Growth

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MGM Television Banks on Big Stars and Strong Storytelling to Drive Growth
Mark Burnett took the reins of MGM Television and Digital just in time to steer the independent television studio through the choppy waters of digital disruption. Good thing he’s not a traditional studio executive.

“We’re in an interesting equilateral triangle right now,” Burnett says of the changing business landscape for content producers. “We’re going down a road where all the studios will soon be dealing directly with consumers.”

The silo effect of such global platforms as Netflix and Amazon buying up worldwide rights and increasingly producing shows in-house will make it harder for studios the size of MGM TV to prosper with high-end content. The upside is limited when a studio doesn’t have the ability to sell a show in markets around the world.

This is a big part of the reason MGM shelled out $1 billion last year to buy out its partners, Viacom and Lionsgate,
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Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jim Dooley (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ composer): Joining this ‘dark world’ was ‘like putting on a warm coat’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
For composer Jim Dooley, stepping into season two of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” was “like putting on a warm coat. This kind of dark fantasy world is really something I feel very comfortable doing.” Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), this Netflix comedy centers on the three Baudelaire siblings: Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes), and Sunny (Presley Smith). After their parents die in a mysterious fire, they face trials and tribulations while uncovering dark family secrets, all while the evil Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to steal their family fortune. Watch our exclusive video interview with Dooley above.

See Cynthia Ann Summers (‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ costume designer) on changing color scheme as ‘situations are getting more dire’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Dooley joined the creative team at the behest of director and executive producer Barry Sonnenfeld, whom he’d previously worked with on “Pushing Daisies.
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TV News Roundup: Jamie Foxx Returns to Host Bet Awards

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In today’s roundup, Jamie Foxx will once again host the Bet Awards and HBO renews “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas.”

Casting

USA Network announced Elisha Henig will join the second season of “The Sinner” as a series regular. Henig will play Julian, described as a bright but peculiar young boy on the brink of adolescence who is from a sheltered, unconventional background and is now thrust into the outside world.

Renewals

Nickelodeon has renewed the shows “Paw Patrol,” “Blaze and the Monster Machines,” “Rusty Rivets,” and “Top Wing.” The renewals are part of the network’s largest preschool content pipeline ever of more than 300 returning shows and new series for the 2018-2019 season.

HBO has renewed the late-night series “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas” for a second season. The series covers a wide range of social and cultural issues in its first season, including student loans, mental health, police accountability,
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Jason Steinberg Named Head of Post Production for Universal Television Alternative

Universal Television Alternative Studio has named Jason Steinberg as its new head of post production.

In the role, Steinberg will oversee post-production on all of the studio’s current and upcoming projects. He will report to Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative.

“Everyone in the business is constantly vying for Jason’s expert editorial eye and to have him in house is a huge coup for us,” Ahr said in a statement. “He has emerged as a leader in his field and his invaluable experience will be a boon to our studio as we continue to grow and push ourselves to produce new and innovative formats and content.”

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Steinberg’s credits as a veteran editor include “America’s Next Top Model,” “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Contender,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “The Biggest Loser,
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Epix To Launch On Comcast In June, Expanding Reach To 70 Million Homes

Epix, the premium network launched as a multi-studio effort in 2009 and now fully owned by MGM, has forged a landmark carriage deal with Comcast to expand its reach to 70 million homes and 18 of the top 20 U.S. markets.

Starting June 13, Comcast’s Xfinity platforms will offer live and on-demand programming from Epix, including original series and more than 2,000 feature films. In addition to linear TV, the network will be available on devices in and out of home via the Xfinity Stream app and web portal.

Long a distant fourth in the premium network race, not counting newer streaming rivals like Netflix and Amazon, Epix has made their strategic direction clear. One element is original programming. Under new president Michael Wright, Epix has announced investments in several new shows. The lineup includes spy thriller Deep State, which premieres June 17; dark comedy Get Shorty, starring Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd; and
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Comcast to Launch Epix Nationwide on Xfinity TV in June

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MGM’s Epix premium network will be available to Comcast’s Xfinity TV customers across the U.S. — for the first time — starting on June 13.

Epix’s launch on Comcast comes after after the programmer finally secured a distribution pact with the cable giant last fall, eight years after Epix’s initial 2009 launch. With the addition of Comcast, Epix will be available to around 70 million homes across traditional pay-tv and over-the-top distributors. The expanded Epix footprint includes 18 of the 20 biggest U.S. markets.

Epix, which competes with HBO, Showtime and Starz, offers original series and over 2,000 feature films. The Epix lineup includes “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, and sci-fi movie “Arrival” along with movie franchises James Bond, Star Trek and Rocky.

In addition to being available on Comcast’s voice-enabled X1 platform, Epix will be available to the cable operator’s customers on other devices in and out
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MGM Seeks To Grow Epix Through Investment In Original Content, New Distribution Deals

  • Deadline
MGM its working to reposition the also-ran subscription service Epix into a legitimate competitor to other premium pay TV channels and streaming services.

“At the time acquired Epix from our joint-venture partners three things were true: it was under-distributed, it was under-subscribed and it was under- monetized,” Chief Operating Officer Chris Brearton old investors during MGM’s first quarter investor call. “It also lacked strong original programming to compete with other premium pay television networks and Svod platforms.”

MGM is working to enhance the service’s program offerings, and expand its distribution beyond 50% of U.S. households, striking a deal with Comcast that in the coming months will make Epix available to its 22 million pay TV subscribers. These efforts were a highlight of the March quarter earnings call, in which MGM reported a net income of $1 million on revenue of $271.5 million.

Brearton said Epix will premiere an eight-episode espionage series Deep State next month,
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Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom head to war in The Outpost

THR is reporting that Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom, Caleb Landry Jones and Cory Hardrict have signed on to star in The Outpost, an Afghan war film from director Rod Lurie (The Contender) and Millennium Media.

Based on the book by Jake Tapper and scripted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter), The Outpost tells the true story of 53 U.S. soldiers who found themselves battling 400 enemy insurgents in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Eastwood will play Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, with Bloom as 1st Lieutenant Benjamin D. Keating, Jones as Specialist Ty Michael Carter and Hardrict as Sgt. Vernon Martin.

“Telling the stories of the men and women who served at Combat Outpost Keating, and those who love them, was the honor of a lifetime,” said Tapper. “I am so pleased that Rod Lurie and Millennium will bring the tales of their selflessness and valor to an even wider audience.
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Jake Tapper's 'Outpost' Film Enlists Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom to Star (Exclusive)

Jake Tapper's 'Outpost' Film Enlists Scott Eastwood, Orlando Bloom to Star (Exclusive)
Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones and Orlando Bloom will star in Millennium Media's Afghan war action film <em>The Outpost</em>.

To be directed by Rod Lurie (<em>The Contender</em>) and based on a book by Jake Tapper, the pic will chronicle the true story of the 53 U.S. soldiers who battled a force of some 400 enemy insurgents in northeastern Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally built to engage the locals in community development projects, Combat Outpost Keating — located at the bottom of three steep mountains just 14 miles from the Pakistani border — faced a constant threat of being ...
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TV News Roundup: Lifetime Drops First Trailer for Greg Berlanti’s ‘You’ (Watch)

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In today’s roundup, Lifetime released the trailer for new thriller series “You,” and the CW announced the return dates for several summer shows.

Frist Looks

Lifetime released the first official trailer of thriller series “You” based on the best-selling book of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. From executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, the show follows a twisted, obsessive love story about a man who uses the hyper-connectivity of today’s world to make a woman fall for him. “You” stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, Luca Padovan, and Zach Cherry, with a special guest appearance by John Stamos. It premieres September 9 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. Watch the trailer below.

Casting

Undefeated boxing champion Andre “Son of God” Ward will host Mark Burnett’s boxing competition series “The Contender.” Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson have also joined the series as trainers. The 12-episode season will
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‘The Contender’: Mark Burnett’s Boxing Reality Series Revival For Epix Sets Host & Trainers

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‘The Contender’: Mark Burnett’s Boxing Reality Series Revival For Epix Sets Host & Trainers
Former champion Andre “Son of God” Ward — who retired last year with an undefeated record — is set to host The Contender, Mark Burnett’s revived reality series that will bow on Epix later this year. Legendary trainers Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson will serve as trainers on the series, which launched multiple boxers into contention for world titles during its original 2005-09 run.

Burnett is producing the 12-episode series along with his longtime executive producer Eric Van Wagenen. MGM Television and Paramount Television are producing, with filming set to begin this spring in Los Angeles.

Roach and Richardson each will oversee a team of eight fighters, pushing their fighting skills, strength and endurance to the limit in preparation for elimination competitions. They also will act as the fighters’ mentor, helping them to navigate their everyday life as the competitors live and train together and fight each other in the ring.
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Eden Gaha’s Mother Media Group Inks First-Look Deal With STXtv

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Mother Media Group, the company launched recently by Eden Gaha, former head of unscripted at Endemol Shine North America, and Wynn Rees, former attorney for 20th Century Fox, has signed a first-

look deal with STXtv, the television division of Stx Entertainment. Under the pact, Mother Media Group will collaborate with STXtv to create, produce and distribute unscripted and hybrid series for broadcast networks, new media and cable in the U.S., China, India and other international markets.

Mother Media Group is currently co-producer on Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming series, All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks, about New Zealand’s national rugby union team, and is working with Universal Television Alternative Studio on NBC’s upcoming sci-tech series The Awesome Show, hosted by Chris Hardwick and executive produced by Hardwick, Mark Burnett and Alex Murray..

“We are delighted to be working together with Stx and to have the
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Mark Burnett’s MGM TV Roars Into the World Marketplace

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MGM Television is back in the ring in a big way. The Lion’s TV operations are thriving on the success of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and unscripted franchises that were acquired when prolific producer Mark Burnett set up shop at MGM in 2015. MGM’s acquisition of the Epix pay TV network last year also promises to expand the TV division’s horizons. Burnett spoke with Variety recently about the studio’s growth, navigating the global TV marketplace and his excitement over the revival of his boxing competition series “The Contender.”

The best drama series win for “The Handmaid’s Tale” after its first season capped a big year for MGM last fall. What do you think has given you such momentum?

MGM clearly right now is in a very, very strong position, and it’s all because of one reason: the shows are really great. In the end you can
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Professional Fighters League To Partner With MGM Television Group For New Programming

  • Deadline
The Professional Fighters League (Pfl) announced today that they are are partnering with Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television Group & Digital and MGM Television to develop and produce new content and programming for their upcoming season.

As the man behind Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, and The Contender, Burnett is no stranger to competition-oriented programming. In addition to being added to the advisory board, he and MGM will join as Pfl investors. The Pfl 2018 league season debuts June 7 and will include 11 live events on NBC Sports Network and Facebook Watch.

The Pfl is the world’s only major mixed martial arts league and is the first organization present Mma as a true sport with individual fighters competing in a regular season that includes playoffs and a season-ending championship. The league’s partnership with MGM Television will bring unscripted programming and short-form content to Pfl’s multi-platform distribution with the NBC
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