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TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special

TV News Roundup: Conan O’Brien Heads to Israel for TV Special
In today’s roundup, Conan O’Brien is taking “Conan” to Israel, and NBC helms a new special on Princess Diana.

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TBS is taking “Conan” internationally for the seventh time in two years as host Conan O’Brien travels to Israel. “Conan Without Boarders: Israel” will be a primetime special airing Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 10 p.m. O’Brien plans to visit Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, among other locations yet to be announced. “Conan” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as executive producer.

“Diana, 7 Days,” a two-hour documentary capturing the week following the 1997 death of Princess Diana, will air on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. on NBC. The film documents the time between Princess Diana’s tragic death and her funeral, and the effect it had on the United Kingdom and the world. This marks the first time her two sons, Prince William
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‘Mary Mary’ To End After Season 6; Gets Premiere Date On We tv

Mary Mary will not see a Season 7. We tv said today that its popular docuseries will return September 28 for its sixth and final season. The series, which chronicles the lives of Erica and Tina Campbell, sisters and members of the contemporary gospel group Mary Mary, will wrap with six hourlong episodes. Mary Mary is going out on a high note. The fifth season drew 12.7 million total viewers and was the No. 1 cable program in its time slot among African-American women
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Entertainment One Inks First-Look Deal with ‘Chopped’ Creators

Entertainment One Inks First-Look Deal with ‘Chopped’ Creators
Entertainment One has inked a first-look deal with “Chopped” creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, Variety has learned.

Under the new pact, the duo will develop and produce original unscripted programming via their Keller/Noll banner with eOne.

“Cleve and Dave have generated a legacy of successful, game-changing series which brilliantly translate around the world, and we are delighted to forge this relationship with them. It’s very exciting to foster more and more innovative content through close collaboration with inspiring creative partners,” said eOne Television’s executive vice president of U.S. alternative programming, Tara Long.

Keller and Noll commented, “We create shows that are universal, format-able and global. eOne is recognized for its excellence both in the U.S. and internationally, and we are thrilled to unite with their amazing team.”

Aside from Food Network’s hit competition series “Chopped,” Keller and Noll have designed many unscripted formats
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Women Must Demand to Reshape the Media’s Take on the Ideal Femme

Women Must Demand to Reshape the Media’s Take on the Ideal Femme
Growing up, Sophia Loren was called the little toothpick, “stuzzicadenti,” starving as she was in her native Naples during wartime. And, then, she blossomed. She became a beauty: wasp-waisted, full-bosomed, hippy. Despite “a nose too long, and lips too wide” (according to Loren herself at a recent tribute in Schenectady, N.Y.), that body and the way she used it propelled her to international stardom. Watching Loren mambo in 1955’s “Scandal in Sorrento” (tagline: “So much Woman! So much Spectacle! So much Excitement!”), it’s clear that she’s no longer the toothpick. Instead, she’s a colossus whose body is a vessel of power for a future Oscar winner who knew how to deploy it — and didn’t underestimate its effect on the men around her.

Contemporary Hollywood would fumble with all that gorgeous flesh. That body is too powerful, too full: female but invulnerable. Perhaps only Sofia Vergara,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Adds Ted Raimi, Lee Majors; ‘Mary Mary’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date

TV News Roundup: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Adds Ted Raimi, Lee Majors; ‘Mary Mary’ Gets Season 5 Premiere Date
Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” has added two cast members for Season 2, while We tv has announced the premiere date for the fifth season of “Mary Mary,” plus even more in today’s news roundup…

Casting

Lee Majors and Ted Raimi are joining the fight against the Evil Dead in the second season of the Starz horror-comedy.

Majors will play Brock Williams, the father of Bruce Campbell’s Ash, while Raimi plays Ash’s childhood best friend Chet Kaminski.

Although Majors is new to the series, Raimi previously appeared in all three of the original “Evil Dead” movies, directed and written by his brother, Sam Raimi. The 10-episode second season will pick up the threads left off in season one, with Ruby (Lucy Lawless) possessing the Necronomicon, Pablo (Ray Santiago) still dealing with trauma from the cabin and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) plotting revenge against the Evil Dead after the death of her parents.
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Hollywood’s New Leaders: Television

Variety‘s Hollywood’s New Leaders profiles those to look out for in the worlds of film, TV, digital and more. For more of the New Leaders, click here.

Alex Baskin, 35 (second from left)

Partner, Exec VP, Evolution Media

Since joining Evolution in 2006, Baskin has executive-produced over 20 series, specials and pilots, including ABC Family’s “Beverly Hills Nannies,” We’s “High School Confidential” and Disney’s hidden-camera comedy “Code: 9.” He oversees a development team of six. With his eye for spinoff potential, he’s produced nine seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” six seasons of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” four seasons of “Vanderpump Rules” (all for Bravo) and three seasons of “Botched” for E! The secret of his success: “I’m also a huge fan of these kinds of shows.”

Nick Bernstein, 38 (far left)

VP, late night programming, West Coast, CBS

Landing in late night was a lifelong dream for Bernstein,
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Entertainment One TV Promotes Tara Long as Unscripted Division Grows (Exclusive)

Entertainment One TV Promotes Tara Long as Unscripted Division Grows (Exclusive)
As Entertainment One expands its unscripted TV operations, Tara Long has been upped to exec VP of U.S. alternative programming.

Long’s promotion comes as the division has prospered with series across five cable networks and a slew of projects in development for next season.

During its upfront, Bet announced its fourth show with eOne, “About the Business,” which follows a group of friends in the elite world of urban Hollywood. EOne also has “Nellyville,” currently in its freshman season, “It’s A Manns World,” going into its second round later this season, and “The Sheards,” which has also been renewed. Long is as an exec producer on all four shows.

Long, previously senior VP of alternative programming, launched eOne’s alternative division in 2012, and has been with the company for five years. During her tenure, seven projects have gone straight to series. The list includes Science Channel’s upcoming gameshow “Race to Escape,
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Mary Mary Sneak Peek Video! Watch Tina Renew Her Vows

Mary Mary Sneak Peek Video! Watch Tina Renew Her Vows
So nice, they said "I do" twice! Mary Mary's Tina Campbell married husband Teddy in 2000, and 15 years later, the couple renewed their vows with kids Laiah, Meela, Glendon, and Santana, in attendance. Documented for Campbell's We tv reality series Mary Mary, with her sister, Erica, Campbell renewed her vows in a sunset ceremony that was all about family, as Us Weekly's exclusive preview from her March 18 wedding episode shows. As Tina and Teddy's oldest daughter, Laiah, sings a song for her parents, Campbell can't [...]
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We TV Orders ‘Cutting It’ Salon Competition Series, Renews Two Others

We TV Orders ‘Cutting It’ Salon Competition Series, Renews Two Others
We TV has given a series order to hair salon competition show “Cutting It: In the Atl,” and the cabler has renewed two series: “Mary Mary” and “L.A. Hair.”

Cutting It: In the Atl” will chronicle the hair salon scene in Atlanta, following four salon owners who vie for customers, top stylists and prestige. The new show will bow in May; 10 hourlong episodes have been ordered,

Lauren Gellert, We TV’s exec VP of development and original programming, expressed excitement over the new show. “With the addition of ‘Cutting It’ to our slate, we are strengthening an already incredible lineup of unscripted series that are attracting a diverse audience and stirring chatter across the social-sphere,” Gellert said.

Cutting It” is produced by Leftfield Pictures, with exec producers Gellert, Brent Montgomery, David George, Jordana Hochman, Robyn Schnieders, David Stefanou and Kate Farrell.

Both “Mary Mary” and “L.A. Hair” will return for fourth seasons.
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‘Mary Mary’ & ‘L.A. Hair’ Return For Fourth Seasons On We TV

We TV is bolstering its unscripted original series lineup with the return of Mary Mary and L.A. Hair for 10-episode fourth seasons and the greenlighting of new series Cutting It: In The Atl. Mary Mary returns Thursday March 5 at 10 Pm, picking up with the story of Erica and Tina Campbell as they juggle their bourgeoning career as a musical duo, Erica's solo career and the challenges Tina faces in the aftermath of her husband's infidelity. Mary Mary‘s third season doubled…
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Religion Makes an Appearance on Reality TV Landscape

Religion is becoming more prevalent on the smallscreen, and the trend seems to be gaining momentum, especially in the world of reality TV.

We TV’s “Mary Mary,” A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” Gsn’s “American Bible Challenge” and Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” are just a few of the programs spotlighting religion on TV and serving what execs recognize as an underrepresented aud.

“Up until the last couple of years, I think religion was scary to most people,” says Amy Introcaso-Davis, exec VP of programming and development at Gsn. But networks are now pushing past previous apprehensions to propel faith-based programming to eager auds.

Purpose: Variety‘s Family Entertainment and Faith-Based Summit

Eli Lehrer, Lifetime’s senior VP of nonfiction programming, says the new wave of religion on TV is reminiscent of the increase in programming geared toward other demos, namely the African-American community.

“The African-American audience was underserved and underrepresented on TV,
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AMC Networks To Revamp We tv In Quest For Broader Viewership

AMC Networks is mindful that its We network has a predominantly female audience. But the company also recognizes there’s a broader crowd that might turn to the outlet if served the right fare.

Since 2001, when then-owner Cablevision Systems launched “We: Women’s Entertainment” out of its Romance Classics cable network, We has been a female-focused media channel that vies with such competitors as Lifetime or Oxygen. Starting in October, its current owner, AMC, intends to operate it as a place for programming that can engage a wider audience from both genders – the kind who like eyebrow-raising series and talk about them on social media.

The new channel will retain its two-letter moniker, but jettison the overt references to women. “It will still remain a network primarily for women, but we don’t want to alienate men,” said Marc Juris, the network’s president and general manager and one of
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Bruce Springsteen boogies and chugs beer at rousing New Orleans Jazz Fest performance

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Bruce Springsteen boogies and chugs beer at rousing New Orleans Jazz Fest performance
New Orleans (AP) — Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before launching into some of his more popular songs including "Hungry Heart," ''Mary Don't You Weep," ''Wrecking Ball," ''Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," ''Pay Me My Money Down," and a cover of the folk song "Jesse James." He also got a little help from his wife, Patti Scialfa, for "When The Saints Go Marching In." The music was upbeat, energetic and passionate but Jazz Fest veteran Alison Michel, of New Orleans, noted that he didn't play "Born in the U.S.A" and "Glory Days." "I wanted to hear more of his older stuff. I love his older songs," she said. Springsteen
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'Frozen' is the longest-running No. 1 album since Adele's '21'

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'Frozen' is the longest-running No. 1 album since Adele's '21'
The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an eighth week, giving it the longest run on the chart since Adele's "21" spent 24 weeks in the top spot in 2012. Last week, "Frozen" had its best sales week yet due to its DVD and Blu-ray release. This week it falls just 20 percent with 161,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The soundtrack has sold 1.8 million to date and 1.5 million of those were sold this year, making it the best-selling album of 2014. Shakira’s new self-titled album enters at No. 2 with 84,000. It’s the Colombian singer’s highest-charting album ever, though it sold less than 2009's "She Wolf," which launched with 89,000. At No. 3 is Johnny Cash’s "Out Among the Stars” with 54,000. The album contains music the late country star recorded in the early 1980s. It marks Cash’s sixth top 10 album and the highest-debuting posthumous release since Jimi Hendrix's "People,
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We tv Updates Aftershow With 'Mary Mary's' 'WatchIt With' (Exclusive)

We tv Updates Aftershow With 'Mary Mary's' 'WatchIt With' (Exclusive)
We tv is looking to put a new twist on the increasingly popular aftershow format. The female-skewing cable network on Thursday will debut "WatchIt With," a second-screen experience featuring Mary Mary stars and siblings Erica and Tina Campbell watching the episode and providing commentary. Following a new episode of the unscripted reality series about the Grammy-winning gospel-singing sisters at 9 p.m., We tv will air a 90-minute repeat of the episode starting at 10 p.m., with the duo reacting to events in the episode, talking to one another and pausing the episode

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Gospel Duo Mary Mary -- Accused of Stiffing Manager ... Making God Sad

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What would Jesus say? Gospel duo Mary Mary enlisted a manager to revamp their careers, then screwed him over as soon as they made it big again ... at least according to a new lawsuit. Maximum Artist Group  -- owned by manager Mitchell Solarek -- filed a federal lawsuit in Tennessee against Mary Mary, aka Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell. In docs, Mitchell says he inked a deal with the duo in 2011 and helped "reignite" their
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We TV’s ‘Mary Mary’ Renewed For Season 3

The network has given the greenlight for 10 one-hour episodes of its docu-series Mary Mary, just ahead its second-season finale tomorrow night. Production begins next month in La on the series, which takes viewers inside the homes, families and life of gospel singers and sisters Erica and Tina Campbell to experience just what being a famous singing sister, mother and wife is really like. “During the current season of Mary Mary, viewers witnessed two incredible births: Tina’s baby girl and Erica and Tina’s hit single, ‘Go Get It,’ which went on to win the duo a Grammy Award”, said Lauren Gellert, We tv’s Svp Original Production & Development. “It’s exactly this type of dimensionality that We tv spotlights in women”. Season-to-date, Season 2 has reached 5.2 million total viewers, up 16% over Season 1. Mary Mary is produced by eOne Televison; Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Tara Long, John Morayniss, Eric Hoberman and Mitchell Solarek are executive producers.
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Grammys 2013: Full winners list

The 55th Grammy Awards have arrived, and music's biggest night promises a ton of trophies, and hopefully some great live performances by today's hottest acts. Who has the best record of 2012? How about the year's best new artist? Stick with Zap2it throughout the night, as we continue updating the list of this year's winners!

All of the award categories are below, with the winners in bold.

Record of the Year"Lonely Boy" by The Black Keys"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson"We Are Young" by Fun., featuring Janelle Monáe"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye, featuring Kimbra"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift

Album of the Year"El Camino" by The Black Keys"Some Nights" by Fun."Babel" by Mumford & Sons"Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean"Blunderbuss" by Jack White

Song of the Year
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We tv’s ‘Mary Mary’ Renewed For Season 2

Six weeks into its freshman run, We tv’s unscripted series Mary Mary has been renewed for a second season with a 10-episode order. The series, starring Erica and Tina Campbell — sisters and musicians in the Grammy-winning Gospel duo Mary Mary — will begin filming Season 2 this month for a premiere in early 2013. The second season will follow the sisters through the birth of Tina’s fifth child; their latest album release, Go Get It; a family wedding; a cross-country album tour; and countless appearances and events, all while balancing their busy, growing families. Mary Mary, produced by eOne, is delivering three times We tv’s primetime female viewership average.
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