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WHAT NEW SHOWS & MOVIES ARE COMING UP?
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN (BRAVO)
· [series premiere] · 5/3/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Bravo's press release, March 2016) Bravo Media expands one of its most lavish franchises by hitting the high seas once again with the new installment, "Below Deck Mediterranean," premiering Tuesday, May 3 at 9pm ET/PT. The series follows nine crew members living and working aboard a 150' mega-yacht as it undertakes a new charter season in picturesque Greece, kicking off with a half-hour preview special, Wednesday, March 23 at 10pm ET/PT. With a new boat, new location and new faces, the excitement, drama and adventure of life aboard a private luxury yacht is taken to another level in the Mediterranean. Providing unparalleled service to wealthy and uncompromising guests is made even more difficult as the team faces everything from love triangles to seeing fellow crew members shockingly cross the line with guests. Voyaging from Santorini, Mykonos and many of the Greek islands, each episode features a new group of elite clientele who present a new set of challenges, all while offering the crew a glamorous lifestyle and exotic perks that most people only dream of experiencing. For these young, attractive and adventurous yachties, the "work hard, play harder" nature of the job combined with the pressure of working in the most exclusive yachting scene in the world pushes the team close to the breaking point.
CAR HUNTERS (HISTORY)
· [series premiere] · 5/3/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from History's press release, April 2016) HISTORY's enormously popular series "Top Gear" returns Tuesday, April 26 at 9 PM ET/PT for an all-new trailblazing season featuring exotic supercars, extreme stunts and over-the-top challenges. Immediately following at 10 PM ET/PT is the brand new 16 episode half-hour series "Car Hunters," which follows individuals as they passionately search for their dream car. The brand new series "Car Hunters" follows individuals as they search to buy their dream car. In each episode we follow a new buyer, aided by a friend or family member, as they check out three unique vehicles and hit the open road for a test drive. We share in the exhilaration and deliberation as they try to decide which ride they will cruise home in. Featured buyers include an empty nester who wants to recapture his youth with a car from his glory days; a father and son duo who are on the hunt for a thrill ride to bond over; a former correctional officer looking to kick off his retirement in style by owning a classic convertible; and a life-long lover of iconic low-riders who's looking to finally buy one of his own.
MARSEILLE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/5/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, April 2016) When 2 opposing clans are at each other's throats over their destiny, the whole city suffers. Violence, corruption, sex, betrayal... It's a war for power with no holds barred. Welcome to Marseille. The cast includes Gérard Depardieu (Robert Taro), Benoît Magimel (Lucas Barrès), Géraldine Pailhas (Rachel Taro), Nadia Farès (Vanessa d'Abrantès), Stéphane Caillard (Julia), Jean-René Privat (Cosini), Guillaume Arnault (Eric), Hedi Bouchenafa (Farid), Carolina Jurczak (Barbara), and Nassim Si Ahmed (Selim). Marseille is written by Dan Franck, who also serves as Creative Producer. Florent Siri is the showrunner, Visual Creator and Director of Episodes 1-4. All 8 episodes of Marseille will premiere on Thursday 5th May exclusively on Netflix around the world.
MILLENNIALS: GROWING UP IN THE 21ST CENTURY (OVATION)
· [series premiere] · 5/5/16 at 7:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST
(from Ovation TV's press release, March 2016) Ovation TV will air the U.S. premiere of Millennials: Growing Up in the 21st Century, a six-part documentary series from filmmaker Rick Stevenson (Expiration Date), on Thursday, May 5 at 7 pm ET. Millennials is an emotionally raw look into the lives of a diverse group of 22 children as they transition from the innocence of childhood through the turbulence of adolescence and emerge as young adults. Through yearly candid interviews over the course of 15 years, Millennials echoes in real life what the award-winning film Boyhood has done in fiction.
BUILDING OFF THE GRID: BIG SKY RANCH (DIY)
· [series premiere] · 5/5/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from DIY Network's press release, April 2016) In a remote and picturesque corner of northwestern Montana, Jon and Etta Smith are set to construct a self-sustaining "off-the-grid" farm house and bison ranch in DIY Network's Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch. Premiering Thursday, May 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, the six-episode arc follows the husband-and-wife duo as they build their rustic-style ranch from the ground up before winter arrives. "It's been my dream since I was a kid to be a rancher and now it's our dream to tackle this build together," said Jon. The series follows the couple as they build a 2,200-square foot house, a corral and feeding system for the bison and an edible garden that allows them to live freely and comfortably on the open range. Jon and Etta, along with help from local construction and ranching experts, dig an artisanal well for fresh water and install a windmill and propane tanks for power. In addition to the challenges of living out in the wilderness - such as chasing off bears and rattle snakes - the family learns how to live off the land and barter with neighbors who live miles away. "Trading out here is the way of life," said Etta. "I trade a lot more than money exchanges hands and I like it that way."
GRACE & FRANKIE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/6/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2016) Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star as Grace and Frankie, two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands, played by Martin Sheen ("Robert") and Sam Waterston ("Sol"), reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of "family," with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way. From executive producers Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), the hilarious and heartbreaking comedy takes on aging with gusto - from joint pain to joint rolling and blind dates to night blindness - and offers a poignant look at how life's turning points show us who we really are. The series also stars Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael. In addition to Kauffman and Morris, the series is also executive-produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross from Skydance Productions, along with Paula Weinstein and Fonda and Tomlin.
AMERICAN NURSE, THE (DLC)
· [series premiere] · 5/6/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Discovery Life Channel's press release, April 2016) National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6th to raise awareness of the important role the medical field's frontline caregivers play in society. This year, Discovery Life celebrates the hard work of nurses with the premiere of THE AMERICAN NURSE on Friday, May 6th at 9/8c followed by the series premiere of EMERGENCY at 10/9c, showing the powerful images of those whose lives are devoted to healing. The premieres of the documentary and series will be a part of Discovery Life's weekend-long programming stunt of nurse-themed content hosted by NY ER's Nurse Katie Duke.
EMERGENCY (DLC)
· [series premiere] · 5/6/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Discovery Life Channel's press release, April 2016) National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6th to raise awareness of the important role the medical field's frontline caregivers play in society. This year, Discovery Life celebrates the hard work of nurses with the premiere of THE AMERICAN NURSE on Friday, May 6th at 9/8c followed by the series premiere of EMERGENCY at 10/9c, showing the powerful images of those whose lives are devoted to healing. The premieres of the documentary and series will be a part of Discovery Life's weekend-long programming stunt of nurse-themed content hosted by NY ER's Nurse Katie Duke.
REAL MVP, THE: THE WANDA DURANT STORY (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 5/7/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, April 2016) Basketball great Kevin Durant of The Oklahoma City Thunder captured the hearts of the nation when he accepted the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Award with his emotional speech crediting all of his success to his mother, Wanda, naming her "the real MVP." Durant's moving story of a mother's love, tenacity and sacrifice unfolds on Saturday, May 7 at 8pm ET/PT in The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, just in time for Mother's Day. Executive produced by Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe, Grammy, SAG and Emmy Award winner Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit team, the inspiring true story of The Real MVP begins with Wanda, a single mom of two by the time she was 21, working tirelessly to make ends meet and put a roof over the heads of her young sons. With the support of her mother and her best friend, Wanda focused all her energy on keeping her boys out of trouble and on the basketball court, selflessly putting aside her own dreams and desires to make sure their goals could be achieved. Her hard work paid off as her son Tony earned basketball scholarships and graduated from college while Kevin pursued his dream of playing in the NBA. Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies) stars as Wanda, Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent) as her best friend and confidante, and Pauletta Washington (Wilma) portrays her mother Barbara. Daniel Bellomy and Nic Few star as the adult Kevin and Tony respectively.
NASCAR: THE RISE OF AMERICAN SPEED (CMT)
· [series premiere] · 5/8/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from CMT's press release, April 2016) Each week millions of NASCAR fans - a massive television and digital audience - tune in to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. CMT will be premiering an unprecedented six hour, three night special event dedicated to the fearless men who took stock car racing out of the backwoods and into the national spotlight with "NASCAR: The Rise of American Speed "on Sunday May 8, May 15 and May 22 at 9 pm ET/PT. From Stephen David Entertainment, the Emmy Award-winning company behind the miniseries "The Men Who Built America," "Gold Fever" and "The World Wars," the special event is not only a unique look into NASCAR's legendary beginnings, but in the spirit of racing, it is a no-holds-barred account of the sport's early pioneers and ascension to national prominence. The film features archival footage, reenactments and interviews with NASCAR personalities and experts including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Richard Petty, Tony Stewart and Darrell Waltrip.
SINGLE DAD SEEKING… (TLC)
· [series premiere] · 5/8/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from TLC's press release, April 2016) SINGLE DAD SEEKING... follows five single fathers working hard to raise their kids. As they strive to provide the ideal lives for their sons and daughters, they each feel that a critical piece of their family is missing. These dedicated dads are searching to find not only love in their lives, but also a woman willing to love their children. Enter five women, each without children of her own, seeking her happily ever after with a responsible, caring man. In addition to finding love, these women sincerely want to be mothers. None of them have found the opportunity--until now. These single dads and women have dated via phone calls, video chat, text and email and think they've found a match. But none of these singles have met in person. Could they be a match made in heaven? Maybe... They are now ready to take the next step, moving in together for a trial run to see if it is meant to be, kids and all! Yet dropping into an already existing family has its hurdles. Moms aren't made overnight and parenting isn't for everyone. From awkward first meetings to steamy first dates, from adventures in babysitting to dealing with teen angst, these couples might feel they have gotten into more than they've bargained for. Building relationships is hard and takes a lot of work... but when kids are involved, these dads must find a way to strike the delicate balance between fatherhood and finding love.
HELLO GOODBYE (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 5/9/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 11:00 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, April 2016) "Hello Goodbye" captures some of life's biggest and most fun moments as regular, everyday people arrive and depart from some of America's largest airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare. Premiering with back-to-back episodes on Monday, May 9 at 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, Travel Channel's new series, produced by Ellen DeGeneres' A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures and Shed Media, highlights surprising and exciting stories of marriage proposals, surprise greeters and big family reunions from travelers from all walks of life and cultures. In each of the six half-hour episodes, viewers join host Curt Menefee ("Fox NFL Sunday") as he strolls through terminals talking to travelers, and discovering the heartwarming and hilarious stories behind every arrival and departure. Each story reveals the most memorable moments that take place daily between families and loved ones in airports across the country.
WOMAN (VICELAND)
· [series premiere] · 5/10/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Viceland's press release, April 2016) Feminist activist and writer Gloria Steinem has spent her career traveling the world, investigating and drawing attention to the issues affecting women today. We are proud to announce that VICE has teamed up with Steinem to bring a powerful new show called WOMAN to the VICELAND channel airing May 10. The raw and revolutionary look at womanhood brings together a team of female journalists who explore how violence against women drives global instability. The show focuses on a variety of issues from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unacknowledged murdered and missing women in Canada, femicide in El Salvador, and the incarceration of mothers in America.
OUTDAUGHTERED (TLC)
· [series premiere] · 5/10/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from TLC's press release, March 2016) 40 bottles a day, 420 diapers a week and feedings every three hours became the new normal for Danielle and Adam Busby when they welcomed home the only all-female set of quintuplets in the country. The series captures Danielle, Adam and their adorable 4-year-old daughter Blayke as they adjust to their new normal, while trying to hold on to the identities and lives they had cultivated before the five new additions arrived. It's all hands on deck as the family relies on their tight-knit circle to make the most out of this incredible lifetime adventure. (The Boardwalk Entertainment Group)
FIRST IMPRESSIONS (USA)
· [series premiere] · 5/10/16 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from USA's press release, April 2016) USA Network's unscripted competition series, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, featuring Emmy Award-Winner and "SNL" Alum Dana Carvey, has locked in Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Star Wars Rebels") to host the weekly half-hour battle. The series is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30/9:30 c. In addition to Carvey and Prinze Jr., FIRST IMPRESSIONS will also welcome an all-star celebrity line-up to cheer-on the contestants; Steve Carell ("The Big Short"), Jay Leno ("The Tonight Show"), Kevin Nealon ("SNL"), Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"), Tom Arnold ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live") and Kate Flannery ("Inside Out") will coach the aspiring impressionists through a variety of challenges, helping them to hone their skills. "FIRST IMPRESSIONS gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master," said Prinze Jr., "I've always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible." Carvey is the "expert-in-residence" in this comedic series that pits America's best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impression. Each week the studio audience will crown a winner. From Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will executive produce.
CHELSEA (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/11/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, September 2015) Bill Wolff has been named executive producer of Chelsea Handler's radical refresh of the talk show for the global on-demand generation, premiering in all Netflix territories in 2016 for all members to enjoy however and whenever they like. It was also announced today that the show will be produced in Los Angeles. The new talk show will feature an updated format that encompasses Chelsea's unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews.
STONE HOUSE REVIVAL (DIY)
· [series premiere] · 5/11/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from DIY Network's press release, April 2016) Licensed contractor and carpenter Jeff Devlinrestores centuries old homes in DIY Network's new series, Stone House Revival, premiering Wednesday, May 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The 13-episode series follows Jeff - who first gained a following on DIY Network's I Hate My Bath and appeared in both seasons of Ellen's Design Challenge - as he and his team of restoration experts work to transform dilapidated properties in Bucks County, Penn. In each episode, Jeff refurbishes the homes into modern living spaces, while preserving the home's historic integrity.
LAS VEGAS LAW (ID)
· [series premiere] · 5/12/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Investigation Discovery's press release, April 2016) t's become a cliché that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but for the Clark County District Attorney's office, there's nothing cliché about the crimes that affect their city. With more than 60,000 cases a year, including high-profile homicides, robberies, gang-related crimes and assaults on the Strip, these aren't stories pulled from a Hollywood script. They happen to real people just trying to live and let loose under the big lights of Sin City. Investigation Discovery's (ID) new series LAS VEGAS LAW offers exclusive access to District Attorney Steve Wolfson and his powerhouse team of prosecutors who work tirelessly alongside law enforcement officials to pursue justice in their community. Follow in real time as they assess the crime scene, interview victims and witnesses, strategize their case and ultimately chase a conviction in the courtroom. Shot in cinéma vérité and featuring surveillance footage and photography, the series immerses viewers in the high stakes, immensely dramatic environment that makes Vegas distinctive - and its crimes even more so. LAS VEGAS LAW premieres Thursday, May 12 at 10/9c only on ID.
TULIPS IN SPRING (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 5/14/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) Rose Newell is a young interior designer who has been given an assignment to design a high-end client's home. As she begins the project, Rose learns that her father, Frank, has suffered a broken leg and that her help is badly needed at Newell Farms, her parents' tulip farm in rural Washington. Rose returns to her hometown and to her damaged relationship with Frank, who resents her having chosen a cosmopolitan career over the family business.
LAST BID, THE (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 5/14/16 at 10:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, April 2016) Annette and Molly start a business purchasing abandoned storage lockers and selling the contents for profit. After they make the winning bid for storage locker 181, their lives change forever... The locker's previous owner, Dayton, was a thief and a murderer who targeted affluent brides and hid their jewels and cash in his storage locker. But when Dayton goes to prison for driving a stolen car, he falls behind on his payments for the locker and it goes up for auction. Eighteen months later he returns to find that Annette and Molly are the new owners and they must now fight for their lives against a determined criminal who will stop at nothing to regain his most treasured possessions. Stars Cassi Thomson, Casper Van Dien, Samantha Cope, and Tom Wright. (2016)
MY FLOATING HOME (FYI)
· [series premiere] · 5/14/16 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
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TIME TO DANCE, A (HMC)
· [original telefilm] · 5/15/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark's press release, April 2016) Jennie Garth ("Beverly Hills 90210"), Dan Payne ("All Yours") and Corbin Bernsen ("LA Law," "Psych") star in "Karen Kingsbury's A Time To Dance," an original drama based on Karen Kingsbury's best-selling novel, premiering on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Sunday, May 15 at 9pm ET/PT. The film tells the story of Abby (Garth) and John (Payne) Reynolds, a married couple who have been together since their days as high school sweethearts - when John was a football hero and Abby dreamed of becoming a writer. Now in their forties, Abby is a restaurant critic for a local newspaper and John is a football coach at their son's high school. Though their seemingly perfect marriage is the envy of their peers, the truth is that they have fallen out of love, and plan to announce their impending divorce during their daughter Nicole's upcoming college break. But John and Abby's plan takes a turn when an elated Nicole surprises them with an announcement that she has gotten engaged. Not wanting to put a damper on Nicole's cherished event, John and Abby agree to wait until after her wedding to tell her about their divorce. With the clock ticking and John and Abby helping Nicole prepare for her wedding day, they may have one last chance to again find their love. Bernsen portrays Abby's father, Pops Chapman, a retired football coach who senses that his daughter's marriage is on the rocks, and is determined to help save their relationship.
COUPLED (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 5/17/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, March 2016) COUPLED, the all-new unscripted dating series produced by Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice"), will premiere Tuesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Three premiere of HOTEL HELL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Hosted by entertainment personality Terrence "J" Jenkins, COUPLED follows 12 single, smart and young professional women looking for love, who will meet face-to-face with eligible single men against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean islands. The women have first choice as they instantly decide if they feel a spark of chemistry and want to spend more time with each guy, or if they don't feel a connection and want to wait for the next one. The real soap opera unfolds as new couples are formed and have to discover whether or not they have the compatibility to make their relationships last. COUPLED will also feature the one thing that all modern romances have in common - texting. The women and men are armed with cell phones throughout the series, giving the audience a front row seat to the real drama, as their text conversations pop up on screen.
GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 5/18/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, April 2016) GENIUS BY STEPHEN HAWKING - Hawking serves as the host and narrator, inviting viewers to follow along with the journey that unfolds in each episode, as ordinary people use large-scale experiments and incredible stunts to come to grips with molecular biology, astrophysics and even quantum mechanics. - Wednesdays, May 18-June 1, 9:00-10:00 and 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET
BLUE COLLAR BACKERS (DISCOVERY)
· [series premiere] · 5/18/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Discovery's press release, April 2016) For many people, owning and operating their own business is the ultimate American dream. On average, more than 540,000 new businesses a month will launch in the United States, but what separates a good idea from one that just reads well on paper? Enter the experts who are offering not only a cash investment, but sweat equity to burgeoning businesses on BLUE COLLAR BACKERS, a new Discovery Channel series premiering Wednesday, May 18 at 10pm ET/PT. With traditional banks and lenders rejecting over 80% of small business loans, there's been a resurgence of a new breed of investors. They provide cash and, more importantly, a hands-on approach to help men and women's dreams become reality. Each week, a panel of top-notch professionals from various fields and trades will share their personal experience, get their hands dirty, and provide the necessary funds to help a few budding entrepreneurs make their big dreams a reality. But how does a business stick out in this ever-competitive market place? And what's the best decision for the business to move forward?
LADY DYNAMITE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 5/20/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, June 2015) Netflix orders Lady Dynamite, a new original comedy series starring Maria Bamford. Series is based on what she has accepted to be "her life." The occasionally surreal episodes, refracted across multiple periods inspired by the actor/comedian's life, tell the story of a woman who loses - and then finds - her s**t. Pam Brady, Mitch Hurwitz and Maria Bamford are executive producers on the single camera comedy series. Thirteen, 30-minute episodes of the single camera comedy series have been ordered. Lady Dynamite is a Netflix production.
ALL THE WAY (HBO)
· [original telefilm] · 5/21/16 at 8:00 PM
(from HBO's press release, April 2016) Following its critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway run, ALL THE WAY, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, comes to HBO on SATURDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-10:15 p.m.). Bryan Cranston (four-time Emmy(R) winner for "Breaking Bad") reprises his Tony Award-winning role for the HBO Films presentation, which is directed by Jay Roach ("Trumbo"; Emmy(R) winner for HBO's "Game Change" and "Recount") from a screenplay by Robert Schenkkan (Pulitzer Prize winner for "The Kentucky Cycle"; two-time Emmy(R) nominee and Writers Guild Award winner for HBO's "The Pacific"), who has adapted his Tony Award-winning play of the same name.
DATE WITH LOVE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 5/21/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) After A-list actress, Alex Allen, has an epic Hollywood meltdown and is dumped on the red carpet before her latest movie premiere, she is in desperate need of some positive publicity in order to save her reputation as "America's sweetheart." Salvation comes in the form of a small town boy's video "Promposal" in which the student invites Alex to his high school prom. Sure enough, when the video goes viral, it scores the kid a date with his celebrity crush. It's also a chance for Alex, who was never asked to her own prom, to go back to high school and make this the best prom she never had. Complications arise when the starlet falls for the student's English teacher, Mr. Walsh. But when Alex's Hollywood habits stir up a little too much drama in the small town high school, she'll have to figure out what is more important to her, fixing her career or finding a love she always dreamed of.
RUN TO ME (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 5/22/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, April 2016) Alison Wynn is an amateur triathlete who convinces Dr. Laura Stevens, a controversial peak-performance trainer, to take her on as a client. Together they embark on a rigorous program combining cutting-edge physical training with experimental hypnotherapy in an effort to render Alison more competitive. Pushed to her limits and forced to explore the painful repressed memories of her mother's suicide, Dr. Stevens' punishing regimen helps Alison post impressive gains and break through her own glass ceiling; but at what cost? Alison's work and family life with her husband and daughter suffer but no sacrifice seems too great to satisfy Laura's escalating demands. In fact Laura will do whatever it takes to have Alison all to herself. As Alison runs directly into Laura's sinister psychological trap, it's up to Alison's daughter to help her mother see through the deception before they lose her forever. Claire Forlani, Michelle Nolden, Amanda Tilson star. (2016)
PREACHER (AMC)
· [series premiere - special time] · 5/22/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from AMC's press release, March 2016) AMC announced today from the SXSW Festival that the highly-anticipated new series "Preacher" will premiere Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT following the mid-season finale of "Fear the Walking Dead." An encore presentation of the pilot episode will air the following Sunday, May 29th with back-to-back airings beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT providing new viewers multiple opportunities to catch up during the holiday weekend. New episodes will resume on Sunday, June 5th at the series regular time of 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Preacher," which is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular '90's comic book franchise of the same name, is a Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production. The ten-episode season was developed for television by executive producers Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors) and executive producer and showrunner Sam Catlin ("Breaking Bad"). "Preacher" is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
KIDS BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 5/23/16 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 8:00 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, April 2016) Eight of the country's finest young BBQers cook it out in the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master in the new primetime series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday May 23rd at 8pm ET/PT. During the six-episode season, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges testing their BBQ skills and creativity on the grill - and only one competitor takes home the grand prize: $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. With themes ranging from a Hawaiian luau competition to a cowboy campfire challenge, each episode also features some of the biggest names in BBQ as guest judges.
VIRTUALLY IN LOVE (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 5/24/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, April 2016) Oxygen Media takes the ultimate leap of faith when "Virtually In Love" premieres on Tuesday, May 24 at 9pm ET/PT. The new series follows young, hopeful romantics as they embark on a journey to break away from their computer screens and finally meet face-to-face with the person they have been virtually dating. Aside from getting up-close and personal with their special someone, the couple will also break down barriers by being introduced to their significant other's friends and family. Will this drastically change their dynamic for the worse or take their bond to new heights? In the end, the couple will determine the answer to the most difficult online dating question of all - would you move across the country to be in a real-life relationship with the person you love?
NIGHT MANAGER, THE (AMC)
· [original mini-series finale] · 5/24/16 at 10:00 PM
(from AMC's press release, January 2016) Launching a new night for AMC originals is the six-part miniseries event "The Night Manager," premiering on Tuesday, April 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. A contemporary interpretation of John le Carré's espionage drama, the series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited by intelligence operative Angela Burr (Olivia Colman) to infiltrate the inner circle of international businessman Richard Onslow Roper (Hugh Laurie) and detonate the unholy alliance he has ministered between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade. To get to the heart of Roper's vast empire, Pine must withstand the suspicious interrogations of his venal chief of staff Major Corkoran (Tom Hollander) and the allure of his beautiful girlfriend Jed (Elizabeth Debicki). In his quest to do the right thing, Pine must first become a criminal himself. Executive producers include John Le Carré, Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell and Stephen Garrett. Writer David Farr also serves as an executive producer as does Academy Award(R) winner Susanne Bier, who served as director.
DOUGLAS FAMILY GOLD (OXYGEN)
· [series premiere] · 5/25/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Oxygen's press release, March 2016) As Olympic champion Gabby Douglas wins the all-around title at the American Cup this past weekend, Oxygen Media readies for Rio with its new docu-series "Douglas Family Gold" premiering Wednesday, May 25 at 10pm ET/PT. Following gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and her support system, which include matriarch Natalie Hawkins, sisters Arielle "Arie" Hawkins, Joyelle "Joy" Douglas, brother, Johnathan Douglas and grandmother Miss Carolyn Ford, this series chronicles their journey and sacrifices as Gabby heads back to the Olympic Games and attempts a history-making performance. At 16, Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas stunned the world in 2012 by becoming the first African American in history to win the USA team and individual all-around gold medals at the Summer Olympics. Now 20, after a couple of years away from the sport, Gabby returns laser-focused, more confident and doesn't just want to be on the medal podium in Rio, she wants gold. Behind her meteoric rise was a family willing to sacrifice everything to help her accomplish her dreams. This time, as Gabby trains tirelessly in Ohio with her grandmother by her side, the rest of the family keeps busy juggling Gabby's business and their own lives back in California. Her brother John is a standout athlete in track, while devoted sisters Arie and Joy are eager to blaze their own paths with "Momager" Natalie keeping this tight-knit family in-check. With Gabby's dogged determination and her family's unwavering support, this dream team proves that sometimes things are better the second time around.
CAKE HUNTERS (COOKING)
· [series premiere] · 5/25/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
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SHOWING ROOTS (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 5/26/16 at 10:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, April 2016) Set in the year 1977, two women look to integrate their small town, inspired by the miniseries Roots as it hits the airwaves. In a small southern town where there definitely are still "right" and "wrong" sides of the tracks, these two young women -- one white, one black -- forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence, self-discovery, and ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo. Stars Maggie Grace, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody, Cicely Tyson. (2016)
BUDDY'S FAMILY VACATION (FOOD)
· [series premiere] · 5/27/16 at 8:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Food Network's press release, April 2016) Buddy Valastro trades the bakery for an RV this summer and takes a memorable road trip to experience the sites and flavors of the South with his wife Lisa and their four kids in the eight-episode series Buddy's Family Vacation, premiering Friday, May 27th at 8pm (all times ET/PT) with two back-to-back-episodes on Food Network. The adventure begins at home in New Jersey, where Buddy and Lisa come up with the rules of the road to keep any family trip on track, and the Valastro gang packs up to go South for their first destinations: Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina. From feeding alligators and eating spicy etoufee in New Orleans, Louisiana; taking ghost tours in Savannah, Georgia; to visiting the iconic Americana of Graceland and Dollywood, Buddy's Family Vacation is an epic road trip, Valastro style! After the premiere, episodes will air in the series regular timeslot on Fridays at 8:30pm.
NATIONAL ENQUIRER INVESTIGATES (REELZ)
· [series premiere] · 5/28/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ReelzChannel's press release, April 2016) REELZ today announced that its new original documentary series National Enquirer Investigates will premiere Saturday, May 28, at 9pm ET/PT. Developed in partnership with American Media, Inc. and America's most popular weekly magazine, The National Enquirer, the series gives viewers unprecedented access to The National Enquirer's secret files, featuring never-before-told stories alongside fascinating new evidence, insider interviews and fresh expert analysis.
MS MATCHED (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 5/28/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) A successful wedding planner is trying to make dreams come true for brides by organizing fairytale weddings. But when she is paired with a financial advisor at a wedding expo, she soon realizes that he is giving the exact opposite advice to their audience by telling them to save their money. When they are forced to spend more time together than they bargained for, they find out that they have more in common than they think.
ROOTS (A&E)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/30/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
ROOTS (LMN)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/30/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
DRESSER, THE (STARZ)
· [original telefilm] · 5/30/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Starz's press release, March 2016) Starz today announced Richard Eyre's adaptation of Ronald Harwood's critically acclaimed play "The Dresser," starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, will premiere on STARZ on Monday, May 30th at 9 PM ET/PT. "The Dresser" will also be made available simultaneously on May 30th for STARZ subscribers on STARZ PLAY and STARZ ON DEMAND, in the U.S. Starz also released a first look at the trailer for the movie for television which is an adaptation of Ronald Harwood's play, adapted and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris). "The Dresser" brings Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins together on screen for the first time in their acclaimed careers. It also marks Hopkins' first appearance in a television drama in more than 20 years. "The Dresser" tells the story of one fateful night, backstage in a small regional theatre during World War II as a troupe of touring actors stages a production of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Bombs are falling, sirens are wailing, the curtain is up in an hour but the actor/manager "Sir" (Hopkins) who is playing Lear is nowhere to be seen. His dresser "Norman" (McKellen) must scramble to make sure the show goes on but will Sir turn up in time and if he does will he be able to perform that night? "The Dresser" is a wickedly funny and deeply moving story of friendship and loyalty as Sir reflects on his lifelong accomplishments and seeks to reconcile his turbulent friendships with those in his employ before the final curtain. It was first adapted for the screen by Harwood himself 32 years ago, in the 1983 Peter Yates film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. The current production reverts to Ronald Harwood's original text as it was written for the stage.
ROOTS (LIFETIME)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/30/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
ROOTS (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 5/30/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
MAYA & MARTY IN MANHATTAN (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 5/31/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, March 2016) NBC has announced a series order for "Maya and Marty in Manhattan," an hourlong live variety show starring "Saturday Night Live" veteran Maya Rudolph and comedy legend Martin Short. Lorne Michaels will executive produce. Kenan Thompson, who has been a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for 13 seasons, will also star on the show, which will be aired live each week from NBC's headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York. The series will premiere Tuesday, May 31 at 10 p.m., immediately following the two-hour premiere of summer's #1 reality series, "America's Got Talent." "With their cumulative expertise and experience in live comedy, we couldn't ask for a better trio to deliver what we know will be a fantastic show," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "Their respective accomplishments on 'Saturday Night Live' and beyond are extraordinary." The series will feature sketches that spoof current events, celebrities and topical trends, as well as musical performances. Among comedy circles, Rudolph and Short are considered two of the best sketch performers in the business and this collaboration will create a comedy one-two punch unlike any other on television.
FEED THE BEAST (AMC)
· [series premiere] · 5/31/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from AMC's press release, April 2016) AMC today announced that the network's upcoming original series "Feed the Beast," is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 31st at 10pm ET/PT. The series, starring David Schwimmer ("American Crime Story," "Band of Brothers," "Friends") and Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe, Cloud Atlas), is a drama about two best friends, Tommy Moran (Schwimmer), and Dion Patras (Sturgess) who take one last shot at their dream of opening a restaurant. "Feed the Beast" tells the story of Tommy (Schwimmer) and Dion (Sturgess) who are like brothers. With all the love - and all the complications - that comes with it. Dion can't stay out of trouble. Tommy can't move past it. For two friends on the brink of losing everything, a dusty pipe dream of opening up an upscale restaurant in their hometown of the Bronx is all they have left to turn their lives around. Additional casting for the series includes Michael Gladis ("Mad Men," "House of Lies"), who will play Patrick Woichik, aka The Tooth Fairy, the soft spoken, brutally intimidating local mobster with a penchant for pulling teeth; Lorenza Izzo (The Green Inferno, Sex Ed), who will play Pilar Herrera, a woman who meets Tommy in a grief group, and is desperately searching for true love; Christine Adams (Batman Begins, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), who will star as Tommy's late wife Rie Moran, John Doman ("The Wire," "The Affair"), who will play Tommy's father Aidan Moran, a shrewd and ruthless businessman and unapologetic racist; and Elijah Jacob ("Spot On") who will play Tommy's ten year old son TJ Moran.
SMOKED (DA)
· [series premiere] · 6/1/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Destinaton America's press release, March 2016) Rivalries abound in the BBQ world. Every pitmaster has an axe to grind, a nemesis, or someone they just plain want to beat. Each episode of SMOKED gives two pitmasters with a personal history the chance to go head-to-head in a BBQ battle and prove once and for all who's the best - and who's gonna get smoked. The winner of each battle takes home bragging rights and a shot at a cash prize! Citizen Pictures
CLEVERMAN (SUNDANCE)
· [series premiere] · 6/1/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from SundanceTV's press release, April 2016) SundanceTV and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) together announced that the drama series "Cleverman" will launch in the United States on SundanceTV on Wednesday, June 1 at 10/9c, and in Australia on ABC and ABC iview on Thursday, June 2 at 9.30pm. Set in the near future, "Cleverman" is a startlingly original drama rooted in Aboriginal mythology. The series depicts a deeply conflicted and anxious society, fearful of a minority group living among them, endowed with extraordinary physical traits. One young man - The Cleverman - struggles with his own power and the responsibility to unite this divided world, but he must first overcome a deep estrangement from his older brother. The series is based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen.
ROOTS (HISTORY)
· [original mini-series finale] · 6/2/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
ROOTS (LMN)
· [original mini-series finale] · 6/2/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
ROOTS (A&E)
· [original mini-series finale] · 6/2/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
ROOTS (LIFETIME)
· [original mini-series finale] · 6/2/16 at 9:00 PM
(from History's press release, February 2016) HISTORY(R) premieres "Roots" on Memorial Day 2016, airing over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m. beginning Monday, May 30, it was announced today by Paul Buccieri, President of A&E and HISTORY. The four-night, eight-hour event series developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite hardship. "Roots" will be simulcast on A&E and Lifetime, in addition to HISTORY. The stellar cast includes Academy Award(R) winners Forest Whitaker ("Fiddler") and Anna Paquin ("Nancy Holt"); Academy Award(R) nominee and Emmy Award(R) winner Laurence Fishburne ("Alex Haley"); Golden Globe Award(R) winning and Emmy Award(R) nominated actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Tom Lea"); Tony Award(R) winner Anika Noni Rose ("Kizzy"); Grammy Award(R) winner Tip "T.I." Harris ("Cyrus"); Emayatzy Corinealdi ("Belle"); Matthew Goode ("Dr. William Waller"); Mekhi Phifer ("Jerusalem"); James Purefoy ("John Waller") and introduces Regé-Jean Page ("Chicken George") and Malachi Kirby ("Kunta Kinte").
BEACH BITES WITH KATIE LEE (COOKING)
· [series premiere] · 6/2/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from Cooking Channel's press release, April 2016) Katie Lee crosses sand and surf in search of the best beach foods to dive into, with the best views to match, on Cooking Channel's Beach Bites with Katie Lee, premiering on Thursday, June 2nd at 10pm ET/7pm PT. On this gourmet getaway, Katie follows her taste buds to find delicious dishes, and along the way meets the chefs serving up the finest fare that the shores have to offer. From freshly-caught seafood to local twists on grilled favorites, Katie will try it all, with time to spare for cocktails and sweet treats. In each of the six half-hour long episodes, Katie searches high and low for the most mouthwatering meals and gets a look at how they are prepared. In Miami, Katie snacks on pork and chicken Cuban pressed sandwiches, then over in Key West, she nibbles on Conch Fritters with a home-made key lime sauce from local limes that made the island famous. In Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, Katie gets tropical with Coconut Shrimp Arepas. Over on the Golden Isles off the coast of Georgia, Katie finds Crab Hush Puppies with Homemade Pickles - the perfect mix of traditional Southern fare with a seafood flair. While in St. Barths Katie gets a taste of European-luxury and casual-island cooking with Snapper Chimichurri served with local Caribbean Squash. Then it is bold flavors and spices with Chile Rellenos in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico and a sweet sip of a Pineapple Raicilla Cocktail to wash it down. Sunglasses, flip flops and an appetite are all you need on this trip!
LONE STAR LAW (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 6/2/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, April 2016) Hangry for more? MONSTER WEEK kicks off this year with an all-new episode of the network's #1 series RIVER MONSTERS and concludes with the program's season finale Thursday, June 2, at 8 PM. Stay tuned every night for super-sized episodes of RIVER MONSTERS where viewers come face to face with the incredible animals lying in wait just below the ocean's surface. Throughout this monstrous week, viewers also get a taste of upcoming series THE VET LIFE, which follows veterinarians, Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne as they juggle running a vet clinic and managing family life and LONE STAR LAW - the freshman series showing that even wildlife crime is bigger and badder in Texas. Immediately following the conclusion of MONSTER WEEK, Animal Planet brings justice to the small screen with a new season of NORTH WOODS LAW followed by the series premiere of LONE STAR LAW; see the game wardens in action beginning Thursday, June 2, at 9 PM.
WORD PARTY (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 6/3/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2016) A vocabulary building show for preschoolers from The Jim Henson Company,Word Party follows four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play. The show invites our youngest viewers to help teach the baby animals new words, learn these new words themselves, and even celebrate these achievements with a "Word Party!" Word Party is produced using the groundbreaking Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary technology from Jim Henson's Creature Shop that allows puppeteers to perform digitally animated characters in real time - enabling the animation to be more lifelike and spontaneous.
OUTCAST (CINEMAX)
· [series premiere] · 6/3/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Cinemax's press release, March 2016) The CINEMAX drama series OUTCAST will launch its ten-episode season FRIDAY, JUNE 3 and has been renewed for a second season ahead of the series debut, it was announced today at the 2016 SXSW Festival. The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black. "OUTCAST has been a passion project of mine for many years," said Kirkman. "Seeing it come together has been a huge thrill for me. What we've been able to achieve on CINEMAX, with its unprecedented creative freedom, frankly, almost scares ME at times." "Going into the first season of OUTCAST, we knew that Robert Kirkman had once again created a world that would scare us to our core," said Kary Antholis, president, CINEMAX Original Programming. "But what he, Chris Black and the rest of their team have delivered has exceeded even those high expectations. We believe our viewers will immediately be sucked into OUTCAST's intense and creepy landscape, which is why we have chosen to pick up a second season." Based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, OUTCAST follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher who has personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate - and the fate of the world - forever.
WEDDING BELLS (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 6/4/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) Molly Quinn is a young New York fashion designer who would rather be single than risk being hurt by love. As she struggles to create a new fashion line, Molly's socialite best friend, Amy, and her fiancé, James, invite her to dinner. At a trendy restaurant, Molly meets handsome chef Nick Turner, a confirmed bachelor, who also believes that love only leads to heartache. When Amy learns that her wealthy family has suddenly gone broke, she is forced to cancel her elaborate wedding plans. Lending a helping hand, Nick offers to cater the affair at his father's closed-down Massachusetts inn, and Molly volunteers to spearhead the wedding preparations. At the inn, Molly and Nick are greeted by Charlie, Nick's gruff-but-lovable dad, who is still grieving over the loss of his wife. As they beautify the resort and prepare for the upcoming wedding, Molly's vintage tastes and emphasis on comfort clash with Nick's refined sensibilities. Before long, Molly and Nick are inspired by a collection of Charlie's old love letters and - despite their not believing in romance - find themselves falling for each other. On the day of the wedding, Amy and James realize they are not right for one another and decide to call it off. As her friends' wedding plans unravel, Molly worries that a relationship with Nick wouldn't work out, and suggests they part ways. But when she returns to the New York fashion scene, Molly can't stop reminiscing about her time at the inn - and her time with Nick. With the inn now staged for a perfect wedding, the young fashion designer wonders if it's too late to finally take a chance on love.
TEXAS VETS (ANIMAL PLANET)
· [series premiere] · 6/4/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Animal Planet's press release, March 2016)
VANISHING WOMEN, THE (ID)
· [series premiere] · 6/6/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Investigation Discovery's press release, March 2016) On the surface, Chillicothe, Ohio is the epitome of quintessential Middle America. But this home in the heartland was catapulted into the national spotlight recently for a much darker claim to fame: a string of six young women have gone missing or been found dead in the past year and a half. The women, all in their 20s and 30s, are believed to have known each other and all have ties to the dark underbelly of this small town, leading the local community to fear a serial killer on the loose. With unprecedented access, Investigation Discovery (ID) has teamed with law enforcement, loved ones of the victims, and the community to document the investigation as it unfolds in an effort to bring further attention and help in solving these open cases. As ID's first serialized docuseries, the six-part series THE VANISHING WOMEN will premiere on Monday, June 6 at 10/9.
ANIMAL KINGDOM (TNT)
· [series premiere] · 6/7/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from TNT's press release, March 2016) Animal Kingdom is a bold drama starring Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winner Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love, This Boy's Life, Oceans 13 ), Scott Speedman (The Strangers, The Vow), Shawn Hatosy (Southland, Reckless),Ben Robson (Vikings, Dracula: The Dark Prince), Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars,It Follows), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders, An Inspector Calls), Daniella Alonso ( Revolution) and Molly Gordon (Love the Coopers, Ithaca). The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole), who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J's steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old daughter, Lena. It isn't long before Josh is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle. Animal Kingdom is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy(R) winnerJohn Wells (TNT's Southland, ER, The West Wing, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (TNT'sSouthland, Halt and Catch Fire, Damages, NYPD Blue) serving as executive producers of the series, along with Etan Frankel (Shameless, Southland) and Christopher Chulack (ER, Southland). Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn (TNT's Southland, Shameless) also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film produced by Liz Watts and written & directed by David Michôd, who will also serve as executive producers on the series.
VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 6/10/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2016) Netflix, Inc. and DreamWorks Animation (NASDAQ: DWA) today announced the expansion of their current multi-year deal, making Netflix the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series for the whole family from the studio. The deal also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library. In addition, the deal extends the rights of current original series for kids from the studio available on the service throughout operating Netflix markets as well as expanding to include second window rights for the series everywhere around the world, outside of China. Series include The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, Dragons: Race to the Edge, among others. Starting in 2016, Netflix will launch several new series from DWA, including a reimagining of Voltron, and the new series, Trollhunters, from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, who will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.
STOP THE WEDDING (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 6/11/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) When Annabelle Coakley, a young, single attorney, finds out that her beloved aunt who raised her is marrying a famous actor who is known just as much for his multiple failed marriages as for his acting career, Annabelle's protective instincts take over and she is determined to keep her aunt from making a big mistake. The groom-to-be's son also runs to the rescue of his father, believing he has once again found a bride in love with his money instead of him. When the two young saviors meet, things get messy. But in the process of trying to stop the wedding, they find themselves falling in love and learning to let go.
AMERICAN WEST, THE (AMC)
· [series premiere] · 6/11/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from AMC's press release, April 2016) AMC announced today that the original series "Hell on Wheels" is set to premiere the last seven episodes of its fifth and final season on Saturday, June 11 at 9 PM, followed by the series premiere of the Robert Redford and Stephen David ("The Men Who Built America," "The World Wars") produced limited event series "The American West" at 10 PM, making Saturday nights on AMC must-watch television for Western fans. Spanning the years 1865 to 1890, "The American West," will show how - in the aftermath of the Civil War - the United States transforms into the "land of opportunity." Viewers will be transported into the violent world of cowboys, Indians, outlaws and law men. The 8-episode limited event series chronicles the personal, little-known stories of Western legends such as Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. The series features exclusive interviews with notable names from classic Western films, including Redford, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Tom Selleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Harmon, Ed Harris and more.
STILL THE KING (CMT)
· [series premiere] · 6/12/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from CMT's press release, March 2016) The comedy "Still The King" debuts Sunday, June 12 at 9pm ET/PT, a few days after the "2016 CMT Music Awards."The series boasts an impressive ensemble cast with Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams ("Big Daddy," "Mall Rats"), MadisonIseman ("Laid in America," Nickelodeon's "Henry Danger"), Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five"), Leslie David Baker ("The Office"),Kevin Farley ("The Waterboy"), Travis Nicholson and Jon Sewell. "Still The King" follows Vernon (Cyrus), a scandal-ridden, washed-up, one-hit-wonder who crashes back into the life of his ex (Adams) and discovers he had a daughter (Iseman) he knew nothing about.
FAMOUS (FOX)
· [series premiere] · 6/12/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-9:30 PM EST
(from FOX's press release, April 2016) FAMOUS, a new half-hour comedy from creators Ralph Farquhar ("Real Husbands of Hollywood," "Moesha") and Ty Hodges ("A Girl Like Grace"), will debut Sunday, June 12 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The network has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which follows a young couple whose relationship is tested when one of them skyrockets to stardom virtually overnight. Filmed in mock-documentary style at a "couples" therapy session, FAMOUS features dating high school teachers FRED and GENEVA, both of whom secretly aspire to work in Hollywood. He wants to be a screenwriter and she envisions stardom as a pop diva. One of those dreams miraculously comes true when Geneva lands a record deal after her first music video goes viral and logs millions of views. As she rises to stardom, he feels pushed to the sidelines. Can this couple survive or will they discover that being famous and in love makes for a complicated threesome?
RIDE WITH NORMAN REEDUS (AMC)
· [series premiere] · 6/12/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from AMC's press release, April 2016) AMC today announced that the network's upcoming original non-fiction series "Ride with Norman Reedus" is set to premiere on Sunday, June 12th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Following a new episode of the highly anticipated drama "Preacher," "Ride with Norman Reedus" follows "The Walking Dead" fan-favorite star and motorcycle enthusiast as he hits the open road to explore local biker culture and celebrate the best and brightest collectors, mechanics and craftsmen around the country. This Sunday, April 24th, viewers can check out a brand new series teaser during "Fear The Walking Dead," airing at 9pm ET/PT. Each one-hour installment of "Ride with Norman Reedus" will feature Reedus with a riding companion - notable guests include Peter Fonda, Robert Rodriguez and Balthazar Getty - as they journey to new destinations throughout the United States, including North Carolina, Florida, California, Nevada, Texas and Louisiana. Reedus and friends stop by various locales such as custom bike shops, tattoo parlors, collector's warehouses, or a roadside smokehouse. The series is produced by Left/Right Productions.
GUILT (FREEFORM)
· [series premiere] · 6/13/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Freeform's press release, April 2016) The definition of guilt is being responsible for wrongdoing or a crime. In the murder of Molly Ryan, many are guilty in different ways, but only one is truly guilty of her murder. When Natalie's sister Grace becomes the prime suspect in her roommate Molly's murder and popular target for the press and in social media, Natalie leaves her life in Boston and heads to London to defend her. With the help of an ethically questionable ex-pat lawyer Stan Gutterie, Natalie starts to question how innocent her sister may really be as more ugly truths start to emerge. In this one-hour soapy drama, the mystery will twist through all layers of London society - from a posh but depraved sex club and all the way up to the Royal Family itself. "Guilt" stars Billy Zane, Emily Tremaine, Daisy Head, Cristian Solimeno, Naomi Ryan, Kevin Ryan, Zachary Fall, Simona Brown and Sam Cassidy. "Guilt" comes from Lionsgate TV and Thunderbird Films. The series is executive-produced by Kathryn Price, Nichole Millard, Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, Larry Shaw and Stephen McPherson. Premieres Monday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.
BRAINDEAD (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 6/13/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · mondays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, March 2016) BRAINDEAD, from Robert and Michelle King, acclaimed creators and executive producers of THE GOOD WIFE, premieres Monday, June 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The event series is a comic-thriller set in the world of Washington, D.C. politics that follows Laurel (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a young, fresh-faced Hill staffer who discovers two things: the government has stopped working, and bugs are eating the brains of Congress members and Hill staffers.
SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (NBC)
· [series premiere] · 6/13/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from NBC's press release, April 2016) NBC has set Wednesday, June 1 (10-11 p.m.) as the premiere date for the third season of its medical drama series "The Night Shift" and Monday, June 13 (10-11 p.m.) as the preview of the highly anticipated new alternative competition series "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge." Following previews on June 13 and June 20 with "American Ninja Warrior" as its lead-in, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" will shift to its regular 9 p.m. timeslot on Thursday, June 23. Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.
UNCLE BUCK (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 6/14/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, April 2016) Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a charismatic hustler who has gotten by on his charm for years. But when his brother, Will (James Lesure), and sister-in-law, Alexis (Nia Long), move to town and need help with their kids, he steps up to become their "manny," and their lives will never be the same. Will and Alexis are wary of Buck's questionable parenting skills, but his unique perspective and street smarts provide some unconventional solutions to raising their three rambunctious kids, who typically make a hobby out of terrorizing their nannies. "Uncle Buck" stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy. Executive producers are Will Packer, Steven Cragg and Brian D. Bradley. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins, Kenny Smith, Michael Pennie and Franco E. Bario. "Uncle Buck" is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.
TO TELL THE TRUTH (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 6/14/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, April 2016) Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. Anderson presides over four famous faces, including legend Betty White (who has appeared on previous versions of the show), actress NeNe Leakes, NBA star Jalen Rose and a special guest for each episode. In each round they are presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. "To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.
WRECKED (TBS)
· [one-hour series premiere] · 6/14/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from TBS's press release, April 2016) TBS, a division of Turner, has set the premiere date for Wrecked, the network's new ensemble comedy about a group of strangers stranded on a deserted island following a plane crash. The latest in TBS's growing slate of daring new comedies, Wrecked is set to take off Tuesday, June 14, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) with back-to-back episodes. Wrecked is a single-camera comedy that centers on a diverse group of survivors adjusting to being stranded on an uninhabited island, a dangerous new world where they must face many threats - mostly brought on by themselves. No longer plugged into the rest of the world, the group struggles to navigate their makeshift society while also learning to live without such modern comforts as indoor plumbing, Wi-Fi, social media and Chipotle.
FAMOUSLY SINGLE (E!)
· [series premiere] · 6/14/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, April 2016) This new one-hour, eight episode series moves the eight love-challenged celebrities (Pauly D, Brandi Glanville, Willis McGahee, Aubrey O'Day, Josh Murray, Jessica White, Calum Best and Somaya Reece) into a loft based in downtown Los Angeles together where relationship expert Dr. Darcy Sterling will help these stars come to terms with the cold hard truths behind their questionable romantic history. Through a series of exercises, one-on-one sessions and real dates, viewers will get a voyeuristic bird's eye view of the stars' emotional journeys as they learn how to find love. The celebs will be paired up for most exercises resulting in the perfect balance of conflict and chemistry as they challenge each other through their relationship-rehab.
MOTHER, MAY I SLEEP WITH DANGER? (LIFETIME)
· [original telefilm] · 6/18/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Lifetime's press release, April 2016) In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the cult classic, Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television team up with James Franco to remake the classic TV movie, premiering Saturday, June 18 at 8pm ET/PT. The retelling stars Franco and reunites Tori Spelling (True Tori) and Ivan Sergei (Jack and Jill) from the original film and also features Leila George (The Long Home), Emily Meade (Broad City) and Nick Eversman (Wild). With a story by Franco, this updated classic features a vampire love story that brings a whole new meaning to "sleeping with danger." The film comes on the heels of Lifetime's successful and buzziest movie event of 2015, A Deadly Adoption, starring Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. The original version of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? will be available beginning April 29th on Lifetime Movie Club (www.lifetimemovieclub.com). When theater major Leah (George), brings home the special someone in her life to meet her mom, Julie (Spelling), the family is met with a surprise when Pearl (Meade) comes to the door. Julie tries to embrace the idea of Leah's new love interest, but she can't shake the feeling that something is very wrong. Julie's suspicions lead to a startling discovery about Pearl that puts Leah in serious danger. Will Julie be able to save her daughter from an eternity of heartache before it's too late?
CONVENIENT GROOM, THE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 6/18/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) In the charming New England town of Nantucket, Dr. Kate Lawrence, a celebrity relationship expert, shoots another dating advice video for her popular blog. Later, at a farmers market, Kate shops with her fiancé, Bryan, a handsome and perfectly polished businessman. There, Kate runs into Lucas Wright, a carpenter specializing in handcrafted furniture, who has had a crush on her since their high school days. Hoping to land a book deal, and urged by her aggressive show-business agent, Kate plans to publicly announce her engagement - and film the subsequent wedding arrangements for her blog - as a way to build her fanbase. At an upscale event, as Kate prepares to share the news, Bryan shocks her by breaking up with her and calling off the wedding. Wanting to save her from humiliation and protect her public image, Lucas steps in and pretends to be Kate's fiancé. With her career at risk, Kate reluctantly moves forward with her agent's plan to let the public continue believing that Lucas - whom she considers just a friend - is her soon-to-be husband. As a film crew shoots Kate and Lucas' wedding preparations, the counterfeit couple starts to develop real feelings for each other. When Lucas declares his affections, Kate panics and - fearing a relationship would end in heartbreak - pushes him away. As her career soars, Kate feels guilty about betraying her fans and decides to confess that Lucas is not her fiancé. But before Kate can apologize, Bryan's new girlfriend posts a viral video, exposing Kate as a liar and her engagement to Lucas as a fraud. With her career and life now in shambles, the young relationship expert learns an unexpected lesson about love, and sets out to revive the romance she let slip away.
TOP SECRET SWIMMING HOLES (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 6/19/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, April 2016) You've never seen swimming holes like these! We're on a mission to uncover the world's most secluded, sexy and extreme natural places to cool off. We'll hike, climb, boat and even dog-sled our way around the globe to track down the most amazing places to take a dip, jump off a cliff or explore underwater caves. From a crystal blue 100-foot waterfall buried deep in an Arizona Indian reservation and the ancient Mayan underwater caves of Mexico to America's oldest commercial quarry in Vermont and the only place on Earth where you can share your swim with a manatee, "Top Secret Swimming Holes" gives you the keys to unlock the adventure of a lifetime. [Six hour-long episodes]
TUNNEL, THE (PBS)
· [series premiere] · 6/19/16 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:30 PM-11:30 PM EST
(from PBS's press release, April 2016) THE TUNNEL - When a French politician's body is found on the border between the UK and France, detectives Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane) and Elise Wassermann (Clémence Poésy) investigate on behalf of their respective countries. A serial killer uses elaborate methods to highlight the moral bankruptcy of modern society. - Sundays, June 19-August 21, 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET
7 WATER WONDERS (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 6/19/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, April 2016) Across the world, resorts are constantly redefining the pool experience to draw in more guests and up the wow factor with water features. From high-octane waterslides in Florida and lazy rivers in Hawaii to panoramic infinity edges in Jamaica and full service swim-up bars in Mexico, its clear pools are an integral part of the vacation industry. On "7 Water Wonders," we dive into seven resort pools per episode highlighting over-the-top amenities and breathtaking design. So whether you are looking to soak, slide, sunbathe or swim, we've got your next aquatic vacation destination. [Four half-hour episodes]
EJ AND THE CITY (E!)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 6/19/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, April 2016) The six-part spin-off series features glitz and glam from an all-new perspective as celebrity heir EJ Johnson, alongside his #Glamtourage -- which includes sister Elisa Johnson, Samaria Smith, daughter of LL Cool J, and Persian real estate development heir Sanaz Panahi - as they do #TheMost while jet-setting from coast to coast. The series premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:00pm following the "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" season finale at 10:00pm ET/PT. "EJ and the City" (working title) will then move to its regular night on Thursday at 9:00pm ET/PT beginning June 23.
THIS IS MIKE STUD (ESQUIRE)
· [series premiere] · 6/21/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Esquire Network's press release, March 2016) "This Is Mike Stud," a new eight-episode docu-series premiering Tuesday, June 21 at 10 PM ET/PT on Esquire Network, will go behind the scenes, into the hilarious and entertaining life of Mike Stud, a Duke educated, former All-American baseball player who unexpectedly turned to music after an injury robbed him of his lifelong dream to play pro ball. Viewers will come along for the wild ride during Mike's nation-wide Back2You tour as he and his loyal pack of lifelong friends navigate life on the road all while holding it together in the mercilessly harsh yet wildly exhilarating journey to becoming a superstar. What's most impressive of all, Mike has done it entirely independently - no labels, just him and the variously talented 'cast of characters' that live with him, work with him, and ultimately rely on him for their livelihood.
GREENLEAF (OWN)
· [series premiere - special night] · 6/21/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from OWN's press release, March 2016) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network unveiled today a first look at its new original drama series "Greenleaf" from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under," "Brothers and Sisters"). Featuring Oprah Winfrey's first recurring scripted television role in two decades, the family drama set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. "Greenleaf" centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, "The Night Shift") who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David, "Enlisted" and "Community") and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, "The Josephine Baker Story"), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family's outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH (USA)
· [series premiere] · 6/21/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from USA's press release, April 2016) USA Network's upcoming original drama series, QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, starring Alice Braga ("I Am Legend"), will premiere Tuesday, June 21 at 10/9c. A co-production from Fox 21 Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions (UCP), the series is based on the global best-selling novel "La Reina Del Sur," by internationally-acclaimed author Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The literary page-turner also yielded a popular super series for USA's sister network, Telemundo. QUEEN OF THE SOUTH tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.
AMERICAN GOTHIC (CBS)
· [series premiere] · 6/22/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CBS's press release, October 2015) The suspenseful new murder mystery AMERICAN GOTHIC premieres Wednesday, June 22 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The series, from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, is about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. As shocking secrets from the past and present are revealed, their mounting suspicion and paranoia that one of them is a killer threatens to tear the family apart.
ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY WITH BILL SIMMONS (HBO)
· [series premiere] · 6/22/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-10:30 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, April 2016) ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY WITH BILL SIMMONS, a weekly talk show hosted by one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media, will kick off its 20-show season WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. "Bill Simmons represents a unique and distinct voice with a proven track record of challenging the norm and igniting debate and discussion on a wide range of topics," said Lombardo. "We are excited about the concept Bill and his team have developed for this show, which takes advantage of Bill's intelligence, talent and insights." "I'm excited about the show, I'm excited about the title and I'm really, really excited to drop my first F-bomb on TV," says Simmons. "We are going to figure out nudity down the road, as long as it's tasteful." Spanning pop culture and touching on everything from sports and entertainment to arts and technology, ANY GIVEN WEDNESDAY WITH BILL SIMMONS will feature intimate conversations with compelling guests each week. The show will also include field segments and Simmons' signature commentary on current events.
THIRTEEN (BBCA)
· [series premiere] · 6/23/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · thursdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from BBC America's press release, April 2016) Following last night's season premiere of Orphan Black, BBC AMERICA announces its new original five-part thriller, Thirteen, will make its debut Thursday, June 23rd at 10/9c, the week following Orphan Black's season finale. Created by acclaimed newcomer Marnie Dickens (Hollyoaks) and starring breakout actress Jodie Comer (Doctor Foster), the series is directed by China Moo-Young (Call the Midwife) and Vanessa Caswill (My Mad Fat Diary), with Elizabeth Kilgarriff (Luther) executive producing. Thirteen is an emotional rollercoaster that explores how to pick up the threads of a life half-lived, while questioning who to trust when you can't even trust yourself. The BBC AMERICA co-production follows Ivy Moxam (Jodie Comer, Doctor Foster) on the day she escapes from the cellar that has been her prison for the last 13 years. It's the day she'll return to her home, to her family, to her life - but that day is only the beginning... The Moxam family had given up all hope when suddenly their loved one was thrust back into their lives - now the family struggles to piece back together the version of their lives that existed before Ivy disappeared. Mother Christina (Natasha Little, The Night Manager) insists husband Angus (Stuart Graham, The Fall) leave his girlfriend and return to the family home - never to breathe a word to Ivy of their separation, his breakdown, and all that has passed. Their other daughter, Emma (Katherine Rose Morley, Last Tango in Halifax), isn't even consulted about this and feels disgusted by it. Once again the focus shifts from her, and her imminent wedding to Craig Watts (Joe Layton, Tatau), to her sister.
ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING (DISNEY)
· [original telefilm] · 6/24/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Disney Channel's press release, April 2016) The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie, "Adventures in Babysitting," starring popular actresses and recording artists Sabrina Carpenter ("Girl Meets World") and Sofia Carson ("Descendants"), premieres FRIDAY, JUNE 24 (8:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel. The re-imagined tale of the popular 1980s film of the same name will be available one week in advance, Friday, June 17, to verified users on the Disney Channel app and via VOD. The premiere of "Adventures in Babysitting" will be ushered in by the "100th DCOM Celebration," a nostalgic programming event across Disney Channel, the Disney Channel App and VOD featuring every DCOM ever made. The "Adventures in Babysitting" premiere telecast is sponsored by Post Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. It will be followed by the premiere of Disney Channel's new comedy series "Bizaardvark." In a heartfelt story that celebrates individuality, friendship and self-empowerment, the live-action adventure comedy made for kids, tweens and families, pays homage to the 1980s classic with familiar references and iconic scenes.
BIZAARDVARK (DISNEY)
· [series premiere - special night & time] · 6/24/16 at 9:45 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST
(from Disney Channel's press release, April 2016) Best friends Paige and Frankie take the video blogging world by storm with their quirky online comedy channel, in the new live-action sitcom "Bizaardvark," debuting FRIDAY, JUNE 24 (9:45 p.m. EDT), on Disney Channel. Geared for kids and tweens, the stories follow the antics of the comedy duo and their friends as they marshal their ingenuity, unique talents and resources to follow their dreams. Starring as vlogger besties are Olivia Rodrigo (American Girl's "Grace Stirs Up Success") as Paige Olvera and Madison Hu ("Best Friends Whenever") as Frankie Wong. The series debuts immediately following the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie "Adventures in Babysitting" (8:00 p.m. EDT). The series follows Paige and Frankie who write funny songs and create music comedy videos for their online channel, "Bizaardvark." Now with 10,000 subscribers, they are invited to produce their videos at the influential Vuuugle Studios. In this cool environment - and with the help of longtime friend and 12-year-old agent Bernie, plus fellow Vuuugle stars Dirk (of "Dare Me Bro!") and Amelia (of "Perfect Perfection with Amelia") - the best friends embark on comedic adventures in their quest to rule the blogosphere.
WEDDING MARCH, THE (HALLMARK)
· [original telefilm] · 6/25/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Hallmark Channel's press release, April 2016) Olivia Parsons is a fortysomething home stager and single mom to her 20-year old daughter, Grace. Though she favors work over romance, Olivia plans to marry Josh Johnson, a prominent - and career-obsessed - New York realtor. At Grace's suggestion, Olivia agrees to have her wedding at a picturesque New England inn. When Olivia arrives at the inn, she's shocked to find it is owned and operated by her college sweetheart, former pop star Mick Turner (Jack Wagner, "When Calls the Heart," "The Bold & The Beautiful"). Having separated on bad terms over two decades ago, Olivia's chance reunion with Mick becomes even more awkward when her wedding band cancels and Mick's college-bound daughter, Julie, arranges for him to perform in their place. As the wedding day approaches, Olivia and Mick initially lock horns but soon, feelings for each other begin to resurface. Meanwhile, Josh learns that Mick is considering selling the inn and jumps at the chance to become his realtor, focusing on breaking into the New England real estate market instead of his upcoming marriage. When Grace and Julie notice sparks reigniting between their respective mom and dad, they subtly - and not so subtly - encourage the former couple to reunite. Though Olivia and Josh make a perfect team as business partners, Olivia starts to question whether they're romantically compatible - and wonders if romance might be more important to her than she originally thought. When Mick makes his true feelings known at the rehearsal dinner, Olivia must decide if she's going to walk down the aisle as planned, or give her first love a second chance.
$100,000 PYRAMID, THE (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 6/26/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, April 2016) The Pyramid is back! Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan, "The $100,000 Pyramid" features 10 episodes with 100 grand up for grabs each week when some of today's hottest stars team-up with players from across the country to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues in one of TV's all-time great word-association games. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino are the executive producers.
MATCH GAME (ABC)
· [series premiere] · 6/26/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from ABC's press release, April 2016) "Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime and will be hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The 10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000 Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.
ROADIES (SHOWTIME)
· [series premiere] · 6/26/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Showtime's press release, April 2016) Created by Oscar(R)-winning writer-director Cameron Crowe, and executive produced by Crowe, Winnie Holzman and J.J. Abrams, ROADIES is an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of "roadies" who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way. The series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for the successful arena-level group, The Staton-House Band. Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School, Enlightened) stars as the band's tour manager opposite Screen Actors Guild(R) Award nominee Carla Gugino (San Andreas, The Brink, The Space Between Us) as the production manager. Their unique personal and professional relationship is forever crashing and colliding as they guide the daily events of the band and crew of roadies. Imogen Poots (The Look of Love), Rafe Spall (One Day), Academy Award(R) nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Peter Cambor (NCIS: Los Angeles), Colson Baker a.k.a. Machine Gun Kelly (Beyond the Lights) and Ron White (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) star in the ensemble cast. Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights), Jacqueline Byers (The Strain), Finesse Mitchell (Saturday Night Live), Branscombe Richmond (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Tanc Sade (Matador, Gilmore Girls) guest star.
DEAD OF SUMMER (FREEFORM)
· [series premiere] · 6/28/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from Freeform's press release, April 2016) Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses - and first kills. Stillwater's dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. From ABC Signature Studios and executive producers Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis, Ian Goldberg and Steve Pearlman, the series stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail, Zelda Williams, Mark Indelicato, Alberto Frezza, Eli Goree, Ronen Rubinstein, Amber Coney and Paulina Singer. Premieres Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00 p.m. EDT.
ISLAND EXPLORERS (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 7/3/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, April 2016) In "Island Explorers," husband and wife adventurers, Jeremy and Wendy Gilbert, take viewers to the coolest off-the-beaten-path spots throughout the Hawaiian Islands. From a bargain gourmet meal on Oahu and the most elusive hidden beach on Kauai to the coolest thing to do on the Big Island after dark, this is a Hawaii you won't find in any guidebook. [Four half-hour episodes]
NIGHT OF, THE (HBO)
· [90-minute series premiere] · 7/10/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, April 2016) THE NIGHT OF, an eight-part limited series created by Steven Zaillian and Richard Price, debuts SUNDAY, JULY 10 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other hour-long episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. Starring John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, and directed by Zaillian from teleplays by Price and Zaillian, THE NIGHT OF delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.
A-WORD, THE (SUNDANCE)
· [series premiere] · 7/13/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from SundanceTV's press release, April 2016) Riveting international drama series "The A Word" will premiere for American audiences on Wednesday, July 13th at 10/9c on SundanceTV. The six-episode, one-hour drama captures an authentic portrait of one multigenerational family after their young son is diagnosed with autism. The series is a co-production partnership with Keshet International. SundanceTV is the first broadcaster outside the UK to air the series. Simultaneously dramatic and heartwarming, thought-provoking and lighthearted, "The A Word" follows 5-year-old Joe (Max Vento); Joe's parents, Paul (Lee Ingleby, "Our Zoo," "Inspector George Gently") and Alison (Morven Christie, "Grantchester"), who struggle with parenting philosophies; his aunt and uncle, Nicola (Vinette Robinson, "Sherlock") and Steve (Greg McHugh, "Fresh Meat"), who are working through unfaithfulness in their marriage; and his grandfather, Maurice (Chris Eccleston, "The Leftovers," "Fortitude"), a recent widower and the owner of the family brewery.
STRANGER THINGS (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 7/15/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2016) The new drama series written and directed by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines,Hidden) consists of eight, one-hour long episodes. In the series, a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. The series, set in Indiana, is a love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation. Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder (Show Me a Hero), David Harbour (Suicide Squad), Finn Wolfhard (The 100, Aftermath, The Resurrection), Millie Brown (BBC's Intruders,Once Upon A Time, NCIS), Gaten Matarazzo (The Blacklist), Caleb McLaughlin (The Lion Kingon Broadway), Noah Schnapp (Bridge of Spies, The Peanuts Movie), Natalia Dyer (After Darkness, Hannah Montana: The Movie), Charlie Heaton (Shut In, Urban and the Shed Crew), and Matthew Modine (Weeds, Proof). The Duffer Brothers are writing, directing and showrunning the series, and will serve as executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Stranger Things is a Netflix production.
VICE PRINCIPALS (HBO)
· [series premiere] · 7/17/16 at 10:30 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 10:30 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from HBO's press release, April 2016) VICE PRINCIPALS kicks off its nine-episode season SUNDAY, JULY 17 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). Created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, who also created "Eastbound & Down," this dark comedy series tells the story of a high school and the two people who almost run it, the vice principals. McBride and Walton Goggins star as the two administrators, who are in an epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal. Executive producers, Danny McBride, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Stephanie Lang.
LIFE'S A BEACH (TRAVEL)
· [series premiere] · 7/17/16 at 11:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · sundays from 11:00 PM-12:00 AM EST
(from Travel Channel's press release, April 2016) Who says a beachside vacation has to be temporary? "Life's a Beach" celebrates incredible beach paradises that just might make you think twice about leaving! Hit the beach and explore some of the most incredible seaside destinations that will have you coming back again and again... maybe even for good. Alongside boats, sunsets and lapping waves, we'll dive into the beauty-rich turquoise waters of luxurious St. John; relax on a quaint little island in the Bahamas where it's just you, the sand and surf; and explore the foodie town of Bocas Del Toro in Panama, amongst others. Plus, we'll check in with some people who took the leap and made these paradises their full-time homes. [Seven half-hour episodes]
HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP & OH (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 7/29/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-3:30 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, March 2016) What happens after a misfit alien named Oh conquers Earth, befriends an adventurous teen girl named Tip and together they save the day? Oh moves in with Tip and her human family and finally discovers the true meaning of home. The galaxy's dynamic duo are back in DreamWorks Animation's HOME: ADVENTURES WITH TIP & OH, an all-new Netflix Original Series jam-packed with outrageous laughs, tons of heart and contemporary urban pop music performed by teen singing sensation Rachel Crow (Rio 2, X Factor). Life on earth will never be the same! Picking up where the hit 2015 animated film left off and building upon their enduring friendship, this coming-of-age buddy comedy follows fearless Tip and overenthusiastic Oh, as they navigate the crazily combined human and alien culture they live in, finding adventure everywhere they go. The series will also include tons of memorable and toe-tapping original music that highlight Rachel Crow's extraordinary vocal talents.
SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS (SYFY)
· [original telefilm] · 7/31/16 at 8:00 PM
(from Syfy's press release, April 2016) Syfy and The Asylum today revealed that the official title of the next SHARKNADO movie is... SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS! The two hour original movie will premiere four months from now on a TV very, very nearby - on Syfy, Sunday, July 31 at 8PM ET/PT. The fourth installment of the SHARKNADO franchise will take place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer's SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!. Fin (Ian Ziering), his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks - and 'nados! - are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected. Tara Reid is also set to return as April Wexler to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. David Hasselhoff (as Gil Shepard) and Ryan Newman (as Claudia Shepard) will also reprise their SHARKNADO 3 roles. New additions to the SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS cast include Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha and Cheryl Tiegs (with more to be announced soon!).
BOTCHED BY NATURE (E!)
· [series premiere] · 8/9/16 at 9:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · tuesdays from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST
(from E!'s press release, April 2016) The famous doctor duo Dr. Nassif and Dr. Dubrow are taking the show on the road and heading cross country to change the lives of those who have been botched by genetics or a traumatic incident. The new one-hour, eight episode series follows the nation-wide pursuit of these plastic surgeons as they seek to transform the lives of patients willing to share their powerful stories with the world.
GET DOWN, THE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 8/12/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, January 2016) The first six episodes of Baz Luhrmann's all-new music-driven drama, from Sony Pictures Television, will focus on 1970s New York City - broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped -- dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them - except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco -- told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world...forever. Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet, and The Great Gatsby, will direct the first episode and serve as executive producer, overseeing all creative aspects of the show. Joining him on the creative team are four-time Academy-Award winner Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), along with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf***er With The Hat) and hip-hop historian and writer Nelson George, and a trio of the pioneers of hip-hop: Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa, each of whom will also be portrayed on the series. The cast includes Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, JImmy Smits, Giancarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith.
CHEER SQUAD (FREEFORM)
· [series premiere] · 8/22/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · weeknights from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from Freeform's press release, April 2016) The Great White Sharks are a sisterhood, there for each other through first loves, new jobs, bad breakups, and everything in between. But they are also elite athletes, idolized by thousands and members of the best all-star cheerleading team in the world. "Cheer Squad" will follow the two-time World Cheerleading Champions on the long road to defending their title as they try to balance life off the mat with the all-consuming battle to stay on top. Premieres Monday, August 22 at 10:00 p.m. EDT and airs nightly as a two-week programming event.
CLEVELAND HUSTLES (CNBC)
· [series premiere] · 8/24/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from CNBC's press release, April 2016) In this new unscripted series set in Cleveland, Ohio, NBA superstar LeBron James and his longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter will give four up and coming local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. Four of LeBron's and Maverick's trusted business experts will be enlisted to help give the fledgling entrepreneurs the chance of a lifetime - financial backing, expert guidance, and a storefront to launch their enterprise. Over the course of the season, viewers will see if the entrepreneurs have the ambition, creativity, and hustle necessary to succeed -- and in so doing, help a neighborhood that desperately needs investment.
GOMORRAH (SUNDANCE)
· [series premiere] · 8/24/16 at 10:00 PM
· [regularly airs] · wednesdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
(from SundanceTV's press release, March 2016) SundanceTV today announced it has acquired the first two seasons of acclaimed Italian crime drama "Gomorrah" from The Weinstein Company (TWC). Called "Italy's Answer to 'Breaking Bad'" by Sight and Sound Magazine, Gomorrah's first season, comprised of 12 episodes, will premiere on SundanceTV in summer 2016. "Gomorrah," Italy's all-time most popular television series, is based on the best-selling book by the journalist Roberto Saviano. The novel has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and inspired the film Gomorrah, which won the 2008 Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The series, set in the suburbs of Naples, focuses on the inside story of the Camorra, the fierce Neapolitan crime organization, and is told through the eyes of Ciro Di Marzio (Marco D'Amore), the right hand of the clan's godfather, Pietro Savastanno (Fortunato Cerlino).
HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS (DISCOVERY)
· [original mini-series premiere] · 9/5/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Discovery's press release, March 2016) HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS - Based on a true story, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS will tell the story of how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William (Bill) Harley and Arthur Davidson built - and rode - the machines that rule the road. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, at the shores of Lake Michigan, the series charts the birth of Harley-Davidson during a time of great social and technological change and tells the epic story of how two 19-year-old kids from Milwaukee started a company in their backyard that would go on to become an American legend. (Raw Television)
HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS (DISCOVERY)
· [original mini-series finale] · 9/7/16 at 9:00 PM
(from Discovery's press release, March 2016) HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS - Based on a true story, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS will tell the story of how Milwaukee schoolyard pals William (Bill) Harley and Arthur Davidson built - and rode - the machines that rule the road. Beginning at the turn of the 20th century, at the shores of Lake Michigan, the series charts the birth of Harley-Davidson during a time of great social and technological change and tells the epic story of how two 19-year-old kids from Milwaukee started a company in their backyard that would go on to become an American legend. (Raw Television)
MARVEL'S LUKE CAGE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 9/30/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Marvel's press release, March 2015) Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, "Marvel's Luke Cage." Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available. Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of "Ray Donovan," and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama "SouthLAnd." Coker was a part of the "SouthLAnd" team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker's feature film credits include Fox Searchlight's rap biopic "Notorious." He authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." as well. Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and contributed to VIBE, Rolling Stone, Essence, among other publications. He is a graduate of Stanford University. It was previously announced that Mike Colter ("The Good Wife," "American Horror Story: Coven") will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series. "Marvel's Luke Cage" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
POPPLES (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 10/30/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · completed airing its current season
(from Netflix's press release, September 2014) Saban Brands and Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) announced today a POP-tastic original kids series, Popples, exclusively for all Netflix members worldwide. This new playful animated series will re-imagine the nostalgic adorable species of brightly colored creatures that transform from fluffy balls to furry friends and back again, while keeping the same silly spirit of the original Popples characters that fans know and love. Originally introduced in 1985, Popples made their debut with a successful toy line followed by what became a very popular Saturday morning television show. Netflix will transport viewers into the colorful world of Popplopolis with 26 half-hour episodes, beginning in late 2015.
CROWN, THE (NETFLIX)
· [series premiere] · 11/4/16 at 3:01 AM
· [regularly airs] · fridays from 3:01 AM-4:00 AM EST
(from Netflix's press release, April 2016) The Crown, the highly anticipated, new original series will premiere on Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, to a global audience on Friday, November 4, 2016. The 10-episode series will be available in 4K. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await. The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II's early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century. The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others. A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world's most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne....a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan's masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen's private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace....the leaders of an empire await.
HAIRSPRAY LIVE! (NBC)
· [original telefilm] · 12/7/16 at 8:00 PM
(from NBC's press release, February 2016) NBC is assembling an all-star team of Broadway's finest and most talented creatives for its upcoming production of "Hairspray Live," the network's latest stage musical following the phenomenal success of "The Wiz Live." The telecast will air Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. "In keeping with our desire to bring the best of Broadway to our live musicals, we've assembled the Broadway dream team of Tony Award winners for 'Hairspray Live,'" said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled to have director Kenny Leon, who knocked 'The Wiz Live' way out of the park, and Jerry Mitchell, the original choreographer of 'Hairspray' and who is the director of two smash hit musicals running on Broadway right now.