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Hot Snakes Names Colleen Conway Grogan Svp of Development

  • Variety
Indie production company Hot Snakes Media, whose credits include TLC’s “Breaking Amish” and Animal Planet’s “Extinct Or Alive,” has tapped veteran media executive Colleen Conway Grogan as their senior vice president of development.

Grogan will focus on expanding the company’s scripted and unscripted slates, as well as being involved in its efforts in podcasts and documentaries.

Before joining Hot Snakes, Grogan served as vice president of non-fiction at Lifetime where she developed and oversaw a wide range of female-skewing documentary series and character-led formats, most notably “Bring It!,” “The Rap Game,” “Kim of Queens,” “Date Night Live” and “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”

Before Lifetime, Grogan worked as senior director of non-fiction programming at A&e. During her tenure at A&e Grogan oversaw some of the networks most highly rated and longest-running series, which included the Emmy-award winning series “Intervention,” “The First 48” and “I Survived.”

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Hulu in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going

  • The Wrap
Hulu in October: Here’s Everything Coming and Going
Spooky season is upon us, and Hulu is getting into the spirit with a number of horror or Halloween-themed offerings on its October line-up.

Along with Hulu originals like the horror anthology “Into the Dark” and the second season of Stephen King’s “Castle Rock,” the streamer is also offering films from the “Saw,” “Blade” and “Hellraiser” franchises beginning next month. For the more faint of heart, Hulu is also offering three seasons of Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and the surely adorable “Kids Halloween Baking Championship.”

Not specifically Halloween-themed, but potentially haunting: All six seasons of the original run of “The Hills” will be available to stream on Oct. 1 for those looking to revisit the halcyon days of reality television and questionable late-aughts fashion.

Also Read: Lizzy Caplan's Annie Wilkes Arrives, Causes Mayhem in Hulu's 'Castle Rock' Season 2 Teaser (Video)

Hulu is also debuting all seven
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Escape Network Rebrands As Court TV Mystery, With Lineup Including ‘The First 48’

  • Deadline
Escape, an established multicast network owned by E.W. Scripps’ Katz Networks, will rebrand itself as Court TV Mystery on September 30.

According to the official announcement of the move, the rebrand will “continue the mission of Escape,” which targets women 25 to 54 with true-crime-focused programming.

Escape is currently available in 103.5 million homes, or 94% of the U.S. TV footprint. Multicast networks, have become a burgeoning sector, emerging from the TV industry’s transition to high-definition signals several years ago, which unlocked new broadcast spectrum capacity.

Katz owns several other multicast networks and last May revived Court TV, an early pioneer known for its gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trials of O.J. Simpson and many others. As a sister network to Court TV, Court TV Mystery will feature a lineup of mainstays like The First 48, Forensic Files, American Greed, FBI Files, Crime Watch Daily and Unsolved Mysteries. (Check out the sizzle reel for the new network above.
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A&e, ID, Paramount Network Execs on Recipes for Unscripted Success

  • Variety
A&e, ID, Paramount Network Execs on Recipes for Unscripted Success
In this time of record volume of content competing for audience attention, there’s more than one way to define a series’s success, especially when it comes to structured and unstructured reality shows that don’t follow as strict a format as reality competitions, nor as specific storytelling arcs as scripted programs.

“The DNA and ingredients in every show are very different,” says Keith Cox, president of development at Paramount Network. “You really have to slice it and dice it. Not all shows are created equal, and when you’re thinking of a hit, they’re not defined the same, nor should they be.”

High ratings may be the first indicator of success, but seldom give the full picture of the audience, not only due to viewing habits but also geographic location. “Are they

showing up live? That’s critical and means they’re really into it. Live-plus-three tells
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Midseason Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series: 2019 Edition

  • Deadline
The 2018-19 TV season at the midway point, so here’s our annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through early May and includes shows that were on hiatus. Please send any additions or adjustments to erik@deadline.com. We’ll update the list regularly as more dates are revealed.

January 1:

The Gifted (Fox, Season 2B)

Lethal Weapon (Fox, Season 3B)

Comedians of the World (Netflix, new stand-up comedy series)

A Series of Unfortunate Events

My 600-lb Life

Family by the Ton

I Am Jazz (TLC, Season 5)

Married at First Sight

Bad Chad Customs (Discovery, new docuseries)

Abby Hatcher (Nickelodeon, new animated kids series)

365 Days of Love (Facebook Watch, new docuseries)

January 2:

The Masked Singer (Fox, new singing competition series)

24 Hours to Hell and Back (Fox,
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‘Fries!’ Doc Being Cooked Up By Emmy-Winning ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Producers

  • Deadline
‘Fries!’ Doc Being Cooked Up By Emmy-Winning ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Producers
Exclusive: Fries!, a documentary about the globe’s obsession with the fried potato, has currently started filming from the Emmy-winning production company behind Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Zero Point Zero (Zpz).

Emmy and James Beard Award-winner Michael Steed (photo above), is directing the non-fiction title which will cover the variety of fries in various countries and the food’s untold stories from well-known chefs, celebrities, food scientists, and farmers.

Sir Kensington’s, Unilever’s premium brand of all-natural condiments that celebrates ordinary and overlooked foods, is financing the documentary. Kelly Mullen and Giles Morrison will serve as EPs on behalf of Sir Kensington’s and Unilever Entertainment. Zero Point Zero co-founders Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins will also executive produce.

Tenaglia says, “In over 17 years of traveling the world filming food, we have always been drawn to the connective tissue that brings people together. No other food bridges borders,
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Wgae Set To Protest ITV’s Agm Against Treatment Of Women & People Of Color

ITV’s problems with the Writers Guild of America East (Wgae) won’t go away after the union threatened to protest at the company’s annual general meeting next week.

The union is supporting a group of employees and former employees, who claim that there is “systematic discrimination and harassment” against women and people of color at the company.

The group has sent ITV Management, now including CEO Carolyn McCall and recently installed ITV America CEO David George, a letter outlining its concerns.

Producer Tiffany Magby, who has worked on shows including The First 48, who has since left ITV, said: “We wrote to ITV management as a group of women of color to inform them about what we consider systematic discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and overtime violations that we experienced while working on two of the company’s most prominent programmes. We called for both equal pay with our white
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Marcia Clark On How ‘People v. Oj’ Changed Her Life, Why She Never Serves on Juries, and the ‘CSI Effect’ —Turn It On Podcast

  • Indiewire
Marcia Clark On How ‘People v. Oj’ Changed Her Life, Why She Never Serves on Juries, and the ‘CSI Effect’ —Turn It On Podcast
Marcia Clark can’t get on a jury. The famed O.J. Simpson prosecutor, who left the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office after the accused murderer was acquitted, has spent the last 20 years writing scripts and novels, plus developing TV shows. But she can’t escape her Simpson trial notoriety.

That may explain why she hasn’t been asked to serve on a jury. “And I actually could be fair!” she laments. “I spent as much time on the defense side of things as I have on the prosecution side. But no one’s ever going to put me on a jury. I do think I get weeded out pretty fast. And my friends are also ruined. When they’re asked if they know any lawyers, they say ‘yes’ and my name, and then it’s like, ‘bye, see ya, wouldn’t want to be ya!’ I’m Typhoid Mary.
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CBS' S.W.A.T. Premiere: Grade It!

CBS' S.W.A.T. Premiere: Grade It!
Nine times out of 10, getting a major promotion at work is cause for celebration… unless it’s a job change that will ruin your friendships with colleagues, cast a pall over your office romance and threaten to turn an entire city against you.

In the series premiere of CBS’ S.W.A.T. — a procedural drama based on the 2003 film, which itself was based on the 1970s TV show — Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson learns this the hard way. After getting tapped to lead the very S.W.A.T unit that he’s been a part of for years as a sergeant, Hondo is
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Couple Carrying Terminally Ill Baby to Term Speaks Out: ‘Once We Kiss Her and Say Goodbye, She’s Gone’

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2016 Ida Documentary Awards Nominations Include ‘13th,’ ‘The White Helmets’ and ‘Fire At Sea’

2016 Ida Documentary Awards Nominations Include ‘13th,’ ‘The White Helmets’ and ‘Fire At Sea’
With awards season gearing up, the nominees and honorees for the 2016 Ida Documentary Awards have been revealed by the International Documentary Association (Ida). The annual ceremony honors both individuals and organizations for outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking and contributions to the field, as well as recognizes the best documentary films and nonfiction series of the year.

Among the Best Feature nominees are Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and “O.J.: Made in America” directed by Ezra Edelman. This year the Ida will also honor five outstanding filmmakers and documentary luminaries including Lyn and Norman Lear, Stanley Nelson, Ally Derks and director Nanfu Wang.

Read More: Oscars Documentary Race Heats up With 145 Features in Contention

Winners in the Best Feature and Best Short categories are voted on by Ida’s international membership. Outside screening committees of industry professionals around the world determine the winners in the other award categories.
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CBS Tries to Solve A Murder In First Trailer For Docu-Series ‘The Case Of JonBenet Ramsay’

True crime is all the rage in Hollywood right now. While shows like “The First 48” have been fixtures on TV for years, the popularity of Netflix’s “Making A Murderer” and FX’s “American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson” has made the genre white-hot. And now CBS is getting in the game with “The Case of JonBenét Ramsay.” […]

The post CBS Tries to Solve A Murder In First Trailer For Docu-Series ‘The Case Of JonBenet Ramsay’ appeared first on The Playlist.
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I Am Homicide: ID Announces June Series Premiere

Get episode descriptions for Investigation Discovery's new I Am Homicide TV series, premiering Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10:00pm Et. This true-crime program follows homicide Detective Garry McFadden. Fans may recognize McFadden from A&E's The First 48 TV show.

Executive producing for Blackfin are Geno McDermott, Alexa Conway and Patrick Conway. Diana Sperrazza executive produces for Investigation Discovery.

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I Am Homicide: Investigation Discovery Orders New True-Crime Series

Investigation Discovery has ordered the I Am Homicide TV series. A true-crime program, I Am Homicide features Detective Garry McFadden, as he works homicide cases. McFadden has also appeared on A&E's show, The First 48. I Am Homicide is set for a June premiere.

Executive producing for Blackfin are Geno McDermott, Alexa Conway and Patrick Conway. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producing.

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WGA East Wins Another Round in Organizing Fight With ITV

The WGA East has won another battle in its five-year campaign to unionize the writer-producers at ITV Studios, which produces such reality shows as A&E's The First 48 and TLC's Four Weddings. In the latest twist in the industry's longest running organizing saga, the company has agreed to return to the bargaining table and settled a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board on the eve of a trial that had been set to go to trial in federal court today. The…
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ABC's Madoff Miniseries Gets February Sweeps Premiere Date

ABC's Madoff Miniseries Gets February Sweeps Premiere Date
Here’s some intel you can take to the bank: ABC will air its Bernie Madoff miniseries Madoff on February 3 and 4 at 8/7c, the network announced Thursday.

The two-part event will follow the rise and crash of Madoff, played by Richard Dreyfuss (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), whose $65 billion Ponzi scheme was one of the largest financial scams in United States history.

RelatedJada Pinkett Smith Crime Drama (From Castle Scribe) Gets ABC Pilot Order

Per the official logline: “The miniseries explores the complicated family dynamics within the Madoff clan and exposes the motivations and mechanics behind the monumental fraud.
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Nightwatch: Season Two Premieres on A&E

The second season of A&E's Nightwatch premieres Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 10:00pm Et/Pt. Given how A&E spins the ratings in its press release, it doesn't sound like Nightwatch is in immediate danger of being cancelled.

The series follows first responders in New Orleans. The Big Easy is anything but for these fire fighters, police officers and EMTs, who can field as many as 1,000 calls during the overnight shift. A&E released a dual press release for The First 48 and Nightwatch. To keep it simple, what follows is only the press release information which pertains to Nightwatch.

Here are the Nightwatch related excerpts of the A&E press release: Read More…
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The First 48: Season 15 Premieres on A&E

In an age in which so many TV shows are quickly cancelled, A&E's The First 48 will premiere its 15th season on Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9:00pm Et/Pt. The long running, non-fiction crime series kicks off with its 300th episode. The docu-series, narrated by Dion Graham, films around the U.S and features real detectives who try to locate missing persons in the crucial first 48 hours after disappearance. A&E released a dual press release for The First 48 and Nightwatch. To keep it simple, what follows is only the press release information which pertains to The First 48.

Here are The First 48 related excerpts of the A&E press release: Read More…
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If you're claustrophobic in 'Wayward Pines,' blame Charlie Clouser

  • Hitfix
If you're claustrophobic in 'Wayward Pines,' blame Charlie Clouser
If you're any bit of a horror or hard rock fan, Charlie Clouser has already been in your rotation. Think, when your heart races a little more to the strains of the macabre theme to "American Horror Story," or if it's altogether stopped during this first season of "Wayward Pines." If Nine Inch Nails' "Downward Spiral"; or Marilyn Manson's solid '90s albums; or Rob Zombie, White Zombie, or select albums from A Perfect Circle, Killing Joke, Helmet or Puscifer have been in your spinlist, then Clouser has likely already left a mark on you. And if you've ever survived a "Saw" series movie, then Clouser's compositions may still be floating through your veins. The writer-musician recently wrapped on scoring aforementioned Fox show starring Matt Dillon. Today, we exclusively premiere two of Clouser's score selections from the show -- "Climb Out" and "Leaking Oil" -- and discuss just
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'America's Next Top Model' Contestant Mirjana Puhar's Murder -- Lead Detective Also a Reality Star

  • TMZ
The lead detective assigned to the murder case of "America's Next Top Model" star Mirjana Puhar ironically has a connection to the victim ... they're both reality TV stars. Det. Norma McKee was on A&E's "The First 48" -- a docuseries about murder investigations -- back in 2011, when she was just a rookie. The episode chronicled a double-murder investigation, her first, involving a couple that was shot point blank in their car by a backseat passenger.
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