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TCA17: Cable Nets to Deliver More Arresting True-Crime Shows

Beverly Hills--A handful of cable networks held court with TV writers through the presentation of several true-crime-themed shows during the cable portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week.

What Lifetime Wants You To Know About 'Date Night Live'

Lifetime will look to revolutionize the TV dating genre tonight (July 27) with its new series Date Night Live, which follows as many as nine dates on a live basis across several cities. The show will be hosted by comedian Michelle Collins, radio personality Bethany Watson and relationship coach Paul Brunson, who will provide commentary on each live date as the cameras bounce from city to city to capture all the fun and exciting – or potentially awkward -- moments between couples.

Cable Networks, Streaming Services Roll Out Show Trailers at Comic-Con

A bevy of cable networks and streaming video services gravitated to San Diego this past week to showcase the TV industry's top shows during the annual Comic-Con International show.

Dancin’ With Disney: Three Questions for Kenny Ortega

Director/choreographer Kenny Ortega has teamed with Disney Channel over the past decade to create some of the most successful cable original movies of all time including the High School Musical franchise, The Cheetah Girls 2, and most recently, the network’s Descendants and Descendants 2.

Emmy Noms Give Diversity Champions a Lot to Cheer About

The big winners of the 2017 Emmy Awards nominations were HBO and Netflix with their combined 200+ nominations, along with shows like This Is Us, Westworld and Saturday Night Live.

Spike TV, Bellator Look to Punch Up PPV Buys With NYC Event

On Saturday (June 24) mixed marital arts organization Bellator MMA will step into the pay-per-view arena with its Chael Sonnen/Wanderlei Silva-headlined fight card.

The Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva event, originating for New York City’s Madison Square Garden, will feature a rare 4K PPV feed for fight fans with a 4K-ready television. The 4K feed will cost $59.99, $10 higher than the fight’s suggested PPV retail price, said company officials.

Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza: Mayweather-McGregor Could Set PPV Records

The boxing match many sports fans fantasized about but never thought would happen is now a reality. Showtime PPV will distribute the Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor boxing match, a unique matchup between Mayweather, an undefeated 40-year old boxer and McGregor, a 26-year-old UFC mixed martial arts champion.

What Investigation Discovery Wants You to Know About 'Bill Cosby: An American Scandal'

On the eve of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, Investigation Discovery on Monday (June 5) will air a special that looks at the legendary comedian’s career and personal life, along with the circumstances that led to the forthcoming trial, in which Cosby is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.  

Dream Mayweather-McGregor PPV Fight Moves Closer to Reality

The curious proposed boxing match between retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor seemingly moved a step closer to reality last week.

HBO, Showtime Touch Gloves For Klitschko-Joshua Boxing Telecast

Showtime and HBO enter the TV boxing ring together on April 29 to co-televise the Vladimir Klitschko-Anthony Joshua heavyweight championship fight – the first time the two networks have come together to televise a non-pay-per-view boxing match.

After the fight however, the two networks will retreat into their neutral corners with two distinctly different strategies on distributing live boxing matches.

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