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TV News Roundup: ‘Outcast’ Premiere Sets Cinemax Record, Amazon Acquires ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 6

Sarah Evans will appear in the “Chrisley Knows Best” finale, Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast” is breaking ratings records for Cinemax and more in today’s TV news Roundup. 

CASTING

Sara Evans will guest star in the season 4 summer finale of USA Network’s hit reality series “Chrisley Knows Best” airing Tuesday, June 14 at 10 p.m.

Evans teamed up with star Todd Chrisley for a special duet entitled “Infinite Love,” which will be performed in the finale episode and is available for pre-orders on iTunes beginning June 7.

“Todd and I had so much fun together in the studio working on ‘Infinite Love’! My family watches and loves “Chrisley Knows Best’ each week, which makes my duet with Todd even sweeter,” said Evans. “I can’t wait for fans to see the episode and hear the song.”

Chris Messina will not be a series regular when the “Mindy Project” returns for its fifth season, TVLine reports. Messina will instead appear in the Hulu comedy series as a recurring guest star. Messina’s character, Danny, started the season as Mindy’s fiancé, though the engagement was called off in the midseason premiere. Since that episode, Danny has appeared sporadically in the series.

DATES

Downton Abbey Season 6 is now available on Amazon Prime. The final season joins the previous five installments, which are currently streaming exclusively on Prime Video.

Acorn TV will premiere a new slate of recently acquired content starting this July. The U.S. premieres will include “Jericho” (July 11), a British period drama starring Jessica Raine; “Cradle to Grave” (July 18), a 1970s-set British comedy and “Murdoch Mysteries(July 25), a Christmas themed movie. Acorn TV’s international partner for all three premieres is ITV Studios Global EntertainmentAcorn TV will also add the latest season of “Midsomer Murders” from All3Media.

EXECUTIVES

Michael Minden has joined MGM Television as Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Scripted Television. In his role, Minden will oversee the business and legal affairs for MGM Television’s scripted projects, including development and production deals across scripted television, as well as negotiating network, cable, digital and talent agreements.  He will report directly to Brian Edwards, Executive Vice President of MGM’s Television Operations and also to Lesley Freeman, Chief Legal Officer, when she joins the company in July.

DEALS

ITV America and award-winning television producer Helga Eike (“Toddlers & Tiaras,” “Ace of Cakes,” “Flipping Out”) have launched Red Bandit Media, a new production company to be run by Eike, who will serve as president. Red Bandit Media will produce series across a range of unscripted styles and genres. Eike reports to ITV America Chief Creative Officer Adam Sher, and to Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George.

RATINGS

Across its debut weekend on Cinemax and during the two weeks of sampling prior to the series premiere, Robert Kirkman’s Outcast has been viewed over 4 million times.  In a first for Cinemax, the sampling resulted in approximately 3.3 million views, while another 864,000 watched across multiple plays this past weekend.

The full first episode of “Outcast” was available to stream for free on YouTube and Facebook. HBO and Cinemax subscribers were also able to sample the full episode from Max On Demand and HBO On Demand, in addition to the authenticated streaming services Max GO and HBO GO, and via free on demand and authenticated affiliate portals. Additionally, the episode was available for free on Playstation 4 consoles.

 

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