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TV News Roundup: ‘MasterChef’ Sets Celebrity Showdown & ‘The Bachelor’ Gets After Show

The Bachelor” gets its own companion series and “MasterChef” sharpens its knives for a celebrity showdown in Friday’s TV news roundup …

New Series:

Following its experiment with the summer’s “Bachelor in Paradise” postmortem show, ABC has announced it will premiere a live one-hour, after-show companion series to “The Bachelor.” Premiering at 10 p.m. ET on Jan. 4 and airing for four consecutive weeks, “Bachelor Live” will feature host Chris Harrison discussing and dissecting the new season alongside cast members and celebrity fans.

ABC tested the waters with a live post-show earlier this year, airing six “After Paradise” episodes following “Bachelor in Paradise” on Mondays. The show didn’t wow in the ratings, but did a decent 0.9 in 18-49 and 3.53 million viewers in same-day estimates from Nielsen, peaking with a 1.1 in the demo and about 4 million following the “Bachelor” finale.

“Bachelor Live” will be airing in the timeslot regularly occupied by “Castle,” which returns to the ABC lineup with its winter premiere on Feb. 1.

Specials:

Supermodels and TV superstars will show off their knife skills in the two-hour MasterChef Celebrity Showdown” special, which premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 18 on Fox and benefits various charities. The battles feature models Gigi Hadid vs. Devon Windsor; “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Terry Crews and his wife, Rebecca Crews vs. “The Last Man on Earth’s” Boris Kodjoe and his wife, Nicole Ari Parker; “Empire” stars Kaitlin Doubleday vs. Ta’Rhonda Jones; and “MasterChef” winners Luca Manfe, Christine Ha and Claudia Sandoval vs. Season 4 “MasterChef Junior” contestants Addison, Amaya and Zac.

ABC will celebrate the 75th birthday of comic hero Captain America with “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years.” Set to air at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19 — right before the premiere of Season 2 of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” — the special follows the history of Captain America from 1941 to present and features familiar Marvel names and faces like Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Jeph Loeb, Louis D’Esposito, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell.

Aquisitions:

Netflix has nabbed the global, non-U.S., rights to “Shadowhunters” ahead of the buzzy show’s debut on ABC Family/Freeform. According to Deadline, the digital channel will premiere the original series globally a day after its U.S. broadcast.

Premiere Dates:

Esquire Network’s adaptation of Beowulf,” its second original scripted series, will premiere at 10 p.m. on Jan. 23. The 13-episode, one-hour drama based on the English epic poem stars Kieran Bew as the titular returning warrior and William Hurt as his adoptive father, Hrothgar. Joanne Whalley, Ed Speleers, Laura Donnelly and David Ajala also star. “Spotless,” Esquire’s first scripted series, premiered earlier this year.

Season 15 of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen” is set to ignite at 9 p.m. on Jan. 15. This year’s celebrity diners include Kris Jenner, Lil Jon, Steve Aoki, The Game, Flo Rida, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Engvall, Cesar Millan, “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing with the Stars” dancers, Terry Fator, Dita Von Teese, Omar Miller, Sean Carrigan and Olympian swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry.

Fox gave a look at this season’s contestants in a promo teaser:

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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