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TV News Roundup: ‘Making a Murderer’ Attorney Dean Strang Lands Criminal Justice Series

“Making a Murderer’s” Dean Strang will star in his own criminal-justice docu-series. Also in today’s TV news round-up, Tracy Morgan will appear on the April 3 episode of OWN’s “Super Soul Sunday” to talk to Oprah about the aftermath of his nearly fatal 2014 car accident.

GREENLIGHTS:

Dean Strang, the lawyer who gained a passionate following from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer,” in which he was featured as Steven Avery’s defense attorney, will star in a criminal justice investigation series called “Dean Strang: Road to Justice.” The series will be structured into eight one-hour episodes, in which Strang will investigate legal cases that highlight major systemic flaws. He will also serve as an exec producer on the project from Covert Media.

TLC is getting back into the home space, greenlighting three series in the genre, including one from married couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent, called “Married to Design: Nate and Jeremiah,” which will follow the pair as they juggle their personal and professional responsibilities.  The other series are “Project Playhouse,” which will center on Tyson and Audy Leavitt’s elaborate playhouse designs, and “Hidden Money Makeover,” which will follow design expert Jill Martin and handyman Gage Cass as they help homeowners renovate their less-than-appealing living spaces.

Epix will premiere a one-hour comedy special, “What Happened…Ms. Sykes?,” featuring comedian Wanda Sykes, on Oct. 21. Sykes will discuss her life, family, politics and race in the special, which will mark her first stand-up performance for the network.

MEDIA NEWS:

“Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson has formally been named a contributor to Fox News. Starting April 4, Robertson will also host a weekly 45-minute podcast for Fox News Radio focusing on themes of faith and family with periodic celebrity guests. Robertson, the CEO of Louisiana-based Duck Commander, has made numerous appearances as a commentator on Fox News since his family’s A&E reality show debuted in 2012.

TV SPECIALS:

On the April 3 installment of OWN‘s “Super Soul Sunday,” Oprah Winfrey will conduct an intimate interview with Tracy Morgan. The pair will discuss Morgan’s efforts to resume his career following the 2014 car crash that nearly took his life, as well as the spiritual effect of the traumatic incident. Morgan, who suffered a serious brain injury from the accident, served as an “SNL” cast member for seven years and also starred on Tina Fey’s hit comedy “30 Rock.”

PREMIERE DATES:

E! has set a June 26 premiere date for the second season of its reality series “WAGS” (Wives and Girlfriends of Sports Stars). New cast members to the season include style/beauty expert Sophia Pierson and model Tia Shipman, who will join returning cast members Sasha Gates, Barbie Blank, Autumn Ajirotutu, Nicole Williams, Natalie Halcro and Olivia Pierson.

CASTING:

“How I Met Your Mother’s” Alyson Hannigan will host Season 3 of “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” which is a live studio audience magician competition. During each episode, a series of aspiring magicians attempt to fool the legendary duo with the performance of their best magic trick.  Season three will premiere in the summer of 2016.

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