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TV News Roundup: History’s ‘Alone’ Renewed, FX Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Sex&Drugs’ and ‘Tyrant’

History’s survival series “Alone” has been renewed for a third season, which will be filmed in South America. Also, FX announced summer premiere dates for “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and “Tyrant.”

RENEWAL:

Ahead of the April 21 premiere of season 2, History has renewed “Alone” for a third season.

The reality series follows 10 contestants who are placed in the wilderness alone. Equipped only with a limited supply of gear, their survival expertise and a camera to document their journey, each contestant fights to outlast the others in the hopes of winning a $500,000 cash prize. Season 3 will be filmed in Patagonia, South America.

PREMIERE DATES:

FX is filling out its summer schedule, handing out timeslots for returning series “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” and “Tyrant.”

“Sex&Drugs,” the comedy series starring Denis Leary as the lead singer of a legendary early 90s New York band, will return to Thursday nights when it kicks off its second season on June 30. “Tyrant,” the drama executive produced by Howard Gordon, debuts its third season on Wednesday, July 6, after airing on Tuesday nights during its first two seasons. Both shows will air at 10 p.m.

Last year, “Tyrant” averaged a solid 2.47 million viewers, including 1.05 million adults 18-49, in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. The more modestly rated “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” averaged 1.14 million viewers, including 614,000 in the demo.

TALENT SEARCH:

The Miss Universe Organization announced the launch of #FindingMiss52, a nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

The organization is asking interested applicants to post three photos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 with a caption that explains why they’re deserving of the 52nd and final spot in the competition. After analyzing each submission, a judging panel will select 10 finalists. From there, fans will be able to vote for their favorite possible contestant on Twitter.

The Miss Universe pageant airs June 5 on Fox.

GREENLIGHTS:

Televisa has ordered 10 scripts of Scott Shepherd‘s sci-fi triller “The Seventh Day,” which is based on the writer-producer’s post-apocalyptic novel of the same name. This marks the Mexican media giant’s second high-volume episode greenlight of an English-language series. Shepherd and Cindy McCreery, his writing and producing partner, will pen the scripts and serve as showrunners on the series.

“The story is centered around a new world with a line drawn firmly in the sand between good and evil, in which the characters are given a second chance to choose which side to throw down on by making emotional, grounded and relatable decisions,” said Shepherd of the plot.

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