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TV News Roundup: Kobe Bryant to Receive Kids’ Choice Sports Award & More

Kobe Bryant is set to receive the Kids’ Choice Sports Legend award, and some of Broadway’s top stars will visit “Maya & Marty” to pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, plus more in Monday’s news roundup. 


Kobe Bryant will be honored with the Legend award at Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ Choice Sports 2016” ceremony. Bryant will receive the award in recognition of being a five-time NBA Champion, four-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist, in addition to his sportsmanship on and off the basketball court. The award show will be hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and will air on Sunday, July 17, from 8-9:30 p.m. from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network and SeriesFest have announced the launch of The El Rey Network Diversity in Storytelling Award. The inaugural award will be handed out at the TV and content festival, which runs this summer in Denver, Colorado from June 22-26. The winner, who will receive a $5,000 cash prize, will be chosen from a group of 34 previously announced Independent TV Pilot selections for the series that best represents the changing face of America. The recipient will be chosen by the 2016 SeriesFest Independent TV Pilot Competition jury board and El Rey Network’s vice president of audience strategy and insights, Dawn Holliday-Mack.


Reelz will premiere the first and only interview with Olympian Oscar Pistorius since being convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.  The special, titled “Oscar Pistorius: The Interview,” will air Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m. 

Whoopi Goldberg, Cynthia Erivo, Roger Bart and others are set to appear on NBC’s telecast of “Maya & Marty” to perform “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” an updated version of the classic Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that is helping to support the devastated LGBT community of Orlando on Tuesday, June 21. The appearance marks the first time the song will be performed outside the recording studio by this all-star Broadway lineup.


Freeform’s “Young & Hungry” built for the second straight week to a near 9-month high in Adults 18-49 (654,000/0.5 rating) and to over 4-month highs in Total Viewers (995,000) and Viewers 12-34 (484,000/0.5 rating). The network’s Baby Daddy also grew for the second straight week, surging to near 1-year highs in Total Viewers (1.133 million), Adults 18-49 (710,000/0.6 rating) and Women 18-49 (552,000/0.9 rating).


Jana Steele Helman has joined Freeform as vice president of Programming and Development, where she will direct the development of scripted drama and comedy series. She will help identify and grow ideas for scripted content. Helman will report to Simran S. Sethi, senior vice president, Original Programming and Development.

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