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TV News Roundup: ‘Sherlock’ Season 4 to Premiere on New Year’s Day 2017

In today’s TV roundup, “Sherlock” and “Planet Earth II” premiere dates have been set, the Hamildoc does well for PBS, Spanish-language TV gets a dose of MMA, and more.

DATES

Season 4 of the BBC‘s  Sherlock will premiere on Jan. 1 2017 on PBSMasterpiece. Benedict Cumberbatch’s high-functioning sociopath, aided by the ever-faithful Dr. Watson, will face the potential return of his arch nemesis Moriarty in the first episode, “The Six Thatchers.”

In other BBC-related news, wildlife documentary series “Planet Earth II” has been given a U.S. premiere date of Saturday, Jan. 28 on BBC America. The second installment, also produced by the BBC, comes a decade after the Emmy-winning “Planet Earth” and promises to get closer and capture behavior and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago. Iconic English broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough returns to narrate the series.

SPECIALS

Lifetime has teamed with ABC’s “The View” for a live Election Night special to air from 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET. Lifetime has also pacted with theSkimm for a series of election-themed interstitials fronted by “Unreal” star Shiri Appleby that will air through Nov. 8.

CASTING

Starz has added Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco as regulars to its original series “Counterpart.” The show centers around Howard Silk (JK Simmons), a lowly bureaucratic cog who discovers the agency he works for is guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. “Counterpart” also stars Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd, with “The Imitation Game”‘s Morten Tyldum set to direct the first episode. Starz ordered two 10-episode seasons of “Counterpart” in 2015.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

GRB Entertainment has appointed seasoned media executive Marielle Zuccarelli as its new COO. Zuccarelli previously served as president of international for GRB and will now oversee program development, international distribution and acquisitions, as well as corporate strategy and business development.

DEALS

Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts franchise Combate Americas has signed an exclusive year-long deal with Spanish language broadcaster Azteca TV to air live world champion MMA events in the U.S. and Mexico. In addition to the monthly live events, the deal calls for Azteca America to carry the weekly series “Combate Americas Azteca,” hosted by Combate Americas color commentator Andrea Calle.

RATINGS

A grand total of 3.6 million viewers did not throw away their shot to watch “Hamilton’s America” (more commonly referred to as the “Hamildoc”) on PBS during the weekend of Oct. 21-23.

President Obama’s latest visit to “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday, Oct. 24 drew the show’s biggest audience since the last time Obama visited, 19 months ago. In metered markets, Monday’s episode drew a 2.7 household rating.

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