TV News Roundup: New Steven Avery Special Gets Premiere Date, ‘Kocktails with Khloe’ Bows Big for FYI

A new special on “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery has set its premiere date and Khloe Kardashian’s FYI talkshow nabbed a ratings record for FYI in Monday’s TV news roundup…

Premiere Dates

Investigation Discovery is premiering its special on “Making a Murderer” subject Steven Avery, titled “Steven Avery: Innocent or Guilty?” on Jan. 30 at 9 p.m.

Keith Morrison will host the show, which is taking a look at the newer developments in the Steven Avery case that became a sensation thanks to the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” The special will include new interviews with key players like Avery’s defense attorney Jerry Buting, former DA Ken Kratz (who is now writing a book about Avery’s case), Brendan Dassey’s half-brother Brad, Manitowoc County ADA Michael Griesbach, Forensic expert Peter Massey and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Kertscher.

Elsewhere, E! has announced the premiere date of its digital comedy series “Hashtaggers.”

The series, which stars Kimberley Crossman, Peet Guercio, Patty Guggenheim and Carl Tart, debuts on Feb. 8. It features a group of people who work in a social media agency with celebrity clientele. The show will feature guest stars including William Shatner, Ian Ziering, Johnny Weir, Kevin Smith, Snooki, Will Sasso, Heidi Montag, Stassi Schroeder and Zuri Hall, who turn to the company for help with their social media needs.

Episodes of “Hashtaggers,” which is one of several new digital shows coming to E!, will run 3-5 minutes each and be available on E! online and across the site’s social media channels.

Casting News

“Weird Al” Yankovic is joining IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” as the new bandleader and co-host. Yankovic is taking over for Kid Cudi for the show’s 20-episode fifth season.

“If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al’s “In 3-D” album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room. Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that’s how I was raised,” said co-host Scott Aukerman.

Renewal News

OWN is ordering more episodes of its new show “Livin’ Lozada” and bringing back “Flex & Shanice” for a second season.

“Livin’ Lozada,” the docu-series featuring reality star Evelyn Lozada, will add eight more episodes to its freshman season. “Flex & Shanice,” which follows the lives of celebrity duo Flex Alexander and Shanice, will get an 8-episode second season that will air later this year.

Ratings

Last Wednesday’s premiere of FYI’s primetime talkshow “Kocktails with Khloe” has become the network’s most-watched series premiere ever.

In Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates, “Kocktails” averaged 496,000 viewers, including 313,000 adults 18-49, 217,000 women 25-54 and 217,000 women 18-49 — growing by 50% or more from its same-day averages in most categories. Khloe Kardashian’s guests on the first episode included Snoop Dogg, Kendall Jenner and Aisha Tyler.

The program, which is produced for FYI by Pilgrim Media Group, will continue to air new episodes on Wednesdays through mid-March.

Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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