TV News: Britney Spears To Perform at 2016 VMAs; Stand Up to Cancer Special Sets 2016 Date


MTV announced on Tuesday that Britney Spears will perform at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards for the first time in 10 years. Alongside rapper G-Eazy, Spears will perform a world-premiere performance of the new single “Make Me…”, in anticipation of Spears’ ninth studio album, “Glory.” The 2016 VMAs will air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9 p.m.

The Entertainment Industry Foundation has announced that the fifth biennial televised fundraising special “Stand Up To Cancer” (SU2C) will broadcast live on Friday, Sep. 9 at 8 p.m. Executive produced by Bradley Cooper, celebrity appearances scheduled for the telecast include Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Emma Stone and Anna Kendrick, among others. In addition, legendary pop star Celine Dion, along with Keith Urban and Little Big Town, will perform tributes to those battling cancer. The telecast will air from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on numerous broadcast and cable networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, American Forces Network, ASPiRE, AUDIENCE Network, Bloomberg TV, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery Life, E! Entertainment, EPIX, ESPNEWS, FM, FS2, Fusion, FXM, Great American Country, HBO, HLN, ION Television, LMN, Logo, MLB Network, National Geographic, Pivot, RLTV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, STARZ, STARZ ENCORE, TBS, Tr3s, VH1, and WGN America. The channels are donating one hour of simultaneous commercial-free primetime for the telecast.

Six-episode Brazilian series “Motel” will premiere on Cinemax on Aug. 18 at 10 p.m., the premium cabler has announced. The series examines “the sensual, erotic, mysterious and perverse activities” in the Divine Sin Motel, with each episode exploring different genres in different rooms of the motel.


Investigation Discovery has greenlit a new series hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris, entitled “Scene of the Crime with Tony Harris.” Executive produced by David Smith and Amy Bucher, the investigative series “pulls back the curtain to reveal the often nefarious players and foreboding places behind the crimes surrounding them,” per ID’s press release. The six-part series will premiere on Investigation Discovery in 2017.


NBC’s superhero comedy “Powerless” is parting ways with creator Ben Queen, Variety has confirmed. Queen’s exit was reportedly due to creative differences and was a mutual decision between the producer, network and studio Warner Bros. Television, where Queen is under an overall deal and will continue to develop projects. Production on the freshman season was set to begin in a couple of weeks, but has been briefly delayed while the show seeks out a new showrunner. The half-hour comedy is slated for midseason at NBC, so the later start isn’t expected to affect the show’s debut.

Troika announced that Austin Katz has been appointed Chief Development Officer to lead strategic growth and development at the branding and marketing innovations agency. He joins Troika from The Company (The Ebersol Lanigan Company), where he served as Chief Operating Officer. Katz is also a graduate of UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and has worked with brands, shows and production companies such as AMC’s “Mad Men,” Bravo, HGTV and Weber.


The eight writers who participated in the 2016 Disney / ABC Writing Program have landed staff jobs on Disney/ABC TV Group productions. The program includes a series of seminars, workshops and mentoring sessions designed to help develop promising new talent from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds.

The newly staffed participants are: (Dayo Adesokan (ABC’s “Downward Dog”), Amanda Idoko (ABC’s “Imaginary Mary”), Andrew Mathieson (ABC’s “Dr. Ken”), Ron McCants (ABC’s “Speechless”), Miguel Ian Raya (Freeform’s “Famous In Love”), Janine Salinas Schoenberg (ABC’s “American Crime”), Christina Walker (ABC’s “Still Star-Crossed”) and Jeffery Wang (ABC’s “Notorious”). Raya is already at work writing an episode of “Famous in Love” while Schoenberg and Walker are co-writing episodes of their respective series.

“We’re proud that our selection of writers for this year’s writing program proved appealing to not only creative executives but showrunners as well,” said Tim McNeal, Disney/ABC TV Group’s VP of creative talent development and inclusion. “Just as we pride ourselves by introducing new diverse voices to the creative process at the lower level, we find it equally rewarding to champion the staffing of program alumni as a means to career longevity.”

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