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TV News Roundup: The CW to Air ‘Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala’ on Jan. 16

In today’s TV news roundup, The CW will air the “Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala,” featuring Jay Pharoah, on Jan. 16; Doug Liman’s YouTube drama “Impulse” sets its cast, and more. 

CASTING 

Universal Cable Productions and YouTube have cast Maddie HassonSarah Desjardins, Missi Pyle, Enuka Okuma, and Craig Arnold as series regulars on the sci-fi thriller “Impulse.” The series, based on the third novel in the “Jumper” series by Steven Gould, features a rebellious 16-year-old girl, “Henry,” (Maddie Hasson) who has always felt like an outsider among her peers and longs to escape her seemingly small town. Eventually, she discovers she has the power of teleportation, confirming her belief of being an outsider — but also making her the target of those who want to control her. Hypnotic’s David Bartis and Gene Klein, who also produce UCP’s “Suits,” will executive produce along with Doug Liman (“Edge of Tomorrow,” “Go”).

SPECIALS 

The CW has partnered with Just for Laughs for its newest primetime comedy special, the “Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala,” premiering Monday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. The special will feature stand-up performances from comedians like Jay Pharoah and Iliza Shlesinger. With Just for Laugh’s 35th anniversary approaching this year, the special will also include comedians paying tribute to some of their own favorite comedians from the festival since its genesis, including Wanda Sykes and Jim Gaffigan.

Univision will debut two new holiday specials in the next couple weeks. “Navidad en Familia,” hosted by Alan Tacher and Karla Martinez, will premiere Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. The special will feature memorable celebrity interviews of 2016, star appearances, and musicals. “Feliz Navidad Con Mix5,” hosted by William Valdés and Ela Velden, will premiere Saturday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. The special will be the first concert broadcast of “La Banda‘s” second season winners, who will also discuss their family Christmas stories with fans.

DATES 

The Smithsonian Channel‘s newest series “The Real Mad Men of Advertising” will premiere Sunday, Jan. 8 at 9 p.m. The four-part series will give viewers an inside look into the individuals who re-invented the advertising industry from post-WII America through the 1980’s. The series will feature interviews  Matthew Weiner — creator of AMC‘s “Mad Men” — and Brook Shields.

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