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TV News Roundup: Syfy Acquires All Seasons of ‘Futurama’

In today’s roundup, Syfy aquired the animated television series “Futurama” as part of its new rebrand lineup and ABC will launch a new web series “Grey’s Anatomy: Post-Op” to celebrate 300 episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

ACQUISITIONS

Syfy announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the animated comedy series “Futurama” from Twentieth Television in a multi-year, non-exclusive deal that includes all 140 HD episodes of the series. The acquisition is part of the networks planned branding reboot and new programming lineup. “Futurama” will premier on Syfy on Nov. 11 with the series airing regularly in primetime on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8a.m. to 2a.m. ET/PT and on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11a.m. ET/PT.

DIGITAL SERIES

In celebration of the 300th episode of the popular medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC will launch the six-part web series “Grey’s Anatomy: Post-Op” on the ABC website and app on October 4. The series will be hosted by Gordon James and each week leading up to the 300th episode, James will be joined by special guests including cast, writers, producers and various crew members as they look back at over a decade’s worth of memorable moments. Each new episode will offer a behind-the- scenes look at some of the most iconic scenes of the prolific ABC series, as well as an exclusive sneak peek into upcoming episodes from the new season.

USA Network announced that all ten episodes of the new web series “What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley” will be available on October 3 for stream and download from the USA website. In the show, Chrisley shares her favorite recipes with fans and some of her favorite memories with her family.

Universal Kids will premier the new show Top Chef Jr. on October 13 at 8 p.m. The show will feature twelve chefs ages 11 to 14 from across the country, competing for the coveted Top Chef Jr. title and a $50,000 cash prize. “Top Chef Jr.” is produced by Magical Elves, the same team behind Bravo’s Top Chef. Vanessa Lachey  and Curtis Stone will serve as host and head judge respectively to help guide the contestants. Culinary expert and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, acclaimed chef and Top Chef judge Graham Elliot, and Top Chef alumna Tiffany Derry will be recurring judges.

FIRST LOOKS

Amazon released images from season two of “The Grand Tour” on Tuesday. The images feature Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May exploring the Colorado mountains, Mozambique, Dubai, and the Swiss Alps. The show’s hosts will spend 100 days across four continents and visit places like Croatia, Mozambique, Dubai, Colorado, Switzerland, New York, Spain and many more exotic locations around the world. Season two will premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this year.

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DATES

Hallmark Channel‘s first “Countdown to Christmas Preview Show” will air on October 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special will star  Candace Cameron Bure, Lori Loughlin, a Jodie Sweetin abd Hallmark Channel’s rescued and adopted pet, Happy The Dog for an exclusive sneak peek at all 21 original movies coming to Hallmark Channel this holiday season beginning on October 27.

CASTING

Freeform announced the cast for its new scripted comedy pilot “Now and Then,” a single camera comedy about a group of old college friends who, after having lost touch over the years, reunite for one wild night. Myko Olivier, Mia SerafinoPunam PatelBrandon Mychal SmithJames Earl, and Ana Cruz Kayne will star. be. The pilot is written by Shawn Wines who will also serve as executive producer, along with executive producers Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor.

RATINGS
In its first week on the air, Comedy Central‘s new late-night series “The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper” helped lift the its post-“Daily Show” timeslot by 18 percent in adults 18-49 and 43 percent in total viewers compared to the same time frame last year. For the full week, the show averaged 683,000 total viewers and a 0.39 rating in Nielsen’s Live+3 numbers.

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