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TV News Roundup: Vanessa Williams to Appear on CBS’ ‘Me, Myself & I’

In today’s roundup, Vanessa Williams joins Bobby Moynihan and John Larroquette on CBS’ “Me, Myself & I” and SyFy announces the cast and theme for “Channel Zero’s” third season.

CASTING

Vanessa Williams will appear in a recurring role on the CBS comedy “Me, Myself & I” alongside stars Bobby Moynihan, Jack Dylan Grazer, and John Larroquette, who all play the main character, Alex Riley, at different ages. Beginning Monday, Nov. 6, Williams will appear as Kelly Frasier, the business world nemesis of Older Alex Riley (Larroquette) who becomes his love interest. Williams’s work on television, music, film, and stage has earned her four Emmy nominations, 17 Grammy nominations, and a Tony nomination among other recognition. “My, Myself & I” will move to its new time on CBS Monday, Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m.

SyFy‘s horror anthology series “Channel Zero” reveled its new theme for season three will be “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block.” Inspired by Kerry Hammond’s “Search and Rescue Woods” Creepypasta tale, the new season tells the story of a young woman named Alice who moves to a new city and learns about a series of disappearances that may be connected to a rumor about mysterious staircases in the city’s worst neighborhoods. With help from her sister, they discover that something is preying on the city’s residents. The cast will include Olivia Lucardi, Rutger Hauer, Holland Roden, Brandon Scott and Krisha Fairchild.

 DATES

A&E Network‘s limited documentary series “The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All” is set to Thursday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. The new A+E original series will feature the infamous Erik Menendez’s most in-depth interview to date, also his first in over a decade. The show will revisit the high-profile 1994 criminal trial in which Erik and his brother Lyle Menendez were convicted for the 1989 murder of their parents, examining the case through the lens of one of the convicted killers. In addition to lengthy interviews with Erik Menendez, the show will present rare footage, never-before-seen photos, and new interviews with other key players in the case including prosecutors, family members, friends, law enforcement, and medical experts.

A&E Networks announced “Save It or Sell It,” a daytime unscripted special that highlights struggling small businesses in America. The one-hour special will premiere Sunday, Nov. 5 at 11 p.m. on A&E followed by premieres across A+E Networks’ enthusiast blocks on History and A&E as well as FYI. Entrepreneurs Eric Casaburi and Robert Hirsch host the show, assessing the value of each business, diagnosing problems, planning renovations, and soliciting potential buyers through a blind bidding process. All along, Casaburi and Hirsch compete to show the business owners how to maximize their options, persuading them to either sell 100% of their business or save it.

Discovery‘s “Moonshiners” will return on Nov. 14  at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  This season, the moonshiners take us deep into the remote corners of Appalachia to witness outrageous feats of backwoods engineering that keep their illegal distilling operations hidden. It’s a world governed by centuries-old unwritten rules where six figure deals are made on a handshake and a moonshiner is only as good as his word. The new series “Shiners on Shine” will then premiere at 10 p.m. and will feature everyone’s favorite shiners watch and debate highlights – and low lights – from the past six seasons. With colorful commentary and personal insight, series favorites take fans deeper into the hidden world of moonshine and expose the shiners’ secret code more than ever before.

Animal Planet‘s new show “Cats vs. Dogs” will premiere on Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PTCat expert Jackson Galaxy (“My Cat from Hell”) and dog expert/trainer  Zoe Sandor team and up meet pet owners who describe the dog and cat behaviors negatively impacting their home life; soon after they meet the cats and dogs in their living environments. Once Jackson and Zoe determine the actual behaviors that need to be addressed, they create a long-term plan for successful cat and dog integration that includes homework assignments over a period of several months with goals that include conflict resolution, healing and ultimately a home where cats and dogs get along. “We are in awe of Jackson’s ability to identify behaviors between cats and humans and bring about change, and Zoe brings a sharp, fresh, new perspective on dog behavior to the network. Together they’re a lively team and a welcome new addition to our Saturday night lineup,” said Patrice Andrews, General Manager of Animal Planet.

RENEWALS

IFC announced that it has acquired Season 3 of the sketch comedy series “Baroness von Sketch Show.” “Carolyn, Meredith, Aurora and Jennifer have a devotion to red wine, dry shampoo and smart, relevant comedy that made us fall in love with their show the minute we saw it,” said IFC President Jennifer Caserta. “The ladies have set a high bar as the first and only all-female sketch comedy troupe that also writes, produces and stars in their own show, so we are especially proud to bring their third season to the IFC audience which has clearly demonstrated they want more!” The new season is currently filming and will air in 2018.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Univision Communications Inc. has promoted Ronald Estrada to Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Empowerment and Stephen Keppel to Vice President, Social Impact & General Manager of Rise Up. Estrada will spearhead corporate social responsibility (CSR) and community empowerment matters, including the execution and implementation of the Company’s community empowerment platform, Univision Contigo (Univision With You), in close collaboration with the Univision CSR Council. He will also liaise with leaders and key stakeholders at community organizations, nationally and locally, as well as non-profit and government entities. Keppel will lead UCI’s Social Impact team and oversee the Rise Up platform, to drive positive change for the Company’s audiences at Univision and Fusion Media Group (Gizmodo Media Group, The Onion Inc, and FUSION TV).  Both will report to Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Executive Vice President of Government & Corporate Affairs.

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