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TV News Roundup: YouTube Greenlights Tinder-Themed Comedy ‘Swipe Right’

In today’s roundup, YouTube Red will debut a Tinder-themed comedy, and E! News is launching a new Snapchat Discover series.

GREENLIGHTS

YouTube has greenlit a female ensemble comedy based on a true story from Carly Craig and Daniel Reisinger. “Swipe Right” is an eight-episode comedy about dating and relationships in the digital age and will debut on YouTube Red in 2018. Craig will star as a workaholic verging on a breakdown who vows to plunge into the hellish world of Tinder by dating all 252 of her matches. “Swipe Right” is written by Craig, directed by Reisinger, and executive produced by Craig, Reisinger, Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer,” “The Break Up”), and Robin Schiff “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion”).

PREMIERE DATES

E! News is launching a new Snapchat Discover series “Face Forward” on Saturday, Oct. 21. The eight-episode makeover series features beauty and hair experts Patrick Starrr and Tiarra Monet, and stylist Johnny Wujek. In each episode, the glam team meets a girl who is ready for a style overhaul culminating in a celebrity-inspired photo shoot.

CASTING

Julius Tennon and Tisha Campbell Martin (“My Wife and Kids”) are set to appear in a biopic based on Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. Tennon and Martin will play Ron and Nellie Biles, Simone’s adoptive grandparents. Newcomer Jeante Godlock will star as Simone Biles. Production is currently underway in Vancouver and will debut on Lifetime in 2018. The Simon Biles Story (working title) is based on her book, “Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance.” It is written by Kelly Fullerton and executive produced by Howard Braunstein, Simone Biles, Janey Miller, and Kyell Thomas.

PROGRAMMING 

Urban Movie Channel’sThrills & Chills” collection of murder mystery and horror films begins airing on Friday, Oct. 20 with “Hogtown.” On Oct. 27, UMC will air the psychological thriller “The Good Wifey,” followed by the murder comedy “Redrum.” Other movies screening around Halloween include “The Sickle,” “Chain Letter,” and “The Inheritance.”

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Viacom has appointed Jennifer Zaldivar-Clark as senior vice president of talent for Paramount Network. In her new role,  Zaldivar-Clark will oversee Paramount Network’s newly formed talent function and will continue to serve as senior vice president of Talent and Communications at TV Land. She will report to Kevin Kay, President of Paramount Network, TV Land, and CMT. Zaldivar-Clark’s responsibilities as lead talent and communications executive for TV Land include overseeing talent relations for the brand, as well as booking and event strategy. Additionally, she guides communications for TV Land’s scripted programming, and leads a bi-coastal team to develop and execute national publicity campaigns for its original series “Younger,” “Teachers,” and “Nobodies.”

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