TV News Roundup: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Join ‘The Voice’; People’s Choice Awards Announce Show Date

Joshua Terry

In today’s TV news roundup, “The Voice” will feature country-couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, the People’s Choice Awards announce the live CBS broadcast, Popsugar has a new series titled “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” and more!


Popsugar Studios and cable network Z Living are producing a new series called, “Popsugar Presents: Conquered.” Each half-hour episode of the series will explore themes like fitness, relationships, career and health. “Popsugar Presents: Conquered” will be executive produced by Nicole and Ted Haimes, and executive producer Tim Krubsack for Z Living. The series is slated to premiere on Z Living in January.

Muse Entertainment has acquired the rights to “Amp’d,” the debut novel by two-time Emmy award nominated screenwriter and author Ken Pisani. “Amp’d” is set to be developed as a half-hour premium comedy series with Pisani as the leading creator. The series tells the story of Aaron, whose life is derailed after a car accident leads to the amputation of his left arm. Muse Entertainment’s Michael Prupas and Joel S. Rice will serve as executive producers, with Muse’s VP of Development Lydia Storie and Director of Development Meghan Mathes helping to oversee the project.


“E!” announces the season six premiere of the series “Total Divas,” starring Nikki and Brie Bella. Season six will introduce fans to WWE superstars Lana and Maryse and WWE announcer Renee Young. Other cast members include Eva Marie, Naomi (Trinity), Natalya (Nattie) and Paige. Total Divas” returns on Wednesday, November 16 at 8pm ET/PT. Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for WWE.

Fusion has a new docuseries titled “The Traffickers,” hosted by British journalist and television personality Nelufar Hedayat. The show will uncover the global black market of trafficked babies, human organs, counterfeit guns, precious metals, endangered species and the International sex trade. The eight-part series premieres Sunday, Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET. Executive producers are Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn, Sam Collyns for Lightbox and Keith Summa, Daniel Eilemberg and Isaac Lee for Fusion. Suzanne Lavery serves as co-executive producer.


Killian Scott is cast in USA Network series “Damnation,” as Seth Davenport. The role of Davenport was originally to be played by Aden Young. Scott will take on the role as a small town Iowa preacher with a violent past and a secret ambition to lead a revolution against American industrialists. David Mackenzie is set to direct the USA pilot from executive producers Tony Tost, James Mangold and Guymon Casady, and Daniel Rappaport on behalf of Entertainment 360. The pilot was written and created by Tost and will be produced by Universal Cable Productions.

Jim Belushi is set to co-star opposite Taran Killam in Showtime’s comedy pilot with the working title “Mating.” The half-hour comedy series is an “annual anthology,” and each season of the show will follow one protagonist’s life and their dealing with modern dating and relationships. True Jack Productions’ Jason Katims and Michelle Lee executive produce with Stu Zicherman for Showtime and Universal TV. Craig Johnson executive produces and will direct the pilot. Belushi’s recent TV credits include “Good Girls Revolt,” “Show Me A Hero,” and “Twin Peaks,” which will air next year on Showtime. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein.


The People’s Choice Awards have announced the 2017 award ceremony will air live on Wednesday, Jan. 18 starting at 9 p.m. The awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on the CBS television network. Final nominees in each category will be announced Nov. 15 at a press conference in Beverly Hills. Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television and Digital, will return for the eighth consecutive year as Executive Producer of the show. Also returning, Jane Mun, Kimmie H. Kim and Fred Nelson will serve alongside Burnett to executive produce the telecast.


TruTV announces the promotion of two of their programming executives Angel Annussek and Lesley Goldman, into the roles of senior VP of development and original programming. The newly-created leadership roles make Annussek and Goldman responsible for the continued development and production of shows for the network, leading the editorial direction, execution and production of its programming slate. Both will continue to be based in New York and report to Marissa Ronca, executive VP and head of programming for truTV. Annussek joined truTV in September 2004 as an executive producer and Goldman joined truTV in January 2014 as VP of original programming.

Critical Content announces newly-assembled board of directors for company. Board members include Frank Biondi, former chairman and CEO of Universal Studios; Chad Gutstein, CEO of Machinima; Mark Itkin, former co-head of television and a member of the Board of Directors at WME; John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises at iHeartMedia; Lauren Zalaznick, former NBCUniversal EVP and Tom Forman, CEO of Critical Content. Al Aguirre, an experienced board member of both public and private companies, will chair the board. The board will work closely with Critical’s senior executive team – CEO Tom Forman, President Andrew Marcus and CFO Christoph Pachler.


NBC’s “The Voice” is adding Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as key advisers. Normally the singing competition only features one key adviser to help contestants prepare for the “knockout” phase of the competition. McGraw and Hill will advise the artists on performance strategy and offer tips as they prepare them for a head-to-head sing-off for a spot on the live shows. “The Voice” is a presentation of United Artists Media Group (an MGM company), Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television.


Liza Donnelly, a cartoonist known for her work in the New Yorker, will now be a contributing artist for “CBS This Morning.” Donnelly will be present in the studio and greenroom on an ongoing basis to capture behind the scenes moments with guests and significant news moments. Ryan Kadro is the Executive Producer of “CBS This Morning.”

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