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Extra: Illusionist Criss Angel on A&E; Hollywood sticks with C4

Illusionist Criss Angel is set to reappear on A&E Network with a one-hour special, Paul Hollywood is sticking with Bake Off on C4, and Scripps and A&E ink a multi-platform distribution deal.
September 23, 2016

Criss Angel conjures up A&E special

Illusionist Criss Angel is set to reappear on A&E Network with a one-hour special, Criss Angel Trick’d Up, premiering Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

With more than 30 illusions — from levitation to teleportation and bringing tattoos to life — the special  promises an uncensored look at Angel (pictured) and his particular approach to “street” magic as he and his crew interact with audience members encountered during a travelling tour.

Celebrity guests include Gary Oldman, Paris Jackson, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, Blackish star Miles Brown, Latino pop superstar Belinda, DJ Steve Aoki, and UFC stars Frank Mir, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and Paige VanZant.

The special is produced for A&E by Angel Productions Worldwide Incorporated and executive produced by Angel, David Baram and Erich Recker. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson.

Criss Angel: Mindfreak, a reality series based on Angel’s magic act, ran on A&E from 2005 to 2010.

Paul Hollywood sticks with Bake Off on C4

Paul Hollywood will continue on as a judge on The Great British Bake Off following news of the culinary competition series’ pending shift from BBC to Channel 4.

“We are delighted to confirm that Paul is coming with the tent ready to encourage, inspire and raise the occasional, quizzical eyebrow,” said Richard McKerrow, creative director of Love Productions, in a statement. “Paul’s presence will ensure the culture of Bake Off continues in the tent as it makes its move to Channel 4. We want to reiterate to Bake Off fans, that the show they love will remain wholly familiar, and that Channel 4 is a great place to make our show. Bake Off will be produced by the same team, in the same tent, with the same recipe.”

Hollywood has served as a judge on the show since the first series in 2010.

BBC confirmed earlier this month that the forthcoming season of the series will be the last to broadcast on its airwaves before moving over for a three-year run on C4. Show hosts, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, announced earlier they will quit the show ahead the move, as will fellow judge Mary Berry.

Scripps, AT&T ink multi-platform deal

Scripps Networks Interactive is set to stream content from many of its top-tier channels live and on-demand with AT&T. The two companies have inked a multi-year, multi-platform distribution deal of Scripps’ channels for DirecTV and AT&T U-verse customers. The agreement includes programming from HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Scripps and AT&T also agreed on expanded digital rights to include the networks on DirecTV Now and DirecTV Freeview streaming service when they launch later in 2016.

DirecTV Now is set to launch in Q4 2016 and will offer users access to over 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming.

Scripps Networks Interactive is set to stream content from many of its top-tier channels live and on-demand with AT&T. The two companies have inked a multi-year, multi-platform distribution deal of Scripps’ channels for DirecTV and AT&T U-verse customers. The agreement includes programming from HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Scripps and AT&T also agreed on expanded digital rights to include the networks on DirecTV Now and DirecTV Freeview streaming service when they launch later in 2016.

DirecTV Now is set to launch in Q4 2016 and will offer users access to over 100 channels, including live and on-demand programming.

with files from Jonathan Paul

 

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