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Upfront TV: Bin Laden Secrets | Fifth “Fringe” Season | Teen Choice Awards | More Fran Drescher

Published on April 27, 2012


  • Discovery Channel will premiere “Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair,” a one-hour special that provides the first comprehensive television report on currently classified intelligence seized during the May 2, 2011 raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The special airs on Tuesday, May 1 at 10PM ET/PT, The special will also air on Discovery Chanel across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-pacific and Latin America beginning on May 10. NBC News correspondent Harry Smith serves as narrator. It provides a look into the treasure trove of intelligence that United States Navy SEALs captured the night they killed Osama Bin LadenDiscovery, in concert with NBC News, was given an exclusive briefing on the classified intelligence by a senior U.S. Counterterrorism official.

  • FOX has picked up “Fringe” for a fifth and final 13-episode season, Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company announced yesterday. “Fringe’s” fourth season concludes with three all-new Friday episodes in a row, counting down to the two-part season finale on Friday, May 4 (9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT) and Friday, May 11 (9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT). In “Worlds Apart,” airing Friday, April 27 (9:00-10:00 P.M. ET/PT), team members on both sides, including Olivia (Anna Torv) and Peter (Joshua Jackson), continue to fight for a common cause, and there are shocking developments tied to the Cortexiphan children.

  • Also from Fox, its “Teen Choice 2012” awards, celebrating the year in film, television, music, sports, comedy, fashion and the web will air live Sunday, July 22 8:00-10:00 P.M. ET live/PT tape-delayed. The choicest stars, best films most-loved TV shows, hottest music, favorite fashion icons and funniest comedians of 2011-2012 will receive the “coveted Teen Choice Surfboard” in such categories as Choice Hottie, Choice Movie Liplock, Choice Break-Up Song and Choice Twit.
  • Fox Soccer is partnering with Liverpool Football Club on a new six-episode docuseries that will premiere this fall, reports Multichannel News. “Our Liverpool: Never Walk Alone” will offer a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most successful clubs in England's Barclays Premiere League as it concludes its 2011-2012 season, then will continue through the club's July tour of North America.  
  • TV land has done well with original programming, so has ordered additional episodes of “Happily Divorced,” bringing the sophomore season of the sitcom starring Fran Drescher to 24 episodes, reports Deadline Hollywood. So far, season two is averaging 1.5 million total viewers. The second season premiered last month with 1.4 million viewers, way down from 2.4 million viewers for its series premiere last summer. The show is drawn from Drescher’s real life, and follows a woman who re-enters the dating world after her husband admits that he’s gay.