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Ashley Hawkins, a Greensboro police officer, competes on the NBC reality show “The Titan Games.” The episode will air tonight.

Thursday’s episode of the NBC competition series “The Titan Games” will feature a Greensboro police officer.

Ashley Hawkins, an officer who has served with the Greensboro Police Department for eight years, is among the competitors. In each episode of the show, eight competitors go head to head in challenges in two groups, men and women. The winners then move on to other challenges until they are whittled down to two “Titan Champions” by the end of the season.

Hawkins filmed her appearance — or appearances; she can’t say which — for “The Titan Games” back in September. “It has been super-hard to keep everything a secret about how I did on the show,” she said, “but in the end I want everyone to experience and find out my journey on the show together. Do you really know how hard it is to keep a secret and a poker face in my line of work? I am interrogated every day by my co-workers about the show, but not a peep from me!”

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Jared Grimes, an actor who grew up in High Point, will return to the NBC series “Manifest” in Monday’s episode. He first appeared in last month’s midseason premiere, playing Adrian, an entrepreneur who is trying to make sense of the show’s central mystery: The crew and passengers of an airplane have disappeared for five years and returned without having aged.

In this week’s episode, Adrian factors into Ben Stone’s (Josh Dallas) search for Saanvi, who he fears may have been abducted by a fanatical group. There is no word whether he will appear in any other episodes in the current season, which ends Feb. 18.

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WXII news anchor and reporter Jonee’ Lewis is leaving the TV station at the end of this week and heading to a job in a larger market.

“I have so many mixed emotions in sharing that my time in the Triad has come to an end,” Lewis said on social media. “Next month I will be relocating to Memphis. I’m excited for this opportunity to grow as a person and journalist but will miss everyone who made my time in Winston-Salem so special.”

Cory McRae, the creative-services director for WXII, said the station had tried to keep her in the Triad but “we are all very excited” for her new opportunity.

“We wish her all the best,” McRae said.

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Fox has renewed “The Masked Singer,” a reality competition show in which a panel of judges — including Ken Jeong, a former Greensboro resident — try to guess the identities of masked singers. Though many viewers in the Triad missed the first episode because it aired during the re-transmission consent dispute that made it unavailable on Spectrum Cable, the premiere was still a ratings smash. According to Fox, the series has delivered 17.6 million multiplatform viewers to date, and was the network’s most-watched debut of an unscripted show in 11 years.

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A fascinating documentary about entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. that was one of the highlights of last year’s RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem and Greensboro will air on UNC-TV later this month.

“Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” which is part of the “American Masters” series, follows Davis’ career from his early days on stage. The movie is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 and will feature 20 minutes of bonus performance footage after the broadcast. It also will be released that same day on DVD and in digital format.

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The animated film “Reign of the Supermen,” which was screened in theaters in Winston-Salem and Greensboro last month, is now available on home video, available in 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

The movie is set in the aftermath of the previous animated film “The Death of Superman,” and follows the world’s response to four superheroes who emerge in the aftermath of the apparent death of the Man of Steel: a cyborg, a brutal vigilante, an armor-clad figure and a brassy teen with Superman’s powers. The story is adapted from a popular 1990s comic book story line.

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A TV series with host Jill Wagner, a Winston-Salem native, has come to the Amazon Prime streaming service.

“Handcrafted America,” which was originally shown on the INSP channel, follows Wagner as she travels around the country meeting artisans who specialize in handcrafted work and showcasing their art. Several artisans in the 39-episode run are from North Carolina; an episode guide can be found at www.insp.com/shows/handcrafted-america/seasons/

Wagner previously worked on the 2015 TV-movie “Christmas in the Smokies,” which aired on INSP, and has another movie in the works due out this summer. It is expected to air on the same channel.

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Tim Clodfelter writes about TV for the Winston-Salem Journal. Contact him at tclodfelter @wsjournal.com or 336-727-7371.

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