FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ POWERBALL

January 19, 2022

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/19/22)
DISCOVERY: Growing Belushi (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Home Inspector Joe (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: Animals With Cameras: A Nature Miniseries (Premiere) at 8pm

YouTube is winding down its original programming business, electing to focus on creator-driven content and live shoppable programs. Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at the platform for six years, is exiting and YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl was quick to follow the news with confirmation that the company will focus on initiatives including Creator Shorts Fund, Black Voices Fund and Live Shopping, with just two areas of YT originals continuing forth. Daniels initially took the video-sharing platform into the SVOD space with premium originals including “Cobra Kai” and “Step Up,” then led the transition to its ad-supported model and helped grow the creator economy. “Today, there are over 2M creators in the YouTube Partner Program and our creator community has never been more successful: we’ve paid more than $30B to creators, artists, and media companies over the last three years,” Kyncl wrote in a letter to creators yesterday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Let the games begin. Microsoft is acquiring Activision Blizzard in an all-cash, $68.7 billion deal that will have ramifications across the video game sector. The largest transaction in Microsoft’s history will ascend the company to the No. 3 spot among global video game companies by revenue, behind only Tencent and Sony. Warcraft, Diablo, Call of Duty and Candy Crush are among the games in Activision Blizzard’s various ranks, and the company also runs eSports ventures via its Major League Gaming division.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 64th annual Grammy Awards are taking a new gamble. The awards, which postponed its original January date in LA due to the rise of Covid’s Omicron variant, will now take place Sunday, April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the ceremony will air live on CBS and Paramount+ at 8p. Details about official Grammy Week events are to come.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS is shuffling its Sunday primetime slate next week so it can air the first of two parts of the “NCIS: Hawaii” two-part episode after its coverage of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
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Roku is getting weirder. Daniel Radcliffe is onboard to play musician “Weird Al” Yankovic—who rules as the top-selling comedy recording of all time—in “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story,” a biopic from Funny or Die and Tango that will stream exclusively on The Roku Channel. The feature, which promises to delve deep into the Yankovic backstory, was penned by Yankovic and Eric Appel with Appel slated to direct.

Netflix scored 52 nominations to lead the pack for this year’s 53rd NAACP Awards, which will be hosted by Anthony Anderson and air Saturday, February 26 at 8p on BET. HBO’s “Insecure” received the most nominations in the television + streaming categories; H.E.R. is top-nominated in the music recording categories; and RCA Records scored the most noms across record labels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A commitment to develop a pipeline of diverse documentary filmmakers and include more diverse perspectives in salient production roles are among the diversity initiatives PBS announced during yesterdays’ Television Critics Assn. tour. Among specific moves, the broadcaster is in a new partnership with nonprofit Firelight Media, through which it is committing $3.6 million over three years to support mid-career nonfiction filmmakers through the organization’s William Greaves Fund.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max announced the call for submissions for its annual Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition, established in 2016 and formerly known as the HBO APA Visionaries Short Film Competition.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ Marvel series “Loki” landed four Visual Effects Society nominations, leading all broadcast series in the run for the 20th annual awards.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D will weave the story of hip-hop music in a new PBS four-part docuseries. “The Story of Hip-Hop with Chuck D” (wt) hails from BBC Studios and is a co-production with the BBC developed by Chuck D and his manager Lorrie Boula. The project will trace the art form’s rise and evolution over the past 40 years and feature accounts from Run DMC, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah and other rappers… PBS is also at work on two docs with Maryland Public Television: “Becoming Frederick Douglass” and “Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus will star in “Bad Crimes,” an animated comedy that just got a 10-episode order from Netflix. The dark comedy procedural hails from creator Nicole Silverberg, previously a writer on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and Greg Daniels and Mike Judge; New Bandera Entertainment Co. is the studio. Byer, who hosts unscripted series “Nailed It!,” and Lapkus (“Orange Is The New Black”) will voice two FBI agents who solve grisly crimes while juggling their friendship, career and a gaggle of men.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production is under way and new cast members have boarded season 3 of Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” with the summer residents at Camp Shallow Lake engaged in a production of “Frozen” this time around. As well as music from “Frozen,” the new season, created and exec-produced by Tim Federle, will feature music from “Camp Rock” and the “High School Musical” franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Walsh inked a multiyear deal with Apple TV+ to produce TV and film projects for the streamer. For the past five years Walsh has served as president of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. The move syncs with the debut of his producing shingle The Walsh Co., through which he’ll both bring in and set up projects of his own, as well as work to package programming already at Apple.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Veteran reality creators Stephen Lambert and John de Mol are joining forces for US and UK versions of de Mol’s Dutch series “Million Dollar Island.” The sibling editions, which don’t yet have network homes in either country, will be produced by Lambert’s Gogglebox and Studio Lambert. The premise of the show will remain the same: 100 people are dropped on an uninhabited tropical island, where they need to survive for two months and can fatten their piggybanks by winning via various challenges bracelets worth $10,000 each.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton’s HiddenLight Productions is going into the unscripted business. The company set up a new unscripted label and shared its first project, a series for the UK’s Channel 4. Eight-ep “Inside the Superbrands” will go behind the scenes of eight British brands, including Heinz, Guinness and Kellogg’s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Awesomeness Films is in production on live-action movie “Honor Society,” which follows an ambitious high school senior who will do whatever it takes to get into Harvard. The project is being overseen by Syrinthia Studer, EVP, Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films, and Fred Lee, director of development.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Guy Fieri heads back to the kitchen for another season of “Tournament of Champions,” which bows on Food Network Sunday, February 27 at 8p. Season 3 will feature two-hour-long episodes and 32 chefs vying for $100,000, the tournament’s largest-ever reward.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Single Drunk Female,” the new comedy series from Freeform, will debut back-to-back eps Tomorrow, January 20 at 10p. Series stars Ally Sheedy and Sofia Black-D’Elia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Back on the Record with Bob Costas” returns to HBO Max on Friday, January 21 at 11p. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, broadcasting legend Al Michaels, former NFL cornerback and Domonique Foxworth and author Howard Bryant join for the premiere roundtable discussion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Love Off the Grid,” premiering Sunday, January 30 on discovery+, follows four people accustomed to modern amenities who give it all up for a chance at true love.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Raising Dion” returns to Netflix on Tuesday, February 1. Season 2 continues to follow the complicated life of a mother and son after the younger begins to manifest superhero-like abilities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ALLBLK dropped a sneak peek for the Thursday, February 3 return of the streamer’s most popular series, “Double Cross.” Season 3 unfolds as new characters enter the mix and everyone must band together to find Layla.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second season of “Dragon Rescue Rangers: Heroes of the Sky” begins streaming on Peacock Thursday, February 3. The animated kids series takes place in a faraway corner of the Viking and dragon world, where Viking twins Dak and Leyla, who were rescued and raised by dragons, are growing up learning to speak their language.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Viking news, February 25 is the premiere date for Netflix’s “Vikings: Valhalla.” Set more than 1,000 years ago, the series chronicles the heroic adventures of some of the most famous Vikings who ever lived, from explorer Leif Eriksson to ambitious Nordic prince Harald Sigurdsson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Retro, and ready to transport the beloved video game into the TV realm, “The Cuphead Show!” will bow Friday, February 18 on Netflix. The animated series follows the misadventures of impulsive Cuphead and his more cautious brother Mugman as they romp through adventures.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ dropped the trailer for workplace thriller “Severance,” which debuts its first two eps Friday, February 18. Starring Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette and John Turturro, the series was created by Dan Erickson and is directed and exec-produced by Ben Stiller. The action follows the fallout after a group of workers’ company engages them in a work-life balance test through a procedure that surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also landing February 18 is season 2 of Disney+ series “The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse.” The second installment comprises four extended-length specials themed to each season—winter, spring, summer, and autumn… Disney+ also dropped a trailer for upcoming Marvel Studios’ series “Moon Knight” during halftime of Monday night’s NFL matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams. The series will begin streaming Wednesday, March 30.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spouses Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt are back in a new 10-ep season of HGTV’s “100 Day Dream Home,” which debuts Monday, February 21 at 8p. The couple will continue amazing clients by building a custom, move-in ready home in an 100 days or less.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon’s animated “The Boys” won’t be back for season 3 until the summer, but the streamer set Friday, March 4 as the premiere of spinoff series “The Boys Presents: Diabolical.” Each ep of the spinoff will tout its own animation style, will uncover unseen stories within “The Boys” universe and will feature voice talent including Awkwafina, Ilana Glazer, Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new Sir David Attenborough series is PBS-bound. “The Green Planet,” premiering Wednesday, July 6 at 8p is a five-parter that uses technology to reveal the secret,
incredible world of plants around the globe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“MacGruber” star Will Forte will return to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” for his first hosting gig on January 22 with musical guest Maneskin. Willem Dafoe will make his hosting debut January 29, with musical guest Katy Perry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The one where Nick at Nite tests trivia knowledge. The network will host “Friends: The Ultimate Trivia Challenge” from January 24-28 beginning at 10p each night. The interactive trivia challenge based on the Warner Bros. Television series will test fans’ knowledge with more than 200 in-show trivia questions that will appear on screen every two minutes. Viewers will have 20 seconds to answer on their devices.
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Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” two-night reunion is set for January 25 and 26 at 9p. Host Andy Cohen will sit down with Lisa Vanderpump and her current and former SURvers to dish on this season’s biggest moments.
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PBS unveiled its Black History Month programming slate, which includes “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America: An America Reframed Special” on Tuesday, February 8, American Experience’s “The American Diplomat,” on Tuesday, February 15 and American Masters’ “Marian Anderson: The Whole World in Her Hands” on Tuesday, February 22.
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She’s baaaack. Tyler Perry returns as Madea in the newest franchise film “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming,” debuting February 25 on Netflix. The action this go-round centers on Madea’s great-grandson’s college graduation, and the threat of the celebration coming to a halt as hidden secrets and family drama ensue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Although “Arthur,” the longest-running children’s animated series on American TV, is coming to an end, PBS will keep the revered aardvark alive via a series of digital spinoffs. The OG series will wrap February 21 after a marathon of almost every episode and four final eps in its 25th season, but PBS is planning a podcast, video shorts and digital games, network execs said at the Television Critics Assn. tour. PBS Kids also has a new animated series, “Work It Out Wombats,” in the pipeline that features three energetic and creative marsupial siblings who live with their grandmother in her treehouse apartment complex.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) will recur on CBS freshman drama series “FBI: International”… New to season 3 of Disney+’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” are Adrian Lyles and Saylor Bell (“I Didn’t Do It”) and guest stars Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical” franchise), Meg Donnelly (“Zombies” franchise) and Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”).
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The January 3 premiere of “The Cleaning Lady” posted Fox’s most-watched drama launch in two years, registering 7.3 million multi-platform viewers in Live+7 Day measurement, a 100 percent lift from Live+Same Day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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ANDRE LEON TALLY (VOGUE MAGAZINE) HAS DIED AT 73

January 19, 2022

ANDRE LEON TALLY (VOGUE MAGAZINE) HAS DIED AT 73
https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/18/andre-leon-talley-dead-dies-vogue/

MALIK MCDOWELL (CLEVELAND BROWNS) NAKED ARREST IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO

January 19, 2022

MALIK MCDOWELL (CLEVELAND BROWNS) NAKED ARREST IS CAUGHT ON VIDEO
https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/18/cleveland-browns-malik-mcdowell-naked-arrest-caught-video/

SIDNEY POITIER’S DEATH CERTIFICATE IS RELEASED; CAUSE OF DEATH FROM HEART FAILURE, DEMENTIA AND PROSTATE CANCER

January 19, 2022

SIDNEY POITIER’S DEATH CERTIFICATE IS RELEASED; CAUSE OF DEATH FROM HEART FAILURE, DEMENTIA AND PROSTATE CANCER
https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/18/sidney-poitier-death-certificate-cause-of-death-heart-failure-dementia-prostate-cancer/

LOUIE ANDERSON (COMEDIAN) IS HOSPITALIZED FOR CANCER TREATMENT

January 19, 2022

LOUIE ANDERSON (COMEDIAN) IS HOSPITALIZED FOR CANCER TREATMENT
https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/18/louie-anderson-cancer-treatment-hospitalized-lymphoma/

JOE BIDEN & KAMALA HARRIS’ WAX FIGURES ARE REVEALED, FIRST VP AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

January 19, 2022

JOE BIDEN & KAMALA HARRIS’ WAX FIGURES ARE REVEALED, FIRST VP AT MADAME TUSSAUDS
https://www.tmz.com/2022/01/18/joe-biden-kamala-harris-wax-figures-revealed-madame-tussauds/

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S HANDWRITTEN DRAFT PAGES FROM BOOK IS FOR SALE FOR $225,000

January 19, 2022

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR’S HANDWRITTEN DRAFT PAGES FROM BOOK IS FOR SALE FOR $225,000
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CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 18, 2022

January 19, 2022

CELEBRITY NEWS: JANUARY 18, 2022
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Becca Tobin (Glee) – 36 years old
Samantha Mumba (Pop Singer) – 39 years old
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) – 42 years old
Estelle (British Singer) – 42 years old
Jonathan Davis (Korn) – 51 years old
David “DJ Quik” Blake (Record Producer, Rapper) – 52 years old
Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) – 53 years old
Alison Arngrim (Little House On The Prairie) – 60 years old
Mark Messier (NHL Player) – 61 years old
Kevin Costner (“Hidden Figures”/ “The Bodyguard”) – 67 years old

FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ MEGA MILLIONS

January 18, 2022

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 1/18/22)
HULU: How I Met Your Father (Premiere)
NAT. GEO.: Life Below Zero: Next Generation (Premiere) at 8pm
NAT. GEO.: Port Protection Alaska (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman (Premiere)
NETFLIX: DOTA: Dragon’s Blood (Premiere)

The number of scripted original series in 2021 hit a record high 559 in 2021, according to FX Content Research estimates. That’s 13% higher than Covid-impacted 2020, and 5% higher than 2019, but the production shutdown clouds the figures, as some shows planned for 2020 were pushed to 2021. The tally includes broadcast, cable and streaming shows for adults.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Next Level Chef” scored the post-NFC Championship game timeslot on Fox, Sunday, January 30. Drama “Monarch,” which had been slated to make its grand premiere after the game, has been moved to the 2022-2023 season.
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DirecTV is dropping right-wing cable news channel One America News Network, owned by Herring Networks. “Following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” said a spokesperson for DirecTV, which is OAN’s largest carrier. A source of false claims about the 2020 election and Covid vaccines, the network is being sued for defamation by two election technology companies. DirecTV also plans drop a second channel owned by the Herrings, lifestyle-focused AWE.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The ANA and IAB are among 15 organizations asking the Federal Trade Commission to pass a single, national privacy law. “A growing patchwork of state laws are emerging which threaten innovation and create consumer and business confusion,” said the groups in a letter sent to Congress.
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The season six midseason return of The CW’s “Riverdale,” originally scheduled for Sunday, March 6, has been postponed until March 20. The change was made to accommodate the network’s broadcast (with TBS) of the Critics Choice Awards, bumped from January 9 to March 13 due to the Omicron surge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock renewed YA drama “One of Us Is Lying” for a second season.“The fandom behind the series is incredibly passionate and we can’t wait to deliver more twists and turns that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats,” said Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
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It’s the last gasp for “The Last Man,” canceled by FX on Hulu in October. While a search for new distribution had been underway, “Sadly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen,” tweeted showrunner/executive producer Eliza Clark. “It is always incredibly difficult to move a show, and in recent years, it has only gotten harder.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tim Allen (“Last Man Standing”) will reprise his role of Santa proxy Scott Calvin from “The Santa Clause” movie franchise in a limited series for Disney+. Jack Burditt (“30 Rock”) is the executive producer and showrunner; Kevin Hench (“Last Man Standing”), Richard Baker and Rick Messina will also serve as executive producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The team from “Justified” is reuniting for the FX limited series “Justified: City Primeval.” Timothy Olyphant will reprise his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in a new story inspired by City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit, by Elmore Leonard. Dave Andron and Michael Dinner are showrunners, writers and executive producers, with Dinner directing. Olyphant is also executive producer. Graham Yost, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are executive producers, alongside Peter Leonard, Taylor Elmore and Chris Provenzano. The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has ordered a docuseries following men’s and women’s tennis players during four Grand Slam tennis tournaments. The series comes from Box to Box Films (“Formula 1: Drive to Survive”), which is also producing a project featuring the PGA golf tour for Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Mark O’Brien (“Blue Bayou”) will recur on season two of HBO’s “Perry Mason.”…Storm Reid (“Euphoria”) is guest starring on HBO’s “The Last of Us.”
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“South Park” will kick off its 25th season on Wednesday, February 2 with six episodes. New episodes will follow weekly on Comedy Central. “To be halfway done with “South Park” is a great accomplishment – we can’t lie,” said co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The animated comedy has been renewed through 2027, and will also air 14 original movies on Paramount+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ has set Wednesday, February 23 as the premiere date for “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” the revival of Disney Channel’s, “The Proud Family.” The series will pick up the story Penny Proud and her madcap family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix standup comedy series “Unprotected Sets” returns for season three on Friday, February 4 at 12:35a, while new series “From,” unraveling the mystery of a nightmarish town that traps all who enter, makes its debut Sunday, February 20 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is raising prices in the US from $14.00/month to $15.50 for its standard plan. The price of the 4K plan will rise from $18 to $20, and the basic plan will go from $9 to $10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Podcasts reached an estimated 120 million US listeners in 2021, an audience projected to surpass 160 million in 2023, according to an analysis by SMI. Since 2019, US podcast ad spend has grown 142% and in the last year alone it’s grown 80%. Also of note: Host-read podcast placements grew 630% since 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Friends and celebrities will pay tribute to Betty White in “Celebrating Betty White: America’s Golden Girl,” airing Monday January 31 at 10p on NBC. White died December 31 at age 99.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ hosted an Earth Day panel at the TCA Winter Press Tour, where it announced three new movies and specials launching on Earth Day, April 22. “Polar Bear” is a new wildlife movie from Disneynature; “Explorer: The Last Tepui” is a new installment of National Geographic’s “Explorer” series; and “The Biggest Little Farm: The Return,” updates the 2018 documentary on the making of Apricot Lane Farms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Film producers George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy will be honored with the 2022 Milestone Award at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards. The ceremony, originally scheduled for February 26, was postponed until March 19 over Covid concerns.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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JAIME LYNN SPEARS FELT REALLY SAD WHEN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE DROPPED “CRY ME A RIVER”

January 17, 2022

JAIME LYNN SPEARS FELT REALLY SAD WHEN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE DROPPED “CRY ME A RIVER”
https://toofab.com/2022/01/17/jamie-lynn-spears-britney-justin-timberlake/