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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 11/13/19)
UMC: Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy (Premiere)
FX: American Horror Story: 1984 (Finale) at 10pm
FXX: Cake (Finale) at 10:30pm
PBS: Life From Above (Finale) at 10pm

Game on: Richard Plepler is launching a production company to be based at Apple . The former HBO chief, who exited the premium net in February after nearly three decades, was wooed by Apple TV+ heads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to deliver series akin to the dynasty he leaves at HBO, which includes Game of Thrones.
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Disney+ yesterday experienced a bumpy takeoff of technical issues that included customers being unable to log in to the digital service, use select streaming devices or access specific content—and wait times of more than an hour for some who tried to reach customer service. Nevertheless, Wall Street is keen on the concept, and Disney stock closed up 1.35 percent.
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Media mogul Byron Allen’s racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast Corp. heads to the Supreme Court today (November 13). Allen filed a $20 billion lawsuit in February 2015, arguing that Comcast discriminated against his company Entertainment Studios by refusing to carry its seven lifestyle cable channels. Comcast has maintained the move was purely a business decision.
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CBS scored rights to air Champions League soccer beginning in 2021, with a package including more than 400 matches a year. All matches will stream live on CBS All Access; select games will air on the CBS broadcast network.
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Golden boy: Ricky Gervais will once again take the stage as host of the Golden Globes for the awards’ 77th incarnation on January 5, 2020. “Once again, they’ve made me an offer I can’t refuse,” Gervais said of the host job. “But this is the very last time I’m doing this, which could make for a fun evening.”
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Robert De Niro will receive the SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute, the SAG Life Achievement Award, for career achievements and humanitarian accomplishments. He’ll be feted at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 19 at 8p.
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The WGA West is seeking member input on which issues to prioritize at the guild’s upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract. A survey sent yesterday to guild members, asks them to select four areas of primary importance among a list of issue that includes: Addressing TV mini-rooms, establishing minimums for comedy-variety series on streaming services, improving compensation for staff writers, and improving TV weekly minimums.
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BET Networks announced a season 2 pickup for drama Games People Play. First season followed a desperate basketball wife trying to protect her family, a tenacious journalist struggling to rebuild a tarnished career and a scandalous groupie looking to become a star—who all find it is murder trying to stay on top.
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Nicole Richie is bringing her Nikki Fre$h rapper alter ego to short-form service Quibi. Richie and Jax Media are developing comedy series Nikki Fre$h, which will deliver socially conscious and educational rhymes. As well as starring, Richie will exec-produce with Michael Baum and Carrie Franklin. Joel & Benji Madden’s MDDN will oversee music.
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HBO Max is developing Point Fear , a series based on Scholastic’s Point Horror book series by R.L Stine. Based at Picturestart and Lionsgate Television, project is an anthology series that reveals the horrors of being a teenager. Each ep will be inspired by one of the books in the series.
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A new season of Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy bows today (November 13) on AMC Networks’ UMC streaming service. Series follows four married couples who undergo an unconventional form of therapy that requires them to swap spouses with each other, all with the hopes of reviving their failing relationships.
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In a deal with All3Media, Ovation acquired nonexclusive US broadcast rights for seasons 7-11 of Midsomer Murders, which bows Thursday, November 14, and seasons 7 and 8 of Travel Man and two seasons of Gordon’s Great Escapes, which both will bow in 2020.
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Discovery Channel’s on-demand platform CuriosityStream will launch Hi$tory, described as “an irreverent romp behind some of the greatest myths of American history,” on Monday, November 18. Four-part series is hosted by Peter Sagal (NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!) and spotlights four defining chapters in American history via the lens of money: Watergate, the Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad and the Cold War.
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DC Universe dropped a trailer for original series Harley Quinn, which bows on the digital subscription service Friday, November 29. Quinn has finally broken off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in the adult animated action-comedy.
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IFC will debut Toast of London , one of British comedian Matt Berry’s first series, Wednesday, December 4 at midnight with two eps airing back-to-back weekly. Series is part of the lead-up to new Berry-starring IFC original Year of the Rabbit.
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New Acorn TV premieres include seasons 1-3 of UK dramedy Mount Pleasant this month, followed by the season 4 debut December 2. Then, season 4 of The Heart Guy (December 9), season 3 of Slings & Arrows (December 16), Italian saga From Father to Daughter (December 23) and a new season of Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries (December 25).
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Corus Entertainment net Global will debut original medical drama Nurses on Monday, January 6 at 8p. From eOne and ICF Films, coming-of-age series follows five young nurses working on the frontlines of a busy downtown Toronto hospital.
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Season 3 of Ellen’s Game of Games will premiere on NBC on Tuesday, January 7 with back-to-back eps starting at 8p.
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Paramount Network dropped a trailer for season 13 of Ink Master: Turf War, which debuts Tuesday, January 7 at 10p. This season, contestants from the East, West, South and Midwest will represent their “turf”; host Dave Navarro and tattoo artists Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck return to the judges table.
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Second season of WGN America’s comedic procedural series Carter will premiere Monday, January 20 at 10p. Jerry O’Connell. Sydney Poitier Heartsong and Kristian Bruun will all return for season 2; Andy Berman (Psych, Rosewood) joins as the showrunner and exec producer and series creator Garry Campbell returns as an exec producer and writer.
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Aidy Bryant is back in the second season of Shrill , debuting on Hulu on Friday, January 24. New eight-ep season begins with Bryant’s newly empowered Annie on a high after having just quit her job and locked in boyfriend Ryan. But she quickly realizes it’s not so easy to get what she always imagined she wanted in life.
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Will Ferrell will return to Studio 8H for his fifth appearance as host of Saturday Night Live, airing November 23 on NBC. Ferrell was a member of the SNL cast from 1995-2002. King Princess will be musical guest.
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The 2019 edition of NBC’s annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center will air Wednesday, December 4 at 8p. Special includes performances by Chicago, Brett Eldredge, Derek & Julianne Hough, John Legend, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, NE-YO, Gwen Stefani and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox is gifting viewers of The Masked Singer with two consecutive nights of a holiday-themed event of its December 18 season finale. The singing competition will air Tuesday, December 10 with six of the remaining masked contestants competing, and then on the following night a second ep will “unwrap” not one, but two masked celebrity singers.
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T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) joins as a series regular in HBO Max’s thriller series The Flight Attendant Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) and Gabriel Chavarria (The Purge) are set as leads in Netflix’s upcoming Selena: The Series. Also newly cast are include Noemi Gonzalez (The Young and the Restless), Seidy Lopez (Training Day) and newcomer Madison Taylor Baez. Christian Serratos was previously announced to play Selena Quintanilla.
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The 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards, which aired Sunday, November 10 , reached more than 4.3 million Total Viewers and 1.7 million A18-49 across NBCU cable nets including E!, Bravo, Syfy and USA Network. On E!, telecast was up 41 percent vs. the previous year and averaged 821,000 Total Viewers and 337,000 A18-49, up 12 percent. The growth among total viewers marks the biggest entertainment awards show gain of the year across all of television.
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Hallmark Channel’s most recent “Countdown to Christmas” original movie premieres, Picture a Perfect Christmas and The Mistletoe Secret, were top performers over the weekend, averaging a 3.0 HH rating, 3.0 million Total Viewers, and 514,000 W25-54.
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In syndication, Dr Phil (2.6 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 4 percent from the week before) hit a new season high for a second straight week in the session ended November 3 despite preemptions in California markets for the fires, which left millions without power. Other talkers moving up included Live with Kelly & Ryan (2.1, up 5 percent), which jumped a hefty 32 percent for its annual Halloween show and matched its season high, and third place Ellen DeGeneres (new season high 2.0, up 11 percent). Top-rated Judge Judy (seven-week high 6.7, up 5%) widened its lead over the field as it blew away all syndicated shows for the 14th consecutive week.
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The most improved magazines were the recently renewed Extra (1.0, up 25 percent), which made up a ton of ground despite preemptions for the final two games of the World Series and Thursday Night football, and Daily Mail TV (0.9, up 13 percent), which equaled its highest rating of the season. Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition (both 2.8, steady) continued to lead the category.
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Week one of a five week tryout that began November 4 for magazine wannabe Central Ave (0.8/2 weighted metered market average) dropped 27 percent from both its lead-ins and year-ago time periods. Among newcomers, leaders The Kelly Clarkson Show (1.4, steady) and Tamron Hall (1.0 steady) both continued add viewers. Among the freshman gavelers, Jerry Springer’s Judge Jerry (0.9, steady) was the high court by far. Personal Injury Court (0.5, unchanged) and Protection Court (0.3, unchanged) followed.
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