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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 11/20/19)
SPECTRUM: Mad About You (Premiere)
FXX: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Finale) at 10pm
TRAVEL: Mountain Monsters (Finale) at 10pm
UP TV: Heartland (Finale) at 10pm

The Vikings saga will live on… on Netflix. The streamer has greenlit Vikings: Valhalla, a sequel to History’s Vikings. The new series will be set 100 years after the conclusion of the original show, which is set to debut its sixth and final season on December 4. Valhalla will be executive produced by Vikings creator Michael Hirst; Jeb Stuart will serve as writer and showrunner.
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Ahead of the Democratic presidential primary debate airing on MSNBC, candidates Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren signed a letter, organized by leading national women’s organization UltraViolet, urging Tom Perez and the DNC to demand that Comcast/NBCUniversal outline concrete steps to address the culture that exists in newsrooms and corporate culture.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of Friends’ 25th anniversary celebration, Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with the Prop Store for Giving Tuesday. Props, costumes and production materials from Friends will go up for auction for the first time, with proceeds going to The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Joey’s original Hugsy doll will be up for grabs, as well studio-edition reproductions of the Holiday Armadillo costume, Central Perk couch and ten copies of Monica’s peephole door frame.
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Netflix is headed towards all original programming – eventually. That’s what Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, told attendees at the Paley Center for Media’s International Council Summit in New York. “There is a lot of viewing that comes from licensed content from other people, because there is a lot of it. And for a while, it was all we had,” said Sarandos. As for original programming? “I think one way or the other, we end up there,” noted Sarandos.
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With the 2020 election around the corner, MTV is launching the “+1theVote Campaign.” The year-long initiative will target first-time voters to help make voting a part of their identity and an experience to be shared with friends. The initiative sets its sights on the 60% of eligible voters who have never been invited to register. It will also be the first national effort to open new polling sites on college campuses and in local communities.
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Female and minority TV directors reached a milestone this year, directing half of all episodic TV shows for the first time. According to the Directors Guild’s latest diversity report, that’s up from 2018’s record high of 42.5% and up from just 21% five years ago. “Inclusion has been a priority of our guild for a very long time as we’ve pushed the studios, networks and producers to do better in their hiring,” said DGA President, Thomas Schlamme. “While change had been glacial in past years, we’re pleased and incredibly encourage to see the recent commitment undertaken by the industry.” The percentage of episodes directed by women grew to a record 31%, while those directed by people of color rose to new high of 27%.
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Showtime renewed Daisy Haggard’s Back to Life. The series’ second season will be a co-production with BBC Three. The comedy series, created and written by Haggard and Laura Solon, follows Miri Matteson (Haggard), who returns home after 18 years behind bars and stumbles back into adult life in the coast town she once knew, while the mystery of her past looms. Show wraps its first season on Sunday, November 24 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon ordered a second season of Blue Clues & You! Series was the number one preschool show when it premiered on November 11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart will headline Netflix documentary series Don’t F**k This Up ,which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the stand-up comedian and actor’s life. Series will launch globally on Friday, December 27.
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On the heels of Lifetime’s Fall Ripped from the Headlines slate , which reached 16.4 million total viewers, the net ordered three new original movies for its Winter 2020 slate of five movies centered on true-life events. Poisoned Love: The Stacey Castor Story, starring Nia Vardalos, follows the tale of a woman whose black widow tendencies are revealed with her murder plots to take down her ex-husbands and daughter; psychological thriller The Neighbor in the Window (wt), starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jenn Lyon, explores the story of a suburban wife who finds herself and the security of her family threatened by another seemingly friendly neighborhood mom; and You Can’t Take My Daughter, about a young woman who fought to keep her rapist from gaining custody of her daughter, stars Lyndsy Fonseca and Kirstie Alley.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox is developing Every Other Weekend , a half-hour comedy from Adrienne Carter (everybody Hates Chris), Will Packer Media and Fox Entertainment’s Sidecar Content Accelerator, reports Deadline. Carter is writing the series about four single mothers who try to reclaim their fun sexy selves two weekends a month, after discovering their custody weekends are in sync.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS greenlit an adaptation of British comedy Ghosts with New Girl’s co-executive producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman. It’s the first project announced after a deal struck between Lionsgate and BBC Studios. Comedy centers on a young couple whose dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to discover it’s falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC bought Private Dickersons, a couples comedy from writer David Young (Carpool Karaoke); Late Late Show with James Corden and Carpool Karaoke producer Fulwell 73; and CBS Television Studios. Project focuses on a bored couple who spends every night watching true-crime shows like Dateline NBC and 48 Hours and decides to spice things up by taking matters into their own hands and trying to solve local unsolved crimes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some 40 superstar acts will compete on the second season of America’s Got Talent: The Champions , bowing Monday, January 6 at 8p on NBC. Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Heide Klum and Howie Mandel will judge the competition series, with Terry crews returning as host.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s Project Blue Book returns on Tuesday, January 21 at 10p. In its sophomore season the drama series explores real-life cases Roswell and Area 51.
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Lights, more lights, action! Season 7 of The Great Christmas Light Fight debuts on Monday, December 2 at 8p on ABC. Lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and interior designer Taniya Nayak return as celebrity judges.
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Homicide detective Fil Waters recounts his six most famous cases in The Interrogator. New series debuts on Thursday, December 5 at 10p on ID.
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Science Channel is ringing in the new year with a bang. The Explosion Show bows Wednesday, January 1 at 10p. MythBuster’s Tory Belleci and Nitro Circus daredevil and stuntman “Streetbike” Tommy Passemante host the series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E Network released its programming lineup heading into 2020. A two-hour special commemorating the 15th anniversary The First 48, on Wednesday, January 1 at 8p, launches a new season of the homicide investigation series. Immediately following, Alaska PD debuts at 10p, bringing viewers to America’s Last Frontier, where the line between civilization and lawlessness can be razor thin. On Thursday, January 2 at 10p, 60 Days In returns, as more participants struggle to survive the intense program.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pasiones announced the premiere of popular Brazilian novela , Sombras del Ayer, on its Latin America feed on Monday, November 25. Times vary by country.
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Nickelodeon will debut original television event The SpongeBob Musical: Live on Stage! on Saturday, December 7 at 7p, across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons. Joining the cast is veteran SpongeBob SquarePants voice actor Tom Kenny as Patchy the Pirate, performing the Sara Bareilles song Poor Pirates.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci joined Showtime pilot Yellowjackets as series regulars … Anna Chancellor, James Fleet, Ingrid Oliver, Ruth Madeley, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Bianca Simone Mannie have boarded the cast of BBC America original series, The Watch… Denee Benton (Hamilton), Louisa Jacobson (Gone Hollywood), Taissa Farmiga (The Twilight Zone), Blake Ritson (Krypton) and Simon Jones (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) will co-star in HBO drama series, The Gilded Age, reports Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

James Holzhauer returned to action on Jeopardy (new season high 6.7 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 10% from the week before) for the Tournament of Champions in the session ending November 10, but it was not enough to unseat Judge Judy (new season high 7.1 up 6%). “Hot Bench (new season high 2.2, up 10%) ranked as the third highest show in daytime behind Judy Judge and Dr. Phil (2.6, steady), which led talk shows for the 166th week in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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