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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/13/20)
ID: Man With a Van (Premiere) at 9pm
OXYGEN: Killer Couples (Premiere) at 8pm
OXYGEN: In Ice Cold Blood (Premiere) at 9pm
PARAMOUNT NETWORK: Wife Swap (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: Alaska PD (Finale) at 9pm

Entertainment Studios has closed on the acquisition of 11 broadcast television stations for $305 million – and it looks like they’re just getting warmed up. “Over the past six months we’ve invested nearly $500 million to acquire best-in-class, top-tier broadcast network affiliates,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group. “We plan to invest approximately ten billion dollars to acquire ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox television stations over the next three years with the goal of being one of the largest broadcast television groups in America.” The most recent acquisition of 11 stations, serving nine US markets, was from USA Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix renewed Godfather of Harlem, starring Forest Whitaker, for a 10-episode second season. Drama from ABC Signature Studios tells a story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon parent ViacomCBS released a study that found that 72% of kids globally play a role in household decisions, with 60% of parents saying that when watching TV together, their child usually decides what to watch. In “Are We There Yet?: Today’s Parents, Tomorrow’s Kids,” 58% of parents surveyed said they use TV or screen time to reward good behavior from their children, and 84% said watching TV together is good for family bonding.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s not just about funny cat videos – a study from Whistle Wise found that millennial and Gen Z audiences actively seek out inspirational content online, too. Six percent of inspiration seekers find their desired content on YouTube, which is 181% more than Amazon Prime Video, 95% more than cable TV, and 19% more than Netflix, according to the “Capturing More Than Just Their Impressions” report.
(Source: Cynopsis)

News wire Reuters has launched a fact checking unit aimed at flagging misinformation on social media, in partnership with Facebook’s Third Party Fact-Checking Program. The unit will verify content posted on Facebook and Instagram and identify media that is false or misleading. “It’s a growing issue that impacts society daily and it’s a responsibility for news organizations and platforms to halt the spread of false news,” said Jess April, Director of Global Partnerships, Reuters. “Reuters has a superior track record in sourcing, verifying and clearing user-generated content for distribution to thousands of clients globally and we are best placed in using our in-house expertise to fact check social media content.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In related news, Twitter is teaming with the US Census Bureau to reduce the spread of misinformation around the 2020 population count, with the launch of a new tool. When someone searches for certain keywords associated with the Census, a prompt will direct them to the official Census site, where they’ll get accurate info. It’s not Twitter’s first Census dance – the social networking service also partnered with the bureau in November to host training at TwitterDC that educated civil society partners about the platform’s civic integrity policies and best practice content tactics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Winners of the 2020 Kidscreen Awards were announced in Miami, with shows from Netflix, Amazon, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop and more taking home trophies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peach Maria Productions is producing GameMaster, a new esports reality show hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) featuring 12 amateur contestants living in the same house as they compete for a $100,000 prize. Nine-parter is expected to debut on a streaming service (TBD) in spring 2020.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stephanie Allain, co-producer of the 2020 Academy Awards, inked a multi-year first-look deal at Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Allain will develop new scripted programming for cable and broadcast networks and streaming services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix nabbed a docu-series about young tennis star Naomi Osaka from Uninterrupted and Film 45. “It won’t look like a traditional sports documentary, and I’m so excited to share it with everyone,” said Osaka of the so-far-untitled series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series Three Busy Debras and Beef House debut on Adult Swim on Sunday, March 29 at midnight and 12:15, respectively. Three Busy Debras follows three women named Debra in the affluent suburb of Lemoncurd, while Beef House centers on five men living under one roof.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series The Third Day makes its HBO debut on Monday, May 11, with six stand-alone, but interconnected episodes divided between “Summer” and “Winter.” Jude Law (The New Pope) stars in “Summer” as a man drawn to a mysterious island off the British Coast, while Naomi Harris (Moonlight) plays a strong-willed outsider who comes to the island in “Winter.” An immersive theater event will take place midway through the show’s run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s Little People, Big World returns on Tuesday, March 31 at 9p. For those who can’t get enough of the Roloffs, digital series Little People Big World: Inside the Episode will be available on the TLC GO app each Tuesday after the regular episode premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Some of the most shocking cases of espionage in the last 50 years are explored in Smithsonian Channel’s eight-episode Spy Wars with Damian Lewis, premiering Sunday, March 22 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kings of confection Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) and Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) face off again in season two of Food Network’s Buddy vs. Duff, starting Sunday, March 15 at 9p. Viewers needing a refresher on the rivalry can check out special Buddy vs. Duff: Road to Rematch at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 12 of The Real Housewives of New York City premieres on Bravo Thursday, April 2 at 9p. Dropping into the drama this go-round is an “edgy downtown girl [who] has the ladies clutching their pearls.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC set season premiere dates for three alternative series. Little Big Shots returns “in a completely reimagined season” on Sunday, March 1 at 8p, with a special preview on Monday, February 24 at 10p after the season debut of The Voice. The Wall is back Sunday, March 15 at 7p, with Chris Hardwick returning as host, and Songland starts season two on Monday, April 13 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pete Davidson’s (SNL) first stand-up comedy special for Netflix, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York, drops on the streamer on Tuesday, February 25.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CuriosityStream has teamed with Gedeon Programmes and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii for documentary Pompeii: Disaster Street, premiering Thursday, March 19. The film follows archaeologists over 10 months as they excavate the site of Vesuvius’s eruption, revealing evidence of daily life, works of art, mythical figures, and human remains buried for 2000 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery special #TeamPluto focuses on the controversy surrounding Pluto, once considered the ninth planet in the solar system, but reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. YouTube host Nick Uha joins astronomers, scientists and historians for the show, premiering at 11p on Tuesday, February 18, the 90th anniversary of Pluto’s discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ET is on location in London for Royal Revolution: Harry & Meghan On Their Own, a special episode of the newsmag airing Monday February 17 (check local listings). ET is also on the ground in Canada, to offer a look and the new life of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) landed the lead in upcoming Disney+ series The Mighty Ducks, based on the ‘90s movie franchise. Brady Noon (Good Boys) will play her son…Look for Dave Annable to guest on an episode of NBC’s This Is Us this season. Annable starred on Fox’s Red Band Society, where This Is Us’ Mandy Moore recurred as his character’s former fiancée…John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story) will co-star in upcoming ABC procedural thriller The Big Sky…John Corbett (Northern Exposure) joins Katey Sagal in ABC drama pilot Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday’s special live episode of ABC’s The Conners shot up over its last original telecast two weeks ago by 19% in total viewers (6.3 million vs. 5.3 million) to deliver its most-watched telecast this season. The episode, airing during the New Hampshire primary, beat its most-recent original by 22% in A18-49 (1.1/6 vs. 0.9/5).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The return of the XFL was a winner, with week one football games averaging over 3.1 million viewers across Fox, ABC and ESPN. Fox’s Tampa Bay/New York competition on Sunday was the weekend’s highest scorer, Nielsen-wise, delivering 3.4 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BROADWAY
Six is starting previews on Thursday February 13, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/six/

David Byrne’s American Utopia is closing on Sunday February 16, 2020.
https://ppc.broadway.com/shows/david-byrnes-american-utopia/


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