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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/26/20)
E!: Keeping Up With The Kardashians (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE: Mysteries of The Abandoned (Premiere) at 9pm
TRU TV: Tacoma FD (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: A Million Little Things (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: Outmatched (Finale) at 8:30pm
FOX: Deputy (Finale) at 9pm
USA: The Sinner (Finale) at 10pm

CBS’s The Late Show returns with original episodes on Monday, March 30. “I’m staying home and so is everybody who works for me, but thanks to some amazing work by my staff and the CBS Broadcasting folks, we will be back on Monday with new Late Shows,” shared Stephen Colbert on Twitter.
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Prominent virologist Dr. Ian Lipkin revealed he tested positive for the coronavirus. Dr. Lipkin, the medical advisor on pandemic movie Contagion and a frequent TV guest, revealed on Fox Business Network that he has the disease – and, “it’s miserable.”
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An episode of NBC’s New Amsterdam the centered on a deadly flu epidemic, scheduled to air April 7, has been pulled. “The world needs a lot less fiction now, and a lot more facts,” the medical drama’s creator and showrunner, David Schulner, told Deadline.
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The Tony Awards, scheduled to air Sunday, June 7 on CBS, have been postponed due to COVID-19. CBS, the Broadway League and the American Theater Wing will announce a new date “once Broadway opens up again.”
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Comcast is helping fill the time for sudden stay-at-homes, by making the on demand catalogs from Showtime, Epix, CuriosityStream, History Vault, Grokker Yoga Fitness & Wellbeing, The Reading Corner and DogTV available for its Xfinity X1 and Flex customers. “This is an unprecedented time and we want to be there for our customers to help make the time they’re spending at home easier with free previews from our network, studio and streaming partners,” said Rebecca Heap, SVP of Video & Entertainment at Comcast.
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Netflix gave a series order to Angry Birds: Summer Madness, based on the characters in the Rovio Entertainment video game series that also hatched two films. “Angry Birds are about to smash the small screen and we are thrilled to be making the journey with Netflix as our global partner,” said Ed Galton, CCO & Managing Director, Cake.
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New Discovery series Legends of the Wild makes its debut Wednesday, April 1 at 10p. Wilderness experts use their skills to document, discover and solve mysteries of the natural world.
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Verizon is launching Pay it Forward Live, a weekly 30-minute entertainment series to support small businesses through the COVID-19 crisis. Verizon will donate $2.5 million to Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and as consumers engage in the events, will unlock an additional $2.5 million in funds, for a potential $5 million total. Dave Matthews kicks off the series tonight at 8p on Twitter @Verizon and Yahoo Entertainment.
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Crime drama Hightown drops on Starz on Sunday, May 17 in the US and Canada, and on streaming service Starzplay across Europe and Latin America. Series set in Cape Cod follows a woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with a murder investigation.
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REVOLT TV unveiled details about its new digital content initiatives, including new episodes of Maconomics, with financial guru and artist Ro$$ Mac weighing in on how the coronavirus is impacting personal finances; new episodes of Kaz + Effect exploring the virus’ disruption of the sports world; and new web series that No Sleeping in the Trophy Room, chatting with Hip Hop entrepreneurs about the pandemic’s effect on small businesses, and The Valentino Vlog featuring Guapdad 4000, both premiering this week on REVOLT platforms. On social media, REVOLT is offering a new weekly interactive broadcast on Instagram Live featuring Ivy Rivera and Low Key weighing in on the latest releases in Hip Hop and R&B.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of For Love or Likes debuts on Outdoor Channel on Thursday, April 2 at 7p, followed on Saturday, April 4 by the season three launch of The Hunt for Monster Bass at 4:30p.
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Late Late Show host James Corden will host Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special, on Monday, March 30 at 10p. Guests Will Ferrell, David Blaine, Dua Lipa, BTS, Billie Eilish with Finneas and John Legend will appear from their homes, encouraging the audience to follow guidelines from the CDC about COVID-19 control.
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Another Brit, Elton John, will host Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America, a music event aimed at offering entertainment and support during the COVID-19 crisis. Performers will include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes. Concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot, Sunday, March 29 at 9p of Fox, as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.
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Twenty years after ABC’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire debuted on prime time in the US, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will oversee a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for the charity of their choice. The anniversary event kicks off Wednesday, April 8 at 10p, with Eric Stonestreet playing for Building Hope for Autism and Will Forte playing for The Pangea Network. For the first time in US franchise, celebrities can invite a guest to help them answer questions.
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Usage levels for HBO Now since Saturday, March 14 has been the highest on the platform since summer, reported WarnerMedia, with time spent up over 40% from its four-week average. “While we’ve seen expected gains for Westworld as it launched its new season (currently our #1 series on the platform) and other recent HBO Original Series, Euphoria’s audience has also doubled over its 4-week average, with Big Little Lies, Chernobyl, Game of Thrones, and His Dark Materials all delivering gains in excess of 50%,” wrote Cheryl Idell, Chief Research Officer, WarnerMedia Entertainment & Direct -to-Consumer, in a blog post. Ebola: The Doctor’s Story had viewing over seven times greater than recent weeks.
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The 2020 SXSW Film Festival was canceled, but streaming event Support the Shorts is offering select short films from the festival for free on the Mailchimp Presents platform. Over 70 shorts, including the four festival winners, are available. “We have been heartened by the outpouring of sympathy and support for our filmmakers from so many corners since the cancellation of SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film for SXSW. “Our inboxes blew up with some variation of ‘I’m so sorry, what can we do to help?’ In the face of this unprecedented crisis, it was exciting for SXSW to be able to pass on this lucrative opportunity for all the official short film selections for SXSW 2020.”
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Some Netflix subscribers in the US and Europe were unable to use the service for about an hour on Wednesday. Issues included no connection, and video streaming issues. Netflix said later in the day the problem had been fixed.
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Apple has sourced and is donating 10 million face masks to the medical community in the US, and millions more to the hardest-hit regions in Europe. “These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all the work they’re doing on the front lines,” said CEO Tim Cook in a video on Twitter.
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Instagram introduced a new feature, Co-Watching, that lets users browse posts with friends, and view saved, liked and suggested content by tapping a photo icon in an ongoing chat. The feature, aimed at helping people socialize safely during the health crisis, will be available globally “over the coming weeks,” said Instagram.
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Broadcast news ratings are soaring during the COVID-19 pandemic. The week of March 16, ABC’s World News Tonight rose 38% in viewers from its season average, NBC’s Nightly News was up 47% and CBS Evening News was 31% higher than its average, according to Nielsen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cable news viewing rose 73% the week of March 16 versus year-ago, according to Comscore. The nets were up 39.8% versus one month ago, and 7.8% from the week prior.
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The season finale of NBC’s This Is Us delivered a 1.7 rating among A18-49 and 6.92 million viewers, its best rating since October and most-watched episode since the season four premiere.
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Pioneering chef and Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz died of complications of coronavirus on March 25, a week after checking into a hospital with a fever. He was 59. “He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch,” said Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. “This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Voice actor William Dufris died after a battle with cancer. He was 62. Dufris’ roles included the title character in the US version of children’s series Bob the Builder.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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