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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/9/20)
MTV: Families of the Mafia (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: The Circle France (Premiere)
OXYGEN: Mark of a Killer (Premiere) at 9pm
TNT: Shaq Life (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Vegas Chef Prizefight (Finale) at 10pm
ID: My Murder Story (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: Save My Skin (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (Finale) at 9pm

The day after Tom Ascheim informed employees he was leaving as President of Freeform, Warner Bros. announced Ascheim’s appointment as President of Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. Ascheim will be responsible for global strategy for Adult Swim, Boomerang and Cartoon Network, managing Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. animation studios and overseeing Turner Classic Movies. “He is an excellent executive and collaborative leader with an impressive track record and deep experience in the kids and young adult worlds,” said Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff, to whom he will report. “I had the benefit of seeing Tom’s skills firsthand when we were at Nickelodeon and really look forward to working with him again.” Ascheim assumes his Warner Bros. responsibilities this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Advertising, media and marketing companies are integrating new “roof” iconography into their logos and will promote PSAs that focus on social distancing, as part of a new #StayHome.Save Lives movement. “I have never before seen the level of generosity, talent and commitment from across our industry as I have since the onset of COVID-19,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “By uniting all our voices and platforms in an industrywide movement to amplify one message with one icon, we will inspire nationwide behavior change that will slow this pandemic.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime greenlit a new Married at First Sight spin-off. Self-shot Married at First Sight: Couples’ Cam, from Kinetic Content, will follow the drama and domestic lives of couples from the reality show’s ten seasons in real time. “Lifetime viewers fell in love with these couples when they were on MAFS and in the unprecedented time facing the world, Married at First Sight: Couples Cam now allows us to continue to provide intimate access to these couples as their relationships have continued to grow, even after their seasons ended,” said Gena McCarthy, EVP, Unscripted Development and Programming, Lifetime and Head of Programming, FYI.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix ordered six-part Helter Skelter, exploring the story of cult leader Charles Manson and his murderous followers. Docu-series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for Berlanti Productions and Eli Frankel for Rogue Atlas Productions. Warner Horizon Unscripted Television serves as the studio. Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth) will direct as well serve as executive producer on the project, slated to debut June 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A reboot of Doogie Howser, M.D. is in development at Disney+ – this time set in Hawaii, with a 16-year-old female lead character in the role played by Neil Patrick Harris. Executive producer Kourtney Kang (How I Met Your Mother) is working with 20th Century Fox TV, which produced the 1989-1993 original.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix comedy Space Force launches Friday, May 29. Co-creator Steve Carell stars as a four-star general with dreams of running the Air Force, who is assigned to lead the newly-formed Space Force instead. Lisa Kudrow recurs as his wife.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix and Instagram are teaming for Wanna Talk About It?, launching today, April 9 on Instagram at 4p. The weekly live series features Netflix stars talking about taking care of yourself during a health crisis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV star Jasmine Roth is headlining four-part digital series, New Addition: Jasmine Roth, on the net’s digital platforms, sharing her pregnancy journey. New episodes launch each Wednesday. Fast forward to Wednesday, July 1, at 9p, and new HGTV series, Help! I Wrecked My House, showcases Jasmine and her team as they help overzealous homeowners fix their do-it-yourself disasters. In more HGTV news, fans chose competition series Rock the Block for the network’s first-ever “Fan Favorite Friday” marathon this Friday, April 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox’s The Masked Singer will have an aftershow starting Wednesday, April 22. The Masked Singer: After the Mask will be hosted by Nick Cannon on a “virtual stage,” and feature celebrity guests discussing that night’s highlights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime thriller Homecoming is back for season two on Friday, May 22. Joining the cast for its sophomore run are Janelle Monae, Chris Cooper and Joan Cusack.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A special five-part edition of The Pioneer Woman: Staying Homlaunches Saturday, April 11 at 10a, as Ree Drummond shares easy-to-make recipes and comforting dishes using pantry staples and commonly stocked ingredients. “We are creating ways for Food Network to continue to be the destination that viewers can rely on with our fresh new content, turning family members into camera crews, and using technology we all have in our pockets,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network. “Ree Drummond and her family are giving viewers a look at what quarantine life is like on the ranch, and what recipes she has been making for her family.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sundance Now acquired US rights to eight-part Bad Mothers from international distributor Red Arrow Studios International. Produced by Jungle Entertainment in association with Filthy Productions, the drama explores the underbelly of modern motherhood.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC pays tribute to legendary producer Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Pretty Woman) in a special airing Tuesday, May 12 at 8p. Among the stars sharing memories are Julie Andrews, Jennifer Garner, Richard Gere, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Ron Howard, Jimmy Kimmel, Ashton Kutcher, Chris Pine, Julia Roberts, John Stamos and Henry Winkler. Marshall died in 2016 at age 81.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET special, Saving Ourselves: A BET Covid-19 Relief Effort will air April 22 at 8p, hosted by Kelly Rowland, Terrence J and Regina Hall. BET is teaming with the NAACP, United Way Worldwide, and leaders in the African American creative, civil rights and business communities to provide financial, educational and community support to Black communities, which have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv plays host for the cable premiere of the Stellar Music Awards: Music of Hope Special on Easter Sunday at 9a. The event airs again at 11a and 11p on Aspire TV, and on Bounce TV on May 24 at 12p. Hosted by Kirk Franklin, the special will feature songs of inspiration from previous Stellar Awards classic performances.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV is partnering with Farm Aid to broadcast and stream At Home with Farm Aid on Saturday, April 11 at 8p. The live, one-hour performance to raise funds for famers impacted by the pandemic will feature Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.
(Source: Cynopsis)

When Netflix’s Tiger King dropped on March 20, it achieved an average minute audience of 280,000 P2+ US viewers, reaching 741,000 consumers, according to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings. But boosted by shelter-in-place orders and social buzz, daily average minute audiences jumped to over 1 million US P2+ by day three, 2 million by day 7, and 4 million by day 9, for a 10-day Average Audience Projection of just under 19 million people P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tiger who? The season three premiere of Netflix’s global series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) was the number one most in-demand series in the world, according to Parrot Analytics. From April 3 -5, the Spanish series was 31.75 times more in demand than the average series globally.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crackle Original basketball docuseries On Point has driven over 12 million views since its February 13 launch, noted Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. The 10-part docu-series offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of prep and Amateur Athletic Union basketball.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hello, Dolly!The Little Engine That Could,” the first episode of Goodnight With Dolly, Dolly Parton’s series of bedtime stories for children, garnered nearly 6 million views across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and The Imagination Library’s own website.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producers are banding together for “It Takes Our Village,” an industry initiative to raise funds to support film and TV crews during the coronavirus pandemic. Donations raised via GoFundMe will be distributed to the Motion Picture & Television Fund and The Actors Fund.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AT&T’s Xandr is donating $200,000 to Save the Children, Feeding America, the World Health Organization and the International Rescue Committee to help battle the coronavirus. The company is also using its platform for PSAs, and working with AT&T and WarnerMedia to create virtual volunteerism opportunities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Verizon Media developers have built an open-source search engine to help medical professionals and researchers mine COVID-19 data. The company used its technology, Vespa, to index more than 44,000 COVID-19-related articles by keyword. The dataset is known as CORD-19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube Originals is making a portion of its library of programming, previously only available in their entirety to YouTube Premium subscribers, free to watch. “As people cope with a more limited way of life, we remain committed to lifting peoples’ spirits during these challenging times,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. “With a diverse collection of fan favorite YouTube Originals now available to stream for free, we are continuing to promote safety while offering our users of all ages entertainment across the globe.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division has entered into a worldwide partnership with Fred Rogers Productions for its animated children’s television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. New music from the show will soon be released under the deal while existing songs will be made immediately available across a broader set of digital services.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WarnerMedia will air the half-hour special, Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate simultaneously across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on Tuesday, April 14 at 7p. The special will also air on PBS KIDS at the same time, and will later air internationally in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The special aims to help families feel connected in a time of uncertainty.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 and the season finale of ABC’s The Good Doctor were seen by 40% more viewers last week than the one month period before COVID-19 kept people home, according to Nielsen. CBS’ FBI: Most Wanted and Fox’s The Masked Singer were up 30%. Fox’s The Resident ended its season on Tuesday up 10%, for a season high.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Katz Networks’ brands have all seen a significant boost in viewership in the last few weeks. Among the highlights are daytime increases since March 16: Bounce jumped 21%, to 152,000; Grit rose 31%, to 234,000; Laff jumped 38%, to 131,000; and Court TV Mystery rose 36%, to 95,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Television producer Thomas L. Miller died April 5 of complications from heart disease. He was 79. Miller was known for such TGIF hits as Family Matters, Full House, Perfect Strangers and Step by Step, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 


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