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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/22/20)
NBC, ABC, CBS: Jersey 4 Jersey Concert
LIFETIME: The Big Fat Wedding Walk (Premiere) at 11pm
NETFLIX: Absurd Planet (Premiere)
PBS: H2O: The Molecule That Made Us (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Ghost Nation (Premiere) at 8pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: True Terror with Robert Englund (Finale) at 10pm
TRU TV: It’s Personal with Amy Hoggart (Finale) at 10pm

WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max has a launch date: Wednesday, May 27. “Consumers will quickly see that HBO Max is set apart by a foundation of loved brands built over decades but stitched together with a distinctive voice and product experience,” said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer, HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Our team has meticulously selected a world class library catalogue and collaborated with top creators across all genres to offer a monthly cadence of original series and movies that we will program and promote for cultural impact.” Launch day premieres include Anna Kendrick comedy Love Life; underground ballroom series Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTube star LaurDIY; and kids series Looney Tunes and The Not Too Late Show with Elmo, among others, as well as Friends, South Park The Big Bang Theory and more.
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In addition to being free to consumers who currently subscribe to HBO through AT&T, HBO Max will also be free to “tens of millions” of other customers of AT&T’s wireless, internet and video services, via promotions that run from one to 12 months. “With AT&T as a key distribution partner, we expect HBO Max to achieve an impressive level of scale and reach at launch,” said Bob Greenblatt, CEO of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer.
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Magnolia Network, scheduled to launch October 4, is delaying its debut due to production shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Right now, it’s important that we all continue to look out for one another by upholding the guidelines set forth by the experts, leaders and front-line heroes working tirelessly to get us all through this difficult time,” said Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are partnering with Discovery Inc. for the joint venture. “With this as our top priority, we’ve decided to delay Magnolia Network’s launch until we can safely resume production.” Still, a slate of eight new unscripted shows was announced: Bespoke Kitchens; Andrew Zimmern-hosted Family Dinner; Restoration Road; The Fieldhouse; Super Dad, starring Taylor Calmus; Home Work; The Lost Kitchen; and Inn the Works, about a lodge in California. A sampling of the shows will be available during Magnolia Presents: A Look Back & A Look Ahead, a four-hour special on DIY airing Sunday, April 26 at 5p. Discovery, Inc. will rebrand DIY Network as part of Magnolia Network’s linear launch – DIY Network is distributed to 50 million homes across the country, but currently available to approximately 75 million households as part of Free Preview offerings from some of Discovery Inc.’s video affiliates.
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While Charter Communications has avoided furloughs and bucked the COVID-19-induced trend of industry pay cuts – giving wage increases instead – the company is facing criticism from employees for a policy that has thousands of workers stationed in offices and call centers. With over 230 employees testing positive for COVID-19, according to the New York Times, the New York attorney general’s office has opened an inquiry. Charter is considered an essential service because it keeps 29 million people connected.
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Michael Moore released documentary Planet of the Humans for free yesterday on his YouTube channel, since “the moment was too urgent to wait” for the film’s planned release later this year. Moore and the film’s director, environmentalist Jeff Gibbs, take part in a live discussion tonight, April 22 at 10p on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
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The Weather Channel is working with its distribution partners to offer a free, 60-day preview of its content and Immersive Mixed Reality to subscribers who currently do not subscribe to a tier or level of service that offers the channel. “During these unprecedented times, and as we approach severe weather season, our team wants to be a resource for as many people as possible and we are excited to expand access to The Weather Channel with our distribution partners,” said Tom O’Brien, President of The Weather Channel television network.
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ViacomCBS International Studios and Fremantle are teaming for Balcony Stories, featuring user-generated content from people on lockdown that will air on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET and Spike internationally. There will be 27 local versions of the series, across 130 countries.
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Netflix added 15.8 million subscribers in 1Q20, versus an estimate of 7 million. Revenue was in line with expectations, at $5.7 billion. The streamer’s shares are up about 30% year to date. In a letter to investors, CEO Reed Hastings said the streamer’s Tiger King was watched by 64 million households over its first month of release.
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Haystack TV has launched an interactive COVID-19 tracker map that finds news about the spread of the virus from local TV stations, and introduced a widget that gives users access to daily state-by-state data on confirmed cases and deaths. “Haystack TV is dedicated to making it easy to find updated information and improve accessibility to the breadth of our local TV news content,” said Haystack TV CEO and co-founder Daniel Barreto. “Now more than ever local news is critical and these features bring our users closer to the latest data and coverage from across the country.” Haystack launched a coronavirus streaming news channel earlier this year.
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CBSN Chicago, the ninth of ViacomCBS’ 13 local direct-to-consumer streaming news services in major markets, has made its debut. CBSN Chicago features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region. “Today marks the beginning of a terrific new chapter in CBS Chicago’s history,” said Derek Dalton, President and General Manager, WBBM-TV. “Based on the success of the other CBSN Local services that have previously launched, it is clear the demand for streaming news is strong and growing.”
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As production shutdowns scramble network schedules, AMC announced some changes: Horror anthology series Creepshow, borrowed from corporate sib Shudder, will now air over six weeks instead of three, starting Monday, May 4 at 10p, while the season two premiere of NOS4A2 moves to Sunday, June 21 at 9p, from June 1. New anthology series Soulmates is slated for a fall debut.
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Before the season debut of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible(Thursday, May 14 at 9p), host Robert Irvine checks in remotely to see how past restaurants are faring in the pandemic, on Thursday, April 30a t 9p. The following week (May 7), quarantined Irvine and his wife Gail watch the very first episode of the long-running series to see how much has changed over the years.
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Apple TV+ is launching Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, mini-episodes of a Muppets show shot on iPhones from the artist and production team. The series focuses on staying connected through friendship in the age of social distancing.
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Allen Media Group digital news division The Grio announced a new show for Facebook Watch, Staying in Business. The video series features interviews and profiles of African-American business owners who reveal how they are adapting to unprecedented times in America.
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CNN and Sesame Street are teaming for a town hall on Saturday, April 25 at 9a. The ABC’s of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents will tackle issues including education, anxiety, screen time and playdates, featuring experts like CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, as well as Big Bird and Grover.
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ID is offering a marathon of its anthology series, Who Killed…?, beginning Friday, April 24 at 8p. First up: Who Killed Natalie Wood?. Encore specials will run through Sunday, April 26 at 3a.
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MTV is airing a musical event on Saturday, April 25 at 10p, simulcast on VH1 and MTV2 and livestreamed on Pluto. Club MTV Presents #DanceTogether with D-Nice will encourage donations to Save the Music Foundation, to benefit students in underserved communities impacted by COVID-19.
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CTD’s Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time, which aired on ABC in January, will have an encore in syndication, from Monday, May 4-Friday, May 15. Included will be Ken Jennings’ first appearance on the show, in 2004, as well as the GOAT tournament featuring pro poker player James Holzhauer.
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Canal 22 Internacional, Mexico’s cultural channel in the US, is joining the initiative Contigo en la distancia (With You at a Distance) campaign, putting materials and content on a free digital cultural site for Spanish-speaking families as they quarantine at home.
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An estimated 20.7 million people tuned in to watch the One World: Together At Home concert across multiple networks on Saturday, April 18, according to Nielsen. The concert was aired by 26 networks and tape-delayed on four others.
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Just over forty-five percent of all live TV viewers tuned in to the aforementioned One World Together At Home event, according to an analysis by Alphonso, with NBC drawing the majority of viewers with 6.83% followed by CW (6.82%) and ABC (6.29%), with CBS (4.29%) and Univision (4.04%) rounding out the top five networks.
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The first two episodes of ESPN’s Chicago Bulls docu-series The Last Dance attracted 6.1 million viewers on Sunday, averaging 6.3 million viewers for the first installment and 5.8 million for the second across ESPN and ESPN2. It was the net’s most-viewed documentary and most-watched telecast among A18-34 and A18-49 across broadcast and cable since live sports were cut short due to the coronavirus.
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The season premieres of HGTV’s Property Brothers: Forever Home and Bargain Mansions delivered double-digit ratings growth for the network during the week of April 13. On Wednesday, the season three debut of Property Brothers: Forever Home delivered a 0.74 Live+3 rating among P25-54, up 23% in the timeslot among P25-54 over year-ago levels and a 29% increase over the prior six weeks. On Tuesday, the season three premiere of Bargain Mansions delivered a 0.60 L+3 rating among P25-54, up 10%over the prior six weeks and a 20% increase over year-ago levels.
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Quiz shows were the answer for homebound viewers of syndicated programming the week of April 6, with Family Feud hitting a new season high 7.4 in Live+SD national Nielsens, up 6% from the week before. Jeopardy (7.1, down 1%) was second, with Wheel of Fortune (6.8, up 17%) a competitive third. Daytime strips had heavy preemptions for news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.3, down 8%) was the top of the talker for a third straight week.
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The week of April 13, Univision delivered double-digit year-over-year primetime audience growth among Total Viewers 2+ (+26% to 1.5 million), A18-49 (+21% to 570,000) and A18-34 (+47% to 258,000).
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Robyn DeMarco has joined AMC Networks as SVP of programming strategy, acquisitions and scheduling for the company’s Entertainment Group, which includes AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, and WE tv. DeMarco spent more than 20 years with Viacom, most recently as EVP of programming and content strategy for MTV.
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