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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/23/20)
ESTRELLA TV: Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento (Premiere)
HBO: We’re Here (Premiere) at 9pm
SUNDANCE NOW: Sanctuary (Premiere)
TV ONE: For My Man (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: The Great Food Truck Race (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Finale) at 8:30pm
NBC: Will & Grace (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Law & Order: SVU (Finale) at 10pm

HBO renewed Westworld for a fourth season. “From the western theme park to the technocratic metropolis of the near future, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed every twist and turn from the minds of master storytellers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy,” said HBO President Casey Bloys. “We can’t wait to see where their inspired vision takes us next.” The dystopian drama returned for season three last month.
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Fox Corp. joins the list of media companies implementing pay cuts as it deals with the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Seven hundred executives from the VP level up will see temporary cuts ranging from 15% up to 50%, depending on rank. Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, COO John Nallen, chief legal and policy officer Viet Dinh and CFO Steve Tomsic will give up their salaries altogether until September 30.
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Most CNN employees working remotely won’t be coming back to the office anytime soon, they were informed via email by Jeff Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports. While the number of staffers who go to the office will increase from about 10% to 15% in June, “Our expectation is that the rest of you will not return before early September, with a few exceptions in July for newsgathering and some in August, depending on the political conventions,” Zucker wrote, adding that “none of these dates are set in stone.”
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Lifetime greenlit spin-off Dance Moms: Abby’s Virtual Dance Off. In each episode, Abby Lee Miller invites dancers to submit their footwork, allowing kids to show off their best moves from the comfort of their own homes. Six West Media is producing in association with Mother Media Group and No More Tears.
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Netflix renewed Selling Sunset for a second season. The next iteration of the real estate reality series “includes even more ups and downs as we see our cast take on larger listings and even bigger challenges in the office,” said series creator Adam DiVello.
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A female-centered Star Wars series is in development at Disney+, written by Lesley Headland (Russian Doll). Headland inked an overall deal with Fox 21 Television Studios in December.
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Education technology company Age of Learning and AVOD Tubi announced the launch of ABCmouse’s Search and Explore exclusively on Tubi Kids. The new animated series for the first time expands ABCmouse’s educational content to longform storytelling.
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ABC News Live has launched on YouTube TV and on Fire tablets, and is headed to Amazon’s news app on Fire TV devices. “High quality, credible news and information is more important than ever right now,” said Justin Dial, Senior Executive Producer, ABC News Live. “Since the outbreak began, ABC News Live has been committed to reporting and telling all of the stories and angles that have emerged from the pandemic.”
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Samsung Smart TVs now have access to six new health and wellness apps in partnership with leading fitness brands – barre3, Calm, Echelon, Fitplan, Jillian Michaels Fitness and obé Fitness. Later this year, the apps will be part of Samsung Health, a fitness platform for Samsung Smart TVs announced at CES. “As our community grapples with unprecedented disruptions to their daily routines, it is important for homebound consumers to have access to free high-quality health and wellness offerings,” said Salek Brodsky, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for Samsung Electronics. “Our partnership with these premium brands redefines the boundaries of what free streaming services can provide.”
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New Nielsen data looks at streaming trends across markets, age groups and times of day during the first month of living restrictions in the US. The consumption of non-linear content via internet-connected devices continued to rise week after week, hitting its peak the week of March 23. Top markets, specifically New York and Chicago, both saw dramatic increases in streaming consumption of more than 74% between the weeks of March 2 and March 23. In terms of connected device streaming ratings, week to week, heavy streaming markets such as Orlando, Milwaukee and Norfolk remain among the top markets, while others, previously ranked outside the top fifteen, made sizable gains week to week. Chicago and Denver moved from 17 and 21, to 5 and 10, respectively.
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Tiger King’s not the only series to see a Netflix surge. According to Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings Solution, season three of Ozark opened with an average audience of nearly one million US P2+ viewers on March 27, tripling its premiere day audience and almost doubling its 10-day audience compared to season two. Overall, season three achieved a 10-day average minute audience of 8.7 million viewers.
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Netflix added nearly 16 million global subscribers in 1Q20, more the doubling the quarterly growth predicted in January, before COVID-19 lockdowns. In the US and Canada, subscribers were up 2.3 million. It was the biggest quarterly gain in Netflix’s 13 years as a streaming service, but the company noted in its earnings release, “Like other home entertainment services, we’re seeing temporarily higher viewing and increased membership growth. We expect viewing to decline and membership growth to decelerate as home confinement ends, which we hope is soon.” On Wednesday, Netflix said it plans to offer $1 billion in senior notes, with the proceeds going for “general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.”
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Spotify ranked number one among apps and social platforms in MBLM’s Brand Intimacy 2020 Study, measuring the emotional bonds between consumers and brands. Pinterest came in second, followed by Apple Music, Facebook, Instagram, Pandora, Snapchat, Twitter, Airbnb, Uber, LinkedIn and Venmo. “Apps & social platforms have become more essential in helping us feel connected during the current crisis,” stated Mario Natarelli, Managing Partner, MBLM. “Although historically weak performers at building emotional connections, the current landscape presents an opportunity for these brands to forge stronger bonds with their audiences and attract new ones.”
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In its earning call, Snap revealed Total daily time spent by Snapchatters watching Discover content increased by over 35% year-over-year, while total daily time spent by Snapchatters over the age of 35 watching Discover content doubled. Total daily time spent watching Shows more than doubled compared to Q1 2019.
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History will premiere three-night event Grant beginning Monday, May 25 at 9p. “Ulysses S. Grant is one of our most brilliant, yet misunderstood presidents,” said Eli Lehrer, EVP and GM for History. “This is an important part of American history that deserves to be told.” Dramatic scenes, expert commentary and enhanced archival imagery will help uncover Grant’s legacy.
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Director, screenwriter, animator, producer and voice actor Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) is boarding TCM’s The Essentials for the new season, launching Saturday, May 2 at 8p. Bird and TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiwwicz will introduce hand-picked films. “I love jabbering about movies almost as much as I enjoy watching them,” said Bird. “In fact, I first met Ben Mankiewicz while jabbering about movies. My wife and I were at a film festival walking briskly up a street when we wound up walking alongside Ben, who was heading to the same screening. Who knew that our casual movie-talk would morph into a wonderful TCM event?”.
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YouTube Originals set a new slate of projects. Among the announcements, celebrities and educators come together to energize distance learning in Celebrity Substitute, including Karlie Kloss working through a coding problem and Ken Jeong giving a biology lesson; weekly series Stay Home With: YUNGBLUD, following the UK recording artist and his band as they adjust to a remote lifestyle while creating music; a short-form family series, Create Together #WithMe, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt featuring the creations of everyday people collaborating to make art on HITRECORD and YouTube while being at home; and The Secret Life of Lele Pons, which gives an intimate look at battling Tourette Syndrome and OCD while juggling life in the spotlight.
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Lifetime picked up Married at First Sight: Australia to air beginning Wednesday, May 27. The season finale of Lifetime’s US edition of Married on April 15 delivered 2.1 million total viewers in Live+3.
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Netflix dropped docu-series Absurd Planet, a science show “narrated by a cast of quirky critters and Mother Nature herself.” Each episode highlights different themes, from mating to predators to the cycle of life.
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A repeat of The Disney Family Singalong special will be presented Friday, April 25 at 8p on Disney Channel. The special averaged 12.2 million viewers in its debut broadcast on ABC.
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HGTV’s star experts are set to reveal their all-time favorite projects during next week’s HGTV Star Picks marathon. From Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1, between 12 and 2 p, show hosts will share back stories and personal details about why they love their selected episode, via self-shot footage. “We’ve never done this before, so I can guarantee there will be some surprises,” said Jane Latman, President, HGTV.
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The series finale of Fox’s Empire on Tuesday delivered 2.94 million viewers and 0.8 among A18-49, a demo best since October. CBS’s Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince topped the night with 6.50 viewers and 1.0 among A18-49.
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Actress Shirley Knight died April 22 of natural causes. She was 83. In addition to starring roles in film and onstage, Knight won Emmy Awards for Indictment: The McMartin Trial, thirtysomething and NYPD Blue.
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