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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/30/20)
NETFLIX:  Drifting Dragons (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Forest of Love: Deep Cut (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Victims’ Game (Premiere)
A&E: 60 Days In (Finale) at 10pm
FOX: Last Man Standing (Finale) at 8pm
FX: Better Things (Finale) at 10pm
FXX: Cake (Finale) at 10pm

Following the success of its April 16 special, The Disney Family Singalong – which drew nearly 13 million people – ABC is airing a Volume II on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 at 7p. Ryan Seacrest will return as host, with new at-home performances.
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Catching up on TV programs and movies was ranked among activities liked by 87% of respondents in “The Coronavirus Disruption Project: How We are Living and Coping During the Pandemic,” a study released by the USC Center for the Digital Future and the IAB. Americans reported cable TV channels (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News) are their primary source of news about the coronavirus (22%), followed by local TV stations (16%), online news sites or apps (15%), broadcast network news (14%), internet searches (9%), and online daily newspaper websites (4%). They also say they are watching a variety of streaming services, including Netflix (63%), YouTube (50%), Amazon Prime (43%), Hulu (35%), Disney+ (26%), and Apple TV+ (5%). If money gets tight, Americans are most likely to jettison Netflix (20%) – although more do not plan to change their subscriptions (34%).
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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences canceled in-person Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmy ceremonies for 2020. “While it appears unlikely that officials would even permit these large-crowd events to be held this year, it is also clear that there will be a lag of time between being permitted to have an event and being able to provide an environment in which all attendees feel safe and comfortable attending it,” said NATAS President & CEO Adam Sharp. “Ultimately, a single person-to-person transmission resulting in serious infection would be devastating evidence of mistaken judgment in proceeding.” The Daytime Emmys had already been moved off the docket.
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In an email to employees as layoffs hit divisions at ViacomCBS, CEO Bob Bakish acknowledged “challenging times,” with the company dealing with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on top of the integration of the newly-combined entity. “It’s critical that we continue these efforts to integrate and evolve ViacomCBS to remain competitive now and for the future,” said Bakish. “This means continuing to integrate and streamline our operations, manage our costs as diligently as we can, and follow through on our committed post-merger synergy targets.” Acknowledging team members who are leaving the company, Bakish added, “Some of us are saying goodbye to incredible team members and friends – people who have made lasting contributions to the success of our company and have enriched our culture. I want to assure you that we are focused on making their transitions easier at this time, while supporting the needs of all our employees and their families.”
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PBS NewsHour has launched the Jim Lehrer Journalism Fellowship in honor of the longtime PBS NewsHour anchor and co-founder. Lehrer, who co-anchored the NewsHour alongside co-founder Robert MacNeil for 20 years before solo anchoring the nightly news broadcast for nearly 16 years, passed away in January at the age of 85. “There never has been a greater need for bright young journalists. There never has been a better model than Jim Lehrer,” said Judy Woodruff, anchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour. “Jim would be thrilled to know a young journalist has a chance to learn about newsgathering from the program created in his name.”
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TBS ordered a reboot of Wipeout, the obstacle course series that ran on ABC from 2008-2014. Endemol Shine North America will produce 20 episodes, with new format twists. “Wipeout is a rare show loved by both kids and adults, a true co-viewing experience,” said series creator Matt Kunitz, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the new version. “With a strong focus on comedy, there is no better network for Wipeout’s return than TBS.”
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Want to make fun of House Hunters? HGTV is making it easier to get in on the joke. The net gave a green light to House Hunters: LOL, a new self-shot series that invites comedians who are social distancing to watch the show together via videoconference and share their reactions about meme-worthy house tours, budgets, and wish lists. “House Hunters is a play-along phenomenon that has long inspired drinking games, snarky social media commentary and spoofs on late night television,” said Jane Latman, President, HGTV. “While we’re #HomeTogether House Hunters: LOL will amp up the fun by combining our favorite comedians with one of America’s favorite shows.” Six half-hour episodes are slated to premiere in June.
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Two days after announcing HBO Max will be available on Apple devices, WarnerMedia said the streamer will also be accessible via Google platforms and devices and on Google Play when it launches on May 27, adding availability to US customers across Android phones and tablets, Android TV devices, and Chromebooks. Current HBO NOW subscribers on Google Play will be able to log in and access the HBO Max app at no additional charge; new HBO Max customers will be able to subscribe directly in the app.
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The NFL and Amazon have extended their deal for Thursday Night Football, giving Amazon streaming rights to 11 games, along with the addition of one exclusive regular season game per year. “As our relationship has expanded, Amazon has become a trusted and valued partner of the NFL,” said Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer for the NFL. “Extending this partnership around Thursday Night Football continues our critical mission of delivering NFL games to as many fans in as many ways as possible both in the United States and around the world.”
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COVID-19 hasn’t just created the ideal conditions for increased streaming TV time among current users, it’s been responsible for transforming late adopters into permanent streamers, according to research from Alpha, “Streaming’s New Normal? COVID-19 Ushers In the Ideal Conditions for Late-Adopter Cord-Cutters and Binge Watchers.” The report reveals that 32% of people have either subscribed to a new service or signed up for a trial to a service they hadn’t used before since social distancing regulations went into effect. The most popular source of content discovery is directly through streaming services, according Alpha’s data – when asked to share the different ways they discover new content, 66% of people said they rely on content discovery directly through their streaming services, while 61% say they look to friends and family for recommendations; 56% look to social media and 49% conduct online searches.
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Monthly average use of Spotify rose 31% last quarter, to 286 million. In the US, listening through TV and game consoles jumped over 50% during the quarter versus the year earlier. The streaming music service said 1 in 6 respondents to an exit survey in the US said COVID-19 was a reason for canceling, with 80% saying they were likely to renew once the economic situation improves.
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Apple and Google released the first version of their coronavirus tracing software, aimed at powering apps to notify users if they have been exposed. If a person tests positive, they can send notifications to phones of people they have been near. Apple and Google’s application programming interfaces are included in the beta version of Xcode 11.5, a program used to develop apps for Apple computers. The companies will release a sample code on Friday to help developers build the final apps, expected in May.
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Google is looking to nab Zoom-ers by making its video conferencing software, Meet, free. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for and use Meet, no charge. Free meetings, which can hold up to 100 people, will be limited to 60 people, but the company said the rule won’t be enforced until September 30.
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Facebook reported an increase of monthly active users, to 2.6 billion worldwide, up 10% year-over-year. The company also had a 17% lift in revenue, to $17.74 billion for 1Q20. Still, “Our business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and, like all companies, we are facing a period of unprecedented uncertainty in our business outlook,” said the company, which saw “a significant reduction in the demand for advertising” over the last three weeks of the first quarter.
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Video software provider Synamedia has partnered with Google Cloud to expand its video network portfolio with new OTT “as a service” offerings. “As the live TV landscape shifts toward OTT delivery, the industry needs technology that matches what viewers have become accustomed to with premium digital TV services,” said Julien Signes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Network, Synamedia. “Thanks to our partnership with Google Cloud, we are enabling the Infinite Entertainment viewers expect, without delay and with the highest quality.”
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WarnerMedia acquired Dutch technology provider The Widget Co., via its subsidiary, Turner Broadcasting System Europe. The Widget Co. develops tech solutions across connected TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes and mobile apps.
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Season two of NBC’s The Titan Games will premiere Monday, May 25with a 2-hour episode starting at 8p. Beginning June 1, the athletic competition will begin airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9p timeslot.
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CBS reality series Game On!, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key, launches Wednesday, May 20 at 8p, a slot originally reserved for the start of the 32nd season of Amazing Race. Competition series Tough As Nails, celebrating everyday hard-working Americans, debuts Wednesday, July 8 at 9p. Amazing Race is being held until fall, where there will undoubtedly be openings due to production shut-downs.
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Saturday nights become “Sisterhood Saturday Nights” on OWN starting May 16, with the launch of two new virtually filmed unscripted series joining the lineup. At 9p, Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant, featuring Iyanla Vanzant (Iyanla: Fix My Life) offers guidance during the pandemic, followed by Girlfriends Check In, which convenes groups of female celebrity friends for virtual get-togethers.
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The World According to Jeff Goldblum, produced by National Geographic for Disney+, will make its US linear television debut on Nat Geo Monday, May 11 at 9p with two back-to-back episodes of “staff-pick” favorite episodes. The series features the Jurassic Park star uncovering surprising back stories for simple items like sneakers. The entire first season is currently available on Disney+.
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Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted returns for a sophomore run on Nat Geo on Sunday, June 7 at 10p. Season two follows the Michelin-star chef as he explores world cultures through food while traveling across Tasmania, South Africa, Indonesia, Louisiana, Norway, India and Guyana.
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The BBC’s coming-of-age series In My Skin, centered on a Welsh teen living a double life, drops on Hulu Thursday, June 4.
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With production on new shows halted, ABC goes down memory lane via The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever!, launching Monday, June 8 with a three-hour premiere. Bachelor mainstay Chris Harrison hosts the retrospective series, “a love letter to our fans,” said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment.
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Barcroft StudiosFrontline Heroes is available on Snapchat’s Discover page. Self-shot to comply with social distancing guidelines, each episode tells the story of a worker who is risking their life in order to keep their community safe.
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Current affairs/pop culture show D.L. Hughley Uncut starts livestreaming on Pluto TV on Friday, May 1 at 8p. The weekly series comes from Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network.
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ABC is featuring prom-themed season finale episodes for #ABCPromNight on Wednesday, May 13. Leading up to The Goldbergs, Schooled and American Housewife prom episodes, resources will be made available across official ABC social platforms to help viewers prepare for at-home celebrations.
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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform Saturday, May 2 to an empty Grand Opry stage for a live performance that will be broadcast live on Circle, Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates.
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Singing a similar tune are Outdoor Channel and Universal Music Group Nashville, teaming up to offer live concerts beginning May 1 with Country Outdoors LIVE. Universal Music Group Nashville country music stars Jon Langston, Caylee Hammack, Travis Denning, Jordan Davis and Brandon Lay will make music in May every Friday at 7p on Outdoor Channel.
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On May 6, National Nurse’s Day, streaming service BritBox will pay tribute to frontline healthcare workers with medical-themed programming, including biopic drama Florence Nightingale.
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BBC One cancelled The Greatest Dancer, from Syco and Fremantle, after two seasons.
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UK-based distributor DCD Rights announced it has sold more than 60 hours of factual films and series to CuriosityStream. The deal includes 45 hours of programming including history series Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia with Lucy Worsley, Genius of the Ancient World and Pain, Pus and Poison, as well as educational titles such as The Story of Maths, Magic Numbers: Hannah Fry’s Mysterious World of Maths and Secrets of the Universe.
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French animation production and distribution company Dandelooostruck a deal with French animation production company JPL Films and cinema and video production company Videolotion, based in Portugal, for the new preschool series Cubs.
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THEMA América announced that Canal 22 Internacional has invited its audience to participate in its call for short films, “Un Día en Casa” (“A Day at Home”). Spanish-speaking families can participate by telling how they are coping with confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding on Saturday, April 18 was the highest-rated episode of the series ever among W18-34, and the second-highest-rated episode across the 25-54 demo and in Total Viewers, behind only the series premiere in October 2018. The episode also pushed Animal Planet into the Top 10 on cable in its time period across key demos and ranked as cable’s #1 most social telecast (excl. sports non-events).
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Across all television among Kids 6-11 and Girls 6-11, Disney Channel’s repeat of The Disney Family Singalong special was the #1 rated telecast in its Friday, April 24 timeslot and ranked as the entire day’s #1 rated telecast on Disney Channel.
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Actor Irrfan Khan, diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine tumor in 2018, died April 29. He was 53. A Bollywood icon, the Life of Pi star was also known to TV audiences for his starring role in HBO’s In Treatment. “Irrfan was a great artist, a true gentleman and a brave fighter,” said filmmaker Ang Lee. “His passing away is cinema’s loss.”
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