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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 5/4/20)
ACORN TV: Goldigger (Premiere)
ACORN TV: Land Girls (Premiere)
ACORN TV: Porterhouse Blue (Premiere)
AMC: Creepshow (Premiere) at 10pm
BRAVO: Camp Getaway (Premiere) at 10pm
DISNEY+: Disney Gallery (Premiere)
QUIBI: Reno 911! (Premiere)
QUIBI: Useless Celebrity History (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Food Baking Championship (Finale) at 9pm
HBO: My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name (Finale) at 10pm
HGTV: Home Town (Finale) at 10pm

Add Hulu’s live TV bundle to the places viewers will be able to access HBO Max. Most existing HBO on Hulu subscribers will get the $14.99/month streaming service for free, while new and existing Hulu subscribers can subscribe through Hulu. WarnerMedia has also set distribution deals with Charter Communications, Google, Apple and YouTube TV ahead of HBO Max’s May 27 launch. And HBO Max introduced a new promotional offer – sign up for HBO Now for $11.99 before May 27, and subscribers will be automatically upgraded to HBO Max when it launches, at the lower price for 12 months.
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Season five of OWN’s Greenleaf, launching in June, will be its final run. Last season, the church drama was the #1 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for African-American women and AA total viewers, and was also the #4 original scripted series on ad-supported cable for all W25-54, leading OWN to be Tuesday night’s #1 cable network among African-American women, AA households, and AA total viewers.
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USA Network canceled Dare Me after one season. The drama, set in the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, is co-produced by Netflix and has a second window run in the US on the streamer.
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ABC unveiled the first round of celebrity guests joining The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II, airing Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 at 7p. Taking to their living room studios and kitchen stages to sing Disney melodies are Chloe x Halle, Billy Eichner, Hayley Erbert, Halsey, Josh Gad, Donald Glover, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Idina Menzel, Miguel, Keke Palmer, Ben Platt, Seth Rogen, Anika Noni Rose, Walter Russell III, Rebel Wilson, Shakira, and Disney on Broadway stars Merle Dandridge, Heather Headley, Adam Jacobs, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay, Kevin Massey and Josh Strickland.
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The Television Critics Association canceled it annual summer press tour at the Beverly Hilton, and is “working with the networks to explore a virtual alternative,” said the TCA in a memo to members. The TCA also stages a press tour in January.
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Freeform is holding a virtual search this week to seek out new and up-and-coming talent. Contenders who play ages 18-25 can self-record one of four Freeform series monologues and submit their video for consideration. “During this time, we know that many actors are at home looking for new ways to be creative, so we look forward to seeing some inspired submissions from the community,” said Elizabeth Boykewich, SVP, Casting, Freeform.
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Bloomberg L.P. announced that all invoices from the company’s vendors will be processed and paid within three business days of receipt and approval, to provide more immediate cash on hand. Currently, vendors have payment terms of 30 to 45 days. Bloomberg L.P. is also continuing to pay vendors for hourly workers who are normally assigned to Bloomberg, even if those workers are not currently working because of the pandemic. “In the current environment, small businesses need cash on hand to survive,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg L.P. “We greatly value all our vendors and the services of their workers who support our company. We will do our part to ensure they can continue to operate…I hope all businesses that have the means to do so make similar decisions.”
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NBC’s The Voice begins broadcasting live shows remotely beginning this week. Tonight, May 4, Carson Daly will host the live rounds from a soundstage without a live audience, while the coaches will provide feedback from their home locations. The Top 17 artists will perform for America’s vote from different towns across the country. “Reinventing the live shows has allowed us to create innovative ways to bring The Voice to life in a fresh and intimate way,” said Audrey Morrissey, executive producer and showrunner.
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CBS is not going forward with The Lincoln Lawyer, from David E. Kelley, reports Deadline. The legal drama, based on the 2005 novel by Michael Connolly, received a series production commitment in June 2019.
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Fox ordered a celebrity adaptation of UK format Gogglebox, which aired as The People’s Couch on Bravo from 2013-2016. Titled Celebrity Watch Party, the show, featuring people watching television, launches Thursday, May 7 at 8p. Studio Lambert is producing. “Celebrity Watch Party is a fantastically innovative, clever and culturally relevant format that brings families together to celebrate all the best films, entertainment shows and news on television on any given week,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment. “We’ve got some incredible personalities inviting us into their homes and onto their couches for an hour of pure fun with them, their families and the viewers at home.”
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HBO renewed Insecure for a fifth season. The comedy’s fourth go-round premiered on April 12.
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A new season of Nat Geo’s Drain the Oceans premieres tomorrow, May 5 at 9p. The series uses state-of-the-art technology to explore underwater mysteries.
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My Family’s Deadly Secret premieres on ID on Tuesday, May 12 at 10p, as police investigate whether a Mississippi man’s inheritance could have played a factor in his family’s disappearance.
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American Soul is back for season two on BET on Wednesday, May 27 at 10p. The drama inspired by the trials and successes of Don Cornelius picks up two years later, in 1975.
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“Only the strong will survive” a new season of Naked and Afraid XL, promises Discovery. Twelve stripped survivalists face grueling conditions in South Africa starting Sunday, May 24 at 8p.
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Quibi’s Blackballed examines the cultural context of race in America through the lens of the expulsion of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling during the 2014 NBA playoffs, when players and coaches led an unprecedented movement to hold racism accountable. The docu-series debuts Monday, May 11.
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Discovery Channel’s new series, All On the Line, follows two fishing boats and their crews off the coast of Gloucester, MA, starting Friday, May 22 at 9p.
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One show dropped from the Discovery lineup, for now: Robot fighting series BattleBots, which was slated to return Friday, May 15. Production on season ten had been scheduled to begin in April, but was postponed due to the coronavirus.
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HBO drama Lovecraft Country, based on the novel by Matt Ruff, is set to debut in August. Series follows a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America.
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Episodes of MotorTrend self-shot series MotorTrend: Working From Home are streaming on the MotorTrend app, with Ant Anstead (Wheeler Dealers), Faye Hadley (All Girls Garage) and Fred Williams (Dirt Every Day) picking up projects in their home garages.
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The National Memorial Day Concert will not be held on the West Lawn of the US Capitol, as it traditionally is, due to health concerns. But the show will go on, hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, with performances and tributes filmed around the country honoring American heroes. The special 90-minute presentation of will air on Sunday, May 24 at 8p on PBS.
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NBC is teaming with Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Funny Or Die for two-hour comedy special Feeding America Comedy Festival, airing Sunday, May 10 at 7p. Among the stars helping to raise money for hunger-relief organization Feeding America with pre-recorded segments are Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Whitney Cummings, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin James, Jim Jefferies, Jamie Kennedy, Keegan-Michael Key, George Lopez, Marc Maron, Eddie Murphy, Caroline Rhea, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, JB Smoove, Kenan Thompson, Marlon Wayans.
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Cartoon Network celebrates Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the second installment of Drawn To, its digital series highlighting culture and creativity. Videos will be narrated by Steven Universe’s Michaela Dietz and feature some of CN’s biggest fans sharing stories of their heritage.
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HGTV has another round of daytime marathons on tap. Shows for this week include: Good Bones, Celebrity IOU, Curb Appeal: The Block, Home Town, Property Brothers: Buying & Selling, House Hunters, Love It or List It, Log Cabin Living, Bargain Mansions and Rock the Block, starting daily at 6a.
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The Real Housewives of Atlanta has its first virtual three-part reunion beginning Sunday, May 10 at 8p. Bravo promises a heated exchanges, shade and receipts, and a shocking claim during the drama rehash.
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Carrie Coon is replacing Amanda Peet as a lead in HBO nine-parter The Gilded Age. Peet had to withdraw from the role due to scheduling issues.
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Sinking Ship Entertainment announced the launch of a new learning-at-home experience for kids in partnership with TVOkids and the Shaw Rocket Fund, aimed at addressing the need for more educational materials for children during the COVID-19 quarantine. Home4School launches on tvokids.com today, May 4, and will provide companion curricular experiences for Sinking Ship’s Annedroids, Dino Dana, and Odd Squad.
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NBC’s self-shot Parks and Recreation special did not disappoint, winning Thursday with a 1.4 rating among A18-49, drawing 3.64 million viewers and collecting $2.8 million and counting in donations for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation special that aired beforehand delivered a 1.0 rating and 3.25 million viewers.
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Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart concluded its most-watched season in series history on Sunday, while also becoming the #1 original scripted cable series in 2020 to date among W18+. Averaging a 3.7 Household rating, 3.6 million total viewers, and 473,000 W25-54 on a Live+3 basis, the season seven finale marked the highest-rated and most-watched episode in series history across key demographics.
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TLC was the #1 cable network among W25-54, W18-49 and W18-34 in April, with its best April primetime performance ever for P25-54, W25-54, W18-49 and total viewers. In more Discovery Inc. highlights, DIY closed April 2020 as the highest-rated month in network history in Prime and Total Day among all key demos including HHs, P/M/W25-54, and P18-49… MotorTrend had its best April ever, and earned +40% gains in average time spent by Millennial fans… Travel Channel tied its highest-rated April ever among P25-54 and tied its best month ever among W25-54 in Total Day…Cooking Channel delivered its highest-rated month in network history among P25-54 for both Prime (+44% YOY) and Total Day (+46% YOY), and it was Science Channel’s highest-rated April ever across both Prime and Total Day among P/W25-54 & P/W18-49.
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Art director Matteo De Cosmo died April 21 of complications from COVID-19. He was 52. De Cosmo worked on TV shows including Emergence, The Punisher and Luke Cage. “We were heartbroken to learn that Matteo De Cosmo, a talented art director with whom we’d worked on many productions including a recent pilot, has passed away,” said ABC Studios. “He was a true talent, incredibly creative, and beloved by everyone with whom he worked.”
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Actor Sam Lloyd died April 30 of complications from lung cancer. He was 56. Lloyd, who had numerous guest roles on television, was best known for playing Ted Buckland on Scrubs.
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