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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/13/20)
HGTV: Property Brothers; Family Flashback (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Goldbergs (Finale) at 8pm
ABC: Schooled (Finale) at 8:30pm
ABC: American Housewife (Finale) at 9pm
ABC: Single Parents (Finale) at 9:30pm
A&E: Celebrity Ghost Stories (Finale) at 10pm
CBS: Survivor (Finale) at 8pm

Disney+ is fast tracking the premiere of the filmed version of Broadway’s Hamilton – the musical will reach homes on July 3, over a year earlier than planned. The film was originally slated to hit theaters on October 15, 2021, then start streaming. “In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful,” said Robert Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. For his part, Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was “grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS is launching a unit to develop original movies and limited series within its Entertainment & Youth Group, diving into the company’s library of IP for inspiration. Meghan Hooper White, most recently SVP, Original Movies, Co-Productions and Acquisitions for Lifetime Networks, will man the ship as EVP and Head of Original Movies and Limited Series. Projects will be developed specifically for individual brands.
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NBC News will host a virtual town hall, United Against Hate, today, May 13 at 4:30p, to examine the rise of racism against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Comedian Margaret Cho, filmmaker Eugene Lee Yang and actress and singer Lea Salonga will make guest appearances. The town hall, featuring legislative reps and nonprofit experts on the panel, will be streamed on NBC Asian America’s site as well as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The stream will also be available on Peacock.
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Assistance for local news outlets is included in the $3 trillion coronavirus relief package from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Local stations have so far not been eligible for small business loans if they are owned by larger organizations. The new relief loans would cover “expenses associated with an individual physical location of that business concern to support the continued provision of local news, information, content, or emergency information, and, at the time of disbursal, the individual physical location.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Litton Entertainment’s Mission Unstoppable, in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies IF/THEN initiative, will launch pro-social digital campaign #StaySafeFor Scence, designed to generate awareness and youth engagement for best public health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max ordered a pilot and five additional scripts for a comedy based on 1986-1991 ABC sitcom Head of the Class. The show comes from Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen (American Vandal), Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley (Uncle Buck), Bill Lawrence and Doozer Productions and Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dramas Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah landed straight-to-series orders from CW. Kung Fu focuses on a twentysomething who uses her martial arts skills to fight crime, while Sarah centers on a rebellious high school teacher leading a group of misfits as they attempt to start their own country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HLN reboot Forensic Files II had been renewed for second and third seasons with16 half-hour episodes in each. Bill Camp (The Outsider) will continue as narrator of the docu-series, HLN’s highest-rated original series to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Quibi ordered sketch series Alternatino from series creator, writer and star Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos, Flipped) and Comedy Central Productions. Season one debuted on Comedy Central in June 2019. “I’m thrilled to launch Alternatino in this exciting new platform while being able to remain a part of the Comedy Central family. I’m also thrilled about the churro truck they offered as part of the deal. Thanks Quibi!” said Castro.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Children’s media and consumer products industry executives Claudia Scott-Hansen and Rob Bencal have formed Cookbook Media LLC, an agency aimed at helping IP owners and content creators build franchise value through brand development, licensing, marketing, and content strategy and distribution.
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HBO has selected the top twenty-five emerging directors for the semi-final round of the 2020 HBOAccess Directing Fellowship, but is tweaking the selection of the final winners, said Kelly Edwards, SVP of Talent Development, WarnerMedia Entertainment: “With production temporarily halted, the program will be pivoting to a virtual workshop until restrictions are lifted. This will give us the opportunity to expand the program to include a larger class. Instead of three participants, we will invite up to ten finalists to participate in this year’s program.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix picked up Sweet Tooth, a coming-of-age story about a part boy, part deer, from Team Downey in association with Warner Bros. Television. Jim Mickle (Hap and Leonard) and Beth Schwartz (Arrow) will serve as co-showrunners, writers and executive producers of the eight-episode series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sofia Coppola and Apple are developing an adaptation of Edith Warton classic The Custom of the Country, for Apple TV+. The project would be written and directed by the Virgin Suicides director.
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“I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus. Everything,” Jeffrey Katzenberg told the New York Times of the disappointing launch of Quibi. The company estimates the streaming app has been installed by about 3.5 million customers so far during its free trial, a number Katzenberg said is “not close to what we wanted.” While Quibi was intended for use on smartphones, people sheltering at home are looking for content on the big screen. Now, Quibi is making moves to allow for viewing on TV screens, and scaling back on marketing money “until we are in an environment where we can get a return on our investment,” said Katzenberg.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Court TV, relaunched last year by Katz Broadcasting, is now available on YouTube TV. The original Court TV on cable ran from 1991 until 2008, when it was rebranded as truTV.
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Twitter employees were notified that they can continue to work from home for…pretty much as long as they want to. “Opening offices will be our decision, when and if our employees come back, will be theirs,” said Chief HR Officer Jennifer Christie. Twitter, which encouraged its employees to starting working from home in early March, also said there will be no business travel before September, and no in-person company events for the rest of the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Instagram introduced new features to combat online bullying. “We know it can feel overwhelming to manage a rush of negative comments, so we’ve been testing the ability to delete comments in bulk, as well as block or restrict multiple accounts that post negative comments,” said the company in a post. “Early feedback has been encouraging, and we’ve found that it helps people, especially with larger followings, maintain a positive environment on their account.” Also rolling out are new controls that allow users to manage who can tag or mention them.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Parents now have more control over content on the Spotify Kids app. In addition to selecting whether a child is directed to the an experience for younger or older kids, the Listening History option will allow parents to see what their child has streamed over the past three months and block specific tracks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s The Good Lord Bird, starring and exec produced by Ethan Hawke, premieres Sunday, August 9 at 10p. Based on the best-seller by James McBride about abolitionist John Brown, the limited series is told from the point of view of an enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Family members are pitted against each other in Food Network reality show Summer Rush, debuting Thursday, June 4 at 10p. The four-parter is a “fresh, new docu-soap series examining the high-stakes and high-stress of a seasonal restaurant business,” said Courtney White, President, Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tuesday nights get crowded on TLC with the return of Outdaughtered – and America’s first, all-female quintuplets – on Tuesday, June 2 at 9p, followed two weeks later on June 16 at 10p with the Waldrops and their nine children for season three of Sweet Home Sextuplets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo WILD is bringing back Heartland Docs, DVM for a second season beginning Saturday, May 30 at 8p. The series – one of Nat Geo WILD’s strongest ever – follows the lives of Nebraska vets who this time around, have adopted a fainting pygmy goat.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS is celebrating LGTBQ+ Pride Month with the launch of Prideland, a new one-hour special and short-form digital series following host and actor Dyllón Burnside (Pose) on a journey across the South. The six-episode short-form series will launch on PBS Voices, a new documentary-focused YouTube Channel by PBS Digital Studios, beginning Tuesday, May 26. A one-hour companion special, also hosted by Burnside, will premiere on Friday, June 12 at 9p (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning Thursday May 21 through Memorial Day week, AccuWeather Network will run stories under the banner “AccuWeather Explores: From Home,” recognizing the challenges regarding the hampered ability to travel extensively. Segments include creative home improvement ideas; how to prepare the best vegetable garden; determining the best weather options for painting your deck or grilling; along with the landscaping tips to help keep the bugs away.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home renovation and design show Sell This House debuts Monday, May 18 at 10p on FYI. Airing within the Home.Made block, the series is a reboot of the original show, which ran on sister network A&E from 2003-2011, and features brand integrations from home and hardware stores, autos and home design partners.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crumbling roofs and rotted floors are back when renovation series Good Bones starts a new season on Tuesday, June 9 at 9p on HGTV.
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Room 104 is back for its fourth and final season Friday, July 24 at 11p on HBO. The anthology series explores a variety of genres in 12 new episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC tweaked the title of its latest Bachelor show. The spin-off formerly known as The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! is now called The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! Chris Harrison is still host, and the premiere date remains Monday, June 8 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Mo Mandel (Conan, Chelsea Lately) visits small towns with bad reputations in Discovery special Small Town Throwdown, premiering Wednesday, May 20 at 10p. “I’m showing up, and giving the towns a chance to show how unique and awesome they really are. I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, and help every community get the credit it deserves,” said Mandel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stand-up special Hannah Gadsby: Douglas drops on Netflix Tuesday, May 26. Gadsby won a Peabody for her first Netflix special, Nanette.
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The Paley Center for Media announced a new selection for its Paley Front Row series. HBO’s Westworld: A Conversation with the Stars and Creators will be available for view on the Paley Center’s YouTube channel on Friday, May 22, at noon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy (7.0 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 11% from the week before) rose enough the week of April 27 to grab the game show lead from Family Feud (6.9, down 3%). Feud had been first or tied for first among the quiz and give-away programs for the past three weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

This past April was Universal Kids’ most-watched month in over 2 years among total viewers and highest-rated month in a year among K6-11 in Live+3 ratings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The May 6 episode of Discovery’s virtual talk show, Josh Gates Tonight, reached 1.7 million total viewers throughout the hour. In the talker, the Expedition Unknown star shares updates and unseen footage from his adventures.
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During the month of April, Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel – with numerous cable and satellite providers participating in a “freeview” of both networks’ programming, coupled with government stay-at-home orders – experienced record-breaking success during the month. Outdoor Channel delivered its highest household impressions for the month of April during total day since April 2014, growing household impressions by +39% and +27% with Men 25-54 compared to February 2020. Sportsman ranked among the Top 20 networks with year-over-year growth in households and Men 25-54, posting gains in households (+42%), Men 18-49 (+54%), Men 25-54 (+48%), and Men 35-64 (+51%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

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