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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/14/20)
COOKING CHANNEL: Yum and Yummer (Premiere) at 10pm
CRACKLE: Cooped Up (Premiere)
CURIOSITY STREAM: 4th and Forever: Muck City (Premiere)
FACEBOOK WATCH: Watch What Happens at Home (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Restaurant: Impossible (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Opening Night (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: The Misery Index (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ABC: Station (Finale) at 9pm
ABC: How to Get Away With Murder (Finale) at 10pm
CW: Katy Keene (Finale) at 8p
Travel Channel: Ghost Adventures (Finale) at 9p

NBC renewed A Little Late with Lilly Singh for a sophomore run. Season one of the series – which replaced Last Call with Carson Daly in September – was taped during the fourth quarter of 2019, and ranks as the #1 most-viewed new broadcast series on YouTube since its premiere. “Lilly is an incredible talent,” said Katie Hockmeyer, EVP, Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “A Little Late has brought an expanding global audience to NBC and we look forward to another season of her unique showmanship and style.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A total of 450 positions have been eliminated at ViacomCBS, according to an updated New York State filing. “Employee separation” began in April and will continue until September 30, said the filing. Viacom International was most impacted, with 271 employees affected; Showtime shed 88 jobs. The company, formed when the merger of Viacom and CBS was finalized in December, has said it is looking to achieve $750 million in synergies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks has entered into an agreement to acquire Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles Series and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series, a total of 18 titles that includes Interview With The Vampire and The Witching Hour. AMC Networks will hold the rights to develop shows for its networks and streaming services, as well as external partner licensing, with Anne Rice and son Christopher Rice serving as executive producers on all series and films. Rolin Jones (Perry Mason, Friday Night Lights), who recently signed an overall development deal with AMC Studios, will be directly involved in developing the projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The SXSW festival was canceled in March, but seven 360 projects entered in the Virtual Cinema competition will be showcased on Oculus TV from May 22-31. “We are so excited to offer global audiences an opportunity to experience these phenomenal 360 projects on Oculus TV,” said Blake Kammerdeiner, SXSW Virtual Cinema Programmer. “This sampling of what would have been a robust XR program is sure to delight audiences, and we are thankful to OculusTV for helping us showcase these artists and projects.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation and the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division announced $2.475 million in Project Innovation grants will be presented to 69 organizations in 11 markets that are using innovation to address COVID-19-related needs in LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Hartford, have awarded up to $225,000 in Project Innovation grants in their markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders) is writing and exec producing a six-part adaptation of Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations for BBC One and FX. Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker and Kate Crowe and Mona Qureshi also fill in the exec producer ranks. No stranger to Dickens, Knight adapted A Christmas Carol.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking of Ridley Scott, the producer’s Scott Free Productions inked a first-look television deal with Apple. The agreement calls for the development of global TV projects for Apple TV+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Znak&Co sold A Killer Uncaged to Sky Crime and Netflix. After the doc debuts on Sky Crime on June 28, it will air as a three-part limited series, I am a Killer: Released, on Netflix in the fall. Shot on location in Texas and produced over a three-year period, the show follows Dale Wayne Sigler, who thirty years ago was sentenced to death for a cold-blooded murder. A co-production of Sky Crime, Netflix and Znak&Co, Killer was executive produced by Danny Tipping, Ned Parker and Natalka Znak for Znak & Co., and directed by Itamar Klasmer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Professional strongman and actor Thor “The Mountain” Björnsson (Game of Thrones) is teaming with Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios for a new competition series that challenges athletes to fight it out in bouts of strength and endurance. The ultimate goal: going head to head against Thor in an attempt to “Beat the Mountain.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter inked a three-year, first look deal with their Two One Five Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television. The agreement covers the development of scripted and unscripted programming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

About $1 billion to $1.5 billion in commitments for third-quarter advertising is expected to be canceled, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. General Motors, PepsiCo and General Mills are among the big advertisers said to be looking to take advantage of their contractual option to cancel up to 50% of 3Q20 ad spend. While networks weren’t required to offer relief for second quarter commitments, with the coronavirus pandemic arriving past the cancellation notification deadline, they were flexible in extending deadlines. Negotiations to assist troubled sectors led to a 30% decline in national TV ad spend from February 17 through April 26 versus the same period last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A remotely-shot extension of truTV’s Impractical jokers makes its debut Thursday, May 21 at 10p. Six-episode Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party reunites the prankster troupe forced apart by the pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sixteen homeowners who are ready to DIY it – with a virtual hand from HGTV stars, and a box of specially curated décor elements – are featured in HGTV’s self-shot series, Design At Your Door, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, June 11 at 9p and 9:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s four-part Love Fraud, following a con man on the run and the women on his tail, debuts Sunday, August 30 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max announced new wave of premiere dates, including the season three launch of comedy thriller Search Party on Thursday, June 25 (the first two seasons of the show, which aired on TBS, will be available when HBO Max makes its May 27 bow); docu-series Expecting Amy, following comedian Amy Schumer’s life on tour, on Thursday, July 9; and family docu-soap The House of Ho on Thursday, July 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yahoo Finance is airing a four-part series examining the impacts of COVID-19 on the climate crisis. Akiko Fujita hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Unscripted special Once Upon a Quarantime, following four couples who have been self-filming during the COVID-19 pandemic, premieres Wednesday, May 20 at 9p on Lifetime. Shot over 60 days, the one-hour event offers an intimate “fly on the wall” look at how the couples are facing major life milestones.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An American Pickle, the comedy film starring Seth Rogen that was acquired by WarnerMedia last month, will premiere on HBO Max on August 6. Sony Pictures’ plans for a theatrical release were scrubbed due to the coronavirus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary features The Go-Go’s and Belushi have premiere dates on Showtime. The Go-Go’s, chronicling the female band, debuts Saturday, August 19 at 9p. Belushi, which includes previously unheard tapes from before comedian John Belushi’s death, premieres Sunday, September 27 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’ 60 Minutes drew 9.5 million viewers on Sunday, up 22% week over week. The newsmagazine’s lead story focused on a virologist whose federal funding to study the origins of COVID-19 was cut.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives scored its highest rating since 2014 on Friday with a special Takeout edition, self-shot by Guy Fieri from his home. The episode scored a 0.8 P25-54 rating and a 0.9 W25-54 (Live+3), gains of +45% and +49% versus year-ago, respectively, ranking #3 within the timeslot across cable.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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