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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 5/20/20)
COOKING CHANNEL: Man Fire Food (Premiere) at 9pm
CW: The 100 (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY: Smalltown Throwdown (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX: Ultimate Tag (Premiere) at 9pm
LIFETIME: Married at First Sight: Couples Cam (Premiere) at 8pm
MOTOR TREND APP: Roadkill Garage (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Queen and the Conqueror (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Blood & Water (Premiere)
TRU TV: At Home with Amy Sedaris (Premiere) at 10pm
YOUTUBE: Sleeping with Friends at (Premiere) 12pm
FOX: The Masked Singer (Finale) at 8pm
FREEFORM: Motherland: Fort Salem (Finale) at 9pm
ID: Deadly Recall (Finale) at 10pm

Fox renewed comedy Last Man Standing for a third season on the net (and ninth overall), and medical drama The Resident for season four. “The Residentand Last Man Standing are such important parts of Fox, and we’re so pleased they will be returning next season,” said Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn. Last Man Standing averages over 8 million multiplatform viewers, while The Resident averages nearly 10 million.
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Freeform picked up second seasons of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and Motherland: Fort Salem. Grown-ish, which had its mid-season finale in March, will wait until 2021 to wrap season three. The debut of new psychological thriller Cruel Summer was also pushed to next year, along with the season three debut of Good Trouble. Limited scripted series Love in the Time of Corona goes into production this summer for an August launch, while The Bold Type returns Thursday, June 11 at 10p.
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Sherri Shepherd is joining Fox’s syndicated talker, Dish Nation, as co-host. “What sets Dish Nation apart from other entertainment news is its humor, and Sherri Shepherd is one of the funniest ladies in the business,” said Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming and Development at Fox. Shepherd, who has guested on Dish Nation in the past, appeared on The View from 2007-2015, and co-stars in Netflix comedy Mr. Iglesias.
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ViacomCBS presented the second half of its “Simply Stronger” virtual upfront, this time focused on CBS, CBS All Access, sports and news. The company offered clips and creators’ deep dive looks into the new comedy and two new dramas that will accompany 23 returning series on CBS. Debuting in the fall will be Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette Thursday night laugher B Positive, along with Sunday drama reboot The Equalizer, starring Queen Latifah. Silence of the Lambs follow-up drama Clarice will arrive later in the season, along with S.W.A.T. and Undercover Boss. The presentation also offered a peek at CBS All Access offerings, including Star Treks Picard and Discovery; The Good Fight; The Twilight Zone; Interrogation (“Not your ordinary binge watch”); Why Women Kill; and Stephen King’s The Stand. The Super Bowl was set for February 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wendy Williams is taking a break from her daytime talk show, as a precautionary measure related to fatigue caused by Graves’ disease. Williams had been filming her show from home during the production shutdown. Williams took a hiatus in 2018 and again last year.
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SmileDirectClub is suing NBCUniversal for $2.85 billion over a negative report on the teeth-straightening company that aired on NBC’s Nightly News. “SmileDirectClub is not just holding NBC accountable for its misconduct, but it is also telling its affiliated doctors and shareholders that SmileDirectClub stands by their side and will fight to protect their interests and reputations.” Responded NBC, “We stand by our reporting and believe this is a meritless claim.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Producers Guild and the Directors Guild are altering eligibility rules this year to allow films intended to be released theatrically, but debuted on other platforms because of the pandemic, to be able to compete in film categories. “Every aspect of our world and our lives has been affected by this pandemic – and that includes our culture,” DGA president Thomas Schlamme said. “Numerous directors who’ve spent years bringing their visions to life are grappling with the reality that their theatrical releases are canceled. And while the unfortunate circumstances of this present situation prevent those plans from coming to fruition as their films are now being distributed on other platforms, we want to ensure that our members are being recognized by their peers for their work as intended. It is in this spirit that we are allowing a rule exception for the 2021 DGA Awards.” The moves follow similar decisions by the Oscars, Golden Globes, and SAG.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN is in development with Lionsgate on a spin-off of Greenleaf, launching its fifth and final season on Tuesday, June 23 at 9p. The megachurch drama, from creator and executive producer Craig Wright and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, had always been envisioned as spanning five seasons, with Wright contemplating a spin-off. OWN says those plans accelerated due to expressions of support from fans after the final season was announced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jamie Lee Curtis inked a first look deal with Blumhouse through her Comet Pictures, for film and TV projects. “I’m 61 and my motto now is: ‘If not now, when, if not me, who?’” said Curtis.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rob Silverstein will take the Executive Producer reins at Meredith Corp.’s daily syndicated show inspired by People magazine content, launching in fall 2020. “Rob is a Hollywood insider and veteran TV producer. He led Access Hollywood for two decades, created and launched Access Live, and produced several Emmy and Golden Globes red carpet specials,” said Gary Brown, SVP, Content for Meredith Local Media Group. “We are thrilled to have someone with Rob’s breadth of experience in this new venture into syndicated programming.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Toronto-based Buck Productions landed a season two renewal for Cashed Out, from Reelz. The docuseries, exploring the lives and careers of A-list celebrities through the money trails they leave behind, will begin principal photography this fall and is slated for broadcast in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

London-based BeaglePug Ltd. and Enriched Media Group have secured TV, film and ancillary rights to historical thriller A Treachery of Spies, by author Manda Scott. It’s the companies’ first foray into long-form TV drama.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer and filmmaker Armando Bó (El Presidente) has launched a new production company, About Entertainment, focused on producing elevated scripted, nonscripted, and brand-integrated content across genres. “Our goal is to encourage creative freedom as the pillar to produce truly special and unique content with storytelling at its core,” said Bó. “It’s important to back filmmakers in their quest for a distinct voice.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jill Leiderman is stepping down as executive producer at Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Taking over the job will be Sharon Hoffman, former EP of Entertainment Tonight and the weekend edition of CBS Evening News. “I could not be more thankful for what Jill has done for our show and could not have asked for a better partner over the past 14 years,” Kimmel said. “Her contributions to the growth of JKL are immeasurable, including finding her worthy successor Sharon Hoffman. We were very lucky to have Jill as long as we did and, while I am sad to see her go, I understand. I am sick of me too.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production studio UNIT9 signed director and screenwriter Maya Albanese, who has crafted work in English, Spanish and French, for brands including Disney, Warner Brothers, Chevrolet, L’Oreal, IBM, VISA, Google and more.
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In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Tubi is offering a range of independent LGBT films, ranging from classics like But I’m a Cheerleader, Jeffrey and Latter Days to coming-of-age titles including G.B.F. and Saved, among others. Viewers can access titles through June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, launched in 2009, will be exclusive to Spotify via a multi-year deal. The comedy talker is the most-searched-for podcast on Spotify, and will remain free to Spotify users.
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And We Go Green, a documentary focused on the rise of Formula E electric car racing and its positive impact in combating global warming, will stream exclusively in the US on Hulu starting June 4. The film is directed by Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood) and Malcolm Venville (44 Inch Chest) and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio under his Appian Way banner, along with RadicalMedia and Bloomfish Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MAVTV Motorsports Network and the ARCA Menards Series are honoring military veterans with an all-day ARCA Menards marathon on May 25. “We encourage everyone to continue the observance of Memorial Day in their own special way and hope you enjoy additional quality time with family watching the most American of all sports, stock car racing,” said John Duff, Head of Content, MAVTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Esther Povitsky’s debut special, “Hot For My Name,” premieres on Comedy Central Friday, June 5 at 10p. In the Happy Madison-produced special, Povitsky goes home to Skokie, Illinois to understand why her unique relationship with her parents motivated her to become a comedian.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A tribute to the late Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown Records, will air commercial-free on BET and REVOLT TV while streaming on all iONE digital brands, and on Fox Soul on Sunday, May 24 at 7p. The broadcast will feature special guests Chris Rock, Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Babyface, Naomi Campbell, Lee Daniels, Robin Thicke, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Clarence Avant, and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS announced it will finish the 2019-2020 season as the most-watched network for the 12th straight season. So far, CBS has won 18 out of 33 weeks this year, including the last 13 in a row. The net is now averaging 7.74 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, Entertainment Tonight (three-week high 2.8 Live+SD national Nielsen, up 4% from the week before) and Access Hollywood (eight-week high 1.3, up 8%) were the top magazine shows in the session ending May 10. Despite declining viewing levels and daily preemptions for news reports on the COVID-19 outbreak, ET rose 8% over the past two weeks to tie sister show Inside Edition (2.8, unchanged) for first place in the category.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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