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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/21/20) 
NBC: Celebrity Escape Room (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: The Red Nose Day Special (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Holey Moley (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: To Tell the Truth (Premiere) at 10pm
CW: Burden of Truth (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Labor of Love (Premiere) at 9pm
SUNDANCE TV: The Split at Midnight (Premiere)
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party (Premiere) at 10pm
TWITCH: Artificial: Remote Intelligence (Premiere) at 9pm

ESPN’s 10-part hit docu-series The Last Dance will re-air on ABCstarting Saturday, May 23. The show, focused on the career of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, averaged 5.6 million same-day viewers on the sports net, and was watched in 23.8 million households outside the US in its first four weeks on Netflix.
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Ruby Rose is exiting CW’s Batwoman. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show,” said Rose in a surprise announcement two days after the show’s season one finale. Warner Bros. Television, CW and Berlanti Productions said they were committed to Batwoman’s second season, and looked forward to sharing “its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGTTQ community.” Rose was reportedly unhappy with the long hours the job required, leading to issues on the set.
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Fox canceled family comedy Outmatched after one season. The show averaged an 0.8 rating among A18-49 and 3.3 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens.
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CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell did not air in the East Coast on Tuesday, May 19, due to technical issues in the D.C. bureau. The show was replaced by a feed from CBS’ streaming news site, CBSN. “It’s a broadcast in the era of COVID,” posted O’Donnell in a video clip on Instagram.
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to “a revival of broadcast TV,” according to findings from Global Web Index’s third installment of pandemic research. In the US, 43% of consumers reported watching more broadcast TV, including younger viewers and streamers. Americans are also “hitting the pause button” on cord-cutting, says the report, with the percentage of people interested in canceling traditional TV services declining, and the percentage not interested in cutting the cord growing.
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In a survey done in mid-May, 70% of respondents said if costs were about the same, they’d prefer to see a first-run movie at home rather than in a theater. According the study from Performance Research in partnership with Full Circle Research Co., reported by Variety, only 13% said they’d prefer to watch films in a theater, with 17% uncertain.
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Which means lots of people will be happy about Apple TV+’s acquisition of Tom Hanks WWII drama Greyhound, which was supposed to be released in theaters on June 12. No streaming release date was announced.
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NBC sports net NBCSN plans to fill prime time hours next week with 20 Saturday Night Live episodes featuring athletes. Included will be installments hosted by Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, J.J. Watt, Dwayne Johnson, Andy Roddick, John Cena, Ronda Rousey, Michael Phelps, and Derek Jeter.
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Nexstar Broadcasting scored pre-season rights to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, delivering games and related programming to KTLA Los Angeles, KRON San Francisco, KTVX Salt Lake City, KHON Honolulu and KGET Bakersfield, Calif. “Nexstar is proud to be entering into this multi-market, multi-year partnership with the Las Vegas Raiders, adding to our expansive portfolio of agreements with NFL franchises across the country,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting. “We are equally proud of our association with the executive team at the Raiders and to be bringing live pre-season football and additional programming to more than 9 million television households across these five communities.
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Following the news last month of Kristin Cavallari’s divorce from former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler, the reality TV star announced on Instagram that her E! show will not go on. “As I start this new chapter in my life, I have decided not to continue with Very Cavallari,” she wrote.
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ID fan engagement event IDCON: Home Together begins today at 6p.“Connectivity is something we’re all longing for right now, and we know how devoted our ID Addicts are to our network and stars,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, ID, Travel Channel, Destination America and American Heroes Channel. “For the past five years, fans have come to us in New York City and now, as a special treat during these trying times, we are coming to all of you.”
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The Daytime Emmy Awards will air on broadcast TV for the first time since 2011. CBS will carry the live, virtual event on Friday, June 26 at 8p. Nominations will be announced today during CBS’s The Talk. NATAS was forced to cancel a three-night ceremony in Pasadena because of the COVID-19 shutdown.
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Speaking of daytime drama, CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful was renewed through the 2021-2022 season. The show – now in year 33 – started airing repeats starting April 27 because of the coronavirus production shutdown.
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Edward Sabin, former Head of International at A+E Networks and former COO of Discovery Channel and TLC, announced a new media venture, Cypher Content. “Even before having to navigate the changes we face now due to COVID-19, as an industry we were already focused on managing production costs,” said Sabin. “It’s part of every conversation I am having with US networks and platforms… We will demonstrate that the dichotomy of a decade ago – choosing between high quality and cost efficiencies – is a false one. We believe that launching this first-of-its-kind venture will revolutionize the way storytelling is brought to life for US viewers.” Under the Cypher banner is Embarcadero Pictures, launched in partnership with Argentinian producer, Gerardo Brandy, and his Latin American-based production company Nippur Media.
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Doing Things Media struck a development deal with comedy duo Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s production company Abso Lutely Productions for a TV series based on Doing Things’ viral internet series, All Gas No Brakes. In the series, host and EP Andrew Callaghan will cross the nation in his old-school RV to attend bizarre and outlandish conferences, parties, expos, conventions and political events.
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WarnerMedia announced new companies signed on to distribute HBO Max, arriving Wednesday, May 27. All aboard are Altice USA, Cox Communications, Microsoft, National Cable Television Cooperative, Samsung, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Verizon. They join AT&T, Apple, Charter, Google, Hulu and YouTube TV in offering HBO Max to their customers at launch.
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Creative Artists Agency announced Screening Room With The Stars, a weekly series featuring a livestream of a Hollywood blockbuster, hosted by talent from the film. Each movie will premiere on its official Facebook page every Thursday at 4p. Kicking things off today, May 21: Rocky, hosted by Sylvester Stallone.
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Gusto TV is launching on Sling TV. The food and lifestyle channel features in-studio cooking series, and reality series about food culture and sustainability.
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Fox Nation is rolling out a new slate of adventure programming in June. Seasons 1-6 of A&E’s Duck Dynasty drop June 1, with seasons 7-11 arriving June 15. A new outdoor lifestyle series hosted by Fox News Channel contributor Johnny “Joey” Jones, Fox Nation Outdoors, debuts June 8, and season five of What Made America Great lands on June 29.
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The AT&T TV app, missing from the Roku app store since January, is back. “We are delighted that we reached a mutual win-win agreement with AT&T to distribute AT&T Now and AT&T TV Now on the Roku platform,” said a Roku spokesperson.
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HBO Max will premiere Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of Warner Bros./DC feature film Justice League in 2021. #ReleaseTheSnyderCut has become a rallying cry on social media since 2017. “I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder.
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Discovery and Science Channel plan to simulcast the NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on Wednesday, May 27, from the Kennedy Space Center. It’s the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from US soil since 2011. Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space is set to air live beginning at 2p, and feature live appearances by singer Katy Perry, TV and Internet personality Adam Savage, former NASA engineer and YouTube star Mark Rober.
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On Sundays beginning May 31, MeTV will program themed episodes of The Brady Bunch Brunch from 12p-2p, including sports stars, family vacations, road trips, musical sing-alongs and (“Marcia, Marcia, Marcia”) more.
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TV One celebrates Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, The Beat Don’t Stop, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8p, followed by an encore presentation at 10p. The doc – a year in the making – highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music.
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CentroAméricaTV, the network for Central Americans living in the US, has brought back live soccer. The Costa Rican first division league, Liga Promérica, is the first from a Latin American country to resume their season amidst the COVID-19 crisis, albeit with stringent safety measures in place. The Clausura tournament resumed airing on May 19; the network will broadcast the remaining 21 regular season games through June, and will also air all semifinal and final games.
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BET is moving forward with The BET Awards 2020, set to air Sunday, June 28 at 8p. The show will go on using an array of innovative techniques and artist-generated content. Nominations will be announced on a later date.
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Broadway on Demand is streaming a one-hour special celebrating theater and the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7 at 6p. The event will serve as a fundraiser for Tony presenters The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.
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NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Muppets Now arrives Friday, July 31 on Disney+. The six-parter is the The Muppet Studio’s first original series for the streamer.
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Iron Chef and Supermarket Stakeout host Alex Guarnaschelli enters Worst Cooks in America boot camp as a mentor for the first time when a new season of the Food Network competition premiere’s Sunday, June 21 at 9p.
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The relationships of five couples are put to the test on a new season of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition, launching Thursday, July 2 at 9p.
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Self-shot series Hot Mess House premieres on HGTV on Wednesday, June 24 at 8p and 8:30p. The show features organization expert Cassandra Aarssen helping families identify the organizational style that works for them.
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Greatness Code will debut on Apple TV+ on July 10. The short form docu-series, co-produced by LeBron James’ Uninterrupted and Tom Brady’s Religion of Sports, spotlights untold stories from the greatest athletes in the world – like LeBron James and Tom Brady.
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Netflix’s Mr. Iglesias returns the streamer on Wednesday, June17. The comedy stars Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and Sherri Shepherd.
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Vice TV picked up I, Sniper, a docu-series looking at the 2002 Washington, D.C. sniper case, from UK producer Arrow Pictures. The eight-parter premieres Tuesday, June 2 at 10p.
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Facebook and Instagram rolled out a tool enabling businesses suffering during COVID-19 to create Facebook Shops. A business can create a virtual mall for free, by uploading its catalog, selecting products and customizing the Shop with a cover image and accent colors. Wall Street approved – Facebook stock rose 5.5% after the announcement.
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Hulu is redesigning its user interface so viewers can navigate in a pattern that matches Disney+ and ESPN, and moving categories of content like TV, Movies and Sports to the master navigation. “With our growing audience, we’re constantly thinking about creating the best possible experience for our viewers, by getting them to the content they want to watch quickly while also helping them discover their next favorite movie or series to binge,” wrote Jason Wong, Director of Product Management, in a blog post. “We listened to feedback from our viewers and heard they loved how easy it was to continue watching the shows and movies they love, but not as easy to discover new content.” The updates will be available to some Roku and Apple viewers now, and roll out over coming months.
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MTV International commissioned a new footballer themed edition of Cribs. MTV Cribs: Footballers Stay Home, produced remotely by Otro Studios, will get up close and personal with a number of top international footballers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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