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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 6/2/20)
HGTV: House Hunters: Comedians on Couches (Premiere) at 10p
TLC: Outdaughtered (Premiere) at 9p
USA: Dirty John (Premiere) at 9p
VICE: I, Sniper (Premiere) at 10p
A&E: Accused: Guilty or Innocent? (Finale) at 10p
CW: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (Finale) at 9p
HGTV: Bargain Mansions (Finale) at 9p
HISTORY: The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch (Finale) at 10p
TLC: 7 Little Johnstons (Finale) at 10p

Some Facebook employees protested CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take down controversial posts from President Trump – including one that said, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” – by staging a virtual walkout on Monday. The employees took the day off, leaving automated messages saying they were out of the office in a show of protest. “We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community,” said a spokesperson. “We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.” Zuckerberg said Facebook would commit $10 million in funding for groups advocating racial justice.
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In response to outrage over the police killing of George Floyd, Discovery Inc. joined the media companies speaking out against racial injustice with a new PSA that says, “Discovery’s mission is to understand and share the world around us. We will always stand for mutual respect, equality, and tolerance. Our hope is for justice and peace for all. #BlackLivesMatter.” In a memo to employees, CEO David Zaslav said that in addition to developing a programming strategy that can “help bring more understanding and debate around some of the core issues at the heart of systemic racism,” the company will support organizations through philanthropy, employee impact initiatives and career opportunities.
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ViacomCBS showed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement yesterday with an eight-minute and 46-second video that aired across networks at 5p, with the words, “I can’t breathe” and a timer to mark the time in which George Floyd was killed in police custody. “Breath is one of the many things that unites us – and during this time, when Black lives are under attack in so many ways, we want to leverage all of our platforms to show our ally-ship,” wrote Chris McCarthy, President of entertainment and youth brands at ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, in a note to staff. The video also showed viewers how to text the organization Color of Change.
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Recommendations to get TV and film production back on track after the coronavirus shutdown were submitted to New York governor Andrew Cuomo and California governor Gavin Newsom in a document compiled by top studios, guilds and producers. “Proposed Health and Safety Guidelines for Motion Picture, Television, and Streaming Productions During the COVID-19 Pandemic” included physical distancing, regular testing, cleaning and protection, as well as an autonomous COVID-19 Compliance Officer to ensure safety compliance and enforcement. Location filming would be avoided as much as possible, and live studio audiences discouraged.
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Fox Corp. is grabbing a bigger stake in online gaming company Flutter Entertainment. “Fox is bullish about the opportunities in the digital sports wagering market,” said Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch. “Fox Bet has shown strong growth since launching last fall, and we look forward to continuing that success with our partner, Flutter.”
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Speaking of, sports betting could boost engagement as the sports industry begins to recover post-COVID-19. According to a joint study from Heart+Mind Strategies and Horowitz Research, 77% of sports bettors say they are “more into sports” now that they can bet on them. “More than ever, the sports industry and its stakeholders need to evaluate the methods by which they enable fans not only to consume but be active participants in sports,” said Mike Dabadie, CEO at Heart+Mind Strategies. “In a world impacted by COVID-19, fans are interested in connecting with the excitement of sport in new ways, and sports betting is one of the biggest opportunities.
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NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell is reportedly toying with the idea of replacing CNBC’s prime time programming with right-wing talk shows, according to the NY Times. The network’s current prime time lineup includes shows like Shark Tank reruns, The Profit and Jay Leno’s Garage.
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LX, NBCUniversal Owned TV Stations’ new TV/streaming network for Gen Z and millennials, debuted live news program LX News yesterday, June 1. At LX, we are innovating on the local news experience for adults 18 to 45 by delivering them powerful and visually-rich storytelling that takes their interests into consideration. LX’s approach to news is personal,” said Meredith McGinn, SVP of LX.
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Cheddar is relaunching with the tagline, “News Worth Investing In.” Born as a business news network in 2016 and followed two years later with a sibling headline news network, Cheddar will now combine its networks and focus on technology, media, and innovation. “The unification into one network will simplify the confusion between the two Cheddars and allow us to put our full effort, more wood behind fewer arrows, into building a single widely and consistently available live news network,” said Altice News and Advertising President and Cheddar founder Jon Steinberg, who added that the pandemic “has required us to rethink and challenge ourselves on how we bring that vision to life: how we broadcast, adapt to the ad market, and lean into changing consumer streaming habits.” The health crisis also forced layoffs of “some of the anchors, producers and professionals that got us to where we are today, and those decisions were very difficult,” said Steinberg.
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Comedian Scott Rogowsky (HQ Trivia) will host the virtual IAB NewFronts the week of June 22. Co-hosts so far include co-founder and lead analyst of TVR[E]V Alan Wolk, Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Video Host Clair Saffitz, host and senior editor of Marketplace Tech, Molly Wood, and business anchor at Cheddar, Nora Ali. “A digital pioneer, Scott is the perfect choice to host this year’s first-ever virtual NewFronts,” said David Cohen, President, IAB. “His irreverent media savvy approach is exactly what this event needs – he’ll help us break down what’s really happening and why it matters as we all navigate our new streaming future.”
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NBC has five new episodes of Hollywood Game Night set to start rolling Sunday, June 7 at 7p. The fresh batch is left over from last summer’s season six.
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A Broadway-themed special slated to stream Sunday, June 7 has been postponed due to national unrest. “We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter,” said Broadway on Demand CEO/President Sean Cercone. The one-hour special, which was to take place on the day originally slated for the Tony Awards, was planned as a celebration of theater, and a fundraiser for the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League.
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Hallmark Channel Radio is back on SiriusXM for “A Little Romance,” featuring classic love songs during the month of June. The channel will be hosted by Hallmark Channel star Lacey Chabert, with additional network talent including Erin Krakow, Andrew Walker, Wes Brown, and Jessy Schram.
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Cineflix Productions has attached Dream Hampton (Surviving R. Kelly)as executive producer and director of its new limited documentary series, Black Wall Street (wt), focused on the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.
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WWE introduced a free version of WWE Network, unlocking new shows; recent episodes of Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT; historical PPVs; and weekly WWE highlights. “The launch of WWE Network’s Free Version is a key component of our company’s digitization strategy,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE EVP, Advanced Media. “As we continue to reimagine WWE Network’s offering, the Free Version will serve as an effective way to reach a broader group of consumers and allow them to experience the history and spectacle of WWE.”
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Google is being sued for violating anti-trust laws, leveraging “its stranglehold on online search and search advertising to gain an illegal monopoly in brokering display advertising on other companies’ websites,” allege a D.C. tour company, a Florida-based pet company and a San Francisco law firm in a class-action suit. The complaint alleges Google’s conduct has resulted in higher prices for advertisers and consumers, lower payments to online publishers and diminished competition.
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HGTV will run a knock-it-down, build-it-back-up Dad-A-Thon on Sunday, June 21, from 7a-10p. The lineup includes episodes of popular series showcasing dads creating dream homes for families.
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Bounce and its streaming service, Brown Sugar, are teaming for a Black Music Month tribute, celebrating the contributions of African Americans to music, with films like Cadillac Records, Prince: A Purple Reign, Michael Jackson: The Journey, and more.
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Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery was ID’s highest rated telecast for W25-54 Live+SD year-to-date. Premiering on May 26 as part of ID Presents: Nine at 9, the story of the mysterious death of actress Brittany Murphy ranked #2 in all of ad-supported cable for W25-54 in the 9p timeslot, with nearly 1.5 million viewers (P2+ including Live+3) the special was ID’s highest-rated telecast for P25-54 since the January airing of Aaron Hernandez: An ID Murder Mystery.
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The first week of WE tv’s “Criminal Minds Summer Stakeout,” a summer-long marathon event that airs twice weekly, delivered ratings growth across key demos for its debut. Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25 were up +23% among W25-54, +17% among A25-54, and +11% among total viewers in Live+3 ratings compared to the 4 weeks before the event began.
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