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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/11/20)
ABC: Don’t (Premiere) at 9pm
HGTV: Design at Your Door (Premiere) at 9pm and 9:30pm
History: Alone (Premiere) at 10pm
MTV: Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny (Premiere) at 9pm
Science Channel: Strange Evidence (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Man With a Plan (Finale) at 8:30pm

Cops has ended its run at Paramount Network. The show was pulled from the air in late May amid protests over the death of George Floyd, and this week Paramount made the cut permanent. The reality show, which follows police on patrol, ran on Fox for 25 until 2013, when it was picked up by Spike TV (rebranded to Paramount Network in 2018).
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HBO Max removed 1939 classic Gone With the Wind from its offerings, citing its demeaning racist stereotypes. “Gone With the Wind is a product of its time and depicts some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that have, unfortunately, been commonplace in American society,” said an HBO Max spokesperson. “These racist depictions were wrong then and are wrong today, and we felt that to keep this title up without an explanation and a denouncement of those depictions would be irresponsible.” The service plans to bring the film back eventually, “with a discussion of its historical context.” After the announcement, the film went to the top of the Best Seller list on Amazon.
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Hulu moved the launches of new series Love, Victor and Taste the Nation from Friday, June 19, in support of Black Lives Matter. “This June 19 – Juneteenth – will mark 155 years since slavery was abolished in the United States,” said Hulu in a statement. “This date represents an important turning point for our nation and for human rights, and we believe that now, more than ever, it deserves to have its own day in the spotlight.” Love, Victor will now debut Wednesday, June 17, followed on June 18 by Taste the Nation.
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MTV pulled Teen Mom OG At Home: Cory & Taylor’s Baby Special from its schedule and is ending its relationship with reality star Taylor Selfridge because of a series of racist statements she made on social media in 2012. “MTV strongly condemns systemic racism and stands with those raising their voices against injustice,” said the network.
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Twitter is testing a new prompt that would ask users who have not clicked on an article they are about to retweet to open the story and read it first. “Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it,” tweeted the company. The test is limited to Android users at first.
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Hulu canceled Harlots, nine months after the end of the British period drama’s season three. Also axed is the streamer’s freshman noir drama, Reprisal.
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Kaput at NBC are Lincoln Rhyme and Perfect Harmony after one season. Serial killer drama Lincoln Rhyme averaged 3.7 million viewers and 0.47 among A18-49 during its 10-episode run, while Perfect Harmony delivered under 2 million viewers and 0.42 in the demo.
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The White House Correspondents’ Association today named PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor the recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage. The award recognizes a correspondent who personifies the journalistic excellence and personal qualities of Aldo Beckman, late Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune and former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Awards are slated to be presented on August 29 at the association’s annual dinner.
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PBS was top dog in the 2020 Peabody Awards, with seven shows on the winners’ list. HBO and Netflix each had four wins. Entertainment shows making the cut included HBO’s Chernobyl, Succession and Watchmen; OWN’s David Makes Man; Apple TV+’s Dickinson; Amazon Prime Video’s Fleabag; Hulu’s Ramy; and Netflix’s Stranger Things, Unbelievable and When They See Us.
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A fugitive who was profiled on ID’s In Pursuit with John Walsh is now in police custody thanks to a tip from a viewer who recognized him from the show. Steven Todd, wanted for the murder of a 26-year-old woman from Indiana, is the 17th fugitive featured on the series to land in police custody.
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TLC ordered additional episodes of late night relationship series Find Love Live!. “TLC continues to draw audience gains from our night owls looking for love, and they are absolutely responding to our newly expanded late-night programming lineup,” said Howard Lee, President and GM, TLC. New episodes of the remotely-shot show begin Monday, June 22 at 11p.
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Starz picked up unscripted travel docu-series Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham, created by and starring Outlander’s Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, from Sony Pictures Television. The eight-parter is a celebration of Scottish history and culture as Heughan and McTavish take viewers along on their adventures.
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Dakota Johnson is set to star in mockumentary series Rodeo Queen, in development at Amazon. Johnson will also exec produce via her TeaTime Pictures, with creator Christy Hall (I Am Not Okay With This), Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia), Ro Donnelly and Elisa Ellis.
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Masi Oka (Heroes), Rodney Rothman (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse) and Vertigo Entertainment are adapting Japanese manga Promised Neverland into a live-action series for Amazon that follows a group of the smartest kids in an orphanage who must plan an escape to save the children. Fox 21 and Amazon Studios are producing.
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Blackfin has partnered with director Stanley Nelson and NBA star and philanthropist Russell Westbrook to produce Terror In Tulsa: The Rise And Fall of Black Wall Street. The docu-series focuses on “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history,” set to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the event that originally took place in May,1921. Nelson will direct.
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Netflix introduced a new “Black Lives Matter” collection of over 45 titles about the experience of Black Americans. “When we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we also mean ‘Black storytelling matters,’” said Netflix in a tweet. “With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.” Among the titles in the collection are Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (out Friday); Ava DuVernay’s 13th and When They See Us; Mudbound; Orange Is the New Black; Dear White People and Moonlight.
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Amid the current upheaval around issues of race and policing, ABC will present an encore presentation of John Ridley’s feature-length documentary that examines the 1992 uprising in LA after the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case. The presentation features a special introduction and message from John Legend on Tuesday, June 16 at 8p.
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SeriesFest unveiled the programming line-up for SeriesFest: Season 6, the reimagined virtual festival experience dedicated to supporting the art of episodic storytelling. Taking place June 18-24, the annual festival will “Fest / Differently” with six days of streaming events including competition screenings, panel discussions, workshops, sneak peeks and television premieres. The festival kicks off with an opening night screening of new Starz drama P-Valley, followed by a Q&A with the cast and showrunner.
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Sundance Now acquired US rights to the Australian eight-part drama Upright from Entertainment One. The series follows a shabby musician who has to drive across Australia with nothing but a piano, when a runaway girl comes into his life.
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Cinelatino will host a marathon of popular Puerto Rican films in celebration of Boricua culture and in observance of New York’s 63rd Puerto Rican Day Parade, cancelled amid the COVID-19 crisis. A full day of back-to-back hits will lead up to the Cinelatino premiere of Vico C: La Vida del Filósofo, the #1 film at the Puerto Rican box when it was released in 2017.
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ABC was Thursday’s No. 1 network for the 3rd week in a row in both Total Viewers (5.2 million) and A18-49 (0.8/5) in Live+3 Nielsens. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (0.9/6) and Holey Moley (0.9/6) tied as the night’s #1 program in A18-49 as ABC won all three hours of prime time.
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NBC’s America’s Got Talent cruised to victory Tuesday with a 1.3 rating among A18-49 and 8.71 million viewers, steady with the week prior in Live+SD.
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