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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 6/12/20)
HULU: Crossing Swords (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Woods (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Crime Diaries (Premiere)
OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Rubber Foot Buffalo Adventures (Premiere) at 7pm
REELZ: Serial Psyche (Premiere) at 8pm

(SATURDAY 6/13/20)
OVATION TV: Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime (Premiere) at 7pm

(SUNDAY 6/14/20)
HISTORY: World War II: Race to Victory (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: Grantchester on Masterpiece (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: Beecham House on Masterpiece (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? (Premiere) at 8pm
WEATHER CHANNEL: Weird Earth (Premiere) at 9pm
WEATHER CHANNEL: Top 100 Weather Moments (Premiere) at 10pm
AMC: Quiz (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Worst Cooks in America (Finale) at 9pm
HBO: I Know This Much Is True (Finale) at 9pm
HBO: Insecure (Finale) at 10:20pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Unearthed (Finale) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL:Forbidden History (Finale) at 10pm

Attention shoppers: Discovery Inc. struck a new partnership with Walmart for product integration into the new self-shot HGTV series Design At Your Door. The deal includes long-form integration into each episode of the series. Shoppable articles will be created for HGTV.com, and a shoppable hub on Walmart.com will highlight products featured in the show. “With the ability to create new programming and content during the pandemic, Discovery is uniquely positioned to offer consumers real solutions to real problems they are facing,” said Jon Steinlauf, Chief U.S. Ad Sales Officer, Discovery, Inc. “Walmart understands this and is a fantastic partner to work with.”
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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Comcast settled their long-running racial discrimination lawsuit and reached a carriage agreement for The Weather Channel and 14 local TV stations, as well as cable channels Comedy.tv, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV. Allen’s litigation against Comcast, claiming his channels were denied access because of his race, was withdrawn. “We’re excited to begin a new phase of partnership with Comcast and Xfinity, including the distribution of our cable channels for the first time on Xfinity platforms,” said Allen.
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Amazon picked up British dramedy Flack, dropped by Pop TV shortly before season two was scheduled to launch. The streamer landed rights to seasons one and two, starring Anna Paquin as a troubled PR exec, in the US and Canada.
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BET announced its overall social justice initiative, “Content for Change.” BET will significantly expand its relationships with and support of social justice organizations’ efforts to drive change, bolster its relationships with current content partners and forge relationships with up-and-coming creators to use the platform to rally the voices of Black lives. To support the undertaking, BET and its corporate partners will dedicate $25 million to the initiative. “For forty years, BET has been a unifying space for Black people to be seen, heard, showcased and celebrated,” said BET President Scott Mills. “As many in America move more boldly and with a greater sense of urgency to address racial inequities, we will utilize the full breadth of our capabilities and partnerships to help drive this critical change.”
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YouTube created a $100 million fund aimed at amplifying the voices of Black creators and artists on its platform, and announced special Bear Witness, hosted by Common and Keke Palmer. The special, airing Saturday, June 13 at 6p, will feature YouTube creators, artists, public figures and activists. “I support the Black Lives Matter movement and I think it’s imperative that we help amplify Black voices and continue the conversation about meaningful change and racial justice,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube.
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Apple is also committing $100 million to support racial justice, announcing the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. The program will have a “special focus on issues of education, economic equality, and criminal justice reform,” said CEO Tim Cook.
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Amid nationwide protests for police reform, A&E canceled Live PD. “This is a critical time in our nation’s history and we have made the decision to cease production on Live PD,” said the network. “Going forward, we will determine if there is a clear pathway to tell the stories of both the community and the police officers whose role it is to serve them. And with that, we will be meeting with community and civil rights leaders as well as police departments.” The decision to yank the highly-rated cable show came one day after Paramount Network canceled long-running Cops, and after reports from Austin of the Live PD crew capturing footage of the arrest and death of 40-year-old postal worker Javier Ambler in police custody last year. The unaired footage was destroyed after the investigation had concluded.
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Live PD host Dan Abrams explained on his website that the footage was destroyed according to the show’s policy, to keep law enforcement from “attempting to use Live PD video to prosecute citizens seen on the footage.” However, in the case of Ambler, “Given what happened, I wish the tape had been preserved and the policy should have had an exception for this sort of situation,” Abrams said.
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Joe Biden’s presidential campaign launched a petition and sent an open letter asking Facebook to stop “amplifying untrustworthy content” and to promptly fact-check election-related material that goes viral. Facebook should also prevent campaigns and PACs from lying in paid advertisements and prevent lies about how to vote, the campaign said. Responded Facebook, “Just as they have done with broadcast networks — where the US government prohibits rejecting politicians’ campaign ads — the people’s elected representatives should set the rules, and we will follow them. There is an election coming in November and we will protect political speech, even when we strongly disagree with it.”
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A petition from ViacomCBS employees asked the company to have Pluto TV stop streaming conservative talk channel the First unless it drops Bill O’Reilly’s program, citing O’Reilly’s “well-documented history of making racist comments, denying the existence of systemic racism, undermining the efforts of Black protesters and insulting Black public figures.” ViacomCBS said while it is reviewing standards for content and channels on Pluto TV, it does not plan to pull the First. “Pluto TV, by design, is a service that makes available a wide variety of channels programmed by third parties, and we think it is critical to represent a diversity of viewpoints, even those we disagree with,” said the company.
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The late basketball star Kobe Bryant has been named the recipient of the Television Academy’s 72nd Los Angeles Area Governors Award, for his legacy of philanthropy, community building and inspiration that extended beyond the basketball court. The LA Emmys stream July 18 at 7p.
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Disney and T-Mobile have pulled advertising from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight over the host’s comments about the Black Lives Matter movement. T-Mobile said it canceled future ads and tweeted that it “will continue to support those who stand against racial injustice.” Ads for ABC did make it onto Carlson’s show, but Disney told Deadline they were mistakenly placed there by third party buyers “who were unaware that we do not advertise on the show, and they have now been notified not to place any further ads.”
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SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced they have reached a tentative agreement for a new TV and film contract. Their current contract expires June 30. “We are living in transformational times,” said SAG-AFTRA President and Negotiating Committee Chair Gabrielle Carteris. “With all that is happening in the world right now, we accomplished something significant, with gains in streaming residuals and increased contributions to the benefits plans.” Next step: The deal goes before the SAG-AFTRA national board of governors for review.
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Starz has picked up Hightown for a second season. The Cape Cod crime drama was the best performing series premiere across the Starz App and OTT platforms to date, doubling the previous series high in addition to its 1.45 million linear viewers in Live+7.
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HBO Max picked up Love Life for a second season. The romantic anthology starring Anna Kendrick is one of the new streamer’s top performers out of all available content. Season two will also be set in NYC, but focus on a new character’s journey. Kendrick will appear occasionally.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is developing a series adaptation of The Other Typist, the novel by Suzanne Rindell set in Prohibition-era NYC. Keira Knightley will star in and exec produce the project, from Searchlight Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Ilene Chaiken (The L Word) will write and exec produce.
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Ricky Velez is reuniting with The King of Staten Island producer/director/writer Judd Apatow for an HBO comedy special. Apatow will exec produce the special with Velez, Jon Kamen, Meredith Bennett, Neal Marshall and Dave Sirulnick.
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Donut Films, a cross-platform production company focusing on drama and comedy, has been launched by scriptwriter and journalist Jane Marlow and producer, Virginia Orr. The company’s first project, drama They Them Us, has been picked up by Canadian LGBTQ+ television network and streaming service OUTtv.
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Tom Hanks WWII drama Greyhound, slated for a theatrical release until the coronavirus crisis hit, will make its debut exclusively on Apple TV+ on July 10. Hanks plays a Navy veteran who must protect a convoy of 37 ships across the Atlantic. Apple paid upwards of $70 million for worldwide rights for the film.
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60 Minutes goes short form in Quibi’s 60 in 6, launching with two episodes on Sunday, June 14 that focus on George Floyd and social justice reform. Episodes lasting 10 minutes or less will then premiere Mondays.
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Season 10 of Robot Chicken returns to Adult Swim on Sunday, June 28 at midnight, while new animated series YOLO: Crystal Fantasy – following two Australian party girls looking for fun – makes its debut on Sunday, August 9 at midnight.
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Series making their debuts on Fuse this summer include Hype Up, which has musicians surprising fans with unforgettable days, starting July 1 at 11:30p; esports series Modern Gladiators, arriving July 14 at 11p; and street art showcase UnFramed, debuting August 1 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Making their midseason premieres on truTV this summer are Hot Ones: The Game Show on Tuesday, July 14 at 10p, and Tacoma FD on Thursday, July 23 at 10p.
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Ben Hollingsworth has been bumped up from recurring to series regular for season two of Netflix drama Virgin River.
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WE tv’s Growing Up Hip Hop boasts a five-week streak of viewership growth in the second half of season 5 among W18-49 and 25-54 and A25-54. The June 4 episode also delivered the second consecutive week of season-high ratings among W25-54 and third consecutive week among A25-54 and W18-49 in Nielsen Live+3 ratings.
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HGTV’s Bargain Mansions has delivered its highest-rated season, with a .74 L3 rating among W25-54; a 0.71 Live+3 rating among upscale P25-54; and a 0.87 Live+3 rating among upscale W25-54. In addition, it delivered a 0.72 Live+3 rating among P2+ and a 1.44 L3 household rating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS named Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events at ViacomCBS Media Networks. Gillmer most recently served as Head of Global Music and Executive Vice President, Music & Talent, Programming & Events for Viacom International Media Networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer Jas Waters died at age 39. “This news took my breath away,” said This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. “Jas was absolutely brilliant and had so many stories still to tell. She made an indelible mark on our show and my heart breaks for her loved ones.” In addition to This Is Us, Waters’ writing credits included Kidding and The Breaks, among others.
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Character actor Mel Winkler died in his sleep of unknown causes. He was 78. In addition to voice work on The New Batman Adventures and Oswald, Winkler appeared on numerous shows, among them The Cosby Show, Touched by an Angel, NYPD Blue and The Shield.
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