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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 6/15/20)
ACORN TV: Hidden (Premiere)
ADULT SWIM: Tender Touches (Premiere) at 12 Midnight
HGTV: Generation Renovation: Lake House (Premiere) at 9pm
BYU TV: Wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ (Finale) at 6pm
CW: Roswell, New Mexico (Finale) at 9pm
NAT GEO: Barkskins (Finale) at 9pm
NBC: Songland (Finale) at 10pm

ABC selected Matt James as its Bachelor for the 25th season. James, the show’s first Black Bachelor, was slated to be a suitor in The Bachelorette when production shutdown due to the coronavirus. “Matt has been on our radar since February, when producers first approached him to join Bachelor Nation, as part of Clare’s season,” said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. “When filming couldn’t move forward as planned, we were given the benefit of time to get to know Matt and all agreed he would make a perfect Bachelor. We know we have a responsibility to make sure the love stories we’re seeing onscreen are representative of the world we live in, and we are proudly in service to our audience. This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take action with regard to diversity issues on this franchise.” The news broke as a petition calling for the show to cast more people of color had gathered 84,000 signatures; Rachel Lindsay was the first Black Bachelorette in 2017.
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Celebrity stylist Jessica Mulroney “will no longer appear” on Good Morning America, where she’s been a fashion contributor since 2018. Mulroney was accused of threatening Black influencer Sasha Exeter after Exeter urged public figures to use their social media to combat racism. Canada’s Bell Media removed Mulroney’s reality series, I Do, Redo, from its platforms, saying Mulroney’s conduct conflicts with its commitment to diversity and equality. “I’m going to take this time to reflect, learn and focus on my family,” said Mulroney on Instagram.
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ABC News placed SVP of Talent, Editorial Strategy and Business Affairs, Barbara Fedida, on administrative leave while claims of insensitive and racist marks reported in HuffPost are investigated. “There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation,” said the network. “These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News.” In response, Fedida said through her attorney, “I am proud of my decades of work of hiring, supporting and promoting talented journalists of color… unlike these heartbreaking and incredibly misleading claims about me, that track record is well-documented and undeniable.”
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NBC handed a season two renewal to freshman series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. “We were overwhelmed by the number of people who fell in love with Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and how much joy it brought to everyone,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. Season one averaged a 0.7 rating in A18-49 and 3.1 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens.
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NBCUniversal is joining the Stand for Small coalition with American Express, an initiative that has corporations offering resources for small businesses to build back up after COVID-19 losses. NBCU is introducing a Marketing & Creative Services assistance program, as well as an information hub that curates business and financial content.
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The premiere of HBO documentary, Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn has been moved from Friday, June 19 to Thursday, June 18 at 9p. The film explores the life and death of the infamous attorney.
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ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group is cutting ties with Big Fish Entertainment, producer of A&E’s canceled hit, Live PD. “We have decided to end our relationship with Big Fish Entertainment and will be producing our shows in house at this time,” said a ViacomCBS spokesperson. “We thank Big Fish for their past contributions and wish them the best.” Big Fish is facing backlash for its handling of a police stop during filming of Live PD in which Javier Ambler died, but the video never aired and was eventually destroyed.
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HGTV has picked up No Demo Reno (wt), starring home renovation expert and social media influencer Jennifer Todryk. Cameras will follow Todryk as she creates cost-saving home overhauls for clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by working within the existing footprint of the house.
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Fox Entertainment is putting the brakes on its content pipeline, SideCar Content Accelerator. The production company, launched a year-and-a-half ago, has 17 projects in development, which will be relocated to Fox’s scripted programming department. SideCar CEO Gail Berman will return as full-time CEO of her The Jackal Group, remaining attached to projects she was exec producing at SideCar.
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E! ordered season six of Total Bellas, to launch in fall 2020. Season five, which wrapped June 11, averaged 1 million viewers and 604,000 among A18-49, up 10% from the season prior.
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WarnerMedia is removing HBO Go, its streaming app for HBO subscribers, from distribution on July 31, and rebranding HBO Now to HBO. “Now that HBO Max has launched and is widely distributed, we can implement some significant changes to our app offering in the US,” said the company. “Most customers who have traditionally used HBO Go to stream HBO programming are now able to do so via HBO Max.”
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The One and Only Ivan, a film adaptation of the bestseller about a gorilla, makes its debut August 21 on Disney+. The movie, previously scheduled for a theatrical release, features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren and Chaka Khan.
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John Legend hosts one-hour variety special John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21 at 8p. The tribute will include performances from Legend’s album, “Bigger Love,” due out June 19.
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NBC News virtual discussion Growing Up Black: Families Confronting Racism will stream at 8p tonight, June 15 on Peacock and other NBC sites. Hosted by Today and MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, the special will focus on black parents raising children of different ages.
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American Trial: The Eric Garner Story premieres on Reelz on Saturday, June 20 at 8p. The unscripted courtroom drama presents a criminal case against and a defense of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, captured on video using a chokehold on Eric Garner who gasped, “I can’t breathe” several times before dying on a Staten Island sidewalk in 2014.
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Crackle Plus original film Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters debuts Thursday, June 18. The doc charts the making of the original 1984 movie, with interviews with over 40 members of the cast and crew.
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Animal Planet behind-the-scenes special Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Life in Lockdown has moved from June 27 to Saturday, July 11 at 9p.
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Two-night special OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here? reached 17.6 million viewers since its premiere across all of Discovery’s platforms. For all linear airings, including repeats, across Discovery’s networks on Tuesday, June 9 (Part 1) and Wednesday, June 10 (Part 2), the special reached 10.9 million unique viewers in Live+SD, and the live simulcasts at 9p reached 7.3 million unique viewers combined for Tuesday and Wednesday.
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The premiere of HGTV’s Renovation Island delivered a 0.70 Live+3 rating among P25-54 on Sunday, June 7, helping HGTV garner a 26% increase in Sunday prime over the prior six-week time period. The Live+3 rating among P25-54 also was a 26% increase over year-ago levels.
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Food Network delivered a 0.52 P25-54 rating in Live+3 the week of June 1, growing 18% over the same week last year and ranking as the #5 non-news cable network among W25-54.
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Discovery’s Naked and Afraid XL earned a 0.91 P25-54 rating, +25% versus last week’s premiere (0.73).
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