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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/18/20)
CURIOSITY STREAM: The History of Home (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Karma (Premiere)
HULU: Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi (Premiere)
OXYGEN: Killer Couples (Premiere) at 8pm
SYFY: Syfy Wire’s The Great Debate (Premiere) at 11pm
BRAVO: Top Chef at (Finale) 10pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Finale) at 8pm

ABC unveiled its 2020 premiere schedule, with a slate that includes 20 renewals, David E. Kelley thriller Big Sky on Tuesdays at 10p and comedy Call Your Mother from Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) on Wednesdays at 9:30p, as well as alternative series Supermarket Sweep, starring SNL alum Leslie Jones, Sundays at 8p. The Conners moves from Tuesdays to fill the Wednesday-at-9p slot left open by Modern Family, while new seasons of American Idol, The Bachelor, black-ish, For Life and mixed-ish will premiere later in the season.
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillen, pledged $120 million – $40 million each to the United Negro College Fund, and historically Black colleges Spelman College and Morehouse College. “We wanted to do our part to draw attention, in this case, to the HBCU’s 150 years of resilience, of educating young Black people and the stories not well understood in the white community,” said Hastings, a long-time major donor to education reform.
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Alex Kompothecras was fired from MTV’s Siesta Key over racial slurs on his social media account. MTV said Kompothecras will not be in future seasons of the reality show, and the current season is being edited to minimize his presence. MTV had already cut off The Challenge’s Dee Nguyen and Teen Mom’s Taylor Selfridge for offensive comments.
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Changes at the CBS News Washington division were announced by CBS News President Susan Zirinsky. Bureau Chief Chris Isham will move to the role of producer of political coverage, then depart after the election. Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews will serve as acting Washington Bureau Chief, and Lorna Jones is being promoted from Managing Editor to Deputy Bureau Chief. “We will begin a transition process immediately that gives us the time to maintain our competitiveness at a most challenging time,” wrote Zirinsky in a memo to staff.
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Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty) signed a broadcast network-only exclusive direct animation deal with Fox Entertainment, to create and develop a comedy series targeted to debut in spring 2022. Fox Entertainment will produce the series, with its Bento Box Entertainment as the animation studio.
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HBO Max gave a greenlight for adult animated series 10-Year-Old-Tom, about a boy grappling with being corrupted by grownups. Steve Dildarian (The Life and Times of Tim) will write and executive produce; Nick Weidenfeld (Rick and Morty) will executive produce. Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer HBO Max and President TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and Suzanna Makkos, EVP Original Comedy and Animation, have a history with both Dildarian and Weidenfeld – Reilly and Makkos had a development deal with Dildarian during their tenure at Fox and during that same time Reilly created the animation studio ADHD run by Weidenfeld.
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Warner Bros. Television signed a deal with director Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love), to develop comedies, dramas and event series via his Cherry Lane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. “I am beyond excited to be joining the Warner Bros. Television family in this exciting new capacity,” said Cherry. “It’s an important time to be a Black creative working in this industry, and I look forward to creating impactful projects and partnering with other talented marginalized voices in our community.”
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Hulu gave a straight-to-series order to Dopesick, based on the bestseller by Beth Macy, starring Michael Keaton as an old school doctor who finds himself embroiled in the opioid crisis. Barry Levinson is set to direct the project, from Danny Strong (Empire), Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Fox 21 Television Studios.
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The Bold and the Beautiful is going back into production, in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines that include masks (except for actors filming), regular testing and staggered call times. The CBS soap, which appears to be the first scripted network series to go back to production, has been dark since mid-March.
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Crackle Plus announced a curated Sounds of Summer Channel launching on Wednesday, July 1. Spanning pop, rock, and R&B, content will include a selection of music documentaries and concert films from artists including Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Tom Petty and more. “When concerts and festivals are otherwise cancelled or worrisome to attend, we’re thrilled to bring footage of some of the most influential musicians of all time right into the living rooms of our viewers,” said Philippe Guelton, President of Crackle Plus. “We know that our audience wants to see their favorite artists, and Crackle is working to make it happen.”
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Coastal Elites, a Paul Rudnick satire produced entirely under quarantine, will debut on HBO in September. The special stars Bette Midler, Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Issa Rae (Insecure) and Kaitlyn Dever (Unbelievable) in stories about living through the pandemic of summer 2020.
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Comedian Jim Gaffigan sets out to for a new country with no material and no experience of the culture and food, and write and perform new material, all in one visit. The journey is covered in Amazon two-part special, Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist, premiering Friday, July 24.
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Former national security advisor and author of tell-all The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir John Bolton is slated to appear on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, June 23, the day the book is set to be published – though the Justice Department is attempting to block publication. “Telling people they can’t have something just makes them want it more,” noted Colbert on his show. “That’s why the Disney vault exists; I don’t give a damn about it but now I’m hellbent on owning The Aristocats on Bluray.”
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s awards ceremony was indefinitely postponed this year, so E! turns to past highlights in E!’s CFDA Awards: Ultimate Fashion Moments, airing Tuesday, June 23 at 11p. E! style correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski will delve into ceremonies of years past and discuss diversity in the fashion industry.
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Western movie The Warrant makes its TV debut on INSP on Saturday, June 20 at 8p. Neal McDonough, Casper Van Dien and Steven R. McQueen star.
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Tamika Palmer, the mother Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was shot in her home by police in March, is interviewed by radio host Angie Martinez and Angela Yee from 105’s Breakfast Club on Untold Stories of Hip Hop In Quarantine at 10p tonight, June 18 on WE tv.
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Science Channel special Lost Pyramids of the Aztecs follows archaeologists at work on rarely seen ancient sites on Sunday, July 28 at 8p.
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Facing criticism for its hands-off policy on political ads, Facebook said users will soon be able to opt out of seeing social issues, electoral or political ads from political action committees or candidates in their Facebook and Instagram feeds. “Everyone wants to see politicians held accountable for what they say – and I know many people want us to moderate and remove more of their content,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, in a USA Today op-ed piece. “For those of you who’ve already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you – so we’re also introducing the ability to turn off seeing political ads. We’ll still remind you to vote.” Facebook also introduced a voting information center with information on how and when to vote.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CEOs of Amazon Facebook and Google have agreed to testify before Congress this summer as part of an investigation into whether the power of the big four tech companies threatens competition and harms consumers. Facebook and Google agreed on the condition top execs at other big tech companies also testified; Apple CEO Tim Cook has not yet signaled cooperation.
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Limited series The Comey Rule, starring Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) as former FBI Director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson (Mr. Mercedes) as President Donald J. Trump, will premiere on back-to-back nights in late November on Showtime. The four-hour event series was adapted for the screen and directed by screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass) and executive produced by Shane Salerno, Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin and Ray. CBS Television Studios produced in association with Home Run Productions, The Story Factory, and Secret Hideout.
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Five new couples take a leap of faith when season 11 of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight launches Wednesday, July 15 at 8p. All 17 episodes are supersized to two hours. On July 8, the net is offering Married At First Sight Matchmaking Special at 8p, to explain how the couples were paired.
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UK hit The Salisbury Poisonings will make its US debut on AMC this fall. Based on the true story of the 2018 nerve agent poisonings and the impact it had on a local community, the four-part drama stars Anne-Marie Duff (Sex Education, His Dark Materials), Rafe Spall (Trying), MyAnna Buring (The Witcher, Ripper Street) and Johnny Harris (Jawbone).
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The CW added four acquired series to its summer lineup: horror competition Killer Camp, launching Thursday, July 16 at 9p; game show Taskmaster and cooking competition Fridge Wars, premiering Sunday, August 2 at 8p and 9p, respectively; and docu-series Being Reuben, debuting Friday, August 7 at 9p.
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AXS TV acquired season one of nationally syndicated The Song – Recorded Live @TGL Farms. The artist profile series debuts Thursday, July 9 at 8:30p.
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Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel ratings highlights include the nets’ highest HH, M18-49 and M25-54 impressions for the month of May during total day in four years.
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Season four of HGTV’s Home Town delivered a .81 Live+3 rating among P25-54 since it premiered on January 20, the highest-rated season for the series in the demo since 2017. Its P25-54 L3 season rating was a 45 percent increase over year-ago levels and a 15 percent lift over the prior six weeks across all airings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition wrapped its season on Sunday with ratings up 15% vs. year-ago, and Food Network ranking as #3 in the 9p timeslot for P25-54 and W25-54 during its run. The series has been seen by nearly 9 million viewers and is on track to be the highest-rated celebrity season ever.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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