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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/25/20) 
CBS ALL ACCESS: The Twilight Zone (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Doom Patrol (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Esme & Roy (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Search Party (Premiere)
MTV: Revenge Prank (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Broke (Finale) at 9:30pm
FOOD NETWORK: Summer Rush (Finale) at 10pm

Showtime mini-series The Comey Rule, based on former FBI Director James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” is moving from a late November air date to Sunday, September 27 and Monday, September 28 at 9p. Earlier in the week, director Billy Ray sent an email to the cast, expressing his disappointment that The Comey Rule wouldn’t air until late November, after the presidential election. The change was just part of Showtime’s scheduling updates – Ethan Hawke’s The Good Lord Birds, originally set to launch August 9, will now debut October 4. Docu-series The Comedy Store will premiere Sunday, October 4 at 10p; four-part The Reagans debuts Sunday, November 15 at 8p; and feature doc Belushi, examining the life of the late John Belushi, arrives Sunday, November 22 at 9p.
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Netflix’s subscribers have been tuning in to more international content during the pandemic, revealed CEO Reed Hastings in an audio essay for the BBC. “We’re discovering that the more global we become, the more important it is that we work with local, diverse creators to tell local, authentic stories that speak to us all,” said Hastings, noting that La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) has drawn 65 million users.
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In more Netflix news, the streamer is among those being sued by the estate of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle over copyright and trademark issues regarding upcoming film Enola Holmes. The lawsuit claims that the movie, starring Millie Bobby Brown as the sister of Sherlock Holmes and based on the book series by Nancy Springer, incorporates the detective’s emotions, which weren’t evident in earlier books that are part of the public domain. Legendary and the author, writer and director of the film are also named in the suit.
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Major League Baseball league owners approved a truncated 60-game schedule that will begin around July 24, with training camps set to open July 1. The players’ union agreed to the terms. Competition will have more regional play, to keep teams closer to home to reduce travel exposure to COVID-19. “The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel,” said the league.
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The role of Missy, a biracial character on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, will be recast with a Black actress. “We made a mistake, took our privilege for granted, and we are working hard to do better moving forward,” wrote series co-creator, executive producer and star Nick Kroll on Twitter. Jenny Slate voiced the role for the show’s first three seasons.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine showrunner Dan Goor chucked the four episodes he’d written so far for season eight of the cop comedy, series star Terry Crews told Access. In the wake of protests over George Floyd’s death, “We’ve had a lot of somber talks…and through this we hope to bring something that could really, really, truly be groundbreaking,” said Crews.
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CNN announced its new programming slate, with new CNN Original Series including Lincoln: An American President, exploring the life of the 16th president; eight-part History of Sitcom; Jerusalem; Reframed: The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe; The Story of Late Night; First Ladies; and The Woman Who Took Down the KKK, about a Black heroine in the South. HLN is bringing back a number of true crime series, and adding Murder Nation, featuring iconic mysteries and murder cases.
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New York City started accepting film permit applications for work starting after June 30. The permits allow principal photography, with a limit of a cast and crew of no more than ten people, among other restrictions.
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ViacomCBS International Studios and Miramax are teaming to co-produce The Turkish Detective, a TV series adaptation of the crime novels by Barbara Nadel. Jill Offman, former VP of ViacomCBS International Studios UK, will executive produce.
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ITV America inked an overall deal with Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash’s recently established production label Nobody’s Hero. Under their agreement with ITV America, Potts and Nash will expand upon their brand of reality fare, creating, developing and producing projects alongside the ITV team.
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Apple TV+ gave a straight-to-series order to comedy series The Afterparty, which will tell the story, from different points of view, of a murder at a high school reunion party. The show comes from Sony Pictures Television and TriStar Television.
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MGM Television’s Unscripted & Alternative Television, and Orion Television division inked a first look deal with format sourcing company Small World IFT. Under the agreement MGM will have an exclusive first look at international formats sourced by Small World IFT and access to their existing catalog.
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Skydance Television has partnered with CJ ENM (Parasite) and its subsidiary Studio Dragon to develop a television series based on the South Korean fantasy drama Hotel Del Luna. The new series will be reimagined for a global audience with Alison Schapker (Altered Carbon) developing and producing as part of her overall deal with Skydance.
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Sky and AMC ordered season two of Gangs of London, produced by Pulse Films in association with Sister for Sky Studios. AMC is on board as co-producer for season two.
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Toonz Media Group, Elijah Rock Productions, and Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment have started pre-production on a feature length animated movie, JG & the BC Kids, which will be followed by a TV series following a super intelligent and athletic scientist and inventor who travels the world to find special kids. Janet Huber (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) will produce the show, inspired by her son.
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NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will be available on VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs at launch on July 15. A tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and live and on-demand programming will be free, with Peacock Premium available for $4.99 per month, with more than 15,000 hours of content. Viewers can upgrade to Peacock Premium ad-free for an additional $5.00 per month.
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Sports-focused live TV streaming platform fuboTV gets even sportsy-er, with a multi-year distribution agreement with Disney Media Networks for live TV and VOD. Beginning this summer, customers who subscribe to fuboTV’s fubo Standard base package will have access to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, as well as ABC, ABC News Live, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, and National Geographic. Additional networks will also be available on fuboTV’s other packages. “With the addition to our lineup of the ESPN suite of channels, we continue to make good on our promise to sports fans to be the undisputed home of professional and college sports,” Fubo co-founder and CEO David Gandler said. “Fubo is equally delighted to add the storied Disney, ABC, FX and Nat Geo networks to round out a robust programming portfolio for the whole family to enjoy.” Said Sean Breen, EVP, Platform Distribution, Disney Media Networks, “With fuboTV’s multiple access points across all major streaming platforms and a competitive price point, we continue to serve a growing audience that consumes video on multiple screens and attract new customers into the pay TV ecosystem.”
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Amazon is actively pursuing deals to license live and linear programming for Prime Video, according to a report in Protocol. The newsletter quotes from job listings for Amazon, including one scouting someone who can “redefine how customers watch 24/7 linear broadcast TV content” and design “the end-to-end customer experience for how customers discover and watch” linear TV content. Amazon has already licensed sports programming, including NFL Thursday Night Football, and streams live programming from news networks.
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Added to the lineup for the 2020 BET Awards: Black Thought, Jay Rock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Mister Jahi, Nas, Public Enemy, Rapsody, Questlove, and YG. The show airs Sunday, June 28 at 8p, across BET, BET Her and CBS.
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From Monday, June 29 through July 4 weekend, AccuWeather Network will offer tips on how to stay safe this summer, as well as daily Fourth of July and fireworks visibility forecasts starting June 30.
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The PBS Short Film Festival is back for its ninth year, returning July 13-24 to all PBS and station digital platforms. The festival features 25 short-form independent films presented in five categories: culture, environment, family, humanity and race. “At PBS, we have been committed to bringing a diversity of voices into American homes,” said Ira Rubenstein, Chief Digital and Marketing Officer. “As we celebrate independent filmmakers once again this year, we’re especially proud to showcase a variety of features and perspectives across multiple platforms and help to elevate important stories.”
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LMN’s is in the Wrong again with two new movies: Vivica A. Fox returns to star in and produce The Wrong Wedding Planner, premiering Friday, July 17 at 8p, and The Wrong Stepfather, debuting Friday, July 31 at 8p.
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AMC is airing special Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad-related programming in July, including a day-long marathon of Better Call Saul’s fifth season on Thursday, July 9 at 9a, with bonus content from series stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn; a new digital short-form series with Giancarlo Esposito; and back-to-back airings of the films Wakefield and Godzilla, starring Bryan Cranston, with special interstitial content from the Breaking Bad star.
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The Paley Center for Media is hosting a program that will run on the Paley Center’s Facebook page. HGTV’s Property Brothers: A Conversation with Drew and Jonathan Scott will be available for view on Friday, July 10 starting at noon.
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Apple’s upcoming operating system will let consumers know when an app wants to track them for ad purposes, and give them the option to either allow or prohibit tracking. Until the iOS14 debut, expected in September, Apple users have to dig into privacy settings to prevent advertisers from using its identifier for advertising. Leigh Freund, President and CEO of Network Advertising Initiative, is not a fan of the change. “If fewer consumers opt in to the use of anonymous data to support advertising, app developers will be forced to charge consumers for their apps, as well as in-app content, to offset lost advertising revenue,” she said.
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Martha Stewart has two new shows coming up on Discovery Inc. networks. HGTV’s Martha Knows Best will show the lifestyle expert completing outdoor projects for her farm, and she’ll headline a holiday-themed series for Food Network, in addition to returning to the net’s Chopped. “Her skills, expertise and ability to connect with audiences in a fun, and sometimes cheeky, way is a good thing, but the best thing about Martha is that she makes everyone believe that they can try her tips and ideas in their own kitchens and gardens too and that makes her the perfect fit for HGTV and Food Network right now,” said Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery Inc.
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Season seven of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks premieres Sunday, June 28 at 8:30p on Nat Geo. Competition will be stiff – traveling to the Outer Banks for the first time is Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com, who has won the competition in Gloucester an unprecedented five times.
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Showtime picked up BBC Studios drama We Hunt Together, exploring sexual attraction and emotional manipulation. The series premieres Sunday, August 9 at 10p.
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Water sports competition fans won’t have to wait until Cannonball officially premieres on USA Network on Thursday, July 9 at 8p. A special telecast of the new show will air on NBCU sib NBC on Monday, June 29 at 10p.
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Travel Channel’s Believers uses actor portrayals and archival documentation to recreate events that turned eyewitnesses into paranormal believers. The new series debuts on Saturday, July 11 at 9p, followed at 10p by the debut of Dan Aykroyd-hosted Paranormal Predator.
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EstrellaTV television network has added Chisme En Vivo, a one-hour entertainment newsmagazine, to its afternoon programming lineup. The show, hosted by Elisa Beristain and Javier Ceriani, airs weekdays at 4p.
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AVOD Fox Soul, iHeartRadio and Motown Records are partnering for Motown Countdown, a limited talk/music series set to stream Tuesdays in July. Angela Yee (iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club) will host.
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Saturday’s premiere of The Warrant on INSP delivered the second-highest ratings for any TV premiere of a movie from INSP Films. The film averaged a .512 HH rating, the sixth highest of any cable network during its time period.
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Prince released “Purple Rain” in 1984 (36 years ago today).
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