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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/16/20)
NBC: 30 Rock: A One-Time Special (Premiere) at 8pm
CW: Killer Camp (Premiere) at 8pm
HBO MAX: The House of Ho (Premiere)
ID: Devil Among Us (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Indian Matchmaking (Premiere)
SUNDANDE NOW: The Secrets She Keeps (Premiere)
FOX: Labor of Love (Finale) at 9pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Finale) at 10pm

CBS Television Studios and the NAACP are teaming to develop and produce scripted, unscripted and documentary content. “An important way to diversify and grow our storytelling is to expand our horizons beyond the traditional studio-producer system,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO of the CBS Entertainment Group. “There is no better partner than the NAACP – the preeminent civil rights organization in our country – to help us find, develop and tell these inclusive stories. At the same time, this is a strategic opportunity for CBS to build upon as well as re-imagine our pipeline for existing and emerging creative talent.” The partnership will focus on content that expands the number of diverse voices, and increases the visibility and impact of Black artists.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Simon Cowell is buying Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in Syco Music Entertainment, giving him sole ownership of the Got Talent and The X Factor global franchises he created. Sony Music will retain the joint venture’s music assets. “At this particular contractual crossroads, it was simply the right thing for Simon to take control of his TV assets and propel his company in a new direction,” said Rob Stringer, Chairman, Sony Music Group. “Sony Music has had incredible global success with so many artists that have been launched through Simon’s vision and innovation and we are proud to continue to represent the Syco music catalogue and its artists.” The company will be renamed Syco Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS is cutting ties with Nick Cannon (Wild ‘N Out) over an episode of podcast Cannon’s Class that repeated anti-Semitic theories and praised the ideology of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. “While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him,” said ViacomCBS. In a lengthy Facebook post, Cannon responded by apologizing to his “Jewish Brothers and Sisters for putting them in such a painful position,” and demanding full ownership of Wild ‘N Out, alleging the show “was swindled away from me.” Cannon can apparently have a job at Sean Combs’ Revolt TV if he wants it – Combs tweeted, “We got your back and we love what you have done for the culture…Let’s go!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Most ViacomCBS employees won’t be taking a subway to work anytime soon. While the company had anticipated bringing “a small number” of people back to US office locations next month, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Backish said in a memo, “Given the continued trajectory of the virus, we believe having fewer people commuting and gathering is best.” As for restarting production, “We’re collaborating with our industry partners at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and government organizations on industry-wide recommendations, as well as determining our internal process for planning and evaluating all ViacomCBS productions,” said Bakish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tyra Banks (America’s Top Model) will replace Tom Bergeron as host of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, as well as serve as executive producer of the competition series. News broke Monday that Bergeron, who has hosted the competition for 15 years, and Erin Andrews, co-host since 2014, will not be returning as the show heads in “a new creative direction.” “I guess I won’t back my monogrammed towels,” quipped Bergeron.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The WGA and United Talent Agency struck a deal that allows UTA to represent WGA members for covered writing services, with each side withdrawing legal claims against each other. The deal extends the packaging sunset date to June 2022, with packaging until then only permitted with the consent of the writer, and addresses late pay and free work. “Our goal remains to move the negotiation process forward with the remaining unsigned agencies,” said the WGA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time in 75 years, the New Year’s Day Rose Parade has been canceled. The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Association said California safety restrictions due to COVID-19 prevented planning for the event, which includes floats that take months and thousands of volunteers to complete. The last time the parade was canceled was during World War II.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS launched a co-branded multiplex channel, SHOxBET, combining content from Showtime and BET. The channel, featuring series, films and documentaries, takes the place of Showcase.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MSNBC host Joy Reid should face a defamation lawsuit, ruled an appellate court, overturning a district judge’s decision that the case should be dismissed. Plaintiff Roslyn La Liberte claims that social media posts from Reid defamed her by attributing racist remarks to her.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Association of National Advertisers’ 2020 Masters of Marketing and Media & Measurement conferences are going virtual due to the pandemic. The measurement event was slated for September 23-24 in Naples, Florida, while Masters of Marketing was to take place October 21-23 in Orlando.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crown Media Family Networks is in development with sisters Ashley Williams (The Jim Gaffigan Show) and Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride) on a two-part movie about sisters, with each paying a lead in one of the films. The company is also developing projects with Holly Robinson Peete (The Talk) and Tamera Mowry-Housey (The Real). Hallmark Channel’s Good Witch was renewed for season seven, and Chesapeake Shores will be back for a fifth run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crown Media also announced Hallmark Channel will premiere 23 new original films for its 2020 “Countdown to Christmas” event, while Hallmark Movies & Mysteries will debut 17 new films for its “Miracles of Christmas” stunt.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered animated series Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles, based on the comic books by Stan Sakai. Sakai will serve as exec producer of the CGI series, along with Gaumont, Dark Horse Entertainment and Atomic Monster.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Greg Kinnear (As Good as It Gets) has joined Courteney Cox as the male lead in Starz’ horror-comedy pilot Shining Vale, from Sharon Horgan (Divorce) and Jeff Astrof (Trial & Error).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix is developing a film based on the life of Jessica Watson, the Australian who became the youngest person to sail around the world solo in 2009, at age 16. The screenplay is based on Watson’s memoir, True Spirit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy series The Undesirables, exploring unexpected relationships that form among a group of outcasts in near-future LA, is in development at Amazon Studios. Ken Cheng and Arvin Chen will write and exec produce. The project comes from Crab Club Inc. and SB Projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic series Weird But True! moves to corporate sib Disney+ for season three, premiering on Friday, August 14. This go-round focuses on dinosaurs, national parks, trains, the solar system and more. Also on Disney+: Muppets Now debuts Friday, July 31; new “muppisodes” will be released Fridays.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood launches Monday, August 17. New episodes kick off with a special, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Won’t You Sing Along With Me? that helps address some of the challenges and disappointments kids and their families may be experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s Love It or List It is back with new installments starting Monday, August 10 at 9p. Episodes are also available on HBO GO.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A rural British animal rescue center is the setting for HBO Max’s The Dog House: UK, exploring the complexity of “the human-dog dating experience.” All eight episodes drop Thursday, July 23.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Invest in You: Ready. Set. Grow Your Future – A CNBC & Acorns Town Hall Special is set for tonight, July 16 at 7p on CNBC. The live event will focus on Americans who have been affected by the current health, social and economic crises, along with financial experts and thought leaders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV landed exclusive North American rights to seven-part BBC One comedy The Other One, from Endemol Shine International. The series follows half-sisters who had no idea the other existed until their father died.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Zoom is making it simpler for people to run meetings remotely, with Zoom for Home – DTEN ME, produced by partner DTEN. The 27” tablet with three wide-angle cameras and 8 microphones has Zoom software pre-installed. “Remote work and distance education are becoming increasingly prevalent in businesses and schools across the globe,” wrote Jeff Smith, head of Zoom Rooms, in a blog post. “Organizations must ensure that their staff have the tools they need to get the best possible communications experience at home.” The $599 device will ship in August.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google gives preferential treatment to (Google-owned) YouTube, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which says Google engineers made changes that prioritize YouTube videos on the first page of search results. A Google spokesperson told the paper no preference is given to any video provider, saying, “Our systems use a number of signals from the web to understand what results people find most relevant and helpful for a given query.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Black Lives Matter protests have had a bigger impact than the coronavirus on the volume of posts that top advertiser brands are sharing on social media, according to data from ListenFirst. In June, during the Black Lives Matter protests, top brands shared 44,938 new posts on social media, a decrease of -27.83% from June 2019. In comparison, in March 2020 when the coronavirus was becoming a pandemic, they shared 58,754 new posts on social media, -14.35% less than the number of new posts they shared in March 2019. Between July 1-12, top advertisers shared 19,151 new posts on social media, a -21.63% decrease from the number of new posts they shared during the same period in 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication the week of June 29, the week leading into the Fourth of July weekend, a number of shows slipped to season low levels. However, even with a full week of repeats, Judge Judy (5.6 Live+SD national Nielsen rating) matched its second biggest rating since May.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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