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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 7/17/20)
AMAZON: Absentia (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Kissing Game, Cursed (Premiere)
WE TV: Love After Lockup (Premiere) at 9pm
DIY: Beachfront Bargain Hunt (Finale) at 9pm

(SATURDAY 7/18/20)
ABC: Harlem Serves Up (Premiere) at 7pm

(SUNDAY 7/19/20)
CNN: United Shades of America (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Outback Lockdown (Premiere) at 10pm
Reelz: Valerie Bertinelli: In My Own Words (Premiere) at 9pm
TNTL: The Alienist: Angel of Darkness (Premiere) at 9pm
NAT. GEO.: Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (Finale) at 10pm
PBS: Granchester on Masterpiece (Finale) at 9pm
PBS: Beecham House on Masterpiece (Finale) at 10pm
SHOWTIME: Black Monday (Finale) at 8pm

Tina Fey spoke at the Creativity Summit, talking about how NBC asked for a reunion episode of 30 Rock to pinch hit for the upfronts this year. “It made sense to us because the world of 30 Rock always blended commerce and comedy,” said Fey. But don’t ask the comedy crew for professional advice. “I would say we have a level of understanding of marketing and advertising that matches the level of medical knowledge that people have on doctor shows,” said Fey.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix and Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer are being sued for copyright infringement. Irish Rover Entertainment claims the show copies “plot, sequence, characters, theme, dialogue, mood and settings” from Totem, a screenplay by Jeffrey Kennedy. Responded Netflix, “Mr. Kennedy has been peddling these far-fetched conspiracy theories for years, even though Netflix has repeatedly explained to him that The Duffer Brothers had never heard of him or his unpublished script until he began threatening to sue them. After we refused to give in to his demands for a payoff, he filed this baseless lawsuit.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Charter Communications is expanding distribution of Black News Channel by making it available to Spectrum TV subscribers throughout the company’s 41-state footprint by early September. “It’s critical that we provide diverse perspectives on our lineups, and that we have programming that truly reflects the issues facing our customers and the communities we serve,” said Tom Montemagno, EVP of Programming Acquisition for Charter. BNC launched February 10 as the nation’s only provider of 24-hour cable news programming dedicated to covering the perspective of African American communities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twitter said it has taken “significant steps to limit access to internal systems and tools,” after hackers gained access to the accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Jeff Bozos and more. The hackers sent out tweets from the public figures offering to send $2000 for every $1000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick Cannon apologized for anti-Semitic comments he made on a podcast released last month. “I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out of my mouth,” tweeted Cannon. While ViacomCBS had cut ties with the Wild ‘N Out producer over the remarks, he will remain host of Fox hit The Masked Singer. “Nick has sincerely apologized, and quickly taken steps to educate himself and make amends,” said a statement from Fox. “On that basis and given a belief that this moment calls for dialogue, we will move forward with Nick and help him advance this important conversation, broadly.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo Deportes is adding the exclusive US media rights to Liga MX’s Club Deportivo Chivas de Guadalajara to NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ sports content portfolio, starting with the 2020 Apertura tournament set to kickoff later this month. The multi-year agreement includes rights to all Chivas home games in Spanish and English across all Telemundo platforms. In addition to the men’s team, Telemundo Deportes will also carry rights to the women’s club, Chivas Femenil, and their youth team Cantera Rojiblanca.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences does not want Valerie Harper’s four Emmy trophies sold the the highest bidder. Claiming a sale would tarnish the image of the award, and that its statuettes are loans, not gifts, the academy is suing Julien’s Auctions to keep the late actress’ awards off the block. The lawsuit wants the trophies returned to the academy, and seeks a trial for damages.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vox Media announced it will lay off 6% of its workforce, or 72 people, a majority of whom had already been furloughed due to the health crisis. “The roles affected have experienced substantial changes in workload or business priority; in some cases, they are in areas undergoing a strategic shift accelerated by the crisis and its hastened changes to our industry,” said CEO Jim Bankoff in an email obtained by TheWrap. Bankoff said the move comes “as a consequence of the pandemic and its devastating impact on the economy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC has ordered 10 episodes unscripted family social experiment Home Sweet Home, created by Ava DuVernay. Warner Horizon Unscripted Television will produce the hourlong series with DuVernay’s production company, ARRAY Filmworks. In each episode, participants exchange homes for a week and experience the life of someone unlike them. “Led by Ava’s powerful and hopeful creative vision, these stories will reveal genuine moments of change that we hope will spark thought-provoking conversations and encourage compassion, empathy and understanding,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ty Burrell (Modern Family) has launched Desert Whale Productions, and entered a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Under the agreement, Desert Whale comedy Yours, Mine & Paul’s, about a surrogate parent arrangement, is in development at ABC. “While Modern Family recently came to an end after 11 incredible seasons, we are so happy that our relationship with Ty continues through this new deal,” said 20th TV President Carolyn Cassidy. “Yours, Mine and Paul’sproves his considerable talents extend well beyond performing to developing and producing as well. He brought us this fantastic script from a promising young writer he identified, and ABC loved it as much we did.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kate del Castillo (Jane the Virgin) will reprise her role as Teresa Mendoza for a third season of Telemundo “Super Series” La Reina del Sur, a co-production between Telemundo Global Studios and Netflix. The streamer holds global rights; Telemundo will air the show in the US and Puerto Rico.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID gave the green light to season four of Reasonable Doubt. The true crime series re-examines murder cases to determine whether justice was served.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sweet dreams: Idris Elba, Nicole Kidman and Keanu Reeves are among the celebrities who will be helping viewers relax in HBO Max’s A World of Calm, a collaboration between Nutopia (One Strange Rock) and sleep app Calm. The streamer ordered ten half-hour episodes it said will take audiences “on an immersive visual journey into another world.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Studios and Movistar+, the pay-TV division of Spain’s Telefonica, are partnering for a series from Alejandro Amenábar (The Others). The six-part adventure thriller with an international cast is co-written by Amenábar and Alejandro Hernandez and inspired by the Spanish graphic novel, “El Tesoro del Cisne Negro” (“The Treasure of the Black Swan”) by Paco Roca and Guillermo Corral. The series will premiere in 2021 on AMC in the US, Canada, the UK, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Movistar+ in Spain.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nucleus Media inked a deal with fantasy author Jeff Wheeler to adapt his bestselling Kingfountain book series for TV. Under the licensing agreeent, Wheeler will be involved on the creative side of development for the series. Production is expected to begin next year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) is adapting Israeli drama When Heroes Fly, following two men searching for a young scientist against the backdrop of a secret war, for Apple. Keshet Studios and Apple will produce the series, set in South America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeopardy! will go back in time – way back – for a four-week retrospective series, including the 1984 series premiere of the daily syndicated version, starting Monday, July 20. The show has been in reruns due to the pandemic since mid-June. A goatee-d Alex Trebek shared the news in a video, during which he also said his pancreatic cancer treatment is paying off. Not only is he “feeling great” (and looking good), the host revealed that during the break from the studio he wrote a book that will be coming out July 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery and Science Channel are paying tribute to Grant Imahara with a marathon of MythBusters and other engineering programs. Discovery’s lineup runs from 8a-1p today; Science Channel’s airs from 3p-9p tomorrow. Imahara, a co-host of MythBusters and White Rabbit Project, a BattleBots champion and famed engineer, passed away July 13 from a brain aneurysm at age 49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life! debuts on WE tv Thursday, July 30 at 10p.The docu-series centers on Braxton, whose roller coaster life was chronicled in the net’s Braxton Family Values and who will now deal with a new boyfriend, a relaunched music career and co-parenting with her ex.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Saturday, August 8 at 8p – the eve of “Shark Week” – Discovery revs up with three-hour “stuntacular” Diesel Brothers: Monster Jam Breaking Records. The special features attemps at seven record-breaking stunts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animal Planet special Surviving Joe Exotic, premiering Saturday, July 25 at 10p, features the Tiger King star’s last formal interview before his arrest, and tells the stories of the animals exploited at the G.W. Zoo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary film Howard, following the story lyricist Howard Ashman (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, August 7. The film made its debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime documentary feature The Go Go’s is on the move. Originally scheduled to premiere August 1, the doc will instead make its debut Friday, July 31 at 9p, with an encore the next night. The film chronicles the first all-female band to play its own instruments, write its own songs and top the album charts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix announced 10.1 million new subscribers signed on to the service in 2Q20, but warned investors that huge growth so far this year (26 million paid net adds versus 12 million the prior year) likely means “less growth” for the second half of 2020 versus 2019. The streamer also promoted chief content officer Ted Sarandos to co-CEO, a role he’ll share with Reed Hastings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Extraction topped the list of Netflix original movies in viewership its first four weeks, racking up 99 million viewers. Bird Box came in second with 89 viewers, followed by Spenser Confidential (85 million), 6 Underground (83 million) and Murder Mystery (73 million)
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Insight TV is making eight of its original series available on Amazon Prime Video: Access All Areas; Dracula: Escape the Castle; Hunting Fish; King of the Hammers: The Ultra4 Saga; MTB Heroes: Trailblazers; Road to Gymkhana Grid; and Around the World in 80 Tricks. “To have Insight TV shows included on the service is a great way to introduce our content to new audiences and expand the distribution of our incredible unscripted programs,” said Jack Solesbury, Head of Content and Format Sales, Insight TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Topic, the streaming service from First Look Media, is now available to customers in the US and Canada through Apple TV channels. After a seven-day free trial, viewers can subscribe on the Apple TV app for $5.99 per month. Launched in November 2019, Topic focuses on “intensely curated content from creators who have passionate points of view.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Zoom Video Communications topped TikTok’s record for most App Store downloads in a quarter during 2Q20. Sensor Tower reports Zoom was downloaded 94 million times – or 303 million times, counting Google’s Play Store. TikTok clocked 67 million Apple Store downloads during 1Q20, the previous record.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Instagram Shop, a new destination in Explore, rolled out in the US on Thursday, with global expansion planned soon. A double arrow on a product means it can be purchased without leaving the app; a new Shop tab will be added in the navigation bar later this year. Payments for purchases will be processed through Facebook Pay, announced last year and rolling out in the coming weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rashida Jones, Wiz Khalifa and Joy Osmanski have been promoted to series regulars in season two of Fox animated comedy Duncanville, set to debut in 2021….Caitlin McGee (Bluff City Law), Karla Souza (How to Get Away With Murder) and SNL alum Sacheer Zamata have been added to the cast of ABC family comedy pilot Home Economics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $101 million

You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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POWERBALL
Saturday’s Jackpot is $97 million. 

Powerball is played in 43 states.

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