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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/6/20)
CBS ALL ACCESS: Star Trek: Lower Decks (Premiere)
HGTV: Christina on the Coast (Premiere) at 9pm
PEACOCK: Hitmen (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: Upright (Premiere)
ID: Devil Among Us (Finale) at 9pm

Discovery Inc. will share details on a new direct-to-consumer offering in the very near future, said CEO David Zaslav during the company’s earnings call. Describing the product as “a new SUV,” Zaslav said, “We’ve got a lane. It’s almost like that lane is ours.” Noting that TLC hit all-time ratings highs last quarter, Zaslav said what separates Discovery brands are genres that are “relevant and durable,” and short production schedules that enable speedy content development.
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Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is reserving $220 million in TV ads and $60 million in digital ads through the fall, the Democratic candidate’s campaign announced Wednesday. “We know that in a pandemic, we are in unprecedented times,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. “We’ve seen chaos in recent primary elections, and we know that our responsibility is to make sure that we give voters everything they need to be able to vote, vote early and vote safely. We believe that our advertising strategy is going to do just that and serve as a way to break through from a lot of the misinformation out there.” President Trump’s campaign has reserved $147 million in ads, according to the Associated Press.
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Mark X. Lima has joined CBS News as West Coast Bureau Chief, where he will oversee the organization’s newsgathering in the western region for all broadcasts and platforms. Lima most recently served as the VP of News for Univision/Fusion.
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ICM Partners signed a deal with the WGA that lets the agency return to representing guild members. A sticking point between the WGA and the “Big 4” agencies has been the practice of packaging deals. “We are looking forward to getting back to work for our writer clients,” said ICM Partners Co-President Kevin Crotty. “The pandemic has caused tremendous hardship and every facet of our industry is greatly challenged because of it. It was time to bridge this gap.” The WGA reached an agreement last month with UTA that included an anti-packaging provision.
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Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder) and Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us) were named Best Actress and Best Actor for the African American Film Critics Association’s second annual AAFCA TV awards. Insecure landed Best Series honors, and The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel was Best TV Movie. An invitation-only virtual ceremony will take place Saturday, August 22.
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Mermaid drama Sirens was canceled after three seasons on Freeform. While the show had dropped over 25% among A18-49 and 13% in viewers during its third go-round, it was still Freeform’s highest-rated original series.
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NBCUniversal and producer A. Smith & Co. have severed all ties with last year’s American Ninja Warrior winner, Drew Drechsel, after he was arrested for enticement of a minor to travel for illicit sexual conduct, among other crimes. “We are shocked and disturbed to learn about the charges alleged against Drew Drechsel,” said the companies. “American Ninja Warrior is a family show that has inspired countless people, and we will not let the actions of one contestant tarnish the hard work and amazing stories of so many.”
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Jeep’s getting Alone time with History. The network, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Publicis Collective have partnered to create custom vignettes to air in around this season of survival series Alone. The spots feature former Alone contestant Britt Ahart in off-roading expeditions with the Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. “These spots illustrate the perfect pairing of two outdoor warriors, Britt Ahart and Jeep, exploring the terrain they’ve both mastered,” said David DeSocio, EVP, Ad Sales Partnerships.
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Oh joy! Doubling down on adult-focused animation, Comedy Central gave the green light to a reimagined Ren & Stimpy Show. “We are excited to reinvent this iconic franchise with a new creative team and our partners at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio,” said Chris McCarthy, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group. “Ren & Stimpy joins our rapidly expanding roster of adult animation including South Park, Beavis and Butt-Head and Clone High as we continue to reimagine our treasure chest of beloved IP for new generations.” Nickelodeon launched the original Ren & Stimpy in 1991.
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WarnerMedia ordered a reboot of British game show The Cube, hosted by NBA champion Dwayne Wade. Contestants attempt seemingly simple physical tasks within the confines of a glass box. “As a former athlete, I enjoy competition and I appreciate the skill set needed to compete in high-tension and fast-paced environments,” said Wade, who will executive produces as well as host. “I’m looking forward to teaming up with contestants to embark on a quest that is both physical and mental, as well as adding my own flavor to the show that will make this a fun family viewing event.” The ten-part, 60-minute series is slated to premiere next year.
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In addition to resuming production on season nine of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, WarnerMedia ordered a third season of TBS comedy game show The Misery Index, and 10 additional episodes of truTV’s Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party. Impractical Jokers: The Movie will stream on HBO Max on September 1. “The Impractical Jokers franchise continues to deliver each and every time,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager of TNT, TBS and truTV. “The plan is continue to grow their business from an incredibly solid foundation and deliver to a passionate fanbase that’s second to none.”
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Tacoma FD was picked up for a third season on truTV. Season two ranked among ad-supported cable’s top five comedy series; to date the show has reached 11 million viewers.
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HBO Documentary Films and producers Mark and Jay Duplass (Room 104) are currently in production on docu-series The Lady and the Dale, exploring a 1970s auto scam centered around a mysterious entrepreneur. Also in production is two-part Seen & Heard, looking at the history of Black television, produced by documentarian Phil Bertelsen (Who Killed Malcolm X?) and executive produced by Issa Rae (Insecure) and Montrel Rae of Issa Rae Productions.
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Apple gave a straight-to-series order for a Team Downey drama based on a true story about a Canadian detective who takes on a decades-old cold case. Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell will executive produce for Team Downey, and Adam Perlman will serve as writer and executive producer.
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Thomas Jane (The Expanse) will star in and EP crime drama Troppo, based on bestseller Crimson Lake. Yolanda Ramke (Cargo) will write the series adaptation, following an ex-cop who escapes to the tropics of Australia, from Renegade Entertainment, AGC Television, Essential Media and Beyond Production.
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Regina Hall (Black Monday) has joined the cast of Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the book by Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarty. Hall joins Melissa McCarthy and Nicole Kidman.
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The doctors are (virtually) in at TLC. Dr. Pimple Popper: Before the Pop premieres Thursday, September 3 at 10p, with Dr. Sandra Lee taking virtual appointments with patients who can’t visit the office. My Feet Are Killing Me: First Steps debuts Thursday, September 10 at 10:30p, as podiatrist patients undergo virtual consultations.
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Rachael Ray returns to Food Network with at-home episodes of 30 Minute Meals, starting this fall. Ray will offer step-by-step cooking instructions from her home in upstate New York.
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Another cooking show, Selena + Chef, makes its debut on HBO Max on Thursday, August 13. The series stars actress/singer Selena Gomez as she makes meals while sheltering at home.
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Ridley Scott sci-fi series Raised By Wolves debuts Thursday, September 3 on HBO Max. The 10-parter follows two androids who raise humans on a mysterious planet.
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Season two of CBS summer series Love Island, delayed because of the health crisis, will launch Monday, August 24 with a two-hour premiere, then air nightly at 9p with two-hour episodes on Saturdays. Instead of the season’s planned location, Fiji, contestants on the dating show will look for love sequestered in Las Vegas.
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Disney Junior renewed T.O.T.S. for season three. The sophomore run of the animated series premieres Friday, August 7 at 9a.
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Fourteen-part documentary Women Make Film will have its US premiere on TCM on Tuesday, September 1 at 8p. The doc from Mark Cousins will be supplemented with over 100 titles from female filmmakers.
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Amazon Prime Video reported the highest growth in new subscriptions in second quarter 2020, according to Kantar’s latest Entertainment on Demand reports. Prime Video subs accounted for 23% of SVOD subscriptions, up from 14% last quarter. HBO Max snatched one in ten new SVOD subscriptions, with 33% of respondents saying content was a motivating factor for signing up; The Sopranos, Westworld and Game of Thrones were HBO Max’s most-cited titles. “HBO can be pleased with progress to date in terms of new subscriber numbers, and importantly at the end of Q220, just 18% were on free trials,” said Kantar SVP Dominic Sunnebo. “The key challenge for HBO Max will be enduring longevity of subscribers – there are already some signs that attitudinally, HBO Max subscribers do not view it as a long-term commitment, in the same way they do Netflix. Driving engagement with newer HBO content, alongside headliners like Sopranos and Game of Thrones will be important.”
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All eight Harry Potter films will be available to stream on Peacock over the next six months, starting later this year and into 2021. “The Harry Potter franchise is beloved by people of all ages and represents the caliber of quality entertainment customers can expect to find on Peacock,” said Frances Manfredi, President, Content Acquisition and Strategy, Peacock. The Potter collection had a run on HBO Max when that streamer launched in May.
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Sony Pictures Television has launched two Spanish-language AVOD channels, targeting the US Hispanic audience and available via VIZIO SmartCast. Sony Canal Competencias features reality competitions and game shows, and Sony Canal Comedias will air comedies and dramady remakes from Latin America. “The addition of Sony’s Competencias and Comedias channels to the VIZIO SmartCast line-up is an important move for us as we look to expand the entertainment options for our Spanish-speaking audience,” said Katherine Pond, VP of Business Development for VIZIO.
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Starting in November, HBO will air a weekly anthology of crime-focused documentary films. Among the offerings: Crazy, Not Insane, profiling controversial forensics psychiatrist Dr. Dorothy Otnow Lewis; Baby God, examining the dark legacy of a Las Vegas fertility specialist; and The Mystery of DB Cooper, following the unsolved case of the man who hijacked a plane almost fifty years ago with $200,000.
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Also on HBO: Paul Rudnick comedy Coastal Elites premieres Saturday, September 12 at 8p. Originally conceived for the Public Theater in New York, the satire jumped to the screen due to the pandemic. Bette Midler, Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek), Sarah Paulson (American Crime Story) and Issa Rae star in the special, exploring a world of deeply divided politics and the pursuit of human connection.
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Partners diving into Discovery’s Shark Week include monthly dog box Pooch Perks; Southwest Airlines; salon brand Great Clips; Oceana; Ubisoft; Epic Games; Georgetown Cupcake (which has created a “Shark Week Dozen”); MLBN; and the Georgia Aquarium. The shark stunt launches Sunday, August 9 at 8p.
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Hallmark Channel’s annual “Summer Nights” programming event launched on Saturday with original movie premiere, Romance in the Air, which averaged a 2.2 HH rating, 2.0 million total viewers, and 245,000 W25-54, propelling Hallmark Channel to be the highest-rated and most-watched entertainment cable network during weekend total day among HHs and W18+ and the highest-rated and second-most watched during weekly total day among HHs, W18+, and total viewers.
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BET docuseries No Limit Chronicles delivered 1.3 million total viewers during its premiere (simulcast across BET and BET Her), and was the #1 TV program for the night for African Americans P18-49, P25-54 and P18-34. The first two parts of the series logged double-digits-L+3 ratings lift versus their Live+SDnumbers, +26% (Part One #101), and +22% (Part Two #102).
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