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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 9/17/20)
AMAZON: Take Us Home: Leeds United (Premiere)
CRACKLE: Spides (Premiere)
E!: Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Season 19 Premiere) at 8pm
E!: The Bradshaw Bunch (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO MAX: The Great Pottery Throw Down (Premiere)
ID: The Killer Beside Me (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: The Last Word (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Dragon’s Dogma (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Departure (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: One Lane Bridge (Premiere)

Frances Berwick unveiled the senior leadership team for her Entertainment Business unit at NBCUniversal. Jeff Bader will head program planning, with six cable nets added to his responsibility for NBC; Val Boreland will oversee acquisitions across all Entertainment and Lifestyle networks, including Peacock; the leader of Peacock’s consumer insights team, Liz Mahaffey, adds research and insights for the entertainment brands to her purview; and Jenny Storms adds entertainment marketing to her NBC Sports responsibilities. “These executives were selected from across the portfolio for their deep knowledge, diverse set of experiences and desire to lean into change as a force to bring our business into the future,” said Berwick.
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Amid NBCU’s restructuring, Chris McCumber is stepping down as President, Entertainment Networks – USA Network & Syfy. “After nearly 20 years at this tremendous company, this has not been an easy decision,” he said in a memo to staff. “Yet I believe wholeheartedly that NBCUniversal is taking the right steps by creating a new organization built for the future.” Under McCumber, USA ranked as the #1 entertainment cable network for 14 straight years.
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Food Network and History topped the chart on Beta Research’s “Must Have” basic network channels, based on a survey in June. With 34%of respondents naming them as channels they must have on their lineup, they were closely followed ESPN (33%), Discovery Channel (32%), CNN (32%), and National Geographic (31%). The percent and rank for CNN were significantly higher than in the 2019 survey.
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Among men, the five favorite basic networks in the Beta survey were ESPN (29%), History (21%), CNN (20%), Food Network (17%), Fox News (16%), National Geographic (15%), and AMC (15%). Among women, Food Network (21%), Hallmark Channel (18%), HGTV (17%), TLC (17%), Lifetime (16%), ID (15%), and History (15%) ranked highest. Versus 2019, rankings increased for CNN and Food Network among men, and Hallmark Channel among women.
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Jim Carrey will take on the role of Vice President Joe Biden for season 46 of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The sketch show launches with five consecutive shows starting October 3, and three new featured players: actor/comedian Lauren Holt; comedian Punkie Johnson (Space Force); and Andrew Dismukes, who has served as an SNL writer since season 43. The show will air in front of a limited audience.
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Fox News Media is reducing its workforce by less than 3%. “As Fox News Media has evolved into a streamlined multi-platform organization, we are realigning several functions and restructuring various divisions in order to position all of our businesses for ongoing success,” said the network. On-air talent will not be affected by the restructuring.
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The Big Ten Conference reversed its decision to sit out the fall football season, and will try to play ball starting the weekend of October 23-24. The league said those involved would undergo daily COVID-19 testing; any player testing positive would be barred from games for at least 21 days; and teams will stop practice and competition for at least a week in the event of a positivity rate of over 5%.
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ABC canceled United We Fall after one season. The family comedy ended its eight-episode run last month with 3 million Live+SD viewers.
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Charles Dolan, 93, has stepped down as Executive Chairman of AMC Networks. The cable TV pioneer has held the post since AMC Networks was spun off from Dolan’s former cable company, Cablevision, in 2011. Taking his place as non-executive chairman will be Dolan’s son, James Dolan, while Charles Dolan transitions to Chairman Emeritus. “The Dolans have led this company from its inception, and both Charles and Jim have provided vision, guidance and support through its long history of growth and evolution,” said Josh Sapan, president-CEO of AMC Networks. “We look forward to their continued leadership as AMC Networks continues to stand out in a crowded environment through the strength and quality of our content and ability to forge strong and lasting relationships with viewers and fans.”
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TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has launched its “I Know What You Did Last Election” campaign, to encourage people to vote… “or else.” Full Frontal airs Wednesdays at 10:30p.
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Charter Communications is doubling its original 2020 commitment to digital education, awarding a total of $1 million in grants to organizations providing broadband education, technology and training. “Through Spectrum Digital Education, Charter is helping to bridge the digital divide in local communities where our customers live and work,” said Rahman Khan, VP of Community Impact for Charter. “Providing these resources, with the help of our community nonprofit partners, allows us to empower those in need and further our mission to give individuals the necessary tools to excel in the digital age.”
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ABC Owned Television Stations in California are holding “Day of Giving,” to raise funds for the American Red Cross, today, September 17 from 4a-7p PDT. The campaign is taking place across ABC7/KABC-TV Los Angeles, ABC7/KGO-TV San Francisco, ABC30/KFSN-TV Fresno and 13 ABC affiliate stations throughout California, Oregon and Washington.
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CBS All Access is developing a podcast about Melissa Moore, daughter of notorious serial killer Keith Hunter Jesperson, for television, with The Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King. CBS Television Studios is producing in association with King Size Productions and iHeartMedia.
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Showtime picked up a third season of late-night talk show Desus & Mero. Season two continues through October, airing weekly on Thursday and Sunday nights at 11p.
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Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is launching CRE84U Entertainment, with producing partner Monica Gil-Rodriguezx and Jaime and Carolina Aymerich. The company plans to acquire IP from around the world to produce for the US market.
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Maroon 5 lead singer and former The Voice coach Adam Levine inked an exclusive overall deal with Wheelhouse Entertainment through which Levine and his company, 222 Productions, will produce scripted and unscripted content for TV, film and streaming platforms.
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Ayesha Curry (Ayesha’s Homemade, Family Food Fight) signed a first-look deal for unscripted TV with eOne for her Sweet July Productions. Tiffany Nicholson-Horton is onboard as EVP and Head of Development for scripted and unscripted content. “With Sweet July Productions, it will be a new way to create and tell stories with substance about things that matter, and representation will be at the forefront of all that we do,” said Curry. “We are women, entrepreneurs, moms and partners so our stories will always showcase an eclectic and inclusive array of voices and perspectives.”
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AT&T will introduce an ad-supported version of HBO Max at a lower price next spring. The new version will have a “light ad load,” AT&T CEO John Stankey told Bloomberg, with some shows remaining ad-free and exclusive to subscribers who pay the full price. “Having an advertising option is going to be important to making sure the broadest cross section of content is available to people moving forward,” said Stankey. “HBO has had to remake itself multiple times over the last few decades, and this is one of those moments where it’s time to remake itself.”
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The Sopranos’ Lorraine Bracco renovates a home she purchased for one euro in new HGTV series, My Big Italian Adventure, launching Friday, October 30 at 9p. The show follows Bracco’s journey in a tiny hilltop town in Sicily, which sold vacant homes cheaply to encourage families to return. Joanna Gaines she is not, Bracco is the first to admit. Of her centuries-old home with no electricity, running water, kitchen or bathrooms, Bracco said, “I’m not a contractor. I’m not a decorator. I’m an actress…. I have no idea what I’m really getting into!”
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Additional guests on ABC’s Emmys broadcast on Sunday, September 20 include Jason Bateman, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Sesame Street’s Count Von Count, Morgan Freeman, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, D-Nice, Randall Park, RuPaul, Patrick Stewart and Jason Sudeikis. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting.
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Latin music star Maluma will perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards and be honored with the “Billboard Spirit of Hope Award” for his altruistic efforts. The show airs live on Wednesday, October 21 at 7p.
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Estrella Media has partnered with Sony Music Latin for the production of a special edition of its talent search show, Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. The record label will be part of the casting process and competition, with five winning contestants forming a new band and collectively receive a grand prize total of $100,000 from EstrellaTV, as well as the opportunity to obtain an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music Latin. The new season debuts Monday, September 21 at 8p.
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Vice Versa: Between Musk and Mars premieres on Vice TV on Monday, September 21 at 10p. The doc looks at the holdouts who refuse to leave their isolated Texas village, which Elon Musk hopes to use to launch rockets and build a luxury resort.
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MeTV is treating viewers to themed episodes of classic shows in the days leading up to Halloween, starting Saturday, October 24 at 6p with The Beverly Hillbillies and “Ghost of Clampett Castle.”
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First-run daily newsmag Law & Crime Daily will air an exclusive interview with Amanda Knox in most markets today, Thursday, September 17 (check local listings). Knox spent almost four years in an Italian prison following her conviction for the 2007 murder of a foreign exchange student; she was acquitted in 2015.
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The September 14 debut of syndicated daytimer The Drew Barrymore Show delivered a 1.0 HH rating in metered markets, up by double digits from both its lead-ins and prior Monday time periods in numerous key cities. Even better was the season two premiere of Tamron Hall (1.1/4 metered market average), up 83% from the previous Monday, with an exclusive interview with Andrew Gillum, who lost the race for governor of Florida.
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