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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 9/30/20)
CNBC: The News With Shepard Smith (Premiere) at 7pm
CBS: Love Island (Finale) at 9pm
CW: The 100 (Finale) at 8pm
PBS: Islands of Wonder (Finale) at 8pm

HBO gave a series order for a weekly late night show from SNL writer Sam Jay and Insecure producer Prentice Penny. The series will debut in 2021, with Jay tackling topics including race politics, sexual identity, religion and more. “Sam is fiercely funny, provocative, and a complete original,” said Nina Rosenstein, EVP, HBO Programming. “Her comedy seamlessly glides between vulnerability and grit, and she always makes you see the world in a whole new way.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ is diving into social viewing with the rollout of GroupWatch, which allows up to seven subscribers to sync movies and shows. While GroupWatch does not offer texting, users can respond to content with emojis, and each user can pause, play, rewind or fast forward for the group. “Storytelling comes alive when you’re able to share and enjoy it with others, and in this moment when many are still apart from their friends and family, GroupWatch offers a way to safely connect virtually by co-viewing your favorite Disney+ stories with your favorite people from the comfort of your living room,” said Jerrell B Jimerson, SVP Product Management for Disney+. The feature is available on almost all connected platforms where the service can be viewed. Disney-owned Hulu launched Hulu Watch Party in June, and Amazon Prime Video added a co-watching feature in June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twenty-six percent of Americans say they use YouTube as a source for news, according to a new Pew Research Center study. YouTube news consumers said they at least sometimes turn to news organizations as well as independent channels for news, and while most say YouTube is not their primary news source, most say it is an important way to stay informed. The platform’s news viewers are split between primarily looking for opinions and commentary (51%) and mostly seeking information and facts (or “straight” reporting; 48%).
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A joint statement from Gabrielle Union and NBC Entertainment said they have reached an “amicable resolution” to Union’s allegations of a toxic workplace culture during her season as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. “NBC Entertainment appreciates the important concerns raised by Gabrielle Union and remains committed to ensuring an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds can be treated with respect,” said the statement. Since Union’s complaint was filed in June, NBC Entertainment President Paul Telegdy was let go amid a corporate restructuring and shortly after a Hollywood Reporter investigation found he fostered a toxic work culture.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Julie Bristow, formerly CEO and president of Bristow Global Media, has launched a development and funding company focusing on content developed, delivered and designed by women and about women. The Content Catalyst Fund aims to boost the creation of stories made through a female lens. Based in Canada but with an international reach, the CCF will develop and invest in unscripted and scripted content, with an initial focus on unscripted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Scholastic Entertainment is teaming up with Mainframe Studios to develop and produce JumpScare, an animated horror series for viewers ages 8–12. Man of Action Entertainment, the American writer collective behind Ben 10, is onboard to write and develop.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC grabbed two dramas from Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot). Acts of Crime got a production commitment, and Untitled CDC Project received a put pilot commitment. The projects come from UCP, where Esmail is under an overall deal.
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WE tv renewed two of its Thursday night originals: Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, the second installment of the Growing Up franchise, and new series Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka. Both shows are currently in production, safeguards in place.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock’s reimagined Saved by the Bell premieres Wednesday, November 25. In the reboot, when California governor Zack Morris gets in trouble for closing too many underfunded high schools, he proposes sending the affected students to the most well-funded schools, including Bayside High. The original sitcom aired on NBC from 1989-1993.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premiere of horror series Jujutsu Kaisen lands on Crunchyroll on Friday, October 4, followed by Crunchyroll original, Noblesse, centered on a powerful being thrown into modern life after 820 years of slumber, on Wednesday, October 7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two Travel Channel series are back next month. Ghost Nation appears Saturday, October 17 at 9p, investigating a haunted tattoo and body piercing shop, and Destination Fear returns Saturday, October 24 at 10p, exploring a scary sanitarium in upstate New York.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Secrets of the Zoo is back for season four on Nat Geo on Saturday, October 10 at 9p. On Saturday, October 31 at 10p, things head south with Secrets of the Zoo: North Carolina.
(Source: Cynopsis)

News producer Sally Ramirez is making her national debut with CNBC’s The News With Shepard Smith, premiering today, September 30 at 7p.
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Season two of Britannia debuts on Epix on Sunday, October 4 at 9p – and “the Romans are here and set to stay,” says Epix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first two episodes of OWN’s first digital animated short-form comedy series, Sincerely, Camille, launched yesterday on Twitter, and will be available across OWN’s digital platforms and app today, September 30. Subsequent episodes of the show, part of the network’s Own Your Vote initiative, will roll out twice weekly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Too Hot to Handle topped the list of Netflix’s most popular titles in the US, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, India, Malaysia, Japan and Korea, ranked by Bernstein Research from March 4-September 20. Money Heist came in second, followed by The Last Dance, The Umbrella Academy and Dynasty. In the US alone, Outer Banks led the field.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square premieres on Netflix on Sunday, November 22. The holiday special, directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen, stars Christine Baranski, Jenifer Lewis, Treat Williams and Jeanine Mason, with Parton playing a guardian angel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Debbie Allen news, the actress and director will be featured on TV One docu-series Uncensored on Sunday, October 4 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bad Hombres, a film chronicling the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, the world’s only binational professional baseball team, arrives on Showtime on Friday, October 16 at 9p. Filmed over the course of the 2019 Mexican Baseball League season, Bad Hombres examines how human trafficking, drug cartels, environmentalists and asylum seekers intersect with the Tecolotes’ pennant race.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Horror/reality competition/documentary feature The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection premieres on AMC Networks streamer Shudder on Tuesday, October 20. “The format is something incredibly different and it truly presents drag in an innovative way that has never been seen on TV before,” said the Boulet Brothers. “It’s easily the best content we have ever produced, and the highest level of drag that TV audiences have ever seen.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syfy’s Halloween lineup includes the TV premieres of The Strangers: Prey at Night on Thursday, October 1 at 9p, and Tales from the Hood 3, on Saturday, October 17 at 9p. Also on tap are movie marathons airing all month, including the return of Dark Arts Sundays.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo is holding virtual happy hours for fans and Bravolebrities starting Monday, October 5. The kick-off event will focus on love and relationships, and include couples from Real Housewives, Married to Medicine, Shahs of Sunset and Summer House.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aspire TV and the CIAA are teaming to air memorable playback HBCU football games as part of a Saturday college football programming block. Kicking things off on October 3 at 1p is a 2017 game between Bowie State University and Virginia State University.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 premieres Friday, October 2 on Amazon Prime Video. The fashion experience combines styles from Rihanna’s latest collection, with musical performances.
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LMN’s fall slate includes 13 new movies premiering during its second annual Shocktober, Hateful & Grateful, and Slay Bells stunt months. The net will air thrillers all day from October 1 through December, as well as the conclusion of A+E sib Lifetime’s Fear the Cheer movie event, with the premiere of The Pom Pom Murders on October 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Biannual Disney fan event D23 Expo has been scheduled for September 9-11, 2022, in person at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event will offer a first look at the company’s plans for its 100th anniversary.
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Makers of apps in Google Play Store will no longer be able to circumvent its payment system to avoid paying the 30% revenue-sharing fee for in-app purchases. “We’ve always required developers who distribute their apps on Play to use Google Play’s billing system if they offer in-app purchases of digital goods, and pay a service fee from a percentage of the purchase,” wrote Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Google, in a blog post. “To be clear, this policy is only applicable to less than 3% of developers with apps on Google Play. We only collect a service fee if the developer charges users to download their app or they sell in-app digital items, and we think that is fair. Not only does this approach allow us to continuously reinvest in the platform, this business model aligns our success directly with the success of developers.” Companies have until September 30, 2021 to comply.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chelsea Field has been promoted to series regular on season seven of CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans…Audrey Corsa was also elevated to series regular, on season two of CBS’s All Rise…Leo Howard was upped to series regular in season three of CW drama Legacies. He appeared for three episodes in season two…Erinn Westbrook (The Resident) has boarded the season five cast of CW’s Riverdale…Joey King (The Kissing Booth) will star in and executive produce an adaptation of dystopian novel Uglies for Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season finale of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch drew 1.9 million total viewers P2+ and was the #1 unscripted telecast on all of cable television among M25-54 on September 22 at 8p for 12 weeks in a row. Additionally, the episode pushed Discovery Channel into cable’s Top Five in its time period across key demos that included P25-54 (#3) with a .98 rating. Other key demos included M25-54 (#3), M18-49 (#3) and total viewers (#4).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among syndicated talk shows the week of September 14, season two of Tamron Hall hit a nine-week high 0.8, up 33%. Live with Kelly and Ryan (1.9, steady) led the field, with Dr Phil (1.8, down 5%) close behind. Ellen DeGeneres (0.8, down 11%) fell to the worst rating in its 17-year history, 56% below its comparable week one year earlier.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News With Norah O’Donnell delivered 5.15 million total viewers and 930,000 viewers among A25-54 for the week of September 21, according to Nielsen Live+SD ratings. Based on the gross audience reach compared to last year, the show is up in total viewers (+2%) and A25-54 (+3%) with (+11%) growth among women. ABC’s World News Tonight topped broadcast news shows for the week, with 8.5 million viewers and 167 million in the demo. NBC Nightly News delivered 7.33 million viewers and 1.48 million among A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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