FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 10/15/20)
ABC: The Vice President Joe Biden and the People: A Special Edition of 20/20 (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Decision 2020: Trump Town Hall (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS ALL ACCESS: Star Trek: Discovery (Premiere)
HGTV: Flip or Flop (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Social Distance (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: Des (Premiere)
TRU TV: Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life! (Finale) at 9pm

Showtime is bringing back Dexter as a limited series. Michael C. Hall, star of the 2006-2013 serial killer drama, and showrunner Clyde Phillips will both return. “Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series.” Produced by Showtime, Dexter is executive produced by Clyde Phillips, Michael C. Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro and Scott Reynolds. Tentative premiere date: fall 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

President Trump has a town hall set for NBC tonight, October 15 at 8p, the same time as Vice President Joe Biden’s ABC event. The Commission on Presidential Debates had scheduled a face-off with both candidates for tonight, but when it was changed to a virtual format following Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the president declined to take part; Biden’s campaign booked the ABC News town hall instead. NBC held off confirming its Trump (outdoor, socially distanced) town hall until an analysis of Trump’s medical data indicated the president was “not shedding infectious virus.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season nine of Last Man Standing will be its last. The comedy starring Tim Allen ran for six seasons on ABC before being picked up by Fox, where it launched in 2018. “As we approach the ninth season, I just admire and feel grateful for all the hard work our wonderful cast and crew have done,” said Allen. “We had all considered to end the show after last season, but together with Fox, we decided to add a year so we could produce a full season to create the gentle and fun goodbye. I’m looking forward to a memorable and hilarious final season.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathleen Turner is onboard the third and final season of Netflix’s The Kominsky Method as a series regular. She’ll play the ex-wife of Michael Douglas’ character, a role she originated in a guest appearance last season. Douglas and Turner co-starred in 1980s film hits Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile and War of the Roses.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount’s sequel to 1988 film hit Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy, is coming to Amazon instead of theaters, thanks to the pandemic. A deal in the works is reportedly in the range of $125 million. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS All Access gave a series order to Texas 6, a docu-series following a six-man high school football team and their coach, from Jared Christopher (Titletown, TX). “Jared has uncovered an emotional and riveting story of perseverance, sportsmanship and grit, set in the little-known world of six-man football,” said Julie McNamara, EVP and Head of Programming at CBS All Access. “His commitment to and devotion to the subject and individuals is apparent from the first scene.” All eight episodes will be available Thanksgiving Day, November 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Set to star in HBO Max’s The Sex Lives of College Girls, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, are Pauline Chalamet (The King of Staten Island), Amrit Kaur (The D Cut), Renee Rapp (Broadway’s Mean Girls), and Alyah Chanelle Scott (The Book of Mormon). Kaling (The Mindy Project) and showrunner Justin Noble co-wrote the first episode and will exec produce with Howard Klein.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A modernized version of novel and movie Fried Green Tomatoes is in development at NBC, with Reba McEntire (Reba) attached to star, and Norman Lear – an executive producer on the 1991 film – executive producer. Writer Jennifer Cecil and McEntire will produce with Lear. Fannie Flagg, author of the novel, will also executive produce. The studio is Universal Studio Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also getting an update is 1997 horror movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, as a YA series on Amazon. Sara Goodman will write and executive produce. “The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this I Know What You Did Last Summer series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie,” said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of Television at Amazon Studios. “Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ms. Pat, which had gotten a pilot order from Hulu, has been picked up by BET+. The comedy following a convicted felon turned suburban mom, based on Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams’ stand-up comedy and memoir, comes from co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels and EP Brian Grazer.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

HBO Max renewed competition series Craftopia for a second season,featuring adult contestants. Craftopia: Holiday Showdown will premiere in 2021. Also on tap are four holiday-themed special episodes featuring kid crafters, dropping October 22 and November 16.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bobby Smith (Jason’s Lyric) and Black romance author Brenda Jackson have partnered to launch a film and TV company to develop titles from Jackson’s books. “I am so excited to be joining forces with the great Brenda Jackson to celebrate and bring Black romance and Black love stories to the television screens of the world through the launching of this endeavor,” said Smith. “It’s about time that Black love and Black romance truly received the beautiful spotlight that they’ve always deserved.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal International Studios’ Matchbox Pictures and Eureka Productions are teaming to co-produce the second international version of Making It, for Australia’s Network 10. Hosts and executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman lead the original US version.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Paramount Network’s Yellowstone lands on Peacock on Sunday, November 22, joining seasons one and two. Yellowstone is one of the streamer’s top performing shows. Seasons one and two of Mr. Mercedes premiere on Peacock today, along with a video, Mr. Mercedes: From Page to Screen, featuring an interview with Stephen King. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network has sweet things in store for viewers next month, starting Sunday, November 1 at 8p with the return of cake masters and sugar artisans in Holiday Wars. The next night it’s sugar and spice when the new season of Holiday Baking Championship kicks off at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History channel set the premiere date for its new nonfiction programming strand, History’s Greatest Mysteries, hosted and narrated by Laurence Fishburne. First up: The Final Hunt for D.B. Cooper, chronicling the attempt to solve the only unsolved US skyjacking case.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Docuseries NASCAR 2020: Under Pressure offers a look under the hood at this year’s NASCAR Cup Series season. Episodes premiere weekly starting Saturday, October 31, on MotorTrend’s App. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon special Yearly Departed will eulogize 2020, with comedian Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens) hosting and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) exec producing. The special from Amazon Studios and Done + Dusted will premiere this winter worldwide. “I can’t imagine a better way to lay this unfathomably awful year to rest than giving some of the world’s funniest women the last word,” said Brosnahan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Race in America: Our Vote Counts will be simulcast on Bravo and E! on Sunday, November 1 at 10p. Host Nina Parker runs the roundtable with celebs from across the NBC broadcast and cable entertainment networks for a dialogue on the power of the Black vote. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic documentary The Real Right Stuff premieres on Disney+ on Friday, November 20. The special, chronicling the pioneering era of the space race, is a companion to the streamer’s scripted series, The Right Stuff. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media today announced the schedule for its annual Paley International Council Summit, Globally Connected: Media in the 21st Century, taking place November 10-11. On day one, Frank A. Bennack, Jr. and Henry A. Kissinger will take part in The Henry A. Kissinger Annual Keynote Address. “We’re honored to welcome this distinguished group of leaders to this year’s Paley International Council Summit, especially during such an unprecedented year as global industries navigate a myriad of issues to prepare for 2021,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

ION Media announced an expansion of its content relationship with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group. The deal covers all seasons of the CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans and Hawaii Five-0 for broadcast. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The finale of Telemundo’s Exatlón Estados Unidos on Monday positioned Telemundo as the #1 Spanish-language network in primetime during its three-hour broadcast among A18-49, A18-34 and total viewers, according to Nielsen. The sports reality competition averaged 625,000 A18-49, 247,000 A18-34 and 1.6 million total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Film editor Donald Douglas died October 3. He was 87. Douglas’ numerous TV credits include The Yogi Bear Show, The Jetsons, Murder, She Wrote and Kojak, among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

2020 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARD – COMPLETE WINNERS LIST
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