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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 11/19/20)
ABC: A Million Little Things (Premiere) at 10pm
CRACKLE: Breaking Beauty (Premiere)
HBO MAX: I Hate Suzie (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Veneno (Premiere)
HULU: Trolls: TrollsTopia (Premiere)
MTV: Jersey Shore Family Vacation (Premiere) at 8pm
NICKELODEON: Top Elf (Premiere) at 7:30pm
SUNDANCE NOW: Cold Call (Premiere)
TLC: When Skin Goes Wrong (Premiere) at 10pm
UMC: For the Love of Jason (Premiere)
CW: Supernatural (Finale) at 9pm

Apple TV+, which acquired rights to the Peanuts catalog last month, is gifting holiday classics “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1973) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1966) to viewers not on the platform. PBS and PBS Kids will air the specials ad free on Sunday, November 22 and Sunday, December 13, respectively. The Thanksgiving show starts streaming on Apple TV+ on November 18, and will be available to non-subscribers from November 25-27; the Christmas special starts streaming December 4, and will be available for free December 11-13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Layoffs following a restructuring at NBCUniversal are estimated to include about 5% of the Television & Streaming division this week, followed early next year by cuts in the Entertainment Programming unit. Overall, Comcast is expected to trim its workforce of 35,000 people by about 10%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also undergoing another round of layoffs is ViacomCBS, which in its continued post-merger streamlining efforts cut about 100 staffers on Wednesday. Technology, finance and legal departments were among those impacted.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Television Stations gave two-year renewals to “25 Words or Less,” the game show launched in syndication in fall 2019 after a 2018 test; “Divorce Court,” now in season 22; and comedy and entertainment strip “Dish Nation,” launched in 2011.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tina Fey will host two-hour special “One Night Only: The Best of Broadway,” airing Thursday, December 10 on NBC. The show will raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, helping those in the Broadway community who are suffering during the COVID-19 shutdown of productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A streaming performance of Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana” will stream December 2-6 to benefit the Actors Fund. Dylan McDermott (“Hollywood”) and Phylicia Rashad (“The Cosby Show”) star in the production, shot with each cast member recorded at home.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

YouTube has launched 15-second audio ads, a format now in beta that is aimed at connecting brands with YouTube users who listen ambiently. Advertisers can also buy across dynamic music lineups, in genres like country, K-Pop and Latin. During testing, YouTube found more than 75% of measured audio ad campaigns on YouTube drove a significant lift in brand awareness.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN en Espanol notched three wins at the Daytime, Sports and Documentary Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Entertainment Show in Spanish (“Destinos”). Univision and Telemundo each scored two wins.
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MTV greenlit a new season of “Siesta Key,” from Entertainment One Reality Productions. Filming of the relationship series will take place at an international private resort.
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Singer/writer Tisha Campbell and producer Andrew Jameson have partnered with Good Caper Content, an ITV America company focused on crime and investigative programming, to develop and produce a new unscripted series featuring Toni Rivera, the activist and human-trafficking survivor. Campbell and Rivera will executive produce the series, alongside Good Caper Content President Kathryn Vaughan and Jameson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC gave a put pilot commitment to drama “Get Lucky,” from Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”). Thomas is exec producing through his Spondoolie Productions alongside Dan Etheridge. The project focuses on the six single musicians in a wedding band.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) and Mary Louise Parker (“Weeds”) will play the adoptive parents of Colin Kaepernick in the Netflix series, “Colin in Black & White,” created by the former NFLer and Ava DuVernay. Jaden Michael (“Get Down”) plays Kaepernick.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cybill Shepherd (“Cybill”) will star in Showtime pilot “I Love This For You,” starring and executive produced by Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”). Shepherd will play the founder of a home shopping network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple is reducing App Store commissions on paid apps and in-app purchases by half, to 15%, in a new developer program for businesses earning up to $1 million a year. “Small businesses are the backbone of our global economy and the beating heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We’re launching this program to help small business owners write the next chapter of creativity and prosperity on the App Store, and to build the kind of quality apps our customers love.” The new program, which starts January 1, does not apply to Epic Games, which is in a legal battle with Apple over its commission structure.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Apple news, the tech giant will pay $113 million to settle allegations that it slowed down iPhones to get users to purchase new devices, state officials announced on Wednesday. The deal is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay iPhone owners up to $500 million. In 2016, Apple updated software on models of the iPhone 6, 7 and SE so that aging batteries on the devices would not send power spikes to the phone’s processor and cause it to unexpectedly shut down. States maintained Apple should have replaced batteries or disclosed the issue. Apple has denied wrongdoing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The lineup of sponsors for Univision’s broadcast of the 21st Annual Latin Grammy Awards includes long-standing sponsors Bulova, Ford, Google Pixel 5, McDonald’s, and Walmart, who are joined by first-time partner Fetzer Vineyards and digital sponsor, U.S. Army. The theme, “Music Makes Us Human,” will be brought to life with experiences across Univision and The Latin Recording Academy ecosystems. The ceremony airs tonight, November 19, at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Daily Show” correspondent Michael Kosta’s first stand-up special, “Michael Kosta: Detroit. NY. LA.” premieres Friday, December 11 at 11p on Comedy Central. The three-city special offers a reminder of pre-pandemic life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo WILD kicks off its annual Vetsgiving on Thanksgiving, November 26 at 8p. The weekend-long event features the network’s star veterinarians, along with the season finale of “Secrets of the Zoo” on November 28 at 9p. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

EstrellaTV and Sony Music Latin joined forces to discover the next big Regional Mexican band in the US; the five winners and the band’s name will be revealed on EstrellaTV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.” The three-part special airs November 23, 24 and 25 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+’s “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” will premiere Friday, December 4. Guest lineup includes Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shawn Mendes & Justin Bieber’s “Monster” music video will premiere Friday, November 20. Both artists have teased the video on their social media; this will be a new track from Shawn Mendes’ upcoming album Wonder (coming December 4).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Episode four of HBO’s six-part drama The Undoing delivered a series-high 1.9 million multi-platform viewers on Sunday, up +38% from the premiere. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv’s Merry Movie Christmas premiere movies programming slate is up +22% in HH and +17% in W25-54 delivery compared to the 2019 average. Christmas movies on UPtv have reached over 8.3 million viewers 2020-to-date.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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