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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 12/1/20)
NBC, CBS, FOX: Robin Hood Foundation: Heroes of New York (Premiere) at 7pm
NAT GEO.: Atlas of Cursed Places (Premiere) at 9pm
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Mighty Cruise Ships (Premiere) at 8pm

President Trump-appointed Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai announced he will exit the agency on January 20, when Joe Biden is sworn in. “I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity to lead the agency in 2017, to President Obama for appointing me as a Commissioner in 2012, and to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the Senate for twice confirming me,” said Pai. “To be the first Asian-American to chair the FCC has been a particular privilege. As I often say: only in America.” While Pai’s term wouldn’t have expired until June 2021, it’s customary to step down with a change in administrations. With two Republicans and two Democrats on the panel, Pai’s departure allows the Biden administration to create a Democratic majority.
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Global linear TV advertising is projected to drop 16% this year, to $155.6 billion, due to the pandemic, according to research company WARC. In a year with heavy political spend, the US market will dip 0.1%, to $54.4 billion. Digital and online video spending is expected to grow 7.9% for 2020, to $52.7 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dish Network and Nexstar Media are embroiled in a distribution dispute that could lead to Dish subscribers losing access to 164 Nexstar local broadcast channels in 115 markets if an agreement isn’t reached by tomorrow, December 2. “Since becoming the nation’s largest local station owner, Nexstar has increased its annual revenue by $1 billion a year. Now, it has set its sights on Dish customers as their next big payday,” claimed Brian Neylon, Group President of Dish TV. Nexstar said Dish is reaping the benefit of “paying significantly under market retransmission consent fees.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ovation is partnering with Charter Communications to recognize outstanding local arts, cultural, and educational organizations and programs in five of Charter’s Spectrum markets. The initiative is part of the arts net’s national arts advocacy platform, Stand for the Arts, which will commit $50,000 to support arts education.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) makes her post-college admissions scandal acting debut as the owner of a minor-league baseball team in an untitled comedy from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment. ABC gave the project a pilot production commitment; Zack Gottsagen (“The Peanut Butter Falcon”) co-stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More casting Notes: The voice cast for Netflix animated film “Back to the Outback” will include Isla Fisher, Tim Minchin, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Keith Urban and Wayne Knight, among others, as deadly creatures plotting an escape from an Australian zoo…Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“The Morning Show”) will star in Apple TV+ thriller series “Surface”…Jolie Hoang-Rappaport (“Watchmen”) has joined the cast of HBO Max’s “Head of the Class” reboot…Anne Heche (“The Brave”) will recur on season two of CBS’ “All Rise.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

BBC Studios has added an inclusion rider requiring that a minimum of 20% of on-screen and production team members come from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background, have experienced a disability, or come from a low-income background. “These initiatives are by no means a magic bullet and we’re also doing a lot of work on culture and education to make our teams more inclusive,” said Director of Content Ralph Lee. “The talent in front of and behind the camera will give perspectives that will shape our content, making it more authentic and universal in its depiction of our audiences — and ultimately its appeal with them.” LGBT+ talent is part of the on-screen rider, but BBC Studios Production has already exceeded the target.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” is back for season eight on Wednesday, December 9 at 8p. Four families will once again face off to take holiday decorating to a new level, and win $50,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travel Channel’s “Expedition Bigfoot” team is one step closer to finding the big guy, as they reevaluate their algorithm to respond to the uptick in sightings in a special premiering Sunday, January 3 at 8p. Season two launches immediately afterward, at 9p, with new clues and patterns that could lead to the discovery of the legendary beasts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max unscripted series “12 Dates of Christmas” offers some twists on the dating genre, following three singles on their journey to find someone to bring home for the holidays. Jilly Pearce, EVP of Objective Media Group America and executive producer of the show, offers insights on how producers “shook up the snow globe” to create a unique holiday offering, in Cynsiders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Doctor Who” returns Friday, January 1 on BBC America with a holiday special, “Revolution of the Daleks.” Dame Harriet Walter (“Killing Eve”) will be making her “Doctor Who” debut for the special, alongside Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (“The Trial of Christine Keeler”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian and “Daily Show” correspondent Roy Wood Jr. will host “31 More Days of Being Home for the Holidays,” a month-long programming block of holiday-themed episodes, weekend movie marathons and new comedy specials. Wood will star in interstitial sketches complementing “31 Days” programming on Comedy Central, with additional content rolling out on social and digital platforms throughout the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saddle up! Season five of “The Real Housewives of Dallas” debuts Tuesday, January 5 at 9p. New housewife and physician Tiffany Moon joins the drama this time around.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC will simulcast two of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” games: the Buffalo at San Francisco game on December 7, and Buffalo’s matchup with New England on December 28, both airing at 8p. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” commentator team of Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters and John Parry will call both games.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime Video and Twitch will stream the Saturday, December 26 NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers. Amazon has a digital-rights deal with the NFL that includes one late-season NFL game per season that won’t air on a national TV. “We’re ready to deliver the gift of football for Prime members this holiday season with a week-long slate of original content and in-depth analysis on Prime Video and Twitch, culminating in back-to-back days of live NFL action on Dec. 25 and 26,” said Marie Donoghue, VP of global sports video at Amazon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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