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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/3/20)
A&E: Killer Cases (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: BattleBots (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY: Rocket Around the Christmas Tree (Premiere) at 10pm
FYI: Barret-Jackson Revved Up (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO MAX: Stylish with Jenna Lyons (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults (Premiere)
HGTV: Flipping Across America (Premiere) at 8pm
ID: A Time to Kill (Premiere) at 9pm
NOGGIN: Kinderwood (Premiere)
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Mysteries of the Abandoned (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Conspiracies Decoded (Premiere) at 10pm
SUNDANCE NOW: The Commons (Premiere)
YOU TUBE: Pinkfong Wonderstar (Premiere)
DIY: Flea Market Flip (Finale) at 9:30pm
TLC: When Skin Goes Wrong (Finale) at 10pm

The second half of the final season of historical drama “Vikings” will have its first window not on History, which commissioned the show, but on Amazon. All ten of the new episodes will drop on the streamer December 30. History will have second window rights.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS released its first Environmental, Social and Governance Report, “Action: ESG at ViacomCBS,” focused on data through 2019 and the company’s global ESG priorities to date in three core areas: On-screen Content and Social Impact, Workforce and Culture and Sustainable Production and Operations. The report also provides select data and details on ViacomCBS’ efforts thus far in 2020, including the company’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and events of racial injustice in the United States. “ViacomCBS is focused on how we use the power of our platforms as content creators to meaningfully impact the issues that matter to our employees, audiences, partners, communities and investors,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of ViacomCBS. “As we all continue to cope with the ongoing impact of COVID-19, as well as a racial reckoning in the US, we recognize and embrace our unique role as a global content powerhouse that shapes culture, social attitudes and societal outcomes.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal has sold “Dateline” in more than 75% of the country for its fifth season in national syndication. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will also air on local stations, five days a week in broadcast syndication beginning fall 2021. “Both ‘Dateline’ and ‘SVU’ are time-tested, fan-favorite quality programs with a foundation in compelling storytelling that continues to generate pop culture buzz,” said Sean O’Boyle, EVP of Syndication Sales, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. “‘We’re excited to offer our broadcast station partners these gold-standard premiere brands in both scripted and unscripted crime genre programming.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In recognition of International Day Of Persons With Disabilities today, December 3, the International Labour Organization is recognizing Netflix’s “Crip Camp” with a conversation centered on the Higher Ground Productions’ documentary. “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” will focus on disability equity in employment in a talk that includes actress Marlee Matlin, disability rights activist and one of the subjects of “Crip Camp,” Judy Heumann, “Crip Camp” co-directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht, and producer Andraéa LaVant. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adult Swim ordered “Teenage Euthanasia,” an animated comedy produced by PFFR and animated by Augenblick Studios. Co-created by Alissa Nutting and Alyson Levy, the show focuses on a family working at their Florida funeral home dealing with a runaway family member who returns as a corpse and is resurrected by a bolt of lightning. “Alissa and Alyson have created both a world and a family that everyone can relate to, laugh at, and ultimately feel relieved that they aren’t a part of,” said Michael Ouweleen, President of Adult Swim.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox hit “The Masked Singer” was renewed for season five. Produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, the competition series is based on a South Korean format.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming back is CBS All Access’ “Texas 6.” The football docu-series scored a season two renewal just days after its debut on November 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Helen Hunt (“Mad About You”) has joined the cast of Starz series “Blindspotting,” a spin-off of the 2018 film. “It is such an honor to have Helen Hunt in this series,” said showrunner Rafal Casal, who co-wrote, produced and starred in the original. “We became friends after she tweeted about her love of the film and we have long looked for a project to do together. She has been our first choice for the character Rainey since we dreamed this show up.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) will play an anchor at UBA News on season two of Apple’s “The Morning Show.” New series regulars also include Greta Lee (“Girls”) and Ruairi O’Connor (“The Spanish Princess”). 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”), Kevin Daniels (“Council of Dads”) and Mallory Jansen (“Galavant”) have been added to the cast of Fox pilot “The Big Leap.” Perabo will take over the role originally given to Laura Benanti, who had to leave due to a scheduling conflict, while Daniels replaces Matt Lucas, who also had a conflict due to a change in the production timeline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gabrielle Dennis (“Rosewood”), Page Kennedy (“The Meg”), Diamond Lyons (“All Screwed Up”), Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins (“Empire”), and Jermelle Simon (“Animal Kingdom”) are onboard Netflix comedy “The Upshaws,” centered on a working-class family in Indiana.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon.com Inc. is in talks to acquire podcast producer Wondery (“Dirty John”), reports the Wall Street Journal. The deal would value Wondery at more than $300 million, sources told the WSJ.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Masked Dancer,” hosted by Craig Robinson (“The Office”), will stream on Fox Entertainment’s Tubi. The competition series premieres Sunday, December 27 at 8p on Fox, following the NFL on Fox doubleheader. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

All four episodes of HBO Max Original “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” launch today, December 3, focused on the UFO cult that ended in 1997 with the largest suicide on US soil. What draws viewers to stories like this? “I think one of the main reasons is that, while these groups, their foundations and belief systems seem so incredibly hard to understand, they still manage to attract devoted followers, and in many cases, ascend to unbelievable heights in terms of wealth, power and influence,” Ross Dinerstein, Campfire CEO and executive producer, tells Cynopsis. “Particularly, our series examines how the leaders of Heaven’s Gate were able to recruit so many well-educated individuals, from good homes and families, slowly brainwashing and indoctrinating them into increasingly extreme beliefs and practices. These people weren’t who you’d traditionally think of as ‘lost souls,’ and the series really drives home the point that this could happen to anyone.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN adds to its Friday night unscripted lineup with “Belle Collective,”launching Friday, January 15 at 10p. The new series centers on the personal and professional lives of five “boss women” in Jackson, Mississippi.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC+ will air “The Walking Dead Holiday Special” on Sunday, December 13, with current and past cast members video chatting about the zombie drama and the holiday season. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2019 disappearance of 7-year-old JJ Vallow and his stepsister, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, from their home in Rexburg, Idaho is explored in ID three-hour event “Doomsday: The Missing Children,” premiering Sunday, December 20 at 9p on ID. The show looks at events leading up to the disappearances through the eyes of the children’s grandparents.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Community” alums Ken Jeong and Joel McHale will host “Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast 2021,” a live year-end special kicking off Thursday, December 31 from 8-10p, and picking up at 11p. “Ken and Joel together are one of the funniest duos out there,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Fox Entertainment. “These two have been toasting and roasting each other on national television for years, so they were the perfect pair to ring in the New Year.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ComplexLand, Complex Networks’ immersive digital experience, announced the initial Showtime Theater lineup. Onboard for the free, virtual multi-day event taking place Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11 are T-Pain, Nate Robinson, Keisha Howard, and Josh Hart. Desus Nice & The Kid Mero, hosts of their eponymous Showtime show, return to Complex for fireside chat “Desus & Mero Explain 2020.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

November was a good month for news networks. CNN had the biggest jump, 180% from the year prior, to 2.8 million total viewers, for its most-watched month ever. Fox News nabbed the most viewers, 3.94 million, up 41%. And MSNBC jumped 29%, to 2.7 million viewers, for its best month ever. Among A25-54, CNN drew 948,000 viewers, up 297% from the year prior, Fox News almost doubled, growing 97% to 827,000, and MSNBC rose 52%, to hit 536,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On Thanksgiving, “The Masked Singer” posted a 4.0 Live+3 rating among A18-49 and 13.1 million total viewers, making it this season’s #1 entertainment telecast across all of television. It was the highest-rated and most-watched episode since the season one finale, and Fox’s highest-rated Thursday night entertainment telecast in nearly seven years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the November sweep, Univision reports its stations delivered the No. 1 newscast in midday, early or late news, regardless of language, in several markets including Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, and San Francisco. In eight of the top nine markets, Univision generated the No. 1 or No. 2 newscast among key demos and dayparts.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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