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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 12/11/20)
AMAZON: The Wilds (Premiere)
AWESOMENESS: Twintervention (Premiere)
CW: The Christmas Caroler Challenge (Premiere) at 8pm
HBO MAX: Adult Material (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Mess You Leave Behind (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Prom (Premiere)
NICK: Baby Shark’s Big Show! (Premiere)
PBS: Craft in America (Premiere) at 9pm
PEACOCK: Curious George (Premiere)

(SATURDAY 12/12/20)
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Timothee Chalet, Musical Guest: Bruce Springsteen (Premiere) at 11:30pm

(SUNDAY 12/13/20)
EPIX: Pennyworth (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC GO: Baby Bumps (Premiere) at 9pm
REELZ: Life, Death & Money (Premiere) at 10pm
CW: Pandora (Finale) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: Buddy vs. Christmas (Finale) at 10pm
TLC: I Love a Mama’s Boy (Finale) at 10pm

Ellen DeGeneres halted production on her daytime talker after testing positive for COVID-19. DeGeneres informed her staff of her diagnosis in a letter, and tweeted that she’s “feeling fine right now” while following CDC guidelines. Production will resume after the holidays.
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The House of Representatives passed a bill reaffirming its commitment to media diversity, pledging to “work with media entities and stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.” Over the past year, “We have heard the growing calls for diversity in positions of power and listened to the millions of Americans who know, as we do, that representation matters,” said Energy & Commerce Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications & Technology Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) in a joint statement. “We must eliminate barriers to media diversity and provide all Americans the opportunity to engage with more independent and local media outlets that reflect the people of our diverse nation. Today’s resolution reaffirms our commitment to seeing that done, and we thank our colleagues for their strong, bipartisan support.”
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HBO renewed “Industry” for a second season. The drama from first-time creators Mickey Down and Konrad Katy launched its eight-episode first season on November 9.
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WE tv acquired two series from SVOD Zeus Network. Season one of “The Real Blac Chyna,” centered on the reality star, premieres Thursday, January 7 at 10p, followed later in the year by season one of “Joseline’s Cabaret,” starring “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” alum Joseline Hernandez. “Zeus is constantly pushing the envelope with authentic, raw, and provocative, original content,” said Zeus founder and CEO Lemuel Plummer. “Both shows were critical hits when they premiered on the Zeus network and have had tremendous success with our audience…We are confident this partnership will bring new audiences to our networks.”
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Julia Roberts will star in and executive produce a limited series for Apple TV+ based on upcoming novel The Last Thing He Told Me, about a woman who forms a relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter while searching for the truth about her husband. Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is producing with 20th Television. 
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Another Hollywood A-lister, Emma Stone (“La La Land”), will star in Showtime comedy “The Curse,” alongside series creators Nathan Fiedler (“Nathan For You”) and Benny Safdie (“Uncut Gems”). Safdie and his brother, Josh Safdie, will EP via their Elara Pictures banner, with Fielder and Stone, who exec produces through her Fruit Tree banner. A24 is producing.
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Peacock ordered 10 more episodes of “The Amber Ruffin Show,” set to start dropping on Fridays starting January 8. “We are thrilled to get the chance to bring you more episodes, because each episode is a new opportunity to have another margarita,” said Ruffin. The final two episodes from the late-nighter’s first run air December 11 and December 18.
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Skydance Television has signed an exclusive first-look agreement with Exile Content Studio to develop and produce premium scripted, English-language series for a global audience. Under the deal, Skydance Television will have first consideration across Exile Content Studio’s portfolio of English-language television projects. The arrangement aligns with Skydance Media’s strategy to exploit IP across multiple platforms, genres and territories.
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Canada’s CBC and streamer BET+ are partnering on original series “The Porter” (wt) from Inferno Pictures and Sienna Films, focused on railway workers who form the first Black union. Annmarie Morais (“Ransom”) and Marsha Greene (“Private Eyes”) are writers/showrunners on the eight-parter, with Charles Officer (“Ransom”) and R.T. Thorne (“Blindspot”) onboard to executive produce and direct. 
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CNN Films and BBC have commissioned a feature documentary film following the global quest to develop, trial, manufacture, and distribute effective vaccines to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “Race for the Vaccine” on CNN in the US, and the same film under the working title “Vaccine: The Inside Story” on BBC Two in the UK, will be produced and directed British filmmaker and former virologist Catherine Gale and co-directed by American medical journalist and independent filmmaker Caleb Hellerman. CNN has linear TV rights in the US and Canada.
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Andrea McClew (“Strong Black Woman Vol.2”) will star in Carl Jackson Studios drama “Carl Jackson’s LAX.” The movie will debut in select theaters in late spring 2021, and on CJC Network and Tubi shortly afterward.
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Two HGTV series return with new episodes next month. “100 Day Dream Home,” which attracted over 22.6 million total viewers its first season, is back Monday, January 4 at 8p, while “House in a Hurry” launches ten new episodes on Wednesday, January 6, at 8p and 8:30p. 
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A new season of “Monster Garage” launches on discovery+ on Monday, January 4. The series, hosted by Jesse James, first aired on Discovery Channel from 2002-2006. “We always knew we would eventually bring it back,” said James. “I also knew when that day came, I needed to be ready. More skills in my toolbox and a clear mind and schedule. Ready to put my head down and work as hard as possible to push the limits of TV again.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first two episodes of horror series “30 Coins” debut on HBO on Monday, January 4 at 9p. Produced by HBO Europe in Spain, the show focuses on an exorcist sent to a remote community that starts experiencing demonic events.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E promises “jaw-dropping footage” of extreme encounters with nature in “Nature Goes Wild,” as explorer Greg Aiello captures videos of everything from animal attacks to natural disasters. The series launches Wednesday, January 6 at 10p with back-to-back episodes.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

HBO’s “Painting With John,” written, directed by and starringmusician/actor/director/painter John Lurie (“Oz”), debuts Friday, January 22 at 11p. The unscripted series is described as “part meditative tutorial, part fireside chat.”
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Exile Content Studio and Spanish company Newtral teamed for a four-episode docuseries following a group of women who became part of one of the most legendary soccer clubs in history. Issues around gender equality, discrimination, misogyny, motherhood and sexual diversity play a major role in “Un Sueno Real,” premiering on HBO España on Monday, December 28.
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Season eight of “High Stakes Poker” premieres Wednesday, December 16 at 8p on PokerGo. AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan, who hosted the show during part of its seven-season run on GSN from 2006-11, will be back for the new iteration.
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Epix drama “Godfather of Harlem” will klck off season two in April 2021, with Forest Whitaker back as star and executive producer.
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Reunion special “12 Dates of Christmas: Unwrapped” has the cast of the dating series gather for a holiday party hosted by D.J. “Shangela” Pierce (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) to reveal what has happened since last Christmas.
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Oxygen special “The Jane Doe Murders” follows Yolanda McClary, a forensic specialist and former Las Vegas crime investigator who has made it her mission to help give Jane Does their names back using new forensic technology and DNA databases. The two-hour special airs Sunday, January 3 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis) 

A special Christmas episode of Disney Junior show “Bluey” premieres today, December 11. The compilation episode includes a new story, “Christmas Swim,” which will introduce two new characters.
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Disney+ is reaching for the stars, with plans for about 10 “Star Wars” series, 10 Marvel series and 15 live-action, animation and Pixar series over the next few years. During Disney’s investor day, Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Media and Entertainment Distribution for The Disney Company, said, “With these Disney+ originals, along with theatrical releases and library titles, we will be adding something new to the service every week.”
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During the Disney presentation, CEO Bob Chapek said the company’s streamer has reached 86.8 million subscribers, up from 73 million+ globally as of September 30. The numbers include recent launches in Latin America, but the rollout hasn’t reached Eastern Europe, South Korea and Hong Kong.
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ShowBiz Stories (SBS), founded by Marion J. Caffey (“Apollo Amateur Night”), launched yesterday, December 10. The website features personal stories submitted via video by artists across theatre, music, television and film.
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UPtv’s annual Thanksgiving week “GilMORE the Merrier” 24/7 binge-a-thon was up +21% from 2019, outperforming year-ago in all key demos (gains between +32% & +59%) and delivered UPtv’s strongest week of 2020 for key demos. The stunt helped close out UPtv’s November ahead of 2019 in all key demos, with W25-54 delivery up +35%, according to Nielsen.
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Susan Rice is leaving the board of Netflix to join the Biden administration. “We are grateful to Susan Rice for her many contributions on our board and congratulate her on her return to public service,” said Netflix Chairman and Co-CEO Reed Hastings. Rice joined the streamer’s board in March 2018.
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Actress Marguerite Ray died November 18. She was 89. In addition to roles on “Bewitched,” “The Bill Cosby Show,” “Ironside,” “The Odd Couple,” “Sanford and Son” and “Dynasty,” Ray spent 10 years on “The Young and the Restless.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $276 million

You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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POWERBALL
Saturday’s Jackpot is $277 million

Powerball is played in 43 states.

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