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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/16/20)
NBC: Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rocketts (Premiere) at 8pm
AMAZON: The Expanse (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Anitta: Made In Honorio (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Break It All: The History of Rock in Latin America (Premiere)
NETFLIX: How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Ripper (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Run On (Premiere)
POKER GO: High Stakes Poker (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: The Amazing Race (Finale) at 8pm
CW: Devils (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: The Masked Singer (Finale) at 9pm

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios has sold “The Kelly Clarkson Show” to the NBC Owned Television Stations group for two additional seasons, through 2023. The hourlong daytime program, which currently airs in 100% of the country on more than 200 stations, has already been sold in national syndication to more than 75% of the US for its third and fourth seasons. “One ray of sunshine in this wildly unpredictable year is that we get to continue to deliver to stations and fans a show that brings people together,” said Tracie Wilson, EVP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max is removing “Chappelle’s Show” from the service on December 31, at the request of Dave Chappelle. Chappelle got Netflix to pull the sketch series, which launched on Comedy Central in 2003, last month. Chappelle posted a video from a stand-up gig during which he expressed his frustration over the fact that due to a deal he signed years ago, he gets no compensation when his show is licensed to streaming services. “Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract,” says Chappell in the video. “But is that right? I didn’t think so either.” During Variety’s Virtual FYCFest on Tuesday, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, said, “We had a conversation with Dave. I won’t get into it, but it’s very clear that it’s a very unique and specific and emotional issue he’s got. So, at the end of the year, December 31, we’re going to honor his request and take the show down.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Third time’s the charm? Fox gave a straight-to-series order to a “Fantasy Island” reboot from Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (“The Shield”). Sony Pictures Television is producing with Gemstone Studios and Fox Entertainment. The original series aired on ABC from 1978-84, followed by a second version on ABC in 1998-99. “’Fantasy Island’ has always been one of our most popular and iconic series, and when we heard Liz and Sarah’s vision of this world, we immediately knew they were onto something special,” said Sony Pictures TV President Jeff Frost and Co-President Jason Clodfelter. “We can’t think of better partners than Fox to work on this entirely novel take on this classic property.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures Television exercised its option to trade its ownership stake in Crackle Plus for the right to obtain $40 million of preferred stock in Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. The transaction gives AVOD player Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment 100% ownership and control of Crackle Plus. “Sony has been an incredible partner for Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and this transaction is the natural next step in our relationship,” said William J. Rouhana Jr, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “We welcome Sony as a large shareholder and look forward to continuing to work closely with them.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse Media filed a complaint with the FCC, accusing AT&T and its DirecTV service of discriminatory practices in carriage negotiations. Fuse alleges AT&T is using its market muscle to treat Fuse unfairly, particularly compared with networks AT&T owns and operates. “Since January, Fuse has been the last English-language network carried by AT&T that serves Latinos,” said Fuse. “If AT&T truly values minority voices, then their words must match their actions, especially during a time in which our nation is undergoing a seismic social awakening. We are hopeful that AT&T will reverse course and negotiate in good faith moving forward.” Responded an AT&T spokesperson, “We treat all programmers fairly, including Fuse. They want the FCC to order us to provide programming our customers don’t want or value.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

An LA Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of Viacom in its lawsuit accusing Netflix of poaching a longtime employee. California law bars employment contracts longer than seven years, and Netflix contends extensions of contracts mid-term amounts to coercing employees into signing on to additional years. “Employee mobility and open, fair competition are at the heart of California’s innovation and economic prosperity,” said a Netflix rep. “We strongly disagree with the judge’s ruling which we believe wrongly allows Viacom to use unfair and unlawful contract terms to prevent its employees from taking a job of their choosing.” Netflix is also facing legal action from Fox and Activision for interfering with employee contracts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu landed US rights to “Everyone Is Doing Great,” a comedy crowdfunded after its first episodes debuted on the festival circuit. Creators James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti (“One Tree Hill”) star as men navigating life and love after their hit vampire drama ends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar, executive producers of “The Proud Family,” have signed an overall deal with Disney Branded Television to produce animated and live-action series and movies. “We are very happy to be continuing our relationship with Disney and look forward to creating even more truly authentic and diverse stories and characters for audiences worldwide,” said Smith and Farquhar.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Latinx family drama “The Three Joaquins” has been put in development at ABC. Written by Jordan Heimer and Manny Figuero (“Step Up”), the series from The District and ABC Signature centers on a wealthy family whose life is turned upside down by a 16-year-old’s proof of their father’s secret life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Docu-series “Philly D.A.”, from PBS, ITVS and Topic, will premiere on February 2 at the Sundance Film Festival, detailing the work inside the office of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner as he and his team work to end mass incarceration and transform the criminal justice system from the inside.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New series “Kitchen Crash” lands on Food Network Wednesday, January 6 at 10p. In each episode, hosted by Jeff Mauro, professional chefs head to a local neighborhood block for an outdoor cook-off.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History’s “The Proof Is Out There” analyzes videos of unexplained phenomena, like people seemingly immune to lightning, and UFOs that split and dive underwater. Hosted by journalist Tony Harris, the series premieres Tuesday, January 5 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s “The Circus returns for season six on Sunday, January 10 at 8p. The first half of the season will include eight episodes, with political strategist and commentator Jennifer Palmieri joining as a co-host along with John Heilemann, Alex Wagner and Mark Mckinnon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first trio of episodes from season four of comedy thriller“Search Party” drop on HBO Max on Thursday, January 14.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS Sports and Nickelodeon are teaming for a special slime-filled presentation of the NFL’s Wild Card game on Sunday, January 10, at 4:30p. “The NFL Wild Card Game” on Nick will feature kid-focused content and Nick-themed elements, and air alongside CBS Sports’ broadcast of the game on CBS. Play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle (son of CBS announcer Ian Eagle) will be joined by CBS Sports’ analyst Nate Burleson and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green (“All That,” “Unfiltered”) in the booth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Allison Janney (“Mom”) assists with a home renovation for her assistant and close friend of 20 years on HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU,” airing Monday, December 21 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID is prepping an exposé into a conspiracy of networks of men preying on children in the 1970s. Connecting the murders of John Wayne Gacy in Chicago with the Houston Mass Murders by Dean Corll, “The Clown and the Candyman” traces a path through the past to expose how a dark web was able to exploit America’s youth. The story begins with a podcast, released on Tuesday, and continues with an ID special airing Monday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joe Biden will be making his sixth appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show,” and his first since being elected President, tomorrow, December 17. 46’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will appear with him.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle inked a deal with Spotify, via their production company, Achewell Audio. “What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction,” said the couple. “With the challenges of 2020, there has never been a more important time to do so, because when we hear each other, and hear each other’s stories, we are reminded of how interconnected we all are.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The top syndicated entertainment magazines posted double digit rating increases in the week ending December 6. “Entertainment Tonight” (2.4 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 14% from the week before) set the pace for the group; “Access Hollywood” (1.1, up 10%) matched its season high. “TMZ” (0.8, up 14%) and “Extra” (0.7, up 17%) also popped up, with “Extra” surging 33% in the key W25-54 demo and tying its season high despite numerous preemptions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hanukkah lights up Hallmark Channel: The net’s December 12 premiere of “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!” averaged a 3.0 Household rating, 433,000 among W25-54, and 3 million Total Viewers, and ranked as the #1 entertainment program of the week among Households, W18+, and Total Viewers. The December 13 premiere of “Christmas Comes Twice” averaged a 2.5 Household rating, 405,000 W25-54, and 2.5 million Total Viewers, and ranked as the #2 Household-rated entertainment program of the week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ “ A Glenbrooke Christmas” averaged a 2.2 Household rating, 167,000 W25-54, and 1.8 million Total Viewers, ranking as the #2 entertainment cable program of the day among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers, behind Hallmark Channel’s Saturday night debut of “Love, Lights, Hanukkah!”.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given” has racked up over 21 million viewssince its November 17 debut, making it Netflix’s top comedy special of the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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