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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/7/20)
ABC: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Chase (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS ALL ACCESS: Coyote (Premiere)
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO MAX: Arthur’s Law (Premiere)
HISTORY: Mountain Men (Premiere) at 10pm
TBS: Go-Big Show (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: The Real Blac Chyna (Premiere) at 10pm

Chaos at the US Capitol caused major television preemptions on Wednesday. At a rally of his supporters, shortly before a joint session of Congress was set to count electoral college votes, President Trump encouraged his supporters to go to the Capitol. They did more than that, storming the building and interrupting the certification process, smashing windows and leaving lawmakers barricading doors and evacuating the premises as law enforcement called for backup. CNN’s Jake Tapper described the scene as “an embarrassing, dangerous, frightening spectacle.” Said Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, “These are absolutely images I never thought I would see in my lifetime.”
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Katie Couric will take a turn as guest host of “Jeopardy,” reports the LA Times. Ken Jennings was first to step in after the death of Alex Trebek, who held the job for 37 seasons before dying of pancreatic cancer on November 8. Trebek’s last turn on the show airs Friday, January 8, in an episode taped in October.
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SAG-AFTRA spoke out after the Recording Academy moved CBS’ Grammy Awards telecast from January 31 to March 14 – the same day as the 27th SAG Awards. “We announced the same date for the SAG Awards last July with the intent to give the greatest possible scheduling consideration for other awards shows,” said the actors union. “We expect the same consideration from sister organizations throughout the industry.” Both ceremonies were delayed due to concerns over the spread of Covid-19.
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PBS Kids is taking Caillou off the air after 20 years. The animated series, which premiered in 2000, ran for 144 episodes and then went into syndication. “We’re saying farewell to @cailloudhx, but remember, when we say goodbye to something…,” tweeted the PBS Kids account, “…It just means we get to say hello to something new!” While some viewers responded with sadness, many others celebrated the end of the “whiny crybaby.”
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Newly appointed to the Television Academy are “Insecure” co-creator Issa Rae; “One Day at a Time” creator Gloria Calderon Kellett; Zack Van Amburg, Chief Content Officer and Head of Worldwide Video for Apple TV+; Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios; Dawn Olmstead, CEO and Partner of Anonymous Content; and Robert Mills, SVP, Alternative Series, Specials and Late-night Programming, ABC Entertainment. The group will work with the academy to develop a direction for 2021.
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Amazon’s IMDb TV is developing a TV adaptation of “Lords of Dogtown,” the 2005 Sony film centered on the skateboarding scene. The project from MiddKid Productions is written by Kat Candler (“Queen Sugar”).
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Catherine Zeta-Jones is joining the upcoming sophomore run of Fox serial killer drama “Prodigal Son,” in a lead role opposite Michael Sheen that begins in the second half of the season. “I can’t wait to see these two greats to head-to-head,” said Michael Thorn, President, Entertainment, Fox Entertainment.
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In more casting news, Tonya Pinkins (“Jelly’s Last Jam”) is replacing Niecy Nash in ABC limited series “Women of the Movement.” The six-parter tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who sought justice for her son, Emmett Till. Nash left the show for personal reasons…Amy Ryan (“The Office”) will star opposite Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez in Hulu comedy “Only Murders in the Building.”
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Layne Eskridge, a former Creative Executive at Apple, has inked a deal with Endeavor Content via her POV production company. “Layne is a longtime friend and collaborator who I’ve been fortunate to work with going back to first season of ‘Ozark’ and continuing on during her time at Apple,” said Joe Hipps, EVP, Television, Endeavor Content. “I’ve long admired her discerning taste, creative instincts, and collaborative style.”
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Twenty-four couples from TLC’s “90 Day Fiance” franchise compete in “Love Games,” premiering Monday, February 8 on streaming service discovery+. The elimination-style game features three preliminary rounds, culminating in a finale with the four couples still standing.
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All ten episodes of “Punky Brewster” drop on Peacock on Thursday, February 25. The revival of the 1984-88 sitcom includes original stars Soleil Moon Frye and Cherie Johnson.
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A new slate of “SuperSoul,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey and produced by OWN, is set to stream exclusively on discovery+ starting later this month. The new line-up includes Cicely Tyson (“Just As I Am”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (“Unfinished”), Sharon Stone (“The Beauty of Living Twice”), Julianna Margulies (“Sunshine Girl”), Martha Beck (“The Way of Integrity: Finding the Path to Your True Self), historian Jon Meacham (“The Soul of America”), and “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, founders of Magnolia.

Sewee Entertainment announced the season four renewal of “Women on the Move.” The first-run quarterly series, which has been cleared in over 80% of the US, is produced by 3LF Entertainment out of Chicago.
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Nat Geo’s “Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover” goes behind the scenes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to follow the birth of the Perseverance Rover, designed to search for life on Mars. The two-hour special, premiering Thursday, February 18 at 9p, coincides with the landing of the rover in Jezero Crater on Mars.
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“Puppy Bowl XVII” airs on both Animal Planet and discovery+ on Sunday, February 7 at 2p. The three-hour event features 70 puppies from 22 shelters.
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Roku hit 51.2 million active accounts by the end of 2020, up from 36.9 million in 2019, estimates the company. Global data includes 17 billion streaming hours in 4Q20, and 58.7 billion over the course of the year, up 55%. “The world is moving to streaming and we look forward to continuing to help viewers, advertisers, content publishers, and TV manufacturers succeed in the Streaming Decade,” said Anthony Wood, CEO.
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FOX News Channel was the top cable news network in primetime total viewers, behind only ESPN during the week of December 28. FNC garnered 1.8 million viewers and 249,000 among A25-54, and 144,000 among A18-49. In total day, FNC delivered 1.1 million viewers and 180,000 in the 25-54 demo as well as 101,000 among A18-49.
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NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” returned for season two in a new timeslot, Tuesday at 8p, and delivered 3 million viewers and 0.5 among A18-49, up from 2.0 million and 0.4 in the demo last season, when it aired on Sundays.
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HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU” delivered the highest-rated episode of its sophomore season on Monday, December 28, with a .97 Live+SD rating among P25-54, a 94% increase over the prior six weeks. Among W25-54, the episode garnered a 1.23 Live+3 rating, up 98% over prior six-week levels.
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Univision delivered week-over-week primetime audience growth among total viewers (+11% to 1.2 million), A18-49 (+11% to 446,000) and A18-34 (+9% to 176,000) the week of December 28.
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