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NBC renewed “The Blacklist” for season nine. Because of the pandemic, only two episodes aired before the drama’s season eight hiatus; they averaged a 1.2 rating among A18-49. On January 29 comes the reveal of the name that tops Raymond Reddington’s blacklist.
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Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. deMille Award at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The “Coming Home” and “Grace & Frankie” star will accept the honor during the telecast airing Sunday, February 28 at 8p, live on NBC.
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Local TV executives Peter Dunn, President of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, SVP News, have been placed on administrative leave following a two-part report in the L.A. Times that said they “cultivated a hostile work environment.” The report cited bullying female managers and impeding efforts to hire Black journalists. “CBS is committed to a diverse, inclusive and respectful workplace where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary,” said CBS in a statement.
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Fox acquired seasons one and two of Canadian legal drama “Diggstown.” The CBC original, Canada’s first drama series to feature a Black Canadian woman (Vinessa Antoine) as the lead character, is also available to stream on BET+.
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Don’t look for Richard Lewis when season 11 of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” arrives. While Lewis has been a cast member since the HBO show’s debut, recent back and shoulder surgeries make his participation this go-round impossible. Tweeted cast member Cheryl Hines, “We are going to miss you this season. Season 12 it is!”
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Add Google to the list of companies suspending certain political donations. Google first paused donations after the January 6 attack at the US Capitol, and following a review of its contribution policies, said it “will not be making any contributions this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certification of the election results.” The move follows similar decisions by Marriott, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and others.
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Verizon sold HuffPost to BuzzFeed last year, but the the rest of the company’s media division is safe, said CEO Hans Vestberg during a 4Q20 earnings call. “We started this journey in 2018, re-assessing the overall strategy of Verizon Media Group and started to take out costs,” said Vestberg. “We are now in the position where we wanted to be” – and that includes Yahoo and AOL. Verizon reported a net loss of 72,000 pay-TV subscribers for the quarter, and 92,000 new internet customers.
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A+E Studios and ITV Studios America in association with Groundswell Productions are developing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic “The Great Gatsby” as a single season dramatic event series. The pilot script will be written by executive producer Michael Hirst (“Vikings”) and executive producer Michael London (“Sideways”).

Westbrook Media, launched in 2019 by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, is teaming with Israel’s Tedy Productions (“Euphoria”). A short-form scripted series and a short-form game show are already in development. “I’ve been a fan of the Tedy crew for a while,” said said Westbrook Media, SVP Head of Content Lukas Kaiser. “They’ve got a long and storied history of creating cutting edge, barrier breaking contents that cuts across all genres, formats and marketplaces.”
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HBO put an adaptation The Fact of a Body, author Alex Marzano-Lesnevich’s story centered on a lawyer assigned to a child murder case that brings up trauma from her past, in development. Jeremiah Zagar (“We The Animals”) is co-writing and directing.
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Also in development at HBO is a limited series based on season three of podcast “Serial,” looking at the flawed criminal justice system in Cleveland. Akron, OH native LeBron James is one of the executive producers; Shola Amoo will write and direct.
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A24 and Amy Adams’ Bond Group Entertainment are adapting Anna North’s novel Outlawed for TV. Adams will executive produce the adaptation of the feminist Western story alongside Stacy O’Neil.
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“Dugout Moms,” focused on a single mom who finds support from a group of Little League parents, is in development at ABC. The comedy comes from Jacque Edmonds Cofer (“The Unicorn”), Two Shakes Entertainment, Picture It Productions and CBS Studios.
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Apple TV+ ordered a second season of Israeli thriller “Tehran.” The series will continue to run on Israeli broadcaster Kan 11 as well as Apple TV+.
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Casting notes: Dan Bucatinsky (“Scandal”) has joined the cast of ABC’s upcoming “Rebel,” starring Katey Sagal…Singer/actress Demi Lovato (“Sonny with a Chance”) will star in and executive produce food issue comedy”Hungry,” which has a put pilot commitment from NBC…Sam Corlett (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) landed the lead role of Leif Eriksson in Netflix’s “Vikings: Valhalla.” The drama is a spin-off of History’s “Vikings.”…Wayne Brady (“Let’s Make a Deal”) will guest star on Showtime’s “American Gigolo” pilot.
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The “90 Day Fiance” franchise expands again with “”90 Day: The Single Life,” premiering Sunday, February 21 on discovery+. “With this monumental new spinoff, we’re giving center stage for the very first time to the singles our viewers have come to know and root for,” said Howard Lee, President and GM of TLC. Also launching that day is companion series “Pillow Talk,” with familiar faces commenting on the “90 Day” action.
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NBC’s new sci-fi drama “Debris” will make its debut Monday, March 1 at 10p. The network made the announcement during a TCA panel.
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Animated series “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” drops on Peacock on Thursday, February 18. The next chapter for Archibald Strutter, a chicken whose adventures don’t always go as planned, features a voice cast that boasts Tony Hale (“Veep”), Adam Pally (“The Mindy Project”), Jordan Fisher (“Hamilton”), and Chelsea Kane (“Baby Daddy”), among others.
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MTV’s “Floribama Shore” is back for season four on Thursday, February 25 at 9p. The first episode follows the midseason finale of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” with the show moving to its regular time slot of 8p the following week.
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Four-part docu-series “Exterminate All the Brutes” premieres on HBOwith back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, April 7 at 9p. The series explores the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism.
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Spanish-language movie network Cinelatino is launching the first of its new serialized dramas on Saturday, January 30 at 11p. Brazil’s “Calle Augusta” is set in the underground world of Sao Paulo strip clubs.
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Hulu and Peacock are sharing streaming rights to “Modern Family,” which will be available to subscribers beginning Wednesday, February 3. It’s the first time all eleven seasons will be available on an SVOD platform in the US. During its 2009-2020 run on ABC, the comedy was available for next-day viewing to Hulu subscribers.
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HGTV’s Beach Escape, a lineup featuring episodes of beach lifestyle series every Tuesday in February on discovery+, includes installments from shows including “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” Mexico Life,” “Hawaii Life,” and “Island Life.” Bonus: Special “Beach Cabana Royale,” a design competition hosted by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”), premieres on Tuesday, February 16.
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In another discovery+ special, “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy (“Mike & Molly”) meet – virtually – in “Cocktails and Tall Tales with Ina Garten and Melissa McCarthy” on Friday, March 26. “We have all been stuck home looking for new ways to make it through each day safely and when the opportunity to meet and maybe have a drink with Melissa was presented, I immediately cleared my schedule,” said Garten. “Melissa is a brilliant comedic talent who I have long admired,”.
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Starting at 7a on Groundhog Day, February 2, The Weather Channel’s “AMHQ” will broadcast live coverage of Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow. While the meteorologists can’t be there in person this year, cardboard cutouts of Jim Cantore, Stephanie Abrams and Jen Carfagno will be featured at the PA ceremony while the humans stay safely distant at HQ in Atlanta.
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Fuse’s “Future History” franchise, this year sponsored by P&G, will expand to 24 honorees, celebrating positive, proactive and emerging leaders. This includes the addition of Future Middle Eastern History in August, joining Future Black History (February), Future Women’s History (March), Future Asian Pacific History (May), Future LGBTQ History (June) and Future Hispanic History (September/October).
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