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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 1/28/21)
HBO MAX: Possessions (Premiere)
HGTV: Rehab Addict Rescue (Premiere) at 9pm
HISTORY: Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (Finale) at 9pm
HISTORY: Mountain Men (Finale) at 10pm
VICE: QAnon: The Search for Q (Finale) at 10pm

Super Bowl LV advertising inventory is virtually sold out, said ViacomCBS, with 30-second spots selling for about $5.5 million, in line with last year. While major brands Budweiser and Coke are benching themselves this year, ViacomCBS said consumer products, automotive, financial services and telecom have been strong.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Cloris Leachman died January 27 at age 94. While Leachman was arguably best known for her role as Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and spin-off “Phyllis,” she won an Academy Award for her role in “The Last Picture Show” and had memorable roles in Mel Brooks films “Young Frankenstein,” “High Anxiety” and “History of the World, Part I.” Leachman also won Emmys in 2002 and 2006 for playing a scary grandma on “Malcolm in the Middle,” and at age 82 competed on “Dancing With the Stars.”
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AspireTV, focused on Black culture and urban lifestyle, has been made available on 12 additional markets on Comcast’s Xfinity TV. “We are passionate about creating the world’s best and most diverse collection of multicultural programming and entertainment available anywhere,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “Through our partnership with AspireTV, we are proud to continue to play a role in expanding access to high quality programming that celebrates the stories and achievements of the Black community.”
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Sinclair’s Sunday morning talk show, “America This Week,” is ending ahead of the February 2 launch of host Eric Bolling’s podcast with Brett Favre, “Bolling with Favre.” “America This Week will come to an end on January 31st as Eric has decided to pursue other professional opportunities,” said a Sinclair rep.
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Locked On Podcast Network, which produces daily shows for professional and college sports teams, has been acquired by Tegna. “Local communities are at the heart of what we do, and nothing brings communities together like local sports,” said Dave Lougee, president and CEO, TEGNA. “We look forward to growing the Locked On network through collaboration with our local stations, including the potential for video simulcasts of shows, and further increasing distribution, engagement and monetization of these fan favorite podcasts.”
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The CW picked up Canadian baking competition “Great Chocolate Showdown,” which premiered on Food Network Canada as a top ten series. The show will make its US debut later this year.
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SundanceTV renewed “State of the Union” for a second season. The short-form drama series written by Nick Hornby (“Brooklyn”) and directed by Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) “explores relationships and the human experience” in 10-minute episodes.
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HBO Max will co-produce and be the US streaming home for limited series “The Tourist,” from Two Brothers Pictures (“Fleabag”). The six-part thriller is headed up by writers Harry and Jack Williams, alongside commissioning partners BBC One, Stan and ZDF. Jamie Dornan (“A Private War”) will star as a man searching for his identity. Danielle Macdonald (“Unbelievable”), Shalom Brune-Franklin (“Roadkill”) and Hugo Weaving (“Patrick Melrose”) are also confirmed to join the cast ahead of filming in Australia.
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Keke Palmer (“Hustlers”) will host and executive produce “Foodtastic,” a Disney+ competition series. Teams of contestants will be asked to create Disney-inspired works of art made out of all types of food, including everything from cheese and butter to fruits and vegetables.
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TBS greenlit “Rat in the Kitchen,” a food format where competition cooking meets whodunit. Hosted by Natasha Leggero (“Another Period”) and judged by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre, each episode includes one undercover chef who sabotages fellow contestants’ chances. The series is produced for TBS by ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media.
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Seth MacFarlane and Amy Pascal are developing a series adaptation of Elan Mastai’s novel All Our Wrongs Today for Peacock. The time travel tale is being written by Mastai, with MacFarlane and Erica Huggins executive producing for Fuzzy Door and Pascal and Rachel O’Connor exec producing for Pascal Pictures.
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Entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman is joining Crush Capital’s new show, “Going Public,” as a mentor. In the 10-episode series hosted by Lauren Simmons, the youngest-ever female trader and the second Black female to have held that position at the New York Stock Exchange, Hoffman will join fellow business leaders in guiding a group of entrepreneurs as they navigate the challenges of taking a company public.
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Three new series regular roles, plus directors Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson, have been announced for new OWN drama “Delilah,” from “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright, who serves as executive producer along with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey. Added to the cast are Kelly Jacobs, Khalil Johnson and Braelin Rankins (“Genius”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Charmaine Bingwa (“Black Box”) has joined the season five cast of CBS All Access/Paramount+ drama “The Good Fight” as a series regular.
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Freeform picked up “The Bold Type” for a fifth and final season. The final episodes will air later this year, with Nikohl Boosheri returning as popular character Ardena El-Amin during the course of the show’s final run.
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“I Can See Your Voice was renewed for a second season on Fox, with Ken Jeong back as host and executive producer. The game show averaged a 1.3 rating among A18-49 and 6.0 million viewers in Live+7 Nielsens.
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Set for season three is CBS’s “Love Island,” a dating series featuring young singles looking for love in a tropical location – this time around, Hawaii.
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Facebook Watch ordered 12 more episodes of “Red Table Talk: The Estefans,” hosted by singer Gloria Estafan, her daughter Emily Esefan, and Lili Estefan. The interview series is a spin-off of “Red Table Talk,” from Jada Pinkett-Smith.
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New CBS comedy “United States of Al” premieres Thursday, April 1 at 9:30, taking over the time slot of “The Unicorn” at the end of that show’s 13-episode season. The move puts “Al” in the company of three other Chuck Lorre comedies – “Young Sheldon,” “B Positive” and “Mom” – on Thursdays.
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Sixteen of the best chefs from the East and West coasts go head-to-head in sudden-death cooking battles on Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions II,” launching Sunday, March 7 at 8p. Extended episodes of the tournament and an after show will air on discovery+, featuring backstage conversations with host Guy Fieri and the competitors.
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True crime docu-series “The Widower” will go behind the scenes of a murder investigation, with exclusive access to the alleged killer. The first episode of the show from Dateline NBC producers premieres on Thursday, February 18 at 10p, with two-hour parts 2 and 3 airing February 19 and 21 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The pandemic has a dramatic effect on Bravo’s “Married to Medicine,” back for season eight on Sunday, March 7 at 9p as the cast deals with a health crisis the likes of which they’ve never seen before.
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The second half of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” season six launches Sunday, April 11 at 9p. Joining the cast for the back nine epsodes are John Glover (“The Good Wife”), Nick Stahl (“Terminator”), and Keith Carradine (“Fargo”).
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All ten episodes of psychological drama “Tell Me Your Secrets” drop on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, February 19. Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”), Amy Brenneman (“The Leftovers”), Hamish Linklater (“Legion”) and Enrique Murciano (“The Blacklist”) star in the series about people pushed to the edge by their troubling pasts.
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“Donkey Hodie,” a new PBS Kids puppet series, premieres Monday, May 3. The multi-platform preschool show follows the adventures of the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie character from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”
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Digital reality series “MTV’s Following: Bretman Rock,” looking at the content creator’s life in Hawaii, premieres on MTV YouTube on Monday, February 8 at 4p. New episodes of the six-parter drop Mondays at 4p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Shadow and Bone,” focused on an orphan training as part of an elite army of magical soldiers, premieres on Netflix on Friday, April 23. The series was inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels.
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Two-hour special “Unraveled: The Real Story of the Long Island Serial Killer,” a companion to the podcast “Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer,” premieres on discovery+ on Tuesday, March 9. The podcast looks for answers regarding a case that started in 2010 when a young sex worker went missing.
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Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet who came to national attention for her recitation at the Biden-Harrid inauguration, will read a new poem during the Super Bowl pre-game show. Her performance at the Tampa stadium on February 7 on CBS will honor heroes during the pandemic.
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Two upcoming Warner Bros. movies will premiere in theaters and HBO Max on the same day. “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which tells the story of a man who infiltrated the Black Panthers, debuts Friday, February 12. Live action/computer animated “Tom & Jerry” premieres Friday, February 26. Both films will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from their theatrical releases.
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“Sew the Winter to My Skin,” a film depicting the hunt, capture and trial of Black rebel folk hero John Klepe, premieres Monday, February 1 on Crackle.
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Starz acquired documentary film “Ruth: Justice Ginsburg In Her Own Words,” chronicling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s ascent to the Supreme Court. The film’s premiere kicks off Women’s History on Monday, March 1 at 9p, and air again on Monday, March 15 at 8p on what would have been Justice Ginsburg’s 88th birthday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season one of Netflix’s “Bridgerton” was watched by 82 million households globally during its first four weeks, 19 million more than the streamer projected 10 days after the Shondaland drama’s launch. That makes “Bridgerton” Netflix’s biggest new series ever, easily surpassing the 76 million households “The Witcher” drew during its first 28 days.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its first week without host Alex Trebek, “Jeopardy!” was down 6% (6.2 Live+SD national Nielsen rating) the week of January 11 versus the week before, but still led all syndicated shows. Wheel of Fortune (5.8, down 3%), which is paired with “Jeopardy!” in most major markets, and “Family Feud” (5.4, up 6%) were next in line among game shows.
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“A Teacher” has become the most-watched show on FX on Hulu, while also attracting the most new subscribers to Hulu of any FX on Hulu exclusive series. The limited series ranked as the #1 show on Hulu for five of the eight weeks during its run. The audience delivery for “A Teacher” was +42% higher than FX’s freshman comedy series “Dave,” which was FX’s most-watched show on Hulu and the highest rated comedy series in FX history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The January 18 season premieres of Fox’s 9-1-1 and 9-1-1: Lone Stardelivered 10.7 million and 9.7 million viewers, respectively, powering Fox to deliver its most-watched Monday night in nearly five years.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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