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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/2/21)
BRITBOX: The Pembrokeshire Murders (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Beachfront Bargain Hunt (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Hawaii Life (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Island Life (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Mexico Life (Premiere)
HGTV: Home Again with the Fords (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Kid Cosmic (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Mighty Express (Premiere)

New MSNBC President Rashida Jones announced a realignment of breaking news and analysis/opinion shows. “By aligning our programming seven days a week, we will create more opportunities for collaboration and develop stronger pipelines across our entire brand,” wrote Jones in a note to staff. Dan Arnall has been named SVP of News Programming, and Greg Kordick will serve as SVP of Perspective/Analysis Programming. Arnall had been executive editor, MSNBC, and Kordick was previously executive producer of “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.” A head of documentary acquisitions will be named soon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gray Media is acquiring Quincy Media in a $925 million deal that will give it the top-ranked stations in 77 markets, and stations in 102 markets reaching 25% of US households. Gray will divest Quincy stations in markets where it owns overlapping stations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Whit Johnson and Linsey Davis will anchor the weekend broadcast of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Johnson on Saturday, and Davis on Sunday. Johnson has been one of ABC News’ lead reporters covering the pandemic, while Davis has been anchoring ABC News Live’s evening newscast. They replace Tom Llamas, who is reportedly taking a job at NBC News.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Magnolia Network greenlit two new pilots to series: “Ranch to Table,” featuring cattle rancher and entrepreneur Elizabeth Poett, and “Van Go” with Austin-based Chewy Design Co. owner Brett Lewis. Single-episode previews will debut on discovery+ in February. Ranch to Table is produced by Conveyor Media; Van Go comes from Rabbit Foot Studios. Starting Friday, February 5, new Magnolia Network original content will debut weekly throughout the month of February as part of the Magnolia Network Preview on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix, SEGA of America, and WildBrain announced a new animated Sonic the Hedgehog series, “Sonic Prime,” set to premiere worldwide in 2022. The 24-episode animated adventure features the “Blue Blur” of video game fame.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney signed Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”) and his Proximity Media to a five-year overall deal that includes a Wakanda TV series project for Disney+. Proximity will also develop projects for ABC, Freeform and Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The rights to the life of drug trafficker Mario Tabraue, who appeared in Netflix’s “Tiger King,” have been acquired by The Traveling Picture Show Company, which is partnering with Anonymous Content to develop a limited series, reports Deadline. Adam Penn (“Mr. Robot”) is writing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nancy Kanter has jumped from Disney, where she was EVP, Content and Creative Strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide, to Netflix. Kanter will develop and produce animated and live-action projects via her Available Light Productions. Kanter announced her plans to exit Disney last April, but stayed for a lengthy transition period.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Infectious disease specialist and unlikely icon Dr. Anthony Fauci will be the focus of a feature documentary from National Geographic Documentary Films, “Fauci,” from John Hoffman (“The Weight of the Nation”) and Janet Tobias (“Unseen Enemy”), and Dan Cogan (“Icarus”) and Liz Garbus (“The Farm: Angola, USA”). “There is only one Dr. Fauci, and it is an incredible privilege to bring his inspiring, lifelong quest to cure disease and prevent outbreaks, to viewers around the world,” said Hoffman and Tobias. “This film will be an unprecedented, intimate portrait of our nation’s greatest public servant, whose relentless pursuit of truth and devotion to science has never been more important.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A planted pilot spin-off of CW’s “All American” will air as an episode in the current season three. “All American: Homecoming” stars Geffri Maya, reprising her role as Simone, for a young adult sports drama set at an HBCU.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fred Rogers Productions has received a $3 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for Donkey Hodie, the multiplatform puppet series for preschoolers that launches May 3 on PBS KIDS. The funding agreement covers series production, digital content, station engagement, and promotional activities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”), Nicole Beharie (“Monsters and Men”), Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker”), Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat”) will star in the new Amazon Original dramatic anthology series “Solos,” from executive producer and showrunner David Weil (“Hunters”). The anthology series exploring the meaning of human connection will premiere later in 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 20 of NBC’s “The Voice” will premiere Monday, March 1 at 8p. Battle advisors include Luis Fonsi for coach Kelly Clarkson; Darren Criss for Nick Jonas; Brandy for John Legend; and Dan + Shay for Blake Shelton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer” examines the science and medical innovations that have doubled life expectancies across the globe. The four-parter from Nutopia is set to air Tuesdays, May 11-June 1 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bio series “Subete A Mi Moto,” based on the story of the Menudo Band, will have its US premiere on EstrellaTV on Sunday, February 14 at 9p. The series chronicles the story of the Puerto Rican boy band as told by its creator.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The AIMS team offers commentary on episodes of “Mountain Monsters” in “Mountain Monsters: By the Fire,” launching Sunday, February 21 on discovery+. “Paranormal Caught on Camera” begins streaming Friday, February 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five young filmmakers turn their cameras on themselves in HBO film “Covid Diaries NYC,” debuting Tuesday, March 9 at 9p. The film shines a light on the plight of essential workers and their families during the early days of the pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The second installment of HBO concert series “Havana Street Party Presents” features Spanish singer-songwriter Beatriz Luengo taking the stage in Cuba for an acoustic special, premiering Friday, February 12 at 9:30 on HBO Latino and HBO Max.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Short series “Motek” (“sweetheart” in Hebrew) premieres on It’s a Short on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 9p. The love story, set in London during the pandemic, features the logline, “the more perfect the couple, the more terrifying their secrets from each other are.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In the biggest Egyptian excavation ever attempted, a team of archaeologists are going into the Western Valley of the Kings to uncover a new chapter in Ancient Egypt history in “Valley of the Kings: The Lost Tombs,” a two-hour special streaming March 1 on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max has launched its Black History Is Our History spotlight page, highlighting content in honor of Black History Month. The collection celebrates visionaries, and promotes and supports the telling of stories from the Black perspective with curated programming including films, documentaries, biopics, original programming and animation that focus on the Black experience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yahoo’s “Make Space for Black Voices” campaign honors Black History Month with a celebratory Yahoo logo, new video series and on-air interviews celebrating Black changemakers, as well as a livestream event featuring different industry leaders. Through an emphasis on e-commerce, the campaign will also spotlight Black-owned businesses with virtual pop-up shops, dedicated hubs, and articles and videos on Black owners, brands and products. The coverage will last throughout the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BET has two new projects timed to Black History Month under its media-focused initiative, “Content for Change.” “BET and CBS News Present: Boiling Point,” exploring dramatic flashpoints in American History, premieres Sunday, February 21 at 8p, followed at 9p by “Disrupt & Dismantle,” following Soledad O’Brien as she tackles injustice across America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks has launched its 8th annual Black History Month Public Service Announcement campaign, in partnership with the NAACP and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. The spots will air across the company’s networks, including AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and streaming service ALLBLK and run throughout February. Exclusive social media content featuring CBC members, AMC Networks’ show talent, and Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP, will also be showcased.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One marks Black History Month with a slate themed “Represent the Movement.” The network will celebrate the young, “uplifted” and Black leaders of the New Civil Rights Movement and what they hope for the future. Each activist will reflect and give their point of view on causes such as women’s rights, criminal justice reform, freedom of speech, LGBTQ rights, racism, immigration and gun control.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ovation TV is celebrating Black artists with PSAs and a curated on-demand programming line-up during Black History Month. The Stand For The Arts public service announcements honor local artists who enrich lives through the power of art, such as Genesis Tramaine, a self-proclaimed urban evangelist painter, and LeRone Wilson, an artist who specializes in beeswax art.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pioneering network executive Jamie Tarses passed away February 1 of complications from a cardiac event she suffered last fall. She was 56. Tarses was the first woman to run a network entertainment division, becoming President of ABC Entertainment at age 32, and was instrumental in the development of hits like “Friends” and “Frasier.” More recently, Tarses produced shows including “My Boys” and “The Wilds.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer/screenwriter Allan Burns died January 30. He was 85. Burns was best known for co-creating and co-writing “The Munsters,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda.” “As much of a legend as he was, and as diverse of a career as he enjoyed, the most remarkable thing about Allan Burns was how kind he was to so many people,” said producer and friend Dan Pasternack.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Dustin Diamond died February 1 of cancer. He was 44. Diamond was best known to TV audiences for playing Screech on “Saved by the Bell.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Television writer Marc Wilmore died January 30 from complications of COVID-19. Wilmore was best known to TV audiences for his work on “F Is For Family” and “In Living Color.” His brother, comedian and talk show host Larry Wilmore, said, “My brother was the kindest, gentlest, funniest, lion of an angel I’ve ever known.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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