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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 2/17/21)
A&E: I Survived a Crime (Premiere) at 10pm
BOUNCE: In the Cut (Premiere) at 8pm
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY+: House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered (Premiere)
FREEFORM: Good Trouble (Premiere) at 10pm 
NETFLIX: Behind Her Eyes (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Hello, Me! (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Amend: The Fight for America (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Meateater (Premiere)
FOX: The Masked Dancer (Finale) at 8pm
PBS: The Black Church: This Is Our Story (Finale)
PBS: This Is Our Song (Finale) at 9pm

The Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony will return to Nashville, airing Sunday, April 18 at 8p on CBS and Paramount+. Like last year, the show will broadcast live from three country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and The Bluebird Café. Last year the show had been scheduled for April 5 in Las Vegas, but was postponed until September and aired from Nashville.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Univision has set a date for its virtual upfront: Tuesday, May 18. Ahead of the event, Univision will be holding A New Vision at Univision virtual presentation on Wednesday, March 24. CEO Wade Davis and President of Advertising Sales and Marketing Donna Speciale will provide an update on the company’s ongoing transformation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The dearth of LGBTQ content on CuriosityStream is something the streaming service plans to rectify. “That is something that we are actively working on right now, to be able to build out that category because we know that we want to be able to amplify important topics,” said Chief Product Officer Devin Emery at TCA. “We definitely have people in the LGBT community that are in our content and produce our content. We do understand that there are a lot of areas that we want to increase the depth and breadth in.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“CNN Newsroom” anchor Brooke Baldwin announced she’s leaving in April.  Said Baldwin, “There is just more I need to do, more I need to do outside of this place, outside the walls of this place, a place I’ve been privileged to call home now for 13 years.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News chief national correspondent Matt Gutman has been suspended for going into a hospital for a story without the network’s approval, a violation of the network’s COVID-19 safety policy. Gutman has been reporting on the pandemic.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PBS science series NOVA announced the launch of NOVA Science Studio, a new national program to teach and engage middle- and high-school students through an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on science communication and video production, giving students exposure to a wide range of careers in journalism, media production, and STEM.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “Pose,” “Glee,” among others) will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors at the 25th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards, set for Saturday, April 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Byron Allen made waves at the Weather Channel after his Entertainment Studios acquired the network, he revealed at TCA. After listening to scientists about the impacts of climate change, he told the network’s team to talk about it. “The Weather Channel had a way of making sure that they didn’t offend folks, and they would never talk about climate change and global warming, because there were some people who said it wasn’t happening, and some people said it was happening,” said Allen. “I’m going to go with the scientists, because people don’t truly understand that climate change and global warming is the greatest threat to human beings on planet Earth. We have to inform folks so we can help save their lives.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Henrik Bastin (“Bosch”) announced the launch of Fabel Entertainment, an international development and production company owned and helmed by CEO Bastin. The new company’s team branched off to form their new identity after leaving Red Arrow Studios joint venture Fabrik Entertainment. Retaining their development slate and keeping President Melissa Aouate and core creatives in place, Fabel is looking to expand on genres, studio partners and distribution opportunities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also launching a production company is Ben Faulks (“Mr. Bloom’s Nursery”). Egg Power Productions is focused on developing and original IP for both the domestic UK and international markets. The first show developed in-house is “A Mug of Tea with Emory,” a live-action series for 3-7-year-olds that invites viewers to join the host, Emory (played by Faulks), for an imaginative tea break.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Westbrook Studios, headed by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, is partnering with Nigerian content company EbonyLife Studios to co-produce film and TV projects tied to the African continent. Projects include dramedy series “Dada Safaris,” following four best friends who renovate and relaunch a safari business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a script commitment to animated comedy “Prince Wawa,” from comedians Tim Baltz (“The Righteous Gemstones”) and Lily Sullivan (“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”), exec produced by Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg (“Cobra Kai”). The show comes from Sony Pictures Television 
and Fox Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Torn From Her Arms” got a green light from Lifetime. The Ozy Media movie was inspired by the separation of 6-year-old Jimena Madrid from her mother at the US border, a story reported by Ozy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Aaron Eckhart (“Thank You for Smoking”) will play Gerald Ford in Showtime anthology series “The First Lady” (wt), opposite Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford…TNT’s “Snowpiercer” will welcome Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) as a series regular for season three…Billy Campbell (“Cardinal”) will star in ABC drama pilot “National Parks”…Simone Ashley (“Sex Education”) has joined the season two cast of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” as the female lead opposite Jonathan Bailey….Ming-Na Wen (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”) have joined the voice cast of HBO Max’s “Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Noggin, Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, has launched a new animated musical series. “Rhymes Through Times” offers historical short-form episodes featuring music by Christopher Jackson (“Hamilton”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of UK’s BBC One series, “Staged,” starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, premieres on Hulu Tuesday, March 16. The COVID-19-era comedy focuses on “two bickering actors making a drama out of a crisis.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX’s “Snowfall” is celebrating the premiere of its fourth season with a themed car wash experience, featuring a drive-thru wash tunnel customized with lights, music, and effects inspired by the series, set in 1980s Los Angeles. FX is working with the Official Black Wall Street to promote the LA event and bring attention to local Black-owned businesses. “Snowfall” returns Wednesday, February 24 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS News’ original series “Unifying America” is being expanded to CBS Television Stations. The partnership between CBS News and the CBS-owned stations will showcase how people from multi-generational and multicultural perspectives are uniting to overcome racism, bullying and unconscious biases. “Unifying America” will be featured today, February 17 on CBS Television Stations local newscasts and digital properties and across CBS News.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HDNET Movies marks Chuck Norris’s 81st birthday on Wednesday, March 10 with a “Non-Stop Norris” block. The month also includes an “Ink To Screen” marathon on Saturday, March 6, highlighting cinematic adaptations of comic book titles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nat Geo WILD’s “Pristine Seas: The Power of Protection” premieres Monday, February 22 at 8p. The one-hour special follows National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Pristine Seas founder Dr. Enric Sala and his team as they work to protect the last wild places in the ocean.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MAVTV announced it will be the exclusive home for POWRi Racing and all of its series in 2021. Events include its Lucas Oil National Midgets, WAR Sprints and Outlaw Micro Sprints.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Richard Bracken, a prolific film and video editor who made his reputation cutting TV classics such as “Ironside,” “The Bold Ones” and “Columbo,” has died at age 90. The four-time Emmy nominee retired in 2002, when his series, “Power Rangers,” moved production to Australia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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