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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/18/21)
DISCOVERY+: Good Eats: The Return
HBO MAX: It’s a Sin
NBC: The Widower at 10pm
NETFLIX: Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
PEACOCK: Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here
SUNDANCE NOW: Playing for Keeps
A&E: Killer Cases (Finale) at 10pm

CBS renewed Monday night comedies “The Neighborhood” for season four, and “Bob ? Abishola” for a third season. The shows “masterfully blend humor with relatable and culturally relevant storylines, and are tremendous, successful Monday night anchors,” said Thom Sherman, EVP, Programming, CBS Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN is shuffling anchors in its daytime lineup. Early-afternoon anchor Brianna Keilar will move to “New Day,” co-hosting with John Berman, while morning host Alisyn Camerota joins Victor Blackwell in the 2p-4p slot previously held by Brooke Baldwin (who announced earlier this week she’s leaving in April). Ana Cabrera lands the weekdays at 1p time period, while former White House correspondent Boris Sanchez takes Blackwell’s previous slot on the weekend broadcast of “New Day,” along with Christi Paul. Jim Acosta, who had been CNN’s chief White House correspondent, will anchor three hours each on Saturday and Sunday. The changes take effect in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

News Corp. struck a three-year deal with Google that it said includes the development of a subscription platform, shared ad revenue via Google’s ad technology services, the cultivation of audio journalism and “meaningful investments in innovative video journalism by YouTube.” Google will add News Corp. news sites to Google News’ “Showcase,” including The Wall Street JournalThe New York Post, the UK’s TimesSunday Times and The Sun, as well as Australian titles. Australian lawmakers have proposed a law requiring tech and social media companies to pay more for news on their sites.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook has a different strategy for Australia. The proposed law “fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content,” said William Easton, Managing Director, Facebook Australia & New Zealand. “It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship, or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.” Rather than following through on plans to launch Facebook News Down Under, Easton said the company will “prioritise investments to other countries.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The E.W. Scripps Company has entered into an agreement with iHeartMedia to sell technology and services company Triton Digital for $230 million. “The sale of Triton creates significant value for Scripps’ shareholders and employees, as we close a chapter on our growth of digital audio businesses through a series of successful transactions and a focus on prudent operations, including our core TV business,” said Adam Symson, Scripps President and CEO. “We believe iHeartMedia is a perfect fit for Triton Digital given their focus and position as the leader in audio solutions.” Scripps sold podcast company Stitcher in October.
(Source: Cynopsis)

An expansion of CBS’ “NCIS” franchise is reportedly in the works, with a new offshoot set in Hawaii. Chris Silber, showrunner for “NCIS: New Orleans,” would move to “NCIS: Hawaii.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz has launched a #TakeTheLead initiative, aimed at deepening the company’s commitment to narratives by, about and for women and underrepresented audiences. In an effort to inspire and engage others across the industry to #TakeTheLead, Starz will host a series of monthly “Transparency Talks” with thought leaders and members of key organizations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Under the new tagline “Redraw Your World,” WarnerMedia Kids & Family unveiled over 300 hours of original series, specials and acquisitions that will debut on its global Cartoon Network channels and HBO Max beginning later this year. Greenlights went to “Ben 10” specials; season four of “Craig of the Creek”; an early season two renewal for animated prequel “Gremlins”; “Infinity Train: Book Four”; “Jade Armor,” centered on a martial arts-loving teen; two new seasons of reality show “Total Drama Island”; and season three of “Victorn and Valentino.” Among the shows in development are spin-off series “Teen Titans Go! The Night Begins to Shine”; “Family Mash-Up,” described as a modern day “The Brady Bunch” meets “Pitch Perfect”; and animated comedy “Gross Girls.” “After 100 years of creating some of the world’s most beloved IP, today we’re at the beginning of our new story, with the history, corporate unity and modern approach to be the industry leader our heritage deserves,” said Tom Ascheim, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple inked a partnership with Skydance Animation for kids and family movies and TV series for Apple TV+, starting with the acquisition of “Luck” and “Spellbound,” and upcoming “The Search for WondLa,” based on the book series by Tony DiTerlizzi.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered a live-action series focused on Wednesday Addams. The YA series follows the Addams Family daughter’s years at the Nevermore Academy as she “attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago.” Series creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will serve as showrunners and executive producers, with Tim Burton aboard to direct and EP.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A comedy centered on a group of social outcast teens in 1997 South Central LA, attempting to find out who murdered rapper Biggie Smalls, is in development at Showtime. Creators/stand-up comedians Moshe Kasher (“Betty”) and Jermaine Fowler (“Superior Donuts”) produce with 3 Arts Entertainment’s Michael Rotenberg and Josh Lieberman for CBS Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock took the opportunity at the TCA Press Tour to announce the pickup of unscripted series “Ex Rated,” with host and executive producer Andy Cohen, as well as the development of “Real Housewives of Miami.” On the comedy front, the streamer has ordered a series starring Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and ensemble comedy “Bust Down,” from Lorne Michaels. Additionally, Peacock announced true crime docu-series “John Wayne Gacy” Devil in Disguse,” and sports series “Michael Phelps: Medals Memories & More.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube also had programming news to share at TCA, including a YouTube Originals docu-series focused on Alicia Keys. “It’s going to be a sick series that takes you on a real-life journey,” said the Girl on Fire singer. Also on tap: rapper and basketball lover Quavo will explore new cities and communities through the lens of famous local courts in “Supreme Courts” (w/t); ”K-Pop Evolution” focuses on the music phenomenon, starting Wednesday, March 31; “Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil” premieres Tuesday March 23; the second season of “Glad You Asked” debuts Tuesday, March 30; and the second season of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Create Together” arrives April 22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Workplace comedy “Harrity Elementary” got a put pilot commitment from ABC. The project following a group of teachers in one of the worst schools in the country is created by, exec produced and stars Quinta Bronson (“A Black Lady Sketch Show”). Studios are Warner Bros. TV and 20th Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Working Title nabbed the TV rights to Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell, by John Preston. Working Title’s Head of Drama, Surian Fletcher-Jones, will oversee development as a limited series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

9 Story Media Group animated preschool series “Ladybird Lu” got a green light, and will join Cartoonito, the newly announced preschool programming block set to launch this fall on Cartoon Network and HBO Max. “Ladybird Lu” explores everyday dramas in the world of a three-year-old with a brand-new social life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Holt McCallany (“Mindhunter”), Aunganue Ellis (“Lovecraft Country”) and Killian Scott (“Dublin Murders”) landed series regular roles in AMC courtroom drama “61st Street.”…Whoopi Goldberg and Jasmine Guy (“The Vampire Diaries”) will recur on Amazon comedy “Harlem.”… Quentin Plair (“The Good Lord Bird”) has joined the third season of “Roswell, New Mexico” in a recurring role… Hulu and BBC Three’s “Conversations with Friends” will include newcomer Alison Oliver alongside Sasha Lane (“American Honey”), Joe Alwyn (“Mary Queen of Scots”), and Jemima Kirke (“Girls”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of “The Adventures of Paddington” makes its US debut Friday, February 19 at 8:30p on Nick Jr. The show will roll out on Nick’s international channels and branded blocks beginning in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

BYUtv announced spring premiere dates, including season three of sports competition “All-Round Champion” (Tuesday, March 30 at 8p), and the service-focused “Making Good” (Wednesday, April 7 at 7:30P), plus season two of uplifting unscripted shows “Survivalists” (Tuesday, May 4 at 9p) and “The Wizard of Paws” (Wednesday, April 28 at 9p). The fifth and final season of adventure comedy “Dwight in Shining Armor” will premiere Sunday, March 21 at 8:30P, while two new crossover family comedies with overlapping storylines, “The Parker Andersons” and “Amelia Parker,” premiere Monday, April 19 at 7p and 7:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Waka Flocka and his wife, Tammy Rivera are back for season two of “Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka,” premiering Thursday, March 18 at 9p on WE tv.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dr. Jill Biden’s first solo sit-down since becoming First Lady will be for “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” Clarkson will head to the White House for the socially distanced chat later this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney XD is sending off “DuckTales” with a 90-minute finale on Monday, March 15 at 7p. Among the returning voice guests will be Lin-Manuel Miranda, Giancarlo Esposito, Julie Bowen, Jameela Jamil, Jaleel White and Amy Sedaris.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Justin Bieber has been set as the headline performer at the “Kids’ Choice Awards 2021,” airing live Saturday, March 13 at 7:30p across Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AwkwafinaCynthia ErivoAnnie Mumolo, Joaquin Phoenix, Kristen Wiig and Renee Zellweger will serve as presenters at this year’s 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey from the Rainbow Room in NYC and Amy Poehler from The Beverly Hilton in LA, airs live Sunday, February 28 at 8p on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The challenges of filming season 13 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” during the pandemic will be chronicled on VH1 special, “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep a Good Queen Down,” airing Friday, February 26 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Airing Joe Biden’s first TV town hall since being sworn in, CNN drew 3.5 million viewers and 880,000 among A25-54 on Tuesday, up 6% from Biden’s last, pre-POTUS CNN town hall, in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its time slot premiere, CBS’ “TheEqualizer” – which drew 20.4 million total viewers for its post-Super Bowl debut – delivered 7.98 million viewers, hanging on to 39% of viewers. That’s the best post-Super Bowl show since 2013 (tied with NBC’s “The Blacklist” in 2015).
(Source: Cynopsis)

The premieres of NBC comedies “The Rock” and “Kenan” had solid debuts on Tuesday, scoring 5.03 million viewers and 0.9 among A18-49, and 4.07 million/0.8, respectively, in Live+SD Nielsens.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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