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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 2/23/21)
BET: Tyler Perry’s Ruthless (Premiere) at 10pm
CW: Superman & Lois (Premiere) at 8pm
Discovery+: Island Life (Premiere)
History: Assembly Required (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: Outdaughtered (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Nurses (Premiere) at 10pm

A spokesperson for Woody Allen and his wife, Soon-Yi Previn issued a statement calling HBO’s docu-series ”Allen v. Farrow,” which explores allegations by Dylan Farrow that her father, Allen, molested her when she was seven, “a hatchet job riddled with falsehoods. Woody and Soon-Yi were approached less than two months ago and given only a matter of days ‘to respond.’ Of course, they declined to do so.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

More reactions to Sunday’s premiere of “Allen v. Farrow”: Tony Lyons, President of Skyhorse Publishing, cried copyright infringement over the show’s use of the audiobook of Allen’s autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, without permission. And Dylan Farrow tweeted, “Thank you to everyone for their kind words…Speaking the truth is so difficult, but I hope any fellow survivors who watched last night know they are not alone.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Harry Shearer has been replaced by voice actor Kevin Michael Richardson as the voice of Dr. Hibbert on “The Simpsons,” in keeping with the Fox show’s policy that white actors will no longer voice Black characters. Richardson’s credits include “F Is for Family,” “Family Guy” and “Bless the Harts.” Shearer, who had been voicing Dr. Hibbert since 1990, will continue as Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Mr. Burns.
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Some members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are accusing the organization behind the Golden Globes Awards of ethical lapses, according to a report in the LA Times. While a lawsuit filed by a Norwegian journalist who accused the HFPA of “a culture of corruption” was dismissed in November, the Times investigation found that even as the organization has been working to rehabilitate its image, it regularly issues substantial payments to its members – totaling $1.929 million in the fiscal year ending in June 2020 – that could violate IRS guidelines. “We are mindful of the unprecedented economic challenges facing our employees due to the effects of the pandemic,” an HFPA representative told the Times. “The HFPA is committed to maintaining the continuity of our skilled and experienced workforce to ensure our future success, and will continue to compensate them for the range of services they provide to the organization.” The 78th Golden Globes are Sunday, February 28 at 8p on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A letter was sent to 12 cable, satellite and streaming companies asking if they plan to continue to carry networks described as “misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy hotbeds.” House Democrats Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Jerry McNerney, who are on a committee holding a hearing this week on the spread of disinformation and extremism on media platforms, pointed to Fox News, One America News Network and Newsmax as networks “that produce content that leads to real harm.” Responded Fox News, “Fox News Media provided millions of Americans with in-depth reporting, breaking news coverage and clear opinion. For individual members of Congress to highlight political speech they do not like and demand cable distributors engage in viewpoint discrimination sets a terrible precedent.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new, multi-year partnership between Lowe’s and Hogar de HGTV will include a research program designed with Horowitz Research to better understand the behaviors, preferences and needs of Hispanic DIYers and pros – a key feature of the deal. “Through our established US Hispanic networks – Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia – and our newest offering, Hogar de HGTV, we have learned a great deal about Hispanics’ preference for content and what drives their needs as consumers,” David Tardio, VP, Advertising Sales, Discovery U.S. Hispanic, tells Cynopsis. “In order to best serve this growing population segment, it is critical that we gain deeper, more personal insights – and this new, long-term partnership with Lowe’s allows us the chance to do exactly that.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The NFL is looking to double the price its network partners pay to broadcast games, according to CNBC. The league is in active discussions on renewal rates with NBC, Fox, CBS and Disney’s ESPN. Disney, which pays $1.9 billion for Monday Night Football, almost twice the average price the other nets are paying for games, has reportedly rejected “anywhere close” to double that for a new deal, sources tell CNBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Critics Choice Association and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT have opened submissions for the third annual “Critics Choice Real TV Awards.” Submissions will be accepted through May 14, with nominations announced on June 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz picked up anthology series “Gaslit,” starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. Matt Ross (“Captain Fantastic”) will direct and executive produce the series, adapted from Slate podcast “Slow Burn’s” first season about Watergate, with showrunner Robbie Pickering (“Mr. Robot”). “Gaslit” is set to start production this spring and will be produced by UCP. The story will center on Martha Mitchell, played by Roberts; Penn will portray Richard Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell. Martha Mitchell was the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A docu-series based on Jon Wertheim’s 2020 digital series “Why Aren’t More People Talking About the Ohio State Sex Abuse Scandal?” is in the works from Smokehouse Pictures, Sports Illustrated and 101 Studios. Smokehouse’s George Clooney and Grant Heslov will serve as Executive Producers along with Jon Wertheim; Jamie Salter, Corey Salter, Marc Rosen of Sports Illustrated Studios and David Glasser, Ron Burkle, Bob Yari of 101 Studios.
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Norman Lear has two projects in development at IMDb TV. Lear’s Act III Productions and Sony Pictures TV are working on “Clean Slate,” a comedy previously in development at Peacock that stars Laverne Cox (“Orange Is the New Black”) and George Wallace (“Mann and Wife”), and “Lotaria,” based on the card game.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Latinx family drama “Promised Land” nabbed a pilot order from ABC. Matt Lopez (“Bedtime Stories”) will write and executive produce. Lit Entertainment Group’s Adam Kollbrenner is also exec producing; the studio is ABC Signature.
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Peacock renewed “TrollsTopia” for a second season. New episodes launch Thursday, March 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV has ordered nine additional episodes for season two of “Windy City Rehab.” The fixer-upper show has attracted more than 20 million viewers since its season two premiere, and ranked as the #1 cable program among M25-54, upscale P25-54, upscale W25-54 and upscale M25-54 and was a top 5 cable program among P25-54 and W25-54 in its Tuesday timeslot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chris Smith (“Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened”) will direct Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues,” about the college admission scandal. The film, which includes interviews and narrative recreations, will drop Wednesday, March 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

High school dramedy series “Birth of Cool,” from creators Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenaier (“They Cloned Tyrone”), Macro Television, and Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions, landed a 10-episode order from BET+. The series follows students and teachers in a predominantly Black high school in Compton.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions are teaming for a TV adaptation of video game “Twisted Metal.” The action comedy, exec produced by Will Arnett via his Electric Avenue, along with Marc Forman and Peter Principato/Artists First, Smith, Reese, Wernick, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan, follows an outsider helped by a trigger-happy car thief as he tries to deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Television Academy Foundation announced the official launch of its Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship Program for LA-area college students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. The program was established with personal donations totaling $1 million from reality TV execs Cris Abrego, Chairman of the Americas, Banijay, President and CEO, Endemol Shine Holdings; Jim Berger, co-founder and Chairman of High Noon Entertainment and Strategic Advisor, ITV America; Rasha and Stephanie Drachkovitch, co-founders and Co-CEOs of 44 BlueProductions; and Jonathan Murray, co-founder of Bunim/Murray Productions. Five students are selected by Television Academy members and the Foundation’s board of directors to participate in the program each year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting Notes: Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) will play Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime anthology drama “The First Lady” (wt). Anderson joins Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford and Viola Davis and Michelle Obama… Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”), Minnie Driver (“About a Boy”), Anna Paquin (“The Irishman”) and Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) are just four of the 29 actors cast in season two of Amazon anthology series “Modern Love”…Hope Davis (“In Treatment”) has joined the season three cast of HBO’s “Succession” for a multiple-episode story arc.
(Source: Cynopsis)

June Shannon is one year sober and ready to heal her fractured family in WE tv’s “Mama June: Road to Redemption,” premiering Friday, March 19 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mixing history and personal stories, Helena Bonham Carter (“The Crown”), Mark Rylance (“Masterpiece: Wolf Hall”), Kristin Scott Thomas (“The English Patient”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) will each host a one-hour journey into their respective family histories as they travel to historic locations, to retrace their grandparents’ footsteps during World War II. “My Grandparents’ War” premieres Sundays, April 4-25 at 8p on PBS (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Who’s the boss? Bruce Springsteen and President Barack Obama have teamed for a podcast series, “Renegades: Born in the USA.” In the Higher Ground Production eight-parter, the two friends, who met on the campaign trail in 2008, discuss race, fatherhood, marriage and more. The show, announced at Spotify’s Stream On event, launched yesterday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more news dropped at the Spotify event, Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) announced the first podcast coming out of her partnership with the streamer, “LEAP Files.” The investigative series explores cases of police officers who commit murder.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube Originals today announced the premiere of a new animated series, “Super Sema,” the pick-ups of eight new shows including “Book Tube Jr.,” “The Eggventurers,” “The Guava Juice Show,” “Kid Correspondent,” “Lottie Dottie Mini,” “Millie and Lou,” “Supa Strikas: Rookie Season,” and “The Workout Badges,” plus twenty-five projects in development. This slate is part of the previously announced $100 million commitment to invest in the future of quality kids, family and educational programming. “Each of these projects is in lockstep with the tone of the YouTube Originals Kids & Family brand,” said Nadine Zylstra, Head of Family, Learning and Impact for YouTube Originals. “In essence, shows that are entertaining, compelling, embrace big ideas, have strong takeaways and ultimately bring the positive spirit of YouTube to life for our youngest audience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Irish crime thriller “Bloodlands” makes its US debut on Acorn TV Monday, March 15. The four-parter stars James Nesbitt (“The Missing”) as a detective delving into his own dark past to try to solve an infamous cold case.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV host Adamari Lopez returns her acting roots with the premiere of “La Suerte de Ada,” a special production that will broadcast within “hoy Dian,” Telemundo’s new morning show. The experience will transport Adamari into the world of the primetime series “La Suerte de Loli,” filmed at the same studio, and each episode will present the adventures of Adamari’s character as she tries to earn a position within the No. 1 radio station on the West Coast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

After skipping 2020 due to COVID-19, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will return, with master spellers gathering in Orlando, Florida, on July 8 to compete in the nationally televised event. The final rounds will be hosted in person at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The finals, featuring 10-12 spellers (limited in number because of safety precautions), will be broadcast live in primetime on ESPN2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VUit will be the exclusive streaming home for the Iditarod Sled Dog race. VUit partner station Gray Television-owned KTUU in Anchorage Alaska, in collaboration with Iditarod.com, will be on the ground producing the full race for the streaming service, kicking off on March 7 in Willow, Alaska. The teams head to Iditarod, then return to Willow, with the winner expected to cross the finish line March 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new Netflix feature, Downloads for You, will automatically download programs it thinks users will like. “Whether you’re a comedy fan stuck on a long car ride or a rom com lover without internet, we do the work so there is always something new waiting to entertain and delight you,” the company said. The feature is available on Android, and will be tested soon on iOS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s “Home Town” drew over 4.7 million viewers to its Valentine’s Day episode, delivering a .94 Live+3 rating among P25-54, a series best since March 2017.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s “The Equalizer” delivered 7.9 million total viewers on Sunday, steady with its time slot premiere. Among A18-49, the show dipped from 0.9 to 0.7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The digital audience for FOX Television Stations grew 30% in January year-over-year, according to Comscore, topping O&O groups in digital audience and engagement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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