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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/25/21)
ALLBLK: Millennials (Premiere)
ALLBLK: A Closer Look With Eric Benet (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Fear Thy Neighbor (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Luda Can’t Cook (Premiere)
MTV: Floribama Shore (Premiere) at 9pm 
Netflix: High-Rise Invasion (Premiere)
Peacock: Punky Brewster (Premiere)
USA: She’s the Boss (Premiere) at 10:30pm
ABC: The Hustler (Finale) at 10pm

Tegna is launching women-oriented multicast network, Twist, featuring lifestyle and reality programming – much of it featuring reveals, or twists, at the end of the show. Series including “Clean House,” “Top Chef Masters,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Dance Moms,” and “Tiny House Nation,” among others, will be featured, and viewers will be encouraged to submit their own videos of twists they’ve been thrown in life. “Twist will provide an exciting new viewing option for our female audience with content that has not been available through a multicast channel until now,” said Brian Weiss, President and GM of Tegna’s multicast networks, which include True Crime Network and Quest. In addition to carriage in 41 Tegna markets, Twist will be carried in 11 Univision local television markets.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Ahead of a virtual event detailing its streaming strategy yesterday, ViacomCBS announced it beat analyst estimates for 4Q20, reporting global streaming subscribers grew to nearly 30 million, and domestic streaming subscribers rose to 19.2 million, up 71% year-over-year – all ahead of the launch of streaming service Paramount Plus on March 4. Q4 affiliate revenue was up 13% year-over-year, and advertising revenue rose 4%, driving a 3% increase in total revenue. “In Q4, despite the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, we finished the year with strong advertising and affiliate results that demonstrate the strength of our core businesses and achieved incredible growth across our linked streaming ecosystem,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During the ViacomCBS virtual event, Bakish said Paramount+ would include live sports, breaking news, and “a mountain of entertainment content.” Among the offerings will be “Halo,” a series based on the Xbox video game that was slated to debut on Showtime, but will instead be available exclusively on Paramount+. Produced by Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television, the series will premiere in 1Q22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also in the works at Paramount+: both scripted and unscripted revivals of 2005-2020 CBS procedural “Criminal Minds,” which has lately found a huge new audience with TikTok users. In addition to a series with the original cast in development, is a companion, true-crime docu-series, featuring a real FBI profiler.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Branding a show or movie as an “original” boosts interest in viewing, especially among young consumers, according to Hub’s “Evolution of Video Branding” study. But while 70% of 16-34 year olds said that the term “original” made them more interested in watching a show or movie, including 25% who said that term alone would draw them in, only 53% of 35+ viewers said the term boosts their interest. Asked which TV source has the best original shows, Netflix came in first, with 29% choosing the streamer, followed by CBS (6%) and Amazon Prime Video (5%). Among ages 16-34, 38% named Netflix, followed by Disney+ (7%) and Hulu (6%).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook revealed plans to spend at least $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. The announcement came two days after Facebook struck a deal with the Australian government that ended a short-lived ban over Australia saying it could require Facebook to pay publishers for linking to their stories. “Facebook is more than willing to partner with news publishers,” said Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs at Facebook, in a blog post. “We absolutely recognize quality journalism is at the heart of how open societies function — informing and empowering citizens and holding the powerful to account.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is removing the season finale of “Nurses” from its digital platforms amid backlash from Jewish organizations, which condemned a scene for being anti-Semitic. In the scene, an Orthodox Jewish patient refuses a bone graft because it would come from a “goyim leg.” The Canadian series was acquired by NBC in November amid pandemic production delays.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“WandaVision” would seem like a sure bet for season 2 on Disney+, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told a TCA audience that series star Elizabeth Olsen is instead headed for feature film sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” At least for now. Explained Feige, “The fun of the MCU is obviously all the crossover we can do between series, between films. So it will vary based on the story. Sometimes it will go into a season 2, sometimes it will go into a feature and back into a series.” Feige also said he expects most of Marvel’s series on Disney+ will have six total hours of content, “whether that’s six episodes, like in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ or nine episodes like in ‘WandaVision.’” With costs per episode so high, six “felt like the appropriate number, at least for now,” said Feige.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bestselling authors Tom Wright and Bradley Hope (Billion Dollar Whale) have launched Project Brazen, a journalism studio devoted to uncovering true stories from around the world via podcasts, books, documentaries, television series and films. Project Brazen will focus on tales of geopolitical intrigue and malfeasance that have been overlooked by mainstream media sources. “Project Brazen’s stories transport audiences inside hidden worlds,” said Wright and Hope. “Through our painstaking and challenging reporting process we peel back the cover on international crime, business and politics.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network has announced special with comedy group the Try Guysknown for their viral videos on YouTube, which show them trying everything from swimming with sharks… to baking without a recipe. Pre-production is currently underway on “No Recipe Roadtrip with the Try Guys” (wt), a special inspired by their series,”Without a Recipe.” Production is slated to begin later this quarter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

VICE TV greenlit four docu-series for second seasons. After a five-year hiatus, Michael K. Williams’ “Black Market” will return, alongside fall 2020’s “I Was a Teenage Felon” and “While the Rest of Us Die,” and summer 2019’s “The Devil You Know.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN is picking up “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy” for a second season, to air in 2022. Last Sunday, the culinary show drew 1.64 million viewers in Nielsen Live+SD numbers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daniel Sunjata (“Manifest”) landed a series regular role in Starz’ “Power Book II: Ghost.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC “TechCheck” premieres Monday, April 5 at 11a, replacing “Squawk Alley.” The live, one-hour tech-driven program will be the first CNBC broadcast anchored from multiple locations across the country, with CNBC’s Jon Fortt and Carl Quintanilla on the East Coast and Deirdre Bosa on the West Coast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ revealed Spring and Summer premiere dates for new scripted series, including “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (May 4), Marvel Studios’ “Loki” (June 11), “The Mysterious Benedict Society” (June 25), “Monsters At Work” (July 2), “Turner & Hooch” (July 16), and “Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life” (July 23). Second seasons of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zenimation” premiere this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW also had debut dates to announce: The reboot “Kung Fu” premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 8p; season 6 of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” bows Sunday, May 2 at 8p; season 4 of “Dynasty” arrives Friday, May 7 at 9p; season 3 of “In the Dark” launches Wednesday, June 9at 9p; and freshman drama “The Republic of Sarah” debuts Monday, June 14 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New episodes of TV One autobiographical series “Uncensored” launch Sunday, March 21 at 10p. This season profiles Teddy Riley, Marsha Ambrosius, Donnie McClurkin, Kem, Remy Ma, Mona Scott Young, Lisa Leslie, and Jaleel White.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max has acquired the North American streaming rights to the three-part miniseries from Megamedia Chile, “Isabel.” Based on the life of Isabel Allende, the Spanish-language author and fighter for human rights, the limited series premieres on HBO Max on Friday, March 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E’s “Intervention” returns with a two-hour premiere Monday, March 15 at 9p, with an unfiltered look at the devastation caused by addiction. Returning for its 12th season on Monday, March 22 at 8p, “Hoarders” follows a team of experts as they tackle hoards while giving viewers an in-depth look at the stories of those dealing with compulsive hoarding behaviors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Wild West Chronicles,” inspired by famous characters and unsung heroes from the American West, premieres on INSP Sunday, April 11 at 5:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

If it’s not a bargain, the $500 million Peacock paid for five years of exclusive streaming rights to “The Office” might still be money well spent. The streamer had more paid sign-ups when the comedy was introduced in January than it did during its nationwide launch, or any other event, according to Antenna. But Netflix losing its grip on “The Office” – which had 57 billion minutes streamed in 2020 – didn’t have a significant impact on Netflix churn, according to Antenna. While Netflix subscribers who signed up for Peacock in January showed a 4.7% increase in churn versus those who didn’t sign up, fewer than 1% of Netflix subscribers joined the Peacock flock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery+ special “Pop My Pet” follows veterinarians as they take on extreme cases of animals who suffer from a variety of skin and other ailments, on Monday, March 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube is adding new parental controls. Set to launch in beta, the “supervised experiences” will include three tiers: “Explore,” with material suitable for viewers at 9+; “Explore More,” with content for viewers 13+; and “Most of YouTube,” including almost all videos except those that are age-restricted or have “sensitive topics” suitable only for older teens. Parents will also be able to manage watch and search history from their child’s account settings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series premiere of CW’s “Superman & Lois” delivered 1.75 million viewers and 0.4 among A18-49, the largest audience for a DC series since December, 2019.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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