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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 2/26/21)
DISCOVERY+: Paranormal Caught on Camera (Premiere)
HULU: The United States vs. Billie Holiday (Premiere)
ID: Fear Thy Neighbor (Premiere) at 10pm 
IMDb TV: Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers (Premiere)

(SATURDAY 2/27/21)
APPLE TV+: Losing Alice (Premiere)
NBC: Saturday Night Live – Host: Nick Jonas, Musical Guest: Nick Jonas at 11:30pm

(SUNDAY 2/28/21)
NBC: Golden Globes Pre-Show at 7pm
NBC: The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards at 8pm
COOKING CHANNEL: My Fave vs. Your Fave (Premiere) at 9pm
TLC: Seeking Sister Wife (Premiere) at 9pm

Sunday’s Finales
EPIX: Bridge and Tunnel (Finale) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Worst Cooks in America (Finale) at 9pm

ViacomCBS promises a lot of everything with Paramount+. The streamer, launching March 4, will feature a content catalog of more than 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus around-the-clock news coverage. It’s a family affair – among the Paramount Pictures films to stream on Paramount+ following a short theatrical release will be “A Quiet Place Part II,” “PAW PATROL: The Movie,” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Series set to premiere over next two years include “Halo,” a “Frasier” revival, “Criminal Minds,” “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” and shows from the Avatar, Yellowstone, Star Trek and SpongeBob SquarePants universes, among others. Sporting leagues and events on the service include the NFL, Masters, PGA TOUR, NCAA, SEC, The PGA Championship, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, National Women’s Soccer League, Concacaf, and news offerings including CBS News programs, new series such as “60 Minutes+,” live streams of local affiliates in over 200 markets, and CBSN. A premium plan will cost $9.99/month and an ad-supported base plan at $4.99/month will be available in June.
(Source: Cynopsis)

What will be missing on Paramount+? A third season of CBS All Access’ “The Twilight Zone.” “We greatly enjoyed our time working on ‘The Twilight Zone’ — particularly when the real world around us often felt more and more like another dimension,” said a statement from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. “After 20 unique episodes, we have told the stories that we wanted to tell, and CBS All Access was gracious in their understanding of our decision.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

An ad campaign from The Ad Council that launched yesterday to promote the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines includes over $500 million in donated media. Running on TV, radio, on web sites and on social media, the campaign, called “It’s Up to You,” is “one of the largest public education efforts in history,” according to The Ad Council.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Australia passed a law on Thursday that makes tech companies pay publishers for news content. Facebook and Google opposed the initial version of the law, which would have allowed media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with them, and to enter binding arbitration if an agreement isn’t reached. The new legislation includes a provision that a case “must take into account whether a digital platform has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry through reaching commercial agreements with news media businesses.” Facebook said the revised law allows it to “support the publishers we choose to,” while Google worked around the new law by forging partnerships with media organizations in Australia ahead of its passage.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Director Betty Thomas will receive the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award at the 73rd Annual DGA Awards. “Betty means so much to our guild,” said DGA president Thomas Schlamme. “No matter how busy she’s been throughout her remarkable, ceiling-shattering directing career, she’s always placed service to her fellow members among her highest priorities, fighting for their creative and economic rights.” Thomas serves as the guild’s secretary-treasurer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Iron Mike,” exploring the life of heavyweight champ Mike Tyson, scored a straight-to-series order from Hulu. The limited series comes from “I, Tonya” screenwriter Steven Rogers and director Craig Gillespie; “I, Tonya” star Margot Robbie will executive produce via her LuckyChap, with Karin Gist (“mixed-ish”) as showrunner and executive producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix renewed “Elite” for season five, ahead of the soapy Spanish teen drama’s season four premiere. Added to the cast: Valentina Zenere (“Soy Luna”) and Andre Lamoglia (“Juacas”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

In another part of the globe, Netflix plans to spend over $500 million in 2021 on local content production in Korea. The streamer has over 3.8 million paid memberships in the area.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Marcus Lemonis, investor and host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” is partnering and investing in Zero Point Zero Productions (“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction”), founded by producers Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins. Under this new partnership, Lemonis will serve as the company’s Chairman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wapanatahk Media, co-owned and headed by Indigenous producers Tania Koenig-Gauchier and Shirley Mclean, has launched in partnership with Great Pacific Media, the Factual and Scripted Division of Thunderbird Entertainment. Wapanatahk Media aims to create content for broadcasters and streaming platforms that tells original and authentic Indigenous stories. The studio also prioritizes the training and employment of BIPOC peoples. “We are not waiting around for opportunities to come to us. We are taking Indigenous characters and stories to mainstream networks,” said Tania Koenig-Gauchier. “Broadcasters like ?APTN and ?Blue Ant ?Media are supporting our productions and we in turn, are in a position to offer emerging Indigenous talent training from some of Canada’s top media professionals.” Wapanatahk Media’s first green-lit series, ?“Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet”?goes into production in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform picked a pilot for an adaptation of Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay, by Phoebe Robinson (“2 Dope Queens”). Robinson is attached to star, write and exec produce the series, about a podcast star forced to grow up when her brother becomes a leading politician.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash (“Nailed It,” “Sugar Rush”) launched production label Nobody’s Hero in Spring of 2020 – just as the pandemic set in.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Bruce Davison (“Longtime Companion”) will recur in the fourth and final season of Netflix’s “Ozark.”…Naturi Naughton (“Power”) landed a lead role in ABC pilot “Queens,” about four women in their 40s who reunite for a chance to recapture their fame…Eric Lange and Justin Kirk have been upped to series regulars on season two of HBO’s “Perry Mason.”…O-T Fagbenie (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) will play President Barack Obama in Showtime anthology series “The First Lady.”…Abigail Spencer (“Timeless”) landed a recurring role on new ABC drama “Rebel,” starring Katey Sagal.

Hulu launches: Dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” returns for season four on Wednesday, April 28…The third and final season of Hulu’s “Shrill,” starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, premieres Friday, May 7… New adult animated comedy “M.OD.O.K.”, following a megalomaniacal villain played by Patton Oswalt, debuts Friday, May 21…All 10 episodes of season two of teen dramedy “Love, Victor” drop Friday, June 11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home renovation expert and social media creator Jenn Todryk tackles home renovations without major demolition in the new HGTV series “No Demo Reno,” premiering Thursday, March 25, at 8p
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series “The Underground Railroad” will have its series premiere on Friday, May 14. The Amazon Prime Video 10-parter chronicles the story of a slave’s desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Tiny Audience,” featuring intimate live performances and interviewswith Latin artists, returns to HBO Max and HBO Latino for season two on Friday, March 19 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” will have a sequel as a feature-length film, following the drama series’ seven-season run on the network. Liev Schreiber will return in his role and co-write the script along with series showrunner David Hollander, who will also serve as director. Jon Voight will also reprise his role as Mickey Donovan, as will Kerris Dorsey as Ray’s daughter Bridget. The production is tentatively scheduled to begin filming later this year in New York and will air on Showtime.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shudder has acquired “The Amusement Park,” the formerly lost film from trailblazing independent filmmaker George A. Romero. The allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older will stream for the first time ever this summer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News special “America Together With Harris Faulkner: The Shot” will explore racial disparities in COVID-19 vaccine distribution within communities of color, the economic impact of the vaccine, the administering process, and the path forward for America, on Sunday, February 28 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nationally syndicated series “Law&Crime Daily” will cover the Derek Chauvin trial for the alleged murder of George Floyd on-site beginning March 8, the scheduled date for the jury selection process. The Law&Crime Network will also provide gavel-to-gavel coverage once the trial commences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Members of the original “Rugrats” voice cast are reuniting for a new “Rugrats” animated series. A reimagining of the 1991-2004 series stars E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil). Produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studio, the series is set to debut this spring on Paramount+. “Rugrats is one of the most iconic cartoons recognized by fans around the globe, and this original version is one we are taking great care and pride in creating for a brand-new audience,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “Having the voice cast behind these special characters come together is one of the essential pieces to making the show recognizable and we can’t wait to watch this talented group bring them to life again.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon and Hasbro’s eOne have partnered to co-produce an original animated “Transformers” series. In the action-comedy, a new species of Transformers must find their place and purpose among Autobots, Decepticons, and the human family that adopts them. The series will premiere exclusively on Nickelodeon in the US before rolling out internationally.
(Source: Cynopsis)

eOne also announced a new computer animated feature film based on the “My Little Pony” franchise, premiering on Netflix later this fall. A new “My Little Pony G5” series will be trotted out as well.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Dodo’s children’s programming brand, Dodo Kids, has partnered with Calm, the mental wellness brand, to create new Sleep Stories featuring Dodo Kids characters. The partnership aims to leverage children’s connection to animals to help them drift off to sleep – no counting sheep needed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu handed an early season three order to “Animaniacs”; the animated series from Steven Spielberg, Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation starts its sophomore run later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $30 million.

You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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POWERBALL
Saturday’s Jackpot is $106 million

Powerball is played in 43 states.

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