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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 3/9/21)
DISCOVERY+: Moonshiners: Smoke Ring (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Houseboat (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Starbeam (Premiere)
OWN: Delilah (Premiere) at 9pm
VICE: Dark Side of the Ring: Confidential (Premiere) at 9pm
VICE: Kings of Kush (Premiere) at 10pm

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Sunday drew over 17 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among A18-49, according Nielsen fast nationals, the largest primetime audience for an entertainment broadcast since the February 2020 Academy Awards. It was also CBS’ most-live-streamed event outside of the NFL and Super Bowl Sunday this season.
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Yesterday, International Women’s Day, Laura Molen, President, Advertising Sales & Partnerships, NBCUniversal, announced the creation of the Empowerment and Inclusion Council. “This new council is an open forum and collaborative space for our leading NBCU teams to look around every corner for our partners and present opportunities that will identify, unify, and amplify messages to both celebrate and support women and diverse audiences,” said Molen. “With this council, we are putting the full power of NBCU’s One Platform behind the causes our marketers and viewers care about, and that will make the world better for women, and for everyone.” Two brands that have jumped aboard are Pure Leaf and Frida Mom.
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President Joe Biden will give a primetime address on Thursday, March 11, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the country. “He will discuss the many sacrifices the American people have made over the past year, and the grave loss communities and families across the country have suffered,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. “The president will look forward, highlighting the role that Americans will play in beating the virus and moving the country toward getting back to normal.”
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Despite industry backlash, AT&T’s experiment with releasing new Warner Bros. movies simultaneously in theaters and on HBO and HBO Max has “worked out well for all,” said CFO John Stephens. Speaking at the Deutsch Bank Media, Internet and Telecom Conference, Stephens noted, “What we’ve seen is not only good viewership of those movies on HBO Max, but engagement that followed, that’s been encouraging. So real success with it so far.”
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Americans “continue to leave traditional video services in droves,” said Tony Lenoir, senior analyst at Kagan, which reported traditional US pay-TV subscriptions dropped by 7.2 million in 2020. According to Kagan’s S&P Global Marketplace Intelligence, during 4Q20, traditional pay TV subscription losses were 1.5 million, while vMVPDs gained 223,000 subscribers.
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The Producers Guild of America announced nominations in television categories. Going for gold in the drama category are AMC’s “Better Call Saul”; Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” “The Crown” and “Ozark”; and Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.” Up for comedy production are Netflix’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant”; Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek”; Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso”; and FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows.” The awards take place virtually on Wednesday, March 24 at 8p. For a complete list of nominees, go here.
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The Directors Guild of America also announced a batch of nominations. Up for outstanding director in a drama series are Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), Jon Favreau (“The Mandelorian”), Vince Gilligan (“Better Call Saul”), Lesli Linka Glatter (Showtime’s “Homeland”), and Julia Anne Robinson (“Bridgerton”). Nominees in the comedy category include Zach Braff (“Ted Lasso”), MJ Delaney (“Ted Lasso”), Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant”), Erin O’Malley (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and Jeff Schaffer (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”). The ceremony will take place Saturday, April 10. For more info, go here.
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TNT, TBS and truTV celebrated International Women’s Day with Black Woman Animate, an animation studio powered by Black female talent across the animation pipeline, to create five animated pieces that spotlight issues such as the gender pay gap, body liberation and self-confidence. Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jameela Jamil (“The Misery Index), Judy Reyes (“Claws), Kristen Kish (“Fast Foodies”) and Brandi Rhodes have lent their voices to pieces in the project.
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In its own nod to International Women’s Day, HBO Max yesterday announced the upcoming documentary film LFG, an inside account of the US women’s national team’s ongoing fight for equal pay. The film is directed by Academy Award-winners Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine, and produced by the Fines and Abby Greensfelder with Howard T. Owens and Ben Silverman serving as executive producers for Propagate Content in collaboration with CNN Films and HBO Max.
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Sky, WarnerMedia, and ViacomCBS are teaming for the launch of the “Turn on the Subtitles” campaign, making subtitles available on their most popular episodes of kids’ content. Research has shown subtitles can help improve literacy in children.
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Amazon is developing an anthology series “Women of the Year,” based on the Time 100 Women of the Year project and special issue. Filmmaker Alma Har’el and her company, Jellywolf, Time Studios and P&G have teamed for the series, focused on female visionaries.
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The CW went fishing across the pond for new series, and landed two UK unscripted formats. BBC One staple “Would I Lie to You?” is being remade by Truly Original (“Ink Master”), and executive produced by Robert King and Michelle King (“The Good Fight”). The CW also acquired two seasons of the British version. And an American version of “Killer Camp,” which aired on The CW last summer, will be produced by Tuesday’s Child Television.
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Women’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai has inked a programming deal with Apple TV+ to help create a slate of original programming. “I believe in the power of stories to bring families together, forge friendships, build movements, and inspire children to dream,” said the Nobel laureate.
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CNN and the New York Times are teaming for a docu-series about Rupert Murdoch, according to Bloomberg. At work on the project are Jonathan Mahler and Jim Rutenberg, who wrote a profile of the media mogul for the NY Times Magazine.
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Animation studio Trioscope Studios (“The Liberator”) inked a co-production partnership with media conglomerate QC Media Holdings subsidiary Quality Films. Under the deal, Trioscope will partner with Quality Control and Quality Films to develop a slate of scripted content.
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Founder and CEO of empowerment brand Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond inked a three-year development deal with BET across all of its platforms. It’s not new territory – Bond partnered with BET in 2010 to bring the Black Girls Rock! Awards to an international stage. “We are so thrilled to build on our long-standing relationship with Beverly Bond and look forward to collaborating on new content created for and by Black women,” said President of BET, Scott Mills.
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FX handed a pilot order to “Kindred,” from Branden Jacobs-Jones (“Watchmen”), Courtney Lee-Mitchell (“The Reluctant Fundamentalist”) Darren Aronfsky and Protozoa Pictures (“Black Swan”), Joe Weisberg (“The Americans”), and Joel Fields (“Fosse/Verdon”). Based on the novel by Octavia E. Butler, the adaptation centers on a young Black woman and aspiring writer who goes back and forth between the past and present.
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Casting notes: Mark Pellegrino (“Dexter”) landed a series regular role in Showtime’s upcoming family drama “American Rust.”…Brandy (“Cinderella”) has joined the cast of ABC hip-hop drama pilot “Queens.”
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“Queen of the South” returns for a fifth and final season on USA on Wednesday, April 7 at 10p. The drug trafficking drama ranks as USA’s #1 original series among A18-49 and A25-49.
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Peacock released all nine episodes of “Dime Quién Soy: Mistress of War” yesterday, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Streaming in both English and Spanish, the drama series tells the story of a Spanish socialite plunged into the world of international espionage in 1934.”
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“Home & Family” is coming home to Hallmark Channel on Monday, April 5, after a pandemic-related production hiatus. Hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison are back, but the lifestyle show’s timeslot has changed. The show will now air Monday through Wednesday from 10-11a, versus its weekdays-from-10a-to-noon schedule prior to the hiatus.
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Season 24 of EstrellaTV’s “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento” will feature an all-female lineup of contestants, starting Monday, March 29 at 8p. The show is the longest-running talent competition in the US.
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HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home” expands with spin-off “My Lottery Dream Home International,” following dream home hunters in Europe. British interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen helps the lucky winners find spectacular new places to live, starting Friday, April 2 at 8p.
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NBC News Now, which added a morning show last fall, is at it again. The streamer is adding two live hours on weekdays, from noon-2p, anchored by Aaron Glichrist. “With NBC News Now’s continued growth, we’re thrilled to be able to expand programming during the day to reach an even larger streaming audience,” said Janelle Rodriguez, SVP of NBC Nightly News, NBC News Now & Breaking News Specials.
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The lineup of stars set to appear on Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards includes Kim Kardashian, Gal Gadot, Robert Downey Jr., Millie Bobby Brown, Charli D’Amelio, BTS, Hailey Bieber, Addison Rae, Sofía Vergara, David Dobrik, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tiffany Haddish, Anna Kendrick, Liza Koshy, Jennifer Garner, Heidi Klum, Terry Crews, Tyler Perry, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Marsai Martin, Joshua Bassett, Anthony Anderson, Dani & Dannah Lane and Iain Armitage. “SNL” and “Kenan” star Kenan Thompson hosts the show, airing live on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30p.
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Women’s lifestyle site Popsugar announced a new event, “Girl Talk,” featuring Former First Lady Michelle Obama with the Girls Opportunity Alliance in support of girls’ education. The one-hour virtual rally takes place Thursday, March 25, at 9p, featuring performances and conversations by leading female voices, including a keynote conversation with Mrs. Obama and girls from the Girls Opportunity Alliance, moderated by Lilly Singh.
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Michelle Obama will also be making the late night rounds (virtually), as she promotes Netflix children’s show “Waffles and Mochi.” Obama first pops up on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, March 16, the day of the “Waffles” launch. On Thursday, March 18, she’ll guest on NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
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Murder mystery “Blue Ridge” will have its television premiere on INSP Saturday, March 13 at 8p.
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MAVTV Motorsports Network live event broadcast schedule for 2021 includes a total of 226 race broadcasts, featuring 11 competitive racing series and the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
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“17 Year Locust,” a short film about the unlikely crossing of paths between two people, makes its TV debut on TV5Monde USA on Thursday, March 18 at 11:05p.
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