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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/10/21)
BYUTV: Operation Awesome (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: The Masked Singer (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Game of Talents (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Last Chance U: Basketball (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Dealer (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Marriage or Mortgage (Premiere)
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Stormborn (Premiere) at 8pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Beyond the Unknown (Premiere) at 10pm

Disney+ has surpassed 100 million global paid subscribers in the 16 months since its launch, Bob Chapek, CEO, The Walt Disney Company, announced during yesterday’s annual meeting of shareholders – and that success has prompted the company to ramp up their investment in the development of high-quality content. “We set a target of 100+ new titles per year, and this includes Disney Animation, Disney Live Action, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic,” said Chapek. “Our direct-to-consumer business is the Company’s top priority, and our robust pipeline of content will continue to fuel its growth.” At launch, Disney had projected it would reach 60-90 million subscribers by 2024.
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Piers Morgan quit UK breakfast show “Good Morning Britain” after backlash following his on-air comments about Meghan Markle. Among other things, Morgan said he didn’t believe the duchess had had suicidal thoughts, as she claimed in her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, and walked off the set when rebuked by a co-host for his remarks. Morgan later returned to the set and acknowledged that while he had “serious concerns about the veracity” of Markle’s claims, “it’s not for me to question if she felt suicidal.” Asked about Morgan’s behavior during an earnings call, ITV CEO Carolyn McCall said the network “is dealing with it as we speak.” Shortly afterward, ITV announced, “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave ‘Good Morning Britain.’ ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”
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Four episodes into its freshman run, CBS renewed “The Equalizer” for season two. “’The Equalizer’ has proven more than equal to the task of engaging viewers and racking up wins on Sunday night,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “We’re extremely proud to see this outstanding broadcast drama, led by Queen Latifah, punch through the competitive landscape and return for a second season.” The reboot is averaging 14.6 million viewers.
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“Dan Brown’s Langdon,” based on Brown’s novel The Last Symbol, landed a series order from Peacock. The drama, produced by CBS Studios, Imagine Television Studios and Universal Television, was ordered to pilot by NBC last year before moving to its streaming sib. “The team was blown away by this pilot and its enormous potential to become a big, binge-worthy hit, and our new structure enables us to move it to Peacock and give it every opportunity to make that happen,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Our ability to pick up a great show is no longer limited by the confines of a network schedule, giving us the freedom to say ‘yes’ to shows we love and then find them the perfect home across our portfolio.”
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BuzzFeed is cutting the staff of newly-acquired HuffPost by 47 employees in the US, and closing its Canada office. Hillary Frey, executive editor of HuffPost, and Louise Roug, executive editor for international, will exit the company. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti told employees that while BuzzFeed is profitable, HuffPost’s losses topped $20 million last year, “and we don’t have the resources to support another two years of losses.”
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association – facing outrage over that fact that it has no Black members – made a hire in an attempt to start rectifying the situation. Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director of USC Race and Equity Center, has been named Strategic Diversity Advisor, charged with reviewing the group’s internal policies, conducting anti-racism and unconscious bias training for its members, and developing a multi-year diversity and inclusion strategy. “We understand the importance of building a more inclusive organization and becoming more transparent in our operations, and these hires are an important first step,” said the HFPA.
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ABC gave a pilot order for “Dark Horse,” a remake of Australian political drama “Total Control.” The project, following an Indigenous woman and her unconventional path into politics, comes from Keshet Studios, Universal Television and ABC Signature.
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Warner Bros. Television Group inked an exclusive overall deal with Angela Robinson (“Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”) calling for her to develop and create original scripted TV programming for all platforms.”
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Spoke Studios has optioned the rights to France’s “The Big Crazy Game Night,” from WeMake. In the show, celebs compete in irreverent challenges. “This co-viewing format is definitely appealing to all target groups,” said WeMake founder Bouchra Réjani. “We are thrilled to see our format travel to the US and launch this new chapter.”
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Dana Lynne North (“Insecure”) struck a two-year deal with Sony Pictures Television under her Loud Sis Productions. North will create, write, produce, develop and supervise comedies and dramas across platforms.
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Casting notes: Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”) has joined the season two cast of Netflix’s “Russian Doll.”…Onboard Netflix live-action/animation series “Lost Ollie” are Jonathan Groff (“Frozen”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Tim Blake Nelson (“Watchmen”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Jake Johnson (“Jurassic World”), and Kesler Talbot (“50 States of Frigt”)…Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) landed the lead opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Apple TV+ limited series “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”
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NBC is launching its summer unscripted lineup with the season 13 premiere of “American Ninja Warrior” on Monday, May 31 at 8p. “America’s Got Talent” is back for season 16 on Tuesday, June 1 at 8p, and “Making It” kicks off season three on Thursday, June 3 at 8p.
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TLC’s “Seeking Sister Wife” is back for a new season starting Monday, March 22 at 8p. This go-round, the reality show following polygamist families promises “a ’90 Day’ twist.”
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Hosts Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness hit the road again when season four of “Top Gear” launches Sunday, April 25 at 8p on BBC America and AMC+.
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Nancy Grace will host Fox Nation companion series “America’s Most Wanted Overtime,” launching Monday, March 15 at 10p. The show offers a deeper dive into cases tackled on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted,” hosted by Elizabeth Vargas at 9p. Fox Nation also signed Grace to a new multi-year deal where she will continue to host her current series, “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace,” available daily on Fox Nation.”
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“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will air its first daytime special, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: Remotely Educational,” on Wednesday, March 10 at 8:30a on Comedy Central. Noah and correspondents Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta, Desi Lydic, Dulcé Sloan, Roy Wood Jr. as well as contributors Jordan Klepper and Lewis Black offer remote-learning classes that skip calculus and grammar “in favor of lessons that students will actually need in life.” And if that’s not enough to get kids to sit still, KPop group NCT 127 will help substitute teach.
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CBS’s “The Late Show” will air a special show on Friday, March 12, one year after its last broadcast before being pushed from the Ed Sullivan Theater by the pandemic. (It returned to the studio in August, with safety restrictions.) Fittingly, Dr. Anthony Fauci will make his first “Late Show” appearance as a guest.
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Documentary “Midland: The Sonic Ranch” premieres across ViacomCBS platforms including CMT Music, MTV Live, and Pluto’s CMT Equal Play channel on Friday, March 19. The film tells the origin story of the “Drinkin’ Problem” band.
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The 2021 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, featuring the live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, airs Sunday, March 14, at 6p on CBS.
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Antenna TV’s “It’s Your Lucky Day” St. Patrick’s Day Marathon airs Wednesday, March 17 starting at 5a. Episodes from “Father Knows Best,”“Murphy Brown,” “Burns and Allen,” “Designing Women,” and more feature old favorites gambling, making bets, winning prizes, and playing poker as they try to hit the jackpot.
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Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry averaged 11.3 million viewers Monday night on UK’s ITV. The sit-down delivered 17.1 million viewers on Sunday for CBS.
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CBS had Oprah on Sunday, and TNT had LeBron. TNT’s NBA All-Star Sunday was the most-viewed network in primetime among people under 49 from 7p-11p, and drew 3.26 million viewers under 45, versus 3.01 million for CBS.
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On Saturday, Univision finished as the #1 broadcast network for the entire night among A18-49 and A8-34 with live coverage of Liga MX. The soccer matchups delivered an average audience of 909,000 Total Viewers 2+, 493,000 A18-49 and 203,000 A8-34.
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Syndicated shows settled into normalcy after two tumultuous weeksstarting with the Trump impeachment trial. The week ending February 28 saw most shows relatively stable. Of note, after 13 weeks as number two or in a tie with “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.8 National Nielsen Household rating) “Dr. Phil” (1.9, down 5%) returned to the top of the chat pack. Other significant movers in talk included “Rachael Ray” (0.8, down 20%), “Dr Oz” (0.7, down 13%), and “The Doctors” (0.2, down 33%).
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UniMás delivered its highest-rated weekly primetime performance in the current season with week-over-week audience growth among Total Viewers 2+ (+3%, to 622,000) and A18-49 (+7%, to 277,000) and attracted an average audience of 107,000 A18-34.
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Journalist Roger Mudd died March 9 of kidney failure. He was 93. Mudd, a star correspondent for CBS News and briefly co-anchor on “NBC Nightly News,” was perhaps best known for a 1979 interview with presidential hopeful Ted Kennedy that Kennedy fumbled. “He was a journalist of enormous integrity and character,” said Susan Zirinsky, President and Senior Executive Producer of CBS News. “He would not budge if he believed he was right and would not compromise his ethical standards. He was an inspiration to all of us in the bureau. On a personal note – I sat directly across from him in the D.C. newsroom – Roger was big, not just in his physical presence but he was larger than life.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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