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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/11/21)
AMC+: Cold Courage (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Dinner: Impossible (Premiere) at 10pm
FXX: Cake (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO MAX: Genera+on (Premiere)
OXYGEN: Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (Premiere) at 8pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Strange Evidence (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE CHANNEL: What on Earth? (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY: Battlebots (Finale) at 8pm
TBS: Go-Big Show (Finale) at 9pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta (Finale) at 9pm

“CBS This Morning” got a royal ratings boost on Monday with new clips from Oprah Winfery’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, which aired on CBS the night before. With 4.79 million total viewers and 1.026 million among A25-54, the show was up 74% from the week prior in viewers and 54% in the demo, and beat NBC’s “Today” (3.18 million/1 million) and ABC’s “Good Morning America” (3.35 million/872,000) for the first time on record. “We are covering history – and again we are making it,” said CBS News President Susan Zirinsky in memo to staff.
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Gray Television is placing a bet on gaming, leading a $40 million investment round for Envy Gaming. As the lead investor in Envy’s Series C round, Gray will invest $28.5 million and name two directors to the Envy Gaming board of directors. “Esports and gaming is the fastest-growing area across all of media and entertainment,” said Adam Rymer, CEO of Envy Gaming. “Building global communities through content and engagement, similar to what the world has seen in the music, film and TV industries, is an endeavor we’re incredibly excited to work on with Gray as our partner.”
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HBO Max introduced HBO Max Pa’lante!, focused on the ambicultural movement that embraces being both fully Latino and fully American. “For more than a decade we’ve been developing creative, audience-first campaigns that strategically engage Latinx, Black, Asian-American and LGBTQ+ audiences,” said Jackie Gagne, SVP, Multicultural Marketing, WarnerMedia. “With the launch of HBO Max Pa’lante! we are creating a home for Latinx viewers and a community committed to nurturing Latino voices and sparking provocative conversations.” The Pa’lante! launch includes the rebranding of the HBO Latino Twitter, Instagram and Facebook social handles to @palantehbomax.
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Charter Communications announced that virtually all current and newly hired salaried and hourly employees will now earn at least $18 an hour, including target commissions, in addition to company-paid benefits, including medical, life and disability, education and training, and retirement plan. It’s part of the company’s planned path to a minimum starting wage to $20 an hour in 2022.
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Amazon picked up Audience Network comedy “Loudermilk.” Seasons one and two premiere on Prime Video Friday, March 12; season three, which has been filmed but has yet to make it to the screen, will debut at a later date. Audience Network was shuttered by AT&T last May.
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Animated musical comedy series “Central Park” was picked up for season three by Apple TV+, ahead of its season two debut in June.
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ESPN will welcome the NHL back after a 17-year break, thanks to a media rights deal that starts next season. The agreement includes four Stanley Cup Finals for ESPN’s Disney sib, ABC. “This partnership of the world’s top hockey league and the platforms of The Walt Disney Company is a big win for our fans and our game,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Not only will this groundbreaking, seven-year deal enable the NHL to benefit from the incomparable power, reach and influence of The Walt Disney Company and ABC/ESPN, it sets a new standard in delivering our game to the most passionate and tech-savvy fans in sports in the ways they now demand and on the platforms they use.” ESPN was the NHL’s main TV partner from 1992 until 2004, when the league struck a deal with NBC Sports.
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Netflix handed a two season renewal to real estate show “Selling Sunset,” through season five, and picked up a second season of “Bling Empire,” which follows an uber-wealthy group of friends in LA. The streamer is diving deeper into reality shows with orders for another real estate show from “Sunset” producer Done and Done, and “My Unorthodox Life,” focused on fashion mogul Julia Haart, from “Bling” producer Jeff Jenkins Productions.
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Mr. SAS Productions (“Stephen A’s World”) has struck a deal for a docu-series celebrating and highlighting the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The series will be produced in partnership with Propogate (“Hillary”) and Confluential Films (“Black Love”).
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Comedy Central’s latest project with Roy Wood Jr. is a podcast , “Roy’s Job Fair,” produced in partnership with iHeartMedia. The 40-episode series will debut on Wednesday, March 17 and roll out weekly. Additionally, Comedy Central will produce and air Roy’s third one-hour stand-up special this year. His second special, “No One Loves You,” premiered as part of Comedy Central’s Stand-Up Month in January 2019, and remains the network’s highest rated original stand-up premiere since Wood’s February 2017 one-hour, “Father Figure.”
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“Wild Cards,” based on the book series edited by George R.R. Martinabout survivors of a virus released over Manhattan, is in development at Peacock. Melinda Snodgrass, Vince Gerardis and Martin will executive produce.
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Animation writers/producers Kevin and Dan Hageman (“The Croods: A New Age”) inked an overall deal with CBS Studios. The Hagemans will continue as creators, EPs and showrunners for “Star Trek: Prodigy,” as well as create and develop new content.
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Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) will star in “Lady In the Lake,” adapted from the book by Laura Lippman, for Apple TV+. The limited series is produced by Jean-Marc Vallée’s Crazyrose and Bad Wolf America; studio is Endeavor Content.
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Casting notes: Series co-creator Shawn Vance will star as himself in ABC comedy pilot “Adopted,” along with Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”) and Bruce Campbell (“Evil Dead”)…Michelle Gomez (“The Flight Attendant”) has joined season three of HBO Max’s “Doom Patrol” as a series regular.
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“Gutfeld!” premieres Monday, April 5 at 11p on Fox News – and host Greg Gutfeld (“The Five”) promises something different. “If you cannot tell the other late night shows apart, join the club. They’re as bland as string cheese and not nearly as appetizing,” said Gutfeld. “We aren’t going to be like them.”
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Three-part documentary film “Hemingway,” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the tumultuous life of Ernest Hemingway April 5-7 at 8p on PBS (check local listings).
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HBO’s “Q: Into the Storm” follows filmmaker Cullen Hoback on a journey to uncover the forces behind QAnon, revealing how “Q” uses information warfare to game the internet, hijack politics and manipulate people’s thinking. “Audiences can take an unfiltered look at what transpired behind the scenes and uncover the forces that drove Q’s most ardent believers to storm the Capitol,” said Holback of the six-part docu-series, debuting Sunday, March 21 at 9p.
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Facebook motioned to dismiss antitrust lawsuits filed by the FTC and 48 state attorneys general on December 9. The social media giant contends the suits do not provide enough evidence that it engaged in anticompetitive practices, and the states waited too long to act and could not have proven that WhatsApp and Instagram would have been competitors had they not been scooped up by Facebook.
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UPtv’s “Easter Lives Here” programming slate, including over 20 titles, kicks off Palm Sunday with “The Passion of the Christ,” and culminates with the world broadcast premiere of the theatrical film “When We Last Spoke,” starring Corbin Bernsen, Melissa Gilbert and the late Cloris Leachman, on Easter Sunday (April 4) at 7p. The net will also be sprinkling Easter eggs on air March 29-April 2 with MPKs every day between 5p and 8p during “Gilmore Girls” and “Reba.”
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“Hall of Flame: Top 100 Roast Moments,” set to March 29-April 2 at 10p on Comedy Central, will feature comedians, actors, commentators and pop culture historians reviewing the most scorching barbs given to past roastees including Alec Baldwin, Justin Bieber, James Franco, Bruce Willis, Rob Lowe, the late great Joan Rivers and more. Nikki Glaer hosts.
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“High Stakes Duel II” streams live on PokerGO on Tuesday, March 16 at 8p, following a match between poker stars Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.
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America Ferrara will check in to “Superstore” for the series finale on Thursday, March 25 at 8p. Ferrara announced her exit from the show last year, shortly before its season six renewal.
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COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization one year ago today, a date CBS News is marking with reporting across all broadcasts and platforms. CBS News’ “The Pandemic: One Year of COVID” will examine the many aspects of life the pandemic has impacted, including the massive social and economic changes, the ocietal shifts underway and the state of vaccinations, plus the return to a “new normal.”
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Noticias Telemundo will present a live news special, “COVID: One Year“ tonight at 6:30p, reporting on the social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis and the challenges ahead. Anchors José Díaz-Balart, Arantxa Loizaga and Julio Vaqueiro will broadcast live from Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.
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And a special edition of “The Search for a Cure” airs on Cheddar from at 4:30p, looking back at what the country lost during the pandemic, highlighting how the world has changed, and looking ahead.
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The TCM Classic Film Festival will run virtually this year, from Thursday, May 6-Sunday, May 9, on the TCM network and for the first time within the Classics Curated by TCM Hub on HBO Max. The 12th Annual Festival will open with a 60th anniversary screening of “West Side Story” (1961), with stars Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn giving new interviews. The cast reunion will air on TCM and be available on HBO Max simultaneously for opening night on May 6 at 8p.
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Piers Morgan’s last “Good Morning Britain” show was watched by 1.29 million ITV viewers, beating “BBC Breakfast” for the first time since its 2014 launch. Morgan resigned after his negative comments about Meghan Markle drew criticism from co-hosts and over 40,000 complaints to the network. On Wednesday, Morgan noted the ratings win in a tweet, adding, “My work is done.”
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