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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/17/21)
DISCOVERY+: My Feet Are Killing Me: Footnotes (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: True Conviction (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Under Suspicion: Uncovering the Wesphael Case (Premiere)
SYFY: The Pole (Premiere) at 11:15
SYFY: The Summoner (Premiere) at 11:35

AMC’s “Killing Eve will conclude with its upcoming, eight-epiode fourth season, premiering in 2022. Laura Neal (“Sex Education”) continues the “Killing Eve” tradition of a new lead writer every season, following Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Emerald Fennell and Suzanne Heathcote. Neal is also an executive producer on season four. But while AMC might be burying “Killing Eve,” Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC Networks, said AMC is developing “potential extensions” that would keep the franchise alive.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ordered seasons 17 and 18 of “The Bachelorette,” with both set to air in 2021. It’s the first time two seasons of the reality show will air during the same calendar year. “The Bachelorette,” typically a summer show for ABC, was moved to fall 2020 because of production shutdowns – and ranked as the #4 broadcast entertainment program in the A18-49 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox employees are expected back in the office no earlier than September 7. “While we spent the last year working in new, and often remote, ways, you have continued to prioritize caring for each other,” wrote CEO Lachlan Murdoch in a memo to employees. “Similarly, the health and safety of our workforce has remained my priority. With that as the guiding principle, we are deferring our next possible phase one reopening date.” The prior target was in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS extended its production hiatus for “The Talk,” amid new allegations that co-host Sharon Osbourne used offensive language to refer to former co-hosts Julie Chen and Sara Gilbert. Osbourne was already in hot water for defending Piers Morgan after he accused Meghan Markle of lying about having suicidal thoughts. “Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment,” said her rep. For its part, CBS said it is “very mindful of the important concerns expressed and discussions taking place regarding events on ‘The Talk.’ This includes a process where all voices are heard, claims are investigated and appropriate action is taken where necessary.” The show has extended its production hiatus until next Tuesday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC canceled “World of Dance” after four seasons, the last of which wrapped in August. After three solidly-rated installments, the reality competition had a shakier season four.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facing outcry for it lack of diversity, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association approved a plan that would increase membership to a minimum of 100 members, with 13% of the total Black journalists. The news came shortly after over 100 public relations companies demanded that the HFPA, which runs the Golden Globes, make “profound and lasting” change, or lose participation from their clients at HFPA events.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All in the family: HGTV ordered a one-hour pilot, “Renovation Impossible” (wt), starring builder and Russell J. Holmes, star of network sib Discovery’s “Fast N’ Loud”. The pilot follows Russell and designer Paige Poupart as they help homeowners get their stalled reno plans on track. “We’re always looking across the Discovery family of brands to identify stars that we know will resonate with viewers in multiple genres,” said Robert Wimbish, Senior Director, Programming, HGTV. “For Russell, ‘Renovation Impossible’will showcase him as a renovation superhero who knows how manage dollars and help families with conflicting goals reach a design solution that makes everyone feel at home.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

James Burrows (“Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Frasier”) will direct and executive produce the pilot episode of ABC’s straight-to-series, untitled comedy starring Alec Baldwin, Kelsey Grammar and Alec Mapa, from from co-creator/executive producer Chris Lloyd (“Modern Family”), executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran and studio 20th Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Divorce is in the air at TBS. The network gave a greenlight for “The Big D,” a 10-hour dating competition series hosted by JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers (“The Bachelorette), from Lighthearted Entertainment (“Dating Naked,” “Are You the One?”). The social experiment follows recent divorcees as they search for romance – with their exes along for the journey. “Watching other people’s relationships and rooting for old romances and new couples is addictive,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. ‘The Big D’ is another attention grabbing, bold creation in our growing unscripted portfolio.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max handed a series order to streetwear competition “The Hype,” from Scout Productions “Queer Eye.” Rapper Offset will produce and serve as a judge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”) mystery series “Poker Face,” starring Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”), nabbed a series order from Peacock. Johnson will serve as creator, writer and director on the drama, his first TV series. “I’m very excited to dig into the type of fun, character driven, case-of-the-week mystery goodness I grew up watching,” said Johnson of the T-Street and MRC Television series. “It’s my happy place. Having Natasha as a partner in crime is a dream, and we’ve found the perfect home at Peacock.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix and Blumhouse announced a new partnership, with Blumhouse developing and producing eight horror/genre-thriller movies exclusively for the network. Jason Blum will serve as executive producer. The first film, “A House on the Bayou,” comes from writer/director Alex McAulay (“Don’t Tell A Soul”) and will commence production in late spring.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MotorTrend Group greenlit “Kevin Hart’s Muscle Car Crew,” from comedian/car collector Hart and his comedy group, The Plastic Cup Boyz. Production is currently underway on the series, produced by Propagate Content’s Big Breakfast and HartBeat Productions, for 3Q21 premiere on the MotorTrend app.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Principal photography on Disney+ film “Peter Pan & Wendy” has begun in Vancouver. The film is directed by David Lowery (“Pete’s Dragon”) and produced by Jim Whitaker (“Pete’s Dragon”), and stars Jude Law (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as Captain Hook; Yara Shahidi (“Grown-ish”) as Tinkerbell; Ever Anderson (“Black Widow”) as Wendy; Alexander Molony (“The Reluctant Landlord”) as Peter Pan; Molly Parker (“House of Cards”) as Mrs. Darling; Alan Tudyk (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) as Mr. Darling; and Jim Gaffigan (“The Jim Gaffigan Show”) as Smee. The live-action adventure/fantasy is slated to premiere in 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”) will star opposite Claire Danes (“Homeland”) in “The Essex Serpent,” an Apple TV+ drama about a widow who moves to a small British village that may be seeing the return of a mythical creature…Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) will star as Lakers coach Pat Riley in an untitled HBO series based on Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wiip is developing a series focused on the teen years of British mystery novelist Agatha Christie. “Young Agatha” will be executive produced by writers Rebecca Pollock and Kas Graham alongside wiip’s Paul Lee, David Flynn and Josh Stern.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The development team for Genius Brands International’s new animated comedy, “Shaq’s Garage,” starring Shaquille O’Neal, includes head writer Joel Cohen (“Toy Story”), with Michael Maliani (“Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?”) directing and producing. The series will be executive produced by O’Neal, Cohen, Genius Brands, PRP, and ABG Entertainment, and premiere in the US on Kartoon Channel in fall 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Cops Reloaded” makes it Reelz premiere on Friday, April 2 starting at 5p, with 10 back-to-back episodes of the most memorable scenes from the docu-seriess. The network’s April premieres also include two awards shows, “Movieguide’s Movies that Inspire” on Sunday, April 4 at 4p, and the “24th Family Film Awards” hosted by Dean Cain, on Thursday, April 22 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock original comedy “Rutherford Falls,” following best friends played by Ed Helms (“The Office”) and comedian Jana Schmieding, premieres Thursday, April 22. The series is a breakthrough Native representation in comedy, with two Native actors and five Native writers onboard.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animated comedy “BIrdgirl” premieres on Adult Swim at midnight on Sunday, April 4. The show focuses on a spin-off character from “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first episode of “The Randy Couture Story” airs Saturday, March 20 at 2:30p on ESPN. The four-part docu-series highlights the life of the UFC champion hall of famer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beauty brand Mielle Organics announced the release of the “2021 Unmasked: I Know My Roots” series, featuring CEO Monique Rodriguez and Mielle Organics Brand Ambassadors who share their experiences with natural hair, mental health, faith, fitness, and more. “’Unmasked: I Know My Roots’ is an elevated take on our journey to empower multicultural women and young girls to showcase their authentic selves unapologetically,” said Rodriguez. “This project is special because it’s a fresh take on Mielle Organics’ ideals as a company and allows me and my fellow ambassadors to show a different side of women’s empowerment.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

President Biden will hold his first formal press conference on Thursday, March 25. Press Secretary Jen Psaki broke the news, while also pointing out that while this is Biden’s first full press conference, he often answers questions from reporters.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) will make their debuts as hosts of NBC’s SNL on April 3 and April 10, respectively. Musical guests will be St. Vincent, making her second appearance, and Kid Cudi, making his first.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Last Cruise,” recounting the ill-fated journey of the Diamond Princess Cruise during the earliest days of COVID-19, premieres Tuesday, March 30 at 9p on HBO. By February 26, 2020, the ship accounted for over half of all documented COVID cases outside of China.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Malika the Lion Queen,” a wildlife documentary based on the lionesses of a powerful pride in South Africa, will air Easter Sunday, April 4 at 9p on Fox. The special, produced by Plimsoll Productions, will be narrated by Angela Bassett (“9-1-1”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix original series grabbed a majority of the world’s audience demand for the full year 2020, according to Parrot Analytics’ latest Global TV Demand Report, but with competition from the likes of Disney+, Apple TV+, and HBO Max, Netflix’s 53.5% global share of demand for digital original series was a 6.3% decline compared to 2019. In its first full year of availability, Apple TV+ established 3.9% global demand share for digital originals, while HBO Max and Disney+ followed close behind at 3.6% each. Other niche streaming services gained a combined 8.8% of global demand share.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo Deportes’ presentation of Liga MX’s Super Clásico, simulcast on Telemundo and Universo, delivered an average of 1.7 million total viewers and 969,000 A18-49 during the match window, according to Nielsen. The Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Águilas del América on Sunday, March 14 at 10p was the most-watched Liga MX of the Clausura 2021 season to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Yaphet Kotto died March 14. He was 81. Kotto was best known to TV audiences for his starring role on “Homicide: Life on the Street.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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