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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/24/21)
NETFLIX: Who Killed Sara? (Premiere)
SCIENCE CHANNEL: How the Universe Works (Premiere) at 9pm
Nat Geo: Genius Aretha (Finale) at 10pm

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios has renewed “Judge Jerry,” promising it will be “turning up the heat” for the first-run court show’s third season in syndication. “I couldn’t be more excited for this new season where our audience gets an even closer look into the conflicts and drama of some very intense and outrageous disputes,” said Jerry Springer. “I’m totally aware of how fortunate I am to have such a rewarding job and I promise viewers and stations to do everything I can to dispense justice and fairness in a most entertaining way.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming back: FX’s “Snowfall,” currently in season four, has been renewed for season five. Ratings for the crime drama are up 41% over the same period in season three, averaging 5.1 million total viewers across platforms.
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Not coming back? Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family,” now in its ninth and final season. Paused due to COVID-19 restrictions, the show takes its final lap starting Monday, April 5, in a new three-day-a-week format. Final episode: Wednesday, August 4.
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Roku is launching an advertising brand studio to produce content including short-form, ad-sponsored TV content, interactive video and other formats for marketers. “The shift to TV streaming has accelerated and leading advertisers are going beyond the 30-second ad,” said Dan Robbins, VP, Ad Marketing, Roku. “We’re excited to launch a new advertising brand studio for marketers to create streamer-first campaigns on America’s #1 TV streaming platform.” Roku struck a deal with the Funny Or Die Branded Entertainment division calling for a number of the company’s branded content team members to join Roku. Chris Bruss and Brian Toombs from Funny Or Die and Rachel Daly Helfman from Snap will join the studio in leadership roles.
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Not so fast with a return to a theatrical window release pattern this summer. Theaters may be starting to open, but Disney is shifting release plans for its film slate to allow highly anticipated “Cruella” and Marvel Studios’ “Black Widow” to launch simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access on Friday, May 28 and on Friday, July 9, respectively. Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” will stream worldwide exclusively on Disney+ beginning Friday, June 18, as a special offering. “Today’s announcement reflects our focus on providing consumer choice and serving the evolving preferences of audiences,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “By leveraging a flexible distribution strategy in a dynamic marketplace that is beginning to recover from the global pandemic, we will continue to employ the best options to deliver The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled storytelling to fans and families around the world.”
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VidCon will return – live and in person! – to the Anaheim Convention Center October 21-24. The event for online video and digital creators will also have on demand options.
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Sesame Workshop introduced the “ABCs of Racial Literacy,” a new set of resources that are part of the Coming Together initiative, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice. The “ABCs of Racial Literacy” resources are designed to help families celebrate their unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer tough questions around race and racism.
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Verizon Media announced at its Yahoo Build It Forward event that the company is donating $5 million in media to a number of disability organizations, including the National Association of the Deaf, the American Council of the Blind, and the American Association of People with Disabilities, in support of their advocacy work. In addition, Verizon Media will ramp up captioning efforts and commit to featuring closed captions on 100 percent of new user-facing video, and extend video ad captioning to its reserved and programmatic offerings. “Our mission at Verizon Media is to be the most inclusive scaled digital platform in the industry,” said Joanna Lambert, Head of Consumer,Verizon Media.
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Hulu handed an eight-episode order to animated family comedy series “Koala Man,” about a powerless superhero in an Australian suburb, created by and starring Michael Cusack. Justin Roiland (“Rick and Morty”) and Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (“Pokemon Detective Pikachu”) are exec producing; the studio is 20th Television Animation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beacon Pictures (“Castle”) is developing a scripted series about, and financed by, crypto currency. Blockchain technology will allow investors to receive profits from comedy “Hold on for Dear Life” in their digital wallets.
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Sherri Shephed (“Mr. Iglesias”) will star in and produce ABC pilot “Black Don’t Crack,” following three former sorority sisters who reunite during a pivotal time in their lives. The project comes from writer/EP Regina Hicks and executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, and Larry Wilmore.
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Naomie Harris (“Moonlight”) and Jimmi Simpson (“Perpetual Grace”)will star in Showtime drama “The Man Who to Earth”, along with Chietel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”). Production for the series, originally slated for Paramount+, is slated to start this spring in London, for a 2022 premiere.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Part One of HBO supernatural drama series “The Nevers,” set in Victorian London, debuts with six episodes beginning Sunday, April 11 at 9p. Part Two’s six episodes will follow at a later date.
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Also on HBO, “Exterminate All the Brutes,” examining the “exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism,” premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 9p with two back-to-back episodes. Sketch comedy series “A Black Lady Sketch Show” returns for season two on Friday, April 23 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Spy City,” a six-part espionage Cold War series starring Dominic Cooper (“Preacher”), premieres Thursday, April 15 on AMC+.
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Production company LXTV, a part of NBC and Telemundo owned stations, is launching interview show “Celebrity Sleepover,” hosted by reality star Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio. The weekly show launches Saturday, April 3 on NBC Owned & Affiliate stations (check local listings).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two “Izzy’s Koala World” premieres on Netflix Tuesday, April 20. The Dodo kids’ series follows the life of a 12-year-old as she works to rescue and rehabilitate koalas (with an assist from her parents).
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Another children’s series, “My Little Pony: Pony Life” is headed for a second run. New eleven-minute episodes kick off Saturday, April 10 at 11:30a.
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Duff Goldman and his puppet crew explore the science behind cookingand baking in “Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time,” premiering Thursday, April 29 on discovery+. Duff and his puppet friends teach fundamental cooking techniques and easy-to-make recipes that inspire chefs of all ages to experiment in the kitchen
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“The Circle” returns for season two on Netflix on Wednesday, April 14. Four episodes of the reality show will drop each week, with the finale available May 5.
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The Real Housewives of New York City returns for lucky season 13 on Tuesday, May 4 at 9p. Attorney, broadcaster and producer Eboni K. Williams has jumped aboard for the ride.
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VH1 docu-series “Black Ink Crew: New York” is set to return on Monday, April 19 at 8p. The new season will highlight the crew emerging from isolation and adapting to their new normal, as they strive to be better than ever before at their new flagship shop in Brooklyn.
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Cartoon Network event Spring Breakaway kicks off Monday, March 29with the series premiere of the new sci-fi adventure comedy “Elliott from Earth,” and continues for 14 days with a line-up of action adventure-themed shows and movies to keep kids and families engaged, entertained and in vacation mode.
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Shudder has acquired South African film “Fried Barry” for release in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, May 6. The film follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime’s “Women Making History,” featuring Vice President Kamala Harris, debuts Tuesday, March 30 at 8p. Executive produced by Sharon Scott of Category 6 Media group, the show will encore on Wednesday, March 31 at 8p on LMN.
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Popsugar announced the line-up for its “Girl Talk” event on March 25 at 9p, airing on TLC and discovery+ with an encore presentation at 10p on OWN. Joining former First Lady Michelle Obama will be host Sofia Wylie, Lilly Singh, Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Auli’i Cravalho, Demi Lovato, Julia Roberts, Kristen Bell, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Marsai Martin, Meryl Streep, Naomi Osaka, Natalie Portman, Shaun Robinson, and Shonda Rhimes among others. “Girl Talk” will encourage and advocate for the power of learning and education.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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