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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/1/21)
ALLBLK: Notorious Queens (Premiere)
AMAZON: LOL: Germany
BBC SELECT: Me, Myselfie and I (Premiere)
BRAVO: Top Chef (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: United States of Al (Premiere) at 8:30pm
DISCOVERY+: Expedition Deep Ocean (Premiere)
FOX: The Moodys (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO MAX: The Great Pottery Throwdown (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Made for Love (Premiere)
NBC: Manifest (Premiere) at 8pm
NBC: Law & Order: Organized Crime (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: Worn Stories (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Before the Afterparty (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT+: The Challenge: All-Stars (Premiere)
SHUDDER: Creepshow (Premiere)
TBS: Wipeout (Premiere) at 9pm
FOOD NETWORK: Dinner: Impossible (Finale) at 10pm

Univision announced 4Q20 results that included a revenue increase of 4%, to $722.9 million from $692.9 million. In Full Year 2020 versus Full Year 2019, revenue decreased 5%. New CEO Wade Davis sees great opportunity moving forward. “This is an exciting time for the Company as our audience continues to be at the cultural, economic and political core of America,” said Davis. “Our portfolio delivered the fastest ratings growth of any media company during primetime in 2020 among Total Viewers 2+, Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34…. We expect to drive meaningful near term growth by optimizing our core businesses and at the same time we will be evolving for the future by investing in our people, content, products and platforms to capture the huge and growing market opportunity to serve Spanish speakers across the US.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

While Starz has decided not to renew “American Gods” for a fourth season, the story will continue, according to executive producer Neil Gaiman. “It’s definitely not dead,” tweeted Gaiman, who wrote the book on which the drama is based. “Fremantle (who make AG) are committed to finishing the story that began in episode 1, and right now we’re all just waiting to see which way forward is best.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The IAB 2021 Podcast Upfront, titled “Listen Up,” is set for May 11-13. Libsyn will be presenting at the Upfront for the first time; IAB will also feature nine “Showcase” presentations over the three-days, including Audio Up Media, AT WILL MEDIA, Blue Wire, Headgum, Kast Media, Locked On Podcast Network, QCODE, SpokenLayer, and Wonder Media Network. “Podcasting is a space where advertisers can utilize trusted content in a very purposeful way,” said Eric John, VP, Media Center, IAB. “Whether for branding or performance, advertisers are leveraging the intimate – and highly engaged – relationship podcast creators and hosts have with their listeners.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Exiting the podcast arena is The E.W. Scripps Company, which closed it sale of Triton – which it purchased for $150 million in 2018 – to iHeartMedia for $230 million. Scripps also sold podcast company Stitcher in October, nearly doubling its return on that investment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS gave a straight-to-series order to sequel “CSI: Vegas,” for the 2021-22 season. Returning to the franchise are William Petersen and Jorja Fox. “Twenty-one years ago, we launched ‘CSI’ and watched in awe as this new cinematic series launched an entire genre and became a groundbreaking juggernaut that still has global resonance today,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “We are thrilled to welcome the next generation of forensic criminalists to the CSI brand and unite them with the legendary characters from the past who we still love, including the extraordinary Billy Petersen and Jorja Fox. Crimefighting technology has advanced dramatically over the last several years, and combined with classic ‘CSI’ storytelling, we can’t wait to watch this new CSI team do what they do best: follow the evidence.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and The College Board announced the scholarship recipients of the Triunfadores campaign, guiding Spanish-speaking families through the college planning process. For the first time, two students, Juliana Balanzar from La Jolla High School in San Diego, Calif., and Isaias Torres from Elmer L. Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., each received from the College Board a $40,000 scholarship for their efforts to plan and pay for college.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Over 130 BIPOC media figures signed a letter to PBS CEO Paula Kerger saying PBS has demonstrated a “systemic failure to fiulfill a mandate for a diversity of voices.” The letter points to PBS’ decades-long exclusive relationship with Ken Burns as “troubling not just for us as filmmakers but as tax-paying Americans.” Countered a PBS spokesperson, “This year alone, we are airing more than 200 primetime hours of documentaries, and 55% of those hours feature BIPOC talent, are produced by diverse filmmakers or cover topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Of the 200 hours, 35% are produced by diverse filmmakers. While we have a strong foundation of inclusive programming, we recognize that there is more to be done, and we welcome ongoing dialogue on this critically important issue.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Doug Schwalbe, formerly SVP of Coproduction for Dreamworks Animation Television, is launching the Co-Production Company, specializing in finance and distribution arrangements for high-end international productions. The Co-Production company has backing from France’s Superprod Group and deals with writer/producer Michael Poryes and Impact X Capital. Other partners include Pukeko Pictures (NZ), August Media (Singapore), Chatrone (Brazil), Anima Estudios (Mexico) and DreamWorks Animation Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”) will direct episodes of, and executive produce, Hulu’s “The Dropout,” starring Amanda Seyfried as disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes. The limited series comes from 20th Television and Searchlight.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trailblazer Studios announced the launch of its podcast initiative, kicking off with “American Sport,” debuting April 21. “The expansion into podcasting allows us to be creatively nimble and amplify our voice in the premium scripted and nonfiction landscape,” said Jeff Lanter, president and COO of Trailblazer Studios. “It also allows us the opportunity to tell the stories we want to tell beyond the boundaries of linear television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Sarah Michelle Gellar (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) landed the lead in Amazon comedy pilot “Hot Pink,” inspired by the book, What Girls Are Made OfColin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) will star in HBO Max’s “The Staircase,” a drama remake of the 2004 French true crime docu-series…Brett Cullen (“The Joker”) and Lola Kirke (“Mozart in the Jungle”) have joined HBO’s drama pilot based on the book, Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s…CW’s “Naomi” has added Barry Watson (“Seventh Heaven”), Mouzam Makkar (“The Fix”), Mary-Charles Jones (“Kevin Can Wait”), Aiden Gemme (“Finding Neverland”) and Daniel Puig (“The System”) to the superhero drama cast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In “Ghost Brothers: Lights Out,” Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey explore disturbed hotspots, sizing up local legends to expose haunted locations. The series makes its debut Saturday, April 17 on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Home Town” stars Ben and Erin Napier take on a whole-town makeover of Wetumpka, AL in limited series “Home Town Takeover,” premiering Sunday, May 2 at 8p. The series will showcase 12 major renovations, including restaurants, shops, historic homes, public spaces and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “Mare of Easttown,” starring Kate Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective, premieres Sunday, April 18 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adventurer Josh Gates gets back in the field beginning Wednesday, April 14 at 9p, breaking out of lockdown to join his team of scientist in the season premiere of “Expedition X” on discovery+ and Discovery Channel. Then, Josh welcomes celebrity guests, newsmakers, and experts to his expedition headquarters for talk show “Josh Gates Tonight” at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary “Tina,” focused on singer Tina Turner, reached a total audience of 1.1 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max, making it the top-rated doc on HBO since 2019’s “Finding Neverland.”
(Source: Cynopsis)


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