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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/8/21)
ABC: Rebel (Premiere) at 10pm
COOKING:  Fire Masters (Premiere) at 9pm
CRACKLE: Going From Broke (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Chef Boot Camp (Premiere) at 10pm
FREEFORM: Everything’s Gonna Be Okay (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: The Way of the Househusband (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT+: No Activity (Premiere)
UP: Bringing Up Bates (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO: Exterminate All the Brutes (Finale) at 10pm
WE tv: The Ts Madison Experience (Finale) at 10pm

YouTube remains the most prevalent social media platform in the US, according to a new Pew study – and it’s still growing. Eighty-one percent of adults surveyed said they use YouTube, up from 73% in 2019. Facebook was number two, with 69% of Americans citing its usage (unchanged from 2019). Instagram (40%) and Pinterest (31%) each rose three percentage points YoY, while LinkedIn (28%), Snapchat (25%) and Twitter (23%) rose 1%. Reddit rose seven points, to 18%. TikTok joined the ranking for the first time, with 21% of US adults citing usage. “Despite a string of controversies and the public’s relatively negative sentiments about aspects of social media, roughly seven-in-ten Americans (72%) say they ever use any kind of social media site,” noted the report.
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Peter Dunn, President of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, SVP of News for the Stations group, “will not return to their positions and will be leaving the Company,” said CBS. Dunn and Friend had been placed on administrative leave in January, following allegations of abusive workplace behavior. CBS added that its external investigation into CBS Television Stations management is “ongoing.” Bryon Rubin will continue to run the Stations group on an interim basis, while Kim Godwin will continue her oversight of Stations’ news operations until new leadership is in place.
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Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group and Verizon are partnering for a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative to increase media spending with US Black-owned media companies. The summit event will occur next month. “Increasing our financial commitment to Black-owned media companies and partnering with Allen Media Group to host a summit that will provide these companies with resources to help enable long term growth is a crucial part of our responsible marketing action plan,” said John Nitti, Chief Media Officer, Verizon. “It is also an important step in creating the equity the industry needs.”
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With France in lockdown due to the pandemic, Cannes Lions announced the advertising and marketing event will once again go virtual, from June 21-25. “Over the last year, we’ve been consulting with our customers and working on our plans, including the development of Cannes Lions Live as part of the new Lions Membership platform,” said Cannes Lions Chairman Philip Thomas. “We are now able to move fully to this format for 2021 – which will have all the celebration, inspiration and participation of Cannes Lions – to unite the global community virtually during Cannes Lions Live this June.”
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ABC is bringing back game shows “The Chase” and “The Hustler” for second seasons this summer, along with reboots “Celebrity Family Feud,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Press Your Luck,” “The $100,000 Pyramid,” “Holey Moley” and “Card Sharks.” Also returning will be “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” as well as “Emergency Call” episodes carried over from last summer. New series premiering include “The Celebrity Dating Game” (Monday, June 14 at 10p); “When Nature Calls” (wt; Thursday, June 17 at 8p); and “The Ultimate Surfer” (Monday, August 16 at 10p).

Not coming back to ABC is “Don’t.” The comedic physical game show, hosted by Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) has been canceled after one season.
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Fox renewed “Duncanville” for a third season, ahead of its season two launch on Sunday, May 23. The animated comedy comes from Amy Poehler and her Paper Kite Productions, and “The Simpsons” alums Mike Scully and Julie Scully.
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Children’s rights organization Plan International is teaming with Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good to extend Nickelodeon International’s multiplatform interstitial series “Extraordinary Me.” The gender equity pro-social campaign kicked off across Nickelodeon platforms, celebrating girls who are defying stereotypes and excelling in male-dominated disciplines.
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Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (“Justified,” “Elementary”) inked a deal with Lionsgate for their Timberman-Beverly Productions to produce scripted series for streaming, cable and broadcast networks. They had been under a deal with ABC Signature.
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Joel McHale (“Community”) will host “Crime Scene Kitchen,” set to premiere Wednesday, May 26 at 9p on Fox. In the cooking competition, bakers have to use clues to figure out what kind of a dessert was made, then try to recreate it. “It’s a truly original format with amazing baking creations, a brilliant play-along guessing game for the whole family, and Joel at the center of it all bringing hilarity at every turn,” said Rob Wade, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment. “Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling hungry!”
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Shudder ordered season four of drag competition series “The Boulet Bothers’ Dragula.” The 10-episode season will feature drag artists competing in challenges, with the winner taking home a $100,000 grand prize. The acquisition follows the launch of Shudder Original “The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection,” a two-hour film – part horror movie, part documentary and part reality competition – which was one of the service’s most watched premieres of 2020.
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Casting notes: Samantha Morton (“The Walking Dead”) will star as Catherine de Medici in Starz series “The Serpent Queen,” from writer and executive producer Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road”)…Paul Schneider (“Tales from the Loop”), Angela Sarafyan (“Westworld”) and Jacob Lofland (“Maze Runner”) lead the cast of Epix film “A House on the Bayou,” premiering in late 2021…Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) joins Lily James, Sebastian Stan and Seth Rogen in Hulu’s “Pam and Tommy,” about the theft of Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee’s sex tape.
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Apple TV+ current affairs series “The Problem with Jon Stewart” will debut in the fall. Hosted and executive produced by Stewart, the show is the first project to come out of a multi-year partnership between the former “Daily Show” host and Apple.
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“Tyler Perry’s Sistas” returns for season three Wednesday, June 9 on BET. The scripted series’ season two finale delivered a .617 rating among P18-49 in Live+3 and 1.3 million total viewers.
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CNBC’s daily show TechCheck makes its debut Monday, April 12 at 11a, focused on tech-centric stories. The program will be the first CNBC broadcast anchored from multiple locations, including Jon Fortt and Carl Quintanilla on the East Coast, and Deirdre Bosa on the West Coast.
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Season eight of “Bar Rescue” premieres Sunday, May 2 on Paramount Network, with host Jon Taffer helping Las Vegas locals this time around, rather than traveling across the country to resuscitate businesses. “This season is very personal,” said Taffer. “This is my hometown, I can’t fail.” The reality show had been slated to move to another ViacomCBS network as Paramount rebranded to Paramount Movie Network, but the rebrand stalled due to the pandemic.
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Smithsonian Channel steps back in time with “Murderous History,”making its debut Sunday, April 25 at 9p. The true crime series delves into gruesome murder mysteries over the past 200 years.
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Acorn TV landed exclusive SVOD and US premiere rights to the new season of “Midsomer Murders” from all3media international. The long-running mystery series is one of Acorn TV’s top performing franchises. Season 22 two launches Monday, April 19 on the streamer.
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Arts net Ovation has acquired US broadcast rights for season two of “Riviera,” set to premiere Saturday, May 8 at 7p.
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PBS is teaming with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit for “Life at the Water Hole,” a new three-part series that explores the daily drama of African wildlife at a waterhole rigged with weather-proofed cameras. The series premieres Wednesdays, May 19-June 2 at 8p (check local listings).
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under” will air in the US on WOW Presents Plus, day-and-date with Stan (Australia) and TVNZ On Demand (New Zealand) local airings, starting Saturday, May 1.
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“The Crime of the Century,” filmmaker Alex Gibney’s two-part indictment of Big Pharma, premieres on HBO Monday, May 10. The expose posits that drug companies are largely responsible for the drug crisis they profit from.
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E! will mark the end of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” with a reunion special hosted by Andy Cohen. The 20th and final season of the reality show, which launched in 2007, premiered March 18.
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National Geographic is holding an Earth Day Eve virtual concert on Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30p, on its YouTube page and online. Hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo, the concert will feature performances by Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket. The event will also include announcements by the brand and be followed by a virtual afterparty on the new National Geographic TikTok account at 10p.
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MeTV’s “The Month of Mayberry” event celebrates series that featured the iconic small TV town and its characters. The stunt kicks off Sunday, May 2, with thefirst episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” and the backdoor pilot of “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.”, airing from 5p-6p, followed by a special episode of “The Love Boat” starring Andy Griffith at 6p.
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One element of a content partnership between A+E Networks and Land Rover North America airs Sunday, April 18 at 10p on FYI. Documentary “All You Need Know: Overlanding” explores the burgeoning trend of overlanding, an outdoor adventure rooted in travel and exploration. Developed in partnership with the Land Rover brand’s media agency of record, dentsu X, the special features the capabilities of the new Land Rover Defender and is hosted by outdoor enthusiast Christian Murphy. In addition to the 60-minute special, the Land Rover media campaign includes additional short-form content, social assets, on-air promotion, and custom integrations.
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Youth Media Alliance is giving its Outstanding Achievement Award to Michelle Melanson Cuperus and its Emerging Talent Award to Rennata and Georgina Lopez of Lopii Productions. The duo will be honored at a virtual gala to be streamed live from Toronto on May 26.
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The debut of Fox News late-nighter “Gutfeld!” averaged a strong 1.7 million viewers and 318,000 among A25-54.
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Legal analyst Midwin Charles died April 6. She was 47. Charles, the founder of a law firm, made regular appearances on CNN, MSNBC, HLN, TV One and Bloomberg TV. “What a terrific analyst and a kind soul,” tweeted MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart. “May she rest in peace.”
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