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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 4/13/21)
BRITBOX: Kate & Koji (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Chopped: Martha Rules (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: My Love: Six Stories of True Love (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Mighty Express (Premiere)
YOUTUBE: Retro Tech (Premiere)

The US now has more streaming subscriptions than it does people, according to a 1Q21 report from Ampere. The average consumer subscribes to four or more SVODs, with one-quarter reporting they subscribe to five or more. “In 2020, pay TV penetration dropped below 60% for the first time – down from more than 80% at the beginning of 2015 – with consumers increasingly shifting to SVOD services,” said Ampere Research Manager Toby Holleran. Ampere credits the pandemic, as well as the launches of Peacock and HBO Max, with contributing to the spread of the streaming pool.
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“In keeping with our awards-show-as-a-movie approach, we’ve assembled a truly stellar cast of stars,” said Academy Awards producers Jesse Collins, Stacey Sher and Steven Soderbergh. “There’s so much wattage here, sunglasses may be required.” Instead of having a host, the ceremony will have 15 stars presenting, including Joaquin Pheonix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt, Bong Joon-Ho, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Reese Witherspoon and Zendaya. The show airs live Sunday, April 25 on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s been a rocky road for Gawker, but the media news and gossip site could live to snark another day. Bustle Digital Group has confirmed the hire of former Gawker writer Leah Finnegan as editor-in-chief of a new version of the web site, which BDG first attempted to resurrect in 2019 after purchasing it in a 2018 bankruptcy court auction.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Octopus Interactive, a network of interactive screens inside of Uber and Lyft vehicles, struck a deal with Nielsen to incorporate Octopus Interactive’s content into Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings. The move will add Nielsen third-party measurement to Octopus’ first-party data effective in 2Q21. “There’s something special about the rideshare environment that causes passengers to sit up and pay attention to the content playing on Octopus Interactive screens, and now we’ll have additional data to prove that out,” said Cherian Thomas, CEO of Octopus Interactive.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vice Media Group has launched Rec Room, an e-commerce platform that covers “products competitors shy away from” (sample: “How to Buy Art from San Quentin Death Row Inmates”). The vertical offers editorially curated content and shoppable recommendations to readers, as well as “a groovy 70s basement vibe.” Promotion will be across VICE’s home page and other editorial promotion channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Epix greenlit “From,” unraveling the mystery of a town in middle America that traps everyone who enters it. The sci-fi horror series comes from creator John Griffin (“Crater”), who executive produces with Midnight Radio. “From” is a co-production between Epix Studios and MGM International Television Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jupiter Entertainment announced a first-look co-production partnership with newly formed Bronco Productions, created by actor/producer Oliver Hudson (“Scream Queens”and his producing partner Josh Algra. Under the agreement, Jupiter will have exclusive rights to Bronco’s complete slate of content, focusing on premium lifestyle and adventure formats within the documentary and unscripted, limited-series space. The companies already have series in development, including “World’s Best Dad” (wt).
(Source: Cynopsis)

BritBox North America announced its biggest original commission to date: limited series, “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?”, adapted by Hugh Laurie (“House”). The three-part mini-series, an adaptation of the Christie mystery which Laurie will also direct and executive produce, is set to debut on BritBox in 2022. “I loved this book as a nipper and still do,” said Laurie. “The hairs on the back of my neck haven’t properly settled down from the first time I grasped the beauty of the essential mystery.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FilmRise and FirstLookTV are teaming for true-crime series “Meet, Marry, Murder Hosted by Michelle Trachtenberg,” exploring tragic love stories that led to murder. Trachtenberg (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) hosts and serves as an executive producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Sharlto Copley (“District 9”) has boarded the season two cast of Netflix’s “Russian Doll.”…Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”) landed a series regular role opposite Amy Schumer in Amazon comedy “Life & Beth.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Syndication Studios has renewed “Access Hollywood”and brand extension talk show, “Access Daily” through 2025 in national syndication. Picking up the entertainment news shows for three additional seasons are the NBC Owned Television Stations group, along with leading station groups across the country. For the 2020-21 season, “Access Hollywood” is averaging over 1.4 million viewers each day, ranking as a top entertainment news programs among the W 25-54 demographic in three of the top four markets including Los Angeles (KNBC), Chicago (WMAQ), and Philadelphia (WCAU).
(Source: Cynopsis)

WarnerMedia has sold broadcast syndication rights to “Young Sheldon” in over 90% of the US, with the show launching in fall 2021. The “Big Bang Theory” spin-off will air in Nexstar markets as well as stations from Sinclair, CBS, Hearst, Gray, Tegna, Scripps, Cox, Meredith, Graham, Weigel, Allen Media, Sunbeam, News-Press, Londen Media, Griffin, Lockwood, and Morris, among others. Currently in season four on CBS, the series has been picked up for three more seasons.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC summer series “Capital One College Bowl” kicks off Tuesday, June 22 at 10p, hosted by Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning. A reboot of the classic quiz show, “College Bowl” will award $1 million in school tuition.
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Apple TV+ workplace comedy “Mythic Quest” starts its sophomore season on Friday, May 7. New guest stars include musician Snoop Dogg and Derek Waters (“Drunk History”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming back for season two is “War of the Worlds,” launching on Epix Sunday, June 6 at 9p. The modern-day retelling of H.G. Wells’ classic novel stars Gabriel Byrne (“In Treatment”) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (“Normal People”).
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A new season of “Haunted Hospitals” starts streaming Friday, May 7 on discovery+. As if hospital visits weren’s scary enough, the series offers tale of a support worker stalked by an energy-sucking entity, the otherworldy cries of a distressed infant and ghost twins.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “In Treatment” is back for a reimagined season four with Uzo Aduba (“Mrs. America”) playing the lead role of therapist previously held by the aforementioned Gabriel Byrne. The new version is set in present-day LA.
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Blood, sweat and tears: The biology of human bodies is explored in “Human: The World Within,” a six-parter (covering the nervous, circulatory, digestive, immune, sensory and reproductive systems) premiering Wednesday, April 28 (check local listings) on PBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anthology series “Cinema Toast” will premiere all 10 episodes on Showtime streaming and partner platforms on Tuesday, April 20. Created by Jeff Baena and produced by the Duplass Brothers, the series is a “post-modernist reinvention of older movies that turns pre-existing imagery from the public domain on its head to tell brand new unique stories.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” returns for season 11on Wednesday, May 19 at 8p. This go-round brings divorce, empty nests, home-schooling, man-hunting and more.
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HGTV topiary competition “Clipped” premieres with a special 90-minute episode on discovery+ on Wednesday, May 12. Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”) hosts, while judges Martha Stewart, landscape architect Fernando Wong and Chris Lambton (“Going Yard”) decide who makes the cut.
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The fierce rivalry between boxing champions Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, and Sugar Ray Leonard is explored in Showtime’s “The Kings,” a four-part series chronicling the fighters’ divergent ascents to greatness and the legendary matches they produced. The weekly series premieres Sunday, June 6 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spanish-language dating format “La Máscara Del Amor” (“The Mask of Love”) is slated to premiere Thursday, May 27 on Estrella TV. Hosted by Angelica Vale (“Ugly Betty”), the series focuses on a single person who is wooed by five masked suitors; at the end of each episode, the contestant chooses between a suitor or a cash prize.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of “De Viaje Con Los Derbez” (“Derbez Family Vacation”)drops with four episodes on streamer Pantaya on May 27. The Spanish-language docu-series follows the vacation adventures of Mexican star Eugenio Derbez and his family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of Spanish original “Elite” arrives on Netflix Friday, June 18. The YA drama has already been renewed for season five.
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In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, History Channel is paying tribute to the first responders and survivors with four new two-hour documentaries. Co-produced by The 9/11 Memorial & Museum, “Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden,” will premiere on Sunday, May 2 at 8p, on the 10th anniversary of the raid that found Osama bin Laden. Six hours of additional programming will premiere on September 10 and 11 with “9/11: Four Flights,” “Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center” and “9/11: From the Ground Up” (wt).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“OWN Spotlight: Viola Davis” is set to air Friday, April 16 at 10p, continuing OWN’S conversations surrounding issues impacting Black lives. Oprah Winfrey talks to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning actress about her role as blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” and what it taught her about harnessing her own powers as a Black woman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple is in the early stages of developing a smart-home product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV, along with Apple TV box functions like watching video and gaming, according Bloomberg. The company is also exploring the launch of a high-end speaker with a touch screen, reports the news outlet.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s “Farmhouse Fixer” averaged a .57 Live+3 rating among P25-54 during its run on Wednesday nights, up 47% over the previous six weeks. Among W25-54, the renovation series averaged a .75 Live+3 rating, a 50% lift over the prior six weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Joseph Siravo died April 11 following a battle with cancer. He was 66. In addition to numerous stage roles, Siravo was known to TV audiences for his roles on “The Sopranos” and “American Crime Story: The People v OJ Simpson,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Garren Taylor, star of BET reality series “Baldwin Hills,” died April 11. She was 30. While no cause of death was given, Taylor suffered from lupus and was on dialysis at the time of her death.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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