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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/14/21)
AXS TV: Live @ Home (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Expedition X (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY: Josh Gates Tonight (Premiere) at 10pm
FOX SOUL: Worth a Conversation with Jay ‘Jeezy’ Jenkins (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Bargain Block (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Circle (Premiere)
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PEACOCK: Michael Phelps: Medals, Memories & More (Premiere)
CBS: Tough as Nails (Finale) at 8pm

CBS News President Susan Zirinsky plans to step down and sign a wide-ranging production partnership with parent company ViacomCBS, according to the Wall Street Journal, which reports a search for Zirinsky’s successor has been “ongoing.” While Zirinsky started at CBS News as a production clerk in 1972, she’s been in her current job for only two years, and reportedly wants to return to producing. Also expected to make a move is CBS’ EVP of News Kim Godwin, who has reportedly been offered the top job at ABC News following the exit of James Goldston.
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The lawyer for election technology company Smartmatic filed a brief in New York Supreme Court, responding to motions filed by Fox Corporation and Fox News and hosts Maria Bartifomo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs to dismiss a Smartmatic lawsuit accusing them of defamation. While Fox News argued that mentions of Smartmatic in election conspiracy theories pushed by guests like lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell were part of its reporting on a newsworthy event, “The First Amendment does not provide the Fox defendants a get-out-of-jail-free card,” wrote J. Erik Connolly. Responded Fox News, “The filing only confirms our view that the suit is meritless and Fox News covered the election in the highest tradition of the First Amendment.”
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Fox News Media has signed former Tennessee Democratic Congressman Harold Ford Jr. as a contributor. The five-term representative will offer commentary across all Fox News Media platforms. “I am excited to join the Fox News Media family and am grateful for the network’s commitment to showcasing a diversity of voices and viewpoints,” said Ford. “I look forward to sharing my unique perspective directly with the viewers.”
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NBC is taking to the great outdoors to anchor its primetime Summer Olympics show. Mike Tirico will set up at a fifth-floor studio deck overlooking the Tokyo skyline, which will be shared for “Today” broadcasts. “We’re thrilled to be able to incorporate the live Tokyo cityscape into our most technologically advanced Olympics studio setup,” said NBC Olympics Coordinating Director Michael Sheehan.
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Jenna Dewan has been tapped to serve as a judge on CBS’ forthcoming competition format “Come Dance With Me.” The former backup dancer, who founded her own production company, Everheart Productions, hosted the first two seasons of “World of Dance,” as well as Fox’s “Flirty Dancing.”
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Netflix hit “Bridgerton,” currently in production for season two, has been renewed for third and fourth seasons. “We think audiences will continue to swoon for this show,” said Bela Bajaria, Netflix VP of Global TV. “We’re planning to be in the Bridgerton business for a long time to come.” Noted the show’s narrator, Lady Whistledown, “This author shall have to purchase more ink.”
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A+E Studios has entered into a multi-year first look television development and production deal with Silver Lining Entertainment Productions. “The team at Silver Lining Entertainment Productions has an amazing track record of success, and their commitment to putting the artist first and nurturing talent perfectly coalesces with our mission at A+E Studios to develop and produce diverse, audacious content with a unique point of view,” said Tana Jamieson, EVP of Creative Affairs at A+E Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC ordered a comedy pilot starring and executive produced by Demo Lovato (“Dancing with the Devil”). “Hungry” follows a group of friends who belong to a food issue group. The net also gave a pilot order to “Someone Out There,” based on the Spanish format “Pequenos Coincidencias,” from Matt Hubbard (“Forever”) and Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan (“The Good Place”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Director Alma Har’el (“Honey Boy”) and her production company, Zusa, inked a first-look TV deal with Amazon Studios. Har’el will work with Amazon Studios to develop and create new shows for Amazon Prime Video.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lauren Ash has inked a cross-platform deal with NBCUniversalTelevision and Streaming that calls for the “Superstore” actress to develop projects for NBCU networks and streamer Peacock, and includes a pilot commitment from Universal Television. “Lauren was the first actor we cast in Superstore and she impressed us with her considerable talent during the show’s six season run. With the show ending, we want to help Lauren find her next starring vehicle and we are absolutely thrilled that NBCU will continue to be her home,” said Grace Wu, EVP, Entertainment Content Casting, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Classic Movies and filmmaker Joshua Grossberg are teaming up to search for the original version of Orsen Welles’ 1942 film “The Magnificent Ambersons,” recut after Welles was fired from the project. TCM will sponsor Grossberg’s research trip to Brazil to follow up on leads that he’s developed over his 25-year search. At the same time, the writer-director is chronicling his quest in a feature-length documentary, “The Search for the Lost Print: The Making of Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons,” produced by Joseph Schroeder and Gary Greenblatt under Grossberg’s production banner Under the Dome Ltd.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV has renewed dating competition “Double Shot at Love” for a third season. The “Tila Tequila’s Shot at Love” spin-off, starring “Jersey Shore” stars DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino, comes from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) will star in and executive produce “The Days of Abandonment,” based on the Elena Ferrante bestseller, for HBO Films…Josh McKenzie (“Filthy Rich”) and Chloe De Los Santos (“Fam Time”) landed series regular roles in upcoming NBC drama series “La Brea.”…Brandi Denise (“Power”) has joined the season two cast of BET drama “Games People Play.”…Katie Lowes (“Scandal”) has been added to the cast of CBS’ untitled Tom Smallwood comedy pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Regina Taylor (“I’ll Fly Away”) will play Michelle Obama’s mother in Showtime anthology series “First Lady.”…Added to the cast of Apple TV+ bilingual comedy series “Acapulco” are Jessica Collins (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Chord Overstreet (“Glee”), Vanessa Bauche (“Vecinos”), Rafael Cebrian (“Animal Kingdom”), and Regina Reynoso (“You’ve Got This”)…Jason Canela (“The Glades”) will recur on season three of ABC’s “The Rookie.”

House-hunting series “Happily Wherever” premieres on HGTV Friday, May 7 at 8:30p, telling stories of couples whose ability to work remotely has opened up the possibility of new living locations. The newcomer follows the first of 14 fresh episodes of “My Lottery Dream Home” at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo’s “Café con Aroma de Mujer” (“The Scent of Passion”)debuts Tuesday, May 25 at 10p. The series is a new version of a classic Spanish-langauge TV love story.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s “Family Karma” is back for season two on Wednesday, June 2 at 9p. The docu-series explores the journeys of nine young Indian American frields.
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When reality shows and Pepsi collide: “Match Me If You Can,” a digital series produced by ViacomCBS’ in-house branded content studio, Velocity, gives reality stars another swipe at love. The content concept from Pepsi promotes the nationwide launch of Pepsi Mango as the brand’s first permanent flavor introduction in five years. The stunt debuts during the season 36 finale of MTV’s “The Challenge,” on Wednesday, April 21 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ docu-series “Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson” will examine sound creation and technology that has shaped music as we know it. Hosted by DJ Ronson, the show will make its debut Friday, July 30 on Apple TV+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MTV “The Hills: New Beginnings,” based on the original docu-series, premieres Wednesday, May 12 at 9p. Audrina Patridge, Ashley Wahler, Brandon Thomas Lee, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Jennifer Delgado, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Kaitlynn Carter, Spencer Pratt and Whitney Port return alongside newcomer Caroline D’Amore. Kristin Cavallari will also appear.
(Source: Cynopsis)

All-star survivalists compete in a 60-day challenge in a new season of Discovery’s “Naked and Afraid XL,” launching Sunday, April 25 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Brands onboard for the sixth annual Latin American Music Awards include Ford, Garnier Fructis, first-time brand partner Pepsi, Toyota, Universal Pictures, Verizon 5G and Xfinity. The show will broadcast live on Thursday, April 15 starting at 7p with a red carpet pre-show followed by the ceremony at 8p, on Telemundo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E and WWE’s 10-week programming partnership kicks off Sunday, April 18 at 8p, with “Biography: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin,” followed at 10p by new series “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,” focused on a hunt for iconic missing memorabilia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC will televise vaccine special “Roll Up Your Sleeves” on Sunday, April 18 at 7p. Presented by Walgreens and created by ATTN: in partnership with Civic Nation’s Made to Save initiative, the show aims to educate viewers, raise awareness and dispel concerns surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines. President Biden will appear during the hour, along with a lineup including Michelle Obama, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sterling K. Brown, Lana Condor, Billy Crystal, Eric Dane, Ryan Eggold, Dr. Vin Gupta, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Dale Jarrett, Ken Jeong, Joe Jonas, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Matthew McConaughey, Joel McHale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kumail Nanjiani, Ellen Pompeo, Amanda Seyfried, Jane Seymour and Wanda Sykes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World,” will air and live stream on Saturday, May 8 across ABC, ABC News Live, CBS and YouTube, starting at 8p. Fox will also broadcast the event, hosted by Selena Gomez, and featuring performances from Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R., at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AccuWeather TV Network and accuweather.com will mark Earth Dayand National Parks Week, April 19-25, by highlighting US National Parks, including locations with unique weather characteristics. The stories, told as part of the “AccuWeather Explores” series, will be featured daily throughout the week at 7:40a and 6:40p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country lifestyle network Circle will count down to the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards with “ACM Awards® Circle,” kicking off at 11a on Saturday, April 17, highlighting past and present ACM Award winners and nominees. The ACM Awards air Sunday, April 18 on CBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New ABC comedy “Home Economics” jumped to an 0.8 rating among A18-49 and 4.1 million total viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, from 0.5 and 3 million Live+SD. That’s the best lead-in retention in the demo for any comedy premiere this season, and the only new comedy to build over its lead-in (“The Goldbergs”) in total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The series finale of Showtime’s “Shameless” averaged a cross-platform, season-high 1.5 million viewers, up 41% versus the week prior. For its linear telecast at 9p, the episode delivered 695,000 Live+SD viewers, up 33%.
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The premiere of Hallmark Channel original movie “As Luck Would Have It” ranked as the most watched entertainment program of the day among HHs, W18+, and total viewers, according to Nielsen Live+SD data, boosting Hallmark Channel to rank as the most watched entertainment network in weekend primetime in those measureand the #2 most watched entertainment network in Total Day for the week among W18+ and total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UPtv’s Easter Programming reached 6.9 million viewers this year in Live+7 Nielsens, wrapping with the world broadcast premiere of “When We Last Spoke,” which ranks as UPtv’s strongest movie premiere year-to-date in HH and W25-54 delivery.
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In syndication the week ending April 4, “Dr. Phil” (1.6 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 7% from the week before) jumped into a first place tie with recent talk leader “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.6, down 11%). “Live,” which was on hiatus, featured repackaged episodes all week. Amid March Madness and a NASCAR Cup race, as well as coverage of the US Capitol lockdown and the Derek Chauvin trial, “Wendy Williams” (0.9, down 10%) was next in line, tied with “Maury” (0.9, down 10%), which equaled his lowest rating to date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In its debut week. Fox News late-night show “Gutfeld!” averaged 1.57 million viewers and 307,000 among A25-54. The show has posted double-digit gains in FNC’s 11p hour over the months of February and March in total viewers, A25-54 and A18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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