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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 4/27/21)
NETFLIX: Fatima (Premiere)
NBC: Kenan (Finale) at 8:30pm

With the contract between Roku and Google’s YouTube TV set to expire, Roku warned customers in an email that the service could soon go dark. Roku is accusing Google of “attempting to use its YouTube monopoly position to force Roku into accepting predatory, anti-competitive and discriminatory terms that will directly harm” Roku and its users. The issue isn’t money, according to Roku, but centers on Google trying to keep Roku from displaying search results from third-party services when users have the YouTube app open, and making Roku agree to future hardware specs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Responding to Roku, YouTube TV said, “We’re disappointed that they chose to make baseless claims while we continue our ongoing negotiations. All of our work with them has been focused on ensuring a high quality and consistent experience for our viewers. We have made no requests to access user data or interfere with search results. We hope we can resolve this for the sake of our mutual users.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gen X marks the spot: Nextstar Media is launching diginet Rewind TV, which will feature sitcoms from the 1980s and 1990s, on September 1. Series include the likes of “Murphy Brown,” “Growing Pains,” “Family Ties” and “Who’s the Boss?”, among others. At launch, Rewind TV will reach 40% of US homes, and serve as a companion to Nexstar’s Antenna TV, which airs shows from the 1960s and 1970s. “This year marks Antenna TV’s 10-year anniversary, and it continues growing and finding new audiences,” said Sean Compton, President of Nexstar Media’s Networks Division. “To complement Antenna TV’s strong following with baby boomers, we created Rewind TV to give Gen X viewers a network dedicated to their own nostalgic comedy classics.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC News named Tom Llamas as Senior National Correspondent. “Tom brings with him more than two decades of experience tenaciously covering the news across multiple platforms and for many different audiences,” said NBC News president Noah Oppenheim. “Our viewers expect us to bring them smart and trustworthy journalism, wherever they are, and we’re thrilled that Tom will be bringing his expertise and passion to NBC News, NBC News Now and beyond.” Llamas left his position as ABC News Chief National Affairs Correspondent in January.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A “New Start for the Arts” PSA campaign will premiere through 2021 on Ovation TV’s cable channel and digital properties. The PSAs were offered to arts groups struggling to keep their doors open and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, with an emphasis on programs serving underrepresented groups and communities of color.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a leave of absence from “The Talk,” to “focus on my health and well being,” she wrote on Twitter. The absence of Inaba, who has shared her struggles with a variety of chronic health conditions over the years, leaves the CBS daytimer two hosts short, since Sharon Osbourne, who left a month ago amid a swirl of controversy, has not yet been replaced.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” is in production and slated to launch in 2022, shared HBO. The series, from George R.R. Martin, Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik, is set 300 years before GoT.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Derek Webster (“In the Dark”) and Taylor Handley (“APB”) have joined the cast of Paramount+ drama “Mayor of Kingstown,” from Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”), Antoine Fuqua, 101 Studios and MTV Entertainment Studios…Amer Chadha-Patel (“Doom: Annihilation”) will play the male lead in Disney+ fantasy series “Willow,” reports Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Reality TV star Evelyn Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”) is developing a cooking show with Lauren Grace Media. “Cooking With Mrs. E” will have Braxton joined in her kitchen by guests as she whips up recipes like buffins (biscuit/muffins).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Domina,” following the rise of Emperor Augustus Ceasar’s third wife, Livia Drusilla, debuts on Epix Sunday, June 6 at 10p. The eight-part drama was filmed in Rome.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Africa Channel’s popular daytime drama “The Wild,” revolving around three families – two with ties to indigenous Africa, and one whose connection dates back several generations – returns Monday, May 3, at 12p and 5p. The families struggle to negotiate a cohesive future, but are bound by their relationship to a special piece of land important to the local tribes, that houses a luxury lodge.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Master of None is back for season three on Sunday, May 23. It’s been a long time coming – the series launched in 2015, and season two premiered in 2017. This time around, the focus is on the character played by Lena Waithe.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Live performance series “Country Outdoors Live” returns to Outdoor Channel for season three on Monday, May 3 at 8p, with intimate performances from rising country music talent. The series started as a way for upcoming stars to connect with audiences during the pandemic, and turned into a popular platform for Outdoor Channel. Country rock singer/songwriter Tim Montana kicks things off this go-round.
(Source: Cynopsis)

History Channel doc “Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre”premieres Sunday, May 30 at 8p, the 100th anniversary of one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history. The film was executive produced by NBA star Russell Westbrook.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Oslo,” starring Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) and Andrew Scott (“Fleabag”), debuts on HBO Saturday, May 29 at 8p. The film follows the unlikely friendships and heroics of a group of Israelis, Palestinians and one Norwegian couple that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple announced it expects to add 20,000 new domestic jobs over the next five years and bankroll Apple TV+ productions across 20 states, as part of a $430 billion investment in America. “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to US innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” said CEO Tim Cook. “We’re creating jobs in cutting-edge fields — from 5G to silicon engineering to artificial intelligence — investing in the next generation of innovative new businesses, and in all our work, building toward a greener and more equitable future.” Expansions include work on Apple campuses in San Diego and Culver City, and a new engineering hub in North Carolina.
(Source: Cynopsis)

On the heels of last week’s announcement that Apple is letting podcasters sell subscriptions, Spotify is planning to follow suit – with one big difference, reports The Wall Street Journal. While Apple, like Facebook and YouTube, will take a cut of revenue for creators, Spotify will not.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starting this week, Spotify subscribers are also now able to stream podcasts and full music tracks within the Facebook apps for mobile devices – but they’ll also start paying more for the US family plan. Spotify is hiking the monthly price by a dollar, to $15.99, starting April 30, versus $14.99 for Apple Music’s family plan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google and Univision struck a new, multi-year, strategic partnership. Google will help Univision consolidate its multiple digital distribution platforms, modernize its production systems, create a new customer data warehouse, and migrate key enterprise applications to Google Cloud. The move allows Univision to apply artificial intelligence and machine learning across content libraries for personalized recommendations, and forge stronger advertising relationships with its audiences via insights derived from data.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dating app S’More has launched S’More TV, a feature aimed at engaging users with dating advice, tips, and dating stories from celebrities. Daters can comment on videos and reply to comments from other users. Celebrity videos from S’More Live on IGTV have been integrated in-app. “Daters want more than a superficial headshot out of their dating apps, especially post COVID,” said Adam Cohen Aslatei, CEO of S’More. “The majority of singles we talk to want new ways to connect on-app that go beyond awkward icebreakers and surface-level niceties. That’s why we launched S’More TV, our first community feature that drives more organic and substantive conversations.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

As expected, given tanking ratings for awards shows in recent years, and especially this season, Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony on ABC hit an all-time low in Nielsen fast nationals. The show drew an audience of 9.85 million viewers, down 58% versus last year, along with a 1.9 rating among A18-49, down 64.2%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The April 23 premiere of “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten” on Kartoon Channel! delivered over 2 million viewers last weekend. “This breaks every record for us on the channel and goes beyond our wildest expectation for the series weekend debut,” said Andy Heyward, Chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, of the animated series, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday night’s episode of the BBC’s police drama “Line of Duty” drew an audience of 10.9 million, according to overnight ratings, making it the most-watched TV drama episode in the UK since “Doctor Who’s Christmas Day Special” in 2008.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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