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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/28/21)
ANIMAL PLANET: Yellowstone Journal (Premiere) at 10pm
BYU TV: Wizard of Paws (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY+: Life Under Renovation (Premiere)
DIY: Holmes Makes it Right: Retooled (Premiere) at 9pm
HULU: The Handmaid’s Tale (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Headspace Guide to Sleep (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Sexify (Premiere)
INSP: Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (Finale) at 9pm

Fox News Media filed a reply in support of its motion to dismiss the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit by electronic voting company Smartmatic. “Seeking to impose billions of dollars in liability for [Fox’s] coverage goes beyond a chilling effect: It poses a direct threat to the reporting of newsworthy allegations on which our democracy depends,” argued Kirkland & Ellis’ Paul Clement. “Reporting both the allegations and the denials is critical to the truth-seeking function, not an invitation for groundless lawsuits.” Fox News lawyers also filed briefs on behalf of defendants Maria Bartiramo, Jeanine Pirro and Lou Dobbs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports struck a seven-year deal with the NHL, sharing rights with ESPN beginning with the 2021-22 season. “This agreement with the National Hockey League brings one of the most prestigious championships in sports to TNT and fuels our entire Turner Sports and Bleacher Report portfolio with even more premium content,” said Jeff Zucker, Chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports. NBC Sports had pulled out of negotiations for the package, leaving it without an NHL deal for the first time in 16 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comscore renewed and expanded its deal to provide ViacomCBS with national TV measurement, an agreement that enables the media company to guarantee its traditional linear advertising campaigns on Comscore’s national TV currency. “Under its new ownership structure, Comscore is making meaningful strides in investment, engineering, and product innovation to support the industry’s evolving needs as a cornerstone measurement provider,” said John Halley, ViacomCBS COO of Advertising Revenue. “We believe Comscore can drive significant value for ViacomCBS, helping us achieve our goals around cross-screen measurement, while supporting our efforts toward a diversified currency strategy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix released a preview of its summer slate, with new films dropping every week between April and August. First up: horror movie “Things Heard and Seen,” starring Amanda Seyfried, on April 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock ordered “The Undeclared War,” a six-part cyber thriller directed and co-written by Peter Kosminsky (“Wolf Hall”, “The Government Inspector”). The series will also air on Channel 4 in the UK. The cast includes Mark Rylance (“Wolf Hall,” “Bridge of Spies”), Simon Pegg (“Star Trek,” “Mission Impossible”), Adrian Lester (“Riviera,” “Mary Queen of Scots”), Alex Jennings (“A Very English Scandal,” “The Crown”), Maisie Richardson-Sellers (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and newcomer Hannah Khalique-Brown. Kosminsky will direct all six episodes and has written four.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Yabba dabba doo! A sequel to “The Flintstones” (1960-66), from Warner Bros. Animation, is in development at Fox. Set 20 years after the original, “Bedrock” will be executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, who will also voice an adult Pebbles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Acorn TV has commissioned detective drama “Signora Volpe” with Acorn Media Enterprises from ITV Studios-backed production company Route 24. Created and written by Rachel Cuperman and Sally Griffiths (“Midsomer Murders”), who serve as EPs, the three feature-length mysteries will star Emilia Fox (“Silent Witness”) as a disillusioned British spy turned detective in Italy. Tara Fitzgerald (“Game of Thrones”) will play Sylvia’s sister, Isabel. Production begins in Italy next month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Urban Movie Channel web series “The Rich and the Ruthless,” a behind-the-scenes dramedy about the first Black-owned soap on broadcast television, is jumping to BET+. The upcoming fourth season premieres Thursday, May 13. The series was created by, stars and is directed by Victoria Rowell (“The Young and the Restless”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writer/producer/director Eric Heisserer, writer and producer Christine Boylan, and production company Hivemind (“The Witcher”) have partnered with Paradox Interactive to develop the World of Darkness story universe for film and television. World of Darkness launched in 1991 with a tabletop roleplaying game, “Vampire: The Masquerade,” and the universe now includes video games, virtual reality, card and board games, comic books, novels, and original tabletop roleplaying games. “The World of Darkness story universe is deliberately and unapologetically inclusive and diverse,” said Boylan. “It has always made a point of including equal gendered characters, protagonists and antagonists of every race, and representation of all creeds – bringing a female and diverse audience to gaming like nothing prior.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ drama “Physical,” starring Rose Byrne as a seemingly dutiful housewife who finds relief from her personal demons through aerobics, debuts Friday, June 18.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Court Cam Presents Under Oath” nabbed a series order from A&E. The legal series produced by Law&Crime Productions and hosted and executive produced by Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News, premieres Wednesday, June 2 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Paramount+ anthology series “Why Women Kill” launches Thursday, June 3. The dark comedy from Marc Cherry (“Desperate Housewives”) will feature a new ensemble cast for its sophomore run, with storylines set in 1949.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New unscripted series “From Cradle to Stage,” directed by musician David Grohl and inspired by his mother, Virginia Hanion Grohl and her book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars, premieres on Paramount+ Thursday, May 6. Each of six episodes features and artist and their mother.
(Source: Cynopsis)

You didn’t think FX would launch the third and final season of “Pose” without a splash, did you? Virtual event “The Final Pose – An Exhibition Ball” – will precede the show’s premiere on Sunday, May 2 at 8p. The online event will run for 90 minutes and feature messages from show talent, guest judges, ball performances, and more during a celebration honoring ball culture. Open to all to attend, fans can view the virtual ball live on “Pose” social platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

KISS and tell: A&E two-night event “Biography: KISStory,” chronicling the band’s five decades in the business, airs Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 from 9-11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Crime series “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries” returns to Acorn TV for season two on Monday, June 7, with premieres every Monday through July 19. The 1960’s-set show is a spinoff of Australia’s “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Outdoor Sportsman Group’s “Backyard Ready” event will be back, with Troy-Bilt, a brand of PMI, and B&W Trailer Hitches, onboard as sponsors. “From #DeerWeek in the fall to #BackyardReady now in the spring, we continue to look for ways to engage with our outdoor consumers and partners,” said Outdoor Sportsman Group EVP, Ad Sales Jason Brist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon preschool series “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate” is going virtual for its fourth season. Premiering Monday, May 3, at 10a, “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate: Command Center” will follow Ryan and his parents as they play games and activities with their guests remotely.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mongoose alert: “Meet the Meerkats” premieres on discovery+ on Saturday, May 8. The series, narrated by Rob Delaney (“Catastrophe”), follows three rescued meerkat families who are are learning how to live in the wild.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Dallas” convene for a two-part reunion that starts Tuesday, May 4 at 10:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Redman and Method Man, part of a ‘90s hip-hop group, will reunite on Starz drama “Power Book II: Ghost,” where Method Man is a series regular. Redman will guest as the older brother to Method Man’s character, David Maclean.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roselyn Sanchez (“Devious Maids”) will star as Elena Roarke in Fox’s “Fantasy Island” reboot. Series debuts August 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Joining the voice cast of TBS scripted comedy pilot “Kill the Orange-Faced Bear” are Sarah Silverman (“I Love You America”), Nicole Byer (“Wipeout”) and Sam Richardson (“VEEP”). They join the previously announced live action cast Damon Wayans Jr. (“Happy Endings,” “Let’s Be Cops”), Jessy Hodges (“Barry”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), and Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”). The pilot is scheduled to begin shooting in Portland in May.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Domhnall Gleeson (“Harry Potter”) will play White House Counsel John Dean in HBO limited series “The White House Plumbers,” about the Watergate scandal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Walton Goggins (“The Unicorn”), Marsha Stephanie Blake (“When They See Us”),Damon Gupton (“Black Lightning”), Cynthia Kaye McWilliams (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and Omar Miller (“The Unicorn”) have been added to the cast of Apple TV+ limited series “The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 13 finale of VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” drew 772,000 total viewers in Live+SD, the most since 2018, and a 0.61 rating among A18-49, up 39% versus season-to-date.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication the week of April 12, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scored a 5.5 Live+SD national Nielsen rating his second week guest-hosting “Jeopardy!”, down 2% from the week before. Gaining ground were “Family Feud” (5.3, up 2%) and “Wheel of Fortune” (5.3, up 4%). The only talk show in the top five that rose week-to-week was “Tamron Hall” (0.8, up 14%), rising 33% (to 0.4) in the W25-54 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Final numbers for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony on ABC were still the lowest ever, but ticked up, rising to 10.4 million total viewers, versus 9.85 million in fast national numbers, and a 2.1 rating among A18-49, up from 1.9.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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