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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/13/21)
DISCOVERY+: Homemade Astronauts (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Hacks (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Intergalactic (Premiere)
TV ONE: Sins of the City (Premiere) at 9pm
VICE: Dark Side of Football (Premiere) at 10pm
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Young Sheldon (Finale) at 8pm
CBS: Mom (Finale) at 9pm
CBS: B Positive (Finale) at 9:30pm
FOOD NETWORK: Chef Boot Camp (Finale) at 10pm

Daytime talker “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will come to an end after the production’s upcoming 19th season. Though the Emmy-winning host has had a rocky season, with controversy over the series’ workplace culture and a decline in ratings, DeGeneres has said before that her current talk show contract would be her last. She’s expected to discuss her decision with pal Oprah Winfrey on today’s show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also coming to a close at the end of its next season – which will be its sixth – is NBC’s “This Is Us,” according to reports. Creator Dan Fogelman has often said the family drama was conceived as a six-season show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

SeriesFest has renewed its partnership with Shondaland to launch the third cycle of the “Women Directing Mentorship,” a competition designed to launch the careers of aspiring female directors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Lippin Group has launched a new agency service, TLG connect, offering consulting including networking, business development, event curation and content strategic counsel. “This new service will be devoted exclusively to providing meaningful connections, strategic guidance and analysis for companies looking to make their mark in the entertainment and media sectors, as well as for established companies in segments of the industry hit hard by the pandemic and seeking to either revive or evolve their brands,” said TLG Chairman & Founder Dick Lippin. “Once a value-add, this type of service is now an absolute necessity in our industry today.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedy brand Funny or Die, founded in 2007 by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Judd Apatow and Chris Henchy, has been acquired by designer/activist Henry R. Muñoz III. “The future of comedy and entertainment is in companies that empower talent and creative forces to make content that reflects the cultural identity of our country at this moment in our history,” Muñoz said in the deal announcement. “Funny Or Die’s own rich history as a place of innovation and as a voice of new generations speaks for itself…. I understand the responsibilities of owning a brand like Funny Or Die and I am excited to work with our team to make sure we have the resources we need to develop funny, original and diverse new content.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is reviving live with musical “Annie Live!”, set to air on the network during the holiday season. Former NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt and Neil Meron (“The Sound of Music Live!”) are producing, with Alex Rudzinski (“Hairspray Live!”) as live TV director and EP. “As we look to drive big live audiences for NBC, we could think of no better way than to bring back the network’s holiday musical tradition,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “And there are no better partners to do this with than the incredible Neil Meron and Bob Greenblatt, who oversaw every live musical during the years he ran NBC.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock is diving into programming, with orders for 13-part docu-series “Paris in Love” (wt), following heiress Paris Hilton as she prepares for her wedding; “The Siwa Dance Pop Revolution” (wt), a pop star competition hosted by momager Jessalynn Siwa and her daughter JoJo; and hybrid alternative-scripted series “True Story” (wt) co-hosted by Ed Helms (“The Office”) and Randall Park (“Fresh Off the Boat”), in which the extraordinary stories of ordinary people are brought to life by comedians and actors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max ordered family comedy “Gordita Chronicles,” from Claudia Forestieri (“Good Trouble”), Osprey Productions, Cinestar Pictures and Sony Pictures Television. The series, following the story of a willful 12-year-old Dominican immigrant, was inspired by Forestieri’s life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Billy Porter (“Pose”), Zachary Quinto (“Star Trek”) and EJ Johnson (“Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”) have joined the voice cast of the upcoming Disney+ animated series “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” currently in production for a 2022 launch on Disney+…Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) and Wood Harris (“The Wire”) are onboard HBO’s LA Lakers drama series, “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynsty of the 1980s.”…Eison Bailey (“Band of Brothers”) landed a lead in Epix horror series “From.”…Devon Chandler Long (“Doom Patrol”), who guest starred on the pilot for CBS comedy “Ghosts,” was handed a series regular role.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Original cast members Yaya DaCosta and Torrey DeVitto are exiting NBC’s “Chicago Med” after its current sixth season. DaCosta is jumping to Fox, where she’ll play the lead in new drama series, “Our Kind of People.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC+ revenge thriller “The Beast Must Die” premieres Monday, July 5 on the streamer, and Monday, July 12 at 10p on AMC. The remaining episodes will continue to debut on linear after their AMC+ airings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel is launching a new weekend slate beginning June 5-6. Former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy will host a Sunday program at 7p, former US Secret Service agent Dan Bongino is set to host a Saturday show at 10p, and panel programs “The Big Saturday Show” and “The Big Sunday Show” have been added to the schedule permanently.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new trail of evidence has experts looking for a legendary lost city in “Hunting Altantis,” premiering Wednesday, June 2 at 9p on Discovery.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Muhammad Ali,” a four-part documentary focused on the heavyweight boxing champ directed by Ken Burns, airs on PBS September 19-22 from 8p-10p. Leading up to the broadcast, Burns will join PBS and The Undefeated, ESPN’s multimedia platform exploring the intersection of sports, race and culture, to hold a series of virtual conversations about sports and race in America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As Memorial Day Weekend ends on Monday, May 31, Nat Geo offers new beginnings with the season premiere of Nat Geo’s “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” at 9p, followed by the series premiere of “Breaking Bobby Jones” at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Home BBQ cooks are pitted against each other in the battle to win a custom outdoor kitchen in Food Network’s “Grill of Victory,” debuting Monday, June 21 at 10p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Another cooking competition, Discovery+ series “Battle of the Brothers,” features restaurateur sibs testing the talents of promising chefs, starting Thursday, June 17.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Limited series “Million Dollar Listing: Ryan’s Renovation” premieres Thursday, June 3 at 10:15p. The Bravo four-parter will document the overhaul of a multi-million dollar townhouse – hiccups and all.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Are you sitting down? Sandra Oh’s college-set comedy “The Chair,” from David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (“Game of Thrones”), has a premiere date: Friday, August 27 on Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ATTN: and Hulu are partnering for three-part social series “Mom and Pop,” celebrating API Heritage Month. Immigrant stories are told through the lens of three actors: Ravi Patel, Atsuko Okatsuka and Jenny Yang. Full episodes will be available on Hulu’s YouTube and Facebook channels, along with episode teasers on ATTN:’s social channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The First Twenty, a new initiative from ALL ARTS exploring how 2000-2020 changed American art, culture and consciousness, launches May 25 at 8:30p with “Michael Mwenso Honors George Floyd,” a concert homage featuring Black artists on the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s killing. The special will stream nationwide on the ALL ARTS app and allarts.org.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN two-part special, “The Legacy of Black Wall Street,” premieres Tuesday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 8 on discovery+, and will broadcast in primetime the same evenings on OWN 9p. The documentary from Trailblazer tracks the rise of Black Wall Street in Oklahoma’s Greenwood District up until the 1921 Tulsa race massacre that destroyed the 36-block booming business epicenter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown will host the “2021 CMT Music Awards,” airing Wednesday, June 9 at 8p on CMT. The show will also air as a five network simulcast across the MTV Entertainment Group brands MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cast members from season 11 of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunite for a two-part gathering with Andy Cohen on Wednesday, May 19 at 9p and Wednesday, May 26 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Norman Lloyd died Tuesday. He was 106. In addition to film and stage work, Lloyd had numerous television credits, including “St. Elsewhere,” “The Practice,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Kojak,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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