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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/20/21)
AMC+: Too Close (Premiere)
CHEDDAR: Cheddar Wellness (Premiere) at 1:30p
CRACKLE: Going From Broke (Premiere)
SCIENCE: Mysteries of the Abandoned (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Let’s Be Real (Finale) at 8:30pm
FOX: Last Man Standing (Finale) at 9pm

HBO Max will debut its long-touted ad-supported tier the first week of June, offering the service at $9.99 per month, $5 less than the ad-free version it debuted a year ago. During the WarnerMedia upfront, ad sales chief JP Colaco told advertisers the AVOD service would have “the lightest ad load in the streaming industry, coupled with the most premium content.” He said the company has sealed commitments from “most major agencies and brands, across a diverse array of categories.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime announced Hip Hop 50, a multiyear, cross-platform programming initiative celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop. In collaboration with entertainment company Mass Appeal, Hip Hop 50 comprises unscripted series and features, podcasts and digital shorts by and about some of the foremost names in the genre. Mass Appeal partner Nasir “Nas” Jones and chief creative officer Sacha Jenkins, writer, director and producer of Showtime series “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” are leading the initiative.
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Talent from HBO Max’s “It’s a Sin,” VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and OWN’s “David Makes Man” will take the stage at the inaugural OutFronts, a new five-day virtual fest that seeks to connect fans with their favorite queer TV content and stars. The event runs June 4-8 on the OutFest Now streaming app and will provide free panels as well as members-only premieres and episode previews. Also on the lineup is The CW’s LGBTQ Superhero Panel, featuring “Batwoman‘s” Javicia Leslie and “Supergirl’s” Chyler Leigh and Nicole Maines.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In a sign of the times, the iconic Hollywood Sign is the inspiration for an NFT that Sugar23 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce are partnering to auction, with proceeds to benefit the charitable initiatives undertaken by the Chamber. Sugar23 is in exploratory discussions with various creatives and distribution partners to create the digital art.
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WarnerMedia announced TBS and TNT this summer will launch Front Row, a limited-commercial viewing destination where original programming and shows originally made for sister HBO Max will air. Max Originals “Love Life,” “Close Enough,” “12 Dates of Christmas,” “Titans” and “Class Action Park” will be among first films out of the gate, as will season 1 of “The Flight Attendant.” The Kaley Cuoco starrer will return to TBS in 2022 ahead of its second season premiere on HBO Max. TBS also is debuting Friday Night Vibes, a movie showcase hosted by comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also launching on Front Row on TNT will be “Rich People Problems” (wt), which reveals the untold true stories of greed, power and betrayal that lie beneath the facade of the wealthy and famous. The series hails from Raw TV, the production company behind “Three Identical Strangers” and Netflix’s “Don’t F*** With Cats.”
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The “TNets” (TBS, TNT and truTV) announced summer premieres of “Impractical Jokers: The Movie” and season 9 (truTV), “Animal Kingdom” season 5 (TNT), and “Miracle Workers” season 3 (TBS), as well as second season renewals for freshman series “Wipeout,” “Fast Foodies” and “Chad.” TNT’s Niecy Nash-starring “Claws” is headed into its final chapter, but TBS/TNT/truTV chief Brett Weitz promised a “fulfilling” ending. “It’s exactly what Desna and her band would want you to see,” he said. TNT also will debut four new pro wrestling specials annually as part of a deal with All Elite Wrestling. Last year AEW extended its relationship with WarnerMedia through 2023.
(Source: Cynopsis)

At CNN, a swath of series are in the works including “Patagonia,” “Nomad with Carlton McCoy,” Dark Was the Night: The Life of Hitler,” “LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy” and “Reframed: Marilyn Monroe.” The network is renewing “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling” and “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.” “Dreamland: The Burning of Black Wall Street,” “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain,” “LFG” and “Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story,” are on the CNN Films slate.
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ViacomCBS ended the Upfront day touting its gamut of brand touch points and simplified, unified advertising solutions including premium ad platform ViacomCBS EyeQ Video, multicultural marketing solutions to help advertisers achieve DE&I goals, custom branded programming, live events, influencer and shopper marketing solutions, and its “InView” reporting platform, which provides a holistic overview of campaign performance. “We’re giving marketers the ability to leverage the full scale and power of our brands and businesses with the broadest set of leading data-driven advertising capabilities and creative marketing solutions across every platform,” said Jo Ann Ross, president and chief advertising revenue office, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales. “We have exceptional content for everyone, everywhere across our expansive ecosystem.”
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On the content front, the company debuted its fall primetime schedule. At CBS that includes extensions of network hits franchises, and a new comedy, “Ghosts,” based on a BBC series about the new inhabitants of an estate and the spirits who share their living space. Upcoming are three iterations of “FBI,” including the new “FBI: International”; three versions of “NCIS,” with newcomer “NCIS: Hawaii” replacing outgoing “NCIS: New Orleans,” and the return of the “CSI” franchise with “CSI: Vegas.” “Survivor” will be back for a 41st run, and “The Amazing Race” is expected to return for season 33 providing filming can resume in time.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is headed to Netflix for his first major scripted TV gig. The streamer gave an eight-episode order to an untitled global spy drama starring and exec-produced by Schwarzenegger, from Skydance TV. Created by Nick Santora (“Jack Reacher”), the series follows a father and daughter who learn they’ve each secretly been working as CIA operatives for years when they have to team up on a job.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock handed a straight to series, 10-ep order for “Vampire Academy,” from Universal Television and exec producer Julie Plec. Billed as a story of romance, friendship, death, sex, and scandal, the series is based on the young adult paranormal romance novels by author Richelle Mead featuring two young women who strike an unlikely friendship in a world of privilege and glamour.
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Animated series “My Adventures with Superman,” with Jack Quaid voicing the titular character, scored a two-season order at HBO Max and Cartoon Network. In this latest DC superhero treatment, twenty-somethings Clark Kent, Lois Lane and their best pal Jimmy Olsen begin to discover who they really are and what they can accomplish as a team doing investigative reporting at the Daily Planet. Warner Bros. Animation is producing.
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Production is under way on Disney’s live-action musical comedy “Disenchanted,” the sequel to the studio’s “Enchanted” that will debut on Disney+ next year. Directed by Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), the film returns Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Idina Menzel in their original roles, with Maya Rudolph joining the cast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rainmaker Content acquired international distribution rights to fantasy thriller “The Bone Season,” based on the like-titled book series by Samantha Shannon, in development as a TV series. The gothic fantasy is set in an alternative London where clairvoyance has been outlawed and heroine Paige Mahoney operates as a “dreamwalker.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eleven years after it debuted, HGTV greenlit six new eps of “Cash in the Attic.” Retooled to highlight collectible items relevant to today’s audiences, the latest series iteration will star collector Courtney Tezeno and her team of expert appraisers sorting through homes looking for classic toys, vintage comics, original video games and other valuable treasures.
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It’s beginning to look… Lifetime is at work on its holiday movie programming, with the announcement of two new movies: “A Christmas Dance Reunion, which brings together “High School Musical” alums Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman, and “Blending Christmas,” starring Haylie Duff and Aaron O’Connell.
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CBS is also ramping up its holiday programming. The network ordered a pair of Christmas movies featuring Adam Rodriguez (“CSI: Miami” and Jessica Camacho (“All Rise”). “Christmas Proposal” centers on a down-on-her-luck chef who wants to start her own line of food trucks for the holidays; “Christmas Takes Flight” follows the events after a frugal CEO takes over a regional airline and plans to cut their annual Christmas charity event. Both films are produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Discovery Channel takes viewers to the Amazon for a quest of exploration in “Curse of Akakor,” premiering Wednesday, May 26 at 10p. Led by Irish investigate journalist Paul Connolly, a team sets out to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance in the ‘80s of three explorers who were searching for the legendary cities of Akakor and Akahim in the Amazon jungle.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“TrollsTopia” returns for a third season Thursday, June 10 on Peacock and Hulu. Inspired by the DreamWorks Animation films, the series continues the next chapter in the trolls’ adventures.
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Also on the streamer, Peacock’s “Intelligence” heads out of the gate Thursday, June 17. The workplace comedy, set in the UK’s Government Communications HQ, where employees they tackle international and domestic cyber crime, stars David Schwimmer (“American Crime Story,” “Friends”) and Nick Mohammed (“The Martian,” “Ted Lasso”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Four-episode documentary series “Mysteries of Mental Illness” premieres June 22 and June 23 on PBS. Each ep features intimate portraits of individuals sharing their personal stories, and insights from mental health practitioners and experts.
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Season 2 of dating show “Too Hot To Handle” saunters back to Netflix on Wednesday, June 23. Ten new singles will try their hand at keeping to the strict rules of no kissing, no heavy petting and no self-gratification of any kind.
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Adam Levine will return to “The Voice” for a season finale performance with Maroon 5. Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg with DJ Battlecat, Gwen Stefani featuring Saweetie, Thomas Rhett, OneRepublic and more will take the stage for the NBC show’s two-hour live finale on Tuesday, May 25 at 8p. Coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas and John Legend will perform with their final artists.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The “Friends: the Reunion” pregame is heating up. HBO Max debuted the official trailer and key art for the special, which premieres Thursday, May 27 and returns the OG cast to the comedy’s soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio for some unscripted fun.
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Nickeldeon has a few specials on tap for early summer. “The Loud House: Camped!” debuts Monday, May 31 at 1p, followed by “The Casagrandes: Zoo-Mergency!” at 1:30p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E will give fans a backstage pass to the phenomenon of Kiss in “Biography: KISStory,” a two-night event that airs Sunday, June 27 and Monday, June 28 at 9p.
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Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots will provide music for Disney Junior’s new animated shorts series “Rise Up, Sing Out.” The series presents concepts around race, racism and social justice via music-infused segments. The shorts are slated to premiere later this year across all Disney Junior platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kids entertainment shingle Cake is launching CakeStart Entertainment to develop and produce children’s and family live action films and TV series. Disney’s former head of current series Kory Lunsford will serve as president and partner in the new venture.
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Star Stable Entertainment, home of the popular online tween/teen horse game, reports year-over-year revenue growth of 50 percent in 2020, as total gameplay hours increased 53 percent to 109 million. The site also registered a 39 percent increase in average daily active users to 152,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WildBrain is partnering with Headspinner Productions for a second season of 2D animated comedy series “Denis and Me,” following a commission from WildBrain Television’s Family Channel (Canada) for new eps.
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Spotify is joining the livestream party. The digital service provider is launching a virtual concert series, with access to each performance pegged at $15. The Spotify concert series kicks off May 27 with the Black Keys, followed by Rag’n’Bone Man (June 3), Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff (June 10), Leon Bridges (June 17) and Girl in Red (June 24). Shows will each run 40-75 minutes.
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Netflix cast Jenna Ortega (“Scream,” “The Fallout”) in the role of Wednesday Addams in its new live-action, comedic coming-of-age tale “Wednesday”… Lifetime has found its Harry and Meghan. Jordan Dean (“The Punisher”) and Sydney Morton (“She’s Gotta Have It”) will star as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in the net’s “Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace”… Sara Ramírez (“Grey’s Anatomy”) has been tapped to star alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis in “And Just Like That,” HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” sequel… Bruce McGill (“Rizzoli & Isles”), Maria Sten (“Swamp Thing”) and Hugh Thompson (“Chapelwaite”) are in as series regulars in upcoming Amazon series “Reacher.”
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Mark Labbett, aka The Beast, is joining ABC’s remake of gameshow “The Chase”… Jon Bernthal, Josh Charles and Jamie Hector will topline HBO’s “We Own This City” limited series…Mindy Kaling’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls,” for HBO Max, is casting up. Sherri Shepherd (“Mr. Iglesias”), Maya Rose (“American Horror Story”), Rob Huebel (“Medical Police”), Nicole Sullivan (“MADtv”), Conor Donnally (“Hooked”), Sierra Katow (“Last Comic Standing”), Mekki Leeper (“Control Room”) and James Morosini (“American Horror Story”) are set for recurring roles.

Jeff Hephner (“Boss”) will appear in a major recurring role for season 2 of Starz series “Power Book II: Ghost”… Scott Mescudi is joining the ensemble cast for Disney+’s of sci-fi adventure “Crater”… Disney Channel cast Matt Cornett (“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”), Kyra Tantao (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) and newcomer Terry Hu as newly arrived outer space aliens in “Zombies 3.”
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Spectrum Networks continued to grow its news audience in April, averaging more than 3 million daily viewing households. The viewership, aggregated from Spectrum Networks’ anonymized proprietary set-top box data, punctuated a month defined by major national news stories, including the Derek Chauvin murder trial and President Biden’s first address to Congress.
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WE tv’s “Mama June”continues double-digit ratings growth among key demos, with WE tv maintaining its reign as the No. 1 cable network on Friday night. The Friday, May 14 airing was the highest rated episode this season among W18-49, W25-54, and A25-54, with viewership increases of 13 percent among W18-49.
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Paul Mooney, who called attention to race relations through his comedy and social commentary, notably in collaborations with Richard Pryor, died May 19 after suffering a heart attack. He was 79. Mooney was a writer for sitcoms such as “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times,” segueing to writing with and for Pryor. He was head writer for “The Richard Pryor Show,” and co-wrote much of the material on Pryor’s comedy albums. As an actor, he portrayed singer Sam Cooke in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story” and played Junebug in Spike Lee’s 2000 “Bamboozled,” among marquees.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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