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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 6/10/21)
CMTV: CMT Campfire Sessions (Premiere) at 9pm
ABC: Rebel (Finale) at 10pm
COOKING: Fire Masters (Finale) at 10pm
NBC: Manifest (Finale) at 8pm
Paramount+: Younger (Finale)

The rotating host gig for this summer’s Chris Harrison-less “Bachelor In Paradise” just got a few more takers. Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess and Lance Bass are among celebrity guests on tap for the ABC series, joining the previously announced David Spade. Harrison, who is officially leaving franchise he’s fronted for 19 years, will receive a mid-range eight-figure payoff as part of his departure.
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President Joe Biden rescinded Donald Trump’s executive orders that would have effectively shut down the TikTok and WeChat apps in the US. Instead, the administration will conduct its own extensive review of potential national security concerns over apps controlled by China.
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The volume is going down on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.” After two seasons on NBC, the network has canceled the series. Although sister streamer Peacock had been negotiating to pick up the show, talks reportedly broke down, pushing mute on the series from Lionsgate, which is already shopping it around.
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FX’s “Mrs. America” won two Gracie Awards, which honor women in media as well as entertainment and news programming that addresses timely topics. The show was honored for best limited series and ensemble during the 46th incarnation of the Gracies, bestowed by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Other TV winners this year include “Today,” “CBS This Morning,” “black-ish” and Taylor Swift’s hybrid “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.”
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Jon Stewart will be the first guest to return in-person to the Ed Sullivan Theater for CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The former “Daily Show” host, soon to return to late nights via Apple’s “The Problem with Jon Stewart,” will appear Monday, June 14 when the show returns with a full, vaccinated audience. Dana Carvey and H.E.R. are also on the schedule.
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California’s film and TV tax credit program could get a $180 million hike if the state’s lawmakers are successful in their quest to bring it more on par with New York. The California Senate Budget Committee last week adopted a proposal that would provide $90 million per year for 2021-22 and 2022-23, which would be added to the $330 million annual outlay in the current program, administered by the California Film Commission. The figure is triple the amount Gov. Gavin Newsom had proposed.
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Epix greenlit true crime saga “Murf the Surf,” a four-part docuseries that delves into the life and proclivities of America’s most infamous jewel thief. The series, which centers on Jack Roland Murphy, is from Imagine Documentaries production house This Machine, run by RJ Cutler, who helmed “Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry” and “Belushi.”
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Chris Addison, exec producer and director on HBO’s “Veep,” will reteam with Avalon to adapt Caimh McDonnell’s The Dublin Trilogy novels for television. The five books are set in Dublin and focus on the adventures of an unlikely crime-solving trio.
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Acorn TV and RTE commissioned six-part Irish drama “Hidden Assets.” Produced by Irish production company Saffron Moon and co-produced by Belgian producer Potemkino & Canada’s Facet 4, the series, which explores universal themes of family, power and the corrosive effects of greed, is slated to air in the fall.
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Sian Heder, exec producer and co-showrunner of Apple’s “Little America” and writer/director of upcoming feature “Coda,” inked an overall deal with the streamer. The agreement gives Apple exclusivity for series written and developed by Heder, as well as a first-look on features.
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Dominic Cooper and Douglas Booth, who both starred in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic “The Dirt,” are reteaming for spaghetti western “That Dirty Black Bag.” The eight-ep series, from Bron Studios and Italian producer Palomar, is centered on the eight-day clash between an incorruptible sheriff and a solitary bounty hunter known for decapitating his victims and stuffing their heads into a bag.
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Sibling renovation team Billy Pearson and Carolyn Wilbrink breathe new life into vintage countryside spaces in “Farmhouse Facelift,” debuting Monday, June 21 on Hulu.
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TCM is delving into iconic 1990 film “Bonfire of the Vanities” in the second season of “The Plot Thickens,” this go-round subtitled “The Devil’s Candy” and debuting Tuesday, June 29. The network also announced season 3 will drop in October, diving into the life and work of the indelible Lucille Ball.
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Did aliens really crash-land near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947? New series “Roswell: The Final Verdict,” debuting Friday, July 2 on Discovery+, uses artificial intelligence in an attempt to finally reveal the truth.
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Netflix is going to the dogs, and the cats, on Wednesday, July 7. New series “Cat People” explores our relationship with cats through the lens of some surprising “cat people.” Season 2 of “Dogs” returns to explore the powerful bond between humanity and dogs in four new eps.
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Pitbull, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Herschel Walker and Darius Rucker are in the house when Circle Network premieres “Dinner Drive with Kyle Petty” on Thursday, July 8. Former NASCAR driver and sports personality Kyle Petty takes viewers along for the ride to chat with athletes, musicians, actors and personalities in the place they call home.
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“The Hour,” a thriller series set in the world of ‘50s television journalism and starring Ben Whishaw (“No Time to Die”), Dominic West (“Stateless”) and Romola Garai (writer/director of “Amulet”), debuts on Ovation TV on Saturday, July 17.
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Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman return to settle the score in a new season of “Buddy Vs. Duff,” premiering Sunday, July 18 at 9p on Food Network and discovery+.
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Science meets the road in new MotorTrend series “Motor Mythbusters,” premiering Wednesday, August 4 on the MotorTrend App. Hosted by “Mythbusters” alumn Tory Belleci, mechanic Faye Hadley from MotorTrend’s “All Girls Garage” series, and engineer and professional race car driver Bisi Ezerioha, the series searches for truth behind popular automotive myths.
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Sandra Oh-starring “The Chair,” which follows the new chair of the English department at a prestigious university, bows on Netflix on Friday, August 20, a week earlier than originally announced. The six-part series is exec-produced by Amanda Peet, who also wrote the script and serves as showrunner.
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Marking the calendar well in advance, Apple TV+ set Friday, October 22 as the premiere date for “Invasion,” the epic drama from Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The studio also dropped a trailer for the series, directed by Jakob Verbruggen (“The Alienist”), which follows an alien invasion through multiple perspectives around the world.
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Showtime Documentary Films acquired worldwide rights to “The One And only Dick Gregory,” and will premiere the film on Sunday, July 4 at 9p. The directorial debut from producer Andre Gaines (“The Lady and The Dale”), the doc unpacks the career of the activist, pop-culture icon and thought leader who changed lives across the world through constant disruption and awareness.
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On a lighter note, Showtime stand-up special “Pete Lee: Tall, Dark and Pleasant” premieres on Showtime Friday, July 9 at 9p. The show, Lee’s first special for Showtime, was filmed at Arizona’s Tempe Imrpov.
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Dreamworks’ “The Mighty Ones” returns with a second season of misadventures on Thursday, July 1 on Peacock and Hulu. Offbeat pals Rocksy, Twig, Leaf and Very Berry return for 10 new eps of backyard adventures.
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National Geographic launched “Planet Possible Family Challenge,” an eight-week digital series that aims to inspire families to get outside, explore the biodiversity of microhabitats and empower children to take steps to protect them. The family program is part of National Geographic’s Planet Possible initiative, whose goal is to help people better understand and care for the planet.
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Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (“The Fast and the Furious”) and Beau Bridges are onboard to star opposite Queen Latifah in the Netflix movie “End of the Road”… Netflix unleashed the recurring cast members for the fourth season of “Stranger Things.” Amybeth McNulty (“Anne with an E”), Myles Truitt (“Queen Sugar”), Regina Ting Chen (“Queen of the South”) and Grace Van Dien (“Charlie Says”) are all onboard…Jessica Ann Collins (“Clickbait”) landed the female lead in Apple drama “Echo 3.”
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Four faces familiar to “Sex and the City” viewers will pop up on HBO Max sequel series, “And Just Like That…”. David Eigenberg (Miranda’s husband, Steve), Evan Handler (Charlotte’s husband, Harry), Willie Garson (Carrie’s best friend Stanford), and Mario Cantone (event planner Anthony) will all be on hand to explore the complexities of friendship for people in their 50s.
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Entertainment magazines were the hot spots in syndication news, while most programs in the other genres went sideways or down in the session ending May 30. Both “Access Hollywood” and “Extra” scored double-digit improvement from the prior week, and “Entertainment Tonight” finished first in the category. Game shows did not have a lot of fun. “Family Feud” lost a bit but beat “Jeopardy!” with former star contestant Buzzy Cohen at the podium and its “Tournament of Champions” finale. “Wheel of Fortune” also slowed slightly.
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