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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 6/30/21)
THE AFRICA CHANNEL: Lockdown (Premiere) at 10:30pm
COOKING CHANNEL: Food Paradise (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: Somos (Premiere)
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL: Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs (Premiere) at 8pm
YOU TUBE: 30 Days with Bretman Rock (Premiere)
YOU TUBE: Strive (Premiere)
THE AFRICA CHANNEL: Lockdown (Finale) at 10pm
FREEFORM: The Bold Type (Finale) at 10pm

Amid the recent surge of support from advertisers pledging to support Black-owned media and creators comes the launch of media collective and accelerator Group Black. “Our mission is simple: dramatically transform the face of media ownership and investment,” said Travis Montaque, Co-Founder, CEO and Director of Group Black. “We started Group Black to infuse diversity into the next generation of creativity and storytelling, and create scaled solutions for brands…We have the expertise to know what solutions will work, entrenched allies to support us, and a dogged belief that we must build a self-sustaining platform of Black media ownership for the industry to evolve.” Group Black’s media buying power will begin with a target media investment of $75 million from GroupM, part of Group Black’s effort to deploy at least $500 million in Black-owned media by the end of 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon renewed “Good Omens,” originally intended as a limited series, for a second season. Michael Sheen and David Tennant will return as an unlikely pair who try to save the world from the apocalypse.
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Facebook has launched Bulletin, a newsletter platform to help writers monetize their following. A rival for Substack and Revue, Bulletin has already recruited Malcolm Gladwell, Tan France and Erin Andrews. Writers maintain ownership of their work and subscribers, and are able to publish free and paid newsletters that can be distributed across inboxes and the Facebook platform. “One of the reasons we’re doing this is a response to what we’re seeing and what’s happening in the media ecosystem,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “More and more independent writers are discovering ways to use their voice and make money through other avenues, similar to the ones we’re introducing here. So we’re trying to elevate and support those writers and creators who are already producing high-quality work.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Why else might Facebook be investing in newsletters? It’s simple, says Kerel Cooper, CMO of LiveIntent. “Newsletters drive revenue,” notes Cooper. “Facebook realized that newsletters are a powerful vehicle for delivering content that consumers have opted into and engage with at a high rate, and can therefore be monetized at a premium.” Facebook is just the latest throwing their hat in the email newsletter ring, says Cooper – a recent LiveIntent survey found 87% of marketers and publishers are actively invested in email and 94% are prioritizing scaling their email programs this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“For Life,” cancelled by ABC after two seasons, is not yet most sincerely dead. Amazon streaming service IMDb TV is now airing the existing seasons of the drama, and Deadline reports Sony Pictures Television has extended the options on the cast. In the event “For Life” performs well on the streamer, it could land a third season as an IMDb TV Original.
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The Directors Guild of America, which like other groups during the pandemic adjusted eligibility rules requiring films to have a theatrical run before hitting other platforms, has reinstated the theater requirement. Films released June 15 or later must launch with an exclusive seven-day theatrical run to be eligible for a DGA film award.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TNT is developing “Unknown,” a one-hour drama sequel to the 2011 film produced by Dark Castle Entertainment. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, the movie follows a doctor who lost his memory after a car accident and woke up to find his identity taken and the target of mysterious assassins. Sean Finegan (“Free Fall”) will write the pilot and executive produce. Karl Gajdusek (“Stranger Things”) and Speed Weed (“Arrow”) will showrun and executive produce. Ethan Erwin, Alex Mace and Hal Sadoff of Dark Castle are also executive producers, alongside Erik Olsen (“The Dirt”) and Liam Neeson. Jaume Collet-Serra (“Jungle Cruise”) is attached to direct and executive produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix ordered limited series “Echoes,” from writer/EP Brian Yorkey (“13 Reasons Why”). The mystery thriller about identical twins who share a dangerous secret was created and written by Vanessa Gazy (“Eden”), who will also executive produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Copy that: Production has started on the CuriosityStream original “Evolve,” a six-part docu-series exploring biomimicry. Filming on four continents with Beach House Pictures, the series will explore how humanity can solve many of the fundamental issues facing us today by “mimicking” the innovations found in nature. Biologist and wildlife documentary filmmaker Patrick Aryee hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kelly Bishop will guest star on season four of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” reuniting her with “Gilmore Girls” executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple Studios scored the rights to Donald Spivey’s If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige, exploring the story of the Negro Baseball League, to develop as a series. The project comes from Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Mandelay’s Peter Guber, and Ron Shelton (“Bull Durham”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Destination Fear” returns for season three on Saturday, July 24 on Travel Channel and discovery+. New episodes will debut Saturdays at 9p on Travel Channel and begin streaming the same day on discovery+.
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“Chapelwaite,” based on the short story “Jerusalem’s Lot” by Stephen King and starring Adrien Brody (“The Pianist”) and Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”), will premiere Sunday, August 22 at 10p on Epix. Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home only to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “Succession,” which wrapped season two back in October 2019, will return in the fall, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys told reporters on Tuesday. Season three was delayed due to the pandemic.
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Actors and wine enthusiasts Matthew Rhys (“Perry Mason”), Matthew Goode (“Chasing Liberty”), James Purefoy (“The Following”) and Dominic West (“The Affair”) look at the world through the prism of wine in lifestyle/travel series “The Wine Show,” having its season three debut exclusively on Sundance Now and Acorn TV starting Thursday, July 29.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime comedy “Work in Progress” returns for season two with two back-to-back episodes on Sunday, August 22 at 11p. Back this season along with star and co-creator Abby McEnany are Celeste Pechous, Armand Fields, Karin Anglin, Bruce Jarchow, Theo Germaine, and Julia Sweeney.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” premieres Wednesday, August 18 at 10p with a two-episode event. Cast member BD Wong will make his directorial debut during the season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Channel will present its “Proud American” franchise series beginning on Friday, July 2 and continuing throughout the Fourth of July holiday. Fox Nation travel and lifestyle host Abby Hornacek hosts.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ViacomCBS Networks International introduced the first connected smart NickWatch by Nickelodeon, a family-centric wearable device developed with VCNI’s specialized tech partner. The device will be available for purchase in 2022. “The NickWatch marks a milestone as the first connected smart watch to harness the power of our consumer brands. This strategic product launch will leverage our IP and content to further strengthen our position as a leading commercial partner with diverse consumer touchpoints creating a new immersive experience,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Qwest TV is partnering with streaming service Plex to broaden access to the service co-founded by Quincy Jones. “Plex is our latest step in bringing more world-changing and genre-defying music to more viewers,” said Qwest TV CEO and Co-founder Reza Ackbaraly. “By presenting this music in a new format to new audiences, we’re striving to tear down the barriers that separate different cultures and that limit our listening habits.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 2021 “BET Awards” on Sunday ranked as the #1 cable awards show among P18-49 for the 2021 broadcast season and is now the best performing awards show with impressions this year. The show drew 2.4 million Total Viewers P2+ as it was simulcast across seven ViacomCBS networks including BET Her, MTV, MTV2, Logo, TV Land, and VH1, with 1.7 million viewers tuning in on BET alone.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Sand Dollar Cove,” part of Hallmark Channel’s 2021 Summer Nights,was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers, elevating the network to be #1 in Weekend Primetime among Women 18+. The premiere also propelled Hallmark Channel to become the #2 most-watched entertainment cable network in Total Day the week among Women 18+. The film averaged 1.8 million Total Viewers, 1.5 million Homes, and 215,000 W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of HGTV’s “Unsellable Houses” delivered a .62 Live+3 rating among P25-54, a .86 rating among W25-54, a .71 rating among upscale P25-54 and a .98 rating among upscale W25-54. In addition, the series garnered a .80 Live+3 rating among P2+ and a 1.61 household rating.
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Among syndicated talk shows, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.7 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 6% from the week before), reruns of “Dr. Phil” (1.5, up 7%), “The Dr. Oz Show” (0.6, up 20%) and repeats of “Drew Barrymore” (0.5, up 25%) were the only gainers in the season’s final pre-summer session ending June 20.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“CBS Evening News” ended the second quarter of 2021 in its closest competitive position in the A 25-54 demographic against NBC in 6 years, and with ABC in two years. Compared to 2Q20, CBS closed the demo gap with NBC by 53% and with ABC by 32%.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Producer Alison Greenspan died June 27 after battling cancer. She was 48. “Alison was a tenacious producer, who loved nurturing and protecting the artists she worked with,” said Doug Robinson, her partner at Doug Robinson Productions. “The only thing she loved more than her work was her family, her husband Jason and her beautiful son Stevie. I consider myself lucky to have had her as my friend and partner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Ray MacDonnell died June 10 of natural causes. He was 93. MacDonnell was best known for his long-running role as Dr. Joe Martin on ABC soap opera “All My Children.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Stuart Damon, who won an Emmy for his long-running role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine on ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” has died at age 84 after struggling with renal failure. Damon is also remembered for his role as Prince Charming in the 1965 TV production of “Cinderella.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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