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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 7/15/21)
AMAZON: El Cid (Premiere)
AMC+: The North Water (Premiere)
BET+: First Wives Club (Premiere)
CW: The Outpost (Premiere) at 9pm
HULU: American Horror Stories (Premiere)
MTV: Families of the Mafia (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Beastars, Never Have I Ever (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Dr. Death (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here (Premiere)
VICE: Dark Side of the 90s (Premiere) at 10pm
DISCOVERY+: Battle of the Brothers (Finale)

Magnolia Network officially launches today, as part of discovery+ and as an app. The 150 hours of content includes 22 shows launching this week, with more to come over the summer. A sampling of offerings: “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home,” “Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines,” Andrew Zimmern in “Family Dinner,” “Restoration Road with Clint Harp,” “Van Go,” and “Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things.” Magnolia Network replaces cable net DIY in January.
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Those were the days: Amazon’s Prime Video and IMDb TV landed rights from Sony Pictures Television for eight Norman Lear classics. “All in the Family,” “Good Times,” “Maude,” and “One Day at a Time” launch today on IMDbTV, while “227” and “Diff’rent Strokes” drop on Prime Video. “The Jeffersons” and “Sanford & Son” launch later in 2021. “Norman Lear is a national treasure and his impact on television and popular culture is immeasurable,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “We are so honored to bring his classic television series to Prime Video and IMDb TV so new audiences and a new generation can laugh, enjoy and be inspired, like so many of us have been throughout the years.”
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Jerry O’Connell (“Jerry Maguire”) has joined CBS’s “The Talk” as a co-host. “ As an accomplished actor, devoted husband and father, Jerry will bring a unique and entertaining perspective to the conversation,” said executive producers Heather Gray and Kristin Matthews. O’Connell, who has been a frequent guest host on the show, is its first permanent male host.
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Facebook is spending over $1 billion to reward creators for content on Facebook and Instagram through 2022, announced CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Investing in creators isn’t new for us, but I’m excited to expand this work over time,” Zuckerberg said on Wednesday. In addition to bonus programs that reward creators for reaching certain milestones, seed funding will be available to help produce content.
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Hulu will see a 50% rise in ad revenues in the next quarter, projects MoffettNathanson Research, as TV ad budgets shift to AVOD due to lack of linear impressions. “The white-hot ad market should continue to propel Hulu growth during the 2H 2021,” wrote analyst Michael Nathanson. Full-year ad revenue at the streamer is forecast to be $2.9 billion.
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MSNBC and the WGA East have agreed to hold a vote to decide whether the news net’s 315 writers and producers, including those on Peacock’s “The Choice,” want to be represented by the guild. Ballots go out July 20. Over 200 workers signed a petition to recognize the guild as their bargaining representative, but rather than voluntarily recognizing the union, MSNBC opted for an NLRB-supervised vote. “An election supervised by the government allows all affected employees the chance to express their view on unionizing through a secret ballot,” said MSNBC president Rashida Jones last month.
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Meagan O’Halloran and Eugene Ramirez will anchor late news for “The National Desk,” Sinclair Broadcast Group’s newcast launching Monday, September 27. O’Halloran will return to Sinclair to anchor the late edition of “The National Desk,” and Ramirez will serve as the Live Desk Anchor, weeknights from 10p-12a.
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Edward Burns dramedy “”Bridge and Tunnel” was renewed for a second season by Epix. Production starts in fall 2021 for a 2022 premiere.
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Also picked up for a second season is Disney+’s “Loki.” Tom Hiddleston stars in the Marvel series.
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The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation has awarded The E.W. Scripps Company a 2021 Service to America Award. Scripps was recognized with the Service to Community Award for Television – Ownership for “The Rebound,” a companywide initiative that provided audiences with information, tools and resources as the country adjusted to life during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Nike is in early talks to buy or invest in SpringHill Co., the entertainment company backed by NBA superstar LeBron James, reports Bloomberg. James and Maverick Carter formed SpringHill Co. last year.
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MTV is reviving “Cribs” – again. The celebrity homes series, launched on MTV in 2000, was revived by the network in 2010 and again in 2017 as a short-form Snapchat series, as well as on CMT for “CMT Cribs,” and in syndication. “’Cribs’ didn’t simply introduce the celebreality genre, it created a blueprint for how we engage on social media,” said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer, MTV Entertainment Group. The new version premieres Wednesday, August 11 at 9:30p.
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Meghan Markle will create and executive produce an animated series for Netflix, as part of Archewell Productions’ deal with the streamer. “Pearl” (wt) will focus on a girl who finds inspiration in a variety of influential women throughout history. Markle exec produces with David Furnish, Carolyn Soper and filmmakers Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan; Amanda Rynda will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
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Cartoon Network, Matthew A. Cherry (“Hair Love”) and Chaz Bottoms are teaming to develop coming-of-age musical comedy series “Battu.” The project is based on Bottoms’ animated short film, “Battu: An Animated Musical.” “I grew up on a healthy diet of Cartoon Network shows and to be working with them on ‘Battu’ is a dream come true!” said Bottoms. “This project is my love letter to the city of Chicago, animation, and musicals.”
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McIntosh Laboratory and purpose-driven creative studio CONVICTS have teamed to launch “Voice of Sound,” a new film that celebrates the history of sound and music, voiced by the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. “Working with Bob Weir as our voice of sound was straight out of our wildest little Deadhead dreams,” said CONVICTS director Sharkey Weinberg.
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Cristela Alonzo (“Cristela”) will host CW’s reimagining of Nick’s 1993-95 competition series “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” premiering Sunday, October 10 at 8p. The new version will retain elements of the original kids’ series, but with an adult spin.
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MTV’s “The Challenge: Spies, Lies and Allies” returns for a new new season Wednesday, August 11 at 8p. For the first time, the competition franchise will feature 17 international players along with US players, and will roll out globally in over 190 countries.
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Kevin Hart’s talk show, “Hart to Heart,” launches Thursday, August 5 with three episodes on Peacock. New eps will drop weekly.
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Showtime picked up Australian comedic psychological drama “Wakefield,” following a man working in a psych ward who begins to lose his grip. The eight-episode season launches Monday, October 18 at 9p.
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“Betraying the Badge,” a docu-series exploring police corruption cases, debuts on Vice Monday, July 19 at 10p.
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Billy Corben’s “Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami” premieres on Netflix Wednesday, August 4. The docuseries comes after Corben’s 2006 film, “Cocaine Cowboys,” and 2008 and 2014 sequels.
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The “Billboard Latin Music Awards” have been set for Tuesday, September 23 at 8p on Telemundo and Universo, following a one-hour red carpet special. The show airs live from the Watsco Center in Florida.
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Comedy special “Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is” premieres on HBO Max Thursday, August 19. The stand-up special is part of Wayans’ overall deal with the streamer.
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The Art Directors Guild’s annual Excellence in Production Design Awards have been set for Saturday, March 5, 2022. Submissions for TV and feature films open October 4.
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Tubi Summer Original movie “Twister House Sitter” premieres Friday, July 16. The film follows a social media guru whose rideshare driver finds her keys, and helps herself to her mansion.
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“The Drew Barrymore Show”(0.5 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 25% from the week before) and “The Dr. Oz Show” (0.6, up 20%) were the only syndicated daytime talkers to rise in the week ending on the Fourth of July. “Barrymore” rose despite being one of several shows in repeats all week. Season to date the newcomer is already outperforming more than 30 of the established syndicated programs on the national ratings chart.
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It’s never too early for the holidays at Hallmark Channel. The net’s 2021 Christmas in July programming event kicked off on Friday, making the network the #1 most-watched during Weekend Total Day among Households and W18+. Saturday’s movie premiere, “Crashing Through the Snow,” averaged 2.0 million Total Viewers, becoming the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the week among Households and W18+.
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Robert Jacquemin, former President of Buena Vista Television and DreamWorks Television, died July 10. He was 78.
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