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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 8/3/21)
HBO: Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union (Premiere) at 9pm
A&E: America’s Top Dog (Finale) at 9pm
OWN: The Haves and the Have Nots (Finale) at 8pm

Hello Blackstone: Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine has been sold to a firm backed by private equity behemoth Blackstone Group. Blackstone is assembling a new media venture to be run by former Walt Disney Co. executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and Hello Sunshine is its first acquisition. Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden will join the board of the as-yet-unnamed company and will continue to operate Hello Sunshine as part of the deal, for which terms were not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal, which valued the Hello Sunshine deal at $900 million, reported Blackstone is spending more than $500 million in cash to purchase shares from existing Hello Sunshine investors, including AT&T and Emerson Collective.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A bipartisan group of 22 members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Twitter chief Jack Dorsey demanding the social network address the “ongoing problem” of music copyright infringement, and Twitter’s refusal to address the issue. “Creative content drives engagement on Twitter, yet unlike numerous other platforms, Twitter has not acquired licenses necessary to ensure that all creators are properly compensated for use of their works,” the letter reads in part. “Given the pervasiveness of this issue, we would like to have a better understanding of how Twitter intends to effectively address these concerns.” The delegation, led by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), requests a response by August 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” Starz’s “Vida” and FX’s “Pose” are up for Imagen Awards, nominees for which are determined by an independent panel of entertainment industry executives and Latino community leaders.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios’ “Lord of The Rings” TV series will premiere Friday, September 2, 2022. The studio dropped a first image of the show, new eps of which will debut weekly on Prime Video in more than 240 territories and countries. Developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the series is set thousands of years before the action of “The Lord of the Rings” films, and the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien on which they were based, and brings to the screen for the first time Tolkien’s Second Age of Middle-earth’s history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kathy Griffin has been diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent surgery yesterday to have half of her left lung removed. Griffin shared the news prior to her procedure with fans on Twitter, where she also assured: “I’m gonna be just fine.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alex Gibney is onboard to exec-produce MGM and Tadmor Entertainment’s limited series about judo champions Saeid Mollaei and Sagi Muki. American-Iranian writer Cyrus Nowrasteh (“The Stoning of Soraya M”) will pen the script; Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions colleague Kevin Plunkett will serve as an exec producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also at MGM TV, the company optioned Wednesday Martin memoir “Primates of Park Avenue” to develop as a television series with Yahlin Chang (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) set to write the series adaptation. The book, somewhere between pop culture and anthropology, examines the competitive, privileged world of motherhood on NY’s Upper East Side. Former MGM film boss Jonathan Glickman will exec-produce via his Glickmania Productions, along with Martin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny inked a multiyear overall deal with Disney General Entertainment’s Onyx Collective through which he and his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment company will develop and produce projects for all Disney platforms, including Hulu.
(Source: Cynopsis)

While we’re in the Disney family, “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”will be back for a second season on Disney+. The streamer picked up another go-round of the hockey-centric follow-up series starring Lauren Graham, Brady Noon and Emilio Estevez, who reprises his role from the 1992 movie and its sequels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Aubrey Plaza will topline and produce “Olga Dies Dreaming,” Hulu’s one-hour drama pilot based on the Xochitl Gonzalez novel. The story of a Nuyorican brother and sister from a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood will be penned by Gonzalez and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Chi” will have a fifth season on Showtime. The coming-of-age story centered on a group of residents on the South Side of Chicago, created and exec-produced by Lena Waithe (“Twenties”) and exec-produced by Common (“Selma”), will be back for a new run in 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

California’s Sunset Studios is spreading its wings to the UK’s Hertfordshire region. The new $1 billion film and television studio complex is an expansion of institutional investment firm Blackstone and real estate outfit Hudson Pacific Properties’ LA studio, which has housed shoots including “La La Land” and “Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple Studios’ Will Smith-starring runaway slave drama “Emancipation” is suspending filming following a small number of positive Covid tests on set in Louisiana.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ will release season 2 of “Short Circuit Experimental Films” on August Wednesday, August 4, followed by the new, hand-drawn “Disney Presents Goofy in How to Stay at Home” trio of shorts on Wednesday, August 11.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNBC’s “The Profit” returns for season 8 on Tuesday, August 10 at 10p. Serial entrepreneur and investor Marcus Lemonis will once again put his money on the line to help small businesses facing unique challenges.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Messyness” debuts Monday, August 23 at 7p on MTV, which just celebrated the big 4-0. Lined up to join “master of messy” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi at debut are Tori Spelling, Olympic medalist Adam Rippon and comedian Teddy Ray.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo is launching dance reality competition series “Asi Se Baila’” in September. The series, which will reature 10 celebrity couples showing off their best moves, on and off the dance floor, aims to bring together the best of Latin music, dance and talent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Preschool series “Chuggington: Tails From the Rails” will debut animated special “Celebrate Chuggington” on Monday, August 9, at 8a on Disney Junior. The special highlights the “Let’s Train Together” theme.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ESPN is enlisting six former LaLiga players to headline its coverage of LaLiga Santander in the US, beginning Friday, August 13, when the 2021-22 season kicks off. ESPN+ will carry all 380 LaLiga matches live in English and Spanish. The commentators are: Luis Garcia, Steve McManaman, Pablo Zabaleta, Diego Forlan, Mario Kempes, and Hugo Sanchez.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix dropped a trailer for the fifth and final season of “Money Heist” (“La Casa De Papel”), which returns in two installments—September 3 and December 3. The action resumes with the gang, who’ve been shut in the Bank of Spain for more than 100 hours, plotting their next moves.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Online videogame Fortnite is partnering with Ariana Grande for “Rift Tour,” a concert series that will run August 6-8 and feature five in-game shows. The event is being teased as a “musical experience” with a special playlist and playable character inspired by Grande.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Twitter is staging a competition for computer researchers and hackers to identify biases in its image-cropping algorithm. The move comes after researchers discovered its algorithm tended to exclude Black people and men.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem,” Peacock’s limited series spawned by the NBC soap, added “Days of Our Lives” alums Thaoo Penghlis, Leann Hunley, Christie Clark and Austin Peck to the cast… J.R. Villarreal (“Akeela and the Bee”) landed the role in Disney Channel’s new live-action comedy series “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The sophomore season of HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU” averaged a 0.77 L3 rating among A25-54 and a 0.99 L3 rating among W25-54–an 80 percent and 82 percent, respectively, increase over the prior six weeks. The series, which aired in the Monday 9-10p timeslot, also garnered a 0.84 L3 rating among upscale A25-54, a 71 percent lift over the previous six weeks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alvin Ing, the Asian American actor who appeared on Broadway and in multiple TV series, died July 31. He was 89. Born in Honolulu, Ing counted numerous television credits beginning with a 1974-75 recurring stint on daytime drama “The Doctors” and including the 1976 presentation of “Pacific Overtures.” He also appeared on “Fantasy Island,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Benson,” “Dallas,” “Falcon Crest,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the “Hawaii Five-0” reboot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Voice actress Thea White, who voiced Muriel Bagge on television series “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” died of complications from surgery related to liver cancer last week. She was 81. White studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Theatre Wing; early in her career she served as personal assistant to Marlene Dietrich while Dietrich was touring Australia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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