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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/19/21)
A&E: Accused: Guilty or Innocent (Premiere) at 10pm
CHEDDAR: Cheddar Bets (Premiere) at 4:30pm
CRACKLE: The Uncommon History of Very Common Things (Premiere)
CW: Coroner (Premiere) at 8pm
HBO MAX: Sweet Life (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Five Bedrooms (Premiere)
OVATION: Berlin Live (Finale) at 7am
FOX: Beat Shazam (Finale) at 8pm
HISTORY: Alone (Finale) at 9:30pm
TV ONE: Sins of the City (Finale) at 9pm

Gordon Ramsey and MasterChef return to the kitchen for what Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment, called a “much deserved” season twelve. “Even in its eleventh season, this show continues to impress by sustaining Fox’s success on Wednesdays this Summer,” said Wade. “We anticipate this momentum to continue next year.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Three former Netflix software engineers have been charged with insider trading. The SEC is accusing them of violating antifraud provisions by trading on confidential data about the streamer’s subscriber growth. At the heart of the case is Sung Mo “Jay” Jun, who allegedly obtained growth information from another employee in a scheme that netted over $3 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

National Geographic is expanding its unscripted slate, greenlighting three new series. “Life Below Zero: First Alaskans” is a spinoff of the “Life Below Zero” franchise with a cast of Native Alaskans. “Appetite for Adventure” follows Big Moe Cason on a global journey to seek out the most mouthwatering mythical dishes cooked over an open flame, and “The 7 Toughest Days on Earth” trails explorer Dwayne Fields as he’s dropped into some of the most extreme places on Earth.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In other Nat Geo news, Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios is expanding its relationship with the network, signing a five-year first-look deal for unscripted content. The agreement comes ahead of Smith’s adventure series “Welcome to Earth” premiering on Disney+ later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Travis Braun signed a new overall deal with Disney to develop and produce animated and live-action content across linear and streaming platforms for Disney Branded Television. The pact includes a first look at any of Braun’s projects for other Disney-owned platforms. In addition, Braun’s preschool series “Pupstruction” was picked up by Disney Junior, while an untitled live-action Disney Channel Original Movie is also in production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance are producing “One Thousand Years of Slavery” for Smithsonian Channel. The four-part docu-series from Bassett Vance Productions explores the legacy of slavery and how our shared history can create a better future.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kerry Washington is set to produce “From the Desk of Zoe Washington,” an original movie based on the Janae Marks book, at Disney Branded Television. The project focuses on middle-schooler and aspiring pastry chef Zoe, who sets her sights on auditioning for Food Network’s “Kids Bake Challenge” the summer before seventh grade. The project will be executive produced by Washington’s Simpson Street Productions and Gamechanger Films.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“How to Be Human,” a comedy from writer Brenda Hsueh (“Disjointed”) and Party Over Here, is in development at Fox, reports Deadline. The show revolves around Eve, a robot who breaks from her lab to learn how to be human.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The adventures of “Marvel’s Spidey And His Amazing Friends” will continue at Disney Junior. The children’s show, the first full length Marvel series for preschoolers, was ordered for a second season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max renewed “FBoy Island.” The reality TV dating series’ second season will feature a new batch of Nice Guys and FBoys.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“On the Edge with Alex Honnold” is a go at Disney+. The three-part original docuseries, produced by Plimsoll Productions, follows the professional adventure rock climber as he tackles remote walls and peaks in Greenland.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Writing partners Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (“Mixed-ish,” “Grown-ish”) have signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Signature. The series, inspired by their real-life friendship, features two best friends narrating the story of their twenties in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting Notes: Tim Robbins will star opposite Rebecca Ferguson in upcoming Apple drama “Wool”… HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” has two of its leads – Zaria (“Two Distant Strangers”) and Malia Pyles (“Baskets)..
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pastry chefs compete to make spectacular showpieces in “Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark.” The four-episode series premieres Monday, September 27 at 10p on Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” bows Thursday, October 7 at 9p on WE tv. This season, N.O.R.E and Neri, Monie Love and Tuff, producer Mally Mall and Treasure, and Siir Brock and Amber Laura put in the work to find out if their relationships are worth saving.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa” returns to HGTV on Thursday, September 16 at 9p. The real estate expert will continue to coach amateur flippers in the show’s second season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO three-part documentary, “Nuclear Family,” debuts Sunday, September 26 at 10p, following filmmaker Ry Russo-Young as she turns the camera on her own past to explore the meaning of family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Turning Point: 9/11 And The War On Terror” bows Wednesday, September 1 on Netflix. The five-part series examines how the catastrophic events of September 11, 2001 changed the course of the nation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, National Geographic debuts “9/11: One Day In America” on Wednesday, August 29 at 9p. The six-part series, which will air over four consecutive nights, chronicles the events of that 2001 day from the perspectives of first responders and survivors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” makes its second season premiere on Sunday, August 22 at 7p on Fubo Sports Network. The basketball-centric talk series centers on athletes and fans, and how the game impacts their lives on and off the court.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Cheddar Bets” premieres Thursday, August 19 at 4:30p on Cheddar. “Cheddar News is focused on what’s next in the world of tech, science, innovation, and reaching the modern and always-online news consumer,” said Liam Roecklein, SVP & General Manager, Cheddar News. “Now, together in partnership with BetMGM, ‘Cheddar Bets’ will deep dive into the world of sports betting and its effect on sports, technology, financial markets, regulation and more, all while highlighting the community that has changed the game and continues to drive the sports betting industry forward.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Prime Video has set a premiere date for Rupi Kaur Live: Friday, August 27. The one-hour special from author, artist and performer Rupi Kaur guides viewers through a journey centered upon growth and healing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fresh off her exit from “The View,” Meghan McCain is heading to Audible with a memoir. “Bad Republican” debuts Thursday, October 21 on the Amazon-owned audio service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spotify and WWE have stuck an exclusive podcast deal. Spotify’s The Ringer division plans to launch an exclusive audio network as part of the partnership with WWE. Plus, existing WWE audio programming will become available exclusively on Spotify late in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Although most shows were stagnant against week two of the Tokyo Olympics, a a few syndicated strips managed to rally in the session ending August 8. “Jeopardy” (4.5 Live+SD national Nielsen rating) rose 2% from the week before with financial journalist David Faber taking over from LeVar Burton as guest host. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (retitled to reflect Olympics-affected week) won gold among talk shows for a 13th straight week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

UK TV personality Sean Lock, best known for his appearance on panel shows like “8 Out of 10 Cats,” has died at the age of 58. He had been battling cancer.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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