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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 8/26/21)
A&E: Kids Behind Bars: Lifer Parole (Premiere) at 9pm
ID: Deadly Women (Premiere) at 10pm
NBC: Making It (Finale) at 9pm

Music artist Doja Cat, who had guest stint on FX’s “Dave,” is sliding into the host role at the upcoming MTV VMAs, slated to air live from Barclays Center on Sunday, September 12 at 8p.
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The staff of MSNBC voted to form a union with WGA East. The move marks the first such successful drive in cable news, resulting in a bargaining unit that comprises writers, producers, fact checkers and planners across MSBNC’s shows, as well as workers at The Choice on Peacock. The campaign was backed by MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, Medhi Hasan and Jonathan Capehart.
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Spike Lee is re-editing the fourth and final episode of his “NYC Epicenters: 9/11-2021½” docuseries on HBO. The original version of the ep featured interviews with 9/11 truthers and members of the conspiracy group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Lee’s decision to re-examine it comes after he said in an interview with the New York Times that he still “had questions” about what happened on 9/11.
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Also at HBO, the network is bidding “Betty” farewell. The network canceled the Crystal Moselle series about a diverse group of young women navigating the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding. The series starred Dede Lovelace, Kabrina Adams and Nina Moran, and returned for its second season in June.
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Paramount+ unveiled a trailer for its second annual Star Trek Day celebration, announcing that it will take place on September 8 at 5:30p.
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Fox Corp. is the lead investor in a $100 million Series A fundraising round for blockchain platform provider Eluvio. Eluvio will use some of the investment to provide the underlying technology platform for Blockchain Creative Labs, the non-fungible token (NFT) business and creative unit that launched last May as joint venture between Fox Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment. Paul Cheesbrough, CTO and president of digital at Fox Corp., will join Eluvio’s board of directors.
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DGA president Thomas Schlamme will be stepping down when the guild convenes its biennial convention September 18. It’s DGA tradition that presidents step down after four years.
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“Good Morning America” producer Michael Corn is calling a lawsuit by a co-worker accusing him of sexual assault “demonstrably false.” In her lawsuit, filed yesterday in New York state court, Kirstyn Crawford, a staffer at the ABC show, claims Corn assaulted her while they were traveling in LA in February, 2015 for coverage of the Academy Awards. Corn responded by pointing to email exchanges he says counters her version of events.
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Only in Hollywood. Michael Rapaport is launching a production company with shoe mogul Steve Madden, after Rapaport signed on to portray Madden in a TV project. Their new 212Works will develop film, television and digital projects.
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Anthony Hemingway and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) are reuniting to exec-produce “Unmentionables,” an adult animated series about mismatched underwear and millennials. Created by Danielle Pinnock and Punam Patel, the series will see Taraji P. Henson Productions’ Christine Conley serving as an EP, along with Whitney Davis for Anthony Hemingway Productions.
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Apple TV+ set a series order “The Changeling,” a drama based on the Victor LaValle book of the same name. LaKeith Stanfield (“Atlanta,” “Judas and The Black Messiah”) is set to star in the project penned by showrunner Kelly Marcel (“Cruella”) that unfolds as a parenthood fable that takes some troubling turns.
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Rob Weiss will exec-produce and direct “Hold On for Dear Life,” the first scripted series centered on modern cryptocurrency culture. The ten-ep series centers on a young tech founder who launches an NFT named after her best friend, who disappeared. In a meta move, the show will also tokenize portions of its net profits; its ERC20 security token, the FDL token (For Dear Life), is available now on Securitize’s online marketplace.
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“The Wire” writer/producer George Pelecanos has officially made HBO his home. He signed two-year overall deal through which he’ll develop and produce original content for the network. Pelecanos will also continue to serve as co-showrunner on limited series “We Own This City.” He set his first project, a drama series based on John D. MacDonald’s novel “The Last One Left,” which he will co-write with Megan Abbott (“The Deuce”) and showrun.
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Also at WarnerMedia, streamer HBO Max ordered limited series “Full Circle,” from director Steven Soderbergh and writer Ed Solomon. Soderbergh will also serve as exec producer of the six-ep series, about an investigation into a botched kidnapping that uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present-day NY.
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Food Network wrapped production on its first-ever scripted movie, “Candy Coated Christmas,” with plans to launch on discovery+ during the holiday season and build on the net’s popularity during that time. Food’s Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond stars alongside Molly McCook (“Last Man Standing”) and Aaron O’Connell (“The Haves and The Have Nots)”, in a story is set in Peppermint Hollow, the Peppermint Capitol of the world.
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A new studio is rising in Savannah, GA. The 130,000-square-foot Studio Savannah complex, created by indie producers David Paterson of Arcady Bay Entertainment and Taylor Owenby of ISP Global Capital, is launching with an initial investment of $40 million.
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“9/11: One Day in America,” a four-night limited series made in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, will begin airing Sunday, August 29 on Nat Geo and Hulu. From exec producers Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin, the series features immersive and emotionally charged accounts about that fateful day.
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The fourth season of TV One’s “Uncensored” drops Sunday, August 29 at 10p. Featuring actress/singer Loretta Devine and producer Swiss Beatz, the new season of the autobiographical series will uncover more intrigue.
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In syndicated returns, season 3 of “Tamron Hall” will debut Monday, September 6. In the premiere episode, as the nation is embarking on one of the most chaotic school years in history, Hall will delve into a conversation with parents, teachers and students… Nick Cannon’s daytime television outing begins Monday, September 27 with a fun, optimistic hour of comedy-driven entertainment anchored by Fox Television Stations.
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Limited series “Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem” begins streaming Monday, September 6 on StackTV. New eps, which feature past and present Salem residents including Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed, Deidre Hall as Dr. Marlena Evans, Drake Hogestyn as John Black and Jackee Harry as Paulina Price, will air daily culminating with the finale on Friday, September 10.
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AccuWeather Network debuts new climate series “Our Changing World” on Monday, September 20. The series looks at the far-reaching, often destructive, impact of climate change and how each of us can be inspired to do more to protect our planet for future generations.
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Amazon dropped a trailer for season 4 of Billy Bob Thornton-starring series “Goliath.” The new season, which premieres Friday, September 14, will finally reveal the fate of Thornton’s Billy McBride after he was left for dead in the season 3 finale.
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It’s back to Bedrock in “Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs,” a series from Warner Bros. Animation that follows best buds Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm on new Stoneage adventures. The series, which debuts Thursday, September 30 on HBO Max, introduces a new generation to the Flintstones through voice talent including Jessica DeCicco (“Adventure Time”), Ely Henry (“Justice League Action”) and Jeff Bergman (“Looney Tunes Cartoons”).
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FXX’s weekly shortform showcase “Cake” returns Thursday, September 30 at 10p. Season 5 will serve up new animation-focused treats, Including Reza Farazmand’s “Poorly Drawn Lines” and Branson Reese’s “Swan Boy.”
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Spy thriller “Condor,” from MGM Television and Skydance Television, will have its US premiere on Epix on Sunday, November 7 at 9p. Based on the novel Six Days of the Condor by James Grady and screenplay “Three Days of the Condor” by Lorenzo Semple Jr. and David Rayfiel, the series follows a CIA analyst who stumbles onto a plan that threatens the lives of millions.
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The CW is ushering back “The Flash” for season 8 with five-part special event “Armageddon,” which bows Tuesday, November 16 at 8p. Armageddon will feature guest appearances from notable CW heroes and villains including Javicia Leslie as Batwoman, Brandon Routh as The Atom, Cress Williams as Black Lightning and Chyler Leigh as Sentinel.
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MeTV will honor Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who died Tuesday, August 24, by airing the band’s performances on “The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show” on Sunday, August 29 at 10p.
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Comedy Special “Ilana Glazer Presents Comedy on Earth: NYC 2020-2021” will premiere on Comedy Central on Friday, September 10 at 11p. The special features comedy sets curated by director, producer, writer, and comedian Glazer (“False Positive,” “Broad City”). Petey DeAbreu, Alison Leiby, Larry Owens, and Sydnee Washington are among performers.
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Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, snapped up North American VOD rights to horror/comedy feature “Chimpy & the Girls,” and will make the title available on North American digital HD Internet, cable and satellite platforms on Tuesday, September 14.
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Netflix is airing a global fan event that will provide exclusives and sneak peaks at some fan-favorite programs. Named for the streamer’s signature opening tone, Tudum unfurls Saturday, September 25 at noon across Netflix’s YouTube channels worldwide, Twitter and Twitch—with stars and creators repping more than 70 original series, films and specials including “Bridgerton,” “The Crown,” “Cobra Kai,” “The Witcher” and “Stranger Things.”
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After facing significant backlash, UK subscription site OnlyFans has dropped plans to ban pornography from its service. The move, a swift turnaround less than a week after OnlyFans announced its plans to ban porn beginning in October, comes as the company cites the need to comply with the policies of its banking partners to pay its content creators. “Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard. We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change,” the company said in a tweet. “OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.”
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Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”) landed a starring role as Louis opposite Sam Reid’s Lestat in “Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire” series for AMC and AMC+… “RuPaul Drag Race” queen Jackie Cox joined Peacock’s “Days Of Our Lives: Beyond Salem” in a guest role… Leonard Earl Howze (“The Upshaws”), Isabel Gameros (“Deranged Granny”) and Mark Jeffrey Miller (“Outsiders”) are in for recurring roles in Netflix’s series “Florida Man”… Lolita Davidovich, Mykelti Williamson, Guillermo Diaz and Dash Mihok landed recurring roles on the upcoming season 2 of NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime”… Tyshon Freeman (“The Quad”) and Shondalia White (“Good Trouble”) scored key recurring roles in Starz’s drama series “BMF.”
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Univision landed in the No. 1 slot among all TV networks during primetime for the week of August 16 among the A18-34 demo and on six out of seven nights among A18-49, and delivered week-over-week primetime audience growth of 5 percent among A18-49. At 8p, “Disenando Tu Amor” averaged its highest-rated weekly performance with double-digit week-over-week audience gains among Total Viewers 2+ (+14 percent to 1.6 million), A18-49 (+24 percent to 667,000) and A18-34 (+19 percent to 286,000.
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In syndication, the season’s final “Jeopardy” guest host, sportscaster Joe Buck, scored the show’s best Nielsens (13 week high 5.2 live plus same day national rating, up 16 percent from the week before) since the week of May 10, 2021. The only other top tier strip of any type to move up from week one year ago was “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.7, up 13 percent year to year and up 6 percent week to week), which has been the No. 1 talk show for 14 weeks in a row. An all repeat week of “Dr Phil” (1.4, up 8 percent) was the second highest talker.
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Michael Nader, who personified leading-man looks and plot lines on both “Dynasty” and “All My Children,” died August 23 from an untreatable form of cancer. He was 76. Nader’s other TV appearances included “As The World Turns” and “Magnum, P.I.”
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Lloyd Dobyns Jr., a Peabody-winning anchor and correspondent for NBC News, died August 23 after suffering complications from a series of strokes. He was 85. Dobyns, Jr. worked at NBC between 1969-86, and hosted “Weekend” and “NBC News Overnight,” the latter of which he worked on with Linda Ellerbee. He won just shy of 30 national awards for his work over the years, and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Dancer and choreographer Serge Onik, who appeared in season 11 of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” died at the age of 33. His cause of death is unknown. Onik, who began dancing at the age of 9, also worked as a choreographer on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.” He reunited with many of the pro dancers from that competition series as a dancer in “Sway: A Dance Trilogy.”
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