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Mike Richards is out as exec producer of “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” after a roller coaster of a month. Sony Pictures Television informed staff yesterday that Richards would depart, effective immediately, with Embassy Row’s Michael Davies stepping in to help on an interim basis. Richards was outsted as new host of the “Jeopardy!” after one day. Suzanne Prete, EVP, business and strategy for the two game shows said in an internal email the team hoped Richards’ exit as host would have “minimized the disruption and internal difficulties” the show experienced over the last few weeks, but that “clearly has not happened.”
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Elaine Welteroth is done Talk-ing. The co-host on CBS’ “The Talk” is exiting the show after one season to pursue other projects. New season of the daytime talker debuts September 13.
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CBS News is changing up its morning game with a new look and name. “CBS Mornings,” a reimaginged morning news program that originates from it new Times Square studio, debuts Tuesday, September 7. Program brings a fresh look and format, led by Gayle King, Tony Dokouupil and new team member, sports personality Nate Burleson.
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The embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. said it has elected a newly expanded board of directors and that it eventually will select a president and CEO of the organization.
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It’s a greenlight at Disney+ for “Kaiser Karl,” a six-ep drama series about fashion designed Karl Lagerfeld. From Paris-based Gaumont (“Lupin”), series is based on the like-titled biography from Raphaelle Bacque, who’s attached to the series alongside writers Isaure Pisani-Ferry and Jennifer Have.
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Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is partnering with Bailey’s Irish Cream on a trio of short romcom films inspired by the “Meet Cutes” activation on women-first dating and social networking app Bumble. The “Meet Cute” series features three female and nonbinary filmmakers: Carly Usdin, Sade Clacken Joseph and Haroula Rose, each of whom created a short film inspired by a true Bumble “Meet Cute” story.
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Elliot Page signed a first-look deal with UCP to develop scripted and unscripted projects across platforms. Page stars in the studio’s hit Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.”
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Disney Channel ordered a second season of animated comedy “The Ghost and Molly McGee” ahead of its series premiere Friday, October 1 at 9:30a. Created and exec-produced by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”), and Steve Loter (“Kim Possible”), series follows the antics of a sunny tween and grumpy ghost. Season 1 will feature guest voices Kelsey Grammer, Natasha Rothwell and Greta Gerwig among others.
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IFC and Sundance Now acquired North America and UK rights to comedy “Good Grief” from Eve and Grace Palmer, and are teaming with Kiel McNaughton and Kerry Warkia’s Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd.’s to co-commission a second season. Series, co-created, co-written and starring the Palmer sisters along with with co-creator and co-writer Nick Schaedel, is set in small New Zealand town and centers on two millennial sisters with very different personalities who inherit a funeral home from their grandfather.
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Torrey DeVitto (“Chicago Med”) returns to the small screen in upcoming Hallmark Movies & Mysteries holiday film “The Christmas Promise.” Dylan Bruce (“Orphan Black”) and Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”) are also set to star in the film about a woman who learns to deal with grief with the help of her grandfather and a carpenter named whom she hires to renovate the home she was to share with her fiance.
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Netflix inked a multiyear first-look deal with actress/producer Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and her production company Aluna Entertainment. Kirby, via a partnership with former Film4 senior executive Lauren Dark, will develop and produce a slate of features with a focus on female-centric stories.
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Paramount+ will be the exclusive home of the seventh film installment of “Paranormal Activity.” The streamer is also launching a “Paranormal Activity” documentary on the making of the feature.
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After a season of taping remotely, “The Real” will return for season 8 on Monday, September 20 with a new look and with the hosts including Garcelle Beauvais, and Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai Jenkins. Tenia L. Watson has been elevated to exec producer and showrunner alongside David Goldman, who joins as co-executive producer.
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Oscar-winning Danish director Billie August will direct “Ehrengard,” a tale of love, seduction, scandal and the search for an heir set in a fairytale kingdom, for Netflix and SF Studios. The adaptation of Karen Blixen’s last work in 1962. Anders August will pen the script; Marcella Dichmann at SF Studios is producing.
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Geena Davis’ BFFoundation, the nonprofit organization formed late last year to produce the Davis-chaired Bentonville Film Festival in Arkansas, is launching a production company. Like the foundation and festival, Bentonville Way Entertainment will be a hub for women and inclusive voices in filmmaking. A slate of films is already in the pipeline featuring alumni from from past Bentonville fests including the Amber McGinnis-directed “Buddy” and the Jennifer Gerber-directed “Has Been Beauty Queen.”
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Endeavor Content is backing Nordic Drama Queens, a new production company formed by three Scandinavian drama producers behind shows including “Modus” and “Occupied.” The Stockholm and Copenhagen-based company has been set up by Josefine Tengblad, former head of drama at Sweden’s TV4/CMore; Sandra Harms, who previously managing director at Miso Film Sweden; and Line Winther Skyum Funch, formerly exec producer and founder of Wisk.
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Netflix is behind a new comedy special from Ms. Pat that will be filmed at the Atlanta Comedy Theater on September 25. The first hourlong special from the comic, author and actress, special is produced by Page Hurwitz and Wanda Sykes for Push It Productions and Reg Tigerman. Robert Townsend is set to direct.
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A new season of “Expedition X” premieres today (September 1) at 8p on Discovery. Josh Gates and his team are back to explore history’s strangest legends and mysteries around the world using thermal drones and data acquisition cameras to investigate a flying beast lurking in the shadows of southern Iowa and reports of feral people living in Appalachia.
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Hulu’s “The D’Amelio Show” premieres Friday, September 3. Eight-ep series shines the spotlight on the D’Amelio family, the home team of Charli and Dixie, who face new challenges and opportunities they couldn’t have imagined since the sisters’ stars took off on social media.
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History Channel filmmakers discovered two underwater wreck sites while filming the upcoming “Expedition Bermuda Triangle,” which debuts Tuesday, September 7 at 8p on the network. A plane wreck with possible connections to the legendary missing Flight 19 squadron, and the remains of a 71-year-old missing ship are among series’ investigations.
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MTV is expecting big things from two new series in its “Teen Mom” franchise. “Teen Mom OG” premieres Tuesday, September 7 at 8p, followed by “Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant” at 9p.
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Season 3 of truTV’s “Tacoma FD,” set in a firehouse in one of America’s rainiest cities, debuts Thursday, September 16 at 10p. Comedy series follows the firefighters as they keep busy with creative competitions, friendly first responder rivalries and bizarre emergency calls.
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The Croods are headed to the small screen. DreamWorks Animation lifted the curtain on the trailer for “The Croods: Family Tree,” a six-ep series inspired by the film “The Croods: A New Age” that premieres Thursday, September 23 on Hulu and Peacock. Kelly Marie Tran returns as the voice of Dawn, alongside new addition Amy Landecker as Ugga, in the series that continues the story of how the Croods and the Bettermans continue learning to live together.
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Season 2 of “Underrated,” the series that tackles the annual debate of player ratings in video games by empowering athletes to raise contested ratings through real life challenges, will debut September 24 on TBS after debuting today (September 1) on the Bleacher Report App.
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Jimmy Fallon-exec produced series “The Kids Tonight Show” and “Clash of the Cover Bands” got their debut date on Peacock The former, which set Brian McCann as head writer, bows Thursday October 14. The latter, hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss with Meghan Trainor, Adam Lambert and Ester Dean in the celebrity judge seats, launches Wednesday October 13 at 9:30p.
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Paramount+ shared a collection of first-look photos of Kate Beckinsale starring as discredited journalist Beth Burgess in “Guilty Party.” The 10-ep series premieres Thursday, October 14 and follows Burgess as she attempts to salvage her career by helping a young mother who’s been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her husband—a crime she claims she didn’t commit.
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A new season of Latino Public Broadcasting’s signature series “Voces” premieres on PBS in October as part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Among features are “Fruits of Labor,” a co-presentation of VOCES and POV that follows a California teenager working toward graduation while toiling in the fields to support her family; “Lights, Camera, Accion,” a look at Latinx representation in Hollywood.
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TLC is taking on fall with the return of several stalwart series. New episodes of “Sister Wives” will bow Sunday, November 21 at 10p, followed by the return of “I Am Jazz” on Tuesday, November 30 at 10p. Among other returns, “My 600-Lb Life” drops in Wednesday, November 10 at 10p and “100-Lb Sisters” returns Monday, November 15 at 10p.
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Billie Eilish’s “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles“ debuts Friday, September 3 on Disney+. The film features an intimate performance of every song from the Grammy-winning musician’s new album in sequential order—for the first and only time—from the Hollywood Bowl. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne, special also includes animated elements and features Eilish’s brother Finneas, LA Children’s Chorus and LA Philharmonic.
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Documentary “The CIA Vs. Bin Laden: First In” will premiere on Reelz Sunday, September 5 in the US, followed by a slate of international debuts. Doc provides a first-hand account of CIA’s hunt for the most wanted terrorist in history via accounts from CIA officers, military special forces and leaders of the US Congress who were directly involved with the strategy and execution of the hunt.
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History Channel will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with two documentaries: “Rise & Fall: The World Trade Center,” which looks at the conception, construction and ultimate destruction of the two towers, debuts Friday, September 10 at 8p. “9/11: Four Flights,” featuring narratives from family and friends of those aboard the doomed flights, airs Saturday, September 11 at 8p.
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Apple TV will air “Being James Bond,” a retrospective of Daniel Craig’s James Bond films, as an exclusive free rental from September 7-October 7. “No Time to Die,” Craig’s final outing as Bond, debuts in theaters on October 8.
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“You Vs. Wild: Out Cold,” Bear Grylls’ latest interactive movie, debuts on Netflix on Tuesday, September 14. Following a plane crash in the ice ravaged mountains, Grylls finds himself with amnesia trying to save himself and the pilot from the harsh winter elements—and he needs help from the audience to help find his friend and stay out of danger.
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Nat Geos documentary “Fauci,” about the public servant, physician, scientist, husband and father heads to theaters September 10 and will debut on Disney+ in October. The portrait of the nation’s top doctor is is directed by Emmy winners John Hoffman (“The Weight of the Nation”) and Janet Tobias (“No Place On Earth”).
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Netflix snagged worldwide rights (outside France, Benelux, China, Japan and Korea) to animated feature “The Summit Of The Gods” and will debut the film Tuesday, November 30 after a limited theatrical run. Film poses the question: Were George Mallory and Andrew Irvine the first men to scale Everest in June 1924?
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Shondaland Audio and iHeartMedia are teaming with author, TV personality and spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant (“Iyanla: Fix My Life”) for weekly podcast series. “The R Spot” is set to launch in early 2022 and will engage listeners in conversations examining relationship issues under the guidance of Vanzant.
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Newcomer and West Philadelphia local Jabari Banks landed the iconic role of Will, originated by Will Smith, in “Bel-Air,” Peacock’s reboot of ‘90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air… Syfy‘s “Astrid and Lilly Save the World” casted series leads in Jana Morrison (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”) and newcomer Samantha Maureen Aucoin… HBO Max’s “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” adds Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel and Eric Johnson for the series reboot.
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Josh Peck (“Turner & Hooch”) and Ashley Reyes (“American Gods”) landed recurring roles on” How I Met Your Father,” Hulu’s “How I Met Your Mother” spinoff… LeToya Luckett (“Ballers”), Omar Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”), Krystal Joy Brown (“Hamilton”) and Paulina Singer (“Dead of Summer”) will join the second season of Starz’s “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” in recurring roles.
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Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) and Hamish Allan-Headley (“Thinly Veiled”) are in as series regulars opposite Jeremy Renner in upcoming Paramount+ series “Mayor of Kingstown.” Also set for recurring roles are James Jordan (“Destroyer”), Nishi Munshi (“Lethal Weapon”), Nichole Galicia (“Defiance”), Andrew Howard (“Perry Mason”), Michael Beach (“Truth Be Told”), Necar Zadegan (“NCIS: New Orleans”), Jason Kelley, Mandela Van Peebles (“Salt N Pepa”), Rob Kirkland (“Criminal Minds”) and Natasha Marc (“The Good Lord Bird”).
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In syndication, desieged game show “Jeopardy!” (4.0 live plus same day national Nielsen, down 23 percent from the week before) saw its ratings slip to a new low for the season in the session ended August 22. The week showcased select “Around the World with Alex [Trebek]” reruns from past years. “Family Feud” (5.7, up 6%) led the games, followed by “Wheel of Fortune” (4.5, unchanged). “Judge Judy” (4.5, down 2%) ruled the court shows for a 1,300th straight week even though it was in repeats. According to Nielsen’s most current live+7 ratings “Judy” (which is ending original production after a quarter century) has been syndication’s highest rated first run strip every year since 2009 and is still the No. 1 show of any type this season with a 5.62 average.
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Ruth Marx, a singer of classic TV jingles and the mother of pop star Richard Marx, died of lung cancer on August 24. She was 85. The jingle for Chicken of the Sea tuna: “Ask any mermaid you happen to see, what’s the best tuna? Chicken of the Sea!” was among Ruth Marx’s most famous vocal performances and was written by her husband, composer and arranger Dick Marx. Among the pair’s other collaborations were “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” for Virginia Slims, “Two Scoops Of Raisins In a Package of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran” and “Doublemint’s “Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun.”
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