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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 9/9/21)
AMAZON: Mumbai Diaries 26/11 (Premiere)
AMC+: Kin (Premiere)
BET+: All the Queen’s Men (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Top Chef Family Style (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Frogger (Premiere)
PEACOCK: American Ninja Warrior Junior (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: Dead Places (Premiere)
SUNDANCE TV AND AMC+: True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here (Premiere) at 10pm
TWITCH: Artificial (Premiere) at 8p
HGTV: Christina on the Coast (Finale) at 9pm

IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond said the $94 million four-day take for “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is proof that people want to go to theaters again – as well as “an answer to the experiment” of the day-and-date streaming of films. “We release it in the theatrical window and if it’s a good movie people are going to come in pretty good numbers — for ‘Shang-Chi,’ record numbers,” Gelfond said during a CNBC interview. He also suggested the pent-up demand for moviegoing has been “a little bit masked” by hybrid day-and-date releases and piracy.
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CNN senior correspondent Richard Roth sent a note to company employees asking for help getting a kidney donation. “I write to say I need your help. Urgently. To save my life,” wrote Roth in the email. Roth received a kidney donation from a deceased donor 23 years ago, but said the “valiant kidney is now rapidly dying inside me…. I need an organ donation soon. Jeff Zucker has graciously allowed me to send this note.” Roth asked readers to “please spread this appeal to your friends/family or anyone you can think of.”
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Most ad spots for the next year’s Super Bowl on NBC have been sold, according to Dan Lovinger, EVP of Ad Sales for NBC Sports Group. Prices are up 18% versus last year’s game on CBS, when advertisers wary of COVID-19 took a break. “It’s fairly slim pickings,” said Lovinger during a conference call. “What we’ve tried to do is hold back a couple of units that are next to each other so that, if an advertiser comes to us with a 60-second creative, we can accommodate it. But other than that, we really are out of A positions.”
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Media companies including NBCUniversal and Discovery Inc. are being urged by a coalition of rights groups to cancel broadcasting deals for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. “All of your companies are at serious risk of being complicit in China’s plan to ‘sport wash’ the severe and worsening human rights abuses and embolden the actions of the Chinese authorities,” said an open letter from groups representing minorities in China, including Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kong residents and others. The International Olympics Committee chose Beijing as the site for next year’s Games in 2015, after European bids pulled out.
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“First Wives Club” scored a season three renewal from BET+. The dramedy has opened a writers room, but Scott Rudin, who executive produced the series’ first two seasons (as well as the movie on which it is based) stepped back from his projects in April following abuse allegations.
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Fox is not renewing reality series “Labor of Love” for a second go-round. The show centered on a former “Bachelor” contestant auditioning men to be the father of her future children.
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While the search for a new “Jeopardy!” host continues, Sony Pictures Television is taking no chances with “Wheel of Fortune” hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White. A new deal keeps them on the game show throughout the 2023-24 season, with Sajak adding consulting producer to his credits. Jim Thornton, celebrating his 10th anniversary with the show, will now be featured at a new podium on stage as he introduces Sajak and White. And In the game show’s digital space, Maggie Sajak, Pat’s daughter, will be joining the show as Social Correspondent. 
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The batch of contestants for season 30 of ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” was announced Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” Among the contenders: Spice Girl Melanie C; Amanda Kloots (“The Talk”); WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin; social media star – and daughter of Lori Loughlin – Olivia Jade; and Peleton instructor Cody Rigsby. The competition starts Monday, September 20 at 8p.
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Bob Odenkirk is back on the Albuquerque set of AMC’s “Better Call Saul” after suffering a heart attack in late July. “So happy to be here and living this specific life surrounded by such good people,” tweeted the actor on Wednesday, with a photo from the makeup chair. 
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Taking it to the streets: Macy’s will usher in the holiday season with a Thanksgiving Day Parade that has pandemic-era safety precautions (vaccines, masks), but more closely resembles parades of yore than last year’s crowd-less event. “For our 95th celebration, we are delighted to return this cherished holiday tradition closer to its original form as we march down the streets of New York City and into the homes of a nationwide audience,” said Will Coss, Executive Producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. NBC will once again televise the proceedings.
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As part of Nickelodeon’s celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Blue’s Clues,” Steve Burns, original host of the kids’ show, explained his sudden departure in 2002, acknowledging the impact it had on his young fans. In a video posted to Nick Jr.’s Twitter account, Burns says, “One day, I was like, ‘Oh hey, guess what? Big news, I’m leaving. Here’s my brother Joe, he’s your new best friend,’ and then I got on a bus and I left and we didn’t see each other for like a really long time. Can we just talk about that? Because I realize that was kind of abrupt.” Burns explains he left to go to college, adding, “I just wanted to say that after all these years, I never forgot you. Ever. And I’m super glad we’re still friends.”
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CBS News has launched See It Now Studios, for the production of news, documentary and unscripted programming for ViacomCBS brands. Heading the endeavor is former news division president Susan Zirinsky, who stepped down from that position in April. First project out of the gate: “The 26th Street Garage: The FBI’s Untold Story of 9/11,” debuting today on Paramount+. 
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Irish crime drama “Kin” debuts on AMC+ today, September 9, centered on the power of family bonds at war with an international cartel. “’Kin’ has found the perfect home on AMC+,” David Davoli, President of Television at BRON Studios, tells Cynopsis. ”The series premiere of ‘Kin’ marks a pivotal moment in BRON’s overall television strategy, as we double down on backing European and UK creators whose visions have universal appeal with the ability to reach both domestic and international audiences.”
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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” will continue, as a feature film on the Roku Channel this holiday season. Production starts in Vancouver this month. All 25 episodes of the series, cancelled by NBC last spring, will start streaming on Roku this fall.
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David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) and his wife, Georgia Tennant, will star in and executive produce “Hide,” a drama series in development at Peacock. Universal Television is the studio.
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Spirits Network and Kala Entertainment announced original series “Uncorked,” hosted by Patrick Ney and produced by and featuring Cedric the Entertainer. In the premiere episode, Ney and Cedric travel to Napa Valley. This is the first of Spirits Networks’ original wine programming, with two more original shows to be added in the coming months.
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Lewis & Clark has been launched by Joe Lewis, Founder of the Joe Lewis Company, and R.A. Clark, Founder and Executive Producer of Lion’s Heart Entertainment. The firm’s first project will be the 2022 MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Joni Mitchell.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Country music star Trace Adkins has joined the cast of Fox drama “Monarch,” as husband to the country music star played by Susan Sarandon. The series debuts Sunday, January 30, following the NFC Championship Game.
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Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Richard Ayoade (“I.T. Crowd”), Matt Berry (“What We Do in the Shadows”), Pam Murphy (“Mapleworth Murders”), and Duncan Trussell (“The Midnight Gospel”) are onboard the voice cast of upcoming Fox animated series “Krapopolis,” from Dan Harmon. 
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lucy Barrett (“Co-Ed”) has joined the season four cast of The CW’s “Charmed” in a lead role. Madeleine Mantock, who played Macy, has exited. 
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Social media sensation David Dobrik will star in discovery+ multi-platform event series “Discovering David Dobrik,” sharing the DACA Dreamer’s journey to obtain a green card. The show is set stream later this year.
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“Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” will return for season seven on September 12, with an investigation into the US-Mexico border crisis. The weekly program, airing on Sinclair television stations nationwide on Sunday mornings, focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. 
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Circle Network’s first animated series, “Road Stories,” premieres Friday, September 10 at 10p. Hosted by singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks, the show will feature country artists transformed into animated characters who relive their greatest stories from being on the road.
(Source: Cynopsis)

French crime drama “Cheyenne & Lola” premieres Thursday, September 16 on Sundance Now. The thriller tells the story of two women bound by murder.
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A new season of “Wild Boar Fever: The Art of Boar presented by Aimpoint” premieres on Outdoor Channel and MyOutdoorTV on Saturday, September 11. Viewers hunting for outdoor content can get a free peek at that and other Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel content now through September 30 on Dish Network. 
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GAC Family announced the network’s first three original moviesdebuting this fall. First up is “An Autumn Romance,” starring Chad Michael Murray, Jessica Lowndes, Dennis Andres, Moni Ogunsuyi and Michael Brown, premiering October 23; followed by Christmas movies “Much Ado About Christmas,” starring Susie Abromeit and Torrance Coombs on October 30; and “Christmas Time is Here,” starring Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard and Tom Pickett on November 13. GAC Family is set to launch on September 27, with programming that celebrates American culture, lifestyle and heritage. 
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The 74th annual Writers Guild Awards will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2022, one week before the Oscars. To be eligible for TV & New Media, the first broadcast or exhibit must have taken place between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
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A movie adaptation of graphic novel Corrective Measures will premiere on streamer Tubi in spring 2022. The film stars Bruce Willis as a notorious, genius inmate sitting on an untraceable fortune.
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AXS TV will offer a collection of documentaries in the “Into The Spotlight: True Stories Of Music’s Unsung Heroes” weekly special event, airing Wednesdays at 8p starting September 29. The docs celebrate little-known figures who had a big impact on music.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spectrum Networks will air live national coverage of the annual 9/11 commemoration ceremony beginning Saturday at 8:30a. Spectrum News NY1’s Ruschell Boone will anchor “Remembering 9/11: 20 Years Later,” joined by Spectrum News’ Josh Robin and Bob Hardt live from the NY1 studios. 
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Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire and more will perform on “Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler,” a special celebrating the late country legend Thursday, September 23 at 9p on CBS and Paramount+.
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For the week of August 30, Fox News topped all broadcast networks with weekday primetime viewers for the third straight week. FNC was also the top-rated cable network with total day A25-54 for the fourth straight week. In primetime FNC earned 2.64 million viewers, 434,000 in the 25-54 demo and 269,000 among A18-49 in primetime. 
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In syndication, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (0.8 Live+SD national Nielsen, up 14% from the week before) and “Tamron Hall” (0.7, up 17%) were the only talkers able to score higher ratings in the session ending August 29. The former was in repeats all week while the latter aired encores on four of the five days, which had numerous preemptions for news on Afghanistan. Among the biggest gainers in other categories were day and date magazine “Extra” (nine-week high 0.7, up 17%) and court show “Hot Bench” (1.5, up 7%).
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