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“Only Murders in the Building,” – which debuted as the most-watched Hulu Original comedy on premiere day and also the most-watched comedy on premiere day across all SVOD titles ever on the platform – has, not surprisingly, been renewed for season two. The comedy, starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez, “has been the obsession of every executive at this studio, and our friends at Hulu have treated it like the crown jewel that it is,” said Karey Burke, President, 20th Television. “And now, thanks to the incredible audience response, we are so happy to say there will be more murders in the building – which is great news for everyone, except perhaps the residents of the Arconia.”
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The percentage of females in speaking roles on broadcast and streaming shows hit a historic high of 45%, according to the latest “Boxed In” report, and 52.2% of the major characters on streaming programs were played by women. While women accounted for just 22% of creators and 19% of directors on broadcast, on streaming shows those numbers were 30% and 31%, respectively. “Streamers get a lot of credit for offering more progressive programming, and that reputation is, in part, well deserved,” said Dr. Martha Lauzen, author of the report. “Their programs feature more female characters in major roles and have much higher percentages of women working as creators, directors, and editors than broadcast programs.
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HGTV renewed a trio of series: “Unsellable Houses” for season three, and sophomore runs for “Everything But the House” and “Inside Out.” “Our secret sauce is our ability to spot talented and inspiring experts who will appeal to viewers with their fresh, fun takes on real estate, renovation and all things related to home,” said Jane Latman, President, HGTV & Streaming Home Content, Discovery, Inc.
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“The Amber Ruffin Show” will be back for season two on Peacock. New episodes drop Fridays starting October 8.
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Over 90% of full-time Fox Corp. employees have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a memo from HR head Kevin Lord obtained by Deadline. Daily testing will be required for employees who are unvaccinated or decline to disclose their vaccination status.
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Comcast NBCUniversal inked a wide-ranging Global Talent Partnerships deal with Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media, including first-look development deals with Universal Studio Group for scripted and unscripted TV projects and DreamWorks Animation. Curry will also team with numerous other Comcast brands including projects for GOLF Channel that will be featured in Sky Sports coverage of the event across the UK and Ireland. “While Stephen is a world class athlete, his brand and mission transcends the basketball court,” said Jimmy Horowitz, Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal Business Affairs and Operations. “The reach of Comcast NBCUniversal’s diverse portfolio will allow us to collaborate and support Stephen and Unanimous’ goals and ambitions while making compelling and impactful content for a global audience.”
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Claire McArdle, former VP of Comedy Central International Studios, and Rebecca Knight, former VP of international production and business affairs for MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, have launched a production company, Collective Media Group. The company will specialize in premium factual content, with a focus on storytelling around iconic sports moments. McArdle and Knight serve as co-CEOs.
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Netflix handed a 10-episode order to “Partner Track,” an adaptation of the novel by Helen Wan. Starring in the series from Jax Media – focused on an idealistic young lawyer struggling with her moral compass – are Arden Cho (“Teen Wolf”), Bradley Gibson (“Powerbook III: Ghost”), Alexandra Turshen (“Ray Donovan”), Dominic Sherwood (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels”), Rob Heaps (“Good Girls”) and Matthew Rauch (“Blue Bloods”).
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Netflix also ordered “Grendel,” based on the Dark Horse comic book series. Abubakr (“Katy Keene”) will star.
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Gray Television has acquired Third Rail Studios in Doraville, Ga., from The Integral Group for $27.5 million. The production facility, developed by The Integral Group in 2016, is located adjacent to Gray’s studio, called Assembly. “Third Rail Studios is a pioneer in bringing film and television production to the Atlanta community, and we are excited to join forces to create an entire studio city to serve Georgia’s booming media industry,” said Hilton H. Howell, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Gray Television. “We are thankful for all of the work already completed at Assembly and proud to usher in the next chapter for the historical site.”
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Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones”) has signed on to narrate Love Nature original documentary “Osprey: Sea Raptor.” Produced by Love Nature and CosmoVision Media Group, the one-hour special will profile the true story of a pair of raptors, a life-long couple, as they reunite having traveled separately across continents to the same location year-after-year to raise their young.
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Casting notes: Meagan Holder (“Dave”) has joined the cast of Fox country music drama “Monarch,” starring Susan SarandonMalachi Kirby will play brothers in Amazon Prime Video’s adaptation of “Anansi Boys.”
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Univision set the premiere date for “Despierta América en Domingo,” a Sunday edition of its flagship daytime show, “Despierta América.” The new program premieres on Sunday, September 19 at 8a. “For over 25 years, every weekday, ‘Despierta América’ has been Hispanic America’s favorite morning show,” said Luz Maria Doria, VP and executive producer “Despierta América.” “We are now expanding with ‘Despierta América en Domingo’ and bringing our audience’s favorite content to Sunday morning so that they can enjoy it with the entire family.”
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Sports broadcaster Julie Stewart-Binks mixes cocktails with conversation when “Drinks with Binks” returns for season two on Fubo Sports Network Saturday, September 18 at 5p and 5:30p.
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Season 11 of UPtv’s “Bringing Up Bates” premieres Thursday, February 10 at 9p. In a series first, the new season will feature a Bates son saying “I do.”
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“Love Life” returns to HBO Max for season two with three episodes on Thursday, October 28. The ten-episode run continues with three episodes on November 4, and the final four on November 11.”
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The CW has acquired international series “Professionals.” Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy”) star in the drama, loosely based on the 2012 film “Soldiers of Fortune.”
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True crime tale “Trial in the Outback: The Lindy Chamberlain Story” will make its exclusive US and Canada debut with all three episodes on Tuesday, October 12 on Sundance Now and AMC+. The docu-seris explores the 1980 Australian case when a dingo took Lindy Chamberlain’s baby in a random horrific attack, resulting in the trial of the century and a notorious miscarriage of justice.
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PaleyFest’s 15th annual Fall TV Previews will include conversations with the cast and creative teams from “American Rust” (Showtime), “The Big Leap” (Fox), “CSI: Vegas” (CBS), “Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol” (Peacock), “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” (Disney+), “Ghosts” (CBS), “The Harper House” (Paramount+), “Love Life” (HBO Max), “One of Us Is Lying” (Peacock), “Ordinary Joe “(NBC), “Our Kind of People” (Fox), “Queens” (ABC), “Rhodes to the Top” (TNT), “Tacoma FD” (truTV), “The Walking Dead Universe” (AMC), and “The Wonder Years” (ABC). Sponsored again by Citi, the festival will be available to the public on Monday, September 20.
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Disney Channel and Disney Junior will celebrate Halloween with themed movies, episodes and specials premiering during October. Highlights include the premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie “Under Wraps,” a new animated short-form series inspired by Disney’s popular “ZOMBIES” franchise, themed episodes of series including “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends,” “Big City Greens” and “Disney’s Magic Bake-Off” and the debut of “Mickey’s Tale of Two Witches.”
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MTV’s VMAs on Sunday delivered a 0.9 rating among A18-49, down 17% versus last year (versus a drop of 50% for other recent awards shows). MTV notes that in their proprietary metric, “Total Minutes Consumed,” the show rose this year, drawing 1.40 billion versus 1.29 billion in 2020.
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Hallmark Channel’s annual Fall Harvest programming event“Roadhouse Romance” on Saturday, September 11 was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day and week among Total Viewers, W18+ and Households, boosting the network to be the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in its time period among Total Viewers, Women 18+, W25-54, W18-49 and HHs. The premiere averaged 2.1 million Total Viewers and 258,000 W25-54, elevating the network to become the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Weekend Primetime among Total Viewers, W18+ and HHs.
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Norm Macdonald, best known for a memorable stint as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1993-98, died September 14 after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 61. Macdonald also starred in “The Norm Show” from 1999-2001, and “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” in 2018. “No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald,” tweeted Jon Stewart. “Hilarious and unique. F— cancer.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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