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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 9/29/21)
HGTV: Houses With History (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: The Chestnut Man (Premiere)
NETFLIX: MeatEater (Premiere)
TNT: Rhodes to the Top (Premiere) at 10pm
CBS: Big Brother (Finale) at 9pm

Magnolia Network will make its linear pay-TV network debut on January 5. A joint venture between “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines and Discovery Inc., the network is a rebrand of Discovery’s DIY Network. “It is a thrilling moment to be bringing this network to the very platform that first introduced Chip and Jo to the world just eight years ago,” said Allison Page, Global President, Magnolia and DTC. “We are introducing a new lifestyle brand defined by authenticity, beauty and vulnerability. On the heels of our successful digital launch this past July, we are excited to fulfill our initial goal of bringing Magnolia Network to the broadest audience possible, meeting viewers wherever they are.” The first show set to air: “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home.”
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Lori Loughlin returns to television in the two-part, season two debut of GAC Family spin-off “When Hope Calls,” airing Saturday, December 18. Loughlin will reprise the role she played on Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” until her involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal led to her dismissal (and two months in prison). GAC Family, launched September 27 and rebranded from Great American Country, is headed by former CEO of Crown Media Family Networks CEO Bill Abbott.
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Ed Carroll, Chief Operating Officer of AMC Networks since 2009, is stepping down at the end of the year, after 34 years at the company. “For decades, Ed has been the heart and soul of AMC Networks,” said Josh Sapan, AMC Networks’ Executive Vice Chairman. “He has been at the center of the shows and movies that brought success to the company, and at the center of what has made AMC Networks a great place to work. In a business where credit for achievement can be actively sought, Ed looked for none, choosing to make all around him look good. His kind is rare.”
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Disney+ has renewed “The Mysterious Benedict Society” for a second season. Based on the best-selling books by Trenton Lee Stewart, the series stars Tony Hale (“Veep”) in dual roles as twin brothers. Production on the sophomore run of the Disney Branded Television series, produced by 20th Television in association with Halcyon Studios, will start in early 2022.
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Don Roy King, director of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” since 2006, is retiring. He’ll be be replaced by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” director Liz Patrick. The sketch show is back for season 47 on October 2.
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FX Productions animated comedy “Archer” was renewed for lucky season 13 by FXX. “’Archer’ remains one of FX’s signature series and we are happy to extend its legacy with another globetrotting season,” said Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX.
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William Shatner’s Shatner Universe is partnering with Pure Imagination Studios to develop and produce a mixed reality adult animated series based on Shatner’s thriller, TekWar, which began as a book series, then spawned a comic book series, video game and 1994-96 TV series. “We are very excited to work with the legendary William Shatner to reimagine the world of TekWar at a post-pandemic time,” said John P. Roberts, Pure Imagination’s Chief Content Officer. “TekWar was truly ahead of its time envisioning a future filled with AI and the world of simulated reality. It’s becoming our reality now and we’re excited to build a storyverse around it.”
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Cynthia Bailey is exiting Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” after eleven seasons. “Thank you NBC Universal, Bravo, and Truly Original for over a decade of partnership. I can’t wait to see what we do next!”, posted the reality star on Instagram. Among what’s next is spin-off “Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip,” in which Bailey will star with six other Housewives alums on Peacock later this year.
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Casting Notes: Fran Drescher (“The Nanny”) is among the actors joining season two of Amazon Video Direct crime drama “Gravesend.” Also onboard are Martin Kove (“The Karate Kid”), Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), William Forsythe (“Boardwalk Empire”), Andrew Dice Clay (“A Star Is Born”), and Sofia Milos (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)…Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Carsyn Rose (“The Rookie”) will star in Apple TV+ comedy “Amber Brown,” based on the books by Paula Danziger and directed by Bonnie Hunt (“Life With Bonnie”).
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HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is back for season 11 on Sunday, October 24 at 10:40p. Subsequent episodes premiere Sundays at 10:30p.
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“COPS: All Access with Geraldo” debuts Friday, October 1 on Fox Nation. Hosted by Fox News Channel correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera in conjunction with the return of the “Cops,” the four-part series will recap the first four episodes of Season 33, as well as reminisce about the history of the cult classic. Episode one will also detail the show’s origins and describe the current climate surrounding policing in America.
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WE tv short form series “The Dr. Is In” shows what actually happenedafter couples left the house on “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.” Hosted by Dr. Ish Major, the show premieres Thursday, November 11 at 10p, immediately following a new episode of “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.”
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Crime drama “Dalgliesh” premieres Monday, November 1 on Acorn TV.The three, two-part mysteries, starring Bertie Carvel (“Doctor Foster”), are based on novels by P.D. James.
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“FearFest,” AMC’s horror and genre programming event, begins its 25th run Friday, October 1 and extends through Sunday, October 31. The stunt will feature over 680 hours of programming and more than 100 titles from films from the “Halloween” franchise and Stephen King library, to episodes from The Walking Dead Universe, the season three premiere of “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” and more.
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HBO Max comedy special “Phoebe Robinson: Sorry, Harriet Tubman” will premiere Thursday, October 14. It’s Robinson’s first stand-up special.
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Lifetime’s annual “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” programming event kicks off Friday, November 12, with five new movies Fridays and Saturdays, and a premiere on Sunday, November 21. Starting Friday, November 26, the net will premiere a new movie every day, through December 25.!
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Not surprisingly, season one of “Bridgerton” was Netflix’s #1 series in both number of Netflix households and time spent viewing during its initial four-week release. “Extraction” was the most-viewed film based on hours, and “Bird Box” was the most-viewed in terms of hours. Any surprises? At the Vox Media Code Conference, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said Korean survival drama “Squid Game” ranks as the #1 show worldwide, and could become the biggest Netflix show ever. “We did not see that coming,” said Sarandos.
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Sports content of all kinds – from live events to clips to classic games to documentaries to sports talk – drives the highest levels of interest and engagement and hold audience attention, especially for males ages 25-44. That’s according to “The Sports Streaming Audience,” a Tubi study in partnership with Magid. The insights coincide with the recent launch of “Sports on Tubi,” and reveals that sports ranks as the fastest growing segment within the OTT ecosystem. The report notes there is a strong preference for ad-supported streaming for sports – more than half (56%) of the total sample prefer watching streaming sports with commercial breaks integrated into the event, if they can get it for free.
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He’s got class: NYU marketing professor and host of podcast “The Prof Show” Scott Galloway will host a show for CNN’s upcoming streaming service, CNN+, slated to debut in 1Q22. Galloway is on the board of Panera and Ledger, and has served on the boards of The New York Times Company, Urban Outfitters, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
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Hulu has teamed with Uber Eats to make Hulu, Hulu (No Ads) and Hulu + Live TV subscribers eligible for six months of Eats Pass free. It’s the first time Uber has extended a membership offering to a streaming company.
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NBC was the Premiere Week winner in Total Viewers (6.6 million) and A18-49 (1.3) in Live +SD ratings. CBS grabbed the red ribbon in Total Viewers (4.4 million), while Fox was #2 in the demo (0.8). Fox drew 3.5 million viewers, and CBS drew an 0.6 among A18-49; ABC delivered 3.0 million viewers and rating of 0.6.
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For the first time in its history, Fox had the #1 entertainment program on the Thursday of Premiere Week. Night two of the season six premiere of “The Masked Singer” posted a a 1.4/11 Live + 3 Day rating.
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Hallmark Channel’s original movie on Saturday, “Taking the Reigns,” averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers, 1.6 million Homes and 175,000 W25-54. The premiere was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day and week among Households and W18+, and boosted Hallmark Channel to be the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network on Saturday among Households and Women 18+.
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Fox News Channel wrapped 3Q31 as the most-watched network in all of basic cable with total day and primetime viewers, delivering its highest-rated quarter of the year in both total viewers and the 25-54 demo, according to Nielsen. FNC garnered 1.4 million viewers, 227,000 among A25-54 and 140,000 in the A18-49 demo. In primetime, FNC delivered 2.4 million viewers, 377,000 in the 25-54 demo, and 231,000 with A18-49. For September, FNC claimed 13 of the top 14 cable news programs with total viewers, 14 of the top 15 in the 25-54 demo.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anita Eisenberg (Stewart) passed away on September 21. Eisenberg founded Castalian Music/Abacus Media in 1998. From Pure Moods to Beatles 1, Pink Floyd Echoes, and starting the Now That’s What I call Music franchise in the US, she revolutionized the music industry through DRTV and created a multi- million dollar company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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