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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 11/4/21)
ABC: The Queen Family Singalong (Premiere) at 8pm
ALLBLK: Lace (Premiere)
APPLE TV+: Dr. Brain (Premiere)
BET+: Sacrifice (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Head of the Class (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Frayed (Premiere)
HBO MAX: gen:LOCK (Premiere)
ID: Love, Honor, Betray (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: Catching Killers (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Siwas Dance Pop Revolution (Premiere)

Discovery Inc. has hired Kevin Mayer, who helped launch Disney+, as a consultant to help steer its streaming strategy in the lead-up to the company’s merger with WarnerMedia. Mayer had a brief run as CEO of TikTok and COO of ByteDance before joining sports streaming service DAZN as Chairman. Mayer is also Co-CEO and Chairman of the Board of Forest Road Acquisition Corp – which means his new job will be part-time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz renewed wrestling drama “Heels” for a second season, and elevated Trey Tucker and Robby Ramos from recurring to series regulars. “It’s clear from the critical and fan acclaim that the stories and characters from the Duffy Wrestling League have made a connection with audiences bringing a community that is not often found to premium TV,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Voting machine company Smartmatic, which filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell in February over a “disinformation campaign,” has now filed defamation suits against Newsmax and One America News Network. Smartmatic alleges the news nets spread false information about the company following the 2020 election in an effort to increase viewership and revenue. “Newsmax reported accurately on allegations made by well-known public figures, including the President, his advisors and members of Congress, as well as reporting on Smartmatic’s claims in its defense,” responded a Newsmax spokesperson. “Smartmatic’s action against Newsmax today is a clear attempt to squelch the rights of a free press.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more lawsuit news, a federal judge has ruled that a football fan can proceed with his case against the NFL over streaming issues during Super Bowl LIV. Sietel Singh Gill contends technical problems breached the terms of the league’s Game Pass Service. NFL tried calling foul, but the case will move forward.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three will be the last for Amazon’s “Hanna,” focused on a teenage assassin. The third run launches Wednesday, November 24.
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Fox News Channel has named Benjamin Hall as State Department correspondent, and Rich Edson has been elevated to senior national correspondent. Alex Hogan, who joined FNC last year, has been named London correspondent.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Drew and Jonathan Scott are flipping for HGTV again. The network ordered a sixth season of renovation competition “Brother vs. Brother,” slated to premiere in summer.
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TBS has greenlit “Kill the Orange-Faced Bear” to series. The 10-episode comedy centers on a man’s (Damon Wayans Jr.) revenge journey after a bear eats his girlfriend. The series is written, created and executive produced by Romanski (“Blue Mountain State”). Trevor Engelson and Steven Fisher of Underground (“Snowfall”), Alex Karpovsky, Jake Szymanski, and Damon Wayans Jr. also serve as executive producers. TBS also picked up “Miracle Workers” for season four.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TruTV’s “Tacoma FD” has been renewed for a fourth season. Currently in season three, “Tacoma FD” has become one of the most DVR’d cable comedies in 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Entrepreneur and TV host Marcus Lemonis (“The Profit”) and Nancy Glass, CEO of Glass Entertainment Group, have formed Marcus / Glass Productions. The production entity was created to manage their recently acquired Hatos-Hall Productions game show catalog that includes formats “Let’s Make a Deal” and “Split Second.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anthony Hemingway (“American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson”) has been enlisted to direct a present-day reimagining of the “The Preacher’s Wife,” for Bassett Vance Production. Courtney B. Vance, who appeared in the 1996 film, will also appear in the new version. The project will be produced by Anthony Hemingway, along with Whitney Davis and Kyndra “Binkie” Reevey as executive producers for AHP. Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett will also serve as producers, along with Johnson-Cochran and Ramirez as executive producers for Bassett Vance Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Multicultural children’s entertainment company bulbKIDZ (“Gopher It!”) has partnered with Lion Forge Animation Studio (“Hair Love”) to co-develop and produce the original animated comedy “Alien Baby Sitters.” The co-venture is planned for Spring 2023.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”) has joined the cast of ITV/Masterpiece drama “Tom Jones,” based on the 1749 book….Sofia Vergara will play drug lord Griselda Blanco in Netflix limited series “Griselda.” Vergara will also exec produce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 15 of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” premieres Wednesday, December 1 at 10p with two episodes on FXX. With the new installments, the series will become the longest-running live action comedy ever, passing “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” (1952-66).
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC is airing original episodes of its five comedies during the holiday season, ahead of their 2022 premieres. Sophomores “Young Rock,” “Kenan” and “Mr. Mayor” will return Wednesday, December 15 with holiday episodes, while new comedies “American Auto” and “Grand Crew” will each offer two episodes, on Monday, December 13 at 10p and Tuesday, December 14 at 8p, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tamron Hall, host and EP of daytime talker “Tamron Hall,” is taking on a new project. Hall will host weekly true crime series “Someone They Knew…With Tamron Hall,” set to debut Sunday, January 9 at 9p on Court TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The past catches up with Joe Turner in season two of “Condor,” returning to Epix on Sunday, November 7 at 9p.
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Docu-series “KLUTCH Academy” premieres Tuesday, November 23 at 11p on BET. The series follows six NBA hopefuls as they work on and off the court to achieve pro careers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Carole Baskin shares her version of the “Tiger King” tale in “Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight,” a two-part docu-series that starts streaming Saturday, November 13 on discovery+.
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TBS has set Thursday, January 20 for the season seven premiere of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” and Monday, January 24 for the season 17 premiere of “American Dad!”. Season three of “Snowpiercer” arrives on TBS sib TNT on Monday, January 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five-part nature series “The Mating Game” launches Sunday, November 21 on discovery+. Sir David Attenborough narrates as the show explores the “intricate, often dramatic and sometimes comical” ways animals partner up.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Showtime will air the world streaming and television premiere of Oliver Stone’s documentary film “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass,” starting Friday, November 12 on streaming and on demand. The film offers a fresh look at the material that has been declassified, re-examined and placed in the public records since Stone’s film “JFK” premiered 30 years ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As it moves forward with reforms, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has named speaker and entrepreneur Neil Phillips as its first Chief Diversity Officer. “The HFPA has welcomed me and given me the opportunity to work not only with them, but the broader Hollywood and media industries that have struggled to discuss these issues of race openly and candidly without fear,” said Phillips.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s Friday, October 29 Countdown to Christmas movie, “Christmas in Harmony,” averaged 1.5 million viewers and 225,00 W25-54 in Live+SD ratings. Saturday’s “Coyote Creek Christmas drew 2.4 million total viewers and 292,000 W25-54, while Sunday’s “Christmas Sail” notched 2.1 million viewers and 257,00 in the demo. The movies boosted Hallmark Channel to the most-watched cable entertainment network each day among Households, W18+, W25-54 and total viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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