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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 11/17/21)
DISCOVERY+: Kendra Sells Hollywood (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: The Mighty Underdogs (Premiere)
HBO: Hard Knocks in Season: The Indianapolis Colts (Premiere) at 10pm
HGTV: Flipping Showdown (Premiere) at 9pm
HULU: Marvel’s Hit Monkey (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Christmas Flow (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Tear Along the Dotted Line (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Queen of Flow (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Tiger King 2 (Premiere)
TELEMUNDO: Por Amor o por Dinero (Premiere) at 7pm
TELEMUNDO: Hercai: Amor y Venganza (Premiere) at 9pm
SCIENCE: If We Built It Today (Finale) at 8pm

Season seven of OWN’s “Queen Sugar” will be its last. Said series creator Ava DuVernay, “To write and produce seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a Black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far exceeded every hope I held. Now I feel strongly that the story, which began as a sunrise of a suggestion from Oprah, is ready for its sunset as a dream fully realized.” Writing on the final season has commenced and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.
(Source: Cynopsis)

While 97% of tweets come from the top quarter of Twitter users, only 14% were original posts – 49% were retweets and 33% were replies to other users, according to a Pew Research report analyzing the impact Twitter has on news consumption in the US. Also of note: Although 69% of people said thy use Twitter to get news, just 8% said it was the “most important” source of news. Forty-six percent of respondents said Twitter increased their understanding of current events over the past year, but 33% reported seeing “a lot of misleading or inaccurate information.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Days before season four of “Star Trek: Discovery” was set to stream outside the US on Netflix, ViacomCBS ended its overseas deal with with Netflix and pulled all seasons of the show from the platform. The series will make a global move to Paramount+ next year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The overall ethnic skew of employees in the marketing/advertising industry is growing increasingly diverse, according to a new study by the ANA and the ANA’s Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing. However, while Asian representation continues its strong trends relative to their proportion of the US population, African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino are significantly underrepresented. “A Diversity Report for the Advertising/Marketing Industry” also addressed gender equality and revealed that the industry continues to skew female, including top marketing industry executives. “This report reveals that marketing industry is making important strides toward improving diversity among our ranks at all levels,” said ANA CEO Bob Liodice. “However, it also shows that we still have work to do to achieve a truly diverse balance in our workforce.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“9-1-1” cast member Rockmond Dunbar has left the Fox drama because of new Covid protocols. He applied for medical and religious exemptions and was denied. “In order to ensure a safer workplace for all, Zone A personnel who do not confirm their vaccination status and do not meet the criteria for exemption will not be eligible to work,” said Sony Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Eliza Dushku spoke in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday about being fired from CBS’ “Bull” and forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement, after accusing the show’s star, Michael Weatherly, of sexual harassment. She reportedly received a $9.5 million settlement. “My first week on my new job I found myself the brunt of crude, sexualized and lewd verbal assaults,” Dushku told lawmakers. “I suffered near constant sexual harassment from my co-star. This was beyond anything I had experienced in my 30-year career.” The actress spoke in front of a hearing titled “Silenced: How Forced Arbitration Keeps Victims of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment in the Shadow.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Weather is partnering with the Mississippi State University Foundation to further increase diversity in the meteorology field by creating scholarship opportunities via an endowed scholarship fund for students studying weather forecasting. In addition to a scholarship, Fox Weather will provide a mentor for each recipient.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon ordered two new animated series. “Max & the Midnights” is based on the book series by cartoonist Nick Peirce, and “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” which brings the childhood game to life, is the first short picked up for series from Nick’s Intergalactic Shorts Program. “Translating the mega-popular Max & the Midknights from a book to television series is a creative undertaking that we can’t wait to dive into, and the comedic adventures of friends Rock, Paper and Scissors is truly made for our Nickelodeon audience,” said Ramsey Naito, President of Animation, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A TV game show adaptation of Trivial Pursuit is in development with eOne and LeVar Burton Entertainment. Burton, a one-time contender for the hosting job at “Jeopardy!”, will exec produce alongside Tara Long and Geno McDermott from eOne and LBE’s Sangita Patel. “LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades from ‘Roots’ to ‘Reading Rainbow’ to ‘Star Trek’ and beyond,” said Tara Long, President, Global Unscripted Television, eOne. “His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz handed is ready to “Party Down” again. The revival of the 2009-10 comedy will include original cast members Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hanson and Megan Mullaly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Not reprising her “Party Down” role is Lizzy Caplan. The “Masters of Sex” star, who recently landed the female lead in Paramount+ series “Fatal Attraction,” has also been tapped for the lead in FX on Hulu series “Fleishman Is in Trouble,” based on the bestseller by the same name.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Andrea McArdle, who originated the role of Annie in the 1977 Broadway run of “Annie,” has joined the cast of NBC’s “Annie Live!”, airing Thursday, December 2 at 8p on NBC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

DC Thomson and Beano Studios have teamed for the launch of Emanta Studios, to develop UK comics for TV and film. The division has struck deals with Westbrook Studios for a drama based on The Amazing Mr X, and Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS Studios for a live-action dramedy based on Dennis the Menace.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thunder Studios and Infinite Reality have entered into a strategic alliance with social media ecommerce platform Display Social to bring virtual production tools to user-generated live content broadcast in the metaverse. Infinite Reality’s photo-realistic metaverse technology will fuel Display’s metaverse experiences for the platform’s stable of content creators and curated communities. “Our strategic alliance with Display Social enables us to empower content creators in the metaverse by combining the three categories where Gen Z and Millennial consumers spend 80% of their time on mobile devices- gaming, entertainment, and social media,” said Rodric David, CEO of Thunder Studios.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Accidental Wolf” has been renewed for season two by Topic. Laurie Metcalf, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Denis O’Hare, Judith Light, Judith Ivey and Sahr Ngaujah will join the drama’s star, Kelli O’Hara, for the sophomore run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A venture of real estate firms Hackman Capital Partners and Mile Capital Managegment have agreed to pay $1.8 billion for LA’s CBS Studio Center, reports The Wall Street Journal. That’s a hefty half billion more than the studio was expected to sell for when it was put on the market three months ago.
(Source: Cynopsis)

London-headquarted Buccaneer Media is teaming up with actor Dougray Scott (“My Week With Marilyn”) to launch a new production business. Buccaneer Scotland will be based in Glasgow, with a mission is to promote Scottish voices and culture and bring original stories from the country’s talent to a global audience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stampede Ventures and UTA announced the launch of HappyNest, an independent animation production company focused on helping artists and creators launch kids and family animated projects. HappyNest will work with artists to incubate their ideas through artistic and financial support, and shepherd the concepts through the econtent-building process.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Days of Our Lives” producer Corday Productions has ordered its first movie, “Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas.” It’s not the first spinoff of the venerable soap opera – limited series “Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem” premiered on Peacock in September.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chefs can use only the ingredients from a mystery fridge to create delicious dishes in competition series “Raid the Fridge,” hosted by food writer and restaurateur Dan Ahdoot. The grand prize? A fridge full of cash. Series premieres Tuesday, December 28 at 10p on Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Docu-series “Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records” premieres Sunday, December 5 at 10p on Epix. The two-parter will feature music from The Police, The Carpenters, Joe Cocker, Carole King, and The Go-Go’s, among others, and interviews with Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Sheryl Crow, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The six small communities to get an assist from HGTV stars on “Home Town Kickstart Presented by People” (wt) have been revealed. Buffalo, Wyoming; Cornwall, New York; Winslow, Arizona; LaGrange, Kentucky; Thomaston, Georgia; and Minden, Louisiana made the cut for the renovation series, launching in spring 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform’s “Single Drunk Female” debuts Thursday, January 20 at 10p, slipping into its regular 10:30p timeslot the following week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Romantic drama series “Under the Vines” makes its US and Canada debut Monday, December 6 on Acorn TV. The six-parter focuses on city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more wine series news, cooking/wine pairing competition “Sparklers” premieres on Somm TV on Tuesday, November 23. The show features sparkling wine from around the world.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC News limited series “City of Angels, City of Death” will debut on Hulu Wednesday, November 24. The Hulu Original will focus on hunts for notorious LA serial killers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Diplo will serve as musical curator for the “2021 American Music Awards,” DJing his tunes during the ceremony. Also added to the show’s performer lineup are Italian rock band Maneskin, country artists Mickey Guyton and Walke Hayes, rapper Tyler, The Creator and German singer/songwriter Zoe Wees. The AMAs air Sunday, November 21 at 8p on ABC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo started the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 with a preview of its coverage plans, with all 64 matches broadcast live. Ancillary content will be tailored for digital and social platforms. “Qatar will offer unique opportunities for us to bring home the excitement and drama of the 2022 World Cup to our fans across the country,” said Ray Warren, President of Telemundo Deportes. “From its location and the proximity of the venues to the gathering of fans from around the world, we’ll be able to bring viewers the most intimate and engaging experience ever seen across all platforms.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’ Thanksgiving Day Parade show, kicking off at 9a on November 25, will be anchored by Kevin Frazier and Keltie Knight from “Entertainment Tonight,” with performances from the casts of musicals “Waitress” and “Chicago.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Suicide Texts: The Friends Speak” premieres Saturday, November 27 at 8p. The Reelz special follows the tragic true story of a Florida teenager who encouraged his friend to kill himself.
(Source: Cynopsis)

For the first time, the cast members from all eight “Harry Potter” films will reunite, for HBO Max special “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” premiering Saturday, January 1. The special will also debut on TBS and Cartoon Network in spring 2022 ahead of the Warner Bros. Pictures theatrical debut of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime has set airdates for two original movies. Home invasion film “Safe Room” premieres Saturday, January 15 at 8p, followed one week later by “Vanished: Searching For My Sister.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS special “Adele One Night Only” drew 10.33 million viewers, making it the most-watched special since the Oscars. Opposte Adele was NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which scored 12.6 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Mayor of Kingstown” was Paramount Network’s biggest new scripted cable premiere since the launch of “Yellowstone” in 2018, with 2.6 million total viewers. “It’s already outpacing ‘Yellowstone’ in key demos (p18-49 and p25-54) which is why we’re confident our franchise strategy is working and ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ will continue to thrive after it moves exclusively to Paramount+ on November 28th,” said Chris McCarthy, President and CEO, MTV Entertainment Group.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The November 13 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” delivered 5.8 million viewers and 1.37 among A18-49 for linear and digital viewing through Sunday, November 14. That’s up a bit from the 5.7 million viewers and 1.3 in the demo the week prior, but the big story was social thanks to musical guest Taylor Swift. The singer drew 3 million views for her Please Don’t Destroy the Music video with Pete Davidson, and 2.4 million for her 10-minute performance of All Too Well.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The latest season of Fremantle and Syco format China’s Got Talent,”with new broadcast partners Tik Tok China and JiangsuTV, has seen ratings rise from 100 million views to 460 million cumulate views on TikTok China across the first three episodes. The show premiered on Jiangsu TV with 15 million viewers across the first broadcast and all repeats.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication the week ending November 7, “The Dr. Phil Show” and “Judge Judy” hit four week highs of 1.8 and 4.8 Live+SD national Nielsen ratings, respectively. “Judge Judy” scored a higher rating than all other court shows combined, while “Dr. Phil” was the only talk show in the top 12 to see a ratings increase from last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Heath Freeman, best known to TV audiences for his role on “Bones,” has died at age 41. No cause was disclosed. “A brilliant human being with an intense and soulful spirit, he leaves us with an indelible imprint in our hearts,” said a statement from his team. “His life was filled with deep loyalty, affection, and generosity towards his family and friends, and an extraordinary zest for life.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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