HGTV: House Hunters Ho Ho Home (Premiere) at 10pm
OUTDOOR CHANNEL: Wild Games Masterclass (Premiere) at 7pm
VH1: VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition (Premiere) at 8pm
FOOD NETWORK: Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Challenge (Finale) at 9pm
HGTV: Love It or List It (Finale) at 9pm

Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News to take a job at upcoming streaming service CNN+. “After decades in broadcast and cable news, I am excited to explore the world of streaming,” said Wallace, who spent 18 years at FNC. “I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords in interviewing major figures across the news landscape—and finding new ways to tell stories.” Wallace’s show, “Fox News Sunday,” “will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named,” said a statement from Fox News Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new bill introduced last week would require social media platformswith at least 25 million monthly users to share data with university-affiliated researchers. “It’s increasingly clear that more transparency is needed so that the billions of people who use Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms can fully understand the impact of those tradeoffs,” said Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware). The bill authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to bring enforcement actions against social media platforms that fail to provide the data.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Time spent on AVOD has surpassed time spent on SVOD, according to TVision’s “The State of CTV” report. From the first quarter of 2021 to the third quarter, time spent on AVOD rose 9.3%, to a 38% share, while time spent on SVOD slipped 8.6%, to 32%. But while the data suggests advertisers should include CTV in their strategies, attention rates are lower on CTV than linear, notes TVision. “Advertisers can find more engaged viewers by optimizing for frequency, ad length, content alignment and more,” said the report.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wool cap-wearing Monkee Michael Nesmith died December 10 of heart failure. He was 78. In addition to shooting to fame in 1966-68 series “The Monkees,” Nesmith is credited with conceiving the first music video program, “PopClips,” which aired on Nickelodeon in 1980-81. He wrapped a tour with surviving band member Micky Dolenz last month. “I’m so grateful that we could spend the last couple of months together doing what we loved best – singing, laughing, and doing shtick,” said Dolenz. “I’ll miss it all so much. Especially the shtick. Rest in peace, Nez.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming revival of “Law & Order,” in the lieutenant’s position played by S. Epatha Merkerson – now on “Chicago Med” – in the original
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and TVNZ have renewed New Zealand romantic comedy “Under the Vines.” That’s on the heels of its December 6 season one premiere on Acorn TV and early 2022 primetime broadcast on TVNZ 1 in New Zealand.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock’s “Wolf Like Me” premieres Thursday, January 13. The romantic comedy stars Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen”), but plot details are scant. “I’d love for audiences to go into watching the series not knowing where it’s going or what gets revealed as the show progresses because I think if that happens, then it’s going to shock and surprise people,” said series creator/writer Abe Forsythe. “You get to the end of every episode and there’s a reason that you have to keep watching.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

New HGTV series “Moving for Love” documents the experience of long-distance couples who plan to move in together but must choose from two opposing locations. Produced by Sharp Entertainment (“90 Day Fiance”), the six-parter launches Wednesday, January 5 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rob Lowe hosts, as well as produces (with Nutopia), Nat Geo’s “The ’80s: Top Ten,” premiering Saturday, January 1 at 9p. From Charles and Diana’s wedding to shoulder pads to Cabbage Patch Kids, the unscripted series revisits iconic moments from the decade. Episodes will be available to stream for Disney+ subscribers on Friday, December 31.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon will premiere a new installment of “Nick News” on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30p. The episode highlights female students in Afghanistan who are now being denied an education by laws reenacted by the Taliban; the kids from Broadway’s “Mrs. Doubtfire” who are hitting the stage after a year and a half COVID-imposed hiatus; and the members of Philadelphia’s West Powelton Steppers & Drum Squad.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HISTORY This Week, The HISTORY Channel podcast series, is celebrating 100 episodes today, December 13 with special guest – “Jeopardy!” champ and host Ken Jennings. Jennings will take listeners through the history of quizzing contests.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning December 15 and running through December 25, holiday movies will be available in the Spectrum On Demand portal, under the category Santa’s Workshop. Highlights include the animated classics “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year,” “Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July,” “Legend of Frosty the Snowman” and “Jack Frost,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV One is inviting viewers to “Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Party” on Sunday, December 19 at 7p. Tamar Braxton joins LaBelle to usher in the holiday.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In November cable rankings, Discovery Inc. had four of the top ten networks in P2+ ratings: TLC (#6), HGTV (#7), Discovery (#9), and Food Network (#10). In addition, OWN was the #1 network on all of TV on Saturday nights among African-American W25-54/W18-49/18+ (#1 non-sports cable net for AA HHs & P2+).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Today’s Jackpot is $320 million

Powerball is played in 43 states.

West Side Story – $10.5 million
Encanto – $9.4 million
Ghostbusters: Afterlife – $7.1 million
House of Gucci – $4.1 million
Eternals – $3.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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