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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/26/22)
CBS: Let’s Make a Deal Primetime (Premiere) at 8pm
PEACOCK: American Rock Stars (Premiere)
SYFY and USA: Resident Alien (Premiere) at 9pm
SYFY and USA: Astrid & Lilly Save the World (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: Animals With Cameras: A Nature Miniseries (Finale) at 8pm

NBCUniversal is hosting a “symphony of interconnected events” for advertisers this spring, wrote Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Global Advertising and Partnerships, in a letter to NBCU’s partners. That includes an Upfront event at Radio City Music Hall, home to many a splashy NBCU presentation, on May 16. After two years without live Upfront shows, not all companies are returning to familiar venues. Fox is moving its NYC event from its longtime home at the Beacon Theater to downtown’s Vesey, and Disney is forgoing Lincoln Center for a location TBA.
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Talk about teamwork: NBC and Fox will simulcast the first game of new spring football league USFL. “The first game played in any new league is itself historical and having the USFL’s inaugural game simulcast by NBC and Fox makes it even more so,” said Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks. “It’s rare when two competitors can come together and see how cooperation can lead to long-term benefit.” NBC Sports will take care of pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for the matchup on Saturday, April 16, while Fox will produce the game coverage. The same commercials will run on each network.
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Two thirds (64%) of Latinx consumers surveyed feel the media plays a big role in helping change stereotypes, according to Horowitz Research’s FOCUS Latinx: Consumer Engagement 2021 report. The study finds that diversity in lead actors and having positive portrayals of diverse communities are both major drivers for choosing to watch a show or movie, with six in ten Latinx, and seven in ten younger Latinx viewers, saying this would make them more likely to watch. But while four in ten Latinx feel they are seeing more positive portrayals of Latinx characters and communities in scripted TV shows, almost half say that what they are seeing in scripted content is the same or worse than they were before. Similarly, over four in ten feel that coverage of Hispanic/Latinx communities and people in the news has improved, but a similar percentage of Latinx feel things haven’t changed or have gotten worse when it comes to news coverage.
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Verizon lost 69,000 Fios TV customers in 4Q21, for a total drop of 281,000 residential customers in 2021. The total video subscriber base was down 7.3% year-over-year, to 3.573 million. On the flip side, Fios Consumer revenue rose 5.6% year-over-year to $2.9 billion, thanks to Fios Internet growth.
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Bravo cut Jennie Nguyen from the cast of “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” over insensitive social media posts she shared in 2020. “We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention,” said the network. “Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions.” Nguyen apologized last weekend for the posts, which “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen on his podcast called “disgusting and upsetting.”
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Syfy is launching its first members-only club, Syfy Insider. The destination for sci-fi superfans features videos, sneak peeks, interviews and Q&As with talent, sweepstakes and watch parties.
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Current “Jeopardy!” champ Amy Schneider extended her winning streak this week to rack up the second-most consecutive wins in the show’s history, after Ken Jennings. She displaced Matt Amodio, who she’ll face in “Jeopardy!”’s Tournament of Champions.
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In a letter to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee expressed concerns about the influence the Chinese Communist Party may have over NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Games, and asked NBC how it plans to use its “investment in the Games to shed light on China’s history of human rights abuses.” Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Bob Latta wanted to know whether, as part of NBC’s rights to broadcast the Games, the network is “in any way precluded by the IOC or CCP from coverage that would be critical of the government of the PRC.”
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The Workshop Content Studio and One Bowl Productions have entered into an agreement to co-produce programming the the multimedia marketplace, with a mission to develop and produce Native American content. Additionally, the Iroquois Nationals Board and One Bowl Productions with The WorkShop Content Studios have reached an agreement to document the story of the Iroquois Nationals, the only professional sports team belonging to an Indigenous nation.
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Disney+ has ordered “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” an adventure series based on the best-selling books by Rick Riordan. Riordan and Jon Steinberg (“Black Sails”will write the pilot with James Bobin (“The Mysterious Benedict Society,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold”directing. Steinberg will oversee the series with his producing partner Dan Shotz. Steinberg and Shotz serve as executive producers alongside Bobin, Rick Riordan, Rebecca Riordan, Bert Salke, Monica Owusu-Breen, Jim Rowe and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jeremy Bell, D.J. Goldberg. The Disney Branded Television series is produced by 20th Television.
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Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”) and producer Dani Melia have launched a production company, Local Time, focused on championing emerging storytellers. Through a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, they will executive produce television projects.
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Bruce Miller (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) inked a new overall development deal with ABC Signature and Hulu. The agreement calls for Miller to develop projects through his White Oak Pictures.
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Jorja Fox will not rejoin spinoff “CSI: Vegas” for season two. Season one starred original “CSI” star William Petersen, who only agreed to appear for one season and will continue as an executive producer, along with Fox, whose contract gave her the option to return. “I personally just can’t split Sara and Grissom up again,” posted Fox on Twitter. “So goes Grissom… So goes Sara. Wherever they go, they belong together.”
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Casting notes: Dylan McDermott (“The Practice”) landed the lead in CBS’ “FBI: Most Wanted,” following the exit of Julian McMahon. McDermott has been recurring on another Dick Wolf series, NBC’s “Law & Order: Organized Crime.”…Annaleigh Ashford (“Impeachment: American Crime Story”) has joined the cast of Hulu’s “Immigrant” (wt), playing the wife of the founder of Chippendale’s….Flula Borg is joining Adam Devine, her castmate from the “Pitch Perfect” film franchise, for Peacock’s TV spinoff.
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Apax Capital Group, a New York-based film and media group, has signed a deal with entrepreneur Mike Amoia to join the European Consortium created by Apax and provide full music coverages services to films and TV shows made through Apax. Amoia will provide a total coverage of 100 million Euro in the next 10 years through his entertainment company Mibe Music.
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CBS renewed freshman comedy “Ghosts,” as well as “The Neighborhood” and “Bob Hearts Abishola.” Along with “Young Sheldon,” the shows are the most-watched comedies this season.
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Also coming back is HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones,” for season three. “After a season of literal fire and brimstone, blood, sand, and rollerblading, who wouldn’t come back for more?” said Amy Gravitt, EVP, HBO Programming. “The Gemstone family makes us laugh like nobody else.” Season two concludes February 27.
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Amazon Prime comedy “Smothered” has been greenlit for a second season. Co-stars Jason Stuart (“The Birth of a Nation”) and Mitch Hara (“Mutant Olive”) wrote and produced the series, and are in preproduction to play Ralph and Randy, a neurotic, bickering gay couple fresh out of jail and back in therapy.
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“American Rust” has been canceled by Showtime after one season. Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney starred in the drama, an adaptation of the novel by Philip Meyer.
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Houston will be the setting for season 19 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,”returning Thursday, March 3 at 8p. With the city being home to the largest Nigerian population in the country, the chefs will be put to the test for a quickfire spotlighting Nigerian cuisine and an elimination challenge tasking them to feed Houstonians at an Asian Night Market.
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VH1’s hit “Black Ink Crew” franchise is set to return with back-to-back season premieres of “Black Ink Crew: New York” and newcomer “Black Ink Crew: Compton” on Monday, February 21 at 8p.
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ABC’s “To Tell the Truth returns Tuesday, February 22 at 10p, with celebrity panel Cynthia Erivo, Gary Owen and Donald Faison.
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“Shenmue the Animation” premieres Saturday, February 5 on AdultSwim and Crunchyroll. The anime adaptation, which started as a SEGA video game, follows a man’s quest to become the ultimate martial artist.
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Two specials commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) will feature interviews with Holocaust survivors and their families. “Hearing directly from these survivors puts the atrocities they experienced in sharp focus and should inspire us to fight against all forms of hate and bigotry in the future,” said George Cheeks, President and CEO, CBS. “The Hate We Can’t Forget: A Holocaust Memorial Special” airs Wednesday, January 26 at 10p on Smithsonian Channel, and . “Undeniable: The Truth to Remember” airs Saturday, January 29 at 8p on CBS and Monday, January 31 at 10p on MTV.
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Reelz has two music specials on the way. “Jon Bon Jovi: Frontman” premieres Saturday, February 5 at 8p, followed the next night by “Iron Maiden: Breaking the Band.”
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“STEAM! The Musical,” described as “a Western musical short with an LGBTQ spin,” will air Friday, January 28 at 9p on Revry, the LGBTQ-first streaming media network.
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AccuWeather special “Forecasting Phil – The AccuWeather Spring Preview” airs Friday, January 28 at 10p. Punxsutawney Phil and Stephen Tobolowsky (“Ground Hog Day”) are guests.
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The theme for digital channel Journy’s February lineup is “Trekking Africa.” Anchoring the programming: travel docuseries “On Safari,” available Tuesday, February 1.
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Monday’s premiere of A&E docuseries “Secrets of Playboy” was watched by 1.4 million total viewers, making it the #1 unscripted cable launch of the 2021-22 television season and A&E’s most-watched series premiere in more than 2 years.
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