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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 2/3/22)
A&E: After the First 48 (Premiere)
ALLBLK: Double Cross (Premiere)
FYI: United We Drive (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO MAX: 40 Means Nothing (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Raised by Wolves (Premiere)
ID: Undercover Underage (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Finding Ola (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Murderville (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: New Gold Mountain (Premiere)
YOU TUBE: Giganto Club (Premiere)
BRAVO: Project Runway (Finale) at 9pm
HBO MAX: And Just Like That…(Finale)

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker announced Wednesday morning that he quit his job due to a relationship with a colleague. “As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo’s tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest colleague, someone I have worked with for more than 20 years,” said Zucker in a memo to employees. “I acknowledged the relationship evolved in recent years. I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today….I certainly wish my tenure here had ended differently. But it was an amazing run. And I loved every minute.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The woman in question, EVP and chief marketing officer for CNN Allison Gollust, said in a statement of her own that her relationship with Zucker changed during COVID. Gollust, who served as communications director for Governor Andrew Cuomo for four months in 2012-13, long before the imbroglio that led to Chris Cuomo’s dismissal, said she plans to stay with CNN. Michael Bass, EVP of Programming for CNN US; Amy Entelis, EVP for Talent and Content Development at CNN Worldwide; and Ken Juatz, EVP of CNN/US, will serve as interim co-heads of CNN through the close of the company’s merger with Discovery, expected in 2Q22.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A&E responded to an open letter denouncing its “Secrets of Playboy” docuseries, which looks at the dark sides of Hugh Hefner and his empire. “From all we know of Hef, he was a person of upstanding character, exceptional kindness, and dedication to free thought,” states a letter, signed by hundreds of former employees, Playboy Bunnies and ex-girlfriends, which calls allegations in the show “unfounded.” Responded A&E, “The stories shared in ‘Secrets of Playboy’ are the personal experiences of the documentary’s participants and deserve to be told despite how difficult they may be for some to hear. Signatures on a letter, or a different experience with Mr. Hefner or the Playboy culture, do not negate the experiences of those who have come forward to share their truth on the series and we look forward to continuing to bring these stories to light.” “Secrets of Playboy” airs Mondays at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC suspended “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks for comments she made during a discussion about the banning of a book about Nazi death camps. Goldberg said the Holocaust was not about race, but “about man’s inhumanity to other man.” While Goldberg offered an expansive apology hours later, Jewish groups and others blasted the remarks. “I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” said ABC News President Kim Goodwin. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kristen Bell (“The Good Place”) announced the launch of Dunshire Productions, a creative content and production studio that will focus on advertising content and campaigns for brands. Onboard are Morgan Sackett (“The Good Place”), director, producer and editor Dean Holland (“The Good Place”), Bailey Brand Management founder Troy Bailey and designer and creative director Benjamin Hart. “Dunshire Productions is really just us selfishly chasing that first day of summer camp feeling, because we all love working with each other. Every time we wrap a project together we want to keep it going. So we are,” said the company’s founders in a joint statement.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A+E Networks has acquired author V.C. Andrews’ library of bestselling novels, and Lifetime – already home to “Flowers in the Attic” adaptations – is developing Andrews’ five-part Cutler series for TV. Prequel series “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin” is ls slated to premiere this summer. Lifetime broke the news during its TCA press tour session.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has ordered dark comedic drama “The Brothers Sun” from Brad Falchuk (“Glee”) and Byron Wu. Falchuk will serve as showrunner and exec producer, while Wu will write and executive produce the series, following a Taipei gangster who must protect his mother after his father is shot by an assassin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Athena Pictures and Starlings Television are teaming with Propagate Content’s Ben Silverman to co-produce the female-driven wildlife crime thriller, “Shadowland,” from creator Jacqui Barcos, director Darnell Martin (“American Rust”) and executive producer Peter Elkoff (“Sons of Anarchy”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lion Forge Animation (“Hair Love”) has inked a deal with the Tuff Gong Collective, a joint venture between Universal Music Group and Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob Marley), to develop and produce an animated series based on Marley’s new picture book, Marley and the Family Band, with Tracey Baptiste and illustrated by Tiffany Rose. Polygram Entertainment, a film and television production and development division of UMG, is co-producing the series with Lion Forge Animation and Tuff Gong Collective.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Bros. Television Group has renewed its overall deal with executive producer/writer/showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois (“Claws”). This is her third pact with the Studio. Under the terms of the deal, Sherman Barrois will continue to develop original programming to be produced through WBTV for all platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Onboard AMC spinoff series “Tales of the Walking Dead” are Anthony Edwards (“WeCrashed”), Parker Posey (“Lost in Space”), Terry Crews (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Poppy Liu (“Dead Ringers), and Jillian Bell (“Rough Night”)…Tom Ellis (“Lucifer”) has joined the cast of Hulu’s “Washington Black” in a series regular role…Arielle Kebbel (“Midnight, Texas”) is set to recur in a major role on Fox drama “9-1-1”.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC thriller “61st Street,” starring Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”), premieres Sunday, April 10 at 10p on AMC, with the first two episodes streaming on AMC+ and Allblk.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The sixth and final season of “Saints & Sinners” premieres on Bounce Sunday, April 3 at 8p. The drama is set against the backdrop of a large southern church.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s “Fix My Flip” premieres Thursday, March 10 at 9p on HGTV. The six-parter follows real estate agent Page Turner as she lends a hand to floundering house flippers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV has acquired all 10 seasons of “Wahlburgers,” where it will make its network debut Sunday, February at 7p. The reality show ran on A&E from 2014-19.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Two of Lifetime’s Fallen Angels Murder Club movies, starring Toni Braxton as an amateur sleuth, have premiere dates. “Fallen Angels Murder Club: Friends to Die For” premieres on Saturday, April 2 at 8p, followed a week later by “Fallen Angels Murder Club: Heroes and Felons.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also on the way from Lifetime: “Stolen by Their Father,” starring Sarah Drew as the mother of kidnapped children, debuts Saturday, March 5 at 8p, and “Cruel Intentions,” about the mistreatment of teens at a residential treatment center, premieres Saturday, March 12 at 8p. Both are based on true events.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“We Have a Dream,” a syndicated special celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will run through Black History Month. The two-hour show from Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios features inspirational African-Americans who have achieved the great American dream, more than 58 years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Appearing in the special are Regina King, Will Smith, Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Tyler Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Daymond John, Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Black, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Judge Karen Mills-Francis and more. The second quarter of 2022 will bring an R&B music special for Black Music Month, “Feel the Beat.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The AccuWeather Network, AccuWeather NOW streaming and accuweather.com are celebrating Black History Month with tributes to pioneering figures in meteorology, science, climate change and all things weather. Features will also highlight meteorology and science programs at Jackson State University and Bethune-Cookman University, both historically Black universities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kym Whitley (“Animal Practice”) returns as host and Olympic medalist Gus Kenworthy joins the judging panel for “Puppy Bowl Presents: The Winter Games.” The canine competition starts streaming today on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Turner Classic Movies will kick off the 13th annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Thursday, April 21 with a 40th anniversary screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.” Director Steven Spielberg will be on hand, along with producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. This year’s festival, held in Hollywood April 21-24, will center around the theme “All Together Now: Back to the Big Screen.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The contributions of Black comic creators, artists and characters will be honored by DC and Warner Bros. Consumer Products this month with a collection of new comics, books and merch. The company will also launch initiatives to support and develop Black creators and inspire a new generation of comic book professionals. In addition, Milestone Compendium One allows DC fans to explore the anthology of Black Super Heroes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News Books, the publishing imprint of Fox News Media, will roll out its fourth book, Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak: Lessons on Faith from Nine Biblical Families, on March 29 as part of its first franchise series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It appears HBO has struck gold with “The Gilded Age.” Episode two delivered 1.2 million viewers across platforms, up 15% from the series premiere. And the audience for the debut episode has ballooned from 1 million viewers to 3.4 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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