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ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 3/1/22)
NBC, ABC, CBS: State of the Union with President Joe Biden at 9pm
BRITBOX: Murder in Provence (Premiere)
HBO: The Larry David Story (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Worst Roommate Ever (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Guardians of Justice (Premiere)
HBO: The Larry David Story (Finale) at 10pm

It’s official: As had been reported, Chris Licht will take the job of Chairman and CEO of CNN Global following the completion of Discovery, Inc.’s acquisition of WarnerMedia. “I have known and admired Chris for more than 15 years and strongly believe he is the best person to lead CNN Global as part of Warner Bros. Discovery,” said David Zaslav, who will serve as the new company’s CEO. “Chris is a dynamic and creative producer, an engaging and thoughtful journalist, and a true news person. He has more than two decades of broadcast experience across local, cable and national news…..He is a highly principled individual who is trusted, hard-working and makes every organization stronger, more innovative, and more cohesive.” Currently Licht is EVP of Special Programming at CBS and executive producer and showrunner for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He succeeds Jeff Zucker, who made an abrupt exit from CNN last month after admitting ro a romantic relationship that had not been disclosed to HR.
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In a note to CNN employees, Licht praised the network’s coverage of the Ukraine story as “a great example of the power and impact of CNN,” adding, “I look forward to getting to know all of you and hearing your candid thoughts and feedback. Our viewers demand the truth from us, and I want to learn the truth from you. Together, we will double-down on what’s working well and quickly eliminate what’s not.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The one-year anniversary of Black Experience on Xfinity is being celebrated with ten $100,000 grants to emerging Black filmmakers from Comcast Universal. “The launch of Black Experience on Xfinity has been a major investment in the Black creative community and one of the many ways we are leveraging the scale and reach of our platforms to amplify voices that need to be heard,” said Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services. “The Black Experience Channel on Xfinity allows us to shine a spotlight on our existing content partners, while also investing in and distributing original programming from emerging Black content creators and talent.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Timothy Hutton has filed a lawsuit against Electric Entertainment for dropping him from iMDb TV’s “Leverage: Redemption,” a revival of 2008-12 crime drama “Leverage.” He lost the role while taking legal action against an allegation of a 1984 sexual assault. Hutton, who denied the assault, was cleared by Canadian law enforcement after they found “a glaring lack of support and proof” for the accusation.” The only major “Leverage” cast member not included in the reboot, Hutton claims Electric did not independently investigate the allegation and ignored evidence that challenged the claim.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TelevisaUnivision has launched UniVisionarios, a new initiative to honor exceptional US Hispanics. The top 25 nominees will be featured on the company’s linear, digital, and audio platforms throughout the year, including special segments on Univision Noticias, TUDN network, Univision.com, Uforia’s radio network, and across flagship shows.
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MAGNA’s second annual Equity Upfront is set for April 5-7, with theme, “Invest for Impact.” The hybrid experience will focus on highlighting the impact of diverse audiences on media consumption and their impact on brand loyalty. The event will coincide with the launch of MAGNA’s latest research on Black consumers and will feature the release of MAGNA’s new equity portal, a media guide of diverse owners designed to further media investments.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Michael Douglas will star in and executive produce a project for Apple TV+ about Benjamin Franklin based on Stacy Schiff’s book, A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America. A co-production between ITV Studios America and Apple Studios, the limited event series comes from Kirk Ellis (“John Adams”), Tim Van Patten (“Boardwalk Empire”), Flame Ventures and Eden Productions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC gave a straight-to-series order for “Avalon,” based on Michael Connelly’s short story. The series from David E. Kelley (“Big Sky”) is produced by A+E Studios and 20th Entertainment – and ABC has high hopes for the show. “David E. Kelley is one of the great storytellers of our time and we are excited to continue our successful relationship with him on what we believe will be his next epic series on ABC,” said Craig Erwich, President Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. “Michael Connelly’s short story is ripe with mystery and intrigue.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock gave a series order to a live-action adaptation of video game “Twisted Metal,” from Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, and Universal Television. Anthony Mackie (“The Falcom and the Winter Soldier”) stars, as well as exec produces with Will Arnett and Marc Forman via their Electric Avenue.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions is launching HartBeat Independent, a new division for unscripted and alternative scripted content. Projects will include feature films, hidden-camera shows, docuseries, social experiments, game shows, competition series, sketch series, and hybrid comedies. Luke Kelly-Clyne and Kevin Healey will head up the unit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “The White Lotus” is going from six episodes to seven for season two, and original cast member Jennifer Coolidge will return for another stay on the social satire. The next installment, “The White Lotus: Sicily,” has started production in Italy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lifetime has three new holiday movies on tap for 2022: “A New Orleans Noel,” executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg and starring Keshia Knight Pulliam, Brad James, Patti LaBelle and Tim Reid; “A Country Christmas Harmony,” starring Brooke Elliott, Brandon Quinn and Danny Pintauro; and an untitled film starring Mario Lopez, Jana Kramer, Cheri Oteri an Courtney Lopez.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Chelsea Devantez (“The Problem with Jon Stewart”) has inked an overall deal with 20th Television to develop and produce comedy projects, and supervise others. “Beyond our admiration for her abilities as a writer and a comic, we also love that she is a champion of underrepresented voices,” said Karey Burke, President of 20th Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “The Baby,” a co-production with Sky, premieres Sunday, April 24 at 10:30p. The comedy focuses on a woman whose baby turns her life into a horror show.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of Paramount hit “Yellowstone” starts streaming exclusively on Peacock on Monday, March 28. The season debuted on Paramount in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Someone They Knew…With Tamron Hall” makes its debut Sunday, March 6 at 9p. The true crime series follows the path from victim to verdict.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more true crime news, ID’s “Crime Scene Confidential” premieres Tuesday, March 8 at 9p. At the center of the action is a forensic scientist who revisits shocking and controversial cases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s “Spring into Love” programming event features four new movies, starting with “Just One Kiss” on Saturday, April 2 at 8p. Love is in the air at Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, too, with the premiere of “Always Amore” on Sunday, April 3 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sinclair Broadcast Group’ TBD (To Be Discovered), a free, over-the-air, multicast network with content from TV and the web, will celebrate five years on-air this month. From March 4-6, the network will air “TBD Turns 5! Celebration,” featuring marathons of the network’s most popular series: “Best of the Week,” “Best Fails of the Month,” “FailFactory,” “Animals Unscripted,” “Wipeout,” and “Fear Factor.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

BritBox is bringing the “75th EE British Academy Film Awards” to audiences in North America and South Africa. The awards will be available for streaming in the US, Canada and South Africa live on Sunday, March 13.
(Source: Cynopsis)

As part of a series of initiatives to honor Women’s History Month, Fuse Media is continuing the new season of its Future History franchise by recognizing a class of Future Women’s History makers who are using their voices to drive positive change. The women will be spotlighted through a short-form video series throughout March on the Fuse digital and social platforms, as well as its Fuse and FM linear channels.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tubi Originals for March include “Before Her Time: When the Music Stopped.” The film, focused on the legacies of Amy Winehouse, Aaliyah Dana Haughton, Left Eye Lopez and Selena Quintanilla-Perez, starts streaming Wednesday, March 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season six premiere of gangster drama “Peaky Blinders” was watched by 3.8 million UK viewers on Sunday, tying the record set by the season five finale.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Ned Eisenberg died February 27 of cancer. He was 65. Along with numerous stage and film credits, Eisenberg had a long-running recurring role on “Law & Order: SVU,” and appeared on “Dear John,” “The Sopranos,” “Bull,” “The Good Wife” and “Mare of Easttown,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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