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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 3/16/22)
CBS: Beyond the Edge (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY+: Pig Royalty (Premiere)
E! and USA: Temptation Island (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: Bad Vega: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Hei$t: The Great Robbery of Brazil’s Central Bank (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Pedal to Metal (Premiere)
PBS: Expedition With Steve Backshall: Unpacked (Premiere) at 10pm
WHISTLE TV: Home Team (Premiere)
BET: Tyler Perry’s Sistas (Finale) at 9pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: South Park (Finale) at 8pm
HBO: Phoenix Rising (Finale) at 9pm

Fox News Media war zone photographer Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukranian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed in Ukraine on Monday when their vehicle came under fire. In a note to employees, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott wrote of Zakrzewski, “He was profoundly committed to telling the story and his bravery, professionalism and work ethic were renowned.” As for 24-year-old Kuvshynova, said Scott, “She was incredibly talented and spent weeks working directly with our entire team there, operating around the clock to make sure the world knew what was happening in her country.” Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova were with Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall when the crew was attacked; Hall was injured and hospitalized.
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NewsNation announced plans to add 12 hours of live programming by early June, for a total of 61 hours each week. The cable network’s live late night newscast, launched with the outbreak of war in Ukraine, will become a permanent fixture. In March, the early evening newscast will expand by an hour, and in June, morning news programming will expand to four hours. “NewsNation is well down the path to becoming a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week cable news network, and this latest expansion is a clear demonstration of our commitment to making that a reality,” said Sean Compton, President of the networks division of Nexstar Media.
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EU antitrust regulators have cleared the way for Amazon’s $6.5 billion acquisition of MGM, saying the deal “would not significantly reduce competition.” The next hurdle is US authorities – Amazon certified to the Federal Trade Commission that it had provided all information requested for the deal, triggering a deadline of mid-March for the commission to file a challenge.
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Former President Barack Obama will narrate Netflix docuseries “Our Great National Parks,” launching Wednesday, April 13. The five-parter, part of Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground slate for the streamer, was announced last year, but the 44th US President was only this week revealed as more than executive producer.
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Amazon Studios handed a series order to YA pilot “Harlan Coben’s Shelter.” The show, an adaptation of Coben’s Mickey Bolitar novels, is co-produced by MGM International Television Productions and Amazon Studios.
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Hallmark Channel regular Brennan Elliott (“The Perfect Pairing,” “Cedar Cove”) has signed a multi-picture overall deal with Crown Media Family Networks. “Brennan brings tremendous talent and charisma to every role,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, EVP, Programming, Crown Media Family Networks. “He’s a joy to work with and we look forward to collaborating with him on new movies we know our viewers will fall in love with.”
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Netflix ordered five new animated series and specials inspired by Dr. Seuss books, including One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; The Sneetches; Horton Hears A Who!; Wacky Wednesday and Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose. “Introducing concepts of foundational learning, this new slate of programming will explore themes of diversity and respect for others all told through fun and engaging stories that incorporate the whimsical humor, distinctive visuals and rhythmic style of Dr. Seuss,” said the streamer.
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This’ll keep you out of the kitchen: A two-hour “comedic” celebrity pickleball tournament has been set for CBS primetime. Produced by Funny Or Die in association with Spartina and CBS Studios, “Pickled” will be executive produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah, Joe Farrell and Henry R. Muñoz III and Spartina’s Stephen Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert and Tom Purcell.
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Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal and actress Liza Koshy (YouTube’s “Liza on Demand”) have joined singer/songwriter Shakira (“The Voice”) as creators on “Dancing with Myself,” NBC’s upcoming dance-challenge series. The show will have everyday people compete in dance challenges created and demonstrated by O’Neal, Koshy and Shakira. A premiere date for the hourlong series will be announced in the near future.
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Jeni Rice-Genzuk Henry, former co-showrunner for “grown-ish,” has inked an overall deal with BET Studios. Under the agreement, Rice-Genzuk Henry is working on developing “Snatched,” a dramedy for Showtime, and “Unlikely Stepmom,” based on a French format. “As BET aligns with the evolving media landscape, BET Studios provides storytellers creative autonomy, leaving room for more veritable representation of Black culture on screen,” said Aisha Summers Burke, EVP, and General Manager, BET Studios. “It is important to work with a team that was not only the best in their fields, but incredibly tuned into the complexities of the Black experience and we found this — and much more — in Jeni.”
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A half-hour series inspired by the 1984 coming-of-age comedy “16 Candles” is percolating for Peacock. Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), Gabriela Revilla Lugo (“Whiplash”) and Selena Gomez (“Only Murders in the Building”) are developing “15 Candles,” following four young Latinas as they face the coming-of-age rite of the quinceañera.
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Hulu has ordered a pilot for comedy “Bammas,” written, executive produced and starring Opeyemi “Opey” Olagbaju (“Betty”) and Biniam Bizuneh (“Resident Alien”). The show focuses on a pair of Ethiopian- and Nigerian-American buddies working to overcome their loser reputations.
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OUTtv ordered season two of “Hot Haus,” the reality series following a group of queer sex-positive performers and content creators as they compete for the title of Queer Sex Symbol (and cash).
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Tamika Miller, the recipient of the 2020 Shondaland/SeriesFest “Women’s Directing Initiative,” made her directorial debut on Shondaland’s “Station 19,” in an episode airing on Thursday, March 17 at 8p. Submissions for a new cycle of the mentorship program are now open.
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A+E Networks and GMC have partnered for “Revolution: GMC HUMMER EV,” documenting the launch of the automaker’s first all-electric pickup. The one-hour feature follows the General Motors team members who helped lead the process of designing and building the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, a zero-emissions vehicle. The show will premiere in the DRIVE block on The History Channel on Sunday, March 27 at 11a, with an encore presentation on FYI on Thursday March 31 at 9p.
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Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias has sold out Dodger Stadium for May 7, during the 11-night Netflix Is a Joke festival. Iglesias is the first comedian to perform at the MLB stadium; performance will be taped for his third Netflix special.
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Casting notes: Juliette Lewis (“Yellowjackets”) has joined the cast of Hulu limited series “Immigrant” (wt), the true story of the entrepreneur who started Chippendale’s…Chris Sullivan (“This Is Us”) landed the lead in ABC comedy pilot “The Son In Law”…Frankie Faison (“The Wire”) will guest star in two episodes of ABC’s “The Rookie” that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a possible spinoff…John Clarence Stewart (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”), Shamika Cotton (“The Equalizer”) and newcomer Miracle Watts will recur in season two of Starz drama “P-Valley.”
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WarnerMedia announced a new Showrunner Program to provide immersive training on leadership and production for the next generation of showrunners. Part of the WarnerMedia Equity + Inclusion team’s Access program slate, the next program launches in April.
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Disney+’s “Ms. Marvel” has a launch date: Wednesday, June 8. The superhero series focuses on a Muslim American teen balancing high school, her family and her emerging powers.
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HGTV’s “Vacation House Rules” is back for a new season Friday, April 15 at 9p. In the renovation series, contractor Scott McGillivray helps families transform neglected digs into profitable second homes.
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“The Great Muslim American Road Trip” follows a young Muslim American couple as they explore Route 66 and its surrounding Muslim communities on a drive from Chicago to LA. The three-parter debuts Tuesday, July 5 at 10p on PBS.
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The creepy world of cults is explored in Vice TV’s “True Believers,” which premieres as part of the net’s Investigative Night on Monday, April 11 at 10p.
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Season four of ABC’s “Holey Moley” debuts Tuesday, May 3 at 8p, followed by the return of quiz show “The Chase” at 9p and new series “Who Do You Believe?” at 10p.
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“The Good Karma Hospital” kicks off season four Monday, March 21 on Acorn TV. New episodes of the India-set medical drama will premiere weekly through April 18.
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All six episodes of Ava DuVernay docuseries “One Perfect Shot” will drop Thursday, March 24 on HBO Max. The series features acclaimed filmmakers breaking down shots and sequences in their films.
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Allen Media Group free streaming digital platform HBCU GO, the media provider for the nation’s 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has struck a multi-year partnership with the Southwestern Athletic Conference that grants HBCU GO cable, linear, streaming, broadcast, VOD, and pay-per-view rights to premier NCAA Division I HBCU conference sporting events. Beginning with the fall 2022-23 season, HBCU GO will distribute programming for the SWAC across all sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, and Olympic sports.
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This year’s “Say Yes to the Prom,” the educational and charitable initiative from Discovery, Inc. inspired by TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” will donate thousands of dresses to Becca’s Closets across the country, as well as partners including Altice USA, Mediacom Communications Corporation, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the League of United Latin American Citizens.
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Thriller movie “Don’t Hang Up” premieres Sunday, March 20 at 8p on Bounce. The drama focuses on a man who must complete a series of missions to get his kidnapped daughter back.
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Redbox Entertainment has signed North American rights to Verdi Productions’ action-crime film “Johnny & Clyde.” The film will premiere in theaters and will be available day-and-date in Redbox kiosks and On Demand.
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The latest batch of presenters announced for the 94th Oscars includes Halle Bailey, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Woody Harrelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Shawn Mendes, Tyler Perry and Tracee Ellis Ross. The ceremony airs live on ABC on Sunday, March 27 at 8p.
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The second episode of HBO/HBO Max sports drama “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers” drew 1.2 million viewers, up 33% from the series premiere.
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The 2022 Critic’s Choice Awards saw a ratings rebound with its return to an in-person event simulcast on The CW and TBS. Sunday’s ceremony drew 1.1 million total viewers and a 0.2 rating among A18-49, within spitting distance of pre-pandemic numbers. Last year’s show delivered 365,000 viewers and 0.1 in the demo.
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In syndication the week of February 28, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” was up 33% among W25-54 and 0.9 in households. Further back in the pack were newcomers “Nick Cannon” and “The Good Dish,” both unchanged at 0.4 and exiting syndication after one season. Top game shows were down – “Jeopardy!” (5.7, down 3%) set the pace, followed by “Family Feud” (5.5, down 4%) and “Wheel of Fortune” (5.3, down 5%).
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