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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/17/22)
ALLBLK: Millennials (Premiere)
FOX: MasterChef (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Welcome to Flatch (Premiere) at 9:30pm
HBO MAX: DMZ (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Minx (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Jellystone! (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Soil
PEACOCK: Below Deck Down Under; Curious George

Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall is “now safe and out of Ukraine,” according to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott. Hall had been seriously injured while reporting outside Kyiv, in an attack that killed two of his colleagues.
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Dating series “The Courtship” has moved from NBC’s Sunday lineup to USA Network on Wednesdays at 11p. The show premiered on March 6 to 990,000 viewers and 0.2 among A18-49; episode two fell 37% in audience and 50% in the demo.
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Women feel notably less represented in TV and media compared to men, and the majority feel they are not accurately represented, according to an international survey conducted by Starz in partnership with the Center for Scholars and Storytellers at UCLA. Only 35% of women outside the US reported that their identity is well represented in current media content, compared to 41% men. More than 75% of international audiences reported wanting to see multicultural content, topped by Mexico (88.5%), India (86.1%) and Colombia (84.9%).
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Syndicated talker “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will have its grand finale on Thursday, May 26. After that date, the show will run on affiliate stations during the summer with guest hosts, compilation shows and repeats.
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Sinclair Broadcast Group has launched Sinclair Cares: Ukraine Relief, a fundraising partnership with Global Red Cross to help with their humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Fundraising will support the delivery of emergency aid and first aid training support.
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Charter Communications is now offering a minimum starting wage of $20 an hour including target commissions for all employees across its 41-state service area. The move fulfills a commitment that began in 2018 with the establishment of a $15 minimum starting wage. Charter announced in April 2020 that it would permanently raise its starting wage to $20 an hour in 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck is joining Troy Aikman in a move to ESPN with a multi-year deal. The long-time team will be the new voices of “Monday Night Football” and contribute content to ESPN+. “When you have the opportunity to bring in the iconic, longest-running NFL broadcasting duo, you take it, especially at a time when we are on the cusp of a new era in our expanding relationship with the NFL,” said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judd Apatow is continuing his long-term relationship with NBCUniversal with a new multi-year production deal for TV and film. “We are eager to expand Judd’s longtime relationship with NBCUniversal by making his television home here at Universal Studio Group,” said Chairman of Universal Studio Group Pearlena Igbokwe. “We, like most audiences, are fans of his unconventional characters and unparalleled brand of comedy. We look forward to giving him a creative environment to do what he does best – make us laugh.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TelevisaUnivision announced the start of production and the main cast of the authorized biographical series about Mexican movie icon María Félix for ViX+. Produced by Carmen Armendáriz, directed by Mafer Suárez and written by Larissa AndradeAlejandro Gerber, Tania Tinajero and Gabriela Rodríguez, the series will star Mexican actresses Sandra Echeverría (“La Usurpadora,” “La Fuerza del Destino”), Ximena Romo (“Dime Cuándo Tú,” “Yago”) and Abril Vergara, who will portray “La Doña” at different stages of her life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tony McNamara (“The Great”) inked an overall deal with ABC Signature that calls for him to develop and supervise projects for the studio. “Tony’s work on ‘The Great’ and ‘Cruella’ is sly, subversive and delicious, and we made it our mission to get this spectacular talent to our studio,” said Jonnie Davis, President, ABC Signature.
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TBS has put into development comedy series “Stubs,” from writer Lindsay Golder (“Chad”) and “The Mick” creators Dave Chernin and John Chernin. Dave and John Chernin executive produce with 3 Arts’ Oly Obst, Nicolas Frenkel and Katie Newman.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo hit CNN with a demand for arbitration and a claim for $125 million, representing the amount of money remaining on his contract as well as “future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation.” Cuomo was fired in December for his involvement in dealing with sexual harassment allegations against his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “Cuomo had no reason to believe that his assistance to Gov. Cuomo was inconsistent with CNN’s or Turner’s policies nor its expectations,” says the arbitration filing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Byron Allen’s media companies have filed suit against The Nielsen Company, seeking billions of dollars in damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and fraud by concealment. According to the lawsuit, Nielsen told Allen’s companies that its panel system could reliably rate Entertainment Studios Networks even though the networks had limited distribution at the time. The lawsuit alleges that Nielsen knew, but failed to disclose, that the panel system was unreliable across all networks, particularly for networks like the ESN.
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Mike Myers’ Netflix series “The Pentaverate,” about a secret society of five men working to influence world events, will debut, appropriately enough, on Thursday, May 5. The date was announced in a teaser posted at 5:55p. Series creator Myers plays eight characters in the comedy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ is offering a drawing experience in new series “Sketchbook”with Walt Disney Animation Studios. Starting Wednesday, April 27, viewers will be given an insider’s look into the animation process as some of the studios’ artists teach them how to draw Disney characters, including Kuzco from “Emperor’s New Groove,” Olaf from “Frozen,” Genie from “Aladdin,” Captain Hook from “Peter Pan,” Mirabel from “Encanto” and young Simba from “The Lion King.”
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Showtime’s “I Love That for You,” starring and executive produced by Vanessa Bayer (“Saturday Night Live”) and inspired by her story of overcoming childhood leukemia, premieres Sunday, May 1 at 8:30p. SNL alum Molly Shannon and Jenifer Lewis (“black-ish”) also star.
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The first four episodes of season two of Norwegian-language crime drama “Wisting” premieres Thursday, March 31 on Sundance Now. The series follows a race against time to stop an escaped serial killer.
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Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weldman team again for a third season of paranormal investigations in “Portals to Hell,” premiering Saturday, April 9 at 10p on Travel Channel.
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Acorn TV original “Harry Wild,” an Irish mystery thriller starring Jane Seymore (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) debuts Monday, April 4 on the streamer.
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Home renovation series “George to the Rescue” returns for a new season on Saturday, March 26 on NBC 4 New York/WNBC, NBC stations across the country (check local listings) and on Peacock. The weekly show hosted by George Oliphant celebrates worthy individuals and organizations with life-changing construction renovations.
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It’s flashback time on Food Network! “Worst Cooks in America Celebrity Edition: That’s So 90’s” features stars from shows like “The Nanny,” “Growing Pains” and “Boy Meets World,” starting Sunday, April 24 at 9p.
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Jack Black will reprise his voice role as Po the Panda in Netflix spinoff series “Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight.”… Ruby Stokes (“Bridgerton”) will star in Netflix period drama “Lockwood & Co.”…Sharon Horgan (“Catastrophe”) and Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex”) will play a married couple in UK’s BBC One drama “Best Interests.”
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Scott Bakula (“NCIS: New Orleans”) will star in NBC pilot “Unbroken” (wt) as a retired rodeo champion…Australian actor Lincoln Younes (“Grand Hotel”) has joined the cast of Cineflix Rights drama “Last King of The Cross.”…Chance Perdomo (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) landed a lead in Prime Video’s spinoff of “The Boys.”…Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”) will star in an HBO project based on the book Big Swiss by Jen Beagin.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu is diving into live streaming, literally, with a three-hour aerial plane maneuver scheduled for Sunday, April 25 at 7p. In the Red Bull-branded stunt titled “Plane Swap,” two pilots will solo pilot an aircraft, put them into a vertical nosedive, jump out and skydive into each other’s planes. “It’s the pinnacle of my career and my goal is to inspire the world and show that anything is possible,” said one of the pilots, Luke Aikens. “You can set your mind on something that at times seems wild, crazy and unattainable, but through ambition and creativity, you can make it happen.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shudder’s “Halfway to Halloween Hotline” of personalized horror movie recommendations returns this April as part of the streamer’s annual “Halfway to Halloween” celebration. The stunt features new original series and films and additions to Shudder’s movie library of horror classics.
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The future for TV apps look rosy, according to Samsung Ads’ new Streaming Index -88% of respondents intend to use TV apps more or at the same level, and only 12% intend to cut back. But retaining viewers is tricky: Audiences are pickier than ever about bestowing loyalty; churn remains high at 50% on average, and is growing across all streaming apps. And audiences are also still in exploration and discovery mode – in any given month, nearly a third of TV app audiences (32%) are new.
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FutureDude Entertainment will be showcasing “Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit” and “Oceanus: Act One” on Gunpowder & Sky’s sci-fi streamer, Dust, as part of their development deal. “These films are but a sneak peek into the varied and unique neo-classic universes we’ve been carefully crafting for fans of intelligent and thought-provoking sci-fi entertainment,” said FutureDude’s Jeffrey Morris.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Forty-two percent of Americans share devices with others in the household, according to a study by The Advertising Research Foundation. Thirty-six percent of Americans share their Netflix account login with relatives and 13% with friends; for Amazon Prime it’s 22% for relatives and 8% with friends; Disney+ 32% and 13%, respectively, and for ESPN+ the breakdown is 16% with relatives and 7% with friends. Among SVOD services, Disney+ is the most co-viewed (53% of respondents in HHs 4+), followed by Netflix and Amazon Prime (30% of respondents in HHs 4+). Disney+ was also the most shared by HHs of 2+ (37% of respondents). The implication for advertisers who assume that devices connecting through the same IP address must belong to the same HH? The study indicates that this practice is missing who and how many in the HH are using the same device for video consumption or for purchases, leading to errors in both measurement and targeting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In related news, Netflix is testing charging a fee for subscribers to share their login credentials outside their households. Results of the test, taking place in Costa Rica, Chile and Peru, will be evaluated before the extra fees roll out elsewhere. Netflix has always made it easy for people in the same household to share their Netflix accounts, notes Chengyi Long, Product Innovation Director in a blog post, which has “created some confusion about when and how Netflix can be shared. As a result, accounts are being shared between households – impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films for our members.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sunday night’s season 3 finale of Univision’s “¿Quién Es la Máscara?”(The Masked Singer) reached 3.8 million Total Viewers as well as reaching 12.1 million Total Viewers during its full run. The series averaged 1.8 million Total Viewers, 594,000 among Adults 18-49 and 220,000 Adults 18-34, marking the program’s highest-rated telecast in its full season 3 run among Total Viewers 2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Saturday debut of Hallmark Channel movie “Feeling Butterflies” was the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers, elevating the channel to be the #1 most-watched entertainment cable network in Weekend Total Day among Women 18+, as well as Weekend Primetime among Households, Women 18+, and Total Viewers. The film averaged 2.1 million Total Viewers and 198,000 Women 25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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