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ON TELEVISION (FRIDAY 3/18/22)
Apple TV+: WeCrashed (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Ranch to Table (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Lust (Premiere)
HULU: Life & Beth (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Human Resources (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Is It Cake? (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Standing Up (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Cracow Monsters (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Alessandro Cattelan: One Simple Question (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Young, Famous & African (Premiere)
THE ROKU CHANNEL: The Newsreader (Premiere)

(SATURDAY 3/19/22)
OWN: Love & Marriage: Huntsville (Premiere) at 8pm
OWN: Marry Me Now (Premiere) at 9pm
CW: Great Chocolate Meltdown (Finale) at 8pm

(SUNDAY 3/20/22)
BYU TV: Making Good (Premiere) at 7pm
HBO MAX: Amsterdam (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT: Bar Rescue (Premiere) at 10pm
PBS: Call the Midwife (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Sandition on Masterpiece (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: Before We Die (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Expedition Bigfoot (Premiere) at 10pm

Amazon has closed its $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM – and MGM staffers got a warm welcome. “We look forward to working with you as we create the next phase of MGM’s rich history together,” wrote Amazon Studios and Prime Video SVP Mike Hopkins in an email. The deal won the approval of EU regulators, and the US Federal Trade Commission did not file a legal challenge before a mid-March deadline. However, the FTC’s failure to register an objection doesn’t necessarily guarantee it’s all smooth sailing from here. “The FTC does not comment on any particular matters. However, we reiterate that the Commission does not approve transactions and may challenge a deal at any time if it determines that it violates the law,” said FTC spokesperson Betsy Lordan.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spectrum Networks announced plans to dedicate a team of journalists to cover nationally relevant news and events and their impact on local communities. Spectrum News NY1 veteran journalist Annika Pergament will move from her current role as “Mornings on 1” co-anchor to become a national news anchor. The team will be headed up by Sam Singal, Spectrum Networks’ VP of Editorial and Content. “We are implementing a comprehensive news strategy that will allow us to continue to meet the growing needs of our audience,” said Alison Hellman, SVP, Content, Strategy and Marketing, Spectrum Networks. “Our audience looks to us as their definitive source of information, so it’s essential for us to connect on all of the issues that matter to them.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s “American Song Contest,” premiering Monday, March 21, has lined up brand partners M&M’S, T-Mobile, and Wells Fargo. Integrations include M&M’S tapping into NBCU’s commerce capabilities through an out-of-show ShoppableTV enabled brand spot; T-Mobile serving as the show’s voting partner, and providing one of the Top 10 finalists the opportunity to have their song featured in an upcoming T-Mobile commercial; and custom spots from Wells Fargo. “With our incredible world leading brand partners, we are taking this show a step further elevating the viewer experience by placing fans directly into the action of each artists journey, each song, each round of elimination,” said Mark Marshall, President, Advertising and Partnerships, NBCU. “American Song Contest” is based on the hit “Eurovision Song Contest.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sharon Osbourne is joining Piers Morgan on upcoming UK channel TalkTV. Osbourne left her hosting job on CBS’s “The Talk” last year, after her defense of Morgan’s controversial comments about Meghan Markle received backlash. Osbourne will host a current affairs show on the new channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 Bunim/Murray Productions and Animoca-backed tech venture Virtual Arts have partnered to form Wonderfuel, leveraging NFTs to explore audience-driven, audience-funded programming. Wonderfuel will roll out a full slate of shows to air on both traditional networks and streamers, alongside Web 3.0 platforms. NFTs will be minted and released alongside the shows, so that fans can become NFT owners and gain access to unique rewards, from involvement in creative decisions to sharing in prizes and fan experiences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Magilla Entertainment (“Moonshiners,” “Beach Front Bargain Hunt”) has joined forces with producer Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 (“Dickinson,” “13 Reasons Why”) to develop a slate of unscripted projects. Sugar23 Head of Alternative and Unscripted David Hillman will spearhead the partnership for Sugar23, working alongside Magilla Co-Founders Laura Palumbo Johnson and Matthew Ostrom, and President Jason Fox. Among the initial projects in development are a cooking series, a prank competition and an intergenerational dating social experiment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv has greenlit “Kold x Windy,” a scripted drama exposing the reality behind Chicago’s south side and its street culture. The series, from creators Kenny Young, Phil James and Vernon “Xtreme” Brown, will debut in fall 2022 on WE tv and ALLBLK.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Canadian film and television producer Vince Buda (“Crown and Anchor”) and actor, writer and musician Matt Wells (“Schitt’s Creek”) have launched a production company, Greater Hood Productions. The first slate of original content includes travel/motivational docuseries “Moving On,” among other projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Halcyon Studios, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment companyrecently formed to create premium scripted television content, shared its 2022 slate. Projects include “Dinotopia,” based on fantasy books by James Gurney; “Under the Wave at Waimea,” adapted from Paul Theroux’s novel; horror show “Death Line”; an untitled project from LA noire author James Ellroy; and an update of Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cinedigm has inked a strategic partnership with multi-platform producer Roundtable Entertainment that will include co-financing and co-owning the IP of original films to be distributed domestically on Cinedigm’s OTT networks and on other third-party streaming platforms. The partnership also plans to launch multiple enthusiast streaming channels together that will leverage Cinedigm’s streaming capabilities. Cinedigm is taking a minority shareholder position in Roundtable Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prime Video is developing a baking competition tasking chefs to concoct creations inspired by Dr. Seuss characters. Super Delicious (“Cupcake Wars”), Amazon Studios and Dr. Seuss Enterprises are producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: “SNL” alum Leslie Jones will recur on season two of Starz drama “BMF”…Eric Bogosian (“Talk Radio”) has joined the cast AMC’s upcoming “Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire.”…Kathryn McNamara will play the female lead in CW pilot “Walker: Independence.”…Newcomers (and twins) Railey and Seazynn Gilliland landed the leads in IMDb TV dramedy “High School.” Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Kyle Bornheimer (“Avenue 5”) play the girls’ parents….Hoyeon (“Squid Game”) has joined the cast of Apple TV+ thriller series “Disclaimer,” opposite Cate Blanchett and Kevin Kline….Alice Eve (“Belgravia”) will star in CBS drama pilot “Early Edition,” a reboot of the 1996-2000 series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

OWN reality series “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” returns for season four on Saturday, March 19 at 8p. What’s the secret to the show’s success? “When I created ‘Love & Marriage: Huntsville,’ it was important to me that we were building a series that could appeal to a wide range of demos, not just female viewers,” says executive producer and CEO & Founder of Kingdom Reign Entertainment, Carlos King. “I think that’s part of what makes the show so successful and what led to the franchise expansion to D.C. – people can see themselves in the cast. We’re excited to return to OWN for what is, by far, the most explosive and unexpected season yet!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Resident Evil,” based on the video game franchise, will make its debut Thursday, July 14. The live-action series is set in the year 2036, after a deadly virus causes a global apocalypse.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of “The Flight Attendant” lands Thursday, April 28 on Apple TV+. Episodes will drop weekly through May 26.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freddy Dodge and Juan Ibarra help struggling miners learn how to run a successful business when Discovery’s “Gold Rush: Freddy Dodge’s Mine Rescue” returns Friday, April 1 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Pinecone & Pony,” an animated kids series based on the book The Princess and the Pony, premieres Friday, April 8 on AppleTV+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 14 of “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange” focuses on global Black activism, from artists using their voices to everyday people advocating for change. The docuseries from Black Public Media and WORLD Channel kicks off on Monday, April 4 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Late-night variety series “Ziwi” returns to Showtime on Sunday, May 1 at 11 p for the second season’s first installment of six episodes. A second batch will air later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

He’s got game: Andrew Zimmern has launched his Outdoor Sportsman Group digital original series “Andrew Zimmern’s Wild Game Kitchen” on OutdoorChannel.com. The show also will appear on Outdoor Channel in September 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“South Park” will celebrate 25 years on the air with a concert at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Colorado on August 10. “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be on hand for the festivities, which will feature performances by Primus and Ween, who wrote songs for the series and starred in the season two episode, “Chef Aid.” “We’re so excited to go home and play at Red Rocks, a place that’s been known for hosting the most legendary Artists and Musicians,” said Parker and Stone. “Until now.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

AMC is airing a marathon of “Breaking Bad” for five consecutive weeks beginning Saturday, March 19 at 4p, leading up to the sixth and final season of “Better Call Saul,” which premieres Monday, April 18 at 9p on AMC and AMC+. Airing on Saturdays, the marathon will feature behind-the-scenes interviews and bonus content, including “Better Call Saul” “Easter eggs” and Breaking Bad trivia.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary “Warrior Women With Lupita Nyong’o” premieres Monday, March 28 at 8p on Smithsonian Channel. The film follows Nyong’o as she journeys across Benin, West Africa to uncover the truth behind the women who helped to inspire the characters in Marvel film “Black Panther.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Producers Guild of America revealed the lineup of presenters for the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, March 19 at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel. Taking the stage will be Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Denis Villeneuve, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Casey Bloys, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Dornan, Michelle Yeoh, Aunjanue Ellis, Jung Ho-yeon, Troy Kotsur, Linda Lavin, and David Alvarez.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Antenna TV celebrates sitcom sidekicks with an April Fool’s Day marathon featuring the likes of Arnold Horshack from “Welcome Back, Kotter” and Flo from “Alice” starting Friday, April 1 at 5a.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has brought back “Servant of the People,” the 2015-19 satirical comedy series starring now-Ukranian President Volodmyr Zelensky as a high school principal whose denunciation of corruption leads to his election as president of Ukraine. The series was originally part of Netflix’s 2017-21 library. Noting the spike of interest in the show since the Ukraine crisis, distributor Eccho Rights said, “While the real-world scenario facing Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people is far more grim and appalling than the comedy of the series, there are obvious parallels with the real-world situation, and ‘Servant of the People’ is a fascinating, important, and historic piece of television.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MOVIES
The Outfit – Mark Rylance, Zoey Deutch, Johnny Flynn, Dylan O’Brien, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Mehdizadeh
Umma – Sandra Oh, Fivel Stewart, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush
X – Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Mia Goth, Scott (Kid Cudi) Mescudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure
Alice (Limited Release) – Keke Palmer, Common, Jonny Lee Miller, Gaius Charles, Madelon Curtis, Kenneth Farmer
Mau (Limited Release) – A Documentary about the design visionary Bruce May
The Torch (Limited Release) – A Documentary about guitar icon Buddy Guy

MEGA MILLIONS
Today’s Jackpot is $29 million.

You can now play in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

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POWERBALL
Saturday’s Jackpot is $147 million

Powerball is played in 43 states.

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