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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 3/21/22)
ACORN TV: The Good Karma Hospital (Premiere)
NBC: American Song Contest (Premiere) at 8pm
TLC: 90 Day Diaries (Premiere) at 9pm
HBO: The Gilded Age (Finale) at 9pm

In town hall meetings for Amazon and MGM employees held Friday, Amazon Studios and Prime Video SVP Mike Hopkins laid out the interim reporting structure for the company post-acquisition. MGM Motion Picture Group Chairman Michael De Luca, Worldwide TV Group Chairman Mark Burnett and COO Christopher Brearton will report to Hopkins. No mention was made of potential layoffs. “We are taking a phased approach to integration changes, which will allow me to take the time to get to better know you and your business,” said Hopkins in an email after the meetings.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Daytime talk show “Maury,” hosted and exec produced by Maury Povich, is leaving the air in September after 31 seasons. “Maury and I decided two years ago that this season would be the farewell season for the show, and while his retirement is bittersweet, we are so happy for him to be able to spend more time on the golf course,” said Tracie Wilson, EVP, NBCUniversal Syndication Studios. “Maury is a television icon, a pop culture legend and we couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of his incredible career.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The defamation against CNN filed by conservative hate group Project Veritas has been dismissed. The lawsuit alleged that CNN had defamed the right-wing group by claiming they were banned from Twitter for “spreading misinformation,” when in fact they received their ban due to doxxing and threats against users. US District Judge Steve C. Jones dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the group’s representation would have been tarnished even with an accurate representation on CNN’s part.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 94th Oscars will include an all-star musical performance from Adam Blackstone, Travis Barker (Blink 182), Sheila E. and Robert Glasper. The ceremony airs March 27 at 8p on ABC. Expect more announcements for musical guests in the coming days….
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Studios is launching an investigation into “Grey’s Anatomy” writer Elisabeth Finch for allegedly fabricating certain aspects of her medical history. Questions were raised after Finch’s wife, Jennifer Beyer, raised concerns with Shondaland executives; Finch has been put on administrative leave while the investigation continues. “Ms. Finch will not disclose her private health matters,” said her attorney. “Likewise, she will not speak about her pending divorce from her estranged wife, Jennifer Beyer, or comment on any statements that Ms. Beyer may have made to third parties about Ms. Finch.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cable viewing surged 54% the last week in February, according to Nielsen’s “The Gauge” report, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. News accounted for one-fourth of all cable viewing, up 16.5% from January. Broadcast news rose 6% for the week, to 15% of the total.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” took the top comedy series honor at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. HBO’s “Succession” and “Mare of Easttown” took home the trophies for drama and limited series, respectively, and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” grabbed the crown for Live Entertainment/Variety/Sketch/Stand-up/Talk Television. VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” won for Outstanding Producer of Game and Competition Television.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rita Moreno, winner of the PGA Stanley Kramer Award, was among the those in attendance who spoke out about social issues – and addressed critics of the practice. “Some in our tribe have been known to use the spotlight to advocate for issues addressed in their nominated works – climate change, universal health care, voting rights, LGBTQ advocacy and others,” said Moreno. For some in the audience, noted the 90-year-old actress, that has been known to create, “how should I say, a mild discomfort. For others, heart palpitations. After all, who do these actors, these Hollywood types think they are? Citizens of the world?…Well, f**ck them! Freedom of speech belongs to all of us.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC ordered a pilot for an untitled procedural about national parks, from A+E Studios. The network passed on a version of the project last year, co-written and executive produced by Kevin Costner. The green light went to a pilot written and exec produced by Rashad Raisani (“9-1-1: Lone Star”). Barry Jossen and Tana Jamieson remain attached as executive producers on behalf of A+E Studios; 20th Television will produce in association with A+E.
(Source: Cynopsis)

J.J. Abrams is working with Netflix to develop a scripted series about the band U2. Anthony McCarten (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) is set to write. Warner Bros. Television is the studio.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Little Dot Studios is launching a new roster of content for the Created By Women channel, showcasing pre-existing media from female creators as well as audience-submitted original content. New titles include “Hummingbird and Crane,” “Missed Call,” “Attrition” and “Virtually Single.” The channel has received a 300% viewership hike since the start of 2022.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rare TV’S “Searching for Michael Jackson’s Zoo is slated to premiere next month. The primetime, 75-minute documentary will look into the fate of the animals kept at the King of Pop’s Neverland Ranch. The film was developed by Christian Broadhurst, Rare TV’s vice-president of US Development, who worked alongside the US Department of Agriculture for the film.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Director Tony Kaye (“American History X”) and his production company, Above the Sea, have partnered with Law&Crime Productions and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to create a docuseries based on his 1993 music video “Runaway Train.” The new series, “Lost Soul,” will tell the true-life stories of the missing children from the original video, detailing their disappearances and how the publicity from the video helped close the unsolved cases.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “Hacks” has a new crop of cast members for season two. Joining returnee Jennifer Coolidge are Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”, “The Conners”), Ming-Na Wen (“The Book of Boba Fett”, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and Martha Kelly (“Euphoria”, “Baskets”). All will play recurring lead roles in the satire’s second season, which is currently in production.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+’s “The Changeling” will include Adina Porter (“American Horror Story”, “True Blood”) and Clarke Backo (“Letterkenny”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”). They join LaKeith Stanfield in the horror novel adaptation, produced by Apple Studios and Annapurra.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu (“Emily in Paris”) has what she described to UK’s Daily Mail as a “small” role is season five of “The Crown.” “I was so, so happy to be in it,” said Leroy-Beaulieu. “Every episode is like a little film on its own. It’s crazily well written.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu’s “Captive Audience” tells the story of how the media can impact people caught in the news. The docuseries, premiering Thursday, April 21, follows the story of the 1972 kidnapping of Steven Stayner Jr., through the eyes of his children.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network’s “Tournament of Champions III” is outpacing last season, averaging a 1.0 P25-54 / 1.2 W25-54 Live+3 rating, up +8% versus year-ago. The series has reached more than 6.1 million P2+ viewers, helping propel Food Network to be the #1 non-news/non-sports network among P25-54 in Total Day for the third week in a row.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” was the #1 Prime cable program the week of March 6 in Live+3 Nielsens among W25-54/18-49. Additionally, Tuesday’s “Doubling Down With The Derricos” was the #3 cable program of the night for African-American W25-54 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

POWERBALL
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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The Batman – $36.8 million
Jujutsu Kaisen 0: The Movie – $14.8 million
Uncharted – $8 million
X – $4.4 million
Dog – $4.1 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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