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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/24/22)
DISCOVERY+: Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed (Premiere)
FX: Atlanta (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO MAX: One Perfect Shot (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Queen Stars (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Traffickers: Inside The Golden Triangle (Premiere)
HULU: Have You Seen This Man? (Premiere)
MTV: Becoming a Pop Star (Premiere) at 10pm
PARAMOUNT+: Halo (Premiere)
WE TV: Growing Up Hip Hop (Finale) at 9pm

And the winner is…Disney! Disney announced it has all 60 ad slots for the Oscars telecast on Sunday sewn up. Advertisers span 14 marketing categories, including streamers – Paramount+, CNN+, Peacock and discovery+ join Disney+ in pitching their platforms. The top tier of “proud sponsors” (with four spots apiece during the telecast) are newcomers Crypto.com and Pfizer, and returnees Rolex and Verizon.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix anime series “Pacific Rim: The Black” will end with upcoming season two, launching Tuesday, April 19. The show, produced by Legendary Television, was created by Craig Kyle and Greg Johnson.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mike Tirico will take over as play by play announcer for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” He replaces Al Michaels, who left the network to handle Thursday night football duties at Prime Video. The move is not unexpected. “When Mike joined NBC Sports in 2016, it was our plan for him to become our primetime Olympics host and the play-by-play voice of ‘Sunday Night Football,’ said NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua. “We are excited to have Mike join Cris Collinsworth full-time in the booth this season.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Telemundo is teaming up with the U.S. Soccer Foundation to support their efforts to give underserved Hispanic kids more local opportunities to play soccer where they live and go to school, including the foundation’s Soccer for Success program. As the exclusive U.S. Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup, Telemundo will also team up with the Foundation to jointly host a series of Soccer for Success jamboree celebrations in cities across the country.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC has ordered reality competition “Claim to Fame,” hosted by Kevin and Frankie Jonas. The Kinetic Content (“Love Is Blind”) series challenges 12 celebrity relatives to conceal their identities as they live under one roof. Paul Osborn(“Big Brother”) will serve as showrunner and will exec produce alongside Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler and Scott Teti, with Brian Smith as director and executive producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS and Australian broadcaster Network 10 have ordered localized versions of “The Real Love Boat,” a reality dating competition series inspired by “The Love Boat,” the 1977-86 scripted series. Production begins summer 2022. Both versions are expected to air in later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Zoe Lister-Jones (“Life in Pieces”) created and will star in “Slip,” a comedy for The Roku Channel. The series comes from TeaTime Pictures, founded by Dakota Johnson and Ro Donnelly, and Boat Rocker.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bellamie Blackstone has been named Executive Producer of season 40 of “Wheel of Fortune.” Mike Richards, former EP of “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” was forced to exit after his short stint as “Jeopardy!” host; longtime Supervising Producer Steve Schwartz stepped in for season 39, and will now take on the role of Co-Executive Producer. “We have a terrific team to shepherd this iconic show into the future,” said Suzanne Prete, EVP, Game Shows for Sony Pictures Television. “Bellamie is a creative force with a fresh perspective that will help us extend and expand the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ franchise in exciting new ways.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TelevisaUnivision has struck a first-look deal with Propagate Fuego to produce Spanish-language original scripted and unscripted content for ViX+, the company’s SVOD tier slated to launch in the second half of 2022. Under the agreement, TelevisaUnivision will have exclusive first-look rights to all content developed by Propagate Fuego, Propagate’s recently launched Spanish-language production division. The deal also includes a development fund for options, writers, formats and scripts. Propagate chairman and co-CEO Ben Silverman (“The Office,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Ugly Betty”) will serve as executive producer on all projects developed and produced under the Propagate Fuego deal.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Author Tess Gerritsen, whose Rizzoli and Isles thrillers were the basis of the TNT series, makes her debut as a documentary filmmaker as co-producer/co-director/narrator of “Magnificent Beast,” investigating our relationship with pigs as food, friend, and foe. The film airs on the PBS World channel Sunday, April 10 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The YES Network and sports brand Jomboy Media have entered into a content and marketing partnership by which Jomboy will produce original content exclusively for the YES App and the linear YES Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” is getting a reboot, executive producer Andy Cohen told Variety. “We are searching for a multicultural group of friends who really best reflect the most exciting city in the country,” said Cohen. “We’re looking for a group of women who are real friends, and who are of diverse backgrounds, races and religions.” A possible spinoff series featuring the originals is in the works.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gabrielle Union (“Being Mary Jane”) has joined season three of anthology series “Truth Be Told,” starring Octavia Spencer. Union will play an outspoken high school principal caught up in a problematic incident.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting Notes – Pilot Edition: Marcia Gay Harden (“Code Black”) is in talks to replace Geena Davis as the female lead in CBS’s untitled Mother & Son Legal Drama Pilot, reports Deadline. Davis departed the project earlier this week…Jimmy Smits has joined CBS drama pilot “East New York” as the male lead opposite Amanda WarrenCress Williams (“Black Lightning”) landed a lead in NBC drama pilot “Unbroken” (wt)…Misha Collins (“Supernatural”) will play Harvey Dent in CW’s “Gotham Knights” pilot.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In new Discovery spinoff series “Moonshiners: American Spirit,” the Moonshiners venture out on a search for the legendary lost liquors of America’s past, and pick up tidbits about our nation’s history along the way. The series premieres Wednesday, April 13 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season 18 of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” launches Tuesday, April 19 at 8p with the question – what’s a captain to do when red king crab catching is banned for the season?
(Source: Cynopsis)

YouTube stars and friends Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal (“Good Mythical Morning”go behind closed doors and into the test kitchens and research & development centers of some of America’s favorite food brands on “Inside Eats with Rhett & Link,” premiering Sunday, April 24 at 10:30p on Food Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Among the April premieres on discovery+ are restaurant-set “Serving the Hamptons” (Thursday, April 7) and “All On the Table” (Wednesday, April 20); home series “Repair Shop” (Saturday, April 9) and “High Design with Kim Myles” (Wednesday, April 13); and true crime series “Unraveled: Once a Killer” (Friday, April 22).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Hardy Boys” heads back for season two on Hulu Monday, April 4. The action picks up six months after the events of season one.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Nation will debut a new series in conjunction with Warm Spring Productions. “Duck Family Treasure” will star the Robertson family from “Duck Dynasty,” starting in June. Episodes will be released weekly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Silvergate Media (“Octonauts”) set the launch for its new animated series, “The Creature Cases”, which follows the adventures of a detective duo who specialize in solving animal mysteries. The first season will debut on Netflix on Tuesday, April 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Thailand’s T&B Media Global announced its animated series “Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers” will be available for streaming on Kidoodle TV starting this month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas will be on hand for the 40th anniversary screening of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” during the 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival. The actors join director Steven Spielberg and producer Kathleen Kennedy on the red carpet opening night in Hollywood, April 21.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Bad Seed Returns,” a sequel to Lifetime’s “The Bad Seed” (2018), premieres Monday, May 30 at 8p. McKenna Grace (“The Handmaids Tale”) reprises her role as Emma, a woman whose sinister side can only be hidden for so long….
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Life is Shorts: Oscar 2022,” featuring three Academy Award-winning or nominated animated shorts from Disney and Pixar (“Bao,” “Burrow” and “Lou”) will debut Friday, March 25, on Disney Channel and Disney XD. Hosted by daytime talk show host Tamron Hall, the special will kick off Friday, March 25 at 8:30p on Disney Channel and 9p on Disney XD, and air throughout the weekend.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Vanessa HudgensTerrence J and fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will host ABC’s “The Oscars Red Carpet Show” on Sunday, March 27 at 6:30p. Once the show begins, Beyoncé, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Reba McEntire and Sebastián Yatra will perform this year’s nominated songs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kenn Viselman (“Teletubbies”) announced a partnership with Mondo TV Studios for an exclusive partnership in the US and Canada for “MeteoHeroes.” On April 22 the MeteoHeroes make their broadcast debut on PBS with an Earth Day Special. Companion series “Real Superheroes Don’t Wear Capes” premieres in late summer on PBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The 94th Academy Awards once again will feature live closed captioning and live audio description during its telecast. VITAC will provide live closed captioning and VITAC accessibility partner Audio Eyes will provide live audio description during the broadcast on Sunday.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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