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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 3/31/22)
CBS: How We Roll (Premiere) at 9:30pm
DISCOVERY+: Inventions That Changed History (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Julia (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Brene Brown: Atlas of the Heart (Premiere)
MTV: Ex on the Beach (Premiere) at 8pm
NETFLIX: Super PupZ (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT+: The Fairly Oddparents: Fairly Odder (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: Wisting (Premiere)
TBS: Rat in the Kitchen (Premiere) at 9pm
TRAVEL: Paranormal Caught on Camera (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars (Premiere) at 9pm
WE TV: Brat Loves Judy (Premiere) at 10pm

ABC has renewed “The Rookie” for season five, and “The Good Doctor” for season six. The cop drama is averaging 9.4 million total viewers across platforms after 35 days of viewing, while “The Good Doctor” counts 10.5 million. One show that didn’t make the cut is competition series “The Ultimate Surfer,” which washed out after one season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Black News Channel, shuttered last week after two years on the air, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The network listed $10 million to $50 million in liabilities.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Judith Sheindlin, CBS Studios and others sued over profits from the sale of the “Judge Judy” library won a major court battle this week, when a judge granted their motion for summary judgment. The lawsuit, filed in 2018 by Kaye Switzer and the trust of the late Sandi Spreckman, sought $5 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meta paid a Republican consulting firm, Targeted Victory, to undermine Facebook rival TikTok via a media and lobbying campaign that portrayed TikTok as a danger to American children and society, reported The Washington Post. “Get the message out that while Meta is the current punching bag, TikTok is the real threat especially as a foreign owned app that is #1 in sharing data that young teens are using,” reads an email from a Targeted Victory employee obtained by the Post. Other emails urged partners to report on local “bad TikTok trends/stories.” Asked about the campaign, Meta spokesperson Andy Stone told the Post, “We believe all platforms, including TikTok, should face a level of scrutiny consistent with their growing success.”
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Ron Howard will direct and produce an authorized, untitled documentary about Muppets creator Jim Henson. Howard’s Imagine Documentaries partner Brian Grazer, along with Imagine’s Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes will also produce, with Margaret Bodde. The Disney Original Documentary project will include never-before-seen personal archives.
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CMT issued two series orders: a second season of “CMT Campfire Sessions,” and a revival of music franchise “CMT Storytellers.” “Campfire” kicks off covering Little Big Town on Tuesday, April 12 at 8p, while “Storytellers” launches with Brooks & Dunn the following night at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company, and Bullrush Pictures are collaborating on a new half-hour workplace comedy, “Hospital Show.” The series is an adaptation of the web series of the same name, created by actor, writer and director Adam Greydon Reid, also the founder of Bullrush Pictures. The deal marks Saloon Media’s latest in the expansion of its scripted content production business.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cineflix Media Inc. has announced the acquisition of Back Alley Film Productions, along with the company’s library of content IP. Cineflix will absorb Back Alley Films’ operations and acquire its programming assets, including the company’s ownership interest in series “Bellevue,” “WWII drama Bomb Girls,” and “Durham County.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wilandrea Blair, winner of comedic writing fellowship Women Write Now, has landed a first-look deal with NBCUniversal Television & Streaming to develop projects for Peacock. The program was developed by Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud in partnership with the Sundance Institute to elevate and champion Black women in comedy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster (“Transparent”) will serve as showrunners for “The United States of America Vs. Vince McMahon,” in development by WWE and Blumhouse Television. The scripted series explores the career of McMahon, Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Gianni Paolo and Michael Rainey Jr., stars of “Power Book II: Ghost,” have launched Twenty Two Entertainment. The production company is fully funded by Artists for Artists, the incubator started by Kenan Thompson (“SNL,” “Kenan”) to allow artists to create and produce their own content while partnering with global distributors.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endeavor Content and Anonymous Content have formed a joint venture to develop premium scripted series, reports Deadline. Anonymous and Endeavor will serve as co-studios on all scripted television projects produced and developed under the alliance, led by Anonymous Content’s CCO David Levine and Endeavor Content’s EVP, TV, Joe Hipps.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Bridgerton” prequel, focused on a young Queen Charlotte, will include the original’s stars Golda Rosheuval, Adjoa Andoh and Ruth Gemmell reprising their roles as Queen Charlotte, Lady Agatha Danbury and Lady Violet Bridgerton. India Amarteifio (“Line of Duty”) will play the young Queen Charlotte.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More casting notes: Matt Walsh (“Veep”) has boarded the cast of Apple Original limited series “Manhunt,” about the Lincoln assassination…Merritt Patterson (“Jingle Bell Princess,” “Heatwave”) and Daniel Lissing (“When Hope Calls,” “The Cleaning Lady”) will star in GAC Family’s “Catering Christmas” (wt) which begins production April 3. “Catering Christmas” is the first announced film in GAC Family’s annual Great American Christmas stunt…Ella Purnell (“Yellowjackets”) will star in Prime Video’s “Fallout,” based on the game franchise.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of Dragons,” will debut Sunday, August 21. The series is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones, focusing on the House of Targaryen.
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New HGTV series “Renovation Goldmine” launches Saturday, April 30, at 8p, spotlighting the owners of a design and renovation business dedicated to repurposing treasures found in clients’ homes. In each episode, the duo will revive old furniture and other pieces their clients own and use the money saved to give families their dream home renovation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravo promises “new drama and a side of shade” when season 14 of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” premieres Sunday, May 1 at 8p. New this season: Four-time Gold Medal Olympian Sanya Richards-Ross.
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Streaming platform Fox Soul is distributing video podcast “Maino’s Kitchen Talk” on its platform starting Monday, April 4 at 7p. The show, co-hosted by the platinum-selling recording artist with Georgie and Hala, features in-depth conversations about life.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”) will narrate Fox Business Network docuseries “Legends & Lies,” featuring dramatic recreations of historic events, starting Monday, April 25.
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Starting in April, new Magnolia Network original content will premiere weekly on discovery+ and the Magnolia app. New series include “Magnolia Workshops,” debuting Sunday, April 3; “Handcrafted Hotels,” launching Friday, April 15; and a pilot episode preview of “As the Garden Grows” on Friday, April 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of EstrellaTV primetime talk show “Tu-Night Con Omar Chaparro” premieres in a new timeslot, Saturday, April 23 at 9p. “I like to have fun on this show and entertain the audience, and now with the move to Saturday nights, it truly is the best way to spend your weekend,” said host Chaparro.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Evil” – a Paramount+ drama centered on the battle between science and religion – is back for season three on Sunday, June 12. New episodes will roll out weekly.
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Hulu’s “Crush” premieres Friday, April 29. The teen romance film follows an aspiring artist who joins the track team to be close to her crush but falls for an unexpected teammate instead.
(Source: Cynopsis)

LGBTQ-first network Revry will mark Transgender Day of Visibility today by streaming content that celebrates love and honors the trans community. Per GLAAD, of the 637 total regular and recurring LGBTQ characters counted on scripted primetime broadcast, cable, and streaming originals, 42 are transgender.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier will present an interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday, April 1 at 6p. The interview will cover the level of support to Ukraine from the west, whether concessions from either side are on the table, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s siege mentality and news of the day.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The sixth and final season of CBS’s “Bull” will wrap Thursday, May 26 at 10p. “Bull” was the last on the list of 19 shows that had their season finale dates announced by the network – the first was “Undercover Boss,” which concludes season 11 on Friday, April 8 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google announced initiatives to fight disinformation in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as committing to over $35 million in humanitarian aid. “We saw how many Ukrainians turned to Search to find up-to-date information, including where to find shelter or humanitarian aid, and relied on air raid alerts on their phones,” wrote Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post. In addition to new features that improve access to trusted information, Alphabet will invest $10 million to research region-specific misinformation, and support fact-checking networks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s Spring Into Love programming event debuted on Saturday night with original movie premiere “A Second Chance at Love,” which became the #1 most-watched entertainment cable program of the day among Households, Women 18+ and Total Viewers, averaging 137,000 W25-54 and 1.3 million Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Director Marvin J. Chomsky died March 28. He was 92. Chomsky won Emmys for directing miniseries “Holocaust” and “Peter the Great,” and TV movies “Attica” and “Inside the Third Reich.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Paul Herman died March 29. He was 76. In addition to numerous film roles, Herman appeared in “The Sopranos” and “Entourage.”
(Source: Cynopsis)


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