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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 4/7/22)
THE AFRICA CHANNEL: Traffic! (Premiere) at 9pm
DISCOVERY+: Serving the Hamptons (Premiere)
FOOD NETWORK: Chef Boot Camp (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO MAX: Queen Stars (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Tokyo Vice (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Close Enough (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Trinity of the Shadows (Premiere)
MAGNOLIA: Barnwood Builders (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Senzo: Murder of a Soccer Star (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT+: Ghislaine – Partner in Crime (Premiere)
SHUDDER: Cursed Films (Premiere)
WORLD CHANNEL: Sapelo (Premiere) at 8pm
INSP: Into the Wild Frontier (Finale) at 8pm

Ann Sarnoff, Chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, will be leaving her role with the close of WarnerMedia’s merger with Discovery Inc. In a memo to employees touting their contributions to the company’s success, Sarnoff said, “I have truly loved being in this role. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you, and I will be rooting for you all and for Warner Bros. Discovery to continue to reach great heights for many, many years to come!”.
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Sarnoff will have company heading to the exit. Also leaving are WarnerMedia’s Andy Forsell, EVP and GM of HBO Max; CFO Jennifer Biry; EVP of Communications Christy Haubegger; Chief Human Resources Officer Jim Cummings; EVP Chief Revenue Officer Tony Goncalves; EVP General Counsel Jim Meza; and Chief Technology Officer Richard Tom. News of the departures came the day after WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar informed employees his last day would be Friday.
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Total time spent streaming rose 18% from February 2021 to February 2022, to 169.4 billion minutes, according to Nielsen’s “State of Play” report. While 72% of Americans agreed with the statement, “I love my user experience with video streaming services,” about half said the increasing number of choices leave them feeling overwhelmed.
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Apple TV+ is picking a up second season of cult hit “Severance,” the workplace thriller from creator and writer Dan Erickson and director and executive producer Ben Stiller. “It’s really exciting to see the response from people who are loving the show — and the level of fan engagement,” said Stiller. “It has been a long road bringing ‘Severance’ to television. I first read Dan’s pilot over five years ago. It has always been a multi season story, and I’m really happy we get to continue it.…Praise Keir!”. The season one finale airs tomorrow, April 8.
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Charter Communications is expanding its carriage of AspireTV, Impact Network, REVOLT TV, The Africa Channel, TV One, Black News Channel, and CLEO TV, to include all customers on the company’s Spectrum TV Select video tier. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of June. “Charter is committed to delivering programming that reflects the diverse interests of our customers, and these networks offer a wide variety of African American-themed news, lifestyle, entertainment and inspirational content,” said Tom Montemagno, EVP of Programming Acquisition for Charter. “By including these channels on Spectrum TV Select we will significantly increase the networks’ potential audience while providing millions of our TV customers with even more choice, entertainment and value – at no extra cost.”
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AMC Networks can’t quit Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”). The company has fast-tracked a new project for the actor with partners Sony Pictures’ Television TriStar TV and Gran Via. Aaron Zelman and Paul Lieberstein, who are adapting “Straight Man” from the novel of the same name by author Richard Russo, would serve as co-showrunners. Zelman, Lieberstein, Odenkirk, Peter Farrelly, who is on board to direct, Richard Russo, Naomi Odenkirk and Marc Provissiero are executive producers. “Bob Odenkirk is just as good as it gets. We feel so fortunate to be developing a new show that would keep him at AMC,” said Dan McDermott, President of Entertainment and AMC Studios for AMC Networks.
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AMC Networks also can’t get enough of “Orphan Black,” placing an order for “Orphan Black: Echoes.” Produced and distributed globally by Boat Rocker, the company behind the original series, “Orphan Black: Echoes” will have a 10-episode first season. Anna Fishko (“Pieces of Her,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) is creator, writer, showrunner and executive producer with John Fawcett, the co-creator of the original as director and executive producer. David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers from Boat Rocker on the original Orphan Black series, return as executive producers on the new series. Katie O’Connell Marsh, Nick Nantell, and Kerry Appleyard will also executive produce for Boat Rocker.
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Netflix has ordered comedy series “Unstable,” starring Rob Lowe (“9-1-1: Lone Star”) and his son, John Owen Lowe, who appeared with his father in “Grinder” and “Holiday in the Wild.” The series, co-created by the Lowes and Victor Fresco (“Santa Clarita Diet”), stars the younger Lowe as a socially challenged son who goes to work for his eccentric father at a biotech research company.
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James Wan’s Atomic Monster is expanding its content slate to unscripted through a new partnership with Truly Original (“Ink Master,” “Would I Lie to You?”). The companies have multiple projects already in development across numerous genres. “I love watching reality TV because, when done right, it can be unfiltered and raw,” said says producer Ingrid Bisu. “James (Wan) and I are so excited to work with the folks at Truly to turn some of our original concepts into series.”
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Apple TV+ has renewed “Make or Break” for a second season, ahead of the April 29 season one debut of the surfing docuseries. Box to Box films is producing.
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HGTV has picked up “The Nate & Jeremiah Home Project” for season two. The design docuseries, which attracted 13.4 million viewers during its freshman season, is slated to premiere its next run in spring 2023.
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Also greenlit for a second season is puppet show “Donkey Hodie,” from Fred Rogers Productions and Spiffy Pictures. The social-emotional learning series on PBS Kids is aimed at children 3-5.
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The upcoming third season three of Netflix’s “Locke & Key” will be the series’ last – which suits executive producers/showrunners Carltom Cuse and Meredith Averill just fine. “Once we began working on the series, we felt three seasons was the ideal length to bring the story of the Locke family and their Keyhouse adventures to a satisfying conclusion,” said Cuse and Averill. “As storytellers, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to tell our version of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s incredible story exactly the way we wanted. We’re keeping the magical keys, though, for our own personal use.”
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The sixth and final season of TNT family crime drama “Animal Kingdom” premieres Sunday, June 19 at 9p with back-to-back episodes. The series ranked as a top 10 cable drama of 2021.
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“The Lincoln Lawyer” premieres Friday, May 13 on Netflix. The David E. Kelley series is based on the novels by Michael Connelly, about a lawyer who runs his legal practice from the back of his Lincoln Town Car.
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Discovery adds to its Wildlife Conservation Patrol Programming with “Louisiana Law,” premiering Saturday, April 9 at 8p.
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Discovery+ docuseries “Fight or Flight” follows human rights advocateSomy Ali as she helps victims of sex trafficking and domestic abuse. The first three episodes will be available to stream beginning Thursday, May 26.
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Fox Nation history series “Kelsey Grammer’s Historic Battles for America” premieres Sunday, May 1. “I am excited this show will provide the opportunity to share a historical look into some of the most important battles fought through American history, to remember those who fought them, and how they shaped our country,” said the host and “Frasier” star.
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“The Daily Show” special “Jordan Klepper Fingers the Globe – Hungary for Democracy” premieres Thursday, April 21 at 11:30p on Comedy Central. The special documents Klepper’s journey to Hungary to find out why the Hungarian right-wing government has become American conservatives’ obsession.
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Disney Junior animated preschool series “Mira, Royal Detective” will debut four extended-length specials that celebrate Bollywood music and dancing while also familiarizing young viewers with different perspectives and critical thinking. The specials will air May 2 through June 20. The series is also available on Disney+.
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The 74th annual Emmy Awards have been scheduled for September 12. NBC is hosting, so TV’s big night will move to Monday to accommodate “Sunday Night Football.” The Creative Arts Emmy Awards will take place September 3 and 4, with FXX airing an edited version on September 10.
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Twitter is developing an edit feature that would allow users to change their tweets after posting. While Elon Musk, who recently became Twitter’s largest shareholder, had posted a poll asking users if they wanted an edit button (yes, said 73.6% of them), Twitter said with a wink it has been working on an edit feature since last year, “and no, we didn’t’ get the idea from a poll.”
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Added to the cast of Peacock’s upcoming true crime limited drama “A Friend of the Family” are Austin Stowell (“The Hating Game”), Patrick Fischler(“American Crime Story: Impeachment”), Bree Elrod (“Red Rocket”) and Philip Ettinger (“First Reformed”).
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Guest stars for season two of Peacock’s “Girls5eva,” about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90s, include Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show”), Chad L. Coleman (“The Wire”), Drew and Jonathan Scott (“Property Brothers”), Grey Henson (“Mean Girls the Musical”), Heidi Gardner (“Saturday Night Live”), Hoda Kotb (“Today”), James Monroe (“Hamilton”), John Lutz (“30 Rock”), Judy Gold (“Better Things”), Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”), Pat Battle (NBC New York), Piter Marek (“The Blacklist”) and Tim Meadows (“The Goldbergs”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

More casting notes: Katy Mixon (“American Housewife”), Christopher Gorham (“Cover Affairs”), Cree Cicchino (“And Just Like That…”), and Connor Kalopsis (“The Grinder”) will star in CBS comedy pilot “Unplanned in Akron,” from Schyler Helford (“Call Me Kat”), Picturestart and CBS Studios…Tahj Mowry (“Baby Daddy”) has joined the cast of upcoming Disney+ comedy series “The Muppets Mayhem.”…Jessica Williams (“Love of Life”) landed a lead role in Apple TV+ comedy “Shrinking.”
(Source: Cynopsis)


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