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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (MONDAY 4/11/22)
FOOD NETWORK: Bake or Break (Premiere) at 10pm
FYI: Rachael Ray’s Italian Dream Home (Premiere) at 9pm
VICE: True Believers (Premiere) at 10pm

Discovery closed its $43 billion acquisition of WarnerMedia on Friday, creating Warner Bros. Discovery. “Today’s announcement marks an exciting milestone not just for Warner Bros. Discovery but for our shareholders, our distributors, our advertisers, our creative partners and, most importantly, consumers globally,” said David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO. “With our collective assets and diversified business model, Warner Bros. Discovery offers the most differentiated and complete portfolio of content across film, television and streaming. We are confident that we can bring more choice to consumers around the globe while fostering creativity and creating value for shareholders.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jon Steinlauf, who had been Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer at Discovery, will now serve as Chief U.S. Advertising Sales Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery. “Jon is an industry pioneer, a brilliant thinker and an excellent leader,” said Bruce Campbell, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery. Said Steinlauf, “I am honored to be leading what I believe will be the most talented ad sales organization in the industry….I’ve spent the last 30 years of my career at Turner, Scripps and Discovery and have the utmost respect for the Warner brands. It is incredible to me that everything will come full circle at Warner Bros. Discovery.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has been renewed for seasons 31 and 32 – on Disney+. It will be the streamer’s its first live series. “’Dancing with the Stars’ has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+,” said Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. “The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while continuing to expand our demographic reach.” The reality show’s shimmy to streaming allows ABC to air several “Monday Night Football” games, as well as to “develop and invest in new and future programming,” said ABC in an advisory to its affiliate stations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS has renewed action drama “S.W.A.T.” for season six. Series star Shemar Moore tweeted the news on Friday: “Another year of Kicking Ass coming your way…ROLL SWAT BABY!”.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Benjamin Hall, the Fox News correspondent badly injured while reporting on the war in Ukraine, offered an update on his health via Twitter. “I’ve lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other. One hand is being put together, one eye is no longer working, and my hearing is pretty blown… but all in all I feel pretty damn lucky to be here — and it is the people who got me here who are amazing!”. Cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and freelance journalist Oleksandra “Sasha” Kuvshynova, who were with Hall during the attack, died from their injuries.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Studios is bringing back comedy “With Love” for a second season on Prime Video. Season one of the series from Gloria Calderon Kellett (“One Day at a Time”) dropped in December.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Real” is the latest syndication show to get the axe – the daytime talker’s current eighth season will be its last. Its core station group the Fox Stations chose not to renew it. Also ending their runs this year are “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Dr. Oz,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Nick Cannon Show,” “The Good Dish,” “Judge Jerry,” “Maury,” “DailyMail TV,” and “The Doctors.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Will Smith won’t be going to the Oscars anytime soon. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has decided the “King Richard” star will be banned from all Academy events and programs for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock onstage at this year’s ceremony. Smith, who resigned from the organization following the incident, said “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Advertising on 22 large retail sites like Amazon, Home Depot and Target, in categories including electronics, home and garden, pharmacy grocery and more, topped $3 billion from May 1, 2021-January 31, 2022, according to MediaRadar. “The retail industry has seen dramatic changes over the last few years, especially during the pandemic,” said Todd Krizelman, CEO & Co-founder of MediaRadar. “As such, companies are advertising on e-commerce sites in hopes that their products will be seen by the right buyer, ultimately ending with a purchase. With online retailers holding the key to tons of shopper data and insights, companies are leveraging these sites to accurately target consumers who are interested in their products at the exact time they are likely to buy.” Over 88% of spend from the sample, from 24,000 companies advertising nearly 38,000 brands, was invested in native ads. Amazon, Target and Walmart were the top retail sites, with ad spend totaling over $2.3 billion.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rachel Maddow is expected to return today, April 11 to her hosting job on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Maddow has been on hiatus since January 31 to work on the film adaptation of her podcast, “Bag Man.” Although Maddow signed a contract that keeps her at the cable news net through the 2024 election, she’ll reportedly be hosting fewer shows per week to focus on longer form projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The average adult spent 2 hours and 53 minutes a day consuming legacy live TV-delivered content, with 1 hour and 22 minutes coming from connected-TV delivered devices, according to Nielsen. Time-shifted TV programming accounted for 34 minutes.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Norah O’Donnell has signed a new deal with CBS News that will keep her as anchor of “CBS Evening News” for at least three more years, reports Puck. The agreement also calls for O’Donnell to continue as a correspondent for “60 Minutes,” and as host of CBS News Live streaming show “Person to Person.” “After plenty of rumors to the contrary, Norah O’Donnell is staying home, and set up to finally become the Peter Jennings of CBS—the star that the news division is built around,” said Puck’s Dylan Byers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The “30th Anniversary Bounce Trumpet Awards” will feature a tribute to The Warriors of Justice, honoring leaders on the front lines fighting for social justice, as well as musical performances from Dru Hill, Mary Mary, Tank, PJ Morton, Avery Wilson, and more on April 23. The ceremony airs Sunday, June 19 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 Charlize Theron (“Tully”) is executive producing dramedy “You Brought Me the Ocean,” in development at HBO Max, reports Deadline.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Christa Miller (“Cougar Town”) landed a lead role in Apple TV+ comedy “Shrinking,” starring and exec produced by Jason Segel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Deon Cole (“black-ish”) will star in BET+ comedy “Average Joe,” from Robb Cullen and McG. The series received a cast contingent script-to-series order in February.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Part 1 of a two-episode arc that will serve as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff of ABC’s “The Rookie” will air Sunday, April 24. Niecy Nash (“Claws”) stars as the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fourteen unlucky-in-love singles try to find love by participating in mating rituals pulled from the animal kingdom. Shot on an eco-reserve in Columbia, “Love in the Jungle” is narrated “in the spirit of classic natural history documentaries,” starting Monday, May 8 on discovery+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ has renewed sports docuseries “Greatness Code” for a second season, kicking off Friday, May 13. Athletes featured this season are Marcus Rashford, Russell Wilson, Letícia Bufoni, Scout Bassett, Bubba Wallace and Lindsey Vonn.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Prequel limited series “Flowers in the Attic: The Origin” debuts on Lifetime Saturday, July 9 at 8pand will air over four weeks. The world premiere of the miniseries takes place as the finale event of the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas on June 5.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comet, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s network specializing in science fiction programming, announced its “Planet of the Apes” movie marathon delivered the highest audience since the network’s launch in 2015. The marathon, which aired on April 3, delivered the highest audience in the history of the network, with an increase in viewers across all demographics in the daypart, +155% P18-49, +133% P25-54, +96% P35-64 and +180% in P50+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV’s “Home Town” has attracted more than 23 million viewers since its season premiere in December. Factoring in its mid-season finale on Sunday, April 3, the show averaged a .74 Live+3 rating among P25-54 and a .96 among W25-54 in its timeslot. In addition, season to date, the series averaged a .84 Live+3 rating among upscale P25-54 and a 1.12 Live+3 rating among upscale W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Tournament of Champions” posted .9 P25-54 and 1.1 W25-54 Live+3 ratings, up +9% versus the week prior. To date, the season has reached more than 8.6 million P2+ viewers and is on track to be the series’ highest-rated season ever among W25-54, P18+, and W18+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actress Kathryn Hays died March 25. She was 88. Best known to daytime audiences for her role on “As the World Turns,” which she played from 1972-2010, Hays also had numerous roles on primetime series, including “Star Trek,” “Route 66,” and “Law & Order: SVU,” among others. “We were great friends,” said her “World Turns” co-star, Don Hastings (“the best partner I ever had,” said Hays in 2020). “Our biggest squabble was that she always wanted to rehearse and I wanted to take a nap. This is a huge loss to all who knew her.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Nehemiah Pershoff died April 5. He was 102. Pershoff appeared on series including “Gunsmoke,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Columbo,” “Law & Order” and “Chicago Hope.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

POWERBALL
Today’s Jackpot is $288 million

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – $71 million
Morbius – $10.2 million
The Lost City – $9.2 million
Ambulance – $8.7 million
The Batman – $6.6 million
(Source: Box Office Mojo)


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