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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/13/22)
CMT: CMT Storytellers (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY: Moonshiners: American Spirit (Premiere) at 8pm
DISCOVERY+: High Design with Kim Myles (Premiere)
DISNEY+: Ice Age: Scrat Tales (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Our Great National Parks (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Smother-in-Law (Premiere)

Keke Palmer (“Scream Queens”) will host NBC’s reboot of game show “Password,” which is headed to prime time this summer. The series launched in 1961 and was revived by NBC in 1979 and 1984 prior to being featured on both “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Tonight Show.” Jimmy Fallon will play in each of the eight hourlong episodes as celebrity/contestant duos compete. The premiere episode will be dedicated to Betty White. “Password” is produced by Fremantle in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, and Electric Hot Dog. Jimmy Fallon, Jim Juvonen, and Jennifer Mullin will serve as executive producers, along with John Quinn who will also serve as showrunner.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Rachel Maddow has returned to her MSNBC show after a two-month hiatus with the news that starting in May, she’ll go from hosting “The Rachel Maddow Show” five nights a week to Mondays only. Guest hosts will take over the other four nights for “MSNBC Prime.” “For big news events, for things like the leadup to the election, I will of course be here more than that, but that is the general plan,” said Maddow.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Strong Studios has acquired the rights and screenplay to its first original feature film, “The Tank Job,” a true-life crime drama adapted from Norman Miller’s book, The Great Salad Oil Swindle. “The Tank Job” tells the true story of ex-butcher turned salad oil exporter Anthony “Tino” DeAngelis and his blue collar crew as eventually crashed Wall Street in their con to corner the market on salad oil futures in the early 1960s. Alec Sokolow (“Toy Story”) wrote the screenplay and is set to direct. Sam Sokolow (Nat “Genius”) and Nicholas Levis (“Darkon”) are producers. CNBC contributor Ron Insana, CEO of Insana Entertainment Group will also produce. Ballantyne’s Chairman Kyle Cerminara and CEO Mark Roberson, and Strong Studios’ President David Ozer (“Willy’s Wonderland”) serve as executive producers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Endeavor Content has partnered with Crewvie to apply the online platform’s software for real-time workforce analytics and crew list management across all of its productions. Crewvie, which is focused on advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility for artisans, will provide Endeavor Content with measurable data for all of its productions, along with access to a well of diverse talent for staffing crew on upcoming projects.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have inked an exclusive overall deal with Apple TV+ for series, documentaries and unscripted projects. Apple Original Films and Playtime are already moving forward on a sequel to Apple TV+ hit “Greyhound.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Dana Calvo (“Good Girls Revolt”) will serve as showrunner and exec producer on ABC’s David E. Kelley drama “Avalon,” based on Michael Connolly’s short story.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TelevisaUnivision announced that production began in Mexico City on “Quiero Tu Vida” (I Want Your Life), a romantic fantasy feature for ViX+, the streaming platform launching in the second half of 2022. It’s the first project under TelevisaUnivision’s recently announced first-look deal with Salma Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions to produce Spanish-language feature films exclusively for ViX+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Bel Powley (“The Morning Show”), Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) and Joe Cole (“Peaky Blinders”) have joined the cast of Disney+ limited series “A Small Light,” telling the story of a Dutch woman who sheltered Anne Frank’s family, then preserved her diary…Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Super Pumped”) has boarded Peacock mystery drama “Poker Face.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

WE tv’s “Mama June: Road to Redemption” returns Friday, May 13 at 9p, picking up where June’s run-in with the law left off. June claims she wants to step back into the role of mom, however resentment soon builds when she continues to avoid all responsibility for her family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of “Breeders” kicks off Monday, May 9 at 10p on FX, picking up days after season 2 ended, as the Worsley family reels from teenaged Luke (Alex Eastwood) punching his dad, Paul (Martin Freeman).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ comedy “Loot,” starring Maya Rudolph (“Saturday Night Live”) as a billionaire on a journey of self-discovery, debuts with the first three episodes on Friday, June 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

It’s everyone against the Amazon on a new season of Discovery survivalist challenge “Naked and Afraid XL: Next Level,” premiering Sunday, May 1 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Princess,” starring Joey King (“The Kissing Booth”), premieres July 1. The film follows a strong-willed princess who refuses to marry the sociopath to whom she is betrothed.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Revery is streaming pot-friendly programming on Wednesday, April 20, including the premiere of “High HerStory” at (of course) 4:20. “Cannabis consuming ladies” will tell stories about women in history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has introduced a “Double Thumbs Up” button for users to express their content preferences. “Our current Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down buttons are a good way for you to tell us how you feel about a series or film, and in return, you get a profile that’s better personalized to your taste,” wrote Christine Doig-Cardet, Director of Product Innovation, in a blog post. “However, we’ve learned over time that these feelings can go beyond a simple like or dislike. Providing an additional way to tell us when you’re really into something means a profile with recommendations that better reflect what you enjoy.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roku users can now subscribe to discovery+ from within the Roku Channel app. The subscription is for discovery+’s ad-free tier, which costs $6.99/month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FIFA has launched FIFA+, a digital platform offering access to live soccer matches, interactive games, news and other video content. “FIFA+ represents the next step in our vision to make football truly global and inclusive, and it underpins FIFA’s core mission of expanding and developing football globally,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “This project represents a cultural shift in the way different types of football fans want to connect…. It will accelerate the democratization of football.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’ first broadcast of the 2022 CMT Music Awards delivered 5.33 million viewers, a number expected to rise to 5.5 million when Paramount+ livestreams are added. That’s a big jump from the 2021 awards, when the simulcast on CMT, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network and TV Land drew 828,000 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Following “The Slap,” major syndicated magazine shows clocked double-digit improvement with their next-day coverage in the week ending April 3. “Inside Edition” (2.4 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 20% from the week before) and “Entertainment Tonight” (8-week high 2.3, up 28%) were the biggest winners. “ET” was the No. 1 magazine overall for its Oscar recap reporting, jumping 56% to a category best single-day 2.8 for its coverage on March 28. Also getting big Nielsen boosts were red carpet favorites “Extra” (season high 0.7, up 17%), which swelled 33% for its next day Oscar coverage and “Access Hollywood,” which shot up 13% on the 28th.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New HGTV series “Fixer to Fabulous: Welcome Inn” averaged a .72 live plus three-day rating among P25-54 and a .95 live plus three-day rating among W25-54, up 46% and 47% over year-ago levels in the demos. The four-episode series averaged a .86 Live+3 rating among upscale P25-54 and a 1.10 among upscale W25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried died after a lengthy illness. He was 67. In addition to late night appearances, TV audiences perhaps knew Gottfried best for voiceover work for characters like the bird Digit in animated PBS Kids series “Cyberchase,” and the Aflac duck in commercials. “RIP Gilbert. Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life,” wrote Jon Stewart. “He could leave you gasping for breath…just indescribably unusually hilarious…Damn.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

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