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FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 4/27/22)
DISNEY+: Sketchbook (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Bullsh*t The Game Show (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Komi Can’t Communicate (Premiere)

CBS renewed “Blue Bloods” for season 13, after a deal was struck for the return of star and executive producer Tom Selleck. The police drama is averaging 9.81 million viewers. “In its 12th season, with over 250 episodes, ‘Blue Bloods’ not only continues to dominate in the ratings but excels at an exceptionally high creative level,” said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Raising Dion” has been canceled after two seasons. The Netflix superhero drama was based on the comic book about a boy who hones mysterious powers with the support of his mother and a trainer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Productions and Laugh Out Loud are merging to form a single company, Hartbeat. Equity firm Abry Partners is making a $100 million investment in the new company, while Peacock, which acquired an equity stake in 2020, will remain a shareholder. “The creation of Hartbeat and our capital raise with Abry represent a new era in comedy,” said Hart. “With this merger and funding, we’re taking the new blueprint we’ve built in entertainment to the next level and creating opportunities for a new generation of comedic talent.” Thai Randolph, who had served as COO of Laugh Out Loud and Hartbeat Productions, has been elevated to CEO of the new company.
(Source: Cynopsis)

WarnerBros. Discovery has hit pause on the development of new scripted programming at TNT and TBS, reports Variety, as the strategy for “TNets” TNT, TBS and truTV is being evaluated. “Kill the Orange-Faced Bear,” a TBS comedy starring Damon Wayans Jr. scheduled to start production next week, will not move forward; the absurdist comedy, starring Wayans as a man out for revenge after a bear eats his girlfriend, was picked up to series in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freeform renewed “Single Drunk Female” for a second season. The net also ordered dramedy “While You Were Breeding,” based on the memoir from Kristen Newman. Newman executive produces along with Susanna Fogel (“The Flight Attendant”) and Blair Breard (“Scenes from a Marriage”). The pilot is directed by Becca Gleason (“Summer ‘03”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jenny Han has inked an overall film and television deal with Amazon Studios. “Adapting my novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty, into a television series at Prime Video has been an incredible experience, and I’m so thrilled to now expand my relationship with them,” said Han. “I’m delighted to start this new chapter: creating and championing stories about coming of age at every age for Prime Video’s global audience.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Wolf Like Me” was renewed for a sophomore run by Peacock. “We are over the moon that “Wolf Like Me’s” unique and high-stakes love story resonated so strongly with Peacock viewers,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Isla Fisher and Josh Gad will reprise their roles as Mary and Gary.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Digital media brand Moviefone announced “Moviephone TV” is coming to broadcast syndication. The series, which explores the secrets of filmmaking from script-to-screen, is already cleared in top 30 markets, as well as The CW Plus. Moviefone also announced a deal to feature the company’s “Made in Hollywood” TV series content as part of Screenvision Media’s Front + Center preshow in movie theaters. “Coming out of the pandemic, our exhibitor partners have shared that audiences are coming to theaters even earlier to more fully immerse themselves in the cinema experience,” said Darryl Schaffer, Chief Partnership Officer, Screenvision Media.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Banijay Mexico & US Hispanic and singer/actress Becky G (“Becoming a Pop Star”) have partnered to develop a docuseries following female Latin group Angel22. The project will be co-produced with 2Ws Films and Becky G, who will appear in the series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Documentary studio XTR (“They Call Me Magic”) has acquired a 30,000 square foot studio located in Echo Park on the Eastside of Los Angeles. XTR Studios includes production and post-production facilities, a sound stage, recording studio and offices.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Emily Hampshire (“Schitt’s Creek”) has joined the cast of Roku Original comedy “Slip.”…Rob Lowe’s brother, Chad Lowe, will guest on the May 2 episode of Fox’s (“9-1-1: Lone Star”) as the half-brother of Rob Lowe’s character, Owen….Danielle Deadwuler (“The Harder We Fall”) landed the lead in “Demimonde,” the HBO sci-fi drama from J.J. Abrams.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Generation Drag,” following five teens and their families as they prepare for drag show Dragutante, premieres Wednesday, June 1 on discovery+. Tyra Banks (“Dancing With the Stars”) is exec producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Detective drama “Signora Volpe” debuts Monday, May 2 on Acorn TV. Emilia Fox (“Silent Witness”) stars and executive produces the three-parter.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the dates and locations for upcoming in-person ceremonies. The Technology & Engineering Emmys Awards will be held Monday, April 25 in Las Vegas; the Sports Emmy Awards are set for Monday, May 24 in NYC; the Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle Awards will be handed out Saturday, June 18 in Pasadena, where the Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on Friday, June 24. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will take place Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29 in NYC; and the first annual Children’s & Family Emmys are slated for Sunday, December 11 in LA.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Bravocon returns to NYC from October 14-16 at the Javits Center. The superfan event offers panels, performances and activations featuring Bravo stars.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Rolando Cantú has joined Telemundo Deportes as lead NFL analyst for “Sunday Night Football.” Cantú makes his debut for coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft starting tomorrow, April 28.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN Special Report “The Fire Still Burns: 30 Years After the L.A. Riots” reveals the true origins of the historic uprising, and how its legacy still smolders, on Friday, April 29 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.7 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, up 6% from the week before) topped the talkers for the sixth week in a row. It also drew the biggest audience, averaging 2,379,000 daily viewers (a weekly gain of 59,000). Among courtroom programs, leader “Judge Judy” (4.3, down 4%) and second place “Hot Bench” (1.4, down 7%) both dipped.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network averaged 203,000 total viewers during Business Day for the month of April, with “Kudlow” scoring 278,000 viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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