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ON TELEVISION WEDNESDAY 5/4/22)
BET: The Porter (Premiere) at 10:30pm
NETFLIX: Meltdown: Three Mile Island (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Circle (Premiere)
NETFLIX: El Marginal (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Summertime (Premiere)
TLC: My Feet Are Killing Me (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: Good Sam (Finale) at 10pm

Paramount Global added 6.3 million global streaming subscribers in 1Q22 for a total of 62 million, according to the company’s 1Q22 earnings report, beating expectations for streaming numbers. Paramount+ added 6.8 million subscribers for the quarter, for a total of almost 40 million, while there were declines in direct-to-consumer services subscriptions due to timing of programming. Revenue at the company dipped about 1% to $7.33 billion, versus analysts’ estimates of $7.38 billion, according to IBES data.
(Source: Cynopsis)

During Paramount Global’s earnings call, CEO Bob Bakish was bullish on upcoming international launches that will set Paramount+ in over 60 markets by year’s end. In 2023, the streamer will hit India via its Viacom18 platform. “We’re going to enter in 2023 in a very capital-efficient, hard-bundled way,” said Bakish. “We think that’s a great route into that market. India will be incremental to our 100 million sub guidance.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Facebook is shutting down its podcast offerings, including Soundbites and its general audio hub. Podcasters can no longer add shows, and shows will be removed on June 3. Live Audio Rooms will fold into Facebook Live. A spokesperson for Meta said the podcast purge will help the metaverse-focused company “focus on the most meaningful experiences.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former cable news anchor Greta Van Susteren will host a Newsmax debate with the top contenders for the GOP nomination for Pennsylvania’s US Senate seat. Dr. Mehmet Oz, David McCormick, Ambassador Carla Sands, Kathy Barnette, and Jeff Bartos will be grilled tonight at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roku and private equity firm Apollo Global Management have teamed to bid for a minority stake in Starz, reports The Wall Street Journal. Lionsgate, which acquired Starz in 2016 for $4.4 billion, announced in November it was considering selling or spinning off the streaming and pay-TV service.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A revival of “Jackass” is in the works at for Paramount+. Bob Bakish broke the news during his company’s earnings call, saying, “Based off the success of [feature film] ‘Jackass Forever,’ we’re working with the creators to continue the partnership with a new series, bringing even more ridiculous antics straight to Paramount+.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has greenlit dark comedy “Good Deed,” from Liz Feldman (“Dead to Me”), about three families vying to buy the same house. Feldman will EP with Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal for Gloria Sanchez Productions, as well as Christie Smith and Silver Tree. “’No Good Deed’ was inspired by my many late nights during the early pandemic maniacally searching Zillow listings for a way out of my house,” said Feldman. “I’m endlessly grateful to Netflix for being such a supportive creative home and for continuing to allow me to turn my crippling anxiety into entertainment.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Production is slated to begin this summer in Iowa on a series adaptation of 1989 Kevin Costner movie “Field of Dreams,” from “The Good Place” creator Michael Schur. Universal Television is launching a local Production Assistant Bootcamp training program to provide select Iowa residents with an opportunity to gain skills, knowledge and a foundational understanding of television production. “We are excited to begin production on ‘Field of Dreams’ in the location where this momentous journey began… Iowa,” said Erin Underhill, President of Universal Television. “We look forward to giving back to the community with our new training initiative and knocking this series out of the park!”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A docuseries exploring the rise and fall of music label Stax is in the works for HBO. Jamila Wignot (“Axios”) is directing, with Ezra Edelman (“OJ: Made in America”) and Caroline Waterlow exec producing. “In both the sound that fueled its rise and the events that triggered its demise, Stax Records manifested the soul of America,“ said Edelman. “There is no better person to bring this quintessential American story to HBO’s viewers than Jamila Wignot, whose work I’ve long admired.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Allison Janney (“Mom”) will star with “SNL” alum Kristen Wiig in Apple TV+ comedy series “Mrs. American Pie,” executive produced by Laura Dern. Janney will play a member of the Palm Beach social group Wiig’s character is trying to break into.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Alycia Debman-Carey (“Fear the Walking Dead”) is replacing Victoria Pedretti (“You”) as the lead in Hulu’s upcoming “Saint X.” Pedretti exited the psychological drama last week over creative differences.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO has renewed the weekly late-nighter“Game Theory with Bomani Jones” for season two. The series, executive produced by Adam McKay and Todd Schulman from Hyperobject Industries, concluded its first season last month. “Game Theory has been a dream, the most creatively thrilling thing I’ve ever done, with the best team I’ve ever had,” said Jones. “I couldn’t be more excited to apply what we learned from Season One and turn a good show into a great one.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Sharon Osbourne: To Hell & Back” will launch on Fox Nation in September. “We are excited to be the place that Sharon chose to tell her incredible story,” said Jason Klarman, President of the streaming platform. “From her remarkable career as a music manager, to creating television’s first celebrity reality show, to her dramatic exit from ‘The Talk,’ Sharon will take viewers behind the scenes of it all.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” kicks off Thursday, May 26 at 9p on A&E. The docuseries follows stories of people facing trial for serious crimes they are alleged to have committed, from the perspective of the accused.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO late night series “Pause with Sam Jay” returns for season two on Friday, May 20 at 11p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Sci-fi comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is back for season 13 starting Friday, May 6. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, “MST3K” will be released directly to fans, on indie streaming platform the Gizmoplex. The series, launched on KTMA-TV in Minneapolis in 1988, most recently streamed on Netflix.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New toons are on the way to Netflix’s animated slate. In a blog post, John Derderian, VP, Animated Seriesannounced upcoming series “Sonic Prime,” “Daniel Spellbound” and “My Dad the Bounty Hunter,” along with returning favorites including a new “Jurassic World” interactive special and new episodes of “The Cuphead Show!”, “Sharkdog,” and “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.” “We want to create a safe and trusted space where your children can relax, play, learn, and explore alongside their favorite characters,” said Derderian. “This goes beyond our shows to our easy-to-use parental controls like pin protections and the kids activity recap to help caregivers make the right decisions for their families.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon executives and talent unveiled a slate of content and technologies at its Amy Poehler-hosted NewFront at Lincoln Center. Programming on Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) includes a new cooking competition series “America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation,” coming-of-age drama “Beyond Black Beauty,” family competition series “Play-Doh Squished,” and music documentary “Post Malone: Runaway.” Freevee also picked up a second season of “Bosch: Legacy” and a third and fourth season of UNINTERRUPTED’s “Top Class: The Life and Times of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers.” Amazon Freevee has also secured a short-term film licensing agreement with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution for a limited selection of titles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roku has struck co-producing deals with Marquee Brands and Milk Street Studios to develop seven series starring Martha Stewart (“Martha Cook,” “Martha Holidays,” “Martha Gardens”), Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Cooks,” “Emeril Tailgates”) and Christopher Kimball (“Milk Street’s Cooking School,” “Milk Street’s My Family Recipe”). “We are thrilled to bring our viewers this standout content from culinary and cultural powerhouses…for free,” said Rob Holmes, VP of Programming at Roku. “These exciting first-of-their-kind partnerships…showcase our unique ability to drive value across the streaming ecosystem.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, Michelle Obama was a huge draw for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The former First Lady’s guest spot caused the show’s ratings to jump 50% from the prior Tuesday, to 1.2 in Live + Same Day Nielsens. The week of April 18, “Dr. Phil” (1.6, up 14% from the week before) rose to a first place dead heat among talk shows with recent leader “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (1.6, down 6%). “Dr. Phil” was also 14% ahead of the same week last year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

With an assist from new addition “Emergency!”, FETV recorded its best Prime (7p-12a) ever last week with a Live+SD average of 173,000 Households and 30,000 A25-54.
(Source: Cynopsis)

True crime network Law&Crime has drawn a record-breaking number of viewers tuning in across its platforms for its coverage of the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial. To date, the network has seen more than 330 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Spectrum News averaged more than 2.5 million daily viewing households across its 12-state local news footprint in April, and the Spectrum News App reached a total of 2 million downloads with 348,000 unique visitors in April.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor David Birney died April 29 of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Birney was perhaps best known for starring in 1972-73 sitcom “Bridget Loves Bernie,” which was canceled after one season despite being a top 10 program amid protests over its depiction of interfaith marriage. Birney also played John Quincy Adams in “The Adams Chronicles” and a doctor on “St. Elsewhere,” along with numerous theater roles.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Jerry Ver Dorn died May 1 of cancer. He was 72. Ver Dorn played Ross Marler on “Guiding Light” for 26 years, and Clint Buchanan on “One Life to Live” for eight years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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