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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/12/22)
ALLBLK: A La Carte (Premiere)
BET+: Bruh (Premiere)
DISCOVERY+: Jailhouse Redemption (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Hacks (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Who’s by Your Side (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Maverix (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Savage Beauty (Premiere)
WE TV:  Commit or Quit With Judge Lynn Toler (Premiere) at 10pm
HBO MAX: The Garcias (Finale)

Speculation about a streaming slowdown, following Netflix’s loss of 200,000 subscribers in the first three months of 2022, might be taking a turn. Disney reported on Wednesday that streamer Disney+ has added 7.9 million subscribers during the same period, versus analysts’ estimates of 5.2 million, and 20 million over the past six months. Disney+ now has 137.7 million subs, up 33% year-over-year. Further spurring growth, Disney+ is expanding to 42 additional countries and 11 territories starting May 18, and launching a less expensive tier in the US in late 2022. “We are in a league of our own,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek of the company’s quarterly results. Revenue of $19.2 billion was up 23% from a year ago, but about $1 billion short of forecasts due to content licensing agreements ending early so content could go to Disney+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The average number of sources consumers use to access TV content has hit an all-time high, according to Hub’s “Best Bundle” study. Counting traditional pay TV service, live TV streaming services, individual streaming subscriptions, free streaming services, transactional services, and antenna, the average consumer now uses more than 7 sources for TV content, up from 4.8 in 2020. Streaming subscription penetration among US consumers has hit 89%. Of note: while the proportion of US consumers subscribing to Netflix began to flatten out toward the second half, Hub found penetration is still 9 points higher in 2022 than it was at the start of 2021.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Upload” has coasted to season three on Prime Video. “’Upload’ has become a bona fide hit that continues to be one of the most watched comedy originals on Prime Video,” said Amazon Head of Global TV Vernon Sanders. “The series continues to connect and provoke endless possibilities for the future of technology and humanity.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Darren Criss (“Glee”) and Julianne Hough (“Dancing With the Stars”)will host the pre-Tonys livestream on Paramount+. “The Tony Awards: Act One” kicks off Sunday, June 12 at 7p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Peacock handed a straight-to-series order to an untitled project from director and executive producer Jason Woliner (“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm”). The series, described as “a groundbreaking project that mixes fact and fiction to tell a bizarre and incredible tale,” also comes from executive producers Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Loreli Alanis (Point Grey Pictures); Megan Ellison (Annapurna); Michael Sagol, Bert Hamelinck (Caviar) The series will be produced by Caviar and by Rogen and Goldberg through their overall deal with Lionsgate.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max and Cartoon Network greenlit two live-action specials aimed at girls, based on the Mattel American Girl franchise. “American Girl: Corinne Tan” (wt), inspired by the doll brand’s 2022 Girl of the Year and the first of Chinese descent, is produced by Mattel Television and MarVista Entertainment and is scheduled to premiere this December. A second American Girl special, still to be announced, will follow next year. The streamer is also teaming with Cartoon Network for “Home Sweet Rome,” centered on a 13-year-old who moves from California to start in a new life in Rome with her father and stepmother.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Max is further expanding its Kids & Family slate with a new season of teen dance series “The Next Step,” along with “Hank Zipzer,” co-written by Henry Winkler, and paranormal adventure series “My Babysitter’s Vampire.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also catching a greenlight from HBO Max is two-part special event, “B-Loved” (wt), from Endeavor Content and Wonder Worldwide, starring Peyton List (“Cobra Kai”) as Bea, a free-spirited teenage ghost. The story, written by Black List Nicholl Fellowship winner, Cesar Vitale, will be directed by Emily Ting (“Tall Girl 2”) and is scheduled to premiere in time for Valentine’s Day 2023.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Chrisleys are feeling the love from USA Network. Reality show “Chrisley Knows Best” has been renewed for season 10, “Growing Up Chrisley” was picked up for a fourth season to premiere this summer, and dating series “Love Limo,” hosted and executive produced by Todd Chrisley, was greenlit.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A limited series based on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is being developed as a limited series by Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions, Skydance Television, and Concord Originals. The musical will be written by Rachel Shukert (“GLOW”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Ken Jeong (“The Masked Singer”) has joined the season two cast of Apple TV+’s “The Afterparty.” This season will center on a murder at a wedding…Garrett Hedlund (“Mudbound”) has boarded the cast of Paramount+ mob drama “Tulsa King.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of “Virgin River” drops Wednesday, July 20. Preview: Mel is optimistic despite not knowing who the father of her baby is, a handsome new doctor comes to town, and Preacher forges a new romantic connection.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN docuseries “Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal” debuts Sunday, June 5 at 9p, with former White House counsel and a series executive producer John Dean weighing in on the 50-year-old botched burglary. “After passage of a half century, we have the complete record of what happened during Watergate and this series is more than a cautionary tale about these events,” said Dean. “The criminal conduct of Richard Nixon and his top aides was found to be totally unacceptable to the American people and became the blueprint for what no President of the United States should do.” Hint, hint.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The third and final season of Freeform’s “Motherland: Fort Salem”premieres Thursday, June 21 at 10p. With witch hunters working against them from inside the White House, Abigail, Tally, Raelle and Scylla must call upon ancient forces in the final battle for their right to exist.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Great Giveback with Melissa McCarthy and Jenna Perusich”premieres Monday, June 13 at 9p on HGTV. In the six-parter, the “Bridesmaids” star and her cousin help renovate homes to surprise deserving people.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Moonbug Entertainment has launched the first spin-off channel for pre-school smash “CoComelon.” New episodes of musical series “It’s Cody Time” will premiere on YouTube on Wednesdays.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of Apple TV+ kids’ series “Helpsters” premieres Friday, May 27. Among the guests this time around is Bradley Cooper.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Dreamers,” following three young Palestinian students who travel to Tel Aviv in 2008 and try to establish a new and liberated Palestinian community for themselves, premieres Thursday, May 26 on Sundance Now and AMC+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount+ movie event “South Park: The Streaming Wars” premieres Wednesday, June 1. The special is the third of 14 TV movie events expected from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s deal with ViacomCBS.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney Junior’s “Mickey Mouse Funhouse” will introduce a new charactertomorrow, May 13. Fig, a gnome, is deaf, and helps Minnie and Daisy understand how he communicates.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CMT and Sandbox Live are teaming for live event “Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration,” in partnership with the Judd family, to honor country music icon Naomi Judd, who died April 30 at age 76. CMT will televise the public memorial service as a commercial-free special on Sunday, May 15 at 6p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

MeTV’s annual “Summer of Me” stunt launches Sunday, May 29 when “The A-Team” joins the network with a marathon of episodes, before landing in its regular weeknight spot starting May 30 at 6p. On June 5, MeTV will debut a weekly Sunday afternoon rotating block of comedy, “The Summer of Me Sunday Block Party,” and weekday morning show “Toon In With Me” presents a birthday celebration for Bugs Bunny the week of July 25-29 at 7a.
(Source: Cynopsis)


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