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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 6/15/22)
DISNEY+: Family Reboot (Premiere)
HULU/DISNEY+: Love, Victor (Premiere)
FREEFORM: Dear Pony: Keep This Between Us (Premiere) at 10pm
NETFLIX: God’s Favorite Idiot (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Maldivas (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet (Premiere)
CW: Kung Fu (Finale) at 9pm

It’s a wrap for syndicated talker “The Wendy Williams Show.” The final episode airs Friday, June 17 with a video tribute to the host, who has been absent for its 13th and final season due to health issues.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol has postponed the hearing scheduled for today for technical reasons. “Putting together the video and exhibits is an exhausting exercise for our very small video staff,” explained Committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren. “We were going to have 1-2-3 in one week and it’s just it’s too much to put it all together. So we’re trying to give them a little room to do their technical work.” The hearing, focused on then-President Trump’s intention to replace AG Jeffrey Rosen, will be moved to another day. Tomorrow’s will still center on Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence not to certify the 2020 election results.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Much of the content young children consume on YouTube is either devoid of characters of color or includes biased and stereotypical representations, according to a new report released today from Common Sense Media. According to the report, “Who Is the ‘You’ in YouTube?”, 62% of YouTube videos watched by kids 8 and under featured no Black, Indigenous, and people of color characters. Another 10% included only shallow or stereotyped portrayals of BIPOC characters. “Young children and teens are like sponges, soaking up every image and message they consume,” said Déjà Rollins, who co-authored the report. “And because they lack the media literacy skills we often develop in adulthood, the hours of stereotypical and racially disproportionate YouTube content they consume can play a critical role in their overall identity formation and understanding of the world they live in.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix has renewed “The Lincoln Lawyer” for season two. Joining the series as executive producer and co-showrunner is Dailyn Rodriguez (“Queen of the South”). Ted Humphrey, who developed series with creator David E. Kelley, will also return as co-showrunner and exec producer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

One thing Netflix is betting on is an offshoot of its monster hit. In “Squid Game: The Challenge,” 456 real players will enter the game for a chance to win $4.56 million. “As they compete through a series of games inspired by the original show – plus surprising new additions – their strategies, alliances, and character will be put to the test while competitors are eliminated around them,” said a show description. “The stakes are high, but in this game the worst fate is going home empty-handed.” The 10-episode competition series is a co-production between Studio Lambert and The Garden.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NewFest announced the recipients of the first New Voices Filmmaker Grant, an initiative in partnership with Netflix to support emerging LGBTQ+ filmmakers. Four filmmakers will each receive a $25,000 grant to support professional development and create new work, and will have access to industry events and a mentorship track. Netflix has pledged support for the program for two years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Pinterest and Tastemade have struck a global strategic partnership aimed at scaling creators, content series, and live streaming on Pinterest. Initial programming will launch later this year in the US LATAM, Europe, and APAC, including 50 new shows.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Warner Bros. Television Group has signed a new first-look deal with writer/producer Bill Prady and Chris Sanagustin’s Pine Tree Entertainment. Prady co-created (with Chuck Lorre) WBTV’s comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” while Sanagustin’s first Hollywood gig was as a production assistant on a WBTV series. Under the terms of the deal, Pine Tree Entertainment will develop new scripted programming including dramas, multi- and single-camera comedies, genre series, and more for all platforms.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ITV has agreed to acquire a majority interest of 79.5% in factual producer Plimsoll Productions (“Hostile Planet,” “Night on Earth,” “Animal”). Following the transaction Grant Mansfield, together with his senior management and creatives, will continue to manage the business. ITV Studios already has a relationship with Plimsoll Productions as the distributor for “A Year on Planet Earth.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Roku renewed animated comedy “Doomlands” for a second season.The streamer also ordered competition series “Survival from Above,” featuring contestants suspended 100 feet off the ground in a South American rainforest, and “Lincoln Log Project” (wt), with builders creating cabins using life-sized Lincoln logs.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has opened a new production unit in Mexico City operating as Telemundo Global Studios Mexico. Under the umbrella of Miami-based Telemundo Global Studios, the new production arm will increase the company’s on-the-ground production capabilities of scripted and unscripted content, and is currently in pre-production of its first project for the network, the eighth season of “El Senor de los Cielos.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Documentary Films is in production on a feature documentary exploring the life and career of Donyale Luna, one of the first Black supermodels, directed by Nailah Jefferson (“Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache”), with Lightbox (“Tina”) and Jeff Friday Media (“Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Holy guacamole! HBO Max Latin America has ordered a feature-length animated film, “Batman Azteca: Choque de Imperios” (“Aztec Batman: Clash of Empires”), from Warner Bros. Animation in partnership with Anima and Chatrone, that takes Batman to Mexico. Set during the time of the Aztec Empire, the film follows a young boy out to avenge his father’s death.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Simon Fuller (“So You Think You Can Dance”) has partnered with OP3N and the Culture Catalyst, aimed at fostering arts and entertainment projects on the Avalanche blockchain, to develop and produce a musical film with global pop group Now United. “The Musical” will be available to the NFT pass holders on the recently launched OP3N app. The mission of the project is to inspire schools to create their own versions of performances from the musical and compete for honors within the OP3N platform through community voting.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Forest Whitaker, Thomasin McKenzie, Vera Farmiga, Richard E. Grant, Wilmer Valderrama, and Alanna Masterson are lending their voices to the BRON Digital animated movie-series, “Gossamer.”…Mehcad Brooks (“A Fall From Grace”) has joined the season 22 cast of NBC’s “Law & Order.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Bugs Bunny Builders” premieres Monday, July 25 at 8a on Cartoonito on Cartoon Network and Tuesday, July 26 on Cartoonito on HBO Max. The series is the first Looney Tunes preschool show in over 20 years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of HBO Max reality dating series “FBoy Island” debuts Thursday, July 14 with three episodes, and three new women navigating the dating pool on a tropical island.
(Source: Cynopsis)

TruTV’s Impractical Jokers will take a bite out of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week this summer with a shark education special. The 34th installment of Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 24.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The effects of growing up in the family of a serial killer is explored in “Sins of the Father: The Green River Killer,” a true crime doc premiering on Tubi today, June 15.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former boxing champ and current mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko will be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs, airing Wednesday, July 20 on ABC. The award honors a member of the sporting world “who makes a difference far beyond the world of play.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Downton Abbey: A New Era,” from Focus Features and director Simon Curtis, begins streaming exclusively on Peacock on Friday, June 24. Fans can catch the period drama’s six seasons and 2019 film “Downton Abbey,” along with 2016 special “The Manners of Downton Abbey,” on Peacock now.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Shudder landed rights to documentary “This is GWAR,” offering insight into the 30-plus year career of the heavy metal band.
(Source: Cynopsis)

FilmRise has acquired all rights to the sixth and upcoming seventh seasons of Woodcut Media’s true crime docuseries “World’s Most Evil Killers.” The deal gives FilmRise exclusive digital SVOD, AVOD and FAST rights domestically.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The first half of this season of HGTV’s “Celebrity IOU” has averaged a .72 Live+3 rating among P25-54 and a .95 rating among W25-54. As of the mid-season finale on Monday, June 6, the ratings reflected increases of 84 percent among P25-54 and 89 percent among W25-54 versus year-ago benchmarks.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication the week of May 30, the winner of the magazine race, with more than 3.0 million daily viewers, was “Entertainment Tonight” (2.0 Live+SD national Nielsen rating, steady), which was the only program in the group moving up from last year (up 5%). “Inside Edition” (1.9, down 5% from the week before) placed second.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Stranger Things 4” volume 1 hit 781.04 million hours viewed in 17 days, boosting it to the top of Netflix’s list of most popular English-language series. Season two of “Bridgerton” is now in second place. “Squid Games” is #1 overall, with 1.65 billion hours viewed in its first 28 days.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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