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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 9/29/22)
CBS: Young Sheldon (Premiere) at 8pm
CBS: Ghosts (Premiere) at 8:30pm
CBS: So Help Me Todd (Premiere) at 9pm
CBS: CSI: Vegas (Premiere) at 10p
FACEBOOK WATCH: Yara Shahidi’s Day Off (Premiere)
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen (Premiere) at 8pm
FOX: Welcome to Flatch (Premiere) at 9pm
FOX: Call My Kat (Premiere) at 9:30pm
NETFLIX: Eat the Rich: The GameStop Saga (Premiere)
PBS: This Old House (Premiere) at 8pm
PBS: Ask This Old House (Premiere) at 8:30pm
PEACOCK: Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky (Premiere)
CW: Bump (Finale) at 8:30pm
CW: Great Chocolate Showdown (Finale) at 9pm
HBO: Hostages (Finale) at 10pm

Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Global & Advertising Partnerships for NBCUniversal, has issued an industry-wide call to action for service. “Culture of service is more than just talking about values like empathy and unity—we need to dig deep, reach down into our souls, and find the courage to act,” said Yaccarino during her honoree remarks at the 2022 She Runs It “Women of the Year” event. “Many of us in this room are in the business of creating culture. But let’s be clear: it’s not just the CEOs, celebrities, and influencers. We all can create culture. In a million ways, we can shape how the people around us act, and feel, and treat each other.” Her challenge? “Put in the effort. Extend the hand. Uncross your arms. Build those relationships. Choose empathy, unity, and courage. Commit to service. And I promise you, if you accept that challenge, and build this culture–I’ll be the first person in your corner.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

MGM linear and streaming service Epix is rebranding as MGM+ on January 15, in conjunction with the season three premiere of “Godfather of Harlem.” “MGM is one of the most iconic and beloved brands from the golden age of entertainment,” said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. “This rebrand is a promise to existing and new viewers that MGM+ is the place to find television that reflects and celebrates the legacy of the iconic MGM brand – cinematic programming with sophisticated storytelling that entertains, delights, surprises, and transports. MGM is television for movie lovers.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Epix news, “Bridge and Tunnel” has hit the end of the road after two seasons. The dramedy starred and was written, directed and produced by Ed Burns.
(Source: Cynopsis)

We are not for sale,” Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav told employees at a company Zoom town hall on Wednesday, according to several attendees. “We have everything we need to be successful to be the biggest entertainment media company in the world.” Zaslav acknowledged the industry is going through major change, and urged patience.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game Show Network is returning to Dish Network after a carriage dispute led to a three-week blackout. “We’re pleased to have reached a multi-year agreement that benefits all parties, especially our customers,” said Brian Neylon, EVP and Group President, Dish TV. “I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we worked through the negotiations.”
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Despite volatile market conditions, Lionsgate confirmed it still plans to split its Starz and studio businesses. “As negotiations progress we have increased our focus on the possibility of spinning our studio business, creating a number of financial and strategic benefits,” said the company in an SEC filing Wednesday. “In that regard, we are continuing productive negotiations with prospective strategic and financial partners on both sides of our business.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Lionsgate also announced the rebrand of its StarzPlay streaming platform as Lionsgate+ in 35 markets outside the US. “We recognized the potential of the global OTT market early, and over the last few years we have built an incredible global streaming service,” said Jeffrey Hirsch, President and CEO of Starz. “Operating under Lionsgate+ internationally brings a distinct and differentiated identity in an increasingly crowded international marketplace.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Google is the most-trusted news source on digital platforms, according to a study from the Reuters Institute. The tech company was cited by 53% of US survey respondents. YouTube was trusted by 40%, followed by Facebook (29%), Twitter and Instagram (both 26%), and WhatsApp and TikTok (20%). “Audiences do perceive news on different platforms differently and say they use them for sometimes distinct purposes,” noted the authors of the study. “That insight is an important one for news organizations that seek to engage with audiences in these spaces.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

TV shows and movies inspired by video games averaged 20 per year from 2013-21, according to Ampere Analysis, up from an average of 10 per year from 2000-2012. Shows related to games hit a high of 28 in 2016; last year there were 21, including 14 on linear TV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A defamation lawsuit filed last year, alleging that Majed Khalil was defamed on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and in tweets, can proceed to trial, ruled a judge. Fox Corp., Fox News Network and Dobbs are named in the suit, which claims the Venezuelan businessman was unfairly accused of trying to corrupt the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Fox argued that it couldn’t be held liable for statements made by Dobbs and attorney Sidney Powell.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has expanded the Golden Globes categories for actors in supporting roles to Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series/Musical-Comedy or Drama; Supporting Actress in a Television Series/Musical-Comedy or Drama; Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/Anthology or Motion Picture Made for Television; and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Anthology or Motion Picture Made for Television. Nominations will be announced December 12.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CNN cut eight staffers from its audio division, according to Business Insider. “Audio is an important growth area for the company. Over the last several years we’ve learned a lot about the topics and productions that most resonate with our audiences,” said a network spokesperson. “As a result, we’ve refined our strategy to focus our resources more specifically in those areas.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire” has been renewed for a second season, ahead of the October 2 series premiere on AMC and AMC+. “We look forward to sharing the final product of this extraordinary effort with audiences in just a few short days and are thrilled that this story will continue,” said Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “This is only the beginning of an entire Universe featuring enthralling stories and characters that capture the spirit of Anne Rice’s amazing work.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Speaking at the AMC Networks Summit on Wednesday, McDermott noted that “curation and quality, not clutter and quantity,” is the priority for AMC’s 2023 lineup. Next year’s roster includes “Orphan Black: Echoes,” “The Walking Dead,” “Moonhaven,” and “Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches,” along with “Vampire.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Colman Domingo, who stars in AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” and adapted his play, “Dot,” as “West Philly Baby” for AMC Studios, was also at the AMC Summit. Domingo said “stories that are embedded in who we are, not as a response to whiteness,” are his hope for the future of television content, with a spotlight on Black stories and Black love.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Epix greenlit four scripted series that will be added to its lineup after its relaunch as MGM+. Series include crime thriller “Cocaine,” following a CIA operative and manager of a Miami hotel; “Belgravia: The Next Chapter,” picking up 25 years after the events of the 2020 limited series; an untitled docuseries chronicling the Amityville murders; and two-part “San Francisco Sounds” (wt), tracking the San Francisco music scene from 1965-75.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Kevin Costner’s Territory Pictures, Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary’s Revelations Entertainment and Big Dreams Entertainment are partnering to produce “The Gray House,” a Civil War-set limited series for Paramount Global.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The comeback story of Vanessa Williams, who overcame the scandal of having to return her 1984 Miss America crown after nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse, is being developed as a limited series by Sony Pictures Television. Neil Meron is producing. Zadan/Meron Productions’ Meron and Mark Nicholson will executive produce with Stephen Roseberry and Jon Carrasco of Encore Endeavor 1.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Disney+ and National Geographic announced casting for “Genius: MLK/X”. The ensemble includes Kelvin Harrison Jr. (“The Trial of the Chicago 7”) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aaron Pierre (“The Underground Railroad”) as Malcolm X, Weruche Opia (“I May Destroy You”) as Coretta Scott King, and Jayme Lawson (“The Batman”) as Betty Shabazz. Principal photography will begin in October in Atlanta.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More casting notes: Lisa Kudrow (“Friends”) will star in Apple TV’s adaptation of “Time Bandits.”…Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons”) has joined the season 19 cast of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” in a multi-episode arc. She’ll play the grandmother of new resident Simone Griffith….Kevin Alves has been elevated from recurring to series regular on season two of Showtime’s “Yellowjackets.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season two of “Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show”, starring Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) debuts Friday, October 7 on Apple TV+. Among the visitors to Clover Grove will be Tony Hale (“Veep”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Joe Lo Truglio (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Stephanie Beatriz (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), D’Arcy Carden (“A League of Their Own”), Kristen Schaal (“What We Do In The Shadows”), Beth Dover (“Orange Is the New Black”), Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”), and Emily V. Gordon (“Little America”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Hip Hop Homicides” premieres Thursday, November 3 at 9p on WE tv. The true-crime procedural takes an in-depth look at shocking crimes in the hip hop community, with the hope of providing loved ones and fans with closure.
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Korean stars shrug off the stresses of global fame and head to the country for a surprise trip in “IN THE SOOP: Friendcation,” streaming on Disney+ starting October 19. Featuring Park Seo-jun (“The Marvels”), rapper Peakboy, Choi Woo-shik (“Parasite”), Park Hyung-sik (“Soundtrack #1”) and V of BTS, the travel reality show gives audiences an up-close look at the lives of five celebrity friends.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Animated series “Rosie’s Rules,” focusing on an inquisitive 5-year-old Mexican American girl, premieres October 3 on PBS Kids.
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All eight episodes of season three of “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” drop Wednesday, December 21 on Prime Video. The action thriller starring John Krasinski has already been renewed for season four.
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Monday Night Football continues to deliver for ESPN this season, with this week’s outing setting records for the Cowboys/Giants game, which was seen by 19.3 million viewers across its platforms. That ranks as the most-watched MNF Week 3 game in the ESPN era, and is up 29% over last year’s comparable tally. In Week 3, Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli drew 1.4 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The YES Network’s Yankees/Blue Jays telecast on Tuesday peaked at 901,000 Total Viewers and averaged 708,000 Total Viewers in the New York DMA. The game was YES’ most-viewed telecast in eight years, since Derek Jeter’s final home game on September 25, 2014, which averaged 1.2 million Total Viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Formula 1 will host a Launch Party at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on November 5, from 11a-11p, just over a year before the race on November 18. Several Formula 1 race teams and drivers will be represented at this event, along with activities such as the Formula 1 Pit Stop challenge – where they get a hands-on experience and can attempt to swap a Formula 1 car’s wheels in under three seconds – as well as Formula 1’s Esports simulators – which offer fans the chance to race head-to-head on the official Formula 1 game – along with additional activations, car and trophy photo opportunities, and giveaways.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, the National Women’s Soccer League announced the full slate of events surrounding the 2022 NWSL Championship, presented by Budweiser in Washington, D.C. In addition to the league’s primetime championship match on October 29, the NWSL, its partners and fans will celebrate the culmination of the 10th anniversary season and 50 years of Title IX.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse and the Universities Allied for Essential Medicine are teaming for the TV premiere of “White Coat Rebels,” the latest installment of the Fuse Docs franchise, on Tuesday, October 18 at 9p. The film looks at the corrupting influence of Big Pharma on the medical profession and the young doctors and students fighting back to improve inequities in healthcare.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Coinciding with the five-year anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting massacre, Court TV will air “Court TV Presents: Rampage Killers,” a documentary executive produced by anchor Ted Rowlands on Sunday, October 2 at 8p.
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NBC was tops in viewers and the A18-49 demo for the first week of the 2022-23 season, September 19-25, averaging 6 million viewers and 1.1 in the demo (down from 1.3 the year prior). ABC averaged 4.5 million viewers (up from 3 million last year) and 1.0 (versus 0.6 last year), while Fox averaged 4 million viewers (up 15%) and 0.9 among 18-49 (versus 0.8), and CBS drew 3.9 million viewers (down 13%, albeit without season premieres for its popular Thursday lineup) and 0.4.
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Actor Robert Cormier died September 23 after sustaining injuries in a fall. He was 33. Cormier’s television credits include “Heartland,” Designated Survivor,” “Ransom” and “American Gods.”
(Source: Cynopsis)


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