Today’s Premieres 
CBS: The Real Love Boat (Premiere) at 9pm
COMEDY CENTRAL: Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News (Premiere) at 11:30pm
CW: Kung Fu (Premiere) at 9pm
DISNEY+: Shipwreck Hunters Australia (Premiere)
NETFLIX: High Water (Premiere)
NETFLIX: The Fight for Justice: Paolo Guerrero (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Bling Empire (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Nailed It! (Premiere)
OXYGEN: Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (Premiere) at 8pm
PEACOCK: Abominable and the Invisible City (Premiere)
SYFY: Chucky (Premiere) at 9pm
SYFY: Reginald the Vampire (Premiere) at 10pm
USA: Chucky (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Dr. Death (Premiere) at 10pm
VICE: Icons Unearthed (Premiere) at 10pm
BET: Haus of Vicious (Finale) at 9pm

NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell confirmed reports that the company is considering giving the 10p hour back to affiliates but said no final decisions have been made. During an interview on CNBC, Shell also said Peacock has reached 15 million paying subscribers and 30 million monthly active accounts. Pre-launch, guidance had been 30-35 million by 2025.

It’s back on: Elon Musk has offered to match the terms of the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter that he has tried for months to squirm out of. Musk notified Twitter via a letter that he was prepared to pay his original offer price of $54.20/share, pending financing and a stay of the trial set to begin October 17. Twitter had sued Musk over his refusal to honor the contract he signed in April. “We received the letter from the Musk parties which they have filed with the SEC,” said Twitter in a statement. “The intention of the Company is to close the transaction at $54.20 per share.”

Is “Moonlighting” coming back? “Disney and I have put our heads together and come up with a plan,” tweeted Glenn Gordon Caron, creator of the 1984-89 dramedy starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. “Big announcement Wednesday!”. No word on whether Caron is referring to reruns or a reboot, but so far the popular show hasn’t hit syndication because of music licensing issues.

Yep, she’s gay. Scenes from the new “Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo!” direct-to-home film confirm the character of Velma is a lesbian. Series creatives have long acknowledged Velma’s sexuality, but were unable to depict it on-screen. In the new movie, Velma is smitten with costume designer Coco Diablo.

National Geographic topped the field with eight trophies on night two of the 43rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. HBO and CNN tied for second with four wins apiece; CNN and Netflix each brought home two.

GLAAD is adding Outstanding Reality Competition, Outstanding Live TV and Outstanding Podcast to its 34th annual awards event. Deadline for application is November 11.

 HBO Max is betting on “How to Be Bookie,” ordering eight episodes of the new comedy from Chuck Lorre (“The Big Bang Theory”), Nick Bakay (“Young Sheldon”), and Warner Bros. Television. Actor/comedian Sebastian Maniscalco (“The Irishman) is set to star as a veteran bookie faced with the impending legalization of sports gambling.

Netflix has ordered a spin-off of LA-set “Bling Empire.” “Bling Empire: New York” will include Dorothy Wang, a cast member in season two of the mother ship.

Anchor Entertainment (“Rebel Hearts”) is joining forces with filmmakerErrol Morris (“A Brief History of Time”) to adapt “End of Sentence,” based on Barbara Bradley Hagerty’s reporting for The Atlantic, to the screen. Zo Wesson (“Shoot This Not That”) will direct the story of Benjamine Spencer, a Black man who served 34 years of a life-prison sentence for a murder he did not commit. 

Amazon Studios is collaborating on two initiatives to support the US Latino community: Sponsoring the Latino Film Institute’s Youth Cinema Project Alumni Program for the 2022-23 school year, and funding the YCP Fellowship, which provides 15 college-bound students with the resources to make a short film. “As we strive to be a global entertainment destination, we acknowledge the power and importance of Latino audiences. In order to tell their rich and dynamic stories authentically, we need their skills and creative power both in front of and behind the camera,” said Latasha Gillespie, Global Head of DEIA for Amazon Studios, Freevee and IMDb. “Partnering with LFI and LA Collab is not a charitable endeavor, it is an equitable endeavor.”

Jennifer Hillier’s 2020 mystery thriller, Little Secrets, is being adapted as a series for Peacock by HopeTown Entertainment, Melissa Scrivner Love and Universal Television. The story follows a mother desperate for revenge after her child goes missing.

Monica Macer (“Queen Sugar,” “Station Eleven”) has signed a multi-year overall deal with MGM Television to create, develop and produce original scripted programming. “Monica Macer is a dynamic storyteller who has written for and produced some of the most popular and acclaimed series of the last 15 years,” said Michael Wright, President of Scripted Television at MGM. “We are thrilled she’s chosen MGM to be her new creative home.”

Deborah Roberts has more on her plate at ABC News. A reporter for “20/20” since 1995, Roberts will become a contributing anchor for the show, in addition to her job as senior national affairs correspondent at ABC News.

Casting notes: Emily Watson (“All God’s Creatures”) and Shirley Henderson (“Harry Potter”) will star in HBO Max’s “Dune: The Sisterhood” (wt)…Added to the cast of Peacock’s upcoming mystery drama “Poker Face” are Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Chelsea Frei (“Dollface”) and Rowan Blanchard (“Crush”).

Season four of HLN’s “Real Life Nightmares” kicks off Sunday, November 13 at 9p with a new host, former cold-case investigator Paul Holes. The season opens with a two-hour special event investigating Gary Hilton, aka the National Forest Serial Killer.

Nicole Curtis returns to her hometown of Lake Orion, Michigan to complete the massive renovation of a waterfront cottage on HGTV’s new “Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue,” premiering Thursday, November 3 at 9p.

“I Am Shauna Rae” is back for season two on Tuesday, November 1 at 10p. The TLC reality show follows a 22-year-old whose growth was stunted after a childhood battle with brain cancer, who is determined to live a normal life.

Universal Pictures’ “Beast” begins streaming October 7 exclusively on Peacock. The thriller follows recently a widowed doctor (Idris Elba) and his daughters as they travel to a South African game reserve, where a journey of healing turns into a fight for survival when a lion begins stalking them. 

“Stephen King: A Necessary Evil” has its US premiere on MagellanTV on Thursday, October 6. The doc includes archival footage and interviews with the best-selling author about the horror genre.

To celebrate Raphaels 60th anniversary in the world of music, streamer ViX+ is presenting “Raphaelismo” on October 6. The four-parter is the only documentary with the direct involvement of Raphael and his family. 

Facebook is shuttering its newsletter to support creatorsBulletin, in early 2023. “Bulletin has allowed us to learn about the relationship between creators and their audiences and how to better support them in building their community on Facebook,” said a Meta spokesperson. “While this off-platform product itself is ending, we remain committed to supporting these and other creators’ success and growth on our platform.”

Disney+ Original movie “Hocus Pocus 2” is the #1 film premiere on Disney+ domestically to date, based on hours streamed in the first three days of its release. Arriving 29 years after the original, the movie brings back Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy to wreak a new kind of havoc on Salem.

Netflix is also having a killer week. Ryan Murphy’s “Dahmer: Monster -The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” delivered 299.84 million hours viewed its second week, on top of the 196.2 million for week #1. That makes it the ninth most-popular series on Netflix after just nine days.

The NFL ON CBS continues to deliver record-setting numbers, as Sunday’s national game window, led by the Packers’ overtime victory over the Patriots, averaged 24.647 million viewers, the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since the NFL returned to CBS in 1998 and up 8% vs. last year’s comparable window. This season, CBS Sports is averaging 18.559 million viewers, the Network’s best start since 2010.

Meanwhile, NBC Sports reports that Sunday Night Football averaged 22.2 million viewers despite a lopsided score for the Chiefs/Bucs game this week. Even with Most Lopsided SNF Start in five Years (13 Points/SNF Game), since 2017, four of the first five games in NBC SNF package have topped 20 million viewers, matching the most since SNF’s record 2015 Season.

Prime Video’s coverage of Thursday Night Football averaged 13.4 million viewers (AMA) across all platforms during Thursday’s AFC showdown between the Dolphins and Bengals, according to Nielsen. In Nielsen National TV Ratings alone, TNF averaged 11.7 million viewers for Thursday’s game, again outdrawing all programming for the night on broadcast and cable television, up +6% from Week 3’s Steelers-Browns TNF matchup and up +37% from last year’s comparable Week 4 TNF game on NFL Network. Through the first three TNF games, the package is averaging 11.93 million viewers, up +40% vs. last year’s average of comparable TNF games that aired on NFL Network through Week 4.

On the collegiate front, CBS Sports nabbed the most-watched college football game on any network for its coverage of Alabama/Arkansas on Saturday. The game averaged 5.828 million viewers, and ranked as the most watched battle between the two teams in 12 years.

Among the season’s new syndicated talk shows the week of September 19, “Sherri” (0.7, unchanged) held a narrow lead over “The Jennifer Hudson Show” (0.6, down 14%), which gave ground after going up against coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral on September 19. Hudson was handily ahead of “Nick Cannon,” the show it mainly replaced, improving on it by 100%. In its premiere week, “Karamo” (0.3), which stars Karamo Brown of “Queer Eye” fame, scored 0.3.


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