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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 11/3/22)
A&E: The First 48 (Premiere) at 8pm
HBO MAX: Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty (Premiere)
HBO MAX: My Sesame Street Friends (Premiere)
HBO MAX: Sesame Street; Titans (Premiere)
HGTV: Rehab Addict Lake House Rescue (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: The Dragon Prince (Premiere)
NICK: The Really Loud House (Premiere) at 7pm
PEACOCK: The Capture (Premiere)
SUNDANCE NOW: The Suspect (Premiere)
WE TV: Hip Hop Homicides (Premiere) at 9pm
USA: Race for the Championship (Finale) at 10pm

Netflix’s cheapest membership tier, Basic With Ads, debuts today. The tier is priced at $6.99/month, $3.00 cheaper than its current $9.99 Basic plan. The move marks Netflix’s foray into the ad-supported space, a move it had long resisted, and comes a month before rival streamer Disney+ will introduce its own ad-supported tier.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Paramount Global plans “meaningful and sizeable” cost cuts in the coming months to balance streaming investments with declining pay-TV operations. CFO Naveen Chopra said there was the possibility of a restructuring charge landing in the fourth quarter, as Paramount wrestles with the global downturn in the ad market and turbulent global economy. Chopra and CEO Bob Bakish spoke on a conference call with analysts after the company posted weaker than expected financial results for its third quarter. Bakish noted that Paramount is dealing with “a complex environment and economic period, and in response is “taking aggressive, precise actions to gain additional efficiency across our cable networks, streaming platforms, advertising sales, marketing and global operations.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former CBS chief Les Moonves and Paramount Global have agreed to pay $9.75 million to resolve an investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s office. The settlement includes $7.25 from CBS and $2.5 from Moonves, confirmed in a letter on Tuesday to the judge ruling on the shareholder lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York. Moonves was terminated after an independent investigation substantiated many of the claims of sexual misconduct.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In more Paramount news, the company stuck a multi-year distribution agreement with Virgin Media, extending the pair’s long-term partnership. Streamer Paramount+ will debut on Virgin TV in the UK in 2023. AVOD service Pluto TV will also appear on Virgin Media’s TV360 and Stream services, while networks Channel 5, MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon remain on the platform.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV ordered 10 new episodes of “Bargain Block.” The renovation series, which follows partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas on their journey to restore Detroit’s iconic American neighborhoods one house at a time, attracted more than 18 million viewers and ranked as a top 3 non-new/sports cable series among upscale P25-54 and upscale W25-54 in its sophomore run.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Truly Original set a first-look deal with comedy producers Jim Biederman (“Kids in the Hall”) and Jodi Lennon (“At Home with Amy Sedaris”). The duo will help expand the production company’s comedic slate of unscripted series for streaming and broadcast.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Game Show Network has named actor Jeff Hephner (“Power Book II: Ghost”) host of its upcoming quick-moving trivia game show, “Switch.” The half-hour series, set to premiere in 2023, features five players answering three rounds of trivia questions. The winner earns the right to play the bonus round for $10,000.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Amazon Freevee greenlit a coming-of-age drama from “Queen Sono” from creator Kagiso Lediga and Camila Soloojee; Skybound Galactic, a part of Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment; Johannesburg-based producer Diprente and Sony Pictures Television. The eight-episode series follows Ella Gardner, whose life is turned upside down when she is uprooted form her native Oakland, CA to Johannesburg, South Africa to live with her estranged father and his new family.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“The Last of Us” bows Sunday, January 15 at 9p on HBO and HBO Max. The HBO Original drama series takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed, and Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mystery-of-the-week drama “Poker Face,” premieres with four episodes on Thursday, January 26 on Peacock. The series marks the television debut of Rian Johnson (“Knives Out,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”) and stars Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll,” “Orange Is the New Black”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Climate documentary series “A la Vie, A la Terre” bows Wednesday, November 9 at 8:30p on TV5MONDEUSA. The program explores the most beautiful and remote locations on earth, showing viewers how climate change has impacted them.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Get ready for the holidays with “Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas.” The beloved British home cook and her friends a guide to creating a festive Christmas feast. The special premieres Monday, December 19 at 9p (check local listings) on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO Original comedy special “Lil Rel Howery: I Said It. Y’All Thinking It.” debuts Saturday, November 12 at 10p. Written and performed by actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery, the special will be available on HBO and HBO Max.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Meanwhile, “Santa Camp” debuts Thursday, November 17 on HBO Max. The doc delves into the horde of professional Santas, Mrs. Clauses and elves who descend on a campsite in the New Hampshire woods to learn their trade. This year, the organizers decide to tackle the lack of diversity in the industry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts hosts “20/20 Presents Black Panther: In Search of Wakanda,” debuting Friday, November 4 on ABC. The special explores the evolution of Black Panther from the 1960s comic to the 2018 film.
(Source: Cynopsis)

New documentary “Move Me” bows on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, November 7, following first-time filmmaker, dancer and writer Kelsey Peterson’s journey to reclaim her body after a 2912 spinal cord injury left her paralyzed at 27.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Tamron Hall” built for the second straight week in Total Viewers (+4%, 980,000 vs. 939,000) to draw its second biggest audience of the season. Among Women 25-54 the show was up 50% (0.3 vs. 0.2 rating) and held even week-to-week in Households (0.7 rating).
(Source: Cynopsis)


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