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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 12/15/22)
ABC: Beauty and The Beast: A 30th Celebration (Premiere) at 8pm
ABC: The Parent Test (Premiere) at 10pm
ID: Merry Scary Christmas (Premiere) at 9pm
NETFLIX: Sonic Prime (Premiere)
PARAMOUNT+: The Game (Premiere)
PEACOCK: Love for the Ages (Premiere)

Fox is building on its success with “LEGO Masters.” In addition to renewing the series for season four, holiday-themed event “LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular” airs Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20, and will return for a second installment in December 2023. “LEGO Masters represents what TV does best, bringing all ages together for a night of family-friendly fun and competition,” Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, FOX Entertainment. “The builders raised the bar with an incredible fusion of creativity and engineering genius in Season Three, which featured even more pop culture-piercing themed episodes and our toughest competition yet. With Will Arnett back as host, alongside our immensely talented production crew and partners at Endemol Shine America, the sky’s the limit on Season Four.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also returning is HBO Max comedy “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”The series has been the top Max Original since season two, with last week’s release day setting a new record by delivering an audience more than double that of the series’ 2021 launch.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ announced a two-part Boris Becker docuseries from director Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) and producer John Battsek (“One Day in September”). The filmmakers had special access to the tennis sensation for more than three years, until late April 2022, when Becker was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for hiding assets and loans to avoid paying his debts. The series features a series of personal interviews with Becker, including an exclusive conversation with the champ the week of his sentencing. The series is a co-production between Battsek’s Ventureland and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, from Lorton Entertainment.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“God of War,” based on the PlayStation video game, scored a series order from Prime Video. The series, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Iron Man”), with Rafe Judkins (“The Wheel of Time”) as showrunner, follows Kratos, the God of War, on an epic quest. “We are so proud and excited to be working with our friends at Amazon Studios and our partners at PlayStation Productions to adapt this beautiful and heartbreaking game into a premium live-action series,” said Katherine Pope, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios.
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Fox Entertainment and Modern Magic, a media company founded by filmmaker Rodney Rothman (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) and producing partner, Adam Rosenberg, have entered into a broadcast direct agreement to develop animated programming for Fox Network. Content created under the broadcast direct deal will be fully owned and distributed by Fox Entertainment and produced by its animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment. Modern Magic will also look to partner on a variety of projects with additional animation production studios under its deal with Fox and Bento Box as the studio.
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Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will be directed by Charlotte Brändström (“The Witcher”), who directed two episodes in the series’ first season and has been named a co-executive producer; Sanaa Hamri (“Empire”); and Louise Hooper (“Flesh and Blood”). Season two is currently in production in the UK.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Argo Films has confirmed “Biafra,” a six-hour event limited series, as its first major television drama. The project is currently in development with the BBC, with global distributor and producer Fremantle attached as its strategic partner, and actor David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and his Yoruba Saxon Productions executive producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Tony Hale (“Veep”), Zosia Mamet (“The Flight Attendant”), and Tanya Reynolds (“Emma”) will star in Netflix period dramedy “The Decameron,” from Kathleen Jordan (“Teenage Bounty Hunters”) and Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

Grammy winner Jennifer Nettles will host Fox’s “Farmer Wants a Wife,”a fresh spin on the Fremantle format that has aired in 32 countries and resulted in 180 marriages. In the series, launching Wednesday, March 8, four famers show women from the city what it’s like to live like a rancher.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The CW will launch new DC superhero drama “Gotham Knights” on Tuesday, March 14 at 9p, after the season three premiere of “Superman & Lois.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A different sort of superhero series launches Wednesday, January 11 at 10:30a on Disney and Disney Junior. Animated “Superkitties” follows four cuddly kittens who turn on their powers when trouble arises.
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Family action adventure “Mystic” is back for season two on UPtv on Thursday, January 12 at 8p. Starting January 19 it will be double dose of family drama with the debut of “Wild at Heart,” focused on a veterinarian and his family who move to a game reserve, at 830p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Godfather of Harlem” returns Wednesday, January 15 on MGM+. Season three finds Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) taking on the Cuban mob from neighboring Spanish Harlem.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The conclusion of Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” debuts as a two-night event on January 2 and 3 at 8p. “Surviving R. Kelly: The Final Chapter” focuses on the fallout of the former R&B star’s crimes as he faces multiple federal and state trials.
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Starz cult comedy “Party Down” is being revived Friday, February 24 at 9p. Adam Scott (“Severance”) reprises his role as actor/bartender Henry Pollard, alongside original cast members Ken Marino (Veronica Mars”), Jane Lynch(“Glee”), Martin Starr (“Silicon Valley”), Ryan Hansen (“Veronica Mars”) and Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”). Seasons one and two premiered back in 2009 and 2010.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also back after a long break is “Frozen Planet,” the British nature docuseries that first aired in 2011. “Frozen Planet 2,” exploring wildlife dramas in the world’s coldest regions, makes its US premiere on Saturday, January 28 at 8p on BBC America and AMC+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Dear Edward,” a drama telling the story of the surprising consequences of a devastating plane crash, makes its debut on Apple TV+ on Friday, February 3. Written and exec produced by Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”), the series stars Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) and Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is the New Black”).
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV series “Rico to the Rescue” premieres Saturday, January 7, at 9p. Driven by his parents’ past experience with a crooked contractor, builder Rico Leon helps salvage renovations that have gone off the rails.
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Apple TV+ sports docuseries “Super League: The War for Football” is set to debut January 13. The four-parter documents the high stakes battle that is set off when plans for a breakaway league emerge, leaving the game’s most powerful leaders to defend, or upend, the traditions of the sport.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The third and final season of Hulu’s “Wu-Tang: An American Saga”kicks off Wednesday, February 15, following band members as they go on separate journeys.
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Ariana Grande will serve as a guest judge on the season 15 premiere of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” airing Friday, January 6 at 8p. The series returns with back-to-back episodes and limited interruptions as it moves from VH1 to its new home, MTV.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season four of A&E’s “Accused: Guilty or Innocent?” debuts Thursday, January 12 at 9p. The true crime series follows the stories of people facing trial, from the perspectives of the accused.
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Dating series “MILF Manor” matches single women with men half their age starting Sunday, January 15 at 10p on TLC.
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In an end of the year note to employees, Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, NBCUniversal, Advertising and Partnerships shared 2023 dates for NBCU’s Newfronts (May 14) and Upfront (May 15). “2022 was epic,” wrote Yaccarino, “but just wait for 2023.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen team again to ring in the new year on CNN’s “New Year’s Live” from NYC’s Times Square. CNN’s Don Lemon man the mic in New Orleans.
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MeTV’s Svengoolie Classic Horror & Sci-Fi Movie showcase, hosted by Svengoolie (aka Rich Koz), expands to two-and-a-half hours beginning January 7 with the premiere of “The Raven,” starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and a very young Jack Nicholson. The expanded timeslot allows for longer titles, and less editing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” hit a season 48 high of 5.1 million viewerson December 10 with hosts Steve Martin and Martin Short, according to Nielsen Live+SD numbers.
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“The Conners” ranks first of all ABC comedies midway through its fifth season by more than a million viewers, and is on pace to hold the title of the network’s top comedy in each of its five seasons, according to Nielsen. The series is delivering nearly 400,000 more viewers than 2021. The info comes as Carsey-Werner Distribution is exploring the timing for a rollout into the off-network market….
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Christmas with the Campbells” was the #1 acquisition driver of any film on AMC+ this year. The film premiered in theaters and on the streamer on Friday, December 2.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Stephen “tWitch” Boss died December 14, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 40. DJ Boss joined “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2014 and was made an executive producer in 2020. “tWitch was a multi-faceted talent and integral part of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and our Warner Bros. Television Group family,” said a statement from the company. “He had the ability to bring communities of people together each day to share in joy and laughter. Most importantly, he was a beloved friend, husband, and father.”
(Source: Cynopsis)


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