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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 12/14/22)
DISNEY+: National Treasure: Edge of History (Premiere)
HULU: Grails: When Sneakers Changed the Game (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Don’t Pick Up the Phone (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Glitter (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Blood Ties (Premiere)
NETFLIX: Too Hot to Handle (Premiere)
SCIENCE CHANNEL: Engineering on the Edge (Premiere) at 10pm
TLC: Awake Surgery (Premiere) at 10pm
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Merry Scary Christmas at 9pm (Premiere)
TRAVEL CHANNEL: Tidings of Terror at 10pm
CBS: Survivor (Finale) at 8pm
FOX: LEGO Masters (Finale) at 8pm
HBO: Shaq (Finale) at 9pm

NBC has renewed “Quantum Leap” for a second season. The reboot is delivering 10.8 million viewers across platforms and a 2.0 rating among A18-49, and is NBC’s best drama launch on Peacock.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Bake Squad” also scored a season two renewal – and it sounds like the cooking competition is getting hotter. “In our second season we are taking it up a notch with even more spectacular and innovative creations that will blow people’s minds,” said executive producer Yasmin Shackleton. Not coming back to the streamer is “Warrior Nun”; season two of the fantasy drama dropped November 10.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz has canceled “Step Up” after three seasons. The drama ran on YouTube for two seasons, then was picked up for a third by Starz after YouTube shifted focus away from scripted originals.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also over at Starz is “Dangerous Liaisons.” The historical drama had been renewed for a second season last month ahead of its series premiere but failed to find an audience that matched expectations.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Season three of “Sanditon” will be its last – and best? “It’s a thrill to be bringing ‘Sanditon’ back to audiences for one more trip to the seaside,” said Belinda Campbell, Executive Producer for Red Planet Pictures. “This third and final season is full of the heart and joyful spirit that viewers will connect with.” The Masterpiece drama returns for its final PBS run on March 19 at 9p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Tony Awards are on the move. Set for Sunday, June 11 on CBS and Paramount+, the ceremony will broadcast not from the theater district but from the United Palace in upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood. The United Palace opened in 1930 as one of Loew’s five “Wonder Theatres.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

A retrans fee dispute could black out Nexstar Media Group stations in Comcast markets. In addition to the usual tussle over payments for carriage is an ongoing lawsuit over Nextstar’s management of WPIX-TV in New York City, which Comcast claims violates federal ownership rules. Nexstar started warning customers about a possible blackout earlier this week.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” FX’s “The Bear,” HBO Max’s “Station Eleven” and Apple TV+’s “Severance” landed the most TV nominations for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with three each. The ceremony will be held March 4.
(Source: Cynopsis)

 Love Nature has greenlit a second season of “Wildlife ER” and will premiere the first season of the series across its linear PayTV channels and FAST platforms simultaneously. It’s Love Nature’s first original production to premiere in the FAST space.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Lionsgate Television Group inked an overall deal with Rachelle Williams-BenAry (“Run the World,” “Love Life”) to write and produce scripted content. “Since working on ‘Love Life,’ I’ve gotten to know the incredible and supportive team at Lionsgate,” said Williams-BenAry. “I am so honored by this huge vote of confidence.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

FX has ordered a pilot for “Peep Show,” inspired by the UK comedyabout the relationship between an assistant and her boss, an unstable tech entrepreneur. The series comes from writer and producer Stefani Robinson (“What We Do in the Shadows”); FX Productions is producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Trioscope, the entertainment and technology company behind Netflix’s “The Liberator,” has closed the first tranche of bridge financing, led by Krafton, Inc., a collective of independent development studios that invests across multimedia entertainment. Trioscope licenses its proprietary technology via Trioscope Platform, enabling third-party filmmakers and content producers to create visually arresting worlds at a budget price.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Casting notes: Garcelle Beauvais (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) has joined the cast of Hulu’s “The Other Black Girl” in a recurring role…. Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)Ashley Madekwe (“Summering”) and Gustaf Hammarsten (“Old”) will star alongside Edgar Ramirez and Mandy Moore in season two of Peacock anthology series “Dr. Death.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Wild Card Creative Group has inked a strategic partnership with Skip Chaisson through which his production shingle Skip Film will set up shop under the WCCG umbrella. Skip Film will also collaborate with WCCG’s creative content studio, 3AM.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Apple TV+ series “The Reluctant Traveler,” hosted by Eugene Levy(“Schitt’s Creek”), premieres February 24. The eight-parter follows Levy to destinations in Costa Rica, Finland, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Portugal, South Africa and the US.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Circle Network has acquired “Friday Night Lights” (2006-11), which makes its debut on the country lifestyle net on Monday, January 2 at 8p. “What makes ‘Friday Night Lights’ such an iconic show is that it’s not about football,” said Evan Haiman, SVP Content, Circle Television. “Football is played in the fictional town of Dillon, the show is about families and American towns, and that’s truly who our audience is at Circle.” The drama aired on NBC for two seasons, before moving to DirecTV’s 101 Network.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Upcoming CNN series include “Giuliani: What Happened to America’s Mayor?”, premiering with two episodes on Sunday, January 8 at 9p and 10p, along with “United States of Scandal with Jake Tapper”; and “Vegas” (w/t) making their debuts later in the year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Six-part docuseries “Gold, Lies & Videotape,” following the case of missing treasure in a New Mexico desert, premieres Friday, January 13 at 9p on Discovery Channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hulu’s “How I Met Your Father” is back for season two on Tuesday, January 24. New episodes will follow weekly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

A new season of “¿Quien es la Mascara?” (The Masked Singer) premieres on Univision’s “Domingos en Familia” (Family Sundays) on Sunday, January 8 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fuse’s “Like a Girl,” premiering March 27, will feature Olympian April Ross, Paralympian Anastasia Pagonis, WNBA Player Angel McCoughtry, and more for an unfiltered look into the world of women in sports.
(Source: Cynopsis)

English restaurateur and hunter Mike Robinson has reached agreements with Outdoor Sportsman Group to air season five of “Farming the Wild” and season two of “Fishing the Wild” on Outdoor Channel beginning in December 2023.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Nickelodeon crossover special “SpongeBob SquarePants Presents The Tidal Zone” premieres Friday, January 13 at 7p, with encores on Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15. The special was originally slated to debut in November.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Weather Channel is airing season marathons of “Mud Mountain Haulers” (Christmas Day at 1p), “Weird Earth” (Sunday, December 26 at 9p) and “Highway Through Hell (Tuesday, December 27 at 8p) ahead of the shows’ new season premieres on Sunday, January 8 at 9p, 10p and 8p, respectively.
(Source: Cynopsis)

AXS TV heads into 2023 with two days of music, retrospectives, celebrity panels and more, starting Saturday, December 31 at 12p. Kicking things off is a New Year’s Eve Saturday Stack lineup commemorating Dolly Parton’s 50th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Adam Sandler will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for Humor. “Adam Sandler has entertained audiences for over three decades with his films, music and his tenure as a fan-favorite cast member on ‘SNL,’” said Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “Adam has created characters that have made us laugh, cry and cry from laughing.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix docuseries “Harry & Meghan” premiered to 81.55 million hours viewed, the best opening for a documentary ever for the streamer.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The December 5 series premiere of USA game show “Barmageddon”delivered 1.2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsens, making it the net’s most-viewed series debut in almost three years.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Hallmark Channel’s original holiday movie premieres this past weekend, “The Most Colorful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Class Reunion,” and “The Holiday Sitter,” propelled Hallmark Channel to be the #1 entertainment cable network of the week in Total Day and Weekend Total Day among key demos, including Households, Women 18+, Total Viewers, Women 25-54, and Women and Persons 18-49.
(Source: Cynopsis)

In syndication, several shows recovered following steep falls in the previous preemption-heavy Thanksgiving holiday week. The only access program pacing ahead of last year at this time was “Entertainment Tonight” (2.2, up 16%), which logged a 10% annual increase.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Jeff Zucker, former President of CNN Worldwide, will serve as CEO of joint venture RedBird IMI, from RedBird Capital Partners and International Media Investments, which has committed $1 billion in funds for media and sports opportunities. “I’ve spent 35 years running media businesses at the intersection of news, sports and entertainment, creating new brands and resurrecting old ones,” said Zucker. “That experience has given me unparalleled perspective for this unique time in media, and the combination of the RedBird and IMI capital and strategic discipline, combined with my operational experience, will give this joint venture a unique advantage in the current media landscape.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Stuart Margolin died December 12. He was 82. An Emmy winner for “The Rockford Files,” Margolin racked up dozens of TV and film credits over his career.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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