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ON TELEVISION (WEDNESDAY 1/18/23)
DISCOVERY+: Real Life Nightmare (Premiere)
HISTORY: Dirty Old Cars (Premiere) at 10pm
NAT GEO: Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller (Premiere) at 9pm
PARAMOUNT+: Are You the One? (Premiere)
ROKU: The Cupcake Guys (Premiere)
TBS: Power Slap: Road to the Title (Premiere) at 10pm
ABC: Home Economics (Finale) at 9:30pm
ABC: Big Sky (Finale) at 10pm

“The Drew Barrymore Show” has been renewed through the 2023-2024 season on the CBS Stations. “This season, ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ debuted a new reimagined half-hour format, which has been an undeniable success,” said Steve LoCascio, President of CBS Media Ventures. “Ratings have grown 70% year to year, and creatively, the show is better than ever.” CBS Stations anchor the show in major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
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CNN is reportedly considering more flexible formats for its 9p-11p timeslot, including a possible comedic news show with a host like Bill Maher or Trevor Noah, according to Semafor. Lending heft to the report is the success Fox News is having with its late-night satiric news show “Gutfeld!”, and CNN CEO Chris Licht’s tenure as executive producer of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
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Disney sent a letter to shareholders saying activist investor Nelson Peltz, who was denied a seat on its board, “does not understand Disney’s businesses and lacks the skills and experience to assist the board in delivering shareholder value in a rapidly shifting media ecosystem.” Billionaire Peltz, CEO of Trian Management, launched a bid for a board seat last week.
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Nexstar Media Group is no longer allowing newscasts on its local TV stations to be streamed live for free. Moving forward, local newscasts will be available on TV stations’ websites two hours after their live airing. The change was made “to fulfill our obligations to our cable, satellite and telecom partners,” said Nexstar in a statement.
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Ice hockey comedy “Shoresy” has made it to season two on Hulu. The “Letterkenny” spinoff, developed by Canada’s Bell Media for streamer Crave, heads back into production this spring in Ontario.
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NBC News correspondent Kerry Sanders is retiring after 32 years at the network. “My wife, Deborah, has been an amazing supporter, but we kind of sat and said, ‘This might be the right time,’ because during the pandemic, we weren’t going anywhere as you all know, and we realized we do really good together all the time, so maybe that is what we should do now,” said Sanders on Today.
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Don’t cry for fired Disney CEO Bob Chapek. For the company’s fiscal year ended October 1, Chapek’s pay package totaled $24.18 million, and he is eligible for severance payments worth over $20 million, according to a regulatory filing. Although Disney had extended Chapek’s contract for three years in 2022, the board determined in November that amid the “rapidly evolving industry” and economic climate, Chapek was “no longer the right person” for the CEO job, and replaced him with his predecessor, Bob Iger.
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Paramount has updated the key art for season two of “Mayor of Kingstown,” toning down the appearance of bloody injuries to the face of series star Jeremy Renner. The actor was hospitalized on January 1 after a snowplow accident that left him in critical condition. Renner is now recovering at home.
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As if Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” needed more star power, Meryl Streep has joined the season three cast, joining Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez. Gomez broke the news on social media – no details on Streep’s role.
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Sony Pictures Television announced a new, half-hour syndicated late night talk show hosted by Craig Ferguson. “Channel Surf with Craig Ferguson” will be produced by Whisper North, a division of SPT-backed production company Whisper, and distributed by SPT. In his first return to late night since exiting CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 2014 after 10 seasons, Ferguson and his friends will review the shocking and surprising moments of the week’s shows. Ferguson and Whisper North Managing Director Tom McLennan will executive produce, and Richard Easter (“America’s Got Talent”) and Joe Bolter, who has worked with Ferguson for almost 15 years, will serve as writers. “I think television is ready for the return of the silly/ funny/ occasional lip-synching puppet format,” said Ferguson. “Also, it’s a TV show which contains clips of questionable moments from other TV shows thus creating a spectacular visual turducken of stupid.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

HGTV star Christina Hall (“Christina in the Country,” “Flip or Flop”) and her husband, Josh Hall, and their new production company, Unbroken, are teaming with Glass Entertainment Group’s Balthazar Entertainment on “Coastal Crazy Rich Agents.” The reality show follows former pro-skateboarder Keven Stirdiv and his family’s lavish Orange County real estate agency. “Producing my own shows on and off camera has been something I’ve enjoyed doing for years. So starting a production company with Josh has been exciting and a natural transition,” said Christina Hall. “Josh and I have loved finding new talent and working alongside the Glass Entertainment team producing fresh content.”
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Comedy “Public Defenders” scored a pilot order from ABC. The 20th Television project from Eddie Quintana and McG follows four inexperienced public defenders who rely on each other to navigate an absurd court system. Quintana will write and EP with McG; Mary Viola and Corey Marsh from Wonderland Sound and Vision are also executive producing.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Also landing a pilot order is Universal Television’s “Murder by the Book,” a crime drama series from Jenna Bans (“Good Girls”) via her Minnesota Logging Company starring Retta (“Good Girls”). “Good Girls” EP Bill Krebs will write the NBC project with Bans.
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A drama based on the Adam While novel The Midcoast is in development at Hulu. Written by co-creator Brett Johnson (“Escape at Dannamora”), the series about a fisherman-turned-criminal also comes from The Littlefield Company and 20th Television.
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Brain Power Studio has optioned the screen adaptation rights to The Flower Girl Bride, its second option from author Dana Corbit Nussio. Nussio’s Child in a Manger (renamed “Baby in a Manger”) was licensed to UPtv in the US and, Heart & Home in Canada and UK’s Channel 5, among others.
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Fantasy fan Stephen Colbert has joined the team developing and producing a series adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber. Colbert, Carrie Byalick, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Tom Purcell will exec produce for Colbert’s Spartina, while Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, and Rick Jacobs will exec produce for Skybound Entertainment alongside Vincent Newman.
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The 35th edition of Univision music awards show “Premio lo Nuestro”will take place Thursday, February 23 at 8p, after pre-show “Noche de Estrellas” at 7p. The theme: “El Mundo Es Lo Nuestro” (The World Is Ours).
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Nikki Ray Media Agency picked up the rights to Sonya Singh bestseller Sari, Not Sari, with plans to develop the story into a scripted series. The rom-com follows a woman trying to connect with her South Asian roots, while finding love in the process.
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Vin Di Bona has sold a majority stake in his Vin Di Bona Productions(“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and FishBowl Worldwide Media to an investor group led by Clarion Capital Partners. Di Bona remains CEO of both companies.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Netflix’s “Perfect Match” debuts with its first four episodes on Tuesday, February 14. The dating show hosted by Nick Lachey brings together singles from other reality shows, including “Love Is Blind,” “The Mole” and “Too Hot to Handle,” among others.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“When Truth Isn’t Truth: The Rudy Giuliani Story” a four-part docu-series following the once-respected political figure’s fall from grace, premieres Sunday, February 19 at 10p. “Some love Rudy and see him as a fighter for truth. Others revile Rudy and see him as a force for the destruction of a common set of facts and truths in America,” said MSNBC Films. “But, no matter how you feel – this is Rudy, as you’ve never seen him before.” CNN’s take on the disgraced lawyer, “Giuliani: What Happened to America’s Mayor?”, debuted January 8.
(Source: Cynopsis)

“Magnum P.I.” (1980-88) is joining the GetTV lineup on February 6 at 6p, rounding out the net’s “prime time is crime time” programming. The drama will also air weekends at 10p.
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E! is branching out into original rom-com movies. “Why Can’t My Life Be a Rom-com?”, centered on a single woman following the rules of dating from a 50-year-old self-help book, premieres Sunday, February 19 at 9; “Royal Rendezvous, centered on an East L.A. chef on the job in Ireland, debuts Sunday, February 26 at 9p; and “Married by Mistake,” about two best friends who marry on a drunken night out, arrives Sunday, March 5 at 9p.
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Sally Field has been named the 58th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. The award will be presented at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, February 26 at 8p on Netflix’s YouTube channel.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Paley Center for Media announced the lineup for the 40th Annual PaleyFest LA, running Friday, March 31 through Tuesday, April 4 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. PaleyFest LA selections for 2023 are the opening night event, Disney+’s “The Mandalorian,” ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” and the festival’s closing night selection, Prime Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox Business Network’s Larry Kudlow will host a special edition of “Kudlow” on Thursday, January 19 at 4p. “Kudlow: Restoring Prosperity in America” will focus on the inflation impacting the US economy.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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