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FIRST LOOK/ ON TV/ MEGA MILLIONS

April 7, 2020

FIRST LOOK
http://www.eonline.com/news

ON TELEVISION (TUESDAY 4/7/20)
CIRCLE: The Dailey & Vincent Show (Premiere) at 9:30pm
FOOD NETWORK: Chopped (Premiere) at 9pm
PBS: The Gene: An Intimate History (Premiere) at 8pm
TBS: The Last O.G. (Premiere) at 10:30pm
TELEMUNDO: Cennet (Premiere) at 8pm
ANIMAL PLANET: Coyote Peterson: Brave The Wild (Finale) at 9pm
FOX: The Resident (Finale) at 8pm
HGTV: Unsellable Houses (Finale) at 9pm
MOTORTREND TV: Texas Metal (Finale) at 10pm
POP TV: Schitt’s Creek (Finale) at 8pm

Late night hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel are teaming to host One World: Together at Home on Saturday, April 18 at 8p, to raise funds and celebrate efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-hour event, building on the digital series of the same name, will air across ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as numerous cable and international networks and streaming services. Curated by Lady Gaga, the special is being put together by Global Citizen and the World Health Organization. Guests will include the likes of Paul McCartney, Chris Martin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder; Live Animals is producing in partnership with Global Citizen.
(Source: Cynopsis)

How sweet it is: James Taylor will serve as the Mega Mentor on season 18 of NBC’s The Voice. The “Fire and Rain” singer joins coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the artists remaining from the Battle Rounds and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which begin airing Monday, April 13 at 8p.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The Roddenberry Foundation and A Day of Unreasonable Conversation, a program of the social impact agency Propper Daley, announced the new Roddenberry Impact Awards to accelerate and inspire positive social change through storytelling. Ten Roddenberry Impact Awards of $10,000 each will be granted to television content creators who are committed to – and have innovative ideas and approaches for – reimagining the processes for writing and telling stories that represent the diversity of people, thought, and expression.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Former 21st Century Fox marketing executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez were charged with bribing soccer officials for media rights to international events, in the US government’s FIFA corruption investigation. “The schemes had powerful anti-competitive effects, distorting the market for the commercial rights associated with soccer and undermining the ability of other sports marketing companies to compete for such rights on terms more favorable to the rights-holders,” said the indictment. A lawyer for Martinez told Bloomberg the charges were “nothing more than stale fiction.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

The ATX Television Festival, scheduled for June, has been turned into a virtual event due to concerns over coronavirus. “To ensure the ongoing safety of all, this year we will not be having a physical festival in Austin, but will instead be celebrating Television where we all enjoy it, the couch!” shared festival co-founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson. The virtual weekend is slated for June 5-7.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Fox renewed Duncanville for season two on its Sunday Animation Domination block. The network’s most-streamed new comedy, Duncanville will return during the 2021-22 season.
(Source: Cynopsis)

ID’s got Tiger King by the tail. The true crime net ordered Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, a sequel to the Netflix hit. “Viewers are understandably riveted by Netflix’s Tiger King, but the millions of true crime fans around the world were left wanting more,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President ID, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “ID is the perfect place to find the inevitable sequel to this drama – featuring a missing husband, a hit man, and the illegal business of exotic animals.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cream Productions announced a co-production partnership with actor, host, and producer Dominic Monaghan and his production company Monkey Spunk. Under the deal, Cream and Monaghan will create, develop, and produce unscripted programming as well as AR/VR content. They currently are partnering on a new nature-adventure series.
(Source: Cynopsis)

CBS’s All Rise is going back into production for a virtually-produced episode inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. The drama, from Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios, will be filmed using Facetime, Zoom and other online technology. “It’s a unique chance for our All Rise family to band together – in our different homes, even cities – to tell a story about resilience, justice and the power of community,” said executive producer Greg Spottiswood. While talk shows have returned with hosts working from home, All Rise is the first scripted series to be produced virtually.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Syndicated The Kelly Clarkson Show will air new original weekly episodes, including “Messages from Montana” from host Clarkson, with glimpses of life on her ranch, never-before seen in studio content plus new digital original exclusives. The new content will be included in episodes taped before the show paused production on March 13 due to growing concerns around the coronavirus. The show is also staying in originals over the summer, with The Kelly Clarkson Show: Summer Studio Sessions.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Starz greenlit Black Mafia Family, from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power) and writer/EP Randy Huggins (Power). The drama is inspired by the true story of two brothers who rose from the decaying streets of southwest Detroit in the late 1980’s and gave birth to one of the US’s most influential crime families.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Five-part docu-series Asian Americans will air May 11 and 12, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, on PBS (check local listings). The project, created by an all-Asian American team of filmmakers, documents the Asian American experience through personal histories.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Debmar-Mercury’s new, nationally syndicated daytime talker Nick Cannon will debut on Monday, September 21, in more than 90% of the US. The lineup of station groups, which reach all of the top-20 and 29- of the top-30 TV markets, is comprised of Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Hearst, Nexstar, Mission, COX, Sunbeam, Capitol, Meredith, Tegna, Lockwood, Gray and CW Plus.
(Source: Cynopsis)

The season 11 premiere of FXX’s Archer has been postponed due to production delays. Originally slated to return May 6, the animated comedy will be back later this year.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Beginning tonight, House Hunters and House Hunters International will premiere with new episodes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 10p and 10:30p. Prior to each night’s episode of House Hunters, fans can interact in real time by visiting @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter. “House Hunters is the gold standard of HGTV comfort programming,” said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. “This is feel-good entertainment that everyone loves to watch – especially when our families are social distancing together at home.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Mobile platform Quibi launched yesterday, in a world very different from the one in which the home of bite-size content was conceived. What are its chances for success? “There couldn’t be a better place than streaming these days with massive user acceptance and adoption. That said, the ‘streaming wars’ are truly shaping up to be a dense battle field,” Tal Chalozin, co-founder and CTO of Innovid, tells Cynopsis. “We are great believers in ad supported TV as the way of the future but coming out of the gate with a paid subscription model, with ads, isn’t an easy sell (even though Quibi did offer a 90-day free trial).” And while a Quibi’s new mobile-focused, short-form format is very suitable for commuters, “Not many people are commuting right now as a result of coronavirus,” notes Chalozin. “While we are indeed seeing mobile usage numbers rapidly increase, connected TV is shaping up to be the king of streaming video.”
(Source: Cynopsis)

Not even the $1.75 billion it had raised kept Quibi from experiencing the kind of hiccup Disney+ suffered when that streamer launched in November. Some users experienced problems with the Quibi app, tweeted the Quibi customer support account on Monday, but the issue appears to have been resolved quickly.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Viewership for video game streaming platform Twitch increased by 23% in March, as stay-at-home policies took effect. Hours watched for Microsoft Mixer increased by 14.9%, YouTube Gaming saw a 10.7% lift and Facebook Gaming rose 3.8% for the month.
(Source: Cynopsis)

HBO documentary Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections is available for free outside the HBO paywall on HBO.com and YouTube, until May 25. Film explores the weaknesses of today’s election technology.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Celebrating 25 Magical Years of Disney on Broadway, a benefit concert that took place in November in NYC, will stream on April 13 to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund. Live interviews with Disney stars will be interspersed throughout the event.
(Source: Cynopsis)

People Presents Harry & Meghan: A Royal Rebellion airs Wednesday, April 22 at 8p on The CW. A team of full-time royals reporters re-tell the story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the two-hour special, via interviews, archival footage, commentary and animation.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network offers a morning of comfort food recipes tomorrow, April 8. From 9:30a-1p, The Pioneer Woman will feature dishes like lobster mac and cheese, Tex-Mex tamale pie and hot Hawaiian beef sandwiches.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Cartoon Network has expanded its response to the coronavirus pandemic with a new initiative, CNCheckIn, to help kids Stay Safe. New public service announcements and tutorials will be made available featuring hand-washing tips, and how to stay in touch with friends while practicing social distancing. The network will also provide do-it-yourself projects, how-to-draw lessons and more.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Norm Hill Entertainment is offering 13 episodes of its animated series, The Centsables, to help kids and parents staying home during the health crisis. The Centsables teaches kids about money using edutainment; multi-media web components are also available.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Camp Care Bears launched yesterday, April 6, to create a positive, uplifting digital space for all ages. Camp Care Bears was created as a response to COVID-19 and imposed quarantines; weekly activities such as arts and crafts, journaling, reading, games, cooking and nature walks are aimed at easing the stress of solitary time.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Podcast company Acast has launched “Staycast,” a campaign encouraging people to stay at home. Listeners will hear messages of support from shows including Watch What Crappens, Fat Mascara, and Forever35, as they remind people of local government advice around staying at home and isolating, as well as giving recommendations of other podcasts to listen to while they do so.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Popsugar has created a new advertising program to support women-led small businesses impacted during the health crisis. The lifestyle site will donate 50 million advertising impressions across its owned and operated channels to women-led businesses as well as design resources to help create the new ads to reach diverse women across platforms and interests. The donated media placements will include a rotation of standard banner ad sizes across the Popsugar network, banner placements in Popsugar newsletters, and inclusion in editorial and custom posts where relevant.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Popsugar also launched a daily workout series on Instagram Live,offering free workouts led by fitness experts. Most classes are 30 minutes long. “We are committed to meeting our audience where they’re spending their time and want to help everyone who is home right now looking for workout inspiration to stay healthy and maintain a peace of mind,” said Popsugar founder and President Lisa Sugar.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Food Network ranked as the #1 non-news cable network for the weekend of Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 for total day, reaching more than 17 million viewers. Ratings were up double-digits across all dayparts versus the prior 6 weeks, with Saturday notching the network’s highest-ever total day and afternoon Live+3 rating of 0.5 and 0.6 respectively for P25-54. The Sunday primetime schedule was up 15% vs. prior six-weeks with Buddy vs. Duff posting a season-high .9 P25-54 and a 1.2 W25-54 Live+3 rating, while Beat Bobby Flay delivered its highest-rated premiere since June 2019, with a .7 P25-54 L3 rating.
(Source: Cynopsis)

More ratings highlights for Discovery nets: TLC was the #1 cable network among W25-54/18-49/18-34 in 1Q20. TLC scored its best quarterly Prime performance ever among W25-54 and best in 17 years among P25…Discovery Channel claimed more top 10 unscripted cable series than any other network among M25-54 and M18-49 in the quarter, while HGTV was the #2 cable network in Total Day and #5 in Prime among W25-54…ID finished 1Q20 as the #1 cable network for W25-54 in Total Day, steady with year-ago…1Q20 was MotorTrend’s best quarter ever for P25-54. Among M25-54 in Prime, delivery grew 6% year-over-year as the network passed 8 networks in the cable ranks to land as the #24 network…Travel Channel averaged its highest P25-54 monthly Prime ratings in March since a record-breaking October 2019 … DIY’s 1Q20 Prime delivery rose 18% above the prior quarter with P25-54… Cooking Channel had its highest-rated month ever in Prime among P25-54 (0.134, +16% YOY) and highest-rated quarter ever in Prime among M25-54 (0.120, +6%)…In 1Q20, OWN’s The Haves & The Have Nots was the #1 original cable series among African-American W18+ and P2+.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Freshman NBC comedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist grabbed 2.01 million viewers on Sunday, a season high since February. ABC’s The Rookie also hit a viewership high of 5.85 million.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Queen Elizabeth’s five-minute address was viewed by 24 million people across BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky One, BBC News and Sky News on Sunday. Boris Johnson’s address two weeks prior clocked 28 million viewers.
(Source: Cynopsis)

According to Nielsen Social, WrestleMania saw 13.8 million total social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, +57% versus last year’s WrestleMania, and most in WWE history.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor Forrest Compton died of complications of COVID-19 on April 5. He was 94. Compton was best known to TV audiences for his roles on The Edge of Night and Gomer Pyle, USMC.
(Source: Cynopsis)

Actor James Drury died April 6 of natural causes. He was 85. Drury was best remembered for playing the title character in The Virginian.
(Source: Cynopsis)

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PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE ANNOUNCE ARCHEWELL: ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR NEXT ENDEAVOR

April 7, 2020

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE ANNOUNCE ARCHEWELL: ALL THE DETAILS ON THEIR NEXT ENDEAVOR
https://www.eonline.com/news/1138060/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-announce-archewell-all-the-details-on-their-next-endeavor

JEANNIE MAI (THE REAL) AND JEEZY (RAPPER) ARE ENGAGED

April 7, 2020

JEANNIE MAI (THE REAL) AND JEEZY (RAPPER) ARE ENGAGED
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137901/the-real-s-jeannie-mai-and-jeezy-are-engaged

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ALEC & HILARIA BALDWIN ANNOUNCE SHE’S PREGNANT 4 MONTHS AFTER MISCARRIAGE

April 7, 2020

ALEC & HILARIA BALDWIN ANNOUNCE SHE’S PREGNANT 4 MONTHS AFTER MISCARRIAGE
https://www.eonline.com/news/1138010/alec-baldwin-s-wife-hilaria-is-pregnant-4-months-after-miscarriage

LADY GAGA HELPS RAISE $35 MILLION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORTS IN ONE WEEK

April 7, 2020

LADY GAGA HELPS RAISE $35 MILLION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF EFFORTS IN ONE WEEK
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137937/lady-gaga-helps-raise-35-million-for-coronavirus-relief-efforts-in-one-week

WATCH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & ANNA KENDRICK DANCE UP A STORM IN “DON’T SLACK” MUSIC VIDEO

April 7, 2020

WATCH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & ANNA KENDRICK DANCE UP A STORM IN “DON’T SLACK” MUSIC VIDEO
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137917/watch-justin-timberlake-and-anna-kendrick-dance-up-a-storm-in-don-t-slack-music-video

WATCH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA & THE ‘HAMILTON’ CAST SURPRISE A YOUNG SUPERFAN

April 7, 2020

WATCH LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA & THE ‘HAMILTON’ CAST SURPRISE A YOUNG SUPERFAN
https://www.eonline.com/news/1137794/watch-lin-manuel-miranda-and-the-hamilton-cast-surprise-a-young-superfan

MAEVE KENNEDY TOWNSEND MCKEAN’S (ROBERT F. KENNEDY’S GRANDDAUGHTER) BODY HAS BEEN FOUND; SON GIDEON STILL MISSING

April 7, 2020

MAEVE KENNEDY TOWNSEND MCKEAN’S (ROBERT F. KENNEDY’S GRANDDAUGHTER) BODY HAS BEEN FOUND; SON GIDEON IS STILL MISSING
https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/03/maeve-kennedy-son-drown-canoe-boating-rfk-chesapeake-bay-rfk-granddaughter/

MICHAEL CHE (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) SAYS HIS GRANDMOTHER HAS DIED OF CORONAVIRUS

April 7, 2020

MICHAEL CHE (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) SAYS HIS GRANDMOTHER HAS DIED OF CORONAVIRUS
https://toofab.com/2020/04/06/snl-michael-che-says-grandmother-died-from-coronavirus/

HANS ZIMMER (MUSIC COMPOSER) FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM HIS SECOND WIFE SUZANNE ZIMMER

April 7, 2020

HANS ZIMMER (MUSIC COMPOSER) FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM HIS SECOND WIFE SUZANNE ZIMMER
https://www.tmz.com/2020/04/06/lion-king-composer-hans-zimmer-files-for-divorce/