FIRST LOOK/ ON TV

May 28, 2020

FIRST LOOK
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ON TELEVISION (THURSDAY 5/28/20)
DIY: Insane Pools: Off the Deep End (Premiere) at 9
FREEFORM: Siren (Finale) at 10p

The HBO Max distribution universe is widening, with Comcast on board as the latest company to ink a deal for the WarnerMedia streaming service that debuted yesterday. Existing Xfinity HBO customers received access to HBO Max on launch day at no additional cost via the HBO Max app and website, and the companies will now bring the HBO Max app to the Xfinity X1 platform, and recently-launched broadband device Xfinity Flex. New customers will be able to purchase HBO Max directly through Xfinity.
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… But not for all. Roku and Amazon do not as yet have an HBO Max distribution deal. Yesterday, Amazon called out parent AT&T for not enabling access to HBO Max via its Prime Video Channels, noting that nearly 5 million HBO streamers currently use their subscription through the platform. “We believe that if you’re paying for HBO, you’re entitled to the new programming though the method you’re already using,” noted a company spokesman in a statement.
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Judd Apatow, Dave Attell, Ray Romano and Wanda Sykes are among those confirmed for Laughter in Lockdown, a two-hour special to benefit comedians impacted by the pandemic. The event, hosted by Mo Amer, will stream Friday, May 29 at 8p at nylaughs.org/lockdown. Proceeds will benefit comedians and comedy club professionals as part of The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 initiative. Special, presented by NY Laughs, will be posted on YouTube following the initial stream.
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Divisions within the CBS Entertainment Group are being hit particularly hard in a new round of post-merger layoffs at ViacomCBS. CBS employees largely had been spared during initial layoffs that came immediately post-merger.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. released its annual list of eligibility rules and regs in TV and film categories, with little pandemic-era change other than the allowance for streaming and VOD movies to compete without a seven-day theatrical requirement, which had previously been announced. In the TV department, anthology TV has a stepped-up role this year in the categories involving limited series and TV movies. The broadened category is now known as Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made For Television, and the anthology title change also applies to lead actor and actress awards in those categories as long as a performer appeared in at least 50 percent of the anthology series.
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Walt Disney plans to reopen Magic Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom on Saturday, July 11 and Epcott and Disney Hollywood Studios on Wednesday, July 15. Visitors to the parks can expect masks and temperature checks over parades and character meet-ups.
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Warner Bros. Television will adapt as a series The Forbidden Game novels by LJ Smith after acquiring rights to the trilogy of young adult horror books. The project is housed at Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Series adaptation will be exec-produced by Berlanti Productions’ Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden.
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Food Network Kitchen in June will premiere two shows available exclusively to subscribers of the app. Debuting Monday, June 1 at 6p, Alton & Elizabeth Cook Some Food features Alton Brown and his wife Elizabeth Ingram offering weekly live cooking classes inspired by their YouTube series Quarantine Quitchen. Boy is Back on the Grill: Bobby’s Bangin’ Burgers premieres in early June and will bring viewers into Bobby Flay’s LA kitchen and backyard. Additionally, season 2 of Ready Jet Cook will bow later in 2020, featuring Jet Tila tackling new recipes.
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Chasing the Sun returns for a second season on Ovation TV on Sunday, June 7 at 6a. Series follows adventurer Stephen Friedman, who this season travels throughout Asia, including stops in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Bali, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.
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Two new series are on tap at Travel Channel. Vampire Hunt, debuting Monday, June 8 at 9p, follows Don Wildman as he traverses Eastern Europe to discover the truth behind the haunting stories of vampires that still linger to torment rural Bulgarian towns. Voodoo’s Dark Magic, premiering Monday, June 15 at 9p, features Wildman journeying to Haiti to experience the mysterious power of voodoo.
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MyNetworkTV announced its fall 2020 schedule, debuting on select Fox Television stations the week of September 21, which includes the return of Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI and Chicago P.D. The 15th season of MyNetworkTV programming will add a third run of both Dateline and Law & Order: CI on Thursdays, which will include additional inventory for stations.
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The fourth installment of the America Works Together town hall series airs on Fox Business Network today (May 28) at 11a. Hosted by Stuart Varney, the town hall will focus on the phased re-opening of the American economy and the ongoing economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Groomzilla, debuting Sunday, May 31st at 7p on UPtv, centers on a newly engaged woman who makes a wish that her fiance take the planning of their wedding seriously. To her surprise – and dismay – her wish comes true.
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In celebration of National Pride Month this June, USA Network and Syfy are partnering with advocacy organization GLAAD to spotlight positive representation. The campaign will feature Pride-themed marathons, custom short-form videos, fan testimonials, PSAs and new podcast eps. GLADD will support the networks’ campaign via social handles, across digital platforms and with PSAs featuring resource and donation links. On USA, linear marathons will be wrapped with custom content featuring BD Wong.
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Lifetime is partnering with Variety for a one-hour special celebrating the women serving on the frontlines during the pandemic. The Robin Roberts-hosted Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women: Frontline Heroes premieres Tuesday, June 9 at 10p on Lifetime and Variety’s Facebook page. Doctors, nurses, teachers and researchers are among those who will be featured in the special, which examines ways women are confronting domestic violence, changes to the way children are educated, mental health and homelessness. Program also will highlight the 2020 Power of Women honorees including Cate Blanchett, Patti LuPone and Janelle Monae.
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Premium video streaming services’ ad spending this spring is up 87 percent over the same time period a year ago, according to MediaRadar. The average spend of all premium services has been $20 million a week for TV, digital and print media since March 1. HBO Max, not surprisingly, tripled its marketing spend the week of May 10 leading up to its launch vs. the previous week, according to the advertising researcher. On television, HBO Max has been running promos on sister WarnerMedia networks TBS, CNN and Adult Swim, as well as ABC and Fox. On digital, the streamer’s been messaging on Snapchat, Yahoo, IMDB and Forbes.
Among other findings:
* The top three advertisers in the streaming service category include Disney+, Hulu & Quibi, which collectively spent more than $135 million on advertising, year to date.
* Netflix hasn’t shifted advertising during the pandemic, or in response to the launches of new competitors, such as Quibi or HBO Max. Its ad spend in April was down 11 percent, YoY.
* Amazon Prime Video upped its ad spending, nearly doubling the week of May 10 from where it was a few weeks earlier.
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Harry Potter fans worked their magic. All eight movies are available for streaming on HBO Max at launch.
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Park Pictures hopped on an exclusive virtual release of AG Rojas’ Godchild, a celebration of the works of Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and John Coltrane that originally was intended to tour the country as part of The Smithsonian Institute’s Men of Change exhibition. While the tour is paused, Park Pictures will make the film available for a one-month run at http://www.godchild.film/ beginning June 4.
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Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the most recognized name in professional gaming, today (May 28) is launching live competition series Ninja Battles Featuring Fortnite, featuring 60 of the world’s best Fortnite players and gaming personalities. Nick Eh 30, Bugha and Ewok are among those competing for a share of a $400,000 prize pool at www.mixer.com/Ninja. New eps will air Thursdays at 3p.
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Whistle and Fruit by the Foot’s first ever live virtual tournament will air on YouTube Live Friday, May 29 at 7p. Hosted by social media personalities Carlos “Famous Los” Sanford and Anthony “Spice” Adams, challenge will see two fans facing off against WNBA All-Star A’ja Wilson, and NBA prospect R.J. Hampton.
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Instagram is launching ways for creators to monetize their content on the platform via Instagram Live and IGTV. Next week Instagram will begin running ads in IGTV, with at least 55 percent of ad revenue shared with creators. Initial brands running ads include Sephora, Puma and Ikea. Then, beginning in June, the platform will enable users to purchase “badges” during Instagram Live videos to support for creators, and Instagram will share revenue with the creator partners.
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The April 9 season 16 finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy drew 16.5 million Total Viewers—marking the show’s most-watched telecast since its season premiere in September 2019—after 35 days of delayed viewing on linear and digital platforms. The finale surged by 9.2 million Total Viewers and by 318 percent with A18-49 from Live+Same Day to Multiplatform+35 Day.
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A&E Network finished the week of May 18 as the No. 1 cable network in the A25-54 demo, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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HGTV’s Celebrity IOU is the highest-rated first-year series in network history among A25-54, W25-54, M25-54, P2+ and households. It also is the No. 3 new unscripted original series in all of cable among A25-54 and the No. 4 among W25-54 so far this year. During its first season, the series attracted more than 25.7 million total viewers.
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In the syndication market, Dr. Phil (eight-week high 2.2 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 10 percent from the week before) shrugged off the pandemic pre-emptions that stymied most of syndication and rose to the top of talkers in the session ending May 17. Not far behind was Live with Kelly and Ryan (2.0, down 5 percent), which had led the genre for the previous seven weeks. Ellen DeGeneres (new season low 1.5, down 6 percent) was third. Among the talk show newcomers Tamron Hall (0.9, steady) was inundated with top market preemptions but nevertheless grew 33 percent in the key W25-54 age group.
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The highest-rated show overall in daytime was Judge Judy (5.9, down 8 percent) despite being in repeats on all five days. Judy also leads all syndicated shows season to date in the household ratings. In access Entertainment Tonight (2.7, down 4 percent) and Inside Edition (2.7, down 4 percent) tied for top magazine honors.
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Members of the Hollywood, Broadway, music and activist communities are mourning the loss of Larry Kramer, the playwright, author, essayist and outspoken AIDS activist whose work and words helped to shift national public health policy. Kramer died yesterday of complications from pneumonia. He was 84. He penned the 1985 autobiographical play The Normal Heart, which centered on the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York. The work stirred intrigue in Hollywood but languished without a firm development commitment until Ryan Murphy boarded the project and brought it to the screen on HBO in 2014. “His fight changed the health care system as we know it. I admired him above all others. He deserved the Medal of Freedom,” Murphy wrote in an Instagram post yesterday. “I loved working with him, his passion… I eventually even came to love our fights.” Murphy in his tribute noted he and Kramer had planned to collaborate on a Broadway version of The Normal Heart and its sequel, The Destiny of Me.
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SCOTT DISICK & SOFIA RICHIE BREAK UP AFTER 3 YEARS

May 27, 2020

SCOTT DISICK & SOFIA RICHIE BREAK UP AFTER 3 YEARS
https://www.eonline.com/news/1156393/scott-disick-and-sofia-richie-break-up-after-3-years

SASHA PIETERSE (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) IS PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD

May 27, 2020

SASHA PIETERSE (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) IS PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD
https://www.eonline.com/news/1156275/pretty-little-liars-sasha-pieterse-is-pregnant-with-her-first-child

 

JAMIE FOXX DEFENDS JIMMY FALLON AMID SNL BLACKFACE BACKLASH

May 27, 2020

JAMIE FOXX DEFENDS JIMMY FALLON AMID SNL BLACKFACE BACKLASH
https://www.eonline.com/news/1156247/jamie-foxx-defends-jimmy-fallon-amid-snl-blackface-backlash

DAPHNE OZ REVEALS 50-POUND WEIGHT LOSS 9 MONTHS AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER FOURTH CHILD

May 27, 2020

DAPHNE OZ REVEALS 50-POUND WEIGHT LOSS 9 MONTHS AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER FOURTH CHILD
https://www.eonline.com/news/1156216/daphne-oz-reveals-50-pound-weight-loss-9-months-after-giving-birth

THE PALACE SLAMS ‘FALSE’ KATE MIDDLETON REPORT INVOLVING MEGHAN MARKLE

May 27, 2020

THE PALACE SLAMS ‘FALSE’ KATE MIDDLETON REPORT INVOLVING MEGHAN MARKLE
https://www.eonline.com/news/1156159/palace-slams-quot-false-quot-kate-middleton-report-involving-meghan-markle

GABRIELLE UNION LISTS 5 GRIEVANCES FROM HER SHORT-LIVED STINT AS AN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT JUDGE

May 27, 2020

GABRIELLE UNION LISTS 5 GRIEVANCES FROM HER SHORT-LIVED STINT AS AN AMERICA’S GOT TALENT JUDGE
https://toofab.com/2020/05/27/gabrielle-union-opens-up-about-her-controversial-time-as-agt-judge/

FLO RIDA TEAMS WITH DOCTOR TO LAUNCH MOBILE COVID-19 TESTING CENTER

May 27, 2020

FLO RIDA TEAMS WITH DOCTOR TO LAUNCH MOBILE COVID-19 TESTING CENTER
https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/27/flo-rida-doctor-launch-covid-19-mobile-testing-center/

DIMITRI DIATCHENKO (‘CHERNOBYL DIARIES”) DIED FROM AND ACCIDENTAL FENTANYL & VALIUM OVERDOSE

May 27, 2020

DIMITRI DIATCHENKO (‘CHERNOBYL DIARIES”) DIED FROM AND ACCIDENTAL FENTANYL & VALIUM OVERDOSE
https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/27/chernobyl-diaries-star-dimitri-diatchenko-cause-of-death-fentanyl-overdose/

CELEBRITY NEWS: MAY 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

CELEBRITY NEWS: MAY 27, 2020
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Royalty Brown (Chris Brown & Nia Guzman’s daughter) – 6 years old
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s daughter) – 14 years old
Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny Depp & Vanessa Paradis’ daughter) – 21 years old
Chris Colfer (Glee) – 30 years old
Ben Feldman (Superstore / Mad Men) – 40 years old
Andre 3000 (Outkast) – 45 years old
Jadakiss (Rapper) – 45 years old
Jaime Oliver (Chef) – 45 years old
Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) – 47 years old
Paul Bettany (“Avengers” movies/ “A Beautiful Mind”) – 49 years old
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale/ “Shakespeare In Love”) – 50 years old
Dondre Whitfield (All My Children) – 51 years old
Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) – 55 years old
Adam Carolla (The Man Show) – 56 years old
Peri Gilpin (Frasier) – 59 years old
Richard Schiff (The West Wing/ House of Lies) – 65 years old
Louis Gossett Jr. (“An Officer and A Genlteman”) – 84 years old
Henry Kissinger (Richard Nixon’s former Secretary of State) – 97 years old