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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Monday February 13, 2023

Today’s Premieres
Adult Swim: King Star King at 12a
Bravo: Summer House at 9p

IN THE NEWS

“Uncoupled,” canceled by Netflix after one season, will have a sophomore run at Showtime. The comedy from Darren Star and Jeffrey Richman stars Neil Patrick Harris as a gay man navigating life in New York City after the breakup of a long-term relationship. Meanwhile, “Ripley,” a limited series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels that had been given a series order at Showtime, is moving to Netflix. The show is currently in postproduction.

HBO has torpedoed Armando Iannucci’s “Avenue 5.” The futuristic sci-fi comedy starring Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad and Zach Woods as passengers on an off-course space cruise ship premiered in January 2020 and was renewed for a second season the following month. “Going to space with Armando Iannucci has been an incredible journey,” said an HBO spokesperson. “While we will not be moving forward with a third season of ‘Avenue 5,’ we look forward to many more adventures together.”

Ryan Fellows’ family sued the TV network and studios behind “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America.” Fellows suffered a fatal crash while racing another driver, during which he lost control near the finish line in August 2022. The wrongful death lawsuit claims the race did not meet “any of the industry safety standards” on a “dusty, weather-beaten, rough asphalt roadway” in a desert outside Las Vegas. Warner Bros. Discovery and Lions Gate Entertainment are among the media corporations named. Said a WBD spokesperson said in a statement, “We continue to extend our deepest sympathy to Ryan’s loved ones and the entire ‘Street Outlaws’ family. We cannot comment on the pending litigation.”

Season four of “You” will not feature intimacy scenes. On Penn Badgley’s podcast “Podcrushed,” the Netflix series star said that he asked the show’s creator, Sera Gamble, abstain from sex scenes on the show. He told to his podcast co-host Nava Kavelin, “One of the main things was, do I want to put myself back on a career path where I’m always playing the romantic lead?” Citing fidelity to his real-life marriage, Badgley added, “It’s got to the point where I don’t want to do that.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

HBO Max former Unscripted Chiefs Jennifer O’Connell and Rebecca Quinn will produce nonfiction content under their newly-formed production company Velvet Hammer Media. The duo behind “Selena + Chef” and “The Way Down” departed Warner Bros. Discovery after unscripted productions were removed from its streaming service, and will serve as CEOs and executive producers of VHM.

A scripted drama about the LAPD Mental Evaluation Unit is coming to BET+. Created by Devon Shepard and Lina Patel, the project will center on the aftermath of an officer fatally shooting a mentally ill man. The LAPD’s MEU is a real-life program that assists patrol officers with calls dealing with mental health.

NEW SERIES

True crime series “Still Missing Morgan” debuts Thursday, February 16 on Hulu. The four parter from ABC News Studios and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions tells the story of two kidnapping cold cases, more than two decades after the disappearance of six-year-old Morgan Nick in the summer of 1995.

Beyoncé-inspired dramedy “Swarm” premieres Friday, March 17. The Prime Video series from co-creators Donald Glover and Janie Nabors, with an assist from Malia Obama in the writers’ room, follows a pop star of Beyoncé-level fame and her Houston-based super fan Dominique Fishback).

COMING UP

NBCUniversal has partnered with the Obama Foundation to air “I Am My Brother’s Keeper.” The Comcast-produced half-hour special focuses on the Creative Exchange Program between participants in the MBK Alliance program in the US and students of Ravensbourne University in the UK. The documentary will be available on all NBC-owned and affiliate stations, and will run from February 15 through February 28.

Stand-up special “Roseanne Barr: Cancel This!” premieres today on Fox Nation. Nearly five years after her ABC show was canceled for her anti-Semitic and racist tweets – which then-ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey described as “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values,” Barr’s comedy special will premiere on the same day as “Who Is Roseanne Barr” – comes Fox Nation’s documentary of her career. In an appearance on Friday’s episode of Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Barr promised to be “more offensive than [she has] ever been.”

CASTING

Apple TV+ rounded out the cast of “Presumed Innocent.” Chase Infiniti, Lily Rabe, Nana Mensah, Matthew Alan and Kingston Rumi Southwick will star alongside previously-announced cast member Jake Gyllenhaal in the J.J. Abrams and David E. Kelley limited series adaptation of the Scott Turow novel about a Chicago attorney suspected of murder.

Anne Charrier, Eriq Ebouaney, Laïka Blanc-Francard, Romain Levi and Louis Puech Scigliuzzi will star as series regulars in “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.” AMC’s latest “The Walking Dead” spinoff series is currently in production in France, and is set to premiere later this year.

GOING GLOBAL

HBO original content is expected to move from Disney+ Hotstar in India. Titles such as “House of the Dragon” and “Succession” are reportedly headed to Prime Video, which already includes channels Discovery+, AMC+, Lionsgate Play and Mubi, as well as local streaming services. The Amazon streaming platform has an ongoing deal with Warner Bros. Discovery to stream HBO Max original content in India, such as “And Just Like That…” and “Gossip Girl.”

Netflix picked up “When Missing Turns to Murder.” The series from UK-based entertainment and non-scripted specialist Phoenix Television will feature one British case per episode and reveal what happens in a police investigation and a family amidst a disappearance. The series will air on Netflix in the UK, US, Canada, Sub-Saharan Africa, Benelux and Nordics on Wednesday, April 19.

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RATINGS

CBS had its highest Friday viewership of the season. Thanks to “Fire Country” (6.32 million viewers), “Blue Bloods” (5.98 million viewers) and “SWAT” (5.62 million viewers), all of which finished in the top three spots for total audience, this marks the 13th time the network has topped the charts on a Friday night..

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, February 9
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Parent Test 1.97 (0.32), The Parent Test 1.66 (0.29), The Chase 1.80 (0.22)
CBS: Young Sheldon 7.73 (0.68), Ghosts 6.98 (0.63), So Help Me Todd 5.30 (0.44), CSI: Vegas 3.82 (0.35)
ION: Chicago P.D. 1.00 (0.2), Chicago P.D. 1.15 (0.2), Chicago P.D. 1.03 (0.2)
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen 2.29 (0.39)
NBC: Law & Order 3.26 (0.30), The 12th Annual NFL Honors 2.57 (0.39)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.24 (0.32), El Señor de los Cielos 1.21 (0.43), Amor y Traición 0.88 (0.25)
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia 1.49 (0.40), Mi Camino es Amarte 1.70 (0.49), Cabo 1.37 (0.37)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Anonymous Content Studios Presidents of Film and TV Robert Walak and Alisa Tager have exited. Walak and Tager, who joined the studio in 2021, will continue to produce projects for the studio under a new arrangement.

IN MEMORIAM

Cody Longo of “Days of Our Lives” died at 34. The actor who portrayed the character Nicholas Almain was found dead at his home in Austin on Wednesday, February 8. Longo is survived by his wife and three children.

This Day in History
1861 – Abraham Lincoln was declared the 16th President of the United States

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Who played a lounge singer and Frasier’s former babysitter in “Frasier” (1993-2004)? Wendie Malick. Kudos to: Frank Fleming-FETV/NYC, C.J. Bottitta-Big Picture Productions/Durham, NC, Sandy Spiegel/Chicago, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./New York, Shelly Schaeffer-UBS International/Ossining, NY, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA, David Garber-Loyola Marymount University/Playa Vista, CA, Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson, AZ

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What is the name of the diner where Buffy is a waitress in season three of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003)? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: a limit of four answers per time zone.)

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Video editing, with primary responsibility in marketing and digital media. Work with creative marketing teams to complete their production assignments. Contribute creative ideas that will help elevate the brand. Organize, Manage and Archive Avid Media Projects and files. 10 years of video editing exp. including 5 years of promo editing exp. Full info HERE

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 13
ABC: The Bachelor, The Good Doctor, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Hawai’i, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
CW: All American, All American: Homecoming
FOX: Fantasy Island, Alert: Missing Persons Unit
NBC: America’s Got Talent: All-Stars, Magnum P.I., The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: Al Rojo Vivo, La Casa de los Famosos, El Señor de los Cielos, Amor y Traición
Univision: El Gordo y la Flaca, La Rosa de Guadalupe, Vencer la Ausencia, Mi Camino es Amarte, Cabo

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