05/31/22: “The Good Fight” to end with season six

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Tuesday May 31, 2022

Today’s Premieres
A&E: Bobby Brown: Every Little Step at 10p
CW: Tom Swift at 9p
Food Network: Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef
FX on Hulu: Pistol
MTV: Catfish: The TV Show at 8p
NBC: America’s Got Talent at 8p, Dancing With Myself at 10p

Today’s Finales
A&E: Biography: Bobby Brown at 9p
History: Theodore Roosevelt at 8p

IN THE NEWS

“The Good Fight” will end with upcoming season six on Paramount+. “We’ve loved fighting ‘The Good Fight ’these last six seasons,” said series creators/showrunners Robert and Michelle King. “To be able to tell stories about an upside-down world in real time has been a gift. And to have worked with these talented, brilliant, generous actors, writers and crew has been a blessing. Our hope-slash-scheme is to find ways to work with all of them again in the future.” Currently under production in NYC, season six will premiere Thursday, September 8.

Matthew Morrison (“Glee”) is out as a judge on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” “After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly,” said Morrison. “I cannot apologize enough to all involved and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.” Morrison was part of a new panel of season 17 judges that also included JoJo Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss.

Lionsgate plans to spin off Starz by the end of the year. The company is in the midst of “a robust and productive process” with bankers and potential partners, said Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer during the company’s earnings call. Lionsgate acquired Starz in 2016 for $4.4 billion.

Trump Media and Technology Group plans to launch a streaming service TMTG+ – it describes in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a “non-woke alternative” to the likes of Netflix and Disney+. Programming will include “blue collar comedy, cancelled shows, Trump-specific programming, faith-based shows, family entertainment, shows that embrace the Second Amendment, and news.” The filing said TMTG+ would not censor creators, or push a particular political ideology.

The SEC is questioning the stock purchase that made Elon Musk the company’s largest shareholder, as well as Musk’s claim in a securities document at the time that he was a passive investor. Musk was obligated to disclose his ownership by March 14, but did not do so until April 4. And Musk’s public criticism of Twitter and recommendations about how it should change cast doubt on his status a passive investor.

In related news, a Twitter shareholder filed a class action lawsuit against Twitter and Elon Musk, alleging Musk failed to disclose in a timely manner his approximately 9% stake in Twitter; his invitation to join the company’s board; and his intention to acquire the company. Musk’s tweets during May were labeled unlawful conduct in the complaint, as well as an attempt at market manipulation of Twitter’s stock in order to drive down the purchase price.

Anthony Anderson will not return for season 22 of NBC’s “Law & Order.” Anderson had signed on to reprise his role on the procedural, which initially ran from 1990-2010, for just one season. The actor will headline reality series “Anthony Anderson and Mom: European Vacation” for NBC cousin E!.

Original cast member Alexis Bledsel is leaving Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” ahead of its upcoming fifth season. “After much thought, I felt I had to step away from ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at this time,” said Bledsel, an Emmy winner for the role. “I am forever grateful to Bruce Miller for writing such truthful and resonant scenes for Emily, and to Hulu, MGM, the cast and crew for their support.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Jodie Foster has been set as the star in season four of “True Detective,” now in development as “True Detective: Night Country” at HBO. Foster, who will also have an EP credit, plays a detective solving a case in Alaska.

Two new “Star Wars” series are headed for Disney+. Animated shorts anthology series “Tales of the Jedi” will premiere in the fall, while “Young Jedi Adventures” is set to debut on the streamer and Disney Junior in 2023.

Prime Video has renewed “Yosi, The Regretful Spy” for a second season. The drama comes from Oficina Burman.

DAZN and electric SUV motorsport series Extreme E have renewed their partnership for a second season. DAZN will continue to bring the series to 200+ markets around the world.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

“American Masters: Joe Papp in Five Acts” premieres Friday, June 3 at 9p on PBS (check local listings).

Season six of “People Magazine Investigates” kicks off Monday, June 6 at 9 on ID, with the story of a savage killer who abducts two young siblings.

A high-risk hunt for gold takes Parker Schnabel to New Zealand in a new season of “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail,” premiering Friday, June 17 at 8p on Discovery.

TECH

The frequency of shoppable media has been “growing at speed,” according to a study from the World Federation of Advertisers and Dentsu International. “The trend to making traditional ‘push’ online ad formats more ‘shoppable’ in order to increase immediate conversion within the ad format or media owner app itself, is one that has been growing at speed in the past 12-24 months,” said the study, citing examples like YouTube’s “True View for Action” video and format, and Facebook’s “Commerce Manager.” “We expect more brands to adopt this mechanic…. An increase in collaboration and integration of creative and media efforts will be required to make the most of the opportunity, however,” noted the report.

STREAMING

Village Roadshow Films filed papers waiving its right pursue its claims against Warner Bros. in court over the company’s decision to release “The Matrix Resurrections” simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters. Village Roadshow, which alleged the move was a breach of contract, will instead pursue its claims in arbitration.

Sixty UEFA Nations League 2022/23 matches will stream exclusively on FuboTV’s Fubo Sports Network as part of a FuboTV subscription package. FuboTV will also stream select UEFA Nations League matches through its distribution partners including Hisense Smart TVs, LG Channels, Sports on Tubi, Plex, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Vizio Channels and XUMO.

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RATINGS

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, May 26
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy 4.19 (0.6), The Rookie 1.73 (0.2)
CBS: Young Sheldon 4.09 (0.4), United States of Al 3.31 (0.4), Ghosts 3.26 (0.3), B Positive 2.57 (0.2), Bull 4.22 (0.3)
CW: Walker 0.35 (0.0), Legacies 0.21 (0.0)
FOX: MasterChef Junior 1.94 (0.3), Welcome to Flatch 0.70 (0.2), Welcome to Flatch 0.6 (0.1)
NBC: Celebrity Escape Room 1.97 (0.4), Law & Order: SVU 2.09 (0.3), Law & Order: Organized Crime 1.47 (0.3)
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos 1.01 (0.2), Amore Valiente 0.88 (0.2), Pasion de Gavilanes 0.78 (0.2)
Univision: Rosa de Guadalupe 1.22 (0.4), Futbol Central 0.86 (0.3), LGA Max 1.51 (0.6)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Allen Media Group has appointed Matthew Lipson to the new position of Executive Vice President of Marketing for Digital Platforms and Content. Lipson recently served as EVP, Marketing and Digital at 101 Studios and Sports Illustrated Studios.

IN MEMORIAM

Actor Bo Hopkins died May 28, from complications of a heart attack he suffered on May 9. He was 80. While best known for roles in movies like “American Graffiti” and “Midnight Express,” Hopkins racked up numerous television credits, including “The Rockford Files,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Dynasty.”

Talent manager and “Seinfeld” executive producer George Shapiro died May 26. He was 90. Tweeted Norman Lear, “One of the dearest people I have ever known, George Shapiro, just passed. I bless our friendship and, at 99, I’m sure I’ll see him relatively soon.”

This Day in History
1879 – NYC’s Madison Square Garden opened.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
Where did the characters Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza first meet in “Seinfeld” (1989-1998)? A high school gym class. Kudos to: Jeff Erdel-Erdel Public Relations/Island Park NY; Kathryn Tesoriero-GroupM/NYC; Nicole Correnti-Fuse Media/NYC; Andrew McKiernan-Univision/NYC; Sandy Spiegel/Chicago; Paul Blutter-Walk and Talk Production Rentals/Burbank; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
Which series was set in the fictional NYPD 55th precinct? (Email trivia@cynopsis.com 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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TUESDAY MAY 31
ABC: Holey Moley, The Chase, Who Do You Believe?
CBS: FBI, FBI: International, FBI: Most Wanted
CW: Superman & Lois, Tom Swift [p]
FOX: Crime Scene Kitchen, So You Think You Can Dance
NBC: America’s Got Talent [p], Dancing With Myself [p]
PBS: Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Frontline
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Amor Valiente, Pasion de Gavilanes
Univision: La Mexicana y el Guero, Mi Fortuna es Amarte, El Ultimo Rey: El Hijo del Pueblo

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