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Cynopsis Medias First Morning Read
Tuesday September 5, 2023

Today’s Premieres
Bravo: The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City at 9p
CW: Inside the NFL at 8p
Prime Video: One Shot: Overtime Elite
TLC: My Big Fat Fabulous Life at 9p; Welcome to Plathville at 10p

Today’s Finale
HBO: Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets at 10p

IN THE NEWS

Amid a carriage dispute that left Disney cable channels dark on Charter, Charter issued an update on Friday. “We believe that renewing a traditional distribution deal in line with The Walt Disney Company’s current offer would ignore the realities of today’s video business and accelerate its decline,” said the company. “We do not take this decision lightly. For 2023, we had expected to pay The Walt Disney Company more than $2.2 billion for just the right to carry that content, not including the impact of advertising on either party. But we have reached a precipice and must chart a path to change.”

Disney has a different take. “Contrary to their claims, we have offered Charter the most favorable terms on rates, distribution, packaging, advertising and more,” said the company in a statement. “We have proposed creative ways to make Disney’s direct-to-consumer services available to their Spectrum TV subscribers, including opportunities for new and flexible packages where those services become a focal point of what the consumer might choose.” Disney also said, “Consumers should also know that they have many options today and can choose from competing pay TV providers that offer Disney’s entire portfolio of networks and programming, as well as TV streaming services that can be accessed by downloading an app or over a broadband connection.”

Hulu canceled “How I Met Your Father” after two seasons. The comedy starring Hilary Duff was a sequel to CBS’s 2005-14 comedy “How I Met Your Mother.”

A study by the European Commission found that X (formerly Twitter) has played a major role in allowing Russian propaganda about Ukraine to reach more people than before the war began, despite voluntary commitments to take action against Russian propaganda by most major social media companies. “Over the course of 2022, the audience and reach of Kremlin-aligned social media accounts increased substantially all over Europe,” the study found. “Preliminary analysis suggests that the reach and influence of Kremlin-backed accounts has grown further in the first half of 2023, driven in particular by the dismantling of Twitter’s safety standards.”

In testimony in his divorce hearing, “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner said he will “probably go to court” over his exit from the Paramount Network hit drama. Costner said he was offered $24 million to do seasons five, six and seven, but “there were issues about creative” with creator Taylor Sheridan and producers and “they walked away.” The series will end after season five, which is midway through production.

STRIKE UPDATES

“We are not on strike out of greed, nor do we begrudge the companies their success or deny their struggles. We must all succeed together,” said WGA Negotiating Committee co-chair Chris Keyser in a Labor Day video for WGA members. “But the changes that the companies have orchestrated in the business have made the profession of writing untenable for us and for everyone who comes after us….It’s a hard thing to give up on something that has served them so well for 40 years. They are in the process of wrestling amongst themselves, ramping up their public relations, and coming to terms with the fact that – with writers on strike – and actors on strike behind them – this negotiation is different. And they are going to have to do more – offer more – than they usually do. Much of our frustration with how long this is taking stems from that – from their internal bargaining. But they will get there.”

The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are, not surprisingly, is impacting the US labor market – to the tune of 16,800 strike-related jobs lost in August, according to the US Bureau of Statistics’ monthly employment report. Telecommunications and broadcasting and content providers each lost 3,600 jobs during the month. Overall, the U.S. economy added 187,000 jobs.

The SAG-AFTRA national board has voted to send a strike authorization vote to members ahead of its bargaining dates with ten video game companies. “Once again we are facing employer greed and disrespect,” said guild president Fran Drescher. “Once again artificial intelligence is putting our members in jeopardy of reducing their opportunity to work. And once again, SAG-AFTRA is standing up to tyranny on behalf of its members.” A spokesperson for the video game companies said, “We are negotiating in good faith and hope to reach a mutually beneficial deal as soon as possible.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

A crew member who was struck by lightning while shooting The CW drama “The Winchesters” is suing the network, Warner Bros., and executive producer Jensen Ackles. Bryan Lorenzo alleges the show violated safety rules by shooting in a heavy rainstorm.

COMING UP

UK dramedy “Dreaming Whilst Black” premieres on Showtime on Sunday, September 10 at 10p. The series is loosely based on the story of an aspiring filmmaker stuck in a dead-end job.

AMC’s “FearFest,” stunt, offering 700+ hours of films, series and specials curated by Shudder, kicked off September 1 and will expand into the month and across AMC Networks’ portfolio of networks and streamers over the two-month event. A primetime takeover the last week of September will include horror movies every night of the week including the “Scream” and “Halloween” franchises as well as Stephen King classics. In October, wall-to-wall coverage kicks off, including a mix of horror films as well as new programming from Shudder. AMC will continue to host new Shudder movies and series each Friday night leading up to Halloween, including a double feature of Shudder’s V/H/S franchise on Friday, October 6, and the co-premiere of Shudder’s “Creepshow” season four alongside AMC+ and Shudder on Friday October 13.

SPORTS ROUNDUP

The ACC announced on Friday the addition of University of California-Berkeley, Stanford and Southern Methodist University to the conference in 2024-25. That leaves the Pac-12 with only two schools: Oregon State and Washington State.

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This Day in History
1882 – At NYC’s first Labor Day parade, 10,000 workers marched.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
In “Cougar Town” (2009-15), how did the town of Gulfhaven get its nickname? The high school mascot was a cougar. Kudos to: Rev. Mark Wajda/Clermont, FL; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Gerry Bixensan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question
In “Quincy, M.E.”, the title character is retired from which branch of the armed services? (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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FOX: Beat Shazam, Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
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