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Friday October 20, 2023

Today’s Premieres
Amazon Freevee: Bosch: Legacy
Magnolia: Cabin Chronicles Renovation at 8p
Netflix: Big Mouth; Creature; Doona!; Surviving Paradise; Elite
Prime Video: Upload

Today’s Finale
HGTV: My Lottery Dream Home at 9p

Saturday’s Premieres
Crunchyroll: The Apothecary Diaries
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Sunday’s Premieres
ABC: The Great Halloween Fright Fight at 10p
AMC/AMC+: Fear the Walking Dead at 9p


Paramount canceled the 2023 MTV Europe Music Awards, slated for November 5 in Paris. Given the volatility of world events, we have decided not to move forward with the 2023 MTV EMAs out of an abundance of caution for the thousands of employees, crew members, artists, fans, and partners who travel from all corners of the world to bring the show to life,” said a Paramount spokesperson.

Disney is moving downtown. In 2025, the company expects to relocate its properties to NYC’s Hudson Square – including shifting “Good Morning America” from its signature Times Square studio. Not to worry, said ABC News. “‘Good Morning America’ is defined by the strength of our team in front of and behind the camera, quality of our reporting, and the long, trusted relationship with our viewers,” said the division in a statement. “Moving all ABC News teams to our new state-of-the-art building was a strategic decision that will allow for more collaboration and innovation.”

The FCC voted 3 to 2 to proceed with a proposal the restore open internet rules, prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or slowing down services. The net neutrality regulations had been repealed during the Trump administration. “Now is the time for our rules of the road for internet service providers to reflect the reality that internet access is a necessity for daily life,” said Jessica Rosenworcel, the chair of the FCC.

The FCC also received a request from a group of Democratic senators to review whether to extend regulations for broadcast and cable to streaming outlets. “As the expert agency, the Commission should be developing a record and recommendations to ensure that our regulatory system – which has enabled a thriving locally focused broadcast system that is the envy of the world – is not undermined by the explosion of new technologies that were not foreseen even a mere decade ago.”

In a new Gallup poll, just 32% of Americans said they trust the mass media “a great deal” or “a fair amount” to report the news is a full, fair, accurate way. That’s the lowest since 2016, and down from 34% in 2022 and 36% in 2021. A record 39% said they had no trust at all in the media. Back in the ‘70s, trust in news media was reported averaged 70%.

Google cut 40 to 45 jobs in Google News, but the layoffs shouldn’t be interpreted as a diminished dedication to news, said a Google spokesperson. “We’re deeply committed to a vibrant information ecosystem, and news is a part of that long-term investment,” said the rep. “We’ve made some internal changes to streamline our organization.” As for efforts to stop the spread of fake news, “These internal changes have no impact on our misinformation and information quality work in News,” said the spokesperson.

SAG-AFTRA members should stock up on generic witch hats and skeleton costumes for Halloween, because dressing up as a character on a series or movie could violate strike rules. Advice from the union: “Choose costumes inspired by generalized characters,” or “dress up as characters from non-struck content, like an animated TV show.”

Netflix picked up “Sweet Magnolias” for season four. Season three of the hit romantic drama debuted July 20.

Also renewed is “Gen V.” Amazon Prime’s spinoff of “The Boys” has its season one finale on November 3.

Steve Krakauer is joining political website The Hill as an opinion contributor. Additionally, he will serve as an on-air contributor for Nexstar’s cable news network NewsNation. Krakauer currently serves as the executive producer of SiriusXM’s “The Megyn Kelly Show.”

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Story Mill Entertainment, a platform for emerging artists, and Range Media Partners are teaming up. “We are excited to partner with Range Media Partners. The decades of experience and the expertise that the company brings to Story Mill and Flat Rock Studio will allow us to tell the stories we strive to tell and bring amazing productions to Columbus and beyond,” said Story Mill Entertainment CEO John Mock. “As a creator-focused company, we aim to tell stories that matter by people who matter, and this partnership supercharges our ability to do just that.”

Hello Sunshine announced the launch of the Hello Sunshine Collective, an incubator program aiming to develop the next generation of female storytellers and build female representation across additional areas of media and entertainment. The Hello Sunshine Collective is a year-long collaboration between a curated group of talent that Hello Sunshine will amplify and support through a mentorship experience.

Skydance Animation feature “Spellbound,” which had been scheduled to debut on Apple TV+ next year, will instead be released on Netflix. The switch comes after Skydance Animation struck a multi-year deal with Netflix; Apple and Skydance Media will continue their relationship on live-action films and series.


Nat Geo anthology series “Genuis: MLK/X” premieres with the first two episodes on February 1. The eight-parter will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and how their dueling philosophies helped usher America through the Civil Rights Movement.

“Steeltown Murders,” following the hunt for a killer in Wales, has a binge premiere on Monday, November 27 on Acorn TV.


The Billboard Music Awards show is being reimagined, with a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Spotify. The BBMAs will deliver a “fresh” award show concept, including winner celebrations, behind-the-scenes moments, and performances. “We’ve heard the fans loud and clear, and we’re excited to meet them where they are, and everywhere they want to consume music and content,” said Maddy Mesevage, SVP, Marketing. “This year’s show is an epic celebration of the fans who propelled their favorite artists to the top of the Billboard charts.”

Comedian Dina Hashem stars in her first stand-up special, “Dina Hashem: Dark Little Whispers,” November 10 on Prime Video. Hashem is a writer on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”

The 74th Annual ACE Awards have been set for Sunday, March 24 in LA. The awards honor editing in film and television.

CNN’s investigation into the copyright lawsuit brought by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler against Taylor Swift for her hit song “Shake it Off” will stream today, October on Max. “Taking on Taylor Swift” was produced by the CNN FlashDocs unit.


Its crackdown on password sharing is paying off for Netflix. The streamer added 8.8 million worldwide subscribers during the third quarter, handily beating analysts’ forecasts.

Xumo, a joint venture between Comcast and Charter, announced cable operator Mediacom Communications will begin offering Xumo Stream Box to its Xtream Internet customers in the coming months. “Mediacom’s decision to partner with Xumo further validates the unique value proposition we can offer to operators looking to maintain an entertainment-centric relationship with customers as they migrate to streaming video,” said Michael Gatzke, SVP, Affiliate Development, Xumo. “By partnering with Xumo, Mediacom can offer its broadband customers a great 4K streaming device with award-winning voice navigation so they can stream more, easily finding what they want to watch.”

Kartoon Studios’ “Shaq’s Garage” is rolling out on YouTube Kids and Tubi. The animated kids’ series stars and is exec produced by Shaquille O’Neal.


Senior leaders in US organizations are failing to implement artificial intelligence in the workplace despite over half of employees believing their company should institute an AI policy, according to Pew research conducted by Cint. Findings include:
· Only 21% of respondents’ organizations have initiatives to encourage using AI, and only 19% of respondents’ organizations have an AI policy.
· 75% of respondents report being concerned about implementing AI at work. The top three concerns respondents noted were: AI’s potential to reduce human creativity and workers becoming dependent on AI, losing the ability to apply human judgment to decision making, and surveillance of AI tools.
· 64% of respondents are concerned about the use of AI in advertising, primarily noting the loss of human creativity, loss of human judgment and decision making, and loss of social interaction.
· Sentiment toward AI use at work varies significantly across generations. Gen Z and Millennials are most likely to have used AI (39% and 36% have, respectively), vs. 12% of Boomers and 24% of Gen X.
Seventy-seven percent of survey respondents who are using AI at work report they have told their manager they are using AI, and 74% think that more employees at their company should use it. Only about a quarter (26%) of respondents would be nervous to tell their manager that they were using AI.


The restructuring of Disney’s business earlier this year, which split sports from entertainment, is giving investors a clearer picture of ESPN’s financials. In an SEC filing this week, fiscal year 2022 results showed all of ESPN’s revenues rising 8% to $17.3 billion, with operating income up 1% to $2.7 billion.

The British Basketball League struck a partnership with New England Sports Network, bringing British Basketball League games to basketball enthusiasts in the six New England states. Two live games will air each week, one on Thursdays and one on Fridays, alongside a new magazine show, “Unbeatable.”

2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic festivities kick off at Edmonton ICE District Fan Park with the WestJet NHL Fan Park. The free two-day, fan festival is open to the public on October 27 and 28, with the NHL and its corporate partners treating hockey fans to a variety of interactions and experiences, hockey interactives, giveaways, music, food, and a special appearance by the Stanley Cup.

Las Vegas will host the season finale of Nitrocross, the motorsport created by Travis Pastrana. Champions will be crowned March 1 and 2.

IMG has been appointed as a strategic advisor to the Belgian Pro League, tasked with undertaking an analysis of the local media landscape to develop a media distribution strategy. This will also include guidance on stakeholder engagement, product strategy and rights packaging to optimize Belgian professional football’s commercial potential.

Pixellot, provider of AI-automated sports video and data solutions, has been selected as the official AI camera solution for the Bavarian Basketball Association and will be used across all youth selection teams.

Fastenal Company, provider of supply chain solutions and industrial distribution, and the National Hockey League announced a multiyear global partnership extension. The renewed partnership expands Fastenal’s international NHL presence to include presenting sponsorship of all NHL Global Series European games, as well as the NHL’s primetime international broadcast series NHL Saturday and NHL Sunday.


Banijay Asia is diving into live entertainment events with a pre-match entertainment ceremony at the India-Pakistan cricket match. Produced and executed by Banijay Asia, and orchestrated by BCCI, the event, titled “A Musical Odyssey,” took place at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, for an audience of over 100,000 cricket enthusiasts.


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Paramount+’s “Frasier” reboot drew an average 2.23 million viewers for the premiere of its first two episodes on a special broadcast on CBS.


Tinisha Agramonte has been promoted to SVP and Chief Diversity Officer at Disney. Agramonte joined the company last year.

Argonon has appointed Joe Weinstock as CEO, Argonon USA. Weinstock continues to lead Rose Rock Entertainment, working from offices in Oklahoma and LA.

Charter Communications has promoted Michelle Powell to Senior Vice President, Customer Operations Business Integration. Powell joined Charter in 2015.

This Day in History
1998 – Richard Pryor was awarded the first Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Friday Fact
There are only two NFL teams that have a football on their helmet logo, Jets and Buccaneers.

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What was the name of Lois’ heroine in her secret novel on “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” (1993 to 1997)? Wanda Detroit. Kudos to: David Garber- Loyola Marymount University-Playa Vista, CA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA; Dan Whitford-WTTW/Chicago; Louis Lewow-FITE/Atlanta; Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./NYC

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The cast of which short-live series included Robin Williams and Sandra Berhard? (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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