12/16/22: Kylian Mbappé and Lionel Messi will face off in the World Cup final on Sunday

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Friday December 16, 2022

Today’s Premieres
AMC+: Litvinenko
discovery+: From the Source; Ranch to Table
Netflix: The Recruit; Cook at All Costs; Paradise PD; A Storm for Christmas; Dance Monsters; Summer Job; LOL: Last One Laughing; Far From Home
Paramount+: Metallica Presents: The Helping Hands Concert
PBS: Craft in America at 9p
WE tv: Love After Lockup

Today’s Finale
Apple TV+: Shantaram

Saturday’s Premiere
discovery+: Jamie vs Britney: The Father Daughter Trials

Sunday’s Premiere
Paramount+: 1923

Sunday’s Finale
CNN: This Is Life with Lisa Ling at 9p and 10p


Trevor Noah will take his third turn as host of the Grammys. “I don’t think it’s normal to host it once, so I don’t have a great frame of reference for this,” said Noah. The show, airing February 5 on CBS, has five new categories this year, including Songwriter of the Year and Best Score Soundtrack For Video Games and Other Interactive Media.

Ana Cabrera confirmed her exit from CNN. After nearly a decade at the network, the CNN Newsroom anchor has reportedly been eyeing an opening at NBCUniversal. In a statement, she said it is time for her “to embrace new challenges and opportunities.” Cabrera’s final show will air on December 22 at 1p.

The “Survivor” season 43 winner pledged to donate the total sum of his million-dollar prize to veterans. Fifty-two-year-old Mike Gabler is the second-oldest player to win the title of sole survivor and has made history as the first to donate his entire paycheck to charity. In Wednesday’s season finale, Gabler told host Jeff Probst, “There are people that need money more…We’re gonna save lives and do something good. Season 43, all of us did this.”

The Year of Murphy: Ryan Murphy and Eddie Murphy will be honored at the 80th Golden Globes. For his Netflix series “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” which is also nominated for Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Movie, Ryan Murphy will walk away with the kudocast’s fourth Carol Burnett Award. No recipient was named last year when the Globes were boycotted for protests related to discrimination. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that Eddie Murphy will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. The ceremony is slated for January 10 at 8p.

Henry Cavill confirmed that he will not return to “The Witcher.” Liam Hemsworth was cast as Geralt of Rivia, which Cavill played for the first three seasons, when it was expected Cavill would reprise his role as Superman in a new DC superhero movie. Turns out Cavill will not be playing the Man of Steel again after all, amid plans to revamp the franchise, but that won’t affect the recast of his TV role.

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“Yellowjackets” was renewed for season three ahead of season two premiere. The series will return on March 24 on demand for Showtime subscribers, before making its on-air debut on March 26.

Netflix greenlit Alaskan wilderness competition series “Outlast.” The eight-episode series is the first unscripted series from Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Nomad Entertainment, and will follow 16 competitors in their fight to outlast each other in the wild. The series is set to launch in 2023.

“Standing By” is moving forward as Hulu orders the series from 20th Television Animation. From creators Dan Levy and Ally Pankiw, the series will follow the melodrama of everyday life from the perspective of Guardian Angels, and will star Dan Levy, David Tennant, Natalie Palmides, Glenn Close, Poppy Liu and Samira Wiley.

Apple TV+ expands its mythical quest with spinoff series “Mere Mortals.” The upcoming eight-episode comedy from Ashly Burch, David Hornsby and Charlie Day will explore the players of the video game world, as well as those who are impacted by the game.

ABC ordered a pilot for the medical drama “The Hurt Unit.” From “Promised Land” creator Matt Lopez, “SEAL Team” showrunner John Glenn and “(500) Days of Summer” director Marc Webb, the series will place a team of trauma surgeons under the microscope as they race to treat the patients who can’t get to the hospital in time.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is developing a new series with STARZ. Executive produced by the rapper, “Flightland” is a scripted drama written by Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith, set in the world of British boxing.

ViX+ partnered with Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions and Exile Content Studio for a new original series. “Amén” will tell the story of a Mexican priest who was accused in 1998 of corruption, graft and sexual abuse of minors by members of his congregation and students of the Catholic religious order he founded.

Julie Harkin partnered with Nathan Toth to form a new casting company. Harkin and Toth have a slate of upcoming projects including “Culprits,” “Criminal Record” and “The Sixth Commandment.”


An HBO Max rock climbing competition series starring Jason Momoa will premiere on January 12. Created by Momoa through his production company On the Roam, and climber Chris Sharma and The Intellectual Property Corporation, three episodes of “The Climb” will debut on the release date, followed by three new episodes the following week, and the final two episodes on January 26.

The History Channel will premiere a new nonfiction series with Pierce Brosnan. Hosted by the actor, “History’s Greatest Heists With Pierce Brosnan” will recreate and offer first-person accounts of the schemes of criminal masterminds. The eight-episode series debuts February 7 at 10p.

Hulu original docuseries “The 1619 Project” launches on January 26. The first two episodes will stream exclusively on Hulu, followed by two episodes released every Thursday.

“Kindred Spirits” returns to the Travel Channel and discovery+ on January 20. Paranormal investigators Amy Bruni and Adam Berry, and psychic medium Chip Coffey will debut 10 new one-hour episodes to help those who have experienced spirit activity..

“Power Book II: Ghost” will return on March 17. The Starz drama series spinoff from the “Power” franchise will star Michael Rainey Jr., Mary J. Blige, Shane Johnson and Gianni Paolo.


Duran Duran, New Edition, South Korean rapper j-hope and TikTok sensation Jax will perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2023.” Select organizations will also be honored as Culture Catalysts and highlighted during this year’s broadcast event.

“Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To All!” special will air on December 20. With a performance from The Rockettes and a full repertoire of Carey’s holiday hits, the two-hour concert special is slated to premiere on CBS at 8p. The show will also be available for subscribers to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

FETV wishes viewers a “Perry Christmas” with six Perry Mason movies on Christmas Day, airing from noon to midnight.


More than a dozen shows are leaving HBO Max. Warner Bros. Discovery plans to license 13 of its HBO Max originals to third-party free streaming services: “Westworld,” “The Nevers,” “Finding Magic Mike,” “Head of the Class,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Raised by Wolves,” “FBOY Island,” “Legendary,” “Gordita Chronicles,” “The Garcias,” “Love Life,” “Made for Love” and “Minx.”

FilmRise acquired North American AVOD and FAST rights to programs from Urban Home Entertainment. The agreement grants FilmRise rights for its apps and FAST channels, including over 60 films and series, including “Laffapalooza” with Jamie Foxx and stand-up acts from comedians such as Tracey Morgan, Kevin Hart and Steve Harvey.

JetBlue and Peacock reached new heights with their inflight entertainment partnership. Beginning next spring, Peacock will be the exclusive streaming partner of JetBlue. Customers will be able to view Peacock Originals and upcoming series on demand for free. The airline’s TrueBlue loyalty program members will have special access to offers on Peacock subscriptions

Drew Barrymore will star in Pluto TV’s upcoming global brand campaign. The “Stream Now. Pay Never.” campaign will feature three commercial spots that will play across Pluto TV international territories through the beginning of 2023.

MotorTrend TV is now available to stream on VIZIO WatchFree+. The Warner Bros. Discovery company now offers viewers access to its FAST TV channel in the sports and outdoor category.


The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 finalists will take to the field on Sunday. Argentina and France, the champion of the 2018 World Cup, will face off for victory at 10a on Sunday. Viewers can watch on FOX and FOX Sports, Peacock and Telemundo Deportes.

Announcer John Strong and Analyst Stu Holden will call the FIFA World Cup Final with Jenny Taft from the sidelines. Live coverage will begin at 9a on FOX. The third-place match between Croatia and Morocco will air tomorrow at 10a, with broadcasters Derek Raw and Aly Wagner on the call.

The France vs Morocco semi-final matchup scored the largest TV audience for TF1 since 2016. The match, won 2-0 by reigning champ France, was watched by an average of 20.7 million viewers. The highest ratings draw in French television history averaged 22.2 million viewers for the 2006 World Cup semi-final between France and Italy, during which captain Zinedine Zidane scored the winning goal for the French team with a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.

Scripps launched Scripps Sports Division and tapped Brian Lawlor as president. Lawlor, who has led the Local Media division since 2009, will further sports programming initiatives. In a statement, Scripps said that recent changes in the television landscape and the sports marketplace “open opportunities for new models to partner on live sports distribution.”

“Coach Prime” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on December 29. The four-episode docuseries from SMAC Productions will give fans an inside look at Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders’ Jackson State University football program throughout their 2022 season.

NASCAR signed a deal with RealResponse, the reporting platform for athletic teams and organizations. The platform will provide a safe and anonymous tool to secure feedback, concerns, monitoring and assistance from professionals. Meghan Miley, managing director of racing operations for NASCAR, said, “NASCAR wanted to be proactive in providing a tool for industry members such as drivers, crew and other team personnel to safely reach out for help.”


Jalyn Hall will portray Martin Luther King Jr. in “Genius: MLK/X.” The series will focus on the relationship between MLK and Malcolm X, played by Aaron Pierre. Hall will star alongside Weruche Opia as Coretta Scott King, Jayme Lawson as Betty Shabazz and Ron Cephas Jones as ELijah Muhammad. Kelvin Harrison Jr. will play the adult MLK in the series.

Henry Lloyd Hughes, Moran Rosenblatt, Sam Woolf and Michael Aloni have joined Hulu’s “We Were the Lucky Ones.” The limited series based on Georgia Hunter’s bestselling novel will follow a Jewish family that is separated at the onset of World War II, and will be helmed by “Fosse/Verdon” director Thomas Kail.

“Shazam” star Jack Dylan Grazer has joined “Spiderwick Chronicles.” Grazer will voice Thimbletack, a boggart living in the walls of the Spiderwick Estate.


Mark your calendars for Cynopsis 2023 Events!

February: Best of the Best & Rising Star Awards (virtual)
March 15: First Look 2023: OTT Virtual Conference
April 18: Sports Media Awards
June 14-15: Measurement & Data Conference
September 27-28: That BIG TV Conference
October: Top Women in Media
November 1-3: EBS + Tempest Awards


FOX News Digital closed out November with 2.9 billion total multiplatform minutes, 1.8 billion total multiplatform views and 97 million multiplatform unique visitors.

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, December 14
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: The Conners 2.7 (0.32), The Goldbergs 1.70 (0.21), Abbott Elementary 1.43 (0.18), Finding Harmony 1.21 (0.16)
CBS: Survivor 4.98 (0.75)
FOX: LEGO Masters 1.41 (0.30), LEGO Masters 1.28 (0.27)
ION: NCIS 1.30 (0.1), NCIS 1.35 (0.1), NCIS 1.2 (0.1)
NBC: A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special 3.86 (0.6), That’s My Jam 1.84 (0.34)
Telemundo: Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars 1.03 (0.25), La Reina del Sur 0.82 (0.23), Amor y Traición 0.75 (0.18)
Univision: Vencer la Ausencia 1.32 (0.37), Mi Camino es Amarte 1.38 (0.35), La Madrastra 1.13 (0.32)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages


Cinedigm appointed Mark Lindsey as EVP of finance and accounting. Lindsey will report to Cinedigm CFO John Canning.

Friday Fun Fact
Giraffes hum to each other at night to make sure their herd stays together

This Day in History
1773 – The Boston Tea Party protest by the Sons of Liberty took place in Boston Harbor.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
On season eight of “The Office” (2005-13), what did Andy buy Dwight for Christmas? An acre of property on the moon. Kudos to: Erik Rankin-Cox Reps/NYC, Benjamin Zander-NBC News NOW/NYC, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./New York, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
What did Marshall buy Lily for Christmas in the “How Lily Stole Christmas” episode of “How I Met Your Mother”? (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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ABC: Shark Tank, 20/20, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
CBS: Reindeer in Here, The Greatest @Home Videos: Holiday Special, Blue Bloods, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
CW: The 90th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade [p]
FOX: WWE Friday Night SmackDown
NBC: Lopez vs Lopez, Young Rock, Dateline NBC, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
PBS: Washington Week, Firing Line With Margaret Hoover, Craft in America [p]
Telemundo: Al Rojo Vivo: Edición Mundial, Exatlón Estados Unidos: All-Stars, La Reina del Sur, Amor y Traición
Univision: El Gordo y la Flaca, La Rosa de Guadalupe, Vencer la Ausencia, Mi Camino es Amarte, La Madrastra


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