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Thursday December 22, 2022

Today’s Premieres
AllBlk: Snap
HBO Max: The Head; I Hate Suzie
Hulu: Ekin-Su & Davide: Homecomings
Netflix: Alice in Borderland
Peacock: The Best Man: Final Chapters

Today’s Finales
HBO: Branson at 10p
WE tv: Hip Hop Homicides at 9p

IN THE NEWS

As the streaming bubble burst in 2022, the top 30 companies in the Dow Jones Media Titans Index lost over $500 billion. Increased competition, rising costs, an advertising slowdown and newly cost-conscious consumers contributed to historic declines in share prices for media companies, reports World News Era. “It’s been a perfect storm of bad news,” said Michael Nathanson, media analyst at MoffettNathanson. “I’ve been covering this sector a long time and I’ve never seen such a bad collection of data points before.” The Dow Jones Media Titans index, which tracks the performance of 30 of the world’s biggest media companies, was down 40% this year, with its total market value decreasing from $1.35 trillion to $808 billion.

“I will resign as CEO as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job!” tweeted Elon Musk after Twitter users called for his resignation in a poll Musk himself posted. Once a replacement is found, Musk said he will “just run the software & servers teams.” Since acquiring Twitter in October, Musk has alienated many users and advertisers with layoffs and haphazard policy changes. Or, as Dan Ives, managing director of equity research at Wedbush Securities put it, “It’s essentially been a debacle of epic proportions.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

“South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have secured a $20 million investment for their AI startup, Deep Voodoo. The new funding, led by Connect Ventures, will be used to “accelerate Deep Voodoo’s development of its leading deepfake technology, cost-effective visual effects services and original synthetic media projects,” said the company’s announcement.

Broadway icon Patti LuPone has taken a role in Disney+ “WandaVision” spinoff “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” reports Deadline. LuPone joins Kathryn Hahn, reprising her role as Agatha.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Season three of Nat Geo’s “Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller” premieres Wednesday, January 18 at 9p. The docuseries follows journalist van Zeller as she explores the underworld’s illegitimate markets.

“Velma” makes its debut on HBO Max on January 12. The animated series tells the origin story of Velma Dinkley (Mindy Kaling), the brains behind the Scooby-Doo gang of mystery solvers.

“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is back for lucky season 13 on Tuesday, February 7 at 9p, with the Garden State ladies learning that when it comes to love and betrayal, you reap what you sow.

BYUtv announced its slate of winter 2023 programming, including season eight of hidden-camera series “Random Acts,” season five of “All-Round Champion” featuring para-athletes, and season three of family competition “Survivalists,” all premiering Sunday, January 15, and season five of the service-focused “Making Good,” arriving February 19. Also joining the network lineup is teen sci-fi drama “Silverpoint”; the full first season drops digitally on February 5.

COMING UP

AXS TV’s “Women of Country” Saturday Stack event starts January at 12p, with the spotlight on Tanya Tucker and Dolly Parton in “The Big Interview.”

United in Song: Ringing in the New Year” celebrates the diversity of American music, on New Year’s Eve at 9:30p on PBS (check local listings). The special was filmed before a live audience in Marietta, Ohio.

“Access Hollywood” host Mario Lopez and Ana Gasteyer (“American Auto”) will host NBC’s broadcast of the 134th Rose Parade on January 2 in Pasadena, CA. It’s NBC’s 96th year broadcasting the parade, first on radio and then, starting in 1954, on television.

Musical guests for “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party,” hosted by Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton, include singer-songwriter Fletcher, rapper Latto, LA rock band Liily, hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, and Sia. “Saturday Night Live” cast members Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman and comedy group Please Don’t Destroy will also make appearances. The party starts December 31 at 10:30p on NBC.

STREAMING

Fifty-seven percent of viewers who describe themselves as intolerant of advertising in video streaming services nevertheless watch AVOD streamers to save money, according to a new survey from Hub Entertainment Research. Only 16% of respondents said they would never consider a service with ads no matter how much they like the content.

Netflix is launching 30 hours of workout videos from the Nike Training Club, starting December 30. Workouts will be available across fitness levels and in 10 languages.

Coming to Pluto TV in January are 24/7 channel Blue Bloods, Rawhide and Top Gear. Also on the way: movies “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and “Kurbo and the Two Strings,” among others.

FAST channel Cowboy Way is now available on Samsung TV Plus. The channel offers a library of original shows from Western-themed content creators, including Imagicomm Entertainment and INSP.

SPORTS ROUNDUP

With Apple having taken itself out of the running, Google’s YouTube is reportedly in advanced talks for exclusive rights to subscription-only package NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows viewers to watch out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. Discussions have included a payment of $2.5 billion a year for the package, plus additional payments for hitting performance targets, reports The New York Times. DirecTV currently holds the rights for Sunday Ticket, which has about 1.5 million subscribers.

FuboTV and Sinclair struck a carriage agreement that will bring Bally Sports’ 19 regional sports networks to Fubo in the coming weeks. The Bally Sports RSNs are owned and operated by Diamond Sports Group, a subsidiary of Sinclair. An existing partnership already includes the carriage of Sinclair’s owned local broadcast stations, Tennis Channel and Marquee Sports Network (television home of the Chicago Cubs), on FuboTV. “RSNs are integral to FuboTV’s sports-first content strategy and our mission to superserve local passionate sports fans,” said Henry Ahn, chief business officer, FuboTV. “We are very pleased to bring Fubo subscribers significant local sports coverage through our new partnership with Bally Sports.”

Endeavor Streaming and the SuperMotocross League have launched a new streaming service, SuperMotocross Video Pass, featuring Supercross, Pro Motocross, the SuperMotocross Playoffs and Super Motocross World ChampionshipTM events on one platform. It’s the first time a combined package has been offered to fans on an international basis.

PPG and the National Hockey League inked a three-year extension of their North American partnership. The paint company will continue as the official paint of the NHL in the US and Canada. The deal includes PPG receiving exposure through digitally enhanced “Dasherboards” during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

AXS TV is continuing its partnership with professional wrestling organization New Japan Pro-Wrestling, with the acquisition of 45 new episodes of the promotion’s weekly series. Five weeks of NJPW’s “Wrestle Kingdom 17” coverage kicks off Thursday, January 12 at 10p. The NJPW series follows “IMPACT!” at 8p.

The Bleacher Report app wrapped the year #1 in time spent against its competitive set in sports, with 116.8 minutes/month spent per user, and the B/R Web + app audience up 171% year over year among users 18-34. House of Highlights was #1 in all of sports on social for followers and views, boasting 62.6 million cross-platform followers, up 41% year over year and 27.7 billion views, up 154%.

GOING GLOBAL

Despite a rant against Meghan Markle that drew widespread outrage, Jeremy Clarkson, host of ITV’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”, will not lose his job. “We have no control over what he says and hire him as a consummate broadcaster of the most famous quiz on TV,” said ITV content head Kevin Lygo, who nevertheless described Clarkson’s comments as “awful.”

Banijay’s international adventure-reality format, “The Island,” is getting its first Danish celebrity version for Kanal 5 and discovery+, produced by Banijay’s Nordisk Film TV. Under the local title Øen VIP, the series is the fourth adaptation of the celebrity version worldwide and will feature eight well-known Danes as they are set ashore on a tropical desert island, where they must survive 14 days completely on their own.

Australia’s Stan announced “Love Triangle” will be returning for a second season, premiering in 2023. The dating series challenges a group of singles to relinquish their grasp on what they think their perfect partner should look like, and instead choose someone, sight unseen, based on a deeper connection.

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RATINGS

Netflix’s “Wednesday” was watched for nearly 6 billion minutes during its first five days, starting November 23. Its premiere week is second only to season four of “Stranger Things.”

Broadcast Nielsen Ratings for Tuesday, December 20
Show, P2+ 000s, (A18-49)
ABC: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 2.92 (0.5), Disney Prep & Landing 1.90 (0.3), Disney Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice 1.65 (0.3), America’s Funniest Home Videos 1.77 (0.3)
CBS: Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All 3.91 (0.4), Ghosts 2.00 (0.2)
CW: The Winchesters 0.35 (0.1), Professionals 0.30 (0.0)
FOX: LEGO Masters 1.34 (0.3), The Resident 0.89 (0.2)
ION: Chicago Fire 1.06 (0.1); Chicago Fire 1.10 (0.1); Chicago Fire 1.03 (0.1)
NBC: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch 2.76 (0.5), The Wheel 1.73 (0.3)
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos: All Stars 1.02 (0.3), La Reina del Sur 0.80 (0.2), Amor Y Traicion 0.73 (0.2)
Univision: Vencer La Ausencia 1.41 (0.4), Mi Camino Es Amarte 1.51 (0.4), La Madrastra 1.13 (0.3)
Source: Nielsen live + same day time period averages

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Wowza announced the additions of Michael Phillippi as Chief Technology Officer, Mark Lockwood as Chief Revenue Officer and Matt Thompson as Vice President of Marketing. Phillipi was previously CTO of Canto; Lockwood comes from ID.me and Logi Analytics, and Thompson joins from Soprano Design and AT&T.

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1849 – The execution by firing squad of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevskly was called off at the last minute.

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In which year did Adam Sandler introduce his “Chanukah Song” on “Saturday Night Live”? (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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THURSDAY DECEMBER 22
ABC: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Press Your Luck, Alaska Daily
CBS: Young Sheldon, Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts
CW: iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2022, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
FOX: Hell’s Kitchen, Welcome To Flatch, Call Me Kat
NBC: Saturday Night Live, The Wheel
PBS: This Old House, Ask This Old House, Antiques Roadshow, O Holy Night: Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir
Telemundo: Exatlon Estados Unidos: All Stars, La Reina del Sur, Amor Y Traicion
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