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Monday February 26, 2024

Today’s Premieres
Acorn TV: Murdoch Mysteries
Great American Family: County Rescue at 8p
NBC: The Voice at 8p; Deal or No Deal Island at 9:30p

Today’s Finales
Fox: America’s Most Wanted at 8p; TMZ Investigates at 9p
HGTV: Battle on the Mountain at 9p

IN THE NEWS

Warner Bros. Discovery reported financial results that included a strike-impacted Q4 total of $10.3 billion, down 7% compared to the prior year quarter. The company counted 97.7 million global streamers, with a streaming loss of $55 million for the quarter but a profit of $103 million for the year. Network ad sales dipped 14%. “After executing against our strategic plan to reposition the company, we are now on solid footing with a clear pathway to growth,” said David Zaslav, WBD’s President and CEO. “We have an attack plan for 2024 that includes the roll-out of Max in key international markets, a more robust creative pipeline across our film and TV studios, and further progress against our long-range financial goals and are confident in our ability to drive sustained operating momentum and enhanced shareholder value.”

Reddit has filed to go public. The message board site saw ad revenue rise 20% in 2023, but posted a net loss of $90.8 million, with 73 million daily users and over 100,000 active communities. In a twist, Reddit is giving users who have “meaningfully contributed to Reddit community programs,” including moderators, the opportunity to buy shares in the company at the IPO price normally reserved for employees, “friends and family” and investors.

Nicolle Wallace, who has been on maternity leave from MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” since November, returns to the show today. Alicia Menendez has been filling in for the anchor, who told Menendez she will be launching a new segment on her show called “American Autocracy.”

Vice employees are bracing for layoffs. The digital news platform’s website is closing, and hundreds of employees will be let go. Subrata De, EVP, News and Global Head of Programming, is among those exiting. “We’ve been together in this long goodbye for some time now, but today it’s real for me, as this is my last official day with Vice,” she wrote in memo to colleagues. “Working with you for close to six years, as you braved some of the most dangerous and trying circumstances has been life-changing.” Vice filed for Chapter 11 in May of last year and was then acquired by a group of creditors for $350.

Lawyers for “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum Brandi Glanville weren’t placated by an apology from Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen regarding a video he sent to Glanville, which her camp describes as sexual harassment. Cohen said he was “clearly joking” in the video in question, but added, “it was totally inappropriate and I apologize.” Not good enough, responded Bryan Freedman and Mark Geragos. “NBC continues to protect those in power,” they wrote. “Brian Roberts, it’s time to step in like you did with Andy Lack and Jeff Shell, and stop the cover-up and do the right thing. Your legacy and decency demands it.”

TV winners of the 2024 SAG Awards, the first awards show to stream live on Netflix, included “Succession” and “The Bear” for ensemble cast; Steven Yeun and Ali Wong (“Beef”); Pedro Pascal (“The Last of Us”); Elizabeth Debicki (“The Crown”); and Jeremy Allen and Aydo Edebiri (“The Bear”).

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) and Evan Jonigkeit (“Sweetbitter”) have boarded the cast of upcoming Starz drama series “Hunting Wives” as series regulars in upcoming drama series “The Hunting Wives,” alongside Malin Åkerman and Brittany Snow.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

Two-part docuseries “In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon” premieres Sunday, March 17 at 9p on MGM+. The musical biography of the “Graceland” singer comes from Alex Gibney.

A long-awaited Harry Potter series is slated to debut on Max in 2026. The Max Original series will be based on all seven J.K. Rowling books in the franchise.

“Perimeter” premieres on BET+ on Thursday, February 29. The series, set in 1990s Atlanta, follows a Spelman sophomore who veers off the path to success when she falls for a bad boy.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones” spin-off “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight,” ordered to series last April, is in pre-production and expected to premiere in late 2025, reported David Zaslav during WBD’s earnings call.

Cosmo and Wanda return for Nickelodeon’s “The Fairly Oddparents: A New Wish” this spring. The new chapter of the 2001-17 animated series, “The Fairly Oddparents,” will follow a lonely 10-year-old who moves to Dimmadelphia.

Renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough will host natural history series, “Mammals,” premiering on BBC AMERICA and AMC+ this summer. Twenty years after “Life of Mammals,” Attenborough revisits the animals, from the tiny Etruscan shrew to the giant blue whale.

COMING UP

The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) is hosting the inaugural “Jazz In The City,” event, dedicated to the music and culture of the District as part of Black History Month. The free event will be held tonight at 6p at the Carlyle Room, located in downtown D.C.

STREAMING

Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down MotorTrend+ and moving the streaming service’s programming to Max and discovery+. Subscribers will be migrated to the ad-free tier of discovery+, offering access to content from networks like OWN, HGTV and Discovery in addition to MotorTrend.

“Wonka” starts streaming exclusively on Max on Friday, March 8. The Warner Bros. Pictures film debuted in theaters on December 15.

GOING GLOBAL

Red Arrow Studios International has signed new deals for mystery drama “The Gone,” including to the BBC in the UK, SBS and Acorn in Australia and Canal+ in Poland for Ale kino+.

EndemolShine Germany and Rainer Laux Productions will adapt reality competition format, “The 50” for Prime Video. Originally created by Banijay Productions France, this is the third iteration of format, which will see 50 German reality stars compete in a variety of challenges set by the Game Master.

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RATINGS

The cable premiere of “Hudson & Rex” on UPtv reached over 500,000 viewers last week earning a #15 Cable Rank. Additionally, the UP Premiere Movie “Romance in Hawaii” reached just under 500,000 viewers and was the strongest UPM of 2024 in HH’s and all key demos.

Food Networks’ “Tournament of Champions” returned to post a 0.80 P25-54 / 0.92 W25-54 Live+3 rating, reaching more than 3.3 million P2+ viewers across linear and streaming, leading Food Network to its highest nightly prime rating among P25-54 since April 2023. Up (+60% and + 44% respectively, across prior six-week benchmarks, the show propelled the network to rank #3 non-news/sports.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Ryan Randall has joined UP Entertainment as Creative Director. Ryan joins UP from The Walt Disney Company, where he was the Creative Director for Freeform.

This Day in History
1907 – The US Congress raised their salaries to $7,500 (about $246,000 today; a current member of Congress makes $174,000).

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
In the series “Frasier” (1993-2004), who were Frasier and Niles named after? Their mother’s lab rats. Kudos to: Maggie Takei-Moore Media/Paducah, KY; Frank Costa-CBS/NYC; Rick Wiener-Allebach Communications/Philadelphia; Rosemary Cunningham-MeTV/Chicago; Ken DuBow-DuBow Media Distribution/LA; Marge Amodio-Spectrum/Stamford, CT; Roger Furman-Sports Marketing Communications/Greentown, PA; Max Datz-MJAwesome/LA; Justin Pierce-JP Consulting Group/LA; Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question
Which musical dramedy flop, based on a UK series, lasted only two episodes? (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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