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Wednesday December 6, 2023

Today’s Premieres
Amazon Freevee: Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis
Apple TV+: John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial
CNBC: Cities of Success at 10p
Disney+: Soundtrack #2
Food Network: Guy’s Ranch Cook-Off at 10p
Hulu: A Historia Delas; We Live Here: The Midwest
Netflix: Blood Coast
Smithsonian: Ireland’s Wild Islands at 9p
TV5MONDEplus: Hôtel du Temps: Coluche; Baraki; Discussion avec mes Parents

Today’s Finales
Disney+: The Santa Clauses
Hulu: Black Cake; Sullivan’s Crossing

IN THE NEWS

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” has been renewed for another three seasons, through 2026. HBO announced the deal as the current 10th season comes to a close this month. “We’re very happy to get to keep making this show with our fantastic staff,” said Oliver. “We will continue trying to stretch the term ‘entertainment’ to the breaking point.”

Also coming back is Apple TV+ drama “Foundation,” for season three. The series based on Isaac Asimov’s trilogy, starring Jared Harris and Lee Pace, hails from showrunner and EP David S. Goyer and Skydance Television. “I’m thrilled Apple has given us the opportunity to continue chronicling Asimov’s pioneering galactic saga,” said Goyer. “This time, the stakes for Foundation and Empire are even higher.”

“The Morning Show” and “Succession” scored the most nominations for the 29th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” was nominated for six awards, while HBO’s “Succession” was nominated for five. Tied in third place with four nods each were ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” Hulu’s “The Bear,” Netflix’s “Beef,” Apple TV+’s “Lessons in Chemistry,” Disney+’s “Loki,” FX on Hulu’s “Reservation Dogs” and Nat Geo’s “A Small Light.”

Rita Ora has joined “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2024” as co-host. Seacrest will lead the countdown to midnight along Ora live from Times Square, with Jeannie Mai set to co-host the Hollywood party in the Pacific time zone.

“We’re the folks who lost the jobs we love because we love each other.” That’s how T.J. Holmes broke his silence on his and Amy Robach’s exit from ABC’s “GMA3.” Holmes opened up on couple’s new iHeartMedia podcast about their suspension and eventual exit from the daytime talk show a year ago, after the Daily Mail published a story about the couple’s relationship. Robach and Holmes said they were going through divorces at the time and planned on telling network executives about their relationship once their respective divorces were finalized. “In the end, all of us are always rooting for love,” said Robach. “It doesn’t always happen when you want it to happen.”

Cher is performing at iHeartRadio Z100’s Jingle Ball 2023, taking place this Friday, December 8, at Madison Square Garden, Cher joins previously announced performers Olivia Rodrigo, SZA, OneRepublic, Sabrina Carpenter, Jelly Roll and more. iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour stops and performances will be part of a television special on ABC, airing December 21 at 8p.

Meredith Grey will once again roam the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital – at least for two episodes. “The first episode is the one I’m going to direct,” executive producer and star Debbie Allen said about Ellen Pompeo’s appearances in season 20. “We have to let her go and do some other things, but she’s still our queen. She’s still our number one.”

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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Sia is executive producing “The Journey.” The singer-songwriter signed a deal to develop “the first make-over show that uses music instead of make-up.” How did Sia get involved? “By pure coincidence, a friend showed me the teaser of the show, and it immediately grabbed me,” she said.

Paramount Television Studios has acquired the rights to “Dead Money.” Beth Schacter, “Billions” co-showrunner and “Super Pumped” showrunner, will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the adaptation of Jakob Kerr’s novel. Kerr will also executive produce, as will Brillstein’s Allie Goss.

Kevin Hart is the new host of a “Manningcast”-esque broadcast. Serving as an alternate broadcast for the NBA’s in-season tournament, “NBA Unplugged with Kevin Hart” will see the comedian host alongside the Plastic Cup Boyz, with guest appearances from athletes and celebrities. The broadcast airs on ESPN2 on December 9.

Josh Duhamel and Minka Kelly are set to star in a new series at Netflix, “Ransom Canyon,” from writer, creator and EP April Blair. The multi-generational drama is based on Jodi Thomas’ novel of the same name.

WE tv has ordered a new unscripted series, “Bold & Bougie.” From Carlos King’s Kingdom Reign Entertainment, the reality series follows Malaysia Pargo, Tameka Foster, Gocha Hawkins, Princess Banton Lofters and Crystal Smith as they break ageist norms throughout Atlanta. “Bold & Bougie” is currently in production and will debut next year on WE tv and sister streamer ALLBLK.

Hereward Pelling has signed on to direct Fox Nation’s “Jesus Crown of Thorns.” The series from producer Nutopia begins filming next year.

NEW & RETURNING SERIES

“Feud: Capote vs. the Swans,” starring Tom Hollander and Naomi Watts, premieres next month. The second season of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series kicks off on January 31 with two episodes starting at 10p.

The sophomore run of “SkyMed” drops January 11. All nine episodes of the one-hour medical drama series, following young medics and pilots flying air ambulances in Northern Canada, will stream on Paramount+.

Shudder has renewed “The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula” for season six. The fifth season of the reality competition series is among the streamer’s most-watched titles and top acquisition drivers of the year. The renewal for the upcoming season comes ahead of the remaining four episodes of season five currently streaming on Shudder and AMC+, with the finale debuting January 16.

“So You Think You Can Dance” returns with new judges. Allison Holker and Maksim Chmerkovskiy join Nigel Lythgoe on the panel, with Cat Deeley back to host the show. Filming has begun in Atlanta and is set to premiere March 4.

MTV’s “Caught in the Act: Unfaithful” returns on January 9. TV personality Tami Roman sets out to explore relationships, sexual identities, long-term marriages and the “rules of relationships.”

Season three of “Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends” premieres January 8. The third season continues the “Web-Spinners” storyline and introduces a “Dino-Webs” story arc, and a whole new set of “heroes and baddies” for the Spidey Team to interact with. The series will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

COMING UP

“Nazi Town, USA” premieres January 23 on PBS. The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of the pro-Nazi German American Bund Parade in New York City.

Nickelodeon and CBS Sports load up the slime with Super Bowl LVIII and Nickmas Game telecasts. SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Sandy Cheeks and Larry the Lobster join CBS Sports’ Nate Burleson and play-by-play announcer Noah Eagle in the booth for the upcoming Super Bowl; Burleson, Eagle and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will announce the Nickelodeon NFL Nickmas Game, between the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, airing December 25 at 1p.

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RATINGS

“Squid Game: The Challenge” and “Leo” continue to lead the pack in Netflix’s Top 10 for the second consecutive week. The reality competition series reached 1.4 million views, boosting ratings for “Squid Game” to No. 7 on the Non-English TV rankings, with 1.5 million views. Adam Sandler’s animated film – the biggest animated film debut ever – remained on the English-language film list from November 27 to December 3 with 23.6 million views.

The Eagles-49ers reached a season-high NFL audience for Fox. Sunday’s telecast delivered 27.7 million viewers, the network’s most-watched Sunday game of the season, including Thanksgiving weekend.

Basic Cable Top 10 Ratings for the week of October 2
P2+ AA (000)
Primetime
Fox News 1954
ESPN 1787
Hallmark 1240
MSNBC 1133
HISTORY 714
HGTV 675
USA 671
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 644
TNT 595
Discovery 569
Total Day
Fox News 1185
MSNBC 772
ESPN 709
Hallmark 702
CNN 448
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries 392
HGTV 381
HISTORY 342
USA 342
TBS 329
Source: Nielsen

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Luis Fernández has been named chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Fernández succeeds Beau Ferrari, who has served as chairman for the past three years and will transition to be senior advisor to the chairman of the News Group and NBCUniversal.

ABC Signature named Tracy Underwood as its new president. Most recently the EVP of creative affairs at the company, Underwood succeeds Jonnie Davis to add oversight of current series to her role overseeing development of drama, comedy and limited series.

CEO Dirk Hoogstra and Chief Creative Officer Nicole Sorrrenti are leaving Half Yard Productions (“Say Yes to the Dress”), reports Deadline.

This Day in History
2002 – Spike Jonze-directed “Adaptation,” starring Meryl Streep and Nicolas Cage, premiered.

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
When did Giovanni Ribisi first appear on “Friends” (1994-2004)? Before being introduced as Phoebe’s brother, Frank Jr., Ribisi played a man who accidentally dropped a condom in Phoebe’s guitar case when she was singing outside Central Perk. Kudos to: Eric Dunefsky/New York, Gerry Bixenspan-TV Marketing Inc./New York, Louis Lewow-TrillerTV/Atlanta, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA, Colleen McGovern-Vivvix/New York

Today’s Trivia Question
Which contestants were involved in what was later dubbed “Bingate” on “The Great British Bake Off” (2010-)? (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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