Friday September 10, 2021
Circle Network: Road Stories at 10p
HGTV: Cash in the Attic at 9p
IMDbTV: Pretty Hard Cases
Peacock: Fireside History with Michael Beschloss at 7p
Travel: These Woods Are Haunted at 9p, The Alaska Triangle at 10p
IN THE NEWS
Usher, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Julianne Hough will co-host Global Citizen competition series “The Activist.” The five-week series premieres on CBS Friday, October 22 at 8p, featuring six activists teamed with three high-profile public figures to bring meaningful change to one of three world causes: health, education, and environment. Activists compete in challenges to promote their causes; their success is measured via online engagement, social metrics, and input from the hosts.
And in more international advocacy x entertainment, “Global Citizen Live” revealed the LA and London performer lineups for its worldwide show, airing Saturday, September 25 and Sunday September 26 on ABC and BBC One. Stevie Wonder, Adam Lambert, Chloe x Halle and Demi Lovato are among LA headliners, while across the pond Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, Maneskin, and Nile Rodgers and Chic are among performers.
Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-a-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Kareem Burke, is partnering with Black-owned film distribution company Homestead Entertainment to help indie filmmakers deliver their TV, film and digital content to broad audiences. Under his Dame Dash Studios banner, Dash will curate content, and Homestead will handle the global distribution for the films acquired through the partnership.
NBCUniversal boarded the VAB’s new Measurement Innovation Task Force, which will formally mobilize industry leadership in research, analytics and insights from TV publisher companies to accelerate the pace of innovation in media measurement and currency.
Discovery is cautiously lauding yesterday’s Polish Senate ruling against the passage of a controversial new bill that could force non-European companies to relinquish majority stakes in Polish media companies. Discovery owns Poland’s largest independent broadcasting group and news network. The bill will be further debated before a final decision is rendered.
Next Monday Cynopsis and Discovery are partnering to address some of the most important questions facing the industry today at the Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Event. Hear speakers from HGTV, The Food Network, TLC, P&G, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and more talk about how tell authentic, culturally relevant stories to connect with an audience that wants to see real-life reflections of diversity. It’s free to sign up – register today!
CNBC signed Jim Cramer to a multiplatform deal that brings all of his media assets into the CNBC portfolio. In addition to his on-air duties for “Mad Money w/Jim Cramer” and “Squawk on the Street,” CNBC will partner with Cramer Digital to create exclusive subscription products and content aimed at the investment community.
Meghan McCain has scored her first post-“View” gig—a column for British tabloid DailyMail.com. “Everything in my life these days is about going back to basics,” McCain tweeted. “I started as a columnist & am thrilled at the chance to return to it @DailyMail.”
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
NBA star Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media is teaming with Netflix for “Black Brother, Black Brother,” a feature based on the Jewell Parker Rhodes book about a 12-year-old boy who wishes he were more like his popular, lighter-skinned brother. He begins training as a competitive fencer after he meets disgraced former Olympic fencer Arden Jones, and sets his sights on taking down someone who framed him for something he didn’t do.
ViacomCBS and MTV Entertainment Studios inked an exclusive overall deal with actor David Oyelowo and his wife, actress, writer and producer Jessica Oyelowo. The pair will focus on original scripted and unscripted series via their Yoruba Saxon productions. 101 Studios will serve as production partner on all projects. First up is limited series “Bass Reeves,” with David Oyelowo starring in the titular role.
The countdown begins. CBS is joining the New Year’s Eve concert special fray after two decades on the sidelines with “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.” Headlined by country stars, the special will air live from downtown Nashville.
Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”) will topline and exec-produce “The Never Game,” an adaptation of Jeffrey Deaver’s novel, for CBS. The network gave the project, from Ken Olin, Michael Cooney and 20th Television, a pilot production commitment. Hartley will play survivalist Colter Shaw, who roams the country using his expert tracking skills to help private citizens and law enforcement to solve mysteries while he simultaneously deals with his own family issues.
Also at CBS, the net renewed “Big Brother: Celebrity Edition” for a third season. Season 3 is on the calendar for winter 2022, with Julie Chen Moonves returning as host… And “The Amazing Race” is set to return this season run after Covid forced lengthy production delays.
Stephanie Langhoff, exec producer of Starz series “Vida” and former Duplass Brothers Productions president, launched her own production company and inked a first-look deal with Boat Rocker. Her High Tide Productions will develop TV and digital projects, and feature films.
Pssst… “Gossip Girl” will be back for a second season on HBO Max. The streamer renewed the reboot of the pop culture classic, developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, after its first six episodes, which debuted July 8, became the best launch for a Max original drama series this year. The remaining six eps of season 1 will debut in November. Xoxo
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Hulu landed “Jacinta,” the Jessica Earnshaw-directed feature doc about drug addiction that’s had a strong festival run. From ABC News and Impact Partners, the film follows a young woman who struggles to find stability and reconnect with the daughter she left behind amid her addiction. It’s slated to premiere on the streamer Friday, October 8.
Entertainment 360 is lighting up a cannabis–centric series in partnership with cannabis brands Cookies and Gashouse. The untitled series will be penned and exec-produced by “Snowfall” co-creator Eric Amadio; “Den of Thieves” director Christian Gudegast is helming the pilot and also exec producing. The drama, inspired by true events, unveils the inside story two young cannabis entrepreneurs who navigated the marijuana business from its illegal origins to its legitimate present-day boom.
Charles Wachter, showrunner of ABC’s unscripted series “Holey Moley” and “The Celebrity Dating Game,” is hanging his own production banner. Hard North Media, backed by All3Media America, will seek out entertainment formats, competition series, game shows and live events. Wachter’s other credits include ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” TBS’ “King of the Nerds” and MTV’s “Fear Factor” reboot.
Amazon Studios notched a first-look feature deal with production company Di Novi Pictures. Helmed by producers Denise Di Novi and Margaret French Isaac, Di Novi will work with Amazon Studios to develop “Tiger Mother,” a gritty female-driven action-comedy written by Emily Dell, with Sasie Sealy (“Lucky Grandma”) onboard to direct. Also coming up under the pact is Hannah Hafey and Kaitlin Smith’s…
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