Fox Cancels ‘Deputy’ After One Season

NBC Sets Premiere For ‘Blindspot’ Final Season

NBC has set Thursday, April 30, at 10 p.m. for the premiere of the 13-episode fifth and final season of thriller drama series Blindspot. The show, starring Sullivan Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander, will move to its normal 9 o’clock timeslot the following week on May 7.

DeGeneres, Williams Restart Daytime Shows

Ellen DeGeneres and Wendy Williams are resuming production on their daytime shows after taking some time off during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Both hosts will return to air on April 6, recording shows from their homes.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

ViacomCBS Completes 49% Purchase of Miramax

ViacomCBS said it completed the acquisition of a 49% stake in Miramax from beIN Media Group. beIN Media retains 51% ownership of Miramax, the award-winning studio whose business was disrupted as sexual harassment charges surfaced against founder Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was found guilty of rape charges in February and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Broke’ Starts Strong For CBS

CBS’s Broke debuted to strong numbers Thursday, drawing the biggest audience for a comedy series premiere this season. Man With a Plan also delivered strong premiere numbers, and Young Sheldon, Mom and Tommy all hit season highs and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy turned in solid numbers.

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WVUE New Orleans Airing Concert Series Across Louisiana

Sinclair Upgrades Digital Channels Comet, Charge!, TBD

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced “significant changes” to the content of three, company-owned multicast networks: Comet, Charge! and TBD. The channels, which are available to the vast majority of households across the U.S., will now carry some of the most popular classic television series, as well as TBD’s first-ever original series, The Link. The new programming […]

NBC Sets New Season Fianale Dates

As with most networks, NBC has had to shift some series’ season finale dates due to the coronavirus-related production shutdowns. Several NBC series will wrap their season runs earlier than planned because they could not finish production on their orders. The list includes all Chicago dramas, Law & Order: SVU, The Blacklist and New Amsterdam. 

HBO To Stream 500 Hours Of Free Programming

HBO is unlocking its biggest trove of free programming ever — in a goodwill gesture as people look for a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic. The WarnerMedia-owned premium cabler is making almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free (without ads) for a limited time on HBO Now and HBO Go services without a subscription, starting today, April 3.

Cannes Lions Festival Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Rachael Ray To Air Shows From Her Kitchen

Beginning Monday, she will welcome viewers into her home kitchen for an hour of new recipes made with pantry staples, solutions for cooking dilemmas and bit of fun as she’s joined by her husband, John Cusimano.

Julie Bennett, ‘Yogi Bear’ Voice Actress, Dies From Coronavirus Complications At 88

OVERNIGHTS

‘Masked Singer’ Scores Biggest Wed. Audience

The Masked Singer scored its best ratings since a post-Super Bowl episode two months ago, leading Wednesday’s primetime in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. CBS’s Survivor also continued its strong recent performance as the two unscripted shows topped a night where NBC aired reruns of its Chicago dramas.

Reality TV Stockpile Can Outlast Coronavirus

There is one corner of television in which the pantry is relatively well-stocked: basic-cable reality shows, the cozy feeling in TV form. Variety spoke to representatives from more than a dozen cablers about their upcoming programming, and found that by premiering new shows as usual while also making use of old inventory, top-tier networks such as HGTV, TLC, Bravo, ID, Food Network, Discovery, We TV, E!, History, and A&E would fare a months-long production shutdown practically unscathed.

Latenight’s Back: No Studio, No Problem (Mostly)

Forced to improvise, hosts have returned with radically stripped down productions made from home. Can they keep it feeling fresh — and their kids out of the frame?

Adam Schlesinger Of Fountains of Wayne, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Dies From coronavirus

Emmy and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter Adam Schlesinger, known for his work with his band Fountains of Wayne and on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died Wednesday after contracting the coronavirus. Schlesinger died at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier told The Associated Press. It is not clear where or […]

Monte-Carlo TV Festival Sunk By Coronavirus

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is the latest entertainment industry event to be claimed by the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was due to take place 18-22 June, but has been canceled amid the “COVID-19 outbreak which continues to grip the world.” The 60th edition of the festival will now take place on the same dates in 2021.

Charter Licenses Dodgers RSN To AT&T

Charter Communications and AT&T have finally reached an agreement on the latter’s carriage of regional sports network SportsNet LA, breaking an impasse that started in 2014.

IndyCar’s Virtual Race To Be Aired On NBC Sports Network

ndyCar’s virtual racing will be televised beginning with Saturday’s iRacing event, which has been picked up by NBC Sports. The debut virtual race last weekend drew 433,000 combined viewers to both IndyCar and iRacing’s online stream. Totals viewers jumped to 600,000 when IndyCar tallied how many watched drivers’ social media feeds or gaming channels. NASCAR has done well […]

Vancouver Shows Likely To Be Delayed

Not only are many broadcast TV series seeing their current runs end abruptly, they may need to start production on their next seasons later than usual. In Vancouver, which is home to nearly 20 TV productions, government officials do not foresee life returning to any semblance of normal until the summer, meaning that the shows that traditionally start back up production in late June/early July would have to cool their heels for at least a little bit (if not longer).

Coronavirus Kills Wimbledon 2020

The Championships 2020 at Wimbledon has been canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The Grand Slam tennis tournament was scheduled to be held from Monday, June 29 through Sunday, July 12. The 134th tournament will now be held June 28-July 11, 2021.

OVERNIGHTS

‘FBI’ Scores Season Highs As CBS Dominates

CBS was the only English-language network to air a full night of original episodes Tuesday, and it dominated the primetime ratings. FBI set season highs in both total viewers (10.81 million) and adults 18-49 (1.2 rating), topping last week’s numbers (10.67 million and 1.1). The episode also featured a relatively rare cross-network crossover, as Tracy Spiridakos guest-starred as her Chicago PD character (both shows are produced by Dick Wolf).

Fox And Comcast Sign Distribution Deal

Fox and Comcast Wednesday announced a long-term renewal of their distribution agreement for Fox’s full portfolio of channels, including retransmission consent for the Fox Television Stations to Xfinity customers.

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WLOX To Broadcast Lessons For Mississippi K-12 Students

The CW Sets Summer Premiere Dates

The network has unveiled its line-up of summer premieres, including the returning Burden of Truth as well as a lineup of familiar faces ranging from improv comedians to undercover cops.

Fox Sets Early Series Finale For ‘Empire’

Empire‘s sixth and final season will end sooner than originally planned due to the coronavirus pandemic. As revealed at the very end of Tuesday’s betrayal and crashed wedding filled “Love Me Still” broadcast, the 18th episode of Taraji P. Henson and Terrance Howard-led hip hop drama’s final season will now serve as the finale. “Get ready for the shocking final three episodes of Empire,” a voiceover declared over a promo for next week’s 16th episode of the Fox series’ current sixth season.

‘General Hospital’ Shifts To Four Days A Week

Iconic daytime medical drama General Hospital is being forced to switch up its schedule, joining a growing list of shows that have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS Studios Says It Is Not Retroactively Cutting Assistant Pay

‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Has The Recipe To Hit Season 20

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are cooking shows hosted by celebrities, some of whom may know a fricassee from a frittata, and shows that feature arrogant chefs and bad cooks. There’s an upcoming digital series in which blindfolded chefs get smacked in the face with a dish and compete to identify and make it. Then […]

NETWORK RATINGS ROUNDUP

Finances Hurting? Watch ‘Let’s Make A Deal’

TV programs across the dial recorded superlatives last week with a captive audience of millions of Americans told to stay home because of the coronavirus. Few were as interesting as the newfound fervor for CBS’s Let’s Make a Deal, which recorded its most-watched week since the show was brought back 11 years ago with Wayne Brady as host.