NBCLX Adds ESports To Programming

NBCU’s youth-targeted news venture has added a slate of esports titles to its lineup via a partnership with ESR, a 24/7 channel dedicated to the subject. The offerings include holiday-themed challenges and competitions. Above, ESR’s Thanksgaming Show begins airing on NBCLX on Nov. 16.

Walter C. Miller, Renowned Director-Producer Of Grammys, Tonys, CMA Awards, Dies At 94

Andy Cohen To Host Reality TV-Themed Docuseries At E!

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Rudolph, Santa Figures Soar To Sale Of $368,000 At Auction

LOS ANGELES (AP) — And how the bidders loved him! A buyer shouted out with glee that they would pay $368,000 for the Rudolph and Santa Claus figures used in the perennially beloved Christmas special “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Bidding for the figures soared past the projected sale price of between $150,000 and $200,000 […]

Suspect Arrested In Attack On Actor Rick Moranis

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York man was arrested Saturday in connection with an unprovoked assault against Rick Moranis that occurred as the 67-year-old actor was walking near Central Park in October. New York City police said 35-year-old Marquis Ventura, whom authorities listed as homeless, was arrested Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t known if Ventura […]

‘Black Lightning’ Promotes Chantal Thuy To Series Regular for Season 4

Peacock Launches ‘Saved By The Bell’ Channel Ahead Of Revival Premiere

Bayside High is about to take over Peacock. The streaming service is set to launch a new Saved by the Bell channel on Nov. 16 ahead of the reimagining of the classic Saturday morning show, which will debut on Nov. 25. The channel will available on Peacock for free and include more than 100 episodes from the original Saved by the Bell series, Saved by the Bell: The College YearsSaved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style, and Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Vegas.

Ayo Davis Named Creative Development Head Of New Disney Branded TVUnit

‘Judge Judy’ $22M Profits Lawsuit Heats Up

It probably won’t show up on Judge Judy’s newly announced court series for IMDbTV, but the multimillion dollar legal battle between Judith Sheindlin and Rebel Entertainment Partners is turning into even more of a bareknuckle brawl. With a history of indirect litigation over the past few years, both sides are now directly flinging terms like “vicious” and “baseless character assassination” at each other — and that’s just the polite stuff.

TV Premiere Dates 2021: The Complete Guide

Need to know when a TV show premieres or returns? Here is a comprehensive guide to premiere dates on broadcast, cable and premium channels and on streaming services for the coming year. Above, WandaVision premieres on Disney+ in January.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Station 19’ Return Steady

Grey’s Anatomy opened its 17th season with 5.7 million total viewers and a 1.3 demo rating, on par with its previous average (6.2M/1.3) and leading Thursday’s non-NFL fare in the demo.

HBO Max Called Out For Donation To Evangelical Group

Ivy League Cancels Winter Sports

The Ivy League canceled winter sports for the 2020-21 season, the conference announced Thursday. The conference also postponed spring sports until at least the end of February and won’t conduct competition for fall sports during the spring semester.

Jane Austen Anthology Series In Development At CW

‘Friends’ Reunion Set To Shoot in Early 2021

The year 2021 could be The One With the Friends Reunion Special. Matthew Perry tweeted Thursday that the HBO Max special, which has been delayed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, is set to film in March. That would likely put the show on track to air in the spring.

The Weeknd To Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weeknd will bring his popular falsetto vocals to the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL, Pepsi and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the three-time Grammy Award winner will be the headline performer on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Weeknd said he’s humbled by the […]

OVERNIGHTS

‘Masked Singer’ Tops Tumbling ‘CMA Awards’

Fox’s The Masked Singer drew 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, matching its series low in the demo (opposite significantly stiffer competition) yet still easily leading Wednesday in that measure, as the CMA Awards took a deep plunge.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Spy Drama From Scorpion EP Lands At Netflix

College Football Reeling As Maryland-Ohio State Game Is Latest Cancellation

The Big Ten’s Maryland-Ohio State matchup this weekend has been canceled, joining a slate of SEC games already on the sidelines because of COVID-19 positive tests. Maryland-Ohio State was nixed after the Terrapins paused team activities Wednesday while announcing that eight players had tested positive. The game will not be made up, which could have crucial implications for major power Ohio State’s national championship aspirations in an already-shortened season.

‘Chicago Fire’ Suspends Production For 2 Weeks

NBC’s Chicago Fire has paused filming its ninth season for two weeks due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. The Chicago-based firefighter drama shut down production on Sunday, Nov. 8. Several individuals on the Chicago Fire production team, believed to be in Zone 1, produced positive results when tested as part of the show’s COVID safety protocols.

‘Lego Masters’ Renewed For Season 2 At Fox

Will Arnett will return as host and exec producer of the competition series.

CBS Slots Dolly Parton Christmas Special

The holidays are about to get a little more jolly as Dolly Parton and CBS come together for A Holly Dolly Christmas. Broadcasting on Sunday Dec. 6, A Holly Dolly Christmas will see the music and pop culture icon perform an intimate, candlelit set off faith-filled hymns and holiday classics.

CBS Picks Up Chuck Lorre’s ‘United States of Al’

CBS has handed out a series order to comedy United States of Al, which is exec produced by the Big Bang Theory co-creator. An episode count has not yet been determined for the multicamera comedy, which is slated to debut sometime during the 2020-21 broadcast season.

‘Emily in Paris’ Renewed For Season 2 At Netflix

AP Drops CMA Awards Coverage Over Dispute

The wire service has refused to accept limitations that organizers of the show have placed on images from the venue that it believes affects its ability to accurately report on the event. The restrictions prevent AP from providing coverage of the ceremony “to its standards,” according to an advisory it sent to members. The AP will not write about, take images of or shoot video of the show, which airs Wednesday evening on ABC.

Couple Complain Animal Planet Show Cast Them As Pot Growers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple say they were cast in a false light on an Animal Planet reality television show about state Fish and Game conservation officers, but a lawyer for the show’s production companies disagreed in arguments before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The court heard arguments Tuesday involving Dale and Anne Mansfield, […]

Expect TV Rights Fees For Sports To Soar

In the upcoming months television networks will begin negotiations with several sports leagues for new TV contracts. The NHL and MLS are expected to open up negotiations as their current agreements expire. MLB which has already extended agreements with Fox and Turner Sports has ESPN up next. However, no contract renewal will be more important (or expensive) than the NFL.

OVERNIGHTS

‘Bachelorette’ Stays High, Dominates Night

ABC’s The Bachelorette drew 5.1 million total viewers and a 1.6 rating, matching the season high in the demo set by last Thursday’s special outing and delivering its second-largest audience of the season. The Voice (7.4M/1.1) ticked up from its most recent Tuesday telecast, while This Is Us (6.7M/1.3) and Transplant (3.9M/0.5) each returned down a tenth.

With Biden Win, Latenight Braces For Big Shift

Interviews with nine veterans of latenight television, some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sector’s competitiveness, suggest that the coming period will bring new power players and a much different tone to one of the entertainment industry’s most closely watched products.

Call For Biden Gave Networks Primetime Attention On A Saturday Morning

Ratings surged, with 21 million watching six networks, but Fox News viewers tuned out at a higher percentage as the coverage went on.