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Hulu And Discovery Expand Distribution Ties Across Live, On-Demand

Hulu and Discovery have set an expanded distribution deal across Hulu’s live TV service as well as its subscription streaming platform. The deal will bring thousands of hours of Discovery unscripted programming to Hulu, which has previously carried certain Discovery titles. It also brings to eight the total number of Discovery networks available on Hulu’s skinny bundle TV package. Beginning in December, Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and… Read


‘Beat Shazam’ Renewed For Season 3 By Fox With Jamie Foxx To Return As Host

Fox has renewed interactive music game show Beat Shazam for a third season. Jamie Foxx will return as host and executive producer for Season Three, along with executive producers Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff and Barry Poznick. Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, also will return as deejay. Beat Shazam has done well ratings-wise. It’s averaging three million multi-platform viewers and ranks among the summer's Top 20 broadcast programs among Adults 18-49. It also is this… Read


UPtv Renews ‘Expecting’, ‘Our Wedding Story’ & ‘Crazy Beautiful Weddings’ For Season 2

Family-focused UPtv has picked up second seasons of its popular unscripted series Expecting, Our Wedding Story and Crazy Beautiful Weddings, all for premiere in 2019. In Expecting, couples turn the lens on themselves, giving viewers the chance to witness the highs and lows of one of life’s biggest moments — welcoming a child. Crazy Beautiful Weddings follows wedding planner Lynzie Kent as she takes inspiration from a couple's love story and creates unique celebrations. In… Read


‘Bobby Brown Story’ Promotion Literally Lets Fans Inside Star’s Mind Through BET’s New York Art Installation

A few weeks after an appearance by Bobby Brown at TCA summer press tour raised questions about what was going through the singer’s mind, a new art installation will let fans find out for themselves. The immersive, interactive project from BET Networks and brand studio WP Narrative went on display Sunday at New York’s Harlem Week. It features a 30-foot replica of Brown’s head, complete with “iconic fade haircut.” A press release touting the promotion says it invites… Read


Producer-Director Eddie Schmidt Inks Overall Deal With Universal TV

Producer, director and documentarian Eddie Schmidt (In Search Of) has signed an overall deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Universal Television for both unscripted and scripted fare, respectively. The Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker has produced six projects that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, including Netflix’s Chelsea Does, which he also directed, HBO's Emmy-nominated Valentine Road, IFC's This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which he co-wrote)… Read


Netflix Renews ‘Fastest Car’ For Season 2; Greenlights Charlize Theron-Produced ‘Hyperdrive’ & ‘Car Masters: Rust to Riches’


Netflix is revving up its unscripted motor programming, picking up a second season of its hit competition show Fastest Car, and ordering two new original series – Car Masters: Rust To Riches for premiere September 14 and Hyperdrive, executive produced by Charlize Theron, for premiere in 2019. Eight-episode series Car Masters: Rust To Riches asks “What does it take to turn $1,000 into $100,000?” Mark Towle and his team at Gotham Garage have perfected the upgrade and trade… Read


Mark Wahlberg To Produce True Crime Docuseries ‘McMillions’ On McDonald’s Monopoly Game Scam

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Wahlberg’s Unrealistic Ideas has signed on to produce McMillions, a true crime original documentary series that chronicles the extraordinary story of the rigged McDonald’s monopoly game. The limited docuseries, which producers plan to shop to broadcast and cable networks and is in development, reveals the entire outrageous account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents who… Read


Julius Jones To Get New Hearing After ABC And JuVee Prods.’ ‘The Last Defense’ Shines Light On Racism In Death Row Case

Julius Jones was a 19 year-old star athlete who ran around with the wrong crowd and then was fingered for murdering an upper class white man Paul Howell in a carjacking gone wrong, but ABC’s new docu-series The Last Defense has over the past three weeks been re-examining the case, tearing holes in the prosecution’s case with one valid question after another including how racism played out in the case. Now, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals is going to take another… Read


Reese Witherspoon To Host ‘Shine On’ Female Profile Series For Hello Sunshine VOD Channel On DirecTV With AT&T

After 2017’s Emmy-winning success of HBO’s Big Little Lies and the timely Meet My Mom on Facebook Watch earlier this year, Reese Witherspoon's female-focused Hello Sunshine shingle is about to put the Oscar winner's inaugural unscripted series on a video-on-demand channel with AT&T. Debuting on July 17, Shine On With Reese will feature on-location conversations, at home and on the front lines with the likes of A Wrinkle In Time director Ava DuVernay, the legendary Dolly P… Read


‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Author Eddie Huang Teams With Propagate On Food-Focused Immigrant Series

Fresh Off the Boat author and restaurateur Eddie Huang is partnering with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate to produce Cash Only, an original unscripted series exploring race, identity and multiculturalism through immigrant kitchens. "Immigration is what’s made America the most interesting experiment in the world,” said Huang. “While not all Americans understand and welcome immigration, a lot of the anger towards immigrants could be resolved if it wasn’t… Read


‘Queer Eye’ Creator David Collins On The Dialogue America Is Ready To Have

In an age of reboots, remakes, and revivals, reality television staple Queer Eye has made one of the more notable comebacks, becoming a fixture at Netflix as their unscripted space began to grow. A 'make-better' show, as creator David Collins calls it, Queer Eye follows the Fab Five—five gay men, experts in five lifestyle disciplines—as they revamp the lives and living spaces of various subjects. Retaining the essence that made Queer Eye a smash hit at Bravo, all the way… Read


Netflix Sets Three New Unscripted Series

Netflix is expanding its unscripted slate with three new series — comedy show The Fix with UK comedian Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and D.L. Hughley. music performance series Westside and baking competition series Sugar Rush. The Fix is described as the first comedy show in the world with the stated ambition to solve the world's biggest problems. Through comedy. And experts. But mainly through comedy. In each episode Jimmy Carr, along with two permanent team captains… Read