Discovery Polish Broadcast Assets Safe For Now After President Andrzej Duda Vetoes Controversial Media Bill

This legislation has been batting around the Polish parliament since last summer year and appeared to have died earlier this fall when the Senate voted against passage. Said Discovery then: "Through this vote, Poland risks directly undermining the values that have connected Poland with Europe, and uprooting the foundation of the Polish-American relationship.” The David Zaslav-led company, which is in the process of merging with WarnerMedia, appealed to Duda to prevent the bill from becoming law. But it made a surprise reappearance on Friday, Polish lawmakers’ last session of the year, when the lower house, or Sejm, approved it by a slim margin.
Poland's President Andrzej Duda on Monday vetoed a media bill that would have silenced a Discovery-owned news channel there, noting concerns about straining U.S. relations and damaging Poland's international image as a place to do business.
Discovery owns Poland’s largest private television network, TVN, and is the only significant non-European media owner in the country. The bill was seen by critics as specifically targeting TVN, which is critical of the government. The bill would have prevented any non-European entity from owning more than a 49% stake in Polish radio or TV broadcasters. If passed, it would have forced Discovery to divest part or all of its holding.
Its Law and Justice party, led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, proposed the media bill last summer. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in August he was "deeply troubled" by the proposal. Poland’s right-wing coalition government, elected in 2015, has been taking steps to gain control of the media, the judiciary and other areas of pubic life. U.S.
"I share the opinion that it should be introduced in Poland, but for the future." He said "the bill and its amendments concern entities which are already present in the market. When taking my decision, I took this element into serious consideration."” /> There is also the issue of media pluralism, of freedom of speech. Commenting on his decision today, Duda said, "I believe that generally limiting the possibility of holding shares or stocks in media companies is sensible when it comes to foreign capital," according to Polish press reports.

Jean-Marc Vallée Tributes Pour In: “My Heart Is Broken. My Friend. I Love You,” Reese Witherspoon Writes; Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Mourns Passing

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UPDATED with latest: The news that writer-director Jean-Marc Vallée died suddenly over the weekend at age 58 has spurred reactions from his homey country Canada to Hollywood and beyond.


Check back as more reactions come in.
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Tributes last night and this morning came from those who worked with him including Witherspoon, who starred in Wild and Big Little Lies. The Canadian film community also has responded in shock; Vallée's first big feature after starting out as a music video director was his semi-autobiographical C.R.A.Z.Y., which played the Toronto Film Festival.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in this morning, saying in part that Vallée’s "passion for filmmaking and storytelling was unmatched – so too was his talent."


The Montreal-born filmmaker behind Dallas Buyers Club, which won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, and Wild, which scored nominations for Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, also scored Emmys and Emmy nominations for piloting the HBO limited series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, passed away in Quebec City at age 58.
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TIFF was a favorite home to his films, as the fest's CEO Cameron Bailey noted last night: Vallée is the only filmmaker to have films open the festival (Demolition in 2015) and close it (The Young Victoria in 2009).
Complete and utter shock," she said. One I can't wait to read & to watch when my time comes." "My f—— god death is the worst," adding, "But I guess somehow I know you will turn it into a grand adventure … one for the books. "I am in shock. Shailene Woodley, who starred in Big Little Lies, shared a photo of her Instagram Story of the director cooking.
We are shocked at the news of his sudden death, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his sons, Alex and Émile, his extended family, and his longtime producing partner, Nathan Ross.” From HBO: “Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker, a truly phenomenal talent who infused every scene with a deeply visceral, emotional truth. He was also a hugely caring man who invested his whole self alongside every actor he directed.

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, ‘Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse’ Among Most Anticipated 2022 Movies

"From some of the biggest returning characters like Spider-Man, Batman, Catwoman and Doctor Strange, to memorable franchises like Black Panther, Top Gun, Mission: Impossible and Jurassic World, the new year is packed with thrills, chills and adventure around every corner." "Audiences are looking for unforgettable experiences at the theater and 2022 promises to deliver a bounty of exciting new movies that you must see on the big screen," said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.
Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Thor: Love and Thunder
All survey respondents saw at least one movie in a theater during the last year and were polled during the first three weeks of December.
–89% were gratified to see new movie releases on the big screen this year.
Top Gun: Maverick (May 27)
Scream (Jan. 14)
Robert Pattinson (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), The Batman
Stephen Strange), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Benedict Cumberbatch (as Dr.
Avatar 2
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)
There's been no news to date that the sequel's November 11 release date will be postponed. Even though Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is on a production hiatus as star Letitia Wright recovers from a previous on-set injury, shooting is expected to resume in January with the actress, as Deadline first reported.
Mission: impossible 7
Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8)
2022’s Most Anticipated Blockbusters
Christian Bale (as Gorr the God Butcher), Thor: Love and Thunder
2022’s Most Anticipated Returning Performances
Jurassic World: Dominion (June 10)
Online ticket retailer Fandango polled more than 6,000 ticket-buyers this month and asked which theatrical tentpoles they're the most excited about in 2022. Disney/Marvel's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever topped the list followed by Sony/Marvel's animated feature Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One).
Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 1)
Uncharted (Feb. 18)
The Black Phone (June 24)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (April 8)
–88% are excited by the 2022 line-up of theatrical releases.
Top Gun: Maverick
Jordan Peele’s Nope (July 22)
–70% plan to see movies in premium large-screen formats whenever possible.
Pixar’s Lightyear (June 17)
2022’s Most Anticipated Animated/Family Movies
Dwayne Johnson (as Black Adam), Black Adam
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Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (Dec. 16)
2022’s Most Anticipated New Performances
16) Avatar 2 (Dec.
–94% want to go to the theater more often in 2022 than they did in 2021
–86% picked Action/Adventure as one of their favorite genres.
2022’s Most Anticipated Horror Movies
Additionally, Fandango asked ticket-buyers about their recent experiences at the movie theater and their anticipated moviegoing habits in the new year, with the following results:
Issa Rae (as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman), Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Zoe Saldana (as Neytiri), Avatar 2
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (April 15)
Elizabeth Olsen (as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The Batman (March 4)
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Oct. 7)
Halloween Ends (Oct. 14)
Here are the top picks from Fandango’s survey:
2022’s Most Anticipated Action/Adventure Movies (non-superhero)
30) Mission: Impossible 7 (Sept.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11)
–80% hope to see five or more movies on the big screen in 2022.
Jane Foster), Thor: Love and Thunder Natalie Portman (as Dr.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Gower Analytics forecasts that the domestic box office will grow to $9.2 billion next year, a 114% surge above the current 2021 level in U.S. Despite the ongoing pandemic, moviegoers have shown recently that they'll come out for event movies, particularly Marvel Cinematic Universe titles like Spider-Man: No Way Home which became the first movie to clear $1 billion during the Covid era over Christmas. and Canada through December 26 at $4.3 billion.
Orphan: First Kill (TBD)

Jean-Marc Vallée Dies: Director Of ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ & ‘Sharp Objects’ Was 58; Heart Attack Believed To Be The Cause

We will update the official cause of death when it is released. Following Deadline's reveal of the filmmaker's sudden passing last night, there has been an outpouring of sorrow for Vallée, everyone from Big Little Lies and Wild star Reese Witherspoon to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. So it is considered likely he passed December 25 and was found the following morning. Vallée was known as a fitness fanatic and a teetotaler, a practitioner of the Wim Hoff fitness method, which is not for the faint of heart. UPDATE: Deadline is hearing from multiple sources that the shocking death of filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée resulted from a heart attack, while at his cabin on the river outside of Quebec City, where he was preparing to receive guests the following  day. Sad day.
He also directed and executive produced the 2018 HBO limited series Sharp Objects, which was nominated for eight Emmys. In 2017 Vallée received the DGA Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which he also executive produced. It won eight Emmys including Outstanding Limited Series and four Golden Globes.
We are shocked at the news of his sudden death, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his sons, Alex and Émile, his extended family, and his longtime producing partner, Nathan Ross." "He was also a hugely caring man who invested his whole self alongside every actor he directed. "Jean-Marc Vallée was a brilliant, fiercely dedicated filmmaker, a truly phenomenal talent who infused every scene with a deeply visceral, emotional truth," HBO said in a statement.
The scrappy Woodroof smuggled alternative medicine and drugs that were not approved in the U.S., to help give himself and others suffering from AIDS a chance to prolong their lives. Released in 2013 with McConaughey, Leto and Jennifer Garner starring, the film became a critical darling. Both McConaughey and Leto won Golden Globe Awards, and they repeated those wins at the Oscars, where the film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with Vallée also receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing under his alias, John Mac McMurphy. This was a worthy project that stalled before Vallée committed.
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He followed with an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, which starred Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. The film was nominated for three Oscars.
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Vallée is survived by his sons, Alex and Émile, and siblings Marie-Josée Vallée, Stéphane Tousignant and Gérald Vallée.
His breakthrough came with 2005's C.R.A.Z.Y., which won four Genie Awards in Canada, including Best Picture, Screenplay and Director for Vallée. Born on March 9, 1963, in Montreal, Vallée began making short films and soon moved into features with his 1995 debut Black List. After directing The Young Victoria and Cafe de Flore, Vallée really hit his stride with Dallas Buyers Club, based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS and given a month to live.
I am still gathering details but can divulge that he passed away at his cabin outside Quebec City and that his family and close advisers are in shock.
PREVIOUSLY, DECEMBER 26, 8:20 PM PST: Jean-Marc Vallée has died suddenly at age 58. The Canadian writer, director, editor and producer won Emmy Awards and a DGA Award for Big Little Lies and was Oscar nominated for editing Dallas Buyers Club, the film that won Oscars for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto and was up for Best Picture.
Then, Vallée turned his attention to longform television series, and the results were seminal.
He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy. Said his producing partner Nathan Ross: “Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me. The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”

‘Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure’ Gets Peacock Premiere Date & Trailer

But what truly defined Montana was the simple fact that he was "cool under pressure." While Tom Brady has eclipsed much of Montana's GOAT résumé, the latter was undefeated in four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers and named Super Bowl MVP three times.
As the wacky current NFL season barrels toward the playoffs, have a look at the trailer above and start your own debate about who was and is the greatest quarterback football has produced.” />
Watch the first trailer above. New ones will bow weekly after that. Peacock said Monday that the first two episodes of NFL Films' six-part Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure will hit the streamer on Thursday, January 6.
"We want Joe! Clutch, and a new documentary series is about to revive the glory. We want Joe!" From a national title at Notre Dame to "The Catch" and multiple more Super Bowls, Joe Montana was football's Mr.
The series also features exclusive footage as well as interviews of many NFL personalities including Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, George Seifert, former 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr., Peyton Manning, Magic Johnson and Ken Griffey Jr. Joe Montana: Cool Under Pressure features stories that many people don’t know: the doubt from his coaches, the controversies with teammates and the insecurities from within that drove one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the sport.

Neon’s ‘Memoria’ Reports First-Day Grosses At IFC Center; On To Other (Still Unspecified) Markets In 2022 With Exclusive One-Week Runs

Neon is following the unusual approach of moving the film “from city to city, theater to theater, week by week, playing in front of only one solitary audience at any given time.” And it will only be available in cinemas, with no home video, on-demand, or streaming release. “The only means of experiencing Memoria will be in theaters… forever,” Neon tweeted when it made the announcement.
There, she’s startled by a loud bang at daybreak and is unable to sleep. Swinton plays Jessica, a woman who travels from Scotland to Bogotá to visit her sister. It is Palme d’Or winner Weerasethakul’s ninth feature and his first shoot outside his native Thailand.
Memoria took in $6,797 on one screen Sunday, the first day of the first week exclusive engagement for the Neon film starring Tilda Swinton. It will play the IFC Center in New York City through Saturday, January 1.
As Jessica seeks to unravel the mystery of the sound, she befriends Agnes (Jeanne Balibar), an archaeologist studying human remains in a tunnel under construction, and a fish scaler, Hernan (Elkin Diaz). Memoria is inspired by Weerasethakul’s own memories.
It is also the Colombian entry for the International Feature Film Oscar. That’s the start of a cross-country tour in an unusual release strategy the distributor and the film’s director Apichatpong Weerasethakul announced in October for the Cannes Jury Prize winner and New York Film Festival selection.
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Neon says that following the one-week residency at IFC, all other markets will be in 2022, though it is not yet making the specifics public.
The move, with the full support and encouragement of the film's director and star, is meant as a paean to the uniqueness of the theatrical experience, which is challenged for independent and arthouse films right now and has distributors experimenting with various release models. The move also generated some controversy on social media with cries of elitism.

‘Matrix Resurrections’ Ranks Behind ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ In Streaming Viewership; Pic Is Most Pirated Of The Week

20-26 with a 32.6% share of the top ten torrents, outpacing the clean-copy PVOD availability of Screen Gems' Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (16.6%) and the rusty copies of Spider-Man: No Way Home shot by pirates in-theaters (12%). In the same breath, the Lana Wachowski-directed and co-written movie was the most pirated feature according to MUSO for the week of Dec.
Imax and premium large format screens, which were only booked for the Keanu Reeves' pic's first weekend, repped 22% of its business; $3.7M for Imax auditoriums only. Matrix Resurrections played best theatrically in the West. In theaters, Comscore and Screen Engine's PostTrak measured Matrix Resurrections pulling in 62% males, 57% between 18-34, with 46% Caucasian, 22% Hispanic and Latino, 17% Black and 17% Asian/other.
And if you have a movie which isn't favored by moviegoers (B- here in the case of Matrix Resurrections) available in both theaters and in homes at the same time, it's a double-sinker. Best to window the movie with a premium start in theaters, even if it isn't the most liked in the franchise, to spur some sort of demand in subsequent home windows. While WarnerMedia will claim that this whole model was temporary given hesitant moviegoers during Covid, and was designed so that they could watch movies from the safety of their own home, they're unabashed to say the whole "Project Popcorn" (the plan's secret nickname before becoming known to the public) was an effort to drive subscribers. However, making a movie available in both theaters and on TV is not experiential.
Thank God, Matrix Resurrections is the last movie which is part of WarnerMedia's HBO Max day-and-date pandemic model for its event movies (we have yet to see how the studio will handle future adult-skewing Oscar bait titles). All of this underscores the downside of the theatrical-day-and-date-in-home distribution model: Once you make clean copies available online, the movie can be duplicated several times in several languages.
Again, Disney+ subscribers had to shell out $29.99 to see that Scarlett Johansson movie whereas Matrix Resurrections was available to HBO Max subscribers for free. In an apples-to-oranges comparison, what Matrix Resurrections drew its first 5-days is the same amount of viewers which Disney+'s day-and-date PVOD release of Black Widow took in over its first month, 2.8M.
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Hispanic and Latino households (+23%) Black (+23%) and Asian (+14%) viewers over-indexed compared to the U.S. Samba TV says that of the top 25 largest markets for Matrix Resurrections, Seattle, WA over-indexed the most (+59%), followed by Portland, OR (+58%) and San Francisco, CA (+50%) for L+4D. overall.
Kong by 22%, that movie having pulled in 3.6M households from Wednesday to Sunday. That movie was one of the first tentpoles to open post NYC and LA's cinema reopenings, earning $48.1M in its first 5 days. Among Samba TV numbers, Matrix Resurrections ranks behind the first 5-days of Warner Bros./Legendary's Godzilla vs.
Matrix Resurrections' 5-day opening is the lowest for the 22-year old sci-fi franchise behind the 1999 first installment's 5-day of $37.3M.    The franchise opening record belongs to 2003's The Matrix Reloaded which made $134.2M from Wednesday to Sunday.
Warner Bros./Village Roadshow's theatrical-day-and-date release of The Matrix Resurrections didn't wow in its 5-day opening at the domestic box office with $22.5M, while in its HBO Max debut in homes fared OK, watched by 2.8 million smart TV U.S. households over the Wednesday-Sunday period.
In regards to 30-day numbers from Samba, Godzilla vs. The first weekend household viewership figure on James Gunn's The Suicide Squad was 2.8M. Kong is the most watched theatrical day-and-date release on HBO Max with 5.8M households, followed by New Line's Mortal Kombat with 5.6M and Suicide Squad with 5.1M. Also by comparison, Wonder Woman 1984, the first of the HBO Max-theatrical pandemic titles was watched by 2.2M households in its debut Christmas weekend a year ago. So there's a chance that Matrix Resurrections could rank up in that echelon.
households measured by Samba TV watching its Dwayne Johnson-Gal Gadot-Ryan Reynolds heist action pic Red Notice in its first weekend back in mid-November. Most studios have been yearning in pre-pandemic times to see the results of a theatrical day-and-date debut of a big tentpole. Well, here they are: lackluster and eroded by piracy. That's arguably the most measured by Samba TV in the U.S. By comparison, streaming heavyweight Netflix saw 4.2M U.S. for any streaming feature.
This is according to fresh stats from Samba TV which measures streaming viewership across 46 million TV devices with a panel of 3 million Smart TV households.

NBC Wins Final Sunday Primetime Of 2021 With Post-Christmas ‘SNF’ Cowboys-Washington Game; CBS Rules Non-Sports With ’60 Minutes’

The game was slightly down from the previous week (3.6, 14.13M) in both counts. Sunday Night Football on NBC earned a 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demo and approximately 13 million viewers, per fast affiliates. The top-rated and most-watched program of the evening saw the Cowboys dominate their opponents 56-14.
NBC received a delayed Christmas gift the as the coverage of the Dallas Cowboys-Washington Football Team earned the network the top spot in the final Sunday primetime of 2021.
The latest installment rose from the previous week (0.7, 7.93M) in both demo rating and viewers. Outside of yesterday being the last Sunday of 2021, primetime was pretty normal in terms of winning programs. CBS earned the highest demo rating and viewership among non-sports programming with 60 Minutes (1.2, 8.31M). 60 Minutes led scripted, non-sports programming by a large margin considering that most networks opted for reruns.
Fox's top program was Merry Elfin Christmas: Bye, Bye 2021! ABC's final Sunday primetime of 2021 peaked with America's Funniest Home Videos (0.4, 3.74M). (0.4, 1.72M). Both of The CW's primetime titles, Legends of the Hidden Temple and Penn & Teller: Fool Us, earned 0.0 in demo rating.” />

France Bans Concessions At Cinemas For Three Weeks As Part Of New Anti-Covid Measures

Chief among them affecting the entertainment industry is that consuming food and drink in cinemas will be banned beginning Monday, January 3, for a period of three weeks. Stopping short of a lockdown or the addition of curfews as some other European countries have imposed recently, France is introducing new measures to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.
Castex tonight called the overall situation in France “very tense” and said the fifth wave of Covid was “far from over.” Vaccinations are "at the heart of our strategy” to “protect oneself, protect others and protect health care workers.” France is “in a race against the clock,” the PM said.
In other new measures, the wait time between a second vaccination and a third dose will be reduced to three months from the current four in France. The introduction of a new curfew will be re-examined on January 5. Masks may be mandatory outside in town centers, and work-from-home also will be obligatory for three days minimum, where possible, from Monday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex made the announcement in a press conference this evening local time. Also potentially coming into effect will be the requirement to be fully vaccinated to access leisure venues, including cinemas. This measure still needs to be voted upon by the French Parliament and, if approved, would take effect on January 15. Currently, a so-called “health pass” is necessary to attend cinemas and other public activities, but it provides the option for presenting a negative Covid test — this latter element no longer would be accepted.
France recorded 100K new Covid cases on December 25.
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While there were no new capacity restrictions added for cinemas, public gatherings will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors. Concerts where attendees stand also are kiboshed for three weeks; in bars and cafés, patrons will have to be seated.

‘True Story’, ‘Hawkeye’, ‘Red Notice’ Topped U.S. Streaming Rankings During Thanksgiving Week

True Story (Netflix), 7 episodes, 943M 2.
Nielsen also said that the audience for True Story was predominantly African-American, with 53% of its viewership drawn from Black households, similar to the pattern of Netflix's recent release The Harder They Fall.
Bruised (Netflix), 1 episode, 654M 7.
Red Notice (Netflix), 1 episode, 954 million minutes viewed 1.
Cowboy Bebop/2021 (Netflix), 10 episodes, 629M 8.
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CoComelon (Netflix), 15 episodes, 797M 4.
3. Hawkeye (Disney+), 2 episodes, 853M
6. Wheel of Time (Amazon), 4 episodes, 663M
1 on Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Original Programs charts. All seven episodes of True Story dropped on November 24, propelling it to No. Red Notice, which Netflix already has told us was the streaming giant's most-watched original movie of all time, finished with 954 million viewing minutes in its third week on the charts, just ahead of True Story with 943 million minutes.
5. NCIS (Netflix), 353 episodes, 666M
Nielsen, which tracks viewing of Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney and Hulu via TV sets and releases data on a four-week delay, said Monday that Hawkeye viewing was almost equal across both episodes as Marvel fans tuned in to the latest stand-alone series from the MCU. Disney+/Marvel's series Hawkeye, which launched with a two-episode premiere during the holiday time frame, was No. 2 SVOD original on the list. 3 overall in its debut with 853M minutes, becoming the No.
Red Notice premiered November 12 and scored 1.8 billion viewing minutes in its chart debut.
Here's Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Programs chart for the frame:
9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney+), 1 episode, 613M
2, respectively, in Nielsen's overall SVOD streaming rankings in the U.S. for the week of November 22-28, which covered the Thanksgiving holiday. Netflix's original movie Red Notice and limited series True Story starring Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes finished No. 1 and No.
7 on the SVOD Originals chart. Other notable titles during the November 22-28 frame: Amazon Prime Originals dropped the fourth episode of Wheel of Time, good for 663M minutes viewed, No. 6 overall and No. The latter list also included the bow of Disney+'s The Beatles: Get Back documentary from Peter Jackson debuted with 503M minutes viewed, good for No. 3 on the originals list.

NHL Postpones More Games But Will Resume Play Tuesday; Taxi Squads Return

But the NHL is set to return Tuesday in three cities as the Lon Angeles Kings host the Vegas Golden Knights, the Tampa Bay Lightning face the Montreal Canadiens in Florida and the Arizona Coyotes visit the San Jose Sharks.
The league also postponed three more games set for this week — bringing the overall number to 70 — and is bringing back the "taxi squads" that were introduced when it resumed play after the Covid-shortened 2019-20 season.
After each club's final game before the All-Star Break, its taxi squad will dissolve, the league said.
Makeup games are TBA. This week's scrapped games are the Chicago Blackhawks-Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday in Canada and home-and-home tilts between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday in Denver and Friday in Texas.
The NHL confirmed today that it will resume play Tuesday after being shut down since December 20 amid the global surge of Covid and its omicron variant.
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Each team is allowed a stand-by group of as many as a half-dozen players — a move that will be in effect until at least the All-Star Break, which is set for the first week of February. Meanwhile, in a move aimed at minimizing the need for teams to play with fewer than the usual 18 skaters on a side, the league is bringing back the taxi squads from its Covid-shortened seasons.
The league confirmed last week that its players will skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over Covid fears.

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Will Be Dark Monday Night Due To Non-Covid Illness – Update

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And Hadestown, the Tony-winning musical at the Walter Kerr Theatre, has canceled tonight's performance as well as Saturday's matinee. The Saturday evening performance currently remains on schedule.
Refunds are available at point-of-sale.
The cancellations are the latest in a series of production pauses this week due to breakthrough Covid cases or positive tests as New York City is in the midst of an upsurge of cases of the Omicron variant.
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Ticket holders for tomorrow’s performances will be contacted by their point of purchase." Performances are expected to resume on Sunday, December 19th at 1:30 PM. The Musical on Saturday, December 18th have been cancelled. In a statement, the production said, "While there are no new positive COVID test results in the company, out of an abundance of caution and on the advice of the production’s epidemiologist both performances of Moulin Rouge!
21, and Hamilton, which had already canceled tonight's performance, has now suspended performances through Sunday. Previous More Broadway cancellation updates: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical has paused performances through Monday, with the show now set to resume on Tuesday Dec.
UPDATED, 1:02 PM: The producers of Moulin Rouge! The Musical have canceled Monday night's 7 p.m. performance because of a non-Covid illness among its company.
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Earlier today, MJ, the Michael Jackson musical, canceled performances through Dec. 26. For previous cancellation announcements, go here.
Sources say the actor had a bout of food poisoning. And in the when-it-rains category, Company ended tonight's performance early due to the non-Covid illness of a cast member. Performances are expected to go on as scheduled tomorrow.


has canceled Saturday's matinee and evening performances, with the show expected to resume for Sunday's matinee at 1:30 p.m. PREVIOUSLY, December 17: Moulin Rouge!

Windsor Castle Security Breached By Armed Intruder As Queen Celebrates Christmas Inside

“We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.
Full statement from the Thames Valley Police:
A statement from the Thames Valley Police today described the intruder as "A 19-year-old man from Southampton." He was apprehended.
“Members of the Royal Family have been informed about the incident.
A 19-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested and he remains in custody at this time.
In 2004, an intruder dressed as Batman breached security and staged a protest on one of the castle's balconies.
The man did not enter any buildings and the queen was unharmed. The queen was on the premises at the time, celebrating the holiday with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, according to multiple reports. A 19-year-old man bearing what police termed "an offensive weapon" was arrested Christmas morning on the grounds of Windsor Castle, the chief residence of Britain's monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
In it, she remembered her late husband, Prince Phillip. Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas message was also broadcast today.
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“Members of the Royal Family have been informed about the incident."
The first time he drank wine and sat on the thrones there. Most famously, in 1982 a man named Michael Faganl who was reportedly high on drugs, broke into the palace — twice. The second time, he made it to the Queen's bedroom, woke her up and said he wanted to "chat." The scene figured prominently in the fifth season of The Crown.
He remains in custody at this time," continued the statement. "The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.
Thames Valley Police Superintendent Rebecca Mears, said: “An investigation is ongoing following this incident and we are working with colleagues from the Metropolitan police.
He remains in custody at this time. “The man has been arrested on suspicion of breach or trespass of a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon.
A couple was arrested earlier this year on the estate, reportedly near where the Queen walks her dogs.
This is not the first time outsiders have gained access to the grounds.
"We can confirm security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings.
Officers from Thames Valley and the Metropolitan Police today (25/12) responded to a security breach at around 8.30am within the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Food Network’s ‘Worst Cooks In America’ Murder Suspect Has To Submit DNA

Four other children who lived with the Robinsons, including two boys biologically related to Victoria, are under state care.” />
The order for Ariel Robinson's DNA collection was issued on Nov. 29, according to court records.
Ariel Robinson, the former Worst Cooks in America Season 20 winner on the Food Network who stands accused of homicide by child abuse, has been ordered to submit to a DNA test, according to online court records.
The episodes featuring her were subsequently pulled by the network from online and on-demand media in the wake of the arrest.
Smith died from multiple blunt-force injuries after being found unresponsive at the Robinson's house on the afternoon of Jan. 14, according to the Greenville County Coroner's Office. Ariel Robinson later claimed that the girl died from drinking too much water.
Jerry Robinson told investigators that his wife frequently beat Smith and claimed he was outside of the house when he heard his wife hitting the little girl with a belt on the day she died.
That season's finale aired Aug. The accused was the winner of the reality competition Worst Cooks in America on the Food Network. 2, 2020, and saw Robinson win $25,000 and a Food Network cooking set.
Her adoption by the Robinsons had been scheduled to be formalized five days after her death, according to the Solicitor's Office.
Victoria Rose Smith was scheduled to be adopted by Robinson five days after her murder.
No trial date has been set, but is expected by the summer. of Social Services. Robinson was arrested in January of this year for the death of Victoria Rose Smith, who had been placed in Robinson's care by the South Carolina Dept.
Ariel Robinson has been held without bond at the Greenville County Detention Center in South Carolina.
He is under house arrest with a GPS monitoring syste. His trial is also not scheduled. Jerry Robinson, Ariel Robinson's husband, has also been charged with homicide by child abuse in the case, but is out on $150,000 bail.

ITV News Journalist Stumbles, Says Pope Francis “Death Was Announced” On Broadcast

The Twitterverse lit up, seizing on the error.
Pope Francis was addressing the crowd from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.” />
eh, excuse me." "He said that vaccines should be made available to those most in need," she said, then added "His death was announced … Pentelow was reporting on the Pope's call for more people to get vaccinated and a papal plea for vaccine equality in all countries.
Announcer Kylie Pentelow was discussing the Pope's annual Christmas address on Saturday when she made the blunder.
"Someone get this newsreader a drink, STAT. We all make mistakes," one wrote.
No thanks to ITV News, which wrongly announced his death on live TV Christmas Day. Pope Francis, aka Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 85-year-old Pope, is alive and well.
Added another "If the pope dies in the next six hours, the police will be knocking on ITV News' door…"

Wanda Young Dies: Singer For The Marvelettes On ‘Please Mr. Postman’ Was 78

Young was part of the group's success on such hits as "Locking Up My Heart," "Too Many Fish in the Sea," "I'll Keep Holding On," "Don't Mess with Bill," "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," "When You're Young and In Love" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician."
No memorial plans have been revealed.” /> Survivors include three children, several grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, plus brothers and sisters.
"Please Mr. Postman," but was the lead vocal on "So Long, Baby," the B-side of the single. Young was not the lead singer on "Please Mr. Postman" became the Marvelettes signature, and has since been covered by many acts, most notably the Beatles.
The group scored Motown's first song to reach No. 1 on the R&B chart. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1961. Young joined the Marvelettes as they signed their first record deal with Motown. The song also was No.
She was 78 and passed on Dec. 15 in Garden City, Michigan from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to her daughter. Wanda Young, one of the original Marvelettes on Motown's Tamla label in the 1960s and later the group's lead singer, has died.
She eventually left music altogether. Her stint with the group ended in 1968, and Young moved on to a moderate solo career in the early 1970s.

Saudi Arabia Tipped To Become $1B Box Office Market By 2025: Growth Outlook

Says one international distribution exec of Saudi’s potential, “It’s going to be really important. It’s going to be a billion-dollar market.” High ticket prices (about $16-$18 each) will also help push it ahead.
In all, per comScore, the Top 10 Hollywood films from April 2018 to today are Cruella ($9.14M), Joker ($8.9M), Bad Boys For Life ($8.8M), Wrath Of Man ($8.3M), No Time To Die ($8.1M), F9 ($7.8M), Honest Thief ($7.1M), Venom: Let There Be Carnage ($6.7M), Tenet ($6.24M) and A Quiet Place Part II ($6.2M).
As the recent Red Sea International Film Festival kicked off — providing a showcase for the Kingdom’s desire to embrace culture — we revealed that Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story was not given a distribution certificate in the market, ostensibly because it features a transgender character.
Whenever it hits, it will rep a staggering 926% growth from 2019, the first full year the market was open. Mohamed Al Hashemi, Country Head for KSA at Majid Al Futtaim which owns the Vox chain, was a bit more bullish, expecting the $1B threshold to be crossed in late 2024.
But, we also have to abide by local laws — and censorship is a reality in this part of the world… Lahoud said, “As exhibitors, our goal is to be able to cater to as many movies as possible. Three years ago, we still had segregation. This is a journey.”” /> I think that’s fantastic progress… We do our best to navigate those waters.” He remains optimistic, “Four years ago, there was no cinema at all and now you go and can take your boyfriend or girlfriend.
The studio refused, and Eternals was not released. Similarly, in early November, Disney was asked to make edits to Eternals — which included a same-sex kiss — in order to pass censorship.
Eternals might have done upwards of $5M in the Kingdom, so that’s a small pinch, but West Side Story may not have reached $1M.
And spend they have, with impressive box office progression. This year so far is already 85% bigger than last at about $230M. 14 global market (although that comes with an asterisk given Covid impact elsewhere). Even with the Covid shutdown in 2020, that year saw a 26% increase on 2019. Saudi currently ranks as the No. From April 2018 through late December this year, grosses reached over $454M, per comScore.
Ignace Lahoud, a Disney veteran who is now CEO of Vox owner Majid Al Futtaim, told Deadline, “By all metrics, there’s still a lot of room for growth.” 
After a strong summer, a dip in KSA admissions during the fall may be attributable to a lack of blockbuster titles, while other entertainment activities are sprouting up. One distribution exec tells us the market is “on steroids, everything is happening there.” That includes concerts (Justin Bieber performed in Jeddah this month) and the recent Formula One racing event, the likes of which were “unthinkable three or four years ago,” Lahoud said, adding, “Clearly there is an awakening and a hunger for opening and leisure entertainment, art, culture.”
And during the pandemic, exhibitors became intensely focused on their core areas of business which slowed expansion. The initial fanfare of potential foreign investment cooled in the wake of the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Says one international distribution exec, “I hope the pandemic doesn’t sidetrack that because in 12-18 months, that would be a lot more theaters.”
 While cinemas offer a premium experience, the Kingdom remains underscreened, with about 330 in operation. But now we hear ambitious plans are being formulated to build out cinema infrastructure.
In terms of Hollywood, tastes run primarily to blockbuster (and indie) action, superhero/comics (if the mythology is familiar) and G-rated family fare. A nice surprise recently has been the performance of Warner Bros’ adult-skewing drama, King Richard, which counts Saudi as its lead overseas market.
When Saudi Arabia announced it was opening movie theaters for the first time in 35 years back in late 2017, there was excitement from international exhibitors and Hollywood studios who saw a fertile new market of opportunity. Importantly, 70% of the Kingdom’s 34M population is under 30 and has money to spend.
“We see hitting the 1,500 screen mark around 2025/2026. Once we get to that screen level, that’s when those numbers can be realistically achieved,” Quinn said. Adon Quinn, who is Deputy CEO of major exhibitor Muvi Cinemas, expects the $1B milestone to be crossed by 2025, earlier than initial expectations.
In most cases, films are either not released or intimacy is eliminated across the board. But we are assured that studios are accustomed to facing these types of issues across the Middle East (and in some South East Asian markets that have strict rules based on religious beliefs). If Saudi continues to grow apace in the coming years, that could result in a bigger impact to a film’s box office if it runs afoul of censors.
 
And yet, human rights issues remain a concern. Under his Vision 2030 plan, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been seen as a progressive, but the Kingdom still does not recognize LGBTQ rights, for example.
To wit: Egyptian comedy A Stand Worthy Of Men (Waafet Reggaala) is the biggest title since movie theaters were reinstated, grossing over $15M this year (and with a sequel coming in 2022). In 2020, 10% of movies released were Arabic-language and accounted for 28% of the box office, we’re told.
The Emirates-based Vox recently opened its 15th multiplex in the Kingdom and now has 154 screens while Muvi just opened its 18th site. Exhibition giant AMC is also active in the market with roughly 65 screens. CEO Adam Aron recently told the Wall Street Journal that the pandemic slowed the pace of its cinema openings, but that the company is “perfectly happy and content” with its expansion.
Quinn told me that the first day of NWH was 190% bigger than any previous launch day at Muvi’s cinemas. On its first weekend, Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home had the biggest opening ever in the Kingdom with $5.2M. He says, “We strongly believe in the market,” but “like every other market, it is reliant on content.”
Studio titles are released by regional outfits including Vox, Italia, Four Stars and others which handle local marketing. We’re told that the market is not yet big enough for the studios to set up their own operations and that the the overhead makes it a bit “daunting,” though it may be “something to look at” in the future.
One distribution executive familiar with Saudi told us they believe censorship will ease, but not overnight. “Things are going to be done in an unconventional way, this is a big step to them.” 

“There will be a gradual growth in the share of Arabic content. It’s important to not be fully dependent on Hollywood,” Lahoud contends. Vox, which is also a distributor, is currently in six cities and has plans to continue expanding, notably into into Tier 2 areas which are expected to lean towards local fare.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Dies: Anti-Apartheid Leader, Frequent TV/Film Subject Was 90

He was the first Black bishop of Johannesburg and later first Black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu was also a vocal activist for racial justice and LGBTQ rights across the world.
But he also did the Charlie Rose and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson talk shows, and was a voiceover on the animated Jock The Hero Dog, a coming of age family story. Tutu was extremely active in the media world. He appeared as himself in numerous documentaries on South Africa, amassing 108 credits.
In 1990, Nelson Mandela spent his first night of freedom at Tutu’s residence in Cape Town. Tutu later headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that examined apartheid's history.
President Cyril Ramaphosa issued a statement immediately following that news.
“Desmond Tutu was a patriot without equal; a leader of principle and pragmatism who gave meaning to the biblical insight that faith without works is dead."
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leah, and their four children.” />
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Prize winner and leader who was a key figure in ending apartheid in South Africa, has died at 90, the country's president confirmed today.
“Ultimately, at the age of 90, he died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning,” Dr Ramphela Mamphele said in a statement on behalf of the Tutu family. No details were provided on the cause.
In 1984, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent fight against apartheid in South Africa.
"The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed us a liberated South Africa," Ramaphosa said in a statement early Sunday.
"His contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberatory futures for human societies," the Nelson Mandela Foundation said in a statement after Tutu's death.

Oregon Man Behind Joe Biden’s Agreement With “Let’s Go, Brandon” Claims It Was A Joke – Update

“At the end of the day, I have nothing against Mr. Biden, but I am frustrated because I think he can be doing a better job,” Schmeck told the Oregonian.
We just waited on hold and then they answered,” he told the Oregonian. “I thought it would be automated. “And I thought, ‘wow, this is real.’”
He added that he has been receiving threatening phone calls in the aftermath of his prank.
It was merely just an innocent jest to also express my God-given right to express my frustrations in a joking manner … I love him, just like I love any other brother or sister.” There’s no animosity or anything like that. “I understand there is a vulgar meaning to ‘Let’s go Brandon,’ but I’m not that simple-minded, no matter how I feel about him,” Schmeck said. “He seems likes he’s a cordial guy.
Still, Schmeck said he “stood 100% behind what I did and what I said.”
The father told the president his two-year-old daughter Penelope would be happy with any presents from Santa. The NORAD call started normally. The president urged the family’s children to go to bed by 9 PM,
A father, identified only as Jared from Oregon, wished a Merry Christmas to Biden and wife Jill on the call, then added a cheerful, "Let's go, Brandon." The phrase has gained currency among the president's opponents as a substitute for a more vulgar remark.
“Merry Christmas and 'Let’s go, Brandon,'" the father said in his sign-off.
“Merry Christmas, and let’s go, Brandon!”Jared Schmeck said during the Friday call, which was enthusiastically echoed by Biden, who said, "I agree."
That's when things took a turn.
Santa could not be reached for comment.” />
After a beat, Biden said, “Let’s go Brandon, I agree." Wife Jill winced and looked a tad chagrined, but the president didn't seem to mind.
EARLIER: The traditional White House telephone tracking on Santa's Christmas Eve travels via NORAD resulted today in a bit of trolling by an unknown participant.
It is an expression of disapproval for the president. The "Let's go, Brandon" cheer has become a euphemism for a more vulgar chant frequently heard at college football games and other public gatherings.
UPDATE: The Oregon man who prompted President Joe Biden to agree with the vulgar “Let’s go, Brandon” cheer during the annual White House NORAD Santa-tracking phone call now claims it was a joke.

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Dashes To $1B+ Global For Pandemic-Era First, Is Top 2021 Title WW – International Box Office

The latter for January 14, making Resurrections the sole Hollywood title currently dated there. The IMAX running total is $6.6M and Italy and China are still on deck.
2 in Korea ($3.5M), Japan ($2.1M) and Indonesia ($600K) for the session and grossed $6.9M from a total seven material markets. The global cume is $16.9M. Disney/20th Century Studios’ The King’s Man debuted in a handful of significant offshore markets this weekend with the UK opening Sunday for Boxing Day. It launched at No.
Spain is coming in at $1.6M, ahead of new openers Resurrections and West Side Story. Sing 2’s Italy estimate is $900K at No. 2 (box office is being affected by government decisions to mandate the FFP2 mask, a ban on consuming food and drink in cinemas, and a high of Covid cases reported on Friday). Australia opens today with an estimated $1.3M, including $600K from previews.
2 debuts (Germany, Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain, Taiwan). Resurrections had its best weekend debut in the UK (which was closed on Christmas Day) with $3.9M. There’s no question that Spider-Man is sucking a lot of oxygen out of the landscape, and this was to be expected. France came in on par with pandemic comp Shang-Chi at $3.1M and Mexico is tracking roughly along the lines of No Time To Die with a $2.2M start. As well as in the UK, there were several No.
The Top 10 markets overseas are as follows: UK ($68.9M), Mexico ($52.8M), Korea ($41.1M), France ($35.8M), Brazil ($31.7M), Australia ($31.4M), India ($29.7M), Russia ($28.5M), Italy ($21.2M) and Germany ($20M).
Mexico is looking at $3.6M including $1.1M from previews, the biggest pandemic animated opening and the third biggest all-time December opening for a toon. France is expected to deliver the biggest pandemic animation opening with $6M, including $2.1M from its ambitious preview campaign. 3 behind Spider-Man and the opening of local family/fantasy blockbuster Last Warrior 3. Russia/CIS is at an estimated $2.4M across 2,030 locations through Sunday; No. This is the market's biggest ever paid preview program for an animated title.
2 film of all time, behind only Spider-Man: Far From Home ($1.13B). Simply amazing. Refresh for latest…: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is having a joyous holiday as it is now officially the first movie of the pandemic era to pass the $1B mark at the global box office. No Way Home is also the No. The worldwide gross through Sunday is $1.05B which makes this installment Sony's No. 1 title of the year worldwide — and one of the only movies of the modern era to ever reach $1B without China.
— that's just splitting hairs. What’s more, the Jon Watts-directed No Way Home got to the mark in just 12 days, ultimately crossing early Sunday rather than Christmas Day as had been anticipated, but at these stratospheric levels — and during a pandemic! Avengers: Endgame is the record holder, having done it in five. No Way Home is the the third-fastest title ever to $1B global, just behind Avengers: Infinity War's 11 days.
Australia begins play today. The Top 5 markets so far are Japan ($7.1M), Russia ($5.9M), UK ($3.9M), France ($3.1M) and Mexico ($2.2M).
No Way Home is tracking ahead of Spider-Man: Far From Home by 51% and Spider-Man: Homecoming by 99% for the same group of markets at current exchange rates.
The amazingly-reviewed Tom Holland/Zendaya/Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer added $121.4M at the international box office this weekend, including $3.5M from new opener Thailand. This lifts the offshore cume in 61 overseas markets to $587.1M for the No. 5 spot of the year overseas. The drop over the Christmas frame was 57%, and there’s plenty of runway ahead globally, along with Japan which releases on January 7. The domestic cume is $467.3M.
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Universal/Illumination’s Sing 2 also expanded this session, with a great 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and well positioned for the family holiday period. The sequel added 22 markets this weekend and grossed an estimated $19.2M. The forecasted international cume through Sunday (including holdovers) is $24.8M to reach a global total of $65.8M.
Debuting domestically this session, it had already been in a handful of offshore markets and now has a global total of $69.8M. In other continued, and expanded, play this weekend, Warner Bros’ The Matrix Resurrections added $35.2M for an offshore cume of $47.3M.
In IMAX, NWH's global total is now the format's biggest of 2021 at $61.5M.

Janice Long Dies: BBC Presenter And ‘Top Of The Pops’ Host Was 66

Long was a Liverpool native, the older sister of the late entertainer Keith Chegwin. She started her broadcasting career as a station assistant at BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool in 1979.
She was long admired for her role as a talent spotter and new music champion, giving Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Amy Winehouse their first radio sessions, as well as lighting the way for female radio and TV presenters throughout the industry. "Everyone in pop radio was saddened to hear of the passing of Janice Long. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends at this sad time."
Lorna Clarke, controller of pop music at the BBC, was among those paying tribute.
Musicians ranging from Midge Ure to New Order's Peter Hook and Tim Burgess of the Charlatan's also posted Twitter tributes to Long.
Long's career included hosting shows across BBC stations, as well as the breakfast show on Greater London Radio and XFM.
Her five-decade career was instrumental in championing the early careers of some of pop music's biggest stars, including Amy Weinhouse, whom Long granted her first radio session. Long was also the first regular female host of the TV show Top of the Pops, and was one of the main presenters of the Live Aid charity concert in 1985. Long has hosted BBC Radio Wales' evening show since 2017.
BBC director general Tim Davie described her as a "stellar presenter" who was loved across the industry.
She became well-known after joining Radio 1 in 1983, becoming the first female to have her own daily show on the station.” />
Janice Long, the first woman to have her own daily show on the BBC's Radio 1, died at home on Christmas Day. She was 66 and had what was described as a "short illness," according to reports.

‘The Kings Of Napa’ Bows Official Trailer And Key Art For New OWN Drama

Television. The Kings of Napa is from writer and executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois (Claws, Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker) and Warner Bros.
The show features Ebonée Noel (FBI, Wrecked), who plays August King, the middle sibling and the family’s marketing whiz who’s passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business.
(The Wire, Da 5 Bloods). Karen LeBlanc (Ransom, Jack Ryan) plays Vanessa King, the matriarch of the family who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa with her husband, Reginald King, played by Isiah Whitlock Jr. Rance Nix (Zero Issue, Amsterdam Ave) plays Dana King, the older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery.
A first look at the new series The Kings of Napa is out, spotlighting the drama before its season premiere on January 11 at 8 PM ET/PT on OWN.
California, owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status land them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. But following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reins to the kingdom. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim. The series details the drama at the House of Kings vineyard in Napa.
Devika Parikh (Grey’s Anatomy, Aquaman”) plays Melanie Pierce, August’s aunt, who is now back in the US with a firestorm that threatens to change the King family forever. Yaani King Mondschein  (The Prince & Me, Saving Grace) plays Bridgette Pierce, the cousin of the King siblings who works as the vineyard manager for House of Kings wine. Ashlee Brian  (The Forty-Year-Old Version, Family Reunion) plays Christian King, the youngest brother with swag who manages the winery’s bottling facility, but knows little about growing grapes.
Cherry (Hair Love) directs the first two episodes of the series.” /> Sherman Barrois serves as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michelle Listenbee Brown (Love Is__, Real Husbands of Hollywood) and Oprah Winfrey. Academy Award winner Matthew A. Television. The Kings of Napa is produced for OWN by Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros.

For Reality Competition Series, 2021 Was Year Of Milestones & Controversy: Winners Photo Gallery

History was made when Matt James became the first Black lead of the mothership The Bachelor series' 13th season. In another franchise first, the most recent cycle of The Bachelorette produced the first Black couple when leading lady Michelle Young chose Nayte Olukoya and the duo got engaged. Another long-running reality franchise, ABC's The Bachelor, made the most headlines in 2021.
And NBC's The Voice marked a first in the most recent cycle when sibling group Girl Named Tom became the first trio to win the singing competition.
Landing all nine jury votes in the final, Xavier Prather beat Derek Frazier to become the first Black contestant in the show's 21-year history to win the big prize during the regular season. In the first year since the plan was implemented, Big Brother this past summer had its most diverse cast ever.
No series has been harder to pull off in a pandemic than CBS’ globetrotting The Amazing Race, which was sidelined the longest by Covid and did not air an installment in 2021; its next, 33rd season, premieres in January. Like with the rest of the TV business, 2021 was challenging for reality competition series as they adjusted to production amid a pandemic.
Click on the photo above to launch a gallery of the major reality competition series winners in 2021 including for The Voice, American Idol, The Masked Singer, The Bachelor franchise and RuPaul's Drug Race.” />
There weren’t major changes at the Emmys where VH1's RuPaul's Drug Race and its host RuPaul Charles extended their winning streaks for Outstanding Reality Competition Reality Series and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program, respectively, to four and six.
But the milestones were overshadowed by the racism controversy surrounding The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who ultimately exited the franchise after 19 years.
JoJo Siwa and partner Jenna Johnson finished as runners-up to Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach. ABC’s Dancing With the Stars also broke new ground in 2021. Its 30th season featured a same-sex partnership for the first time in the show's history.
Like ABC's The Bachelor franchise, which had been criticized for only casting white leads until the first Black Bachelorette (Rachel Lindsay in 2017) and first Black Bachelor (James in 2021), CBS had long faced scrutiny over the lack of diversity in its slate of reality series including Survivor and Big Brother. CBS pledged that 50% of its casts for its unscripted shows must be Black, Indigenous or People of Color and that at least 25% of its annual unscripted development budget must go towards creators and producers that are BIPOC. To address that, the network last November introduced a series of representation targets.

2021 Film Festival Gallery: Spike Lee’s Cannes Gaffe, Julia Ducournau’s Historic Triumph & ‘Belfast’ Tops TIFF

Once again, Covid reared its ugly head, disrupting events throughout the year. Some fests were forced to go entirely online, while others held physical editions but were limited in their ability to invite talent due to travel restrictions.
Who could forget Spike Lee's now-infamous moment when he accidentally revealed this year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner early after a translation mix-up? (Jane Campion, the only other female director to win the Palme, shared her prize with Chen Kaige in 1993.) How about Titane director Julia Ducournau making history as the first woman to win the top Cannes prize solo?
Venice and Toronto were also held physically, albeit with smaller attendances than usual, setting the stage for the awards race that is raging now.
Cannes remained steadfast in its determination to hold an in-person event, eventually taking place in July. Considering the circumstances, proceedings ran impressively smoothly, even if the saliva-based daily Covid testing was off-putting for some.
Despite the continuing challenges of the pandemic, it was a year of highlights from film festivals around the world.
Here's to a 2022 packed with more film festival thrills and spills.” /> Click on the photo at the top of this post to scroll through the gallery.

‘Bridgerton’: Netflix Sets Season 2 Premiere Date, Reveals More Plot Details – Watch Announcement

Along with the Season 2 premiere date announcement, delivered by several Bridgerton returning and new cast members (you can watch it below), Netflix has provided the most detailed synopsis yet of the new season, based on The Viscount Who Loved Me, the second of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels that inspired the TV series. It provides details about the season's main storylines.
Winter Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming
Here is the Season 2 premiere date video announcement featuring cast members (in street clothes): Bailey & Ashley, Rosheuval & Andoh as well as Newton, Jessie & Chandran.
Bridgerton's Season 2 main cast additions also include Shelley Conn (Mary Sharma), Calam Lynch (Theo Sharpe) and Rupert Young (Jack). They join additional returning stars Adjoa Andoh (Lady Danbury), Lorraine Ashbourne (Mrs. Varley), Harriet Cains (Philipa Featherington), Bessie Carter (Prudence Featherington), Phoebe Dynevor (Daphne Basset), Ruth Gemmell (Violet Bridgerton), Florence Hunt (Hyacinth Bridgerton), Martins Imhangbe (Will Mondrich), Claudia Jessie (Eloise Bridgerton), Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton), Golda Rosheuvel (Queen Charlotte), Luke Thompson (Benedict Bridgerton), Will Tilston (Gregory Bridgerton), Polly Walker (Portia Featherington) and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.
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It will debut Friday, March 25. On Christmas Day 2020, Netflix launched Shondaland's first series for the streamer, Bridgerton, a Regency England drama that became a worldwide phenomenon. To mark the one-year anniversary of the hugely popular series' premiere, Netflix and Shondaland today are revealing the premiere date for Bridgerton's upcoming second season.
But in doing so, Kate and Anthony’s verbal sparring matches only bring them closer together, complicating matters on both sides. Driven by his duty to uphold the family name, Anthony’s search for a debutante who meets his impossible standards seems ill-fated until Kate (Simone Ashley) and her younger sister Edwina (Charithra Chandran) Sharma arrive from India. When Anthony begins to court Edwina, Kate discovers the true nature of his intentions — a true love match is not high on his priority list — and decides to do everything in her power to stop the union. From creator Chris Van Dusen, Season 2 of Bridgerton follows Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey), the eldest Bridgerton sibling and Viscount, as he sets out to find a suitable wife. Across Grosvenor Square, the Featheringtons must welcome the newest heir to their estate while Penelope (Nicola Coughlan) continues to navigate the ton whilst keeping her deepest secret from the people closest to her.
Van Dusen, in his final season on Bridgerton, serves as showrunner. He executive produces with Shondaland's Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

Three Members Of K-Pop Group BTS Test Positive For Covid-19

The concerts in the United States were BTS' first post-pandemic performances since 2019, when they toured across Asia, Europe, and other parts of North America.” /> BTS’ musical debut in 2019 has ushered the world into a K-pop renaissance and brought the genre of music to the global stage.
Three members of the famed K-pop group BTS tested positive for Covid-19.
These are considered breakthrough cases as all three members received both doses of the vaccine in August 2021. Big Hit Music management company told the press that Rappers RM, Suga, and Vocalist Jin all tested positive upon their return to South Korea from touring in the United States.
Jin and RM have had no contact with other group members after their return to South Korea, Big Music said.
According to Reuters, members RM and Jin received negative test results on returning to South Korea in early December. Jin tested twice and both tests were negative upon leaving quarantine, but was later diagnosed after experiencing mild symptoms. As RM was preparing to leave the country’s mandatory quarantine, he tested positive, and was asymptomatic.

‘Ice World’ The Latest Documentary Short From Meow Wolf Premieres December 27

George R.R. The short documentary revolves around building an art portal that invites people from all walks of life to participate in culture and entertainment like never before. Martin, the author of the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones, was the Executive Producer of Meow Wolf: Origin Story and made significant contributions towards the film's success that was released in 2018. Meow Wolf: Origin Story chronicled the awe-inspiring journey of a punk-rock art collective into a multi-million dollar business.
Since then, the entertainment company has opened two more permanent locations in 2021 including Denver’s Convergence Station, and Omega Mart in Las Vegas in February 2021. Meow Wolf’s first location, House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, was financed by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin in 2008.
Ice World is scheduled to be released on December 27, on Meow Wolf's official YouTube” />
The short is a continuation from the group of artists behind 2018’s Meow Wolf: Origin Story, showing how-they-made-it and behind-the-scenes stories. Following the recent opening of its latest permanent installation in Denver, Convergence Station, Meow Wolf is set to bring audiences behind the curtain of their world once again with the upcoming release of a documentary short titled Ice World.
A 35+ feet tall structure with a 16ft wide dome top, this massive cathedral boasts interactive instruments intricately designed, cut, and inset with colored-plexi imagery throughout. The documentary Ice World continues some of the story lines from “Meow Wolf: Origin Story”, taking the audience on a journey through the complex process of creating and building the giant cathedral that lives in the world of Eemia within Convergence Station, aka the ‘Ice World’.
The most narratively complex installation to date, ‘Ice World’ gives audiences a peek at how Meow Wolf Denver worked with various artists across multiple mediums to create an experience that will truly transport visitors to other worlds. The exhibition includes the work of 110 Colorado-based artists with diverse backgrounds, including 51% identifying as female, 20% identifying as LGBTQ+ and 38% of the Flex Artist collaborators are People of Color.
Denver is a product of our entire history as an organization coming together not only as a business, but also as the DIY art collective from the earliest days” says Matt King, Co-founder and VP of Creative. “What’s important about Meow Wolf is that we are building a space that inspires people when they walk through the doors.” “We’ve been working on this project for about four years.

Merry Christmas! Hero Nation Podcast: Simu Liu, Rami Malek, ‘Walking Dead’s Angela Kang & More Greatest Hits

Remember to subscribe to the Hero Nation podcast: Apple Podcasts, Spotify” />
With all that, see you in 2022!
It’s not quite the actual Avengers, but the sheer power of the talent assembled on the Hero Nation podcast this past year has pretty damn close.
And don't miss the return of Hawkeye's Hailee Steinfeld to the podcast ahead of the finale of her Disney+ series earlier this week. While you've been opening up presents this morning and gobbling up Christmas pudding, if you've been going deep into The Matrix Resurrections over the holidays as well, we recommend also listening in our December 18 session with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Bradley and No Time to Die’s Rami Malek. Which is why you have to listen in on some of our genre greatest hits with The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang, What If… executive producer A.C. Plus there’s also Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu, and Candyman’s Colman Domingo.
Take a listen to our 2021 mega mixtape right here:

‘Nightmare Alley’ Director Guillermo Del Toro Doesn’t See Himself Developing Video Games Again

Fans were curious about his status after he appeared at the Game Awards this year and commented on the hope of a new Silent Hill game being released soon. While he loves video games and gaming ideas, he doesn’t think he’ll develop another game because he’s labeled himself “the albatross of video gaming."
"I kind of just wanted to tickle the ribs of Konami, because I don't understand. That was so perfect, what we were going to do was so enthralling." "It's just one of those things in my life that makes no sense," del Toro said of Silent Hills' cancellation.
While del Toro didn’t get to work with Kojima and Norman Reedus on Silent Hills, they collaborated on the 2019 Kojima Productions game Death Stranding in which del Toro and Reed star alongside other such as Mads Mikkelsen, Léa Seydoux, Margaret Qualley, Troy Baker, Tommie Earl Jenkins, Lindsay Wagner vand  Nicolas Winding Refn.” />
Nightmare Alley director Guillermo del Toro says video game development isn’t his thing anymore.
On the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the award winning director who was once teamed up with Hideo Koijma to develop Konami’s horror survival video game Silent Hills, flat out said he doesn’t think he’ll ever try video game development again.

Winter Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming

Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (WE tv, Season 18)
March 15:
Ladies Who List: Atlanta (OWN, new unscripted series)
Control (Discovery+, new Polish drama series)
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+, new children series revival)
March 16:
Law & Order (NBC, new drama series revival)
94th Academy Awards (ABC, live awards special)
Two Sentence Horror Stories (The CW, Season 3)
January 9:
This Came Out of Me (Discovery, new docuseries)
Married at First Sight (Lifetime, Season 14)
Vienna Blood (PBS, Season 2)
The Gilded Age (HBO, new drama series)
Holly Hobbie (BYU tv, Season 3)
Home Town Kickstart (HGTV, new docuseries)
Solving for Zero (Wondrium, new educational series; working title)
Billions (Showtime, Season 6)
Crikey! It's the Irwins (Animal Planet/Discovery+, Season 4)
February 16:
Getting Back to Bri (Fox Soul, new unscripted series)
Wipeout (TBS, Season 2)
The Great North (Fox, Season 2B)
February 18:
Attack on Titan (Funimation/Crunchyroll/Hulu, Season 5B; final season)
A House Divided (AllBlk, Season 4)
Women of the Movement (ABC, new drama limited series)
This Is Us (NBC, Season 6; final season)
Monarch (Fox, new drama series)
Fix My Flip (HGTV, new docuseries)
Millie and Lou (YouTube, new animated children's series)
Bob ♥ Abishola (CBS, Season 3B)
March 24:
Leave It to Geege (Lifetime, new unscripted series)
Naomi (The CW, new drama series)
Chicago Fire (NBC, Season 10B)
Finding Your Roots (PBS, Season 8)
January 16:
The Simpsons (Fox, Season 32B)
Flip or Flop Nashville (HGTV, Season 3)
January 27:
The Eggventurers (YouTube, new animated children's series)
How We Roll (CBS, new comedy series)
February 3:
Pam & Tommy (Hulu, new drama limited series)
Action Pack (Netflix, new children's animated series)
Supernatural Academy (Peacock, new animated series)
Kenan (NBC, Season 2)
Home Economics (ABC, Season 2B)
February 27:
Law & Order: Organized Crime (NBC, Season 2B)
March TBA:
Reframed: Marilyn Monroe (CNN, new docuseries)
Peacemaker (HBO Max, new drama series)
As another calendar year draws to a close, it's time again for Deadline's annual list of winter premiere dates for new and returning TV series. The list covers more than 250 broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through March 31 and includes series and season/half-season debuts, shows' return from hiatus and some one-off specials such as live sports and awards shows.
Inn the Works (Magnolia Network, Season 2)
The Katie Button Project (Magnolia Network, new docuseries; working title)
March 31:
Washingtonia (Comedy Central, new animated comedy series)
Young Rock (NBC, Season 2)
B Positive (CBS, Season 2B)
The Wizard of Paws (BYU tv, Season 3)
NCIS: Hawai’i (CBS, Season 1B)
New Amsterdam (NBC, Season 4B)
Bel-Air (Peacock, new drama series reboot)
March 10:
Dark Was the Night: The Life of Hitler (CNN, new docuseries)
February 21:
La Fortuna (AMC+, new drama series)
Fast Foodies (TruTV, Season 2)
February 4:
Black Market with Michael K. Williams (Vice TV, Season 2)
Men of West Hollywood (Crackle, new unscripted series)
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (MTV, Season 5)
Antiques Roadshow (PBS, Season 26)
FBI: Most Wanted (CBS, Season 3B)
28th SAG Awards (TBS/TNT, live awards special)
Resident Alien (Syfy, Season 2)
Power Book IV: Force (Starz, new drama series)
Home Town (HGTV, Season 6)
Beyond Oak Island (History, Season 2)
The Wonder Years (ABC, Season 1B)
Search Party (HBO Max, Season 5; final season)
Charmed (The CW, Season 4)
January 4:
Blue Bloods (CBS, Season 12B)
The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (Netflix, new comedy limited series)
Critics Choice Awards (The CW/TBS, live awards special)
Snowpiercer (TNT, Season 3)
March 6:
FBI (CBS, Season 4B)
The Conners (ABC, Season 4B)
January 28:
February 11:
January 31:
Untitled Climate Change (Wondrium, new documentary series; working title)” />
Snowfall (FX, Season 5)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (The CW, Season 18B)
Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch (Discovery, Season 2)
4400 (The CW, Season 1B)
All Creatures Great and Small (PBS, Season 2)
Family or Fiancé (OWN, Season 3)
Super Pumped: The Battle for Ube (Showtime, new anthology series)
Outlander (Starz, Season 6)
The Afterparty (Apple TV+, new comedy series)
The Legend of Vox Machina (Prime Video, new adult animated series)
Speak Sis (OWN, Season 1B)
Ghosts (CBS, Season 1B)
Million Dollar Hustle (Lifetime, new docuseries)
Next Level Chef (Fox, new competition series)
February 7:
World's Funniest Animals (The CW, Season 2B)
Catfish: The TV Show (MTV, Season 8B)
The Dropout (Hulu, new drama limited series)
Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and AZN (Discovery/Discovery+, new docuseries)
Ugliest House in America (HGTV, new limited docuseries)
Young Sheldon (CBS, Season 5B)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Prime Video, Season 4)
Legacies (The CW, Season 4B)
Nancy Drew (The CW, Season 3B)
Super Bowl LVI (NBC, live sports special)
Now What? I Bought a Dump… (HGTV, new docuseries)
January 3:
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean (Netflix, Season 4)
Queens (ABC, Season 1B)
February 8:
Guy's Chance of a Lifetime (Food Network, new competition miniseries)
Euphoria (HBO, Season 2)
Kamau Bell (CNN, Season 7) United Shades of America with W.
January 30:
March 27:
February 1:
The Equalizer (CBS, Season 2B)
The Endgame (NBC, new drama series)
Celebrity Big Brother (CBS, Season 3)
Secrets of Playboy (A&E, new docuseries)
Family Guy (Fox, Season 19B)
January 8:
Masterpiece: Around the World in 80 Days (PBS, new drama series)
Michelle (Lifetime, new docuseries) My Killer Body with K.
January 12:
Street Outlaws: OKC (Discovery/Discovery+, new season)
Social Society (AllBlk, Season 2)
Doubling Down with the Derricos (TLC, Season 3)
Atlanta (FX, Season 3)
American Greed (CNBC, Season 15)
Love During Lockup (WE tv, new docuseries)
Go-Big Show (TBS, Season 2)
Mary Makes It Easy (Food Network, new cooking series)
About Last Night (HBO Max, new competition series)
Mayor (NBC, Season 2) Mr.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW, Season 8B)
Ghost Hunters (Discovery+, new docuseries revival)
March 20:
March 11:
February 2:
Dollface (Hulu, new comedy series)
The Flash (The CW, Season 8B)
Dateline NBC (NBC, Season 30B)
Bridgerton (Netflix, Season 2)
January 10:
February 24:
Judge Steve Harvey (ABC, new courtroom series)
9-1-1 Lone Star (Fox, Season 3)
The Goldbergs (ABC, Season 9B)
Married to Real Estate (HGTV, new docuseries)
We’ll update this post regularly as more dates are revealed. Please send any additions or adjustments to erik@deadline.com.
March 22:
February 5:
All American (The CW, Season 4B)
January 18:
BTK: Confession of a Serial Killer (A&E, new documentary miniseries)
Pivoting (Fox, Season 2)
The Orville: New Horizons (Hulu, Season 3; new network)
Archive 81 (Netflix, new drama series)
premiere) Hope Street (BritBox, Season 9 of UK series; U.S.
Call the Midwife (PBS, Season 11)
Servant (Apple TV+, Season 3)
Swamp People (History, Season 13)
February 25:
Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC, Season 6)
Growing Up Hip Hop (WE tv, Season 6B)
Itch (BYU tv, Season 2)
Single Drunk Female (Freeform, new comedy series)
The Good Dish (syndication, new daytime talk series)
(NBC, Season 9B) Chicago P.D.
Mountain Monsters (Discovery+, Season 6)
February 20:
A Discovery of Witches (Sundance Now, Season 3)
Masterpiece: Sanditon (PBS, Season 2)
Reacher (Prime Video, new drama series)
Married to Real Estate (HGTV, new docuseries; working title)
January 7:
As We See It (Prime Video, new drama series)
January 5:
January 2:
AEW: Dynamite (TBS, new network)
Tyler Perry's Sistas (OWN, Season 4)
January 20:
Law & Order: SVU (NBC, Season 23B)
United States of Al (CBS, Season 2B)
February 22:
The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 33)
NCIS (CBS, Season 19B)
January 14:
Dirty Jobs (Discovery, Season 10)
Next Influencer (Paramount+, Season 3; new network)
The Neighborhood (CBS, Season 4B)
Chicago Med (NBC, Season 7B)
Call Me Kat (Fox, Season 2)
24 Hours in Police Custody (BritBox, Season 9 of UK series; U.S. premiere)
SEAL Team (Paramount+, Season 5B)
How I Met You Father (Hulu, new comedy series)
The Cleaning Lady (Fox, new drama series)
Restoration Road with Clint Harp (Magnolia Network, Season 2)
The Blacklist (NBC, Season 9B)
Vikings: Valhalla (Netflix, new drama series)
Grown-ish (Freeform, Season 4B)
Walker (The CW, Season 2B)
Talking Dead (AMC, Season 10B; final season)
Winter TBA:
Kung Fu (The CW, Season 2)
The '80s: Top; Ten (National Geographic Channel, new docuseries)
Secrets of Sulphur Springs (Disney Channel/Disney+, Season 2)
LBJ: Triumph and Tragedy (CNN, new docuseries)
Superman & Lois (The CW, Season 2)
The Chase (ABC, Season 2)
Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy (CNN, Season 2)
Total Control (Sundance Now, Season 2)
American Song Contest (NBC, new competition series)
We Need To Talk About Cosby (Showtime, new docuseries)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, Season 7B)
January 23:
I Can See Your Voice (Fox, Season 2)
America (Food Network, new competition series) Alex vs.
The Bachelor (ABC, Season 26)
El Deafo (Apple TV+, new children's animated series)
Good Sam (CBS, new drama series)
Black-ish (ABC, Season 8; final season)
Legends of the Hidden Temple (The CW, Season 2B)
Before We Die (PBS, Season 1 of British docuseries; U.S. premiere)
January 21:
Dynasty (The CW, Season 5B)
Shining Vale (Starz, new comedy series)
January 26:
Father Brown (BritBox, Season 9 of UK series; U.S. premiere)
The Uncommon History of Very Common Things (Crackle, Season 1B)
In from the Cold (Netflix, new drama series)
Married at First Sight: The Afterparty (Lifetime, new aftershow series)
January 11:
(CBS, Season 4B) Magnum P.I.
The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 33; time slot premiere)
Inventing Anna (Netflix, new drama series)
The Kings of Napa (OWN, new drama series)
Unexpected (TLC, Season 5)
January 24:
Ordinary Joe (Season 1B)
Come Follow Up (BYU tv, Season 2)
Elite Youth (FS1, Season 3)
Next Level Chef (Fox, new competition series; time slot premiere)
Vera (BritBox, Season 11 of UK series; U.S. premiere)
Queens of Mystery (Acorn TV, Season 2)
Riverdale (The CW, Season 6B)
The Walking Dead (AMC, Season 11B; final season)
Joe Millionaire: For Richer or Poorer (Fox, new competition series revival)
Killing Eve (BBC America, Season 4; final season)
February 6:
BattleBots (Discovery, Season 10)
Raising Dion (Netflix, Season 2)
January 29:
America ReFramed (World Channel/PBS, Season 10)
FBI: International (CBS, Season1B)
Monarch (Fox, new drama series; time slot premiere)
My Killer Body with K. Michelle (Lifetime, time slot premiere)
American Experience (PBS, Season 34)
January 17:
2022 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony (NBC, live sports special)
Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Season 21)
Patagonia (CNN, new docuseries; working title)
premiere) 8 Out of 10 (BritBox, Season 9 of UK series; U.S.
January 22:
64th Grammy Awards (CBS, live awards special)
Family Rules (BYU tv, Season 3)
Bob's Burgers (Fox, Season 12B)
January 13:
One Perfect Shot (HBO Max, new docuseries)
premiere) Doctors (BritBox, Season 23 of UK series; U.S.
Better Things (FX, Season 5; final season)
Bull (CBS, Season 6B)
The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, Season 12)
March 3:
Darcey & Stacey (TLC, Season 3)
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, Season 13B)
March 8:
February 23:
February 28:
January 6:
Abbott Elementary (ABC, new comedy series; time slot premiere)
Promised Land (ABC, new drama series)
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS, Season 7)
The Resident (Fox, Season 5B)
March 9:
Murder Under the Friday Night Lights (Investigation Discovery, new docuseries),
Family Dinner (Magnolia Network/Discovery+, Season 2)
From (Epix, new drama series)
This Is Life with Lisa Ling (CNN, Season 9)
Simply Giada (Food Network, new docuseries)
(TBS, Season 17) American Dad!
Let the World See (ABC, new limited docuseries)
Conjuring Kesha (Discovery+, new docuseries; working title)
The Blacklist (NBC, Season 9B; time slot premiere)
Undercover Boss (CBS, Season 11)
January 1:
2022 NHL Winter Classic (TNT, live sports special)
Nomad with Carlton McCoy (CNN, new docuseries; WORKING TITLE)
The Thing About Pam (NBC, new drama limited series)
Batwoman (The CW, Season 3B)
February 13:
premiere) Expedition with Steve Backshall: Unpacked (PBS, Season 1 of British docuseries; U.S.
Chopped: Casino Royale (Food Network, new competition miniseries)
Senorita 89 (Pentaya, new drama series)
Million Dollar Hustle (Lifetime, time slot premiere)
Street Outlaws: Fastest in America (Discovery/Discovery+, Season 3)
2022 Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony (NBC, live sports special)
The Righteous Gemstones (HBO, Season 2)
Fairview (Comedy Central, new animated comedy series)
New York Homicide (Oxygen, new docuseries)