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‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ Taping Scrapped After Host Tests Positive for COVID

HBO has canceled the taping of Friday’s Real Time With Bill Maher after the host tested positive for COVID-19. Maher tested positive during weekly checks of the show’s staff. Per HBO, the host…

The CW to Expand to 7 Nights for First Time Ever

The CW has Saturday night fever. The broadcaster will expand its primetime footprint to Saturdays, beginning with the 2021-22 season. The move marks the first time in The CW’s 15-year history…

‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ Rises to No. 1 in Nielsen Streaming Rankings

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier claimed the top overall spot in Nielsen’s streaming rankings for the first time in the week of April 12-18. The Marvel series is the second Disney+ title, after…

Cherry Jones Boards Apple’s ‘Five Days at Memorial’

Apple is adding to the star-studded cast of its limited series Five Days at Memorial. Emmy and Tony winner Cherry Jones has joined the series from John Ridley and Carlton Cuse, which is based on…

‘American Idol,’ ‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Among ABC Unscripted Renewals

American Idol will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2022 — and also air its 20th season then. ABC has renewed Idol for the 2021-22 season, along with long-running unscripted series America’s…

Marla Gibbs Joins Disney+’s ‘Big Shot’ (Exclusive)

Disney+ is bolstering the roster of its original series Big Shot. Multiple Emmy nominee Marla Gibbs has joined the series, playing a guest role as Destiny’s (Tiana Le) grandmother…

‘Kids Tonight Show’ From Jimmy Fallon in the Works at Peacock

Jimmy Fallon is expanding his reach at NBCUniversal. The Tonight Show host is developing several projects — including a kids’ version of his late-night talker — at NBCU properties via an…

‘Below Deck,’ ‘Top Chef’ Spinoffs Set at Peacock

Peacock is continuing to bulk up its unscripted catalog, giving series orders to four spinoffs of shows from other NBCUniversal properties. The streamer has picked up the kids version of American…

TV Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Edges Up, ‘FBI’ Ties ‘NCIS’ in Demo

NBC’s This Is Us returned from three weeks off to slightly higher ratings, helping the network improve week to week. CBS swept the primetime rankings in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, with <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/t/fbi/" id="auto-tag_fbi_1"…

Amazon Snags Partial WNBA Rights Amid Live Sports Push

Amazon has added another sports property to its streaming portfolio. The tech giant’s Prime Video streaming service has picked up partial rights to the WNBA in a multiyear deal. Under the

‘Annie Live’ Musical Set for Holiday Bow on NBC

NBC is getting back into the live musical business. The network has ordered Annie Live to air during the holiday season this year. It will be the first live musical for the network since Jesus…

Funny or Die Sold to Momento Latino Founder Henry R. Munoz III

Funny or Die has a new owner. Designer, philanthropist and former Democratic National Committee finance chair Henry R. Muñoz III has acquired the digital comedy studio and branded content…