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HGTV orders two more shows from Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, renews Celebrity IOU
In Backed by the Bros, the Scott brothers "will offer their invaluable insight and resources to help inexperienced entrepreneurs find success with their high-stakes investment properties,” per HGTV's logline. In Don’t Hate Your House with the Property Brothers, they "will find a way to fix problematic homes for frustrated families who desperately want to love their house," per HGTV. Meanwhile, Celebrity IOU has been renewed for Season 7. Backed by the Bros and Don’t Hate Your House with the Property Brothers join a growing list of Scott brother shows on HGTV, including Property Brothers: Forever Home and Brother vs. Brother. “We can’t wait to share our two new shows with our fans and continue to create entertaining, educational and inspiring content," Jonathan Scott said in a statement. "As a trusted resource in real estate and home renovation, we are passionate about helping people find the right design solutions with their properties.”
Netflix reveals the first look at Fire Nation characters from its live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender
Check out Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as General Iroh, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Elizabeth Yu as Princess Azula and see a new image of Dallas Liu as Prince Zuko.
2024 Oscars producing team is set
Raj Kapoor and Katy Mullan will serve as executive producers, while Hamish Hamilton will serve as director, of the 96th Academy Awards, scheduled for March 10, 2024. Kapoor has worked on the past seven Oscar telecasts.
Prosecutors plan to recharge Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter in Rust shooting
NBC News reports that New Mexico prosecutors that after dropping involuntary manslaughter charges earlier this year, a new case will be brought against Baldwin before a grand jury in November. NBC News also reports there's been talk of a plea deal. According to a source, NBC News reports "that after further investigation, prosecutors no longer believe the gun had been modified and have found new evidence that they believe connects Baldwin to recklessness around safety standards on the set."
NFL and college football boost broadcast TV viewing
Broadcast networks drew 23% of all TV use in the United States in September, up from 20.4% in August, according to Nielsen‘s monthly Gauge report. Meanwhile, thanks to the NFL, Prime Video hit its highest mark in the two years of the monthly platform rankings.
Study: Reality TV features more female representation than scripted TV
San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film's latest "Boxed In" report found that during the 2022-23 season, women accounted for 50% of characters or participants in unscripted programs and 43% of characters in scripted shows across broadcast and streaming. “These findings suggest that the percentage of females onscreen will inch upward this year as television platforms rely more heavily on unscripted programs due to the interruption in production caused by the labor strikes,” the center’s executive director, Martha Lauzen, said in a statement.
Showtime Sports is shutting down by the end of the year
The 38-year-old Showtime brand known for its boxing slate will shut down by the end of the year, Paramount announced today. "As we evolve our strategy to more efficiently allocate resources and align our content offering across the business, we've made the difficult decision not to move forward with boxing and other content produced by the Showtime sports team," Paramount said in a statement. "Showtime will continue to air and support the remaining 2023 boxing slate and honor obligations through the end of the year."
Kyle MacLachlan pays tribute to Twin Peaks co-star Piper Laurie: "The vivacious energy she brought to Catherine will live on forever"
"It's never easy losing a member of the Twin Peaks family, & the passing of #PiperLaurie is no different," MacLachlan wrote on Instagram of Laurie, who died last Saturday at age 91. "She was such a caring presence & incredible force on screen. The vivacious energy she brought to Catherine will live on forever. Sending love to her family, friends, & fans."
The Fall of the House of Usher debuts at No. 2 on Netflix's English-language chart, behind Beckham — Lupin is No. 1 overall
Mike Flanagan's final Netflix series amassed 6 million views in four days of release. Beckham held on to the No. 1 spot among English-language shows with 11.6 million views, while Lupin Part 3 had 14.1 million views.
Hannah Waddingham's Apple TV+ Christmas special gets a premiere date and first-look photo
The Ted Lasso star's Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas premieres on Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.
Leighton Meester and Robbie Amell to play former flames in Amazon Freevee Christmas movie EXmas
Watch the trailer for EXmas, which has the former CW stars finding romance during the Christmas season. EXmas premieres Nov. 17.
Nat Geo announces docuseries Inside The FBI: The ’70s, Waking the Dead and Idris Elba's The Color of Victory: Heroes of WW2
Inside The FBI: The ’70s will delve into how the FBI had to rebuild itself in the Watergate era following the death of founder J. Edgar Hoover. Waking the Dead follows the work of the DNA Doe Project, an investigative genetic genealogy group who are helping identify John and Jane Does from around the nation. And Elba will narrate The Color of Victory: Heroes of WW2, which will focus on three people of color per episode who are unsung heroes from World War II via premium dramatization, character portraits and archive.
Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski to host Nat Geo docuseries No Taste Like Home
The Gordon Ramsay-produced docuseries will follow Porowski on an epic journey “to discover the rich heritages of global celebrities by way of their ancestors’ food traditions, techniques and culinary experiences,” per National Geographic's description.
Erin Andrews recalls on Today sending an open message to Taylor Swift to give Travis Kelce a chance
”I’m the new Bumble,” Andrews joked before Today rolled a clip from an Aug. 3 episode of her podcast Calm Down with Erin and Charissa, which she hosts with fellow Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson. Andrews addresses Swift telling her if she’s looking for a guy “please try our friend Travis. He’s fantastic!” Swift appeared to return the favor by wearing an Erin Andrews WearByEA-brand Kansas City Chiefs windbreaker jacket to Thursday Night Football. ALSO: Al Michaels admits to Jimmy Kimmel he was conflicted on how to handle Swift attending Thursday Night Football.
Sesame Street taps Quinta Brunson, Ariana DeBose and Brandi Carlile among its Season 54 guest-stars
Kal Penn, Eugene Cordero and Dan Levy will also be stopping by Sesame Street this season.
Troy Aikman acknowledges on Monday Night Football that he looks like a white Jay-Z
Aikman brought up the internet meme during last night's Dallas Cowboys-Los Angeles Chargers game, when cameras panned to Jay-Z in attendance. Former ESPN star Pablo Torre recently asked Aikman if he was aware of the meme. Yes, he said, calling it "pretty scary."
Lifetime releases 2023 "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" promo
This year's slate of 12 holiday movies star Tia Mowry, Jana Kramer, Teri Hatcher, Vivica A. Fox, Buddy Valastro, Jackée Harry and Tatyana Ali. That's in addition to Ladies of the '80s: A Divas Christmas starring Donna Mills, Loni Anderson, Linda Gray, Morgan Fairchild and Nicollette Sheridan.
Watch Amazon's trailer for Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story
Tyler Perry gave directors Gelila Bekele and Armani Ortiz unfettered access for their years-long documentary, billed as an intimate and revealing look at one of the most prolific entertainers of our time. Maxine’s Baby: The Tyler Perry Story premieres on Nov. 17.
The Santa Clauses Season 2 trailer features Eric Stonestreet, Gabriel Iglesias and Tracy Morgan, plus the return of Kevin Pollak
Pollak will reprise his Cupid role in the second and third Santa Clause films, while Stonestreet will play Magnus Antas (AKA the Mad Santa), Iglesias will portray Kris “Kringle” Moreno and Morgan will take on the role of the Easter Bunny. The Santa Clauses returns Nov. 8.
Check out the trailer for Netflix cult docuseries Twin Flames Universe
The three-part docuseries, premiering Nov. 8, focuses on the Twin Flames dating platform, which "promised to find people’s true love, or Twin Flame, but what sounded like love might have been more of a dangerous obsession rooted in a cultish mindset."
Netflix teases its first live sporting event: The Netflix Cup
The Netflix Cup features athletes picked from its F1 series Formula 1: Drive to Survive and PGA Tour series Full Swing for a golf tournament streaming live from Las Vegas on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.