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Care to place bets whether these dates will hold? Somehow I don't think Warner and Disney are going to put nine-digit budget blockbusters into theaters which will be limited to a quarter or half their capacity... assuming they're even allowed to open in hard-hit states like New York. By late summer or Fall maybe, but mid-July?
More than that, it's just a ridiculously ill-timed snit-fit on AMC's part. Whenever they are fortunate enough to reopen, they're going to need all the blockbuster product they can get to fill whatever seats they are allowed to have, from wherever they can get it, including Universal. That will be the new reality, whether they like it or not.
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More than that, it's just a ridiculously ill-timed snit-fit on AMC's part. Whenever they are fortunate enough to reopen, they're going to need all the blockbuster product they can get to fill whatever seats they are allowed to have, from wherever they can get it, including Universal. That will be the new reality, whether they like it or not.
Ridiculously ill-timed snit-fit. Well said.

It could be a last gasp temper tantrum based on a flawed/failing business model. We are likely 12-18 months from a potential vaccine and the time to administer and allow a minimal herd immunity to build up. Based on this snit-fit response any newly released movie in the next 18 to 24 months that we want to enjoy within this 3-month window is one in which we have to decide if we are willing to put the health and safety of ourselves, our families and community at risk by gathering in one of their theaters. Now, we all can make the choice to wait for that exclusive window to close if we prioritize our health. But, to demand that everyone must show up to a public gathering space to enjoy new entertainment content because your business model demands it does seem very ill-timed.

Not considerate. Not compassionate. Not cool.
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Even if theaters do open I won't go inside one. I never liked theaters anyway. I would feel comfortable going to a drive-in theater tonight if there were any nearby. Maybe those will make a comeback.
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Even if theaters do open I won't go inside one. I never liked theaters anyway. I would feel comfortable going to a drive-in theater tonight if there were any nearby. Maybe those will make a comeback.
There have been a number of pop-up drive-in theaters across the country recently. Read an article earlier today that Kansas public school system is going to have high school graduations over 6 nights at one of their drive-in theaters.

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Even if theaters do open I won't go inside one. I never liked theaters anyway. I would feel comfortable going to a drive-in theater tonight if there were any nearby. Maybe those will make a comeback.
Being a germaphobe, I'm with ya, there. I can count on one hand the number of times I've been to a movie theater in 15 years (except as a work requirement). I do bet they'll up their cleanliness game, however. Still, I'd wait until the 2nd or 3rd week and then pick a weekday matinee. Hardly anyone ever goes to those. Or maybe they do. As I said, it's been a LONG time.
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I'll be back to the movie theater the first chance I get when they re-open (which in NYC is probably a long time off). Not looking forward to catching COVID-19, but my three-flicks-per-week-minimum, theater-going habit is in dire need of feeding. What can I say, the movie theater is my church and I haven't been to church in a long time. Maybe time to find religion elsewhere?
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NY State Attorney General Joins Growing Chorus Calling For Sports TV Fee Rebate From COVID-19 Shutdown
By Dade Hayes, Deadline.com - Apr. 29, 2020

The attorney general of New York State is adding her voice to a growing chorus of critics demanding rebates from pay-TV operators of hefty sports programming fees during the COVID-19 time-out for sports.

It is “grossly unfair that cable and satellite television providers would continue to charge fees for services they are not even providing,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “These companies must step up and immediately propose plans to cut charges and provide much needed financial relief.” She added that she has written letters spelling out this demand to a range of pay-TV providers with New York customers.

In recent days, restless fans have come to realize that they continue to pay premiums for sports even though no games have been played in much of the world since mid-March due to the pandemic. There is no clear end in sight for the sports shutdown, though it appears that by June some major events could resume, and Major League Baseball and NBA teams have indicated a possible summer return.

Networks like ESPN, broadcasters like CBS and NBC and regional networks like YES charge MVPDs substantial fees stemming from multi-billion-dollar sports licensing deals. Distributors like Comcast, Charter, Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon, in turn, pass the cost on to their customers.

James estimates that customers are paying an average of $20 per month for sports programming, and in the past two months have received all but nothing. ESPN’s live coverage of the NFL Draft and its broadcast of Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance have drawn big ratings but can’t be considered live sports. Other networks have filled their programming days with reruns of past classics.

With the economy reeling due to the pandemic, major pay-TV providers have also been appealing to programmers to offer them rebates or make-goods. As customer complaints have proliferated on Twitter, TV providers have tried to emphasize their view that they are caught in the middle. “Once the NBA, NHL, and MLB announce the course of action for their seasons, including the number of games that will be played, Xfinity could receive rebates or price adjustments from the regional sports networks,” read one response from Comcast Xfinity’s support account.

Wall Street analysts have also highlighted the tensions in recent days, noting that earnings calls to be hosted in the coming days by Comcast, Disney, Dish, Charter and others will likely feature the issue.

Rich Greenfield, an analyst with Lightshed Partners, estimates that most U.S. pay-TV customers are paying about $40 to $50 a month for sports programming “that they are not actually receiving.” In the past decade, Greenfield wrote in a blog post, “sports programming costs have risen to absurd levels, damaging the price/value of the multichannel video bundle and helping to accelerate cord-cutting/cord-shaving. … But charging exorbitant fees for sports networks without sports takes the absurdity to a whole new level, especially during a global pandemic/recession.”

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
'Bachelor' Greatest Hits Series to Fill 'Bachelorette' Spot on ABC's Summer Slate
By Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter - Apr. 29, 2020

The Bachelor is digging into its library of programming to fill its summer slots. With the next cycles of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise in limbo amid the coronavirus pandemic and Hollywood-wide production shutdown, the ABC franchise is moving forward with a retrospective series event for its summer programming.

The 10-episode summer series, titled The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable — Ever!, will be hosted by Chris Harrison and will air for three hours on Monday nights starting June 8, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET/PT, ABC announced Wednesday. The Bachelorette with Clare Crawley would have premiered in late May, with Paradise airing later in the summer, but the Warner Bros. TV productions have both been shut down amid the pandemic. ABC had also been planning The Bachelor Summer Games as counterprogramming to the now-postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and that, too, has since been halted.

According to the release from ABC, Harrison will host The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable — Ever! from the Bachelor mansion in California, where he will reach into the vault and bring back one of his favorite seasons, highlighting some of the most devastating rose ceremonies, passionate proposals, unexpected new arrivals, dramatic meltdowns, biggest breakups and — of course — the most romantic moments. The weekly retrospectives will also include virtual catchups with fan-favorite Bachelor alumni, checking on the latest in their lives after their final rose.

"The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable — Ever! is a love letter to our fans who have been with us through some of the most heartwarming, heartbreaking and unexpected moments throughout Bachelor history," says Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "We can't wait for Bachelor Nation to fall in love all over again as we take this wild journey down memory lane."

With productions at a halt amid the pandemic's stay-at-home orders, WBTV and the Bachelor franchise producers had been discussing all possible options to safely make a Bachelorette season work in preparation for receiving the go-ahead to resume production once restrictions are lifted. Before Crawley's cycle was halted, the team had planned to move forward with a season that would include domestic travel only; The Bachelorette begins filming at the Agoura Hills, California, Bachelor mansion before (usually) traveling around the world. Production on the season was shut down in March, however, just as the crew was preparing for the first night of filming, when Crawley would meet her contestants at the Bachelor mansion. Bachelor in Paradise, on the other hand, is an international production that films in Sayulita, Mexico, and typically goes into production after the Bachelorette cycle wraps.

With The Bachelor also typically heading into production in the fall, it's unclear how the network plans to handle the stalled seasons while awaiting a production greenlight. Now with the summer steadily approaching, the franchise is turning to the retrospective, where it will have 18 years and hours upon hours of programming (24 seasons of The Bachelor, 15 seasons of The Bachelorette, six seasons of Bachelor in Paradise and other special events and shorter-lived spinoffs) to draw from while delivering a TV event that can abide by new social distancing rules with host Harrison relying on previously filmed footage. A new spinoff in the franchise, The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart, premiered April 13 and is currently airing it's six-episode run (which was filmed ahead of the pandemic).

The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable — Ever! is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. The series is produced by Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner, Peter Gust, Tim Warner, Peter Geist and Harrison.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
CBS Postpones Amazing Race's Return, Schedules New Summer Reality Series
By Matt Webb Mitovich, The Hollywood Reporter - Apr. 29, 2020

CBS has scheduled two new reality series for this summer, and in doing so also postponed the lonnnng-awaited return of The Amazing Race.

Season 32 of The Amazing Race, which had completed production prior to the pandemic and was originally set to premiere Wednesday, May 20, instead will arrive later in 2020, given the Emmy-winning series’ value to the network as a “utility player” that can air on any night and in any time period — highly important with the fate of so many returning and possibly new fall series up in the air during the ongoing production shutdown.

But CBS will sate your hunger for summertime reality-TV fare with two brand-new offerings.

Game On!, hosted by Keegan-Michael Key and executive-produced by James Corden and Ben Winston, will claim TAR’s time slot, premiering Wednesday, May 20 at 8/7c. Based on the BAFTA-winning A League of Their Own, the comedic game show pits two teams of three — captained by tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams and Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski, alongside comedians Bobby Lee and Ian Karmel and rotating sports stars, comedians and celebrities — against each other in over-the-top physical challenges, absurd trivia and epic field competitions.

Meanwhile, Tough as Nails, from executive producer/TAR host Phil Keoghan, will premiere Wednesday, July 8 at 9 pm. It is described as a competition series that “celebrates everyday Americans who roll up their sleeves and don’t think twice about working long hard hours and getting their hands dirty, in order to keep their country running.” Competitors who consider calluses on their hands a badge of honor will be tested for their strength, endurance, life skills and, most importantly, mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites.

The two newcomers represent “timely and entertaining series for summer,” CBS Entertainment EVP Noriko Kelley said in a statement. “Game On! is funny, unpredictable and feel-good television, and Tough as Nails celebrates the hard-working heroes of America in a uniquely emotional and gritty real-world competition.”

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TV Review (Broadcast)
‘Council of Dads’ (NBC)
By Daniel D'Addario, Variety.com - Apr. 29, 2020

The long-tail effect of “This Is Us” — the only network drama launch in recent memory to achieve its particular alchemical blend of popular and critical acclaim along with awards attention — remains very much in effect, as evidenced by “Council of Dads.” This new NBC drama would seem to take its network-mate as a template, incorporating, through shifts through time, a foundational family trauma that gives way to a clan whose structure’s unconventionality is, perhaps its strength.

Which means that “Council of Dads” — in which the widow and children of a recently deceased pillar of his community are attended to by a council of dads — has an unshakable solidity to its foundation. At its core, the family story here works, and mysteries seeded through time are intriguing enough to make staying tuned seem like an appealing proposition. Where “Council of Dads” falters is when it ventures too far onto the outer branches of its premise: The council itself, as an entity, strains plausibility in a way that feels less fantasy-pleasant than, at times, silly. If the show achieves a tighter level of focus deeper into its first season, it may go from “promising” to something more.

Sarah Wayne Callies, for instance, is very strong as the widow of a charismatic and only-occasionally-feckless gent (played, in flashback, by Tom Everett Scott); it’s through her performance that you get a sense of what her whole family lost when its patriarch died, and what problems were papered over in his life. The couple’s three children, though occasionally verging on the saccharine, tend toward similar complication, with each having a very clear internal conflict that buoys the show’s early going.

Which makes the “council of dads” — the departed’s best friend (Clive Standen), his A.A. sponsee (Michael O’Neill), and his physician (J. August Richards) — feel like a bit of embroidery the show doesn’t need. By the second episode, Callies’ character is already questioning the efficacy of the council, and she hardly seems wrong. The rules here (that the three men will serve as surrogate husbands and parents for a calendar year, a promise extracted by Scott’s dying character that feels, even given the circumstances, a bit steep) seem to exist to perpetuate conflict and drama, not to help the family. And while conflict and drama is generally the object of the game, it’s easy to tell when it’s been ginned up contra reason in order simply to keep to story rolling.

There’s a fascinating enough dynamic among the grieving family — with an elder daughter (Michele Weaver) struggling to understand her late father’s substance issues, a younger daughter (Thalia Tran) looking deeper into her adoption story, and a little son (Blue Chapman) who is coming into consciousness of prejudice against trans kids like him — to make a show that works. And some of the dynamic between the family and the council, like Callies’ tough and spiky interactions with Standen, work, too, at least in theory. But drilling down, their conflicts are rooted in an agreement that wouldn’t be enforceable, because it wouldn’t credibly have been made.

The show, to its credit, seems to bend around the big stumbling block at its center. And it’s something to hope for that “Council of Dads” develops its relationships even more deeply once it gets past the early phase of stating, and endlessly restating, the rules for a council that might do better — as family helpmates and as characters in watchable drama — were it to disband.

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Xbox Game Pass hits 10 million subscribers
By Jacob Kastrenakes, TheVerge.com - Apr. 29, 2020

Microsoft says more than 10 million people now subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, its subscription service offering access to a growing selection of PC and Xbox Games. The service launched in 2017 with more than 100 Xbox games for $9.99 per month. Recently, Microsoft began launching a PC version of the service, which is currently available at an introductory price of $4.99 per month. Microsoft also offers a bundled subscription that includes access to both Xbox games, PC games, and Xbox Live for $14.99 per month.

The statistics came as part of Microsoft’s Q3 2020 earnings report this afternoon, and it’s the first time we’ve seen Xbox Game Pass numbers. Microsoft says that gaming in particular “benefited from increased engagement” due to stay-at-home orders. This led to “record engagement,” according to Microsoft communications chief Frank Shaw. Xbox Live also saw nearly 90 million monthly users this quarter. Microsoft’s games streaming service, Project xCloud, hit “100s of thousands” of active users across its seven preview countries.

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While the coronavirus pandemic has led to huge disruptions around the globe, it’s also had the effect of hugely increasing usage of at-home work and entertainment services. Microsoft is evidently among the beneficiaries of that trend, but today’s numbers suggest that some of its gaming services — Game Pass in particular — had already been growing to far larger numbers than expected. EA’s competing subscription services, EA Access and Origin Access, hit 5 million subscribers last year, showing Microsoft has a significant lead.

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NCAA proposes letting college athletes get paid for endorsements
By Juan Perez Jr., Politico.com - Apr. 29, 2020

College athletes could earn money from the use of their name, image and likeness under a narrow NCAA proposal unveiled Wednesday.

The college sports association would request an exemption from federal antitrust laws as part of its proposal, to establish a “safe harbor” that protects the NCAA from lawsuits filed over its new name, image and likeness rules.

The NCAA also will continue lobbying Congress to override state laws that allow student athletes to be paid. California in 2019 was the first state to open the door to college players cashing in on endorsements. Colorado approved a similar law in March. Some 30 states are debating, or in the late stages of approving, separate laws that allow athletes to pitch products or make money from their social media influence.

Federal antitrust laws and state legislation likely make it harder for the NCAA to implement its plans on its own. “Indeed, it’s clear we need Congress’ help in all of this,” NCAA President Mark Emmert told reporters.

“First and foremost, we've got to have some form of federal preemption so that we have one set of guidelines around this instead of 50.”

Wednesday’s proposal carries significant restrictions. School officials must also answer major questions about how new rules would work in practice before they’re put up for final NCAA votes set to occur by January 2021.

The announcement still marks a major shift for a wealthy nonprofit regularly targeted by lawsuits and criticism over its role as college sports’ national overseer.

“Allowing promotions and third-party endorsements is uncharted territory,” said Michael Drake, chairman of the NCAA’s governing board and president of The Ohio State University.

If approved by college officials and put into effect next year, the NCAA’s plan would allow college athletes to earn unlimited amounts of money from endorsement deals, sports camps or other business agreements. But athletes couldn't use school logos or trademarks in their product pitches.

Universities or colleges could not pay student athletes. Schools and athletics conferences would be prohibited from getting involved, and athlete relationships with outside agents or advisers would be subject to some form of regulation.

Officials stressed athletes would not become university employees under the proposal, and ruled out — for now —-making changes that could revive popular college sports video games.

Athletes could still pitch products in TV commercials or social media posts, or make money from developing and promoting their own clothing line. Schools in each of the NCAA’s divisions will have to decide whether to bar students from promoting shoe and apparel companies, or alcohol and tobacco products.

Regulating college booster involvement in the new business scene marks another critical problem.

“This is probably one of the most important points that we still have to iron out,” said Val Ackerman, commissioner of the Big East Conference.

“This has come up over and over again by our schools,” she said. “The work ahead will be to figure out how to regulate booster involvement, particularly in pre-enrollment. What we don't want is boosters being part of the recruiting pitches.”

State attempts to write competing laws and the threat of more antitrust lawsuits still offer “distinct legal impediments” to the NCAA’s attempts to change its rules on athlete pay and maintain its business model, a working group of college and university officials said in their report that outlined the NCAA proposal.

“We must continue to engage with Congress in order to secure the appropriate legal and legislative framework to modernize our rules around name, image and likeness," Drake said. "We will do so in a way that underscores the Association’s mission to oversee and protect college athletics and college athletes on a national scale.”

The NCAA proposal has broad similarities to several concepts floated earlier this month by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, an influential college sports oversight organization.

Wednesday's plan from the NCAA's board is now in the hands of the association's three divisions, each of whom are expected to adopt specific rules by January that will take effect at the start of the 2021-22 school year.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
Primetime Ratings: CBS, NBC Split Win on Repeats-Rich Night
By Michael Malone, Broadcasting & Cable - Apr. 29, 2020

CBS and NBC shared the Tuesday prime ratings title, despite both airing a number of repeats. Both networks posted a 0.7 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 4 share.

CBS won the Tuesday before with a 0.9/5.

CBS had repeated dramas NCIS, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted across prime.

NBC had an Ellen’s Game of Game rerun, then a new episode fell 20% to 0.8. A New Amsterdam repeat followed.

ABC got a 0.6/3. The Conners did a 1.0 and Bless This Mess at 0.6. Mixed-ish and Black-ish both got a 0.5. All four were level with last week. For Life shot up 25% to 0.5.

Univision posted a 0.5/3. Te Doy La Vida got a flat 0.5, as did Amor Eterno, which was flat, and Como Tu No Hay 2, which lost a tenth.

Fox scored a 0.5/2 with reruns of The Masked Singer and Last Man Standing.

The CW and Telemundo both scored a 0.3/2. The CW had The Flash at 0.4 and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow at 0.2, both dramas flat.

Telemundo aired Cennet, which was down 25% to 0.3 and the premiere of 100 Dias Para Enamorarnos at 0.4. A La Reina del Sur special got a flat 0.3.

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We have an IMAX screen just a couple of miles from where I live. I go there when I can to see a movie that is showing in 3D. We don't get as many 3D showings as it seems that the movie studios and IMAX seem to think that my area isn't always deserving a 3D presentation, even though there is no extra cost to get the movie to us (IMAX ships all movies via HDD).

I go to the closest 3D presentation after noon, which normally results in only a few people being there. Sometimes the manager schedules the only 3D presentation as the last one of the night. Still results in not many people being there.

As for drive-ins... no frakin' way. Getting 12,000 watts of surround sound in my car just ain't gonna happen.
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AMC Theatres Refuses to Play Universal Films in Wake of 'Trolls World Tour'
By Todd Spangler, Variety.com - Apr. 27, 2020
Regal joins AMC in boycotting future Universal theatrical releases.
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MLB discussing plan to start season in late June, playing in home stadiums with realigned league
By Bob Nightengale, USA Today - Apr. 29, 2020

Maybe it’s a dream scenario.

Maybe it’s premature to get excited.

Then again, maybe it just might work.

Major League Baseball officials have become cautiously optimistic this week that the season will start in late June, and no later than July 2, playing at least 100 regular-season games, according to three executives with knowledge of the talks. They requested anonymity because the plan is still under consideration.

And not only would baseball be played, but it would be played in their own major-league ballparks, albeit with no fans.

MLB is considering a three-division, 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division – a concept gaining support among owners and executives. It would abolish the traditional American and National Leagues, and realign the divisions based on geography.

The plan, pending approval of medical experts and providing that COVID-19 testing is available to the public, would eliminate the need for players to be in isolation and allow them to still play at their home ballparks while severely reducing travel.

The divisions would keep many of the natural rivals together, while playing one another before an expanded playoff format.

Here's a look at the possible realignment structure:

EAST
New York Yankees and Mets, Boston Red Sox, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins

WEST
Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners

CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers


It’s too early to expound on the details, the officials cautioned, with new ideas floated each week.

It’s also not known whether teams would have to open the season in Arizona, Florida and Texas for several weeks before everyone could return to their home stadiums. Yet, they could squeeze in 100 to 110 games, and perhaps even have several thousand fans in attendance before or during the playoffs.

“It’s all coming together,’’ one of the officials said. “I’m very optimistic."

One of the additional benefits to playing in major-league cities is it would alleviate a possible split among players who are opposed to playing the entire season in Arizona/Florida/Texas. Several high-profile players, including the Angels' Mike Trout and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw expressed strong resistance to playing the season away from their families.

MLB and union officials have yet to engage in formal discussions about the financial ramifications of playing without fans, with three owners telling USA TODAY Sports three weeks ago that they would refuse to play unless the players were willing to take a pay cut. Four other team officials insist they would require financial relief from the players.

Yet, there is now optimism among executives that they could settle their differences in negotiations on a sliding scale depending on the loss of revenue from gate receipts, parking and concessions. Teams also would have to revise their revenue-sharing plan.

The most encouraging signs, the officials said, is that testing is becoming more available, more states are re-opening, and more politicians such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot saying teams could play in their own ballparks this summer.

MLB teams likely will still return to their own spring-training facilities in Arizona and Florida when they resume workouts. Players are expected to be given a week to return to spring training sites, and have 18 to 21 days before the start of the season.

Veteran agent Scott Boras proposed that players report to spring training in May, beginning with the pitchers and catchers. Players would be isolated from the population for three to four weeks, grouping them according to whether they ever tested positive with no symptoms, were hospitalized, have recovered with antibodies or tested negative.

“We have strong young athletes,’’ Boras said, “and we can ready them. They want to create a return to normalcy and certainly our national pastime is a sign of that.’’

MLB officials are hoping it won’t be necessary to quarantine players, and normalcy will prevail once the regular season commences, but the schedule and playoff format promises to be dramatically different.

“This is going to be a season,’’ one of the executives said, “like we’ve never seen.

“But that’s fine. It’s at least a season.’’

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Menudo Plots Its Return — as a Reality Competition TV Series
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter - Apr. 29, 2020

Universal Television Alternative Studio is ready to create the next version of the iconic boy band Menudo.

The studio, fronted by Toby Gorman, has acquired the rights to Menudo, an hourlong, weekly competition series that will search for and rebuild the band that gave Ricky Martin his start. A network is not yet attached.

Mario Lopez will executive produce the project via his Via Mar Productions banner. Live Animals, the company overseen by Audrey Morrissey and Jayson Belt (the massive One World global special, The Voice) are also on board to exec produce, alongside 3 Arts Entertainment's Mark Schulman and Foundation Management's Patrick Hughes, Paul Vasquez and Harvey Russell.

"I grew up as a huge fan of Menudo and I’m thrilled to be a part of bringing this iconic band back to the world," Lopez said Wednesday in a statement.

Formed in 1977, Menudo was the first Latin boy band. The group featured a cadre of members in the decades that followed, including Grammy winners Martin and Draco Rosa, and put out 35 albums and sold 60 million records before disbanding in 2009. The band was also the subject of two feature films, a TV series, a beauty pageant and merchandise including dolls, trading cards and a board game.

The format arrives as broadcast networks continue to find success in the music competition genre, with Fox this year doubling down on breakout hit The Masked Singer and NBC and ABC still achieving solid numbers for The Voice and American Idol, respectively.

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Technology Notes
Zoom admits it doesn’t have 300 million users, corrects misleading claims
By Tom Warren, TheVerge.com - Apr. 29, 2020

Zoom has admitted it doesn’t have 300 million daily active users. The admission came after The Verge noticed the company had quietly edited a blog post making the claim earlier this month. Zoom originally stated it had “more than 300 million daily users” and that “more than 300 million people around the world are using Zoom during this challenging time.” Zoom later deleted these references from the original blog post, and now claims “300 million daily Zoom meeting participants.”

The difference between a daily active user (DAU) and “meeting participant” is significant. Daily meeting participants can be counted multiple times: if you have five Zoom meetings in a day then you’re counted five times. A DAU is counted once per day, and is commonly used by companies to measure service usage. Only counting meeting participants is an easy, somewhat misleading, way to make your platform usage seem larger than it is.

The misleading blog was edited on April 24th, a day after the numbers made headlines worldwide. After The Verge reached out for comment from Zoom, the company added a note to the blog post admitting the error yesterday, and provided the following statement:

“We are humbled and proud to help over 300 million daily meeting participants stay connected during this pandemic. In a blog post on April 22, we unintentionally referred to these participants as “users” and “people.” When we realized this error, we adjusted the wording to “participants.” This was a genuine oversight on our part.”

Zoom’s growth has been impressive, but the company has not actually provided a daily active user count. Zoom usage has soared from 10 million daily meeting participants back in December to 300 million this month. Rivals like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet appear to be closing the gap, though. Microsoft said yesterday it now has 75 million daily active users of Teams, a jump from 70 percent in a month. Microsoft also recorded 200 million meeting participants in a single day this month.

Google Meet is adding roughly 3 million new users each day, and hit over 100 million daily Meet meeting participants recently. Cisco also revealed earlier this month that it has a total of 300 million Webex users, and saw sign-ups close to 240,000 in a 24-hour period. Cisco has not yet provided daily meeting participant numbers, or daily active user counts.

Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others are still chasing Zoom with new features and free services. Google made its Meet service free this week, and both Microsoft and Google have increased how many people you can see simultaneously in response to Zoom’s popular gallery view.

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Nielsen Notes (Cable)
ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ draws 5.9 Million Viewers for Second Night
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Apr. 27, 2020

ESPN continues to score with its documentary series The Last Dance, with episodes three and four averaging 5.9 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2, according to Nielsen.

The documentary, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls’ last championship season in the 1990s, drew 6.1 million viewers for episode three and 5.7 million for episode four, said Nielsen. That compares to the 6.1 million viewers that tuned into the first two The Last Dance episodes last week.

Overall the documentary is averaging 6.0 million viewers across its first four episodes, making it the most-viewed original content broadcasts on ESPN since 2004, said Nielsen.

The ratings follow a record ratings performance from ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft, which drew more than 15 million viewers during its three-night run last week, according to Nielsen.

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TV Sports/Business Notes (Cable)
Dish seeks to stiff ESPN out of fees during sports moratorium: sources
By Josh Kosman, New York Post - Apr. 28, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Ergen’s satellite TV company Dish Network is picking a fight with Disney over the millions of dollars it pays for ESPN programming at a time when there are no sporting events, The Post has learned.

Dish Network, the nation’s fourth largest TV provider, wants to wiggle out of the $80 million to $100 million fees it’s supposed to pay ESPN for April broadcasting rights, one source said. The fees are due at the end of the month and Dish has told ESPN that it plans to use that money instead to lower the monthly bills of its roughly 12 million subscribers, the source added.

“Charlie Ergen is trying to get out of the ESPN contract by claiming force majeure,” a second source told The Post, referring to a contract clause that frees the parties from obligations due to an extraordinary event.

Disney’s ESPN has rebuffed the request, the second source said, but it’s unclear whether it will be able to enforce the payment. Plus, the Bristol, Conn-based sports network could soon be deluged with demands for discounts, according to analyst Rich Greenfield.

“US multichannel video subscribers effectively paid ESPN $650 million in April to watch one original series with literally no live sports on TV or for their talk show hosts to even talk about,” the LightShed Partners analyst said in a Tuesday analyst report.

“The multibillion dollar question becomes: what is stopping distributors from invoking force majeure? We believe there has to be a tipping point where enough sports have not occurred that distributors will refuse to pay sports network programmers.”

Greenfield in his note said he’s heard “multiple” multichannel video subscribers have been trying to wiggle out of their April affiliate fees to ESPN, without revealing names.

Dish, which declined to comment, has the most TV subscribers after Xfinity, DirecTV ad Spectrum.

“While the next steps are unclear, it’s evident that Disney/ESPN expect to collect their $10/month from 80+ million subscribers, regardless of when sports content comes back, even if that does not occur until late summer, at best,” he said referring to the average fees charged in New York alone. “Not a good look for The Walt Disney Company. This should make for some very interesting Q1 2020 earnings calls in the weeks ahead.”

The battle over fees comes at a tough time financially for Disney, which has closed its theme parks and slowed film production due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has also slammed the brakes on sporting events. Disney has furloughed tens of thousands of park workers and implemented pay cuts for executives, including executive chairman Bob Iger, who will be forgoing his salary until the crisis passes.

ESPN, meanwhile, has cut executive pay by 20 to 30 percent and has asked 100 of its highest-paid commentators to accept 15 percent pay cuts over the next three months.

“We are asking about 100 of our commentators to join with our executives and take a temporary salary reduction,” the sports network said in a statement earlier this month. “These are challenging times and we are all in this together.”

Disney, which reports earnings on May 6, didn’t return a request for comment. It’s stock, down 26 percent this year, ended the day flat at $106.21 a share.

https://nypost.com/2020/04/28/dish-d...o-live-sports/
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TV/Awards Notes
Daytime Emmys Go Remote as NATAS Cancels In-Person Award Ceremonies
By Michael Schneider, Variety.com - Apr. 29, 2020

The 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will carry on without an in-person ceremony this year, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences confirmed on Wednesday. Instead, the org is moving forward with at-home remote video productions for various Emmy awards in 2020, including Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering.

Originally scheduled to take place in Pasadena, Calif., from June 12 to 14, the Daytime Emmy Awards were postponed last month to a new, undetermined fall date. Now, as stay-at-home measures due to the coronavirus pandemic are expected to prevent large-scale gatherings for months to come, NATAS is mulling how and when to produce a remote streaming show for all of its various Emmy awards.

“The most important factors for us are twofold: To properly recognize the talents and achievements of those in our community and to do it in a safe way,” said NATAS president and CEO Adam Sharp. “With those things in mind, we recognize that putting a thousand people or more into a room anytime this year was not going to satisfy the second prong of that test. And so, it became, take the auditorium gatherings off the table and focus all our energies on priority number one, recognizing excellence.”

Much like NATAS’ New York chapter did last weekend with its own local Emmy awards, the Daytime, Sports, News & Documentary, and Technology & Engineering Emmys will be presented in a series of productions utilizing multiple remote video production technologies to feature nominees and presenters.

Before NATAS confirms a new date for the Daytime Emmys (which could wind up being sooner than the fall), the org is focused on announcing this year’s nominations. Those nods were originally slated to be revealed this week, but are now expected to be shared in mid-May. “We extended the judging window to give some of our judges a little bit more time to complete their work,” Sharp said. “Certainly, everyone’s life has been upended of late. Without a hard date we need to hit on the ceremony side, that gives us some breathing room in each of the competitions to make sure that the judging is as thorough and complete as we would like it to be — and not have to make compromises there just to keep to a calendar.”

Among this year’s other NATAS ceremonies, the 71st Technology & Engineering Emmys were originally slated for April 19 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas; now they’re expected to be announced in October. The 41st Sports Emmys, scheduled for April 28 in New York, will now be revealed in the fall; and the 41st News & Documentary Emmys, originally set to be held in New York this September, will still take place then — but via virtual means.

“Once we have the nominees identified so we have a better feel for who the players are and the nominees that we need to engage for each of these, then we’ll get a sense for the capacity and capability to do things live or pre-recorded and the different types of formats we can experiment with,” Sharp said.

Each ceremony or even categories may be handled a bit differently. In news, for example, much of the talent is already anchoring from home every day. The same goes for daytime talk shows that have adapted to remote production.

“So there’s certainly broadcast level infrastructure to have live connectivity to some of those folks,” Sharp said. In other cases, it might be pre-recorded elements, or video conferencing programs such as Zoom or Skype.

The tricky part, especially with the Daytime Emmys, will be to make sure any pre-recorded segments — such as winner announcements — don’t get leaked early.

“Security is a paramount concern,” Sharp said. “There have been sensitivities in the community in the past, for the live ceremony when members of the crew in previous years had had prior knowledge. In the last two years we had made several changes to how we produce the daytime show to dramatically reduce even that knowledge. That said, this is a very unique environment and a very unique situation. Across the board, everything has to be on the table in considering how to present a show that property celebrates the winners and is entertaining for the viewer. Once we have the nominees, I think we will have more of a direct conversation with them about different ideas and different approaches.”

With the shape of the Daytime Emmys still in flux, Sharp said it’s still too soon to discuss who might host — including whether Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood will return again in the role. But he did say there would be an opportunity to tighten the show up, given that some of it will likely be pre-taped.

“I think one of the elements of the creative discussion we’re having is going to be what elements do you try to do live, what elements do you pre tape, what are the pros and cons of each, hosting, what categories are grouped together, how you weave the different events together, what traditional elements stay or change,” Sharp said. “Even in-memoriams and lifetime achievements inherently take a different tone and different form in this environment.”

Sharp said it’s still unclear whether the Daytime Emmys will be split into three ceremonies, as originally planned this year, but he’s expecting the pace to be much quicker. “How long does it take someone to walk from their seat to the stage when their name is called? Multiply that by 100 categories, and all of a sudden you’re taking a lot of dead time out of the show,” he said.

Meanwhile, NATAS is still planning to launch a streaming service this year that will serve as the place to watch the Daytime Emmys and its other awards shows.

Originally set to be unveiled at the NAB show, in time for the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, the over-the-top platform is now in final internal beta testing, Sharp explained. The service will launch with archives of past NATAS Emmy ceremonies and still carry this year’s events.

As for the financial hit of scrapping the in-person Emmy ceremonies, Sharp said it would sting, “but I wouldn’t say it’s a devastating one by any stretch. There are impacts on both sides of the balance sheet. Certainly, you’re giving up that ticket revenue, and you’re giving up some of that sponsorship and ad revenue, but you’re also freeing up a lot of costs: Production, food and beverage, printing for programs and tickets, and so on. We’ve also been very appreciative of our venue partners, who’ve been understanding of the situation. We are not left with massive contracts that we are unable to fulfill.”

Instead, Sharp calls the pandemic “the rainy day we were preparing for.” He also pointed out that the Daytime and Sports Emmys received the highest number of entries ever for their respective competitions, while the News & Documentary entry window is still open. “We’ll come roaring back too when the doors open again,” he added.

NATAS’ announcement is unrelated to its West Coast counterpart, the Television Academy, and its plans for the Primetime Emmy Awards, scheduled for September but likely to take a different form as well.

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TV Review (Streaming)
Hollywood: Ryan Murphy's Showbiz Fable Gets Lost in Dreamland
By Dave Nemetz, TVLine.com - Apr. 29, 2020

I’ll say this about Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix drama Hollywood: The costumes are fantastic. With its characters decked out in fedoras, three-piece suits and bejeweled ball gowns, the 1940s period piece co-created by Murphy and his Glee co-writer Ian Brennan — debuting this Friday, May 1; I’ve seen all seven episodes — gives us a much-needed dose of old-school glamour during these sweatpants-heavy quarantimes. Ah, but if only the rest of the series lived up to the clothes. This sprawling, ambitious look at the actors, producers and studio executives that created the film industry’s Golden Age sets out to rewrite history, but it gets too bogged down in overwrought sentiment to reach its lofty ambitions.

The setting is post-World War II Los Angeles, with throngs of wannabes crashing the gates of the fictional Ace Studios seeking fame and fortune in “the pictures.” David Corenswet, blessed with matinee-idol looks and dimples seemingly chiseled out of granite, leads an ensemble cast as Jack Castello, a war veteran and aspiring actor who gets hired to pump gas at an L.A. fueling station that, um, pumps a lot more than just gas. Facing a mounting pile of bills and with twin babies on the way, Jack reluctantly agrees to dip his toe into Tinseltown’s sleazy underbelly to earn a buck.

Hollywood cuts a broad swath through the ranks of the entertainment industry, backed by yet another star-studded Ryan Murphy cast. Versace star Darren Criss plays up-and-coming director Raymond, with BlacKkKlansman standout Laura Harrier as his girlfriend Camille, a black actress frustratingly relegated to maid roles. Tony nominee Jeremy Pope also makes a solid impression as gay screenwriter Archie, who may have just written Ace Studios’ next hit. Murphy always attracts a flock of top-tier talent, and the big-name supporting turns are almost too numerous to list: Jim Parsons as an abusively foul-mouthed talent agent, Rob Reiner as a bellowing studio head, Mira Sorvino as a fading screen siren — and naturally, watching Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor trade insults is a rare treat.

This feels like a passion project for Murphy: an affectionate ode to the glitz and glam of the silver screen, but also a clear-eyed rebuke of the racism, sexism and homophobia that plagued a supposedly open-minded industry. (Plus, it offers a few fun Easter eggs for Hollywood history buffs, with cameos by the likes of George Cukor and Tallulah Bankhead and a twist on Rock Hudson’s origin story.) The usual Ryan Murphy formula is firmly in place here: bitchy one-liners, struggles for LGBTQ equality, grandiose speechifying where characters directly voice their innermost beliefs and desires. But it often falls victim to Murphy’s worst storytelling instincts, with too much telling instead of showing and themes plainly spelled out and underlined in the dialogue. (The opening credits have the cast of showbiz hopefuls literally climbing a ladder, for crying out loud.)

And while it doesn’t shy away from the cutthroat corruption and hypocrisy rampant in the studio era, Hollywood reveals itself to be painfully earnest and indulgent in the end. The later episodes take an abrupt turn towards fantasy: The good guys start winning, as Murphy offers a revisionist take on what Hollywood should’ve looked like back then. It’s an appealing idea, but the result is incredibly corny, and the wish-fulfillment victories feel conjured up out of thin air rather than earned. (lt’s almost a throwback to the maudlin studio pictures of that era, complete with sweeping violins on the score.) Plus, the wicked humor typically found in Murphy’s work is largely missing, so the reliance on raw sentiment is all the more glaring. But hey, there are plenty of half-naked men to ogle along the way!

Murphy has been a prolific producer for a decade now, and his output has been especially strong as of late: FX’s Pose has blossomed into one of TV’s finest dramas, and his first Netflix series, The Politician, had some intriguing wrinkles to it. (It completely vanished from the pop-culture conversation shortly after its debut, though.) Hollywood comes as a disappointment, then, in spite of its stellar cast and admirable ambitions. It’s kind of like some of the big-screen icons that rose to fame in the early days of Hollywood: plenty of gloss, but not enough substance.

GRADE: C

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TV/Critic's Notes (Streaming)
On Loving “Terrace House” Now More Than Ever
By Bryan Washington, New Yorker

Recalling how “Terrace House” made its way into my life is as tricky as defining the show’s allure. There was a time, obviously, before the Japanese reality show was part of my consciousness, but I couldn’t tell you exactly when that time ended. Among fans of the series, this isn’t terribly unique. We were introduced to “Terrace House” by a friend, or we came across a screencap, or a clip, and then suddenly, inexplicably, we were involved. One day, I’d be lifting weights and thinking about Han-san and some perfect piece of advice he’d given another cast member, which the cast member had inevitably ignored. I’d blink myself awake at a gay bar, then doze off again to the thought of Seina’s picture-perfect wineglass twirls. I’d wait in line at the boba shop, daydreaming about Yusuke’s ukulele strumming, or Misaki’s fortitude. The house members danced dimly in the background of my life, and, little by little, the show worked one of its less-heralded pieces of magic—reaching across space and time and screens to quietly absorb everyone in its vicinity.

The premise of “Terrace House” is brazenly simple: three men and three women live unsupervised in an immaculately stocked house. The house is somewhere in Japan, except for when it isn’t. The cast members are Japanese, except for when they aren’t. In the latest season, “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020,” the roommates include Hana Kimura, a wrestler with a penchant for creating wildly GIF-able moments; Ryo Tawatari, a pro basketball player who’s both confident and stupefyingly oblivious; Vivi Razdumina, an aspiring actress; Emika Mizokushi, a university student; a bumbling personal assistant named Johnkimverlu Tupas; and a standup comedian named Kai Kobayashi, whose material could be called “challenging” at best.

The show drew interest in this country in part because it so lacks the histrionics that are integral to other reality programs, like “Big Brother” or “The Real World,” that rely on a similar setup. Each house member stays until he or she simply decides to leave. No one is kicked out of the house or voted off the property. The house’s largely unbothered rhythms are broken by interjections from a panel of commentators, who watch footage from the house at another location, in real time. Like members of a hyper-smart group chat, the commentators, all of them Japanese celebrities—with the occasional guest spot—pick apart interactions and unspoken dynamics among the cast members, providing insight, predictions, or, sometimes, just bull**** (“How would I know how big his member is?”).

For viewers used to louder, faster programming, “Terrace House” ’s appeal might sound negligible. (“That’s all they do?” a new viewer asks in a satirical video about defensive “Terrace House” fans. “They just talk?”) The only way to truly get a sense of the thing is to watch it for hours on end, until the housemates’ daily interpersonal conflicts and resolutions superimpose themselves onto your own. More than a handful of my messages with friends have dissolved into debates about how our partners’ transgressions fared in relation to “the meat incident.” At a night-club get-together, I sat in a conversation where participants had not a single thing in common, until someone mentioned Tsubasa (“Captain Tsubasa!”), and the circle erupted in appreciation. We ended the evening confessing that we’d all, to varying degrees, found a means of pirating episodes that have yet to make their way to American Netflix.

In the States, the show’s fandom has crept from maintaining a relatively subdued fascination to entertaining a level of interest that can, at times, veer on fanatical (I am talking about myself; I am one of the fanatics). Fan accounts, from Terrace House Food Shots to No context Terrace House, find their wares in heavy circulation on Twitter, and the series’s Reddit account hosts a deeply active membership. Podcasts like “No Script At All” and “Tadaima” follow episodes from moment to moment, intersplicing the show’s built-in commentary with their own. There’s consensus among American critics that the show’s tranquility relative to its siblings in the genre is a balm, and it is; but that unhurriedness also places it among the most radical enterprises on television. In a media ecosystem where most successful programming hinges on competition, subterfuge, discourtesy, and obliqueness for obliqueness’s sake, it’s hard to imagine anything bolder.

In the midst of finishing a novel last year, I found something Masao Wada said in the “Opening New Doors” season, stuck in my head: chatting with a housemate about their respective lives, he asked, “Does love need a reason?” A friend who’s a fellow-fan sent me a screencap of the line, apropos of nothing, before two more folks, from entirely unrelated social circles, sent me the exact same one: each of us, in our own way, found it to be a simply perfect piece of dialogue. At the time, I was in the middle of writing a romance-ish novel, and that question sent me into something of a professional crisis, whose only remedy was rewatch after rewatch. Or, rather, the rewatching became the answer. Not too long afterward, Wada’s quote became my novel’s epigraph.

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A few months before our current global hellscape manifested in full, I decided to rewatch the show again, in anticipation of the U.S. release of the latest batch of episodes, on April 7th. The lives of the cast members unfolded alongside mine, whether as the backdrop for a volley of e-mails or as accompaniment to a midnight snack. Fans of the show have praised the calming effect of repeat viewings. But as the coronavirus pandemic has been taking its toll, from one continent to another, the show’s amiability, the casual jaunts of its housemates, and its overarching emphasis on communion take on a peculiar new dimension. The cast’s casual runs to the bakery grew further and further out of reach. A midday foot-spa date seemed all but mythical. And scenes showing the roommates’ mere acts of joining friends for dinner, cooking alongside others, touching hands and brushing shoulders and laughing (and coughing, and sneezing!) seemed like footage from another world. It was a delight to watch each scene again, having once taken those interactions for granted. It was also just as much of a sorrow. In light of the coronavirus, the producers suspended further filming earlier this month.

Still, there are constructive parallels to be drawn between the world of “Terrace House” and the world we live in now. Characters flip through cookbooks, searching for the perfect recipe. They wash dishes. They lounge on pieces of furniture, remarking on the weather. They cook some more. They wash more dishes. They blog. Though the cast members get to venture outside more often than we do, their quiet domestic lives are similarly weighted with a sense of great, impending change. Upon arriving at the house each season, the new roommates immediately ask each other why they’ve chosen to participate in the show. Some move into the house thinking that a stint on “Terrace House” will jumpstart their careers, and others come looking for love, some swearing, convincingly, that a sojourn on “Terrace House” is their absolute last chance at it. The difference between their experiment and ours is, among other things, that they can choose when theirs ends. But they display, above all, an admirable willingness to confront the unknown. As Vivi, the aspiring actress, notes early on in the current season, while her housemate bemoans his romantic life, “We have to be proactive in finding love for ourselves. What else can we do?”

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On The Air
THURSDAY APR. 30, 2020 Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid

ABC:
8PM - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Anthony Anderson, Ike Barinholtz and Hannibal Buress
9PM - Station 19
10PM - How To Get Away With Murder
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore)
12:06AM - Nightline
12:36AM0 - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Singer-songwriter Mandy Moore)
(R)

CBS:
8PM - Young Sheldon
8:31PM - Man With A Plan
9:01PM - Man With A Plan
9:30PM - Broke
10PM - Tommy
* * * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Paul Giamatti)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Beth Behrs; Sam Claflin; Grace VanderWaal performs)
(R)

NBC:
8PM - The Paley Center Salutes Parks and Recreation (Special)
8:30PM - A Parks and Recreation Special (32 min.)
9:02PM - Council of Dads: Pilot (58 min.)
10PM - Council of Dads
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11:34M - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (At Home Edition: Vince Vaughn; model Gigi Hadid; Maluma performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.); Retta)
1:38AM - A Little Late With Lilly Singh (Comic Phoebe Robinson)

FOX:
8PM - Last Man Standing (Season Finale)
8:30PM - Last Man Standing
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9PM - Mental Samurai

THE CW:
8PM - Katy Keene
9PM - In the Dark

PBS:
8PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - The Common Cause (1939-1944, 120 min.)
(R)
10PM - The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962, 120 min.)
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Te Doy La Vida
9PM - Amor Eterno
10PM - Como Tú No Hay Dos

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Cennet
9PM - 100 Días Para Enamorarnos
10PM - La Reina Del Sur 2: Edición Especial

A&E:
8PM - The First 48
9PM - The First 48: Catching a Killer
10PM - 60 Days In - The Aftermath: Part Two (Season Finale)

CNN:
8PM - Coronavirus: Facts and Fears - A CNN Global Town Hall (120 min., LIVE)

E!:
8PM - Keeping Up With the Kardashians
9PM - Total Bellas
10PM - Keeping Up With the Kardashians
(R)
* * * *
11PM - Nightly Pop (30 min.)

FOOD NETWORK:
9PM - Restaurant: Impossible - Quarantine Check-In and Food Mysteries (Season Premiere, 120 min.)

HBO:
9PM - We're Here: Twin Falls, Idaho (65 min.)

MTV:
8PM - Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
9PM - Families of the Mafia: Part V

BRAVO:
9PM - The Real Housewives of New York City
10PM - Top Chef
* * * *
11PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (Karamo and Dorinda Medley)

SCIENCE CHANNEL:
9PM - Mysteries of the Abandoned: The Killer in the Castle
10PM - Black Files Declassified: Iron Man Army

TNT:
9PM - Shaq Life: Shaq Daddy
9:30PM - Shaq Life: Shaq's Shocking New Roommates

TVONE:
9PM - For My Man

WETV:
9PM - Growing up Hip Hop (71 min.)

TruTV:
9:30PM - Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
10PM - Tacoma FD
10:30PM - Tacoma FD: Talkoma

FREEFORM:
10PM - Siren

FX:
10PM - Better Things (Season Finale, 45 min.)

FXX:
10PM - Cake (Season Finale, 33 min.)

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: The Daily Social Distancing Show - Apr. 30, 2020 (45 min.)

SHOWTIME:
11PM - Desus and Mero (Rashida Jones; cookbook author Alison Roman)

SYFY:
11PM - Vagrant Queen

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Chris O'Dowd)


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Class of 2020 Graduation Special to Air on All Broadcast Networks
Digital platforms will also carry event featuring celebrities, musicians
By Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable - Apr. 29, 2020

With the Class of 2020 unlikely to be able to celebrate their graduation, a huge television special is being planned that will air on the big broadcast networks--ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC--and digital platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.

Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 will be broadcast commercial free Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Backed by Laurene Powell Jobs’ XQ Institute, The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the broadcast will include a collection of commencement addresses, celebrity performances, and inspirational vignettes.

Among those scheduled to appear are James, Bad Bunny, Charli D'Amelio, Dixie D'Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan "B-mike" Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai and others yet to be named.

#GraduateTogether will also be supporting the charitable work of DonorsChoose and America’s Food Fund. DonorsChoose gives public school teachers working in high-need communities the opportunity to request the materials and resources their students need to keep learning. America’s Food Fund provides funding to hunger-relief organizations, ensuring students who rely on school-lunch programs still have safe, consistent access to meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other organizations supporting this special event include CAA, which is helping rally the creative community around this effort; Complex Networks, which will create specialized programming for youth audiences leading up to the show; and People, which is leading a national search for exceptional high schoolers and teachers. Those inspirational stories will be told during the broadcast, in the magazine, and on People.com and PeopleTV.

The show is being produced by Done + Dusted and SpringHill Entertainment.

The special will help an estimated 3 million high school seniors commemorate their achievement.

“We learned early on in our work with students and families in Akron that education is so much more than academics. It’s about a shared experience, a journey we’re all on together—students, parents, educators, community members, and everyone around them. With that not being possible right now, we’ve been working to find ways to help families get through this really difficult time,” said LeBron James.

“These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there’s no way we can let that go unrecognized. While this won’t be the graduation experience they were supposed to get, we hope we can still give them something special because they deserve it,” James said.

#GraduateTogether is inviting students, educators, and families to submit their own videos and photos online for consideration to be included in the telecast. In addition, renowned artist JR and his global participatory art project, Inside Out, will invite high school students everywhere to share their portraits in celebration of being part of the graduating Class of 2020. And because high school graduations are local, local television stations will also feature custom breakaways to celebrate the achievements of high school students in their own communities.

“At XQ, we work to reimagine the American high school experience—but no one could have imagined the profound changes that have upended the Class of 2020's final days of the school year,” said Russlynn Ali, co-founder and CEO of XQ Institute. “It has been remarkable to watch these young people, in the face of an unprecedented challenge, demonstrate courage and resilience beyond their years. In doing so, they have given every American reason to feel hopeful about our future. #GraduateTogether is an opportunity for us all to pay tribute to what these incredible students have accomplished.”

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Dish seeks to stiff ESPN out of fees during sports moratorium: sources
By Josh Kosman, New York Post - Apr. 28, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Ergen’s satellite TV company Dish Network is picking a fight with Disney over the millions of dollars it pays for ESPN programming at a time when there are no sporting events, The Post has learned.

Dish Network, the nation’s fourth largest TV provider, wants to wiggle out of the $80 million to $100 million fees it’s supposed to pay ESPN for April broadcasting rights, one source said. The fees are due at the end of the month and Dish has told ESPN that it plans to use that money instead to lower the monthly bills of its roughly 12 million subscribers, the source added.

“Charlie Ergen is trying to get out of the ESPN contract by claiming force majeure,” a second source told The Post, referring to a contract clause that frees the parties from obligations due to an extraordinary event.
And this is exactly what they and every other MSO should do by using force majeure, then immediately rebate that back to their customers. Pain is shared.
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Even if theaters do open I won't go inside one. I never liked theaters anyway. I would feel comfortable going to a drive-in theater tonight if there were any nearby. Maybe those will make a comeback.
I'm a regular visitor to our local Alamo Drafthouse theater. Before they were shut down, but after the Covid-19 started, they upped their cleaning/sanitizing procedure. Between each showing they had staff go in and wipe down all table tops and arm rests. Plus they added hand sanitizing stations all over the theater. They also started to block empty seats between people between people/families. When they reopen I wouldn't have any problem with going back.
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NY State Attorney General Joins Growing Chorus Calling For Sports TV Fee Rebate From COVID-19 Shutdown

I buy the MLB package for all the games every day. It costs about $180 for the season and I have had it for several years. Spectrum offers a 4 month plan to pay for the package. The first payment showed in my March bill. I called and asked to have it removed since there was no baseball. They did remove it. I got my April bill and the monthly charge was there. I called to have it removed and was told no since baseball was only postponed not cancelled. so someone is getting my $45 and other peoples money for a service that does not exist. They say there is a service, it shows games in 2 hour blocks with repeats that were played up to 30 years ago. Not quite worth $180.
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NY State Attorney General Joins Growing Chorus Calling For Sports TV Fee Rebate From COVID-19 Shutdown
By Dade Hayes, Deadline.com - Apr. 29, 2020

The attorney general of New York State is adding her voice to a growing chorus of critics demanding rebates from pay-TV operators of hefty sports programming fees during the COVID-19 time-out for sports.

It is “grossly unfair that cable and satellite television providers would continue to charge fees for services they are not even providing,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said. “These companies must step up and immediately propose plans to cut charges and provide much needed financial relief.” She added that she has written letters spelling out this demand to a range of pay-TV providers with New York customers.

In recent days, restless fans have come to realize that they continue to pay premiums for sports even though no games have been played in much of the world since mid-March due to the pandemic. There is no clear end in sight for the sports shutdown, though it appears that by June some major events could resume, and Major League Baseball and NBA teams have indicated a possible summer return.

Networks like ESPN, broadcasters like CBS and NBC and regional networks like YES charge MVPDs substantial fees stemming from multi-billion-dollar sports licensing deals. Distributors like Comcast, Charter, Dish Network, AT&T and Verizon, in turn, pass the cost on to their customers.

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ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ draws 5.9 Million Viewers for Second Night
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - Apr. 27, 2020

ESPN continues to score with its documentary series The Last Dance, with episodes three and four averaging 5.9 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN2, according to Nielsen.

The documentary, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls’ last championship season in the 1990s, drew 6.1 million viewers for episode three and 5.7 million for episode four, said Nielsen. That compares to the 6.1 million viewers that tuned into the first two The Last Dance episodes last week.

Overall the documentary is averaging 6.0 million viewers across its first four episodes, making it the most-viewed original content broadcasts on ESPN since 2004, said Nielsen.

The ratings follow a record ratings performance from ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft, which drew more than 15 million viewers during its three-night run last week, according to Nielsen.

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The problem with the Attorney General's assertion is that not all sports networks are in the same boat. As evidenced above, unlike some sports specific RSNs, ESPN is actually producing content people are watching. In the case of "The Last Dance", the ratings are actually as high or higher than some of the live events they could have been airing at this point. Further, they air a lot of studio programming that is essentially going on as it always has, even if there are fewer topics on the table. Plus, the NFL and WNBA Drafts also went off as planned to good reception. While they do air some old events on the weekends, they are doing far more than a lot of the other sports networks.

To say ESPN should discount themselves means perhaps all the networks where their normal programming is being delayed (and are showing re-runs in its place) should do the same. After all, even the broadcast networks are airing old sports events in place of live ones.

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Dish seeks to stiff ESPN out of fees during sports moratorium: sources
By Josh Kosman, New York Post - Apr. 28, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Charlie Ergen’s satellite TV company Dish Network is picking a fight with Disney over the millions of dollars it pays for ESPN programming at a time when there are no sporting events, The Post has learned.

Dish Network, the nation’s fourth largest TV provider, wants to wiggle out of the $80 million to $100 million fees it’s supposed to pay ESPN for April broadcasting rights, one source said. The fees are due at the end of the month and Dish has told ESPN that it plans to use that money instead to lower the monthly bills of its roughly 12 million subscribers, the source added.

“Charlie Ergen is trying to get out of the ESPN contract by claiming force majeure,” a second source told The Post, referring to a contract clause that frees the parties from obligations due to an extraordinary event.

Disney’s ESPN has rebuffed the request, the second source said, but it’s unclear whether it will be able to enforce the payment. Plus, the Bristol, Conn-based sports network could soon be deluged with demands for discounts, according to analyst Rich Greenfield.

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And this is exactly what they and every other MSO should do by using force majeure, then immediately rebate that back to their customers. Pain is shared.
If you think Charlie will pass anything along to his customers, you really don't know Charlie. Further, Dish is ahppy to expect ESPN to take it on the head, yet has been laying off employees to save money. At least ESPN's management and talent took salary cuts to try to offset the hurt. Did Charlie take a pay cut?

Further, the fact that he waited until the end of the month to claim this when it was well known there would be no live sports in April is like someone eating an entire burger, then wanting a refund because it didn't come with cheese. He ate the entire month of programming from ESPN, and now doesn't want to pay for it.

Sorry, Charlie. That's not how this works. If he doesn't want to pay for May, I'm sure Disney would be happy to remove the network from Dish until he's ready to pony up. Heck, I'm sure they'd be happy to remove the entire lineup including the Disney, Fox cable networks and other properties, as well.


Look, I don't watch sports and really don't want to pay for it. However, it's in the package.

That means I have two choices: pay up or cancel my service. That's how it works, whether you agree with it or not.
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To say ESPN should discount themselves means perhaps all the networks where their normal programming is being delayed (and are showing re-runs in its place) should do the same.
Works for me.

What do you think is going to happen when Netflix and other streamers run out of content that people think is worth paying for? Do you think they're just going to keep paying anyway because Netflix is a great charity? No, they'll cancel their subs.

Before covid, I used to go McD's about every day. Now I don't. Am I still paying them as if I did? Of course not. Instead, I'm paying a lot more than I used to pay to the local grocery which is actually providing the food that I'm now eating. And so it is with everything else.

This is capitalism. You deliver the product or you don't get paid for that product. It doesn't matter why you don't deliver the product, it only matters that you don't. And you don't get paid for what you don't deliver.
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