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What also gets me is when they add grain to a digital movie.
Now thats just mindboggling.
There is a new 4K movie "Blow the Man Down" on Amazon that was grainy, in fact looked like it was shot in 16mm. So looked it up on IMDB and it was indeed shot in 4K using an ARRI camera in 16mm mode.
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Speaking of the hobbit they werent released in their 48fps.
Since i love that real look & i have my motionflow 1-10 setting on 11 that mustve looked really cool in the theatre.
Yep, the 48fps movie looked great. The smoother motion was really nice.
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TV Notes (Broadcast)
‘SNL’ sets Season 45 finale with third ‘At Home’ virtual episode
By Michael Ausiello, TVLine.com - May 7, 2020

“Saturday Night Live” will wrap its truncated, coronavirus-addled 45th season this weekend, NBC has confirmed. This will mark the show’s third “At Home”-themed edition.

The inaugural “SNL at Home” in early April averaged 6.7 million total viewers and a 1.46 rating, placing second for the season behind Eddie Murphy’s Dec. 21 hosting turn (which drew just shy of 10 mil along with a 2.5 rating). Excepting Murphy’s return (with musical guest Lizzo), the episode delivered the sketch series’ best results since May 4, 2019, when Adam Sandler hosted alongside musical guest Shawn Mendes (6.8 mil/1.61).

The second “At Home” edition on April 25 — which featured Brad Pitt as Dr. Anthony Fauci — performed at more typical “SNL” ratings levels.

All told, “SNL” will have aired 18 episodes this season, down from its traditional 21-episode haul.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
A National Treasure TV Series Is in the Works at Disney+
By Lindsay MacDonald, TVGuide.com - May 7, 2020

Dust off those history books! Disney is cooking up not just one, but two new National Treasure projects. One of them just happens to be a TV series for Disney+.

In an interview with Collider for his new Starz series Hightown, National Treasure producer Jerry Bruckheimer revealed that he's got two new projects within the franchise currently in development. One is another sequel for the big screen, so details there are sparse, but the other is apparently a younger-skewing TV series that would go on Disney's new streaming service.

"Hopefully, they'll both come together and we'll bring you another National Treasure," Bruckheimer said, "but they're both very active ... The one for Disney+ is a much younger cast. It's the same concept but a young cast."

Thus far, Disney+ has launched a smattering of original series, most notably The Mandalorian and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. With those two projects alone, the streamer has proved it can handle high concept action/adventure as well as youth-oriented content, and it certainly seems like this younger version of National Treasure would have a fair amount of both.

As for just how young the characters in this new series would be, a teenage treasure hunt is always a fun option. Then again, considering how many obscure bits of historical knowledge Ben Gates (Nicholas Cage) and his cohorts needed to save the day, this new series might not want to skew too young.

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TV/Production Notes (Cable)
Betty White to star in Lifetime Christmas movie
By Dan Snierson, EW.com - May 7, 2020

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Looks like you're going to get your wish.

Betty White has signed on to star in a Lifetime Christmas movie, the network announced on Thursday. In the untitled film, White's character helps ready would-be Santas for the holidays. But a mystery looms: Is she actually Mrs. Claus?

The eight-time Emmy winner and all-around pop-culture legend turned 98 (!) in January. Her Hollywood career spans more than eight decades, and she's starred in such series as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, and Hot in Cleveland.

In other Lifetime holiday movie news, the network announced that Kelly Rowland will star in Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, a sequel to last year's Merry Liddle Christmas, which featured Rowland. Lifetime Yuletide staple Melissa Joan Hart will direct the tentatively titled Feliz NaviDad, marking a reunion of sorts with her former Holiday in Handcuffs star Mario Lopez, who will play a widowed father whose daughter helps him rediscover the holiday spirit.

TV shows and movies are, of course, waiting to resume filming after the pandemic shutdown, and Lifetime is describing its slate of holiday movies as being in "various stages of production."

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HBO Max will use anime from Crunchyroll to compete with Netflix’s growing empire
By Julia Alexander, TheVerge.com - May 7, 2020

Netflix is trying to become a dominant presence in the anime streaming space, but AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is leveraging its dedicated anime streaming service Crunchyroll to help sway subscribers over to HBO Max.

HBO Max subscribers will be able to stream 17 different anime series currently available on Crunchyroll, including Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-(Director’s Cut), and Keep Your Hands off Eizouken. Crunchyroll will curate new anime content for HBO Max subscribers every three months, according to WarnerMedia, with popular series Hunter x Hunter and Death Note coming to HBO Max later this year. Some titles, like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, also stream on Netflix. While HBO Max won’t be the exclusive home — shows will run on both HBO Max and Crunchyroll at the same time — subscribers will have more access to popular anime.

Although these are just a smattering of titles compared to the 1,000-plus series on Crunchyroll, the hope is to “introduce anime to a wider audience who appreciates compelling stories told through this dynamic medium,” according to Crunchyroll’s general manager, Joanne Waage.

It’s a win-win for the two streaming platforms, both owned by AT&T. If mainstream audiences subscribing to HBO Max develop an affinity for anime being provided through Crunchyroll, they could potentially sign up for the anime streaming service in addition to HBO. (Crunchyroll currently has more than 2 million paid subscribers.) HBO Max can also tout an impressive anime offering at launch, with a consistent funnel for future content. WarnerMedia will also use HBO Max as the exclusive home for Studio Ghibli’s films in the United States, as Netflix secured the international rights to the popular and critically acclaimed films.

Both Netflix and Amazon have spent millions of dollars investing in developing new original anime series and licensing top titles. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings expressed back in 2015 that anime was a core area Netflix wanted to invest in. In 2017, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told investors the streamer had “more than 30 original anime projects in various states of production these days.” That number has likely increased since then. Sony spent $143 million in 2017 to acquire a 95 percent stake in distributor Funimation, which runs the FunimationNow streaming service. WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, understands the importance of anime as part of a broader streaming strategy — anime was reportedly one of the top performing genres at Hulu when Kilar was CEO, according to The Information.

“This WarnerMedia family collaboration is bringing together an incredible collection of content with a passionate fandom and HBO Max is tottemo ureshii to expand the reach of this inventive artistry,” Kevin Reilly, HBO Max’s chief content officer, said in a press release, using a popular Japanese expression for displaying joy and enthusiasm.

HBO Max’s ability to use Crunchyroll content is a perfect example of how HBO Max will borrow from all of WarnerMedia’s assets to try to secure subscribers. The service will also carry current and former HBO series (widely considered the heart of the streaming service), Warner Bros. movies, TBS and TNT original series, and some CW shows. WarnerMedia, like ViacomCBS (CBS All Access) and NBCUniversal (Peacock), has one of the largest collections of titles that HBO Max can borrow from to use for its own service.

Other anime series that will be available on HBO Max, and are currently on Crunchyroll, include Rurouni Kenshin, KONOSUBA -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!, Bungo Stray Dogs, Berserk, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Kill la Kill, Your Lie in April, Erased, Kiznaiver, Schwarzes Marken, 91 Days, The Testament of Sister New Devil, and Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers.

HBO Max launches on May 27th for $14.99 a month. WarnerMedia is currently offering incoming customers and some current HBO Now subscribers one year of HBO Max for just $11.99 a month.

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Technology/Business Notes (Gaming)
The Switch has now sold more than the N64 and GameCube combined
By Nick Summers, Endgadget.com - May 7, 2020

Nintendo sold 3.29 million Switch consoles in the three-month window leading up to March 30th, 2020. That’s a 33 percent increase on the same period last year, and brings lifetime sales to 55.77 million. That figure is higher than the combined lifetimes sales of the Nintendo 64 and GameCube, which sold 32.93 million and 21.74 million respectively. It’s also beyond the SNES — an impressive milestone eclipsed over the holidays — and 6.14 million behind the NES. Barring a huge shift in sales momentum, the Switch should surpass the classic console in the next two quarters.

The company sold 21.03 million Switch consoles during the fiscal year between April 2019 and March 2020. That’s 1.53 million higher than its 19.5 million target — a figure that was revised upwards from 18 million last January. In short, the system is still selling extraordinarily well at the moment. No wonder Nintendo has no plans to release a successor this year.

Nintendo has undoubtedly been buoyed by the coronavirus pandemic. The company released the utterly adorable Animal Crossing: New Horizons last quarter, which many have called the perfect lockdown distraction. The Switch exclusive came out on March 20th — only 10 days before the end of the quarter — so will likely have an even bigger impact on the next one. Today, Nintendo revealed that the title has already exceeded 11.77 million sales, making it the seventh highest-selling Switch game of all time. That’s higher than Luigi’s Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Super Mario Party and Splatoon 2, which have been out for many more months.

The Switch had a few other tentpole releases last quarter, including Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX and an updated version of the Wii U JRPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions. In addition, Nintendo released an update for Ring Fit Adventure — a workout title that has exploded in popularity since the coronavirus outbreak — and added some more SNES and NES titles to its Switch Online subscription service. The platform also benefitted from a slew of smaller third-party releases including Panzer Dragoon Remake, Knights and Bikes and Enter the Gungeon.

Nintendo’s next quarter runs from April 1st to June 30th. The company has already released a hefty update for Super Mario Maker 2, which gives players the ability to create their own classic over worlds and, by extension, fleshed out Mario games. Otherwise, though, the release slate looks a little bare. The Switch has some third-party releases to lean on, including the already-released Trials of Mana remake and, next month, The Wonderful 101: Remastered, Borderlands Legendary Collection, BioShock: The Collection and XCOM 2 Collection. There’s little first-party content to look forward to, however, beyond The Isle of Armor, the first half of Nintendo’s planned Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

The company is rumored to be working on some Mario remakes, though...

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TV/Viewership Notes (Streaming)
‘Defending Jacob’ Is Shaping Up As An Apple TV+ Breakout As Some Viewership Data Emerges
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 7, 2020

In reporting Apple’s Q2 earnings last week, CEO Tim Cook revealed “an all-time record in Services,” noting that Apple TV+ was doing well as more people watched content while under lockdown. The streamer’s latest original scripted series, Defending Jacob, might be a prime example.

Apple is known for closely guarding information, and, like other streamers, Apple TV+ has not released viewership data, with only a few snippets surfacing last fall about how viewers consumed the service’s offerings during its November launch weekend. Apple TV+ debuted four original live-action scripted series at launch, led by flagship The Morning Show, the service’s most award-recognized show, which also is believed to be its most popular original.

Apple TV+ appears to have had its biggest debut since then with the new limited series Defending Jacob, starring Chris Evans. According to sources, Defending Jacob ranks among the top three series premieres for Apple TV+, logging a big opening weekend with viewership continuing to build in Week 2 and the audience growing by five times in its first 10 days (April 24-May 3) to rank among the two fastest-growing series premieres for Apple TV+. The platform’s series typically debut with their first three episodes put out on premiere weekend, followed by a weekly release of the remaining episodes.

Defending Jacob also is believed to be setting Apple TV+ records for viewer engagement. The vast majority of viewers who sampled the show during its premiere weekend watched all three available episodes, and nearly all who watched those also completed the fourth episode released May 1, I have learned. Episode 5 becomes available this Friday, unveiling J.K. Simmons’ Billy Barber as the estranged father of Evans’ Andy Barber. (Watch a clip below... CLICK LINK)

Apple TV+ rolled out November 1 in more than 100 countries and has debuted 26 original programs in its first six months. They have earned 36 award nominations to date.

Created and written by Mark Bomback based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, Defending Jacob tells the story of Andy Barber (Evans), a father dealing with the accusation that his 14-year-old son Jacob (Jaeden Martell) is a murderer. What makes things even more complicated is that Andy is a deputy district attorney torn by his duty to his office and his love for his son.

Michelle Dockery plays Evans’ wife and Jacob’s mother, Laurie.

The series hails from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. Morten Tyldum directs the and executive produces. Showrunner Bomback, Evans and Tyldum executive produce with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman for Anonymous Content.

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TV Notes (Cable)
History's 'Project Blue Book,' 'Knightfall' Canceled After 2 Seasons
By Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter - May 7, 2020

History has canceled Project Blue Book and Knightfall, leaving the cable network with only one ongoing scripted series — which is slated to end later this year.

Vikings is set to air the back half of its sixth and final season later in 2020, after which History will be without any scripted series for the time being. A Vikings follow-up series from creator Michael Hirst went to Netflix. The cancellations of Project Blue Book and Knightfall do not, however, necessarily signal the end of scripted programming altogether on the A+E Networks-owned History.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that History has other scripted projects in the works. The cabler hired Adam Fratto less than a year ago to lead scripted development.

Among the projects History announced for 2020-21 on Thursday are a pair of miniseries, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, that will feature scripted elements alongside interviews with historians and archival materials. The channel's upcoming Grant miniseries, which is set to debut May 25, follows a similar template.

Project Blue Book drew decent ratings for History, averaging 1.3 million same-day viewers for its second season, which ended in March. The A+E Studios and Compari Entertainment series was created by David O'Leary, who executive produced with showrunner Sean Jablonski, Robert Zemeckis, Jackie Levine and Barry Jossen.

Knightfall, from A+E Studios, The Combine and Midnight Radio, wrapped its second season in May 2019, averaging about 650,000 viewers over its run. Showrunner Aaron Helbing executive produced with Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Don Handfield, Richard Rayner, Jeremy Renner, Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff, Rick Jacobson and Jossen.

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TV Review (Streaming)
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs The Reverend’
By Caroline Framke, Variety.com - May 7, 2020

For as intriguing as innovations in TV structure are, the first question I had about “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” doing an “interactive” special was simply, “….why?” For as long as books and games and even YouTube playlists have indulged “choose your own adventure” style storytelling, which gives its audience the illusion of free will while picking between prewritten options to shift the plot, television’s never quite been able to crack it. Before streaming, there was no way to let TV viewers drive the story; afterward, streaming networks still largely stuck to what TV’s done before, sans commercial breaks. Even “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s first stab at the format via its technological nightmare drama “Black Mirror,” mostly uses an interactive interface to unfurl a series of disturbing taunts rather than compelling narratives.

With “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend,” Netflix is trying again with a starkly different approach than its “Black Mirror” stab. For one, it’s a comedy whose aim isn’t to hammer its miserable audience into the ground with self-loathing self-awareness. For another, it makes for a genuinely entertaining experience that justifies its existence before the show’s (unbeatable) opening credits roll. In fairness, both interactive specials feature many, many sudden deaths should you choose the wrong option — “Kimmy Schmidt” just has a hell of a lot more fun with them, much to this viewer’s intense relief.

The Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock show, one of Netflix’s earliest originals, technically ended in 2019 after wrapping up each character’s stories in neat (and uncharacteristically conventional) bows. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) went from a scrappy former hostage to an incredibly rich children’s book author with millions of fans and franchise opportunities. (Think J.K. Rowling, if J.K. Rowling wrote like an eternally optimistic Dr. Seuss.) Her roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess) achieved his Broadway dreams, married his adoring construction worker boyfriend (Mike Carlsen), and became a movie star, thanks to his rising star agent Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski). Even their landlord Lillian (Carol Kane), who tried in the original series finale to get blown up along with her beloved apartment building to protest gentrification, found new purpose as the gravelly voice of the New York City subway. Everyone lived happily ever after, so far as we know it. Why bother revisiting them?

Narratively speaking, there’s not much of a need, and “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” — directed by Claire Scanlon, written by Fey, Carlock, Sam Means and Meredith Scardino — doesn’t try too hard to convince us otherwise. It opens with the news that Kimmy’s getting married to Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe, game as ever), an aggressively earnest British heir who spends less time onscreen with his fiancée than he does a suspicious Lillian. A few days before her wedding, Kimmy discovers an old choose your own adventure book that she believed to be hers when she was stuck in the bunker where the Reverend (Jon Hamm) kept her for years. But as she soon discovers, it’s not hers at all, but an old keepsake of another girl who’s still sitting somewhere in another undiscovered bunker. (It’s a surprisingly dark twist, especially for a show that only sporadically acknowledged the depth of Kimmy’s PTSD, and at one point gets so genuinely dire that I briefly thought Kimmy Schmidt was about to break bad.) For the purposes of “Kimmy vs. The Reverend,” though, the choose your own adventure book discovery is mostly a meta means to an end, a way to launch Kimmy and friends into a wild goose chase with a clear end goal. All along the way, cheery yellow options for what to do next pop up on the bottom of the screen, with a waning countdown bar letting the audience know just how long they have to make up their minds. And if you, like me, are chronically indecisive, it’ll go ahead and pick something for you.

I’ve now “played” the story through a few times, which kept me occupied for a solid couple hours. (Netflix couldn’t know it was making perfect quarantine #content when it produced a special that rewards unlimited free time, but hey, here we are.) After making alternately great and terrible decisions that led the characters to wild success and/or wilder bodily harm, I can say that “Kimmy vs. The Reverend” is impressively smart about how it tangles and untangles its narrative depending on what you choose to do with it. There are clear throughlines and traditional A/B/C storylines, but they all morph as you map them out and eventually dovetail into each other with surprising ease, no matter which paths you choose. It’s hard enough to keep track of one story that’s constantly changing; the fact that the “Kimmy Schmidt” team managed to do that with three interlocking ones is a feat, to say the least.

Sometimes, a “choice” is really just there to play out some joke alternatives while keeping the scene’s outcome the same either way. Other times, a choice sends you down a whole different path that may or may not come back to bite you further down the line. And more than occasionally, a choice brings everything to a crashing halt (more than occasionally literally), at which point a character saunters across the screen to confirm that yes, you irrevocably screwed up, but yes, you can go back and fix it now that you know. As you go along, you start to understand what might make a “good” decision, but unlike something like “Bandersnatch,” the main point of “Kimmy vs The Reverend” isn’t to emerge unscathed at the end, but to have as hilariously ridiculous a time as the characters.

The fourth wall breaks and sudden catastrophes are startling, but what makes them work is the reason why “Kimmy Schmidt” is particularly well-suited to a format like this: “Kimmy Schmidt” has always been more of a cartoon in spirit than a live-action show, with more punchlines than it could sometimes handle and a bizarro reality all its own. Towards the end of its original run, that absurdism became more of a crutch than an asset. But with “Kimmy vs The Reverend,” the show reinvigorates itself by finding more compelling ways to indulge its own rhythms and aesthetic. Spinning “Kimmy Schmidt” off into dozens of directions paved with countless ludicrous jokes just makes sense, and brings out the best in it, besides.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend” premieres May 12 on Netflix.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
A National Treasure TV Series Is in the Works at Disney+
By Michael Malone, Broadcasting & Cable - May 7, 2020

Fox had the top score in Wednesday ratings, with The Masked Singer leading the net to a 1.4 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 7 share. That topped CBS’s 1.1/6.

The Masked Singer did a 1.8 and then a 0.9 across two hours, down 16%.

On CBS, Survivor got a 1.5 and a 1.4 from 8 to 10 p.m., virtually flat with last week. Next week is the season finale. SEAL Team dropped 25% to 0.6.

NBC tallied a 0.6/3 and ABC a 0.5/3. NBC had Chicago repeats.

ABC had The Goldbergs at 0.8 and Single Parents at 0.5, both flat. American Housewife slid 17% to 0.5 and another Single Parents posted a 0.4. Shark Tank, airing its first original in months, scored a 0.5.

Univision rated a 0.5/3 and Telemundo a 0.3/2. Univision had Te Doy La Vida at 0.5 and Amor Eterno at 0.6. Como Tu No Hay 2 got a 0.5. All three were flat.

On Telemundo, it was 0.3s for Cennet, 100 Dias Para Enamorarnos and the La Reina del Sur special. Cennet and 100 Dias lost a tenth and La Reina stayed level.

The CW got a 0.1/1. The Riverdale finale got a level 0.2 and a Bulletproof rerun followed.

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TV Review (Streaming)
Christina Applegate shines in an ever-spinning 'Dead to Me'
By Bruce Miller, Sioux City Journal - May 7, 2020

When we last saw the women of “Dead to Me” they were trying to cover up the death of Steve, Judy’s former fiancé.

In the new season, which begins this week on Netflix, he’s still a problem. There’s trouble between Judy (Linda Cardellini) and Jen (Christina Applegate), too, but that dissipates fairly quickly. The real rub is another man – one who’s not privy to the information the two on-again, off-again friends share.

Like so many short-term series, it’s difficult to remember the dynamics when so much time has passed between seasons. But creator Liz Feldman offers enough of a refresher to let the characters move without reminiscing much.

Like “Ozark,” this year’s “Dead to Me” involves extended family members, son Sam (Charlie Harding) in particular. He’s eager to get his own car and, sure enough, there’s one that turns up.

That prompts a little improvisation on Jen’s part and more cover-ups than a rainy day at the pool.

While plenty of characters drift in and out of focus, attention always comes back to the friendship between Judy and Jen. Part Thelma and Louise, part Grace and Frankie, they test the bounds of trust and often find one complicating the life of the other.

Judy finds another friend (Natalie Morales) at the retirement community where she find employment and introduces yet another wrinkle in that original murder story.

While Jen is dancing as fast as she can, she finds someone else, too, and realizes she’s just one wrong move from prison.

Maybe it was just as prevalent last season, but this year’s storyline includes plenty of references to well-known films. It’s a neat trick, but it’s also one that calls attention to its frequency.

Luckily, Applegate and Cardellini are great partners.

While Cardellini is always one crisis away from total meltdown, Applegate is frequently surfing a wave of improvisation. She has a meddling mother-in-law (Valerie Mahaffey) who isn’t afraid to point up her failings, particularly when it comes to her late son and Jen’s children.

Applegate is such a wonderful actress she can divert authorities away from anything. She handles the complicated relationship with Judy, too, and pulls off a “girls weekend” that introduces more wrinkles to the Shar Pei-like story.

Cardellini is always one moment from spilling everything – including the truth behind Jen’s husband’s death. She reins it in, when necessary, and still comes out unscathed.

The two are great together even when “Dead to Me” doesn’t give them the scenes they deserve.

Because they’re so linked, the second season episodes should be binged. Alone, they lack context; together, they’re like a tray of appetizers – easy to slide down.

Season 2 of “Dead to Me” returns Friday, May 8 on Netflix.

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TV Review (Streaming)
Australia's 'Bad Mothers' Has Arrived for Streaming on Sundance Now
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - May 7, 2020

So here’s this group of women in an upscale community, and they hang out together, and some of their kids go to school together. Some of them have more money than others, and some of them have rivalry issues, but their lives keep intersecting until one day, someone suddenly dies.

No, friends, you have not tuned in to a rerun of Big Little Lies. You have tuned in to a slightly lower budgeted, but more than slightly familiar drama called Bad Mothers, which launches Thursday on the Sundance Now streaming service.

Like Big Little Lies, to which we will try not to allude repeatedly, Bad Mothers morphs at the moment of this untimely death from a sharp-edged soap opera to a crime drama that does not shed all of its soap elements.

To the extent this ensemble drama revolves around anyone, that would be Dr. Sarah Foley (Tess Haubrich) and her husband Anton (Daniel MacPherson). He operates a couple of restaurants, she’s a successful medical practitioner, and they have two lovely young children in their beautiful home.

As for what could possibly go wrong, Sarah has a feeling -- one of those instinct things -- that Anton is fooling around.

It turns out Sarah has the right instinct, but the wrong personnel lineup. But before we get into that, we meet the other core characters in their high-society world.

Charlotte (Melissa George) commands the center ring. She’s married to Kyle (Don Haney) and seems to have the biggest house. Her son Julius, a teenager, is a little older than the other kids, so Charlotte gets to spend more of her time on things like glittery fund-raising galas.

Bindy (Shalom Brune-Franklin) is a personal trainer at the local fitness spa, which makes her a virtual family member to her clients even if she has less free cash. Maddie (Mandy McElhinney) and Danielle (Jessica Tovey) round out the group.

Bindy, Maddie, and Danielle are on a slightly lower rung of the socio-economic ladder, but they’re close enough, and in some ways, sudden unexplained death can shake up some of those social lines.

The story begins innocently enough, with dramas like the children starting a class project to raise baby chicks. That allows for some humor, but at the same time, it starts to give viewers a sense of how all the characters relate to each other. Some more cozily than others.

It confirms they all have secrets as well, starting at the top with Charlotte and Sarah.

Bad Mothers, an Australian series that aired there last year, runs eight episodes, which allows ample time for those secrets to simmer and ultimately burst forth. It also gives everyone, including the women, the menfolk and the authorities, plenty of time to chase red herrings, figure them out, and try to sort through what might actually constitute justice.

As a TV tale, it worked before. Here it works again.

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TV Sports/Business Notes (Baseball)
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez end their quest to buy the Mets
By Thornton McEnery, New York Post - May 7, 2020

There is no joy in Flushing, for J-Rod has pulled out.

According to multiple sources, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in buying the Mets. That decision was reached after negotiations with potential partners failed to materialize and it became clear that the Wilpons’ reluctance to part with SNY makes it almost impossible for anyone without many billions of dollars to afford owning the team.

J-Rod’s quest to become the biggest power couple in Queens since Archie and Edith Bunker hit a major snag in recent weeks when their chosen money partner, Long Island biotech billionaire Wayne Rothbaum, made it clear he was only interested in scooping up the MLB franchise at an Amazin’ discount. Rothbaum also wanted to exert more control over the team than J-Rod was comfortable surrendering.

“The Rothbaum thing soured fast,” a source familiar with the J-Rod/Rothbaum relationship told The Post. “He was not their first choice, but he was the first to agree to next steps.”

However, any next steps in buying the Mets right now must overcome two major hurdles: The difficulty in valuating the franchise while baseball is shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Wilpons’ unwillingness to sell SNY.

In terms of the pandemic valuation, The Post’s Joel Sherman reported on Wednesday that Major League Baseball will shortly be sending a proposal to the Players Association with details to start the 2020 season. There are numerous hurdles to leap, however, from financial to medical to political. Ironically, the absence of a season, particularly one featuring games played in empty ballparks, would potentially save the Wilpons money. Nevertheless, the club is still paying off debts and hemorrhaging money without the gate and associated revenue it collects from the standard 81 home games at Citi Field.

“The league has drawn down all of its credit lines,” said a person close to MLB. “But that means it can pay each team $40 million at most. The Mets are going to lose like $90 million this year, if not more.”

The Post estimates that losses for a half season at Citi Field would be around $150 million, while a second source pegs the amount MLB can pay out per team at closer to $30 million.

Those losses make the inclusion of SNY a key in any deal to buy the Mets, but sources close to the Wilpons insist that the family is loath to lose the network and its revenue.

“They really think they can sell the team and keep SNY,” one Mets insider said. “But the only person to agree to that was Steve Cohen, and we all know how that ended.”

Cohen’s doomed $2.6 billion bid for the team did not include the network, but it was also made before the pandemic by a motivated buyer with $11 billion to throw around.

“Cohen was going to do it, sure,” one banker close to the situation said. “But there is no way this team trades now without SNY. The Wilpons can play hardball as much as they want but no one can afford to own this team without the TV revenue. It literally doesn’t add up.”

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
'Wonderful World of Disney' Movie Night Revived at ABC — See Schedule
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - May 7, 2020

‘Member when CBS said it was bringing back “Sunday Night at the Movies,” and y’all were like, “That’s nice and all, but I’d love to have ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ back instead.”

A fairy godmother must have been listening, because your wish has been granted.

ABC has announced that it is reviving its “Wonderful World of Disney” family movie night, though whereas in the past the programming event was typically associated with Sundays (at least that is what rugrat Matt remembers), this time around it will serve up a feature every Wednesday at 8/7c, for four straight weeks.

The news comes amidst ABC enjoying success with its inaugural Disney Family Singalong special, which drew a good crowd on April 16 and will cue up a Mother’s Day-timed encore this Sunday.

Kicking off “The Wonderful World of Disney” on Wednesday, May 20 will be Moana, the animated adventure about a spirited teen who sets sail on a daring mission to fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest.

Next up, on May 27, is Thor: The Dark World, the MCU franchise’s follow-up to Thor and The Avengers.

On June 3, things are looking Up with the Academy Award-winning animated feature about a retired balloon salesman. Then on June 10, Big Hero 6 tells the animated tale of Baymax, a lovable personal companion robot who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada.

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TV Notes
On The Air
FRIDAY MAY 8th, 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 - Shark Tank
9PM - 20/20: Marni Yang (120 min.)
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Elizabeth Banks; musician Dave Grohl)
(R)
12:06AM - Nightline
12:36AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Anthony Anderson)
(R)

CBS:
8PM - MacGyver
9PM - Magnum P.I.
10PM - Blue Bloods
* * * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Filmmaker Michael Moore; Brett Eldredge performs)
(R)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Ellen Pompeo; Mike Colter; Loud Luxury and Bryce Vine perform)
(R)

NBC:
8PM - The Blacklist
9PM - Dateline NBC: Unbreakable (120 min.)
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (At Home Edition: Mark Ruffalo; journalist Guy Raz; Miranda Lambert performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.); James Taylor talks and performs; Glen Sobel sits in with the 8G Band)
(R)
1:38AM - A Little Late With Lilly Singh (Professional wrestlers Natalya Neidhart, Paige and Alexa Bliss)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - WWE Friday Night SmackDown (120 min., LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - Masters of Illusion: Impossible Escapes
9PM - Dynasty (Season Finale)

PBS:
8PM - Washington Week
8:30PM - Firing Line With Margaret Hoover
9PM - In This Together: A PBS American Portrait Story
9:30PM - Great Performances: LA Phil 100 (90 min.)

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: Edicion Especial
* * * *
Midnight - Boxeo Telemundo (90 min.)
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DISCOVERY:
8PM - Gold Rush: Aussie Gold Strike (122 min.)
10:02PM - Bering Sea Gold (Season Premiere, 60 min.)

LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK:
8PM - Movie: Into the Arms of Danger (2020)

VH1:
8PM - RuPaul's Drag Race (90 min.)
9:30PM - RuPaul's Drag Race: Celebrity Edition #103 (90 min.)
* * * *
11PM - Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race (30 min.)

A&E:
9PM - Live PD (120 min.)
* * * *
11PM - Live PD: Wanted (Season 2 Special)

WeTV:
9PM - Mama June: From Not to Hot

HBO:
10PM - Real Time With Bill Maher (LIVE: Guests TBA)
* * * *
11PM - Betty

BBC AMERICA:
11PM - The Graham Norton Show (40 min: Jeff Goldblum; Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter; documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux; mentalist Lior Suchard; singer Mabel)

TBS:
Midnight - ELEAGUE: Super Punch (60 min., LIVE)


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Yay! My favorite sport in my favorite league (BUNDESLIGA) is coming back first!

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German soccer ready for kickoff (behind closed doors)
By Joshua Posaner, Politico.com - May 7, 2020

BERLIN — Soccer matches in Germany's top two divisions will begin without spectators from May 16, making it the first major European country to announce a return to top-flight soccer.

The announcement by the Deutsche Fußball Liga association on Thursday follows talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of Germany's 16 federal states that included a commitment to allow the Bundesliga to resume in the second half of May with strict hygiene protocols in place.

Those in favor of a restart include the leaders of Germany's populous states of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, but critics argue such a quick restart will be a drain on testing resources.

Earlier this week, the DFL said it had tested 1,724 players and staff across the 36 teams in the two leagues and found 10 positive coronavirus cases. A second round of 1,695 tests has just been completed with two further infections, the association said Thursday.

The DFL was keen to finish the season, which has nine rounds of games to go, by the end of June to comply with sponsorship and broadcasting agreements. Under the revised timetable, the final round of Bundesliga games will take place on June 27, the DFL said.

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Also nfl sched leaks started....supposedly 1st 4 wks are all the afc/nfc games.
In case they get canned its easier for tiebreakers.
So i would guess kickoff game is falcons/chiefs.
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TV Sports/Critic's Notes (Football)
NFL relevance for Tom Brady, Tampa Bay reflected in five prime-time games
By Jarrett Bell, USA Today - May 8, 2020

Bruce Arians sounded pretty much like NFL fans across the land on Thursday night when the league announced its 2020 schedule – or projected schedule, given uncertainties tied to the coronavirus pandemic – featuring five prime-time games for his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Pretty pumped up by the prospects.

Five prime-time games for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game in 18 years?

No big surprise. It’s the TB12 Factor, in full hype and anticipation as Tom Brady has made the big move from the New England Patriots. And all eyes (or many millions of eyes) will be watching.

“I love it,” Arians, the Buccaneers coach, told USA TODAY Sports Thursday night. “I think it’s great for our group, that batch of excitement. You’ll feel it from the first game. I’m sure our guys are already talking about it. Let’s roll.”

More: NFL schedule release winners, losers: Who's sitting pretty?

More: 10 most intriguing games of 2020 NFL regular season


The Bucs are last year’s Cleveland Browns, the team that even with disruptions forced by the pandemic, have captured the collective fancy of football fans as the hot storyline too good to ignore.

Does Brady, at 42, still have enough zip in his arm? Will Arians mesh his playbook philosophies with Brady’s skills? Will there be enough passes for both star receivers, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin? Will Rob Gronkowski, after a year in retirement, still dominate?

Say what you want about the Bucs chances in a competitive NFC South race that until proven otherwise, will be led by the New Orleans Saints. But, beginning with a season-opening showdown at New Orleans on Sept. 13, this is going to be fun to watch.

If there’s the semblance of a season that suggests the nation is on the road to recovery from the horrors of the Covid-19 reality.

If so, the NFL schedule-makers confirmed what we already know: The Bucs are relevant again.

Tampa Bay hasn’t been on the NFL map like this since Coach Chucky roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium. And now you can’t count the Bucs out of the possibility of being the first NFL team to host a Super Bowl in their home digs.

Just for the record, the Bucs have never had five prime-time tilts on the slate – which, if this thing plays out according to plan will occur in a seven-week window in October and November.

But that’s just one measure of the Brady effect.

From the moment in March when it was apparent Brady would join the Bucs on a two-year, $50 million contract, Bucs season tickets became Hamilton hot. And for a team that last season ranked in the bottom tenth in the NFL as a road attraction, the Bucs are suddenly a hot road attraction.

Add the increased ancillary revenues from sponsorships, stadium signage, suite sales and the like that will be generated – probably more so next year, assuming we get on the other side of the pandemic with typical business models intact – and Brady’s projected bottom line for the Glazer family that owns the Bucs will be tremendous.

“I think it’s the best investment of the year,” sports business expert Andrew Brandt, a former Green Bay Packers executive who writes for Sports Illustrated and teaches at Villanova, told USA TODAY Sports. “Over two years, that asset value for the Buccaneers will grow to be much more than $50 million.”

The Bucs ranked 27th in the NFL for franchise value in 2019, according to Forbes, at $2.2 billion (The Dallas Cowboys, at $5.5 billion, were the most-valued franchise for a 13th consecutive year). It will be difficult for the Bucs or any sports team, to realize significant growth in 2020 due to the crisis conditions, but the visibility sets them up to cash in on the Brady factor.

As sports consultant Marc Ganis put it, “It’s like a massive B-12 shot in the arm for the Bucs and for the NFL.”

Ganis, president of Sportscorp, Ltd., said that Brady’s move to the Bucs rather than a more popular team (the 49ers were speculated among possibilities) is good for the league because it helps to prop up a downtrodden franchise.

Of course, the Brady hype is even better if it leads to enough victories to keep the Bucs relevant in the NFL standings after a 7-9 finish in 2019.

That’s where Arians is challenged to turn the hype into magic. Having started with a “virtual” offseason program because NFL facilities are closed due to the pandemic, he is obviously eager to get his players back into the building to get on with the nuts-and-bolts business of the hype that comes with the six Super Bowl rings that Brady won with the Patriots.

“He’s fantastic,” Arians said of Brady. “He’s one of those guys where he can’t get enough. It’s just a matter of trying to learn the basics. He’s got to get with what we do, and we’ll get with what he does. We’ll collaborate. I can’t wait to get into the meeting room with him. There’s only so much you can do on the computer.”

It’s unclear exactly how the timeline will progress for the rest of the NFL offseason, training camp and into the regular season. Arians said the memo that Commissioner Roger Goodell sent Wednesday that detailed protocols for the first phase of re-opening headquarters was helpful.

Beyond that, he realizes more adjustments will come – and perhaps even with the schedule the league just unveiled.

“That’s every year, we have to be prepared to make adjustments,” Arians said. “Whether it’s injuries or a hurricane, crazy things happen. This is just another one of those things. We’ll deal with it.”

At least the Bucs can see what could be ahead: Brady’s debut against the Saints at the Superdome for a prolific matchup of record-setting quarterbacks that pits him against Drew Brees.

Right out of the gate, Brady and the Bucs will get one of their toughest matchups of the season.

“I love it,” Arians said. “It’s a big game. You’d like to play a few games before you get to that one, but we’ll take it.”

Especially this year. And with the NFL spotlight shining on the Bucs like never before.

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Betty White to star in Lifetime Christmas movie
With all the deaths that get reported in this thread I panicked for a split second while reading this headline.
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News Outlets Want More Advertisers to Act Like Burger King
The Home of the Whopper, Verizon and Amazon are among the relative few that haven’t been afraid to run ads near coverage of the coronavirus.
By Tiffany Hsu and Marc Tracy, New York Times - May 7, 2020

Most companies regularly take steps to make sure their ads don’t run near headlines that could upset potential customers. So news organizations weren’t surprised when advertisers canceled campaigns in recent weeks or demanded that their ads be placed far from coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, costing publishers significant revenue.

Burger King was an exception. Instead of shunning articles that included terms like “Covid-19” or “pandemic,” the company behind the Whopper focused its message on contactless food delivery and pickup. That way, its marketing would not seem out of place in a grim news cycle, said Marcelo Pascoa, the company’s head of brand and communications.

“It isn’t damaging for the brand to appear within the context of the crisis, because the brand is playing a role,” he said.

To stay away from bad news, advertisers often turn to a method known as blacklisting. It allows airlines to avoid running ads near plane-crash coverage, and companies with wholesome images to keep away from articles containing words like “murder” or “sex.” In a time of political polarization, frequently blacklisted terms include “Russia,” “impeach” and, among the most avoided, “Trump.”

Lately, the most-blocked terms pertain to the virus. Blacklisting during the pandemic has kept more than 1.3 billion ads from being displayed next to content featuring the word “coronavirus” on websites, according to the ad verification firm Integral Ad Science. That has had a devastating effect on ad-dependent news organizations, many of which have been forced to lay off workers at a time when the pandemic has dominated coverage.

For quality journalism to survive, more companies should behave like Burger King, news publishers and marketing executives say.

Steven Brill, a veteran news executive who is working to fight misinformation and propaganda through the journalism verification start-up NewsGuard, said companies had started “an unintended boycott of serious news” through their avoidance of coronavirus coverage.

“There’s a way to support legitimate journalism and not be embarrassed,” Mr. Brill said.

But there are complications, aside from corporate squeamishness. Many companies are struggling to stay afloat and have less to spend on marketing. Further, they worry that their ads could end up on websites that peddle false information or conspiracy theories related to the virus.

Mr. Brill said companies should put aside their fears, given the threat to the news industry.

“Advertisers can continue to make thoughtful decisions about ad placements on Covid-19 content while supporting serious journalism and remaining confident their ads will not appear on misinformation sites,” he said.

In a recent essay for the trade publication The Drum, Jerry Daykin, a media executive at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, urged his peers to support worthy news outlets. The headline for his piece was blunt: “Marketers — stop blocking the best parts of the internet or they won’t exist anymore.”

“If we cut the funding from high-quality content and journalism,” Mr. Daykin wrote, “it simply won’t exist for us to advertise against in the future.”

Some companies, such as Slack, Geico, Netflix and the telemedicine company GoodRx, have continued to place ads with news publications despite the tragic news cycle.

Verizon also went against the trend, spending more than $4.5 million on advertising on news sites like The Wall Street Journal and CNN since mid-March. That was more than double what it had spent over the same period last year, according to the advertising analytics platform Pathmatics.

“Instead of pulling back because of the daunting nature of the narrative, we’ve leaned in,” Diego Scotti, Verizon’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

Similarly, Amazon, which has faced criticism for pushing nervous employees to work, has spent $2.3 million to advertise in The Wall Street Journal, in The Washington Post and on CNN since mid-March. Over the same period last year, it spent $506,200 on those sites, according to Pathmatics.

But nearly 90 percent of news organizations said companies had canceled ad campaigns since the crisis began, according to the trade group IAB.

Many advertisers went into “panic mode,” said Michel de Rijk, the chief executive of the digital advertising company S4 Capital.

“Their first response was to stop everything,” he said. “They didn’t want to be perceived in the wrong way or associated in some way.”

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Pay TV Subscriber Losses Hit Record Amid Pandemic, Virtual Services "Implode"
By Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter - May 7, 2020

It is official: the rise in unemployment due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to a new quarterly record in pay TV subscriber losses.

"In the context of over 30 million unemployment claims and estimates for minus 40 percent gross domestic product, it would be unseemly to resort to hyperbole to describe the carnage in pay TV in the first quarter," MoffettNathanson analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson wrote in a Friday report entitled "Pay TV Catches COVID." "Better that we simply report the numbers. Traditional pay TV subscriptions fell by a record 1.8 million in the first quarter, the worst quarterly result on record, bringing the annual rate of decline to 7.6 percent, also a record."

They warned: "With sports off the air, and with the pain of the tsunami of unemployment just beginning to hit as the quarter ended, all these numbers will get worse in the second quarter."

The report came out just before the U.S. Department of Labor said that the April unemployment rate rose to a record 14.7 percent, compared with the previous record of 10.8 percent since the data started being tracked in 1948, with payrolls falling by an unprecedented 20.5 million due to the pandemic.

The MoffettNathanson team highlighted that "things were particularly bad for satellite TV where subscriptions plunged by over 1 million for the third quarter in a row, bringing the annual rate of decline to a worst-ever 14.3 percent (the number would be worse still if we were to include lost bars, restaurants, and hotels temporarily suspended at Dish Network)."

Cable operators’ 600,000 subscriber drop in the quarter, making for a 4 percent annual rate of decline, "looks positively gentle by comparison," the analysts wrote. "But it, too, was the worst on record."

And at 63 percent of occupied U.S. households, traditional pay TV penetration has "reached a level not previously seen since roughly 1995," Moffett and Nathanson highlighted. "There are now as many non-subscribing households (46 million) as there were pay TV subscribers in 1988."

The picture was somewhat mixed this earnings season though. Cable giant Comcast, for example, lost 409,000 pay TV subscribers in the first quarter, compared with 121,000 in the year-ago period, while Charter did better. It lost 70,000, compared with a loss of 145,000 in the year-ago period. But both posted accelerated broadband user gains, with Comcast reporting internet customer net additions of 477,000, its “best quarterly result in 12 years," and Charter adding 582,000, up from 428,000 in the first quarter of 2019.

Altice USA lost fewer pay TV subscribers, 42,000, than its big cable peers, with the MoffettNathanson analysts estimating that others in the cable sector lost 125,000 in the latest quarter.

Dish lost a record 413,000 TV subscribers, including 132,000 net Dish customers and approximately 281,000 net subscribers to its Sling TV streaming service. And AT&T lost 138,000 subscribers at its AT&T TV Now streaming service in the first quarter, more than the loss of 83,000 in the year-ago period. It also recorded a 897,000 loss of premium TV subscribers at DirecTV and U-Verse, compared with a year-ago loss of 544,000.

The virtual pay TV services are looking particularly hard hit, according to analysts. "The virtual [distributors], once viewed as the last line of defense for cable networks, imploded in the first quarter," wrote Moffett and Nathanson, estimating that they collectively lost around 341,000 subscribers in the latest quarter. "Total subscriptions, including both traditional and virtual [services], are now shrinking by 5.3 percent per year. Yes, that, too, is the worst ever."

The analysts said they believe that fuboTV lost subscribers in the first quarter just like Sling and AT&T TV Now, while "Disney’s Hulu Live TV appears to have hit a wall in the wake of multiple price increases, growing by only about 100,000 subscribers in the first quarter, an abrupt deceleration from their recent torrid growth." What about the roughly 500,000 subscribers of Sony’s PlayStation Vue service, which shut down at the end of January.? They appear to have gone … nowhere," the analysts said. "Even YouTube TV, by far the fastest growing of the lot, couldn’t pick up all the slack" with a subscriber gain that the analysts estimated at 300,000 for the first quarter.

The analysts' shared an estimate for the combined first-quarter subscriber gain of YouTube TV, Hulu Live, Vue, fuboTV and Philo: 75,000, down from 590,000 in the first quarter of 2019.

Live sports being put on ice by the pandemic are the key driver of this trend, the analyst duo believes. "Without sports and with economic pressures on families mounting by the end of the quarter, the migration to virtual [pay TV distributors] absolutely tanked," they argued.

The MoffettNathanson teams does see a bright spot of sorts in Hollywood giants' growing or upcoming streaming services. "It is perhaps some comfort that some of the same companies losing distribution for their traditional cable networks – we’re looking at you, Disney and Comcast – have launched direct-to-consumer 'lifeboats' that are rapidly gaining traction with distraction-starved, shut-in consumers," they wrote. "AT&T will join this club in a few weeks with the launch of HBO Max. But it is increasingly clear that as consumers climb into these lifeboats, they are leaving the (sinking) motherships behind."

Warned the analysts: "Notwithstanding the princely valuations being accorded SVOD platforms like Disney+, we doubt the direct-to-consumer lifeboats will ever come close to matching the profitability of the business they are ostensibly designed to replace."

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I think you got those two items reversed. That said, I'll watch neither of them.

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‘Defending Jacob’ Is Shaping Up As An Apple TV+ Breakout As Some Viewership Data Emerges
By Nellie Andreeva, Deadline.com - May 7, 2020

Defending Jacob also is believed to be setting Apple TV+ records for viewer engagement......

https://deadline.com/2020/05/defendi...gs-1202928008/

That's not exactly a high bar to achieve when you consider the offerings so far. It;s like setting a world record....for the fastest racing snail.
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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez end their quest to buy the Mets
By Thornton McEnery, New York Post - May 7, 2020

There is no joy in Flushing, for J-Rod has pulled out.

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New Taylor Swift concert special City of Lover coming to ABC and streaming
By Nick Romano, EW.com - May 8, 2020

Taylor Swift promises that you'll never find another concert special like this.

The "ME!" singer announced Friday that Taylor Swift City of Lover Concert will air later this month on ABC. The special taps footage shot at Swift's Sep. 9, 2019 performance at L’Olympia Theater in Paris and she "thought it’d be fun to share it with you," the performer tweeted.

City of Lover will air on Sunday, May 17 on ABC starting at 10 p.m. ET. The very next day, it will be available to stream on both the Disney+ and Hulu streaming platforms.

"Hope everybody is happy and healthy and staying safe," the 30-year-old Grammy winner said in a video message shared by ABC's Good Morning America. "So, I played this concert in September called The City of Lover show and it was in Paris. It was so much fun. It was actually a show we put together just to celebrate the Lover album coming out and we filmed it."

Lover, Swift's seventh studio album, dropped at the end of August and the subsequent concert saw select fans from 37 countries fly to Paris to hear songs off the record.

"I am really excited about it," Swift added. "Again, sending my love to you guys and hope you're well."

Swift was initially supposed to kick off her Lover Fest performances this July in Los Angeles. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, she and her team made the decision to cancel with plans to reschedule for 2021.

“I'm so sad I won't be able to see you guys in concert this year, but I know this is the right decision,” she told fans in April. “Please, please stay healthy and safe. I’ll see you on stage as soon as I can but right now what’s important is committing to this quarantine, for the sake of all of us.”

At least fans will still get to see her perform on stage in some capacity.

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TV Ratings: Council of Dads Improves, Blindspot Returns Low, Tommy Flat
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - May 8, 2020

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s Council of Dads — now leading off Thursdays — ticked up from last week’s irregularly scheduled Episode 2, drawing 3 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating. Leading out of that, Blindspot opened its farewell run with 2.1 mil and a 0.3 (TVLine reader grade “A-“, read post mortem), matching its Season 4 finale’s series lows.

Elsewhere…

ABC | Millionaire (6.2 mil/0.9) ticked up and led Thursday in the demo. Station 19 (5.5 mil/0.8, read recap) and the penultimate HTGAWM (2.6 mil/0.5, read recap) both dipped.

CBS | The freshly cancelled Man With a Plan (6.1 mil/0.7) and Broke (4.8 mil/0.6), as well as Tommy‘s series finale (5.4 mil/0.5, Season 1 reader grade “A-“), were all flat. A Young Sheldon rerun delivered Thursday’s largest audience, 6.5 million.

THE CW | Katy Keene (471K/0.1) and In the Dark (340K/0.1) were steady in the demo, though the latter slipped to another audience low.

FOX | Celebrity Watch Party debuted to 1.8 mil and a 0.4.

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Boba Fett Will Appear in The Mandalorian Season 2
By Lindsay MacDonald, TVGuide.com - May 8, 2020

Major news, Star Wars fans! The character we've all been waiting to show up in The Mandalorian is officially confirmed for Season 2.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett (Boba Fett's father) in 2002's Star Wars: Attack of the Clones will appear in Season 2 of the Disney+ series.

Morrison will be playing Boba Fett, the famed bounty hunter introduced in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, which makes sense given Boba was actually a clone of his father.

Boba Fett's appearance in The Mandalorian was teased in Season 1, and though this is a big deal for Star Wars fans, you should temper your expectations if you're hoping for a major Boba Fett arc. The character will apparently only play a small role in Season 2, but we'll take whatever we can get! We should at least find out how he survived falling into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi.

The Mandalorian Season 2 is expected to premiere this fall.

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