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Four veteran cast members signed off from “Saturday Night Live.” Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney are all exiting the NBC series and had their swan song Saturday night on the episode hosted by Natasha Lyonne. The theme of the night was a throwback to the time, more than a decade ago, when the venerable show used to give departing cast members more formal sendoffs. McKinnon has been on the show for 11 seasons (her last show marked her 211th episode, more than any woman in “SNL” history), Bryant has been with the team for 10, Mooney for nine and Davidson for eight seasons.
Get ready to return to the Upside Down. Netflix released the first eight minutes of the first episode of the upcoming season of “Stranger Things.” The streamer said it will debut the first seven episodes of the nine-ep fourth season on Friday, May 27; the final two eps will be released on July 1 as Volume 2. The new season picks up as the band of friends, separated for the first time, deal with aftermath of the destruction their town of Hawkins was dealt last season, the complexities of high school and a new supernatural threat.
Reginald Hudlin and Done+Dusted will be back to produce the 74th Emmys this year. The 2022 run will marks the third consecutive year that the “House Party” director and his Hudlin Entertainment will exec-produce and the fifth year for the British production company. The awards are slated to air on NBC on Monday, September 12. No host or venue has been announced.
The WWE “suspended indefinitely” Sasha Banks and Naomi, and stripped the tag team of their titles after they refused to participate in a match last week at “Monday Night Raw.” Their suspension was announced on the “WWE Friday Night SmackDown,” with a tournament held to crown new champions.
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PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
“I Gotta Ask My Wife,” a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Finesse Mitchell, is in the works at Fox. Mitchell created, exec-produces and writes the series, inspired by his standup, alongside Warren Hutcherson (“The Bernie Mac Show”).
Hulu picked up the rights to “A Calculated Man,” with plans to turn the comic book into a series. AfterShock Media is set to publish the book in June. Peter Calloway, exec producer of HBO’s “The Nevers” and co-exec producer on Freeform’s “Cloak & Dagger” and FX’s “Legion,” is on board to pen the project and serve as showrunner. From writer Paul Tobin and artist Alberto Albuquerque, the comic is a math-inspired crime series that centers on an accountant, who after living three years in a witness protection program after betraying a crime family, decides to reclaim his old life.
Ahead of its July 27 season 3 premiere, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” picked up a fourth season order from Disney+. Created and exec-produced by Tim Federle (“Ferdinand”), the third season is set at California’s Camp Shallow Lake, where the Wildcats and their fellow campers gear up for an unforgettable summer.
HBO Documentary Films acquired worldwide television rights to “All That Breathes.” From director Shaunak Sen (“Cities of Sleep”), the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was selected as the Grand Jury Prize winner in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. It follows two brothers who run a bird hospital dedicated to rescuing injured black kites in New Delhi, India, a mission that poetically depicts the city’s collapsing ecology and social unrest.
The Duchess Of York Sarah Ferguson is co-helming a Paris-based production house with Mark Gill, Oscar-nominated director for “The Voorman Problem” and Cyril Cadars. Vestapol Films will develop and produce films and TV for international audiences and markets, especially the US and Japan. First projects include a miniseries expanding on “The Voorman Problem” and a biopic about iconic Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase.
Coming of age rom-com drama “Heartstopper” scored a rare two-season pickup at Netflix. From See-Saw Films, the UK series was adapted by Alice Oseman from her graphic novel… Netflix also greenlit Swedish action film “A Day and a Half,” directed, penned and starring Fares Fares (“Chernobyl,” “Westworld”), who will play a police officer tracking down a divorced couple on an emotionally charged road trip. Warner Bros. International TV Production is producing, and is joined in the writing room by Peter Smirnakos.
Cloudco Entertainment announcedits 2D animated incarnation of “Care Bears: Unlock the Magic” is in production on six new 22-minute specials for the Cartoonito preschool block on HBO Max and Cartoon Network.Simultaneously, season 1 of “Care Bears: Unlock the Magic” has been extended into early 2027 for the linear and streaming platforms.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Good news for Gleeks. Six months after “Glee” went off of Netflix, the musical series will be available on Disney+ and Hulu starting Wednesday, June 1 to coincide with the kickoff of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. “Glee,” produced by 20th Television, aired on Fox for six seasons and was a hit for the network.
Also at Hulu and Disney+, the streamers dropped key art and a trailer for the third and final season of original series “Love, Victor,” which debuts all eight eps on both services Wednesday, June 15. This go-round Victor embarks on a journey of self-discovery, deciding not only who he wants to be with, but who he wants to be.
Disney+ previewed Walt DisneyAnimation Studios’ “Baymax!,” which premieres Wednesday, June 29. The series features new adventures in the fantastical city of San Fransokyo, where the affable, inflatable healthcare companion robot Baymax—star of 2014 film “Big Hero 6”—attempts to do what he was programmed to do: help others.
Disney+ also announced “Zombies 3” will premiere globally Friday, July 15 and then bow on Disney Channel Friday, August 12 at 8p. The latest story in the franchise introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the student body of zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves at Seabrook High.
The AccuWeather Networkwill air one-hour special “AccuWeather Hurricane Center 2022” on Wednesday, May 25 at 7p. The program, featuring AccuWeather hurricane expert and senior meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, will detail what to expect from the 2022 hurricane season and ways viewers can keep their families prepared and safe.
Hulu is having a flash sale. The streamer is offering new and select returning subscribers its basic, ad-supported tier for $1 a month for the first three months. The discount, which is tied to National Streaming Day, runs through Friday, May 27. The regular price of the service is $6.99 with ads; $12.99 for the ad-free version.
Crackle is launching an updated, free Crackle AVOD app on Fire TV. Available to Fire TV US customers on all Fire TV devices, the app update features faster load times, and new content screens and video playback. Tech updates also will have an autoplay feature aimed at increasing user engagement, as well as a personalized content recommendation tool based on customers’ previous viewing habits.
Lupita Nyong’o has exited “Lady In The Lake,” Apple’s limited series adaptation of the same-titled Laura Lippman’s book.
ABC’s “The Company You Keep” is casting up. Sarah Wayne Callies, James Saito, Tim Chiou, Freda Foh Shen and Felisha Terrell are set as leads in the drama pilot, which also stars Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim…Also at ABC, Yasha Jackson (“The Flight Attendant”) scored the lead role opposite Michaela McManus in ABC’s untitled national parks drama pilot.
Alanna Ubach (“Euphoria”)rounds out the series regular cast of Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming comedy series “TED,” for Peacock… The streamer also announced Neve Campbell (“Scream 5”) will recur as a guest in its new action-comedy series “Twister Metal.”
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will join the cast of British TV soap “EastEnders” for cameo roles in a street party scene in an upcoming ep, to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
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Two new hires at Candle Media, which named Courtney Cappa as SVP, finance & accounting, and Kendall Ostrow as SVP, business development & community. Cappa most recently served as head of finance and controller at indie film and TV studio Wiip; Ostrow previously served a seven-year stint at UTA.
Another exec departure at CNN. Meredith Artley, SVP and editor in chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is headed for the exit at the network. A successor has not been named.
TelevisaUnivision appointed David Katz as SVP of corporate events. He joins with two decades of experience including leadership roles at including Viacom and Nickelodeon.
UK-based Electric Shadow Company hired Isabel Freer as head of development and Kwesi Dickson as head of production finance. Freer has co-produced stage and television productions including Howard Zinn’s “The People Speak.” Dickson previously worked as a producer on “Rogue” and “SAS: Red Notice,” both exec- produced by ESC.
This Day in History
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question
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ABC: NBA Countdown, NBA Basketball
CBS: The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, NCIS, NCIS: Hawaii
CW: All American, All American: Homecoming
FOX: Don’t Forget the Lyrics, Beat Shazam
NBC: Jurassic World
PBS: Antiques Roadshow, Antiques Roadshow, Independent Lens
Telemundo: La Casa de los Famosos, Amor Valiente, Pasion de Gavilanes
Univision: Soltero Con Hijas, Mi Fortuna es Amarte, El Ultimo Rey