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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 5 Trailer Reveals Final Adventure for Captain Burnham and Crew (TV News Roundup)

Paramount+ has released the trailer for the final season of “Star Trek: Discovery,” debuting April 4 with the first two episodes.

The series’ description reads, “The fifth and final season will find Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncovering a mystery that will send them on an epic adventure across the galaxy to find an ancient power whose very existence has been deliberately hidden for centuries. But there are others on the hunt as well…dangerous foes who are desperate to claim the prize for themselves and will stop at nothing to get it.”

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The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, David Ajala, Blu del Barrio and Callum Keith Rennie. Elias Toufexis and Eve Harlow are featured as recurring guest stars.

CBS Studios produces in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Executive producers include Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Sonequa Martin-Green, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise are co-showrunners.

Watch the trailer below.

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Peacock and Sky have released the teaser trailer for the upcoming limited drama series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” premiering May 2 with the release of all six episodes.

The series stars Melanie Lynskey, Harvey Keitel, Jonah Hauer-King, Anna Próchniak and Jonas Nay.

Adapted from the book of the same name by Heather Morris, “‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ is an event series inspired by the real-life story of Jewish Holocaust survivors Lali and Gita Sokolov. Lali (Jonah Hauer-King) arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942, and shortly after arrival, he was made one of the tätowierer (tattooists), charged to ink identification numbers onto fellow prisoners’ arms. One day, he meets Gita (Anna Próchniak) when tattooing her prisoner number on her arm. They experience love at first sight, and so begins a courageous, unforgettable, and human story. Under constant guard from a volatile Nazi SS officer Baretzki (Jonas Nay), Lali and Gita became determined to keep each other alive.”

The description continues, “Around 60 years later, Lali (Harvey Keitel) meets novice writer Heather Morris (Melanie Lynskey). Recently widowed, Lali finds the courage to tell the world his story. In recounting his story to Heather, Lali, in his 80s, faces the traumatic ghosts of his youth and relives his memories of falling in love in the most horrific of places.”

The show’s score is composed by Hans Zimmer and Kara Talve. Executive producers include Claire Mundell, Adrian Burns and Mark Young of Synchronicity Films, and Serena Thompson of Sky Studios. Tali Shalom-Ezer is director and co-executive producer. Jacquelin Perske is an executive producer and writer while Evan Placey is an associate producer and writer.

Watch the trailer below.

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Freeform has released the teaser trailer for the sixth and final season of “Grown-ish,” which returns on March 27 at 10 p.m. and streams the next day on Hulu. New episodes air Wednesdays.

The final season follows Andre Johnson Jr., or Junior, as graduation approaches, with him preparing for adulthood.

Malcolm Jamal Warner will guest star as Darnell, Doug’s dad, with Rich Paul guest starring as himself and Druski reprising the role of Brock. Original cast members Francia Raisa, Emily Arlook, Jordan Buhat and Luka Sabbat will also return to guest star. Additionally, previously announced guest stars Kelly Rowland, Lil Yachty, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals and Latto will return for the second half of Season 6.

The series will celebrate its 100th episode this season with Season 6 Episode 13 “California Love,” which airs on Freeform on April 17th and the next day on Hulu.

“Grown-ish” stars Marcus Scribner, Trevor Jackson, Diggy Simmons, Daniella Taylor, Justine Skye, Tara Raani and Yara Shahidi. ABC Signature produces, with Kenya Barris, Craig Doyle, Shahidi, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, E. Brian Dobbins and Michael Petok serving as executive producers. Doyle also serves as showrunner.

See the full teaser below.

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Max has released the trailer for the drama series “The Girls on the Bus,” debuting March 14 with the release of two episodes. One episode will be released every subsequent week through May 9.

The official logline for the series reads: “‘The Girls on the Bus’ invites viewers to hit the campaign trail alongside four female journalists, each of them different in their reporting styles and personalities. The story centers on Sadie McCarthy (Melissa Benoist), a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace (Carla Gugino), Lola (Natasha Behnam), and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore). Despite their differences, the women become a found family with a front-row seat to the greatest soap opera in town – the battle for the White House.”

The rest of the cast includes Brandon Scott, Griffin Dunne, Mark Consuelos and Scott Foley.

“The Girls on the Bus” comes from creators Amy Chozick and Julie Plec and “is inspired by Chozick’s experiences as a political reporter on the campaign bus with multiple presidential candidates.” Chozick and Plec are both executive producers in addition to showrunner Rina Mimoun, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Leigh London Redman and Marcos Siega. Jesse Peretz serves as executive producer and director of the pilot. Bonoist is a producer. Berlanti Productions is behind the series, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Watch the trailer below.

DATES

Bret Baier, Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor and executive editor of “Special Report,” will interview Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. ET from Ukraine.

The conversation will air on “Special Report” in Zelenskyy’s first interview from the frontlines of combat since the war began on Feb. 24, 2022.

Baier will also spotlight the Fox News correspondents who have been covering the war since the days leading up to the invasion. Benjamin Hall, Pierre Zakrzewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova, who were hit by a Russian projectile while covering the beginning of the war, will all be honored. Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova were killed in the attack and Hall was wounded.

On Feb. 23, “Special Report” will air a segment which showcases the impact of the war by interviewing Ukrainians on the ground. The segment will also present what life is like in a war-torn country, centering on the capital city Kyiv. Hall and Jerusalem-based correspondent Trey Yingst will join Baier to speak about the difficulties of reporting on the war in Ukraine and the significance of on the ground reporting in conflict zones.

LOCAL NEWS

WABC-TV New York announced that entertainment reporter Joelle Garguilo is joining the WABC-TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News in New York team. She will replace veteran reporter Sandy Kenyon, who is moving to a new position as consultant for ABC Owned Television stations. Garguilo and Kenyon will both cover the 96th Oscars, which take place on March 10 at the Dolby Theater.

“Joelle Garguilo approaches every story with enthusiasm, heart and a true passion for all things entertainment and lifestyle,” said Marilu Galvez, president and general manager of ABC7/WABC-TV New York. “Those attributes make her one of the most appealing interviewers in entertainment reporting and someone I know our viewers are going to love.”

Garguilo started out in broadcast television 15 years ago working at NBC. Throughout her career, she has served as an on-air entertainment and features reporter for “New York Live,” a correspondent for “E!” News and contributed to the “Today Show with Hoda and Jenna.” She has interviewed hundreds of stars ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Timothée Chalamet, and has covered major events of the past year including the Met Gala and the MTV VMAs.

Garguilo has won two Emmy Awards in her career for the magazine program “New York Live Home for the Holidays” and for outstanding entertainment: program features/segment for “New York Live” features/segments.

EXECUTIVE NEWS

As BBC Studios Los Angeles Prods. ends its deal with Lionsgate, Rachel Bendavid and Angie Stephenson have been named executive vice presidents of scripted programming for BBC Studios Productions. They will report to Valerie Bruce, the head and general manager of BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to lead BBC Studios LA scripted programming into its next chapter,” Bendavid and Stephenson said in a statement. “BBC Studios has some of the most beloved and successful global brands to inspire us, a passion for creative excellence, great story telling, and outstanding talent on both sides of the Atlantic. We are truly excited about what lies ahead.”

Over the past three years, the production arm has launched 12 new series with ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, National Geographic, Netflix and Peacock. Working in the Los Angeles office, Bendavid and Stephenson will work in close collaboration with BBC Studios Productions’ president of scripted Mark Linsey.

Bendavid was most recently head of scripted programming for the co-production partnership between Lionsgate and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, which launched the hit series “Ghosts.” Stephenson has been promoted from her previous role as BBC Studios’ senior vice president of scripted development.

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True crime network Investigation Discovery has named Kathryn Vaughan to the post of senior vice president, head of production. Vaughan will be based in New York and report to Jason Sarlanis, president of Turner Networks, Investigation Discovery and HLN, linear and streaming.

“I am thrilled to welcome Kathryn to our team,” said Sarlanis in a statement. “She comes to us with extensive true crime expertise, savvy creative instincts and enviable storytelling skills that we witnessed firsthand after working with her on the recent breakout success of ID’s docuseries ‘The Price of Glee,’ ‘Death by Fame’ and ‘Murder in the Heartland.’  Kathryn’s deep commitment to true crime storytelling will enrich our best in class team and further maximize Investigation Discovery’s offering as the leading destination for true crime.”

Vaughan has more than 20 years of experience working in unscripted genres including true crime, lifestyle and sports. In her most recent position, she served as head of development and current programming at Ample Entertainment, where she was in charge of a slate of documentaries. Prior to Ample, Vaughan served as president of Good Caper Content.

AWARDS

Netflix, Google, NBC and Meta are among the winners of the 75th Annual Tech and Engineering Emmy Awards.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards are awarded to a “living individual, a company, or a scientific or technical organization for developments and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies that either represent so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected television,” according to the statement.

A Committee of “highly qualified engineers” working in television considers technical developments in the industry and determines which, if any, merit an award.

“The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award was the first Emmy Award issued in 1949, and it laid the groundwork for all the other Emmys to come,” Adam Sharp, CEO & president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, said in a statement. “We are extremely happy about honoring these prestigious individuals and companies, together with NAB, where the intersection of innovation, technology and excitement in the future of television can be found.”

The ceremony will take place in partnership with the NAB New York media & technology convention as part of their convention in New York this October at the Javits Center.

See the full winners list below.

Pioneering Development of Inexpensive Video Technology for Animation
Winners: Lyon Lamb (Bruce Lyon and John Lamb)

Large Scale Deployment of Smart TV Operating Systems
Winners: Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, Panasonic

Creation and Implementation of HDR Static LUT, Single-Stream Live Production
Winners: BBC and NBC

Pioneering Technologies Enabling High Performance Communications Over Cable TV Systems
Winners: Broadcom, General Instrument (CommScope)
Winners: LANcity (CommScope)
Winners: 3COM (HP)

Pioneering Development of Manifest-based Playout for FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming Television)
Winners: Amagi
Winners: Pluto TV
Winners: Turner

Targeted Ad Messages Delivered Across Paused Media
Winners: DirecTV

Pioneering Development of IP Address Geolocation Technologies to Protect Content Rights
Winners: MLB
Winners: Quova

Development of Stream Switching Technology between Satellite Broadcast and Internet to Improve Signal Reliability
Winners: DirecTV

Design and Deployment of Efficient Hardware Video Accelerators for Cloud
Winners: Netint
Winners: AMD
Winners: Google
Winners: Meta

Spectrum Auction Design
Winners: FCC and Auctionomics

TV Pioneers – Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT)
Karl Ferdinand Braun
Boris Lvovich Rosing
Alan Archibald Campbell Swinton

TV Pioneers – Development of lighting, ventilation, and lens-coating technologies
Hertha Ayrton
Katharine Burr Blodgett

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The Producers Guild of America announced that the producing team for “Succession: Controlling the Narrative” has won this year’s PGA award for Outstanding Short Form Program, while the producing team for “Body of Mine” was honored with the PGA Innovation Award, which celebrates “outstanding entertainment endeavors across VR, AR, experiential and other emerging media.” The rest of the PGA Awards will be handed out during a ceremony on Feb. 25.

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Sir Patrick Stewart, the four-time Oscar-nominated and multi-award-winning actor, will be honored with the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild’s 2024 Television Showperson of the Year Award.

Stewart is being feted for his work in the final season of “Star Trek: Picard,” which saw the actor reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he originated in the 1987 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series.

“Heralded as one of the greatest actors of our time, Stewart embodies the spirit of the Television Showperson of the Year, which honors an individual whose accomplishments in television best represent that special spirit traditionally defined as showmanship,” read the statement.

It continued: “We are honored to celebrate Stewart’s venerable career, including the recently-completed final season of CBS Studios/Paramount+’s “Star Trek: Picard,” in which he reprised his signature role, first appearing in 1987.”

Stewart’s career spans over six decades. A classically trained theater artist who got his start at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart’s performances have garnered three Olivier Awards plus Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, Critics Choice and Tony Award nominations, among other honors. His screen work includes portrayals of “X-Men” character Professor Charles Xavier. In 2023, he released his memoir, “Making It So.”

Previous recipients of the Television Showperson of the Year Award include Norman Lear, Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti, Quinta Brunson, Ryan Murphy, John Landgraf, Shonda Rhimes, Chuck Lorre, Steven Bochco, Aaron Spelling and Bob Hope.

Stewart will receive the award at the 61st Annual ICG Publicist Awards luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 8.

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Henry Winkler will be honored with USC Comedy’s 2024 Oakie Award for Exceptional Achievements in Film and Television Comedy. The announcement comes from David Isaacs, co-chair of USC Comedy and chair of the John Wells division of writing for screen & television and Barnet Kellman, co-chair of USC Comedy.

The award presentation will take place on March 5 at 7 p.m. and include an in-depth conversation with Winkler moderated by Bill Hader. Previous recipients include Hader, Catherine O’Hara, Steve Carell and Mel Brooks.

“Henry Winkler’s indelible mark on the world of comedy stands as a testament to his dedication to his craft, complemented by his infinite generosity and infectious spirit. He has solidified his place as a true comedic icon and we are honored to present him with USC Comedy’s 2024 Oakie Award,” Isaacs said in a statement. “From his iconic portrayal as Arthur ‘the Fonz’ Fonzarelli in the beloved sitcom ‘Happy Days’ to his recent acclaimed performance in the hit series ‘Barry,’ Winkler’s career has been defined by his extraordinary comedic talent. We eagerly anticipate welcoming him to campus, knowing our students will glean invaluable insights from his career and extensive experience in the industry.”

LAUNCHES

MoonBall Media, an MLB player-owned media and production company founded by Anthony Seratelli and Eric Hosmer, has launched.

MoonBall Media will include original unscripted programming, a weekly podcast, social media content and forthcoming FAST channels. The first episode of the weekly podcast “Diggin’ Deep,” which explores pertinent topics in sports and media, has already debuted. Joining Hosmer as co-hosts are MLB veteran Peter Moylan and process and development coach Justin Su’a. Guests will include other athletes, coaches, musicians, and pop culture figures as they delve into “an intimate and unfiltered look into the challenges and triumphs that have shaped their lives.”

MoonBall Media will also have a library of acquired and original sports-related content, including a docuseries about unbreakable records in sports and a documentary about two cowboys competing for the World Bull Riding Championship.

“We’re thrilled to officially announce the launch of MoonBall Media,” said founder and CEO Seratelli. “The opportunity to fully merge my passion and experience in both sports and storytelling is something I’ve been working towards for a long time. We have an amazingly talented team of producers and creators and we look forward to entertaining audiences through our unique documentaries, weekly podcasts, live sports and much more content to come.”

Seratelli has experience producing with his company Jersey Filmmaker; Hosmer is co-founding MoonBall right after leaving the MLB, having announced his official retirement on “Diggin’ Deep.”

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The new production staffing website ShoBizzy has officially launched, with advisors from congloms including Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros Discovery, and NBCUniversal. Founded by Doug Weitzbuch (“World of Dance,” “Duck Dynasty”) and serial software entrepreneur Kevin Eberly (“PayYourRent”), the site utilizes algorithms to help staff productions including film, television, commercials, digital and live events.

“ShoBizzy can save productions significant time and money by automatically suggesting the best suited and available candidates for every single position in their production,” the company said in a statement. “This will reduce time spent staffing, eliminate bad hires, and increase exposure to more locals… This is a dramatic improvement from the current process of scouring IMDb, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc to try to find a mutual connection that has worked with the candidate.”

The idea for ShoBizzy was born after Weitzbuch, who has spent 20 years as a freelance producer, wrapped on the Netflix series “Buy My House” and reached out to Eberly, who was a close friend, about coming up with a new way to staff projects.

DEALS

NewsNation has struck a multi-year agreement with Ashleigh Banfield, in which she will continue to host her primetime program “Banfield” at 10 p.m. ET on weeknights.

“Banfield” covers the country’s biggest stories, including top crime cases. Banfield has over 35 years of experience as a broadcast journalist and has worked for a variety of networks including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, NBC, CourtTV and ABC News. At NewsNation, some of the breaking news stories she has covered include the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, the Gabby Petito-Brian Laundrie murder case, the Bryan Kohberger trial, the Murdaugh trial and the Gilgo Beach murders.

“Ashleigh is an incredible talent and a seasoned broadcast journalist,” said Michael Corn, president of news at NewsNation. “She covers crime and the justice system better than anyone and we are thrilled that she has re-signed with the network.”

“As the crime genre continues to be an increasingly important staple for Americans, ‘Banfield’ has become an essential destination for true crime fans,” said Banfield. “We are proud to be a place where viewers can come for a deep dive into the major crime stories happening across the country.”

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Global media company Studio71 signed an exclusive distribution, ad sales and marketing agreement with Tony Hinchcliffe for his podcast “Kill Tony.” Studio 71 will sell podcast advertising and integrated brand partnerships across audio and video, as well as help Hinchcliffe build out a podcast network called “Golden Pony Podcasts” under its umbrella.

“My entire team is pumped to be working on such a high level and with such huge venues and now an unstoppable advertising force. When Brian Redban and I started working together, we could not have imagined such a juggernaut and we have never been happier now that we are in arenas and our home base of the great state of Texas,” Hinchcliffe said in a statement.

The deal was helmed by Seth Jacobs and Alex Murray at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, where Hinchcliffe is a client. Hinchcliffe is a client of UTA as well, and Dinesh Melwani at Mintzserved as legal counsel. Shana Davies, Brian Lieberman and Vadim Dyment negotiated the deal on behalf of Studio71.

“We are very excited that Tony and his team would entrust his wildly successful podcast with us to continue its growth trajectory,” Craig Jordan, senior vice president of podcast brand partnerships, said in a statement. “We look forward to providing him with our bespoke customized services to grow his audience and his opportunities to new heights, earning them greater revenue through increased distribution, marketing, and best-in-class ad sales.”

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