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Judge Judy to move her gavel to streaming service IMDb TV

LOS ANGELES (AP) —

Everyone’s going to streaming, including Judge Judy. The broadcast TV staple’s next act will be with IMDb TV, Amazon’s free digital service.

Judith Sheindlin, whose long-running syndicated courtroom show “Judge Judy” will end production in 2021, will be dispensing justice on an exclusive show in the U.S. for IMDb TV, it was announced Thursday.

“I’m over the moon to be in business with Amazon Studios and continuing this incredible journey with them on a new platform is so exciting,” Sheindlin said in a statement.

The title and debut date for the new courtroom show weren’t announced.

“The Untitled Judge Judy Sheindlin Project will feature no-nonsense, expeditious Judge Sheindlin’s signature adjudication style with a new array of cases, litigants and judgments,” according to the announcement.

Last March, Sheindlin said “Judge Judy,” which debuted in 1996, would end production in 2021. But the show will continue to be

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TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother’ Finale Dips as ‘The Masked Singer’ Wins

Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series, Fox was back to its regular programming on Wednesday night, with “The Masked Singer” returning top the charts, as per usual.

The singing show scored a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and drew 5.9 million total viewers. While that reprsents a slight dip from last week, it’s also almost exactly on par with its season 4 debut. Right afterwards, “I Can See Your Voice” lost a little ground from last week, falling to a 1.0 rating and 3.7 million viewers.

“Big Brother” aired its two-hour season 22 finale last night to a 1.0 rating and around 3.8 million viewers, that’s down a 0.2 ratings point and around 400,000 viewers from last season’s curtain call. Prior to that, “The Amazing Race” came in at a 0.7 and just over 4 million pairs of eyeballs.

Over on NBC, the finale of “The

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The 10 TV shows you should binge-watch to celebrate Halloween 2020

It’s officially spooky season on TV. 


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If you’re a fan of horror stories and Halloween hijinks, there has never been a better time for you to enjoy TV. Horror (and horror comedy) is booming, with a series for every kind of fan out there. Want something spiritual, supernatural and intriguingly confusing? Try CBS drama “Evil” (now on Netflix). Want that, but with some Marvel flavor? There’s “Helstrom” on Hulu. Want something for serious horror fans? Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor” series are for you. 



a little girl standing in front of a building: Victoria Pedretti stars as a nanny to two young children who sees some ghostly goings-on at her new job in Netflix's "The Haunting of Bly Manor."


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Victoria Pedretti stars as a nanny to two young children who sees some ghostly goings-on at her new job in Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”

As we head into a Halloween season unlike any other, it’s comforting to know that while we may not be able to trick-or-treat or go

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Susan Wokoma: ‘I thought that TV belonged to size zero models’ | Television & radio

Susan Wokoma arrives at Regent’s Park in central London in a nostalgic mood. “I was here last summer,” she says, “and it was the best summer of my life”. Wokoma, who describes herself as having been “terrified of Shakespeare” faced her fears as Bottom in Dominic Hill’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre in this park, warming up on the grass each day. She was unsure about playing the comic foil, until Hill told her what he had heard about her. “He said, I know somebody who was in your year at Rada [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] and they said your Juliet was the best they have ever seen. It was a show to our year and teachers, so for this secret thing to be brought out as evidence … I was like, shit, I’ve got to do it now!”

Wokoma, 32, has played

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Best Buy offering deals on electronics early

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The busiest shopping day of the year has been waning for a while, but did the COVID-19 pandemic finally bring it to an end?

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Best Buy has revealed its Black Friday sale ad earlier than ever with “thousands of deals on the season’s hottest tech.”

The Minneapolis-based electronics retailer released its highly anticipated holiday shopping circular Thursday and said hundreds of the deals are available now with some of the biggest savings offered through Nov. 1. Last year, the ad posted Nov. 7.

“As we’ve said, Black Friday isn’t just one day this year – it’s months long” Best Buy said in a news release. “Shoppers will have even more opportunities to score deals straight from the Black Friday ad before the end of November. In fact, starting today, customers can score select deals from the ad every single day.”

Best Buy Black Friday 2020: Best Buy

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Yes, your TV is watching YOU while you’re watching it

Embargoed until Oct. 29, 5 a.m.



a group of people sitting at a table: The Samsung 98 Inch 8K UHD QLED HDR Smart TV has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, four HDMI inputs, and three USB ports.


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The Samsung 98 Inch 8K UHD QLED HDR Smart TV has built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, four HDMI inputs, and three USB ports.

It can be unsettling when you consider what makes a smart TV in your home “smart.” Because a smart TV connects to the internet, collecting data about you and your viewing habits is possible. Add apps into the picture and the data tracking accelerates.

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What are TV manufacturers getting? Your viewing history, the ads you watch or skip, as well as other details. This data is shared with advertisers and marketing companies. You can turn the tracking off, so long as you know precisely where to look in the TV’s settings menu.

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Major NBCUniversal Layoffs In TV & Streaming Unit To Begin In Mid-November

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EXCLUSIVE: The next projected layoffs stemming from NBCUniversal’s recent restructuring are starting next month, sources tell Deadline.

November 12 is penciled in as the target date as company brass are eying mid-next month for the second wave of staff reductions to begin, we hear. The cuts will likely come in waves, one in mid-November and one to follow in late December or early 2021, with as many as 150-300 employees affected.

NBCUniversal’s recently formed Television and Streaming division, led by Chairman Mark Lazarus, is expected to take the brunt of the layoffs. The unit was created in a reorganization designed to emphasize NBCU’s focus on streaming. It consolidated all NBCU English-language linear networks into one group, overseen by Frances Berwick on the business side and Susan Rovner on the programming side. (Rovner also oversees programming for streamer Peacock.)

We hear the November layoffs

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Revry Launches First Live Queer Womxn TV Channel OML

The first global LGBTQ+ virtual cable TV network Revry is set to launch OML on October 29. OML on Revry is the first 24/7 live TV channel catering to queer womxn which includes those who identify as lesbian, bi, trans female, gender non-binary and queer.

The OML on Revry channel highlights queer female or femxle stories in a truly “always on” environment and free of charge. This unprecedented move expands on the company’s early 2020 unveiling of its new queer-focused live, multi-channel platform–a niche twist on the growing emergence of free virtual cable TV networks such as Pluto TV, Peacock, and XUMO.

“I’m incredibly proud of the brand we’ve built and the relationships we’ve cultivated with the LGBTQ+ community for the last decade,” said OML founder, Shirin Etessam. “What started as a portal to curate and share quality lesbian video content has become a powerful platform to launch, stream, distribute

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Dodgers win but the 2020 World Series TV audience hits record low

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first World Series win since 1988 delivered the smallest TV audience in the history of the Fall Classic.



a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts celebrates with the team after clinching the World Series at Globe Life Field. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)


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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts celebrates with the team after clinching the World Series at Globe Life Field. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)

The Dodgers’ 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday had an average audience of 12.6-million viewers on Fox, according to Nielsen data. The six-game series averaged 9.8 million, which is an all-time low.

Another 320,000 watched last night’s game on streaming platforms and around 500,000 tuned in on Fox Sports’ Spanish language channel.

The previous TV audience low for a series was 12.6-million viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep over the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

The 2020 series is down 30% from last year’s match-up, where an average audience of 13.9-million viewers watched the Washington Nationals defeat the

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World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ six-game win over the Tampa Bay Rays received an average television rating 32% below the previous World Series low.

The six games on Fox averaged a 5.2 rating, 12 share and 9,785,000 viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. The previous low was a 7.6 rating, 12 share and 12,660,000 viewers for the San Francisco Giants’ four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

This year’s rating was down 36% from the 8.1 rating, 16 share and average of 14,067,000 viewers for the Washington Nationals’ seven-game win over the Houston Astros last year.

Los Angeles’ 3-1 win in Game 6 on Tuesday night drew a 6.8 rating, 15 share and an average of 12,627,000 viewers, down from a 9.6 rating, 19 share and average of 16,551,000 viewers for Washington’s 7-2 win in Game 6 last year.

Last year’s Series average was boosted by

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