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Netflix, Hulu Serve Up Scripted Series Premieres For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday typically marks a respite from the launch of new scripted shows, providing an opportunity for viewers to catch up on all the series that premiered during this year's fall TV season.

Video streaming servies Hulu and Netlfix are bucking the trend, premiering new, high-profile series during a period where football games, movie marathons and holiday fare dominate the television schedule.

'Mike & Mike' Signs Off

This morning (Nov. 17) ESPN morning sports talk show Mike & Mike ended its run after nearly 18 years on the air. The weekday morning show hosted by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic debuted on ESPN Radio in 2000 and has been simulcasted on ESPN2 since 2006.

What National Geographic Wants You to Know About 'The Long Road Home'

National Geographic tonight (Nov. 7) debuts it’s eight-part drama series The Long Road Home, which relives the 2004 "Black Sunday” ambush of a U.S. platoon in Bagdad during the Iraq War.

Smartphones Ring Big With Hispanic Women

Hispanic women are more apt to turn to their smartphones for information and entertainment than non-Hispanic women, according to a recent Nielsen report.

Hispanic women spend more than 22 hours a week using their smartphones for viewing videos, using apps or surfing the Internet, according to Nielsen’s Latina 2.0: Fiscally Conscious, Culturally Influential and Familia Forward report. That’s well above the nearly 19 hours adult women in general spend accessing media on their cellphones.

Despite Early Tip-Off, Networks Bullish on NBA Season

ESPN AND TNT will tip off their respective National Basketball Association regular-season coverage expecting to build on their ratings performances from last year, despite an earlier tip-off to the campaign.

Amazon Kicks Off ‘Thursday Night Football’ Coverage

Amazon will step onto the live streaming sports field tonight (Sept. 28) with its coverage of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers Thursday Night Football contest, part of a new 10-game, $50 million streaming rights agreement with the National Football League.

Amazon hopes the package will help further enhance the value of its Amazon Prime subscription for sport fans while better positioning the streaming service to acquire additional live sports content.

Streaming PPV Sports Events Still Looking to Hit Stride

On Saturday (Sept. 16) HBO will distribute the much-anticipated Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin middleweight championship boxing match via pay-per-view. As with the mega Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor PPV fight, Alvarez-Golovkin will be offered to fight fans both through traditional cable and satellite subscribers as well as on digital platforms through Ring.com.

On Sports, Politics and Race

The sports, political and culture worlds has been abuzz this week over Jemele Hill, the African-American SportsCenter co-host, and her tweets Monday labeling President Trump a white supremacist.

HBO, Netflix Off to Strong Emmy Starts

The primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is this Sunday, but this past weekend’s Creative Emmy Awards gave us a sneak peek into which shows and networks could be the big winners once all the Emmy envelopes are opened.

Not surprisingly, HBO led the pack with 19 Creative Emmy wins during ceremonies held this past Saturday and Sunday night, with Netflix’s 16 wins and NBC nine wins following close behind. HBO (111 nominations), Netflix (91) and NBC (64) were also the top three Emmy-nominated networks.

TCA17: Cable Nets to Deliver More Arresting True-Crime Shows

Beverly Hills--A handful of cable networks held court with TV writers through the presentation of several true-crime-themed shows during the cable portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week.